Corian Countertops Pros & Cons Review 2022 (2022)

A Complete Guide to Solid Surface Countertops

Corian countertopsare oftenregardedas a third cousin whose time has passed compared to more "glamorous" kitchen countertop materials. But Corian has continued to evolve anddeserves a second look. It canoffertruly unique qualities and anewworld of possibilitiesfor achieving a more creative kitchen design.

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Many consumers are confused about Corian and solid surface countertops.What are they made of? How do they compare to granite and quartz?

This detailed review will cover what Corian is made of, its pros & cons, cost, colors, design options, cleaning, care, and repair. Additionally, you"ll also find buying tips and warranty info for DuPont solid surface materials for kitchens and bathrooms.

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  1. What is Corian Made Of?
  2. Corian Countertops Cost

What is Corian Made of?

Corian is a brand-name for a type of countertop called "solid surface" invented by DuPont back in 1967. Solid surface is a man-made or engineered stone material (quartz is too) vs. granite, which is a natural stone pulled from the earth.

A solid surface or Corian counter is made by blending acrylic polymers with other minerals and stone-derived materials. This acrylic polymer mix is poured into moldsto make half-inch-thick sheets. The composition is consistent all the way through; in other words, it is solid and is exactly the same inside and out.

This blend allows for some cool features and benefits not available with other types of countertops.

Epoxy countertopsand cultured marble are similar countertop materials that utilize various resins, mixes, and/or molds to form surfaces.

Corian by DuPont, which also makesZodiac quartz countersis the big cat on the block and is increasingly popular.

However, since DuPont's patent ran out, other brands have jumped in with their own versions of a solid surface countertop. These other versions include Staron, Swanstone, Avonite, Wilsonart / Gibraltar, Formica, LG, Hanex, and Meganite.

Differences in the "recipe" do exist between manufacturers, but the end result is essentially the same type of countertop material.Corian worktops are a durable kitchen countertop with specific advantages. But as you will find with all countertops, they come with some drawbacks too.

See how Corian countertopscompare to a granite or quartz countertop.

Pros & Cons of Corian Countertops

Every countertop material has its good and bad points, but Corian solid surface holds up pretty well overall.

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Pros: Benefits of Corian

  • 100+ colors to choose from with many modern and attractive patterns
  • Corian is non-porous and doesn't need sealing
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Seams are nearly invisible
  • Integrated sinks and drainboards are possible
  • Can be formed into basically any shape desired
  • The surface can be illuminated, so the countertop glows
  • Can charge your phone or tablet just by placing it on the counter top
  • Damage can usually be repaired
  • Generally cheaper than quartz or granite countertops

Cons: Disadvantages of Corian

  • Can be dented and scratched as it is a softer surface (but repairable)
  • Inferior heat resistance. Hot pans can burn Corian (often repairable)
  • Some cleaners and chemicals may cause discoloration
  • Re-sale value is less than granite, marble, or quartz

Corian Colors Are Fresh & Modern

Corian colorsin the past were limited to some pretty boring and subdued earth tones with a monotonous, speckled pattern. While appealing to some, these colors really couldn't compare to the depth and organic beauty of natural stone.

Luckily, those days are gone. Finding a new flair, pattern designs have expanded beyond the uniform speckled look of old with new Corian Countertop Colorsnow available encompassing a broad range of textures and looks that fit right in with modern bath and kitchen style.

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You can still pick froma wide range of neutral beige and brown colors along with popular grays. Pure black and white Corian countertop colors likeGlacier WhiteandDeep Nocturneserve the modern-minimalist aesthetic and work great for a more classic or transitional kitchen design as well.

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Some colors in the Corian lineup utilize up to 20% recycled materials for a greener alternative.

And Corian colors get playful with solids in yellow and blue too, which few other materials can offer.Golds, purples, pinks, corals, and coppers fall in-between.

The evolution and addition of new patterns,though, is what's so enticing offering options for any bath or kitchen design theme.

