One thing you don’t really think about when discussing high-end appliances is small size. After all, to most people, the larger the item, the more luxurious it must be.
Well, that’s not necessarily the case. Think about it—just because someone lives in a smaller space doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to own some top-quality, compact kitchen appliances. And Appliances Connection is here to give you the inside skinny on these slim-line, apartment-size appliances. Of course, that’s not to say they’re only for apartments. Some houses can also be, shall we say, less-than-sprawling. Heck, some houses are specifically built to be itty-bitty, as seen on tv shows like Tiny House Nation and Tiny House, Big Living. So, whether you’re looking to upgrade your apartment kitchen, or to replace some tiny house appliances, we think you’re going to really appreciate our list of refrigerators, kitchen ranges, cooktops, wall ovens, and dishwashers that don’t take up a lot of space, but do offer a lot of high performance…
Liebherr specializes in refrigerators. In fact, it’s the only kitchen appliance they make. Known for upscale wine refrigerators and pro-freezers, the company doesn't downsize the quality with the smaller models. Tall and slim, this 24 1/8” wide by 79 3/16” high takes up a small footprint while making up for it with vertical space.
LEDs illuminate frosted glass shelves and metal accents. Surprisingly, for such a compact unit, there's also an ice maker.
This is the equivalent of putting a Ferrari inside an Oldsmobile. Don't let Smeg'sretro design fool you. This is a high end, slim line refrigerator with LED lighting, no frost, fast-freeze and snowflake setting, which means no heating is possible anywhere in the appliance. Dependable and consistent cold all the time, every time. And as a rare bonus in the refrigerator field, this fridge is available in a full line of vibrant colors to really make it a standout in your kitchen décor.
Also from Smeg is this svelte range in gleaming stainless steel. On the stovetop, the right rear gas element is a double inset super burner with a maximum power of a blistering 15,000 BTUs so you'll be able to sear your meats and fishes to perfection. The range also includes a wok ring so you can use this high heat for stir-fry.
The oven is no less impressive. It has a surprisingly spacious capacity of 2.8 cu. ft. It puts this space to good use with three cooking modes—defrost, gas convection, and broil. And the Ever-Clean enameled interior prevents food from sticking and burning so you won't have to spend time on your knees scrubbing.
This compact cooktop from Wolf packs a powerful punch. The three heating elements vary in size to accommodate pans large and small with a scratch resistant surface to keep things looking good. It can reach lightning fast high heat or precise lows with a simmer setting to ensure the only thing scorching in your dishes is the taste.
The cooktop is mounted flush with the countertop for a seamless, clean look. The only way the elements can be activated are with induction-compatible pans.
This Miele cooktop has three powerful cooking zones activated by induction-compatible pans.
The Miele PowerFlex zone which combines two zones into a unique large zone, making it more amenable for larger pans. It also features Con@ctivity 2.0 which allows communication between the cooktop and a hood. The size of the pan is recognized by the cooktop and energy is only supplied to that element. EasyClean ceramic glass remains relatively cool so any spills or drips can be removed easily. And if no pan is on a zone when the cooktop is switched on, the power supply is stopped immediately.
A logical partner for the previously mentioned induction cooktop, this wall oven is the first built-in model from Wolf. Highlights include 11 cooking modes for greater variety in food styles, multiple design options meaning small can also be sleek, convection heat for consistent cooking, a self-cleaning feature, an overall capacity of 2.4 cu. ft., and a quick pre-heat, around 50% faster than many other ovens.
This little wonder from Bosch delivers all you could want in a compact wall oven. It has convection cooking so you can cook faster and more evenly just like in a regular oven, which is backed up by nine SpeedChef cooking modes. Then, in Microwave Mode, it acts as your standard microwave to cook frozen foods in a jiffy. Convenient automatic sensor programs simplify cooking for great results every time. And with 10 adjustable power levels, you can cook with precision no matter what you have on the plate.
