Quartz Countertop Heat Torture Test | Cambria Quartz | Hot Pans And Propane Torch | THE HANDYMAN | (2023)


Get your Man Mug right here thehandyman.store/collections/handyman-products/products/mug-15oz Both manufactures say not to put hot pans on the counter top. They also say not to cut on them. The mid grade counter top is made by Pental Quartz.


Whoo welcome back to the number one, home improvement, YouTube channel in the entire world today, I'm going to be testing how heat affects quartz countertops over here.

We have one of the most expensive types of quartz countertops.

This is Cambria.

And this one here is a mid-grade I'm, not not the bottom and not the top, which would be Cambria.

This is kind of an upper-middle-class countertop I will try to figure out what this exact brand is and I will put it in the description below or a pinned comment.

This piece came from the massive kitchen, remodel, the infamous massive kitchen Reno.

So this is the piece that was cut out for the cooktop.

Just a quick note.

We will be getting back some video I've got a little bit of video I thought, I had more, but I only got some.

And it revolves around this countertop in the disastrous situation that happened.

This is one of two seams that was in the cut at the top and I had to have him.

Come take it out I said, this is unacceptable get it out they rebuilt.

It came back.

We've got acceptable seams now that's pretty much.

What I have on video is the countertop process, the installation, the removal, the reinstallation my experience with that contractor how they handled it I don't want to bore you with that that'll be in a future, massive kitchen, Reno update video.

So you've got some nice new white quartz, countertops installed in your house and you're familiar with granite.

And if you're not I will bring you up to speed, you could put heat on granite.

You can put a frying pan right down on granite and not worry about it.

You can put a hot cup of coffee.

You can put your food straight out of the microwave.

You can put a pot of boiling water right down on granite.

So what can you do here? You're afraid, you're like, oh, I got to get pot holders and put down, you know, towels because you don't want to ruin this.

You don't know what this can handle.

So today we're gonna start off with just a hot cup of coffee.

This is not just any cup of coffee it's going to be a hot cup of coffee that you just reheated Oh, we're also going to discuss scratches and burns basically write your name on quartz countertops with metal.

You see that right there.

This is something you're gonna need to expect and need to know how to clean handy.

Man just wrote it with the backside of my titanium multi-tool.

Okay, back to your hot coffee, all coffee now needs to be consumed in a very very special mug.

Your very own two mug.

Look at this beauty.

You can get one of these today.

There'll be a link in the description for this mug it's got the tools on both sides.

It is gorgeous gorgeous tools, all the way around.

This is what a man drinks his coffee out of.

So this is a basic test we're, starting off, small, we're gonna build a fire and torches in a minute.

So I just have some water and the awesome manly to lug gonna put this I'm gonna make sure this is boiling.

So on what this extra hot we'll also be testing the quality of the mug.

So I'm going to put this in here for how do we do this at cook time, two minutes, 30 seconds that should get this to boil what if you can see in there, we are we're bubbling away.

We have a hot coffee it's, just boiling the mug handled.

It beautifully by the way so we're leave that sit there.

You can see the steam coming off of it.

I just want to see I'm gonna leave it there.

Baby, a cup of coffee is still steaming over there.

What I'm gonna do is get a more some more mass and a little bit different source of heat, I'm gonna boil some water in this pot, I got and we're gonna leave it there.

Oh, yeah, I'm gonna get this one going and then I want for the I think that the final one is going to be just a hot pan like if you're cooking bacon on here and it'll cool fast or release its heat.

I, don't know, we're gonna have this baby heat it up so that it makes spit bubble in this one here and I'm gonna do this on both we're, starting with the high-end Cambria I want to really push it to see what it takes to get a discolored.

Mark maybe yellowish is what I'm guessing it'll be some sort of yellow, yellow.



We are back over here and I say, I, don't feel I don't feel feel heat on that.

Your coffee cups gonna be fine.

