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Must-Have Appliances for Your Tiny House Kitchen

On average, an individual in the US spends approximately nearly 40 minutes in their kitchens simply prepping and cleaning up. But that doesn't include the time spent savoring a hot cup of coffee gazing out of the window or eating a home-cooked meal.

If you have a tiny house kitchen, you probably spend way more time in there than the average person!

It's tricky deciding what kitchen appliances you need and which are best for tiny houses. There are so many options and it's important to be mindful and conscious of space in a tiny home. You don't want to bring anything into your home that is not 100% essential.

So, here is our guide to the best tiny house kitchen appliances, no matter what kind of small home you own!

Designing Your Tiny House Kitchen

Every tiny house is different. What works for one tiny home might not necessarily work for another, and that goes for tiny house kitchens too.

Some tiny houses are mobile, some aren't. Some tiny homes are owned by keen chefs, and others are owned by takeout enthusiasts!

It's important to ask yourself what you need, what's important to you, and how appliances fit into your tiny house kitchen design:

  • What meals do you cook at home and how often?
  • How often do you heat hot water and what do you use it for?
  • How much do you care about eco-friendly and energy-saving options?
  • Is refrigerator or cupboard space more important?
  • Could a multi-use appliance be more efficient?

Being mindful of your space will help you choose the best appliances for your tiny house kitchen. After all, that's likely why you chose to live in a tiny home in the first place!

Workstation Sink

All the best tiny house kitchen ideas are versatile and multi-use. If your tiny house kitchen layout allows, a workstation sink is an absolute must-use appliance.

Generally, there are two types of workstation sink. The first is a simple, square basin that is easy to clean and, crucially, easy to cover. You can pop a (typically wood) covering that slots over the sink which will hide the basin and extend your counter space.

The second is even fancier. Some workstation sinks come with chopping boards and colanders that can slot into the sink, making your food prep so much easier. And, you can even get sinks with a roll-up rack so you don't have to have a separate drying space!

Honestly, who thought a kitchen sink could offer so much possibility?

Multi-Use Coffee Machine

Are you a coffee drinker or a tea drinker? That question may divide people, but it's an important one to ask when choosing appliances for a tiny house kitchen.

Ideally, you want the option of being able to make a perfect cup of coffee and the option to brew hot water, too. For some, this means two separate appliances. But with a stovetop percolator coffee maker you can do both!

And if you have a tiny house without a stovetop, consider alternative methods of brewing coffee without a machine by using an AeroPress or a French Press.

Hot Water Dispenser

Having a way to make hot water is a must for most homeowners, so if you don't want a kettle then a hot water dispenser is a great option. It's an eco-friendly choice as they generally keep the water warmer and use less energy than kettles.

Hot water dispensers also hold more water and you can use them for more than just making hot drinks. Water dispensers can also steam vegetables, cook noodles, and make pasta. Their versatility makes them perfect tiny house appliances!

Space-Saving Refrigerator

The number one, must-have appliance for any tiny home is a fridge. When you were looking over your tiny house kitchen plans, you no doubt thought long and hard about what kind of refrigerator you should get and where you should put it in your layout or floorplan.

They come in all shapes and sizes from compact beverage fridges to double-door monsters. Luckily, that means you will be able to find the ideal fridge for you!

You need a fridge that fits the space you have and also what you want to store in it. If you have a high ceiling but a slim space, choose a tall fridge thin fridge. But if you only have under-counter space, an under counter fridge is a good option for you.

If you would get value from installing a wine rack in your fridge (no judgment here!) then get a wine rack.

It's also important to find the right balance of fridge to freezer space. Take inventory of your current set up and think back to any times you've felt like you didn't have enough space. Was it mostly in your freezer or your fridge section that was always a little tight?

Of course, if you don't use your freezer that often and prefer fresh food, choose an appliance with a small freezer section. If you like to stock up on bulk food items from Costco then grab one with plenty of freezer space!

Cooktop Stove and Oven

Everyone can agree that if you're living full-time in a tiny home, you need to be able to cook food. And to do that, you'll need a stove, oven, or both.

What kind of cooking appliances you need will not only depend on the kind of food you like to eat but how you want to power the appliance.

These are some options to suit every tiny house kitchen.

Stoves

If you have a cute rustic tiny home, you could get by with a simple propane-powered camping stove. It's great for toasting s'mores and heating beans, but maybe not ideal for family mealtimes and cozy date nights.

Though you can choose more robust gas stoves, they don't offer the space-saving benefits of camping-style portable stoves.

A step up from a propane stove would be an electric-powered cooktop or induction stove. There's a huge design benefit to using cooktops like these as they are sleek and flush to the counter so you can cover them when they aren't in use to extend your counter space.

Oven

When choosing an oven for your tiny house kitchen, it's worth thinking outside of the box.

A toaster oven is much smaller than most regular ovens and more energy-efficient. They're space-saving and can cook a variety of foods (as well as toast!) including pizza and roast chicken.

If you love cooking and have already chosen an induction or electric stove, a built-in wall oven is a great appliance option for you. They look sleek and can slot into anywhere you like. Plus, you can choose an oven that has a retractable door making it much easier to use in a smaller space.

Full Range Oven

But for some tiny house owners, a full range oven is a non-negotiable, must-have appliance. Just because you live in a smaller space, doesn't mean you can't embrace your passion for cooking!

There are some really compact full range ovens out there that run on propane or gas, which is ideal for a lot of tiny homes. Some have one shelf or you can choose slim models to fit into narrow spaces.

Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker

You could forgo any type of traditional oven setup and choose a slow cooker or a pressure cooker instead.

The two are similar but cook food in a slightly different way. A slow cooker is best for stews, soups, and meats as they cook your food slowly at a lower temperature.

Pressure cookers use steam to cook or saute a variety of foods faster than a conventional oven. You can even make cakes in many pressure cookers!

So if you don't use an oven often, one of these appliances might be a better option. They both take up less space and use less energy than regular gas ovens.

Ultra-Powerful Blender

One thing you don't want to do when buying appliances for your tiny house kitchen is to acquire lots of small appliances you only use once or twice a month.

The more uses one appliance has, the better.

A must-have appliance for your tiny home is a super-powered, hard-wearing blender that will double as a food processor. Luckily, lots have people have joined the smoothie hype in recent years so there are some excellent blenders on the market. Super small ones too!

And you can even purchase blenders that double as a travel cup so you don't have to decant your food into another cup or bowl.

Compact Dishwasher

Just because you live in a tiny house, doesn't mean you can't have a dishwasher!

Depending on the size of your family, using a dishwasher instead of washing by hand could save you up to 230 hours per year. And by buying a new, eco-friendly, smaller than average model you could end up saving energy and water. Assuming you only use it once or twice a day, of course.

There is no "one way" to live in a tiny home and many tiny house owners won't need a dishwasher. But if your ideal tiny house kitchen has a dishwasher then you should get a dishwasher!

Creating the Perfect Tiny House Kitchen

Curating the space in your tiny home can be frustrating as you need to consider your space, your budget, and your lifestyle needs. There are also so many options out there and it's easy to get lost down the rabbit hole of choices to make.

But when building a tiny house kitchen, there are some must-have essential appliances that most tiny homeowners can agree you need.

You can't keep your food cool without a fridge. You can't cook food without a stove or oven. And you can't heat water without a kettle or another type of appliance to do so! Don't skimp on these essentials and you'll be happy.

And once you've got all the must-have, basic appliances, you'll be well on your way to building your perfect kitchen. Check out our storage hacks blog post to learn how to store everything in your tiny house kitchen!

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