Which granites do you consider 'bulletproof'?
We are in the process of trying to decide on countertops as we give our kitchen a "facelift" (i.e., not a complete remodel). We had been leaning toward quartz (Silestone, etc.) due to the lower maintenance and being less prone to stains and etching (as an aside, can someone explain what "etching" is, exactly?). However, from reading here, I understand that at least certain types of granite are basically "bulletproof," and that sealing may not be necessary with all types of granite -- and when sealing is recommended, it's really not such a big deal to do.
Just from an aesthetic point of view, I'd really prefer to go with the less-uniform look of granite. (It also seems funny to pay more for something that's trying to emulate granite when I can pay a bit less for the "real thing.") So I am wondering if you "experts" can give me some advice about which types of granite are on the less stain-prone, lower maintenance end of the scale. Or put another way, what granite would you recommend for a family with 3 young, messy children, where spills probably won't ever sit overnight, but they might not always be wiped up immediately?