Summary of quartz versus granite
Quartz countertops are mix of quartz and man-made resin. They are more susceptible to damage from heat than granite but are less likely to stain. Granite is a natural stone that needs to have a sealer applied once a year but it costs less than quartz.
Pros and cons of quartz
As with granite, quartz countertops also have their own sets of drawbacks and benefits that go along with them.
- Quartz countertops are just as strong as granite but have the added benefit of being more flexible making them less likely to chip or crack.
- Quartz is non-porous and does not require any sealing - ever. These stones offer a virtually maintenance free kitchen work surface.
- While very durable they cannot be considered indestructible. They are stain-resistant so dropping a glass of wine on them simply requires a quick cleanup.
- One drawback that you should definitely take note of is thequartz can discolor over time when exposed to direct sunlight. If part of your counter receives strong UV rays from the sun while another part doesn’t, over time you may see a color difference.
- You can expect to see seams with a quartz counter but they will be less visible if you choose a slab that’s darker in color.
Pros and cons of granite
Here are some of the most important drawbacks and benefits of granite that you need to know:
- They are not uniform in color or appearance. For some this will be a benefit while others will consider it to be a drawback.
- Granite countertops will need to be sealed year after year as long as you own the countertop. Here's how to seal granite.
- Granite is extremely durable but should not be considered indestructible. It is a natural rock and can break or chip if abused, but if they aren't abused and are properly maintained they'll last a lifetime.
- It's impossible to completely hide the seams in a granite counter, but a good fabricator will make them very hard to spot.
- The samples that you see at the store can slightly differ from the stone that you receive, but by picking a full slab from a stone yard you can avoid any surprises.
If you spend some time browsing the internet you’ll find a range of different opinions about quartz vs granite. While one homeowner will tell you that you absolutely, positively must get a quartz countertop, another will insist you buy granite counters.
When you do spend some time reading through these reviews you’ll begin to notice a common theme.
Both quartz and granite countertop owners are defending their own personal choice with a vengeance because they are so completely pleased with their counters. At the end of the day, you can walk away from these reviews knowing that choosing either quartz or granite stones will provide you with a countertop that you’ll love!
Cost Of Quartz vs Granite
Granite is cheaper than quartz. Entry level granite costs $40 per square foot but quartz starts at $70. High end granite costs as much as $200 per square foot and quartz is priced as high as $175.
There’s no doubt that with either product you’re going to have to dig deep into your pockets. For a 28 ft.² counter made of quartz you’ll have to budget for approximately $2000 - $3000. Here are some more details to help you get a closer estimate.
In most cases you’ll end up paying less for granite. Prices can vary depending on where it comes from and how rare the stone is.
Fortunately, the price of granite countertops have come down significantly. It used to be that granite would end up costing a bit more than quartz. But since quartz has been directly competing with granite for the last 15 years the price of granite has fallen while quartz manufacturers have raised their prices.
All in all, you may have to pay slightly more for quartz, but the cost difference probably won’t be all that significant unless you have a very large kitchen. The important thing is to choose a budget and then do your best to stay within it.
When it comes to aesthetics…
This is personal choice only. Don’t let anyone else tell you which one looks better. There are some very beautiful brands that make quartz like Caesarstone and Cambria.
If you’re looking at a painting and absolutely love it and then someone else comes along and tells you how bad it is, you’ll still love the painting despite the bad critique. The same goes for quartz and granite.
They both make lovely countertops and there is going to be one that grabs your fancy more than the other. It’s just human nature and you’ll have to decide for yourself which one you prefer.
Some people like the look of granite more than quartz because it has a natural earthy aspect to it. Others prefer the sleek uniform look of quartz. The great news is that you can never go wrong by choosing either one!
Why does quartz seem so much more popular than granite?
Granite seems to have simply run its’ course. In the 1990’s it became the hot material to replace your laminate countertops with and it stayed that way for at least 20 years.
But designers, real estate agents, and especially home improvement TV shows needed a hot new product to introduce us to, and quartz was ready to take granite’s place as the “it” countertop.
Granite continues to be the best-selling natural counter that you can find on the market, even though quartz has overtaken it in overal popularity. But now that the prices of Silestone and other quartz manufacturers have gone higher than granite, things are evening out a bit.
The indoor air quality of your home
There has been a lot of concern about the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that may be present in either quartz or granite counters. Quartz countertops are comprised of approximately 90% quartz and 10% epoxy binder (resin) and acrylic. This means that most quartz tops have more VOCs than countertops made of granite. On the other hand, some granite slabs contain radon in very low levels. But the truth is that both options are safe for indoor use.
Adding to the value of your home
Adding a stone countertop to your home will definitely increase its value. While there are a lot of renovations you can do that will not contribute to your homes value, a good stone countertop will have an impact on the bottom line. You can expect to get back the value of your purchase when you resell your house later on and adding a new counter can also help your home sell faster.
It’s hard to believe what a difference a quartz or granite countertop can make when it comes to selling a home. Some potential home buyers instantly get turned off when they see laminate because they don’t want to be bothered having to replace it.
The fact is that granite and quartz countertops attract home buyers like bees to flower gardens.
The environmental impact
Today’s consumers are trying to make the best sustainable choices when remodeling their homes. In terms of countertops, quartz materials generally leave less of a carbon footprint.
Many of these products contain content that has been recycled and the manufacturing process is more environmentally friendly. Granite needs to be quarried from the ground and then shipped across the world to the manufacturing site. While quartz is also mined oversees and then shipped to the United States, there is one company that does its own processing in this country.
If you’re looking for the friendliest environmental choice it’s coming from Cambria in the form of a quartz countertop. Most of their products are made in the United States, which helps to support the local economy while saving on fossil fuels that would be required to ship their products overseas. Their products are also Greenguard Certified, meaning that they do not have any type of impact on indoor air quality. Cambria also recycles all of the water used during the manufacturing process.
When it comes down to it, there is a lot of energy being used for the manufacturing and excavating of both of these stone countertops. On the other side of the coin, however, they are both extremely durable and can last a lifetime when cared for properly. In this regard, they can be viewed as a sustainable countertop that can conceivably last the entire lifetime of the home.
