Quartz VS Granite Countertops – Which one is better?

by Shreya Bilagi | August 15, 2023 | 4 mins read

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Whether it’s quartz or granite both these stones have their plus and minus points. If you’re scratching your head on which one to choose, then we at Design Cafe are here to lend you a hand. This blog is all about quartz versus granite countertops and will take you through the pros and cons of both these materials.

The Pro’s Of A Quartz Countertop

Let’s talk about the pros of quartz. Quartz is an attractive mineral made from silicon and oxygen. Quartz is a natural mineral which means it’s not man-made, however, quartz countertops are man-made as they are manufactured separately. With quartz there is a wide range of colours that you can choose from. This stone represents luxury and richness. Quartz does not break or chip easily. Since quartz is a non-porous stone, it has durability and resistance against stains. Quartz is a stone which is highly versatile and can be used in bathrooms, fireplaces, kitchens or any other area of your home which you want to add the posh rich factor too.

Advantage or pro's of quartz countertops are durability and resistance against stains
A quartz countertop in white enhances the look of this kitchen paired with wooden top and bottom cabinets

The Cons Of A Quartz Countertop

Though quartz is a very attractive mineral it comes with its own setbacks. If you are looking for a stone on a budget quartz is not for you as it is quite heavy on the pocket and the pricing tends to increase based on design, styles, slabs and edge work. Heat is another setback to this beautiful stone. Extreme heat can cause the quartz to discolour and form little white clouds which indicate damage.

Cons or disadvantages of a quartz countertop is extreme heat can cause discolour
A kitchen with white interiors and a grey quartz countertop
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The Pros Of A Granite Countertop

Let’s take a look at the pros of a granite countertop. Every slab of granite has its own unique blueprint of spots, fine lines and patterns. Granite comes with 20 different shades that you can choose from. With granite countertops you don’t have to worry about scratches as granite countertops are scratch proof, only another granite piece can get the countertop scratched. When it comes to heat granite countertops are super cooperative as you need not worry about placing hot pots and pans.

Pros or advantages of a granite countertops are scratch proof
A luxurious kitchen with a white granite countertop brings in the elegance factor

The Cons Of A Granite Countertop

Unsealed or cracked granite countertops can be a problem, as they are prone to absorb liquid substances like wine, oil, juice and other beverages that cause long-lasting stains. If your granite countertop has cracks or chips then it’s likely to suffer from bacteria infestations. It’s super important to keep resealing your granite countertop every couple of years so that the countertop does not face too much damage.

Cons or disadvantages of a granite countertops likely to suffer from bacteria infestations
An island kitchen with a rustic touch and black granite countertops

The Pricing Of Granite And Quartz

When it comes to pricing and if you have a budget then quartz is not for you. Quartz starts from about INR 400 per square foot and the cost of installation is around INR 2000 per square foot that includes installation and labour charges. The cost of granite is much more reasonable compared to that of quartz. Here is the price range of a couple of different shades of granite.

ColourMinimum PriceMaximum Price
BrownRs 52/Square FeetRs 200/Square Feet
GreenRs 65/Square FeetRs 150/Square Feet
GreyRs 60/Square FeetRs 180/Square Feet
RedRs 70/Square FeetRs 180/Square Feet
Price of quartz vs granite countertops
A high gloss freckled granite countertop in a modern kitchen
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Shreya Bilagi is a content writer at Design Cafe home interiors blog.

Shreya Bilagi

Shreya Bilagi is a content writer at DesignCafe who has a creative and adventurous personality. She has worked in the media for the past four years starting off as a Radio Jockey with Radio Mirchi and later an anchor on television. Her love for dogs is infinite. Art and culture, spirituality, theatre, travelling, Netflix and wine all fall under her circle of passion.

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