Different Brands of Quartz Countertops?

Date: April 3, 2020
Author: Jon Smith
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Many homeowners wonder how important the brand of the quartz countertop is when researching and buying quartz countertops. Yes! There are numerous brands of quartz countertops on the market. Each brand offers its own color palette, manufacturer's warranty, quality, and style.

 

Understand Color Palettes

Different brands of quartz countertops offer different color options. Some companies only offer a handful of colors, while other companies offer hundreds of color options. Each brand has a unique look that sets them apart from their competitors. Although 70 percent of the colors will be similar, thirty percent of the brand's options will be different from other brands.

 

Understanding Warranties

The length of warranty along with what is covered by the warranty can vary from brand to brand. Some manufacturers offer a 15 year warranty while others offer limited lifetime warranties. Manufacturer warranties cover defects in the stone, including abnormal coloring, uneven surfaces, uneven polish, or foreign objects found in the quartz slab.

 

Understanding Quality

Each brand of quartz countertops will perform internal Q.C. checks to ensure the countertop provided is free from defects. The quality of your quartz countertop affects the life expectancy of your countertops. Choosing a quartz countertop company that offers an extended warranty against manufacturer defects will help ensure you purchase a high quality, long lasting quartz countertop.

 

Understanding Style

Different quartz manufacturers offer different features, including the edge options, the visual appearance of the quartz, and the size of a quartz slab. Choosing a large slab will minimize the number of seams in the countertop.

 

Quartz Countertop Manufacturers

There are numerous brands of quartz countertops on the market. Let's take a look at the leading quartz brands. Below, you will find information on each company, their processes used during creation, number of color options, and more.

 

Caesarstone

Caesarstone manufacturers residential and commercial premium quartz countertops. The company headquarters are located in Sdot Yam, Israel. Caesar stone was founded in 1987 and has production factories in both Israel and the United States of America.

Caesarstone utilizes highly trained staff to inspect each raw material before it is used in the manufacturing process. Their quartz countertops consist of 90 percent quartz aggregates that are mixed with polymer resin and pigments. The company's automated system:

Feeds and mixes the materials together. Then, the mixture is poured into 120 inch by 57 inch slabs. Powerful machines place the slab under high pressure and vibrate the slabs in a vacuum to remove the air and compress the countertop slab. The slabs are then cured in a kiln that has been heated to 194 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to strengthen and solidify the surface.

Once the slabs are cooled, they are calibrated and then polished, creating a beautiful finish. After the manufacturing process is completed, expert quality control personnel inspect the quartz slab to ensure it meets the company's quality requirements, consistent color, texture, pattern, etc.

Caesarstone offers a total of 56 different color options, allowing you to choose a countertop color and pattern that works with your overall home interior design. Caesarstone offers a range of patterns that mimic natural stone countertops, including granite and marble.

Caesarstone offers two slab sizes 56.5 inches by 120 inches (Original) and 64.5 inches by 131.5 inches (Jumbo). Original slabs are available in 1.3, 2, or 3 centimeter thicknesses, while jumbo slabs are available in 2 or 3 centimeter thicknesses.

Caesarstone comes in a number of finishes, including polished, honed, concrete and rough. Polished Caesarstone is highly reflective and requires minimal maintenance. Honed finishes offer a natural appearance thanks to its satin finish and low sheen. The concrete texture has low light reflection like the honed finish; however, it has an earthy feel. Finally, Caesarstone's rough finish has low light reflection and a rough feel.

You can see the Caesarstone Quartz warranty here.

 

Cambria

Cambria is an engineered quartz manufacturer based in Le Sueur, Minnesota. In addition to its headquarters, Cambria manufacturing facilities are located throughout the U.S. there is also a facility located in Ontario, Canada. The company was founded in 2000 and is privately owned and held by the Davis family.

Cambria uses pure quartz and mixes it with a minute amount of resin and pigments to create slabs that are durable, nonporous, and beautiful. Cambria's countertops are NSF 51 certified for food use. It is resistant to most household stains, including wine, tea, and coffee. The diamond like hardness provides you with a maintenance-free work surface that is stronger than granite.

