Just not granite…

What happened to the good old granite counter top? For many years, granite was the number one choice for kitchen counter tops, but in the last 10 years, less and less of it is being used, to the point that you hardly see any granite tops, especially in European kitchen designs.

The main problem is that granite is simply ‘played out’… People are just tired of it, after using it in kitchens for so many years and it’s not just in the kitchen – you see it everywhere – on the side of city buildings, on the bank’s floor, and even in public bathrooms…

The good news is that there are many great alternatives! The fastest growing segment of the counter top business is quartz – brands like CaesarStone, Silestone (Cosentino), Zodiaq (Dupont) and many others, from around the world are gaining in popularity for years now – they feel like stone but are stronger and maintenance free.

Quartz counter top by CaesarStone
Quartz counter top by CaesarStone

 

 

 

 

 

 

These even fit well counter top scales like this.

Non-granite stones, like marble are being used more, especially with the introduction of new sealers that are making them a bit more practical.

Marble counter top - Minotti Cucine
Marble counter top – Minotti Cucine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then there are glass counters, stainless steel, ceramic and unlike in the US, in Europe you still see some solid surface counters, such as Corian.

Glass Counter top - Pedini Cucine
Glass Counter top – Pedini Cucine
Corian counter top - Pedini Cucine
Corian counter top – Pedini Cucine

12 thoughts on “Just not granite…”

  1. I would love to know how a glass counter top stands up to day to day use. It’s is obviously beautiful in a photograph, but is it something the average home owner would really want to consider?

    1. Mark – these are tempered and do hold up very well. obviously, they can be scratched, but so are other counter surfaces. Not sure who the “average home owner” is but if they’re looking for something different, and like the glass counters, this could be it. Otherwise, the quartz surfaces are still the most durable.
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  2. Hi! It´s the first time that I see this blog and I just can`t stop. So fantastic and creative the way that you can transform a room into a magic place. Really amazing design. You have really nice projects! Last week I visited a website of a product design brand with projects that may work very well with these. Take a look http://www.brabbu.com/
    Thanks, keep up the good work.

  3. Hi Kitchen Guy!

    I find your posts very interesting. For a non-design person, you’re entries are very helpful.

    My family is renovating our kitchen and our architect is recommending Corian for the countertop. I am not a design person so I want to ask, how important is it to choose which countertop to use? And are there any alternatives for Corian or solid surface counter, as you said? Any brand you would recommend?

    Thanks!

    1. Anton – Corian has gone down in popularity in recent years. It seems that everyone who had it doesn’t want it again… They complained about scratching and staining, even cracking…True, it is 100% repairable, but who wants to do it…? The fastest growing counter material in recent years is Quarts. It is maintenance free…
      kitchenguy

      1. Kitchenguy, Thank you very much! You mentioned in your article that Caesarstone, Silestone and Zodiaq are brands that we may look into for quartz counter, luckily we found out that there are suppliers of the said brands in our country. Any other brands you recommend we can check?

        Thanks!

        Anton

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