Never Ever Buy Bisque Appliances

May 16, 2016



Why You Should Never Buy Bisque Appliances

The call came in as I was walking out of the ice cream shop. I was balancing a $40 cake I had just picked up for my daughter's 18th birthday, while fumbling to answer the phone.

"Hello?'

It was my husband. He wanted to let me know that our refrigerator had just died and he was not happy. While the timing wasn't great, I didn't have anyplace to keep that pretty pink cake, I wasn't really that upset.

I was actually smiling.

You see, I had been waiting, with great anticipation, for this day for a long, long time.

When we added the kitchen, we did not get a built in refrigerator. We had just bought the house, renovated every existing square inch, put on an extension and were planning on a pool the following spring.

To say the budget was tight would be an understatement.

Paying a premium for a counter depth refrigerator when space wasn't a consideration was a stretch and not being ones to take on debt, we (my husband) felt that it would be more prudent to go for a less expensive model. Since I was gunning hard for that built in pool, I agreed.

And I have regretted it every day since.

Now in the grand scheme of things, I know, this is not a big deal, but we're talking design here people. It's my passion and I am a perfectionist when it comes to the details ~ well, some of them anyway.

This was one of them.

White kitchen

As the years went on, my husband tried to appease me, by assuring me that when the refrigerator died, I could get the built in one. I was happy with this plan...

...but you know what? It wouldn't die.

The high end dishwasher we bought? Dead in five years.

The pricey convection stove? Also a goner around the six year mark.

The fridge that we paid less than a thousand bucks for, that I wanted to replace since the day the box arrived...going strong for over thirteen years.

Figures right?

Hence that smile in the Baskin Robbins parking lot. You would've thought it was my birthday.

Well, are you ready for the ironic part of the saga, when my fabulous fairytale turns into a horror story?

Bisque appliances are out of stye. Yup. They're passé.

I knew that they weren't super popular, I mean it wasn't easy replacing the stove or dishwasher a few years ago, but my fridge hunt was downright frightful. Bisque appliances are the subject of scorn and ridicule in interior design circles and appliance stores near and far. They are terribly dated, old fashioned (and not in the good vintage sort of way) and apparently so am I.

AND everywhere I went to find one, I was told this. Over and over again.

How fun.

Normally, I do not care about the opinion of others. I love my kitchen and feel no need to to explain myself, but after two solid days of these conversations, it started to get to me.

At first I was sad, but then I got angry.

Honestly, who are these people making decisions at the top, telling me that I am wrong, that my choices are out of date and I really needed to get with the times? What times?? The "this is what we think you should have now" times? The "everybody wants stainless today" times? The "you have to get into the new millennium lady" times?

What about "classic" times?

I thought my decor was timeless. I have a monochromatic kitchen with painted wood cabinets, glass doors, an oak plank floor, pine furniture, traditional cup pulls and bisque appliances.

Since when is beige trendy??

White cottage style kitchen

Grrr.

I am sure you can guess how my story ends. I literally had a handful of refrigerators to chose from, no one carried a model in the store, so I couldn't even see the finish. Very few of them came with any bells and whistles and absolutely none of them came in my long awaited for counter depth.

The list narrowed even further when I mentioned that I wanted ice and water in the door and I did not want a big, black control panel on the front of my brand new (already outdated) appliance.

That left me with one lonely fridge...which by the way, was special order.

"Bisque is special order, ma'am."

Of course it is.

So as I speak to you, I have a cooler on the floor next to me with a gallon of milk, three yogurts and few blocks of cheese floating around inside. My replacement will not arrive until Wednesday.

I am not in love with it. It is not what I have been waiting for all of these years. It is essentially the exact same thing I have now.

Except it'll be cold inside.

I guess that is the most important consideration, and after five days of room temperature food and take out, I will be thrilled to have it.

Even if it is dreadfully out of style.

What color are your appliances?

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Here are a few fun facts I discovered in my bisque appliance hunt.

~ Paneled refrigerators are also out. The wood rots after a while and most manufacturers do not offer that option any longer.

~ I am not alone. There are tons of sites and boards online where people are complaining about the lack of bisque appliances available today. It may not be what the masses are buying, but there is still a market for the color.

~ There are a few companies that specialize in pastel and primary colored antique looking appliances.
Apparently, if things cost more, regardless of color and trend, they are always in style.


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109 comments:

  1. I'm sorry you couldn't get what you wanted. When we bought our new house, hubby and I went to Lowes and sort of did that eeny meeny miney mo thing. We didn't really care - until it was delivered. Then we discovered it was deeper than the planned spot for it. Sigh. We've lived with it for almost two years now and will continue until it dies.

