You may love natural stone benches, but don't want the hassle of caring for them. On the other hand, manufactured materials like laminate don't offer as beautiful an aesthetic. A possible intermediate option that is both easy to care for and natural-looking is engineered stone. To find out why you should set up one of these countertops in your kitchen, consider the following. Consistent Hues and Textures Engineered stone benches consist of a mixture of crushed rock and bonding resins cast into various countertop shapes and sizes.