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Mar 6, 2009 04:24 PM

mix matching stainless steel appliances

I am getting a new microwave with a fan, to go above the range. I was thinking of getting a stainless steel one, but I have all my other appliances white. I was thinking so, because at some point I want to start replacing the appliances as needed with stainless. Is it weird, or would it look bad to start with the microwave stainless and everything else white? We dont have any plans on replacing any other appliances as it is a new house, 5 years old. What do you all think?

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  1. My ideal choice - and one that you didn't offer, I know - would be to put a hood that matches your cabinets over the stove, and then get a countertop microwave. Failing that I'd likely match my microwave/fan to the rest of the appliances, but it's your kitchen. Remember that if you do want to go all stainless someday, the microwave will not be too much of an additional expense when the time comes.

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    1. re: almansa

      I think this is a better approach. If the appliances are only 5 years old, who even knows what will be in when it's time to replace. Might as well get a countertop microwave and fan that matches the current appliances you have just in case you change your mind down the road and want to do something entirely different.

      1. re: almansa

        I can't imagine anyone wanting stainless steel other than it seems to be a status symbol. I have had stainless for about three years and the stainless is the hardest to keep looking nice, it scratches easily and never looks nice. I have a KitchenAid fridge. I would never ever buy stainless again and will replace mine as soon as possible with a textured finish.

      2. i am in agreement with almansa - go with a hood. I have had a microwave fans and quite frankly I have never found one that works well. I had a microwave fan that was black and matched the other appliances ie black. I replaced it with a true vent hood that was stainless and a stainless gas range and oven. They go well with the other appliances. I haven't replaced the microwave and so far have done without however my hubby wants one so I might take almansa's advice and get a small counter top one.

        1. I really don't think kitchen appliances should be considered some kind of art form They are supposed to cook, wash freeze, or cool.We have a white Amana freezer which dates back to the sixties. If we'd replaced it every time we bought other appllinces or moved into houses with different colors, we'd be a whole lot poorer AND wouldn't have as good a freezer.

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          1. re: Plano Rose

            This made me laugh - My mom gave me her old Montgomery Ward deep freezer 30 years ago. They bought it when I was a small child (I'm 52). That is the only appliance we haven't replaced in the 16 years since we built our home. Once the others started to go, I told my DH, "That's it - no more cheap stuff." The freezer is stil running strong.

          2. My appliances are/were white. I'm not in a position to do a complete kitchen makeover, so as I replace the appliances, I've replaced them with stainless. I didn't want to perpetuate the white, and I'm happy enough with how they mix and match.

            Also, for some of your older appliances (fridge, dishwasher) you might be able to replace just the outside panels in stainless. Check with the manufacturer.

            1. I'm guessing you have a kitchen with limited space (I have a grand total of 5 linear feet of open counter top), so a microwave on the counter would not be acceptable to me. I do tend to agree however that if all the other appliances are new, and are not going to be replaced within the next 10 years, that the one stainless item may look out of place.