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.
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.
I am thinking that it will depend on who your vendor is that has sold and installed the silestone countertops. Just because you went to Home Depot in one area and got a horrible countertop does mean in another state, or town that they have the same vendor who supplies and does the installation. They contract out to different vendors and they could be gathering the different forms of counter top from different places around the world that are not the same forms.
PS – of all things, I am using old-fashioned LINOLEUM (you read that right) – supposedly naturally antimicrobial (as hardwood is), and in my grandmother’s kitchen, was great-looking for> 50 years. I”d love to hear if anyone has experience with this. I am attempting replication of her 1820’s original kitchen. Need to find installer. =:))
I think it’s important for people to realize that manufactured products change over time due to ingredients, process, labor, and more.
And even natural products are quarried from different locations which can change the organic composition of natural rock like granite.
Respect each other’s sharing – as it’s an opportunity to make a future informed purchase.
I’m an early adopter – like 2006 or 7? I think. Love my Silestone. No chips, cracks, stains, hot pans or dropped items issues. It has weathered all, looks great. I selected a charcoal/grey/tan flecks to go with toffee colored cabinetry. So darker helps with stains anyway (that was part of the design decisions I made).
I bought what amounted to a small 10×10 kitchen overhaul from Home Depot on the cheap – ~11K all told, counter included. These were nice solid cabinets, still are. A Silestone counter “L” run with a double sink and, corner seam, and a small piece between fridge and stove. From the start, it was recommended we re-level this 1972 home’s floor, we did. Then laid ceramic tile. Then new counters. Then the counter top. All installed by contractors (from HD). The countertop arrived late. Was installed by a tough looking crew of Mexican guys that dropped down a perfect installation that has been rock solid. Nice guys, but it’s scary how hard they worked… like a chain gang.
I’m happy with it and how long it has all lasted.
My silstone countertop is about 18 years old, and other than updating the color, I wouldn’t change a thing. I am not the careful type and am clumsy. It takes the abuse. I can put a hot pot down with no problem. I don’t have any marks, breaks, or burns. I think I’ve put a sealer on it 2 times in 11 years, and that was to make it shine. I hope the formula is the same for when I do update the color. No doubt I will take silstone over granite.
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.
Nancy B. Our Silestone kitchen countertops are 9 years old. Our neighbor’s are over 10. All still look like they day they were installed. I have to agree, though, having read the comments, that there must have been a manufacturing change. Reviews when we were researching way back when were overwhelmingly positive. I wouldn’t buy today after reading the current posts.
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!
Kay Carlson Yep, my daughter has had the same problem. Chips everywhere. I would not put it in a kitchen but I may put it in the bathroom! Lucy What company did you buy from and how long ago did you have the work done? I can’t afford to not get it right the first time.
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
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.
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 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 Me too. Mine is great. No scratches or problems. Still shines after years of use.
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.
Al The article does not say that granite is bacteria-free. It says that granite is porous and therefore susceptible to backteria etc.
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.
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
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!
Cathy Purchased our Silestone over 4 years ago at Home Depot. We have a large kitchen with a large area of Silestone. Could not be happier. I set hot pans on it and it still looks great. Have never once had a chip out of the stone.
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.
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.
Scott J Hi Barbara, This article has nothing to do with quartzite at all, and the first time it was mentioned on this page was by you. This is probably the page you were looking for: https://countertopinvestigator.com/quartzite-granite-comparison/
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
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?
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.
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 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.
Can you take a hot casserole out of the oven and put it on the Silestone surface?
Anonymous Yes!!! I have had it for years and I take things right out of the oven and put right on the counter! Angel 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…..it 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.
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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