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Marble - Beautiful but very porous and is not really practical for a counter top. It will stain easily with normal food prep.
Slate - Slate has a nice warm earthy look without shininess of granite. It is durable and easy to clean and unlike granite is nonporous. Scratches can be easily repaired.
Butcher Block - Wood kitchen counter top materials can give hour kitchen a warm look. Butcher block is good for cutting as marks can be sanded out but it is not very resistant to bacteria or stains. Would need periodic conditioning.
Concrete - Fast becoming a favorite in modern kitchens that want an industrial look, concrete is a mid priced material that can be mixed to form any color and even can be mixed with little pieces of anything you want it it! It is durable and easy to clean but is very porous and should be sealed to avoid staining.
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