Your guide to quartz, granite and porcelain worktops

When choosing materials for your kitchen worktops, there are three primary contenders: quartz, granite and porcelain. Each material comes with its own benefits, making the decision process exciting… but it can also be overwhelming for those who don’t know where to start.

If you’re unsure of the best material to use, we’re here to help. With our knowledge and expertise, our team can guide you through the process, ensuring that you select the perfect fit for your kitchen. 

Keep reading to find out more about the differences between these popular kitchen worktop materials.


Granite has long been a favoured choice for kitchen worktops. It offers many of the following benefits:


Granite is a natural stone known for its high quality and durability. Each slab is unique, adding character and charm to your kitchen. 

Timeless beauty and elegance

With its natural beauty and elegant appearance, granite adds a touch of sophistication to any home.

Heat resistance

Granite’s natural heat resistance makes it ideal for kitchens.


Quartz worktops have become a popular selection for homeowners over the recent years. Here’s what sets them apart:

Beautiful appearance

Quartz worktops have a polished and refined appearance that adds luxury to any kitchen.

Durable and scratch-resistant 

Quartz is one of the hardest materials available, making it highly resistant to scratches – ideal for those busier kitchens with a lot of coming-and-going.

Easy to clean

Quartz worktops are non-porous, making them resistant to stains and easy to clean with soap and water.


Quartz comes in a wide range of patterns and colours, allowing you to find the perfect match for your kitchen decor.


Porcelain kitchen worktops are both aesthetically pleasing and hygienic. Reasons you may wish to consider porcelain include:

Enhanced aesthetics

Mimicking the look of natural stone, porcelain offers a high-end, aesthetically pleasing appearance.


Porcelain worktops are hygienic and easy to clean, making them a safe choice for preparing food.

Long-lasting and low-maintenance

Durable and requiring minimal maintenance, porcelain worktops are ideal for busy households that can’t commit to regular deep cleaning.

Understanding the differences

Composition and origins

Granite is a natural stone, quarried from the earth and cut into slabs for use in kitchen worktops. Quartz, on the other hand, is an engineered stone made by combining crushed quartz with resins and grains. Porcelain worktops are crafted from porcelain tiles fired at high temperatures to create a dense and durable material.

Care and cost

In terms of care and cost, each material varies slightly. Granite can require periodic sealing to maintain its beauty and durability, while quartz and porcelain are relatively low-maintenance. 

Aesthetic appeal

When it comes to aesthetic appeal, quartz, granite and porcelain each bring unique characteristics to the kitchen table. Quartz offers a polished and refined appearance, available in a wide range of colours and patterns. Granite, with its distinctive veins and speckles, showcases a luxurious and earthy feel. Porcelain, on the other hand, is a modern choice that can emulate various textures and designs, providing an incredibly versatile option.

Choosing the right kitchen worktop material

When selecting a worktop material for your kitchen, you should consider the following factors:

Aesthetics – choose a material that complements the design style and colour scheme of your kitchen.

Lifestyle – consider your cooking habits, family size and the level of maintenance you’re willing to undertake. 

Durability – select a material that can withstand the demands of your kitchen environment, including heat and daily wear and tear.

Why choose Granite & Marble Shop?

At Granite & Marble Shop, we pride ourselves on our commitment to high-quality craftsmanship – alongside excellent customer service. With years of experience in the industry, we have the knowledge and creative minds to help you craft the ideal kitchen worktop for your home.

If you’re ready to transform your kitchen with a stunning new worktop, contact us today. Call our talented team on 0161 480 4676 now. We would be more than happy to provide advice and guidance on the differences between our materials and which one would be most suitable for your home.