Here are some comparisons between Granite, Marble and Quartz Countertop materials which are the most often used in kitchens and baths. Quartz hands down is the hardest stone out there. The stone fabricators will tell you that just cutting the slabs uses up their diamond blades 9 times faster than cutting or fabricating marble or granite. Quartz is one of the strongest stones used for counter tops.
Stainless steel counter tops while looking really great when installed will scratch almost every time they are touched. If you like the industrial look and worn they are really nice to prepare food on and wipe down.
Wood counter tops should stay out of the kitchen. Wood cutting board type of tops tend to warp and bow. They do not like water and will stain just like you old cutting board.
Popular today is a quartz top with a designed back splash made of other materials such as tile or stone or using a different stone on the island top.
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