In this video, Julia goes over the top choices of counter top materials. These days, believe it or not, the first choice is laminate as it is the most durable and requires very little maintenance. There are numerous choices when going with laminate. The next is quartz which was also chosen based on durability. Quartz is comparable to granite though quartz is an engineered product. Julia also gives some tips to keep the cost down if you are going with a natural stone. Check out your local marble or granite fabricators scrap yards for some remnants that will suit your needs. These are just left over pieces that will have an extremely lower price than having to buy a whole slab.