Schock-Houzer Granite Sink vs. Blanco Silgranit

mystremomJanuary 16, 2012

Hi there, I'm new to these forums and want to know if anyone has a Schock-Houzer Granite Sink (either the Cristadur or Cristalite+). I've read many positive reviews about the Blanco Silgranit sinks and want a comparison between the two.

I visited 4 local showrooms here, and have seen the Blanco sinks in 3 of them and the Houzer in just 1. I was told that the Houzer granite sink is pretty new in the US with only about a 6 month history. The feel of the Houzer granite sink felt smoother/silkier than the Blanco sink. The sales rep. I talked to had just seen a demo model brought in, and had a brand new-in-box one they let me see/feel. She said she sells alot of Blancos, but was very impressed with the Houzer and feels it will be comparable and competitive with the Blanco...but of course can't speak for long term reliability or use yet.

I am looking for ANY feedback on the Houzer granite sinks. Unfortunately, I need to buy a new sink pretty soon. I had been set on the Blanco because of my sink needs, reviews, and overwhelming positive feedback on this site - but I'd like to consider other options too.

Another side note...unlike many of you who have beautiful granite countertops, I have corian countertops (looks solid med. tan but has light & dark brown speckles), oak cabinets, and just upgraded to SS/black appliances from bisque colored ones. If I go with Blanco, I am looking at the Metallic Gray Blanco color, but am interested in Truffle too. I like the speckled Met. Gray color since I thought it would complement the SS/black appliances, but can't decide if that will be too weird with the speckled tan countertops. Not sure how the Truffle will be either. I do have the sample cards of each but they are so small and sometimes differ with the actual sink color. What do you think?

Thanks in advance.

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a2gemini

I am going Blanco - but sounds intriguing!
Let us know your decision and whether you like it downstream

    Bookmark   January 16, 2012 at 6:43PM
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krad

I bought a blanco silgranit (anthracite) sink 3 1/2 years ago. Love it. We are redoing our entire kitchen and will purchase the exact sink, only this time, I will get the undermount since we are replacing the granite. Good Luck!

    Bookmark   January 16, 2012 at 7:08PM
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mystremom

Thanks a2gemini & krad.
@krad: do you have a single or double bowl? How has the anthracite held up? What do you use to clean it? What type of faucet do you have also? I need to replace that too! Thx.

Here's the website for the Houzer sink: http://schock-houzer.com/
Look under Granite Sinks: Cristadur or Cristalite

Having a hard time deciding between Blanco & Houzer, as there's not much out there re: Houzer granite sinks yet.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2012 at 7:42PM
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krad

I have the double bowl, with the left side being larger than the right. Until tonight, I was thinking about getting the double bowl with each side the same side, but the left side will be a tad smaller than what I have now. I think I'm keeping the same look. It has held up really well. It is black and when I first had the sink installed and used it, I would wipe it dry every time I used it to avoid those water spots. That got old. And to be honest, I rinse it out and let it air dry. I don't have water spots, except around the faucet (Moen brushed nickel), which I am re-using); you know how that goes. Last week, I used Lime Away around the base of the faucet and spray to get the hard water stains off and it worked. However, I only used it because I know I am getting rid of this sink and wanted to see if the chemicals did any damage. I even let it soak on the granite a little. I am sure it stripped some of the sealer off the granite (my sink is on the island). But the hard water spots are gone.

Now I'm wondering if they can "under" mount an "over" mount sink? That would save some money!

    Bookmark   January 17, 2012 at 12:19AM
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breezygirl

I've never heard of this new brand. Both my sinks are Blanco's metallic gray. I really like the color and love the sinks in general. No scratching, no water spots, no metallic sounds, no black marks from pans like I used to get on my white sink. Looks clean so much that I forget to clean it. Someone else on the forum said the same thing, and I couldn't believe that could happen.

My prep sink. The color is pretty true.

My cleanup sink right after marble install. The color is off here because of the lack of light in the room.

