Since When Does Stainless Steel Rust?

The point of stainless steel appliances, I always thought, is that they’re all shiny and metallic and don’t rust. The not rusting thing is kind of key. So he’s disappointed to see a smattering of rust spots on the front of the stainless steel Kitchenaid dishwasher that he bought less than a year ago.

I purchased a kitchenaid stainless steel dishwasher 10 1/2 months ago and the front is rusting, they told me stainless steel doesn’t rust… BUT its a cosmetic issue. A service tech even came out and said its a defect!!!

Meanwhile the house I purchased still has a 10+ year old stainless steel fridge by kitchenaid without a mark.

We wrote back and asked for pictures, and Michael sent these along.

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These spots may not be the iron oxide rust that we normally think of, but they are gross. It would be better if they weren’t there in the first place, but there are plenty of rescourse out there with cleaning tips: the stainless steel industry even has their own cleaning handbook. Neat.