Colorful Countertop Small Appliances
In hot hues like Buick red and buttermilk yellow, these small wonders will perk up any plain-vanilla kitchen in less time than it takes to fix a cup of joe
Some of these helpmates have been serving up dishes and drinks since June Cleaver was in home ec. While many have since taken on more streamlined shapes and zingier colors, their M.O. remains the same: Get the job done and look cool doing it. With a rainbow of shades to choose from, there's one to complement any kitchen scheme or to mix in for an instant pop of color. Here, 13 of our favorite hardworking gizmos that manage to look lively even at rest.
Size: 8W x 8D x 10H
Basics: This spring scale weighs up to 8 pounds of dry goods.
Bonus: Its stainless-steel bowl corrals grains and produce, then goes right into the dishwasher.
About $40; available at amazon.com
Size: 5W x 6D x 14H
Basics: The manual lever cranks juice out of every kind of citrus.
Bonus: The pit-and-pulp-catching cup comes out for easy cleaning.
About $50; available at Bed Bath & Beyond
Size: 10W x 8D x 9H
Basics: This 1940s-style toaster's wide slots fit bagels and buns.
Bonus: A switch in front turns it into a thrifty single slicer.
About $240; available at Everything Kitchens
by Roma Express
Size: 14W x 12D x 11H
Basics: This electric pasta machine rolls out sheets in nine thicknesses; optional attachments cut noodles to size.
Bonus: A built-in safety switch cuts power when the plastic blade cover is opened.
About $150; available at WestonSupply.com
Size: 8W x 7D x 15H
Basics: This bar blender's beehive base toggles between two speeds—all you really need.
Bonus: The center of the glass carafe's cap doubles as a 1-ounce measure.
About $122; available at amazon.com
Size: 8W x 3D x 6H
Basics: This 1930s look-alike has an easy-to-clean LED-display touch-pad control.
Bonus: Electric cord pivots for comfy right- or left-handed use.
About $50; available at Sur La Table
Size: 9W x 14D x 14H
Basics: This 90th-anniversary mixer packs 10 speeds, a big beater, and stainless-steel bowl—in new Yellow Pepper.
Bonus: It comes with whisk and dough-hook attachments, too.
About $300; available at shopKitchenAid.com
by Hamilton Beach
Size: 7W x 9D x 18H
Basics: The commercial-grade spindle on this 1950s staple delivers a smooth milk shake.
Bonus: Its 28-ounce cup—yum.
About $100; available at Kohl's
Size: 8W x 8D x 8H
Basics: This heat-and-eat enameled cast-iron pot sits above a canned flame.
Bonus: The lid cutout keeps six color-coded fondue forks in place.
About $60; available at amazon.com
Size: 6W x 11D x 16H
Basics: Cone-shaped burrs deliver fine grounds for espresso and coarse ones for drip coffee.
Bonus: The hopper holds 1.3 pounds of beans for not-so-frequent refills.
About $255; available at JL Hufford
Size: 9W x 10D x 16H
Basics: Turn the dial on this heavyweight 12-cup food processer for on, off, and pulse control.
Bonus: Rear wheels make it easy to move; cord stows neatly in the metal base.
About $368; available at Viking Range Corp.
Size: 22W x 20D x 13H
Basics: It's a 1.2-cubic-foot 1,000-watt microwave and convection oven.
Bonus: It grills, too, with the help of a removable rack.
About $749; available at Elmira Stove Works
Size: 13W x 12D x 14H
Basics: This espresso and cappuccino maker has retro switches and an aluminum boiler.
Bonus: Racks on top keep cups warm and at the ready.
About $400; available at Wal-Mart