(Closed) Silestone vs Granite

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@amazingbee:  My mother has Silestone and I have granite.  Honestly, I like hers better for the simple reason that you don’t have to seal it.  Granite sealers have come a long way and you can go longer without sealing them, but the simple fact is that they are a porous stone and you have to seal the stone to prevent food and odor from permeating the stone.  I like the look of granite better, but Silestone and other quartz countertops (Dupont-Zodiaq and LG-Viatera to name a couple) have made a lot of headway in appearances.

I would pick a quartz counter over a granite counter hands down, but look into other companies as well to see what other patterns and colors are out there.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My brother and parents both have quartz (silestone), and it’s convinced me to get it when we buy a house.  It’s beautiful (looks the same as granite to me), and doesn’t require the regular upkeep of granite).

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Granite is kind of stale in terms of being trendy (if you care about stuff like that). Silestone is a much hotter material.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

There is no upkeep to granite. Wipe it down like any other counter and you’re good to go. Mine hasn’t been resealed since insallation 12 years ago, and still looks like it did the day it was put in. I have no chips,cracks, stains or anything…I can cut on it, put down hot pots without protection, and it doesn’t compare to any other counter surface I’ve ever had.

I prefer natural stone to anything artificially made.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve had both quartz (DuPont Zodiac rather than Silestone) and granite.  I had quartz in my townhouse and I chose it because it was low-maintenance.  When we remodeled the kitchen in our new house, I was looking for a light colored counter.  All of the quartz counters that were light looked very unnatural so we went with granite.  Our granite is leathered so it doesn’t show water spots or anything, and I seal it every 6 months just for precaution.  Sealing your granite literally is no harder than wiping down your counters.  It takes 5 minutes.  So I really think it depends on the look you’re going for.  If you find a quartz that you like, it’s great.  But if you find that you prefer the natural look of granite, don’t be deterred by the “maintenance” factor. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee

I have granite currently, but I prefer Quartz. 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@ItWasntMe:  What color granite do you have? They say light colors need to be resealed every 3-6 months, and brown/darker shades can go 12+ months. Black granite and similar colors can be basically nonporous.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Our counters are silestone/quartz and I really like them. I’ve never had granite countertops to compare them to, but I have no complaints about the silestone.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

@Magdalena:  +1. This was my first thought. People are starting to trend away from busier patterns (granite, mosaic tile). Plus, I would never remember to seal my counters.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I am hoping to change out my countertops next year.  We are considering formica fx180, which is super high quality laminate that everyone thinks is granite by looking at it.  Soo much cheaper.  If budget would allow, I would do quartz over granite.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Quartz!

Post # 14
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5755 posts
Bee Keeper

@crayfish:  Kashmir White. It’s one of the lighter ones, but we’ve never had any problems.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We have quartz in our kitchen and when we re-do the kitchen I plan to keep quartz on our perimiter cabinets because I do like it. But I bake a lot, and marble is so much better for rolling out dough, so we’ll probably go with marble for the island where I do most of my dough work.

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