There is no heat transfer at all on to this at all ooh, as you can see, there is a much larger surface area on the bottom of this pot, as opposed to a coffee mug.

So once this thing gets boiling, we will go just set this thing right down on there and leave it see what happens just to prove this really is Cambria there.

It is Cambria white cliff.

Polished three centimeters full rolling boil.


Here goes stops.

Boiling obviously still see the steam coming off I'm gonna leave that there.

And now move the dry frying pan onto the flame get that heated up.

Now this is something I can't figure out what the temperature is gonna be so it's gonna be pretty darn hot until spit, sizzles I, don't want this coming out glowing.

Of course, if you put glowing hot metal on anything that's gonna burn, it seems to leave this here for about a minute and spit on it see if it sizzles, it is I'm gonna put it over there it's been about a minute and I'm just trying to see if that's the slabs getting hot, I, don't feel much heat outside on the slab.

This is kind of cooled down a bit let's.

See what it is.

Absolutely no discoloration.

It is pretty warm, but not hot Oh gonna let that sit there I, honestly, don't think water boiling water is going to get hot enough to do anything to this.

How about spit hopping, you know, what you spit on a fireplace wood, stove, giggles, hops all around we'll, do that not quite hot, but I ran out of propane I'll have to get another canister, that's still pretty darn hot.

There is no water in here controlling this.

So this is it going right in the same spot that the boiling water was in don't let this sit well, I go get another canister of propane, and we can do the same test on your mid-grade quarts.


This will be a really good test right here.

It's warm, it's, getting pretty hot.

It did retain quite a bit of heat there.


We'd not be able to hold my hand down on there without burning that got real hot I had to go out to my camper to get a propane taken.

So this was sitting here for a good few minutes, I can't, honestly, tell if there's any discoloration, I, don't think I see anything if I if I what I'm looking for is any sort of yellowing or slight browning on that still pretty hot that pan was hot we're going on to the mid grade quartz countertop.

This is most likely what your average person is going to put into their kitchen.

I'm gonna skip the coffee cup one.

Because this thing just didn't transfer hardly any heat into the first test that we've got boiling water.

Well, this one here very well, could discolor there we go you let it sit there.

We get the frying pan back out in the flame get some spits.

So what is a quartz countertop? It is not a solid piece of stone it's made up of crushed quartz powder and glue adhesive like an epoxy and it's put into a form.

And this is kind of a close-up of the edge of your your average.

One right here is where the seam was look at how bad that that color match is on that seam there that is horrible not even close very wide and very discolored.

We went over here to the Cambria.

This is an actual crack dead so it's, an on cut edge, kind of get a better idea.

It just turns into a powder when you cut it it's very dusty.

Now, even if these tests come back that the boiling pot doesn't, turn it yellow or brown the frying-pan doesn't, turn it yellow or brown.

It is kind of unnerving putting something like just a pot on such a perfectly white piece of countertop I, don't know, if I would do it, even though I think the tests are going to come back that it can handle your regular.

You know, your regular cooking situations where you're gonna put down a hot pan.

There are more that I could do like a like a glass.

I don't know, what do you cook it like lasagna plate? See you can pull your lasagna out it's been.

But bacon it's gonna be in the 350 degree range I think, I don't cook at all bigger than this.

Pop I.

Think it would be OK for a minute or two.

This has been down here for at least three minutes.

Now I'm gonna go spit on the frying pan and see we got still not still not spit hopping just spit says, liftgate, it's been on there, three or four minutes.

Well, then we have our subscribers.

And a lot of these scratches do buff out.

I may do a video in a few how to buff all these scratches that you will get no matter what off of your countertop as far as the yellowing or discoloration nothing.

And the heat transfer was pretty minimal.

That is very hot.

