8 Silica-free Alternatives To Engineered Stone Kitchen Benchtops
As Australia’s awareness of the risks of silica-containing materials increases, it’s never been a better time to explore alternatives to engineered stone benchtops. And as the home of Australia’s largest range of natural stone, who better than Attila to do it with?
As a family-owned and run business with over 25 years of experience, we take pride in only offering natural stone and porcelain benchtops. Our stone selection is sourced from the finest quarries in Europe and includes some of the finest engineered stone alternatives.
Ready to bring your kitchen benchtop into the now? We've found eight silica free, natural stone and porcelain options that are stunning alternatives to engineered stone.
Natural Stone and Porcelain: Leading Engineered Stone Alternatives
It’s no secret that natural stone and porcelain are considered premium kitchen benchtop materials. But what is it that sets them apart? These are a few benefits they bring to the table.
- Safe for your family
After recent findings on the risks of silica, natural stone and porcelain offer a safe alternative to Caesarstone and other engineered products. You’ll feel peace of mind knowing your family home is made with the safest materials.
- A timeless design
The beauty and timeless elegance of natural stone is undeniable. And it’s an investment that will last your home for decades, never going out of style. As you update the rest of your home, your new silica-free benchtop will remain as tasteful as always.
- Durability and lifespan
The most significant benefit of natural stone and porcelain benchtops is their longevity, especially when you compare them to engineered alternatives. Granite’s reputation as one of the longest-lasting natural stones can remain for a lifetime in your home with the correct care. What’s not to love?
- Options to suit every home
Porcelain and natural stone benchtops are versatile, and you’ll have no problem finding one that suits your needs. Prefer low maintenance? Want the longest-lasting stone possible? Need an off-white matte finish to complement the rest of your home? There’s a silica-free benchtop that can do it all.
8 Engineered Stone Alternatives Your Kitchen Will Love
Ready to level up with a natural stone or porcelain benchtop? Exploring your options is where the fun begins. These are some of the stunning, durable options we have at Attila’s and how they can level up your kitchen.
Porcelain has always been considered a premium alternative to natural stone. Mimicking the look and durability of stone, it’s a popular benchtop choice made from powdered clay and coloured pigments. Porcelain benchtops are super low-fuss and require no sealing or ongoing maintenance to remain looking its best.
Our range of porcelain includes everything from Pure Black Slabs to Ella Calcatta, and beiges, greens, greys, and whites.
Marble benchtops are synonymous with luxury, and we certainly agree. Its striking colours and veining patterns create a stunning kitchen talking point. The stone is heat resistant and highly durable, and it only needs to be sealed once every 15 years to maintain its integrity.
For lovers of soft, creamy white and stunning greys, a dolomite benchtop is a smart choice. As well as being beautiful, dolomite is non-porous, making it perfect for kitchens where water and stains may be an issue. It’s also highly durable and will last in your home for decades, known as one of the lower maintenance natural stone options.
Among our range of dolomite, you’ll find styles like Pieris with grey hues and Snow White with a whiter, crisper look.
Travertine benchtops offer one of the most versatile colour and pattern selections, each as beautiful as the last. Its durability and chip resistance come in handy when placed in a high-use area like the kitchen. Better still, it remains cool and comfortable no matter the temperature.
Dreaming of a travertine benchtop? Our range features all colours and patterns, including Rainforest, Noche Vein Cut, and Denizli Light, each offering a unique look.
Created with natural stone, cement, and other pigments, terrazzo is immediately easy to spot. With beautiful specks and various colours and textures to choose from, there’s something to complement every interior style. As one of the most popular benchtop materials, it’s durable, heat-resistant, and scratch-resistant. Kitchen perfection!
Limestone benchtops are stacked with benefits for your kitchen, including heat resistance, affordability, and resilience against stains. As a striking alternative to engineered stone benchtops, silicosis is never a concern with this natural stone. With beautiful creams and whites, they suit every style of kitchen.
Our range of limestone benchtops includes Detay and Imperial Cream, adding a touch of luxury to any space.
Granite’s reputation as one of the longest-lasting natural stones means it will serve your kitchen well. In addition to being durable and with a long lifespan, it’s also non-porous, making it a perfect match for your kitchen. Plus, no two granite slabs are ever the same, so you’ll know your home is unique.
Attila’s selection of granite benchtops includes Absolute Black, for homes that prefer a darker look, Cashmere Gold with gold and brown patterns, or a more classic Colonial White.
Onyx is a stunning choice for a benchtop and is known as a natural stone with an extremely long lifespan. An onyx benchtop is like having a work of art in your kitchen, and its translucent beauty provides a focal point for the rest of the home to centre around.
Discover Australia’s Largest Range of Natural Stone
With so many amazing alternatives to engineered stone benchtops, it’s worth exploring them yourself. Visit one of Attila’s two conveniently located showrooms in Melbourne and fall in love with the possibilities. Prefer more personalised advice? Book a consultation with our expert team or get in touch to see how we can help.