Granite vs Corian Kitchen Worktop.....Care to share your experiences?(46 Posts)
Currently researching products for our new kitchen and have narrowed down the worktop choices to Corian or Granite.
They appear to be v similar in price but I would love to hear to collective MN opinion of both and get all the pros and cons from those who live with them.
We have Quartz in our house, which has now been rented out for 6 years, the work surfaces are 10 years old. It has taken a huge battering and still looks as good as the day it was fitted. Unlike granite, it's not porous so no worries about citrus corroding it etc. would choose it every time.
I had a white Corian kitchen bench top installed about 3.5 years ago. It has been good but about 7 months ago it started to develop black lines along the joins. One of the reason we went with Corian was because of their 10 year warranty. Despite reporting it to the installer in November 2014 and the Australian Supplier in February 2015 we are still waiting for anybody to come and look at the problem and its now mid May 2015 so DON'T expect a quick resolution or even an inspection to any warranty issues. The warranty doesn't seem to be respected by the company or the installer. We keep calling and each time we get told somebody will come soon. SO BE CAREFUL with CORIAN.
I wonder how practical it is to have two worktop surfaces - one for general worktops and a different one for an island
My basic design will be a run of cabinets down the side of two walls, with an island in the centre where most of the food preparation and baking will be done.
Now I'm thinking what would the practalities, looks, ascetics be like if I were to opt for a laminate surface for the two side worktops and a granite worktop for the island.
Yes I see the difficulty of matching one with the other but if that could be got over it would save some money
We have gone with granite. After lots of research, and being told the truth by sellers/trades people, corian sounded over priced for what it is. We were looking in to having the sink moulded with the work top. Looks amazing, but really really impractical material ie as PP stated that it stains so easily. Also, most of the corian we looked at, had chipboard under it supporting the corian
We're having granite in Volga blue with a half bullnose, and a black undermount sink instead.
It's now time to think about the worktop!
Most posts that I've read put granite and corain at the top of the list, and at the top of the price range. But there are issues that concern me.
Granite it appears is open to staining from acidy material: wine, vinegar, lemon juice and in a kitchen used for baking I wonder how long it would be before you start to get stains. That said it certainly would be the best surface to bake on
Corain, another high price product seems Open to slight scratching. So again in a busy kitchen with great nieces wanting to 'help' I wonder how long it would be until your new surface presents you with a scratch.
On a more economic front, if that is the way to put it, I've come across Duropal laminate and it seems to get quite good reviews. Anyone have it?
Of the more economic based worktops what's your favourite and why?
As always thanks for your views
I've had pale grey corian for 8 years and it still looks like new. I love it.
Hi there. I know this was an old thread, but wondering if you will still receive this message, and if so, if your Corian work surfaces have stood the tet of time? We are looking at white and slightly wary of it staining etc. Thanks a lot.
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I've had both. Corian is fantastic for the seamless look, especially if you have the sink run continuously, very easy to clean, however definitely not 'natural' looking. I think it works well in a modern rather than traditional style of kitchen.
Granite is much more work to maintain, there are seams in it which I don't like as much, but it is a natural stone and so works better imo with a certain style of kitchen. Nicer for pastry. Corian is OK for pastry too, but doesn't have that lovely cold feel to it.
We have black granite around our hob on a standalone unit and then white corian with an inset sink running across and down a run of units. I love both (couldn't choose), both look good as new after 8/9 years.
Neither. We have Caesar Stone and IMHO it's better than both.
Don't like the plastic feel of Corian or how it looks and don't like how Granite needs to be looked after, can absorb stains etc. but like the look and feel. Caesar Stone is the best of both worlds.
Miss perception - we have Caesarstone and absolutely love it. no water marks, no scratches and the only time I had a concern about it was when I got Lilly pollen on it and it left a yellow smear. I used some CIF on it and it came off straight away. I like the fact that it is less patterned than granite, so has more of a uniform colour. Everyone who comes to our house admires it - we've got a sort of dark mushroom colour.