Now that's starting to burn my pan, probably gonna do us in it's probably gonna ruin this piece here, but it's all for you too bright just gonna let it sit I have a strong feeling there's gonna be a brown or yellow spot underneath that and leave it there for two minutes, three minutes, well as I'm just waiting here, I'm thinking of other cooking scenarios that you would put hot food on your countertop, a bowl of soup reheating leftovers, I think you will be a hundred percent safe putting those right down onto your countertop I think, it's when you get up into the big cooking dishes that have been baking for, you know, like an hour, and then you set it down on there, and you leave it there, and that heat can really start soaking in that's where you might have might have an issue.

So our pan is cooled down will no longer sizzle spit.

And all we have there's quite a bit of heat in there, Oh, yep, lots of heat.

There are some scratches from the underneath side of this and they're.

Not scratches they're marks I should say because you're not actually scratching and removing material.

It just they're just easily marked up.

Yeah, that's, pretty darn hot, I'm gonna clean this off.

So you see if I can buff out some of these scratches here we'll focus in on this area, I'll show you what I mean by those scratches.

So right here, huh? You know, it's hard to for the camera to pick up white that messing with white balance and stuff like that.

Well, right here is some scratches where I was kind of scratching it earlier write my name in it.

But no, no discoloration other than my dirty hands as far as yellowing browning, all right, that's.

The end of this video I think I am going to do more videos out using these countertops here as far as the scratches go.

Those of you who are in the business know that porcelain like sinks and these tops they it's what you can almost draw on them like you would be drawing with a pencil on them, because they can markup so easy aluminum will put a burn on it.

So say, you had like an aluminum belt buckle, and you leaned up against your countertop and you it just brushes across it it's kind of like drawing with a pencil on there.

So removing those burn marks.

And those other countertop marks I think I'm gonna do a video on that test out a few different products test out what most people normally have in their house what's, not recommended by the manufacturers, then I'm going to take it even further and see what it takes to actually scratch it by actually removing material as contractors.

We always know, don't, put your tools on the countertops don't, put your cool tools on the countertop.

Anybody sees you with tools on the countertop, they lose their mind.

So I'm gonna, you know, maybe put some wrenches on here, a hammer on here, slide them around and see if it actually scratches see if it Mars and see how to clean it off because I've done it many times I used to have a titanium watch well, I'd have to remember to take it off before I worked on anything that was ceramic like even a toilet bowl.

A titanium watch band will draw right on it like a pencil don't, forget to go, get yourself a man mug with your tools on it.

The handyman down store it'll be linked all over the place.

You will not be able to miss.

It I got some more designs coming out, but I'm refining them refining.

My my designs they're made by me that's it.



What temperature will damage quartz countertops? ›

Once installed, you can expect your quartz countertops to withstand heat up to about 300 degrees Fahrenheit. If exposed to temperatures above this range, the resin binders within the quartz slab can change their chemical state — often impacting the color of the quartz.

Can you put hot pots and pans on quartz countertops? ›

Quartz kitchen countertops are heat resistant and can protect against the spread of fire. However, extra caution should be taken as the countertops can get damaged from exposure to excess heat. Ensure you use heat protectors such as coasters, hot pads and trivets to protect the countertops from heat damage.

Can heat damage on quartz be repaired? ›

Quartz and Heat Stains

The great news is that if you have a burn mark on your Quartz countertops, it is not always permanent damage. Sometimes, but not always, the scorch and burn marks can be removed or repaired.

Which quartz brand is most heat resistant? ›

Dwyer quartz countertops are some of the most wear-resistant on the market. They are also heat, stain, impact, and scratch resistant.

Will a hot cup of coffee hurt quartz countertops? ›

The low threshold makes quartz more likely to burn or break when in contact with heat. Therefore, you can put a hot mug of coffee on your countertop, but a searing hot pan or boiling pot of water could leave a burn mark. Over time, coffee mugs and teacups could leave burn marks as well.

Can you put a hot cup of tea on quartz? ›

Your coffee pot, a bowl of soup, or mug of hot tea won't damage quartz surfaces. It's best practice to place a barrier of some kind between a slow cooker or pressure cooker and your quartz counter.

