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The refrigerator is the largest appliance in the kitchen, so it goes without saying that it has a major impact on the look and feel of the space. There is an assortment of colored refrigerator options to match just about every buyer’s taste palette, and while we encourage you to get creative, we also want to point out all the considerations that come with each fridge finish.
In this style guide, we present four popular refrigerator finishes, providing tips and pointers along the way. Then, our experts review their top picks for each fridge color for you to create your own vision starting with the best models and brands.
We’ll be the first to vouch for white refrigerators. These appliances often get a bad rep, but the classic look has remained a popular choice for a reason. For one, white is an easy color to work with, and it matches essentially any color it’s paired with. All-white kitchens are making a major comeback, and style experts also frequently use white fridges with warm metallics for a modern take on classic designs. You can also use white refrigerators with dark cabinets for high impact or with soft tones for a light and open feel in the kitchen.
Generally, white refrigerators are the most affordable color choice on the market. However, white finishes have recently gotten a makeover from brands like GE Café, which offers French door refrigerators in matte white finishes that replicate the luxe of marble countertops, providing buyers with even more options to match their tastes.
White Refrigerator Idea: LG 27.2 Cu. Ft. Smooth White Side-by-Side Refrigerator
Like the 9/10 buyers who recommend this white side-by-side refrigerator from LG, this beautiful and modern fridge is the perfect balance of style and performance. The pocket handles accentuate the sleek lines, making this fridge perfectly suited for contemporary kitchens. This fridge offers 27.2 cubic feet of storage for everything from snacks to produce, and its Linear Cooling and Door Cooling+ ensure every inch is equally cooled to preserve your groceries.
Verified buyer review from ColdinupstateNY: “Very clean modern looking.”
Considered the “new classic” by some style experts, stainless steel refrigerators have quickly become the direct rivals of white refrigerators. While this finish has been around for decades, refrigerator manufacturers have given new life to the look with modern fridge designs that accentuate the contemporary look of stainless steel.
Still, while undeniably beautiful, users have become aware of the extra maintenance that goes into owning a stainless steel refrigerator. Older models were notorious for showing fingerprints and smudges, prompting manufacturers to respond with improved finishes that are resistant to prints and messes. With that being said, stainless steel is vulnerable to scratches, and experts recommend frequently wiping down these surfaces to maintain shine, which can be a negative for busy households.
But if you want a kitchen that looks up-to-date, a stainless steel fridge is a popular choice. The shiny luster works well with dark cabinets, tiles, and wood for a cozy feel. If you prefer a lighter feel in your kitchen, pair a stainless refrigerator with white cabinets to pick up on the light undertones.
Stainless Steel Refrigerator Idea: Frigidaire® 18.8 Cu. Ft. Brushed Steel Counter Depth Side-by-Side Refrigerator
Relish the subtle design of this Frigidaire stainless steel side by side refrigerator that masters the look of minimalism. Buyers give this fridge a 4.5-star rating for its counter-depth design, capacity, and powerful cooling technology. In total, you can organize food over 100 ways within four door bins, two crispers, three adjustable shelves, in both the freezer and refrigerator.
Verified buyer review from DebbyAnn: “I love my new Frigidaire refrigerator.”
Trendsetters looking for the latest appliance color with “X factor” are encouraged to explore black stainless steel refrigerators. These are recent variations on traditional stainless steel, but with two major differences. First off, black stainless steel fridges don’t show prints as easily as stainless steel fridges, making them a great choice for buyers who like stainless refrigerators, but don’t care for maintenance. Additionally, refrigerators with black stainless steel finishes provide an earthy feel that works particularly well with dark wood tones and other metal finishes.
There are a few concerns when it comes to these refrigerators, though. Generally, style experts do not recommend this fridge finish if it’s for a smaller kitchen since it can make the space feel small and cluttered. Users also recommend being extra careful with these refrigerators since they tend to show scratches and knicks more than stainless steel fridges. Unlike scratches on traditional stainless steel finishes, those in black stainless steel cannot be buffed out.
Black Stainless Steel Refrigerator Idea: Whirlpool® 28.5 Cu. Ft. Black Stainless Steel Side-by-Side Refrigerator
The best asset of this black refrigerator is its size. At a staggering 28.5 cubic feet, this Whirlpool side-by-side refrigerator offers some of the most food storage on the market at a price that is well below luxury. This is a great fridge if you have a larger kitchen or a full household, and you buy in bulk. The Accu-Chill Temperature Management System and FreshFlow Air Filter are great additions to keep your seasonal items and frozen goods fresher longer.
Verified buyer review from sas324: “I love my refrigerator!”
Panel ready refrigerators aren’t anything new, but with infinite possibilities for finishes, they offer fresh looks that no other refrigerators can do. Of course, the complete customizability these refrigerators offer comes at a higher cost, and the option is only available on built-in refrigerators, which requires professional installation (a.k.a. added costs).
But if your budget allows for a panel ready refrigerator, you have the option to match your appliance with your kitchen’s cabinetry for a flush look or create a unique look to make a statement.
Panel Ready Refrigerator Idea: Beko 16.4 Cu. Ft Panel Ready Built In Bottom Freezer Refrigerator
Let your creativity flow with this panel ready refrigerator that can be personalized to your taste. Beko is a leader when it comes to efficient appliances, and this bottom freezer refrigerator is no exception. It features smart NeoFrost Dual Cooling Technology with individual cooling systems to keep the freezer and fridge at separate, accurate settings. The EverFresh+ feature is also great to keep vegetables and fruit fresh for up to 30 days.
We hope this proves that just because a refrigerator is an appliance, that doesn’t mean its color doesn’t matter. With these tips and tricks under your belt, you’re ready to shop for a refrigerator in the color that matches your budget and lifestyle. Our recommended refrigerators are just the tip of the iceberg — if you want to explore even more colored refrigerators, there’s plenty to browse at Colder’s Appliance. Come by and let our experts guide you to the perfect fridge color and style to satisfy your taste and needs.
Want to know more about refrigerator finishes? We’ve answered popular questions about colored refrigerators to help make your decision a little easier.
Can you mix appliance colors?
Generally, interior design experts recommend sticking to a single appliance color for maximum visual impact. However, if you want an eclectic look, it’s recommended to buy appliances of different colors from the same brand for the most cohesive look.
What is the most popular fridge color?
Overall, white refrigerators continue to be the most sold fridge color, followed closely by stainless steel, and black refrigerators.
Which fridge finish is easiest to clean?
While stains and messes are more visible on white fridges, these refrigerators are easier to clean than stainless steel or refrigerators with black finishes.
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