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missrach

We are planning a complete kitchen renovation and thought we would lash out and go for stone benchtops rather than laminate. Save money on medium priced appliances and cabinetry but make the benchtop the feature.

 

On doing some research though both caesarstone and essastone get really bad reviews on product review - like 1.9 stars! I was so surprised. A lot of people say that they are really bad for staining and chipping.

 

Any thoughts please if you have experience with this?

 

Thank you.

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rileys-mum

I have had essa stone for 9 years. I drink red wine and lots of coffee - stone tops are white - and I drop things on them all the time.

 

No chips and no stains.

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Murderino

The people who built my house put in black stone bench tops. My son chipped it out first week here and it has a circle mark on it - I assume from a hot saucepan but it was here when we moved in.

 

Also it streams when I wipe it. I hate it.

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Apple14

I have had essa stone for 9 years. I drink red wine and lots of coffee - stone tops are white - and I drop things on them all the time.

 

No chips and no stains.

 

This. Still looks amazing.

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Kiwi Bicycle

Had caesarstone in the bathroom for 3 years and just had it installed in my kitchen. Yes, you cannot put just off the stove pot on it. However it hasn't chipped, cleans great, you get sent special cleaning stuff kit for free when you register. Don't chose a dark colour if you have any part of the bench in direct sunlight as dark will fade but I love it. My former laminate white bench stained so easily. I guess that people who have stuff go wrong are more likely to leave a review that those who love it.

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Gumbette

We have 'white shimmer' Ceasarstone. There were a couple of stains on it, but I just cleaned it with bleach and it amazingly looks new again. My only hesitation now would be silicosis which is killing young stonemasons. For this reason alone, my next kitchen will either have stainless steel or timber bench tops.

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wallofdodo

We have 'white shimmer' Ceasarstone. There were a couple of stains on it, but I just cleaned it with bleach and it amazingly looks new again. My only hesitation now would be silicosis which is killing young stonemasons. For this reason alone, my next kitchen will either have stainless steel or timber bench tops.

 

We just went with compact laminate, we didn't consider stone for that reason .

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rileys-mum

Just to add, have the same product as my kitchen in by bathroom except Black and it never looks clean and streaks bad. I would hate it if it was in the kitchen.

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molinero

We have a flecked white stone top in our kitchen. Sorry to be useless, but I don't know whether it was Essa Stone or Ceasarstone when it was installed some 5/6 years ago.

 

Ours has a tiny chip on the edge where I think a heavy pot or saucepan must have come down too hard.

 

I also find mine gets marks on it really easily if you're not careful. If I get out a bag of frozen blueberries, and even the smallest amount of purple ice lands on the surface, I have to spray a water/metho mixture on it immediately to make sure the stain lifts. Same for red wine. But so far I have managed five years to keep it free from permanent stains.

 

We are building and the new place will have a darker kitchen stone benchtop for this reason, hopefully hide any tiny stains that could accumulate over time.

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Kiwi Bicycle

It is really a H& S issue. People not using or not being provided the correct safety equipment and disposable clothing. I mean people can dispose of asbestos as long as they wear the clothing, respirator,etc and in a pressurized air cleaning system. Only have your benches done by a company that cuts in their warehouse with correct equipment and brings to your place.

The problems have been with the builder tradies etc drilling a waste hole etc onsite without any PPE. The bench companies should be set up correctly for cutting. Ask about it when you get a quote if it's important to you and don't take the cheapest quote if they won't assure you as they probably not treating their workers right.</p>

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Ruf~Feral~es

I have had essa stone for 9 years. I drink red wine and lots of coffee - stone tops are white - and I drop things on them all the time.

 

No chips and no stains.

 

Same here - very light benchtop, lots of red wine, and curries. Tumeric can be a nightmare for stains, but benchtops still look great.

 

There is one small chip near the sink, but I still would go stone over laminate any day.

 

I agree with concerns about the silicosis for tradies though.

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BelleJay

The people who built my house put in black stone bench tops. My son chipped it out first week here and it has a circle mark on it - I assume from a hot saucepan but it was here when we moved in.

 

Also it streams when I wipe it. I hate it.

 

I second this! I hate black, never again.

 

Just a tip for you Murderino, I use a metho spray from Bunnings, either lavender or vanilla scented, with paper towel - no streaks!

