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Top Quartz worktop brands: a comparison guide

Patterned quartz kitchen worktop

Quartz worktops used to be highly reserved for high-end homes, not least because of their highly luxurious aesthetic appeal, but also because – at one time – it would’ve been a big investment to purchase true quartz countertops. Yet, for the last few years, we have seen them appear in more kitchens and bathrooms as they have grown in popularity.

 

As different quartz countertop brands proliferate, this engineered stone has become more easily accessible with more affordable pricing. In fact, it is often confused with solid surface and natural stone worktop materials, like granite and marble because of its high-end feel.

 

How are Quartz Worktops made?

Unlike natural stone, quartz contains man-made additives, stabilising the material and eliminating the unpredictability that can come with the former. Quartz kitchen worktops combine around 90% ground quartz with around 10% resins, polymers and pigments, forming an incredibly hard surface.

 

Does quartz scratch easier than granite?

A quartz worktop does not require the same level of maintenance demanded with stone counters and won’t need sealing or resealing. It is also highly scratch-resistant – making it the ideal choice for a range of applications. However, despite its durability, it is still more likely to scratch than its granite counterpart. If you are applying quartz worktops in a well-used part of the home, we would advise care and attention is paid to avoid any unnecessary damage taking place.

types of quartz worktops

 

Are quartz worktops cheaper than granite?

Granite can be bought both on a budget and for a high-price project – but you certainly get what you pay for with this material. Until recent years, quartz was deemed a pricey investment by comparison.,. However, as the material has skyrocketed in popularity and availability, the price has come down considerably.

You can now purchase a granite or quartz worktop for pretty much the same price, and quartz certainly offers a greater variety of designs.

What is the cost of a quartz worktop?

The price of a quartz worktop can vary based on a number of factors such as type of quartz used, and the amount needed. However, the great news is that quartz worktops have become more affordable as the years have gone on, making it a much more accessible material for modern homes.

What is better, 30mm or 20mm quartz worktops?

When it comes to picking your dream kitchen worktop, there are so many things that you will want to consider. Material and pattern are likely to be the first things that you think about, however just as important is the thickness you decide to opt for.

Although available in a range of other thicknesses, 20mm and 30mm thickness are by far the most commonly applied to kitchen worktops. But does it really matter which you opt for? Although the difference in thickness may only be slight, there can be a range of factors that can have a direct impact on the thickness which will work best in your kitchen, such as:

  • Your existing kitchen appliances – Depending on the size of your kitchen appliances, you may find that a 20mm thick worktop is not the best fit, or that a 30mm thick worktop looks too bulky. For example, many people now opt for induction hobs thanks to their slimline and minimalist appearance, so a 30mm kitchen worktop may appear mismatched and overshadow the applications in your kitchen. If you’re planning to buy a new oven or hob, it’s always best to enquire with the supplier first which thickness of worktop would suit best.
  • Décor – Once you have decided on the style you want your kitchen to be, picking a suitable worktop width becomes much easier. For instance, a contemporary, sleek and elegant kitchen design will best suit a 20mm thick worktop which falls easily into this chic category. For a more statement kitchen, a 30mm worktop that has a chunkier appearance may work best.
  • Function – Unsurprisingly, stone worktops are a highly popular choice for a range of applications and are not just reserved for counters. In fact, depending on what function you want your material serve can determine the thickness you decide to go for in the end. Whilst a 30mm thick worktop works perfectly to create a focal point in any kitchen, such as an island, a 20mm thick worktop can be used as an attractive, subtle splashback, upstand or window sill. Consider where you want your worktops to be used before making a decision about the thickness.

 

Quartz Brand Similarities and Differences

Despite the brand name, all quartz worktops resulted from the patented technology invented over half a century ago by the founder of Breton S.p.A., Marcello Toncelli. Although the Bretonstone tech and machines are licensed to 52 companies worldwide, each licensee adds their own flair and nuances. It is important to remember however that they are all still working off the original patent.

best brands of quartz countertopsAlthough quartz surfaces now come from different brand names, they have similar outstanding qualities, which are as follows:

  1. Toughness – During processing, impurities and softer minerals are eliminated, leaving only the hardest mineral, quartz. This means quartz surfaces are more durable and harder compared with natural granite.
  2. Composition – Quartz surfaces are composed of 93% mineral content, giving this engineered stone its distinctive look and feel.
  3. Heat resistance – Despite misconceptions, it is actually the quartz’s minerals that are 100% impervious to heat, not the binders, as many believe. In fact, they can withstand up to about 360°F. However, this is only true for short amounts of time – so users should be mindful of this, particularly when using quartz worktops in the UK kitchens.
  4. Low water absorption rate – Quartz’s absorption rate is on par with that of porcelain tile, which is about 0.5%. A material is considered non-absorbent if it weighs less than half of 1% more following water being absorbed into the surface.
  5. Visible seams – Two or more slabs need to be seamed together unless you have a small worktop. The seam could be minimised depending on your installer’s skills.

