Shane Gannaway on January 12, 2016 1 Comment Shopping for appliances for your home or kitchen can seem like quite the chore. You want to find something that looks great and goes with the general style of what you already have outfitting your home, but you also want something reliable and efficient. Still, while appliance shopping is important, it needn’t be a headache. Whether you’re looking to remodel your whole kitchen and you want a completely new and different line of products or you’re just picking out an appliance or tow to spruce up a room or space, you can’t go wrong with the masters of minimalist design and supreme function, Smeg. The History of Smeg Appliances Designed in Italy in the late 1940s, Smeg has solidified itself as one of the country’s leading appliance manufacturers, and is quickly becoming popular worldwide as well. Selling everything from dishwashers, to cooktops, to refrigerators, this ever-growing brand is particularly famous for its retro look and quality parts. Smeg’s look is so famous and iconic in part to their support from world-renowned architects like Mario Bellini and Marc Newson. In addition, Smeg is also extremely dedicated to making their products efficient as well as powerful. This is one company that is just as passionate as creating a quality product as they are about adopting the “green approach.” This means that all of Smeg’s appliances are designed keeping in mind certain environmental considerations. For instance, Smeg is dedicated to picking materials for their products which can be easily recycled, such as steel, glass, aluminum, and brass. In addition, they also limit their use of materials such a lead, mercury, PBBs, and PBDEs all are which frequently deemed as hazardous. All of these green measures add up to a production of quality products that bring high performance yet with low consumption rates. Refrigerators One of the most popular products Smeg makes is refrigeration units. Efficient, convenient, and powerful, it’s easy to see why these models are so loved. Of course, the retro 50s style design and wide array of colors also makes them easy to appreciate. They also come in a lot of different sizes and capacities so no matter what kind refrigeration unit you’re in the market for, Smeg probably makes a model you can use. The interiors all have a generous amount of space and feature internal shelves which can be adjusted to various heights as you see fit. Three of the most popular Smeg Retro models are the 11.7 cu. ft. fridge, the 9.22 cu. ft. fridge, and the 1.5 cu. ft. mini fridge. The larger models are fantastic for both smaller kitchens and apartments. While the 11.7 cu. ft. models boasts a bottom freezer, both they and the 9.22 cu. ft. models feature luxurious glass shelves, covered bins, plenty of door storage, and an eye-catching and space-saving bottle rack. They also contain an anti-bacterial lining as an added measure for keeping your perishables well preserved. All of this in a compact package that doesn’t sacrifice function. The 1.5 cu. ft. fridge is a bit smaller but still fits a lot. It sports two adjustable wire shelves, a balcony door shelf, and a lower door shelf for bottles and such. All three fridge types come in a staggering array of gorgeous colors and designs, which of course only adds their appeal. Ovens, Ranges & Cooktops Refrigeration units aren’t the only thing this trendy and stylish brand makes. Smeg ovens are also well known for their distinctive design and powerful functionality. Truly interesting machines made from a variety of different materials, Smeg produces ovens and ranges of all types. Whether you’re looking for something that runs on gas or electricity; whether you need a combination oven or a microwave; whether you’re a pizza cooking fiend or a fan of convection ovens, Smeg makes something you’ll love to use. Checkout the dual fuel Opera Range by Smeg for an appliance that will satisfy the savvy homeowner as well as the professional chef. This 48″ range is specifically interesting because it features two types of fuel. The rangetop burners are powered by gas while the multifunction oven is actually electric. Complete with five gas burners and a number of accessories (two baking trays, a wire rack, and a Wok ring to name a few) this powerful range by Smeg is going to impress just about anyone that uses it. These dual fuel temperatures are even offered in a number of sizes though. This way, if you’re not looking for an oven as big as this Opera Range, Smeg offers models like the 36 inch Dual Range Oven. It uses two fuel types just like the Opera Range, but is quite a bit more space efficient. Still, it comes with five gas burners and a baking tray. This is a great model that can fit in almost any kitchen. Microwaves If you’re not looking for a traditional oven or stovetop, it’s worth checking out Smeg’s exciting line of microwaves. Just like most of their products, Smeg microwaves come in a number of different styles and designs. And Smeg doesn’t just do this because they realize all too well that variety is the spice of life; they want to be able to accommodate any need a customer might have when buying an appliance. Just like their other appliances, Smeg microwaves sport an attractive aesthetic and work so well they end up being extremely energy efficient. Case in point, check out the Speed Oven Microwave from Smeg, which is just 24 inches in width, so it fits in most kitchen crevices. The oven front is beautiful and features a stainless steel finish coupled with a stainless steel bar handle. It offers a variety of different cooking modes such as ‘intensive broil’ and ‘pizza function,’ and even has a child safety control lock in order to keep kids from hurting themselves or the appliance. This microwave has a 1,000-watt output and has an interior of 1.2 cubic feet. The digital LED temperature display allows you to how hot the contents of the microwave are getting. This model sports an impressive range of 122 to 428 degrees Fahrenheit. It even comes with a cooling fan so you don’t have to let recently heated dishes sit for so long. Other Appliances It’s worth noting that Smeg didn’t get the reputation and respect as a manufacturer just from selling quality fridge units and powerful cooking ovens. They sell a number of other appliances as well. In fact, from Smeg you can find ovens, coffee machines, gas cookers, kitchen mixers, toasters, and even dishwashers. Everything from their green standards and policies to their powerful yet efficient appliances help to make Smeg one of the best international manufacturers out there today. It’s not so much that every home needs a Smeg appliance; but it’s certainly true that any home can improve because of one. Sate your curiosity and check out this charming Italian brand today!