It should come as no surprise to you that these days that kitchen stainless steel appliances are by far the most popular for kitchens. Check out our data chart and table below for precise figures. Of course, there are pros and cons to stainless steel kitchen appliances.
It wasn’t all that long ago in the big scheme of things that stainless steel was considered an upgrade.
These days, it’s standard. Yes, stainless steel costs a bit more than non-stainless steel appliances; however, because it’s so widespread, it can hardly be considered a premium appliance option.
This post showcases over 1,000 kitchen designs with stainless steel appliances. We add more every week. Frankly, stainless steel works with any kitchen color, features, cabinet finish, island design, countertop, backsplash, kitchen lighting, faucets, and style. That’s what is cool about this style of the appliance.
While our gallery focuses on the main appliances such oven, stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher, you can also get most smaller appliances such as coffee makers, toasters, toaster ovens, and microwaves to name a few in stainless steel.
Below is our massive gallery.
This lovely kitchen is predominantly white that makes the gray surfaces of the countertops and flooring stand out. Among these stand-outs, are the stainless steel appliances and fixtures that solidify the modernistic theme of the kitchen.
This small and simple kitchen has dark hardwood flooring that is contrasted by the light hues of the wooden walls and a high arched ceiling. This setup makes the white cabinets and drawers of the kitchen island and peninsula stand-out.
The modern three-door fridge and oven are both embedded into the large wooden structure connected to the L-shaped peninsula that has a white countertop that emphasizes the stainless steel dishwasher beside the sink area.
The dark wood ceiling is contrasted by its white exposed wooden beams that match with the white shaker cabinets of the peninsula and kitchen island. This is complemented by the stainless steel fridge and stovetop oven with vent hood.
The stainless steel microwave oven is embedded into the hanging cabinets and shelves over the white countertop of the L-shaped peninsula that contrasts the green backsplash tiles in a brick wall pattern.
The luxurious stainless steel three-door fridge and the stove-top oven complements the light green hues of the walls and backsplash that is brightened by the white countertops and white ceiling bearing a modern pendant light.
This is a lovely kitchen that emphasizes the stainless steel fridge and the rest of the appliances. This is achieved by the uniformity of the white hues in the white ceiling, white marble backsplash and the white countertops.
The hardwood flooring matches with the wooden elements of the kitchen island and peninsula as well as the large wooden cabinet at the far wall that has steel handles matching with the embedded stainless steel appliances.
This cozy kitchen has a kitchen island in the middle of two peninsulas that have white countertops and backsplash that makes the stainless steel dishwasher and stove-top oven stand out matching with the handles of the cabinets and drawers.
The stainless steel fridge and oven are embedded into the white wooden structure that blends with the white ceiling and hanging cabinets above the white countertop of the peninsula contrasted by the wooden cabinets and flooring.
The brilliant white tray ceiling contrasts the dark gray structures of the kitchen peninsulas and island that has black countertops that match the handles of the cabinets and drawers housing the modern appliances.
The white ceiling seems to encroach upon the white floating cabinets above the L-shaped peninsula that extends to the structure housing the stainless steel fridge and ovens that stand out against the hardwood flooring.
The beige ceiling bears recessed lights and an intricately wrought iron chandelier in the middle that gives a sheen on the stainless steel fridge and stove-top oven that has a modern vent hood floating above it flanked by wooden cabinets.
The grand stainless steel oven and its large vent hood are a nice complement to the brown wooden shaker cabinets of the peninsula that has gray countertop and sleek gray backsplash tiles arranged in a brick wall pattern.
This charming kitchen is dominated by the dark wood elements on the kitchen island, peninsulas and the mounted cabinets matching the farmhouse chandelier. This is contrasted by the beige countertops and the stainless steel appliances.
The sleek stainless steel appliances provide a nice modern contrast to the solid wooden elements of the kitchen peninsulas that contrasts the white ceiling and light hardwood flooring.
This bright and spacious kitchen is augmented by the white L-shaped peninsula and white ceiling with three stainless steel pendant lights over the white kitchen island. This matches well with the stainless steel stove-top oven paired with a white vent hood.
The modern stainless steel vent hood hangs from the middle of the white ceiling over the kitchen island that matches with the large chocolate brown structure housing the two-door stainless steel fridge.
The wooden kitchen island has a second-tier countertop that serves as a bar paired with three leather cushioned wrought iron stools. The large L-shaped peninsula houses the stainless steel appliances that are embedded with its cabinets and drawers.
This kitchen has beige tiles for its flooring that complements the dark wood kitchen island with an off-white countertop that houses the stove-top stainless steel oven that matches with the stainless steel dishwasher by the sink.
