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Alternatives to Carrara marble for worktops

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Umblubblub Tue 08-Nov-16 21:50:38

We're having a new kitchen fitted and love the look of Carrara marble worktops. We think that marble will be too porous for a family kitchen, so we're looking for an alternative. We've so far looked at silestone and Caesar stone but can't decide.
Has anyone got worktops made out of either silestone or Caesar stone and would you recommend them?

Shufflebum Tue 08-Nov-16 22:03:49

We were the same, ended up going for colonial white granite in a leather finish. Not swirly like marble but I love it.

purplepingu Tue 08-Nov-16 22:11:32

We've just ordered a Quartz that looks like marble, it's through a worktop seller in Yorkshire but if you have a look on International Stone's website at the Quartz section you can see the one we ordered on there. I've forgot the name of t but it's absolutely gorgeous.

purplepingu Tue 08-Nov-16 22:12:13

This is a photo of the slab we've ordered.

purplepingu Tue 08-Nov-16 22:14:27

One thing we found with Silestone is that the white base isn't really that white. The one we've picked really took some finding. We've been looking for around a year.

Our units are white gloss and matte zebrano grey so we really needed the whitest base possible and Silestone just wasn't white enough.

namechangedtoday15 Tue 08-Nov-16 22:24:52

We've just had quartz fitted that is similar to carrara marble.

I did also consider a new design by Compaq which was beautiful but over our budget.

purplepingu Tue 08-Nov-16 22:27:21

We looked at the Compac one but found it only came in 20mm thick whereas we wanted 30mm.

Fairybust Tue 08-Nov-16 22:31:06

We've got unistone staturio ( I think that is how it's spelt).

It's really subtle amd I love it.

GrievousDeviousness Tue 08-Nov-16 22:41:15

Pingu, if you don't mind me asking, roughly how much was your slab? We're in the process of hunting down a white based worktop (we've got white and grey units, too!) and from the website it looks like International Stone's quartz might fit the bill.... so long as it's within budget! wink

purplepingu Wed 09-Nov-16 08:00:28

It was significantly cheaper than Compac's price! We've got four slabs on order and I'm not sure of the exact price as my husband's dealt with it.

You'd need to find a company who buy from International Stone to be able to have it, we're using one in Yorkshire but I'm sure there'll be people all over the country.

Gusthetheatrecat Wed 09-Nov-16 22:03:12

I was desperate for marble, but felt we'd stain it, so reluctantly gave it up. The stone place we went to had quartz but the saleswoman wasn't very positive about it, so we ended up going for granite.
We drove out to a wholesaler / stone yard / huge place and looked at TONNES of different slabs before we found ours. As the previous poster said, it's not veined like marble but it's beautiful: grey toned with occasional crystals in it, and not at all 'brown and speckly' which I wanted to avoid,

Umblubblub Thu 10-Nov-16 20:30:03

Thank you for all the replies, I will check them all out.
Pingu and Fairy, love both of your worktops, definitely along the lines of what we want in our new kitchen!

Umblubblub Thu 10-Nov-16 20:32:30

Namechange, do you remember what your Quarz was called? It's lovely.

namechangedtoday15 Thu 10-Nov-16 22:21:42

Its by Luna Stone, its called Bianco Carrara. This is the slab we chose (its got a protective cover on it, you need to look at the top left to see the colour)

IvyNumpty Sat 09-Sep-17 18:11:01

Can you tell me the address of a wholesaler/stone yard where I can choose my kitchen worktop that looks the closest to white marble

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