Can quartz crack from heat? ›

Quartz countertops are durable. However, if you are not careful, you may start noticing cracks, dark patches and even fissures. Cracks may be caused by sudden changes in temperature. Keep heat protectors and trivets on hand to avoid placing a hot pot directly on the surface.

What can damage quartz countertops? ›

Harsh, abrasive cleaners, pads, and sponges should be avoided since they can permanently harm countertops. Scrubbing too hard can leave a dull surface or cause superficial scratches. Oven cleansers, grill cleaners, paint removers, dishwashing detergent, and other high pH cleaners should not be used on quartz surfaces.

Can quartz countertops handle high heat? ›

Quartz. Quartz is very heat resistant. Quartz countertops are made of naturally occurring quartz minerals compressed into durable, nonporous slabs.

How do you remove heat damage from quartz? ›

To remove burn marks from quartz countertops you may be able to lightly scrub the surface with a very mild abrasive cleaner. If the scorch marks don't budge, smear a paste of baking soda and water on the affected area and let it sit there for a few minutes.

Can you use bar keepers friend on quartz? ›

Dealing with stubborn stains

Bar Keepers Friend is perfect for any Caesarstone quartz countertop. Using an abrasive quartz countertop cleaner and polish will only dull the surface shine. To avoid stubborn stains, it is recommended for you to clean the quartz countertop immediately after liquids spill on the countertop.

Can heat from dishwasher damage quartz countertops? ›

You should be fine. Quartz counters are heat resistant and are designed to stand up to normal kitchen use. They just might conduct the heat a bit better than formica or whatever you had before. I wouldn't worry abut it.

Is quartz cheaper than granite? ›

Generally, quartz is less expensive than granite, but many factors influence the total price of a project. In this article, we'll look at the differences between natural granite stone and engineered quartz stone and the factors that affect pricing so you can determine which material is best for your design project.

Which is better for heat quartz or granite? ›

Granite is much more heat resistant than quartz. – Granite scratches less easily than quartz.

What kind of countertop can I set a hot pan on? ›

Granite is so heat resistant that you can place a hot dish directly on it without leaving marks or stains. When it comes to heat-resistant materials, quartz is your second-best bet. You can't easily scorch quartz, but you will want to use a hot pad before placing a dish directly on it, or you could damage the quartz.

Can I put my crockpot on my quartz countertop? ›

Do NOT use crock pots or electric skillets while in direct contact with your Quartz surfaces. Always place them on a trivet or cutting board to protect your countertop. As with any natural stone, certain exposure to heat may cause cracks due to thermal shock.

Can you put a toaster on quartz? ›

It is strongly recommended that you use trivets or cutting boards underneath countertop appliances such as crock pots, toaster ovens or electric frying pans and do not place hot or cold pots and pans directly on your countertop surface.

Can you pour boiling water on quartz countertops? ›

Resistance to Heat

Countertops made with engineered quartz are perfect for those who cook with a lot of grease or boiling water, too. The splash back that you experience does not ruin or stain quartz.

Can you cut with a knife on quartz countertops? ›

The short answer is simply: yes. It is entirely possible to cut food on a clean countertop surface. Countertops made of material like quartz are extremely durable and can resist cuts and scratches from casual knife work.

Can you put a microwave on quartz? ›

Don't put heat directly on counters: Yes, quartz is heat resistant and won't melt or burn if you put a warm pot or plate on it. However, it is stone, and sudden extreme changes in temperature can create thermal expansion and crack it.

Why is coffee staining my quartz? ›

Staining occurs when the liquid reacts with the resin itself to create a discoloration that is difficult to remove. The good news is that you can prevent these stains easily by cleaning up any spills immediately and using protective surfaces such as trays, trivets, and cutting boards.

Can you put frozen food on quartz countertop? ›

Don't place bags of ice or any other frozen material directly on quartz. The temperature extreme can cause quartz to crack.

