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Bosch Black Stainless Steel (Reviews / Ratings)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  June 28, 2018  |  3 Min. Read

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In this article, you will learn how Black Stainless is manufactured, why Bosch is different, and better.

Bosch Black Stainless Steel

Bosch Black Stainless Steel

Then you will also understand why you probably still will not buy Bosch Black Stainless at least this year. Confusing, isn’t it?

You will also see our Bosch Black Stainless Steel Scratch Test video where we tested their new black steel finish with a metal fork. 

If you have a toddler, it could be a very applicable test.

What is Black Stainless Steel?

Black Stainless is a black oxide coating over stainless steel. It has a rich, dark hue and is fingerprint resistant, but the coating can be scratched off revealing the stainless undercoat.


So it doesn’t wear as well as regular stainless because you will see shinier metal under the black hue when it’s scratched.

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If you watched our original Black Stainless Steel Scratch Test video, you’ll see they all scratch to varying degrees with Samsung being the most durable.

The Best Black Stainless Steel Brand for Scratching

Bosch is very different than the other manufacturers.

Their black finish is added to the stainless in the actual manufacturing process.  It is not an overcoat but part of the metal itself.

In theory, it should wear better and be more scratch resistant.

Of course that is what the other brands said. So let’s take a fork and scratch the Bosch like the others and see what happens.

Bosch Black Stainless Steel [VIDEO]


As you can see Bosch performed better than any other brand, because it truly is part of the steel rather than an overcoating.

If you have kids or are active in the kitchen, the finish of the Bosch will hold up better than the others.

Why you should not buy Bosch Black Stainless Steel

Without question, Bosch is the best Black Stainless Steel, but at this writing they do not manufacture a range in that finish.

You would have to buy a single wall oven and cooktop for the equivalent of a Black Stainless Steel range.  You would have to change your electrical, cabinet, and countertop as well as add an addition $500-1500.

For new construction with wall oven and cooktop, then you may want to consider the Bosch, because you can plan accordingly.  However, replacing existing freestanding appliances with a wall oven and cooktop is pretty costly and not worth the effort.

You also do not want to mix other brands because every companies Black Stainless color is different.

Final Thoughts

Well, Bosch is the best Black Stainless Steel finish along with Samsung, it is the only Black Stainless recommended by us.

Unfortunately, unless you are planning wall ovens in your kitchen, it is very tough to buy a suite of Bosch Black Stainless Steel.

Their range is due in 2019. Then Bosch would be the best consideration for this finish.

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A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

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That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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