The Best White Quartz Countertops (some that look like marble)
When choosing a white countertop for your kitchen, it all comes down to the type of veining you like (lots, little, none, or speckles) as well as the degree of WHITE you want to in the backdrop. And while you can get this look with marble and natural stone, when it comes to cost and durability, nothing beats quartz.
I love quartz…a lot. Why?
- Quartz is stain-resistant, especially the mid to high-end brands.
- It’s scratch-resistant (seriously, I don’t even use a cutting board and my countertop is pristine after 5 years).
- As far as countertop materials go, it’s right up there in durability and popularity with granite (but if you ask me, most granites pale in comparison).
- It comes in tons of different shades of white and off-white, giving you control over the end-look of your kitchen. This range of options gives you the flex to mix and match with cabinet colors, wall colors, and backsplashes.
So, to get the wheels turning, I’ve created a curated list of my favorite white and off-white countertops. I can speak to Cambria and Caesarstone personally, having had both in our home and LOVING THEM. However, I’ve heard mixed reviews on MSI, so do your research on them before committing. You’re welcome to grab a slab of these options and compare it to lower-end brands to find something similar, but buyer beware!
These are all counters that my clients have used over the years and LOVED!
Now, you all know how much I love to talk. And while I chat a bit, this is more about getting you the info you need, so you can grab a slab and get remodeling!
1. CAESARSTONE STATUARIO MAXIMUS
Statuario Maximus is one of the more popular quartz countertops, and I don’t see that changing in 2024. As shown in this bathroom (below) Statuario Maximus (you can call him Max) offers visual interest without being bossy…
Maximus is popular thanks to its obvious, but not overwhelming vein pattern and soft white backdrop (not stark white). But don’t let him fool you, while he looks pretty modest here, he has a lot to say, especially on a larger scale (i.e., kitchen countertop).
2. CAMBRIA BRITTANICA
Brittanica has been popular the last few years thanks to its slightly more graphic, but not drastic veining (I don’t have any drastic vein recommendations as they’re a passing trend – if you’re curious, they look a bit like this). This veining has reasonable flexibility as to the colors it can humor, as shown in this next kitchen…
Just look at those glorious warm gray veins just waiting to be tapped into with the right cabinet and wall colors! While the veining looks grayish, there’s some nice warmth that can be pulled from it, which bodes well for the upcoming paint color trends.
3. CAMBRIA BRITTANICA WARM
Whereas Brittanica has a more traditional whiteish backdrop, Brittanica Warm has more of an off-white base color, with reasonably subtle veining throughout (compared to some of the quartz counters with stronger, high-contrast veins).
I mean, don’t get me wrong – you can definitely see the veining, it’s just as graphic as some. Of the three Brittanica options, it has the most subtle vein pattern.
There’s another countertop in the Brittanica line called Brittanica Gold. Now this one isn’t for the faint of heart as it comes in pretty hot with its gold veining…
I love how the countertop product was used on the backsplash too – a countersplash!
My client (above) hired me to choose a new color for her main cabinets (and maybe the island too), and I can’t WAIT to see the after photos! The difference in depth of veining between Brittanica/Brittanica Warm and Brittanica Gold is pretty obvious. Gold is definitely ‘going for the gold’ when it comes to impact!
4. MSI CALACATTA BOTANICA
While some of the white countertop options on this page come in pretty hot with their veining, I do have a few that offer a more moderate, and even muted approach…
Calcatta Botanica is one of those more muted approaches to quartz. As shown in this beautiful kitchen, Calacatta Botanica does the job a white quartz countertop should do, with a fraction of the veining shown in many of the other top choices.
5. CAESARSTONE STATUARIO NUVO
If I say I love them all, it’s true, but I love some of them just a bit more than others (like my boyfriends – wink wink). Statuario Nuvo is another great alternative to marble with a softer vein than Maximus and a more narrow vein than the Brittanica series…
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6. COSENTINO ET CALACATTA GOLD
Another love of mine, Et Calacatta Gold is a super popular choice in today’s white quartz home (the Et stands for Eternal). Let’s take a look at Calacatta Gold from my blog post, ‘The 8 Best Warm Quartz Countertops for Upcoming Trends‘…
Compared to the previously mentioned, Brittanica Warm (which I have in my home), Calacatta Gold is a bit brighter and has a bit more warm gray/taupe in its veins. Its vein pattern is also MUCH more subtle than many of the previous choices.
7. MSI CALACATTA IZARO
Calcatta Izaro has a soft, muted backdrop color – it’s not as white as some of the other choices, but still suits the right white cabinets, as long as you like your countertop looking a bit soft in comparison. It also has thinner, graceful veining with some gray and even a bit of warmth here and there!
8. MSI MIRAGGIO DUO
Miraggio Duo is an elegant, classic take on marble. While it has gray veining, it’s a bit softer and gentler than some of the others and looks stunning in a white kitchen…
As trends lean warmer, many of the quartz choices are falling in suit, including Miraggio Duo. While it still has the typical ‘white quartz/veiny’ look, there is a warmth to be found in those veins – all wrapped up in a simple white background! There’s definitely not enough to call this countertop overly WARM, but it’s nice to see a touch of balance.
9. MSI CALACATTA IDILLIO
Calcatta Idillio is for those who like a little drama on their countertops (and possibly backsplashes, too). With its soft white backdrop and striking, but not overpowering gray veining, Idillio is great for a kitchen where you want to make a statement without slapping people upside the face with it.
In the above kitchen, my client hired me because the cabinet color she thought she loved, didn’t turn out too well. I say that it’s pretty darn close and the right idea, but gave her some new colors to explore in her consult.
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10. CAESARSTONE FROSTY CARRINA
Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the veining and visual interest? Don’t worry, I’ve got your countertop right here.
5141 Frosty Carrina is a gentle soul. While this quartz countertop isn’t plain or boring, it has a fraction of the visual interest of the previous options and offers a more simple, soft white approach…
I wish I had a better close-up of Frosty Carrina, but she still looks so darn good in this muted, passively warm color palette.
If you want to see another subtle, low-key approach to quartz (with flecks rather than veins), check out the simple elegance of Cambria Torquay.
11. CAMBRIA INVERNESS FROST
Inverness Frost is similar to Frosty Carrina in that it’s a bit less veiny than the others, but it still has some visual interest for those looking for a happy medium…
12. VADARA SERENO GOLD
While I don’t have a full kitchen shot of this bad boy, it’s definitely worth sharing. Vadara isn’t a brand I’m familiar with, but all the same, I fell in love with the warmth of its Sereno Gold countertop.
While many of the previous quartz countertops look a bit more like marble, Sereno Gold picks up a more natural stone look, similar to quartzite.
Also, notice the white piece of paper.
While any white can look off/yellow/murky/gray compared to the stark, cold white of the paper, it at least gives you a general idea of the depth and approach of your countertop’s backdrop color. As shown above, the white paper helps us see the Sereno Gold isn’t as warm as some whites and has an almost neutral look.
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