Is There a Difference between, Cambria, Silestone and Caesarstone?
When researching your options for countertop materials before a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project gets underway, you’ve likely seen the brand names Cambria, Silestone or Caesarstone as alternatives to granite countertops. But are there any differences between them versus choosing real granite countertops?
Let’s take a closer look:
What’s Inside: Cambria, Silestone and Caesarstone
Cambria, Silestone and Caesarstone are all well-known national companies who use the patented Breton technology to manufacture their quartz slabs. Breton is the most advanced and latest engineered quartz manufacturing machinery in the world. Cambria, Silestone and Caesarstone are all made up of approximately 93% pure natural quartz which is then bonded to an acrylic resin. This gives you added durability with the look of authentic granite or stone at a lower cost. Unlike granite, these brands of quartz countertops are naturally stain-resistant and don’t need to be chemically sealed to help prevent the buildup of bacteria or mold. Since granite is a porous material, it needs to be treated to prevent discoloration from stains as well. Brands like Cambria, Silestone and Caesarstone do not need this added treatment, because they are non-porous and non-absorbent.
On the surface, it may seem like these three brands are generally the same, however there are some notable differences to consider if you’re thinking of choosing a particular style. You’ll want to look at things like the availability of matching colors and patterns as well as the warranty available.
Cambria Countertop Benefits
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Cambria is the only family-owned, American-made producer of natural quartz. All other quartz countertop brands are imported.
As the only maker of engineered quartz countertops in the U.S., buying Cambria countertops helps support the economy. In addition, both the water and the scrap items are recycled to help keep costs low without sacrificing quality.
The Davis family, which owns Cambria, has been listed among the country's wealthiest families, according to Forbes magazine.
Cambria uses the only the highest quality quartz crystals, which results in a depth and clarity that distinguishes Cambria from all others. Their innovation is driving the quartz countertop industry in America.
Cambria Countertops come in a wide variety of styles and patterns with over 140+ choices available and they come with a limited lifetime warranty for as long as the original owner keeps them installed. Cambria is known for its wide color selection. These points alone make Cambria a solid (literally!) choice for hardy quartz granite-like countertops that are durable and clean.
It’s also worth noting that they are certified for use by NSF International as a safe food preparation surface, as they do not contain microscopic pores that can allow bacteria and mold to seep in and thrive. This alone makes Cambria worth your consideration in a countertop that’s safe, affordable and hygienic choice for your family.
Silestone Countertop Benefits
Silestone is manufactured by Cosentino, a company which began operations 7 decades years ago in Almeria, Spain.
Although engineered quartz countertops are naturally bacteria-resistant, Silestone countertops go the extra mile in including Microban brand bacteriostatic protection. This not only inhibits the growth of bacteria and mold but mildew as well. The Microban protection on Silestone countertops has a 10 year warranty, whereas the Silestone manufacturer’s warranty extends to 15 years.
Although Silestone does not carry as many color and pattern choices as Cambria, it does have over 60 varieties which are both unique and beautiful – sure to be the focal point of any kitchen or bathroom.
Caesarstone Countertop Benefits
Highly durable Caesarstone is designed to mimic the look and durability of granite, without the high cost and upkeep. Many of their collections are inspired by natural hues and colors, so if you love the look of stone, it’s hard to beat Caesarstone.
Caesarstone is headquartered in Israel and now manufactures quartz surfaces at three facilities – two locations in Israel and one plant in Georgia.
Just like Cambria and Silestone, Caesarstone quartz is engineered and is virtually maintenance free. Caesarstone also has double the impact resistance of granite, making it a great choice for any often-used surface. There are a wide range of color options available – many of which use recycled content. So if minimizing your environmental impact is important to you, bring some of the natural beauty of stone indoors while helping the planet!
As with other quartz countertop manufacturers, Caesarstone offers a lifetime warranty on residential purchases of their countertops.
Which Quartz Countertop Brand is Right for You?
There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to choosing the right brand of engineered quartz countertop. Each one has their own benefits and much of your decision will depend upon where the countertop will be installed, how much material is needed, and how much the surface will be used. Overall, quartz countertops are a smart, sensible choice that perfectly fits a wide range of households – from busy families to close-knit gatherings of friends.
If you’d like to learn more about the versatility of any of these brands of quartz countertops, or you’d like to see some slabs for yourself, stop by our showroom or give us a call and we’d be glad to help answer any questions you may have!