So which one should you choose?
Most of us are only going to remodel our home once so we want to get it right. We want something that fits into our busy lifestyle, doesn’t require much maintenance, and will make a lasting impression on us every time we walk into the kitchen.
When it comes to the final decision, there really is no wrong choice, just personal preference. My preference is granite, but if you choose quartz you have also chosen a fantastic countertop. As long as you pick one that you love the most you can’t possibly go wrong.
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I’ve been installing stone countertops for quite a few years now and you may need to be corrected on a few of your facts…for one, you will always see the seam, but the busier the colour the easier it is to hide the seam, solid colours, especially darker colours, the seam is way more visible. Quartz is way more popular than Granite now, and they are both about the same price. Some cheaper Quartz out there will stain, bit it is still more durable than Granite. I wouldn’t ever put Granite in my house, it could have mercury, lead, radon gas, etc., it a natural stone being turning into a countertop there could be just about anything in it.
We had our home built and decided to go with the clean line look. I went with the Snow White Quartz. They turned out beautiful. I have had it for 4 years and the only thing I can complain about is the little chip the builders put in it by laying beams (or dropping) on them. It was repaired but I can still see the little seem. 100% Happy with the Quartz
I’ve had granite since 2004. I do seal it every year. It always has a dull haze to it. The only way I can get the shine is to clean it with the product Green Works. . Any idea why I get the haze? Thanks
Thank you for all the information . I tend to stay away from trends and I like the idea of not sealing so I’m going with Quartz. I will replace my window (suv rays give me a good reason to buy my box plant window I’ve been wanting)!😀 I am a bit concerned on the quartz sink directly below window so I’ll be asking more on that and suv rays. Great article I was thinking marble even the flexablility of quartz was the push on deciding factor. No seams!
I just bought a house with an updated kitchen with beautiful counter tops. How can I tell if the they are granite or quartz?
We have quartz and love it!
Thanks for the article. Granite it is!!
Thanks for all the information on quartz vs granite. We are replacing Formica counter tops, and I’ve decided on granite. Our son has had granite for 10+ years now, and it looks the same as the day it was installed. I clean his house, and I know he’s never sealed the granite. I clean it with soap & water, then go over it with Method granite cleaner. I do think we would seal ours after installation though, just to be on the safe side.
The only omission I see is that you need to be aware that you can’t put hot pots on your quartz. Heat will crack quartz. Crock pot, foreman grill, etc…
My wife picked Silestone quatz for our kitchen. At the beginning, it looks fabulous but after a year or so our kitchen is dated. The look we have now is a plastic look. I found out that the UV light degraded the polyester resin molecules and there is onlu 60% quartz (silica) and 40% of polyester resin. I wish we had kept our nice marble countertop. Very disappointed with this new plastic surface.
Hi Silvio, We are getting ready for a big kitchen redo and I’m trying to figure out what countertops to get. Can I ask, if you had marble before… what made you switch to Quartz? Bridget
Being a granite and Quartz fabricator I found this article to be pretty balanced Although I feel the need to mention one big drawback to Quartz , and that is, it doesn’t hold up to heat nearly as well as granite . On of my clients cracked her Quartz using a typical George Forman’s grill. I’ve heard crockpots can do the same . Also I was asked to repair a Quartz top that was melted by a hot pot . The color has changed deep within and it could not be repaired .
Just had quartz, fossil brown, countertops installed and they are beautiful however one section of the countertop shows what appeared to be swirls in the stone that dont respond to cleaning and drying. It reminds me of waxing a car and missing an area showing the dry circular pattern but remedied with polishing. This appear to be below the surface and we’ve had reps from the manufacture out to the house but they claim they can’t see it though everyone else seems to be able to . It is more obvious with overhead light on the area and where one stands.
After reading the reviews I’ve decided to go for granite, the reviews made my mind up as it gave a lot of pros and cons thankyou
Several years ago I was reading an article about Three Mile Island. According to the article, a building made of granite emitted more radiation than Three Mile Island. For that matter, a dental x-ray emitted more.
Kathy Cure Well, nothing much was ever emitted from 3Mile Island. My father worked to “clean up the site”. We all had more radiation emitted from our old tube TVs.
How easily can quartz splash-backs etc. be cut? I’m thinking about drilling and cutting, so that I can fit extra electrical sockets.
Scott J I wouldn’t attempt this on my own. It’s not that it’s hard but it can at times need an experienced hand, especially with certain brands. I’d call in a pro instead of risking breaking the backsplash.
I finally made the decision of Granite over marble. I see Marble is lot of work. and softer. I’m just having a problem finding a granite that is a white or cream and NO GRAY. Everything I see is with Gray. I dont mind black brown and not much movement. But I guess Gray must be popular. Anybody have a neutral granite without gray.
karen Marble stains. Just a glass of sweaty liquid will leave a ring. I could not get it out.
We have had light grey granite counter top for 28 years with no cracks , no stains, kids banging and cutting, many dinners and parties, it is still wonderful and shiny, like new. It is of course outdated since 1989 but it is your money’s worth. We had rounded the edges and has no chips, we sold the house recently and the new buyer by no means is thinking of changing it. I’m thinking of a quartz counter for the new house, a new trend as it seems, but will it be as strong and stain-free? What a decision I have to take and will the quartz be as durable? Thanks Mina, Athens Greece.
Installed a Cambria Hazelford Quartz island top. It is beautiful however, it is not as shiny as the sample. The edges are actually dull (looks like a Hershey bar) Is there a way to make it shine like the other granite in my home?
Scott J It’s possible to have the edges polished but you’ll have to have it done professionally by a local fabricator. CSC Cabinet and Granite You can get it re-polish so that its less noticeable, however, you can’t get a exact match as the surface of the quartz as all quartz are baked in oven to get that smooth surface along with same additive, whereas granite are always polished to shine, quartz surface are not polished to shine.
I have a Caesarstone “ice snow” sample. Tested with balsamic vinegar, port wine and smoking hot cast iron pan. Also chopped with my chef’s knife. No problems. I wouldn’t do any of these things on purpose in a real situation but I guess I should I take these tests on face value?
