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Appliances: Slate vs. Stainless Steel

04/25/2016 11:35AM ● Published by Hood Magazine

By Mahlanders

Some say that the kitchen is the most popular room of your home. It is where your family starts off their day with breakfast and comes together at night to discuss their day. Keeping your kitchen clean and comfortable makes the time you spend there more enjoyable. That is why choosing the right finish for your appliances may be a bigger decision than you’d think.   

Whether you are remodeling, moving, or just replacing your old appliances, here are some tips to make the right choice. The choice of appliance finish may not seem like a prominent decision, but notice how much surface area your appliances take up. The appliance finish you pick really affects the mood in the space, so choosing the perfect finish can help create the desired ambiance of your kitchen space. The finish of your appliances can also affect the cleanliness of your kitchen as well. 

Stainless steel appliances have been a favorite due to the bright, clean and reflective appearance for over a decade now. The gleaming look is an ode to industrial chef kitchens.  Stainless steel appliances also coordinate with every kind of kitchen decor, but it may leave you wanting more. The biggest complaint about stainless steel is how difficult it is to keep it clean. 

“Panicked parents have called with questions about how to remove crayon and marker from their stainless steel fridge,” said Tom Marso from Mahlander’s Appliances and Lighting. “This can be a big deterrent for families with younger children.”

An alternative to stainless steel is the slate option. Slate is slightly darker than stainless steel with a matte finish. Slate has a very warm finish with the texture and appearance of stone, adding a natural look to any kitchen. The natural color in the finish allows the appliances to match with a variety of accents including granite, wood, glass and much more. Slate is extremely forgiving when it comes to marks and smudges. It hides any imperfections, which means no more fingerprints, smudges or dirt. Compared to other finishes, it is extremely easy to clean- all you need is a rag and a cleaning solution. 
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