Best retro small appliances – create a classic, characterful feel in your kitchen

Add inviting charm and color to your kitchen with these retro small appliances. From toasters to stand mixers, our experts have tested them all

One of my favorite retro small appliances, the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in cream on a countertop
(Image credit: KitchenAid)

Enhancing a kitchen with retro small appliances is a wonderful way to add colorful character to the space. Whether it's a pastel Smeg toaster or KitchenAid's iconic stand mixer, some of the most premium appliances capitalize on silhouettes that have endured decades of change.

If you're exploring vintage kitchen ideas, incorporating retro small appliances into your space is one of the smartest ways to style it. These look the part — delivering chrome, curves, and colors — and compete with the best stand mixers, toasters, blenders, and more. You can take my word for it, I'm a small appliance expert and I've tested them all.

The best retro small appliances for your kitchen

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Add a dash of nostalgia to your baking set-up

KitchenAid bowl lift stand mixer in red on a countertop where cookies are being made

(Image credit: KitchenAid)

KitchenAid and Smeg are two of the biggest names in baking appliances. That's great news for anyone who wants to add a dash of the 1920s to their kitchen style. I'd recommend starting with a stand mixer, hand mixer, blender, or toaster oven from these brands. Complete the look with a design such as this vintage  weighing scale from Walmart.

These appliances and vintage accessories are perfect for styling open shelving in a kitchen too, helping to create an eye-catching focal point and decorative display.

A classic coffee station set-up

The Moccamaster drip coffee maker in green on the countertop

(Image credit: Moccamaster)

Vintage-style coffee stations are some of my favorite set-ups, and retro small appliances can enhance your coffee bar ideas with colorful character and eye-catching shape.

These retro designs are not only provide some of best coffee makers available on the market, they can bring beautiful style to your kitchen ideas, too – what's not to love?

Create a retro breakfast bar

Smeg personal blender in cream on a countertop with a smoothie bottle beside it

(Image credit: Smeg)

The breakfast bar is one of the most informal places in your home, which is why it's so fun to style. You don't need to dedicate a huge amount of space to your breakfast bar, tie a small section of your kitchen countertop together with vintage-themed breakfast bar essentials. 

Smeg's toasters, juicers, and blenders will work particularly well to inject fun color, simple shapes, and a homely, nostalgic aesthetic to your kitchen.

Final thoughts

Smeg Citrus Juicer against a gray wall.

(Image credit: Smeg)

I could have carried on listing iconic Smeg and KitchenAid appliances (the KitchenAid immersion blender and Smeg stand mixers both deserve shout-outs), but this isn't an advert for those two brands. There are lots of ways in which you can incorporate vintage styles and retro small appliances into your home. If you need more inspiration, you could always take a look at vintage furniture for the kitchen.

Laura Honey
eCommerce Editor

Laura is our eCommerce editor. As a fully qualified barista, she's our expert in all things coffee and has tested over thirty of the best coffee makers on the market. She has also interviewed Q-Graders and world-leading experts in the coffee industry, so has an intimate knowledge of all things coffee. Before joining Homes & Gardens, she studied English at Oxford University. Whilst studying, she trained as a master perfumer and worked in the luxury fragrance industry for five years. Her collection of home fragrance is extensive and she's met and interviewed five of the world's finest perfumers (also known as 'noses'). As a result of this expansive fragrance knowledge, she always puts quality and style over quantity and fads. Laura looks for products which have been designed simply and with thoughtful finishes.