Lunastone vs Silestone

(14 Posts)
FancySpaceGloves Wed 18-Dec-13 17:06:02

Do you have a Lunastone worktop? Is it really the same as Silestone? Is it hardwearing (am planning a pale colour with mirrored flecks)?

It is so much cheaper I find it hard to believe it is the same.

annalouiseh Wed 18-Dec-13 17:15:17

Almost all quartz are like for like, Silestone etc is more branding but it does have the added extra of anti bac built in to it.
This is not needed with quartz really and doesn't make it worth the extra £'s
others to look at are technistone, compac, + caesarstone (just under the cost of silestone) and Arena stone, diresco
The properties of the quartz are very similar.
My dh does kitchens and the price from luna to silestone can be 1000's

FancySpaceGloves Wed 18-Dec-13 17:47:50

Wow. I didn't realise there were so many. Research fail! Thanks v much - that's this evening's activity sorted. Web, wine, cross-eyed trying to spot the differences.

Got any recommendations / ones to avoid?

Who does the installation? Kitchen fitter or worktop supplier?

annalouiseh Wed 18-Dec-13 18:01:45

worktop supplier should do the install, some offer supply only depending who you find but always go with someone that offers an all in so your covered by them
none to avoid really, all goes on what colour your looking for.
if you can find what you want with Luna and Silestone does the same colouring, go with what is better for your pocket as they all give the same guarantees almost
the only down side of Luna stone is they dont offer as much choice as the others but this is why they are cheaper as the buy in bulk.

Mrsladybirdface Wed 18-Dec-13 18:45:18

how much is the Luna stone? I'm struggling to find prices online

FancySpaceGloves Thu 19-Dec-13 13:07:32

I phoned Lunastone for a price. They were nice. No hard sell. Didn't even take my contact details to harass me later.

We're having about 8.5m (!) of worktop in varying widths with a bunch of cut outs and up stands. It is a large somewhat oddly shaped room. They've quoted under 3k including VAT.

Thinkingofmyfabfour Thu 19-Dec-13 13:48:10

Ooh looks lovely which colour did you go for? Does that price include delivery/fitting?

FancySpaceGloves Thu 19-Dec-13 21:54:46

That price included fitting. It is a bloody good price.

I will probably choose Bianco Luminos, which is white with mirror flecks. All the ones I like are the same price.

Am dithering horrendously over colour to paint cabinets / walls and thus over the worktop colour.

The cabinets might be LG Bone China Blue or LG Gauze Dark. Or maybe something more greige. Or maybe a very light grey. I have lost the ability to make a decision.

Definitely Little Greene paint thanks to MN wisdom.

I like the look of darkish base cabinets with paler walls but am also considering a bold wall colour with pale neutral base cabinets because it is hell of a lot cheaper and easier to change the wall colour later than the cabinet colour. And what if I choose the wrong colour? Realistically, I won't be able to justify changing the cabinets for a good 10 years (maybe 5). That's a long time to regret. I could go on and on dithering for hours, days, weeks. What has this kitchen stuff done to me?!

kmini Sat 21-Dec-13 11:10:11

Love the sound of your kitchen fancy!

What kitchen makers are you using?

I am going to have a pale gray with white/ggray granite or silastone. My brother makes kitchen in Australia & he recs silastone. Will check his opinions on lunastone.

Mrsladybirdface Sat 21-Dec-13 13:53:01

I've just received some samples and am in love with the Stone colour, I have 5 meters so hoping for under 2k

FancySpaceGloves Sat 21-Dec-13 21:47:37

We're using Handmade Kitchens Direct of Christchurch, though we're nowhere near Christchurch.

toomuchtooyoung Sun 22-Dec-13 22:27:15

Mrslady
where did you get your samples from??

kmdesign Thu 26-Dec-13 17:19:07

I would recommend Silestone every day of the week compared to the competitors. All quartz is made using the same process. Its the composition of the mix that determines quality and this is where silestone score. Being a larger company there is much greater consistency in their quality and colour matching. They are also very good on customer service compared to the competition so I wouldnt buy other brands on price alone. If Silestone dont have the colour you want, by all means buy another brand, but remember that lesser brands may not give you the service backup in the event of a problem.

Mrsladybirdface Thu 26-Dec-13 18:35:28

I ordered direct from the Luna stone website came within two days too.

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