How much do Silestone countertops cost?
How much do Silestone countertops cost?
$60 – $140 average cost per square foot installed
$1,800 – $5,600 average total cost installed (30 – 40 SF)
Silestone countertops cost
Silestone countertops cost $60 to $140 per square foot installed or $1,800 to $5,600 total for an average sized kitchen. Silestone prices are $50 to $100 per square foot for the material alone, depending on the size, thickness, pricing group, and finishes.
|Kitchen size||Countertops square footage||Average cost installed|
|Small kitchen (70 – 99 SF)||20 – 30||$1,200 – $4,200|
|Average kitchen (100 – 200 SF)||30 – 40||$1,800 – $5,600|
|Large kitchen (200+ SF)||40 – 60+||$2,400 – $8,400+|
Silestone prices per square foot by group
Silestone slabs are categorized into 6 design pricing groups, as shown in the table below.
|Group||Design||Installed price per square foot|
||$60 – $80|
||$65 – $85|
||$70 – $90|
||$75 – $95|
||$80 – $100|
||$90 – $140|
Cost to install Silestone countertops
Silestone is versatile and can be used for kitchen and bathroom countertops, bar tops, or flooring.
|Surface||Size (inches)||Average cost installed|
|Small kitchen counter (each)||24 x 100||$1,000 – $2,300|
|Average kitchen counter (each)||24 x 160||$1,600 – $3,700|
|Kitchen island||36 x 78||$1,200 – $2,700|
|Small kitchen island||40 x 40||$670 – $1,600|
|Bathroom vanity top||20 x 36||$300 – $700|
|Bar top||16 x 36||$240 – $560|
|Bathroom tile flooring||60 x 96||$2,400 – $5,600|
|Kitchen tile flooring||120 x 120||$6,000 – $14,000|
Labor cost to fabricate Silestone countertops
Contractors charge $10 to $40 per square foot on average for labor to fabricate and install Silestone countertops, depending on the project complexity. Installation often involves multiple professionals.
Plumbers cost $45 to $150 per hour, with a minimum service call fee of $50 to $200 to disconnect and reconnect the plumbing fixtures.
Electrician rates are $50 to $130 per hour, with a minimum $100 to $200 service call fee to update or install new electrical wiring.
|Item||Average cost||Average cost (30 – 40 SF)|
|Silestone slab materials||$50 – $100 per square foot||$1,500 – $4,000|
|Silestone delivery||$150 – $200+ each||$300 – $400+|
|Labor to fabricate & install||$10 – $40 per square foot||$300 – $1,600|
|Removing existing counters||$7 – $14 per square foot||$200 – $560|
|Sink or cooktop cut-out||$100 – $300 each||$0 – $300+|
|Faucet or outlet cut-out||$0 – $60 each||$0 – $60+|
|Slab edging & polishing||$0 – $40 per linear foot||$0 – $1,000|
Additional factors affecting the cost include:
Slab size, thickness, & design– Silestone slabs come in two sizes, three thicknesses, and six design pricing groups. Jumbo slabs (63" x 128") cost more than standard slabs (55" x 120"), and the price increases with thickness.
Polishing – Polished texture is the standard Silestone finish. Suede and volcano textures cost 10%+ more and offer a more matte, rustic finish.
Underlayment & reinforcement – Silestone is heavy and often requires cabinet reinforcement, an underlayment, or both, which increases costs.
Slabs less than 1.25 inches (or 3cm) thick typically need a supportive plywood subtop to prevent cracking. Overhangs 6+ inches also typically require cabinet reinforcement braces.
Some cabinets require support brackets to handle the slab's weight and may need added support lengthier overhangs.
Slabs thicker than 1.25 inches may also need an underlayment in areas where there is no cabinet for the slab to rest on, like over a dishwasher.
Leveling – Older homes or homes with uneven flooring often need the cabinets leveled. Installers add shims to level the surface for the countertop, which increases labor.
Backsplash – Continuing the Silestone slab material up into the backsplash costs $70 to $200 per square foot. Most backsplashes extend 4" to 6" up the wall.
New sink installation costs $330 to $1,300.
Faucet installation costs $200 to $600 for the new unit and installation labor.
A cooktop stove costs $400 to $1,300 for the unit and $150 to $370 for the installation labor.
Warranty – Some companies offer extended protection plans for $300 to $400+.