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Crombek

We have 'white shimmer' Ceasarstone. There were a couple of stains on it, but I just cleaned it with bleach and it amazingly looks new again. My only hesitation now would be silicosis which is killing young stonemasons. For this reason alone, my next kitchen will either have stainless steel or timber bench tops.

 

We have the essastone version. 4 years & no stains or chips. Well it does stain but the proper cream cleaner has lifted every one. Yes it streaks if you don’t buff it after cleaning but I don’t really care, my windows are way worse.

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LittleBrownMouse

We have 'white shimmer' Ceasarstone. There were a couple of stains on it, but I just cleaned it with bleach and it amazingly looks new again.

 

I’ve got the same for my benches, waterfall and splash back and pantry bench. Gets the odd stain, but I cover it with bleach a couple times a year and it look brand new, too.

 

It gets a flogging but it did get one small chip on the edge when I was packing away Christmas platter after too much wine but we had it sanded down and it “disappeared “.

 

I’ve got plain white in my laundry and a coffee colour in 3 bathrooms and it’s brilliant and so hard wearing, not a mark.

 

Really happy with it.

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katpaws

We have white caesarstone in the kitchen.

 

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It has been in place for about six years. No marks or stains. I use baking powder or similar to clean (spot cleaning) but Jiff works ok too. You do have be quick on things like curry or spices staining but even the next day stains have come off.

 

Awesome for making dough.

 

We have a dark brown in our bathroom. Still love it, have had no problems.

 

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Caitlin Happymeal

We cheaped out in the bathrooms with laminate so we could go big on the kitchen benches (And butlers pantry). We also have white shimmer and I find it really easy to clean. There is a small chip but it's been there since the build so I blame the builders. I had them sort out the other defects but that one slipped through to the keeper because hashtag toomanythingsandtoomuchthoughtloadonmyplate.. but generally, nearly a year on, I'm pretty darn happy with it. We aren't overly rough on it. It looks lovely. Just enough sparkle to be pretty but not over the top.

 

I agree with PP who said that if people have dramas, they tend to be the ones who post reviews etc.

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EmmDasher

Caesarstone (white) and no issues with chips or stains. We have chipped laminate though!

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marple

I must be a doofus as I have chipped the edge of my caesarstone more than once. I do, on the otherhand put hot pans straight on it and never had a problem.

I would never buy again , after hearing about the silicosis, until the issue is fixed, which will probably be years away.

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lozoodle

I must be a doofus as I have chipped the edge of my caesarstone more than once. I do, on the otherhand put hot pans straight on it and never had a problem.

I would never buy again , after hearing about the silicosis, until the issue is fixed, which will probably be years away.

 

Silicosis wont be an issue for the user, its just excessive dust created when the stonemasons are cutting it. Its no issue for the people in the home, even if it chips :)

 

If you want to avoid it though, you just need to use 100% real stone not manufactured stone like caesarstone etc.

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Gumbette

I was thinking about using granite but heard it’s the same problem to a lesser extent?

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Ruf~Feral~es
I would never buy again , after hearing about the silicosis, until the issue is fixed, which will probably be years away.

 

I disagree with this. There is so much more known about particle distribution and disease, and things that can be put in place to keep employees safe. Companies would be mad not to.

 

There may be some small shonky places that don't provide appropriate PPE to meet OHS laws. As long as it is somewhere reputable, they should be manufacturing in safe conditions.

 

To the PP - I didn't mention that I have it in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry. Both white and a 'coffee" type colour. Love it in all areas, and no problems in any. It's especially good for the kids bathroom, with a teenage girl - hot hair irons, makeup etc.

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Ruf~Feral~es

I was thinking about using granite but heard it’s the same problem to a lesser extent?

 

We rented a house with granite benches whilst building the current ceasar/essa stone house. (Can't remember which one we have now).

 

I found the granite much harder to deal with. It was more porous, so seemed to require much more maintenance.

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~garnet~

I'm seeing the caesarstone ad at the top of this thread.

 

Can't comment on the caesarstone, but the advertising

algorithms on EB have almost reached facebook standards!

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purplekitty

We’ve had granite for years,looks as good as the day it was put in.

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SFmummyto3

Love the stone benchtops. But I will emphasise to absolutely NOT get the matte finish, it's terrible and you will have permanent water marks. Just ensure you choose a glossy finish.

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