Proof That Microwaves and Toaster Ovens Don’t Have to Ruin Your Kitchen Aesthetic
Finally, appliances you'll actually want to leave out on your kitchen counter.
Why is it that microwaves and toaster ovens tend to be bulky, unattractive appliances, yet they're granted a prime position on our kitchen counters for all to see? It used to be that there simply wasn't a better option on the market, but recently stylish, retro-inspired small appliances have been popping up all over, and even Amazon carries some adorable options. No matter if you're looking for a colorful, retro-style microwave or a surprisingly elegant toaster, there's now no reason to let ugly appliances take up valuable counter space in your kitchen. Below, we've rounded up some favorites that will have you giving your clunker of a microwave some serious side-eye.
Stainless steel isn't your thing? Consider this beautiful microwave with a minimalist design and retro detailing. It comes in six can't-go-wrong colors, including an icy shade of blue and bright red.
To buy: $62, amazon.com.
This cute microwave (yes, it turns out microwaves can actually be cute!) brings retro-inspired style to the kitchen counter. Available in aqua or vibrant red, it also infuses the kitchen with a fun pop of color.
To buy: $110, amazon.com.
Smeg is well-known for its cult-favorite refrigerators, but the brand also makes super stylish small appliances, including toasters, kettles, and coffee machines. Choose from a 2- or 4-slice toaster in a range of gorgeous colors, including pastel pink, green, and blue.
To buy: $160, williams-sonoma.com.
In a modern kitchen, this shiny mirrored microwave will help keep your countertop looking clean. The sleek surface is scratch-resistant and easy to wipe clean, so you don't have to worry about the inevitable smudges and fingerprints.
To buy: $188, homedepot.com.
An innovative play on the traditional toaster, this vertical design by MUJI stacks two slices of toast. A smart use of vertical space, this appliance is perfect for cramped kitchens.
To buy: $149, amazon.com.
If you're short on counter space, this tiny 11-inch-wide toaster oven doesn't demand too much real estate. Note: It's made by Japanese brand Tiger, so all of the instructions are in Japanese, but the settings are easy to figure out with a little trial and error.
To buy: $111, amazon.com.