You see manmade countertops everywhere you look. From online magazine photos, Pintrest, local showrooms, and in just about every new home or apartment complex built in the last ten or twenty years.
Laminate is inexpensive and familiar. My mom had it in her kitchen.
Marble (and other natural stones) is often the priciest, sometimes importted in giant super heavy slabs for the finest kitchens. Like museums?
There’s quarts. Silestone, various resins and other solid surface (non-pourous), concrete and the one we still love the most, Butcher Block.
It’s true that wood counters have to be treated and cared for. But their initial price is so low for the beauty factor that they have to be considered, unless you are just certain that manmade non-pourous surfaces are best for your needs. They also look great in modern kitchens with modern cabinets while being most traditional. After all, it’s called BUTCHER BLOCK. They used to cut meat on a heavy square piece on sturdy wood legs. Very sturdy, very functional, very stable. It didn’t crack no matter what you dropped on it.
In planning your remodel, in plotting the budget, it’s possible butcherblock counters are best. You save THOUSANDS and can spend on higher quality appliances, for example, which will make for greater enjoyment of your new kitchen.
This is my opinion. Write me if you have another.