These man-made materials can mimic the look of stone—even rare, prohibitively pricey ones like lapis or onyx. Here's how they stack up in terms of durability, maintenance, and cost.
Moldable resins and special glues allow for a truly seamless counter, complete with an integrated sink. Nonporous; food can't etch it, stains are easy to remove, sealers aren't required. Hot pans can scorch or crack it; knives can nick it. $40 to $80 per square foot.