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RE: countertops: Quartz vs. Granite? Lighter color granites? (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: sochi on 04.19.2010 at 07:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

padola07 - I don't have any shiny speckles on my quartzite, at least not that I've noticed! I think lots of stone yards out there mustn't know much about quartzite, or there is a huge variation within the quartzite category perhaps. As I understand it, quartzite is harder than granite. It is challenging to fabricators due to its hardness (apparently my fabricator went through several saws cutting it). I don't think that is how sugar would cut??

My quartzite is not high maintenance, not at all soft. It was sealed by the fabricator, and they told us we'd have to seal it again every couple of years. We've only been using it for six weeks or so, but no sign of any staining, etching or scratching.

Here are a couple of extra large pictures of my counter - it does have lots of linear movement, but none of the "specks" and spots that I don't like in most granites. I have seen white/grey quartzite's with less movement if you don't like the linear movement either (check out first_house's beautiful quartzite counter). The kitchen is still a work in progress!

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RE: countertops: Quartz vs. Granite? Lighter color granites? (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: sochi on 04.20.2010 at 08:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

padola - it isn't that I wouldn't believe your stone yard reps, just that perhaps they haven't dealt with the type of quartzite I have (luce di luna or quartzite bianca). My fabricators had not ever dealt with quartzite bianca before, the only quartzite they had worked with was apparently full of fissures and fell apart easier (if I'm recalling what he said correctly. He didn't like it much anyway). He was surprised when he received my stone from the stone yard, and really surprised when he kept having to replace blades while cutting it.

I totally get what you don't like about most granites, I feel the same. Quartzite or quartz may be your solution. Of course there is always marble too.

It wasn't over $100 sq ft, but it wasn't far off. Somewhere in the $85-90 range. But I'm in Canada - if you're in or near a major/large US city you will probably get a cheaper price. I remember reading here before that it is generally comparable to mid to high priced granites, but less than high priced marbles like Calacatta.

Hope this helps!

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RE: Ceasarstone-- what has been your experience? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: smarge on 08.11.2008 at 05:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

BTW, I should mention that none of my quartz surfaces are honed. My main purpose in buying quartz surfaces was that they are beautiful AND easy care. Adding maintenance due to honing ruled that option out for me.

FWIW, the quartz surfaces are not nearly as shiny as a polished marble or granite would be. The refection of my UC lighting in the kitchen is not as much an issue as I anticipated, and I have no regrets on not having a matte, honed surface.

Here is a pic of my counters if you are interested.

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Here's a close-up

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A review of my new NXR range

posted by: trixieinthegarden on 01.01.2011 at 11:54 am in Appliances Forum

Merry Christmas to me! What a wonderful gift my family gave me this year...a brand new 30" NXR range. I love it! Here's a link to the album and here are the specs and details.

http://picasaweb.google.com/yellowminicooper/NXRRange?feat=directlink

Each of the four burners is 15,000 BTUs. They are made by the same manufacturer that supplies Wolf with their burners. They are all triple tier, and sealed. The simmer is superlow and the high is super hot. I've put them through their paces the past few days and they performed like champs.

There are no electronics whatsoever, which means repairs, if needed, will be simple. There's a switch for the oven light, a switch for the convection fan, and the igniters are electric. Other than that, it's powered by natural gas.

The entire thing is stainless steel, even the sides and back. The low backsplash vents the oven, which also vents below the cooktop front. The burner wells are really deep, you could probably overboil and entire pot of pasta and not have a flood. So far, I've only needed hot water and a microfiber for cleanup, including spattered grease from burgers grilled on my stovetop grill.

The broiler is infrared, 16,500 BTUs. It worked great on making bacon this morning! I am looking forward to using it somewhat like a salamander (cheese melter) but probably won't broil steaks or burgers, since the oven is manual clean. I prefer grilled anyway for those dishes. It has a cool blue enamel interior, too! I baked cookies the other day and they came out great with the convection, evenly browned and no evidence of hot spots.

I do have a Zephyr Typhoon hood at 850 CFM and now I have a range to match it's power.

The only drawbacks that I can possibly say I see is that it is manual clean, and I would like one more oven rack. There are two racks but you can certainly put three in the 4.2 CF oven space. I've ordered the center grate to make the cooktop full-coverage, but that's backordered nationally until June 2011.

I ordered online from Appliances Connection, free shipping, 3 year full warranty extension, white glove delivery and installation included, $2600. They sent a local guy to do the install, which was nice because if I ever need service, he's the guy to call. He was impressed with it as well.

I think it's every bit as much of a performer as the higher end brands like DCS and Wolf. The object of my original lust was a Bluestar (I have a soft spot for Julia Child, and she used a Garland range, which was bought by the Bluestar folks) and I think I found a great alternative at half the price.

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