Reviewing Our Solid Surface Countertops - 6 Months In


Back in February, we had LG HI-MACS solid surface countertops installed in our kitchen. Now that it's been about 6 months, I thought I'd come back and share how they're doing and how we like them so far. When we were shopping for counters, we couldn't find very much information or reviews (other than from the company directly) on this material, so hopefully this will help you, if you're thinking of having these installed yourself.
The verdict: So far, we love them! One thing that we love about these counters is that they almost always look clean, even if they're not spotless. This is nice because I don't feel like I have to get out my cleaning supplies and scrub them everyday.
They are also stain resistant. Stains just sit on top of them and scrub away easily.
I have a true story in regard to stains...I was feeling stupid invincible one day while I was touching up gel stain on the island and I accidentally got an entire blob of the stain on the island counter. I had a bit of a panic attack, but with some Comet, and some intense scrubbing for a few minutes, the stain came out and you would never know it happened!
One downside to these counters is that they can show water spots, so I'm always sure to dry them off with a dish towel, giving them a little buff, and they look amazing after. This doesn't take much time, and is worth the little bit of extra work. This is just like if you get your car washed, and hand dry to keep the spots from showing up on your shiny clean vehicle. I just use these dish towels from Ikea.
One other downside to these counters is that they are not scratch resistant. If you look closely, you can see little scratch marks, but the light pattern we chose, and matte finish doesn't allow you to see them, unless you really look close, with the light at the right angle.
There is only one place where we have an actual gouge out of the counter, and no one ever notices it (even myself! I have to actually look for it, to see it's there). See if you can spot it...
I bet you couldn't see it! Here it is...I zoomed in like crazy on this photo so you can actually see it. It's about an 1/8 inch long.
At first, it really bothered me, but it's really not a big deal. I've read, and friends and family have told me, that you can actually buff scratches like this out, so if we ever get more in the future, we may go that route.
We also upgraded our sink and faucet when the counters were installed, and we absolutely love them.
The big, single bowl is fantastic for washing pots and pans, and I've never once missed having two bowls. I also like having our sponge out of sight.
This sink has the "Perfect Drain", and it is amazing. It stays so much cleaner than our last sink with the extra ring around it, and looks seamless and beautiful.
And the faucet is gorgeous, and works like a dream. The stainless doesn't even get very many water spots.
Overall, we are loving our countertops. They look amazing and really transformed our kitchen. They have some downsides, yes, but most countertop choices do, and this is proving to be a great choice for the way we live, within our budget.

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  • Kathleen Stefunek
    on Jun 8, 2016

    What LG color countertop did you purchase and who makes the sink? Thanks. Love your kitchen.

  • Sharon
    on Apr 13, 2017

    Lovely kitchen. I am looking for white white countertops, too, now-- your countertops look Very white. What color are they?( I am trying to come close to a quartz look...without the expense.)
    ?
    Thanks!

    • Karen
      on Aug 30, 2017

      I had Silestone quartz for 10 years and in the first year it got chips and scratches! In my island one about the size of yours you show. Point is anything will scratch if you are throwing around pots and pans in a kitchen. I read older reviews on this LG Hi-Mac product and it seems people are happier with less scratching issues in the reviews 2016- current. Older reviews (2014) I read a lot of complains about scratching and hating the product, which makes me think the company worked on their product to make better since. I couldn't see a date on your review, so I'm guessing you have the improved version.
  • Jennifer
    on Mar 6, 2019

    Can I use an electric sander on low with 220 paper to try and get out deep scratch marks? Hand sanding did not do a good job.

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  • Beth Darrell Reeps
    on Jul 4, 2016

    I agree we just purchased LG Himacs counters in gray and I loved them at first but any little thing we put or move on the counter scratches it. I've only had them for 3 months and have lots of little scratches. They say you can buff them out with scotch brite pads 7448 3M but I'm afraid to try it as the pads look like they would scratch it. I would not purchase these if I could do it over, makes me mad.

  • KBK
    on Jul 5, 2016

    I love my Hi Macs countertops! I've had them in my kitchen for more than 8 years now. There are some small scratches and a spot of super glue, but they've been great.

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