Caesarstone Misty Carrera vs. Zodiac Bianca Carrea ?

phyl345February 6, 2010

On the web both Ceasarstone Misty Carrera and Zodiac Bianca Carrera look really great ~ anybody have them? ~ anybody have an opinion? ~

I think I remember there was a post about Ceasarstone that said Ceasarstone was more expensive than other manufactured stone brands ~ (?)

If anybody has either of these countertops, would you be willing to post a picture for me?

I am aiming for a black & white kitchen ~ not only cuz I like it, but because then I can accesorize with whatever colors I want ~ (and I LOVE to accesorize) grin ~

Thanks in advance for any info & advice you can give ~

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I picked the Ceasarstone over the Zodiac from the samples and won't see it in for another 6 weeks.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 5:24PM
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Christopher Peacock did a beautiful kitchen in his SF showroom in Misty Carrera. I was shocked at how nice it looked. I had been contemplating marble and was not sold on the Caesarstone, but after seeing this example, I was fairly impressed. We ended up not going with it, but it was a clear second choice. I wish I could have taken a picture, but they don't allow that!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 7:10PM
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phy1345, we went with Caesarstone Misty Carrera on our island over a dark espresso stain, and Caesarstone Raven on our perimeter white cabinets. Below is a picture, but it doesn't show the gray very well. The camera over exposed it a bit so it looks totally white, which it really isn't. To be honest, the Zodiac looks like the gray pattern is a bit darker, so if you like that variation it may be a better choice for you. I never the Zodiac in person so I don't know what it really looks like.

You can check out the Caesarstone website as well, they actually have quite a few nice pictures showing Misty Carrera in multiple settings.

FYI, after almost 6 months, we really like the stone. We have left red wine on it overnight (by accident) and it just wiped right off. Still looks good as new.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 8:32PM
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animala.... your kitchen is beautiful! Did you post details somewhere?

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 8:51PM
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remodelfla, thank you, I did post the finished kitchen last month, pictures at the thread below.

Since I don't want to hijack this thread, I have attached the Misty Carrera pics from the Caesarstone website:

It's funny, all of the pictures on Caesarstone's website has the thicker mitre'd edge (which we did as well) but is hardly mentioned in their brochures and not many dealers had any clue about it.

Here is a link that might be useful: My finished kitchen with Misty Carrera

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 11:42PM
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Is your Misty Carrera honed or polished?

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 4:56PM
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Montanamaven, ours is polished. What we liked about Caesarstone is that it is not crazy glossy shiny like granite.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 6:59PM
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I have it on my white island.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   February 10, 2010 at 6:47PM
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Dear Sofla, Misty carrera looks very pretty on your island. Thanks for posting. I was happy to see how much contrast there is between the misty carrera and the white painted cabinets. They look beautiful together and pick up on the colors in your floor very well. May I ask what color of white your cabinets are? They seem to be a very white, white.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2010 at 8:05PM
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Thanks, it's a stunning kitchen. I'm ordering the polished then. Sounds like less cleanup and I'm messy.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2010 at 10:18AM
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I saw the Zodiac installed at Ikea in Paramus NJ. I thought it looked great, and I was considering it for our counters. I have not seen the Caesarstone in person, but I would say that the Zodiac has a little more contrast, with a little more black speckling here and there, whereas the Caesarstone seems more gray overall, more muted. The Zodiac I saw was really beautiful, much nicer than the tiny "sample" on their website. To me it looked very much like real stone.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2010 at 10:38AM
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Thank you so much for all the replies; very helpful!

All the misty carrera look so marvelous ~~ But after the post by nicanewjersey, I'm more confused than ever ~ (grin)

I haven't seen the Zodiac Bianca Carrera in person ~ or even a picture ~ or even an opinion of someone who has it in their kitchen ~ anyone?

Did any of you who have the Caesarstone Misty Carrera also consider the Zodiac?

I thought I remembered another post quite awhile ago that said Misty Carrera is more expensive ~ anybody know if that is true?

thanks for all your help ~

    Bookmark   February 11, 2010 at 4:13PM
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If it helps any, I've also been considering these. The sample I saw of the zodiac was indeed more contrasty, but I personally didn't care for it--looked more like ink lines or limestone than marble, but it's a nice look if that's your style.

Where I am the Misty Carrera is more expensive because Caesarstone is more than Zodiac. I think this varies greatly by region, so you should check locally.

You probably couldn't find a picture of the zodiac because it's really "Bianco Carrara".. Pic:

Here's a thread that shows them side by side (scroll down):

Here is a link that might be useful: bianco carrara meets Misty Carrera

    Bookmark   February 11, 2010 at 4:23PM
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Here's a photo of Caesarstone Misty Carrera at a home show from a few years ago.
I would do it in my own home. Customers love it too!

    Bookmark   February 11, 2010 at 6:39PM
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Franscois47, the color of the cabinets are white. It is a bright white.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 12:58PM
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When I was shopping for countertops I considered Caesarstone, I even found colors I liked. But the price was totally out of my range (more than double the cost of other materials I was considering) and the vendor told me the material is manufactured in Israel, imported and distributed through California, then sent to New Mexico. I thought this was too much transportation, I'm trying to be more "green" than that.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 3:39PM
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to the animala,

Your backsplash is gorgeous. What is it?

    Bookmark   February 14, 2010 at 3:41PM
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