Should I pay attention to appliance clock colors?

JessHSOctober 2, 2013

Next design question- do you notice if appliance clocks are different colors? Right now I have range and OTR microwave by same company, so same color lights and no problems. But my first choices for new range and OTR microwave are different brands. Range has a green digital clock and micro has a blue digital clock. I'm trying to decide if this is no big deal or if I need to switch to a micro with a green clock.

Just FYI, here is what I know about brands/clock colors right now:

Frigidaire- green
Whirlpool- blue
Maytag- orange

Please feel free to add on other brands if you know their clock colors.

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My KitchenAid dual-fuel range has blue digital display, my sharp microwave has green. I had to look at them to see, I couldn't have told you from memory that they were different.

Since my micro is on the counter (horrors! :), I don't tend to look at it in the same "glance" as I look at my range, so it doesn't bother me. I suspect it is one of those things that some people would find really bothersome, and others would never notice. You just have to decide which camp you're in...

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 10:11AM
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Beth, my micro is on the counter too, opposite the range. We bought it before our remodel started.

The clock is SO bright that it is really, really annoying, so I unplugged it and didn't reset the clock. Now all I see (when I'm not actually using the MW) is a bright blue colon, which isn't nearly as intrusive. Oh, it's a Whirlpool.

The clock on the range is green, and not nearly as bright. It's a Kenmore.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 10:17AM
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You can sometimes turn off the display if it bothers you - If you are OCD it will - otherwise, unless you point it out -most will not notice.
Have fun.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 10:17AM
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Microwave on the counter people unite!!! Life still has meaning and the neighbors don't shun me.

My MW and stove lights are both green. Matchy-matchy. :)

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 10:24AM
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Another microwave on the counter here. I turned off the display because it didn't match. I would go by features rather than clock color, if I had to make a choice.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 10:36AM
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Among my appliances, there's orange, green, blue, and red; it makes me nuts when it's dark and they're glowing like those Disney cartoon eyes in the forest. But if I'm working in there, there's either sunlight or electric light, so it doesn't bother and I don't notice. In fact, since I'm pretty visual, it helps me: color-coding!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 10:49AM
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This thread cracks me up. I thought I was the only one bothered by such things. I actually returned a coffeemaker because the clock was so bright that it annoyed me. Since then, I always pay attention to what color the display is when I buy something. I prefer colorless (grey), but blue is the worst offender.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 11:37AM
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Well, those that don't mind seem to be those who do not have OTR micros. My clocks will be right on top of each other. I think I will mind, since it is bothering me just thinking about it! And my kitchen is a narrow galley without a lot of natural light so it will be pretty noticeable.

Is it easy to turn off the clock without unplugging? I will not be able to get to the plug easily once it is installed (I don't think anyway, I actually don't know where it is plugged in at).

I'm thinking that with a little more searching I can find a micro that I like to sub for the Whirlpool I had selected. We're talking about a $250 dollar one, not the TOL. We'll see.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 11:42AM
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If you turn off the MW clock, does your timer still display?

My stove and MW clocks aren't really visible at the same time, but I don't think I would mind if they didn't match. I'm glad they're not red.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 11:59AM
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Some MW's will not function if the clock is not set.

When picking appliances it bothered me terribly that my Samsung fridge and Keurig are blue, Breville TO a different blue, Monogram MW green, Bosch range red. Now that they're all in place and running I haven't given it a second thought.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 12:12PM
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try not to.. you will go nuts otherwise :)

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 2:58PM
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jellytoast- you are not alone! We had to return an alarm clock once because the bright blue numbers lit up the whole room and dh and I couldn't go to sleep. Luckily all my lit kitchen appliances so far are green, and not too bright.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 3:41PM
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That was a bit of concern for us with our microwave and oven. As separate units in the same cabinet, we wanted the displays to be the same color. It would have looked odd otherwise. We got the same brand for these two and it worked out. Though, I guess that is not the case with all manufacturers.

We do have a countertop coffee maker that has a pretty bright blue display. It is on a different wall than the oven and microwave. It doesn't really bother us that it is quite different. It sort of acts like a night light in the kitchen. LOL

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 4:32PM
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My Speed oven works without a clock.
My old OTR MW worked without a clock - the silly thing had to be reset after every power blip! They happened a lot - so turned it off.
The newer appliances are more tolerant to power blips - I just didn't want 4 clocks running in the kitchen.
I don't think I can turn off wolf's clock.
If the appliance clock has a hide display- it is easy to do.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 4:41PM
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Jess, our alarm clock has a bright and supposedly-less-bright feature, and even the dimmer of the two is like a big honking blue spotlight in our dark bedroom.

I draped a washcloth over it. Yes, I have to lift up the corner of the washcloth to see what time it is, but that's the lesser of two evils.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 5:10PM
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I don't think you're crazy, in fact I know it would bug me if my stove and OTR micro displays did not match. It already irks me that the fridge display is a different color (Bosch/red, Samsung/blue).

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 5:25PM
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I am about to install my OTR. I hadn't even considered the clock thing, but if they didn't match I would have had a huge DUH moment and smack my head like Homer Simpson. Luckily I did end up buying an LG of both so I will just assume they match.

My stove has a green clock, so you may have luck looking at a LG OTR.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 6:44PM
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So, here is the updated list for those who like to match:

Green: Frigidaire, LG, GE
Blue: Whirlpool, Samsung
Orange: Maytag
Red: Bosch

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 7:47PM
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Our KitchenAid oven and microwave have white controls. I assume there are other manufacturers that also do white.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 7:53PM
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WOW! I feel the need to update my post on this thread. I finally installed my OTR microwave. I have an LG range AND an LG OTR. The range has a green clock. It has orange lights for other things when it is in operation.

The OTR has grey lights. I am happy at least that they are fairly dim and not in your face bright light the range clock. I am not going to go ripping it down or anything. But now, while I am not feeling the DUH moment on my side. I am wondering who at LG is not paying attention to their own displays?

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 10:30PM
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Wow- can't believe the manufacturer does not have the same color clocks Kali!

My friend has the same brands (different models though) in her kitchen that I am considering for mine- Frigidaire range and Whirlpool OTR microwave. The colors are indeed different, the range has green and the OTR has blue. But both were pretty muted, not the "in your face" blaring color like in some alarm clocks. As we are best friends and I've spent quite a bit of time in her kitchen and not noticed before I have decided that I will not worry about the color difference and get the appliances that I want for their function, not because the clock colors match.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 11:02PM
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I don't mind the clocks being different colors. Worth noting that some brands offer a choice - GE's Cafe series is blue, Profile and Monogram usually green or turqoise.

Gaggenau sometimes white now, occasionally red. Electrolux and Thermador like blue.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 6:47AM
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I have a GE microwave, Kenmore wall oven, and Whirlpool range. The range clock is blue, the other two are green. Yes it bothers me they are different colors. At least the MW and oven which are above each other are the same color ! Although not exactly the same, they are close enough greens. Mostly it's that one is brighter than the other..

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 10:39PM
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