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Aug 15, 2012 11:39 AM

The end of stainless as *the* finish for appliances?

Can't come soon enough as far as I'm concerned. So tired of people gushing over stainless in those HGTV shows! Personally I chose off white when I redid my kitchen a few years ago. I just like it better.

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  1. SS good for restaurants. SS great for outdoor BBQ setups. Inside the house too clinical and cold for me. Stainless implies the appliance, stove, refrigerator is the best and maybe it is. I'm butting in because kitchen items and decor are what women are wired to obsess about. But white is good enough and dittos to the old avocado green that GE used to put out that people like to joke about today. But I'll take that green over stainless any day of the week

    This house was outfitted all GE back when America was an industrial superpower and in the same darkish yellow mustard color that was out when Avocado Green was the bomb. Dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, stove, dryer. These days people are going gaga over a Samsung or Bosch washing machine? And Japanese induction stoves? This does compute with me

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    1. re: zzDan

      You have a house full of Harvest Gold! Your appliances are over 25 years old. If they are still working you are one lucky buckaroo. Harvest Gold is not so bad, but Avocado? Now that color is butt ugly.

      1. re: Enigma3

        Avocado in decor is coming back like gang-busters, my friend. Not sure it will ever grace a kitchen appliance anymore, but wouldn't be surprised. I'm waiting for L/C to come out with Avocado. I'd buy it. It would go very well with the earthy/herbal tones I like.

            1. re: pothead

              I can't believe it. Thanks, pothead, now I have to go spend some money!!! ;-)

            2. re: breadchick

              LC 's spinach color looks like avocado green to me. I HATE avocado green and harvest gold. But, I lived through that era.

              1. re: dixiegal

                Those pesky avocado green and harvest gold colors were with us so long, I thought they'd never go away. I too would never, ever buy an avocado green anything as long as I live.

                1. re: sueatmo

                  Of course, a little avocado green, or muted blue, grey, or ochre yellow combined with stainless steel trim might look good. I wouldn't discard them completely.

                  Too much of any colour, including stainless steel simply overwhelms. Stainless steel was a rare and expensive option in the 1950's and 1960's when harvest gold and avocado were popular. Those colours could easily be produced then with the advent of formica. Stainless steel is available as an inexpensive option now, but one does not have to go overboard with it.

                  Having had a kitchen with that nice practical but Teutonic, sterile look before, I enjoy a little colour in our kitchen today. We removed a wall between out kitchen a living room and the colours in the two rooms compliment each other.

                  1. re: SWISSAIRE

                    I personally would not want a stainless counter top, for instance. But I like the look of stainless on large appliances. And I prefer a stainless sink. I would love to have a big stainless range with gas grates and an electric convection oven. But I never will.

                    I think the shiny gray of the stainless looks good in a kitchen. But I like color too. But I'll never use avocado green, or harvest gold again.

            3. re: Enigma3

              Thanks mas mucho E3!! House built 1974 with those 4 GE large appliances. Photo included of Harvest Gold stove. The dryer is same color. The GE refrigerator and washing machine broke down in the last 4 years so they provided decades of service. The washing machine could have been repaired but our service contract guys replaced in with white GE. Refrigerator is now white by Whirlpool. (btw what a great name!)

              Also photo of original white Formica counters. I am a big fan of Formica. My Formica still life photo with 35 year old Mac SS knife, the best with nice thin blade! And Presto pressure cooker regulator, stainless steel model Presto.

              1. re: zzDan

                Julia Child have a lovely aqua blue built in oven which I would love to have. You must like vintage...

                1. re: Ruthie789

                  I usually prefer the way older manufactured items look plus more chance of them being American made. As far as how they function and hold up under use.... Sometimes the item was made better 30-40 years ago. Sometimes it is today's version that is superior

                  1. re: zzDan

                    Well only the longevity of our current items will tell.

                    1. re: zzDan

                      What a lovely day you must have had. Thank you for your thoughtfulness, that kitchen is amazing. She is a true American Icon and deserves to be in the Smithsonian.

                      1. re: zzDan

                        Here is a post that vibrant colours are still in. Retro inspired fridges from Smeg:

                        1. re: Ruthie789

                          the only problem is that for the cost you pay for a Smeg, it better cook itself...

                          1. re: sunshine842

                            I`m sure it is pricey, but I love the look of it.

                            1. re: Ruthie789

                              (a can of automotive paint, some sandpaper, and a weekend would get you the same look)

                              1. re: sunshine842

                                I don`t know if I would chance it. Really, would it look like a professional finish? Not much of a do-it-yourselfer on these things. I have a fridge that I don't like, although a recent purchase.

