An Honest Review of Our White Quartz Countertops

Goooooood morning sunshine and happy Wednesday! OK, so today’s post is LOOOONG overdue. Like, I meant to post this four months ago kinda overdue. I know, I’m so bad. And to be honest, it’s actually one I’ve been wanting to write since finishing our kitchen makeover back in OCTOBER, but it just kept getting pushed off and pushed off. But today is finally the day my friends! I’m here to share an honest review of our white quartz countertops. I thought this might be useful for any of you that are planning out a kitchen makeover or looking to upgrade to some new shiny countertops. I’m chatting about the good AND the bad, as well as a few general thoughts on our countertops now that we’ve been living with them for over six months. Ok, so just for kicks how about we start with a before photo of our kitchen?

And how it looks now:

An Honest Review of Our White Quartz Countertops An Honest Review of Our White Quartz Countertops

Quite the difference, right?! (These are quartz tops in Arctic White) I still can’t get over how different our kitchen looks now from when we moved in three years ago. It’s so much brighter, plus it has a cozy cottage vibe that I love.

An Honest Review of Our White Quartz Countertops An Honest Review of Our White Quartz Countertops An Honest Review of Our White Quartz Countertops

THE GOOD

  • This is the first time we’ve ever had quartz countertops. And I have to say, they are SO nice. They’re low maintenance, which I love, and very durable. When we were shopping around for different tops, I kept coming back to quartz because they are so easy and hassle free. Unlike granite, quartz is non-porous and it doesn’t need to be sealed, which is a big WIN in my book.
  • It’s also scratch resistant, stain and heat resistant too–which is AWESOME. I still use a cutting board, just because it’s easier, but it’s nice knowing how durable they are. It’s held up great so far and we’ve had no issues at all.
  • Another reason we went with quartz is because at the time I wanted white countertops with very minimal veins and no crystals or speckles at all. I basically wanted a solid pattern. But since granite is a natural stone that was almost impossible to find, even though the company we went with had tons of granite options. I honestly just didn’t love any of the granite tops I saw. So I kept coming back to the quartz because I loved the simple and clean look of the Arctic White.
  • They truly are stain resistant. I’ve spilled just about everything on these tops (including lots of coffee!) and they do not stain at all, even though they are white.
  • Immediately after our white countertops were installed, I felt like the kitchen looked 10 times bigger. I wasn’t really expecting that, but the white definitely made the whole space feel brighter and fresh.

THE BAD

  • The bad thing about these white tops is they do show every little mark. I remember the third day we had them someone slid our crockpot across the counter and it left a large black mark. It wasn’t scratched, but the black mark would NOT come off no matter what I tried. I finally had to use a Magic Erasers to remove it.
  • Aside from marks on top of the counters, I’ve also noticed dark marks on the front of the tops as well–they almost look like little pencil markings. It’s not super obvious, but it definitely bugs me. And again, the only thing that will remove it is a Magic Eraser. I don’t know if this is common with other quartz tops, but I’ve been surprised to see how easily marks are left on ours.

An Honest Review of Our White Quartz Countertops

An Honest Review of Our White Quartz Countertops An Honest Review of Our White Quartz Countertops

Overall I love my white quartz countertops. And of all the renovations and projects we’ve done in our home over these past three years, choosing to invest in our kitchen countertops was one of the best decisions we’ve made. They’ve not only completely transformed our kitchen, but they are SO darn easy and they really do require very little maintenance. I simply clean them with hot soapy water most of the time. My one and only regret is that I didn’t go with a shade of white that had a teeny bit more dimension to it. Given how easily these tops show any little mark, I think getting something with even a few veins may have helped disguise those marks a bit more, but maybe not. Either way, I love the simplicity of the white and I think it suits are kitchen well.

Well that’s it for my review! Please let me know if you have any questions or if you’d like to know more about something I didn’t cover. I’d love to chat!

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Farmhouse Style Front Room Makeover

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45 Comments

  1. They look so pretty and really do completely transform your kitchen! Since I’m local do you mind sharing where you got yours from? We plan to do ours this fall and I can’t wait! 😊

    Posted 7.18.18 Reply
  2. Becky wrote:

    I like them alot! I wouldn’t have thought to go pure white but seeing them with the rest of kitchen they are beautiful! I think there are pro and cons to every type of material for counters. I love yours! Have a great day Sarah! xoxo

    Posted 7.18.18 Reply
  3. Phylis Parsons wrote:

    If you wouldn’t mind me asking, how is the price of quartz compared to granite? My friend recently had granite countertops installed and they were pretty pricey. I love yours. I enjoyed your post. Have a great day.

