Matte paint finishes are a hot trend in the high-end car market and their appeal has driven appliance manufacturers to jump on the bandwagon as well. If you can get your Tesla with a black matte finish, why not your refrigerator? If you want to upgrade your kitchen with a new distinctive and rich look, the new black slate appliances by GE or the new black matte appliances from LG might be the perfect fit. Their eye-catching style will WOW your family and friends!
Black stainless steel is taking the industry by storm with most major manufacturers now offering the color, with Bosch black stainless steel being the most recent addition. But black stainless isn't for everyone. Read our article about the pros and cons to find out why a different finish might work better for you. The new black matte appliance finishes offer something different. As of this writing, they are only available from LG and GE. Let's take a look at what these colors are all about and what the differences are between the two brands.
LG Black Matte
LG was one of the leaders in the black stainless steel market and those products have been selling well. Consumers love LG's products in general so the reception to their black stainless has generally been good. One drawback is that some consumers complained that the black stainless steel finish was prone to chipping and peeling. LG is aiming to eliminate that issue in their black matte offering.
Here are some of the key highlights of the new LG black matte appliances:
Beautiful matte finish with a rich black overtone
Matching matte black handles
Hides fingerprints very well
The beautiful modern LG styling customers love
Available in a full range of appliances: dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves, and ranges
Overall, it is a deeper shade than their black stainless steel, offering a richer look that is definitely unique.
The other option in the black matte finish market is the GE Cafe black slate appliance line. Let's take a look at what it has to offer.
GE Black Slate
GE is the leader in the matte finish space with a few product offerings. GE has been successful with their slate appliance line for over five years so they are no stranger to producing matte finishes. GE black slate is a stone-inspired matte finish material with a rich black coloring. Here are some of the key highlights of GE black slate:
Beautiful stone-inspired matte finish with black coloring
Stainless steel handles for contrast in the GE Cafe line come standard (but can be changed)
Slate is resistant to fingerprints by nature, and black slate is no exception
GE has a proven track record with matte finishes dating to 2013 with their slate line
Available in the main GE Appliances line as well as GE Cafe and GE Profile
GE's black slate is now being rebranded as black matte to go with their new GE Cafe Matte Collection (click the link to read more about it) and a push into the matte color trend with a matte white finish as well.
If you are looking for black matte appliances, these are your two options. The finishes are similar but not identical. It is definitely worth heading to your local appliance store to view them in contrast to one another. The first big difference you'll notice is the black matte handle on LG models versus the stainless steel bar handle that comes standard on the GE Cafe models. However, the GE Appliances and GE Profile models have color-matched handles, and with the high-end GE Cafe option, you can choose brushed black handles (yes, you can customize the hardware!) for a matched look. This is a major aesthetic difference that will set these products apart for consumers.
Other factors to consider include what range of options you're looking for - as of this writing, GE offers more appliances overall in black slate than LG does in black matte.
Looking to purchase a full kitchen suite in one of these great colors? Check out our detailed look at appliance packages to help you save on new appliances!
Which one will you choose? Let us know. We'd love to hear from you!
Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in September of 2017 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.