Silestone is one of the biggest names in the stone worktop industry, with its parent company Cosentino offering Granite, Quartz and Sinterized Particle Techology (Dekton). Silestone represents the Quartz material which is made up of 90% natural quartz, designed to be hard and resilient in use areas such as kitchen worktops, bathrooms, floors and wall cladding. A wide range of colours are available in different ranges with varying surface finishes.
There are colours choices that range from solid colours to patterns designed to look like natural stone and marble. The weight and density is similar to that of granite and it is cut and fabricated in the same way as a granite worktop would be.
The main benefits of Silestone are the anti-bacterial qualities which use a unique bacteriostatic protection system designed to resist bacteria in food-preperation areas, especially important if you have young children. Heat resistance is present in a quartz worktop but it is recommended you use trivets or chopping boards to remove the likelyhood of extreme immediate changes in direct surface temperature. Silestone is also scratch-resistant which is again great for use in kitchens.