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    1. I feel your pain! Those silly details really do matter, don't they? It's so hard to map it all out in the huge box stores. There are so many choices and the space there is so huge it's difficult to picture it in your actual space.

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  2. We had to do a remodel last year, complete kitchen re-do, because of a burst pipe. I bucked all trends and stayed with white appliances. I am just not a stainless steel fan. At all. So I feel your pain. I think Bisque is beautiful, and I'm sorry you weren't able to get what you want. :(

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    1. White is a classic and thank you. I am sorry you had to redo your entire kitchen. Yikes. I am glad you were able to get what you liked!

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  3. Sorry you had so much difficulty finding the right color :( I think your kitchen is beautiful and timeless! I had stainless appliances in a former home and they do show fingerprints which really ruined my love affair with them. This time around I have plain ole WHITE. I am quite satisfied with them too :)

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    1. Stainless definitely has its place and I do like the sparkle it adds to a room, but the fingerprints I could do without and since I am not a big cook and love my design, I would rather those appliances just fade away!! ;)

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  4. As I started reading this I'm thinking Bisque is a brand...then the more I read I'm thinking it's a color? Which shows just how much I know about decor AND appliances! ;)

    We did a cosmetic remodel on our kitchen two years ago. It was really an extension of our screened porch project that grew into the kitchen. I painted all of my cabinets myself, had new lighting in stalled where there wasn't any (over the bars & the counters) & had a bead board back splash added. I absolutely love it! I kept my counter tops, old 1980's laminate but it's white & still in very good shape & not in our budget. The funny thing about the counters. I've had so many guests come in & run their hands across them oohing over how beautiful they are. Friends who saw it before see such a dramatic change that they think the counters are new as well.

    we did not replace appliances. My dishwasher is black, the fridge is white, the stove is almond, the microwave (was white) is now black because I couldn't find a white one I liked when it went out recently & the toaster oven is stainless steel. I love my fridge. It's a very basic Kenmore with no ice maker or water. Glass shelves & very easy to clean.

    (a tip...Borax is the best cleaner for white appliances! I keep some in an old Parmesan cheese shaker. Sprinkle it on & scrub a little)

    My stove is ancient, 28 yrs old this year! We bought it at a scratch & dent sale as newlyweds. It's a Magic Chef. The self-cleaning feature on the oven still works beautifully. One eye & the timer no longer works plus much of the directions are rubbed off from years of cleaning. Thankfully, I know the settings by heart now. I've been stove 'shopping' for years trying to decide what I want when this one dies. I'm very discouraged about them. They all look so cheap & poorly made compared to what I have. Even though mine looks horrific I cook on it two or thee times a day & love it. I actually think I'll cry when it dies.

    the older I get the less I really care about these kinds of things. I used to want my house to look really nice & HGTV worthy but now I realise if I keep things decluttered & sparkling clean it does for the most part.....at least to me it does.


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    1. I agree with you on so many points, Jenny, especially your last comment about keeping things decluttered and clean. It does make a huge difference. I am amazed at your stove and the fact it still works after all those years. We have purchased two stoves and two dishwashers in the last decade and they were both high end Kitchen Aid items. To me, that is a disgrace. Growing up, my mom had her appliances for so long, she actually had them painted to update them. When we moved into this house, the fridge was from the 70’s. We moved it to the basement and eventually got rid of it because it ate up so much electricity, not because it stopped working. Everything is so disposable today. So sad.

      PS. I have laminate countertops too and I LOVE them and after almost 15 years, they still look brand new! Like yours!! :)

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    2. I hear how difficult it is to keep high end counter tops looking nice.

      Mine are so easy to clean. Stains come right off (coffee, tea, juice, ect). I sprinkle a little baking soda then drizzle a little lemon juice over it. Stir to a paste & use a soft plastic scrubber to rub it over the stain. Let it sit a little while if it's a bad stain, then rinse & wipe clean. My counters are well over 30 yrs old but with the freshly painted cabinets they shine. That doesn't always happen with a remodel but mine have been well cared for.

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    3. Yes, I have a marble countertop in my bathroom and it is so porous. It is hard to manage, but my laminate is cleaned easily, it doesn't stain and it stands up to heat. No one could believe that laminate was my preferred material (well, actually it was wood, but this has worked out for the better I think), but I didn't love the granite look or price and so far, so good!!

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  5. Since I almost always have white appliances, it's easy to find a replacement. However, mostly, whatever it is I want is out of style, or worse, hasn't even been invented yet! I feel your pain.

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    1. White is a classic, Nancy...until someone at the top decides that's dated, too!! ;) Grrr.

