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10 top retro kitchen gadgets

Which? rounds-up top retro-inspired products

Want a retro look for your kitchen? Here are 10 nostalgia-inspired appliances you’ll find in shops today that Which? experts have reviewed, from classic brands like Kitchenaid, Dualit and Kenwood.

Update 01/07/12: For the latest retro appliances take a look at our new gallery.

Browse our picture gallery – then follow the review links below for our test results, and where to buy.

1. KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer (KSM150), £389

The KitchenAid Artisan kitchen machine comes in a distinctive red finish and is a solid, stable model which promises to make light work of your food preparation tasks.

Read the review: KitchenAid Artisan kitchen machine.

2. Dualit Lite toaster, £60

This four-slice toaster has long slots to fit a wide range of bread sizes, meaning it should be able to cope well with a large family breakfast.

Read the review: .

3. Breville Wake Cup, £50-60

A new twist on the classic Teasmade-style automatic drinks maker. It gives freshly-brewed instant coffee or tea a few minutes after the alarm goes off in the morning.

Watch our First Look video: Breville Wake Cup.

4. Smeg freezer, £899

This classic 1950s-inspired freezer from Smeg comes in red, black, cream and orange – there’s also a range of American-style fridge freezers to choose from.

Read the review: Smeg CVB20RR freezer.

5. Francis Francis Illy coffee machine (X7), £200

The X7 red coffee machine works exclusively with Illy coffee capsules, and boasts the same retro styling as other machines from the Francis Francis stable.

Read the review: Francis Francis X7 red coffee machine.

6. Roberts Revival RD-60 digital radio, £150

The design of this radio is retro styled right down to its tuning dials, but the LCD display and input connection for MP3 players and iPod bring it up to date.

Read the review: Roberts Revival RD-60.

7. La Cafetiere kettle, £54

This kettle from La Cafetiere combines a retro-styled dome with an open-ended handle to create a classic look with a modern twist. But is it style over substance?

Read the review: La Cafetiere kettle (KE000100).

8. Kenwood kMix stand mixer £232

The look and feel of this Kenwood kMix isn’t the only thing that harks back to tradition – this kitchen machine sticks to the expected tasks of mixing, kneading, whisking and whipping.

Read the review: Kenwood kMix mixer.

9. Samson 6-in-1 juicer, £179

This juicer has a beige finish and retro design, and might be just the thing if you’re looking for a traditional-looking gadget to finish off your kitchen. You can find out how well it works in our review.

Read the review: Samson 6-in-1 juicer.

10. Gorenje fridge freezer, £720

This glossy finish Gorenje fridge freezer has a freezer compartment above the fridge, which can freeze a decent amount of fresh food with a boost from the ‘super freeze’ button. 

Read the review: Gorenje RF60309OC.

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