Bosch appliances are extremely popular in Europe where kitchens are generally smaller. This model is one of quietest available operating at 44 dBA. Innovatively designed and integrated into the middle of the dishwasher, the ActiveTab Tray helps dissolve detergent tablets more efficiently and effectively.
The flexible third rack features movable sides to load deeper items like ramekins, measuring cups and ladles anywhere in the rack, and the flexible silverware basket splits along its length resulting in two halves that may be placed in a variety of, greatly increasing the lower rack's loading versatility.
This drawer dishwasher from Fisher & Paykel means that even if you can't fit in a tall dishwasher, you can still get your flatware cleaned. It has enough room for seven place settings and carries two cutler baskets. But the real appeal of this deal is the whopping 15 wash programs to tackle whatever dishes you need cleaned.
One of the best facets of this model is its flexibility, as it can be set at bench height for minimal bending and back strain. It has an Energy Star certification and runs quiet at a low 44dBA.
WASHERS AND DRYERS
This 2.5 sq. ft. capacity model from Blomberg has all the elements you'd expect in quality washer including 16 different programs such as Heavy Duty, Whites, Jeans, Woolens, Delicates, and more. And it has a powerful 1,400 RPM spin cycle to get the most water out of the clothes before hitting even the dryer. It has a 24-hour delay start feature so you can empty the washer on your schedule. And an Energy Star certification will keep your utility bills compact, too.
Blomberg DHP24412W 24” Electric Dryer
One of the biggest concerns about getting a drier installed is the need to run a separate gas line and vent outside. Now Blomberg has designed the solution many space challenged condo owners have been craving—an electric drier which can go toe to toe with its gas counterparts. There are many positives about owning one of these: It's Energy Star certified and the most energy efficient model in its size.
Of course, being ventless means huge flexibility on where to place it in your home. A ventless heat pump technology boosts efficiency and for its size it has a quite sizeable 4.1 cu. ft. capacity.
Another manufacturer known for their compactness and efficiency is Electrolux. The ExpertCare wash system
includes varied wash motions and bottom-vent steam options to deliver the best front-load cleaning performance. And as the only steam washer it releases steam from the bottom so it uses the natural rise of steam to more effectively remove stains
The six wash cycles, 14 specialty cycles, IQ-Touch controls and 1,400 RPM spin capacity along with its energy star rating make it a compact but capable washer for small spaces.
Electrolux EFDE210TIW 24” Front Load Dryer
This Electrolux electric dryer is a perfect pairing for the washer (above) of the same size. The ventless model utilizes has a condensation dryer which uses a heat exchanger to cool the air and condense the water vapor into either a drainpipe or a collection tank, making it eco-friendly.
This model also has three temperature settings and seven dry cycles, a reverse tumble feature to keep clothes from getting tangled or twisted, and a Gentle Dry that uses lower heat temperatures to be more gentle on your clothes, protecting them from over-drying, shrinking, and wrinkling.
As you can see, just because an appliance is small in size doesn’t mean it can’t function in a big way. And if you see something you like on this list, or if we’ve left out a cute little kitchen appliance you think belongs on our list, or even if you have an opinion about one of the models listed, please leave your questions or comments below.
What size is an apartment size stove?
While there is no standard size for rental apartment stoves, they are typically smaller in size such as 24” or 20” wide to maintain economy of space. Of course, if you own your apartment, only your kitchen layout can determine how big or small an oven could be.
What is considered an apartment size refrigerator?
Just as above, there is no actual standard for what makes a refrigerator apartment size. But the usual fridge style you would find in an average apartment would be a simple top-freezer model with a width of 24” or less.
When should I buy small appliances?
Aside from special sales and deals you may find throughout the year, the best time to shop for small appliances is in November and December. Whether it’s a holiday sale or end-of-year sale, this is the time when dealers want to clear out their older stock to make room for the newer models.