Great site but now more confused than ever. I have chosen Caesarstone “Ice Snow”. I thought quartz was more durable – granite was for show, quartz was for a working kitchen – now I don’t know!
Scott J Don’t worry, Jennifer. Either is a good choice for a busy kitchen. Lorrie Many people think Quartz to be more durable because it’s used commercially in restaurants, but that’s only because Granite is porous. With the 10+year sealers they put on granite now it it both safe and durable. Pat Granite does NOT have to be sealed every year. we had a granite countertop for ten years and never sealed it. there was no problem. The one I have now has a 10 year sealer on it. No way do you have to seal it every year. Karen I had granite in a redo kitchen. I sealed the granite counter top, use good sealer. I paid around $40 for a quart. Sealed it when it was new redid the seal once a year. Never had any problems. Love my granite.
The best one is Silestone which is actually the first original quartz, they have the best range of colors and their product is top notch. I got mine done on a light beige color and look awesome ! And it is already sealed as well
Kirk Little I also Just had Quartz worktop fitted in a beige colour (“Biscayne” i believe) Absolutely cracking !!!! CSC Cabinet and Granite Thats manufacture defective but I highly doubt you will get anything from their life time warranty.
Granite all the way for me. I purchased my granite countertops 4 years ago and I love them, easy to wipe down, can handle hot pots right off the stove, I’ve only sealed them once in 4 years and I really didn’t notice a difference. I purchased the most expensive granite because I loved the natural veining. I have dropped pots, pans, dishes on these counters and no chips, cracks or dents have ever happened.
Can a crack caused by a heated serving hatch used by a chef be repaired?
CSC Cabinet and Granite Yes repair is always doable, however, no repair will be a perfect match of original. Always call the original installer to do the repair works as they know your stone type and if chips are large, they may grind up remnant stones in their yard to help with repair.
I’ve had both. I would never install quartz again. It has chipped, stained, and dented. My granite countertops have lasted for decades without a single problem, and I’ve gone years without sealing them.
If I am looking at a mostly white with just a little gray running through it colored counters would you recommend quartz or granite? Our cabinets are a light gray. It may come down to price difference, but looking for a product recommendation first. I’ve read all of the above reviews and comments and am more confused than before.
We decided to pay the high cost of Cambria quartz for our new home. While the product looks great, the seam (in the middle of my work space) is off by about 1 1⁄2 inches. It could have been lined up exactly, but there was an error in either the measurement or the cutting of the material. Unfortunately, both the fabricator (Pavimento in Pinellas County Florida) and Cambria took the position that this is an “excellent” seam, and refused to fix the problem. Pavimento had us “sign off” on a computer rendering that showed the pattern lining up, but the product delivered did not line up. The owner of the company said, “too bad, so sad, you signed off, and it’s close enough”. Cambria would not respond when asked if it was possible to line up the pattern, and whether this was a measurement / cutting error. Instead, the manager of Customer Service just kept repeating that “they have confidence in their fabricators”. He states that this is an “excellent” pattern match. So…if you have a seam, and you are OK with the pattern not being close to matching, then this is a beautiful product. On the other hand, if you spend top dollar for Cambria Brittanica, and expect a superior job in measuring and cutting and matching, you will be disappointed in Pavimento. If you expect Cambria to make it right, you are wrong .
shelly, I am sorry to hear about your disappointing experience however, I would like to take some time to address your situation as it is a common one that occurs within the industry. There are many factors involved in determining the placement and number of seams, but that is precisely where we should start. The main factors in deciding if you need a seam is the size and shape of your project, the numbers of “cut-outs” in your project, and above all – the material selected for your project. With that being said, most kitchen counter tops have seams. An additional factor of whether a seam is needed is determined based upon the size of your kitchen versus the size of the slab of material that you selected. For example, you have a “run”, or a section of cabinets requiring a top that extends 130″ for example, however the slab’s usable length may only be 117″… this would dictate that a seam must be used to cover the entire “run”. Here is the tricky part with most, if not all, fabricators. Counter top fabricators must bridge the gap between aesthetic appeal and waste. Is it possible to give everyone a perfect “vein” match every time, sure it is however, that would translate into approximately 70% operating waste of material. That creates a negative situation for both the fabricator and the customer. Most fabricators would probably factor in 30% waste throughout the fabrication and installation process as an acceptable allowance considering that the fabrication and installation procedures cause the most stress to your counter tops. What I personally have experienced is that fabricators would typically be willing to pass along the cost of additional waste directly to you, the customer, if you so chose to dictate seam placement, vein match, etc. Most fabricators may not “stock” certain Cambria colors which means the expense is already elevated as it can be considered a special order product. Additional expense is not necessarily the best way to gain or maintain business as we all know. With these factors involved, is “good enough” really good enough? That can only be decided individually however, an honest conversation should have taken place between the fabricator and yourself regarding the presence and appearance of seams in your counter tops. This does not mean that the product you received is of poor quality, which removes the manufacturer from the equation, nor does it translate to the fabricator delivering a flawed product, it simply means that we in the industry need to provide clearer and more realistic expectations when discussing the intricacies of stone counter tops, regardless of their application. On behalf of suppliers, fabricators, and installers everywhere, I apologize for your experience. I hope that even though you may not receive the full benefit from this post, other consumers may be enlightened enough to know at least what questions to ask throughout the process of replacing or upgrading your counter tops. Sincerely, Daniel CSC Cabinet and Granite
Has anyone had any experience with Cosmos quartz countertops?
Ken Zearley Cosmos is actually a granite and not a quartz. Although it is very beautiful material, it is also one of the more delicate stones to work with. Stephanie Hello Miki, Ken is reffering to Kosmos (It is a Black granite with tons of loose feldspar in the actual composition so it is quite brittle) Cosmos Quartz are actually comperable to MSi Q Quartz. If you are concerned about price i would suggest Cosmos granite and marble because they are pretty cost effective in comparison to Pental and Cambria. Hope this helped. Dan “Kosmos” and “Cosmos” are actually two different types of granite. The slabs always vary in contents but they are always stunning. The silver-gray in these is a mineral called Mica. There are lots of companies making engineered stones these days, and I don’t doubt it that there is one or several that have named a product Cosmos, just as others have given the plastic names after natural stone. I know that TCE is one of many Quartz manufacturers who give their products numbers instead of names. Check out TCE 3003. CSC Cabinet and Granite Cosmos Quartz countertop is a brand of quartz countertops, and yes we have worked with their countertops before, they are of good quality quartz just like MSI or Vicostone. And so far in my 15 years in this field we haven’t have a complain regarding their countertops, however, just like all lifetime warranty from all quartz manufactures, they are like cheese cloth thats just full of holes, so don’t expect that to be realistic warranty. Take care of quartz by keeping away chemical products or heat from it and you will be fine.
