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Sep 8, 2009 05:58 AM

Any small kitchen applicances NOT made in China?

I'm getting the feeling that this is a fruitless search, but I'm looking for a new 4-slice toaster. I examined the boxes of every brand on the shelves at Target this weekend and literally all of them were made in China.

I was also on the hunt for a new electric coffee maker, with the same results. I ended up buying an inexpensive Bodum French Press instead of an electric one. (I couldn't find the country of manufacture listed on that one, but I just threw caution to the wind.)

Surely somebody else manufactures small kitchen appliances, no? Maybe even in America?

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  1. You're looking for a toaster at Target and are surprised that they're foreign-made? You aren't going to find anything made here at Target because they're all competing for low-price sales so if some are shaving costs by going to China then ALL need to follow suit. Having said that even the $300 toasters are being made in China these days so I think that unless you find one in a resale shop you're going to have to look long and hard for a U.S. made toaster (or even one not made in China).

    1. Deenso, AFAIK, all Chef's Choice brand appliances, , are made either in Pennsylvania or in Germany. The selection includes an electric French press that also may be used as an electric kettle, and perhaps the best waffle irons in the world.

      Porsche Design appliances are also all made in Germany, AFAIK, but to purchase one in the United States, you need to visit a store in Beverly Hills or Costa Mesa, CA, or Boston, MA.

      The last I heard, Dualit toasters were still made in England, and the Breville line of appliances is mostly sourced in Australia.

      We make our coffee every day in a Hario vacuum pot coffee maker; it is not an electric coffee maker, it just makes better coffee than an electric. After the former USofA importer went out of business, and we had a period where Hario had to be ordered through Avenue18 in British Columbia, it looks as if Hario once again is available in the United States through a new distribution channel:

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      1. re: Politeness

        Thanks, Politeness. I checked the link for Chef's Choice, but it would appear they don't make toasters. Dualit is a definite possibility that I'd forgotten about. Very expensive, but very interesting design. Meanwhile, we'll keep using our (likely Chinese-manufactured) toaster oven.

        And it turns out that the inexpensive Bodum coffee press I got makes perfectly acceptable coffee once we figured out the right proportions. No need to keep an electric coffee maker on our list. Or at least not until one of us manages to drop it...

        1. re: Deenso

          Deenso, chances are pretty good that that Bodum French press was assembled in Portugal.

          We, too, have a Bodum French press; it is a fair substitute when we travel and it would be inconvenient to bring along the multi-piece Hario vacuum pot. But, at home, you may wish to take a wild flyer on a vacuum pot someday as a house gift to yourself: be prepared for a revelation.

        2. re: Politeness

          Politeness, Thank you for info on Hario and the link. I love Hario products I bought in Japan and looked for it for a while. Good to know:)

          1. re: Politeness

            Just as an update, at least some Chef's Choice is being made in China. I have their electric kettle which was bought in 2010 and it's made in China.

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            1. Our Magimix food processor is made in France by the company that made the first food processors and the original Cuisinart before they changed hands. That's the best appliance in our kitchen. Like the Mercedes of appliances. My Lincoln 5314 half sheet pan says it was made in Ohio I think, somewhere in the USA, but it may be old stock. The Kitchen Aid mixers are mostly made in the US but not all the parts are and certainly not all KA products for real. Most are from China. I found some nice Olive wood spoons from France. Those great omelet pans that Julia Child helped design are still made in New England somewhere, I forget, maybe Mass. I don't think spoons and pans are appliances, but there are slim pickings for American made anything these days, eh? It's sad. I think All Clad is American made, but once again, not really an appliance. My Rowenta is made in Germany, but unless you iron in the kitchen or make grilled cheese on your ironing board, again, doesn't meet the standard of kitchen appliance! Oh, I think the Blendtec blender is made in Utah, but not sure anymore.

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              1. re: riverwalk

                You remined me of my long long still ongoing hard search for upgrading flatware. Very slim chance. Last year I went to BBB and major dept stores and took a look whole flatware samples they had. Lenox, wallace, towle, etc etc. They are all made in C. There are only few not made in China, and it is only so if I can count on the products made in Vietnam:) Waste of energy. I turned out some of WS lines are made in France but really expensive. Crate and Barrel had some made in Germany....That is why my long search is still pending and feel only way is to HOPE quality control in China is good enough.

                1. re: hobbybaker

                  hobbybaker, this departs from the topic line, but flatware is a different story from small appliances. The inventor of stainless flatware is Berndorf (part of Krupp) of Austria, and all of the great stainless flatware patterns -- including the uber classic Baguette -- originated with Berndorf and now are licensed to Guy Degrenne of France. There are many hard-to-find outlets for Guy Degrenne flatware, including (on-line) Small Island Trader of Great Britain: and DinnerwareDepot:

                  Some of the designs -- including the iconic Baguette -- have been licensed to Sambonet of Italy, and can be purchased from, inter alia, 125West:

                  1. re: Politeness

                    Politeness - Thank you!!! I will consider those options when I start over again. I really appreciate your knowledge and insights every time:) I now try to read you but still could not make it :[

                    1. re: hobbybaker

                      hobbybaker, in your search for flatware, take a day off and read the very long and intimately written history of Berndorf, in multiple gripping chapters. It will change your perspective completely.

                      Another non-Chinese source of flatware is Dalia (of the U.K.); Dalia is, however, very pricey.

                      1. re: Politeness

                        Politeness - Thank you. I will start. Today is a good day off due to heavy snow here. I have known nothing about Berndorf yet but know that Krupp is a German. I am thrilled to start as I spent sometime in Germany, too. I should later try their German version to brush up my skill:)

                        1. re: Politeness

                          Hi Politeness....I'm wondering if Georg Jensen might be another possibility for hobbybaker. I've had my GJ stainless for 20+ years and couldn't be more pleased...quality + design...altho my favorite pattern, Shark, is now d'c. Do you know where GJ is made these days?


                          1. re: fauchon

                            fauchon, I do not know the current provenance of Georg Jensen, but my best guess is that it remains Denmark. Hackman (iittala) continues to make stainless flatware in Finland (although it shares several of its designs with Yamazaki, and Christofle still makes flatware in France. There is even a flatware maker in the United States Southwest, Nambe.

                            1. re: Politeness

                              Hi, fauchon, thank you for the Jensen. Politeness, Thank you for the link of berndorf, which was very long but interesting. By the way, I think some of Yamazaki and Nambe are made in China if I remember correctly. I saw Guy Degrenne flatware in Williams Sonoma. It is beautiful.

                              In the mean time, I am using my existing one, which is International Silvers discontinued very old pattern, which appears made in US. the drawback is that I cannot put them into dishwasher as it is silver plated. I found some SS in Crate and Barrel, made in Korea by Lenox and Villeroy & Boch and will be settled with one of them. Made in Korea kind of sounds better to me than made in Vietnam or China.

                    2. re: hobbybaker

                      Here is a website where you can purchase stainless made in the USA.

                      1. re: hobbybaker

                        I found a great set of Lunt when they were going out of business to China, and now I buy vintage Oneida from eBay! I replaced a set of Michelangelo I used to own by knowing the cube mark is only on stuff made in America. Ebay has it listed as Oneida Michelangelo cube. It is possible other patterns are so marked, I don't know. It is superior even still! I have some Japanese Yamizaki that looks great. The rest is usually from China and it is horrible. We have a lot of fun finding kitchen gadgets, too, like the old Swing-Away can openers made in the USA. They were made so well!

                    3. I know this is a really old posting but it might be of use to someone. These toasters are Made In Germany DEFINITELY.....