This kitchen has large wooden exposed beams on its ceiling. These beams support three pendant lights that cast off a warm yellow light on the two kitchen islands and the stainless steel appliances built into the walls flanking the arched entryway.
This chic kitchen is dominated by the beige palettes of the marble flooring, walls, ceiling and cabinets that form an alcove that houses the stainless steel stove-top oven given a nice backsplash adorned with a painting of flowers in a vase.
The large two-door stainless steel fridge is built into the wooden structure that is connected to the peninsula that has cabinets and drawers flanking the stainless steel stove-top oven with a beige stone chimney contrasting the brick stone cove ceiling.
The kitchen island has a sleek countertop that matches with the stainless steel fridge and the modern vent hood over the cooking area. This is contrasted by the dark wooden cabinets and drawers that also contrasts the white cathedral ceiling.
The dark gray velvet stools complement the gray countertop of the kitchen island that has the same white cabinets and drawers as the L-shaped peninsula that houses the modern stainless steel appliances.
This kitchen shares its dark hardwood flooring and beige ceiling with the dining area. This ceiling has dark brown exposed wooden beams that match the peninsula that is contrasted by the sleek modern stainless steel appliances.
This small and charming kitchen has a large stainless steel vent hood flanked by dark wooden cabinets mounted over the small peninsula that is dominated by the modern stainless steel appliances of the cooking area.
This hallway-like kitchen maximizes its small dark hardwood flooring with a pair of kitchen peninsulas parallel to each other. These two long peninsulas have silvery gray cabinets and handles that matches well with the modern appliances.
A couple of lantern-like pendant lights hanging from the middle of the white coffered ceiling is a nice match for the stainless steel appliances that stand out against the white shaker cabinets and drawers of the island and peninsulas.
This kitchen has the latest modern stainless steel appliances and even a wine cooler. These are all built-into the white shaker cabinets and drawers of the kitchen peninsulas that stand out against the brown flooring and the black backsplash.
This kitchen has a beautiful beige tray ceiling that has multiple recessed lights giving a sleek shine facade to the black countertops of the kitchen island, peninsulas as well as the stainless steel large two-door fridge.
This kitchen has a brilliant ceiling contrasted by its dark wooden exposed beams and the three stainless steel pendant lights hanging over the large kitchen island. These pendant lights pair well with the modern stainless steel appliances that stand out against the dark wooden cabinets.
This luxurious kitchen has a modern stainless steel fridge that has a glass cover. This is augmented by a stainless steel coffee maker beside it that is housed by a large wooden cabinet matching the L-shaped peninsula and kitchen island.
This lovely kitchen has a wooden cathedral ceiling that has exposed beams and recessed lights that augment the natural light coming in from the row of windows above the white marble backsplash of the L-shaped peninsula that houses the stainless steel appliances.
The stainless steel stove-top oven has a vent hood that is built into the floating cabinets above. This pairs well with the two-door modern fridge that is built into the white cabinet of the peninsula illuminated by pin lights of the white ceiling.
The large two-door fridge stands out against the white shaker cabinets and drawers of the kitchen that has a white coffered ceiling with four sky lights over the white kitchen island that is paired with four white leather stools.
This charming kitchen has a U-shaped peninsula lining the white walls that have a beige textured backsplash giving a nice subtle contrast to the sleek stainless steel stove-top oven and its large vent hood hanging from the white tray ceiling.
This kitchen has a pentagonal white tray ceiling with three gorgeous pendant lights augmented by the natural light of the window above the L-shaped peninsula that has modern appliances housed on its edge beside the gray door.
The stand-out elements of this lovely kitchen are the three pendant lights that have rustic black woven hoods hanging from the white ceiling that blends with the white cabinets flanking the white vent hood of the stainless steel stove oven.
The green shaker cabinets and drawers dominate the kitchen and make the stainless steel stove-top oven stand out along with its vent hood. These elements are mediated by the terracotta backsplash and white cathedral ceiling.
The large stainless steel two-door fridge along with the other appliances and modern pendant lights stand out against the navy blue cabinets and drawers that contrast the white walls and light hardwood flooring.
This large kitchen is dominated by the redwood shaker cabinets and drawers with silver steel handles matching with the stainless steel appliances embedded into the peninsulas lining the walls around the kitchen islands.
This kitchen has a long peninsula paired with a large gray kitchen island forming a small hallway of dark hardwood flooring leading to a far wall dominated by a white structure housing the modern appliances.
The two door fridge and stove-top oven are housed within the L-shaped peninsula that has gray shaker cabinets and drawers contrasted by a white backsplash and white ceiling that has three spherical pendant lights over the kitchen island.
This small kitchen has a charming gray facade that oozes a modern luxurious demeanor with its stainless steel appliances housed within the walls and the small peninsula that has a modern vent hood hanging above it from the white ceiling.
