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Retro popcorn maker blends in

The Nostalgia Electrics Retro Stir Popcorn Popper features a distinctive design. A motorized stir rod ensures that the kitchen gadget does more than just look good on the countertop.

Makes fresh popcorn despite which era the gadget looks like it came from.
Makes fresh popcorn despite which era the gadget looks like it came from. Bed Bath & Beyond

Design always has, and always will, play a big part in our purchasing decisions. Kitchen gadgets are, of course, not immune to our personal preferences. Perhaps they are even subject to a more stringent set of deliberations, seeing as additional kitchen appliances require the reduction of a valued commodity: counter space. However a device that may be frivolous or unnecessary dressed in one design sense may look the part of high fashion in another.

Depending upon personal tastes, the Nostalgia Electrics Retro Stir Popcorn Popper ($39.99) may or may not be the perfect accessory for your kitchen countertop. Those who get on board will certainly appreciate the fun design, but it might be the versatile utility that the gadget provides that makes it attractive beyond its appearance.

Featuring a built-in motorized stirring rod, the popcorn maker can do much more than pop kernels. The nonstick cooking plate can be used to create flavored popcorn as well as to make roasted nuts. Whichever snack treat is decided upon, the convenient lid doubles as a serving bucket. Finished in a bright, candy-apple red reminiscent of a bygone era, the modern kitchen contrivance manages to stand out on the kitchen countertop while blending in, too.