If you are looking to get the biggest bang for your kitchen remodeling dollars, a quartz countertop is a winning bet. Quartz is an engineered material that is both heat- and stain-resistant making it a perfect choice for busy cooking spaces. Its manufacturing process involves combining around 95 percent ground quartz, which is one of the hardest minerals on the planet, with a mix of polymer resins. The finished result is an incredibly durable stone-like surface that can stand up to daily wear and tear. Just as convenient, the engineered material does not require sealing like natural stone surfaces such as marble or granite.
When it comes to looks, quartz countertops are available in a wide range of colors and even better, stone-like patterns that seriously look and feel like the real thing. To get the gist, check out our favorite quartz countertops for kitchens.
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Orange Quartz Kitchen Countertop
Quartz countertops are available in a broad range of colors—think blue, green, red, and orange as shown in this kitchenby Kropat Interior Design. The firm based out of San Francisco, California, went with a glossy, quartz countertop by Silestone in Orange Cool. The edges of the countertop have a softened square finish that shows off the materials 3/4-inch thickness.Continue to 2 of 17 below.
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Waterfall Quartz Countertops in Miami White
Waterfall quartz countertops are becoming a staple in ultramodern cooking spaces like this one by CaSA—Colombo and Serboli Architecture. Kitchen counters like these have a hallmark edge that starts at the top and continues down to the floor creating a seamless surface that is either an upside-down C or L shape as shown. The bright, quartz countertops in this salmon-colored kitchen is a shade called Miami White by Silestone.Continue to 3 of 17 below.
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Pure White Caesarstone Countertop
When it comes to kitchens, nothing is quite as luxurious as a three-inch-thick quartz countertop as shown in this cooking spaceby interior designer Ann Lowengart out of California. The countertop shown here is by Caesarstone in Pure White. The company has been manufacturing high-performance quartz surfaces in a wide range of stones styles and colors for more than 30 years.Continue to 4 of 17 below.
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Polished, Black Quartz Countertops With a Matching Backsplash
This glossy cooking space by Parker Bathrooms based in the U.K. is brimming with striking pops of color. The countertops and backsplash are polished, black quartz. The lacquered kitchen cabinets bring a colorful contrast that draws the eye closer.Continue to 6 of 17 below.
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Retro Inspired Kitchen With Quartz Countertops
The interior design firm Plus Rooms situated in London elevated this retro-inspired kitchen with quartz countertops that resemble Calacatta marble.Continue to 7 of 17 below.
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Pale, Neutral Kitchen With a Cambria Quartz Countertop
When designing this small, apartment kitchen, the goal was to keep things light and airy. Utah-based interior design firm, Studio McGee got a chunk of the job done with a Cambria quartz countertop. Black appliances and dark decorative accents add bold contrast to the mostly pale, neutral space.Continue to 8 of 17 below.
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Bullnose Edge Quartz Countertop
There are several different edge styles for quartz countertops. For example, take a good look at this kitchen island. Maya Wilson Interiors out of the U.K. selected a rounded edge bullnose style. It beautifully shows off the counter's white and black specs.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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Quartz Countertop That Will Not Stain Like Carrera Marble
This gorgeous blue and white kitchen by Brooklyn-based interior design firm White Arrow features a quartz countertop that is a dead ringer for Carrera marble. The essential need to know, while coffee, juice, tomatoes, and wine, can easily stain natural marble, you will not have that worry with engineered quartz.Continue to 10 of 17 below.
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Quartz Countertop That Looks Just Like Concrete
Concrete countertops are insanely popular these days, but just like natural stone, the material can stain easily if not properly sealed. Enter the quartz countertop manufacturer, Caesarstone. They engineered the quartz countertop in this cooking space designed by Holmes Hole Builders, a construction company out of Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. The quartz countertop looks precisely like authentic concrete.Continue to 11 of 17 below.
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Glossy Gray Quartz Countertops
Highly polished gray quartz countertops beautifully work with the yellow cabinetry in this small apartment kitchen by Russian design firm, Enjoy Home.Continue to 12 of 17 below.
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Helix Quartz Countertop by Caesarstone
Finding the perfect countertop for your style and cooking needs can be incredibly challenging says, Jill Cordner, one of the interior designers for Homepolish, an online decorating service. She looked at a gazillion samples of quartz marble before going to a slab yard to view full-size options. The winning pick for this kitchen is a marble pattern called Helix by Caesarstone.Continue to 13 of 17 below.
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Modern Farmhouse Kitchen With Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops are becoming a staple in modern farmhouse kitchens. Case in point is this lovely neutral cooking space by Jennifer Dennis. She is an award-winning interior design working out of the Washington, D.C., metro area. The shaker style cabinetry is a soft shade of gray. The color matches the new quartz countertops and subway tile backsplash.Continue to 14 of 17 below.
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This Kitchen Combines Quartz With Calacatta Marble
Large slabs of white engineered quartz and genuine Calacatta marble run throughout this chic cooking space by Natalie Chianese, one of the many interior designers represented by Homepolish.Continue to 15 of 17 below.
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Red Quartz Countertops Add a Retro Twist to a White Kitchen
Red quartz countertops by Caesarstone personalize this white cooking space by Kitchen & Bath Design and Construction out of West Hartford, Connecticut.Continue to 16 of 17 below.
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Contrasting Quartz Countertops in a Modern Kitchen
A waterfall quartz kitchen island and matching dining table make this modern neutral kitchen by New York City-based Turek Design incredibly inviting. The countertops lining the back wall are quartz with a soft gray finish. Both the island and table are a pattern called White Attica by Caesarstone.
What are some pros and cons to quartz countertops?
Is quartz cheaper than granite?
Quartz and granite are both beautiful, durable choices for any home. But you should not base your choice on price. Quartz and granite can run neck-and-neck when it comes to pricing. Sometimes quartz is cheaper than granite and vice versa. The issue may come down to the quality of slabs of either material.
Is it better to get granite or quartz countertops?
The answer depends on your wants and needs. If you want a gorgeous, durable, steam-resistant material, you'll love quartz countertops, but you may not love the high price and heat-sensitivity. If you want a beautiful, natural material, then granite wins out, but you may not like the high maintenance.