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  6. Well thank goodness you did not cave in and get the much-hated-by-me stainless steel! Why do I dislike stainless steel appliances? Three reasons really. 1) They lack warmth 2) Everyone just has to have them, which makes them "trendy" and 3) As a young journalist I had occasion to visit the morgue. And guess what? Nearly everything in there was stainless steel. So now every time I see someone whooping about their new stainless steel appliance, I'm picturing that morgue with dead bodies stacked. (Just for the heck of it, dead faces in the morgue look like rubber.) Yeah, I will not be getting one. I have the usual old-fashioned white apartment refrigerator. And when it gets a little tacky, I just apply another coat of wall paint on it and call it good!
    Brenda

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    1. Brenda you are hilarious! I was just going to say to Kim that she can always paint the fridge. What kind of DIYers are we if we can not add a bit of paint onto anything.

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    2. It's easy to understand your aversion, Brenda. I was a waitress in many establishments during high school and college. Stainless was the name of the professional game. I guess that's why they became so popular in homes, that pro feeling, but like you, I have always thought they were cold. Stainless just doesn't scream cozy to me!

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  7. Oh, say it isn't so - I LOVE my bisque appliances! I had stainless before it was popular, and I.hated.it. Still do, as a matter of fact. Every single finger print, nose print, etc. is right there in front of me just waiting to be cleaned! I love the way my bisque blends in with the kitchen, and I truly love the color. I suspect my fridge, which is far too big for our kitchen, would fit exactly in your kitchen. :) I'm so glad you like bisque too - I love your kitchen!

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    1. Thank you Betty!! I am hoping my new fridge fits a little bit better than the old one, but at this point, I am just happy to have the right color!

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  8. You are right - I haven't seen bisque appliances in many years. I have a white fridge and range - I'm one of those who actually like white better than stainless steel! We did have a white dishwasher, but it died (and it was our 2nd one...you are right, dishwashers do not last!) and at the time, we didn't have enough money to buy a new one. Friends of ours came to the rescue and gave us their old dishwasher. It works perfectly fine, though it's "old-fashioned". And guess what color it is?! Ha ha - it's bisque! :-) We didn't care because it was free! I still have oak cabinets too, so yes, my kitchen needs a major update. It's all about the $$ right now. Someday! :-)

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    1. Melanie, you are right, dishwashers do not last, no matter the brand and it is so frustrating. I am glad that you were able to get one from a friend and old fashioned or not as long as it’s washing the dishing for you, I say it’s the perfect color!!

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  9. Aw dang, you updated the rooster curtains! And my appliances are about the same as yours... house came with black (house if 6 years old now) - did I mention I don't like black appliances? So, dishwasher died, new one is white. Range/oven I couldn't deal with anymore and gave it to a adult daughter and bought a white one. I was so excited to have one with the glass top (gag, somebody kill me...that thing is NEVER EVER clean and it drives me nuts). Now I can't wait for it to die so I can go back to coils. Am I ever happy? lol

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    1. I have that same white glass top stove and it is so hard to keep clean. I totally agree!! My husband likes it when it's white and pristine, so he cleans it often, but it's certainly not a quick job. And don't despair, the rooster curtains will be back in the fall!! They just needed a good cleaning and after a decade I needed a bit of a (temporary) change! Thanks so much for weighing in and I hope those coils are in your future!!

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  10. I sure do enjoy your blog! Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much!! Your sweet comment means so much! :)

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  11. Oh my! I am laughing because of your incredible talent as a writer. Yet, I am sorry for you with this fridge business.
    Sending a HUG,
    Carla

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    1. Carla, I am smiling ear to ear! Thank you for that comment about my writing. **big smiles**

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  12. I completely understand, Kim! I had a counter depth bisque refrigerator. Five years ago, we updated our countertops. Much to my dismay, well, you know the story. I was disgusted, not to mention heartbroken. To the rescue, was my husband's idea to have a new white refrigerator painted by a friend of ours who owned a car body shop. Though I was very apprehensive, we did it. I have never regretted it. It was perfect. But, I know, when the other appliances begin to die, we will be back to square one. And, now I understand that the color graphite is being introduced for appliances. Some classic! Horrors! Your kitchen is beautiful. Keep those beautiful photos coming!

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    1. Thank you, Sherry!! I read your comment to my husband and we think your idea is genius. We are sad that we purchased the fridge before we read it! Next time, the body shop for sure, we too have a friend...now I will just be waiting for the new one to kick. Again!! ;)

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  13. Hi Kim, well I am sorry you couldn't get the fridge you wanted. But, so glad you stayed away from stainless. I tell you, I have hated mine every since we got it. I can't really go back to a lighter color when it dies due to my color scheme, but I may have to go to a black one again. Live and learn. Since the stainless fingerprint so badly they are now introducing the black stainless. However, I was talking to an appliance salesman and he said, they tend to chip with white showing through. No thank you on that!! Enjoy your new refrigerator when it arrives. Love your kitchen!!