Grain shapes and sizes vary from sand to pebble and even to recycled glass. Striations, veins, mottled colorshading, and movement are now seen throughout the collection for a far more natural look that is very appealing. Many pleasing patterns mimic a travertine, granite, or marble countertop quite well.

Custom colors are possible too if you can believe it! Send Corian a sample color from a fabric or paint sample, and they will match it.

The Unique Features & Benefits of Corian

Corian counters have some truly unique features that many are not aware of. Some are subtle benefits while others are more dramatic and offer more desirable elements of design and function.

Edges, Backsplashes, Sinks & Seams

Edge stylesto suit most bathroom vanity top and kitchen design ideas are possible with DuPont Corian solid surface. From a simple eased or bullnose edge to a fancy Spanish style; there are around 20 different styles offered.

A thick edge profile to simulate a huge block countertop, or to create the more elaborate designs is easily accomplished with a laminated edge. In most cases, the seams of a laminated edge will beinvisibleas well. You can typically see these seams on granite counter tops.

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Backsplashescan be installed traditionallyjust like with granite, marble, or engineered quartz. You can use stone, glass, metal, or ceramic tiles configured in any design that suits your fancy.

You may even choose to install a full backsplash using the same Corian color as you used on the countertops. Note that the wall seam can be eliminated by molding a Corian coved backsplash into the countertop.

Corian sinkscome in myriad single and double bowl configurations, colors, and sizes. They have your lifestyle demands covered for a kitchen or bathroom countertop.

Sinks can be installed in all the usual ways such as top-mounted, under-mounted, flush, beveled, or molded right into the solid surface countertop material for a seamless design.

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Drainboards for sinks are commonly integrated right into the countertop to help keep the area tidy.

One thing to consider with an integrated sink is that a sink gets a lot of use and abuse and if it gets stained or worn you likely will have to replace the entire countertop versus just the sink.

Integrated sinks need a bit more care and attention as well. For instance, Corian states that boiling water should not be poured into the sink as it could warp it.

But, there's no denying that an integrated sink is very stylish.

Seamsare the bane of all other countertop materials. The one undisputed advantage DuPont Corian and other solid surface brands have over all other materials are the nearly invisible seams.

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Corian surfaces must still be installed in pieces or sections like other materials. So, your counterwillhave seams. But the materials and system used usually results in a monolithic, "seamless" look with most colors—especially solids.

Seams may still be somewhat visible on the more elaborate patterns with a less repetitive or consistent design. Considering there's little to like about visible seams, Corian or any solid surface material is the clear winner in this category.

Shapes, Lights, and Phone Charging Features

A Corian solid surface countertop can be moldedinto essentially any shape or curve via thermoforming allowing for almost limitless design possibilities. That's a great characteristic if you want an unusual shape or your space is an unconventional shape.

Concrete countertopsandglass countertopscan also be formed into complex shapes or molds, but Corian is king and definitely the most versatile when it comes to this feature.

Thispliability is what also allows for integrated sinks, seamless backsplashes, and inlays, which no other countertop option offers.

Illumination(lights installed to glow through the surface) is also possible with a Corian kitchen countertop.

And get this... you can now...charge your phonewith Corian's new charging surface. An adapter on your phone or tablet allows it to charge simply by setting it on the countertop. No more wrestling with cords and finding available outlets.

Corian isn't just for the kitchen. It's possibly the most versatile and adaptable materialalso used for bathroom countertops, tub and shower surrounds, bar tops,wall cladding, furniture, boats, and RV's.

Corian Countertop Costs

Corian countertops prices are generally more affordablethangraniteorquartz countertops. The material itself tends to be less expensive, it's notprone to cracking, and is generally easier to fabricate with less waste. All these benefits translate into lower prices for the average, basic install.

However, when comparing countertop materials, don't be surprised if the Corian price for your particularkitchen countertopdesignis similar to the quotes you get for a quartz or granite countertop installation.

