Laminate countertops get a bit of a bad rap. Before the Era of Granite, they were everywhere, but now laminate gets poo-pooed as the cheap choice, the one that you would only pick if you couldn’t afford anything else. Laminate countertops have become the carnations of the kitchen world. But just as carnations can be surprisingly appealing, a laminate countertop, in the right kitchen, can be really beautiful. Here are three reasons to give this much-maligned material a chance.