Black stainless steel was the most popular non-stainless finish ever in 2019. Thirty percent of the packages sold in U.S. box stores were black stainless steel – that’s a lot.
Every major manufacturer produces like Electrolux (and Frigidaire), Samsung, LG, Whirlpool (Maytag and KitchenAid), GE, and Bosch.
Black stainless steel matches all cabinet styles like regular stainless but has a darker hue. That’s the good part.
Now, black stainless steel has gone from 30% to less than 5%. The finish is nice, but the maintenance is pretty tough.
Unfortunately, the finish is an oxidized coating. It’s easy to scratch, and then you will see the stainless underneath. That’s bad. You cannot repair that scratch.