Quartz Silestone vs Granite Worktops - Pros & Cons

Quartz vs granite – the big fight!

Of course, there is no fight here, these are both natural stones so therefore they are calm, they are serene, and they are grounded. Whilst this is true, you do need to choose one or the other if you’re going to go down the natural stone route for your worktop, and if you’ve decided to eliminate the marble option.

Quartz Silestone is a big named brand, but what if you’re not sure which to pick between that and granite?

Well, you need to do your research and luckily we’re here to pit the two against each other for you.

Quartz Silestone Pros & Cons

Pro 1 – Quartz is non-porous. This means that the stone doesn’t absorb liquid and doesn’t absorb any germs or bacteria either. Overall this makes quartz a more hygienic choice.

Pro 2 – Quartz requires zero maintenance. Because of the non-porosity of quartz, you will not need to seal your worktop during its life, unlike the other natural stones you can work into your kitchen needs. Other than regular cleaning, which you would do generally, quartz doesn’t require anything else at all.

Pro 3 – Quartz Silestone is available in countless different colours, patterns and finishes. You won’t struggle to find a colour choice for you, out of the huge range on offer.

Pro 4 – Quartz is highly scratch resistant, highly stain resistant, and highly heat resistant. You would have to scratch the surface quite badly to cause any damage, place a very high temperature down on the surface for a length of time and use a very highly staining substance to cause any problems. Of course, you shouldn’t tempt fate, but the peace of mind is there that if you do have a slight mishap, you’re not going to cause a huge issue.

Con 1 – Quartz doesn’t have the earthy tones of granite. Yes, you can find many different colours in quartz, but granite in comparison is much earthier and natural.

Con 2 – Quartz isn’t 100% quartz. You will receive a slab which is around 93% quartz in its natural form, with the remaining percentage being resin that is added in.

Granite Pros & Cons

Pro 1 – Granite is the strongest of the natural stones. This means that you can be sure of no damage occurring unless a very strange mishap happens!

Pro 2 – Granite is available in beautiful, earthy tones. The colour scheme of granite is much more natural than quartz, so if you’re looking for something natural, granite is for you.

Pro 3 – Granite is highly heat and scratch resistant. Because of the strength of the stone, it is very heat resistant and just like quartz, very scratch resistant also. Again, use heat pads and chopping boards, just in case, and then you’re covered.

Con 1 – Granite is porous. Unlike quartz, granite is a porous stone, so it does absorb liquids and as a result it will need treatment on an annual basis at least, to keep it in top condition.

Con 2 – Granite isn’t as readily available in brighter colours. Granite is more about earthy tones, so if you’re looking for something more bright and unusual, perhaps quartz is a better option for you.

Hopefully this pro and con argument has shed some light!


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