Lowes sells laminate, solid surface, granite and quartz counter tops. Laminate counter tops are made from laminate glued to plywood or particle board. Lowes carries Formica and Wilson brand products.
Laminate surfaces have very good heat and scratch resistance. Seams do not show very much. Laminate is excellent at resisting stains. Color and pattern are highly consistent.
Lowes offers Silestone, allen + roth, and Sensa solid surface counter tops. They are manufactured from nonporous acrylic. Solid surface tops appear seamless and are consistent in color and pattern. Their heat and scratch resistance is good but less than other materials. Stain resistance is very good.
Granite counter tops are made from durable and smooth natural stone. Lowes carries Sensa and allen + roth brands. Granite's best feature is its heat resistance. The material is very good at resisting stains and scratches. Seams are not very noticeable, and color and pattern are quite even throughout granite.
Quartz is a nonporous natural stone. Consumers find Silestone and allen + roth brands at Lowes. This stone is especially stain resistant. It is very good at heat and scratch resistance. Quartz's appearance is typically quite homogeneous.
Lowes' website carries samples of counter top surfaces in a variety of colors for consumer purchase. Price varies significantly by material.