What Are the Best Marble Alternatives?

by Jeremy Troetti / December 06, 2019

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Last updated on December 20, 2019

 

Marble countertops are a must-have for many homeowners. However, when evaluating your countertop options, it is never a great idea to become fixated on only one material. While marble is a terrific natural stone, there are plenty of marble alternatives you can find on the market. Whether natural or engineered stone, these alternatives can give you the marble look with increased strength and durability. From a range of colors to various types of veining, there are many great alternatives to marble for your home. This guide will help you narrow down which of these alternative countertop materials are the best. 

 

Which Materials Are the Best Substitutes for Marble? 

 

Although there are other products that can replicate the look of marble, such as cultured marble, three of the best alternatives you can find to marble are quartz, quartzite and granite. The following is an analysis of all three countertop materials, as well as specific types of those materials. 

 

Quartz 

 

Quartz countertops are engineered stone surfaces that are created by combining roughly 90 percent ground natural quartz with around 10 percent polyresin. The exact percentages that make up the material will slightly differ based on different brands (Caesarstone, Silestone, Cambria, etc.). Because quartz surfaces are manufactured, they are non-porous, and will not require the sealing that marble and other natural stones do. These beautiful surfaces are low maintenance, stain resistant and come in many different options that resemble the look of marble. The following are the best quartz alternatives to marble. 

 

Vena Calacatta Infinita Quartz 

If you are looking for a stone that resembles marble, specifically Calacatta marble, this amazing white quartz can be just what you are looking for. Whether you pair it with white cabinets or darker cabinets, this engineered stone can put a beautiful finishing touch on your kitchen design (or bathroom, etc.). 

 

Vena Statuario Bianco Quartz 

Vena Statuario Bianco quartz is another terrific choice if you are looking for quartz that resembles marble. The elegant gray veining makes this material very pleasing to the eye. 

 

5131 Calacatta Nuvo Caesarstone Quartz 

5131 Calacatta Nuvo Caesarstone quartz is yet another great option. Between the beauty, durability and other benefits it offers, you cannot go wrong selecting it to complete your project. 

 

5141 Frosty Carrina Caesarstone Quartz 

5141 Frosty Carrina Caesarstone quartz is an excellent choice for a modern kitchen or bathroom. Gray veins accompany the stone’s white background. 

 

5031 Statuario Maximus Caesarstone Quartz 

If you are searching for an alternative to marble, 5031 Statuario Maximus Caesarstone quartz is truly one of the best options you will find. 

 

5104 Tuscan Dawn Caesarstone Quartz 

If you are looking for a type of quartz that resembles brown marble, this engineered stone can be exactly what you are looking for. 

 

6684 Caldera Caesarstone Quartz 

The dark brown background of 6684 Caldera Caesarstone quartz is perfectly complemented by beige and brown veining. 

 

5380 Emperadoro Caesarstone Quartz 

5380 Emperadoro Caesarstone quartz is a dark quartz with gold veining. 

 

5100 Vanilla Noir Caesarstone Quartz 

Looking for a type of quartz that resembles black marble? If so, this material can be the perfect fit for your kitchen or bathroom. 

Best Alternatives to Marble: Quartz
Vena Calacatta Infinita quartz
Vena Statuario Bianco quartz
5131 Calacatta Nuvo Caesarstone quartz
5141 Frosty Carrina Caesarstone quartz
5031 Statuario Maximus Caesarstone quartz
5104 Tuscan Dawn Caesarstone quartz
6684 Caldera Caesarstone quartz
5380 Emperadoro Caesarstone quartz
5100 Vanilla Noir Caesarstone quartz

 

Quartzite 

 

For homeowners who enjoy the look of marble but want a natural stone material that is more durable and tough, quartzite countertops are an excellent option. Whether it’s a kitchen countertop, bathroom countertop or backsplash, it is one of the best materials you can install in your home. With many types of the stone featuring elegant veining similar to marble, these slabs are often mistaken for marble by many homeowners. Quartzite is beautiful, durable and heat resistant, among many other positive qualities. The types of the stone listed below are among the best marble alternatives. 

 

White Macaubas Quartzite 

White Macaubas quartzite is a beautiful gray and white natural stone alternative to marble. Whether it’s a kitchen countertop, bathroom vanity top, backsplash or other surface, this stone will look magnificent. 

 

Classic White Quartzite 

Gray highlights and dark veining make Classic White quartzite a wonderful alternative to marble. 

 

Elegant Brown Quartzite 

 

This incredible natural stone is a great substitute to brown or darker colored marble options. 

Best Alternatives to Marble: Quartzite
White Macaubas quartzite
Classic White quartzite
Elegant Brown quartzite

 

Granite 

 

Lastly, granite countertops are a great alternative to marble. While you will not get quite the same look, the vast amount of colors and styles that granite offers will enable you to find a similar color or pattern to many types of marble, from white marble to darker tones. Below are some of the best types of granite that are alternatives to marble. 

 

River White Granite 

The light gray veins and bits of maroon spotting make River White granite a nice choice for a marble alternative. 

 

White Ice Granite 

This natural stone has a beautiful white background that is accompanied by patches of beige and black. 

 

Alaska White Granite 

Not only is Alaska White granite a popular material for countertops, it is also a terrific alternative to marble. The white background of the stone is wonderfully complemented by black and gray veins. 

Best Alternatives to Marble: Granite
River White granite
White Ice granite
Alaska White granite

 

 

If you like the appearance of marble but want to evaluate all of your options, considering the alternatives above is a great idea. From light to dark and various types of veining, you will surely find a marble alternative that appeals to you.

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