  • Corian countertop pricesstartaround $35/per square foot
  • Most installs fall into the $45-$65/per square foot rangewhich is about equal to an average granite installation cost but quite a bit less than quartz countertops which average $65-$85/psf.

The final cost of Corian countertops can vary tremendously depending on the color chosen, the complexity of the kitchen and counter configuration, corners, bar tops, the intricacy of design details likeedges, sink mount, drain boards and inlays, special shapes or molding, or illumination of the countertop surface (which is possible with Corian).

  • Complex fabrication can push Corian countertop prices into the $100-$130 square foot range

Labor costs will also vary significantly at times between different contractors. Costs can also vary from city to city, region to region, and even seasonally. So, the above gives you some idea of what you can expect to come close to spending.

Is a Corian Countertop Expensive?

Corian is not expensive, but not the cheapest. Generally, you will pay 10% to 20% less for Corian than you will for granite, marble, or quartz countertops. But getting detailed bids from several contractors is necessary to accurately determine the cost of your installation.

When comparing solid-surface brands, most will fall into the same price range, although, Dupont Corian countertops are usually the most expensive of all brands. But for a good reason. Corian has the best product with decades of development behind it.

For additional material comparison,laminate countertopsare still far cheaper than Corian or any solid-surface countertop. Tile countertops and epoxy counters are less expensive as well.

Care & Cleaning

CleaningCoriancountertops is easy. Soapy water will work; although, you should note that soapy water can end up leaving a dull film on the countertop over time. Not good.

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You can also use abrasive cleaners, scouring pads, and other abrasive scrub pads. Common kitchen and household countertop cleaners are safe to use when used normally. This means you spray the cleaner on and then wipe it off without letting it sit.

All cleaning products recommended hereare pH-neutral, safe, effective, and ideal for use on Corian as well as natural stone and quartz countertops.

Prolonged exposure to many conventional household products such as bleach can discolor the Corian surface. Also, window cleanerswill leave a waxy film and should not be used when cleaning the counter.

Keep in mind that even though solid-surface countertops are very resistant to chemical damage, it is best to stick with pH-neutral cleaners likegranite cleaners, or those made for solid-surface for proper cleaning. Corian is tough, but not impervious to stains or chemical damage.

Are Corian Countertops Heat Resistant?

High-heat and hot pansare like kryptonite to Corian.Compared togranite or quartz, Corian isnotvery resistant to heat. Youcannotput hot pots or pans directly on the surface without risking a nasty scorch mark.

Placing pots and pans directly on your kitchen countertop, hot or not, is generally not a good idea with any material.

Even with quartz or granite counters, it is possible that grit trapped under the pot may damage the surface and/or the surface could undergo thermal shock and then crack. It's rare but possible.

However, Corian kitchen countertops cannot withstand heat for long and will essentially melt or burn if pots and pans that are too hot are set directly on it, so always use a trivet.

Countertop appliances that generate heat (like toaster ovens) can sometimes cause damage.

Can Corian Countertops Stain?

Yes, Corian can get stained as no surface is 100% stain-proof. However, astainon a solid-surface countertop is rare.Most are surface stains from food and easily removed with an abrasive cleaner or pad.Although, discoloring can result from certain cleaners or chemicals.

Be a little picky about the cleaning products you use on your Corian and learn what can damage it or it may prove to be disastrous.

But in general, staining andremoving stains in Corian is not a problem.

Scratchesare a more common occurrence because solid-surface countertops are relatively soft. The softer material helps prevent breaking dropped dishes but makes it easy to scratch from almost anything. Although, scratches can be sanded out in most cases.

To avoid scratches, always use a cutting board and trivet and refrain from sliding anything across the surface.

Dentsaren't as common as scratches, however, but they definitely do sometimes happen if a heavy object is dropped onto the surface.

Are Corian Countertops Durable?

Corian is reasonably durable but other materials are superior.When comparing Corian versus granitecountertops, Silestone, or quartz, Corian falls short in the durability department.

