18.4.11

Eco by Cosentino Reviews

Many of my readers are currently looking for Eco by Cosentino Reviews ... I had a chance last Friday to review on location at a local fair their product, and I even had a chance to speak with the Lisbon office official for Eco by Cosentino. Anyway, looking at a distance the product looks ok, the problem is when we get into certain details, the sales representative gave me the sales rep speech, which personally I don't like.
First he said that was Silestone, I told him that it was a Cosentino product called ECO, he corrected himself and said it was a new green Eco product by Cosentino, made up with recycled glass, porcelain and other recycled products, and is bonded together with bio-resin. I had to correct him on a few things, namely that they don’t use 100% bio-resin, so technically he should not be giving that information in that way, but he is a salesman ....
Another big fat lie this guy told me is that they use 95-97% pure quartz on all their products, I told him that was non-sense, and that most of their products had different formulations and it was closer to 10% resin than any other number, I just regret not getting his name card, he surely needs some Silestone education about the products he is selling.
The fair was a relatively small fair dedicated in part to stone and construction materials, Silestone or better Cosentino was represented indirectly by a kitchen manufacturer, but their sales personnel were giving support to the kitchen cabinet manufacturer and promoting the Eco and Silestone brand.
I spent a while checking the Eco by Cosentino product which was actually very nice at a distance. After checking their on-line catalogue the color which I saw at the exhibition was from the Revived Series namely the Riverbed color. 
I found out that they use much more resin than the usually use for normal Silestone products which, doesn't make much sense, but the salesman did say that they don't user fillers on these products which may justify the use of more resin. He also confirmed that the ECO by Cosentino product is also made with the same machinery as the Silestone brand material which should give it some quality.
However, I noticed a very bad superficial finish, with tiny scratches on the glass, and pinholes which I noticed have been filled with some kind of product. If you pass your hand on a normal Silestone surface and after just run it  through the Eco by Cosentino product you will quickly understand what I am trying to explain.
I figure they have tons of problems polishing let alone making the ECO by Cosentino product.
Quality wise, the normal engineered quartz Silestone brand in my opinion is a better and more durable product than the ECO by Cosentino, and my review is not a good one for that product as I have viewed it from a technical angle, it looks good on the outside, but when you look up close you'll find problems which need urgent attention by the manufacturer.

5 comments:

gcantor said...

Great post about Eco. I appreciate your honest critique on the product. Sometimes "Green" isn't a good choice because of cost and quality. We all should do our part to reduce the carbon footprint, but costs need to be kept in prospective.

Tomson said...

Hi gcantor,
Thanks for the comment, green is really a great issue at the momment, however how green a product is, asn you wisely mention it, is really something that should be looked into.

Norman said...

Thank you for your opinion on this material. It would be interesting to see when companies like Cosentino could re-use the waste from worktop manufactures. It is possible to do this and Caesarstone proved it with their Mosaici colors like the 7150P and 7250 who even got copied by the laminate industry. There will be some logistic problems to solve but it would make more sense than bringing an Eco product to the market just for marketing reasons. What is your opinion about a company like Glasseco who prduce a similar product? www.glasseco.co.uk

Tomson said...

Hi Norman,
Many thanks for your comment. I believe that recycling countertops may not save the planet. Look at this in a different perspective ... Glass can be recycled into a new glass in a very efficient way, saving resources. Stone is a natural resource, to recycle a stone inro a countertop you'll need a great percentage of other non-recycled products and some of them harmful to our environment to produce.

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