If you are renovating a kitchen, one of the biggest expenses aside from cabinets and appliances are countertops. Selecting countertops can be a bit scary because of the high dollar investment so you want to make sure you get it right. Today’s post will share an honest review of my white quartz countertops. Plus, I’ll give you all the insider tips to choosing the best white quartz countertops for your home. If you are stuck deciding which one is best, this is for you!
Everything You Need to Know Before Choosing Quartz Countertops
I will be sharing specifically about my experience with Cambria Britannica Warm quartz countertops. Spoiler alert: I love them and they don’t have a single stain or scratch.
I’ll also share a handful of other great white quartz countertops to consider. There are so many white quartz options it quickly feels overwhelming to choose, so my hope is today’s post will give you recommendations on what to look for and consider when selecting your quartz countertops, even if you aren’t wanting white.
What are quartz countertops made out of?
First things first, what are quartz countertops made out of anyway? They are created through a manufacturing process that mixes approximately 95 percent ground natural quartz with 5 percent polymer resins that hold it all together. The percentages vary depending on brand, but the results are super durable, low-maintenance, and a natural stone look in a variety of colors. Quartz is more durable than quartz and doesn’t chip as easily. Since they are man-made they offer a large array of different marbling designs and color choices that a natural stone does not.
Do quartz countertops stain?
Quartz are virtually indestructible and resist staining so you don’t have to stress about red wine spills or leaving lemons downside on the countertop like you do a natural stone and there’s no need to reseal every so often. Non-porous quartz also means that they resist bacteria and are naturally antimicrobial so you can be sure you are getting them actually clean and there is no mold hiding in the pores. Real marble countertops are high-maintenance and are susceptible to stains. Even water spots are bound to happen with real marble countertops because it is so porous. Even granite and concrete can stain because they are porous.
One thing you do need to be careful about with quartz is heat. They are not heat resistant so do not set hot pans directly on the countertop, always use a trivet or hot pad or you may damage the quartz.
These are our white quartz counters we had installed just about a year ago when we did our kitchen remodel. Even us DIYers know not to attempt installing quartz countertops yourself. They are expensive and require precision and skilled installers that do it all day every day, so it’s best to trust the experts here.
I knew I wanted white marble countertops with veining to brighten up the kitchen and because I think white marble is classic and timeless. To be honest, I decided on our white marble countertops quite quickly after seeing them installed in a local design showroom. I absolutely loved the way they looked in the showroom and they had the white with warm undertones I wanted. As an interior designer I see a lot of countertops through all the different showrooms we go to, samples vendors are constantly dropping off and of course in clients’ homes. I’ve seen everything from stark white to black to super busy patterns to one solid color. I definitely think this helped me narrow it down and know exactly what I wanted for our home and why I was able to choose so quickly.
However, I realize most do not have that advantage so I highly suggest going to local showrooms and looking at the countertops they have installed in the kitchen vignettes (not just the countertop samples hanging on the wall) so you can get an idea of what you’re drawn to in an actual kitchen setting. Even Googling pictures of certain quartz stones installed to see what it looks like is super helpful. A small quartz sample doesn’t show the veining and movement of the entire stone so you definitely want to see it in a full slab, whether it’s in person or a picture.
Before committing, I took several other white quartz samples home with me and compared them to our cabinet stain, the island paint color and the backsplash tile I wanted to see what looked best. It’s important to bring quartz samples home with you so you can see the stone in your kitchen light next to your other materials. A stone in the fluorescent lights of a showroom can look completely different in your home.
There are SO MANY brands and varieties of white quartz countertops. Some are stark white, others are creamier, some have grey undertones and others more neutral. Then there’s the veining. There are white quartz with zero veining, some with flecks of other color and others have large veining and movement. The samples help you with this so much when you bring them to your home and look at them in your light.
These are the samples I took home.
Between all the samples I brought home, there was about a $500 overall price difference from the most expensive to the least expensive. Of course the one I liked was the most expensive, but to me it’s worth it to get the countertop that looks best. The different quartz brands can vary a lot in price so it may be worth checking into which is the most affordable. Our kitchen remodel budget was tight and our countertops was easily the single most expensive purchase for the kitchen and was nearly half of the overall kitchen budget. Luckily we kept the existing countertops and were able to save thousands and thousands of dollars by just sanding and staining them ourselves rather than getting all new cabinets. I plan on doing an entire blog post on choosing cabinet stain because that was a big decision and it did not come so easily. It took 10+ stain colors that we tested until we found one liked. We actually ended up using 2 different stains to get the look.
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I am so glad we went with Cambria Brittanicca Warm for our white quartz countertops. They are beautiful! The bold veining is my favorite part. It’s such a statement especially on the island and the greige vein adds warmth and depth. I also think the veining helps camouflage dirt and spills so you don’t feel like your white countertops are constantly looking dirty. If you went with an all white without veining you might think that, but with the veining in Brittanicca it hides stuff really well.
BTW, if you’re looking for a new sink, I highly recommend the Blanco Siligranit sinks. They are scratch and stain resistant, super easy to clean and come in great color options. It’s what we go with for our clients in both new builds and remodels. I have the color Truffle which coordinates with our countertops perfectly and the darker color is great because there’s always coffee and green smoothie getting washed down the sink in our house and couldn’t be happier with our choice. These sinks are the best!
Bamboo dish brush – these have the best “sturdy” bristles!
Our countertops are a polish finish that have a nice shine. Some quartz is available in a matte finish but I wouldn’t recommend it as they can show every little fingerprint and that might drive you crazy.
How do you clean quartz countertops?
I use a damp cloth and little soap to wipe down our countertops. We also use Clorox wipes and Lysol countertop spray as well and they both work great. Just don’t use anything with ammonia or bleach which could ruin them.
We don’t have any stains on our countertops at all and they still look as amazing as the day they were installed! There is one little area where a coffee cup was sitting next to the sink and I found a little ring that was mostly scrubbed out and is not noticeable at all. I say this because it doesn’t bother me, but even though they say quartz is stain resistant, if you encounter a small or minor mark that needs to get rubbed out don’t be surprised. I was trying to figure out why the coffee cup caused a ring mark when every other cup we have does not. The coffee cup had an unfinished stone base and that’s the only difference I came come up with.
How much are quartz countertops?
They are typically priced between $50-$100 per square foot without installation. From my experience quartz can be slightly cheaper than granite. As I said earlier, this will be one of your biggest expenses in a kitchen renovation.
We couldn’t be happier with our white quartz countertops and I’m so happy with our choice! They truly are a statement and are the focal point of our kitchen.
I hope this post answers your questions about everything you need to know before choosing quartz countertops. If you have a question about something I missed, ask away in the comments and I’ll try to help!
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- Exact backsplash tile
- Exact kitchen sink – highly recommend!
- Exact black cabinet pulls
- Similar kitchen runner rug – they have tons of other runners too!
- Exact Delta kitchen sink faucet – love it!
- Exact swivel counter stools