These Infographics Show How Kitchen Appliances Have Evolved Over the Past 100 Years

published Oct 6, 2019
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Post Image
Credit: HomeAdvisor

Remember those 100 Years of Beauty videos that came out on YouTube between 2014 and 2017, showing how beauty trends have changed over the past century? One company has taken that idea and applied it to kitchen products. In a series of infographics, home improvement website HomeAdvisor tracked the development of appliances including toasters, coffee makers, and refrigerators over 100-plus years.

Some of the appliances show more dramatic transformation than others. The blender, for example, starts in the 1900s as a mortar and pestle, then begins to look like blenders as we know them in the 1920s. The pressure cooker, meanwhile, pretty much always looks like a lidded pot, though it appears to become electric in the 1940s.

One of the biggest shapeshifters is the juicer. In the 1900s, it’s a simple press with a wooden barrel and metal clamp. In the 1910s, it looks more like a meat grinder, before becoming more streamlined and cylindrical in the 1960s through 80s, then turning into a Super Soaker lookalike in the 1990s. The kettle, meanwhile, has pretty much stayed the same over the past century, just making the transition to electric in the 1990s (and apparently the whistle only became popular in the 1950s).

The infographics on HomeAdvisor include interesting trivia about the history of kitchen appliances. If you’d like to learn more, you can browse through researchers’ sources here. Check out the evolution of nine kitchen appliances below.

Credit: HomeAdvisor


Pretty much the same look since the 1930s, though motors have improved.

Credit: HomeAdvisor

Coffee Maker

In the future, we’ll make our morning coffee with robot seagulls?

Credit: HomeAdvisor


So glad they’re not hand-powered anymore.

Credit: HomeAdvisor


But when did we start juicing kale?

Credit: HomeAdvisor


The stovetop ones look so classic, but we’ve definitely burned one too many.

Credit: HomeAdvisor

Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot is life.

Credit: HomeAdvisor


Bio Robot looks pretty intriguing.

Credit: HomeAdvisor


We’re ready for this future.

Credit: HomeAdvisor


The best invention since…