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Dekton vs Silestone – What’s The Difference & Which Is Best?

With so many options available, deciding on a worktop can be a difficult decision during a kitchen renovation. Two options you’ve likely heard come up are Dekton and Silestone.

Like many, you may be asking yourself, ‘What’s the difference between the two and is one better than the other?

In this post, I’ll explain what each type of worktop is, its pros and cons and compare them to each other. Giving you all the knowledge you need to know if they are the right choice for you and your kitchen.

Let’s go!

📋 In a hurry? Here’s the key takeaway:

Dekton and Silestone are the brand names of two different types of kitchen worktop material made by the same parent company, Cosentino.

Silestone is appreciated for its durability, ease of maintenance and wide variety of colours and patterns.

Dekton, on the other hand, is renowned for its increased resistance to scratches, heat, and UV rays.

Both materials are considered premium options, but Dekton typically comes with a slightly higher price tag.

Read on to learn more…

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What Is Silestone?

Silestone Quartz Samples in a kitchen showroom


Silestone, produced and marketed by the Cosentino Group, is a versatile surfacing material primarily used in kitchen countertops, but also suitable for flooring, sinks, shower trays, and wall cladding.

Although sometimes confused with quartz, Silestone actually comprises 94% quartz combined with resins and adhesives, resulting in a robust, non-porous surface that’s easy to maintain and scratch-resistant. Simple cleaning with a non-abrasive cloth is sufficient for upkeep.

Despite its durability, Silestone isn’t entirely damage-proof. It can endure many impacts, but care should be taken to avoid dropping heavy items on it and to prevent placing hot cookware directly on the surface, as it is not fully heat-resistant.

Over time, exposure to high temperatures or abrasive cleaning agents might lead to the development of cloudy spots on the surface.

Benefits Of Silestone

  • Because Silestone is non-porous, it doesn’t absorb liquid and is resistant to stains.
  • Can withstand impacts better than most other solid surfaces, even sturdy materials such as granite.
  • It enhances the natural strength of quartz to prevent scratches.
  • It resists acid due to the natural hardness and non-porosity of the modified quartz.
  • Silestone is offered in a variety of colours and styles and will maintain its sturdy beauty for decades.

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What Is Dekton?

Dekton vs Silestone Dekton Samples

Dekton, another offering from the Cosentino Group, is a porcelain-based product primarily used for kitchen countertops, but also suitable for flooring and cladding applications.

This material is crafted from a unique blend of quartz, porcelain, and glass, fused together under high pressure. This process results in a surface that is not only durable and long-lasting but also exceptionally dense and compact.

The compact nature of Dekton allows it to be produced in thinner slabs (12mm) compared to traditional kitchen countertops. It boasts impressive heat and UV resistance, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

Dekton is also low maintenance, requiring no special sealing and can be easily cleaned with regular wiping.

Aesthetically, Dekton is available in a variety of colours and patterns. Unlike Silestone, most of the patterns on Dekton are surface-printed, not embedded throughout the material. (although some new ones are now)

One notable aspect is that if Dekton chips, which can occur, achieving an undetectable repair can be challenging.

Benefits Of Dekton

  • The low-porosity surface prevents stains.
  • Dekton is highly scratch-resistant.
  • It is UV resistant, and the colour will not fade even when the product is used outdoors.
  • Dekton is heat and fire-resistant. You can set hot utensils on the surface and you can even torch a brûlée without fear of damage.
  • It is difficult to scratch with a sliding pan or even with a knife.
  • It is thinner than other materials, which can provide greater design flexibility.

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Dekton vs Silestone

Price

As you might expect for a product of such long-lasting beauty and durability, the price for both Silestone and Dekton is on the high side.

Prices vary for different thicknesses and different colours and finishes within each product.

There is an overlap between the two from the low cost to the high, but Dekton tends to be more expensive on average.

This increased cost for Dekton can be attributed to several factors. Firstly, the material costs for Dekton are generally higher. Additionally, the ultra-compact nature of Dekton makes its fabrication more labour-intensive.

