Trends in Appliance Colors – Is Stainless Out?


Our dishwasher needs replacing. It is old and worn out and as I am choosing appliances, it seems stainless steel is still the color of choice. What is the next big color in appliances? … I wonder?

I Googled this and came up with a few answers, but nothing that seems to dominate the stainless steel.

It seems people like the sleek, industrial look of the stainless steel “like you are in a commercial kitchen”. One of the best articles I read on the subject was “After Stainless What Now” by Ellen Byron of the Wall Street Journal.

What do the manufacturers say about a demand for new colors: 

Whirlpool is rolling out a “new” color which it calls “Ice white”. Wow, that is creative! “White is the new stainless” Whirlpool says.

Meanwhile, General Electric has unveiled a new color in their microwaves, refrigerators and dishwashers in muted gray tones called “slate”. They believe this will appeal to “cost conscious” consumers because it will still blend with the stainless steel colors.

Miele is about to introduce some high glossy tones in the near future. They are keeping quiet about what it is going to be, but watch carefully, maybe we will see something more exciting coming from them.

Even while there are several colors and tones said to be on the horizon, many manufacturers say that 80% of their sales are still stainless steel.

So as I review all this information, I still decide to order that new KitchenAid stainless steel dishwasher.

4 thoughts on “Trends in Appliance Colors – Is Stainless Out?”

  1. Sylvia, I came across that very same article when it was first released and thought, “Oh no, not another design thing to worry about!” Just when I feel like I am on top of the latest trends, I get hit with something like this.

    I still feel like stainless will be the preference for quite a while longer, but no doubt people’s desire for new things will put another style on top eventually.

    Ironically, my wife and I replaced our dishwasher (after reading that article) with a stainless steel Kitchen Aid!

    happy dishwashing!

  2. I just finished cleaning my stainless appliances which is a never ending core which I continue to dislike more and more! The only way to enjoy is to never use the kitchen and never never have children in the kitchen! I regret the day I ever paid good money for them!!!!

  3. Peggy,

    I have to agree and that is the most annoying fact about stainless appliances. I understand these is a new “satin” finish stainless that is easier to keep clean and does not produce as many smudges and finger prints. It would be worth a look.


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