Cambria provides you with the look and feel of natural stone countertops; however, unlike granite or marble, no maintenance is required, and cleanup is a breeze. Just clean your countertops with a damp cloth and a tiny bit of mild soap daily to keep your countertops looking great. Quartz countertops never need to be resealed or reconditioned.

Cambria is the only quartz countertop company located in America. The family owned quartz business has more than 60 years of experience in manufacturing. The Davis family utilizes highly skilled technicians to create beautiful countertop designs.

Cambria offers more than 140 designs. Cambria quartz countertops come in every color and pattern imaginable. Whether you are looking for a countertop that mimics granite or marble, Cambria has a countertop for you.

Cambria is available in a variety of thicknesses and sizes. The quartz countertop standard slab size is 55.5 inches by 122 inches. The jumbo size for a Cambria countertop slab is 65.5 inches by 132 inches. Cambria is available in 1 centimeter, 2 centimeters, and 3 centimeters thicknesses.

Cambria offers nineteen different edge profiles. Edge profiles create an illusion of thickness and add interest to your kitchen and bath design. Some of the most popular edge profiles include Ridgeline with its flat edge profile, Mesa with its ornate reversed ogee edge, and Summit with its double round edge.

Cambria quartz is available in matte and high gloss. Cambria Matte provides you with a low-sheen, smooth. Conversely, Cambria High Gloss provides you with advanced light reflecting properties and a smooth touch finish.

Cambria handcrafts their countertops using pure quartz and high quality resin and pigments. Cambria proudly offers a full lifetime warranty that is transferrable should you sell your house.

 

Corian

Corian Quartz, formerly called Zodiaq, is manufactured by DuPont. DuPont has been making technological and scientific discoveries for more than 200 years. Corian Quartz brings science and nature together, creating beautiful countertop surfaces for your residential and commercial properties.

Corian Quartz countertops are manufactured using pure quartz crystals to create a diamond-like radiance. Corian's quartz countertops are strikingly beautiful and come in a variety of colors and patterns, enabling you to create the kitchen or bath you have always dreamt of owning.

Corian quartz is available in one slab size – 63 inches by 120 inches. The quartz countertops can be book matched to provide you with a continuous look across your countertops or islands. Corian quartz comes in 2 centimeters and 3 centimeter thicknesses.

Corian Quartz offers a number of edge profiles. The most common edge profiles include bevels, straight edge, bullnose, Ogee, Dupont, and cove. In order to determine the appropriate edge profile for your space, contact your fabricator and learn which edge profiles they offer. Corian Quartz also offers integrated sinks, which allow you to create a sleek, beautiful design in your kitchen or bath. Integrated sinks prevent residue buildup and grout lines.

Corian Quartz uses sealants and adhesives that meet or exceed VOC emissions guidelines. Corian uses Breton Vibro-compaction casting processes to create beautiful countertops. Only the best grades of quartz, resins, and pigments are used to create Corian quartz.

Corian worked with interior designers, architects, and artists to create a variety of colors and patterns that coordinate with your residential or commercial spaces. Currently, Corian Quartz offers 48 different color combinations, all of which are easy to clean, stain resistant, and nonporous.

Corian Quartz is built to last. The surface is easy to maintain all that is required is daily cleaning with warm water and a drop of your favorite mild detergent. Corian Quartz provides you with a transferable ten year warranty against installation and fabrication defects. DuPont has been creating innovative home surfaces for over 50 years and has a customer satisfaction of 96 percent.

 

Daltile One Quartz

Daltile One Quartz has been providing beautiful home improvement tiles and countertops since 1947. The company's commitment to innovation and value has resulted in high quality products their customers have come to rely on. Because Daltile cares, they recycle, reuse, and reduce energy, waste, and water during their manufacturing process.

One Quartz countertops and surfaces are low maintenance, resistant to chips, scratches, and stains, and work great in both residential and commercial settings. Daltile uses 90 percent quartz along with pigments and binders to create a beautiful, engineered surface.

