Stainless Steel Kitchen Cabinets

Gain insight on stainless steel kitchen cabinets, an alternative material used in modern kitchen design.
Chef's Kitchen Glass Display

Chef's Kitchen Glass Display

Designer Peter Salerno creates display space for the homeowners' dish and glass collection by incorporating ten mullion doors and ten single glass doors over the freezer, china cabinet and refrigerator.

Photo by: Peter Rymwid

Peter Rymwid

By: Amy McEvoy

Stainless steel is a material prominent in most modern kitchens designs. Homeowners seeking an updated kitchen often desire stainless steel appliances and sinks, and stainless steel kitchen cabinets work well with this look.

Kitchen Cabinet Choices

See All Photos

Shop This Look

Historically used in restaurants, laboratories and for medical storage, stainless steel cabinetry has moved beyond its industrial beginnings and is now found in high-end home kitchen designs.

While you can get a very sleek, angular look with stainless steel kitchen cabinets, it does show fingerprints and scratches easily so you want to make sure you are comfortable with a non-perfect surface if your kitchen is used frequently. Fortunately, over-the-counter stainless steel cleaners are readily available so that fingerprints can be easily wiped away.

Besides being easy to clean, stainless steel is a durable and sanitary material—two very appealing characteristics for a frequently used room such as a kitchen. For the earth-friendly homeowner, stainless steel cabinets are considered a green product, meaning they are recyclable, non-toxic and easy to clean without the use of harsh chemicals. Additionally, steel cabinets are a great pick for outdoor kitchens, since they hold up quite well against the elements.

Stainless steel is a more expensive material than wood. One option to achieve the look of stainless steel while avoiding the cost is to install wood or particleboard cabinets covered in metal door and drawer fronts.

Stainless steel kitchens may seem cold and institutional to some. Pairing stainless steel cabinets with warmer materials such as wooden flooring, glass inserts, or even a kitchen island made of a warmer wood can be more appealing to the eye and provide a unique feel to your kitchen design. Copper or bronze hardware or accents can also break up all of the silver tones that stainless steel kitchen cabinets provide. Whether you are seeking a truly sleek modern space or a more transitional look, using steel as an alternative to wood in your kitchen cabinetry can give a breath of fresh air to your home.

Next Up

Modern Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Modern kitchen cabinet doors are easy with the right information.

Metal Tile Backsplashes

Get info and ideas for metal tile backsplashes, and prepare to install a durable and visually striking backsplash in your home.

Glass Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Get all the info you'll need on glass kitchen cabinet doors so you can create an airy and stylish kitchen design scheme.

Glass Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Glass kitchen cabinet doors will turn boring, plain wood into something spectacular.

Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

The design style you choose for your kitchen cabinets determines the tone and style for your entire kitchen.

Modern Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Get info on modern kitchen cabinet doors, and prepare to add sleek, contemporary design to your kitchen.

Modern Kitchen Cabinets

Learn about the different options of modern kitchen cabinets and how they translate into a spacious and airy dream kitchen.

Copper Backsplash Ideas

Browse copper backsplash ideas, and get ready to add a durable, visually interesting backsplash to your kitchen design.

Oak Kitchen Cabinets

Learn all about oak kitchen cabinets and discover why this type of wood has stayed so popular in kitchen designs everywhere.

Kitchen Cabinet Material

Explore These Beautiful Kitchen Cabinet Options for Ideas

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.

On TV

House Hunters

7:30am | 6:30c

House Hunters

8:30am | 7:30c

House Hunters

9:30am | 8:30c

House Hunters

10am | 9c

House Hunters

10:30am | 9:30c

House Hunters

11am | 10c

House Hunters

11:30am | 10:30c

House Hunters

12pm | 11c

House Hunters

12:30pm | 11:30c

Home Town

1pm | 12c

Home Town

2pm | 1c

Home Town

3pm | 2c

Home Town

4pm | 3c

Home Town

5pm | 4c

Home Town

6pm | 5c

Home Town

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Home Town

8pm | 7c

Home Town

9pm | 8c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

Home Town

12am | 11c

Home Town

1am | 12c

Home Town

4am | 3c

Home Town

5am | 4c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.