How Much Are Quartz Countertops?
$1,500 - $12,000
$1,500 - $12,000
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated February 14, 2022Reviewed by Robert Tschudi, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor.
Quartz countertop installation costs $50 to $200 per square foot or $125 per square foot on average. These prices include both materials and labor. Typically, quartz installed in the kitchen costs $3,000 to $7,500. Materials alone average $75 per square foot or between $50 and $100 per square foot.
Not to be confused with natural stone quartzite, engineered quartz creates one of the most beautiful and durable options for home design. You’ll find it in both bathrooms and kitchens. When considering stone and laminate materials for countertops, engineered quartz combines the best of both worlds to produce a stylish look with a lasting finish.
While the size of your project and quality of the quartz play a major role in your quartz countertop price, below is the general range you can expect to pay:
On average, the cost for quartz countertop materials alone runs $75 per square foot but may fall between $50 and $200 per square foot. Although the price varies by brand and manufacturer, here are some of the average costs based on quality:
Surplus/low-quality: $50-$65 per square foot. Will have veins and some discoloration but not obvious in most cases.
Standard/mid-quality: $65-$75 per square foot. This is also known as builder’s grade or commercial grade and is the most common quartz sold.
First-choice/high-quality: $75-$200 per square foot. This has almost no visible veining and also has a rich color.
Remember, technically all quartz is engineered quartz. Engineered quartz countertops cost $1,500 to $12,000 for the average kitchen installation while bathrooms range from $500 to $2,000. That’s only a fraction of the $11,000 average bathroom remodel cost. Regardless of location, you’ll pay $50 to $200 per square foot for the purchase and installation of a quartz counter.
Labor for any countertop installation ranges from $10 to $30 per square foot or $35 to $85 per hour. You’ll pay more for onsite alterations, like adding a cutout for an electrical socket. Your pro, the fabricator, or the manufacturer completes most of the cutouts before shipping it to your home.
On average, the total cost to purchase and install a quartz slab sits around $125 per square foot, with the price fluctuating based on the number of slabs and any additional finishes.
Homeowners will find that the cost increases as they add detailed edging fabrications or request extra fixtures and sink cutouts. Some typical add-ons that increase the price include:
Edge Treatments: $5-$30 per linear foot
Corner Treatments: $50-$150 per corner
Sink, faucet, cooktop, and outlet cutouts: $20-$150 per cutout
Seaming: Included in installation costs
Sink removal and installation: $200-$300
Plumbing disconnect and reconnect: $150-$400
Old counter removal and disposal: $5-$15 per square foot
Complete costs vary by manufacturer but estimating the price of edge treatments is simple to do if you have a general idea of low, medium, and high price points. Here are some approximations for the cost of specific edge treatments for quartz countertop setups.
|Type of Edge||Price Level||Estimated Cost Per Foot|
|Straight edge||Very slight rounding at the top and bottom (for safety)||$10 – $30|
|Half-Bullnose / Rounded||Top half of edge rounded||$10 – $30|
|Eased||Standard, slight roundness to the top edge||$5 – $30|
|Full Bullnose||Completely rounded edge – top and bottom||$20 – $45|
|Bevel||Straight cut at 45-degree angle on the edge||$20 – $45|
|Ogee||S cut on the top edge||$30 – $60|
|Dupont||90-degree angle on top, then a quarter-round below (looks like a shoe)||$30 – $60||Double Bullnose Edge||Two stacked bullnose / rounded edges||$30 – $60|
Some manufacturers offer patterns that are more intricate with detailed designs based on their own treatment capabilities. Depending on the manufacturer, pricing for quartz edge treatments vary. The more intricate edge cuts can be costlier to homeowners, while the standard eased, bevel and half-bullnose cuts may be included in the price.
Before installing new quartz countertops, the cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom have to be level to support the weight of the stone. Otherwise, the quartz can crack or warp over time. If necessary, a pro can install shims between the cabinets and the floor to level them out.
Before bringing in the new countertops, your old countertops need to be removed and hauled away. Having a pro remove your old (possibly quite heavy) countertops gives you peace of mind that your cabinets won’t get dinged in the process. Ask your countertop installer if their quote includes removal and disposal of the old countertop. Old countertop removal costs about $5 to $15 per square foot.
Creating a quartz backsplash will add to the cost of your project for the extra materials and labor. If it’s important to you that the backsplash match the quartz countertops, then ask your pro how much it will add to the quote.
