The hottest appliance finishes of 2016

Whirlpool White Ice Collection.
Whirlpool White Ice Collection.

Stainless steel is an appliance finish that has stood the test of time, there’s no arguing that. However, appliance manufacturers have attempted to dethrone the popular choice for years in favour of what they maintain are more modern and sleek finishes.

Some past notable contenders include the stone-inspired Slate finish from GE, the Miele Brilliant White collection, Sub-Zero and Wolf’s Black Glass series, and Whirlpool’s White Ice and Black Ice collections. While many of these finishes are as beautiful as they are practical, 2016 offers up a new challenger: black stainless steel and dark-tinted stainless steel appliances.

Is black stainless better than traditional stainless steel?

Black stainless steel is an offshoot of the traditional stainless steel finish you’ve come to know and love. Many top appliance manufacturers have already been producing variations of black stainless for the past little while.

Fingerprints, smudges, and scratches are a stainless steel appliance’s worst nightmare. That’s part of the reason manufacturers have released new-and-improved variations over the years, including Frigidaire’s smudge-proof and newer scratch-resistant stainless steel models. However, black stainless is gaining momentum not only because it’s better at concealing those minor imperfections, but also because it can add a splash of modernity to your kitchen. Black stainless also tends to be less reflective too. Let’s take a look at some of the competitors:

Samsung

Samsung’s black stainless steel lineup includes refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, and microwaves. Samsung claims these appliances resist fingerprints and smudges much better than their traditional stainless steel counterparts. The black stainless finish is impressively sleek and can add a sense of luxury to any modern kitchen.

Samsung black stainless steel appliances.
Samsung black stainless steel appliances.

KitchenAid

KitchenAid introduced their collection of black stainless steel major appliances – an industry first – in the spring of 2015. These appliances are smudge-resistant, and feature a bold matte finish. The lineup includes refrigerators, dishwashers, single and double wall ovens, and range hoods.

KitchenAid Black Stainless collection.
KitchenAid Black Stainless collection.

LG

LG carries its own line of black stainless steel appliances as well, previously dubbed the “Diamond Collection.” LG’s black stainless isn’t a true black, however, and its appearance is lighter than Samsung’s and KitchenAid’s black stainless appliances. The appliances are fingerprint and smudge resistant and all that’s required to clean off any impressions is a dry cloth. LG also has a contoured black glass finish option which is obviously more reflective, however, adds a contemporary flair to any kitchen.

LG Black Stainless series.
LG Black Stainless series.

While black stainless steel may be here to stay, traditional stainless steel appliances will never go out of style. Traditional stainless steel finishes have dominated the appliance world because of their ability to match virtually any décor, and their low cost in comparison to other trendy high-end finishes. They’re also built to endure.

To learn more about black stainless steel and other dark-tinted stainless steel options, we encourage you to stop by your local Tasco showroom. One of our professional sales associates will be able to show you the different styles available and help you make and educated purchase based on your unique needs.

WRITTEN BY VANESSA DIVERS

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