"Is this the end of a 25-year run for stainless steel? Major manufacturers
are placing bets on different potential successors to the shiny, upscale
appliance finish, whose resilience surprised many."
Maybe avocado? Rocky Road? Meat?
Stainless will be around a while because it holds up well. Paint chips
and fades. Stainless is still stainless. Unless someone is going to
replace everything in the kitchen, they will want to match what they
I have to disagree. "They" are making stainless so cheaply these days that it
rusts. I'm sure there are ultra-premium exceptions, but there are plenty of
reports of people having trouble with their SS appliances rusting. My own
Whirlpool stove is a disaster in this respect.
I just had a new Maytag refrigerator delivered yesterday, and chose black over
SS for just this reason.
On Thu, 18 Oct 2012 21:33:54 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Arthur
I don't think it is as much a "cheap" choice as it is using a harder
alloy (304) to hold down the scratching problem.
That rust is just a surface thing and it will wipe right off.
You see the same thing with stainless "work boat" props and 18-8
The whole appeal for stainless was due to the fact that high end
remodels were using commercial kitchen equipment. This cost a lot of
money, but you got commercial quality.
Eventually this got diluted into the desire for nothing more than
stainless as a "look", with the inevitable lowering of the price point,
and cheaply-built appliances using cheap "stainless".
Now that people are "discovering" this obvious fact, they would rather
have a painted appliance that is made well than a POS in a "stainless" box.
I bet you could take your stove or dishwasher or refrigerator door to an
auto painting shop and have a very durable finish put on.
Some shops can even do pin-striping! (Probably costs extra, though.)
Try the key test.
It reminds me all these people are refinishing coke machines with mostly
car paint. Used with hardner, it does get firm, but certainly not like a
baked enamel finish, or powder coat. I got enameled pots, but car paint
would not cut it.
people paint their walls all sorts of colors and yet the kitchen is supposed to
be black, white or stainless?
I've seen kitchen appliances in bright primary colors and they looked sharp.
Granted I don't think they will be as timeless as the above, but what the heck
smart appliance makers would just sell appliques to change the appearance of any
On 10/18/2012 05:42 PM, Malcom "Mal" Reynolds wrote:
Useta be that at least dishwashers you could replace the panel in the
front, the maker would give you a couple choices but there was nothing
stopping you from buying a sheet of stainless steel and painting it any
color you wanted. Or insert a sheet of wood veneer to match your
cabinets (haven't seen that done in years though.)
That replaceable front actually seems to be LESS common today...
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Appliance manufacturers are only going to increase the selection of
colours or finishes they make their appliances in with reluctance.
That's because the more colours you make your appliances in, the more
parts you have to keep in stock in your warehouse. And, the more you
have to charge for your appliances to cover that increased cost.
Right. They usually offer some models with replaceable cover panels so you
can do what you want with them. I think everyone has seen enough harvest gold
and avocado appliances (we had one of each in our first house).
Yep. All black works. See:
Not only will they not be timeless, they require you to buy all from the
same manufacturer if you want them to match. As the color choices will
change with the years, if you need to replace one, and you want to keep
them matching, you will have to replace all three.
Only black, white and stainless allow you to mix manufacturers and have no
problem replacing one later.
Don. www.donwiss.com (e-mail link at home page bottom).
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