After years of use as laboratory countertops, this rustic stone is being used more and more in both kitchen countertop and sink applications. A quarried stone, it has a smooth surface that feels like a bar of dry soap. It is typically dark gray in color with a look that can work with multiple design styles, from old-fashioned to contemporary. When combined with lighter color cabinets, a soapstone kitchen countertop can provide a beautiful yet striking contrast to your kitchen.
Pros: Deep, rich color options, smooth, cool feel, offers some stain and heat resistance
Cons: Will darken over time, susceptible to cracking, requires regular maintenance with mineral oil