Quartzite vs. granite Countertops: A helpful and detailed review

Today we’re doing a deep dive on quartzite vs. granite kitchen countertops.

Now that I’ve addressed marble vs. quartz countertops, it seems there’s still a lot of questions regarding granite countertops and quartzite countertops…

black granite countertop
Black granite counter tops in our blue butler’s pantry.

Since we’ve given a lot of thought to kitchen countertops over here – I decided to address this countertop material query today.

So, If you’re in the market for new countertops, you’ve come to the right place.

The Benefits of Quartzite vs. Granite Countertop Options

When you’re building a kitchen or bathroom, there are dozens of choices to make, from cabinetry to paint colors.

Every choice you make determines the style and aesthetic of your kitchen and how it relates to the rest of your home.

gray granite countertops in kitchen.
The white speckled granite kitchen counters in our former Vermont ski condo.

When it comes to countertop materials – the choices can seem endless.

However, this is obviously one of the most expensive and important decisions you can make – so you really want to make the right choice.

Since your countertops are one of the main focal points of the design, when you select a particular color or type, it can determine almost everything else about your kitchen’s overall look.

Nowadays, countertops come in nearly endless colors and patterns, shades and grains.

Quartzite vs. Granite

Both are excellent options for your kitchen countertops, but depending on your needs ,the overall square foot involved or your budget, there are a few considerations to take into account before you make your choice.

Since I’m familiar with both, through trial and error, I thought I’d address this popular question here today.

Let’s dig into the pros and cons of Quartzite vs. Granite.

white kitchen counter with black faucet.

Are Quartzite and Quartz the same?

For starters, let’s break down the difference between quartzite and quartz counters.

Because they are not the same thing.

Quartzite is a natural stone derived from metamorphic rock.

While, quartz countertops are man made with engineered stone, resin and pigments – an important factor to remember.

Quartz countertops are considered more versatile and durable than quartzite.

The Benefits of Quartzite Countertops

Quartzite countertops are known for being a beautiful option for your kitchen.

A few major reasons to consider Quartzite include:

1. It’s a natural material which can often contribute to higher re-sale value.

2. Quartzite counter tops come in some stunning color variations making them great options.

The drawbacks of Quartzite countertops

Because Quartzite slabs fall into the natural stone countertops category, they can be harder to maintain and more prone to damage.

However, these are usually very beautiful slabs, often with the look of marble.

And, just like a real marble countertop surface, true Quartzite requires extra care and professional sealing every few years.

Additionally, Quartzite can be quite expensive.

Which is why low maintenance quartz is such a popular choice these days.

samples of stone countertop options.

The Benefits of Granite Countertops

First off, many of you are wondering if granite countertops are no longer in style.

The answer is yes and no…

While the color choices have moved on from the 1990s, granite still is a great choice for homeowners these days.

So, if you’re considering granite, opt for a more solid color way.

Personally, I think the look of black granite is timeless!

black granite countertops in blue pantry.

There are many additional benefits to granite countertops:

Granite tends to be more affordable, depending on the type you choose.

2. It’s such a durable, hard material – it really resists scratches and chips which comes with everyday use.

3. Granite is also heat resistant and stain resistant – so feel free to put your heavy objects and hot pot of red sauce right on it.

4. Finally, day to day granite requires very little maintenance.

The Cons of Granite countertop

1. Proper sealing is highly recommended.

2. You do need to seal your granite every year or so – so it’s not a zero maintenance material.

3. It’s not as strong as some other materials like natural quartz, so if you’re not careful a hot pan can crack or chip your counters.

4. Granite slabs can be quite heavy and may require extra support underneath.

blue and white bowl on kitchen counter

Natural Stone Materials Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Mohs Scale of hardness?

One of the most important tests for identifying mineral specimens is the Mohs Hardness Test.

This test compares the resistance of a mineral to being scratched by ten reference minerals known as the Mohs Hardness Scale.

This test is useful because most specimens of a given mineral are very close to the same hardness.

This makes hardness a reliable diagnostic property for most minerals.

While this test is often referenced with popular materials for countertops, the good news is you don’t really need to worry about the subtle differences in the hardness of the stone you choose for your home’s counter tops.

This is because most home buyers are mainly concerned with just the ease of maintenance and cost.

Quartzite vs. Granite kitchen countertops: Conclusion

Hopefully this discussion of Quartzite vs. granite will help you with your own kitchen and bathroom countertops.

It’s important that you make a good choice to be sure that your kitchen or bathroom counters stay beautiful for years to come.

You can’t really go wrong with either option, but your countertops are not just the focal point of your kitchen.

They also get a lot of use (and abuse) over time.

Keeping in mind, for the best bet, you want to be able to use your kitchen freely, without worrying about long term damage to your counters.

open concept white farmhouse kitchen.
Newly updated contemporary classic open concept kitchen with granite counter tops.

Whatever you decide to choose, remember to test out a few samples in your home first!

You can often even order these online, as seen below:


Additional Home and Kitchen Decor Inspiration:

Now that we’ve fully discussed the whole Quartzite vs. granite kitchen countertops dilema –

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