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    1. Thank you, Celestina Marie. I really hope I like it and I hope mine doesn't chip. That super shiny surface makes me nervous. I think I'm with you, I would take fingerprints over chips any day, although the fingerprints would drive me mad!!

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  14. I can't believe your Bisque choice is "out of style!"
    And why is it things quit in the middle of something important like a graduation or birthday.
    We have stainless . . . it just fits here . . .
    Yours is a Bisque kitchen and certainly not dated or out of style . . . it looks lovely/perfect!

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    1. Thank you, Lynne...and you're right...always during an event. I remember when the dishwasher stopped working. It was the day before Thanksgiving when I was expecting 30 for dinner. Always to way!! ;)

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  15. I had no idea about this problem. I thought Bisque was the standard and everything else would be an upgrade. Maybe if I wait long enough avocado will be back in. That avocado and gold washer and dryer I had lasted a life time and I was glad to get plain old white. Now I can't get bisque. I give up.

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    1. I know, Barbara, right? I mean what is more basic than beige? Growing up we had a brown fridge. I think my mom had it painted in the 80’s…bisque!! :)

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  16. Kim, I've seen Whirlpool and GE refrigerators for sale in bisque at Home Depot and AJ Madison, but maybe it's not the style you wanted. I have a pure white stove and refrigerator (no dishwasher) with my linen white/chocolate glaze cabinets. I think they work just fine because they're classic and my sink is pure white, too. The space above the refrigerator that you pointed out doesn't bother me. I have it above my fridge. What does bother me is when the refrigerator sticks out beyond the counter. (It bothers Dennis even more.) So we made sure our fridge was "built in" in that regard. In the past I remodeled a kitchen and bought black appliances (back in the 80's). I didn't want to replace my white dishwasher, so my husband pulled off the panel suspecting there was another panel in black inside. There was, so we changed it out. A lot of people don't realize dishwashers often come with alternative color panels. I'm not a stainless girl. It's just not my style. Your kitchen is beautiful and your new fridge will be wonderful. Enjoy! Hugs, Nancy

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    1. I remember those dishwasher panels, Nancy! We changed ours out, growing up. There were several back there. Wouldn’t that be nice if I could do that with my fridge? We did end up getting our new one at Home Depot. You’re right, there are a few for sale, but as you said, not what I was looking for…mainly counter depth. That “sticking out” bugs me, too. Oh well, at this point I am just gunning for cold!!

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  17. Sorry to hear you couldn't get what you want but not a surprise. When my fridge went out, my husband could only find a stainless steel one that would fit. I hate stainless steel!!! I HATE STAINLESS STEEL!!! But the beige/ivory whatever that is in my kitchen is not sold anymore, certainly not in my size. Believe me stainless steel is not what goes with cherry cabinets. At least not in my opinion.

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    1. It's so frustrating, isn't it, Jane? It's funny because stainless came in every imaginable size and with every bell and whistle possible. Some of them even had a tv built into the door!! Unbelievable. Beige or white? Good luck! Yikes! Thanks so much for the comment!

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  18. That stinks! Now they are pushing something other than stainless. Can you change your mind? How about a red one? xoxo Su

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    1. Imagine a red fridge, Su!!! Oh my. I would totally go for that! A DIY paint job perhaps? ;)

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  19. Appliances are really quite a pain aren't they? I do love my stainless steel gas stove (but that's because I haven't had gas in years and I love the way it cooks so evenly.
    I do not care for our oversize stainless fridge, but it matched everything else and I actually don't pay much attention to it! It keeps stuff cold- thats really all I care about.
    Your writing is wonderful Kim-you have got us all talking:)
    Jemma

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    1. Thank you so much, Jemma, you just made my day! Your kitchen is just stunning. I can’t imagine the appliances any other way. They look fabulous!!

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  20. The comments on this post are nearly as fun as the post. I have a black refrigerator and a stainless stove. No dishwasher or microwave. My kitchen is small and my fridge is one of those larger dorm type fridges. I have a regular fridge in the basement that is white. I have a stainless sink and chrome industrial type shelving so it is pretty eclectic. P.S. I am not a fanatic when it comes to fingerprints.

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    1. I agree Lorri, I love the comments on this post. It’s fun when people start talking and sharing! Who knew that appliances would be such a hot button topic? ; )

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  21. We had stainless steel appliance in our Illinois house and hated them, the upkeep was constant, and bisque appliances in our Florida home and really liked them. They blended in with the rest of my kitchen and were easy to keep clean. We had to buy a new bisque fridge 6 years ago and it was difficult even then so I know your pain. I'm sure your new one will look great in your kitchen.

