In this class are granites, slate, soapstone, marble and onyx, just to name a few. These have been growing in popularity for both kitchen and bath designs due to their luxurious appearance. Stone is resistant to heat and sharp objects, but acids can etch the surface if not cleaned quickly. Natural stone is at the higher end on the price point and may require additional upkeep (some surfaces are recommended to be sealed and waxed periodically). Despite that, stone’s great range of natural beauty has made it a top contender for countertop options.