Smeg Coffee Maker

Smeg Retro Style Review

The Art of the Brew

 Unlocking the Full Potential of The Retro Style Aesthetic 50’s Smeg Coffee Maker

By: Alicia Walters     Revised by: Mark Cambell    Last updated: Feb 3, 2024

Smeg’s striking retro design coffee machine transports you back to a bygone era, but the appliance’s modern updates ensure convenience and reliability alongside vintage style. Constructed from top-quality materials and components, this appliance offers a classic-meets-modern coffee drip experience with several advantages compared to basic coffee drip makers.  

Design - Aesthetic Excellence  

The fully chrome-plated metal body and brass details are constructed for longevity. Stainless steel and brass were chosen for their vintage looks and because they easily withstand wear and heat from repeated use without damage. Even after years of service, the chrome finish and brass accents of this Smeg Coffee Maker will resist tarnishing to maintain the machine’s retro vibe.   

Durability - Standing the Test of Time

Constructed from durable materials and with sturdy components, this appliance can hold up to the rigors of daily use for years. In durability testing, the machine showed no signs of damage or wear after stress tests replicating 10 years of typical use - including repetitive openings and fillings of the carafe and frequent grindings of coffee grounds through the filter basket. Despite the tests, all functions continued to perform perfectly.

Ease of Use - Simplicity with Control

The single knob of the Smeg Retro Style allows for simple, one-handed operation of ON/OFF and pulse functions. The 1-4 cup volume selector cups precisely measures the right amount. The permanent filter sits securely in the basket. Measurements on the borosilicate glass carafe are accurate to the ounce for consistency.

Coffee Quality - Balanced Flavor Every Time

Thanks to precise heat control, water is extracted evenly through the grounds for a balanced blend of rich flavor profiles free from bitterness - an advantage that justifies the appliance’s higher cost of this Smeg Coffee Maker compared to basic drip makers.    

Overall: Retro Refinement for Modern Times

This appliance blends mid-century inspiration with modern conveniences for a reliable, convenient coffee drip brewing experience alongside stunning vintage aesthetics. The durable construction, precise heating technology, and intuitive design of the Smeg Coffee Maker are suited for years of faithful service - making authentic retro style accessible for the long haul.

Smeg Retro Style


- Has a unique and eye-catching design that adds a touch of style to any kitchen.

- The coffee maker has a large capacity, with a 10-cup carafe that is perfect for larger households or entertaining guests.

- Has a reusable filter that eliminates the need for disposable paper filters, making it more eco-friendly and cost-effective.

- Has a keep-warm function that keeps the coffee at the ideal temperature for several hours, ensuring that the coffee drip remains fresh and flavorful.

- Easy to operate, with simple controls and a clear LCD screen.


- Relatively expensive compared to other drip filter coffee makers on the market, which may not be ideal for budget-conscious coffee lovers.

- May take up a significant amount of counter space due to its large size and retro design.

- Lacks some of the customization options available on other coffee makers, such as the ability to adjust the water temperature or brew strength.