A blue silestone kitchen counter is depicted, with a knife and food sitting next to the stovetop.

Pros & Cons of Silestone​

What is Silestone?

This is a human-engineered stone made of quartz pieces that are bound together by a specially designed resin. Silestone is a very popular choice for both countertops.  It can be customized to provide the look that you want.


  • Because the Silestone will be custom engineered for your kitchen, it is ideal for both large and small countertops.
  • Unlike with granite, you will see a consistent look and pattern to the material.
  • It is available in an extensive and wide range of colors, patterns and textures. Some mimic natural stone, while others offer unique effects.
  • Because the stone is bound by resin, it is an ideal base for a variety of counter edges. For instance, relatively fragile marble might react poorly to a scalloped edge but Silestone would be a good choice for this look.
  • Silestone is non-porous and scratch- and fracture-resistant. That makes it hygienic and easy to care for. You also won’t need to seal it annually.


  • It’s more costly than some options like laminate and lower grades of granite.
  • Silestone doesn’t have the varied and unpredictable patterns of granite or marble.
  • The resins may react to certain chemicals and become cloudy; be careful when deciding which cleaning products to use on the countertop.
  • Unlike with granite or marble, you cannot put hot pans directly on Silestone. You will need to use a protector.
  • Manufacturing defects may occur on rare occasions. These include surface pitting, specks of unwanted colors, or artificial-looking streaks with marbled Silestone. Make sure you inspect the countertop carefully before approving it.

Is Silestone Right For You?

Silestone is a highly durable material under most circumstances. It’s easy to clean and care for, making it ideal for households with active kitchens. This stone also offers homeowners more flexibility for the design and look of their home.