The 10 Best Tiny House Appliances For Function And Practicality

We're all interested in scaling back our footprint, and one of the most attractive ways of doing that is the tiny house movement. Tiny houses are on-trend, cool; often even mobile! But if you've considered a tiny house and are smart, you've probably wondered, “What about tiny house appliances?” After all, that 5.2 cu.ft. washing machine is great if you've got a big family to wash for: but it's going to take up a quarter of your tiny house all by itself.

Whether you have a tiny house, want a tiny house, or are just interested in saving space without sacrificing the convenience that modern appliances provide, tiny house appliances are something to consider. Let's get into specifics, shall we?

Comparison Table


Tiny House Appliances: FAQ

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1. So, What Are “Tiny House Appliances,” Anyway?


When someone speaks of tiny house appliances, they could be talking about appliances that work just like “big house” appliances but are smaller. At other times, tiny house appliances refer to special versions of home appliances that make it possible to use your tiny house off the grid.

For example, some refrigerators aimed at tiny house owners work exactly as any ordinary household fridge: they're just smaller. You'll need electricity to power them. On the other hand, some fridges are made to run off propane so you never need to worry about an electrical hookup and can take your fridge anywhere.

2. Do You Have to Have a Tiny House to Use These?


Not at all! Anyone who wants to save space can use tiny house appliances and fixtures. They can also be appropriate for small apartments or if you're making a full attached living space out of a basement or garage. Some of these appliances would also be great in a camper or RV, and some are perfect for the dorm room.

3. What Kind of Appliances Can I Get for My Tiny House?


Anything! Any kind of appliance you have for a big house you can find a version of for your tiny house. You can get microwaves and cooktops, ovens and coffee makers, air conditioners and dishwashers, washers and dryers.

​4. Can I Have ALL the Appliances for My Tiny House?


You can get any appliance, but you might not be able to get them all. You do have some space considerations to worry about, and even though tiny house appliances are small, you might still have to make some hard choices about which ones you can fit (or afford).


How We Reviewed

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We've taken a look at ten tiny house appliances that cover all the basics for your home. We've chosen what we think are the best ones in each category, from fridge to washer, cooking range to coffee machine. We considered the pros and cons of each according to lots of real users, took a look at the features that made each stand out, and then considered who each appliance is really best for.


Overall Price Range


Tiny house appliances range from just over $50 for things like microwaves to well over $1,500 for combo washer/dryer units. A lot of items will cost you between $200 and $700, and you can get all the appliances to outfit your whole place for $5,000 or less.


What We Reviewed

  • The Mini Fridge: Daewoo Retro Compact Refrigerator
  • The Washer/dryer: LG 24" Washer/Dryer Combo
  • The Dishwasher: Kenmore 18″
  • The Cooking range: Summit 20" Free Standing Gas Range
  • The Coffee Machine: Nespresso Essenza Mini
  • The Multipurpose Cooker: Instant pot
  • The Microwave: Kenmore Small Countertop Microwave
  • The Electric Heater: Heat Storm Deluxe Indoor Infrared Wall Heater
  • The Wood Stove: Vogelzang Wood Stove
  • The Composting Toilet: Nature's Head Composting Toilet

The Mini Fridge: Daewoo Retro Compact Refrigerator


Daewoo FR-044RCNR Retro Compact Refrigerator 4.4 Cu. Ft. | Pure Red
  • Soft Dial & Easy Control
  • Energy Star; Tempered Glass Shelf
  • Table Top Function
  • LED Lighting
  • Fresh Food Sliding Drawer

What Is It?

Our tiny house appliances list starts with the fridge: this has a great retro look and comes in white, beige, red, a minty green, or a soft blue. We looked at the 4.4 cubic foot version, but you can also get it even smaller at just under three cubic feet. However, we think the smaller one might be just a bit too small. This fridge is lightweight, frost free, and only uses 45 watts of power. It's also nice and quiet.

Why Would You Need It?

You can't really expect to live somewhere for long without a fridge, and this one provides a good balance between size and capacity. This is perfect for a tiny house, a camper, or a small apartment.