This gorgeous kitchen has a large vent hood that has a beige finish blending in with the walls and ceiling that is contrasted by the dark wood hues of the shaker cabinets and drawers flanking the modern stainless steel oven with a stove top.
The gray and white patterned flooring tiles of this kitchen gives a nice complex background for the beige kitchen island that matches with the kitchen peninsula dominated by the stainless steel modern appliances.
This charming and cozy kitchen has a bare wooden palette applied on its kitchen island surrounded by cabinets and an L-shaped peninsula with the same hue but is given a black countertop. This rustic quality is contrasted by the modern stove-top oven that has an elegant patterned gray backsplash.
The terracotta flooring tiles is matched with redwood shaker cabinets and drawers for that classic theme paired with moss green countertops and backsplash that makes the stainless steel stove stand out as well as its vent hood against the red brick alcove.
This is a bright kitchen due to its high white coffered ceiling paired with a light hardwood flooring and white pendant lights that brighten up the white countertop and gives a sheen to the stainless steel appliances against the gray cabinets.
What is meant by “stainless steel appliances?”
When a kitchen is deemed to have stainless steel appliances, it means the main appliances have a stainless steel finish or casing. These include oven, stove, refrigerator and dishwasher.
How popular is stainless steel?
Check out these numbers. Here’s a chart showing the percentage of kitchens with various types of appliances:
To get more specific, here’s the corresponding data table:
Selling your home
Recently, a real estate agent contributed to an article titled “Top 10 Kitchen Upgrades for Home Sellers“. This article focuses on which kitchen upgrades help with netting a higher price for your home and/or selling your home faster. It was his professional opinion that stainless steel appliances are definitely worth installing in your home just for resale value and saleability of your home.
What about those nasty smudges and fingerprints?
Smudges and fingerprints were the main reason my mom never wanted stainless steel appliances. With us kids in the house touching everything with our filthy hands, she knew she’d be wiping down appliances day and night.
However, smudges and fingerprints are a problem of the past. Now you can buy smudge and fingerprint-proof stainless steel appliances. That’s pretty cool, isn’t it?
How much does a full fleet of stainless steel appliances cost?
The range is huge because there are some very high-end appliances, especially ovens and stoves. However, you can get a decent brand for a full fleet (fridge, oven/stove, and dishwasher) for $2,500 to $3,500.
When you go high end the costs can climb to astronomical amounts… even approaching $10,000.
The sleek, glossy black cabinetry in this kitchen provides a bold counterpoint to the soft tones of rich natural wood countertops and hardwood flooring. The stainless steel appliances pair naturally with this look, adding an extra layer of freshness.
The highly textural tile backsplash of this kitchen adds an attention-grabbing layer to this contemporary kitchen, sandwiched between layers of light-hued cabinetry over a hardwood floor. The massive island features a light brown countertop and dark stained wood body, in sharp contrast to the bright stainless steel appliances.
Beneath a bold art print on the ceiling of this kitchen, we see light grey stained wood cabinetry, a micro tile backsplash, and rich marble flooring. The sheen of stainless steel accents the space well.
The contemporary shape of the rich wood cabinetry meshes perfectly with stainless steel appliances and a deep black quartz countertop. Light hardwood plank flooring, along with micro tile backsplash, adds a further layer of detail.
This vast kitchen features acres of rich wood cabinetry, plus marble countertops and backsplash over a stone floor. The ceiling features sleek wood planks and the intricate lighting scheme highlights the array of stainless steel appliances throughout.
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A large island centers this kitchen over dark hardwood flooring, with a sleek black countertop and built-in wine rack. Stainless steel appliances add a bold contrast to the off-white cabinetry all around.
Bright and open design informs this kitchen, flush with white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. The intricate tile backsplash adds a layer of complexity to the lightroom, helping diffuse the contrast with the black countertops.
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We love the large, stately island in this kitchen, topped with light granite and sporting both a large sink and plenty of space for in-kitchen dining. The stainless steel appliances add a sleek counterpoint to the soft tones of the room.
The massive, lengthy island covered in marble is the centerpiece of this vast kitchen, standing atop dark hardwood flooring and surrounded by rustic tinted cabinetry. The stainless steel appliances add a layer of sheen to the look without distracting from the overall style.
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This kitchen features a strong balance between various modern elements, from the glossy brown flooring to the sleek grey cabinetry. Stainless steel is a major factor here, informing both the appliances and a large slab-like countertop on the raised island for in-kitchen dining.