Whether you are wanting a quartz countertop that mimics natural stone like marble and granite or a sleek countertop, Daltile One Quartz is the answer. Daltile One Quartz offers four different series, including Geo Flecks, Micro Flecks, Nature Flecks, and West Village, providing you with 36 different color options.

Daltile One Quartz typically has a polished finish; however, they allow special order finishes, including semi-polished, honed, and leather finishes. However, not all colors can have an alternative finish; so, you will need to speak with your stone specialist to discover your options.

Daltile One Quartz is available in slabs measuring 135 inches by 78 inches. The slabs can be ordered in either 2 centimeter or 3 centimeter thicknesses. These choices allow you to choose the best countertop for your residential or commercial areas.

Daltile One Quartz can be used for countertops, backsplashes, accent walls, and more. The company stands behind its product and offers a 15 year limited warranty on Daltile One Quartz countertops.

 

HanStone Quartz

HanStone Quartz is manufactured by Hyundai L&C/ Hanwha Surfaces L&C. The company provides innovative new products with you and the environment in mind. Their innovative product, HanStone, provides luxurious engineered stone surfaces to enhance the beauty and functionality of residential and commercial spaces.

HanStone uses 93 percent pure quartz crystals and combines it with high quality resin and pigments. The company sources numerous sizes, shapes, and types of quartz crystals from around the world to create a quartz countertop, unlike any other. Worldwide sourcing of quartz also ensures the company's quartz provides a uniqueness most discriminating homeowners want.

HanStone Quartz slabs are nonporous, stain resistant, heat resistant, and a breeze to maintain. Their quartz has been tested and certified under the NSF51 Certifications by the National Sanitation for Food Safety and Food Contact. This means you can feel safe putting quartz countertops in your kitchen.  Furthermore, HanStone is GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality certified.

HanStone is the preferred countertop material for discriminating builders and homeowners. The beautiful quartz is ideal for countertops, bar tops, bathroom vanities, and much more. In commercial settings, HanStone is used for high traffic areas like serving areas, table tops, reception areas, and much more.

HanStone offers three different collections (Unearthed, Boutique, and Cascina) with 60+ different designs and colors. Whether you are looking for a quartz countertop that mimics natural stone like granite or marble, or you are looking for a quartz countertop that looks modern, HanStone has the quartz surface for you.

HanStone slabs are available in standard (55 inches by 120 inches) and jumbo (65 inches by 130 inches) sizes. The slabs are available in two thicknesses 2 centimeters (3/4 inch) and 3 centimeters (1 1/8 inches). HanStone offers three different finishes – Leather, Polished, and River Washed. The polished finish provides a glossy look, the leather finish provides a smooth matte look, and the river washed finish provides a more natural feel.

HanStone provides homeowners with a limited lifetime warranty for the original owner. The warranty is nontransferable and only applies to the quartz surface. The warranty covers all manufacturing defects. HanStone also offers a commercial 10 year warranty for material defects.

 

Ice Stone

Quartz Stone by Ice Stone provides a beautiful engineered stone commercial grade countertop. These surfaces are perfect for heavy use applications like kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities. The nonporous surface resists acids, chips, and scratches.

Quartz Stone by Ice Stone is made using 93 percent crushed waste stone that is left over in quarries or found in natural stone beds. The company uses their state of the art Breton system to engineer their high quality quartz slabs. Quartz Stone is renowned for its safe manufacturing processes, consistent products, and low environmental impact.

Quartz Stone has received GreenGuard Gold Certificate for indoor air quality as well as NSF51 certified for food safe surfaces. The beautiful quartz surfaces are made in the United States. Ice Stone is also a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The company offers two thicknesses 2 centimeters and 3 centimeters on their standard size slabs. Quartz Stone only comes in one standard size 55 inches by 120 inches. The slabs are available in either polished or honed. Polished stone is the standard finish and provides a gorgeous, light reflecting surface. Honed finishes provide a matte finish with low light reflection.