  • Granite and quartz can take the heat and won't scratch or dent.
  • Granite can stain, but these stains can be prevented and removed.
  • Quartz can be chemically damaged, although it is rare, but is often permanent when it does happen. So, you will have to weigh all the pros and cons to get a better idea.

The good newsis that most damage to Corian can be repaired while damage to quartz often cannot be repaired.

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Corian Repair & Warranty

The meaning and benefits of the term "solid-surface" become readily apparent when faced with a Corian countertop repair.

This countertop material is exactly the same all the way through the slab. If you chip or scratch ceramic or plastic laminate, you will see that the inside color is different.

This is not the case with DuPont Corian. You will find that the material is the same color and texture all the way through.

Can Corian Countertops Be Repaired?

Yes. Corian countertops can always be repaired or re-surfaced to eliminate scratches, scorches, and stains. Small dents can often be repaired as well. Generally,Corian repair is a simple DIY job often requiring nothing more than vigorous abrasive scrubbing or sanding.

Sanding out a scratch or blemishis a handy feature of Corian that is certainly beneficial. The only drawback is that in some cases, typically with deeper scratches, youmay end up with a depression that may be visible and noticeable to the touch.

Still, it's nice to know that a simple procedure can fix a scratch. And re-surfacing is always an optionsince the color is uniform through the entire thickness ofCorian countertops and othersolid-surface brands.

Corian offers a limited 10-year warranty. This sounds great except it only covers product defects which would be a very rare occurrence. And this must be determined by DuPont Corian.

Also, it doesnotcover staining or chemical damage, heat damage, scratches, dents or outdoor installations (UV rays can yellow or discolor Corian).

Anything that could happen during normal use is typically not covered by the warranty.

An example in the warranty states that if you happen to let a pan overhang the cooktop while heating, the radiant heat from the pan could cause a crack in the countertop. Well, this is not covered because it is considered negligence.

Same deal with leaving bleach on the surface too long. Diluted bleach can be used to clean Corian countertops, but it is not the best choice considering that if you fail to rinse the countertops well, or you accidentally spill a caustic chemical directly on the top, it could discolor Corian.

The idea here is that the product is what it is. It is a solid-surface countertop that is resistant to damage but certainlycanbe damaged, so they offer no coverage for normal damages. Scratches, dents, and burns are not due to defects in the product.

No countertop material is completely impervious to damage. If you take the time to learn how to properly care for Corian, use common sense, and take reasonable measures to protect the surface (i.e., using cutting boards, setting hot pans on trivets, and using only pH neutral cleaners), then you'll easily avoid some of these more common problems.

The care and maintenance of a Corian countertop is essentially the same as granite or quartz countertops. So, for moreDo's & Don'tsand general countertop maintenance information, visit the

Corian kitchen countertops may not be the most popular luxury choice, but they shouldn't be dismissed either. Corian offers a few very distinct advantages and features along with an upgraded and sophisticated style palette to provide plenty of design possibilities for your home.

How & Where To Buy Corian Countertops

DuPont requires all contractors that sell, fabricate, and install Corian to be certified because this goes a long way in ensuring a quality installation. So, you must find a certified contractor. Luckily, there are many dealers scattered all over the US and DuPont will help youfind a Corian installervia their database.

Or you can go through Home Depot which carries Corian countertops, and you can arrange a certified installation from there as well.


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FAQs

What are the disadvantages of Corian countertops? ›

In terms of durability, Corian tends to be more easily damaged by hot surfaces than natural stone. It's also more prone to scratches than surfaces like quartz and granite. Laminate has been a widely used countertop material since the 1950s.

Are Corian countertops out of style? ›

It's Popular. If kitchen trends are important to you, you'll be happy to know that Corian is still considered one of the most popular solid-surface countertop options by the folks at homeadvisor.com.

Can you put hot pans on Corian countertops? ›

While Corian® Solid Surface is heat resistant, as with all countertop materials, it is important to minimize direct heat exposure to protect your surface and investment. Important — Do not place hot pots, pans, etc. directly on the countertop surface.

