We live in the golden age of Internet shopping. Today you can sit at your desk and order a host of quirky Japanese countertop appliances that, a few years ago, would not have been available without a plane ticket to Tokyo.
I, for one, find this news thrilling, and if you do too—and are willing to hassle with power converters or have it rewired by an electrician for the cause—then this list is for you. Here, our 15 favorite Japanese countertop appliances that ship to the US.
Electric Kettles Above: The Muji MoMA Electric Kettle is designed by Naoto Fukasawa and can be found for $80 on Amazon. For more on US-available Muji appliances, see our post Appliances for Minimalists: The Muji Toaster Oven and More. Above: The Récolte Classic Libre Electric Kettle in blue can be found on Amazon for $86.25. Above: The Balmuda Electric Kettle “The Pot” in white is $139.49 on Amazon.
Blenders and Processors Above: The Muji Blender Mixer, designed by Naoto Fukasawa, is one of the Muji products available only in Japan—but you can find it on Amazon for $105. Above: If you’re game for a Japanese import, the Panasonic Food Processor has a glass container (with a 13-cup capacity) and comes with two types of cutters and a grater. You can get it on Amazon for $130.18.
Cookers Above: The Bruno Electric Grill Pot in white is designed for boiling, baking, steaming, and frying; $263.33 on Amazon. Above: The Muji MoMA Electric Rice Food Cooker is designed by Naoto Fukasawa and is $220.21 on Amazon. Above: The Recolte Pot Duo Fête Electronic Pot Multi Cooker (available in navy or red) cooks, steams, bakes, and fries food; $155.45 at Amazon. Above: Another appliance from Balmuda, the Electric Cooker “The Gohan” in white (available in black) is $521.13 on Amazon.
Fish Roaster Above: The Zojirushi Fish Roaster is a countertop equivalent to the fish roasting drawer that most Japanese kitchen ranges are equipped with under the cooktop. The countertop roaster from Japanese brand Zojirushi is designed for the US kitchen; $144.82 on Amazon. Toasters Above: Muji’s Pop-Up Toaster, designed by Naoto Fukasawa, is $95 at Muji and is designed for US use. Above: The new Balmuda Steam Oven Toaster from Japan has a steam feature for toasting and warming breads (ideal for the plain toast, baguette, croissant, rice cake, and croque monsieur lover). It’s $379.90 through Amazon or can be purchased directly from Balmuda in Japan. For more toaster ovens, see 10 Easy Pieces: Toaster Ovens. Above: The Récolte Solo Oven Toaster, shown in orange, is from Japan. It’s compact; approximately 10 by 11 inches and, according to reviews, toasts one slice at a time (good for cultivating patience). The toaster oven is $159.45 at Amazon. Above: As thick as an average cookbook, Japanese company Plus Minus Zero’s 1-Slice Toaster in white is 6.6 by 8.8 by 3.1 inches; $53.99 at Amazon. Above: Designed by Naoto Fukasawa for Muji, the MoMA Muji Vertical Toaster Oven can be found on Amazon for $125.99 for US use. Read more about Fukasawa’s Muji designs in our post Appliances for Minimalists: The Muji Toaster Oven and More.
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