Quartz Stone by Ice Stone offers several edge profiles including flat, Ogee, bullnose, demi-bullnose, ogee bullnose, and bevel. Hanstone Quartz comes with a ten year warranty that covers manufacturing defects.

 

LG Viatera – 47 colors

LG Viatera is a high quality, nonporous quartz countertop created using 93 percent quartz along with resin and pigments. Because quartz is considered one of the most durable and hardest substances in the world, it provides a durable work surface for kitchens and bathrooms.

Viatera is an environmentally friendly countertop option. These countertops are made using sustainable materials and follow ecofriendly manufacturing practices. The National Sanitary Foundation and GreenGuard have certified LG Viatera. The countertops meet indoor air quality standards and are a food safe surface.

The manufacturing processes ensure the appearance of the engineered stone remains consistent. Viatera offers 47 different color options. LG Viatera has various designs that mimic granite, marble, and other natural stone countertops.

Viatera is available in both polished and brushed finishes. Polished finishes are traditional reflective surfaces while brushed finishes are low luster finishes that have a smooth and soft feel. Several edge profiles are available for your LG Viatera countertops. The company offers bullnose, beveled, reverse Ogee, knife, Roman, and round over edge profiles.

Viatera is used using the finest quartz particulates to create a durable, hygienic countertop surface. The countertop is nonporous, which prevents molds and harmful bacteria from entering into the countertop surface. Viatera is easy to clean and requires minimal maintenance. Viatera stands behind its products and provides a transferable 15 year warranty.

 

MSI

MSI Q Quartz is the company's premium quartz countertops. MSI fuses resins, pigments, and quartz crystals together to create a durable and beautiful engineered stone countertop. With more than 90 styles, you can find the perfect countertop for your kitchen and bathroom areas. MSI quartz countertops come in a variety of patterns, including marble, limestone, natural, and contemporary designs. MSI also has some of the best white quartz options available.

MSI believes in protecting our environment and has created a collective group of suppliers and employees that work on discovering and implementing new ways to protect the environment. The company believes in reusing, reducing, and recycling. The company works to increase sustainability, enhance reusability, and reduce the use of natural resources.

MSI Q Premium Natural Quartz is comprised of 93 percent quartz, with the remaining 7 percent made up of resins and pigments. When Q is tested against other types of countertop materials, it outperforms in multiple ways. First, quartz countertops never need to be reconditioned, repolished, or sealed. A mild detergent and clean water are all that is needed to clean your countertops. Thanks to the countertop's nonporous surface, it resists stains.

MSI offers a residential, nontransferable lifetime warranty on their quartz countertops. The warranty covers any manufacturing defects if the product is installed in a single family residence. The warranty covers countertops that have been maintained following the company's care and maintenance guidelines.

MSI offers standard and jumbo prefabricated slab sizes. The slab sizes are 108 centimeters by 42 centimeters by 2 centimeters, and 112 centimeters by 26 centimeters by 2 centimeters. In addition to this, MSI quartz countertops are available in 3 centimeter thicknesses.

MSI Q Premium Natural Quartz offers a variety of finishes for your kitchen and bathroom countertops. Their polished countertop finish produces a beautiful shiny finish that reflects light back into the room. MSI also has a variety of low sheen finish options, including their matte finish and concrete finish.

 

Pental

Pental Quartz countertops are engineered with the busy homeowner in mind. The countertop requires minimal maintenance and is resistant to scratches and staining. Pental Quartz is used for kitchen countertops, shower surrounds, bathroom vanities, and bar tops. The quartz surface is comprised of 90 to 93 percent quartz that is mixed with 7 to 10 percent pigments and high quality polyester resins.

Pental Quartz surfaces are manufactured using Bretonstone machinery and technology. The company uses ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Quality and Environmental Management Systems. The quartz is NSF certified for food safety and certified by GreenGuard for indoor air quality. Pental warrants their quartz to be free of manufacturing defects for a period of 15 years on residential projects and 10 years on commercial installations.

