The SMEG retro fridge is right on trend for 2024 and perfect for vintage-lovers

Everything we love about the SMEG retro fridge, plus three budget-friendly alternatives

Pink SMEG fridge in open room
(Image credit: SMEG)

The SMEG retro fridge the perfect trendy addition to any vintage-lovers kitchen. Jazz up that dingy fridge sitting in your kitchen with something more polished and sophisticated. 

Available in a range of colors and sizes, this fan-favorite pick can squeeze into just about anywhere. We took a look at this top-notch appliance and it's unique features.

We also found three budget-friendly alternatives right in line with this small kitchen trend, including mini fridges for dorms and studio apartments.

Everything we love about the SMEG retro fridge

Are you a lover of all things SMEG? The SMEG retro fridge is a must-see. In late 2023, Pinterest Predicts envisioned kitschy kitchens, aka "kitschens," as the hot look of the 2024 season. Think bright pastels, retro silhouettes, and quirky-but-cute accents. The fridge, along with the SMEG retro kettle, is no exception.

Designer Nina Lichtenstein considers the appliance to be "a delightful exercise in retro-inspired decor" that transcends popular styles, and even time. "The fridge adds a touch of vintage charm that effortlessly complements modern and traditional kitchen settings alike," she says. 

The best news? It's just as functional as it is stylish. "Beyond its eye-catching appearance, SMEG appliances are renowned for their quality craftsmanship, durability, and innovative features," Nina says.

It comes with three adjustable glass shelves, a bottle storage shelf, a freezer section with 0.92 capacity, and an ice cube tray. If you're in a smaller space, there's also a mini SMEG fridge available from Crate & Barrel to tuck under the counter.

"To showcase this iconic piece, pair it with other SMEG appliances or vintage-inspired kitchen accessories," Nina recommends.

Budget-friendly alternatives

You don't have to spend a ton on small kitchen upgrades if you're looking to give your cook space a makeover. We found some options that are lower in price but not in quality. See how to make the most of this interior trend with these slick appliances.

“Infuse your kitchen with whimsy by choosing colorful kitchen appliances that defy convention,” Nina suggests. “Explore options like retro-inspired refrigerators in pastel shades or sleek ovens in bold metallic finishes.”


Complement your SMEG retro fridge with some pastel kitchen ideas to spruce up cabinets, backsplashes, and more. “The charm that pastel colors and retro styles add to your kitchen will make it radiate with beauty and sophistication,”  says Nina.

Emily Lambe
Deputy Editor

Hey! I’m Emily and I’m the deputy digital editor at Real Homes. I’m here to bring you the latest decor trends, inspirational ideas, informative how tos, the latest celeb homes style and the best budget-friendly buys. I live in a rented apartment, making the most of small spaces and using accent pieces to make things pop. When I’m not writing, I’m usually doing yoga, eating chocolate or working on my skincare routine.

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