At Hampton Redesign, it's no secret I am a fan of updating a kitchen to get the most bang for your buck when staging your home for sale. It's the one room that really speaks to us when we preview a home. It has to have a little wow factor to entice buyers and that's why I'm going to share this great article about kitchen counters with you.
Now the "go to" counter top has been granite for quite a while. There's a reason for that. It has a lot of character if you choose the right color. It's a natural stone and therefore has all the depth of thousands of colors as well as light reflectivity which really helps a kitchen sparkle.
If you look at all the alternatives, granite is also one of the most affordable options. Of course you can blow the budget on fancy granite but the lower grades which are still quite nice are more affordable than almost any other option other than laminate or tile.
You can read about the pros and cons of different products in the article. I personally love the drama of granite. It's also relatively easy to keep clean and look good. Stone can hide a multitude of sins and as long as you keep it wiped down and treated periodically it should last and last.
My suggestion to you is look at granite and look at some of the other options to get a feel for what speaks to you. If you decide to go for granite, you can personally pick out your slab (one) and (two) go for something a little different than the usual. Just ask for grades in your budget and off you go!