Some popular colors for quartz countertops are toffee, grey and white, according to Silestone. Quartz countertops come in a variety of colors since the product is man-made.
Some quartz colors do not resemble stone, since quartz is a mineral that makes up stone, not a stone by itself. Quartz countertops consist of approximately 93 percent quartz, a resin binder and color additives. Unlike stone, quartz tends to have a more uniform coloring throughout.
Quartz countertops have a number of pros and cons. They are nonporous and cannot be penetrated by bacteria, germs and stain pigments. They also do not require ongoing sealing to maintain them. They have no radon health risks associated with them, unlike granite countertops.
As far as cons, quartz is not immune to cracking and chipping, and it does not tolerate strong heat. Long countertops made of quartz require multiple slabs for construction, resulting in seams. Quartz also does not tolerate all household products. Literature from the manufacturer should discuss which products to avoid. Quartz also does not scratch easily, but excessive cutting directly on the surface can result in scratches.
About a dozen brands manufacture quartz countertops, as of 2015. Customers should browse among them to determine a color and style that suits their preferences.