We’ve all been there—you’re having friends over for dinner and have cleaned the house top to bottom. Your kitchen counters are shining, the sink is gleaming and just as the doorbell rings, you notice your refrigerator out of the corner of your eye. Despite wiping it down a mere hour ago, the stainless-steel façade is now covered in fingerprints. And water drips. And it looks awful.
You don’t have to be diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder for this to irk you. Anyone who owns a stainless-steel fridge (or any stainless steel appliance for that matter!) knows that keeping the steel, um, stainless, is incredibly difficult. Finding the right cleansing product—one that doesn’t leave a residue behind, or discolor or warp the steel—is no easy task, and just when you’ve got it looking perfect, someone goes and actually opens the refrigerator door, leaving behind, you guessed it…fingerprints, handprints, thumb smudges and more. Cringe.
Which is why when we saw a commercial about Maytag’s new line of Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel appliances on TV, it gave us pause. Could a stainless steel refrigerator that is immune to fingerprints really exist? Are all of our lives about to change?!
We decided to put it to test, and who better to try out such a product that a mom of four school-age kids? “My old fridge was constantly caked in fingerprints, water stains and food,” said Kelly Monks, mom to two girls ages 10 and 11 and two boys ages 7 and 8. “No matter what product I used to clean it, it always looked messy.”
After test-driving the new Maytag refrigerator, Monks found that not only could the appliance withstand the non-stop wear and tear four kids dole out, but it also held up to its claim—the product truly does repel fingerprints, and when it does catch a mess (like sauce splatter or from ice cream-covered finger) all it takes is water and soft cloth like a dish towel to wipe away. With no residue or halo effect. “After six days of constant use by an active family of six—all of whom are non-stop opening and closing this fridge—I’m ready to switch my other appliances over. I’ve never had a stainless appliance look better in my kitchen."
About that cleaning—does the water-and-a-cloth method actually hold true? “It BARELY needs wiping down, and even when it does it is literally that simple,” said Monks. “No fingerprints, no smudges, no marks. Totally delivers on its promise.” Her other favorite part? The fridge’s curb appeal. “It's the largest appliance we have and is visible from many rooms given our central kitchen—and it's never an eyesore. That’s a huge, huge benefit to me."
How does it work? According to Maytag, at a microscopic level stainless steel is actually porous—to combat this the brand uses a special coating that fills those porous gaps in the material, giving a finish that not only repels skin's natural oils (read: fingerprints!!), but also makes it easier to wipe those vexing drips and smudges clean. “Consumer feedback is important to us, so we listened to the challenges around cleaning stainless steel appliances—and keeping them clean,” Maytag senior brand manager Shannon Blakely told us. “[Our] defense against splatter, streaks and sticky spots helps keep appliances looking as good on the outside and they work on the inside.”
So there you have it folks, whether you’re a busy mom perpetually cleaning up after kiddos, or just someone who likes a pristine kitchen, this is refrigerator is the answer to your polished prayers.
Maytag 36-Inch Side by Side Refrigerator in Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel
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