Ceramic vs Porcelain – Which Tile is Best?

If you’re renovating your bathroom or kitchen, you’ve probably asked yourself which tile is best to use. If so, you’re not alone. Choosing tile for floors and accents in your home can be tricky, especially with so many options on the market.

Below, we’ll explore the differences between porcelain and ceramic, as well as which one is best to use in your home.

What is Ceramic?

Ceramic tile is a type of pottery, made when clay is molded and then fired in a kiln at a very high temperature. The way in which the ceramic is formed, and the materials used, can vary widely so there are many different types of ceramic.


Ceramic tile is generally easy to maintain and comes in many different styles. It is also known to be much cheaper than porcelain, making it a budget friendly option for most homeowners.


Ceramic tile can be difficult to clean, especially within the grout lines. It’s also heavier than other types of tile or flooring, so it can be stressful for your floors to hold that weight up if a lot is used in the home.

What is Porcelain?

Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic that is made with clay and other materials such as quartz. Once fired in a kiln, it becomes translucent, hard, and highly durable. This makes it perfect for use in a home.


Porcelain tile is created at high heat with extremely durable materials. This means they’re highly resistant to liquids and stains, and they’re incredibly low maintenance. If installed correctly, porcelain tile will hold up in your home for years.


Porcelain tile is really heavy, which may cause issues when installing it on upper floors. It also requires a bit more work when installing. Additionally, the price for porcelain is higher than most flooring, but it’s worth it for the durability and lifespan.

Which is Better?

So which option is best? Well…it depends. Are you going to use it mostly indoors, in dry areas such as a living room? Then ceramic would be great. Will it be outdoors in high moisture zones? Porcelain might be worth the investment. Of course, your budget matters too, so go with whatever suits your needs, and your pocket, the best.

Want some inspiration for your next tile project? Here are a few of our past projects!

Home Renovation

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At Midwest Stone, we’re experts in all things home remodeling. Whether you’re looking for ceramic or porcelain tile, entire room makeovers or just a few finishing touches, we can help with it all.

What are you waiting for? Give us a call today, let’s get to work on the home of your dreams!