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   Dear Consumerist: Fridge magnets will not stick to my new stainless steel refrigerator. Am I entitled to a refund? Sincerely, Insane Clown Posse. PS. Farking magnets, how do they work?

05 Nov 2012 12:33 PM   |   18610 clicks   |   The Consumerist
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3rotor     
and that there, the end of all Stainless appliances in the kitchen... good old mild-steel for the masses.

05 Nov 2012 12:35 PM
Odd Bird     
Fark Consumerist, not even this place will get me to add to their traffic.

/DNRTA, or is that obvious?

05 Nov 2012 12:36 PM
Agent Smiths Laugh    [TotalFark]  
Clearly someone didn't know the secret of steel.

05 Nov 2012 12:36 PM
cgraves67    [TotalFark]  
My mom bought stainless appliances for her kitchen when she remodelled and was mortified that her magnets didn't stick, so I'm getting a kick etc.

05 Nov 2012 12:36 PM
Englebert Slaptyback     

Agent Smiths Laugh


Clearly someone didn't know the secret of steel.


Crom farts in his general direction.

05 Nov 2012 12:38 PM
H31N0US     
This just in: 300 series stainless steel is non-magnetic. More at 11.

05 Nov 2012 12:38 PM
Gunny Highway     
Over sold the joke, subby

05 Nov 2012 12:39 PM
snocone    [TotalFark]  
This is one of the best qualities of stainless, no crappy magnets.

05 Nov 2012 12:39 PM
jst3p    [TotalFark]  
I just moved from a house I bought 2 years ago and I thought the fridge was stainless steel, but we had a ton of magnets on it. Was it not stainless or is there a stainless steel that magnets will stick to?

05 Nov 2012 12:39 PM
DecemberNitro     
*GASP* You mean Sears sucks? I AM SHOCKED.

/worked at corporate 2.5 years
//worst job of my life

05 Nov 2012 12:40 PM
Whodat     
FTA: "... Kenmore Elite appliances are supposed to be the best appliances you can buy."

Ummm .... no.


and "Stainless steel appliances are often made from alloys that aren't magnetic" Then it isn't stainless steel.

Sears has been crap since the '80's.

05 Nov 2012 12:41 PM
scottydoesntknow    [TotalFark]  

snocone: This is one of the best qualities of stainless, no crappy magnets.


I love it. The main fridge stays clean (at least until the rugrat discovers scotch tape) and my mini-beer fridge is the magnet taker (but only magnets from trips).

05 Nov 2012 12:41 PM
duffblue     
This is turning out to be an interesting thread.

05 Nov 2012 12:41 PM
brandent     
I'm betting if I tell my wife that magnets won't stick she'll quit bugging me to buy one.

05 Nov 2012 12:41 PM
Endive Wombat    [TotalFark]  
Low iron stainless steel...amazing that magnets wont stick to it.

The complaint nowhere mentions whether or not OP used stainless polish/protectant

05 Nov 2012 12:42 PM
rosonowski     
I think the magnet thing is secondary to "it's rusting", really. Stainless steel that rusts? Well that's missing the bloody point.

05 Nov 2012 12:42 PM
paygun     

jst3p: Was it not stainless or is there a stainless steel that magnets will stick to?


The name "stainless steel" covers a huge amount of different alloys. There are stainless steels that have enough iron in them so a magnet will stick.

05 Nov 2012 12:42 PM
doubled99     
So Pinterest and Iphones have replaced putting anything on the fridge?

Stupid.

05 Nov 2012 12:43 PM
Grapple     
This is why I simply drive nails into my refrigerator if I need to hang something on it. or those handy 3M stickie things that come back off.

05 Nov 2012 12:43 PM
jst3p    [TotalFark]  

jst3p: I just moved from a house I bought 2 years ago and I thought the fridge was stainless steel, but we had a ton of magnets on it. Was it not stainless or is there a stainless steel that magnets will stick to?


Seems this guy "google" knows the answer:

The 400 series stainless steel (martinsetic, e.g., 440C stainless) is generally magnetic, while the 300 series (austinetic, e.g., 304 and 316) is not.

Learn something every day. I hope this "internet" fad sticks around, it might become useful.

05 Nov 2012 12:44 PM
Skr     
So it sounds like they are branding Aluminum (or some non ferrous alloy there of) as Stainless steel?

