The Great Kitchen Counter Debate | Alternatives to Carrara Marble

LAST UPDATED: Jun 16, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Aug 09, 2013 | By:
A white themed kitchen.

For nearly two years, I’ve dwelled over kitchen counters. I had my heart set on Carrara marble. The price is right, I’m in love with them, and yet everyone I know continues to steer me away. I finally decided that I should be more practical, so I started considering the alternatives. Unfortunately, not only are they more expensive, but you never truly see a price per square foot to compare prices. So again, I dwelled. I got quotes. I obtained even more quotes. I looked at product and just wasn’t overjoyed with any of them, no matter how beautiful. Today I’m sharing alternatives to carrara marble & weighing the pros & cons of each!

Let’s start with quartz. It’s engineered with quartz {natural} and resin. This makes it highly durable, but does give a fabricated look.

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A white kitchen with a marble countertop.
Cambria Torquay {image 7th house on the left}
Cambria’s torquay mimics Carrara marble’s grey veins. A friend of mine used it on her kitchen island and it is beautiful! I have not received a quote for this stone.
A brown bowl of vegetables on a white surface.
Caesarstone Frosty Carrina {image via Caesarstone}
It’s just a little higher than marble, but to be honest, it looks much creamier in person and I just wasn’t a fan. It almost made me want to opt for a more traditional quartz like Caesarstone’s snow below.
Quartz Countertop
I just couldn’t do it. I kept wanting to take the plunge and get the kitchen done, but my heart was set on something natural. So, I kept searching, researching and finally, I found Danby marble, from Vermont! It is denser than most marbles, making is less susceptible to stains. While etching can still occur, there is actually a cure for it!
Marble countertops with a bowl of eggs as decoration.
Above is Danby marble in Martha Stewart’s Bedford Kitchen. It appears to be Olympian white in just 2 cm. This is quite a bit more expensive than the other options I have quoted, but both beautiful and durable.
A kitchen with a marble island in the middle.
{first image via Hooked on Houses}
Finally, this is mountain danby marble – and it is slightly less expensive than all the fabricated options I considered. Win? I think so. It has heavier grey veining, but I think it’s an overall win for this girl! Update, the kitchen is done! Click here for photos & details of the completed space. You can read about our danby marble countertops here.