Quartz countertops come in a dizzying array of colors from a large number of companies. Choosing one should be easy, but with so many to choose from, it can be daunting. Two of the most popular choices, HanStone and Cambria, are great examples of the best that quartz counters have to offer. You may know how quartz stacks up compared to other countertop materials, but how do these two brands compare with each other? Here’s the lowdown so you can decide for yourself which one is right for you.
Honestly, there’s little difference in the quality of these two brands. Both are made with 93% quartz to 7% binding resin and color. Both have the distinction being created in a manner that makes them kosher (suitable for certain religious purposes), and both have been certified as safe for indoor use for food preparation (who would buy a countertop material that wasn’t?).
Both offer Limited Lifetime Warranties, valid in North America, and both are manufactured in North America. HanStone is made in Ontario, Canada, and Cambria is the only brand manufactured in the United States. If you’re looking to keep your carbon footprint small, either is a good choice if you’re living in the US or Canada.
Both brands of quartz countertops are touted as being heat-, stain-, and scratch-resistant, and both have good reviews among consumers. Both are made for indoor use only and will fade after prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
When it comes to color options, Cambria fans are spoiled for choice. The color range includes over one hundred color choices in nine separate collections. HanStone offers seventy choices ranging from pale, plain white to vibrant hues of blue and red. Overall, they win for variety of colors and patterns, though HanStone has an admirable selection.
One of the unique selling features of Cambria is the fact that all colors and edges cost the same price. Regardless of the edging and color combination, you’ll pay the same price per square foot.
The real question most people want answered is ‘which is cheaper?’. While prices do vary depending on where you live, for the most part, there is a winner where pricing is concerned. Cambria is touted as a ‘premium’ brand and carries a ‘premium’ price tag to go along with it. It costs between $59-$139 per square foot installed, according to consumer reviews. The competition comes in at around $70-$100 per square foot installed.
If budget is becoming an issue consider a plastic laminate counter like Pragel. You’ll spend around 60% less with this option versus nearly any stone and it will hole up for decades.
Which is better?
Depending on where you live, how many square feet of quartz you need, and the color you prefer, it really could be either one. If your budget is limited, HanStone may be a better option for you, but it’s highly advisable that you get multiple (at least three) quotes before choosing. You also need to make sure that the fabricator you choose knows the specifications for cutting each one so that you don’t end up with cracks in the quartz during installation.
Whichever you choose, make sure you take the time to research the company selling you the product. It’s no good buying great quartz, only to have it damaged during the fabrication and installation process.
By the way, one of these brands is active on social media. Before you follow this link, can you guess which one?