I had one of the many black speckled granites in my last kitchen (emerald I think) that I loved. It was installed by my builder and provided by a local firm. I had offcuts from a massive kitchen that were big enough for an island and a worktop either side of the sink. I had another run of worktop in oak. The three granite pieces delivered and finished were £500.
I now have corian thats a very light sand colour. It looks nice, it wipes well and doesn't smear with the cloth like granite after a quick wipe. The smear could be polished with a dry cloth but it was another step. I managed to scratch the corian only days after installation when moving in. It was very easy to repair with a very fine sand paper then a buff/ polish.
I don't put hot pans on it like I felt i could with granite it doesn't feel quite as tough due to having scratched it in the early days.
Both surfaces are great for bread and pastry possibly i'd sway towards granite in the summer for pastry as its cooler. But corian for bread.
Hi `dontcallmemam`, Silestone is a great choice rather than the actual natural carrera marble which is way very porous for kitchen worktops. There are several Silestone ones equivalent, Lyra and Lagoon colours are probably the better more natural looking ones. Lagoon in my opinion the most natural looking of the Silestone carrera looking composites. It is low porous nature (be careful, this means it is low porous not non porous) but easy to maintain compared to the natural stuff. Always use trivets on the surfaces as Silestone has a resin content and resting boiling hot pans on it burns the resin which will damage it. Silestone is one of the biggest brands, hence that comes at a price and you can experience big differences in costs between different suppliers. Get yourself 3 quotes, dont always go with the cheapest but someone where someone you know has used them or you can go and look at their recent work and seek references. We recently joined check-a-trade which was a good move for us, its where companies are monitored and continuously assessed by clients. Good luck
Katy please could you share info on Silestone? I'd like Carrera marble but have found a really good copy in a composite.
Ive been selling both products Granite & Corian for nearly 7 years now so it gives me pleasure to join the on going debate. Granite is a completely natural product, cold to touch. Corian is a man-made product warm to the touch. Its horses for courses really, personal taste but from a user point of view this is typically how it works. Granite generally is more patterned and can have more depth to it. I find with assessing both products over the years Corian tends to be the most practical, easy to maintain product and above all very hygienic. The best thing about Corian is that the joins are seamless which makes it easy to wipe and clean and because the product is non porous you can spill anything on it without is staining. Even if you accidentally take boiling hot pan to it and it burns the product at a small cost you can have it repaired back to it original state making it for me the best all round product compared to for example granite, quartz and glass.
I'm loving my brand new granite. My first ever kitchen that I've designed and chosen. The granite is wonderful, hard to believe its a natural product it's so beautiful.
I am replanning my kitchen, and looking at worktops CORIAN seems to be a good hygienic worktop choice... so much so that I'm changing my mind from solid wood to Corian. I make LOADS of bread, so just wondering if anyone has any advice for or against worktop choice please...
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Ooh Elsa123, you might be near me, any other good recommendations locally?
Sorry to gatecrash, don't yet have my lovely granite worktop so can only offer prejudices, not experience
Neither - like the previous poster, I have quartz simply because granite/wood is porous and quartz isn't and therefore more practical as a kitchen worktop and I didn't want laminate. Personal preference over Corian - I opted for a black quartz with mirrored flecks so it's rather blingy but I love it.
We have quartz - it's been in about 10 days and love it.
My parents have black granite and my mother is always polishing, wiping and making sure that there isn't any standing water - because hard water can mark it. Also anything acidic, olive oil etc.
Corian scratches really easily - according to my kitchen fitter who has it in his kitchen and said never again.
We went for the quartz because it looks identical to the granite (is not that dissimilar in price) and is far less porous so as I have four children and not enough time to be constantly polishing/cleaning it!!
I personally recommend Rocca Granite Worktops in Hillington in Glasgow. The service is very friendly and professional. It's a family run business and they really strive to make sure you're happy. I had granite kitchen worktops fitted from there as my mum's had hers done from there too. They use some sort of sealant so that the joint is really perfect. I had cheap laminate worktops before as I had thought that granite would be way out of my price range but am really pleased with the value for money that you get from Rocca. The owner of the company has done a lot of research into sealants and he's really passionate about his product being perfect. I think it's a really hygienic work surface. Don't know anything about Corian...
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