One of the newest materials to hit the kitchen, glass is losing its china doll status. The highly polished surface is available in almost limitless colors, shapes, thicknesses and textures. Its non-porous nature keeps it stain-proof and hygienic, and it can handle hot pots.
Take note: dropping a heavy object on a glass countertop can cause a crack, chip or break; such a break cannot be repaired, and the countertop must be replaced. Glass will also scratch, and should not be used as a cutting board. Like stainless steel, it shows fingerprints. Edges must be rounded for safety purposes.
The challenge of keeping it streak-free, as well as a relatively high price point, mean that glass is often used as a raised bar top or dining counter rather than for all the work surfaces in the kitchen. Colored glass is a popular choice for backsplashes.
$60-$300 per square foot.