Stainless Steel Versus Black – Eight Years Later

Eight years and nine grandchildren later, we are very pleased with our choice of using stainless steel appliances. On the blog, we asked readers before we purchased our new appliances to give us input on black versus stainless steel for appliances. What were the advantages and disadvantages of each. We were told that the main negative for stainless steel was how it smudged and showed fingerprints. (If you would like, read the first post and the comments, and then read the follow up post.)

We decided to go with the stainless steel, and I have been delighted with the way my kitchen looks. I love the crisp, modern look of the stainless steel while fitting in with our light oak cabinetry.

We haven’t found the stainless steel to be any more difficult to keep clean than our other colored appliances were. We give them a weekly cleaning using Better Life Stainless Steel Cleaner from iherb (that’s our reward link which will bless our family with 10% rewards when you purchase). Then we will do touch ups with a damp dish rag if needed, but that really isn’t very often.

I am glad that we decided to get stainless steel appliances.

Side note: The negative side might be the Make. We have had to keep a maintenance policy on the refrigerator due to its “reliability,” and the microwave has died.

Trusting in Jesus,


“That our sons may be as plants grown up in
their youth; that our daughters may be as
corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace.”
(Psalm 144:12)

7 thoughts on “Stainless Steel Versus Black – Eight Years Later”

  1. We may need to replace our 19-yr-old fridge in the near future and have looked at some similar to yours. Would be interested to know the make of your fridge so that we don’t buy in that brand.


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  2. I do not have stainless steel appliances, but my friends who do love using the Norwex Stainless Steel Cloth. You only need water and the cloth to keep your appliances clean and sparkling. There is also the Norwex generic E-Cloth that does well, too.

  3. Good morning, Maxwells!! I am replacing my dishwasher, but I am having to stick with black because my other appliances are black. I would love to replace them all with either a full suite of stainless Kitchenaide appliances or custom integrated appliances, but short of building a new house or winning the lottery, I will have to replace them one appliance at a time.

    Black was our next choice. Nathan and Melanie have a black fridg. We think it looks great in their kitchen that has light oak cabinets similar to ours.

  4. I too love the stainless steel, but we chose the smug-free stainless steel. Our fan over the stove is regular stainless and it does smudge and needs to be wiped differently. With kids helping do the cleaning I’m very glad we chose the smudge free stainless for the appliances they clean because for me the smudges would drive me crazy.

  5. Your kitchen is beautiful.

    I have stainless dishwasher, stove and micro with black fridge. I’m with poster Camy above, I really like my Norwex cloths of all types.


  6. I purchased the stainless steel cleaner you recommended and it came today… WOW!!! I am thrilled with how well it cleaned! Stains and marks I just couldn’t seem to remove no matter how hard I tried are gone! I am thrilled with this product! Thanks for the recommendation Teri.

    Trish H.

    So glad you liked it!

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