Feeling like your kitchen has been looking a little dull and drab? Ironically, there’s no better way to freshen up an outdated kitchen than with some well-placed vintage-inspired items. Luckily, unlike those ancient appliances taking up space in your parents’ basement, these ones are old-fashioned in name only, offering all the convenience of modern electronics with charming retro style. Read on for 15 retro appliances that will inspire you to finally try that recipe you saved months ago, or revisit an old favorite—while totally transforming your space along the way.
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This Smeg Blender
Italian designer Smeg is the crème de la crème when it comes to stunning ’50s throwback appliances, and this elegant steel blender with a backlit chrome knob is the perfect centerpiece for any kitchen. There’s a pastel rainbow of color options, and even better, the 48-ounce body is BPA free, so it’s sleek and safe for your morning smoothie.
This Salton Toaster
The vintage look of this two-slice toaster will immediately class up any countertop. It comes with six browning levels to make sure that every bagel or slice of cinnamon raisin crisps up exactly to your liking.
This Russell Hobbs Coffeemaker
You’ll feel like you’re behind the dashboard of a ’69 Mustang with this compact stainless steel coffeemaker, which has an odometer-style gauge so you can track your brew and see how long the carafe has been sitting on the warming plate. It doesn’t just look good; it allows you to pause and pour a cup at any point in the process, uses showerhead technology to evenly soak the grounds, and includes a cleverly hidden coffee scoop.
This Dash Ice Cream Maker
This sweet (pun intended) mint-colored appliance blends up to a quart of homemade ice cream, sorbet, gelato, or frozen yogurt, and you can add candy or other mix-ins as you go. The included recipe booklet means you’ll be snacking on mint chocolate chip or rocky road in under an hour, and its compact size means it’ll look delightful anywhere in your kitchen without taking up a ton of room.
This Fondue Set
Get out the Gruyere for this blast-from-the-past red cast-iron fondue set, which comes with eight color-coded forks so your guests can keep track of their own. The Swiss knew what they were doing: whether you’re cooking toast and cheese or fruit and chocolate, it’s the most fun way to share a meal.
This Daewoo Compact Fridge
This vintage-inspired mini fridge will add a pop of color and brightness to any smaller kitchen. It may look like grandma’s icebox, but it comes with the modern functionality of LED lighting and two sturdy shelves for heavier items, as well as a little crisper drawer.
This Frigidaire Beverage Cooler
Keep your 12-pack (or water bottles, or yogurt snacks) nice and frosty in this countertop mini cooler. It even has a handle, so you can carry it to the front porch to enjoy a few al fresco beverages without multiple trips inside.
This Smeg Electric Kettle
Steep a flawless pour-over or cup of tea with this stainless steel electric kettle, which is as adorable as a Pixar character. Its nifty features include a removable filter, automatic shutoff at boil, and anti-slip feet. Find a permanent nook, because you won’t want it out of sight.
This KitchenAid Stand Mixer
This stand mixer makes it on to every wedding registry for a reason—it’s a classic. It’s big enough to make up to nine dozen cookies at once, and it has ten speeds, so you’re covered for any kind of baking. Not only that, but there are 45 color options, so you will definitely be able to find one that adds the exact pop of freshness you need.
This Big Chill Microwave
While it may look gloriously Space Age, this sleek stainless steel appliance has all the features you want in a modern microwave, from quick defrost to popcorn maker.
This Nostalgia Breakfast Station
Your family will think they’re in a chrome Airstream diner when you simultaneously brew their coffee, make toast, and throw pancakes and eggs on the griddle with this hybrid breakfast station. Both the crimson and turquoise options nail that old-school look. Check, please!
This Dash Egg Cooker
You’ll always make perfectly jammy soft-boiled eggs—up to a dozen at a time—fluffy omelets, and enough deviled eggs for a crowd with this dreamy electric egg cooker. It comes with a poaching tray and a buzzer to let you know when the eggs are done to your preferred firmness. Bonus: you can use the steam function for food besides eggs, from dumplings to veggies. Plus, this egg cooker is one of our editor favorites!
This Nostalgia Snow Cone Maker
Be sure to impress at your next backyard barbecue with this adorable fire-engine-red snow cone maker. It comes with two reusable plastic cones, or you can buy disposable ones if you need extra ones available for a party. Keep your favorite syrup flavor on hand and you’ll be ready for any warm weather gathering.
This Frieling Kitchen Timer
Never burn a batch of cookies again with this charming kitchen timer. It’s magnetized so you can attach it to your fridge or oven door, and it comes in kiwi, light blue, or mint, so you can match it to the rest of your décor.
This Pioneer Woman Instant Pot
You can pretty much toss all your other appliances if you get this darling floral Instant Pot, which works as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, warmer, and for sautéing and browning. When you can make everything from cheesecake to hardboiled eggs in one device, that’s form meeting function at its best.