 

Where there are similarities, of course, differences are just around the corner. The following are the differences between varying quartz brands:

 

  1. Sizes of the slabs – To reduce chances of seaming together slabs, opt for larger quartz slabs. It is also more cost-efficient doing this.
  2. Prices – Yes, prices will not be uniform. This will likely depend on consumer and dealer negotiations, which are of course variable.
  3. Quartz slabs are wholesale-only – They are also confined to the supply chain between the approved dealer/installers and the manufacturer.
  4. Designs and edges – The main difference between these quartz brands is the range of designs. “Design” refers to the slab’s overall visual appearance—size, colour, streaks, shape of minerals and striations.
  5. Edges – edge profiles are not formed by the fabricator but are rather built into the slabs during manufacturing.
  6. Warranty – Although all quartz surfaces come with a warranty, they only differ in the warranty’s limitations, length and transferability.

quartz countertop brand price comparison

Cimstone Vs. Silestone worktops

Both Silestone and Cimstone are highly popular quartz materials used in the kitchen thanks to the non-porous and sturdy qualities they have to offer – but picking one apart from the other can be tricky. Both worktops are very similar, however, if you’re looking for a vast range of designs to pick from, Silestone offer the biggest collection of colours.

Technistone vs Silestone

When it comes to finding the perfect high-quality material for your home, you want to be sure you’re getting something that not only looks great, but that also performs well and offers you longevity for your investment. The good news is that both Technistone and Silestone offer these qualities by the bucket load, but the downside is that it can make it hard to choose one above the other.

Although both man-made, and coming in a wide range of colours and finishes, there are some key benefits that may help you pick between the two, including:

TECHNISTONE

  • Incredibly strong and almost impossible to break, scratch or damage
  • Easy to maintain – the stain resistant qualities make this a super easy to clean option for the busy household
  • Highly durable and long lasting – a true investment that could be with you for many years to come

SILESTONE

  • Potential to work in every part of your home, with over 71 colours and patterns available
  • Incredibly easy to fit, boasting limited joints that mean effortless and speedy installation
  • Low porosity means that you can cook and enjoy your kitchen without worrying about causing any lasting damage to your new worktops

CRL Quartz vs Silestone

Both CRL Quartz and Silestone offer the longevity and hard-wearing qualities of quartz, so how do choose the best one for you? Whilst CRL Quartz is more limited in its design options, with only 32 colours available, the highly polished finish makes it a desirable option for those looking to make a statement in their kitchen. On the other hand, Silestone offers over 90 colours and designs, making it a versatile choice if you’re looking for a particular shade or want to use the material throughout your home.

Whilst both CRL Quartz and Silestone offer the strength and durability synonymous with quartz, for us the main differentiation comes down to personal design preferences and the kind of look you’re trying to achieve.

Brands that dominate the market:

SILESTONE KITCHEN WORKTOPS

Silestone is Cosentino’s flagship quartz surface, an Italian company based in Almeria, Spain. Architects and designers lean toward Silestone because of its vibrant solid colours, which is the brand’s main distinguishing factor. This brand offers bold bright red, greens, blues and oranges not found in any other quartz brands.

Silestone is not limited to backsplash materials and worktops, but also extended its designs for shower pans, vanities and sinks. Silestone offers a robust 25-year warranty with no pro-rata limitations and is transferable to ensuing owners.

quartz kitchen worktops pricesCAESARSTONE KITCHEN WORKTOPS

Dubbed “the original quartz surface manufacturer,” this quartz surface was formed in 1987 by the kibbutz as a way of replacing their failing terrazzo tile industry. Caesarstone is a publicly-traded company with headquarters in Israel and a factory at the Sdot Yam, a kibbutz in the Haifa District of Israel. Caesarstone also has another factory located in Bar-Lev Industries Park.

Known for pushing the boundaries of design, Caesarstone creates designs that are simple and sharp yet outstanding, veering away from replicating the appearance of faux stone. For example, its Pure White is a clean and modern look. The Concetto Collection boasts 10 unique surfaces incorporated with semiprecious stones including tiger’s eye, dumortierite, agate and also petrified wood, whereas the Motivo Collection deeply embosses lace textures and crocodile skin.

 

 

what are the best quartz kitchen worktops uk

CAMBRIA KITCHEN WORKTOPS

Being the only American company in the quartz surfaces industry, Cambria is still considered a relative newcomer, having only joined in 2000. This privately held Minnesota-based company began as a dairy business in 1936. Cambria started with a 150,000 square-foot factory in Le Sueur, Minnesota, but within just five years, the plant’s size tripled.

