CaesarStone is a form of engineered stone—an artificial material that combines multiple sources of crushed stone into one continuous surface. It’s a very popular choice for surfaces in kitchens; especially countertops and other work surfaces. If you’re looking at installing new countertops, there are a wide variety of materials to choose from, so, to help you make your decision, here are some Caesarstone countertops pros and cons.
Pro: CaesarStone is nonporous
A porous countertop will stain as you use it, as stuff slips into the cracks and pores of your surface—granite, for example, needs to be sealed every few years, or your counters can become permanently stained. Bacteria like E. coli can also seep into these pores, meaning you have to continuously make sure your sealant is up to date.
CaeasarStone, on the other hand, is nonporous, and doesn’t require any sealing—ever. That makes it a very low-maintenance material; once installed, you don’t have to worry about continuously protecting it.
Pro: CaesarStone resists scratches
You don’t want scratches on your newly-installed countertops! CaesarStone is made from quartz, which is a very resilient material. A stainless steel or ceramic surface can eventually get scratched and banged up, but CaeserStone is very hard.
Because CaesarStone resists both scratches and stains, it ends up looking like new for a longer period of time—there’s less maintenance to be done and less upkeep required to keep your counters looking new.
Pro: CaesarStone is easy to maintain
If you get a countertop made from marble or granite, you’ll have to seal them on a semi-regular basis in order to continue avoiding scratches, stains and other blemishes. Materials like soapstone or ceramics require regular maintenance to keep things looking clean and new.
CaesarStone doesn’t require any regular upkeep. These engineered stone surfaces are very resilient. They’ll continue to show little wear, won’t promote the growth of mold, mildew or bacteria, and can easily be maintained for years. Simply wiping it down on a regular basis well keep it looking great.
Con: CaesarStone is not heat resistant
If you cook often in your kitchen, you’ll often have hot pans and plates moving around. Materials like marble or granite are heat resistant, so you don’t need to be extra careful where you place your hot dishes in order to protect your counters.
CaesarStone isn’t going to shatter the second you put a warm plate on it, but they recommend avoiding direct contact or radiated heat from very hot pots, which can cause discoloration or, in the worst cases, outright damage. A hot pad or trivet is required to keep your counters looking pristine if you opt for a CaesarStone countertop.
All in all, CaesarStone is a great choice for your countertop. It’s durable, beautiful, hygienic and easy to care for. It can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. It’s not perfect—no surface is—but if you’re looking for a relatively maintenance free, durable surface, a CaesarStone countertop may be the right one for you.