Why I Chose Slate Appliances Over Stainless Steel

When it came time to purchase appliances I knew slate appliances were my choice hands down!

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It’s hard to believe that we have been in our house for a full year now.  Time flies when you are having fun right?

As I sit here looking at all the work that we have done in the house, particularly the kitchen I am truly amazed.

It is a reminder to stay open and flexible when you have ideas. But know what to be flexible on.

For me in my kitchen the two things I knew off the top as my non-negotiables were:

  1. I had to have slate appliances
  2. The color of my cabinets had to be in the gray family

I also wanted to do wood butcher block countertops, but because we could not do them before we moved in, I had to create another alternative idea.  Now that the madness is over, I am super happy with the decision to paint my countertops.

I love the way it accents my gray cabinets, and now the other components that have been added.

Altogether the cabinets, appliances, and countertops flow very well.

Are Slate Appliances Easy To Clean?

GE slate stove fridge and microwave

Slate appliances are sleek and stylish like stainless steel, but without being high maintenance.

While the handles are still stainless steel and require regular cleaning, the surface does not show every time someone has touched the fridge.  And with little fingers in the house, I appreciate this more than you will ever know.

Additionally, slate appliances do not require any special or fancy cleaners to clean them.  I typically just wipe them down with a damp rag and they are as beautiful as the day we first got them!

Is Slate The New Stainless Steel?

I think that slate is a great alternative for people who don’t like the maintenance that comes with stainless steel.

I always felt like I couldn't keep my appliances clean in the old house.  And I hated that I had to buy a special cleaner to even get it clean.

I feel like it offers the same durability and sleek look as stainless, and also has a warmer feel with the brownish color.

What Makes Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel?

Unlike stainless steel, the slate appliances have a matte finish that helps them to resist or at least now show fingerprints easily.

It is engineered for durability and versatility, while still being stylish and beautifully modern.

Why I Chose Slate Appliances

For all the reasons listed above, it only made sense.  I strongly recommend slate appliances as an alternative to stainless steel especially if you are a family with young children.
They are modern and functional and really that sums up just about everything I need in my life these days.

And now that RJ is old enough to go in the fridge for his snacks and drinks by himself, and the teen is the regular operator of the dishwasher, it saves to time and energy from having to obsessively clean my kitchen.

I went with the following slate appliances:
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Are you looking to buy appliances soon?  If so, have you looked at slate as an option?

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  1. Hi Kenya, thank you soooo much for your reply. I think I asked you the wrong question…. what I really want to know is if the slate appliances look good with the off-white cabinets. In my mind the slate and off-white look great. To be specific, I am looking at IKEA Bodbyn. What do you think?
    It also comes in gray but I would prefer the off-white with the old pine floors, I think!!! As I say, I have no imagination for this stuff. https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/search/products/?q=bodbyn%20gray%20kitchen%20doors. Help.

    1. honestly I think it is a good contrast. The only color neutral cabinet color I wouldn’t really be sure about is black, BUT that might look good. I just have never seen and can’t really picture it. Those cabinets are nice, I say go for the off-white!

  2. HI Kenya, Do the slate appliances match cabinets that are off-white? It is an old farmhouse with old pine floors. I thought the white might be too stark and the grey too dark. I really have no idea what I am doing… help!!

    1. Hey Valerie!

      I honestly think that slate color will look good with white. It’s similar to stainless steel but a little different. I think it looks good honestly. I actually just saw a model home today with them and it was beautiful!

  3. Hi Kenya- I have a small kitchen in a town home. The previous owner had painted the wood cabinets black and had all black appliances. I manage to live with it for a few years. I never liked the dark cabinets and finally bit the bullet last Spring and had the cabinets painted white. The black appliances were too much of a contrast. I saw the slate color in the appliance section of a store and fell in love with it. Last year I bought a slate color fridge and this year I got the dishwasher and electric range in the slate color. I love the warmth and natural look this color. I have never been a fan of stainless appliances. Even though I don’t have small children around anymore, they are so much easier to keep clean & new looking. Another plus for me was that it reduced the overwhelming selection of appliances to one brand and a few models. It made shopping much easier!

    1. Hey Susan! Thanks for stopping by and also for commenting. I agree that once I decided I was going with slate it made the selection more narrow and easier to decide. I would choose them all over again, the only difference is I would love a gas stove and one that has the controls on the front rather than the back.

  4. Hello, I’m a single mother of 3 boys and have to decide on finishes soon. Did you ever consider going with black slate? My kitchen will be small and really want SS, but not the cleanup so I’m going back and forth over slate vs. black slate. But I am concerned my kitchen will appear even smaller if I do b’s.

    1. When I got my appliances the black slate were not available, or at least that I knew of. Slate is much better than stainless at hiding prints and whatnot which is part of why I chose it. I have seen small kitchen with dark appliances that didn’t look any smaller. But the trick there was making sure that you keep everything else bright and not limiting the natural light that may come in the space as well.

      Hope that helps Terri! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I accidentally got the same GE slate appliances when I made over my kitchen. I’m in LOVE. I only have to wipe down the handles from prints and they add so much warmth to the kitchen.

    Yours look great with the gray cabinets.

      1. Hi Kenya, OMG I literally and in the process of picking appliances and came across your post. I also chose grey cabinets and stainless appliances to include the hardware. However with 3 kiddos, um not going to work. How did you decide on your handles and pulls. I was still thinking about stainless hardware because of the handles on the slate appliances.

      2. I chose bronze pulls cause I really like bronze and the contrast that it brings with the grey. But you could also do nickel which is like stainless but does not show all the fingerprints and stuff.

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