M.P. asks from Galt, CA on March 16, 2009
New Appliances in Kitchen
Hi, We are getting granite countertops and all new appliances and I'm torn between getting black appliances or stainless steel. I hear that both have their drawbacks when it comes to showing fingerprints but does anyone have a strong preference for one over the other? We are getting a black composite granite sink which will go with either of the finishes. Thanks for all your advice.
E.V. answers from San Francisco on March 16, 2009
sounds like my dilemma a year ago. we have stainless steel dishwasher, oven and micro with black trim and ended up going with a black fridge. the SS was more money and the black kinda breaks up all the steel..which can be nice but also A LOT of steel, you know. it looks great and i love it. i like to have magnets on it for my son and as for cleaning i wipe it down daily as i would any fridge..just from drips and splats in general. good luck!
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L.R. answers from Sacramento on March 16, 2009
I have polished absolute black granite counters and stainless steel appliances. I L. my stainless steel but HATE my counters! The high polish shows every fingerprint and papertowel fuzz. I would encourage you to buy all the same brand if you go stainless steel as they all look a little different. Magnets also don't work on stainless steel. I didn't even think about that fact until after everything was installed. I now wish I would have gone with a black Corian instead. Easier maintenance and quieter plus having the same color sink without any seams would be nice.
Good luck and enjoy!
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L.A. answers from Sacramento on March 16, 2009
Can you handle one more vote? Mine is for the all Black. I've had all stainless and now have all Black. My fridge, however has a wood front to match my cupboards. I never realized I would not be able to put a magnet on it. But love it just the same. I have a white fridge in my laundry room that holds all the magnets and pictures.
My reason for black over stainless is that with black the fingerprints etc. show up much less. Take it from a mom who has had both.... Go Black.
Good luck to you and your hard decisions.
J.M. answers from San Francisco on March 16, 2009
I have all stainless appliances. Magnets work just fine. I know this because one scratched my new fridge! Oh well, it does look much better without any magnets anyway. My stove is stainless and has a black top/burner surface. I will NEVER EVER EVER buy a stove with a black top again. Even when I don't cook, it looks dirty, dusty etc.
Finally, I absolutely love my dishwasher. It's a dish drawer dishwasher so it's actually two dishwashers in one. I can run the top drawer, the bottom drawer or both. Perfect for making sure I always have sippy cups... Mine is by KitchenAid. You can get fronts to match your cabinets or other appliances. The only downside is that my full size cookie sheets don't fit. I can't remember the other brand that makes the dish drawers. Whoever it is actually manufactures them for KitchenAid. You can see them at Lowe's and Best Buy. I've had mine for about four years. Love it, no problems.
L.W. answers from Stockton on March 16, 2009
In the kitchens I have personally handled, they were specified with stainless steel for the main reason of the "upgrade" factor. On a resale, stainless is a great way to go - it looks great, cleans up pretty well in comparison to black which is quite difficult to keep spotless.
It truly is personal preference with the finishes in your home. Stainless with black trim is a nice option. If you haven't already, you may want to check out as many kitchens as possible to get a feel for what you personally enjoy.
Sounds like a great adventure - enjoy!
N.M. answers from San Francisco on March 16, 2009
We also have a black composite granite sink and granite "look" counter. We have a black stove and microwave above it, and a stainless steel dishwasher (black trim). (It just turned out that way from the deals we got on floor models.) One day we'll have to replace the fridge, and I hope we can get a deal on a stainless one. I've decided with our kitchen being so small (about 8x8)that the stainless makes it look brighter and bigger. The black appliances have been good, but if we could afford the extra for stainless, I would do it. Just my own opinion... Have fun shopping!