Recently, there’s been an increase in demand for engineered stone countertops. Although granite is the most sought after slab material, homeowners and designers have started to advocate for quartz countertops. We put together a list of 4 quartz countertop brands that we think are great suppliers of quartz kitchen countertops. We wanted to talk about where they source or manufacture their quartz slabs, the prices of their slabs, and their selection of kitchen countertop materials. Each company offers quartz slabs from different places with different designs and colours. Try to check all of the countertop options before you decide to go with one.
Before that, we want to go over some of the benefits of quartz countertops. If you’re interested in how quartz stone compares to granite and marble countertops check out our article, The Best Stone Countertops For Your Kitchen.
Engineered quartz is incredibly tough and durable. This makes quartz great if a lot of activity happens in your kitchen. Pots and pans can be slammed onto the quartz without ruining the surface. Quartz’ high hardness makes it resistant to things like chips, dents and scratches. Having durable slabs is a huge draw as it allows your countertop to last longer.
The next benefit is the water resistance of quartz. The way quartz is engineered creates a non-porous surface. This repels any liquids that spill on your countertop. Being non-porous also increases the resistance to stains. For porous counters, when dyed liquids seep into the cracks or holes it is almost impossible to remove that stain. There are decreased chances of bacterial spread with quartz. Porous counters allow bacteria or viruses to sneak into cracks or holes. This can allow the bacteria to grow and spread. Having a non-porous counter helps you avoid the situation entirely.
If you’re looking for a low maintenance kitchen countertop then quartz is a great choice. Quartz, unlike granite or concrete, doesn’t need any sealing or waxing to protect it from staining. This brings the maintenance of quartz down a ton. The non-porous surface also allows for cleaning to be done easily. With a simple wipe down, soap and water, it can’t get any easier cleaning a countertop.
The advantage of quartz countertops being engineered is that they can be engineered with a variety of colours and designs. Natural stone countertops on the other hand, only come in the colours that they appear with naturally. This allows you to really customize and design your kitchen to look exactly how you want. Giving you a lot more freedom with your decisions on colours and designs.
Our last benefit is the longevity of quartz itself. The longevity is a result of the previous benefits listed. The durability and low maintenance grant your quartz countertop the ability to last much longer than other materials. It’s likely you won’t need to fix or replace your counter until you want to. When it comes to maintaining and cleaning the counter, you don’t need to seal it and the non-porous surface allows for easy cleaning. As a long term investment, quartz doesn’t lose its value over time. This means adding quartz to your kitchen can help maintain or even increase the value of your home. Quartz countertops are a great addition to your house, both for living or if you’re looking to sell your home.
These 4 companies offer a whole selection of different quartz products. We believe they provide some of the best materials for kitchen countertops. Depending on how you go about it, you may only find a few of these brands at your local design centre. If available, ask your designer or contractor to provide you with a few samples. This should help you make a better decision.
TCE Stone was founded in 2008. They are a large-scale quartz, granite and marble wholesaler. Their collection features over 120 different slabs all with unique designs, patterns and colours.
When it comes to the pricing, it really depends on your countertop supplier. We found that on average, the price of TCE countertops starts at $45/Sq.ft. The top average price ranges between $55-$60/Sq.ft.
KStone is another great quartz surface supplier. They import their engineered quartz from China. This doesn’t knock the quality of these countertops though. Canadian Institutes certify the slabs before selling them. They also feature over 75 countertops in their KStone Quartz Collection all with elegant styles and colours. After digging around we found the price of KStone on average to be between $55-$105. What’s great is these price ranges include installation so the prices are still comparable to other suppliers on our list.
Caesarstone is one of the most popular companies that produce quartz surfaces. They have been at the forefront of quartz manufacturing since 1987. They have production facilities in both Israel and the USA.
When it comes to the pricing, the cost of a Caesarstone countertop is between $55-$75 per square foot. The price depends on the collection you choose. Unfortunately, this doesn’t include labour and installation costs either. Keep that in mind if you decide to go with Caesarstone.
The company has 4 different quartz collections:
Highland Stone has been an industry leader in the distribution of natural stone and quartz slabs. Their Highland Stone Series quartz collection has over 45 elegant slabs. All with designs and patterns that will surely enhance the look of your house. When it comes to pricing, the price range of Highland Stone slabs can differ drastically depending on the quality of the stone you pick. The range can be anywhere from $40-$100/Sq.ft.
We hope this article was helpful for you in making a decision about which quartz countertop brands best fit your needs. The differences between each supplier are not that drastic but each one has its advantages. If you are interested in any of these suppliers we have a list of all 4 of them and their collections at Caviar Kitchen & Stone. You can also get in contact with us HERE. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have.