There’s a lot that goes into your choices of countertops. It’s not just the material and the color, there’s more to it than that. When you select your material, what you’re really selecting is a rough stone slab. To truly make a choice in your countertop, you make a choice in the finishing process. There are several options and what you decide is going to determine the kind of countertop you ultimately end up with.

Polished and honed countertops are two very different looks even on the same stone material.

Deciding between them is a matter of taste, aesthetics, maintenance levels, and the overall design of the room they’re going into. There’s a lot of personal factors that go into deciding between the two but there are also some elements that will be true, no matter the material.

Below are some of the key differences between honed and polished countertops.


The stone you choose will play into this but, ultimately, there are some rules across the board that are true for all materials. Polished stone will have a finished and clean look to it. It will feel elegant and classy and obviously have been treated to come across as professional. It makes the colors crisp and gives it a mirror like finish. Honed offer a softer, more subtle, and natural look to the stone. It can vary but the ultimately look is something more natural.


A polished finish tends to close as many pores as possible in the stone. This keeps it sanitary and easy to clean without need for constant resealing. It also easily repels moisture and is resistant to staining. Honed surfaces leave the pores still exposed which requires more maintenance and care so, if you’re going honed, pick a less porous material.


The polishing process is more expensive because it requires more grinding and finishing than the honed process. However, polished materials tend to be better stocked than honed materials given polishes’ popularity, so that also can help alleviate the cost with such a large supply available.

Related Questions

Are Certain Stones Better as Polished or Honed?

If you’re choosing a porous material, you’ll want to go polished to avoid staining, damage, and the need for constant resealing. Materials that are not as porous, like slate, are ideal for honed and look good in that style.

Does Honed Scratch Easily?

In short, yes. You will find honed material less protected and more susceptible to physical damage and wear and tear than polished. So, if you go with honed, make sure the material can handle it.

Get the countertop of your dreams by making the right choice when it comes to the finish of your material and speak with a countertop professional.

At Best Granite and Marble, we will help make the process of choosing countertops, colors and finishes fun and engaging. We specialize in affordable design and installation of quartz, granite, marble and porcelain countertops and our design team is here to help. Our vast selection of kitchen and bathroom countertops ensures that you will find the perfect countertop solution for your remodel or new construction build. Call us today for a Free Design Consult and Estimate!