Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tile


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Porcelain Tile vs. Ceramic Tile: Which Is Better?

Porcelain Tile vs Ceramic Tile: Wondering about the differences between porcelain and ceramic tile? We’ve got the best comparison resource for you. People often have questions regarding pricing, durability, lifespan, and their suitability for certain spaces. So, which is better, porcelain or ceramic tile? While there are differences that may influence the best use for each type, neither is inherently better than the other.

Read on for answers to specific questions we frequently receive. Remember to find your product online or check with your local sales representative for more information. Looking for a helping hand in the design process? Schedule a free design consultation with one of our tile experts to ensure you get it just right.


No, neither porcelain nor ceramic is inherently better than the other for bathrooms and showers. Simply check the tile’s recommended applications to ensure it suits your intended use. If you prefer your toes toasty warm, both ceramic and porcelain are excellent options as they are rated for in-floor heating. For more information on your specific product, please consult your supplier or vendor sales associate.


Porcelain tile is made from finer clays and dust, resulting in a denser composition compared to ceramic tile. This density makes porcelain tile suitable for outdoor use in all climates. For more details on its outdoor applications, see “What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Tile” below. Both porcelain and ceramic tiles are kiln-fired and can be transformed into a variety of styles, from wood-look to stone and more.
Mozzeli Tiles & Stones: Porcelain vs Ceramic Tiles
Marble-look porcelain flatters this space elegantly and looks just like real stone.
Mozzeli Tiles & Stones: Porcelain vs Ceramic Tiles
Wood-look floor tile is a combination of so many things we love—a classic look, easy-care properties and durability!
Mozzeli Tiles & Stones: Porcelain vs Ceramic Tiles
Tile is not just for functional purposes anymore. Make your space uniquely yours with a statement tile that wows.


There is a common misconception that porcelain is less likely to absorb stains or scratches. In reality, this depends primarily on the glaze. While porcelain does have a lower water absorption rate, this is not the only factor to consider. The porousness of the glaze ultimately determines the rate of stain absorption, not the underlying material. For more information on specific cleaning instructions, please consult a sales associate.


There is a misconception that porcelain and ceramic tiles differ significantly in durability. In reality, the durability and overall lifespan of tile depend largely on the glaze and the quality of the installation. Whether the tile is porcelain or ceramic is not necessarily a decisive factor. Unless you are installing tile in a commercial space, either type should be sufficient. Always check the tile specifications before installation to ensure suitability for your space.

It is important to remember that tile is only as strong as its underlayment, and its true strength comes from proper installation. Neither porcelain nor ceramic is inherently more durable than the other. Compared to wood flooring, both ceramic and porcelain tiles are superior, more durable choices for spaces with pets, children, and high-traffic areas. Browse our extensive selection of wood-look tiles to meet your flooring needs and match your personal style.

Mozzeli Tiles & Stones: Porcelain vs Ceramic Tiles
A sturdy ceramic tile floor is something that the whole family can agree on—even pets!
Mozzeli Tiles & Stones: Porcelain vs Ceramic Tiles
A glossy finish and handmade look take this ceramic subway tile from basic to beautiful.
Mozzeli Tiles & Stones: Porcelain vs Ceramic Tiles

In a dramatic twist on wood look, this hexagonal porcelain tile incorporates varying shades of blue on its many unique faces.


Inherently, neither porcelain nor ceramic tile is more expensive than the other. Price differences primarily stem from the technology used in the manufacturing process and the design and style of the individual product. Ultimately, both materials are manufactured using similar processes. We recommend first determining the style and type of tile that fits your personality, then selecting what works best for your space.

Both ceramic and porcelain tiles can be used on the floor, provided the individual tile is floor-rated. For more information, check the product details on our website, ask a sales associate, or contact customer service.

One of the most distinguishing factors of porcelain tile is its density. The primary benefit of using porcelain tile is its low water absorption rate, which is a result of its high density. This means porcelain absorbs water at a minimal level, making it suitable for exterior applications and locations where freezing and thawing occur.
Subway tiles can be either porcelain or ceramic. Because subway tile is typically installed on walls, it is usually a wall-rated product which is typically ceramic.
Not all ceramic tile is approved for shower walls. Check with your sales associates for true specifications.


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