What is Engineered Quartz – it is a blend of quartz (granular quartz is often referred to as sand) and resin which is put through a process of pressure, heat and polishing to produce a stable reliable benchtop material which has ruled the bench top scene for a decade. Dominate countries of origin are Italy, Spain, Korea, Vietnam and China.
With many suppliers of Engineered Quartz slabs it is hard to select between the various brands. As bench top manufacturers we find all the materials similar in nature and leave it to the customers to select their preference based on colour and their chosen brand. The larger slab format from Trendstone and Silestone may lead to a more economic use of stone otherwise it’s up to you.
Please note the information assembled here is extracted from the Suppliers own website promotional material and has not been edited by us. For more information and colour selections please follow the link to their website by clicking on their names at the top of each section. We recommend you visit each site and make your own assessment of what is best for you.
Quantum Quartz is manufactured using the patented Breton Process which is renowned worldwide and contains more than 93% natural quartz, 7% combined bonding agent, Special additives and pigments, making it an extremely hard wearing practical and highly versatile surface.
Quantum Quartz benchtops and floors reflect the modern style and trend that leading architects and designers prefer. With high abrasion resistance, strength and durability.
Quantum Quartz is an ideal low maintenance, hygienic choice for all interior applications.
Quantum Quartz looks great and with its sleek lines and finishes you can be assured many years of lasting beauty and style that you would expect and appreciate of such a highly reputable product.
Quantum Quartz surface are of the highest quality and offer a 10 year Limited Warranty.
What is Silestone?
Silestone is a compound made up of 94% natural quartz, which make it extraordinarily hard and resilient. This is the one and only worktop made of quartz with anti-bacterial protection, giving it hygienic properties that are not to be found anywhere else on the market. It is an excellent surface for kitchen worktops, bathrooms, floors and wall cladding using the minimum number of joints.
In addition, it comes in a variety of different shades of quartz colour, offering a number of decorative possibilities from a mere kitchen top to a project for a complete set of furniture. Silestone is an investment for the future. Silestone is forever.
Quartz is crystallised silicon dioxide (SiO2), which is usually white or transparent, although it can be found in other colours if it comes into contact with impurities during its formation.It is found either in a pure state or present in other compounds. However, because of its extreme hardness and resistance to acids, it is used to make a large variety of products that require precision and top-quality performance. This type of quartz forms the main component in Silestone boards.
Silestone® is the world’s leading producer of quartz surfaces designed for high-quality kitchens and bathrooms, including countertops and sinks with advanced bacteristatic technology.
Don’t forget to register your Silestone product on our website to activate your 25-year warranty.
Silestone is a non-porous surface and highly resistant to stains from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, makeup and many other everyday products.
Quartz is one of the hardest minerals in the world. This makes our products very durable, with a high level of resistance to external aggressions.
Silestone’s high impact resistance exceeds other similar products such as granite and solid surfaces. This feature guarantees safety in your kitchen when handling hard objects (pots, pans, etc.).
This resistance is achieved thanks to its quartz hardness, its polyester resin elasticity and its vibrocompression system used during its production.
Silestone is the only brand that contains a unique bacteriostatic formula developed by Cosentino that is based on the use of latest generation silver ions to prevent the propagation of bacterias.
With this formula, Silestone surfaces for kitchen and bathroom offer a protection added value
Only a global leader could once again draw ahead of the pack and offer a genuine 10-year transferable warranty for Silestone®
Smartstone offers the most beautiful colours and patterns available in quartz surfaces, across four versatile collections. Smartstone’s new releases include unique, innovative colours featuring the most natural looking and affordable veined surfaces in the market.
With Smartstone, enjoying the luxurious look of stone surfaces no longer comes at a prestige price. A simple cost structure will help you select the best Smartstone to suit your budget. Our three price points, are based on the composition and pattern of the surface and are not a reflection of the range’s quality.
Smartstone is a surface material composed of a minimum of 93% natural quartz, resins used as a binding agent and pigments. Smartstone’s veined surfaces are manufactured using advanced technology to create the most natural looking surfaces available in engineered stone.
Smartstone gives you the beauty of natural stone but with a harder surface. Quartz is one of the hardest minerals on earth and therefore Smartstone offers superior durability and the practical benefits of being: heat resistant, scratch resistant, stain resistant, chip resistant, chemical resistant, non-porous, mould and mildew resistant
Yes. Smartstone is virtually non-porous and perfectly suited for residential and commercial kitchen areas and food preparation areas. Smartstone is compliant with the International Health and Safety Foundation sanitary standard NSF51 that guarantees that its quartz-based surfaces are safe for use in all food environments.
