Quartz countertops used to be found only in the most exclusive of homes.
That’s not true anymore. Quartz and other manufactured stones are becoming more popular throughout kitchens and bathrooms of all kinds.
As more manufacturers and brands pop up, quartz is more accessible than ever.
Between the different brands, there are similarities and differences.
First, let’s take a look at what all quartz and manufactured stone have in common.
Quartz brand similarities
All quartz countertops come from the Breton company’s original Bretonstone technology.
It was created by Marcello Toncelli about 50 years ago.
Here are the additional similarities.
Quartz brand differences
The differences between the brands are things like:
These are the companies who make quartz and manufactured stone.
This Minnesota-based company started making quartz in 2000.
Cambria is the only American company that is in the quartz business and it’s known for offering the largest selection of colors, edges, designs, and slab sizes.
Their quartz surfaces are also considered by many to be the most natural looking.
An interesting aspect of Cambria is that it can’t be bought at big box home stores but can only be purchased through kitchen and bath dealers or builders, designers, and architects.
This company is the self-proclaimed “original” quartz manufacturer.
They’ve been in business since 1987 and their headquarters are in Israel.
One hallmark of this brand is cutting-edge design.
For example, the Concetto Collection offers 10 surfaces that use semi-precious stones.
Their Motivo Collection has surfaces created by embossing crocodile skin and lace for texture.
Silestone is a product of Spain.
The defining characteristic of Silestone is that it’s available in solid colors, which aren’t offered by other brands.
Another difference from other brands is Silestone’s flexibility. It can be used for sinks, vanities, and more.
This brand also offers the best warranty of the three major quartz manufacturers.
Quality you can trust
No matter which brand you choose to use in your kitchen or bathroom, you can count on enjoying the beautiful coloring and durability for many years to come.
If quartz is the material that’s just right for your space, talk to a trusted contractor who can walk you through the process for taking your countertops from drab to pizazz.
For help remodeling your home, contact your local experts VKB Kitchen and Bath.