    Posted 7.18.18 Reply
    • Sandra wrote:

      Hey Becky, I would say it varies. When shopping for quartz, you will quickly notice large price deviations between the seemingly similar products. Quartz countertop costs are driven by many factors, with the largest being the manufacturer. Manufacturers use different techniques when producing quartz slabs, and this factor alone is enough to drive the prices higher. Check out this article I found that explains the different kinds of Quartz and how they price

      https://marble.com/articles/guide-to-understanding-quartz-countertop-costs

      Posted 4.12.19 Reply
  4. Soraya Carrasco wrote:

    I did quartz countertops in a white carerra marble look and I love them. Very easy to clean…I use a tiny bit of soft scrub with water when a stain is a bit more diffcult to clean and it comes right off!

    I also have a ceramic farmhouse sink like your which I also love…any tips for keeping this from scratching and chipping over time?

    Thanks Sarah…truly enjoy your posts.

    Posted 7.18.18 Reply
  5. Liz wrote:

    Agree completely with your assessment of the Quartz countertops. I’ve had mine for about three years now and wouldn’t have anything else. I chose white with a grey vein to achieve the marble look. I had real marble in a previous home it is a nightmare. Also have Quartz in two bathrooms and they don’t stain with constant water mess. Love your posts Sarah.

    Posted 7.18.18 Reply
  6. Barb wrote:

    I really like the quartz countertops, but was wondering are you happy with the wainscoting or do you wish you would of gone with a tile for a backsplash? I’m needing to do a backsplash and wasn’t sure which one I should do. Thanks for all your great post, always look forward to them.

    Posted 7.18.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I should do a review on that too actually! I have been REALLY impressed at how well they’ve held up. Even right behind the sink. There is no water damage or issues at all. It was a great, inexpensive alternative to tile backsplash which wasn’t in our budget at the time. And even though I love it, I do hope we can do real tile backsplash one day. I’d love to do subway tile!

      Posted 7.18.18 Reply
  7. Faith wrote:

    I have the bead board backsplash too, and love it. I used exterior white paint on mine just to give it more durability, since homes get rained on all the time and exterior paint is made to stand up to it. I love your creamy cabinets with the white counters. As someone else said, Soft Scrub should work in marks. You could also contact your manufacturer (Cambria, LG, Cesarstone, Zodiaq, Silostone, etc) for cleaning instructions on their product, they test everything. Quartz is simple, and low maintenance for sure. It’s a cute kitchen, pristine and bright!

    Posted 7.18.18 Reply
  8. JC wrote:

    I get what you mean about the black marks. My recently remodeled kitchen has white quartz with “marble” veins that are somewhat muted gray. The design is subtle. (Some other designs had really big, bold, dark and busy black veins.) Mine still hides the light black marks that a stainless steel pot can leave because the marks blend in, but isn’t bossy looking with my white cabinets and white subway tile backsplash. I love mine and couldn’t be happier with how they look!

    Posted 7.18.18 Reply
  9. Janet wrote:

    I found the marks on the edge of my Buttermilk quartz counters were the result of my husbands belt buckle rubbing against them. He tries to be more careful but it does come off with the magic eraser. Your kitchen looks great!

    Posted 7.18.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yep, that’s what ours are from too. They look like pencil markings!

      Posted 7.19.18 Reply
  10. Vicki wrote:

    Glad you discovered the magic erasers for removing the black marks. I get marks like that on my white dishes, most likely marks from silverware scraping it when eating. Magic erasers work wonderfully, and as far as I know are non-toxic. Of course, I still wash the dishes after I use the erasers. I used to clean for a lady whose tub had marks on it from her kids tub toys, and she hadn’t had any luck removing them. I tried a magic eraser and it removed them! Great for marks on white baseboards, door and window trim, and tea and coffee stains in mugs.

    Posted 7.18.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Those little magic erasers really are superhero! I keep a box of them under our sink and ready to go at all times!!

      Posted 7.19.18 Reply
  11. Elizabeth wrote:

    hi ,I love my white quartz countertops also and just wanted to say I use a tiny bit of ceramic cooktop cleaner to remove black mars or smudges .. just thought I’d pass that along.. I really enjoy the blog!

