Cooking can be a daunting task for small kitchen owners. On top of not separating the veggies or tossing your pizza dough in the air, a small kitchen makes it difficult to find places for large, yet essential appliances.
These days are over. Given the increasing need for space-saving appliances, many manufacturers are now offering all sorts of compact appliances. Although these appliances are small in size, they loom large in functionality. Most can even accomplish two tasks at once.
Here are five of the most popular space-saving appliances that will help you rediscover the joys of cooking.
1. Compact Refrigerators: Slim in Stature, Big with Features
Whether you’re trying to get back into cooking or content with frozen food, you can’t go without a refrigerator. However, in a small kitchen, a standard size refrigerator is a behemoth. It not only eats up your valuable space, but also juts out from the wall, getting in your way.
You don’t have to deal with the big monster anymore. With a skinny (around 24”-wide), counter-depth refrigerator and freezer combo, you can save your precious aisle space, open up your floor plan and make your kitchen look bigger.
Want to maximize your counter space? A 3.2-cubic-feet under counter refrigerator (with or without a freezer) is the one of the best space-saving options. Although the mini fridge can only hold a week’s worth of goodies, you will never have to worry about rotten food in the back.
2. Sink, Stove and Fridge: All in One
If a full-sized kitchen, usually equipped with a separate refrigerator, stove and sink, can’t fit in your 300-square-foot apartment, consider installing an all-in-one kitchenette instead. An all-in-one kitchen combo puts everything a home cook needs into a single unit. That includes a mini fridge, drawn sink, two electric burners, as well as plenty of space for food preparation. Most importantly, it only takes 30” of your wall space, helping you solve the space problem in your dormitory suite.
The kitchenette installation will involve plumbing and electrical wiring, so you may need the help of a professional plumber.
3. Portable Induction Cooker: Get Extra Counter Space
Don’t cook often? Then you probably agree that your gas range looks like a waste of counter space even if you still use it from time to time. If you want to free up your counter space when your stove is not in use, tear out your gas range and opt for a portable induction cooker. This portable cooker works virtually the same as traditional stoves. You can use it to sauté and fry, but only in non-aluminum cookware. By simply cleaning the cooktop after cooking, you can store it in your kitchen cabinet or outside the kitchen. And get extra counter space.
4. Convection Microwave: Fit Two Appliances in One Spot
Every inch of space counts in a small kitchen. Imagine how great it would be if you could have two appliances in the space of one. I’m not talking about an impossible dream. I’m talking about the innovative convection microwave. This new kind of microwave combines a microwave oven with a convection oven, giving you the best of both worlds. You can use it to defrost, bake and even grill food. Moreover, most models can fit where your current conventional microwave sits.
Since there is no need to save space for a separate oven, you’ll have extra room to store food or utensils.
5. Countertop Dishwasher: Think Out of Your Base Cabinet
Some just can’t live without a dishwasher, even if you’re literally stuck with a tiny kitchen. If you really hate to hand wash your dishes, here’s my suggestion. Don't sacrifice your base cabinet to get a built-in dishwasher that requires direct plumbing and permanent installation. A countertop dishwasher, on the contrary, will be a smarter bet. The reasons are simple:
- The countertop dishwasher can easily fit between most countertops and cabinetry.
- Installation is totally DIY-friendly: You just need to connect it with your kitchen faucet and that’s it. No plumbing required!
Concerned about the bulky look of the dishwasher? Be sure to select the right color or material that coordinates with your kitchen design.
Ready to shop for some space-saving appliances? Before you take out the credit card, try to free up your kitchen as much as possible. Thus, you’ll have a better idea about what appliances will fit best in your kitchen.
Did we miss any small, yet handy appliances? If we did, feel free to share your ideas in the comments section. Our readers will love to hear more!