It sounds to me like the Truffle would be better with your kitchen. If you're worried that it might be close but look "off", you might look at the Cafe Brown. The brown has a yummy, rich depth to it. I was planning on that one when I was planning on using Bianco Antico granite.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2012 at 3:17AM
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cj47_gw

Blanco Anthracite here, in both the clean up and prep sinks. I love 'em. I just rinse them out, and if I want them to look extra fancy I use the cleaner I bought when I bought the sinks. Honestly, I have never felt I needed it. I also have a little hard water spotting around the base of the faucet, but it's very easily removed. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Cj

    Bookmark   January 17, 2012 at 9:55AM
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echodante

I bought a Schock Cristadur D-150 waterfall sink in Magma (black) after doing 6 months of research on sinks. I have now officially seen every sink on the planet. The Latoscana electronic faucet is the perfect match for my sink. I talked to everyone who sells Schock and I even called Schock-Houzer. (I bought them both online at Wave Plumbing and they recommended the cool faucet to go with it) My friends go crazy when they see my sink and faucet. They want to play with it. Who knew that this was the best way to get my friends to do my dishes.

When I found out that Schock actually makes most of the granite sinks for other brands on the market I eliminated the other brands. Then I was told that the new material used is superior and they are better, smoother, stronger, easier to clean etc.

Here's some info that may be helpful from the manufacturer websites...

Schock sinks have been very popular in Europe for over 30 years and they invented the granite composite sinks and manufactures 75% of the worlds granite sinks and actually make them for many of the leading brands of granite sinks. Houzer sinks partnered with Schock in 2011 to bring their best products to USA. The Schock sinks are the highest quality granite composite sinks on the market because they have improved the manufacturing process and have made their own branded sinks stronger, smoother and non porous and they have anti bacterial properties. The two new materials are superior to any of the other granite sinks as some of you have noticed by the smoother feel of them. That is the quality you are feeling.

There is more info at the Schock Germany website or the Houzer website under granite sinks. CRISTADUR is the superior stronger material over the Cristalite+ that is an improved version of the traditional material used in the sinks manufactured for other brands. This is what the manufacturer says about Cristadur Sinks: The premium material that has an ultra-fine structure, resulting in unprecedented ease of care and featuring a dirt repellent effect (the dirt simply runs off). As well as all of the positive attributes of CRISTALITE+, CRISTADUR is silky smooth and wonderfully soft to the touch while offering maximum resistance to dirt and scratches.

On the Houzer website click on e-catalog for the best information about these sinks. They also come in a lot of colors and there are sink drains and grates to match each sink.

I use Gel Gloss granite counter gloss a few times a month to clean my sink.

Here is a link that might be useful: Schock Houzer Catalog

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 12:20AM
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breezygirl

Echodante--Very interesting. Does Schock make silgranit sinks for Blanco?

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 12:41AM
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mystremom

Echodante: Thank you for the addl. info. I was told that Schock or Houzer used to manufacture the Blanco sinks before. Not sure if this is true though.

Did you see the sink before ordering online? I saw a Cristalite sink at a showroom and the feel of it was very smooth. But when I felt the Cristadur "sample" vs. the Cristalite sink- the Cristadur didn't feel as smooth. The sales rep said that they were shown a Cristadur and felt the look/quality was better than the Blanco (which she sells alot of already).

I priced the Cristadur Montano N-100XL at the showroom and it was about $220 more than the Blanco Diamond Super Single. Wave Plumbing (which is local also!) has the Schock Houzer on sale right now, so I might look into that - it's still more than the Blanco sink though.

Your LaToscana faucet has such a unique look. It's a pull-down sprayer, right? Can you tell me more about the functions? Does it have an on/off touch - since it's electronic? Or any other type of sensor? Can it be manually controlled if you turn off the electronic feature? Is the spray head plastic or metal? Is there a locking toggle switch from stream to spray or do you have to hold down the button while using spray mode?

Sorry so long. Thanks for the feedback. Hope you continue to love the Schock sink! :-)

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 6:35PM
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mystremom

Echodante: Thank you for the addl. info. I was told that Schock or Houzer used to manufacture the Blanco sinks before. Not sure if this is true though.

Did you see the sink before ordering online? I saw a Cristalite sink at a showroom and the feel of it was very smooth. But when I felt the Cristadur "sample" vs. the Cristalite sink- the Cristadur didn't feel as smooth. The sales rep said that they were shown a Cristadur and felt the look/quality was better than the Blanco (which she sells alot of already).

I priced the Cristadur Montano N-100XL at the showroom and it was about $220 more than the Blanco Diamond Super Single. Wave Plumbing (which is local also!) has the Schock Houzer on sale right now, so I might look into that - it's still more than the Blanco sink though.