Silestone edge options
Silestone is available with six different edges, with some specialists offering variations within these categories. Rounded edges are typically the standard, while more decorative edges cost extra.
Basic eased – Square edge that maintains the surface's thickness
Straight beveled – Square edge like the basic eased edge but with a slanted top
Bullnose – Maintains the surface's thickness but with a rounded finish
Ogee – Traditional style with flowing S-shaped curve
Mitered – Joins two angled pieces seamlessly to give the illusion of a thicker slab
Demi-bullnose / half-bullnose – Rounded edge along the top with a flat bottom
Cost of Silestone vs. quartz and other materials
At $60 to $140 per square foot with installation, Silestone's average cost falls within the $50 to $200 per square foot installed cost of quartz countertops. In comparison, the average cost of stone countertops is $50 to $150 per square foot installed.
|Countertop material||Average installed cost per square foot||Details|
|Silestone countertop cost||$60 – $140||
|Calacatta quartz countertop cost||$60 – $100||
|Cambria quartz countertop cost||$60 – $125||
|Quartzite countertops cost||$65 – $150||
|Caesarstone countertop cost||$50 – $100||
|Granite countertop cost||$80 – $150||
|Marble countertop cost||$40 – $150||
|Slate countertop cost||$50 – $100||
Pros and cons of Silestone countertops
Silestone countertops are non-porous, durable, easy to clean surfaces with a luxurious aesthetic and built-in anti-microbial protection. Still, their high price, heavier weight, and vulnerability to harsh chemicals and UV rays may not make them the best fit for every countertop renovation.
What is Silestone?
Silestone is a hybrid engineered stone countertop produced in Spain by the Cosentio Group, a Spanish family-owned business known for their production and distribution of high-end, sustainable surfaces. Silestone is made of quartz, other raw minerals, recycled materials, resins, and binding agents.
Is Silestone the same as quartz?
Silestone is a line of quartz countertops made of 90%+ quartz and other raw materials combined with resins, adhesives, and pigment. Most quartz countertops are 93% to 95% quartz.
Can you put hot pans on Silestone?
Direct heat can damage or crack a Silestone surface. Always use a trivet, potholder, or heat proof mat when placing hot pans on Silestone.
Can Silestone be refinished, polished, and repaired?
Silestone can be repaired or refinished in some cases. Hiring a professional is best as repairing and blending the repaired section with the rest of the surface requires training and skill.
Countertop repair costs $100 to $1,000, depending on the damage.
Refinishing Silestone costs $5 to $20 per square foot and typically involves removing dull spots with diamond tooling.
Can Silestone be used outdoors?
Silestone is not recommended for outdoor use as it is susceptible to UV and weather damage.
How much does Silestone weigh?
Silestone weighs 5 to 15+ pounds per square foot, depending on the slab thickness and color family. Most Silestone countertops are ¾" or 1 ¼" thick.
|Slab thickness||Weight (pounds per square foot)|
|7/16" (1.2 cm)||5.4 – 6.2|
|3/4" (2 cm)||8.8 – 10.1|
|1 ¼" (3 cm)||13.2 – 15.2|
Where to buy Silestone countertops?
You can buy Silestone countertops online or from local Cosentino-certified kitchen and bathroom countertop retailers. Big box home improvement stores like The Home Depot and Lowe's also sell prefab and customer Silestone countertops, though their design selection is often more limited than specialty shops.
Getting estimates from Silestone countertop installers
Before hiring a Silestone countertop company, be sure to:
Get 3+ itemized estimates to compare.
Look for Cosentino-certified countertop installation company.
Check their reviews on HomeGuide and Google.
Hire a licensed, bonded, and insured company that has been in business for 5+ years.
Ask for references with contact information.
Ask for a portfolio of past similar countertop installations.
Get a detailed contract and warranty in writing before the work begins.
Never pay in full before the project is complete. Follow a payment plan instead.
Questions to ask
Ask these questions to find the best contractor for your Silestone countertop installation:
What experience do you have with Silestone countertop fabrication and installation?
Can I view the available slabs?
Am I able to choose which part of the slab to use for my countertop?
Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?
What does the estimate include?
What additional costs might come up during the install?
How long will the installation take?
Do you do the installation yourself?
Does this project require a permit, and do you handle the permitting process?
Do you also handle plumbing?
How do you handle damages that happen on the job?
Do you require a deposit? If so, how much is it?
Do you submit the manufacturer's warranty registration for me?
Do you offer a warranty on the labor?