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Companies Are Cooking Up Some Tasty Retro-Style Kitchen Appliances - Quicken Loans Zing BlogA friend of mine suggested that it might be time to start shopping for new kitchen appliances. Really? I have to admit that kitchen appliances are the last things I want to spend money on. Guitars? Sure. Motorcycles? You bet. New car? Uh-huh! But I was finding it very difficult to get excited about buying a stove and a fridge – until I caught part of a TV show hosted by Rachel Ray. Her kitchen appliances were orange. Not the boring stainless steel or white units I see in everyone’s kitchens. Orange!

Big Chill

So I hopped right on the Internet and searched for Rachel Ray’s kitchen appliances. Bingo! They’re made by a company called Big Chill. And there’s more than just orange. There’s yellow, red, blue, green, black, white and turquoise. And there are also dishwashers, microwave ovens and hood fans. They’re beautiful, but a bit pricey compared to standard stove and fridge fare. A refrigerator comes in at about $3,000, while the stove costs over $4,000.


And then there’s the Italian contribution – big on style, as you might expect from stylists in that boot-shaped nation. Smeg has a very nice line of ‘50s-inspired appliances. Smeg is actually an acronym for Smalterie Metallurgiche Emiliane Guastalla. The fridge – without a separate freezer door – costs about $2,000. And Smeg recently debuted a number of retro small appliances in great ‘50s colors and styles, such as kettles, toasters and blenders.

Elmira Stove Works

And then there are the Canadians! Super nice stuff from Elmira Stove Works, which includes more than just stoves. There are fabulous fridges of all sizes and cool ’50s colors, including an option for a draft beer keg with a tap on the front panel! There are also dishwasher panels and microwave ovens in coordinating colors. And there’s even a stove that looks just like an old-fashioned wood burning unit! Prices for stoves and refrigerators range from $3,000–$4,000. Pretty cool, eh?

General Electric

OK, cue “The Star-Spangled Banner,” because one American company has entered the retro market with prices that are as attractive as their appliances. General Electric has a line of retro kitchen appliances they call the Artistry Series. While available in fewer ‘50s-inspired colors, the style is abundant. Great prices, too. The fridge goes for about $1,000, and the stove for just around $600.

Thinking of going retro in the kitchen? Send us a photo. Found another source for retro-styled kitchen appliances? Let us know. We’re all about retro!

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