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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, http://edgecraft.com/ , 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. http://www.porsche-design.com/live/pu...

      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: http://www.merae.com/default.aspx

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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.

          2. 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. http://www.guydegrenne.fr/index_lg.php There are many hard-to-find outlets for Guy Degrenne flatware, including (on-line) Small Island Trader of Great Britain: http://www.smallislandtrader.com/ and DinnerwareDepot: http://www.dinnerwaredepot.com/shop/c...

                Some of the designs -- including the iconic Baguette -- have been licensed to Sambonet of Italy, and can be purchased from, inter alia, 125West: http://sambonet.125west.com/html/samb...

                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. http://www.berndorf.at/_english/story... It will change your perspective completely.

                    Another non-Chinese source of flatware is Dalia (of the U.K.); Dalia is, however, very pricey. http://www.casa21.com/Dalia/Guernica_...

                    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.

                2. I know this is a really old posting but it might be of use to someone. These toasters are Made In Germany DEFINITELY..... http://www.ritterwerk.de/deutsch/haus...


                  1. Do what I do, and shop the thrift stores. I just bought a Sunbeam T-20 toaster that was made in 1950. Toasts perfectly, and it was less than $10. I would rather buy used USA, than new China. How many new Chinese toasters will still be working 61 years from now?

                    1. Here is an interesting site you and others might find interesting: toaster central.com.
                      The site features mint or refurb'd small countertop appliances from the 1920s on up through the 60's and 70's. All USA made.

                      1. I too always look for non-China-made stuff if possible. It is tough to find electric appliances that are not made there nowadays, though.

                        I've just been researching immersion blenders and discovered two that are not made in China: Dynamic (all models) which are made in France, and Bamix (made in Switzerland).

                        I have a Braun CombiMax 650 food processor that is made in Hungary; it's no longer being produced but I was able to find mine on eBay, brand new in box.

                        I don't know where Krups stuff is being made nowadays but I have a hand mixer of theirs that was made in (of all places) Ireland.

                        Edited to add: Although not strictly an appliance, Rosle products used to all be made in Europe but now they are making their "smalls" in China. I bought their stainless peppermill about 2 years ago and it is Euro-made but a recent Amazon user claims it is now made in China as well. I suppose it's possible, since they already started outsourcing their smaller items there.

                          1. re: cutipie721

                            Wow. I don't think I've ever seen a 2-slice toaster quite as pricey as that one! :O

                            1. re: skyline

                              I know. But if you think about it, a Chinese made fancy one is about $120-150, an "assembled in UK" toaster is going for $250. This one is supposed to be purebred US for another $400, commercial heavy duty grade. Call me nuts, I think it's alright, IF it can live for 3 generations.

                              If I need to replace my current toaster though, I'd go for the poor man's options.
                              1. Broiler of my oven
                              2. Toasting them in a griddle, I'm sure browning the butter will make it super yummy as well.
                              3. http://fantes.com/images/7928toasters..., made in Italy.

                          2. FANTASTIC NEWS- THERE IS A NOW A USA MADE TOASTER!!!!!!!! After a very long search, I found a reference to an American made wide slot toaster: http://www.toastercentral.com/tron.htm. Toaster Central refurbishes vintage toasters out of New York, and he recently got an exclusive contract to sell a 2 slot toaster made by Hobart. Hobart is one of two companies that I found (the other is Star) who make American made commercial toasters; they are huge and designed for restaurants, though they might work for some open-minded folks. In your case, check out their commercial 4 slot toaster perhaps :) Regarding the standard size 2 slot toaster, I think it is safe to say that this is the ONLY USA made consumer toaster (vs. commercial toasters) out there! Of course, if you're wanting to go old school, you can also check out Toaster Central's vintage/refurbished toasters. Or there is this handy-dandy Pioneer Folding Toaster (USA made) I found as well: http://www.jacobbromwell.com/pioneer-.... Apparently there was a period of several years where there really weren't any (except those two commercial toaster companies above!). I'm hoping that he'll get flooded with orders and that this will motivate an American manufacturer to jump back here from China OR Hobart can keep making tons of these commercial toasters! Yay!!!

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                            1. re: mrspcomments

                              The same site I mentioned above. It is a great place to shop for "they don't make them like they used to" small appliances. I'm sure the link you provided will be very helpful to many.

                              1. re: dcrb

                                Thank you! My fiancé and I are trying not to buy "made in China" items and it is difficult. It is however difficult to find anything of quality anymore but one you we do we have no problem spending the money on it with the knowledge that it is going to last. I have been looking for a popcorn popper as my 1970's brown one finally bit the dust beyond further repair and when I found your article suggesting toaster central I was so pumped to find a selection of vintage refurbished popcorn poppers! Not only can I avoid made in China but I am supporting someone with actual skill and talent and a passion for reduce and reuse. Not to mention someone in North America. Thank you!

                            2. Does anyone know of a roaster oven (say for cooking a turkey electronically without taking up your only oven) that isn't made in China? Any and all recommendations appreciated, I looked thought the responses and couldn't find any on the links.

                              1. Curious...what are your objections to made in china?

                                1. A great company to check out for small kitchen supplies made in the USA, specifically knives, is the Rada Company. I have bought multiple items from them so far and am very happy. The pizza cutter I bought a couple of years ago is the best I have ever had. The cheapo Chinese ones usually lasted only a year.