Once strictly the purview of the restaurant, the stainless steel fridge is quickly becoming a residential kitchen standard. Stainless steel refrigerators offers the homeowner a number of benefits. From the clean, modern look that first brought them into the residential market in the 1980’s to the ease of cleaning, stainless steel refrigerators offer benefits that other surfaces cannot provide.
Unlike surfaces based on paint, dye or an integrated plastic coating, stainless offers a particularly long period where the surface is indistinguishable from new. If properly cleaned and maintained on a regular basis, a stainless steel refrigerator can keep a new look for upwards of two decades. Since most home appliances loose their cosmetic appeal long before actual mechanical failure, the longevity of stainless’ “good looks” are a great added value to any kitchen redesign.
There are several quality brands available in the stainless steel fridge market. They include:
Subzero is considered the leader of the integrated and built in refrigerator market. Subzero units often enjoy such features as built-in icemakers, and multiple coolness zones within a single refrigerator unit. Generally, Subzero refrigerators are freezer-bottom units, taking advantage of the natural energy efficiency gains of that particular refrigerator design. They often have nice added features such as open door alarms and front-mounted electronic controls.
While Amana is not always the first name that jumps to mind when thinking stainless-steel fridges, they are the line that consistently receives some of the highest reviews from consumer reports. Whether it is on side-by-side units, freezer bottom or classic freezer top, Amana refrigerators offer some of the best value for the dollar.
Kitchenaid and Whirlpool
Kitchenaid is a familiar brand in small appliances, so people often forget about them when the topic of durable goods arrives. Like Amana, a number of the Kitchenaide models of refrigerator have received very high ratings by Consumer Reports magazine in recent years. At the very highest end, Kitchenaid competes well in head-to-head reviews versus Subzero built-in units.
A little known fact is that Kitchenaid is actually made by Whirlpool, at least in the durable goods lines. Whirlpool offers a nice range of choices field in metal-surfaced refrigerators options. Both brands offer reliability and quality. From traditional lines to integrated refrigerators, these are lines that require a second look before buying elsewhere.
While General Electric appliances are sometimes maligned in the marketplace, the statistics do not lie: dollar for dollar, the Hotpoint value brand stands up well against the competition. Particularly in the traditional freezer-over configuration, these units fair well when evaluated on overall performance and cost. Apart from traditional fridge freezers, there is even a Hotpoint stainless steel freezer in this firms lineup.
Stainless fridges offer a host of benefits. With many great brands to select from, there is one that is right for every kitchen.