Rewrite history with a retro microwave

The Nostalgia Electrics RMO-400 Retro Series Microwave supplies modern convenience with a retro design. The countertop appliance features 12 preprogrammed settings, as well as an LED display.

Bringing the microwave back to the future.
Bringing the microwave back to the future. Nostalgia Electrics

The Nostalgia Electrics RMO-400 Microwave Oven is part of a Retro Series collection and looks like it could easily belong in a kitchen of yesteryear--except that it is a microwave. The ubiquitous appliance came to prominence in the '70s and '80s, but to be fair, commercial models were available as far back as the '40s. It is doubtful, however, that any of them resembled this unit. But really, none of that matters--the microwave does look pretty cool.

In use, the 800-watt microwave supplies all modern features that consumers have come to expect, including a turntable and 12 preprogrammed settings. The LED display with digital clock may be a bit anachronistic, but the dial control knob is a nice callback to previous generations. Considering the size of ancient appliances, the .9 cubic foot interior that this microwave has is an obvious modern-era distinction, not to mention the price tag--considering that early microwaves cost thousands of dollars.

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    Brian is the author of the culinary based novel Stealing Food Road. A lifelong Californian, he has been consistently exposed to some of the best food in the world. With a deep appreciation for the kitchen, he is always on the lookout for that perfect appliance that combines style and grace with the ever-popular ability to save time.


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