Marble is a timeless look favored by most. The unique quality of the natural stone is a desired look, although it is proven to be beautiful it is not the most practical product.
This natural stone is extremely porous, because of this it easily stains and can absorb both liquid and bacteria. Marble is also one of the softer natural stones, it is easily chipped or cracked if you are not careful with it. Marble, while beautiful is something you want to avoid in high traffic areas of the home; such as bathrooms and kitchens.
What could be used Instead?
Quartz is a fabricated material, however it is made using natural quartz along with resins and filler. This allows the material to be much more durable, not only is it less porous with a much lower absorption rate but it is also resistant to scratching and does not need to be sealed. Quartz has a very good selection for marble looking material. Since it is a man made it there is less variation.
Granite is also a natural stone, and like marble it has a lot more variation in colour and pattern from slab to slab. However Granite is more durable and much stronger, like marble it is also porous being a natural material, so it can absorb liquids and bacteria if not seal properly. The appearance of Granite will not be as identical to marble as you would see with Quartz but it is a great and long lasting option for your kitchen and bathrooms.