What kind of cook are you?
The answer to that question can help you decide which countertop material to choose for your kitchen.
How would you answer the following questions about your cooking style?
- Your idea of the perfect meal involves:
- Recreating a five-star recipe you saw on the Food Network
- Take out, delivery, or the microwave
- Which do you use more often:
- Paper plates
- The last time you used the oven:
- You finally perfected your souffle timing
- Ronald Reagan was in office
- What’s on your countertop?
- A blender, a kitchen aid, and assorted sippie cups
If you answered mostly A’s, your kitchen—and your countertops—probably see a lot of use! A hands-on chef who enjoys cooking for family and friends, the material that’s best for you is one that will hold up well under wear and tear.
Quartz is a hard and durable material that holds up well under heavy usage. While it’s not immune to chips or scratches, it is even harder than granite.
One of the main advantages of quartz for the home chef who loves being active in the kitchen is that quartz is less porous than granite. This can be an important factor to consider if you have kids, if your countertops see a lot of spills, or if you do a lot of cooking where oils, herbs, and other ingredients will come into contact with these surfaces. Because quartz does not absorb liquids quickly, it is less prone to stains, and also easier to keep clean and maintain.
If you answered mostly B’s, your kitchen is more of a space to enjoy meals than cook them. A minimalist cook who enjoys the aesthetics of a beautiful kitchen, the material that’s best for you is one whose natural beauty is its greatest asset.
While both granite and quartz are excellent choices for kitchen design, granite is 100% natural, and the beauty of each piece is completely unique. Homeowners who choose granite can be assured that their countertops will have a look and pattern unlike any other, as the stone shows all of the variations in shade, coloring, and pattern that nature can offer.
Granite is also a hard stone, but it’s more porous than quartz. For that reason, it is harder to protect from staining, and requires more upkeep as it should be resealed yearly.
Granite and quartz are both high quality and beautiful choices for kitchen countertops—learning about their unique features can help you pick the one that best matches your cooking style!