 

Cambrian offers the widest variety of colours, designs, edges and of course slab sizes. There are a number of reasons why interior designers, architects and homeowners are drawn to Cambria’s charming qualities. One such reason is the incredibly natural-looking patterns that they offer. They also have the best polish and smoothest finish. A great majority of Cambria’s selections fall in one price group.

 

They are among the companies that offer massive-sized slabs, which are economical for large projects. However, Cambria slabs could only be purchased at bath and kitchen dealers or through architects, builders and designers. You definitely can’t find them in big box home improvement stores.

What is better, 30mm or 20mm quartz worktops?

When it comes to picking your dream kitchen worktop, there are so many things that you will want to consider. Material and pattern are likely to be the first things that you think about, however just as important is the thickness you decide to opt for.

Although available in a range of other thicknesses, 20mm and 30mm thickness are by far the most commonly applied to kitchen worktops. But does it really matter which you opt for? Although the difference in thickness may only be slight, there can be a range of factors that can have a direct impact on the thickness which will work best in your kitchen, such as:

  • Your existing kitchen appliances – Depending on the size of your kitchen appliances, you may find that a 20mm thick worktop is not the best fit, or that a 30mm thick worktop looks too bulky. For example, many people now opt for induction hobs thanks to their slimline and minimalist appearance, so a 30mm kitchen worktop may appear mismatched and overshadow the applications in your kitchen. If you’re planning to buy a new oven or hob, it’s always best to enquire with the supplier first which thickness of worktop would suit best.
  • Décor – Once you have decided on the style you want your kitchen to be, picking a suitable worktop width becomes much easier. For instance, a contemporary, sleek and elegant kitchen design will best suit a 20mm thick worktop which falls easily into this chic category. For a more statement kitchen, a 30mm worktop that has a chunkier appearance may work best.
  • Function – unsurprisingly, stone worktops are a highly popular choice for a range of applications and are not just reserved for counters. In fact, depending on what function you want your material serve can determine the thickness you decide to go for in the end. Whilst a 30mm thick worktop works perfectly to create a focal point in any kitchen, such as an island, a 20mm thick worktop can be used as an attractive, subtle splashback, upstand or window sill. Consider where you want your worktops to be used before making a decision about the thickness.

Most popular quartz worktop colours

As one of the most popular worktop materials we offer here, we are often asked about what the most favoured colours are. Whether for the kitchen, bathroom or elsewhere – here are our current top five bestselling quartz worktop colours:

 

Artscut Bianco Stelline worktop

  1. Artscut Bianco Stelline

The perfect option to create a sleek, minimalist space – the Artscut Bianco Stelline worktop is modern, neutral and fits perfectly with both modern and traditional kitchens and bathrooms. Featuring subtle reflective properties that catch the light just perfectly, this is the perfect option to open a room up and create the illusion of a bigger space.

 

 

2. Dekton Aura

Marble effect has been popular for as long as we can remember, and the Dekton Aura worktops combine classic marbling with modern design to create a unique solution to your interior needs. A near perfect imitation of marble, the Dekton Aura is both sophisticated and ultra-compact for everyday use.

 

 3. Sensa granite by Cosentino – Ice Blue

Sensa granite by Cosentino Ice Blue

The perfect option for a more traditional style kitchen, Sensa granite in Ice Blue continues to be one of our most popular worktop colours thanks to its simple yet classic aesthetic. Offering all the benefits of Sensa granite’s durability, the combination of cream, white and black fit perfectly with almost all traditional kitchen designs making it highly sought after.

 

 

  1. Silestone Calacatta Gold

Beautifully sleek and modern, Silestone’s Calacatta Gold benefits from incredibly resilient properties, all the while looking super smooth and velvety with a matte finish. Designed to look like natural concrete, this white vein worktop is simple yet effective for a minimalist kitchen.

 

Neolith Nero worktop

5. Neolith Nero

To create a contemporary design that is simple, striking and bold – there’s no better option than Neolith Nero, which has remained one of our most popular quartz worktops for a long time now. Incredibly resilient, Neolith Nero is pitch black with a satin finish for a classy, elegant and timeless look.

 

 

 

 

CHECK OUT THIS TABULAR COMPARISON OF QUARTZ LEADING BRANDS.