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05 Nov 2012 12:44 PM
Kuroshin     
Huh, you mean an Average American Consumer buys more for hype than out of critical knowledge of a product? I'm shocked.

/mostly by a ground fault

05 Nov 2012 12:44 PM
mongbiohazard     

jst3p: I just moved from a house I bought 2 years ago and I thought the fridge was stainless steel, but we had a ton of magnets on it. Was it not stainless or is there a stainless steel that magnets will stick to?


It depends on the exact formulation. Most stainless steel does have enough iron in it to stick magnets to (like your knives), but some stainless steel alloys do not. Some of the cheaper "stainless steel" appliances I've come across use non-magnetic stainless steel. The nice appliances usually have magnetic-friendly stainless.

05 Nov 2012 12:44 PM
vpb    [TotalFark]  
Obviously magnets are their main concern. The refrigerator rusting and not working in the first place have absolutely nothing to do with the complaint.

05 Nov 2012 12:45 PM
Porous Horace     
Always purchase your stainless steel from a reputable stainless steel provider.

05 Nov 2012 12:45 PM
Gig103    [TotalFark]  

Whodat: FTA: "... Kenmore Elite appliances are supposed to be the best appliances you can buy."

Ummm .... no.


It's relative.. They're supposed to be the "best appliances you can buy from Sears with the Kenmore name"

05 Nov 2012 12:46 PM
Kuroshin     

rosonowski: I think the magnet thing is secondary to "it's rusting", really. Stainless steel that rusts? Well that's missing the bloody point.


Quite a lot of "stainless" can develop rust spots. It just won't rust into a solid chunk like bare iron or mild steel.

The spots are easily removed. Baking soda is probably the simplest method. There are also specific cleaning products out there for removing oxide and blocking further oxidation.

05 Nov 2012 12:46 PM
mongbiohazard     

rosonowski: I think the magnet thing is secondary to "it's rusting", really. Stainless steel that rusts? Well that's missing the bloody point.


Stainless steel can rust. All stainless steel. What matters is the conditions the steel is subjected to and the exact formulation.

Now stainless steel is more resistant to oxidation than higher carbon steels, but not it's not impervious. You will still want to keep it clean and dry.

05 Nov 2012 12:48 PM
intotheabyss81     

Agent Smiths Laugh: Clearly someone didn't know the secret of steel.

Or the Riddle of Steel...
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05 Nov 2012 12:48 PM
Hoboclown     

Gunny Highway: Over sold the joke, subby


PPS. Insane Clown Posse had a song where they didn't know how magnets worked

05 Nov 2012 12:48 PM
Kuroshin     

vpb: Obviously magnets are their main concern. The refrigerator rusting and not working in the first place have absolutely nothing to do with the complaint.


I'm going to guess it's an installation issue. Bet their pocket for the fridge is juuuuuuust big enough for the fridge itself, and does not have any space for air circulation. No circulation = no cooling in the box. Gotta move air past the condenser coils either at the back or bottom of the appliance.

And it isn't rusting. It has rust spots typical of lesser stainless alloys.

05 Nov 2012 12:48 PM
probesport     

duffblue: This is turning out to be an interesting thread.


Yeah, welcome to the new misinformation meme already in progress.

05 Nov 2012 12:49 PM
vpb    [TotalFark]  

Kuroshin: vpb: Obviously magnets are their main concern. The refrigerator rusting and not working in the first place have absolutely nothing to do with the complaint.

I'm going to guess it's an installation issue. Bet their pocket for the fridge is juuuuuuust big enough for the fridge itself, and does not have any space for air circulation. No circulation = no cooling in the box. Gotta move air past the condenser coils either at the back or bottom of the appliance.

And it isn't rusting. It has rust spots typical of lesser stainless alloys.


So how does it have rust spots if it isn't rusting?

05 Nov 2012 12:50 PM
LeroyBourne     
I feel that I can get to know someone better simply by what kind of stuff they stick to their refrigerator, so yeah, I'd be upset, but there's other ways to stick something to it. Oh, and there's no way I'll click to that dumb site.

