MY NEW FAV WEBSITE - REMODELISTA (thank you chels)
Thank you so much, Chelsea, for referring me to the website REMODELISTA.COM. The piece they do on countertops has been so helpful. To anyone who is thinking about putting in new countertops I highly recommend you to follow this link and check out their recommendations: http://remodelista.com/posts/10-easy-pieces-remodelistas-kitchen-countertop-picks
The highest recommended stone was CaesarStone. I'm seriously thinking about CaesarStone for our countertops.
Durat is also a great option that is environmentally friendly and can be sanded down if any wear starts to show. I love the clean look of this countertop as opposed to granite.