Sleek, modern kitchens are the big “it” thing right now – stainless steel appliances, granite or concrete counters, and modular MDF cabinetry. But if you like something a little homier, or if you live in an older home where a modern decor just wouldn’t jive, it might be time for you to consider investing in vintage kitchen appliances. Done right, a retro kitchen is warm, inviting, and looks and feels just like old fashioned home cooking. The Classic Collection from Heartland Appliance offers a whole range of vintage kitchen appliances designed to do exactly that: to take you back to home cooked meals and Sunday dinner with the family.
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Heartland’s kitchen ranges are at the heart of their collection of vintage kitchen appliances, and the basis for their vintage kitchen aesthetic. Designed after the Oval Woodburning Cookstove debuted in 1925, their kitchen ranges, like this Gas Range, are compact and freestanding, with a built in range hood, 4 cubic foot oven, and 4-6 cooking elements. In short, they have everything you’d expect from a modern range, but with a unique vintage style that you won’t find in just any kitchen.
Seamlessly blending modern convenience with good old fashioned character, Heartland’s vintage kitchen appliances are made to look completely authentic – down to the small analog temperature gauge on the front of the oven – while keeping some of the more modern details concealed. For example, the oven is controlled with incredibly precise digital controls concealed behind the enameled front of the range hood. That means that even a very small range like this 30 Inch Gas Range will give you precise, responsive temperature control despite the old fashioned look.
While they can be used in any home, with a huge variety of colorful enameled finishes to choose from, Heartland’s vintage kitchen appliances truly shine in rural, cabin-style homes. And I’m not just talking turn-of-the-century chic here. While many ranges force you to choose between electric and gas, Heartland’s ranges have a wider variety of fuel options: gas, electric, gas/electric hybrid like this Dual Fuel, propane, and even actual fully functioning wood-burning stoves. That means that they’re viable in areas where any one resource is prohibitively expensive or even unavailable, including extremely rural locations.
This versatility is important elsewhere, too: in your cooking style as well as your personal style. For those who prefer fast, hot, responsive heat control (and a slightly more authentic look), Heartland has a full line of gas ranges. But they also have smooth ceramic topped electric ranges like this 48 Inch Range as well, for those that prefer a more even temperature with more precise controls. Plus, you can even mix and match the fuel source for the oven as well.
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But a replica range does not a vintage kitchen make. While the design of Heartland’s kitchen ranges predates most modern kitchen conveniences, that doesn’t stop them from having a whole range of vintage kitchen appliances to build a complete vintage kitchen. Their refrigerators, like this Classic Refrigerator, are available in the same enameled colors and stainless steel trim as their ranges and have an EnergyStar rating to boot. That means you can get the same wonderful throwback vibe, a modern, easy-to-use pull out freezer and 18.5 cubic foot fridge, while using less power than your average refrigerator.
The same goes for Heartland’s dishwasher line. Their classic dishwashers, like this Integrated Dishwasher, are EnergyStar rated and highly insulated to be incredibly quiet, but have the same beautiful, rustic vintage facade that makes them perfectly at home with the rest of Heartland’s vintage kitchen appliances. Here you can see that even a simple white finish on the dishwasher, when combined with the other matching appliances, wood cabinets, flooring, and accents, makes the perfect homey, rustic, cabin type feel.
If you’re looking to redo your kitchen with a more vintage kitchen design, Heartland has all the vintage kitchen appliances you’ll need to pull it off. Pair them with either natural, beautiful wood accents or simple white country-style cabinets, natural stone tiling, and even old fashioned window panes, and all that’s missing is that hot, homemade Sunday dinner. What period are you looking to emulate in your kitchen? Are you looking for a rustic, wood fired, cabin style like these Heartland appliances, a more 50′s/Rachael Ray, bright colors and curves, or something older than either? Let me know in the comments!