The best kitchen countertop can be replacing when scratched, scorched, stained, or just plain unattractive. New kitchen countertops can transform any kitchen. Happily, there are lots of options in a wide range of prices. A new laminate kitchen countertop can cost as little as $10 per square foot. Or you could easily spend 10 times that on quartz, granite, or recycled glass. Consumer Reports tested more than a dozen popular types of countertops to see how well they resisted stains, heat damage, cuts, abrasion, and impact, and found seven that passed muster. Here are the details.