Will light colored granite hold up to stains as well as the medium colors.
John I work in the granite industry and with today’s technology as long as you seal the granite you are fine. I have worked in the granite industry everywhere from Chicago to Florida and my primary job was sealant applicator. Some sealants will carry a 15 year warranty. The year to year garbage this article spouts is ridiculous and mocks modern technology. Quartz is a great material I personally don’t want to be like the Jones next door so I have granite because each piece is unique.
I’m sticking with laminate countertops. They’ve already proven to last 20 years, and I’m sure since those 20 year old countertops have been installed, manufacturers have increased the fabrication processes as well as quality. No staining to worry about, no maintenance, and just like all the other countertops, you have to put something under hot pots and pans. I’ll save the $2,300 and put it into my flooring, lighting, or cabinetry accessories, or maybe my appliances… at least the $2,300 won’t be going to countertops that need maintenance… but again, that’s just my opinion.
The comments are very confusing. We have builder quality countertop right now, they are quite cheap but frankly has lasted for 15 years. We are planning to install Granite counter tops. Hopefully, it is a good decision!!! I guess, will know soon enough.
Quartz all the way – our opinion only – simply love the look & the fact it’s maintenance free.
We made a concrete counter top for a rental unit. That way we didn’t have to wait. My question is where do you get the dye for concrete?
Roger The concrete supplier sells the dyes.
Can I put hot pots from the oven or stove directly onto quartz or granite counter-tops? Is one better in terms of receiving really hot dishes / pots? Thanks.
Julie With quartz is better to avoid the direct contact of objects that have just come off the stove. Mike You can on quartz, not with granite MA You have it backward, Mike. Hot things can go on granite, but not on quartz, because of the resin in the quartz. But granite can sometimes crack along a seam from heat, too. Dan Granite: about 800 degrees F Quartz: less than 200 F CSC Cabinet and Granite Like the other guy say, you have it backward, granite is the most heat resistant countertop out there and quartz are not. Just remember approximately 70% of quartz by volume is made of resin which is a type of glue that acts as binding agent for grind up natural quartz. Becky You can put any hot pan on granite…. It is rock.
Buyer beware with Cambria Quartz. We did a lot of research and chose Cambria Quartz over granite. We chose it because it was non-porous, extremely solid and would require no maintenance. Everything was measured and installed perfectly. We had glowing reviews.
Quickly we noticed a few very small chips and then 6 months later we noticed a 12 inch crack along the island. Our installer told us it should be covered by Cambria’s warranty.
Cambria sent someone out to inspect and he informed us that he could not identify what caused the crack and also let us know that cracks are NOT covered by the warranty as they are caused by “external forces.” We were dumbfounded. He said from his experiences with cracks it is usually related to heat – sometimes crockpots. We do not cook on our island. When we have parties we put prepared dishes on it.
Obviously I would NOT buy Cambria again and definitely not for a kitchen. Had they told me I got a defective slab and replaced it I would have understood. Since they are saying there was nothing wrong with the slab I am here to tell you that it cannot handle basic use in a kitchen. I’m beyond disappointed and frustrated.
Mike Have had quartz for years, always place hot pots on the surface, never had issue with granite, our friends did the same, not a good idea – ruined the slab. Pointing out nonsense Mike – I would really like to see some proof of your statements. In quartz warranty information directly from the manufacturer it warns against applying ANY direct heat to a quartz product. Maybe your definition of hot differs from your “friends” definition… I cannot say however making a blanket statement is steering consumers in the wrong direction. CSC Cabinet and Granite So many customers got burn by Cambria and their ridiculous defective products that we have stop carrying their products in our showroom. Its usually the same story like yours hairline crack appeared or glitter started to come off the surface top. Its pretty ridiculous for a product that is made in USA.
We are shopping for new countertops. We have laminate over 20 yrs old. Confused: granite or Quartz. Concerned about granite’s being porous. Everywhere we are told a little different. One place he was going to apply a sealer that lasts 10 years. Next place no sealer. One said we don’t need extra support at our peninsula the other said we did. Don’t know what to do.
CSC Cabinet and Granite Any overhang beyond 10″ mark is recommended that you get re-inforcement bar or aka support under it. This determination can change based on the stone type you choose, some brittle ones will require more re-inforcement bars were as stone like absolute black granite doesn’t require support up to 12″ mark as it is dense and non-fragile like some Nebraska granite. Its true that some granite are pre-seal by the manufacture with 10-15 years of sealer, high density granite like absolute black or tan brown or black galaxy does not require any sealing ever, they are what we consider non-porous stone that does not absorb any stains.
Quartz is most certainly not cheaper, it starts at like a level 3 granite. there are plenty of level 1 and 2 granite slabs that are available and popular. Quartz is also far less heat resistant, capped at 400 F, while granite has no max temp within the boundaries of house hold cooking temps. also quartz has been known to stain, especially white! the industry is starting to recognize this but there has been no official statement on the matter, but it for sure happens. I know of customers who seal their quartz because past quartz has stained from exposure to wine or dark beverages. you have been warned! this article helpful to an extent but it is very much erronious in many aspects. do some more research.
