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Can You Put Hot Pots & Pans On Quartz Counters?

When it comes to choosing the right countertops for your kitchen or bathroom, nothing beats the versatility and elegance of quartz. This engineered stone is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Famously versatile and elegant, quartz offers a number of advantages for homeowners and home cooks. But how durable is it? Can your quartz counter take the heat?

The short answer is: probably not. Although resting a pan on the surface for a quick second may not cause visible damage, you run the risk of thermal shock to the stone. Thermal shock is a condition when a very hot object touches cold stone and triggers cracking. Over time, even a small crack may worsen.

Quartz counters can also scorch when a hot object is rested on the surface for a long period of time. The telltale sign here is a white ring. These unsightly scorch marks can be a lifelong reminder of one bad judgment call.

Fortunately, there are several easy and stylish solutions for quartz countertop owners. You can put the hot pan down on a protective pad made of wood, silicone, or other heat resistant materials. You may also find sleek steel cooling racks or low-profile trivets that elevate the pot above your quartz surface. Finally, you can make do with what’s already in the kitchen. Why not rest the pan on a cold burner of the stove or leave a pot to cool in the sink?