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Would You Steel Your Household Appliances?
By Donald Grummett
Would you steel your appliances? That is a question many consumers are now asking themselves.
Stainless steel household appliances are the “in” style right now. People are being drawn to the clean look of stainless steel for their kitchens.
Stainless steel has become the fastest growing sector of household appliances. Not only for major appliances such as refrigerators and ranges, but even for small items like toasters, kettles, and bread makers. There seems to be no end to the demand for the steel look.
So if a kitchen-remodeling project is in you’re near future then steel may be something you are considering.
Pros and Cons:PROS:
Steel, Chromium, and Nickel
Stainless steel is steel to which has been added chromium and nickel. This results in steel with a very hard surface that will resist both pitting and rusting.
The chromium gives it the characteristic shiny surface layer and the nickel gives it the non-magnetic character. So when your refrigerator magnets do not stick, blame the nickel.
If scratched, stainless steel can in fact self heal. A new layer of oxide will be produced that can cover over small scratches. But, since the surface layer is extremely thin rust can result if the scratch pierces this layer and exposes the base steel.
Stainless Considered High End
Most manufacturers offer stainless steel appliances as part of their high end product lines. General Electric calls their stainless series Profile or Monogram. Frigidaire calls theirs Pro Gallery. Maytag, Whirlpool, and LG also offer stainless steel versions of their products.
Frigidaire has recently upped the stakes with the introduction of an even higher priced series called Icon. The Icon is an all steel finish that stresses clean and contemporary lines while maintaining all necessary functionality. Other manufacturers will be responding.
Fad or Functional
Do you remember green, yellow, or brown refrigerators? How about turquoise stoves, or black washing machines? At one time these were all considered the “in” thing.
So is the stainless steel appliance just another fad? I don’t think so.
Stainless steel appliances are a style that has captured the public attention and will continue to do so. A style of appliance that continues to attract consumers in ever increasing numbers each year. So, whatever the reason that people love stainless, it would appear they will remain on consumer wish lists into the foreseeable future.
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Copyright 2007 by Donald Grummett. All right reserved. Donald Grummett has been in the trade over 30 years as a technician, business owner, and technical trainer. Visit MG Services to learn more invaluable information about your appliances.
Last Modified: 19 January 2020
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