Countertop Series, Part 4 – Quartz

Hi, and welcome to part 4 of my favorite countertops series!

If you’re just jumping into the series today, basically, I’ve been featuring my 6 favorite countertop materials this week, strictly based on the way they look. (No cost break downs or installation instructions here. They make my brain hurt and seem to vary from place to place, big time.)

Anywho- today’s pick is quartz! Specifically, Caesarstone’s “Frosty Carrina”:

frosty carrina caesarstone

It was just released a couple of months ago and I love how white and faint the linear gray veining is. What a great alternative to real carrara marble. (Another one of my favorites!)

Because it’s so new, I had a hard time finding photos of it used in kitchens online. I was able to find this close up on Caesarstone‘s Pinterest page…

Caesarstone_Frosty_Carrina

…and here are some screenshots of it from a video on the House and Home website…

Frosty_Carrina_Caesarstone_Pictures

…but obviously it’s hard to see the veining in those. NessaB posted this photo of Frosty Carrina in her (work in progress) kitchen over at GardenWeb:

Frosty_Carrina_Caesarstone_Countertop

…but again, no close up views there either. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for more photos of it in use over the next few months. I’m sure it’ll pop up somewhere eventually!

There’s actually quite a few awesome carrera alternatives out there on the quartz market right now. I’m also a big fan of Cambria’s “Torquay”:

frosty carrina caesarstone lyra silestone torquay cambria carrara marble

Ashley from 7th House on the Left used it in her kitchen:

Cambria_Torquay_Countertops

…and so did Emily from What Emily Does:

Torquay_Countertop_Cambria

Do you have a favorite quartz or two?

PS- To read my previous countertop series posts, click on the links below!

1. Laminate
2. Concrete
3. Eco by Cosentino

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Comments

  1. says

    I love the very light veining very much. I think the one called “Torquay” would be my favourite, just because of its name!
    I did some research after your last post and found that the “eco” countertops are sold in Switzerland, so I hope they’ll be available in France by the time I redo my kitchen as I found the idea very interesting.

  2. Marion says

    I’m looking at quartz to replace granite tile. Our granite tile has performed terribly, although we did seal it. I probably did not seal it often enough and it has large sections of oil type stains, which turned it an olive. I’ve tried every stain remover and poultices but I’m finally fed up and ready to replace it. I’m interested in Cambria because it is one price for all. I saw some Caesarstone I liked but my fabricator said they have different prices for different colors and some over $100, yikes! I just want something simpler now – tired of the busy look of granite. Peace and serenity for this kitchen!

  3. says

    We currently have white laminate in our home ( I actually like white counters) which I would love to replace. Have loved the look of Carrara marble for years, but reading this post and seeing the pics side by side, I will definitely check out quartz! Do you have an estimate of how much of a cost savings it is?

  4. Lisa says

    I just had Silestone’s Lyra installed in my kitchen with Martha’s Ocean Floor cabinets. I really love it.

    • Kathleen Harris says

      Please check out Silestone’s Lagoon. We’ve just finished a bathroom with these quartz countertops and I am in love! They are similar to marble but have a pale gray tone with subtle gray veining. They are beautiful and would be perfect for a kitchen!

      • says

        I too love lagoon in the suede finish. Was thinking of Lyra but it looks like spider veins, don’t think it looks like marble at all. Torquey another favorite.

  5. says

    Hi Layla!

    We mainly do granite countertops here in Louisville KY at my place but are getting requests these days for quarzt countertops too. The market is growing, and people like options when they’re doing a high end kitchen upgrade.

    I think you’ve got a great source of info here, and am going to save you in my favorites. We don’t have a lot of resources here just yet to share with our customers that are interested in quartz for their kitchens, so I will show them your article here while they’re at our place. People are so visual and your images are fantastic as is the whole article.

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