Quartz:

Quartz are a big trend in today’s market. Brands such as Caesarstone, Silestone and Zodiaq are readily available in a large variety of colors. Prices will range, but in general are towards the higher end when compared to most granites. They are made with a mix of natural quartz and polyester resin. There are a few things, such as permanent markers, that can stain quartz surfaces but not true granite. Overall, in regards to performance in a kitchen setting, they stand up well to heat and scratches and have very low maintenance

 

Granite: Granite counter tops are some of the most elegant, richest kitchen counter tops available.  They are among the most expensive, too.  Granite is a natural stone with outstanding strength and they seem to be a little more high maintenance then Quartz.