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    1. Thanks Kristi. Here’s hoping!! At this point I am just ready to settle for a fridge that is cold!! ; )

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  22. Oh, your story is scaring me!! I too am waiting for my refrigerator to die so I can get a nice new white one to match my mostly white kitchen. Stainless will not do!! My fridge is 1980's beige with no handle (broke off years ago) and IT WILL NOT DIE! It is an Amana, literally from the late 1980's. We brought it over from the last house because I had to have the bottom freezer feature. Oh, and we had to take door trim off the house to get it in and will have to again to get it out. Maybe I shouldn't wish it would die. It is a hideous sight though in my kitchen. Did I make you feel better about your brand new, although not exactly what you wanted, fridge??!!

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    1. Haha!! Yes, AnnMarie. Like my mom used to say, misery loves company. I am certainly not happy about your appliance woes, but it's nice to know that I'm not alone! I am sure you will find a fabulous white fridge....whenever you old one kicks! Good luck! :)

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  23. Boy do I agree! I am old fashioned and I know it! I have never liked stainless steel~Very hard to keep clean and well, just looks cold. Trust you will get your frig soon! I have been there and it is not fun to keep everything cold!

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    1. We are so sick of take out and room temperature menu options, Lynn!! :)

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  24. Our townhome had bisque appliances - the dishwasher died first and the stove and refrigerator were on their last legs so what did we do? - sold the townhouse (after replacing all of the appliances with new "stainless steel" ones - because our realtor says that's what "everyone" wants) also replaced kitchen flooring and carpet and painted throughout. New buyer loves the appliances. Glad for her, but we bought an older (old) home with a kitchen update done several years ago. What color are the stove, refrigerator and dishwasher? White! - Exactly what my preference would have been. I loved the bisque and I do not love the stainless. If bisque is not timeless - white surely must be. The refrigerator - same situation as yours - it's huge and I swear it will swallow me someday, but it's not in the budget to replace. At least it's not stainless steel. Enjoy your new refrigerator. Ranee (MN)

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    1. I am so glad that you got your classic white, Ranee. That was a lucky find, it's not common in most homes...and yes, those huge refrigerators are really just too big. We don't need all that room and smaller would be prettier! Thanks so much for the comment. I love it when people share!! :)

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  25. Kim, I do have stainless appliances, and ONLY because when we moved into this house I decorated in the primitive style. I painted the walls all dark and primitive colors so I needed something that wouldn't stick out like a sore thumb.......and black was not an option! I don't follow trends either, I decorate with what I like, not what's trending, and if my home was decorated as it is now, I would have been in your shoes! My washer & dryer are bisque:) So did you get the bisque refrigerator, or did you go with your dream and get a counter depth fridge......in white?

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    1. I went with the bisque, Rhonda. Color won out over size. I do however see a DIY project in my husband's future though! ; )

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  26. LOL for a minute there I thought that you were talking about a name brand that I'd never heard of! :)

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    1. I wish it were a brand name, Deb! Surely they would offer the color I need!! ; )

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  27. Bisque--I was thinking a refrigerator made of china? But do you mean the color? Not white but bisque colored? It just does not pay to put our hopes in a trend basket, does it, Kim? Trends are by nature transient. We have all stainless here in our new house and as they are champion workhorse Thermadors, you won't catch me complaining. However, we are here in this big house for a year, that came with a sweetheart deal, to give us time to look around for a two bedroom bungalow. And as it will most likely be older and need updating, I am determined to have an all white kitchen to reflect the wonderful light here. So I will be thrilled if it comes with older white appliances, because as you wrote, they will probably last and last. Meanwhile, I'm loving this big Thermador fridge and am finally learning how to cook on the gas range that is a work of art.

    Happy birthday to your daughter! We share a birthday month!

    Dewena

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    1. Happy Birthday to you, too, Dewena!! It sounds like you are enjoying that big house and your lovely appliances. It’s funny to think that someday stainless will be considered trendy and passé and perhaps bisque - and maybe even avocado green - will be back in style!! What goes around…

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  28. I was just wondering if you could add a bit of trim (that coordinates with your cabinetry) to cover that gap between the fridge and the cabinet above? Just thought I'd throw that out there!

    Hugs,
    Carol

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    1. Definitely going to try it, Carol. It's already on my husband's 'honey do list', I have been looking at that space for way too long! ; )

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  29. I laughed out loud about the less expensive appliance going on forever while the expensive pieces conked out.

    I am sorry that you didn't get what you want, but I know everything will look great.