A series of pendant lights hang above the rich natural wood flooring of this kitchen, spiked with sleek white cabinetry and a two-tier island that provides plenty of dining space for a quartet of bar stools. The stainless steel appliances make for a delicate contrast in this example.
kitchen design, lit naturally through a row of full height windows. The giant granite wrapped island at center defines the space, in contrast with both sleek grey cabinetry and stainless steel appliances dotting the space.
Here’s an enormous open plan kitchen design, lit naturally through a row of full-height windows. The giant granite wrapped island at center defines the space, in contrast with both sleek grey cabinetry and stainless steel appliances dotting space.
We love a solid contrast, and this cozy kitchen provides it in spades. Rich wood cabinetry pairs with white marble countertops and large stainless steel appliances for a bold mixture and striking appearance.
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The warmly traditional look of this kitchen is slightly offset by the appearance of stainless steel appliances, adding a flash of the modern. The dark wood island at the center features a built-in microwave, storage, and sink, offering utility and a visual anchor to the room.
Bright, open design informs this modern kitchen, centered on a large white island with an extended countertop for dining space. A set of carved wood bar stools act as a rustic counterpoint to the contemporary look of stainless steel appliances and cupboard doors.
Stark black cabinetry and stainless steel appliances mesh for a sleek look in this thoroughly contemporary kitchen. Large format marble tile flooring and a grey backsplash keep the neutral tone.
In a more traditionally styled kitchen, we see a massive marble-topped, dark wood island at the center, surrounded by ornate white cabinetry over a rich hardwood floor. The appearance of stainless steel appliances offers a subtle contrast.
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Rich, dark stained hardwood flooring contrasts with pristine white cabinetry in this large, open design kitchen. Stainless steel appliances add a flash of sleek modernism, but the whole room is anchored by the dark wood island with marble countertop.
As part of a much larger open space, the kitchen here is defined by its stainless steel appliances. A set of black cabinetry contrasts with white walls and rustic storage bins below.
With a marble-topped, two-tier island defining the edge of this kitchen, the stainless steel appliances help it stand out amid a large open plan home. Subtle tile backsplash complements the vast array of white cabinetry with steel hardware.
With a very tall ceiling, there’s plenty of room for an abundance of warm wood cabinetry. The kitchen even features a ladder and rail system, much like a library, for reaching the upper cabinets. In addition to white marble, space is spiked by the appearance of stainless steel appliances.
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Ultra-modern minimalism informs this sleek kitchen, pairing white countertops, tile backsplash, and upper cabinets with rich wood lower cupboards and island. The stainless steel appliances add a small dose of contrast.
The first thing that stands out in this traditionally styled kitchen is the sleek appearance of stainless steel appliances, contrasting with the dark wood cabinetry. A massive textural backsplash at left adds fresh detail, while granite countertops mesh perfectly.
Elegant color combinations paint this kitchen with a timeless appeal, from light granite countertops to the dark stained ornate wood cabinetry. Stainless steel adds a layer of modernity, while the stone tile floor anchors it in the past.
We love the sleek texture of the wood cabinetry in this kitchen, adding a glossy sheen to a space dominated by the contrast between natural wood and stainless steel. The countertops and backsplash provide an abundance of textural detail as well.
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Sharp white cabinetry meets a micro-tile backsplash in this highly detailed, cozy kitchen. The island is wrapped in smooth marble, contrasting with the rustic hardwood flooring. Stainless steel appliances add yet another layer of contrast, making for a surprisingly cohesive whole.
This cozy but open kitchen is defined by the pairing of sleek grey cabinetry and white marble countertops. The appearance of stainless steel appliances subtly matches the flush hardware on the cupboard doors.
Here’s another fine example of the bold contrast and modernity that stainless steel appliances can inject into a traditionally styled kitchen. The granite countertops and stone tile backsplash convey a neutral tone across the center.
It’s refreshing to see natural wood used to such striking effect in a thoroughly contemporary setting. This kitchen pairs the timeless material with white lower cupboards and countertops as well as stainless steel appliances.
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Warm light wood cabinetry matches the hardwood flooring in this large, open plan kitchen, contrasting with white walls and a blushing granite countertop. The subtle appearance of stainless steel appliances grants a bit of variety to space without hogging visual attention.
This kitchen is an absolute riot of color and texture, with bright natural wood cabinetry holding stainless steel appliances at right and a pristine white island at the center. Within a larger open design area, the kitchen is defined by this high contrast look.
Stainless steel utterly defines this large, industrial style kitchen. With rows of steel cabinetry and work tables, it’s a high tech look within a black and white tiled space.
Our final kitchen is an astonishing modern creation focused on irregular geometric shapes. Bold white colors the island, countertops, and cabinetry while soft grey informs the flooring. Bright natural light pours in through massive full-height windows, reflecting off the subtly powerful stainless steel appliances.