Countertops: Stainless steel, quartz, Corian and laminates are four good choices that don't have grout to scrub and never require sealing. Choose durable surfaces: Glossy quartz-surfacing countertops mimic the look of natural stone but are much easier to maintain. A simple edge profile will also help to reduce costs. Granite is an all-time favorite for its ease of care even if it does need occasional sealing.
The thin flat top stainless steel countertops in a kitchen by architect Jerome Buttrick have an appealing modern look and offer a cost savings over the traditional practice of wrapping the counter edges.