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    1. It's always the way, isn't it Carol? If I had loved it, it would've been the first to go! ;)

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  30. Kim, I can understand your frustration. THIS is why I painted my oven ;) With an extremely tight budget when I moved into my home I bartered some sewing for a 40" gourmet oven. It was old then and 17 years later still works great. I love the side warming oven and built in griddle. What I never loved was the black door that looked like a vast black hole among my white washed cabinets, which is why last year I painted it jadeite green like the expensive retro ones you mentioned and have loved the results.

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    1. That’s super creative, Cecilia and it is beautiful. You did a wonderful job! :)

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  31. We've replaced almost all of our appliances in the past few years and we decided to stick with white. People looked at us like we were crazy when we asked for white instead of stainless. I'm finally warming up to stainless, but I still adore my white ones. When we first married, we bought a fridge and had to pay an extra $10 for the almond color. We've bought a total of three refrigerators in our 25 year marriage. That seems ridiculous. Things just don't last like they used to. In our first house, we discovered appliance paint and painted our harvest gold stove in almond color (to match the new fridge) We also switched out our dishwasher panels (remember when you could do that?) to the almond color. Growing up, my mom had a turquoise fridge, then she "upgraded" to avocado. Hee hee!

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    1. We had orange countertops with a black patent leather look trim, Lisa! We also had colored beads hanging over the half wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room and washable wallpaper with large orange and avocado flowers on it. My mom was super trendy...and colorful! Maybe that's why I am so drawn to beige!! Ha!!

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  32. Oh, my gosh, I am SO grateful for this blog on kitchen appliances! My dishwasher, which is/was bisque--or "almond" as it used to be called eons ago--has died, and I have been stressing big-time about what color to replace it with. My kitchen sink is bisque, and my refrigerator is bisque. My oven, microwave and cook-top are all black. When we did over our kitchen I couldn't get the oven and cook-top in bisque, so since they were on the opposite side of the room from the sink, dishwasher and frig, I tho't it was fine and I've been perfectly okay with it. Recently, we have been considering selling the house so I've just been in a fit about whether we should replace the dishwasher with a stainless one and gradually switch all the appliances to stainless to "up-date" for resale value or maybe the dishwasher should be black like the oven and cook-top, then when it dies, we could replace the frig with a black one. But, then if everything is either black or stainless, that means the sink would have to be either black ugh! or stainless ugh!x2! But, finally, I am reading comments from people like me who really do not like stainless steel and who DO like bisque! I feel vindicated! I still don't know exactly what color to go with for the dishwasher but at least I don't feel so much like an outdated old lady with outdated tastes! Thanks, gals!

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    1. Naomi, I am so glad that you found this post and all the wonderful comments helpful! I felt vindicated when I read the comments, too! Listening to salespeople tell me just how outdated and old my style was got a bit depressing after a while. It was nice to hear from so many others that stainless wasn't necessarily their choice either. I wish you luck with your shopping and thank you for adding to the discussion!!

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  33. Wow Kim what a problem! I never heard of your refrigerator before. I do hope you get your new one soon and it all works out.

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    1. Thanks Julie! If I liked stainless, I would have a million to choose from! ;)

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  34. I was reading your post and smiling. Like you, I am waiting very patiently for our fridge to call it quits. LOL I just can't stand it! It is the first stainless steel we ever owned, but my problem is not the color, is the size. Some of these new fridges are ridiculous. I spend half of my life trying to rearrange food to fit everything. Horrible! About a month ago it started making a noise. YUP! If I am lucky, I will have a new one before the holidays come around again. LOL I hope you get your new fridge soon and that you are happy with it. Take care, Maria

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    1. I hadn't thought of size Maria, but that is so important. We did not end up with a counter depth fridge simply because it didn't exist, but in the end, it may have been too small!! Good luck with your own fridge. Yikes!

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  35. Hang on Kim!! Did you buy the counter depth? We have one and I would not do it again unless it's absolutely necessary for floor space. Our counter depth holds so much less stuff that we have to have an extra fridge in the garage.

    Mine is stainless and it's pretty in my eyes but it makes very little ice and we have to be choosey about what goes in.

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    1. Nope! No counter depth anything in bisque, Stacey...unless we wanted $5,000 fridge. Um...no thank you! I do agree with you that it may have been too small. The new one seems to be a tab bit tinier than the old and already we feel the crunch!! Great food for thought. I was so caught up with the look, I hadn't thought about the function!

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  36. Hi Kim, I'm elated to learn there is a community of bisque lovers like me. Wish the appliance manufacturers would get the message so that we would have more choices when replacements are needed. Your kitchen is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks so much...and I bet what goes around comes around and eventually this color will be popular again!! Here's hoping!! I appreciate the comment. Thanks for weighing in!

