Granite countertops are always a popular choice in new homes, but if you're looking for an alternative, consider a quartz countertop. They are more durable than granite and last longer. They are also stain-resistant, heat-resistant, and resistant to mold and bacteria.
According to HGTV, "Because quartz countertops are manufactured, the color and pattern possibilities are limitless—including varieties that are almost identical to granite or marble." And if you are environmentally friendly, a Silestone countertop is an excellent option. It "is a popular choice in green building projects because of its line of recycled countertops."
To read more about quartz countertops, check out HGTV here.