Compact Appliances for Compact Living

With the Tiny Project well underway and only gaining speed, it’s becoming clear that new budding lifestyles are necessitating the use of new gadgets and appliances. If you’re unfamiliar with the Tiny Project, it’s an umbrella term for a more general initiative to live in small mobile homes that can be easily built and towed by small- to mid-size cars. Choosing this lifestyle allows for home owners to travel easily, avoid property taxes, avoid housing crises and dramatically reduce their carbon footprints. It may sound crazy, but plenty of people fall in love with the lifestyle that tiny living offers. That said, they probably would feel very differently about it if they weren’t equipped with the right tools. Here are some great, compact appliances that allow for tiny home owners to sacrifice space without sacrificing quality of life:

coolerCooler or Mini Fridge

The super cool Koolatron 33 Quart 12V Cooler can be plugged into a standard outlet while you’re at a campsite or plugged into your cigarette lighter when you’re on the road. It comes in 29 Quart or 36 Quart form as well. The 65 Quart Engel High Performance Ice Box is a great choice for any camping duo, plus you don’t have to worry about power hookups.

Cooktop/Microwavepropane stove

Some tiny livers are happy with a microwave while others can’t part with grilling their morning sausage. These are important considerations to make before opting into the lifestyle, but luckily for tiny home owners, there’s plenty of compact cooking options out there. The Verona 12″ Gas Cooktop, for example, is a two-burner space efficient choice that can fit in any nook or cranny. Another popular option is the Coleman 2-Burner Insta-start Triton Propane stove, which costs only 59.95 on Amazon. The Avanti .8 Cubic Ft. Microwave Oven is a popular choice among microwaves, but then you have to consider how you plan to power it.

circulatorAir Conditioner/Circulator

Sacrificing a comfortable, air-conditioned place to come home to just may be the final straw for tiny-home doubters. Keep that stressful decision at bay with a Frigidaire 5,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner. This handy device is perfect for small spaces (under 150 square feet), though it is pricey. Travelers on a budget can opt into the Vornado Under Cabinet Air Circulator, which installs nicely into any storage cabinet and can fold up when it’s not in use.

Countertop Ovenbreville convection oven

What used to be known as the toaster-oven has moved far beyond toasting. This Breville Smart Convection Oven boasts nine operating modes including toast, broil, bake, and roast despite its tiny dimensions of 18.5 by 16.25 by 11.25 inches. It’s large enough for a 13-inch pizza and bakers can find 13 by 9 inch baking sheets online with little trouble.

Cutting Board Knife Storagesnow peak

This one is by no means essential but pretty cool. The Japanese luxury camping company Snow Peak has just released this all-in-one Chopping Board and Knife Set for $40 on Amazon. As you can see, the knives are stored within the cutting board, which

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