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13 chic appliances made for small kitchens

There’s a misconception that bigger is always better. But small kitchens, when equipped with the right appliances and accessories, can become smarter, more functional spaces than even the largest of kitchens.

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image: Wickes | “In a run of units less than three metres wide, there’s every mod con imaginable–including a dishwasher, sink, hob and heating.”

As a whole, North Americans are accustomed to larger scale appliances and infrequent trips to the grocery store. In comparison, many countries around the world make more regular visits to local markets for fresh food. Part of it may be cultural, but it’s also due to space constraints.

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Black & Milk

The result is that it’s been easy to find stylish, highly efficient small appliances in other parts of the world for years. It’s only recently become easier within North America to source these compact appliances that can make a world of difference in designing functional small kitchens.

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Here’s a collection of elegant products that are small in stature but big on style to make the most of your compact kitchen.

Cooking

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Domino Hobs are ideal for compact spaces or island units where a full-size hob isn’t practical.

Key to any kitchen is the ability to cook. At a minimum, that necessitates a hot plate or cooktop.

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Summit: GC443BGL 13 Inch Gas Sealed cooktop

Slim or streamlined cooktops are available in both gas and electric models. Many have optional accessories packages that include things like grill or wok attachments.

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BlueStar

Of course, if you enjoy cooking, you’ll want more than just a cooktop. Shaving 6″ off a standard range by selecting a 24″ model may not seem like much of a space savings, but that’s enough for extra cabinetry storage.

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Viking 24″ range and hood.

Remember to plan for a ventilation fan, which is also available in more compact styles.

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Bertazzoni 24″ Wall Mount Double Oven

If a double wall oven is a must-have, even in your tiny kitchen, you definitely want to choose a 24″ model. Depending on your kitchen layout and other appliance requirements, you may be able to stack your dishwasher drawers and double ovens in one column.

Cooling

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Fagor 24″ fridge with touch control.

When it comes to refrigeration, there are two options: tall, columnar styles or undercounter models. Within each category, there are varying options.

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Liebherr UPR 503 24″ Undercounter Pull-Out Refrigerator

Which works best for you will depend on your household, your lifestyle, your preferences, and your space constraints.

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Sub-Zero Refrigerator Columns

Fridge columns, like those from Sub-Zero, allow you to customise your refrigeration and freezing needs and offer a lot of versatility.

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True drawers with overlay panels situated under a coffee station.

If you shop more regularly or often eat away from home, fridge drawers are a great alternative. They’re available in a variety of widths and configurations and many can be panelled to better blend in with the cabinetry.

Cleaning

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Bosch 18″ fully integrated dishwasher

If you decide your small kitchen needs a dishwasher, opt for one that’s smaller than the standard 24″.

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Miele’s Slimline dishwasher series is hailed the world over for providing superior cleaning performance and quiet operation in a convenient and stylish 18″ wide package

18-inch versions are readily available from most manufacturers.

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Monogram Energy Star 18″ Dishwasher

And like most refrigerators, many dishwashers come with optional panel kits.

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Fisher Paykel: DD60SHi7-Integrated Single DishDrawer Dishwasher

Dishwasher drawers are great for small loads. You can purchase a single DishDrawer or a double configuration. A great feature with many double drawer options is that you can run the drawers separately to conserve water and energy.

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