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10 Easy Pieces: Best Appliances for Small Kitchens


10 Easy Pieces: Best Appliances for Small Kitchens

March 20, 2019

We’ve all heard stories about professional chefs and cookbook writers cooking up a storm in cramped quarters with just the basics—a range, a refrigerator, maybe a dishwasher—all within arm’s reach. Now a slew of appliances stand ready to take on the task. Here are our top picks for the small but mighty kitchen.

Ranges and Ovens

 professional performance downsized: the bluestar \24 inch culinary series 17
Above: Professional performance downsized: The BlueStar 24-Inch Culinary Series Sealed Burner Range in stainless steel has four open burners with up to 21,000 BTUs. Available for natural gas or propane fuel source, it’s $3,195.
super small but well detailed, the summit \20 inch slide in gas range has  18
Above: Super-small but well detailed, the Summit 20-Inch Slide-In Gas Range has four burners, a 2.5-foot capacity oven, and a broiler drawer; $1,017 at AJ Madison. Limited to electric? Summit offers its electric professional-style ranges in 20-inch and 24-inch options. The Summit Professional Series 20-Inch Electric Range and the Summit Professional Series 24-Inch Electric Range in stainless steel feature four coil elements, towel bar handles, and a storage drawer; $949.50 and $1,089, respectively, at AJ Madison.
miele offers an ultra compact \1\2 inch miele double combiset gas coo 19
Above: Miele offers an ultra-compact 12-inch Miele Double Combiset Gas Cooktop with stainless steel control knob, sealed burners, electric-spark ignition, and cast iron grate; $1,199 at AJ Madison.
no space for a wall oven? consider one of the new generation countertop ovens.& 20
Above: No space for a wall oven? Consider one of the new-generation countertop ovens. What used to be known as a toaster oven has moved far beyond just toasting, while still maintaining its countertop-size footprint. The Breville Smart Convection Oven has nine operating modes, including bake, broil, toast, and roast. It measures 18.5-by-16.25-by-11.25 inches and has a 0.8-cubic-foot interior–large enough for a 13-inch pizza (and yes, 13-by-9 baking sheets are available); $249.95 at Williams-Sonoma. For more options, see 10 Easy Pieces: Compact Cooking Appliances.


Good options for small kitchens on the dishwashing front include 18-inch-wide dishwashers and dishwasher drawers. And also take a look at our favorite countertop dish drainers.

bosch dishwashers consistently get top billing from consumer magazines. one to  21
Above: Bosch dishwashers consistently get top billing from consumer magazines. One to consider: The 18-Inch-Wide Bosch Fully Integrated Dishwasher holds nine place settings and has four wash cycles, including a half-load option. It comes with a stainless steel front or one that’s custom-panel ready; $939.10 at AJ Madison.
the fisher paykel fully integraged single dishdrawer is another good choic 22
Above: The Fisher Paykel Fully Integraged Single DishDrawer is another good choice. At only 24 inches wide, it holds seven place settings; $729 at AJ Madison. For more options, see Appliances: Dishwasher Drawers.


The standard refrigerator-freezer has a 36-inch waistline. For smaller kitchens, consider apartment-size or counter-depth fridges that are a mere 24-inches wide (but fat with features). Two other options, the dorm-style mini-fridge and refrigerator drawer, are extreme space savers, though they offer substantially less storage space.

liebherr makes several sleek, compact, cabinet depth refrigerators for sma 23
Above: Liebherr makes several sleek, compact, cabinet-depth refrigerators for smaller kitchens. The Liebherr 24-Inch Counter Depth Bottom Freezer Refrigerator has a 13-cubic-foot capacity and is 79.8 inches tall. This Energy Star–qualified stainless design has separate cooling systems for the fridge and freezer, convenient freezer drawers, and an automatic ice maker; $3,279 at AJ Madison.
nyc based appliance company summit has been specializing in compact refrigerato 24
Above: NYC-based appliance company Summit has been specializing in compact refrigerators and freezers for commercial and special use since 1969. The company of late has been expanding its range of apartment-sized products. The Summit 24-Inch Counter Depth Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator fits into a 24-inch opening (it’s 23.63 inches wide and 77.63 inches tall) and offers 11.47 cubic feet of storage space, stainless steel doors, and digital controls; $1,453.50 (without ice maker) and $1,786.50 (with ice maker) at AJ Madison.
no room for a standard height fridge? consider the dorm sized but sophisticated 25
Above: No room for a standard-height fridge? Consider the dorm-sized but sophisticated-looking KitchenAid Double Drawer Refrigerator Freezer; $2,699.10 at The Home Depot.
refrigerator drawers are another space saving solution. the compact, multifunct 26
Above: Refrigerator drawers are another space-saving solution. The compact, multifunctional CoolDrawer Multi-Temperature Refrigerator 3.1 by Fisher & Paykel goes from fridge to freezer to wine cooler at the touch of a button; $2,699 at US Appliance.
for more compact options, see \10 easy pieces: best skinny refrigerators a 27
Above: For more compact options, see 10 Easy Pieces: Best Skinny Refrigerators and 10 Easy Pieces: Compact Refrigerators. Photograph and kitchen design by Ore Studios of Seattle and Santa Fe.

Get more small-space ideas and inspiration:

This post is an update; the original ran on September 15, 2010, as part of our Going Green issue.

Finally, get more ideas on how to evaluate and choose your kitchen range or oven in our Remodeling 101 Guide: Kitchen Ranges & Ovens.

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