ADVICE & TIPS, COUNTERTOPS

Silestone vs Caesarstone – What’s the Difference & Which is Best?

If you’re in the market for quartz countertops for your kitchen, you’ll probably run into two major brands: Silestone and Caesarstone. Between them, they make up most of the quartz countertop market available today.

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 quartz countertops are, give a brief history of Silestone and Caesarstone and compare the two brands to help you decide if one will suit you better.

Let’s get into it!

You May Also Like
Popular Kitchen Countertop Options – Ideas & Expert Advice

What Are Quartz Countertops?

Quartz countertops are a type of engineered stone surface. (Think man-made granite.)

They are created by combining ground quartz, a natural hard mineral, with resins, polymers, and pigments. This mixture is then moulded and compacted into slabs that can be used as countertops.

Quartz countertops typically contain about 90-95% quartz. The high quartz content makes these countertops exceptionally hard and durable. The remaining 5-10% consists of resins and pigments.

Unlike natural stone, quartz countertops are non-porous. This means they do not require sealing and are less prone to harbouring bacteria and viruses, making them a hygienic choice for kitchen surfaces.

Quartz countertops are known for their strength and durability with good resistance to scratches, chips, and stains, making them ideal for high-traffic areas like kitchens. They’re also low maintenance and can be easily cleaned with soap and water and do not require the regular sealing that natural stone surfaces do.

Overall, quartz makes a great choice for a countertop and is probably the most popular option for my clients.

Let’s take a quick look at the two major brands of quartz countertops: Silestone and Caesarstone.

Silestone quartz kitchen countertop samples

You May Also Like
Dekton vs Silestone – What’s The Difference And Which Is Best?

Silestone

Based in Spain and founded in the 1990s, Silestone is a subsidiary of the larger Italian company Cosentino. Silestone exports its quartz to over 80 countries, giving it a global reputation.

They started with home design but have since expanded their origins to include commercial applications of quartz, such as building facades. Silestone is a market leader with a reputation for offering a wide variety of colour options.

Caesarstone

Founded in 1987, Caesarstone was the pioneer of the natural quartz surfaces market. Caesarstone is headquartered in Israel, with two manufacturing plants in Israel as well as one in the US and one in India.

Caesarstone exports its quartz to 50 countries worldwide and offers both home and commercial applications for its products. Like Silestone, they are a market leader in quartz countertops.

Silestone vs Caesarstone

To help understand each brand a little more I’ve broken them down into six sections. This will help you compare the differences and find out which brand is best for your kitchen.

Price

The price difference between the two is very little and for the most part, there is a lot of price overlap. However, generally, you can expect to pay slightly more for Caesarstone than Silestone.

On average, Caesarstone will run from £390 – £1600 per m2

In comparison, Silestone ranges from £320 – £1300 per m2

These prices are based on the raw slabs. Your final price will vary depending on the dealer, colour choice, thickness and amount of fabrication and installation work needed.

You May Also Like
Kitchen Countertop Cost Factors – What Affects The Price?

Durability

When it comes to durability, both brands provide a very hard-wearing product.

Using the Mohs Hardness Scale, both Silestone and Caesarstone quartz countertops have a rating of 7 (diamond scores a 10).

Both Silestone and Caesarstone countertops are non-porous and highly resistant to stains. This means you’ll be safe from coffee, wine, vinegar, or oil stains.

Overall, they perform well with scratch, stain and heat resistance.

However, both brands aren’t suited for hot pans straight from the hob or oven. The rapid temperature change can cause ‘thermal shock’ and may crack the work surface.

Also, because these countertops include a small amount of resin, this can scorch and leave a burn mark/ring on the counter surface.

Therefore, you should always use a board or trivet to protect the countertop.

Quartz Percentage

The percentage of quartz is a factor when it comes to quality and appearance. Since these countertops are manufactured, the amount of natural quartz in them can vary.

Silestone manufactures its countertops with at least 90% quartz. Caesarstone has a 90- 93% quartz content. This is a small variation that does not make much difference in the appearance, feel, or durability.

While Silestone and Caesarstone have high percentages of quartz in their make-up, other lesser-known brands have a much lower percentage which can affect their durability.

These brands are often cheaper due to a lack of brand recognition and the lower quartz content.

