In relation to useability of both in a household environment, Granite will generally be stronger and less susceptible to scratching, staining and etching. Granite is in most cases the prefered choice for kitchen benchtops due to its stronger characteristics. However marble can be sealed to prevent staining/ etching and scratches can easily be repaired compared to granite. Marble is most commonly used in Bathroom benchtops, and wall / floor applications. Visibly marble can be characterised by its natural soft appearance, Granite in most cases has a more distinct sharp definition to its patterns.