Silestone vs Granite – A Key Difference That Will Make It An Easy Choise

Silestone And Granite Both Make Great Countertops But You Need To Know This Key Difference

Beautiful black granite counters.
Both countertops are great high-end option but they each have their own sets of pros and cons.

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Here’s a brief rundown of the key differences so that you can make a more informed choice about the counter you’ll be slicing, peeling and shredding on for the years to come. See this page if you’re looking for a very detailed and in-depth comparison.

Quartz countertops are maintenance-free

One of the biggest deciding factors has to come down to the amount of maintenance issues required to keep the countertop looking as good as the day it first arrived at your door. Silestone quartz comes out as the winner for this one since it is an extremely non-porous counter that can easily resist spills and ultimately stains.

On the other hand, a porous stone like granite needs to be sealed at least once a year to keep it protected. As well, without the sealing protection, bacteria can grow in the small crevices that you can’t see with with the naked eye. This can actually end up being a safety hazard in the sanctity of your own kitchen.

Granite is resilient but not as strong as quartz

When it comes to strength, Silestone wins out again – although only slightly. Granite contains crystalline material, which allows for fissures and small spaces. Although it is extremely resilient to cracking and chipping, it just isn’t as strong as quartz in this regard.

Just to make things clear though, it would take an excessive amount of force to crack or chip the countertop in any way. The small difference in strength shouldn’t really be much of a consideration when you’re deciding between the 2 types of counters.

The aesthetic value

Both of these countertop choices look amazing in all types of kitchens. Whether you have a traditional, contemporary or a transitional decor in your kitchen, you’ll enjoy setting up your meals and preparing your food on granite or Silestone. In regards to their looks and fashion statement, they both come out as winners.

If you choose a quartz worktop, make sure to check out other brands as well such as Cambria and Caesarstone.

So which one should you pick?

When push comes to shove, the aesthetics of the stone will play a vital part in the decision-making process.Remember that Silestone has actually been processed and therefore does not offer the same type of natural look that you’ll get from a stone slab that is simply carved from the earth and polished until it shines.

Some people adore this natural look and would never settle for anything less. If you have a decided preference towards granite, this should end up being your stone of choice. You’re going to be the one that is looking at and appreciating your countertop the most, and for the cost of the investment, you’ll want to have and enjoy the counter that resonates the most with you.

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  • Jdg Sandwich December 10, 2017, 9:50 pm

    Reading between the lines in the above commments it appears that Silestone installed 10 plus years ago had no problems while many recent installations have defective material. May be a new (changed formula?) manufacturing process that the company does not want to own up to. You may want to stay far away from this product based on the above until reviews turn more positive. Especially regarding warranty issues. That alone says a lot.

  • fred November 27, 2017, 4:39 pm

    We have our complete kitchen done in Silestone… plain white. It stains ridiculously easily… and we have the high traffic edge of our kitchen island chipped to crap! this product is nothing like it says it is. You will be disappointed. We are looking at a complete replacement… original money is thrown away!

  • Heather November 26, 2017, 9:31 pm

    1) I put a hot pan down on the silestone surface and got a burn mark,

    2) I dropped an ordinary soup bowl on the silestone surface and the silestone chipped, while the bowl was unaffected

    It will cost me £10k to repair

    Silestone is not granite

  • jane October 15, 2017, 6:07 pm

    I have a neighbour using Silestone to cover his front garden, including the path. Yes, you read that correctly. Not sure how they will get in and out when it’s wet or icy weather.

  • Helen cunningham June 20, 2017, 4:50 am

    Have ordered silestone Quasar for my kitchen island. After reading some of these reviews I’m terrified that I’m ordering the wrong product. It has really been critical of silestone. And the fact that the company doesn’t stand behind their product should there be a problem. Please advise me.
    Thank you

    • Rita June 29, 2017, 1:55 am

      I got my Silestone from Home Depot over 5 years ago and no problems. I Even put hot pots out of the oven and off the stove without any damage to the stone. No chipping or scratches. Have your base cabinets and stone professionally installed.

      • Ruth December 2, 2017, 3:04 am

        Me too. Mine is great. No scratches or problems. Still shines after years of use.

  • Cindy May 17, 2017, 1:54 pm

    I have had silestone in my kitchen and used it for saddles better the doorways entering the room. Never had an issue and it always looks like the day I installed it. I also have silestone as one of my bathroom countertops -still as beautiful,as the day it was installed. I have an issue with the recommendation that granite is bacteria-free – don’t know a health facility that uses it – so questionable in my opinion – as far as marble my sons had it in their condo snd after several years it was losing its lust.

  • H D April 22, 2017, 9:39 pm

    It seems the older Silstone (10 to 12 years) is better than todays. The newer users are the ones having problems. Wonder if the source contractor is not as good now.

  • Betsy Larey March 25, 2017, 2:59 pm

    I have silestone ( 12 years ) and I love it. In my other house the contractor is pushing hard for granite. I don’t like it for the reasons mentioned in the article

  • Robert Belk March 15, 2017, 7:36 pm

    I agree with most of the comments. Sillestone does not hold up. As far as putting something hot, like a pan on it, don’t try it. Home Depot people tell you NO HOT Items on it. We didn’t put hot items on it but it still developed unsightly marks. Avoid it. At least with granite, you know what you have!

