Household Appliances & How They’ve Changed Through Time

Do you ever wonder about how times have changed in the world of household appliances? Maybe not, but while reviewing appliances that have been used in famous movies, we’ve found some interesting ones to compare. Read on to find out which retro appliance was made famous by starring in a well-known film, and how it would look today. 


Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American fantasy gothic romance film directed by Tim Burton. In one scene, a bored homemaker develops a keen interest in the plumber that comes to fix her broken dishwasher. Neither the dishwasher nor the technician was particularly impressed. 


How this famous retro dishwasher looked back in 1990.

retro dishwasher


How a typical dishwasher looks today, in 2023.

2023 dishwasher Tillsonburg, Ontario


Gremlins, a 1984 American comedy horror film directed by Joe Dante, featured a famous microwave that came in handy while fighting off a hoard of evil Gremlins that had invaded a woman’s kitchen. 


How this famous retro microwave looked back in the ’80s.

retro microwave

How a typical microwave looks today, in 2023.

typical microwave Tillsonburg, Ontario


The Blob is a 1988 American science fiction horror film remake of the 1958 film of the same name. It was co-written and directed by Chuck Russell. In the 80’s version of this film, a clogged commercial sink unwittingly plays a role in the horrifying death of the restaurant’s handyman. 


How this famous commercial sink looked back in 1990.

commercial sinks

How a typical commercial sink looks today, in 2023. 

commercial sink in 2023 Tillsonburg, Ontario


Wild at Heart is a 1990 American romantic crime drama film written and directed by David Lynch. One particular scene that takes place in a public restroom reveals the petty reason behind a mother’s revenge and why two young lovers are left running for their lives.  


How this famous public restroom looked back in 1990.

public restroom in 1990

How a typical public restroom looks today in 2023.

public restroom in 2023 Tillsonburg, Ontario


Fatal Attraction is a 1987 American psychological thriller film directed by Adrian Lyne that featured a particularly disturbing scene involving an innocent gas stove being used to cause the death of a beloved pet bunny. 


How this famous retro gas stove looked back in the ’80s.

retro gas stove

How a typical gas stove looks today, in 2023.

gas stove in 2023 Tillsonburg, Ontario


Ghostbusters is a 1984 American supernatural comedy film directed and produced by Ivan Reitman. In one of the film’s most famous scenes, it stars a fridge that has become inhabited by a demonic force. Luckily, the unsuspecting woman who opened the door, was able to shut it quickly and run! 


How this famous retro fridge looked back in the ’80s.

retro refrigerator in the '80s

How a typical fridge looks today, in 2023.

typical fridge in 2023 Tillsonburg, Ontario


Mr. Mom is a 1983 American comedy film directed by Stan Dragoti that features several household appliances left unattended and out of control when a newly stay-at-home-dad tries to do too many things at once. Chaos ensues, dad comes to the rescue, and all’s well that ends well!  


How these famous retro washer and dryer set looked back in the ’80s.

retro washer and dryer

How a typical washer and dryer set looks today, in 2023.

typical washer and dryer in 2023 Tillsonburg, Ontario


Last but not least, in Back to the Future Part II, a 1989 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis, a depiction of modern tv is shown for the then future year of 2015. Their prediction about household appliances, while not perfect, is astonishingly close! 


How this famous retro interpretation of a 2015 tv looked back in 1989.

predicted TV

How a typical tv looked back in 2015 (not much difference from today).

TV in 2015 Tillsonburg, Ontario

How a typical tv looked back in 1989 (huge difference from today).

TV in 1989 household appliances


Well, there you have it. We hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane and our comparisons between then and now in the world of household appliances. Whatever your taste for movies or appliances, if your old appliance looks more like the retro version, and you need help installing a new one, B.R.’s is ready to come to your rescue! We’re also experts in the world of plumbing, should you ever encounter a clog that won’t drain. We ain’t afraid of no ghosts! 


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