This not only escalates the overall costs but also often prolongs the duration between templating and installation.

This is down to the material cost generally being slightly higher as well as the fabrication costs being higher. The ultra-compact nature of Dekton means it is more labour-intensive to fabricate, which not only increases costs but often the time between template and installation.

Durability

Both products are renowned for their durability. They outperform competing materials in resistance to scratches and heavy impact. They are designed to last for decades. Both will maintain their colour and pattern as well as their functional capabilities.

Dekton has increased scratch resistance as they claim you can even cut directly on the Dekton surface, although I would still recommend using a cutting board. Dekton has the additional durability advantage of being heat-resistant, fireproof and UV-resistant.

However, some reports contend Dekton is more subject to chipping than quartz worktops such as Silestone.

Finishes Available

Both Dekton and Silestone offer a wide range of colours and patterns, with more choices being introduced all the time.

Currently:

Silestone: 71 Finishes
Dekton
: 65 Finishes

They are mostly variations of white, black and grey with plain colours, marble-look veining, pebbled and granulated patterns.

Slab Sizes Available

Both products are available in large slab sizes that minimize joins and support a clean, attractive installation.

Silestone has a standard size of 306 x 140 cm and a jumbo format of 325 x 159 cm.

Dekton comes in slabs as large as 320 x 144 cm.

Silestone slab thicknesses are 1.2, 2 and 3 cm.

Dekton is available in slightly thinner sections, starting as narrow as 0.8 cm but also going up to a thicker size of 3 cm.

Warranty

Both products offer a 25-year warranty from Cosentino.

This covers the manufactured product only and is invalidated if the product is improperly installed. Some installers will offer an installation warranty.

You must register the product within six months to put this warranty in force.

The warranties do not cover damage caused by abuse.

For Silestone, that would include dropping heavy objects, cutting the surface with a knife or placing hot cookware on the worktop.

The Dekton warranty does not cover chipping caused by bumping and scraping the edges.

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Dekton vs Silestone Quick Summary

Why Choose Silestone Over Dekton

  1. Cost-Effectiveness: Silestone is typically more affordable than Dekton.
  2. Wider Color Selection: Silestone offers a broader spectrum of colours and designs, providing more options to match various interior styles.
  3. Quicker Fabrication Time: The manufacturing process for Silestone is generally faster, leading to shorter wait times from order to installation.
  4. Higher Availability: Silestone is more widely available in the market, offering greater accessibility for consumers.
  5. Reduced Chipping Risk: During transit and installation, Silestone is less prone to chipping and cracking compared to Dekton.

Why Choose Dekton Over Silestone

  1. Superior Heat Resistance: Dekton stands out with its exceptional resistance to high temperatures, making it ideal for kitchens where hot items are frequently placed on the surface.
  2. Enhanced UV Resistance: Dekton’s high UV resistance prevents fading and degradation.
  3. Better Scratch Resistance: Dekton offers superior resistance, maintaining its aesthetic appeal over time.
  4. Stain Resistance: While both materials are stain-resistant, Dekton’s dense composition offers an added level of protection against staining, especially in high-use areas or where aggressive staining substances are present.

Final Thoughts…

When it comes to Dekton vs Silestone, there isn’t a clear winner. Ultimately the choice will depend on your needs and taste.

If the price is the driving factor, then Silestone will likely be a better option for you. Although as I mentioned, there is some price overlap between the two.

If you need a kitchen worktop to be as tough as possible and withstand the times you forget to use a cutting board or trivet, then Dekton could be the answer.

However, if you’re still unsure about which worktop is best for your needs, I’d definitely recommend visiting a local kitchen showroom to look at and feel the difference.

While you can’t go wrong with either option, you may find that one fits your needs or style better.

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Author

Michael from Kitchinsider.com

Michael is a kitchen designer from the UK. He's been designing and project managing new kitchen installations for over 10 years. Before that, he was an electrician and part of a team that fitted kitchens. He created Kitchinsider in early 2019 to help give people advice when it comes to getting a new kitchen.