Pental is available in three different collections, including their natural collection, their inspired collection, and their classic collection. Homeowners can choose from Pental Quartz slabs that are book matched. The company offers three patterns, including polished, honed, and satin finishes. Polished finishes are glossy and do not require as much daily maintenance. Honed and satin finishes, on the other hand, require routine, daily maintenance.

Pental Quartz is available in standard 55 inch by 119 inch slabs in both 2 centimeter and 3 centimeter thicknesses. In addition to this, numerous designs are available in XL size slabs (65 inches by 130 Inches) and half slabs (26 inches by 118 inches) Pental offers 9 different edge profiles, including straight, bevel, bullnose, Ogee, and miter.

You can see the Pental Quartz warranty here.

 

Santa Margherita

Santa Margherita is crafted using the highest quality quartz particles and select resins and pigments to create a beautiful, low maintenance nonporous surface. Santa Margherita Quartz countertops have low water absorption and resist scratches and chemicals. The surface is easy to keep clean. Simply clean daily using warm water and a mild soap.

Santa Margherita quartz countertops are available in a number of thicknesses and sizes, including 55 inch by 120 inch standard sized slabs and 126 inch by 61 inch jumbo slabs. The quartz countertops are available in 1.2 centimeters, 2 centimeters, and 3 centimeters thicknesses. Furthermore, the pieces can be cut to size, making it easy to find the countertop you need for your kitchen, bar, or bathroom areas.

Santa Margherita offers a large selection of textures, finishes, and colors. The company offers numerous color collections, including glitter, fusion, metropolis, wave, and classic collections. In addition to this, Santa Margherita countertops can be personalized using waterjet cutting and sublimation.

Santa Margherita has been dedicated to creativity and sustainability in the manufacturing process for more than 50 years. Headquartered in Italy, Santa Margherita cares about its customers and the environment. The company offers each purchaser a manufacturer's warranty that guarantees the product is free from manufacturing defects for ten years. Santa Margherita Quartz has numerous certifications, including GreenGuard, NSF food zone certification, REACH certified, Kosher, and LEED4 certified.

 

Silestone

Silestone has been the leader in high quality countertops for over 25 years. Comprised of more than 94 percent quartz, Silestone provides homeowners with a countertop that is durable, long lasting, and nonporous. With its numerous color and design options, homeowners can find exactly what they are looking for with Silestone.

Silestone offers more than 50 different design colors available in a number of textures. Silestone's N-Boost takes quartz to the next level. The quartz countertop is easier to clean and maintain than ever before. Furthermore, the colors in the countertop are more intense than other quartz countertops.

Several edge profile options are available for your Silestone countertops. A straight beveled edge profile and a basic eased edge profile maintains the thickness of the surface and provides a square edge. A bullnose edge profile features a completely rounded front edge. Ogee edge profiles have a concave arch that shifts to a convex arch. Mitered edge profiles feature two angles to make the countertop appear thicker. The demi bullnose edge profile features a round edge on the top that flattens toward the bottom of the quartz.

Silestone is available in three different textures, including polished, suede, and volcano. The polished finish enhances the shine of the surface, increases light reflection, and intensifies the color of the countertop. Suede provides a matte finish with a smooth, silky feel. Conversely, although the volcano finish is smooth to the touch, it has a rustic texture.

Silestone is available in two sizes standard (55 inches by 120 inches) and jumbo size (63 inches by 128 inches). Silestone comes in three different thicknesses, including 1.2 centimeters, 2 centimeters, and 3 centimeters.

Silestone offers a 25 year limited warranty that is transferable. The warranty is available to homeowners who activate their warranty and provide proof of purchase within six months of the purchase. If the homeowner does not register the product within six months of purchase, Silestone warrants the product for two years with an original invoice.

 

Spectrum Quartz

Spectrum Quartz is manufactured by Hirsch Glass and remains the only quartz countertop that offers the Hirsch art glass. Spectrum Quartz is harder than granite, yet nonporous. Spectrum Quartz is truly maintenance free. The nonporous surface resists stains and bacteria while being a breeze to clean. Quartz is resistant to most household products and chemicals.

