DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > Appliances > General Appliance Discussion > stainless steel- is it really for 'everyone'?




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-08-2009, 08:26 AM  
design
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 14
Default

yeah, quite a few people think 'medical' when they see stainless. Other people think "industrial" or minimal.... I guess everyone is different!


Kitchen Design Survey



__________________
design is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-23-2009, 10:49 AM  
design
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 14
Default

One survey taker suggested a combo of stainless and white for a fridge, instead of the usual stainless and black. What do you think? Could you see this working?

Kitchen Design Survey



__________________
design is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-23-2009, 04:25 PM  
abiso
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 8
Default

I can't picture stainless and white looking good, but I'm not an appliance designer. I like the look of stainless but I have young children and will probably be opting for black instead, when I get new stuff.

__________________
abiso is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-24-2009, 08:27 AM  
design
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 14
Default

one product the metal/white combo has been done well is the mac mini, which features white with a silver that has been beadblasted (as opposed to a mirror finish or a brushed finish) to have a matte look and a satin feel to the touch.

This would allow people to have white, but with a more interesting touch of metal, while also eliminating smudges and fingerprints by applying a bead-blast or sand-blast finish to metal areas.

http://appledifferent.com/wordpress/wp-content/354_7_apple_mac_mini.jpg

__________________
design is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-24-2009, 11:10 AM  
abiso
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 8
Default

Somehow I'm okay with that for the Apple, but don't think I'd like it for appliances. But I don't generally like white appliances anyway, so it may just be me.

__________________
abiso is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-24-2009, 08:39 PM  
mudmixer
Senior Member
 
mudmixer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 582
Liked 40 Times on 33 Posts
Likes Given: 35

Default

How many appliances have real stainless steel and how many just have a stainless looking cover that has plastic over it?

Take a magnet to see if it is normal steel or fake. To my knowledge, stainless is not magnetic.

__________________
mudmixer is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-26-2009, 09:27 PM  
Nestor_Kelebay
Emperor Penguin
 
Nestor_Kelebay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Posts: 1,844
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Stainless, copper and brass (and most metals, actually) are non-magnetic, but lots of stainless steel screws will show a small amount of attraction to a magnet. Nothing like ordinary steel tho. It is still easy to tell ordinary steel from stainless steel from the amount of magnetic attraction.

The reason why stainless steel appliances will eventually go he way of the 12 inch high fins on cars built in the 1950's is because there is no practical advantage in having stainless steel panels. At the time, people thought the huge tail fins on a '57 Caddy made the car look "sleek and modern".

How similar is that to stainless steel panels on appliances?

Once people get used to stainless appliances and see them everywhere, their appeal will gradually wane until they start looking "dated". And, at that point there will be no good reason to keep offering stainless steel appliances and every reason not to. That's cuz the stainless steel panels offer no practical benefit, they just cost more. They provide exactly the same benefit as painting a racing stripe on a car.

__________________

Last edited by Nestor_Kelebay; 07-26-2009 at 09:30 PM.
Nestor_Kelebay is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-27-2009, 07:41 AM  
Quattro
Massive Tool Belt
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 262
Default

Ah, but practicality doesn't ALWAYS win, Nestor. Especially in the good-old US(and)A!

For a few decades now, Stainless has represented a "higher class" look. Despite practical criteria, it evokes an emotional response that isn't matched by run-of-the-mill white or black (or "bisque"). It'll be hard to shake that effect, since human emotions many times overrule an object's practicality. We are a nation of beauty queens and wannabes, and while it may not be the best choice economically, it will remain a popular choice. As far as I know, the "fad" has already lasted longer than fins on cars!

__________________
Quattro is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-27-2009, 11:05 AM  
Nestor_Kelebay
Emperor Penguin
 
Nestor_Kelebay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Posts: 1,844
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Without a good practical reason for having stainless steel panels on fridges and stoves, then I fully expect the panels on fridges and stoves will always be subject to the winds of change.

All I'm saying is that major appliances like fridges and stoves last longer than the current wind direction. So, if you buy stainless steel appliances, do so because you like the look, not because you like to be in fashion. The same winds of change that brought stainless steel appliances into fashion will blow them out of fashion when something else comes along.

__________________

Last edited by Nestor_Kelebay; 07-27-2009 at 11:17 AM.
Nestor_Kelebay is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-29-2009, 12:46 PM  
jimmy50
Member
 
jimmy50's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 38
Default

We have a white porcelain sink in our new home purchased 2 years ago new. We like the sink.



__________________
jimmy50 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Tags
appliances, stainless, stainless steel, steel

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
steel reinforcement and resale value redlined Framing and Foundation 0 05-28-2009 02:31 AM
Steel or Fiberglass door Dj_AmTraX Windows and Doors 6 02-03-2009 10:36 AM
Stainless Steel Cabinets misskimm4 Flooring 1 04-27-2008 11:48 AM
Repair scratches on stainless steel sink BJay General Home Improvement Discussion 2 10-31-2007 08:46 AM
Stainless Steel Splashback jannymac General Home Improvement Discussion 5 05-22-2007 03:00 AM