Moving to a small space or a tiny home? You might not be able to have all the same things you are used to having in an average sized home. Here are some tips on how to find appliances for small spaces.
Appliances for Small Spaces
Downsizing to 1/3 of the space you are used to (or less!) takes some adjusting. One of my favorite things in my house was my appliances. I loved to make the most use of them that I could. But what about appliances for small spaces? My regular size washer wouldn’t fit in our RV(and I am not a laundry mat going person!), my kitchen appliances wouldn’t fit and were packed away…what do I use in here? Here are some of my favorite appliances for small spaces that we used while we lived in a small space.
Yes, this is a washer and dryer all in one! I was worried that it wouldn’t be very efficient and yes, it is quite a bit smaller than a normal washer, but it gets clothes clean and dries them well also. I did have room in my space for both a compact washer and dryer (separate) but ended up going with this washer and dryer all in one to have the extra space for our laundry basket and cleaning supplies in the laundry area. It’s hard to describe how much it holds but we have to do laundry every other day.
It’s difficult to use if you want to dry all of your clothing (they get quite wrinkly). But if you can wash in this and then line dry or use an indoor clothing rack, this is perfect.
We actually had a very nice oven in a few of our RVs that worked well, however, when we lived in a camper earlier in our marriage, I did not have an oven and instead bought a large toaster oven to sit in its place. It’s an excellent replacement if you get one large enough to fit a 9×13 pan. You can even bake bread in them!
A toaster oven is a great oven alternative and a great space saver if you don’t have room for a full oven in your space. You can also get a toaster oven with added options to avoid having to buy other small appliances. My current toaster oven has a great air fryer feature that we enjoy using.
Let me tell you when you have no counter space for much baking or cooking, it’s a very good thing to be able to make a one pot meal! I love my slow cooker because it can sit on a small corner of my countertop, still leaving room to do other things, and I can pour all the ingredients to a meal right in there…no extra dirtying of dishes. I know we will enjoy it in the summer too as a small space heats up much faster than a larger one so the slow cooker will save us some air conditioning.
If you aren’t partial to the slow cooker, a pressure cooker would be a good alternative. I will have you note that neither of these appliances is necessary for good home cooking if you don’t have the space to spare. An oven and stovetop will do everything you need.
No room for a regular blender to sit on the countertop? I love smoothies and using a blender for purees and soups. I make them happen with my Magic Bullet. The extra nice thing about the Bullet is that the container that you make the smoothie or drink in you can also use as your cup..one less dish to clean!
One of my major concerns about living in such a small space was air quality. Our whole family has allergies and will are unable to open windows some days in the summer and in the winter we need to make sure that our air is clean so sickness doesn’t run rampant in our small space. I ended up with a very nice air purifier that not only filters bacteria, virus, pollen, and dust, but also chemicals and harmful gasses.
Since one of our campers was new when we moved in, it smelled strongly of “new” smells for the first couple weeks. After I placed our air purifier in the camper, the smells (and I’m assuming the chemical gasses) were gone within 48 hours. I highly recommend this appliance above all others for a small space. It’s not very budget friendly but we’ve now owned it for about 10 years and it’s still going strong.
We don’t have many appliances in our small spaces but I feel like these are the best of the ones that we do have. Each and everything that goes into our home takes careful consideration of whether it’s really needed, where it’s going to go, and what it’s purpose is. A much different mindset than living in a McMansion!
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What do you think of these appliances for small spaces? Do you have any of them? Which one would you deem most important?
This article on Appliances for small spaces was originally posted on Little House Living in May 2013. It has been updated as of June 2019.