How to Choose the Best Appliances for Your Small Kitchen


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Buying appliances for a small kitchen is not always an easy task. In fact, many people are bound to find it daunting. You don’t have all the room to keep your large refrigerator and the many appliances you would have in a bigger house. That said, small kitchens can still accommodate all the necessary devices. All you need to do is learn how to choose correctly.

I have a small kitchen so I need to use every inch of space fully, and appliances aren't something you can leave out. Buying the right size refrigerator, dishwasher and oven can have a huge impact on the function of your kitchen.

Appliance Options

As obvious as this sounds, many people leave the house to go shopping for appliances without knowing exactly what they need. Online shopping has made it even easier to make rash decisions. With a complete list of the appliances you really need, you will be able to decide how to adjust the sizes to fit the limited room in your kitchen. For example, you need a refrigerator and a stove or gas cooker. You can comfortably live without a food processor and microwave.

Stove. When figuring out the sizes of your appliances, you need to consider whether or not this aspect affects the functioning of the gadgets. For example, smaller stoves have poorer performance than larger ones. So, if you have a small kitchen, you also probably have a small house and a few people living in it. Therefore, a 24-inch stove might just be sufficient.

Fridge. Refrigerators are also important kitchen appliances. Everyone has something they need to store in the fridge once in a while. In the case of a small kitchen, you will not need a large refrigerator, unless you are living with many people. This is unlikely to be the case. Ideally, you should get a smaller refrigerator and a larger stove or gas cooker.

Dishwasher. For many people, dishwashers are also necessary kitchen appliances. Again, with a smaller kitchen, it is unlikely that you will be using many utensils. That means an 18-inch dishwasher should serve you perfectly. Small dishwashers work just as well as larger ones. All you need to do is go for better-known brands and peruse the user reviews on the internet. To make your research easier, you can search for the best dishwashers at a certain size, and you are bound to get more than enough helpful results.

Slow Cooker. Besides the stove and refrigerator, you might also find a crock pot convenient. Also referred to as slow cookers, these appliances cook food over a long period of time. You can actually leave food in the crock pot in the morning and find it ready by the time you get home in the evening. This is great for small families and people with cramped kitchens. You get to spend less time in your kitchen and can come home to a warm and ready-made meal.

If you have never heard of slow cookers, don’t go out shopping without consulting a person who has used them before. They come with lots of different features. Knowing the pros and cons of the different types will allow you to choose the best one for your purpose. The good thing is that they can all fit in small-sized kitchens.

Other Considerations

Size. If space is a serious constraint in your kitchen, it is advisable to shop physically for the appliances. Using visual estimates is likely to be more accurate than going with the descriptions on the internet. The shape of the appliance might be too distorted to fit in your kitchen, and the dimensions might even be slightly off.

In case you insist on shopping on the internet, make sure to understand the variables involved in remodeling and the advantages of different appliances and brands.

Easy to repair. You will be able to do without the large appliances you have never used until now. The necessary appliances will already cost you a fortune, and there is no need to stretch your budget further. Also, consider the repairs you might need to make on appliances. For example, if the ice maker leaks water it’s easier to fix the problem than repairing an induction stove that stopped working.

Remodeling a small kitchen can be a headache for many people. The reason is that they cannot accommodate all the electrical devices you would like to buy, and some necessary equipment might even have to be downsized. If you follow a proper strategy, choosing your appliances for a small kitchen shouldn’t be such a difficult job.

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