Pros

  • Works very well
  • Durable
  • Energy efficient
  • Good amount of space for height

Cons

  • Freezer is not terribly powerful
  • Noisy if not perfectly level

Where to Buy

The Washer/Dryer: LG 24" Washer/Dryer Combo


LG WM3488HW 24" Washer/Dryer Combo with 2.3 cu. ft. Capacity, Stainless Steel Drum in White
  • Washer Dryer Combo - All-in-One
  • No access to external venting? No problem. LG's all-in-one washer/dryers use ventless condensing to dry your clothes without the need for external venting. Dryer times will run about 120 minutes. Plugs into 110 Volt, hot and cold water, needs a drain. Expand the limits of your laundry room

What Is It?

This is a combination washer and dryer with 2.3 cubic feet of space and ventless condensing: that means there's no need to punch holes in your tiny house to install it. It uses a standard 110 volt hookup, and it will need a drain and hookups to both hot and cold water. Like many washer/dryer combos, this unit takes a bit longer to dry a load than a freestanding dryer: about 120 minutes and possibly up to three hours.

Why Would You Need It?

There are all kinds of ways to save space and still have a way to wash and dry; perhaps most notably by ditching the dryer altogether. But if you live in, shall we say, moist environs, then you might not be able to get by without a dryer. This saves a lot of space by combining two units into one.

Pros

  • Ventless
  • Compact
  • Easy to hook up
  • Excellent washer

Cons

  • Drying is slow
  • Condensation tower must be unclogged regularly

Where to Buy

​The Dishwasher: Kenmore 18″


EdgeStar BIDW1802WH 18 Inch Wide 8 Place Setting Energy Star Rated Built-In Dishwasher
  • Accommodates up to eight (8) place settings and features a silverware basket and cup tray
  • Six (6) Wash Cycles: Heavy, Normal, ECO, Glass, Rapid, and Rinse; Three (3) Options: Sanitize, Hi Temp, Heated Dry
  • At only 17.75 inches wide, using this unit to replace an older appliance such as a trash compactor is a great option.
  • Leakage sensor automatically shuts off water flow when a leak is detected to protect your home from water damage
  • Quiet 52dB operation keeps the disturbance to a minimum; Dimensions 32.5" H x 17.6" W x 22.4" D; Weight: 52.9 lbs

What Is It?

Aside from the washing machine, is there any single appliance that has saved humankind more labor than the dishwasher? We love that this compact little powerhouse comes from a brand name with decades of experience in the dishwasher game. You get two color options, three different cycle modes, and a self-cleaning filter with this unit. It's also Energy Star certified, makes only 55dB of noise at the loudest, and comes with an optional air drying feature.

Why Would You Need It?

Actually, we think a dishwasher is even more important when it comes to tiny house appliances than it would be in a bigger home. That's because our tiny houses aren't exactly slopping over with counter space. Washing dishes by hand can require some pretty mad skills in that kind of cramped environment, and this dishwasher will make life a lot easier in your small space.

Pros

  • Cleans very well
  • Energy and detergent efficient
  • Compact
  • Very quiet

Cons

  • Must be hard-wired (no plug)
  • Expensive for size

Where to Buy

​Summit 20" Free Standing Gas Range


Summit RG200WS 20 Inch Wide 2.3 Cu. Ft. Free Standing Gas Range with Broiler Compartment
  • Slim 20 width is ideal for any space-challenged kitchen
  • Sealed burners for safer, cleaner cooking
  • Classic white-on-white finish includes color-matched knobs and handle
  • LP convertible with included kit
  • Lower broiler compartment for even heating

What Is It?

We all have to cook, and if you want to be able to do everything in your tiny house that you could do in a big kitchen, you need this range. You get a hugely powerful 12,000 BTU burner for when you need to bring a giant pot of water to the boil fast, two standard 9,500 BTU burners for most cooking needs, and a nifty little 5,000 BTU burner for simmering things gently.

The oven is a little small, but that's to be expected in tiny house appliances, and you still get a broiler. It comes ready to use a natural gas hookup, but there's an aftermarket LP kit available so you can convert it if you need.

Why Would You Need It?

Sure you could get by with just a microwave and a hot plate sort of set up. We don't want to knock that: some people have amazing kitchen-fu with very limited resources. But a house just doesn't seem like a home somehow without a real oven and stovetop. This is compact and yet has all the functions you could want.