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  37. I feel your pain! I loathe, hate, despise and abominate stainless steel appliances!!

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    1. Just not my thing, Bobbie. I admire them in come kitchens I see, they fit, but in mine, not so much. I just want the appliances to fade away! Thanks for the comment!! :)

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  38. Love that you shared this with us today at TOHOT!
    Have a lovely weekend, Kim~Jemma

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    1. Thanks Jemma. Always fun to link up!!

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  39. Kim, Florence here from Blogging Fifty! I love your post & I'm gonna show my ignorance by asking if bisque is the material or the color? Must be the color!
    I don't like stainless steel either...just doesn't have much warmth to it in my opinion. I love your bright cheery kitchen! And I would say this post has that humor I love!
    Florence

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Florence! You are not alone...lots of people asked the same question. I guess that's how outdated my appliances are, lots of people have never even heard of it!! ;) I am glad you found the fun in my post. Thanks for the visit and I hope you come back again!

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  40. I enjoyed you post and can relate to it. When we did a major renovation 10 years ago, being a professional chef, I wanted a pro stove. Well you can not find a "pro"stove not in stainless steel. I thought about going with black appliances but felt they would look like dark holes in the room. So I ended up with a stainless steel fridge and a black dishwasher. The stove and fridge are right across from each other so to have it different colors would of looked weird to me...I hate stainless steel but I LOVE my pro stove. My kitchen are cherry cabinets with a mahogany stain....I went with that because I'd have clients in my home and felt it had to look professional. I can't tell you what I would give to do it in white cabinets. I don't go buy anyone else's rules and don't get hung up on it. I like biscuit and would take it any day over white...It will be worth the wait.

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    1. Cathy, I totally get it. My sister wanted a pro stove and stainless was her only choice when it came to gas top, convection/ electric oven. I know that there are considerations for companies when it comes to the economics of production, but it would be nice to let the public weigh in every now and then instead of dictating trends! :)

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  41. My mom just replaced her fridge and she chose white. It was a special order because like you mentioned there was plenty of stainless steel models to choose from and virtually none on the floor in white. White is classic so I don't understand why stores are promoting trends. Very well written post and everyone has shared such interesting perspectives.

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    1. Thanks Ronda and yes, as I just commented to Cathy, it would be nice to let the public have a say when it comes to these choices...but I guess the overwhelming demand is for stainless. Although, I often wonder if that's just because people have few other choices!

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  42. Oh how frustrating!! I am fairly sure all the white appliances in my kitchen are from 1993 since I had to buy parts for a couple when I bought the house last year. But you know what? They are still going strong so they are staying!!! And by the way? I love bisque appliances!

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    1. It is frustrating, Debbie! I hope this new round of appliances last as long as yours!! I l don't want to go through this again. Although, by the time I replace them, bisque may be back in again!! ;)

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  43. I am so glad I found this post! I, too, love my bisque appliances. They go beautifully with my solid Ash cabinets. My dishwasher is on its last legs and I was so excited to find a Whirlpool dishwasher in bisque to soon replace it. The heck with whomever buys my house someday. Bisque needs to come back. Everything else in homes today is " neutral". Why can't our appliances be also.

    I had stainless steel in my first apartment 38 years ago and hated it. I love it less now.

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    1. Karen, you are so right...everything is neutral today. I have a floral couch and I bet you can't find one of those around anywhere! ;) I hope bisque does come back. It probably will...right after the resurgence of avocado appliances!

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  44. You are a cutie!!! I have bisque appliances and now you have me skeert!!!! The frig is 30+ years old, so my chances of another one like it are slim to none :^( Besides color, we have a size factor to consider...
    Oh well, I'll "think about that tomorrow" I guess.
    Ugh......
    Hope your frig is better than expected!!
    Blessings,
    J
    Red would be good too :^)

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    1. Oh J...Red would be good!! I did think about that, but boy oh boy, were they pricey!! Maybe next time, I'll just invest in a giant can of spray paint!! Ha!!

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  45. I thought I had ordered a counter depth fridge before I moved in to our new home. Unfortunately, I was given the wrong dimensions and it wasn't until the fridge was installed that I realized it wasn't counter depth. I'm not one to sweat the small stuff though. Maybe next time.
    All my appliances are stainless - never again. I will probably go back to white when these die. They're so much easier to clean.

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    1. Well, our fridge is in Susan and like you said...the depth has become "the small stuff". It works and the food is cold, even if it isn't the prettiest box on the block!

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  46. Looking at your photos your fridge looks white to me Kim. I guess I always thought bisque was a bit darker,

    It's disappointing after all this time you couldn't get what you wanted. Same thing happened to me, but like you I was just happy to have one!

