Last May, we had Hanstone Quartz countertops (in the pattern Monterey) installed in our kitchen and I thought I would give an update now that we’ve been using them for over a year. Of course, a review after 1o years or 20 years would hold more weight, but well…I don’t have a time machine, so you’re getting a one-year review!
The original posts about these counters were a part of a sponsored collaboration with Hanstone, but this follow-up post is not.
I will go ahead and destroy any suspense that may have existed and let you know that I love these counters and they were a great decision. If you remember when I was in the process of selecting new counters, quartz felt like a bit of a compromise.
I had my heart set on marble. Or so I thought. What I actually had my heart set on was the look of marble. The more research I did, the more I realized that the natural patina, spots, and stains that develop with marble might not look best in a new-ish suburban home. I love patina and imperfections in things. They’ve been well-loved and used over a long life. In the wrong context, though, they look damaged instead of charming.
So, I went with quartz that emulated marble and it was the right choice for our kitchen.
It has lived up to its reputation and has been durable. Although I try to baby them, I have boys who do not. They climb on them, cut directly on them, and drop things on them. I’ve been able to remove pencil, Sharpie, and pen marks easily. I have not been able to find one stain, scratch, chip or ding.
And, I love the way they look. I have not once wished for the real thing. The veining looks natural, even on close inspection, and isn’t repetitive.
In fact, I loved mine so much and my mom loved them too, that she ended up getting the same counters in the Montauk pattern. It’s similar, but the veining is slightly warmer, which fits better in her home.
To keep them clean, I use a mix of mild dish soap and water. I’ll just spray it on and wipe it off with a towel.
You would think that white counters would show every spot, smudge, and crumb, but they really don’t. I have found the Monterey Quartz counters to be even more forgiving than the dark granite we replaced.
We made a lot of changes in this house, but the kitchen is one of the more dramatic makeovers and the quartz counters are a big part of that.
As a reminder, here is how the kitchen looked when we first moved in…
The kitchen definitely wasn’t bad. In fact, I loved the bones of the kitchen. It has a wonderful layout and nice cabinetry. I just customized the surfaces, the aesthetic parts of the kitchen, to make it suit my style. (And I say my style because Jeff defaults to me about 98% of the time.)
One last note… my kitchen isn’t always this clean! We end up with stove splatters, counter clutter, and a sink full of dishes just like everyone else. Before I take pictures, though, I give everything a nice cleaning, just as I would if I had a guest coming over.
I just wanted to throw that nugget of reality out there!