I give up: What's the perfect counter surface?
Though I've asked some specific questions about granite and quartz, it occurs to me I know nothing about counters and perhaps I should not have started my investigations by assuming granite and quartz are the only two choices.
I've decided granite is not for me; whether or not bacteria, radon, radiation, hassle of selection, etc are real concerns, I don't want to deal with it.
So, if I want something fancier than Formica, and I'm excluding granite, are there other surfaces that are:
1) Scratch and Stain resistant,
2) Don't absorb bacteria
3) Don't emit dangerous things
4) Look fancy
5) low maintenance
6) as a plus: high gloss without lots of fussing
Please direct me into what surface to further investigate.