Turn any space into a small (but mighty) functional kitchen with these compact cooking appliances.

By Julia Heffelfinger
February 05, 2019
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If you’ve ever lived in a big city or an apartment of any kind, you know that kitchen space is hard to come by. You’re lucky if you have more than 2 square-feet of counter space and odds are your fridge is not much bigger than the one from your college dorm room. While you might have accepted that a stand mixer or the espresso machine of your dreams will have to wait, it’s still possible to cook like a pro within your tiny space. Thanks to many top appliance brands, you can now buy miniature, streamlined equipment that can tackle all of your cooking jobs. From a microwaveable rice cooker to a multi-use toaster oven, here are the best small kitchen appliances a compact kitchen needs to pull off great meals.

1. Food Processor

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Whether you have a larger food processor or not, a mini chop like this one from Cuisinart is always useful. Use it for sauces like pesto or chimichurri, or to make fast work of minced garlic or shallot. The miniature bowl is easy to pop off and wash in the sink or dishwasher. Plus, this takes up a fraction of the space of an 8-cup food processor.
Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus, $40 at .com

2. Espresso Machine

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De’Longhi is known for making the Ferrari of espresso machines. If you don’t have the space (or budget) for such equipment, try this compact machine in collaboration with Nespresso. It is only 4-inches wide and turns out two different sizes of creamy, fresh espresso in under a minute. Bonus: You don’t even have to measure out your beans – use this coffee maker with pre-portioned (recyclable) Nespresso capsules.
Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine by De’Longhi, $149 at surlatable.com

3. Blender

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You might know of Nutribullet from those late-night infomercials, but this miniature blender really works. The high-powered motor turns out smooth sauces, soups, dressings, vinaigrettes and smoothies in seconds. Plus, the different sized jars in this 12-piece set make it super-easy to save time and whip up a morning smoothie for one and then head out the door. 
Nutribullet 12-piece set, $50 at .com

4. Multi-Cooker

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Don’t miss out on the Instant Pot craze just because you are tight on kitchen space. This smaller 3-quart version has all of the sauté, braise, steam, pressure cooker and slow cooker settings of the full size original, but is a fraction of the size. The smaller capacity is perfect for cooking grains or making quick work of dinner for two.
Instant Pot Duo Plus Mini, $84 at .com

5. Immersion Blender