    Posted 7.18.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh awesome, thanks for sharing Elizabeth!

      Posted 7.19.18 Reply
  12. Shelly wrote:

    Where did you get your coffee mug holder from ?

    Posted 7.18.18 Reply
  13. Anita wrote:

    I personally think that the kitchen looked better before all the white. The cabinets blended better with the backsplash and the counter top. Now the cabinets look like they are kinda yellowed from age. I know it is the paint color and I’m sorry. I just thought the backsplash you had and the counter tops look nice and blended well. I’m glad you like your new kitchen. I’m just watching from the sidelines and I personally think that all this hoopla about white and painting cabinets and white counter tops is going to come to an end and a lot of people are going to be sorry they went there. I have a white counter top and have had it since we built our house 21 years ago and it shows everything that lands on it. It isn’t hard to clean but white shows EVERYTHING. I also have white tile on the floor that was installed 21 years ago and I’ll be glad when all the white in my kitchen is GONE!!! I want something warmer!!

    Posted 7.18.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I can appreciate that feedback Anita. The cabinets actually don’t look so yellow in real life, but in photos they do come across as more yellow. They’re definitely a cream color in person. But I love it and I’m happy with how it looks. Thanks for stopping in!

      Posted 7.19.18 Reply
    • Dawn wrote:

      I disagree. I think the before kitchen looks dated. Very 90’s. Looks so good now!

      Posted 7.25.18 Reply
  14. Peah wrote:

    I don’t like the white with the cream cabinets. To my eye, the look is jarring not complimentary.

    Posted 7.18.18 Reply
  15. Jan wrote:

    What is that big black thing sitting next to your sink. Unfamiliar with this but then again I do live in Tasmania lol. Xx

    Posted 7.18.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      It’s just a chalkboard!

      Posted 7.19.18 Reply
  16. I’m a kitchen designer, and am glad to hear your reviews. Instead of a magic eraser however, try using Kenny’s Silestone Spot Remover. It’s formulated specifically for quartz and works great. And yes, I can attest to quartz’ durability. When Silestone first became popular 10 years ago and the white tops needed to be put to the test. We literally put hot burning coals from a wood fireplace on a white sample, and no mark!! We felt confident recommending the product to our clients for hearth stones too!

    Posted 7.18.18 Reply
  17. Jenny wrote:

    Your kitchen is beautiful! I love how bright and airy it looks. The countertop color with the cabinet color is PERFECTION!

    Posted 7.19.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Jenny! xoxo

      Posted 7.19.18 Reply
  18. Kathy wrote:

    Your kitchen is beautiful! We gutted and remodeled our very small 1962 kitchen last summer and I am so glad we chose quartz countertops. Mine are white with shades of gray and a tiny bit of black grain. I love them with the white matte subway tile and light gray grout. The cabinets are white shaker with bronze hardware,and the floor is dark engineered hardwood. The white cabinetry, along with the stainless appliances, bring much needed light.
    Two weeks after the contractor left, we found a small chip in one of the counters. The counter guy came back, put a dab of superglue in the chip, scraped the excess with a razor blade, and I honestly cannot find any sign of the chip! I have never regretted the choice. Enjoy your kitchen!

    Posted 7.19.18 Reply
  19. Jacqueline Meddings wrote:

    Use barkeepers friend. Brilliant at getting black marks off of anything like this and china.

    Posted 7.25.18 Reply
  20. Margy Dailey wrote:

    In the second last paragraph, last line, you wrote, they suit are kitchen, it should be “our” kitchen.

    Posted 2.4.19 Reply
  21. A wrote:

    Hey, Sarah!
    Love your remodel!! You have a great taste!
    I’m about to install pure white quartz in he kitchen.
    Designer tried to convince me that quartz c speckles or veining is better choice.
    please, elaborate more on what would you’d rather install. I love your counters, but now have almost a panic attacks – thinking that its a wrong choice.
    I looked at cloud white quartz, but love the pure white.
    My husband says, that it will be boring. I’m worried about every crumb/ spots multiply due to it been so white.. but speckled counters look dated to me..
    Can you be so kind to reply ?

    Posted 2.5.19 Reply
  22. Denise wrote:

    Beautiful transformation! May I ask, since you have a large window in kitchen as I do, have you noticed the areas of your countertop that get daily, direct sunlight exposure turning yellow? It’s the one thing that is giving me pause to use quartz. Thank you!

