Cultured Marble vanity top

Hi,
I need to replace the vanity top in my bathroom. Unfortunately the vanity is 24x18 so I need a 25x19 vanity top. I have very few choices available in that size. I was going to order a custom cultured marble top from Lowes but a customer who was overhearing my conversation with the staff person advised me against it. She said that she had bad experience with culture marble. She said that it cracked and broke because of hot water (while cleaning). I currently have a cheap cultured marble and have not had any such problems. She told me to look for a granite top in some special granite shops.
Even though it is my primary bath and I wouldn't mind the expense, I am thinking the vanity is too small and probably does not merit all the hassle. I would be perfectly happy with a decent looking moderately priced cultured marble vanity top but wanted to know what others thought about the realiability of one.
Thanks in advance,
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I have cultured marble for years and never once had a problem with it. I buy polish at Home Depot made for cultured marble and I do it once in awhile and it still looks new.
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I have many culture marble vanity tops over the years from rental properties. No problem with hot water. The hairline cracks I've seen were all from undermount porcelain bows. Don't know if its form hot water, stress or age.
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Cultured marble is fine and should easily last 20 years.
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Granite and other natural stone would actually be more likely to crack due to thermal stress. Natural stone (many kinds but not all) has many crystal faces that make it brittle while cultured marble is more amorphous in structure.
Worse than the new guy at lowes is the person in the isle who tries to give advice based on evesdropped information. I have gotten far worse advice from customers than employees anyday. The customers who know what they are doing don't talk, they just get what they need and checkout.
Its more likely that thew customer had a bad experience with lowes and was trying to sabotage your choice of vendors. And there are plenty of cultured marble specialists, I would check with them before contracting with a third party contractor like Lowes or HD anyway.
Corian and Silestone might be worth looking at as well.

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Thanks for your advice. Yes I have the same feeling about electronics stores. I am certainly a savvy electronics buyer and I have usually done all my research beforehand. When I go to the store it is usually a quick in-and-out trip for me (unless I am browsing for the heck of it). I don't see why savvy DIY shoppers wouldn't be the same.
Corian and Silestone are very nice but very expensive. If the vanity was a decent size I would not think twice before buying Corian. But at 25x19, there is hardly any space left to touch, feel and admire the looks of the top. $500 seems like a waste for such a small size.
Thanks to everyone who posted I would most likely go with a cultured marble top now.
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