Pros

  • Great for small kitchens
  • Bakes evenly
  • Good burner diversity
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Only one color (white)
  • Pricey for size

Where to Buy

​Nespresso Essenze Mini


- Breville-Nespresso USA BEC220BLK1AUC1 Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine with Complimentary Capsules, Piano Black
  • SIZE: Discover the newest and smallest ever single serve espresso maker from Nespresso by Breville, without compromising on exceptional coffee and espresso moments. This compact espresso machine is effortlessly portable and features a sleek design and modern smooth lines, allowing it to fit into anywhere saving valuable counterspace
  • PERFORMANCE: Create a barista-style coffee or espresso drinks every time, thanks to our one-touch operation and extraction system which delivers up to 19 bars of pressure
  • EFFICIENT COFFEE MACHINE: In just one touch, the water reaches the ideal serving temperature in 25 seconds and an energy saving mode automatically switches off the machine after 9 minutes
  • VERSATILITY: Adjustable cup size with two programmable Espresso (1.35 oz) and Lungo (5 oz) buttons making Essenza Mini a great coffee maker for all you single serve coffee needs. Pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee drinks
  • COMPLIMENTARY GIFT: Each machine includes a Nespresso Original welcome kit with a range of 14 capsules with unique aroma profiles

What Is It?

We can already hear you writing off this one as an extravagance and an environmental travesty. But hear us out. This tiny espresso maker delivers fantastic, barista-style drinks ina tiny, energy efficient machine.

This machine weighs just over five pounds and is slim enough to squeeze in almost anywhere in your tiny kitchen. It comes with an eco-friendly energy saving mechanism that automatically turns it off if you haven't used it for a while.

Why Would You Need It?

Let's address the elephant in the room: is this environmentally friendly? You've probably heard the controversy over the pods, but there are two things to bear in mind. First, Nespresso recycles the pods for you and makes them easy to send back. Second, if you're the sort to leave your drip coffee maker on and forget about it, you'll be saving all kinds of power with this efficient unit.

The other issue is cost. Yes, the pods add up. However, if you like this high quality coffee so much that you drink this instead of a cafe drink, you'll save enormous amounts of money. And if you're only making coffee for one or two people, you're likely to come out ahead over the typical waste that results from a regular drip coffee maker.

Pros

  • Convenient
  • Quality coffee every time
  • Easy to fit in small spaces
  • Energy efficient

Cons

  • Pricey initial investment
  • No cost savings for more than two people

Where to Buy

​Instant Pot


Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Sterilizer, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, and Warmer, 8 Quart, 16 One-Touch Programs
  • Instant Pot Ultra electric pressure cooker is the next generation in kitchen appliances. A central dial with a simple turn and press provides added precision in program selection and adjustment
  • New features: altitude adjustment, cooking indicator, and a steam release reset button. The Ultra button for custom programming. The new features include sterilize, cake and egg programs
  • Replaces 10 common kitchen Appliances pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, egg cooker, sauté/searing, steamer, warmer, and sterilizer
  • Developed with the latest 3rd generation technology with an embedded microprocessor. The microprocessor monitors the pressure and temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration
  • Ul certified with 11 safety features to provide peace of mind. New steam release reset button for safer handling. All components in contact with food are food grade 304 (18/8) Stainless Steel

What Is It?

In a tiny kitchen, there's nothing like an appliance that can do everything. This little pot comes with lot of pre-programmed modes so that you can use it as a slow cooker, a pressure cooker, a steamer, a yogurt maker, a rice cooker, a sterilizer, or a way to sauté your food.

The smallest version is a space-saving three quarts, and this pot really takes the guesswork out of cooking for you. It is highly efficient and helps contain the smell and steam of cooking.

Why Would You Need It?

Small enough to put away, even in a tiny kitchen, and powerful enough to cook all kinds of meals efficiently (you can even bake a cake in it), this is a great appliance that is essential ten appliances in one.

Pros

  • Clear display
  • Programmed settings
  • Very versatile
  • Convenient and efficient

Cons

  • Manual is not detailed
  • Sealing ring picks up smells easily

Where to Buy

​Kenmore Countertop Microwave


Kenmore 70713 Countertop Microwave, 0.7 cu. ft, Stainless Steel
  • 0. 7 Cu. Ft. Capacity/ 700 watts
  • 10 power levels
  • Defrost function
  • Meets most college dorm room requirements
  • Six Auto-Cook programs

What Is It?

A microwave is a great thing to have, and this 0.7 cubic foot offering from Kenmore will fit most dorms, tiny kitchens, and even campers. The max watts are 700, and it comes with pre-sets for doing popcorn, pizza, frozen veggies, soup, and potatoes. Get it in black or stainless steel.