Spectrum Quartz is a premium quartz countertop option that is available in eleven different colors and designs. The countertop slabs are available in two finishes – polished and satin. Polished quartz is glossy and reflects light beautifully. Satin quartz provides a matte finish that looks beautiful in kitchens and bathrooms.

The slab dimensions for Spectrum Quartz countertops are 63 inches by 120 inches. The countertop slab is available in 2 centimeters and 3 centimeter thicknesses.

Spectrum Quartz and Hirsch Glass stands behind their products and offers a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects. The warranty is nontransferable and will remain in effect as long as the owner owns the home. Spectrum also provides a ten year warranty for all commercial applications.

 

Vicostone Quartz

Vicostone Quartz was established in Hanoi, Vietnam, in December 2002. Vicostone is a forerunning manufacturer of quartz stone countertops in Asia. The company has developed a global distribution network and offers countertops across all continents.

Vicostone Quartz is an engineered countertop comprised of 93 pure quartz crystals that are combined with powdered pigments and polymer resin to create a beautiful, durable countertop. The company offers more than 100 distinct design options to ensure you can find the option you want for your bathroom vanity, backsplash, bar top, or kitchen countertops.

Vicostone is certified food safe by NSF and certified that it is free from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by GreenGuard. Vicostone is microbial resistant, antibacterial, environmentally friendly, and can prevent mold growth.

Vicostone comes in a variety of thicknesses and sizes. Their standard slab size is 56 inches by 120 inches. Their jumbo slab sizes are 65 inches by 129 inches. The slabs are available in four thicknesses, including 1 centimeter, 1.2 centimeters, 2 centimeters, and 3 centimeters.

Vicostone countertops come in five different finishes. Their polished finish is smooth to the touch and highly reflective. The honed surface finish provides a smooth finish and highlights one color. The egg finish is similar to a honed finish; however, it does not reflect as much light and is not as glossy as honed surfaces. Brushed finishes provide a nostalgic feel and look great in Old World inspired kitchens. Finally, the antique finish of Vicostone countertops adds texture and interest to your countertops.

When Vicostone is installed by a certified countertop fabricator, Vicostone provides a 15 year warranty against material failure or manufacturing defects. For commercial properties, Vicostone offers a 10 year limited warranty.

 

Wilsonart

Wilsonart Quartz surfaces and countertops are manufactured Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces company. The company's mission is to provide high quality engineered surfaces that feature award winning designs and improved performance. Wilsonart is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and offers high quality engineered surfaces in over 100 countries.

Wilsonart is composed of 93 percent natural stone and features food safe pigments and acrylic resins.

Wilsonart Quartz has more than 45 quartz designs ranging in color from start white to dark gray. The quartz surface is nonporous, scratch resistant, and stain resistant. Wilsonart's new quartz designs create the look of natural stone like marble and granite without the upkeep. The countertop can easily be cleaned using warm water and mild detergent.

Available in three sizes – 63 inches by 120 inches, 63 inches by 126 inches, and 65 inches by 130 inches, you are sure to find the right countertop for all of your countertop needs.  Wilsonart provides a ten year limited warranty that is not transferable. The warranty guarantees the quartz countertop is free from manufacturing defects for ten years from the date of purchase.

 

Conclusion

Quartz countertops provide homeowners with a nonporous surface that will not harbor viruses or bacteria. Quartz does not require the same amount of maintenance that natural stone countertops do. Quartz countertops clean up with warm water and a mild detergent. Finally, quartz countertops carry a lengthy warranty against any manufacturing defects.

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Hi, my name is Jonathan Smith. I have been in the granite business for many years and have worked my way up from an installer helper to an installer and then a countertop business owner. 

I started my countertop company with very little and grew extremely fast because of my knowledge and helpfulness. I started this countertop resource for 1 main reason. That reason is that there are no countertop websites with all the correct information and none of them are from an industry expert like myself. 

I am still in the trade every single day installing countertops, educating people on the type of material they are using for their homes, and making people's dream kitchens a reality.

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