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    1. Our first round of bisque appliances were a tiny bit darker, Doreen. I think it was closer to almond, but now they are a very, very light cream. Like you said, not in love, but it works. After a while, cold is all that matters!! ;)

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  47. Oh, Kim, how frustrating! I hope that you will grow to love your new fridge when it finally arrives. Perhaps make it pretty on the inside with a lot of yummy treats?
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. The inside is full of yummy treats, Amalia! I have to say, still not in love with certain aspects of the outside, but all is forgiven when the cheesecake is cold!! ;)

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  48. Well, I am another bisque lover/owner. Replaced dishwasher last year without too much problem. The 25+ year old fridge started dying the Christmas weekend I had Girls' Day which was also the weekend before Family Dinner. I found one fridge that was bisque and the right size to fit in my space and it was a floor model. Otherwise, it was special order and a two week wait. As I was discussing the problem, a friend who is a realtor popped up with the comment "You need to replace/upgrade with stainless steel for resale value since that is what everyone wants." Ugh - no, I do not like or want stainless steel. Good luck with your new fridge! Hope it will work out better.

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    1. Oh, I am with you Shirley ~ I buy what I want...not for resale's sake! I am glad you were able to find what you were looking for on the floor! If only!! ;)

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  49. You are funny Kim, but you know what? You still make bisque work in your lovely kitchen! now, let's start over-cooling this thing so you can get the built-in you've always wanted! ;-)

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    1. I wish Vel! Couldn't find one it that size, sadly they don't make them. I ended up with one that I like...and it's cold. I guess that's the main purpose!

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  50. I thought we were going to have to replace our subzero side-by-side counter-depth built-in refrigerator with oak panels that match our oak cabinets because the lousy thing wasn't cooling. This refrigerator came with our house and is probably 25 years old. So I was looking at refrigerators. I knew there was no way we could afford a new subzero. That would have cost $8,000, I think! I was so relieved when the appliance repairman replaced a small part and the refrigerator started cooling again even if I paid $123 for 20-25 minutes of labor. The part was $14 and was included in the $123. I am so glad I did not have to get a generic (definitely generic!) stainless steel refrigerator. I don't know why they say the wood panels rot. Ours haven't. The panels on the dishwasher didn't rot either. We had to replace our stove and dishwasher and I got stainless steel even though I said I never would. I had to get a downdraft stove and Jenn-Air was about the only choice. The black Jenn-Air that was here had died. The new black just looked too plastic, I thought, so I got the stainless steel. Then when I had to get a new dishwasher, I got stainless steel to match! I couldn't use the wood panels because the door was different. One thing nice about my kitchen is that the stove and dishwasher don't stand out because the stove is in the island and the dishwasher is across from the island. You really don't notice them, but a stainless steel refrigerator would have been sticking out like a sore thumb. Why do they charge more for counter-depth when the refrigerator is smaller? That's so annoying! I remember looking at a house back in 2000 with bisque appliances that matched the cabinets and thought that was so pretty.

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    1. $8,000??? I can't even imagine, Lucille. You just made me feel better about what I paid for my new bisque number! Glad that your panels are holding up, I wish they still offered that in more places!!

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  51. I have and LOVE bisque! Stand your course...it will come back and we will be ready! :-)

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    1. Thanks Katie! Bisque lovers unite!! :)

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  52. I feel your pain. I love bisque. I want to get a new induction range and they only come in stainless.
    It's going to look so out of place in my kitchen.

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    1. Oh no. I bet it will be beautiful, but I totally understand your angst. I don't see why the manufacturers won't listen to customers and carry the color. It's frustrating and I just know it's coming back...everything does, just not necessarily in the timeframe that we need it.

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  53. Kim, I know this post is from a long time back but I am just seeing it for the first time. You are so smart to stick it out for what you wanted, in fact, smart to know WHAT you wanted. I had an almond frig for many years, that just continued on and on! When we first moved and remodeled the kitchen I still had that almond frig (it was too good to give up) and put black glass appliances in. Then when the frig finally went I HAD TO HAVE stainless and so I did! We replaced the oven with stainless at the same time, and knew that eventually we would replace the dishwasher. After cleaning away fingerprints, etc. for some time now, I wish I had gone to white but, of course, new appliances are not in our retired future! So, in case you lost count, I have stainless frig and oven, black microwave and dishwasher and am now contemplating painting the kitchen white! So there you have it!..As I said, you are so smart..Judy

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    1. Oh Judy, best laid plans, right? I'd like to think it was smarts, but I think it's due more to my stubborn nature. For better or worse! ;)

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