Quartz vs. granite. It’s a recurring countertop debate with a clear winner … even when it comes to heat and stain resistance.

A New Leader in the Countertop Market

Quartz is a relatively new countertop material, but it’s superior in every way to both stone slabs and laminates Its closest rival, granite, offers an aesthetic and heat resistance that is similar to quartz. But quartz remains dominant when comparing stain resistance.

Quartz countertops are manufactured with 95 percent natural ground quartz and 5 percent polymer resin. The result is an incredibly hard, maintenance-free surface that provides a look and feel that is similar to natural stone.

There Are a Ton of Other Advantages to Use Quartz:

  • Aesthetically pleasing: Quartz countertops offers attractive but uniform look that is often superior to granite and other stone products. Its colors and patterns are more consistent, and its visual depth can’t be matched by other materials, such as laminates or Corian.

  • Nonporous: Quartz countertops are nonporous, making them naturally resistant to bacteria.

  • Low-maintenance: Homeowners with engineered stone countertops need only to wipe down the surface with mild soap and water after use.

  • Durability: Because they are manufactured using a combination of ground stone and resin, quartz is far stronger than granite and marble slabs.

  • Cost effective: While quartz might have a slightly higher ‘per foot’ price tag, the material is often more cost effective in the long run. Unlike granite, which is purchased by the slab, quartz can be purchased by the foot. This allows you to buy only the material you need to complete the remodel.

Heat and Stain Resistance

Both quartz and granite perform similarly well when it comes to heat resistance. Homeowners should not place hot cookware directly on the countertop, but both surfaces will adequately resist damage should a spill or accident occur. Heat pads should be used to protect both materials from damage.

However, when it comes to stain resistance, quartz is the clear winner. Sauce and coffee spills are easily repelled by this nonporous material.

The Caesarstone Advantage

Caesarstone is the industry authority when it comes to quartz. Founded in 1987, we were the first company to manufacture engineered stone for kitchen countertop use. Quartz is now one of the most popular countertop materials on the market. With more than 40 color and texture varieties, and showrooms across the nation, more and more homeowners are adopting this versatile material.


For more information on our products or directions to the closest showroom, contact our headquarters today!