Choices Available

Silestone offers 71 colours in 3 finish options: polished, suede and volcano.
Caesarstone offers 51 colours in 3 finish options: polished, concrete and rough. (At the time of writing)

Silestone provides a wider range of colours, which can be positive or negative depending on your point of view.

I’ve had plenty of clients who want to keep their choices simple and pick out the colour from a small sample in the showroom, while others like the larger selection and having more choices.

Slab Sizes

Slab size matters. If you have a long run of cabinets or a kitchen island, you’ll want to make sure you can get a sizeable slab of countertop.

Bigger slabs will allow you to have larger surfaces with fewer joints. This can increase the size of your island, for example.

When it comes to sizes available, Caesarstone has slightly more variability. Both Silestone and Caesarstone provide original and jumbo slabs for large areas.

Silestone Slab Sizes: Standard 306cm x 140cm or Jumbo 325cm x 159cm
Thickness Options:
1.3 cm
2 cm
3 cm

Caesarstone Slab Sizes: 306cm x 144cm or Jumbo (Grande) 334cm x 164cm
Thickness Options:
Original Slabs
1.3 cm
2 cm
3 cm
Jumbo Slabs
2 cm
3 cm

Warranty

Silestone provides a 25-year warranty on their products, depending on where their materials are purchased.

Caesarstone provides a residential lifetime warranty on their counters.

This means that if you purchased the countertop, you are covered for the rest of your time in the property. If you move, then the warranty can be transferred to the new owners, but only for a limited 10-year warranty.

The majority of people don’t usually have to use their warranty, however, as quartz countertops are extremely long-lasting with the appropriate use.

Caesarstone quartz kitchen countertop samples

You May Also Like
Quartz vs Quartzite Countertops – Pros, Cons & Differences

Silestone Vs Caesarstone: Which Is Best?

When considering Silestone and Caesarstone for quartz countertops, the choice largely depends on individual needs and preferences as both brands offer high-quality, durable products with a strong presence in the market.

Price and Variety: If affordability is a key concern, Silestone emerges as a slightly more appealing option. Known for its variety and budget-friendliness, Silestone offers a broader range of options in the lower price spectrum. Additionally, it boasts a wider array of colours and designs, providing more choices to suit diverse aesthetic tastes.

Slab Size and Warranty: For those with specific design requirements, such as longer stretches of countertop or larger slabs, Caesarstone might be the preferable choice. Caesarstone also offers a competitive edge with its warranty policy, providing a residential lifetime warranty, which surpasses Silestone’s 25-year warranty. This aspect could be crucial for those looking for long-term assurance.

Quality and Durability: In terms of overall quality, durability, and quartz content, both Silestone and Caesarstone stand on equal footing. There’s no noticeable difference in the composition or endurance of their products, ensuring that whichever brand you choose, you are opting for a reliable and long-lasting surface.

Ultimately, the decision between Silestone and Caesarstone comes down to which brand offers the colour, finish, and specific features that best align with your design vision and practical needs. It’s recommended to explore the collections of both brands to find the perfect match that fulfils your requirements and resonates with your kitchen style.

FAQs

Can you repair damage to Silestone and Caesarstone Countertops?

Yes, to some extent. Damage to Caesarstone and Silestone quartz countertops can usually be repaired, but the method depends on the damage type and severity.

  • Minor Scratches/Chips: Repair kits with a filler that matches your countertop’s colour and can fix small scratches or chips with thorough polishing.

  • Stains: Mild cleaning solutions remove most stains, but tougher ones might need specialized quartz cleaners.

  • Heat Damage: High heat can cause discolouration (treatable with cleaners). However, cracks due to thermal shock are more challenging to repair. In some cases, the damaged section of the countertop may need to be replaced.

  • Cracks: Significant damage often needs professional repair or part replacement, involving colour-matched adhesive and polishing.

  • Professional Help: For major damage, consult a professional, especially to maintain warranty validity.

Final Thoughts…

There you have it! Silestone vs Caesarstone.

If you’re still unsure about which brand is best for your needs, it may be helpful to visit a local showroom and look at both brands in person.

Since prices and selection can vary slightly, you may be able to make a choice based on what you see. While you can’t go wrong with either option, you may find that one fits your needs better.

Overall, quartz is a great material for a countertop and you’ll find that this durable material purchased from either brand will last a long time in your home.

DISCOVER MORE

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.