In spite of its classic looks, marble is also one of the less expensive choices in natural, hard-wearing stone surfaces.
Marble does scratch more easily than granite, especially when touched for a long period of time by something acidic. A slice of lemon laid down on a polished countertop overnight, for example, can leave a mark in the shape of the lemon slice, appearing duller than the surface around it. It can also stain from wine. Yet, with proper care and attention, marble can be one of the prettiest cost-effective counter top solutions around.