    Posted 2.7.19 Reply
    • Chris wrote:

      I had Blanco Zeus installed 10 years ago, and it started turning cream / yellow soon after. Wish I had known about the UV discoloration before I chose a white surface. Am looking for suitable replacement options now.

      Posted 9.21.19 Reply
  23. Justin wrote:

    Quartz is NOT stain, or scratch resistant. Dont be fooled by a good salesman trying to sell you something just because it’s more expensive than granite. Anyone will tell you whatever they think you want to hear. Quartz is man made with 80% glue, and 20% granite pieces crushed up. And the material that scratches, stains, and discolored from heat and natural light over time is the glue it’s made of.. not the granite pieces. NEVER clean your counters with anything other than soap and water. WHEN you get a mark or stain, call the company who installed it and have them take care of it for free. Dont ruin your finish by scrubbing the deck with a magic eraser. Or softscrub.. bad idea..

    Posted 3.17.19 Reply
    • Mary wrote:

      I want to thank you. I have beige yellowish weird color cabinets. I chose a white grey veined quartz. There was no matching those cupboards and my large island was black. Too dark. I will repaint but brightening the room was first priority. As I have to budget and must save and have a 2 yr old ,painting is not prudent at this time. But I saw your kitchen and it is lovely just as it is. So beige and white here I go. I nodded to the white mantle on grey stone fireplace.

      Posted 5.2.19 Reply
  24. Thanks for sharing these beautiful designs!! I have also installed a sparkling black countertop in my kitchen with the help of pros at Legacy Marble and Granite, and dust is the main issue I am facing. Even a small amount of dust is very noticeable. Is there any way to overcome this problem? Looking for professional advice. Thanks!!

    Posted 7.17.19 Reply
  25. Michelle wrote:

    I adore your kitchen! It’s not exactly all white but close. Do you know the color of your cabinets by chance?

    Posted 8.23.19 Reply
  26. Jennifer wrote:

    I have white quartz too, and I’m pretty sure the “pencil” looking marks on the edge are from my jeans button closure when I lean on the counter lol

    Posted 10.25.19 Reply
  27. Jennifer McIntosh wrote:

    Hi thanks for this post! I am I. The process of deciding on a new countertop type. Do you have to cleanup things like coffee stains or wine immediately to prevent staining? I’m just a little concerned they will stain and as a mom I sometimes don’t get things wiped up immediately. Thanks!

    Posted 11.7.19 Reply
  28. Marie wrote:

    Not so! White quartz does stain. We are renovating our kitchen and I brought some quartz samples home. On one of them, I used a fine point permanent marker to make a small line at one of the top corners as I wanted to see if I could remove it. The marker did stain the quartz and cannot be removed. I want to live in home and not have for show only so, we not going with white counters.

    Posted 12.19.19 Reply
  29. M wrote:

    Koehler cast iron sink cleaner will take every imaginable mark off of white quartz (and a white farmhouse sink). Give it a try!

    Posted 12.27.19 Reply
  30. Thomas Wallace wrote:

    I’ll never buy quartz again. it chips on the edges, All I use are plastic plates. I guess they’re too hard for quartz.
    I does stain. For the money it cost I’ll never buy quartz again. Oh and just try to get anyone to do anything about the chipping, Its like when you buy a car the sales person tells you if you ever need anything just call, good luck with that, buying a quartz counter is the same good luck no one will stand by what they tell you not even the people that make the quarz.
    Waste of money

    Posted 1.31.20 Reply
  31. I just want to say wow on this cozy and beautiful kitchen. Installing pure white quartz in the kitchen is a one of the beautiful transformations. Keep it up!

    Posted 2.5.20 Reply
  32. Sandra Gordon wrote:

    Hi, I really love the look of these countertops and your kitchen overall!

    I’ve been trying to create a very similar look for my kitchen – the closest I could find to your surfaces was these:

    https://www.crlquartz.co.uk/collection/polar-white/

    Did you get your surfaces from the same supplier (thinking they may have updated the name since you bought yours!)?

    Posted 2.20.20 Reply
  33. Marsha wrote:

    Hi,
    I am late to the dance here. LOVE your kitchen redo.
    Everything I have read about the Quartz says that it is NOT heat resistant, yet you said your quartz countertops are heat resistant. It this a specific type of quartz that can be resistant to heat?
    thanks!
    Marsha

    Posted 2.22.20 Reply

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