What's it cost?
Typically $25 to $100 per square foot. Sink and faucet holes and fancy edges are extra.
Does it hold up?
Impervious to heat and water but will chip if, say, you bang a cast-iron skillet on an edge.
Will it stain?
Thanks to improved factory-applied sealants, some stones now come with lifetime antistain warranties.
How much care?
Wipe spills promptly with soapy water or stone cleaner. Apply sealer as needed; for granite, that's every one to three years.
Where to buy it?
At a stone yard you can pick the exact slab you want; at a big-box store you choose from display samples. The big-box price may be lower, but don't expect your slab to match the sample exactly.