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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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Meredith May 10, 2015, 1:49 pm

    Hi Anthony. What’s the difference in cost?

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