Mike Well everything you said is the exact opposite. Quartz can handle hot items, it does NOT stain from wine spills or others & the only time it fades is when direct sunlight hits it all day long. Just not sure where your information is coming from because we have NEVER had an issue for the past 10yrs with our counters, at least not what you’re pointing out. Bob Zed Quartz will stain heavily and actually start on fire. Granite? not so much, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYfi9f-gOEQ CSC Cabinet and Granite It is you who has it exactly opposite, quartz can not handle hot items as well as granite, light color quartz will suffer from some stain if exposed for prolong period of time and heat ring stain or acid etch mark is other type of stain that quartz will suffer from. We are retailer and fabricator for countertop surfaces, thus we should know better. Dark color quartz will have less of these issues compared to light colored quartz. Orlando Resident Can confirm I have white quartz, and boy does it stain LIKE CRAZY!!!!!!! I am going to seal it like pronto!!! JM Getting ready to get quartz in WHITE! Holy cow! Need to know does it stain or not? Someone told me that acidic things are not a good idea on quartz, like orange juice, vinegar, etc. Please help as I’m almost at the point where I must order to get it in time for install after the cabs. Milly I am deciding between quartz and granite and whether to put in the real stuff or the transformations. The real stuff is less money but more of a mess to install. The transformations take one day and are guaranteed for life. Any opinions would be appreciated. Karen I can confirm that light colored quartz can stain. Mine is a cream colored base with darker speckles. I left a plastic bag on the countertop overnight and the print on it transferred to the quartz. I was able to remove most of it with cleaners but a very slight shadow remains. We’ve also had a few chips on the sink edge, an undermount sink with a straight edge on the quartz. I’m looking at installing quartz in another house but will insist on rounded edges. This stuff is not as indestructible as advertised.
Is anyone here familiar with quartzforms? I’ve seen their imperial brown on pinterest and I think it would be great for my kitchen but there are very few online reviews.
We have Cambria Quartz, and just love it. We had it installed in our kitchen and two bathrooms three years ago–have no chips or stains, and it’s just beautiful. I love to clean it and then rub it–just to see the beautiful shine and sheen. You don’t have to rub it–I just like doing it because it’s so pretty. It’s so easy to keep clean. We have set hot pots on it (accidently) and picked them right back up–no staining or discoloration. I highly recommend it.
We had quartz countertops installed in our home just over a year ago. We purchased the quartz from a yard, and had them installed by a fabricator. The counters are cracking, both our outside kitchen and our inside kitchen. I am so distraught at the amount of money that was spent and now we are at risk of having to redo our entire counters because no one will accept blame for the cracks…..
Nell Pratt Hi Rebecca the home depot is a really good place to get connected with reputable contractors in your area. Cat Rebecca, Quartz should never be used in outdoor applications. If you redo it you may want to consider soapstone which is perfect for outdoor applications. I am sorry for your pain. lola For outside kitchens consider Dekton is sold at a home depot CSC Cabinet and Granite Always stick with granite for outdoor countertops, they will last you forever. As for the quartz countertop, did you get the Cambria branded quartz? These are premium priced quartz that will crack as they are defective, please don’t blame the fabricators as they aren’t the ones who manufacture the defective materials, these defects are on the manufacture side. So go after the OEM to see if they will agree to provide you replacement stones, but from my experience all those “Lifetime Warranty” are just full of holes like a cheese cloth, many times customers will not be able to make a claim on Lifetime Warranty bullshit. This goes for manufacture such as Vicostone, Cambria, MSI or Quartz Masters. If you are denied the warranty claim, the only other way for you to get anything is to ask the fabricator to step up and have them ask the manufacturer for replacement. If your fabricators are one of those with big shops, not like some small trailer guys or backyard fabricators, then they have some buying power and can demand some sort of concession from the sales rep of manufacture to help you out, you will most likely just need to pay for the labor from this way. Only works if you choose legitimate business fabricators not one man shop types.
I’m seriously considering quartzite for my kitchen, I like it much more than any granite I’ve seen. If salesmen say that it is true quartzite, will they guarantee it as such. It seems my only option would be to take a bottle of vinegar or lemon juice to showroom and spray the material to see if it etches. Is there any other way?
tracy I had the same query so i took a sample of the quartz (compac noce colour) home. I left tea, coffee, red wine, strawberries and vinegar overnight and the following morning simply wiped it off. There was no stain. Definately recommended. John H Mary said she was considering quartzite. Quartz and quartzite are two different materials. Quartz is a manufactured or engineered product and does not need to be sealed and does not stain or etch (some report white or very light colored quartz will stain but others say it does not). Quartzite, like granite, is a natural product and can be very beautiful. While granite is formed by volcanic action and is very strong, quartzite is pressure formed and can be brittle. So is treated by the supplier with resin to make it stronger. However, the resin can easily etch on some colors and shows as a cloud. Mary probably knows by now whether her counter has etched or not. Her supplier knows that is a problem with quartzite and should have told her up front. I am not an expert or in the trade but only repeating what I have found by research that appears to be correct information. Bob P Didn’t know you could get quartzite for a counter. It’s so brittle, I’d be fearful of using in for a counter. And it’s not particularly pretty.
Buyer beware! Quartz is NOT indestructible! We have a beautiful quartz countertop, and an undermount sink. After only a few years of normal kitchen use, there are a number of small gouges along the edge of the counter, along the edge of the sink. This edge has a straight profile; the remainder of the edges are bevelled, and have no damage. The gouges can not be repaired. Do your research! Countertop edges around an undermount sink are vulnerable, no matter how careful you are. We will have to replace the entire counter, which is a huge expense. Based on our experience, we would not choose a caesarstone counter again, or recommend it. (We also have cambria counters, as well as granite, and have no issues with those)
Zyna Elsie, I’ve been doing some research and read that quartz counters should never be installed with a sharp corner profile. Instead, the site I looked at recommended a rounded edge to avoid chipping. It seems you’ve already discovered this, as you say your bevelled edges are in good shape. Perhaps rather than recommending that people NOT get Caesarstone, you should be recommending they get a rounded edge. That seems misleading…from what I read, any stone (including granite) will chip if it has a sharp edge. Sorry about your troubles…hope you get/got it fixed without breaking the bank. 🙂
Does anyone have any experience with Pental or Viatera quartz? I’m looking for a counter top that looks like marble, and both come close. I’d appreciate any advice.
Anonymous Viatera is great. I work at a granite shop in my hometown and we do a lot with Viatera, HanStone, Caesarstone, Silestone, and ColorQuartz. We seem to have no problems when it comes to HanStone or Viatera.