How long do Corian countertops last? ›

Corian and other solid surface materials are generally warranted for 10 years; but in practice, they can easily last 30 years or more. Scratches and burns—or simply the need to change styles—may eventually make you want to replace these countertops.

Can you pour boiling water into a Corian sink? ›

Heat marks & scorching

Boiling water alone will not damage your Corian® Solid Surface sink. However, it is a recommended practice to run cold water from the faucet while pouring boiling water into the sink. Always use the correct size pan on the burner and place it centrally.

Is Corian or quartz better? ›

Quartz countertops are more scratch- and heat-resistant than Corian countertops. Quartz and Corian are both durable materials, but they differ in terms of heat resistance and scratch resistance. In fact, the biggest difference between these materials lies in their resistance to heat.

Can you use Clorox wipes on Corian countertops? ›

Can you use Clorox wipes on Corian countertops? Yes, you can use them on Corian solid surface.

Can you use vinegar on Corian? ›

DO: Use the correct treatment method for particular spills. These include: Citrus and vegetable juice, tea, coffee, vinegar, dyes and perfume, pollen, polish and ink, blood, wine and mildew – use a damp microfiber cloth and a mild abrasive cleaning product (except on high gloss or dark surfaces).

Does Corian stain easily? ›

Corian is resistant to stains. It is essentially nonporous, meaning liquids cannot penetrate its surface, and also considered highly hygienic surface and easy to keep clean.

Do Corian countertops scratch easily? ›

Corian countertops are softer than stone and while they are lower maintenance and less expensive, they scratch easily. Like crazy easily! With how many scratches can happen from everyday life, it was important for us to learn how to fix scratches on Corian countertops.

Which is better granite or Corian? ›

Corian is fairly easy to scratch, can't withstand high temperatures, is almost impossible to stain, and requires no maintenance. Granite is hard to scratch, can handle extremely high temperatures, needs to be maintained with a yearly sealant application, and can stain if you're not diligent about cleaning up spills.

What is the most durable countertop? ›

Quartz takes first place in terms of durability. Made of crushed quartz stone mixed with polymers and resin, this artificially engineered stone countertop is an extremely durable surface that resembles natural stone.

What's the most popular countertop for kitchens? ›

Quartz. Currently the most popular choice in kitchen countertops, homeowners choose quartz surfacing because of its many advantages. Quartz doesn't need to be sealed, and its seams blend very well. It is easy to clean and is heat, scratch and stain resistant.

Which is better laminate or Corian? ›

In Corian, any scratch can be sanded and it can restore its original form. In laminate the scratches are permanent. Laminate can get chipped and becomes irrepairable while Corian is a very strong and durable material which is resistant to chipping. Corian is more expensive, stronger and more durable than laminate.

Is Corian a good choice? ›

Corian is easy to install and will look great for years to come. It's non-porosity makes it the obvious choice for wet environments, and no area of your home is exposed to more moisture than your shower walls. Corian can also be thermoformed.

Can you use vinegar and water to clean Corian countertops? ›

Also, try wiping down the spot with a mixture of half water and half distilled white vinegar. Rinse and dry the countertop after you clean with this solution. Remove marks and fine scratches with a mild abrasive cleaner. Pour a small circle of liquid mild abrasive cleaner on a damp sponge.

Can you use Soft Scrub on Corian countertops? ›

NOTE: Do NOT use Soft Scrub on the countertop surface for everyday cleaning. Corian is heat resistant, but it is NOT safe to place hot pots and pans directly on the surface. Always use trivits or protective pads. Never cut directly on a Corian surface, always use a cutting board.

Can you use Bar Keepers Friend on Corian sink? ›

Bar Keepers Friend is a scouring powder that can remove a wide variety of stains from your Corian sink, including beverage stains like coffee or tea, various food stains, cooking oil, and even hair dye, as well as general dirt and grime. Soft Scrub is another cleaning product that provides consistent, good results.