Why Would You Need It?

Why wouldn't you? Microwaves aren't always a must-have kitchen item, but they sure are handy. If you use a microwave regularly, this is a great one for fitting into a very small space.

Pros

  • Small and compact
  • Effective for size
  • Reasonably durable for price

Cons

  • Noisy
  • No interior light

Where to Buy

​Heat Storm Deluxe Indoor Infrared Wall Heater


Heat Storm Deluxe Mounted Space Infrared Wall Heater, White
  • EFFECTIVE HEAT - Our infrared space heaters warm objects instead of just the air! This will help your room stay warm even after the heater turns off.
  • SAFE TOUCH GRILL - That's because our grills are made out of material that doesn't burn skin. Our heaters also automatically shut off power if it tips over.
  • MODERN DESIGN - wall mount design means you don't lose floor space. Perfect for bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, offices and more
  • ADJUSTABLE THERMOSTAT - LED display shows you what the ambient temperature is and helps regulate the temperature efficiently. (goes to dark mode after 5 minutes of no activity) Included remote control allows you to control the temperature with ease
  • COMPACT - Uses less than 2 square feet of wall space and plugs into a normal 110v outlet. When installed over the outlet, you can hide the cord behind the heater.

What Is It?

Heat is always a consideration in your tiny house, and this infrared wall heater could be the right choice for keeping toasty in the cold. The wall behind it stays cool, and it takes up less than two square feet of your precious space. The unit will heat up to 500 square feet on 1000 watts.

Why Would You Need It?

Brrrr! When the wind blows and the snow falls, this will keep you cozy. It uses very little energy, is safe, and is very effective. This is the perfect way to get heat when you have very little floor space. If you have small children or pets, you don't have to worry about burns.

Pros

  • Small
  • Quiet
  • Cool to the touch
  • Very energy efficient

Cons

  • Tricky to get perfectly level
  • Cannot be used with power strip

Where to Buy

​Vogelzang Wood Stove


Vogelzang TR001 Defender EPA Wood Stove
  • The Defender wood stove efficiently heats up to 1,200 square feet
  • Cast iron feed door with large 14.5" x 8" ceramic glass window
  • Burns several hours on one fueling. Heats up to 68,000 BTUs
  • Made with heavy gauge 3/16-Inch reinforced plate steel with firebrick lining
  • Adjustable legs for easy positioning

What Is It?

Heat is crucially important in the winter, so we've come up with another option for keeping your tiny house cozy. If you prefer a wood fire, you can't do better than this wood stove. This highly efficient unit takes up floor space, but it's also capable of heating up to 1200 square feet. It has a firebrick lining and reinforced steel plating for safety. It also safely gives you that lovely aesthetic of a wood fire.

Why Would You Need It?

If you have a slightly larger tiny house, or if you need a way to have heat without relying on electricity or a gas hookup, this stove is a great, safe, and efficient option.

Pros

  • Very efficient
  • Easy to maintain
  • Saves lots of money in energy bills

Cons

  • Could be too large for some tiny homes
  • Can be messy to add wood

Where to Buy

​Nature's Head Composting Toilet


Nature's Head Composting Toilet with Spider Handle by Nature's Head
  • No one - and I mean no one - will beat my customer service and individual support
  • Easy to install by any reasonably handy person.
  • Absolutely No Odor. No Maintenance. 5 Year Warranty.
  • Huge Capacity. 2 people using full time will empty every 4-6 weeks. Easy empty in 5 minutes.
  • A vast improvement over older composting toilet designs. This one works!

What Is It?

This toilet can accommodate two people using it full time and will only need to be emptied about once a month. It gives off no odor, is easy to install, and turns human waste into organic compost: not raw sewage. It can also use regular or biodegradable toilet paper.

Why Would You Need It?

You don't need us to tell you why you need a toilet. Why do you need this toilet? If you can't get hooked up to sewer and water, or at least want the option to unhook when you like, this is the perfect toilet for you.

Pros

  • Effective with no smell
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Simple to keep clean

Cons

  • May need added mesh to protect from insects
  • Quite expensive

Where to Buy


The Verdict

These are just some of the tiny house appliances available; but we think these are the best in every category. You might not need them all, but whichever type of appliance you're looking for, we can recommend any of the ones on this list.

Our favorite? The tiny dishwasher. It saves so much space and makes keeping a tiny kitchen clean that much easier.


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