Will a curling iron damage quartz? ›

While quartz can take a beating from most things, too much heat can and will damage it. If you set a hot pot or pan directly on a quartz countertop, it could cause the surface to become discolored or even crack. Even smaller, more innocuous items like a curling iron can cause irreversible damage to your countertops.

Can an air fryer cracked quartz? ›

Yes, an air fryer can crack a quartz countertop if used improperly. Quartz is a very hard and durable material, but it is also susceptible to cracking if subjected to high heat or significant force.

Can I use Clorox wipes on quartz? ›

Clorox wipes should never be used to clean your quartz countertops because the solution used in the wipes can potentially damage the surface. Instead, use warm water and mild soap, white vinegar and water or a quartz cleaner.

Can I use Windex on quartz? ›

Windex is considered a base and has a pretty high pH level, which means it could be damaging to quartz. Some cleaners say it's okay to use in small quantities, while others warn against it. For the safest and most sure option to keeping your quartz clean, skip Windex and opt for a mild cleaner like dish soap.

Can I use magic eraser on quartz? ›

We mentioned that it is important that you use only gentle chemicals on your quartz countertops. Some of these include dish soap, Simple Green, Magic Eraser, denatured alcohol, Rug Doctor Cleaner, or Hope's Surface Cleaner.

Do quartz countertops need to be sealed? ›

Quartz is low maintenance, as it does not need countertop sealing. Quartz counters do not need sealing due to their lack of porosity. Liquids and stains cannot penetrate non-porous materials because they have a built-in seal.

How hot is too hot for quartz? ›

A quartz countertop can withstand up to about 150 F before it takes damage. The most common result is a discolored ring on your countertop if a hot pan touches the quartz countertop surface.

Why is my white quartz turning yellow? ›

Sunlight. Because quartz is made using polyester resin, over time you may start to notice some discolouration - particularly in lighter coloured countertops. On average, it takes less than a year of daily sunlight for a quartz worktop to fade.

Does water damage quartz countertops? ›

Water stains are by far the most common reasons that quartz countertop material might lose its luster. When water is left to set into the material, it will cause damage to the finish that seals the countertop.

Can you use Lysol wipes on quartz? ›

Quartz Countertop Cleaners to Avoid

Most household cleaners you would usually use to do a quick clean with such as Windex, vinegar and Lysol wipes (some of which contain bleach) are not a good idea for quartz countertops.

Can I use vinegar on quartz? ›

Vinegar-based spray cleaner is another option to keep quartz countertops glistening. In a clean spray bottle, mix one-quarter vinegar with three-quarters water and shake it up. Just as with regular countertop cleaning, keep spraying and wiping across the counter, cleaning a few feet at a time.

Can you set drinks on quartz countertops? ›

Coffee, tea, fruit juices and soft drinks are some common examples of corrosive liquids that might erode a quartz surface after long-term exposure. Keeping it dry as often as possible will ensure that it stays clean and elegant for longer!

Can you put hot oven dishes on quartz? ›

Although quartz is generally heat-resistant, it can be damaged by high temperatures, as when you take a hot pot or pan off the stove and set it directly on the surface. Exposure to extreme heat, or temperatures over 300 degrees Fahrenheit, could lead to scorch marks or discoloration that mars your countertop surface.

How long do quartz countertops last? ›

For most quartz countertops, warranties range from 10-15 years. Therefore, you should expect that your quartz countertops are likely to last at least 10-15 years, as long as you care for them properly.

What is the most durable counter top? ›

Quartz wins as the most durable material for any kitchen construction or renovation. Having a durable countertop is a lifelong investment and if you plan to sell your home at some point in the future, its value will be higher if you've used a durable countertop like quartz.

