Ceramic vs Polymarble Vanity Tops? The Differences Explained!


Are you currently researching vanities for your dream bathroom/bathroom glow up? Have you come across the choice between ceramic and polymarble tops and wondered what on earth is the difference? You’ll be glad to know that we have simplified this for you below! Read on to find out the key differences to help you make a more informed decision. 

Quite simply, Ceramic and polymarble are two materials commonly used for vanity tops. We can break down the differences into 5 categories:

  1. Their Material Composition:
  • Ceramic vanity tops are made of clay that has been heated and hardened, often with a glaze for a smooth and shiny finish.
  • On the other hand, Polymarble vanity tops are made of a blend of polymers (plastic resins) and marble dust.

 2. The Overall Appearance:

  • Ceramic tops typically have a more traditional and classic look, with a glossy finish. Ceramic, or vitreous china, is a natural product and may have slight surface variations due to being fired in a kiln; these imperfections are unavoidable. You will still get a smooth finish, just with a little extra character!
  • Polymarble tops are very straight and flat, but the perfect finish may look more unnatural.
  1. Durability:
  •  Ceramic vanity tops are generally more durable and less prone to scratching compared to polymarble tops. They can withstand high temperatures, making them suitable for hot styling tools in the bathroom. Keep in mind that ceramic is a product that can be chipped, cracked, or broken as with any vitreous china product.
  • Polymarble tops, while still durable, are more susceptible to scratches and may require more careful handling, particularly when using hot styling tools.

 4. Maintenance:

Both ceramic and polymarble tops are relatively easy to clean and maintain. All that both options require is a soft cloth and a weak solution of non-abrasive cleaner. This is the best way to clean vanity tops.

  1. Cost:
  • Ceramic tops are generally more expensive than polymarble tops due to the higher cost of production and material.
  • Polymarble tops are a more cost-effective option for those on a budget.


Ultimately, when it comes to choosing between ceramic and polymarble vanity tops, it really depends on your personal preference, budget, and the overall desired aesthetic for your bathroom! We have a range of these options on our website here or on display in our Narre Warren and Abbotsford showrooms. It is always easier to see and feel the difference in person. Come visit us and we can step you through a variety of options to help you make the best decision for your new bathroom vanity!

We’ve summed up the key differences for you in the table below:



*Massive range of sizes

*Traditional look and feel

*Very straight and flat

*Can include an overflow hole (where water can escape if the tap is left on)

*Durable and strong

*Heat resistant

*Easy to repair if scratched

*Can chip or crack due to impact

*Susceptible to heat damage (e.g. hair straightener)

*Surface variations to be expected due to ceramic tops being made from natural materials


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