The Interesting History Behind Silestone & Why It’s A Popular Material

The Interesting History Behind Silestone & Why It’s A Popular Material

These days, Silestone is an extremely popular choice for kitchen and bathroom benchtops. It is practically a household name. Silestone is known for its gorgeous array of natural colours, patterns and gradients and is certainly a stylish choice. Silestone is also durable, hygienic and easy to clean!

But what are the origins of Silestone, and how has this quartz benchtop received so much praise?

How It Started

Cosentino created Silestone back in 1990, which means that Silestone has been around for over three decades! The aim of the product was to highlight the natural beauty that quartz has to offer yet enhance its characteristics to make it truly ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.

Cosentino is a well-respected Spanish brand that is famous for the manufacture of gorgeous, top quality architectural surfaces made from natural materials.

What Makes Silestone Stand Out?

While now there are many similar products to Silestone, Silestone was really the first of its kind. Because of the engineering aspect, there are far more options available than there are for purely natural stone. But because Silestone is made up of more than 90% natural stone, that natural charm is still there.

Silestone gets the balance of aesthetic appeal and practicality spot on! Their products are beautiful, adding instant luxury to your home, but they are also durable, long-lasting, easy to clean, up the resale value of your home, and so much more.

In addition, Silestone is also stain-resistant, scratch-resistant and acid-resistant. This makes Silestone truly ideal for the kitchen and it is no wonder that millions of kitchens worldwide have Silestone countertops.


While Silestone was first created for residential use, it is now widely popular for commercial applications and is used in restaurants, bars and other establishments around the world.

The Cosentino brand itself has also expanded greatly over the years and has created an extensive network of suppliers in over 80 countries, making their Silestone products for kitchen and bathroom surfaces widely available.

Are you looking for gorgeous Silestone countertops in New Zealand? Here at The Benchtop Guys, we have a wide range of Silestone and Primestone on offer. Feel free to browse our Silestone options or get in touch with us should you have any questions.