What Are The Best Engineered Stone Alternatives?

Are you building or renovating your house and unsure what to buy with the recent changes around engineered stone? Don’t worry. There are a lot of great options, and we’ve put together some great alternatives for you to choose from.

Porcelain Slabs 

Forget engineered stone. Porcelain is the perfect alternative, and you certainly can’t go wrong with this option. It’s incredibly tough and will last a lot longer than most other options on the market. They’re fireproof, UV-resistant, and scratch and abrasion-resistant, so perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. Another big reason they’re so popular is that porcelain tiles come in a variety of different colours, styles and finishes, so you’ll always find one that suits your home décor and design style. And because they’re so hard-wearing, they’ll look just as good in many years to come, requiring little maintenance from you over the years other than a quick washdown. While they might seem expensive to you right now, they’re worth it in the long run. Visit Tile Wizards for all your porcelain tile needs.


Laminate is budget-friendly and now comes in a huge  range of different colours and textures to suit your needs. This is a great option for those who have a very specific style choice that they want to replicate with their flooring because they will have hundreds of different options to choose from.


Timber is a natural product so be prepared for variations of colour and texture as each tile might look a little different from the next. While beautiful, timber does require a lot more maintenance than some of the other options as it can easily be scratched and stained. If you do choose to use timber, make sure it’s FSC-certified and that it is from a sustainable source. You can choose if you want to keep it unvarnished or if you want to use a clear varnish to help protect it for longer.


Concrete is an interesting and practical choice in design and one that has become more popular over the years. As they are handmade it means that you will not find the same somewhere else, so you’re guaranteed that the one you choose will be different to someone else’s. It’s porous, so it will require maintenance through resealing at least once a year, but if you’re fine with that then it’s a great choice to make as it’s hardwearing and resistant to heat. Colour or aggregates can be added to personalise it even further.

Stainless steel

For those looking for a more industrial look, stainless steel is a good solution. It’s practical, strong, hygienic, and easy to clean. Despite often being used in bigger kitchens, it’s gaining popularity in homes, too.

When choosing an alternative to engineered stone, you have many options. Try not to pick only the most affordable, but remember which ones will last you longer, are easy to clean, and suit your aesthetic.

Chat Renovation Inspiration With The Professionals

While your options for renovating are almost limitless, deciding on the right style is not an easy feat. With each space, comes a different preference or priority: are you chasing style, functionality, trends, or simply want the most bang for your buck?

In operation for over 26 years, at Tile Wizards we pride ourselves on getting you more, for less. We pioneered the warehouse format, and our stores are purposefully designed to make your selection easier, and ultimately offer our customers quality, price, and the right advice. 

If you are after some honest and friendly advice, ideas, or inspiration – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Tile Wizards today. We pride ourselves on being able to work with you to bring your dream flooring solution to life.