Granite is great and all, but have you heard of basalt?
1. Brushed granite
Offering the look of soapstone at a more wallet-friendly price.
An easy-to-maintain engineered stone available in a wide variety of colors and finishes.
Requires regular refinishing, but adds a warmth to the kitchen that can’t be matched.
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A solid surface material that’s stain-resistant and nonporous.
Prone to water spots, but offers a modern industrial aesthetic.
A fixture of the 70s that is making a major comeback.
A one-of-a-kind look, but obviously susceptible to cracks, dents and chips.
8. Stainless steel
Durable and sanitary, but not recommended for those who can’t stand the sight of fingerprints.
9. Polished granite
A smooth and shiny finish to a natural stone surface.
Probably the best bang for your buck — this Italian white marble-esque laminate design is from Wilsonart.
Much softer than granite (and therefore prone to scratches), but undeniably gorgeous.
12. Honed granite
Offers a more subtle, matte look.
Non-porous and heat-resistant, but quite expensive as most of it is imported from Brazil.
Because it’s a manufactured material, you can control both the color and pattern.
A Pinterest dream come true — the agate slabs are likely sealed with polyester resin.
A volcanic rock with a dark, moody feel that is surprisingly easy to care for.
17. Live edge wood slab
Provides a charming rustic look, but must be re-sealed on a regular basis.