I’ve had Cambrian quartz counters now for almost a year and I couldn’t be more pleased. I chose quartz over granite because there is virtually no maintenance, although I’ve seen Lowe’s now carries a granite that doesn’t require sealing. I don’t know anything about that and I wouldn’t purchase granite or Quartz from a retailer. But I can tell you my Quartz still looks besutiful and I only wipe it down with water and sometimes a mild soap. When my cambria counter was installed they sent me a cheese board made out if my counter as a gift. At the time I didn’t realize what it was, I thought it was a cutting board. Over the last 10 months I have done all my prep work on this quart board and have used it as a trivot for hot pots. There is not one scratch or cut mark, nor is it burned or dis colored. Now, I would go as far as treated the actual counter this way, but I do think it goes to show just how durable Quartz is.
Absolutely great site. So many of my questions have been answered and I plan to share this site with friends and family.
Karen This is good news for me. We had a measure done by Cambria and they are waiting for us to choose a color. The brand is what I was after. We shopped for over 6 weeks looking for a quartz that looked amazing. We found it in the Cambria line but now have to narrow it down. They really are beautiful.
it should be noted that the ratio of 93% quartz 7% resin for quartz countertops is a ratio by weight as quartz is much heavier than resin, ratio by volume which is a more true measurement is approx. 66% quartz 34% resin that is why it is susceptible to burning and or discoloration from excessive heat. It is not the quartz that will burn but the resin.
Anthony Greer This is great info. Thank you, Al.
I use a scotch scrub pad (on the back of the sponge) on my formica counter and it scratches it. Can I safely use one on granite or quartz? I need to scrub a lot (dried sweet potato, etc.) . Thanks,
Anthony Greer I would try a plastic scraper first. I have never used a scotch-brite pad because there was nothing I couldn’t get off using a plastic scraper and a little elbow grease. They do make scotch-brite pads that are specific for stone. I would be willing to try that. Amy I use my granite countertop as a cutting board with no problems. I have had my countertops for years. Sue T What color is your granite? I want a light stone, but am afraid of the staining. Malka I have had granite kitchen vounters for 3 years and Zi’m now pitting them in all the bathrooms. LOVE it; It’s so pretty and sparkles in sunlight. I’ve never had it resealed (although they will do it with the new install). I have set hot pans on it and used it for a cutting board. It’s great to defrost meat- the stone pulls out the cold. It still is as shiny and beautiful as when it was first installed. No way a resin product will take the place of a beautiful, solid stone…..
I’ve had granite counters for many years, have rarely had to seal it, sealing takes a few minutes, not an issue.
Granite seems to be cold to the touch. How does quartz compare?
Connie Saltarelli It is cold too.
Granite does not need to be sealed “year after year”
Mark Pilot Agree. The people trying to sell you on the notion that it has to be sealed yearly usually have a vested $$ interest. We had our (dark) granite sealed once shortly after it was installed. We use Daily Granite from Target for any daily cleanups because it doesn’t leave a soap residue. We are on year 12 and they look as good as the day they were installed. I likely will never have them sealed again.
I just bought new cupboards from Ikea ( fiberboard ) I believe, not real wood , but I love the modern European design . Can I use cement (concrete) counter tops with these ….. Will they hold the weight, or is granite & quartz the same weight as the concrete ? Lori
Amy My husband installs granite countertops and hate the IKEA cabinets due to being to fragile. What he does is builds a frame inside of the cabinets to support the granite tops. DeniseCallaghan Hi Lori. If you are still considering concrete… give me a shout.
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Annot always get the same polished shine on quartz edges as on quartz countertops, especially with darker colors. Has anyone had this experience with quartz?
CSC Cabinet and Granite Its true, we can get it close but not a perfect shine like the surface due to the fact that each slab of quartz is baked to that finish rather than polished like granite, there will always be very faint hazel finish when comparing hand polishing surface to original finish.
Carl J. Fielstra
Presently planning to replace our kitchen countertops and are considering both options, i.e., quartz or granite. Your review and comparison of the two is very helpful as are the “real life” follow-up comments.
Cost notwithstanding, I tend to agree that it’s a matter of personal preference.
I have seen some striking granite I feel would work well in our home, but now believe I should give quartz a further look.
Hi, My wife and I just started remodeling our kitchen we are in NY. Wanted to know what Quartz company is better Caesarstone, Pental Quartz or Cambria? Very confusing, any help would help.
Anonymous If you make the decision to install quartz you need to be aware it is not impervious to heat. It will crack or scorch if heat is left on it for any length of time. That said, try looking at Hanstone. Very good product. Same composition of quartz as the other mentioned quartz products but with a much more affordable price point. My husband is a fabricator and we install a lot of this product and have not had any customer complaints about.
We have problems with black mold growing where our stainless steel sink and granite counter top meet up in our kitchen. Does anyone else have this problem or maybe was it not sealed properly at time of installation? Building a new home and trying to decide if we want to go with granite again because of this issue.
Ann I too have the same issue with the sink area by my granite. I have tried many things to clean and have not been successful. Also would appreciate any insight or solution to this. Amy It is common. My husband instals granite, quartz and marble. All undermount sinks seem to have this problem, including my own. I take a butter knife to clean it and make sure after using the sink try to dry the area. Its a wet area so mold will grow there. You could always go old school and get an overmount sink.
We are looking to change our counter tops in the kitchen ~ not sure what is best ~ I was told from a few professionals that say if you put a hot pan on quartz it will leave a wavy mark that will be permanent ~ Some say that Granite is for a working kitchen & Quartz is more for a pretty kitchen not used much ????? Help ~ Maybe we should look at something different ~ we have downsized to a smaller condo w/a small kitchen ~ Help
What is the cost and installation range I can expect from a quartz kitchen counter? I have 82 sf. which includes an island with a range and live in Los Angeles.
I just bought a keystone counter top. They said it was quartz. I assume they are right and it is quartz made by keystone? Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks.
I presently have a granite countertop which I want to replace with Quartz, mainly because the it’s black and I want to go with a light color. I really don’t like the fact that it has to be sealed, I find it a real pain. Do the installers handle the removal of the old one?
