Quartz vs. Marble Countertops: How To Pick The Best One?

Granite, marble, and quartz are the most popular countertop materials for kitchens. We have blogged about the differences between granite and quartz in the past, so this time, we’ll determine which one is better among marble and quartz countertops. Let’s begin!

Defining Marble And Quartz Countertops

Marble is a natural stone that is readily available in most parts of the world. There are veins in marble that are due to the presence of minerals during the formation of the rock below the Earth’s surface. These veins add to the beauty of marble countertops.

Quartz countertops are manmade and manufactured using quartz and resins for stone-looking slabs. They are also called engineered stone countertops.

Face Off: Marble vs Quartz


As mentioned before, the appearance of marble slabs is natural due to the minerals underground. They form attractive and beautiful veins in slabs that are unique to each slab. No two marble countertops will have the exact same pattern. So, if you buy a marble countertop, you can be sure there is no other countertop anywhere that will look 100% like the one you’re taking home.

On the other hand, quartz countertops are made in factories so many patterns are manufactured in large quantities. So, it’s possible that you and your neighbor or friend end up with the same-looking quartz countertop without the knowledge of each other’s purchase decisions.

However, the color choice with quartz countertops is virtually endless because any sort of pigment can use for the desired color and pattern. So, although quartz countertops are not unique to each slab, the vast color choices ensure enough diversity. Moreover, there are quartz countertops available that appear similar to natural stones like marble and granite.

Winner of this round: Marble countertops for their unique and gorgeous appearance.

Heat Resistance

Marble is a metamorphic stone. This means that it’s made underneath the Earth’s surface with immense pressure and high temperature – among other factors. So, the heat resistance of marble countertops is higher than quartz countertops.

However, you should avoid putting hot pans on the surface of either type of material because even though marble’s heat resistance is high, it might stain with hot pans. The same is true for quartz countertops. Putting hot pans will leave stains on the beautiful surface of your quartz countertop.

Winner of this round: Marble countertops.


Quartz countertops resist stains and etching while marble countertops are prone to these problems. Why? Because marble is made of calcite and it reacts with acidic spills that lead to etching. Moreover, calcite allows spills to be absorbed and results in staining.

So, even if you don’t use any acidic things in your kitchen, the usage of common items like tomatoes, sauces, and lemon juice can also etch and stain the surface. Over time, the marble surface will appear dull and unattractive.

Moreover, marble countertops are considered soft and they can crack easily compared to quartz and even granite. On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, marble received a 3 while quartz got a 7. The higher the rating, the harder and more durable the material is.

Due to this, stunning is more common in marble countertops as well. Stunning means white marks left due to the fall of a heavy item on the countertop surface. Quartz countertops are more resistant to these problems.

Winner of this round: Quartz countertops.


Marble is a natural stone and all natural stones are porous. This is one of the reasons, marble countertops are more susceptible to stains. Sealing marble countertops is mandatory for avoiding stains and bacteria growth inside the slabs to an extent.

Quartz countertops are non-porous and don’t allow stains to be absorbed by the surface. This means you don’t need to seal your quartz countertop at all.

Winner of this round: Quartz countertops.


It’s established in the above points that marble countertops are prone to etching and staining. Due to this, you need to care for your marble countertops much more than quartz.

If a spill happens, you must clean it right away. If it leaves a stain, you will need a poultice for removing the stain. Moreover, you will need to avoid common household cleaners for cleaning the surface because most of them are acidic and can etch the marble surface. You must use a cleaner made specifically for marble or natural stones.

On top of that, you must seal your marble countertop to make it resistant to stains. The seal can wear off over time, so resealing it every six months is necessary.

With quartz countertops, you can be a bit less attentive to maintenance. They resist stains and etches better than marble and are easier to clean as well. However, you should only use special cleaners safe for your quartz slabs.

In terms of repairs like filling in small chips, you can use an epoxy or resin repair kit for both types of materials. However, you need the services of a professional for bigger cracks. As quartz countertops require less maintenance and are less prone to cracks. This means it will be more likely for you to hire a professional to fix a quartz slab than a marble slab.

Winner of this round: Quartz countertops.


The cost of both marble and quartz countertops is quite similar. However, keep in mind the common rule that you get what you pay for. There are cheaper variants of quartz and marble as well. So, comparing a cheaper variant of quartz with a high-quality variant of marble or vice versa won’t be fair.

Fun fact: Marble and quartz slabs are costlier than granite slabs.

Winner of this round: Tie.

Resale Value

Marble and quartz both are high-end countertop materials. As their cost is similar, their impact on the resale value of your house is also fairly similar. So, whether you install a marble or quartz countertop, it will add value to your house.

If you’re renovating your kitchen or home for sale, check the real estate listings to find out which type of countertop material is desired by the buyers in your locality.

Winner of this round: Tie

Outdoor Use

Marble and quartz are excellent countertop choices for indoor kitchens, but are they as good for outdoor kitchens? You may be surprised to know that both these materials don’t hold up well when exposed to outdoor elements like sun exposure, rain, snow, and temperature changes.

If you love stone countertops and don’t want any other material, then choose granite because it’s more durable than marble. And for outdoors, it’s way better than quartz as well. Other options for your outdoor kitchen are concrete and tiles.

Winner of this round: Tie. (We’re not comparing granite with these materials, otherwise, granite is the winner along with concrete.)


To sum it up, marble countertops are absolutely stunning when it comes to aesthetics, but they require quite a lot of maintenance and are also more prone to chipping and staining than quartz. Quartz on the other hand is more durable than marble but is a bit behind marble in terms of visual appeal. Discuss your preferences with a quartz countertop contractor Potomac to go with the countertop option that is right for you.