With so many different worktop materials, making the right choice for your home can feel almost impossible. Dekton and Corian are both man-made options that are durable enough for busy family homes, but how do you choose between them?

In this guide, our kitchen worktop experts will cover everything you need to know to make your final decision, including:

  • What is Corian?
  • What is Corian made from?
  • How is Corian made?
  • What is Dekton?
  • What is Dekton made from?
  • How is Dekton made?
  • Corian vs Dekton

What is Corian?

This worktop material was first created by the American corporation DuPont in 1967. DuPont is also responsible for other well-known materials such as Lycra and Teflon. The name Corian was initially inspired by the name of the inventor’s daughter, Cory Ann. 

Corian is a solid, non-porous surface made from a mixture of minerals and resins. It’s durable, long-lasting, and can be moulded into almost any shape. Although initially only white, Corian is now available in around 100 colour options. Because it’s a solid surface, all the colours and patterns are through the entire depth of the worktop. 

 

What is Corian made from?

Corian is made from one-third transparent acrylic resin and two-thirds natural minerals. The main natural mineral is alumina trihydrate (ATH) from bauxite ore. Bauxite is also used to manufacture aluminium.  

 

How is Corian made?

First, the acrylic polymer and natural minerals are mixed. This mixture is then poured into moulds the exact shape and size of the worktop required. The process must be carefully controlled to avoid air bubbles and ensure the mixture is evenly distributed. 

Next, the material must be cured to harden it. The curing process involves heating the mixture to specific temperatures and putting it under pressure for a specific time frame to ensure the final product is tough, durable, and resistant to scratches and stains. 

Finally, the Corian worktop must be finished, including polishing, sanding, and sealing. The finishing process makes the Corian worktop easier to clean and maintain. 

 

What is Dekton?

Dekton is an engineered surface made by the Spanish company Cosentino in early 2013, so it’s a fairly new worktop material. It’s manufactured using a unique process called Sinterized Particle Technology, which mimics rock’s natural formation underneath the earth’s surface. This results in an ultra-compact and durable surface that is a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops.  

 

What is Dekton made from?

Dekton is manufactured from a unique mixture of raw materials, including natural quartz stone, glass, and porcelain. Check out our guide, ‘What is Dekton made of?’, for more information.

 

How is Dekton made?

Dekton is man-made in factories. The mixture of raw materials is heated up and put under tremendous pressure, similar to how rock forms naturally. This process of sintering produces an ultra-compact slab of Dekton. The slab can then be cut according to the customers’ specifications. 

 

Corian vs Dekton

Here’s a comparison of each work surface’s main qualities to help you decide.

Composition  

Dekton is made from mostly natural materials and is usually over 90% quartz, porcelain and glass. However, Corian is only made from two-thirds natural materials (mostly alumina trihydrate (ATH), which comes from bauxite ore) and one-third resin.

Durability and scratch resistance

Dekton is harder than Corian, making it more durable and a better choice for busy family homes where the worktop will be in constant use. This material is highly resistant to scratches and abrasions, so you won’t have to worry about damaging your beautiful new worktop. 

Hygiene and stain-resistance. 

Both surfaces are non-porous, making them hygienic choices as bacteria and germs can’t seep into the material. This also means you don’t have to worry about staining if you opt for a Dekton or Corian worktop. Plus, these worktops are easy to clean and maintain.

Heat proof

Corian worktops have limited heat resistance and can withstand temperatures up to 100°C. DuPont recommends not exposing the worktop to direct heat. So, using a trivet for hot pots and pans is essential. 

However, Dekton is much more heat resistant and almost entirely heatproof. It can withstand high temperatures up to 400°C. This compact surface can even withstand hot pans being placed directly on it, but we always recommend using a trivet anyway to be safe. 

Cost

Dekton is a high-end worktop material engineered to offer superior durability to other worktop materials, including Corian. However, this means it typically comes at a slightly higher price point. 

 

Premium Dekton worktops by Mo’s StoneX

If you’ve decided that a durable Dekton is the right choice for your kitchen, we can help!

Mo’s StoneX is an experienced and professional supplier of high-quality Dekton countertops. We also offer granite and quartz worktops if you’d prefer an engineered or natural stone worktop. All our worktops can be fully customised to your choice of bevelling, edging, and finishing.

We offer Dekton worktops in a wide range of colours and marble-inspired patterns, so it’s easy to find the perfect fit for your home’s interior design scheme. Mo’s StoneX are approved Dekton worktop installers, so your worktop will be covered by the 25-year guarantee from Cosinto. You can rely on our expert team to transform your home with a beautiful, perfectly fitting Dekton work surface!

Fill out our online enquiry form for a free quote. Or get in contact with our friendly team if you need some help choosing the perfect worktop for your kitchen or bathroom!