Caesarstone Cambria Silestone
Designs (Colours) 53 133 142
Edges * 8 19 15
Textures Smooth, satin, matte Heavy, mixed, fine Suede (small pores), smooth, volcano (large pores)
Thicknesses 3/4″ (2 cm), 1 1/4″ (3 cm) 1 cm, 2 cm, 3 cm 1.2 cm, 2 cm, 3 cm (1/2, ¾ and 1 ¼ inches)
Dimensions Slabs, 56.5″ x 120″ Standard size, 55.5″ x 122″ Jumbo, 65.5″ x 132″ Standard size, 55″ x 120″ Jumbo, 63″ x 128″
Warranty For original owner, lifetime limited warranty. Transferable to subsequent owners but only on a 10-year, pro-rata basis and only if the original owner has transferred warranty on behalf of the new owner. Lifetime limited warranty only to the original owners of the product. The warranty is not transferable. A 25-year limited warranty that is transferable but only if the original owner transfers the warranty to the next owner.

*Number of edges currently listed on the company’s website. Quartz brands are not limited to the edges listed. Note that warranties tend not to cover edgework.

Other Quartz Worktop brands that are worth looking at: 

Manufacturing quartz surfaces is not a cottage industry like concrete, wood, laminate or even solid surfaces. This requires not only expensive machinery but also large manufacturing facilities. Despite that, a number of midsized companies have surfaced over the last 10 years. In fact, some architects and designers prefer using these companies because of their more reasonable price range.

  1. LG VIATERA

Formerly a division of LG, a South Korean company producing anything from solar energy equipment to chemicals and electronics, LG Hausys is widely known for their HI-MACS acrylic solid surface. Viatera® offers unparalleled beauty with extraordinary benefits far exceeding those of any other natural stone. It comprises a vast collection of 64 designs spread amongst tans, greys and beiges.

  1. DALTILE ONE QUARTZ

World renowned for over 70 years, Daltile has been the industry leader in porcelain, natural stone and ceramic tile. They’re known worldwide for their quality products, customer service and a wide variety of colours and finishes. The company’s ONE Quartz line offers a modest 38 designs. They also offer cost savings, which a few larger brands do not.

  1. ZODIAQ

Zodiaq is DuPont’s answer to the all-time popular quartz surfaces. DuPont is the same company that invented Corian, the solid surface brand. Their engineered kitchen worktops are made out of 93% quartz crystals, with the rest being 7% acrylic resin, binders and colours. Zodiaq is manufactured in Granirex, DuPont’s plant in Thetford Mines, Canada. This brand offers 54 colours in 2 cm and 3 cm thicknesses, in 63″ x 120″ slabs.

  1. PENTAL

This Seattle-based distributor tends to be a lot more affordable compared with other quartz brands. In fact, over the years since they have started offering quartz surfaces, their colours and patterns have become more on trend than other well-known lines.

Spring blue wild flowers Scilla, willow and adler branches on Delta White quartz kitchen worktop

The takeaway

Quartz worktops offer not only timeless beauty and luxury but also unparalleled strength and durability. This engineered stone is your everyday surface, combining quartz’ superior durability and strength with modern-day manufacturing innovations.

If you are would like to find out more about quartz worktops, or would like to shop our collection – why not get in touch with us on 0800 652 2013.

 

 

Quartz Worktop Reviews: 

We literally have the quartz worktop of our dreams! Great job, great price. I can’t express how amazing our kitchen looks and it’s all down to Johnny. Thank you so much. – Mariella Di Caro


Professional and helpful. Excellent quartz quality. Everyone there was very friendly and helpful, and they had the best prices I found. Expert installation. Thank you, Michael and Johnny! – Dimitri Michael


I found The Marble Group most accommodating and very competitive on price. Johnny made the order of 17 bespoke quartz worktops very simple and uncomplicated. They’re finished and workmanship is 10/10 and would def recommend to other developers/contractors. We were so happy with their work and pricing that all future projects will go to Johnny and the team. – Tom souglis


We stumbled across TMG at the Ideal Home Show whilst getting ideas for our home renovation project. Despite living miles away, they travelled to template our worktops, prior to returning to fit our beautiful looking pieces of quartz which were very reasonably priced and make a stunning impression on the look of our kitchen. We’ve had great customer service and would totally recommend TMG to anyone! – Lisa Sullivan


The Marble group was professional, friendly and efficient from start to finish. In terms of design, advice and a vast selection of high quality worktops. Always available to discuss or change things (where possible) without any problems. We chose the quartz silestone which is one of their premier products and the finished product was superb. We want to thank all the team there for their excellent and efficient work. – AM A


The marble group has been outstanding. Lovely and amazing choice of materials including granite quartz and marble. The level of customer service has been exceptional I am so happy. From the first point of contact till the last finishing touch. Definitely a very professional and trusted company that communicates well with its customers. Everyone was sociable and helpful. Thankyou to the marble group I love my beautiful new quartz work tops. – Janal Eyyub

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