Are Stainless Steel Appliances Outdated?

Whirpool's New Ice Collection - Whirlpool.com

Whirpool’s New Ice Collection – Whirlpool.com

Chances are that you have at least one stainless steel appliance in your home, if you have upgraded in the past decade. How do I know this? Stainless steel is the most popular finish for appliances available. Or at least it was. Major appliance manufacturers are now steering away from stainless steal finishes for a new look.

“White is the new stainless,” a Whirlpool news release says. Whirlpool’s new Ice Collection was designed with hopes that the twenty-year popularity of stainless steal would soon see its end. The new Ice Collection features home appliances in a glossy white or black color.

Whirlpool is not alone. Wolf Appliances has just rolled out their brand new black glass oven to compete among the stainless steel finishes.

 

GE's New Slate Collection - GE.com

GE’s New Slate Collection – GE.com

GE has also steered away from the popularity of stainless steel by launching their new “Slate” line. Their press release describes the line as, “Warm, grey metallic with a low-gloss finish, Slate is a natural complement to the wide spectrum of materials used in today’s modern kitchen designs”. Furthermore, Lou Lenzi, director for GE Appliances’ Industrial Design Operation, says, “As people transition their kitchen appliances over time, it was important to us to find a finish from a palette that is timeless and harmonious, yet distinctive. Slate is a universal, neutral finish that will suit consumers who want a premium finish that can complement or even replace stainless steel”.

So is stainless steel yesterday’s news? While many designers are saying that the new trend is for appliances to blend in, rather than to stand out like a trophy, we think that stainless steel will always be a popular option for homeowners. Stainless steel does not age, like white appliances do. They hold their “good looks” for a very long time.

No matter which finish you decide to get on your appliances, remember that it does not matter how good they look if they are not working properly. The inside needs to look just as amazing as the outside. And when we say inside, we are not talking about the looks of your mayonnaise. Instead, schedule regular maintenance and cleanings with a professional.

What do you think of the new finishes? Do you think stainless steel has seen its last days?

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