Do buyers prefer quartz or granite? ›

Quartz is the preferred countertop surface in most homes. This is because of its many benefits including durability, ease of maintenance, wide variety of colors and ease of cleaning. It's no wonder most people prefer these countertops as opposed to wood, glass or granite. But do quartz countertops increase home value?

What is most expensive countertop? ›

Marble tops the most-expensive list due in large part to its elegant looks. The good: It will instantly lift your kitchen or bathroom to another level. The bad: It requires some regular maintenance to ensure its legacy.

How much is a slab of quartz? ›

According to HomeAdvisor, you'll pay $75 to $200 per square foot for the purchase and installation of a quartz countertop, with an average price of about $75. For the lowest quality options, expect some veins and discoloration, but a lower average price of $60 to $80 per square foot.

Can you put a hot pan on quartz or granite? ›

1. You Can't Set Hot Pans on Them. Although quartz countertops are extremely durable and considered heat-resistant, putting a hot pan right on the surface can damage the material. As with most other countertops, you'll need to use a trivet or stove mitt to protect it, as heat can cause discoloration and/or cracking.

Is quartz more sanitary than granite? ›

Quartz is created to be non-porous and it is also bacteria-resistant. Cleaning it is as simple as wiping with soap and warm water. In this respect, sealed granite and quartz are equally simple and sanitary.

Does quartz scratch more easily than granite? ›

Durability: Quartz is one the hardest materials on the planet. This means it has a higher scratch resistance than granite and won't chip or crack easily. Great for applying to different surfaces including floors and stairs.

What is the lowest maintenance countertop? ›

Quartz countertops are the easiest natural stone to take care of. They are engineered using ground stone and resin, so they don't require regular sealing they way most granite and marble countertops do. This stone is non-porous, so it does not easily stain or etch.

What is the most popular kitchen countertop? ›

Granite. It's easy to see why polished granite is the most popular countertop choice among homeowners. Incredibly durable, granite is a long-lasting countertop pick.

Can cold damage quartz countertops? ›

Unfortunately, some countertops are sensitive to extreme cold. For example, quartz countertops aren't just sensitive to heat. They can also crack if they're exposed to very cold temperatures.

Will heat hurt a quartz countertop? ›

Quartz is very heat resistant. Quartz countertops are made of naturally occurring quartz minerals compressed into durable, nonporous slabs.

Can quartz countertops crack from heat? ›

Quartz countertops are durable. However, if you are not careful, you may start noticing cracks, dark patches and even fissures. Cracks may be caused by sudden changes in temperature. Keep heat protectors and trivets on hand to avoid placing a hot pot directly on the surface.

What destroys quartz countertops? ›

Harsh, abrasive cleaners, pads, and sponges should be avoided since they can permanently harm countertops. Scrubbing too hard can leave a dull surface or cause superficial scratches. Oven cleansers, grill cleaners, paint removers, dishwashing detergent, and other high pH cleaners should not be used on quartz surfaces.

What is negative about quartz countertops? ›

Price: Having one of the highest price tags of all countertop types, the luxury of having quartz countertops comes at a significant price. Vulnerable to heat damage: The resins and fillers that provide quartz's durability also make irreparable damage from hot pans a possibility.

Can I use my air fryer on my quartz countertop? ›

Quartz countertops are made up of around 90% quartz and 10% pigments and resin. Since the resin can only withstand approximately 150°F, the heat of an air fryer can cause damage to the resin and the countertop.

Can you put a hot frying pan on quartz? ›

If you were to put a hot pan or pot on a quartz countertop, the countertop could become very damaged. Quartz is made up of mostly quartz mixed with resin. The resin in the quartz is highly affected by heat, and this is why placing a hot pan on quartz is so strongly discouraged.

Which is better quartz or granite? ›

Quartz is actually harder than granite and thus, more durable. In fact, quartz is nearly indestructible, and because it isn't porous like granite, it's easy to keep your countertops relatively bacteria-free. Be careful with cooking pans though: Quartz can be damaged by excessive heat, so use heating pads at all times.

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