Electric toasters have been around since 1893. Since then, countless companies have come up with their own models and designs. So it can be hard to track where each toaster comes from. In this article, we will be looking at toasters made in Germany. So let’s get into it.
So, Which Brands Make Toasters in Germany?
I’ve found two brands that produce toasters that are made in Germany. They are Ritterwerk and GRAEF.
Toasters Made in Germany – A Closer Look
Ritterwerk was founded in 1905 in Sendling, Munich, Germany. It started out as a knife cleaner manufacturer before slowly expanding to produce a variety of kitchen appliances. This includes food slicers, hand blenders, and toasters.
Across almost every page of Ritterwerk’s website, you’ll find “made in Germany” labels. According to its about us page, Ritterwerk’s headquarters is located in Gröbenzell, near Munich. This is where its products seem to be manufactured.
A quote taken from the site’s “about us” page states “The Medium-sized company, headed by Michael Schuller, develops, designs, and produces exclusively in Germany.”
By digging a little further, on the website’s toaster page, it states a couple of times that its toasters are manufactured in Germany. The toaster range made by Ritterwerk is the Volcano range. Some of its toasters include the following.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing this article, the individualized toaster options were unavailable. I’ve left the link above for when the product is back in stock.
Like lots of high-quality products, Ritterwork has received some awards for its Volcano toaster range. This includes a German Design Award in 2012 and an iF Product Design Award in 2011.
Krups is a well-known kitchen appliance company that was founded in Germany in 1846 by Robert Krups. Currently headquartered in Solingen in Germany.
Having produced a range of kitchen appliances since its inception, by the 1990s Krups had four factories in Germany and one in Ireland.
Krups is owned by Groupe SEB, a French corporation, but its headquarters is still located in Solingen, Germany. Also, just like Rowenta, a lot of Krups’ manufacturing now takes place in China.
However, not all of their products are made in China. Some are manufactured in Germany, although these mainly consist of kettles. If there are any readers out there who have more information regarding the manufacturing of Krups’ toasters, please leave a comment below as we like to keep our articles up to date.
Toasters that Are Commonly Mistaken as Being Made in Germany
Upon doing the research for this article, I came across a company that used to manufacture its products in Germany but has now moved the majority of its manufacturing overseas. Here’s what I found.
Rowenta is a German company that began manufacturing products in 1909. Today, they manufacture everything from vacuum cleaners to toasters. Headquartered in Odenwald, Germany, the company was bought out by French Groupe SEB in 1988.
Groupe SEB is the largest supplier of cookware in the world. Although it is unclear exactly where they now manufacture Rowenta products, it seems like they are now manufacturing most of their products in China.
However, it is possible that some of the vintage toasters that Rowenta made (before 1988) that you may have around the home were manufactured in Germany, but the more modern toasters are more than likely made in China.
GRAEF (Moved After Help from a Reader)
GRAEF is a German founded kitchen appliance company that was founded in 1920. This is a company that doesn’t mess around when it comes to manufacturing high-quality, long-lasting kitchen products. From its kettles and coffee makers to toasters, all of its products are built to last a very long time.
Being a German manufacturer is something that GRAEF is very proud of. Throughout its website, you’ll find plenty of information regarding the company’s manufacturing location.
However, despite being a company that does conduct at least some manufacturing in Germany, it looks like it also conducts some of its production overseas.
As mentioned above, one of our readers sent us some information that suggests that GRAEF manufactures some of its products in China as you can see in the image below.
So, if you buy a toaster from GRAEF, then there’s a good chance that the product you receive would have been produced in China.