Quartz countertops are premium surfaces that can offer elegant luxurious looks while requiring virtually no effort on maintenance, we just love it.
However, once you have decided quartz is the right choice for your kitchen or bathroom, the next step isn’t necessarily easy. The search for the best quartz countertop begins.
You have opened up your design options to a world of possibilities of colors, patterns, streaks, veins, freckles and of course brands.
While quartz is a trademarked material, there are still some differences between what’s offered and we will guide you through it by presenting the 12 best quartz countertop brands.
What is expected of the best quartz countertop options?
While different brands carry products with unique identities and design concepts, most traits like physical properties and limitations will remain the same. That is because all quartz countertops are manufactured through the same technique called Bretonstone technology.
The process of creating quartz was an invention of Marcelo Toncelli in the ’70s, his idea was patented and trademarked by his firm Breton. Nowadays, although over 50 companies worldwide are licensed to manufacture and sell quartz slabs of different designs, all of these products share the same traits of Breton’s patent.
Quartz slabs are manufactured by joining roughly 90-95% quartz crystals with polymers and pigments. The best quartz countertops are usually at least 93% pure ground quartz.
Due to this composition, the end result is an extremely hard engineered stone, scratch-resistant, and able to endure the action of a busy kitchen or bathroom.
Although the high percentage of quartz crystals make quartz countertops similar to natural stones in many aspects, the addition of polymers ensures it offers an almost nonporous surface. This makes the material extremely stain resistant.
Since the physical traits of the best quartz countertops won’t differ, it’s hard to claim one brand will be able to offer a product more durable than the other. Generally, all quartz slabs are very resistant, standing up to chipping and cracking even better than granite.
The limitations of quartz should also be expected even when shopping for the best brands of quartz countertops. Quartz won’t resist to heat (hot pans shouldn’t be put directly on i) or long-lasting sunlight (colors can fade).
So if all that’s similar, why even bother with brands?
What wont be the same for different quartz countertop brands?
Although all brands share the same manufacturing technology, there are some factors to be considered when choosing the brand of your new quartz kitchen countertop.
If you have a big kitchen and can’t stand seams, this factor might mean a lot to you. Quartz is distributed in standard slab sizes, and different brands will offer different sizing possibilities.
That’s definitely something you need to bear in mind before selecting the best quartz countertop for your project.
Some brands of our list are priced on the more premium side of the price spectrum, being just as expensive or more expensive than natural stones. Some others offer more affordable pricing.
Your newest countertop can be protected by many different warranties depending on the brand of your choice, ranging from a few years to lifetime.
Here’s when it gets interesting. Every brand develops different design identities. Some mimicking natural stones, some offering vibrant color, some taking inspiration from yet different surfaces and textures. Color, size, streaks and veins, there’s are numerous options for you to choose from.
Best Quartz Countertop Brands
With all that said, we’ll guide you through some renowned quartz brands that have earned their place here through years on the market offering beautiful and reliable surfaces to American homes.
With more than 43 years on the surface business, MSI offers great cost-benefit and beautiful surfaces through it’s Q Premium Natural Quartz series. They mimic natural stones gorgeously while delivering on all the perks of engineered stone. In total there are more than 76 designs to choose from.
One of the only American companies manufacturing quartz surfaces, Cambria focuses on premium options only distributed through manufacturers. You won’t find it in big stores like home depot and lowe’s. Funny enough, the company started on the dairy business in 1936, and it’s been for 18 years on the surface market now, offering 133+ different designs.
Branded as the pioneer of natural quartz surfaces, Israeli based Caesarstone’s been around for more than 31 years and carries 53 unique designs. The company really aims to innovate on its slabs, recently its Concetto Collection has incorporated semi-precious stones like dumortierite, agate and even petrified wood.
The Florida based Pompeii Quartz draws inspiration from the beauty of natural stones to create fresh natural looking quartz surfaces. With more than 17 years on the market, if you’re looking for a stone-like look you should definitely check out their 85 designs.
Backed by DuPont and previously known as Zodiac, Corian quartz offers unique options produced with quality organic materials. With more than 18 years on the surface business, Corian surfaces are fully non-allergenic and non-toxic. There are 62+ designs for you to choose from.
On the market in Korea for more than 50 years, this company quartz selection is fully manufactured in the US and offers 40+ designs that mimic natural stones.
A subsidiary and originally a division of LG, the South Korean electronics conglomerate. Viatera offers 64 designs of unique solid colors and shades. They offer a highly coveted “acrylic solid surface” product able to hide seams on bigger installations. Viatera has been around for 30 years.
Offering many unique designs, 140+ of them, silesstone is a brand of the famous Italian company Cosentino. They have been on the market for more than 25 years and are known for producing surfaces in vibrant solid colors.
Daltile is a 71-year old company famous for porcelain, ceramic and glass products, their collection of 38 unique quartz surfaces follows the same trend of being clean and modern. Bear in mind Daltile offers “extra-large slabs” so they are a good choice if your kitchen is large.
Coming from Spain, Compac is on the market for 43 years now. They offer slabs with increased durability due to a higher production process. Or at least that’s what they say. Anyway, they offer gorgeous 46 unique designs.
Vicostone was founded in Vietnam more than 16 years ago. They offer over 102 quartz surfaces promised to be “up to 93% pure organic quartz aggregates”.
We will close our list with the newest player on the market. With only 2 years in business, Vadara distinguished itself for its 46 designs claimed to offer “the most natural color palette possible”.
The best way to go through the catalogs of your preferred brand is to look for a trustable stone supplier in your city. This way, you can see the actual slabs, plus hundreds of samples that will help you choose what’s best for your kitchen or bathroom.
If you’re living in Sarasota, Florida, we will be happy to show you around the largest indoor selection of natural stones and quarts slabs of the county.