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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.

To see more: http://www.magentaandlime.net/2014/08/solid-surface-countertop-review-6-months.html

  • Tamara Bresnihan
    Tamara Bresnihan Port Saint Lucie, FL
    on Aug 24, 2014

    Thank you for this posting. I am currently looking to replace my countertop and backsplash. I read somewhere that using a crockpot on solid surface caused it to crack. Have you used a crockpot yet? Also why did you opt not to have the built in sink? Thanks in advance. Tami

    • Erin Colburn
      Erin Colburn Longmont, CO
      on Aug 24, 2014

      Hi Tami! I have used a crackpot many times with no issues. For the sink, I had read many places that they were a bit difficult to get clean, and we really like the look of the stainless sink with these counters.

  • Sue
    on Aug 24, 2014

    Love your countertops and your kitchen!!

  • Laurie Roberge
    Laurie Roberge Louisville, KY
    on Aug 24, 2014

    Your kitchen looks beautiful! I believe our kitchens are about the same shape...and we are still in the planning stages of an update. I'm dying for an island like you have...can you tell me the distance between your island and the dishwasher? How about from the stove and the wall? I'm hoping we have room....are you happy with the island? I love it!

    • Laurie Roberge
      Laurie Roberge Louisville, KY
      on Aug 25, 2014

      @Erin Colburn Well, basically I'm trying to figure out how much room I need on all sides of the island to be comfortable. I keep getting conflicting numbers for "accepted" values. But yours looks so nice...and not crowded. Thanks for your info!

  • Deniseinsd
    Deniseinsd Las Vegas, NV
    on Aug 24, 2014

    we moved into a house with SOLID SURFACE and love it we had granite in the old house and yes, it is beautiful but over=done, the solid surface is clean and easy. i would never use anything else in the future...it should get more press!

    • ChrisInSD
      ChrisInSD San Diego, CA
      on Mar 19, 2015

      @Deniseinsd Totally agree with Denise. We went from granite in the last place and after buying and remodeling the new place we went with Corian and I would never go with anything else again either. I think it's making a comeback.

  • Judy Goodin
    Judy Goodin Schenectady, NY
    on Aug 24, 2014

    Is this expensive? I need to do some updating and the costs seem a bit much!!!!

    • Erin Colburn
      Erin Colburn Longmont, CO
      on Aug 24, 2014

      This brand of solid surface were about $30/sf. So more expensive than Formica, but less than granite, quartz etc

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