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Best Appliances for Small Spaces
Marrying functionality, compactness and style, these are the best appliances to cook, clean and more in your small kitchen and beyond.
GE 11.9 cu. ft. 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 comes in fingerprint-resistant stainless steel, features a Quick-Space shelf that functions as a normal full-sized shelf when needed and is counter-depth to achieve that built-in look.
“This was bought to replace one twice as big. The shelving makes it hold a lot of food, and the digital settings are very accurate,” says a reviewer. “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.”
Frigidaire 24 in. 3.3 cu. ft. Gas Wall Oven
A small kitchen needs to be outfitted with the best appliances that marry functionality, compactness and aesthetics. This Frigidaire wall oven is sleek and carries all the features of a larger oven, like Ready-Select Controls for easy temperature settings, a Vari-Broil temperature control with two heat levels, Dual- Radiant baking and roasting, and a storage drawer.
“This oven fit perfectly into an older cabinet in an apartment,” says a 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.”
Bosch 18 in. Built-In Dishwasher
This small but mighty dishwasher from Bosch will save you valuable space in the kitchen while ensuring your small sink doesn’t stack up with dishes. This 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 in. 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.”
Electrolux 24 in. Compact Front-Load Laundry Pair
This front load laundry pair will save 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 a reviewer.
Gasland 24 in. 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. Looks high end at a very affordable price,” says a reviewer.
Breville Compact Countertop Electric Toaster Oven
This 15 x 17 x 10-inch toaster oven makes this list of best appliances for small spaces for its compact, counter space-saving design. The appliance can handle four slices of bread, a 12 in. pizza, six-cup muffin tray and 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 a reviewer. “Actually, it does more than any traditional oven. It’s 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, which is why this single-serve appliance made this list. This Keurig coffee maker features a sleek design that takes up less than five inches of width on your counter. It’s incredibly easy to use, too. You simply add fresh 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. It fits perfectly in the space I have, and it’s so easy to use,” says a reviewer.
Chef Range Under-Cabinet Ventilation Hood
Among the best appliances for a small space is a ventilation hood that’s stylish without overcrowding or using up valuable space. This Chef Range kitchen range hood features an under cabinet electric extractor fan that efficiently and effectively 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! I normally cook every day for my family. But my old Broan range hood is very weak,” says a reviewer. “Every time I cook, the smell of food filled our entire home. It gets in our living room and bedroom. Doesn’t matter when I shut the door or not. My kitchen cabinet and ceiling get sticky from the grease. It made our daily cleaning very troublesome. 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 2-Burner Gas Cooktop
For the smallest of counter tops, this gas cooktop, featuring two burners, is a great option. It features an electric ignition and an off-the-grid feature that allows the 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 a 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.”
EdgeStar 3.1 Cu. Ft. Dorm-Sized Fridge/Freezer
This compact, dorm-sized appliance is one of the best fridge/freezers for areas where space is a major issue. The freezer and refrigerator are separated which is better than having just one door and a small freezer area within the fridge. Plus, the freezer is “true zero-degree” for maximum freezing capability and the fridge features an adjustable thermostat, which allows you to set the ideal temperature between 34 and 60 degrees 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. It does all of this and uses practically no electricity. I couldn’t be happier with this frig,” says a reviewer.
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