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Quartz countertops are a big trend in today’s market. Brands such as Caesarstone, Silestone and Zodiaq are readily available in a large variety of colors. Prices will range, but in general are towards the higher end when compared to most granites. They are made with a mix of natural quartz and polyester resin. There are a few things, such as permanent markers, that can stain quartz surfaces but not true granite. Overall, in regards to performance in a kitchen setting, they stand up well to heat and scratches and have very low maintenance.