Must-have Kitchen Appliances for Small Kitchens

When it comes to appliances for a small kitchen, there are a few key items that you simply cannot do without. Things get challenging when you’re limited with space. You want your kitchen to run like a well-oiled machine but you also cannot sacrifice the space that you need to comfortably work.

Appliances make our lives easier. Cooking in the kitchen should be a pleasurable activity but when you do it daily it becomes a chore. Mix in the daily hustle and bustle of life where you’re constantly rushing and you soon realize that you simply cannot live without certain kitchen appliances.

We have compiled a list of the perfect kitchen appliances for a small kitchen that will turn your everyday cooking chore into a breeze while not hogging up all your precious space.

A Fridge

It seems obvious that you need a fridge but when it comes to a small kitchen you need to select carefully. You want something compact but at the same time, it should hold enough food for you and your family. You want something sturdy and durable that will last you years.

I am a huge SMEG fan. It offers Italian functionality and style all in one. I own one myself and although it is expensive I love it. Not only does it work beautifully but storage space is better than you think! It has adjustable shelving, a crisper, an inner freezer, and numerous storage bins to keep things organized.

The SMEG fridge is only 60 inches tall, 23.6 inches wide, and 30 inches deep (about the same as your average counter depth). I love that there are multiple colors available and ofcourse the cool retro vibe it adds to your home.

As much as I love the SMEG things have gotten crazy expensive fast! If you looking for something similar at a fraction of the cost then I highly recommend the Galanz True Top Refrigerator which measures at 23.74 x 27.48 x 61.81 Inches, perfect for small kitchens. It also offers a retro feel and comes in various colors.

A Cooking Stovetop and Oven.

An electric stove is a must-have for any small kitchen. It will help you to cook your food evenly and quickly. You want a compact-sized oven that doesn’t take up too much counter space but is still large enough to cook a meal for the family.

I recommend the Danby Designer 20-in. Electric Range. It has a sleek glass top that is easy to clean. Measuring only 20 inches wide, this stylish model is the ideal solution for small kitchens.

If you prefer to cook with Gas then I suggest the Summit RG200WS 20″ Freestanding Gas Range. It is only 19.75 inches wide and comes with a two-burner cooktop.

A Dishwasher

A dishwasher is another great appliance for a small kitchen. I honestly cannot live without mine. Save heaps of time and disinfect your dishes at the same time. Finding a compact dishwasher that does the job is not easy. You want a compact dishwasher that is easy to operate and doesn’t take up too much space. Thankfully many brands have come to the small space party and have come up with great compact and affordable options.

If you’re tight on a budget and limited on space then this COMFEE’ Portable Dishwasher is the perfect solution. It is small and lightweight, perfect for apartments or other small spaces. The best part is that it doesn’t require any installation! You get the luxury of a dishwasher at a fraction of the cost.

If you’re looking for something bigger but still compact then consider the FRIGIDAIRE FFBD1831US Dishwasher. It is 18 inches wide and can hold up to 8 place settings and even offers a sanitizing cycle.

A Microwave

A microwave is a great appliance to have in any kitchen. Microwaves are perfect for reheating food, cooking quick meals, and defrosting meat. You want to make sure that you get a good quality microwave that is the right size for your kitchen. A convection microwave is a great option as it can also be used for baking.

I recommend this Toshiba Countertop Microwave Oven. It’s very well priced and comes with great functionality.

A Multi-cooker

A multi-cooker or all-in-one kitchen is a great space-saving appliance for small kitchens. It can replace several other appliances and is perfect for those who love to cook. With a multi-cooker you can replace things such as a slow cooker, rice cooker and pressure cooker some even make yoghurt. if you really want to replace all appliances then consider purchasing a Thermomix which does the job of 20 appliances including chopping and blending just to name a few. That frees up a lot of space! Be warned, the Thermomix comes with a hefty price tag, thankfully there are other brands that offer great multi-cookers that are more affordable.

I recommend the Instant Pot multi-cooker it offers 9 in 1 functionality and includes an App with 800 recipes!

A Blender

A blender is another appliance that is great for small kitchens. A blender can be used to make smoothies, soups, sauces and so much more. I hands down recommend the NutriBullet Blender . It is a great all-in-one blender that doesn’t take up too much space and whizzes up anything in seconds. I even use mine to make pesto and Hummus. This is definitely a blender worth investing in.

Hand Held Blender Stick

An immersion handheld blender is a must-have appliance for a small kitchen. It fits neatly in a drawer and can be used for a variety of tasks such as blending soups, sauces, and smoothies.

It is perfect for making soups and sauces. I recommend the Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick 9-in-1. It is one of the most popular handheld blenders on Amazon with thousands of positive reviews.

Mini Food Processor

Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processo is a great appliance for small kitchens. It’s perfectly compact for small kitchens. Use it to chop, grind and puree food. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves to cook. Why have a food processor you ask? Well, it can save you a lot of time and energy when cooking. A food processor can chop up vegetables in a whiz. it takes seconds to chop up onions and carrots. I honestly cannot live without my food processor. I also use it often to make shortcrust pastry for pies.

A Coffee Maker

A coffee maker is a great appliance to have but if you are limited on counter space then I highly recommend the Bialetti moka which is easily used on stove tops. I love that my house smells of freshly brewed coffee in the morning. It’s the authentic Italian way to make coffee so don’t snub a Moka. I use the big-sized one for when I have guests or am making a tiramisu. This size is perfect for everyday use.

If you are limited on counter space, then these are the appliances I recommend for your small kitchen. A microwave, multi-cooker, blender, hand held blender stick and mini food processor are all great options that will save you time and energy. And don’t forget the coffee maker!


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