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Countertops Comparison: What's the Difference Between Silestone and Corian? What is better?

Corian and Silestone are two of the most popular countertop materials right now. But what is the difference between the two materials and which one is suitable for your kitchen? We clarify the question of the right surface for your kitchen worktop.

What is Corian?

White Corian worktop; Photo: Corian

Corian is a trademarked mineral material from the US manufacturer DuPont. Mineral material is a material that consists of a good two thirds of natural, mineral components and one third of acrylic. Accordingly, Corian is a mixture of plastic and minerals that result in a kind of artificial stone. Corian itself is just a brand; there are other mineral materials from other manufacturers with the same properties. In our kitchen finder brand comparison, all brands and manufacturers of mineral material are listed.

What is Silestone?

White Silestone worktop; Photo: Silestone

Silestone could also be called artificial stone. Behind the brand of the Spanish manufacturer Cosentino is a so-called quartz composite, which consists of 94% natural quartz and is therefore particularly robust and hard. Like Corian, Silestone is just one of many brands. Other manufacturers and brands of quartz composites are, for example, CeasarStone and Zodiaq from the Corian manufacturer DuPont.

Difference Between Corian and Silestone

Country kitchen with worktop made of Silestone in stone look; Photo: Silestone

Due to the material properties described above, Silestone can be classified as “more natural” than Corian, as the percentage of natural components is much higher. But Corian is not porous. This means that no liquids are absorbed and stains and discolorations do not stand a chance - regardless of whether it is citric acid, ketchup, coffee, beetroot or red wine. Although Corian is also quite robust, scratches can easily occur in a worktop made of solid surface material. These can easily be polished off with a kitchen sponge. Another disadvantage is that Corian is not heat-resistant and hot pots, pans and baking trays can only be placed on the worktop with a trivet. Silestone worktops are also not porous and therefore do not have to be sealed. In contrast to Corian, they are also scratch-resistant.

Conclusion: which is better? Corian or Silestone?

Kitchen sink with Corian worktop; Photo: Corian

Whether a worktop made of Silestone or Corian is more suitable for you depends on what you value. Silestone is definitely more robust than Corian and other mineral materials, but mineral material is generally a little cheaper than quartz composite. The specific price of your worktop depends on the thickness, the surface finish and the color.

 

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Cover picture: Silestone Cosentino

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