We will be updating our kitchen over the next few years. Our 27 year
old refrigerator is likely the first to go (no, it isn't avocado).
steel is popular right now but is it going to look dated in another 10
years or is it "timeless?" How is it to keep clean? Does it dent
and do dents show more than in enameled surfaces?
I don't like stainless for residential use, but then again I own a
commercial kitchen and look at stainless as a utilitarian component. That
being said, I just purchased a Maytag stainless 25 cf bottom freezer/french
door refrigerator and a SS Maytag Gemini double oven range..... mainly
because my wife likes the look. Will it become outdated in 10 years? I doubt
it. There's certainly less risk of SS becoming outdated than the current
colors, except for white and black which is always in style. HOWEVER, while
SS may not go out of favor, the design of the appliance might. Handles, the
curves incorporated into the rectilinear boxes of the appliances, the type
of features, etc, will change. For refrigerators alone, the efficiency of
said units today will probably seem like energy hogs on a feeding frenzy in
It can attract and show grease and dirt and fingerprint smudges easier than
any color, except glossy black. BUT, there are SS cleaners that easily clean
and shine. The biggest danger is if someone tries to use ANYTHING with grit
to it, including bon-ami, scrubby pads, scotchbite pads, etc. Use those and
the area scrubbed will show a dull patch of microscratches which will show
like a pimple on the otherwise flawless face of a fair and unblemished
It doesn't dent any more or less easily than colored enamel surfaces. It may
or may not show dents more easily depending on what color you are talking
What is best in life? "To crush your enemies, see them driven before
I think you've hit the nail on the head here: stainless *is* this
decade's avocado, meaning that it may indeed look "dated" in 10-20 years
But as to the other part of your question, apart from whether one likes
SS or not, it is a good "show" material. It cleans easily, doesn't dent
easily (but of course can be dented with enough force and a blunt
object), and holds its good looks pretty well.
"In 1964 Barry Goldwater declared: \'Elect me president, and I
will bomb the cities of Vietnam, defoliate the jungles, herd the
Stainless actually goes back to the 1950's in some homes. It was used for
countertops in some houses along with white appliances. White and SS have
both remained in spite of the other colors that have come and gone. Black
seems to be holding also.
IMO, if you go with white or SS you'll be in style for a long time. The
handles and trim may change though but that is minor by comparison to
Anything can go in or out of style over time. Unlike avocado, or any
other color, stainless is what is used in commercial kitchens.
Hence, it gives the kitchen a commerical or professional look. I'm
currently remodeling and going with stainless. I like the look and
have no problems with worrying that it may go out of style. IMO, the
commercial look is not only attractive, but it adds resale value.
It doesn't scratch or dent any more easily than an other appliance.
It is more difficult to keep clean, as it will show any fingerprints,
dirt, etc more than most colors would.
Regarding the magnet issue, if it's real stainless, magnets will not
stick. Some manufacturers offer a stainless look, which magnets may
Sub Zero has been selling stainless steel refrigerators to rich snobs
for decades, and the hospital morgue look is truly timeless.
If you're one of those fussy people who bathe more than once a
Consumer Reports recently tested some products for cleaning stainless,
but I don't remember the results. Restaurant supply houses also sell
It dents no worse than regular steel, but if you don't want visible
dents, stick with white (same for cars).
BTW, one company, maybe LG, sells refrigerators that look like
stainless but are actually coated with silvery paint that has tiny
black streaks painted over it to look like brushed stainless. That
can't be easy to fix it it gets scratched.
On Mon 25 Aug 2008 08:23:46a, larry moe 'n curly told us...
Whirlpool makes a line of refrigerators that use a sheet of brushed
aluminum under a layer of matte acrylic that looks incredibly like
stainless steel. It doesn't fingerprint or require special cleaners. I
haven't seen it in ranges, but I believe they also make dishwashers with
the same material.
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