I love living in my small space– AKA–a tiny home. It amazes me how easy it has been to find alternatives to products I thought were absolutely necessary to function. Thankfully, in 2020 there are hundreds of mini appliances that make living in a small space 100% comfortable and efficient.
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2 years ago I moved into a tiny home with zero clue how it would go. I didn’t know if I would be able to do laundry on demand, cook rice, use the toaster, or make a big batch of soup.
Thank goodness, I was pleasantly surprised with how seamless the transition to tiny living was.
Today, I happily do laundry in my home. I can put a crock pot meal on in the morning and come back to a delicious dinner. I even can make alternative milks, puree veggies, make smoothies, and cook a 4-burner meal.
The best part?
I only have SEVEN appliances in my home to make all this magic happen.
Keep reading below to find how you can live a more simple life in a small space while not compromising the appliances and products you love.
I won’t sugar coat this one. It gets your clothes clean and dry all in once cycle. It feels like a laundry crock pot when I turn it on in the morning and come back after work to freshly dried clothes!
The downside– you have to release built up water, which hardly takes any time, but it is one more step compared to a normal washer/dryer routine.
The other downside is that you can’t fill this thing up with clothes. Mine is a stubborn sally and likes it no more than half full.
Other than that, I LOVE the ease of use and having my own crock-pot-laundry.
Does anyone else feel like they sweep and clean the floors only to turn around 10 minutes later and see dirt everywhere?
It actually fascinates me how quickly (or how easily) a small space attracts dirt. With a handheld vacuum, constant clean-ups are a whole lot less annoying and a whole lot faster.
We still use this Black & Decker vacuum. But if you’re learning from me– skip this brand and go straight for the expensive Dyson. I’m actually hoping by my next payday I can splurge on this guy because the Black & Decker just doesn’t have the best suction.
If you’re going to live comfortably in a small space, I highly recommend investing in a trusted brand with amazing features like this handheld Dyson.
P.S. I’ve never owned a Dyson and the thought of it makes me feel real giddy inside– like I’ve finally made it… anyone else?
BIG ole disclaimer on this one: I do NOT own an Instant Pot. Maybe next big splurge will be this ultra compact 13-in-1 appliance. I always thought they were silly until I realized how efficient they are!
Currently, I have a rice cooker and crock pot. I didn’t realize I could get rid of two more appliances and just have this one! Talk about a space saving appliance.
The more I write about this product, the more I want to finally buy one. If you’re like me though, and want to keep it old fashioned, try this crock pot that does an amazing job and doesn’t take up too much space. One bonus of a crock pot/slow cooker is that you can fit a lot more in it than a mini Instant Pot. I like our slow cooked venison, curry, chili, and beef. That’s something I’m not convinced the small Instant Pot can handle in big portions.
I love the convenience of having a food processor– especially one that hardly takes up any space.
I love making alternative milks, purees, slicing veggies, and making salsas with this food processor. If you are even considering adding this to your small space, just do it. The amount of time you save and the recipes you can make are worth the extra splurge.
I truly feel like the immersion blender goes hand-in-hand with the food processor. One cannot exist without the other.
Why not just get a blender?
I find the immersion blender to be incredibly powerful and it gets virtually any thing I need mixed well. Not only does it take up the tiniest bit of space, but it is a ninja! And not the blender brand Ninja, but a serious do-it-all-really-fast kind of ninja.
Let’s see, where do I start? Blenders take up a ginormous amount of space. Immersions do not. Blenders require quite a few minutes to disassemble and clean thoroughly (not to mention all that space they take up in the sink or on the counter). With an immersion blender I literally just rinse off the parts I used and then I can seamlessly switch between the blender and the whisk.
I have gone from making a smoothie to whisking a cake in a matter of minutes. I love how quickly this immersion blender gets things done for me. Never going back.
Would you look at how versatile this rice cooker is? I know I just raved about the Instant Pot, but this rice cooker is great for people on a budget.
It takes up such a little amount of space and can act as a dual cooker as it steams your veggies or heats up soup.
I grew up with a giant (well normal sized) rice cooker and there was constantly left over rice. That’s great and all if you plan on cooking fried rice a lot, but this mini rice cooker makes sure that you only have the amount you need.
If we ever need more rice it takes just under 45 minutes to cook up another batch. And honestly, we hardly ever need more than what this mini rice cooker makes.
Toasters are pretty standard, but this was something I was not willing to compromise when going tiny. Luckily, none of them are very bulky these days and you can even get chic colors and see through windows like this one.
If you do have the space for it, toaster ovens seem to be a great option, too. Personally, I just own a basic toaster that claims to do toast, bagels, and defrost, but I’m not convinced any of the setting are very different. Regardless, it gets the job done and I can still have warm yummy carbs.
Okay I know I only said I was mentioning 7 appliances, but I had to add this to the list too for anyone who is in the market for tiny appliances in tiny spaces.
I do not own a Vita-mix and slightly regret not investing in it earlier. While I love my immersion blender deeply and my food processor is a trusty companion, this Vita-mix can replace both.
And if you are a small-space dweller, you know that one appliance instead of two makes so. much. more. sense.
If one of my appliances wears out, I’ll be sure to invest in this Vita-mix ASAP. It can chop, blend, mix, heat up, and puree anything and everything. Plus, the latest versions are becoming more and more quiet with their new stainless steal base.
If you want to cut down on some major space, I highly recommend the Vita-mix, Instant Pot, and Toaster Oven. These three appliances combined can get pretty much any job done in the kitchen.
Do you have a love for any of these appliances? Or own a Vita-mix? Comment below!
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