This post was originally published on November 7, 2017 and updated on March 1, 2021 to reflect the most recent information.
Selecting the components of your new outdoor kitchen is an exciting task, but it can easily become overwhelming. From appliances to exterior cabinetry finishes to roof coverings and more, there is a lot to coordinate. But when it comes to choosing countertops for outdoor kitchens, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top countertop option ideas to give you inspiration for your new outdoor kitchen design.
Outdoor Countertop Materials
Granite, soapstone, concrete, and tile are typically the most popular materials for outdoor countertops. Each outdoor kitchen or outdoor bar countertop material has its own specific look and benefits, but all countertop options require some level of maintenance. Most outdoor countertops will need periodic sealing. This is a good thing to do on a regular basis, but will not ensure that your outdoor countertops are completely protected against outdoor elements and environmental effects.
Countertop Options for an Outdoor Kitchen
1. Concrete Countertop
Concrete countertops are durable and able to withstand the elements but must be installed correctly to avoid cracking. They tend to fade over time.
Installation: Concrete is prone to breaking and cracking. It’s best to hire a professional who’s knowledgeable in handling and installing concrete.
2. Quartz Countertop
The colors on a quartz outdoor kitchen countertop can fade after long exposure to direct sunlight.
Installation: Consult a landscape engineer or designer. They can assess and give the best available options.
3. Stone Countertop
There are many types of stone countertops. For example, outdoor granite countertops are well known to be durable but tend to be expensive and therefore, may not be feasible for many. Additionally, granite needs to be sealed to prevent weathering.
Installation: Sealing your stone may seem unnecessary but an extra layer for durability is highly recommended.
4. Tile Countertop
Tile is a good choice for style, but this type of outdoor kitchen countertop material is highly susceptible to cracking which will lead to an additional cost to replace them. It can also be challenging to find the exact match if they need to be replaced.
Installation: Talk to your contractor or landscape designer to discuss proper maintenance as this largely depends on the type of climate you live in.
The Best Outdoor Kitchen Countertop Option
At Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, we recommend Dekton® by Cosentino® for all outdoor kitchen countertops. This new and innovative outdoor kitchen countertop material is a combination of quartz, porcelain and glass formulated into an ultra-compact countertop surface that is non-porous, UV-resistant for color stability in the sunshine, durable, virtually indestructible and impervious to staining. Dekton® is also resistant to frost and thermal shock against heat, allowing it to be used in any outdoor living space and climate. Additionally, these countertops are easy to clean, resistant to scratching, which keeps them looking sleek and allows them to last for a long time.
Dekton® outdoor kitchen countertops come in a wide range of colors and finishes that pair perfectly with the stainless steel cabinets we offer at Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens. There are countless options you can choose for creating an optimal and aesthetically pleasing outdoor kitchen space in the backyard. The countertops include the following finishes:
- Ananke: A deep, black simulation of grained wood, inspired by natural wood.
- Ariane: A pure white material with a solid finish.
- Danae: Light beige in color with peach undertones.
- Domoos: A smooth, solid black countertop man-made from recycled glass and porcelain.
- Kadum: A smooth, dark brown eco-friendly material with an industrial look similar to metal.
- Keranium: Similar to Kadum with an industrial finish, but dark green in color.
- Sirius: A dark matte finish that is sleek, classic, and very durable.
- Sirocco: Made from a blend of the raw materials and has a grey matte finish, mimicking the look of concrete.
- Strato: A natural stone composite that is a light brown or taupe color.
- Zenith: Light in color and very durable with a solid finish.
Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchen Countertop Color Schemes & Combinations
When choosing your kitchen countertop, you’ll want to think of your greater aesthetic and “vibe” you’re going for with your outdoor setting and kitchen. Since your countertops are one of the most widespread and visible elements of your outdoor kitchen, choosing one color or pattern over another can set a definitive tone for the style of your outdoor space.
For example, a white countertop (like Zenith by Dekton®) creates a sleek and modern look to your outdoor kitchen design, ideal for pristine, green, and impressively landscaped backyards. White countertops plus the cool aesthetic of stainless steel cabinets create the most classic outdoor kitchen picture.
Another classic finish for outdoor kitchens is the traditional granite countertop. From cool white to neutral browns, there are numerous options for granite. Or go for an edgy, modern look by choosing a Sirius by Dekton® countertop, paired with traditional stainless steel cabinets.
Perhaps you want to create a rustic look. Consider pairing a deep brown countertop (like Keranium by Dekton®) with our innovative, realistic wood grain powder coat finishes. Your outdoor kitchen will look like it was constructed from nature’s elements!
Visit the Dekton® website for the latest countertop colors.
And when it comes to choosing the outdoor countertop material, there’s no rule that says you have to use just one. Contrasting countertops are becoming increasingly popular. One idea we like is choosing a unique tile for your outdoor kitchen backsplash to contrast against your actual counters. Another favorite option here is choosing different materials for your kitchen countertops (say in an L-shaped or U-shaped kitchen) and your kitchen island.
Contrasting your outdoor kitchen counter material creates an extra level of intentional character and sophistication, and is sure you make your outdoor kitchen stand out. Just remember to be mindful of the durability of the materials, how much counter space you expect to need for food prep, and which color or finish best compliments your outdoor entertaining area. The possibilities are endless and Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens will help you through the process of curating an outdoor kitchen that is ideal for you. Call 203-626-5625 to learn more! We help transform the outdoor space.