Anthony Greer Yes, they’ll take care of the removal and disposal for you.
My parents were told that using coffee makers, crock pots, electric skillets on a regular basis on a quartz counter would void the warranty. They were looking at Cambria. Are you familiar with this sort of warranty (or void of such warranty)
Anthony Greer Hi Dave. I’m not familiar with those particular specifics of the warranty. Please make sure to read it over very carefully. This page on Cambria’s website has a download link for their warranty. https://www.cambriausa.com/customer-care/warranty-and-registration/ CSC Cabinet and Granite Indeed these will void many quartz manufacturer’s warranty, many customers will overlook the fine print on these so called “lifetime warranty” and gets upset when they read these fine prints from quartz manufacture. Granite although has no material warranty, but I always say it is a naturally made stone thats warranted by Mother Nature.
We’ve had granite and quartz. Most recently we’ve installed quartz. We love the color and look in general, but have just noticed two chips, one on a corner and one by the sink. This has been very disappointing, since we never had this issue with our granite counters, and our quartz counters were just recently installed. Do you have any pointers on chip repair?
Anthony Greer Hi Mellisa. I would leave that to the professionals in your area. Trying to fix that on your own can just make things more obvious.
I’ve had granite in my kitchen and bathroom for 14 years. It still looks great and I have never sealed it. I am careful to dry around the sink after use in the bsthroom! Looks just like it did when it was installed 14 years ago!
Sue T. Is your granite dark or light? It seems like a dark granite would not show the stains, but light would.
We just had our kitchen renovated, and chose Cambria Quartz. It is gorgeous!
Anthony Greer Glad you’re enjoying your new kitchen, Julie. Anonymous What color
Thanks for the straightforward comparisons and the details. I’m looking at buying a new home and will want to upgrade the kitchen, wherever I go. This helps me with my budget pl
Anning and I appreciate your comments on the pros and cons of each. This will be a big help to me.
Anthony Greer You’re welcome Bill. Glad to help.
Deal breaker for me is the environmental impact. Nice to think that quartz may be seen as the ‘newer’ update, while granite the over-rated status symbol of the 90’s…but, seriously, I’d like to update my home responsibly. This review seemed actually Fair and Balanced, and helped me realize that my needs should swing the balance between two pretty equally quality products. I’m voting for the greener of the products.
I am currently remodeling my kitchen and fell in love with Super White Quartzite and Calacutta Quartzite because I love the marble look. I was warned by the staff that they have had some clients have no issues with quartzite and some have had significant staining issues. I didn’t want to spend a fortune and have stained countertops a few months later. People often mistake quartzite which is all natural to quartz which is man made. Quartzite is absolutely stunning but I didn’t want to take the chance! Good luck…
I recently purchased my countertop with the Tampa location they were so professional and helpful, I must say they made the installation so easy and so easy they were in and out 3 visits! Thank you granite transformation
Hello Anthony, Thank you so much for your information. I just visited the stone yard in my town today. I originally wanted granite but found out that quartz was cheaper and I found a great color. Then I read your information here. I didn’t know the difference. But, now I am going back to granite even though I DO NOT want to annually seal it. However, the leeching of VOCs concerns me. I have an autistic grandson and we keep him “environmentally clean”. I teach nursing and I am getting older and the long term effects of leeching VOC makes me concerned. Thus, I fell in love with quartz but I am going back and getting granite. A BIG thank you for keeping me from what I would have thought to have been a mistake when I found out later about VOCs (particularly after the expense).
What a fantastic website. The information is easy to find and broken down so well. I never comment on sites…but I had to for yours! I will be telling people about your site!
Thanks! You’ve made one choice in my home remodel quick and easy!
I may be a little late to the party, but I had to speak up. I just had a quartz countertop installed. It is beautiful! It was under $50 a sq ft, it is very durable, and it is a gorgeous color. I bought mine from Lowes, who sub contracts to a manufacturer in San Fransisco (in California anyway) and they were a wonderful company to work with, sales team, installers, and all. I find myself looking “into” the counter top and enjoying the sparkles and intricacies of it, as many of the quartz crystals are slightly opaque or clear. I know thats a little nutty but Im an artist, and I find the crushed stone colors fascinating. I highly recommend it.
Hi Anthony, thank you for making my choice easier. I am going to choose quartz! Was looking at caser stone. One question I do have do you know how long the bench can be before it must have a join? Thanks. I’m in Australia 🙂
Anthony Greer Make sure to read the pages on Caesarstone. Their getting a TON of complaints from consumers. https://countertopinvestigator.com/caesarstone-countertops/
Good day Anthony; I submitted a rebuttal last night, correcting your knowledge about geology, your website response would not except the letter. It also stated that I had submitted this letter before. I had not. Opposing viewpoints should be a wake up call. My guess is that you have an agenda. Your website links to Chinese prefab countertops. Are you a fabricator or do you just sell blanks? You do a disservice to the stone industry. People reading this are going to be confused. Please check your facts and acknowledge your intentions!!
Anthony Greer Sorry about that Marc. I’ve been very slow to approve comments lately because I get so much spam. For every good comment like yours I have 100+ spam comments to delete. I don’t have an agenda. I don’t sell anything on this website. I’m not a fabricator or a seller of stone. I wish I could find that Chinese fabricator your talking about because they definitely should not to be linked to from here. Those are sub-par all the way.
I forgot to mention that my stone company suggested (and gave me) a cleaner that has sealing properties in it. The quartz does not have to be sealed but they recommended I use it for the seams.
Bonny And what is the name of that cleaner?
I am not sure if my Fantasty Brown is quartz or quartzite – I am not sure where I picked up the quartzite term. Laura seems to have answered that. My update is that I did learn it is as tough or tougher than granite, I can put hot things directly on it, it doesn’t stain and it never has to be sealed, like granite. My slabs came from Haverhill, MA and I could not be more happy with them. Due to the length of my back counter, I had to have two seams. Because this stone has waves like marble – it is much more difficult to match at the seams. The stone people did a great job keeping a similar flow to the counter. If seams bother you – this may not be the stone for you.
