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5 Fab Alternatives to Stainless Steel Appliances in the Kitchen

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Last month, Curbed launched a debate about whether stainless steel mania has peaked, as the look has long been invading kitchens old and new, and of various styles. A corresponding poll that asked readers how they felt about stainless steel drew nearly 2,000 votes and though a whole lot of people vouched for the shiny, "industrial-chic" material as the modern standard, the greatest number of votes (849) went to "Open to other options." So, here now, are five groovy stainless steel alternatives worthy of considering, many drawn from readers' wisdom left in the comments section. Is brown the new black? Is "colored" stainless steel a strong new contender? Take a look.

1. "Colored" stainless

Samsung, LG, and KitchenAid all very recently launched "black stainless" collections, which essentially offer the same ol' stainless steel appliances with a smooth, black-hued coating. In a similar vein, Whirlpool has been working on a new kitchen suite featuring a "sunset bronze" look, though purchasing information has yet to be made available. Blue Star, which specializes in commercial-style appliances for residential use, has a "Precious Metals" collection that includes finishes like "Infused Copper", "Statuary Bronze," and "Enchanted Sand."

2. Glossy Black, Brown, Slate

Major appliance-makers like Samsung, GE, and Miele all sell fridges and ranges in glossy black and white finishes. Miele even has it in a groovy "truffle brown."

3. Matte Black or Slate

Not a fan of gloss or shine? GE also offers a selection of its kitchen products in a matte slate finish. The aforementioned "Precious Metals" line from Blue Star also includes a matte black option.

4. Modern Color

Brands like Viking, Bertazzoni, and Blue Star offer commercial-style modern appliances in colors like red, blue, orange, and yellow (Blue Star actually offers ranges in 750+ different colors.) The Big Chill's "Pro" line delivers modern without the professional-grade look; the clean-lined fridges and ranges come in 12 colors, including green, cream, and cabernet.

5. Retro Color

Colorful appliances with a groovy throwback look can be had with products from brands like Smeg, which offer fridges in dreamy pastel blue, green, pink, orange, and more (They also offer ranges in black and red), as well as The Big Chill, which sells retro fridges, stoves, and ovens in eight (also mostly pastel) shades.

Know any other stellar alternatives? Leave a comment down below.

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