It’s easy to get swept up in the frenzy over stainless steel kitchen appliances that began at the early part of the 21st century- after all, the shiny silver finish makes a kitchen look ultra-modern, sleek and beautiful. But before you shell out on the stainless versions of big-ticket kitchen appliances, take a moment to look at the pros and cons of each of the most popular colors to see if stainless really is right for you and your lifestyle.
White Kitchen Appliances-
Affordability- White is easily the most affordable color for all home appliances, a white refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher or range will function exactly the same as its black or stainless counterparts at less cost to the homeowner.
Classic- Unlike some of the passing fads in home appliances (remember Harvest Gold?), white appliances are less likely to go out of style than the more trendy options. White is a timeless, safe choice to ensure a kitchen that doesn’t look out of style in just a couple of years.
Low-Maintenance- White is an easy color appliance to clean. With white appliances, homeowners won’t face the issues of fingerprinting that come along with stainless steel and black appliances.
Bland- Some homeowners feel that white appliances are boring and don’t add any visual interest to their kitchen.
Dated- Sometimes “classic” can be interpreted as “old-fashioned.” If you’re the type of person who likes to be surrounded by modern, state-of-the-art technology and devices, white appliances might not fit your personal style.
Black Kitchen Appliances-
Sleek, yet affordable- If you like the modern feel of a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, but your budget won’t allow it, you may wish to consider black as an alternative. Black kitchen appliances provide that contemporary feel without breaking the bank, in most cases.
Understated- While white and stainless steel appliances tend to be the focal point of a kitchen, black appliances do a better job of blending in with the surroundings. Black appliances might be the best choice if you have a kitchen with a lot of visual interest, such as a beautiful bay window or interesting light fixture.
Dark- If you have an enclosed kitchen with no windows, or one with dark cabinets and countertops, black appliances can add to the somber, oppressive feel. In that case, it might be best to go with stainless steel.
Shows dirt- Some people feel that stains and spots show up more obviously on black than on stainless steel appliances.
Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances-
Chic- Stainless steel is the “it” finish for kitchen appliances at the moment. A kitchen with stainless steel appliances will instantly look more modern, and can boost the price of your home if you plan on selling soon.
Durable- Stainless steel appliances used to be used exclusively in restaurants and industrial kitchens because of their durability.
Fingerprints!- If you are the type of person who frets over fingerprints, you definitely may wish to reconsider purchasing stainless steel appliances. Fingerprints are easy enough to clean off with a little soap and water, but cleaning them off will be something you do on a daily basis. (Note: some manufacturers offer stainless steel options that make fingerprints less visible, so that may be something to consider if your heart is set on stainless.)
Price- As with any trendy thing, the price tag for stainless steel appliances can be a bit hefty. Look for sales at Appliance Factory on quality, name-brand stainless steel kitchen appliances to help you afford your appliance upgrade.
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