If your kitchen style or kitchen renovation draws upon a period authentic or retro vibe, don’t ruin the look with a contemporary appliance suite. We’ve pulled together our favorite retro kitchen appliances so that these big workhorses in your kitchen add to your look rather than detract from it.

retro style mid century modern kitchen with retro appliances
Photo by Jim Brown

Chill Out

Big Chill retro refrigerators in red, orange, yellow and white

Big Chill sets the standard in many ways for retro kitchen appliances. Not only are their refrigerators perfectly styled for mid century homes, they come in a rainbow of colors allowing you to perfectly customize your fridge to your kitchen design. The Big Chill Original Retro Fridge comes in the above colors as well as beach blue, jadeite green and turquoise.

retro kitchen appliances from left to right: stove, wall over and dishwasher

Oh and did we mention the retro style comes as a stove, a dishwasher (or dishwasher panel) and an in-wall oven among many other things?

Star of the Show

butter yellow Elmira retro stove

Our favorite retro appliance suite comes from the Elmira and Northstar family of kitchen appliances. Their ranges also come in an electric model. And you can find a nice selection of accessories to fully round out your retro kitchen look such as vent hoods and splash backs. 

Keepin’ It Classic

retro kitchen appliance oven in mint green


This petite model by Classic Retro— measuring just 24 inches– is great for smaller mid century kitchens. Chrome accents really complete the 1950’s look.

Beer Me

peak retro kitchen appliance: a red retro fridge with a built-in beer keg tap

Want to pull out all the stops with some impressive bells and whistles? How about a retro refrigerator with a built in beer keg and through-the-door tap? Bravo Northstar.

Heat It Up!

retro kitchen appliance microwave in baby blue with retro oval glass

This Galanz microwave is a great budget option when you want all of the style without the full price tag. It’s simple, sleek and it comes in a color called bebop blue!

Looking Slick

black smeg refriderator

Smeg excells at packing big retro style into sleek and compact packaged. Their 50s Retro Style Refrigerator comes in both left and right handed door options and clock in at just 24 inches.  Another great option for packing high style and efficiency into a small kitchen.

Eye Candy

retro kitchen appliances from left to right: pink smeg blender, smeg juicer and smeg espresso machine

We’d be remiss not to mention the a spectrum of adorable small appliances in the retro collection. In addition to the blender, juicer and espresso machine above they offer everything from frothers and juicers to coffee grinders, toasters and more that are all so charming you’ll want to leave them out on the counter.

Cherry Style

red retro drip coffee maker

The convenience of a programmable drip cofee maker with the sleek styling of a classic 1950s automobile. That’s what you’ll find in this Retro Series 12-cup coffee maker.

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