Living in a tiny home doesn’t mean you have to give up modern conveniences. But while space is at a premium in a tiny home, you may not have room for a full-size refrigerator or oven. You may even be thinking you have to give up certain appliances entirely, but innovative design in the appliance realm means you can cook your food, and freeze it, too. Here are four small-scale appliances that won’t leave you hanging out to dry (literally).
1. Summit 1.8 Cu. Ft. Combination Washer/Dryer
At 24 inches in width, this washer / dryer combination will fit under a counter or table in your tiny home, meaning you won’t have to truck your laundry to the laundromat or have your sopping wet clothes taking up premium space in your home as they air-dry. With a stainless steel drum, multiple wash and dry settings, a delay-start option and an LCD display, the only thing this appliance is short on is size. Sure, it may boggle your mind that it can wash and dry your clothes all in the same machine, but leave that question to ponder as you watch your whites spin.
2. Eva-Dry Mini Dehumidifier
Tiny homes need just as much air quality moderation as any other home. This miniature dehumidifier is the perfect size for small spaces and prevents mold growth and other harmful situations that may arise in a well-insulated tiny home. The renewable silica gel technology of this portable model means it doesn’t produce any noise–a potential concern for small spaces where noise pollution is unwelcome. When the gel crystals turn from blue to pink, simply plug in the unit, wait 10 hours and use your dehumidifier! The average life expectancy of the internal crystals is 10 years, meaning you won’t have to replace them any time soon. Oh, and did I mention the unit is portable?
3. Fagor Energy Star 24 Inch Fully Integrated Refrigerator
You may be able to live without a dehumidifier, but you certainly won’t be able to live without a refrigerator in your tiny home. (After all, your appetite will likely remain the same size.) This model makes use of the potential vertical space in your home, At 80 inches tall, and 24 inches wide, like the washing machine mentioned above, it is a great space saver for your tiny kitchen. The reversible left and right doors mean it’s also adaptable to your space, while a unique “no frost” technology keeps your food fresher, longer.
Bonus: It won the 2012 Best Kitchen Appliance in “Best of Year” award from Interior Design.
4. iWave IW600SIL 600-Watt Personal Desktop Microwave Oven
As if microwaves aren’t compact enough, this one measures 10 inches deep by 10.5 inches wide by 12 inches tall–just big enough to heat up a cup of coffee or a bowl of soup. And, with a collapsible handle on top, it’s easy to transport, weighing in at only 12 pounds. Plus, it has a notably quieter operation compared with other microwaves. (As mentioned above, the last thing you need in a tiny home is noise pollution.) You won’t find this model setting you back more than $125, and it’s even available on Amazon.