Judy I’m in Haverhill, too. Can you tell me the name of the company who installed your countertops?
Very well summed up Anthony. Many people come into our showroom and don’t know the differences. I’ll send them to this link and your site for more information.
In my area quartz is significantly higher in price than the majority of the granite colors. I recommend to all of my customers (I am a kitchen designer) to choose what they like in terms of colors and patterning. The only time I recommend engineered stone is if you are looking for a color that just doesn’t occur in in nature, which leads back to the advice of “choosing what you like”
I’ve only heard negative comments about concrete.
I just completed a kitchen renovation and needed to make a countertop choice between granite and quartzite. My back counter is 17 feet long so I chose quartzite (Fantasy Brown) because of the marble-like flow. It does not have to be sealed and it doesn’t stain. In my area (Northeast) Quartzite costs more and I was told by several realtors and stone dealers that it is now the more desireable countertop for home buyers. What I can’t seem to get info on, is if I can put hot pans/pots/bowls on it? Thanks!
Anthony Greer Hi Cindy Are you sure what you bought is quartzite and not quartz? The answer is different depending on what you have. Is there a brand name? Laura Fantasy Brown is not man made or engineered, the slabs are mined naturally. There is no “brand name”. I have the leathered texture installed in my house and we put hot things on it. kim I am having a leathered finish Fantasy Brown countertop installed in my kitchen. The yard stressed that this is a very durable marble, not quartzite. Not sure that matters to some, but I’ve always been steered away from putting marble in a kitchen. Fantasy Brown has a good track record in kitchens these days, so maybe this is a distinction without a difference, as they say.
Your information is great – thanks, I’m steering away from granite, the only concern is your comment on it fading under sun light, is there anything you can do to rectify this?
Anthony Greer I wouldn’t worry too much about it too much, Lynne. It’s pretty rare. If you think that you do get enough sun for this to happen go with a lighter color. It won’t prevent it but it will make it much less obvious.
A good comparison. I’ve been in the industry for many years. It’s interesting how the pros and cons change when you add the aspects of fabricating the material. I’m pro granite but think that Quartz has made several improvements the last few years. Leading the way is Cambria with a line of colors that few can match. Anthony I do have to say that most cleaners are fine to use on Granite. You’re right that it won’t hurt the stone but most cleaners will strip the sealer. The best and cheapest cleaner is warm water. There are only a handful specific cleaners out on the market today. Dupont has a great one and really probably makes everybody else’s. The key is finding a ph balanced cleaner. Water is ideal having a ph of 7 anything higher becomes acidic and anything lower becomes basic. Both can strip the sealer from the counter top. As far as not sealing Quartz, I like to use a cleaner that has sealer properties in it on both. It gives a nice luster with giving a great cleanability aspect to the surface for either option.
Anthony Greer Thanks for your insight, Bryce. Laura Coming from someone else in the industry I would agree with everything above! Bonny any particular brand with the sealing agents in it for quartz BrandonBrandon pH higher than 7 is basic, and lower than 7 is acidic. Source: Chemist
We just went with stained concrete counter tops for a 1⁄3 the price!! No seams or mismatched comor patterns!!! Could not be happier with the acid stained counters we have!!!
What about cleaning both, any issues with cleaners?
Anthony Greer Hi Patty, No issues. Just be sure to check with the manufacturer and use a recommended cleaner. But generally, things like windex, formula 404, and vinegar solutions are completely safe.
Like you stated it’s a personal preference and everyone will defend what they like. We are building a house and all four bathrooms and kitchen counter are granite ,however had I read the comparison prior. I’d go with quartz. I love the durability and really I don’t have time for this sealing process.
Thank you so much for all this information. I’m rebuilding my house after a tornado and trying to decide between quartz and granite. What about heat factors?
Thank you, Melody Church
Anthony Greer I’m so sorry to hear about that, Melody. Both resist heat equally well. You can feel comfortable putting hot pots and pans on either surface. Accidents do happen however, so it may be prudent to use a trivet when you can. The little bit of hassle is probably worth protecting your investment.
Thank you, reading all the pros and cons helps. I’m still not sure, but I’m leaning toward the granite. I liked your information on the sealants. All your knowledge is helpful. My question for you is what do you have for your own countertops?
Anthony Greer haha, good question Sharon. I have quartz in my kitchen. Mia What made you choose Quartz over Granite and have you had any issues with staining or heat?
Thanks, really clearly explained. Nice to know either way I am going to love my work top. I have chosen quartz because I like the patterns better than granite.
FYI reading this in the UK, isn’t the internet great!
You mention sealing annually, what is the best product for this?
We have a new granite countertop in our remodeled bathroom and love its look.
We needed it so we could have an under mount sink.
Anthony Greer Hey Tony, Undermount sinks are a beautiful look. Nice choice! Do you have a stone yard in your area. I would talk to them and see what they sell for sealants. Their options will be much higher quality than those from stores like Home Depot. Mitzie Webster Granite does not have to be sealed yearly. There is a wonderful product called DRY TREAT that is good for 15 years. It has been on my granite counter for fours years now. Those counters have stood up to even a cut lemon being left cut side down overnight. Grease, wine, pomegranate juice… nothing leaves a mark. hashset I’ve had my granite countertop for 18 years. We cook nearly every day. From stir-frying to roasting and baking. We drink wine, cut directly on it, get lemon or lime juice on it, put hot roasting pans straight out of the oven onto the counter-top with no trivet, saucepans and frying pans off the cooktop. We have NEVER sealed it. Not once. As for cleaning, we just use dish soap and water. It looks exactly the same as the day we got it. Granted it’s a moderately dark color, and of course there are all sorts of granite from many different parts of the world so your experience might be different. This was installed back before granite became relatively cheap. A 6 x 3 slab cost over $150 per sq ft (installed) back then.
Anthony Greer, Thanks for the information! Can you comment on Quartzite? Since it’s a slab like granite does it have the same pros and cons?
Anthony Greer Hey there, Michelle. I’d be happy to. If you can find pure quartzite I say go for it, but a lot of slabs are sold as quartzite when they are not. Here is more info on it for you. https://countertopinvestigator.com/quartzite-granite-comparison/
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