Pretty but maybe not perfect—discover the pros and cons of this popular interior design trend
White quartz countertops—there’s no doubt that if you’re planning a bathroom or kitchen remodel, you’ve seen these all over Pinterest. You might have even confused quartz for marble because they look so similar. Quartz’s ability to elevate a space without the price tag of natural stone is partially why it is such a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom renovations.
But is it the right choice for you? White quartz in particular sounds like it could be tricky in kitchens, the home of red sauces, wine, and coffee. Before you drop $4,500—the average cost to install quartz countertops—here’s what to know about choosing white quartz for your home.
What Is Quartz Made of?
Quartz countertops are a man-made product combining ground quartz (a hard natural mineral) with synthetic materials. Most quartz slabs contain 90% to 94% of ground quartz and 6% to 10% of resins, polymers, and pigments. The natural and synthetic materials blend together to create an engineered stone that is then pressed into sheets.
The added pigment creates a wide variety of colors and patterns, so it’s pretty easy to get quartz countertops that match your kitchen design. White quartz is especially popular and comes in a range of styles, from pure white to off-white with gray veining designed to look like white marble.
What Is “Natural” Quartz?
If you hear someone talking about how they have “natural quartz countertops,” they most likely have quartzite countertops. Quartzite is composed of 90% to 99% quartz grains that are bonded together with the mineral silica. That’s why quartzite is considered a "natural" material.
Because no additional pigments are added, you can find only gray and white quartzite countertops. A quartzite countertop will also look more raw and natural than a quartz countertop. It needs to be sealed because it is highly porous and will absorb any liquids, unlike quartz.
Benefits of White Quartz Countertops
White quartz bathroom and kitchen countertops have a lot of benefits over natural stone countertops, such as granite and marble, including:
Look great: It has a luster that’s similar to natural stone, but provides more of a visual depth due to its makeup of crushed stone suspended in polymers and resins.
Go with everything: Whether your decor style is modern farmhouse with an affinity for shiplap walls and backsplashes or just plain modern, white quartz will fit in perfectly.
Consistent color: Even if you choose white quartz with a pattern, it will have a consistent color because it is an engineered product. This is ideal when you need more than one slab because you won’t see any obvious seams when the slabs are put together. Natural stone, on the other hand, can have large color variations and obvious seams.
Extremely hard: It's hard, durable, and scratch-resistant, making it ideal for use in high-traffic areas.
Never have to be sealed: With 6% to 10% of resins and polymers, quartz countertops are nonporous and never have to be sealed to protect them from liquids. Natural stone countertops, however, do. Marble even has to be sealed as frequently as every 3–6 months.
Will White Quartz Stain?
Staining is probably the biggest concern for someone considering any type of white countertops. It’s easy to imagine spilling spaghetti sauce on a pristine white surface and being cursed with an orangey-yellow blob for the rest of time.
The good news? Because they are nonporous, all quartz countertops are stain-resistant, even the white ones. However, it’s important to clean spills immediately, especially red sauce, red wine, coffee, and tea. Staining can still occur if the liquid is left to react with the resin and can be difficult to remove.
How Do You Clean White Quartz?
To clean your quartz countertops, all you need is a mild soap and warm water. Dishwashing liquid works well. Just avoid bleach as it may damage the quartz surface.
Is White Quartz Heat-Proof?
White quartz—and all quartz—is heat-resistant, but not heat-proof. This means that while it can withstand some heat, you shouldn’t place a hot pan directly onto a quartz kitchen counter. High heat can scorch it and cause it to crack.
How Much Does White Quartz Cost vs. Other Types of Countertops?
White quartz may be inexpensive when compared to marble countertops, but it’s not the cheapest option. Here’s how it compares to other countertops:
Quartz: $15–$70 per square foot
Marble: $15–$190 per square foot
Quartzite: $55–$75 per square foot
Granite: $15–$140 per square foot
Concrete: $50–$100 per square foot
Soapstone: $20–$70 per square foot
Laminate: $8–$27 per square foot
Note: Quality plays a big role in countertop costs, so while you can find $15 per square foot quartz or marble, you likely will be spending much more.
White Quartz Countertop Ideas
1. Warm White with Soft Gray Veins
For a similar look, try MSI Carrara Grigio Quartz countertops.
2. Soft White with Light Gray Veins
For a similar look, try Cambria Smithfield quartz countertops.
3. Dark White with Gray and Taupe Marble Effect
For a similar look, try Cambria Skara Brae quartz countertops.
4. Off-White with Prominent Gray Veins
For a similar look, try Silestone Eternal Classic Calcutta quartz countertops.
5. Pure White
For a similar look, try Caesarstone Vivid White quartz countertops.