Best Appliances for Small Spaces
Combining functionality, compactness and style, these are the best appliances for your small kitchen and beyond.
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GE Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator
One of the best appliances for a small kitchen is a stylish fridge that holds a lot of food. This GE refrigerator fits the bill. This 11.9-cubic-foot fridge in fingerprint-resistant stainless steel features a Quick-Space shelf that functions as a normal full-sized shelf when needed. It’s the same depth as a standard counter, giving it a built-in look.
“This was bought to replace one twice as big,” says one reviewer on The Home Depot web site. “The shelving makes it hold a lot of food, and the digital settings are very accurate. We are completely off grid solar, and this model should be marketed to all solar homes. At 1.6 amps it draws less than half the current of most refrigerators. And whisper quiet as well.”
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Frigidaire Gas Wall Oven
A small kitchen needs appliances that combine functionality, compactness and aesthetics. This sleek, 24-inch Frigidaire wall oven features a 3.3 cu. ft. capacity and many extras found in larger ovens — ready-select controls for easy temperature settings, a vari-broil temperature control with two heat levels, dual-radiant baking and roasting, plus a storage drawer.
“This oven fit perfectly into an older cabinet in an apartment,” says an Amazon reviewer. “It replaced an older oven that is not made anymore. I was nervous but the installation was easy (at least for a big strong guy like my son-in-law!). You need an outlet behind the space to plug it in. You need the gas line and a flexible hose and after those are connected, it went right in. Tenant is very happy with it.”
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Bosch Built-In Dishwasher
This small but mighty dishwasher from Bosch will save you valuable kitchen space while ensuring your small sink doesn’t stack up with dishes. The Bosch 800 Series 18-in. dishwasher offers energy-efficient washing and drying options, a 24-hour delay function to work around your schedule, and a customizable interior that you can configure to suit your dishware collection.
“Choices are limited for 18-inch machines,” says a reviewer. “You pretty much have ‘bottom end’ and ‘high end.’ After a few years of frustration with the former, we decided to bite the bullet and go with the latter.
“The third drawer drastically increases usability. We removed the basket from the bottom tray, and use the third drawer for cutlery etc., and it holds nearly as much as a regular 24 in. It also gets the dishes EXTREMELY clean, whether baked on or just grubby. It also completely lives up to its claims of being near-silent. I literally have to put my ear against it to check whether it’s running or not.”
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Electrolux Compact Front-Load Laundry Washer and Dryer
This front-loading washer and dryer, both 24 inches, saves space without sacrificing efficiency. The washer comes with six wash cycles and up to 1,400 RPM spin speed. The ventless dryer uses a heat exchanger to cool the air and condense the water vapor into a drain pipe or a collection tank.
“Great quality washer and dryer and fits nicely in small laundry closet,” says one reviewer from the Home Depot web site.
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Gasland Built-in Gas Cooktop
Small counter space? No problem! This 24-in. built-in gas cooktop features four burners, comes ready for natural gas installation and includes an easy setup LP-gas conversion kit. The stainless steel cooktop surface looks great and is easy to clean.
“We are remodeling a tiny house and this worked out perfect,” says one Amazon reviewer. “Looks high end at a very affordable price.”
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Breville Compact Countertop Electric Toaster Oven
This 15-in. x 17-in. x 10-in. toaster oven makes our list for its compact design. It can handle four slices of bread, a 12 in. pizza and a six-cup muffin tray. Plus, it can roast chicken and more.
“This product is a real treasure for those looking to save space and yet do all the things that a large traditional oven can do,” says an Amazon reviewer.
“Actually, it does more than any traditional oven. Its preset cooking cycles are easy to set and also can be adjusted to any time or temperature you want. Reached cooking temperature way faster than a traditional oven. Controls are intuitive; visual and audible signals are pleasing; digital operation is accurate.”
Keurig Single-Serve Coffee Maker
A full-size coffee maker can take up valuable counter space. This Keurig coffee maker features a sleek design that takes up less than five inches on your counter. It’s incredibly easy to use, too. Simply add water to the reservoir, place in a K-Cup pod, press the brew button and voilà. No fuss, no muss.
“I live in a small efficiency apartment with limited counter space,” said an Amazon reviewer. “It fits perfectly in the space I have, and it’s so easy to use.”
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Chef Range Under-Cabinet Ventilation Hood
Among the best appliances for a small space is a ventilation hood that’s stylish without overcrowding. This Chef Range kitchen range hood features an under cabinet electric extractor fan that efficiently cleans grease, smoke, fumes and cooking odors from the air swiftly. The dual motors make minimal noise, while the slim 30 in. range hood fits into compact spaces.
“I love this range hood!” says one Amazon reviewer. “Ever since we switched to this Chef PS10 range hood, it changed my life! No smell, no grease, and no cleaning the cabinet every day. This range hood is very powerful that when I make stir-fried dishes, the living room won’t smell a thing!”
Ramblewood High-Efficiency Two-Burner Gas Cooktop
For the smallest of countertops, this gas cooktop is a great option. It features an electric ignition and an off-the-grid feature that allows the two burners to be lit by a match in case of a power outage. The top burner has a max power of 8400 BTU, while the bottom burner has 5800 BTU. The stainless steel surface, with heavy cast iron pot stands, is durable and stylish.
“I’m highly satisfied with this product!” says one Amazon reviewer. “Very good contemporary look. Adapted it to a studio conversion and it looks phenomenal and highly attractive and it’s built with great quality.”
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EdgeStar Dorm-Sized Fridge/Freezer
This compact, 3.1 cu. ft. appliance is one of the best fridge/freezers for areas like dorms where space is a major issue.
The freezer and refrigerator are separated, which is better than having one door and a small freezer area within the fridge. Plus, the freezer is “true zero-degree” for maximum freezing capability. The fridge features an adjustable thermostat which allows you to set the ideal temperature between 34 and 60 F. The doors are reversible and there is an interior light.
“Looks great, works great, very quiet, keeps ice cream frozen and makes excellent ice,” says one Amazon reviewer. “It does all of this and uses practically no electricity. I couldn’t be happier with this fridge.”
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