Quartz and Corian are popular materials for kitchen countertops, and both materials are similar in cost, nonporous, and highly resistant to stains and germs as well as durable, attractive, and easy to clean. However, there are distinct differences between the two materials in terms of heat and scratch resistance and maintenance.

The biggest difference between the two countertop materials is quartz can accommodate hotter surfaces such as hot pots and pans, while Corian is less tolerant of hot items that are common in kitchens. Other key differentiators are quartz being more scratch resistant since it is a harder material, while Corian is more flexible to design since a higher percentage of synthetic material is used in the manufacturing process.

Learn about advantages and disadvantages of quartz versus Corian kitchen countertops.

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