Charlotte Home Buyer FAQ | Are White Appliances Making a Comeback?

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Are White Appliances Making a Comeback in Charlotte Homes?

Plain and simply, YES!

White appliances in Upscale homes for sale in Charlotte NCAfter incredibly frustrating attempts to clean fingerprints, hand smudges and doggy-tail brush marks on those stainless steel appliances, owners of Charlotte homes are starting to ask for white appliances again.  In 2012, however, homeowners are seeking higher quality materials and a more trendy appearance in their new white appliances than before.  So, move over stainless steel appliances, white is coming back with a vengeance!

According to a recent Consumer Report posted by Daniel DiClerico from the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago, stainless steel’s dominance of the large-appliance colors could be waning.  White may be the new shiny gray. Why is white making a comeback?  Partially because of the normal shelf-life of trends; trends tend to make a change about every ten years--and it’s that time again. 

Here are eight more reasons white appliances are trending:

  1. Many appliance stores are charging $100+ more for the stainless steel version of their top-of-the-line refrigerator than for the white version.
  2. In a recent Consumer Report rating of a particular brand of the Sub-Zero fridge, the stainless steel version costs $1,500 more than the normal package, including white.
  3. Europeans are leading the trend with the glass-fronted white refrigerator, according to Consumer Reports.
  4. Whirlpool has introduced a new ‘Ice Collection’ line of appliances available in black or white.
  5. White kitchens are consistently popular and a safe choice for those afraid of too much color or afraid of making a fashion faux pas when decorating their Charlotte homes.
  6. White represents cleanliness and will not clash with other colors.
  7. Incredibly busy lifestyles are leading homeowners to seek appliances which require less ‘cleaning and maintenance’ time, and white certainly remains clean looking far longer than the stainless steel.
  8. HGTV and other television carpentry and remodel shows are beginning to put white appliances back in.

No matter what your opinion is on stainless steel versus white appliances, every trend has a lifespan. White will come back around, just as black will eventually, if it ever really left. That’s because black and white are neutral colors that go with anything.

If you’re looking at Charlotte homes to put your black, white or yellow appliances in, call me today at (704) 491-3310 or email me at to begin the search process.


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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


White appliances help to brighten up the kitchen.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 03, 2012 05:42 AM #1
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

We are still in Stainless steel here... But great trend report of Charlotte home designs!

Jun 03, 2012 05:48 AM #2
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Interesting.  I can't say I've really seen it in the New York area (and we tend to be ahead in the trends). But, white cabinets for sure are the most popular and visually they can work well with white kitchens.  I've been seeing more higher end stainless steel and even more so in the higher end homes.  Then, the kitchen cabinets have stainless steel hardware and it seems to work well together.


It will be interesting to see whether/how the trend evolves and whether it is different w/ moms w/ young kids who like to hang their artwork and stuff on the fridge. 

Jun 03, 2012 05:58 AM #3
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Interesting article Debe.  I used to see builders put in white sinks with S/S appliances and asked why.  They told me that the S/S sinks really got beat up looking in a very short amount of time so they weren't using them anymore.  At least the trend isn't reverting back to avocado green ...

Jun 03, 2012 06:55 AM #4
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I was a fan of stainless steel appliances until I had to clean up one!. .waiting for them to die so I can replace them. .

Jun 03, 2012 07:27 AM #5
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Debe - Stainless steeel is a pain to clean.  And, I have to wonder when is avocado green coming back?? LOL

Jun 03, 2012 02:59 PM #6
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Debe everybody here for the most part still wants stainless....I for one know how hard they are to keep clean and prefer white.  Guess I'm back instyle!

Jun 09, 2012 07:49 AM #7
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