Smartstone’s collections offer an exceptional purity and consistency of colour and pattern that can’t be found elsewhere. And all 24 colours in our range are exclusive to Smartstone. Every surface product has been sourced from leading manufacturers internationally to offer the most beautiful and versatile colour collection available.
Smartstone is extremely resistant to staining. We’ve tested coffee, tea, fruit juices, liquid food colouring, Coca-Cola, red wine and olive oil and these substances did not leave stains on Smartstone. (Testing performed by CSIRO)
TrendStone™ Quartz is an engineered stone manufactured from up to 93% quartz and the balance made from polymer resins and pigments. Quartz is one of the hardest natural stones on earth, making TrendStone™ Quartz a naturally strong and non-porous product.
TrendStone™ Quartz offers the largest slabs currently available in our market at 3200 x 1600mm. Most other comparable quartz products are available in much smaller slabs that are only 3060 x 1440mm. TrendStone™ Quartz Super Size slabs provide you with the ability to minimise unsightly joins in countertops and provide more economic cutting of your countertops that will save you money.
TrendStone™ Quartz slabs are available in 20mm and 30mm thicknesses. Your architect/designer/cabinet maker/stone fabricator should always confirm stock availability prior to specification.
TrendStone™ Quartz has carefully researched our market to offer you an outstanding collection of exciting colours most suitable for the production of your client’s quartz surfaces.
The high quality, large size slabs, and vast colour range of TrendStone™ Quartz slabs provides architects and designers with more options to explore their creative talents. Through superior strength, an incredible colour range and Super Size slabs, TrendStone™ Quartz will likely become your preferred Quartz.
TrendStone™ Quartz is a strong non-porous product available in an exciting colour range, making it suitable for most interior surfaces in both residential and commercial applications. Most common applications are kitchen countertops and splashbacks, bathroom vanity tops, flooring and walls
TrendStone™ Quartz slabs have the industry standard limited 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Essastone adds style, luxury and sophistication to any space. Offering the enduring appeal of 95% natural quartz, a contemporary palette of designs and an exceptional 15 year warranty. It will be worth showing off for years to come. Its superior quality makes it the premium choice for kitchens and bathrooms. So for a touch of distinction, choose essastone the pinnacle of engineered stone.
Unique designs essastone quartz carefully deigned palette perfectly coordinates with other leading brands of interior surfaces, while reflecting Australia’s unique aesthetic.
Scratch resistant – Quartz is one of the hardest natural materials on earth, making essastone quartz highly scratch resistant.
Stain resistant – Very low surface porosity prevents staining from spills.
Easy care – Unlike most natural stone surfaces, essastone quartz does not require sealing or special cleaning products.
Chemical resistance – essastone quartz is unaffected by most by most household chemicals, acid and oils. Please refer to the care and maintenance card for more information.
Consistent quality – Advanced technology and manufacturing techniques ensure that essastone quartz slabs are produced to a consistently high standard.
Quality assurance – essastone quartz is supported by a 15 year limited warranty.
The exceptional beauty, strength and durability of quartz ensures a product that is far superior to natural stone and other manufactured surfaces. Created from 93% natural quartz aggregates, organic pigments and enhanced polymer resins, Caesarstone® provides a surface with exceptional properties of heat, stain, scratch and chip resistance.
Caesarstone® surfaces meet exacting standards of excellence from the initial procurement of raw materials to the final quality control check. Highly skilled and trained staff members ensure the quality of a product that is unrivaled in the industry today. The manufacturing process begins with a rigorous inspection of all incoming raw materials. These are blended at a ratio of up to 93% natural quartz aggregates with pigments and polymer resins.
Caesarstone® is resistant to all kinds of cracks, chips, scratches and stains. However, like most materials, excessive force, high point loads, pressure or heat may cause damage to the surface. Like all surface materials Caesarstone® should be treated with care. Refer to our infographic to learn more about the properties of Caesarstone quartz surfaces.
Caesarstone® is heat resistant and is not affected by temperatures lower than 100°C (212°F). However, like all stone material, Caesarstone® can be damaged by sudden and rapid temperature changes. Therefore, we always recommend that hot pots and pans never be placed directly on the surface but onto a heat trivet or wooden chopping board especially when using cooking units such as electric frying pans, crock pots, or roaster ovens.
Visit the Caesarstone website for a comprehensive FAQ section which will satisfy all enquiries.