10 Easy Pieces: Countertop Appliances, Small Kitchens Edition

With space at a premium in our kitchens (none of us at Remodelista have especially large spaces), we all limit our appliances to those we can’t live without. Even better? When they are of small proportions but no less useful. Here is our selection of ultra-small appliances for the kitchen.

Vitamix Brushed Stainless Steel Immersion Blender
Above: The most compact blender of all is the immersion blender. It’s best for blending soups and sauces as opposed to smoothies, but it’s still very useful and packs away nicely in a drawer. The Vitamix Brushed Stainless Steel Immersion Blender is $124.95 at Crate & Barrel.
Beast Health Blender White
Above: The compact, slender Beast Health Blender is available in three different colors, all with vintage appeal; $140.25 at Beast.
Zwilling Enfinigy Personal Blender
Above: The Zwilling Enfinigy Personal Blender is $130 at the MoMA Design Store.
KitchenAid Cordless 5-Cup Food Chopper
Above: The KitchenAid Cordless Five-Cup Food Chopper, shown in white, is $89.95 at Crate & Barrel.
Dualit New Generation Classic 2-Slice Toaster
Above: The classic Dualit toaster need not be the four-slice or more model. Their New Generation Classic Two-Slice Toaster does the job without taking up as much space; $299.95 at Williams Sonoma.
Balmuda The Toaster Steam Oven White
Above: The compact Balmuda Toaster Steam Oven, shown in white, is $299 on Amazon. For more, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Toaster Ovens.
Breville Smart Oven Convection Oven
Above: What used to be known as toaster ovens—now more aptly called countertop ovens—have moved far beyond just toasting while still maintaining a countertop-sized footprint. Here is one to consider: The Breville Smart Convection Oven is a countertop convection oven with nine operating modes, including bake, broil, toast, and roast. It measures 18.5 by 16.25 by 11.25 inches and has a 0.8 cubic-foot interior—large enough for a 13-inch pizza (and yes, 13-by-9 baking sheets are available). It’s $269.95 at Williams Sonoma.
Zwilling Enfinigy Cool Touch Electric Kettle Pro
Above: For a not-too-wide electric kettle, the Zwilling Enfinigy Cool Touch Electric Kettle Pro heats 1.5 liters of water; $129.99 at Food52.
Breville Juice Fountain Compact Juicer
Above: The Breville Juice Fountain Compact Juicer is $99.95 at Crate & Barrel.
KitchenAid Artisan Mini Tilt Head Stand Mixer
Above: A stand mixer is an extremely handy kitchen tool, but the standard size mixers take up a large amount of countertop real estate. The KitchenAid Artisan Mini 3.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer is the solution to that problem. The mixer retains a similar level of power with 10 power speeds—only smaller in size. It’s $329.99 at KitchenAid.

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N.B.: This post was originally published on March 5, 2010 on Remodelista. We have updated it with new and additional product selections and current pricing.

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