7 of the Most Beautiful (and Functional) Vintage-Inspired Kitchen Appliances

We're cookin' it old-school — sort of.

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April 09, 2019
By: Allison Russo

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Whether from years of watching I Love Lucy reruns or lusting over the colorful retro fridge on Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals in my youth, I love a vintage kitchen appliance. As an adult, though, I love modern convenience and dependable functionality. Thankfully, brands have picked up on my wants (cool aesthetic) and my needs (functionality). Bold colors and retro style is making its way into kitchen appliances in a big way this year. From major appliances like chrome-accented fridges to handheld gadgets like hand mixers, here are some items worth adding to your kitchen today.

BUY IT: Williams-Sonoma, $159.95

This toaster is more than just a pretty face. In addition to chrome finishes and retro-approved powder colors, it has a built-in cord wrap, six browning levels and a removable crumb tray. Plus, it's another Food Network Kitchen favorite.

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BUY IT: Amazon, $79.99

Add a pop of color to your morning coffee with this vintage-inspired model deemed one of the best coffeemakers on the market by Food Network Kitchen. A permanent filter means you can ditch the paper ones for good, and the “Pause and Pour” option lets you have your first cup for the day before the rest of the pot brews.

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BUY IT: Home Depot, $329

For dorm rooms or game rooms, this mini fridge instantly adds a pop of color to any space. The separate freezer compartment is an added bonus, and the whole unit is Energy Star-certified. It’s the perfect blend of new and old.

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BUY IT: The Home Depot, $79.99

Make mornings a little more cheerful with this vintage-inspired kettle. It comes in five classic colors, but I especially love the blue version. This kettle is made of durable stainless steel, has a drip-free spout and cool-touch handle and comes with a two-year warranty. You'll want to hold onto this beauty for years to come.

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BUY IT: Wayfair, $103.99

Fancify your leftovers with this retro series microwave. The aqua color is totally on-trend for 2019, but don't let the style fool you. This model is complete with modern-day technology including all the pre-programmed settings you could ever need (ten, to be exact).

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BUY IT: Williams-Sonoma, $249.95

When I think “retro kitchen,” Smeg is the first brand that comes to mind. While they're known for their uber unique retro fridges, I am especially smitten by this blender. The pastel green color is perfectly understated, and the chrome accents and vintage styling make me feel like a modern Betty Draper when I make green smoothies.

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BUY IT: Bed Bath & Beyond, $49.99

We love KitchenAid stand mixers, but this hand mixer has a cool retro feel especially with so many vibrant colors to choose from. We're particularly partial to the bright red.

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