What is the best kitchen countertop for the money? ›

Quartz is probably the simplest choice to create a fashionable countertop on a budget. While dramatic patterns or colors in Quartz can sometimes be pricey, its consistent look makes it a quick and easy option to upgrade your surfaces.

Is Silestone the same as Corian? ›

Corian and Silestone are the brand names of two different types of kitchen worktop material. Corian is categorised as a reconstituted ​solid surface material (sometimes called an acrylic composite) while Silestone is an engineered stone.

Which is better laminate or Corian? ›

In Corian, any scratch can be sanded and it can restore its original form. In laminate the scratches are permanent. Laminate can get chipped and becomes irrepairable while Corian is a very strong and durable material which is resistant to chipping. Corian is more expensive, stronger and more durable than laminate.

What is better Corian or granite? ›

Corian is fairly easy to scratch, can't withstand high temperatures, is almost impossible to stain, and requires no maintenance. Granite is hard to scratch, can handle extremely high temperatures, needs to be maintained with a yearly sealant application, and can stain if you're not diligent about cleaning up spills.

Does Corian scratch easily? ›

Corian countertops are softer than stone and while they are lower maintenance and less expensive, they scratch easily. Like crazy easily! With how many scratches can happen from everyday life, it was important for us to learn how to fix scratches on Corian countertops.

Do Corian countertops need to be sealed? ›

You won't need to seal the countertops. Older Corian solid surface countertops may lose their gloss after a decade or so, in which case you may need resurfacing.

Which kitchen countertop is most durable? ›

Quartz takes first place in terms of durability. Made of crushed quartz stone mixed with polymers and resin, this artificially engineered stone countertop is an extremely durable surface that resembles natural stone.

Is Corian a good choice? ›

Corian is easy to install and will look great for years to come. It's non-porosity makes it the obvious choice for wet environments, and no area of your home is exposed to more moisture than your shower walls. Corian can also be thermoformed.

Does Corian scratch or stain? ›

Corian worktops are highly resistant to scratches, stains, knocks and heat, and do not delaminate, but it is necessary to remember that no worktop is indestructible and hard knocks, cuts, spillages, etc can leave marks.

What countertop type is best? ›

Quartz: Best Overall Choice

Although there are those who disagree, quartz countertops—a form of engineered stone—may well be the best of all countertop materials when all factors are considered.

Which countertop is the most popular material? ›

Polished Granite Countertops

Still the top choice of most homeowners, traditional granite countertops offer a high-end look that adds to your kitchen's value while providing a durable prep surface.

What is the most versatile countertop material? ›

Concrete

Concrete countertops are a versatile and exciting new choice for today's homes and businesses. Concrete serves as an extremely durable material for a countertop and it can exude the look and feel of natural stone, metal or wood.

Which countertop is most scratch resistant? ›

Quartz. Quartz is the most durable countertop material. A perfect choice for any kitchen or bathroom, quartz countertops contain a mixture of crushed quartz and resin. These materials create diverse appearance options that range from vibrant, customizable colors to the tried-and-true natural finish.

Is Corian cheaper than quartz? ›

Corian is cheaper than quartz upfront. You can expect to pay between $40 and $65 per square foot for Corian while quartz starts at $40 and can extend well beyond $200 per square foot. Corian will cost more over the long haul due to the material's fragility and poor resale value.

What is the most stain resistant countertop? ›

Quartz is the most stain resistant material because it is engineered with ground-up natural stone and resin. This creates a non-porous material that is highly stain resistant. Quartz is also easy to maintain as no sealer is required.

Can you use Clorox wipes on Corian countertops? ›

Can you use Clorox wipes on Corian countertops? Yes, you can use them on Corian solid surface.

Can Soft Scrub be used on Corian? ›

NOTE: Do NOT use Soft Scrub on the countertop surface for everyday cleaning. Corian is heat resistant, but it is NOT safe to place hot pots and pans directly on the surface. Always use trivits or protective pads. Never cut directly on a Corian surface, always use a cutting board.

How do you get the shine back in Corian countertops? ›

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