What is the Difference Between Stainless & Metallic Appliances?
- Stainless steel resists stains better than plastic-covered appliances, such as those with a metallic finish. This is because the chromium in stainless steel reacts with the oxygen in the environment to create a layer of chromium oxide. This barrier, which also repels rust and corrosion, creates an invisible atmosphere around the appliance and stops stains from sticking to the metal. Plastics, such as metallic-finished appliances, do not have a barrier and, while more resistant to staining than wood, are stained by some foods and by the accumulation of smoke and cooking grease over time.
- The chromium in stainless steel does more than just keep the stains away; it's also responsible for the shine of stainless steel appliances. This shine is often brushed down to a minimal level but is still noticeable as compared to the less lustrous color of a metallic appliance.
- Both metallic and stainless steel appliances are durable and will last for years. Still, accident and injury can mar the beauty can shorten the lifespan of any appliance. Stainless steel appliances, depending on the thickness of the casing, can dent easily when suffering minor impacts. Metallic plastic will not dent during minor impacts but may crack or shatter if involved in a major drop or collision, while metal will dent or bend more severely.
- One area where metallic finish holds the higher ground is in range of colors. Stainless steel is a single metal color with a brushed or solid finish. Metallic finishes come in a range of colors, such as silver, chrome and copper.