Are paneled appliances replacing the stainless trend?


(This Past Basket kitchen design in Sugar Grove, Illinois features quarter sawn white oak is used on both the perimeter and island cabinets.)

This week on the Past Basket Design/Houzz poll, we wanted to get a feel for consumer preference on the decorative face of their refrigerators. Specifically in regards to the paneled – matched to the cabinet doors vs. stainless variety. Houzz commenters were almost 50/50 in their preferred style, and we were excited to see in addition to user comments, readers shared actual pictures of their kitchens!

56% like PANELED refrigerators

44% prefer STAINLESS refrigerators

Here’s what some Houzzers had to say:

“We like paneled. My wife didn’t want to deal with smudging on SS or for (the kitchen) to have institutional look.” B. Crawford

“It depends on the look you want. I feel paneled are more traditional and stainless steel is more contemporary.” – Robbi (user on Houzz)

“The first time I saw a paneled fridge/dishwasher I was in the Netherlands in 1989. I was so impressed with the way it opened up a very small kitchen (the Netherlands…not known for their “extra space”) that I have been a fan ever since. Give me paneled appliances every time.” – Cancork Floor Inc.

What do you think?

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