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10 Easy Pieces: Best Appliances for Small Kitchens

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by Janet Hall last modified Feb 04, 2015

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   Above: Professional performance downsized: The BlueStar Companion Series 24-Inch Freestanding Gas Range  in stainless steel has a generously sized 3.5-cubic-foot convection oven and four open burners with up to 22,000 BTUs. Available for natural gas or propane fuel source, it's $4,004 at Plessers.   Above: Super-small but well detailed, the Summit Professional 20-Inch Slide-In Gas Range  (shown) has four burners, a 2.5-foot capacity oven, and a broiler drawer; $929 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; $899 and $949, respectively, at AJ Madison. Above: The Fagor Metro Suite Gas Cooktop  measures 12 by 20 inches and is $449 at Wayfair. Miele also 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; $999 at AJ Madison.   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 . Dishwashers 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 .  Above: Bosch dishwashers consistently get top billing from consumer magazines. One to consider: The 18-Inch-Wide Bosch Fully Integrated Dishwasher (SPX5ES55UCX)  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; $895 at AJ Madison.   Above: The Fisher Paykel Tall Series Single DishDrawer (DD24ST)  is another good choice. At only 24 inches wide, it holds seven place settings; $809 in stainless with a straight handle (shown) at AJ Madison. For more options, see Appliances: Dishwasher Drawers . Refrigerators 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. Above: Liebherr makes several sleek, compact, cabinet-depth refrigerators for smaller kitchens. The  Liebherr CS136  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. 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 FFBF171 Counter-Depth Refrigerator-Freezer 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; $1,269 (without ice maker) and $1,549 (with ice maker) at AJ Madison.   Above: No room for a standard-height fridge? Consider the dorm-sized but sophisticated-looking  KitchenAid Architect II Compact Refrigerator . Designed for built-in or freestanding applications, it's Energy Star–rated for low energy draw; $1,529 at Lowe's.   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; $2,309 at US Appliance. Above: For more compact options, see 5 Favorites: 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: Steal This Look: Instant Camp-Style Kitchen . Little Giants: Compact Washers and Dryers How to Select a Dishwasher Range vs. Cooktop, Pros and Cons 10 Easy Pieces: Essential Small Appliances for the Kitchen . This post is an update; the original ran on September 15, 2010, as part of our Going Green issue. More Stories from Remodelista 15 Ideas to Steal from Vintage Kitchens Small-Space Living: A Low-Cost Cabin Kitchen for a Family of Five The Ethical Kitchen Project: A Machine for Cooking






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