                                1. re: Ruthie789

                                  so send it out and have it professionally painted. Still wouldn't even buy you a door on a Smeg

              2. Ok, I read it. If you don't like the look of stainless, that's fine. But the introduction of a "new" color to appliances does not indicate any such nonsense as the end of stainless as "the" finish. Frankly, it's a lot of Whirlpool marketing hype to, as was stated in the article, get you to purchase a suite of appliances instead of just the one you need. But just because they came out with "ice white" doesn't mean everyone is going to rush out and buy it. Marketing hype, designed to suck you in and hold you hostage to Whirlpool appliances. If I were doing a kitchen in white, I would rather have a white that was easily matched by other brands. And when this white is discontinued and the fridge goes out, how do you replace it?

                Just as a side note, when harvest gold, avacado green and coppertone were popular, my father-in-law made a fair amount of beer money painting refrigerators to those new colors, and then painting them back to white or almond. That's back when they actually lasted longer than the color fad.

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                1. re: mikie

                  To me, the most surprising thing about that press release is that Whirlpool is still in business. Stainless is just another color option. I don't see it going away anytime soon. To me it balances the wood in kitchen cabinets very nicely and it is appreciably less of a dated look than a color might be.

                  1. re: ferret

                    Why is that so surprising. Their products are made in Japan like everybody else that they compete against.

                    1. re: TroyTempest

                      Actually, very little if any applainces that end up in the US are made in Japan. Most now are coming over from Korea or China. Whirlpool does still have some production in the US, a fair amount actually. The following is from this web site:

                      "Whirlpool appliances are 85% made in USA. Washers and dryers made in Clyde, OH. Go for it, but keep an eye out- sometimes they are imported, depending on capacity and demand. Dishwashers, counter-depth refrigerators, side by side refrigerators, cooktops, built-in ranges, freestanding ranges, built-in microwaves, trash compactors can be made here. When shopping be sure to ask the salesperson.

                      Whirlpool owns Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, which are all made in USA, except for a few items, including countertop microwaves, the “Duet” Front Load Washer, and refrigerators with freezer top within the size of 14-16 cubic feet.

                  2. re: mikie

                    So I have Harvest Gold? Righteous, baby! And fie on SS in home kitchens.

                    1. re: mikie

                      Way back when people respected the choices that others made. It`s ok to have a different perspective on things isn`t it.? We all don`t have to fit the cookie cutter mold.

                    2. I was skeptical, but I have grown to love the clean look of my stainless oven, dishwasher, and fridge - the stainless has now expanded to a tea kettle, toaster oven, and microwave. (I used to have bog-standard beige, which I thought was nice and neutral).

                      It goes nicely with my cherry cabinets and is easy to clean.

                      If I could afford it, I'd have stainless worktops tomorrow.

                      1. Thank goodness stainless has improved from it's early fingerprint days. A few years ago we had a dog that loved to lick the front of our new "stainless" refrigerator. We were cleaning it constantly. And polishing up the new stove and dishwasher too to get rid of fingerprints. We moved shortly thereafter and went with all white appliances. The dog has passed on but the the white is still here. We like it and would never go back; too many bad cleaning memories. It's nice to see white in the limelight again.

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                        1. re: Cam14

                          LOLOL...and here I thought noseprints on the car window was bad enough...

                          1. re: Cam14

                            Too funny! My (white) cookbook bookcase has a black stain from a certain black cat who likes to rub her scent on it!

                            1. re: nofunlatte

                              that would be the white walls on the staircase for me -- the dog leans on the wall for balance (he's a klutz) as he goes up and down the stairs.

                              1. re: sunshine842

                                We have interior French doors into the family room/kitchen. Our now-departed cats used to love to "noseprint" the lower panes. Had to clean them (the panes, not the cats) daily. Miss those little fuzzens.

                              2. re: nofunlatte

                                I have a black cat that rubs his maw on my white fridge. Because he NEEDS his milk. What a crybaby, and he makes a mess on my fridge. (Of course, he gets his little shot of milk, and of course - he's trained us well.)

                            2. How durable is this "White Ice"? The white enamel on my landlord-supplied fridge has come off in places only four years after I moved in, simply from opening and closing the door. Stainless steel would definitely be an improvement on that!

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                              1. re: John Francis

                                Marketing hype.

                                Alluding product colour to being akin to Apple products is a bit of a stretch.

                                1. re: SWISSAIRE

                                  Looks like you hung your reply to the wrong message.

                                  1. re: John Francis

                                    Sorry John.

                                    I replied to the original post option at the bottom, and it ended up placed, or hung below your comment. My coments were directed tto the marketing statements in the original link.

                                    I agree with your thoughts about longevity and durablitiy, 150 %