I was able to use my consumer reports membership to find ratings on countertops that was completed less than a year ago. Of course I will share. :) They rated all the most common countertops by stains, cutting, heat, abrasion and impact.
Rankings are as follows:
- quartz (engineered stone i.e silestone, caesarstone)
- recycled glass
- solid surfacing (i.e. corian)
- stainless steel
- butcher block (varnished)
- paper composite
- butcher block (oil finish)
- bamboo (beeswax finish)
Anyways, pretty much the only difference in scoring for granite & quartz was that granite needs to be sealed a couple times a year-a process that only takes a couple minutes. Other than that, it's pretty much aesthetics and how the material is made. Every area for these two products was very highly rated with the exception of impact-well, it's a hard material, so things will break if they are dropped on it. duh!
Since solid surfacing was also in my runnings, I should discuss its score a bit. It scored mediocre because (as I mentioned in a previous post), it scratches easily and gets damaged with cutting & abrasion but takes decently well to heat, stains and impact.
I also looked at several other websites that had some really good info prior to coming across these ratings.
- The Family Handyman pros & cons of countertop materials
- Chowhound granite vs. solid surfacing vs. engineered stone
- Standard Kitchens a description of each different kind of countertop
- Solid design a description of different counter materials as well as who they think has the advantage...I feel this is skewed being that they fabricate granite & marble but still some good info
If anyone in the area has found a steal of a deal on honed absolute granite in the Portland area, we would love to have the name.