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The value of simplicity

Every year we meet with people around the country to understand how our products might simplify their lives. In our many hours of listening, we’ve never heard anyone say, “I’d like this to be more complicated.” What we do hear is that life is busier and more demanding than ever. Most people want everyday things like brewing coffee, making toast, cooking a meal or ironing a shirt to be a simple as possible.

That’s where Proctor Silex® comes in. It takes complex engineering to make a simple appliance—one that is intuitive and easy to use. We place controls where it’s most natural to reach for them and include only what’s essential for ideal performance. Instead of adding options and extras that add more confusion than functionality, we focus on thoughtful design, invest in superior materials and back our newest products with a 3-year product warranty.

“Firsts” that last: the history of Proctor Silex 

It makes sense that our appliances have become legendary for their durability. We’ve been at this for more than 135 years, and during that time, we’ve learned how to make appliances that last.

With roots tracing back to Philadelphia Textile Machinery Company, which was founded in 1885, Proctor & Schwartz Electric Company made its debut in 1920 and revolutionized the American kitchen with its many inventions: the first silent toaster, first electric glass coffee maker, first cord-attached iron, first toaster oven/broiler, first pop-up toaster/toaster oven, first adjustable automatic iron, first snap-apart line of serviceable kitchen appliances and first see-through steam iron water tank.

In 1960, Proctor & Schwartz Electric Company merged with a manufacturer of irons and coffeemakers, the Silex Company, to offer consumers an even wider selection of small home appliances. The new company was known as the Proctor-Silex Corporation, and to this day we continue to innovate, introduce exciting new products and continually improve our uniquely durable, tried-and-true appliances.

Straightforward:  Sleek, modern lines.


Sleek, modern lines. A neutral color palette that looks great in any kitchen. Uncomplicated design that includes only what’s essential for functionality and performance. 

Thoughtful: Designed to be intuitive and easy to use.


Designed to be intuitive and easy to use. Simple controls placed where it’s most natural to reach for them. Features that make sense, like a toaster with a removable crumb tray that pulls out from the front.

Durable: Trusted to last, with a 3-year warranty.


Trusted to last, with a 3-year warranty on our newest products. Increased housing thickness, heftier hinges, high-quality motors, anodized metal and other superior materials lengthen the lifespan of each appliance.  

Discover the value of simplicity

What makes Proctor Silex kitchen appliances simply better? Our high-quality, easy-to-use appliances give you exactly what’s essential, every time. No frills, no fuss, no guesswork, no surprises. Just what you need, when you need it.


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