Stainless Steel Refrigerator
Best Stainless Steel Fridge Freezer Buying Guide & Cleaning Tips

A stainless steel refrigerator is a well known décor option for today's kitchens. Offering clean, modern look, these units are highly energy efficient and offer large storage depth.

StainlessSteelRefrigeratorA stainless steel fridge is chic, classy and ideal for refreshing the tired look of kitchens. Made for modern and compact kitchens, it is fit for all types of settings and is a great addition for beautification. A compact stainless refrigerator saves a lot of space while offering a surprisingly large storage space.

Made from pure stainless steel, these units are highly durable. The stainless steel body is smoother and tougher than plastic counterparts, and it doesn't corrode as easily. Stainless steel refrigerators are also considered more eco-friendly since steel is considered hygienic, while plastic is harmful to our ecology.

Though expensive, the stainless steel body needs less maintenance. They can be cleaned easily with a wipe of cotton cloth as less dust and dirt is catched due to glossy finish.

How to Have a Clean Stainless Steel Refrigerator?

Tips for cleaning stainless steel surface

  1. Empty the content and clean the insides like any other refrigerator. Wash the surfaces and thoroughly dry them before putting back the shelves and bins in order.
  2. Use a microfiber cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean the outer steel surface. Rubbing alcohol leaves no streaks and will give the body a dull finish. Use any oil-based product or stainless steel polish like mineral oil, petroleum jelly, Sheila Shine or WD40 to restore the shine back and protect the stainless surface. Avoid abrasive cleaners to prevent damage.
  3. Keep buffing the surface of the stainless refrigerator with any of these cleaners until it gets shinny and the cloth dries out. Constant polishing will erase fingerprints and the fridge will appear cleaner.
  4. Finally, touch up the final finger marks with a bit of mineral oil in the cloth.
Tips for Buying Stainless Refrigerators

Using 3M DI-NOC to emulate stainless steel finish

Based on your refrigerating needs, decide on the size you want your refrigerator to be. An average capacity is eight cubic feet, ideal for a moderate sized family. A stainless steel chest freezer is ideal for one or two users.

Next, determine the kind of stainless steel refrigerator that will fit your needs. A French door device has thin doors with high energy efficiency. A side-by-side model offers separate and organized compartments for different food types. It also preserves food longer with its advanced temperature settings and freezing techniques. The bottom freezer is located at the bottom and can be opened in the from of a drawer.

Consider an energy-saving model to save money on power bills. Pick a unit that is made of eco-friendly construction. Inspect the interior of the system to check whether proper unitization can be made from the available space.

Finally, check on the quality of the stainless steel, maintenance cost, style, user-friendliness, color and design of the unit.

Best Stainless Steel Refrigerators to Buy

Whirlpool-ED5FVGXWSWhirlpool ED5FVGXWS 36" is a huge 25.3-cubic-foot capacitive, side-by-side refrigerator. With a radius door design, flat textured door style and bow handles, this unit has a refrigerator compartment volume of 15.4 cubic feet and a stainless freezer compartment volume of 9.9 cubic feet. The opaque adjustable gallon door bins and clear meat pan offer a convenient and large storage option.

The machine provides a full width freezer bin for large storing space, a factory installed automated ice maker for automatic freezing of ice, adjustable SpillGuard glass shelves to avoid spilling of contents and a humidity-controlled clear crisper for convenient preservation of vegetables.

Additional features include a push-button filtration system for easy filtering and an EZ-Touch water and cubed/crushed ice dispenser.

Some users have reported that the unit is noisy, has limited shelving options, flimsy shelves and a bad ice maker. These stainless steel fridges cost over $1200.

Haier-4.6-cu.-ftHaier 4.6 cu. ft. Stainless Steel fridge and freezer is a small upright freezer/ refrigerator with a space-saving design and stainless steel finish. With a half-width freezer compartment, this cheap stainless steel compact refrigerator comes with an ice cube tray for taking out ice, three full glass shelves, a convertible full-width drip storage tray, adjustable leveling legs and two full door shelves to accommodate tall bottles.

Other features include manual defrost, a reversible door and a flat space-saving back design. Unfortunately it's been known to require a larger amount of repairs and even die within 1 to 3 years, while Haier has a reputation for poor customer service.

The upside is that this affordable unit is very low priced and only costs under $250.

Apart from all these models you can also opt for a stainless steel freezer if you only need to deep freeze food items. You can try out a new counter depth stainless steel refrigerator instead of a compact fridge for a more space saving model.

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Updated February 2011