Since their original introduction in the 1980s, Caesarstone worktops have continued to impress both commentators and householders alike with their resilience, durability and high resistance to bacterial contamination.
Yet, the question sometimes posed is whether Caesarstone is not simply one of several brand names assigned to the generic category of ‘quartz worktops’, and whether other brands of quartz worktop might not equally suffice?
The first response to this is that Caesarstone worktops boast a unique range of styles and colours which are particular to that brand; and that those taking a shine to a Caesarstone design will simply not be able to find the exact same colour or pattern elsewhere.
A second vital point is that whilst Caesarstone does share its essential manufacturing technique with other selected brands – most notably Compac Quartz – by no means are all quartz surfaces produced using the same high quality techniques.
Purchasing a quartz worktop from a manufacturer which does not, for example, impose rigid quality checks on the source of its quartz and other component materials; or use the expensive – and unique – Italian-made Breton Machine for its compacting process; is unlikely to provide anywhere near the toughness and life-long reliability one would expect from a premium stone surface such as Caesarstone or Compac Quartz.
A comparison of brands is by all means worthwhile, since the ultimate choice may well come down to individual taste; but most home improvement experts would recommend basing that choice on a full assessment of a worktop’s manufacturing history.