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small but mighty

Warm, cool, wash, or brew with ease—space-saving kitchen appliances make meal prep and cleanup more convenient.

written by Katie Stuhler

Sometimes the best things COME in small packages. That saying certainly holds true for appliances. As our lives get busier, small appliances—such as coffeemakers, wine coolers, microwaves, and warming and dishwasher drawers—increasingly come to our rescue by easing food prep and cleanup. These compact machines work overtime so we don’t have to.

Manufacturers are creating these products with maximum functionality in mind. Think coffeemakers that let you control flavor strength and warming drawers with slow-cook technology. Lucky for you, these sleek products have just as much beauty as they do brawn and are worth showing off.

Even if they don’t complement your kitchen’s signature style, they’re easy to integrate.

Because homeowners are relying on so many kitchen gadgets these days, “they are evolving the pantry into a room off the kitchen with counters, good lighting, outlets—and often a sink—so small appliances can be left out, ready for use at a moment’s notice, and cleaned up easily after use,” says Richard Landon, a certified master kitchen and bath designer and owner of Richard Landon Design in Bellevue, Washington.

Homeowners also are taking small appliances beyond the kitchen, creating wet bars with compact wine and beverage coolers in basements and entertainment areas, or incorporating warming drawers into outdoor kitchens. Browse these pages to find an array of appealing appliances that will suit your budget, lifestyle, and space.

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