You can’t be expected to make a proper choice on what material to use on your counters for your kitchen remodeling without seeing how different each counter can be. Counters are expensive and are vastly different from one another. Information and descriptions can be very helpful but no description can compare with actually touching these counters and seeing them for yourself.
Visit a kitchen showroom and see different counters for yourself. You will find various materials used for countertops and how each one affects their respective kitchen. Some counters are more suited for traditional kitchens whereas there are counters more ideal for modern themes.
While in a kitchen showroom, be sure to take the time to touch all the counters as well. Feel their texture, compare it to the rest. One type of counter may not feel right for you and there may be one that just works for you. The texture of the counters will be very important as you will likely be touching them a lot if you choose them for your new kitchen.
See what sort of design accompanies the counters. Granite counters, for example, do not have much color options – you would do well to notice how the kitchen accommodates and compliments the design of each specific counter. Take note of colors that are placed alongside the counter and ask what other colors or designs could work.
A Kitchen showroom is also likely filled with experts of kitchen remodeling. Ask them as much as you can about the maintenance requirements of each counter. You may like the look of wooden counters but are you ready to reseal it every few months?