Should we use sintered stone or quartz stone for a home kitchen countertop? Hard to decide? This article might help you to make the final decision.
What is Sintered Stone in Short?
Sintered stone is one of the newest stone inventions. It uses sintering technology (high-pressure compression) and bakes with 1200-degree Celsius heat to form a solid stone material. Hence, it’s very tough.
Does tough mean a better stone? No, but why? We will tell you later in the article.
What is Quartz Stone in Short?
The quartz stone (AKA quartz surface) comprises crushed quartz, resin, and pigments, then heated to shape in slab form.
The Benefits of Sintered Stone & Quartz Stone
First, let’s see what benefits are similar.
- Both stones are scratch-resistant to almost all household utensils.
- They resist acidic foods such as lemon, lime, vinegar and soda water.
- Sintered and quartz stones are non-porous materials.
- Food colour could not stain on their surfacing easily.
- The colour is consistent. Both stones offer a book-match option.
- Easy to clean it, no sticky oil stain.
- Low maintenance, no need to apply a stone sealant to extend its lifespan.
Which is better for countertops? Is it sintered or quartz stone?
Let’s check out the table below and see whether you can come up with your conclusion. We will give our answer later on.
|Quartz Stone||Sintered Stone|
|Heat Resistant||Up to 150℃||Up to 300℃|
|Finished||Polished, matt, rough||Glossy, smooth matt, rough|
|Homegenous||Full body||1-2mm on surface|
|Strength||Strong to impact & knock||Resist UV Rays|
|Weakness||UV Rays fade the colour||Weak to impact & knock|
Shall you choose quartz stone or sintered stone?
Hard to decide just by comparing the advantages and disadvantages, ya?
We highly recommend using quartz stone for indoor applications to eliminate chip-off anxiety.
Choose a sintered stone for sunlight exposure areas and outdoor applications to eliminate colour-dimming anxiety.