Your LaToscana faucet has such a unique look. It's a pull-down sprayer, right? Can you tell me more about the functions? Does it have an on/off touch - since it's electronic? Or any other type of sensor? Can it be manually controlled if you turn off the electronic feature? Is the spray head plastic or metal? Is there a locking toggle switch from stream to spray or do you have to hold down the button while using spray mode?

Sorry so long. Thanks for the feedback. Hope you continue to love the Schock sink! :-)

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 7:15PM
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attofarad

mystremom --

What sink did you end up getting? Any followup comments?

Echodante -- how are you liking your sink?

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 7:51PM
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akatricia

I was planning on getting the Blanco silgranite sink because I like the sink combinations/depths better. I didn't see a Schock double sink that was deep enough. So glad to hear that the color holds up well. But I am concerned with the recent Consumer Reports test that cracked the Blanco sink when they dropped a five pound weight in it (to simulate dropping a large pan). So, not sure what I will do now.

Here is a link that might be useful: Consumer Reports Blanco sink

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 4:39PM
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breezygirl

Akatricia--that CR test has been discussed and pretty well dissed here before.

The thread is linked below so you can read the discussion for yourself.

Here is a link that might be useful: CR report hooey in my book

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 1:13AM
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efwillis

Hello!

Just wondering if anyone has anymore information on the Houzer granite sinks? I have been looking but there still isn't that much information on the Houzer sinks.

@echodante How is your sink holding up?

Thank You!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 5:52PM
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pumpkinhouse

I'm interested as well. I see that Home Depot carries the line on their website, but no sinks are shown to be at the local store. Amazon carries the line too but only two models have reviews. Does anyone know if they will send samples?

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 3:44PM
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skipper1960

I put in a Blanco siligrant granite sink. We chose the biscuit color. We've had it for 3months so far and it still looks like new. Easy to clean and no scratches. I did a lot of research on various types of sinks and Blanco sinks are the best in my opinion. I sent 3 Swanstones back to menards due to scratches. The packaging was not very sturdy. When we received our Blanco sink, I was amazed at the amount of packing material used to the sink secure. The quality of the Blanco sink was so much more than tha Swanstones. My wife and I love our Blanco sink

This post was edited by skipper1960 on Fri, Oct 25, 13 at 7:37

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 9:52AM
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skipper1960

I put in a Blanco siligrant granite sink. We chose the biscuit color. We've had it for 3months so far and it still looks like new. Easy to clean and no scratches. I did a lot of research on various types of sinks and Blanco sinks are the best in my opinion. I sent 3 Swanstones back to menards due to scratches. The packaging was not very sturdy. When we received our Blanco sink, I was amazed at the amount of packing material used to the sink secure. The quality of the Blanco sink was so much more than tha Swanstones. My wife and I love our Blanco sink

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 9:56AM
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bookworm4321

Silgranite sink in cocoa brown has a matching faucet/soap dispenser, made by Brizio. They look great together. The faucet is half cocoa, half SS. I ordered the soap in solid SS to not overdo it.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 8:19PM
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jsw.ca

Has anyone installed a Houzer sink? Looking at a black sink and not sure which brand to choose - Houzer or Blanco? Would appreciate feedback from those of you who have had these sinks for a while.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 2:04PM
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hansoche

Go to google.com and type in blanco metallic grey vs. truffle sinks. Click at the top of the page where it says images. There are alot of pictures of these colored sinks with black and tan countertops. Hopefully this will give you a better idea which way to go. Best of Luck!!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 5:01PM
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frmrswife

thanks for the tip hansoche, i was just researching these sinks and the pics are great!

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 2:54PM
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pumpkinhouse

Houzer appears to have a new line of granite sinks that they call Quartztone. Anyone seen one or heard anything about them? Their website is a bit light on details. I would think it would be a step above the granite sinks, but the retail prices don't reflect that.

Here is a link that might be useful: Quartztone

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 10:16PM
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xc60

Hard to say, we have one of their Cristadur sinks just installed in our new build. This looks very similar but not quite, they maybe trying to get into the less expensive sink market and using the "quartz" in the Quartztone name to get more sales as quartz is kind of the new "in" product at the moment.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 10:47PM
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