Post # 1
Our refrigerator died early this morning. YAY. This is my kind of Monday. Currently, we have white kitchen appliances. But I’m wondering if it would look bad to replace the white fridge with a stainless steel one. What is your opinion? We might be putting our home up for sale in the near future. As a potential buyer, would you rather see matching (all white) appliances or a stainless steel fridge with the old white appliances? Stainless steel appliances shout, “Updated!” to me whereas white appliances don’t. But I also really like things to match. Unfortunately, we can’t replace all the appliances.
Post # 2
howtobeawife: I would get another white fridge then.
As a potential home buyer that would drive me nuts if it had different appliances, on the other hand, if your other ones need to be updated as well then it could also be seen as one less appliance the home buyer needs to get.
We have a white fridge right now, and SS DW and stove, it drives me crazy, but we are slowly transitioning to all new appliances.
To circle back, safest thing to do is get a white fridge to match.
Post # 3
howtobeawife: As a potential home buyer I’d rather have updated appliances, even if they don’t match. Stainless steel definitely looks more updated than white (even though both would be new).
Post # 4
The previous homeowners updated the stove, microwave, and dishwasher in our house. All are stainless steel. The fridge, however, is an outdated almond one. It’s ugly…and small…and ugly. Even though the appliances don’t match, I saw this as “yay…we’re that much closer to all updated stuff!” We can definitely see it as the previous owners moving in the right direction and we just assume they, like most people, couldn’t do all appliances at once. I figure they probably did one at a time and just sold before they were done.
Post # 5
I swear that HGTV owns a stainless appliance company. Like a white fridge can’t keep food cold as well as a stainless one!
And so, I would get the stainless one. When you go to sell your house, you’ll probably need to change all the appliances to match anyway, so get a head start now.
Also remove all brass as HGTV has made it clear that that is what makes a house “dated”.
Post # 6
As a potential buyer, I would rather it be stainless and not match. That way it would be one less appliance I’d have to update. For all you know, the buyer might plan to replace all the appliances relatively soon because they don’t like the white.
Post # 7
howtobeawife: We just bought a house with a brand new stainless-steel refrigerator, but the rest of the kitchen applicances are white and a bit older. I don’t mind at all! We plan on updating all of the applicances, anyway, so it was nice to find out that we wouldn’t have to worry about replacing the fridge. It was like a bonus for us.
Post # 8
There is a new collection of white updated appliances that might work with your current ones
Post # 9
Definitely update. I love our house, but all of the appliances are, well old. They are all white and have been there for at least 10 years. They still work well, they just look old. I’d much rather have at least one updated major appliance.
Post # 10
I would get the updated stainless steel one. It should be more appealing to most buyers. Ours came with ss fridge and dishwasher but the oven is black. But it’s appealing because it’s only one appliance that will need to be updated, not all of them.
Post # 11
I would get the stainless fridge. One less appliance update the potential homebuyers would need to do! We curretly have a stainless stove and fridge but the dishwasher is still black and it looks fine but we eventually need to upgrade it to a stainless one
Post # 12
Stainless. It is a neutral and there are probably other stainless accents of one kind or another in the space in any case, ie sink, faucets etc. As PPs said, fewer things for buyers to upgrade, especially with an expensive item like a fridge.
Post # 13
Maybe it’s just where I live, in California, but houses don’t come with the refrigerator. I’m pretty sure you take that with you. Other appliances are sold with the house, but not the refrigerator.
Post # 14
I’d personally go with white, but I don’t like stainless. There are some great new non-stainless options that don’t look old and dated like actual old and dated appliances.
There’s also speculations that white appliances will be the next new “appliance trend”: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/new-old-white-kitchen-appliance-inspiration-192500
You’re probably going to find people that like stainless and some that don’t. But if you have some of both, the new buyers are going to have to replace at least one item. Otherwise they might just stick with what you have if it matches and they’re not overly concerned about it.
Post # 15
We just had this happen to us 6 months ago. We stuck with a white fridge to match the rest of the appliances. Our reasoning was that we aren’t trying to sell, so really it doesnet matter, so it might as well match even though SS was the same price. But also that the double oven we have, which is white, is only 5-7 yrs old replaced by the previous owner and the exact same model is still sold now, and it’s an almost 3k set, which we are not replacing anytime soon, whether we were going to sell or not. If it was old and would have needed replacing, I would have startd to make the SS switch with the fridge. But I think the white applicances today that have the smooth front as opposed to the older ones with the textured doors look pretty modern and nice now too.