  • Robert Belk March 15, 2017, 7:33 pm

    Whatever you here, stay AWAY from Silestone. The manufacturer does NOT honor their warranties. We have had it for about seven years in our kitchen. We discovered about a year ago, some white lines appearing in it. We called the dealer who sold it to us. They had their installing company call us and send pictures. He happened to have a representative of that company come out for another possible sale and when he saw it, he said it was an obvious imperfection in the material. The repair company they sent out said the same thing and filed a warranty claim. Long story short, they denied it saying it must have been the result of a hot item placed on it. That never happened as we have been very careful with it. Avoid the hassles we have had and do a different product.

  • Barbara Hampton January 24, 2017, 2:00 am

    This article was supposed to talk about the differences or comparisons of Quartzite -vs- granite. Yet, it keep mentioning Quartz which is a completely different.

    You also mention that some quartzite could have resin mixed it. Yes, it does that is how it is made!

    The main beef I have is the lack of consistency with the terms used -vs- the discussion heading. Made this article worthless.

  • Al Purdon September 9, 2016, 1:50 am

    Have Silestone installed for 12years, four pieces: 2 small tops, 1 5ft single, and 1 7ft with a double sink under mount, even ordered an added on piece that I fitted in myself. When they did the templates, they said it very important to have a stable surface, especially for larger pieces. The uneven torques are apart of nature, no matter how hard you think the material might be. Houses shift, joints wrinkle, doors squeak. Since, we wanted the counters higher I installed a 2″ platform under the base cabinets.

  • DISAPPOINTED IN SILESTONE August 30, 2016, 9:06 pm

    I purchased at Home Depot. The marketing says ‘hard’ and ‘durable’ and ’25 year warranty’. Don’t believe it! Two months after the install i dropped a cheap cereal bowl on the edge of my counter and 2 large chunks fell out of the edge of the counter. There is no repair kit for Quartz. The install team graciously came out to take pics and file a claim with Cosentiono who owns the brand. Turns out the warranty doesn’t cover anything after it leaves the plant in Spain. Because it’s manufactured by adding resins, glass etc… to the natural quartz my belief is i have a bad slab. Good luck getting Cosentino to admit there is a defect with their manufactured slab. A cheap cereal bowl ruined one of my counters barely twon months into a product advertised as having a ’25 year warranty’.

    If you plan on using anything other than Styrofoam plate ware you may want to consider a manufacturer other than Silestone for your quartz counters. Home Depot is no help either. It would be nice to see report on the warranty claim rate/denial rate. They tout that warranty so proudly but how often do they honor a claim?

  • Mcpats August 3, 2016, 9:12 pm

    I have had my Silestone counters for years and they cover over 30 feet with 2 seams where the angles change. I have had no problems whatsoever with cracking or chipping and they are completely non-porous. No need to worry about having to seal them or be concerned about bacteria. I will always take it over Granite.

  • Deanna July 7, 2016, 1:35 am

    Picking Silestone counters for my home was a bad choice. They have cracked twice. I now understand that cracks and chips are common. They will not stand behind their warranty and blame hot pans on the counter and bad installation. I belong to a home builders association and have made my experience known. Be careful, pick granite instead.

    • G Lange August 20, 2016, 4:43 am

      I’ve had a similar experience. It came in flawed so badly the first shipment had to be replaced, but the second wasn’t much better. Hazing and color variations that the installer even said were bad enough that they’d either discount it or make a 3rd one. I took the discount, but regret it. I’m not happy with the flaws and the edges have chipped very easily. The two most obnoxious chips were from a basic water glass bumping the side of the countertop — the glass didn’t break, chip, or have one mark on it, but the countertop chipped badly. I’d never again install quartz. A friend has a different color and has also had issues with chipping. Neither of us had chips in our former kitchens with other surfaces and both are easy on our homes.

  • Anjie Mitchell October 20, 2015, 10:54 am

    Can you take a hot casserole out of the oven and put it on the Silestone surface?

    • Anonymous December 3, 2015, 3:24 pm

      Yes!!! I have had it for years and I take things right out of the oven and put right on the counter!

    • Angel March 5, 2017, 4:00 am

      We built a custom high end retirement home that I designed. When it came to the kitchen, I am very picky and detailed. As far as granite, I dont care for the unsitely seams and I loved what silestone had to offer, we were in the home 12 years before my husband went back to help our troops in Afghanistan. We sold the home and the new buyers thought that the counters were brand new….We always took items out of the oven and set them on the silestone, we never had a problem, like I said the new buyers thought out counter was freshly installed… was 12 years old and was still as beautiful as the day it was installed by the builder. I will never go with anything except Silestone. The Quartz was not offered at that time, but I may give it a try with this new home, blessings with your final choice.

  • Tom July 12, 2015, 2:35 pm

    You didn’t mention the effects of heat such as from a crock pot or a hot pizza stone placed on a towel. I just discovered a hairline crack in my new (2013) silestone counter top. It might be from heat.

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