05 Nov 2012 12:51 PM
Dazrin     
Wow.

05 Nov 2012 12:51 PM
SkunkWerks     
Dear Consumerist Reader (ICP),

Since y'all can't seem to keep your rugrats from binge-snacking on those most delectable of confections that are so obviously magnets, we've been given no choice but to sell weaker magnets, so your paste-eating loinspawn won't inadvertently perforate their bowels with them when they inevitably consume them.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Sincerely,
Decent Parenting.

05 Nov 2012 12:51 PM
Agent Smiths Laugh    [TotalFark]  

intotheabyss81: Agent Smiths Laugh: Clearly someone didn't know the secret of steel.
Or the Riddle of Steel...
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Same thing.

05 Nov 2012 12:52 PM
H31N0US     

Skr: So it sounds like they are branding Aluminum (or some non ferrous alloy there of) as Stainless steel?


There are lots of kinds of SS that's non magnetic.

05 Nov 2012 12:52 PM
LittleSmitty     

H31N0US: This just in: 300 series stainless steel is non-magnetic. More at 11.


Very true. Austenitic (300 series) is virtually non-magnetic

Other types are variable in their magnetic properties depending on the chromium and nickel content.

One of my favorite metals to work with

05 Nov 2012 12:54 PM
henryhill     
Newsflash: Stainless steel stains. Ask a DeLorean owner.

05 Nov 2012 12:55 PM
albert71292    [TotalFark]  
I still have some stainless steel cookware my parents bought in the '60's. Just tried sticking a magnet to a couple of them, they didn't stick.

My fridge has a standard white front. Magnets stick fine to it.

05 Nov 2012 12:57 PM
petec     

mongbiohazard: jst3p: I just moved from a house I bought 2 years ago and I thought the fridge was stainless steel, but we had a ton of magnets on it. Was it not stainless or is there a stainless steel that magnets will stick to?

It depends on the exact formulation. Most stainless steel does have enough iron in it to stick magnets to (like your knives), but some stainless steel alloys do not. Some of the cheaper "stainless steel" appliances I've come across use non-magnetic stainless steel. The nice appliances usually have magnetic-friendly stainless.


um, it's the nonmagnetic stainless that is better quailiy, that stuff with a high enough iron content to grab a magnet will rust..

good stainless (non-magnetic) oxidizes, but only a clear, thin layer on the surface

crap stainless (magnetic) oxidizes, but because of the iron content will eventually 'rust' through

05 Nov 2012 12:57 PM
TheGreatGazoo     
I'll have to keep the magnet thing in mind. Though I think I have my wife convinced about it because of the fingerprints issue.

05 Nov 2012 12:58 PM
meddleRPI     

TheGreatGazoo: I'll have to keep the magnet thing in mind. Though I think I have my wife convinced about it because of the fingerprints issue.


Just get brushed stainless. No fingerprint issues. Also, if you take photos of stuff to sell while in the nude, you won't have to worry about awkward reflections coming from your appliances.

05 Nov 2012 01:00 PM
Slaves2Darkness     

intotheabyss81: Agent Smiths Laugh: Clearly someone didn't know the secret of steel.
Or the Riddle of Steel...
[www.everythingaction.com image 500x205]


I used to watch Remington Steele, does that count?

05 Nov 2012 01:01 PM
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom     
Isn't this why super glue was invented?

05 Nov 2012 01:03 PM
H31N0US     

LittleSmitty: H31N0US: This just in: 300 series stainless steel is non-magnetic. More at 11.

Very true. Austenitic (300 series) is virtually non-magnetic

Other types are variable in their magnetic properties depending on the chromium and nickel content.

One of my favorite metals to work with


I personally hated working with 300 series. Turning threads on 316 is farking impossible for diameters less than 1/4 inch. Give me good old 17-4 and a heat treater any day of the week!

05 Nov 2012 01:03 PM
This text is now purple     

Whodat: and "Stainless steel appliances are often made from alloys that aren't magnetic" Then it isn't stainless steel.


If it's stainless, it isn't steel.

\Steel has carbon, by definition

05 Nov 2012 01:03 PM
This text is now purple     

vpb: The refrigerator rusting and not working in the first place have absolutely nothing to do with the complaint.


I've never seen a refrigerator fail due to body rust.

05 Nov 2012 01:04 PM
Nightsweat     
Even the fricking "If you give a mouse a cookie" mouse knows you need Scotch tape to stick stuff to the fridge.

05 Nov 2012 01:05 PM
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