Volume and quality of material will be your main cost factors, but below are some other factors around how much quartz countertops cost.
There is no difference between using quartz in a bathroom and a kitchen, aside from the amount of material you may need. Quartz countertops in a kitchen typically cost $3,000 to $7,500. You’ll often pay extra for sink, faucet, and cooktop cutouts (such as a soap dispenser), plus more for unique edges. If you have a waterfall edge, where the entire countertop extends to the floor on each end, you’ll pay for the square feet of the waterfall area as well.
Most stock countertops at dealers and home improvement stores include the initial sink cutout as part of the price. But custom work includes cutouts only with a price increase. For example, you can purchase a counter with a sink cutout included, but if you have a second utility sink, you’ll pay extra for that second utility sink cutout. While other parts of your counter won’t need a cutout at all.
You’ll pay between $50 to $100 per square foot for a quartz slab. A slab doesn’t have finishing work, like edge work, cuts, or cutouts. Typically, only professionals and experienced DIYers opt to purchase an unfinished slab.
Most prefabricated slabs of quartz come in standard sizes (98 inches by 26 inches; 108 inches by 26 inches; or 112 inches by 26 inches) that fit the width of most countertops. They cost about $30 to $40 per square foot and usually come with the edging completed. Choosing a prefab slab option, if it fits your existing cabinetry, may be less expensive than having a slab custom fit to your kitchen or bathroom.
Quartzite costs the same as quartz countertops, or about $50 to $200 per square foot. But that’s where the similarities end. They aren’t the same material. Quartzite is not a quartz countertop. Instead, it belongs in the family of natural stone counters, like granite, soapstone, and slate. It’s a naturally occurring stone that comes in unique patterns.
Granite countertops cost $40 to $100 per square foot for materials alone, or $75 to $125 per square foot installed. Mined in large sheets, it’s 100% natural, which means that there are no two identical slabs. The manufacturer cuts smaller slabs from the sheets.
Sintered stone is another engineered stone made with natural minerals. The minerals are heated in a sintering process to create countertops resistant to burns, stains, and chemicals. Thus, it’s usable in outdoor applications. Sintered stones cost about $60 to $100 per square foot.
Quartz slabs exist for both professionals and DIY installations. However, if you make an incorrect cut, you’ll need to start with a new slab to avoid visible mistakes. It’s cheaper to hire a professional installer than make one wrong cut. Plus, you’ll need to rent or buy all the specialized stone cutting equipment you’ll need. A local quartz countertop installer can help get your project done correctly the first time—and often quicker and for less—than a DIY project.
All quartz countertops are engineered, since quartz doesn’t exist naturally in a form large enough to create a slab from. Manufacturers create quartz counters from a mixture of 93% ground natural quartz and 7% polymer. The resulting low-maintenance, durable product has a natural stone look that many homeowners love.
|Consistent color and texture||Pigment might fade outdoors|
|No sealing required||Visible seams|
|No chipping or cracking||Not as heat resistant as stone|
|Resistant to stains, scratches and acid-abrasion||Low end models aren’t unique in appearance|
|Resistant to bacteria growth|
|Easy to clean|
The wide variety of colors and patterns draw the eye of many homeowners. The pattern in a slab depends on the size of ground quartz, pigments, and dyes. Coarsely ground pieces give a freckled appearance, and finely ground particles give a smoother appearance. Color options for quartz countertops include the following:
Quartz maintenance is all about avoiding harming them in the first place. They’re a no-maintenance kitchen solution but require more care than most stone alternatives.
Avoid cuts and scratches
Clean counters regularly
Avoid stains and harsh chemicals
Avoid heat damage from hot cookware
Quartz costs more than granite. Granite countertops cost an average of $40 to $100 per square foot. However, cheaper granite slabs have minimal streaks, swirls, and other patterns, and specific colors like red and blue will cost more.
Quartz countertops are worth the money for anyone looking for a uniform appearance and modern aesthetic. You’ll receive about the same return on investment (ROI) on this counter as you would on any other solid surface top. However, the actual ROI varies depending on the other finishes in your home. You should match the quality of your cabinets, counters, and floors throughout. For example, if you purchase a high-end quartz counter, you should match it to similar quality cabinets and flooring.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly countertop material that you can DIY, consider ceramic and porcelain tile, which cost about $5 to $30 per square foot. For more durability, recycled options made from aluminum, glass, and paper mixed with resin cost around $30 to $95 per square foot. Familiarize yourself with countertop materials to find the right match for your budget and needs.