Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it also happens to be the most rushed. Since the name of the game is to fuel up and get out of the house, it doesn't take much to see why not a lot of time is invested meditating on kitchen appliances in the morning. That ambivalence can extend to the design of our breakfast-makers--otherwise they would more often go beyond basic black. Yet sometimes the confluence of convenience, versatility, and design results in something that gives us what we need and looks good doing it.
Appliances that cram a mish-mash of features together often end up looking like some sort of Frankenstein machine--because they basically are. Combining bits and pieces of a toaster, a coffeemaker and a griddle, the Nostalgia Electrics BSET100 Retro Series 3-in-1 Breakfast Station offers a complete solution for aesthetically challenged harried mornings. The distinctive styling matches other pieces from the retro-themed collection that also includes a minifridge and a microwave oven.
The all-in-one breakfast-maker measures about 18 inches across, 16 inches deep, and 11 inches tall. The odd, compact appliance is easy to use and focuses on simplicity. The nonstick griddle plate is removable for easy cleaning, and the toaster oven features basic broiler/oven operation. The countertop appliance might not make mornings any easier once you're out the door, but at least for the importance of breakfast it can reach back to a simpler time and slow things down.