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Short on square footage? 5 space-saving appliances for small apartments

Bigger is better, right? Well, that mentality doesn’t really work if you’re living in a small apartment. If you have limited floor space and a tiny kitchen, you might need to cut some corners to fit all of life’s necessities through your door. It’s time to say goodbye to enormous refrigerators and floor-hogging washing machines. Here are five space-saving appliances that are perfect for your small apartment.

Electrolux Compact Washer ($899) and Front Load Compact Dryer ($899) with IQ-Touch

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Just because you live in a small apartment, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a washer and dryer. The Electrolux Compact Washer is one of the smaller washing machines on the market. At 24 inches wide and 33.5 inches tall, you can find space for this washer just about anywhere. Of course, you probably won’t be able to fit your entire wardrobe into this 2.4-cubic-foot washer, but at least you won’t have to drag your clothes down to the laundromat every week. The matching dryer features the same dimensions as the washer, which makes this the perfect combo for a small apartment. Read our full Electrolux Compact Washer review.

Geizeer cooling system ($109)

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If you feel cramped in your small apartment, the last thing you want to do is clog up one of your windows with a big air conditioner. But thanks to the Geizeer, you don’t have to sacrifice city views or natural light to drop the temperature.

This tiny air conditioner isn’t really meant to cool large areas, but then again, if you’re reading this article, you probably aren’t dealing with a ton of space. This 6-inch cube works best in smaller rooms, such as your bedroom or office, and is capable of lowering the temperature in rooms as large as 12 square meters. The Geizeer probably isn’t the best solution if you’re trying to run your air conditioner 24 hours a day, but if you’re just looking for a compact way to give you relief from the heat, the Geizeer is what you’re looking for.

GE Paragon Induction Cooktop ($299)

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When counter space is at a premium, it’s important to find kitchen appliances that are capable of cooking a wide variety of meals. With the Paragon Induction Cooktop, a decent pot, and a plastic bag, you can cook everything from rice, to fried chicken, to steak.

The Paragon Induction Cooktop may look like the hot plate from your dorm days, but this device is capable of making more than a grilled cheese. This smart cooker pairs with a Bluetooth thermometer so you can cook your meals at a precise temperature. This method, called sous vide, is growing in popularity in the United States. So, not only can you save space with a Paragon Induction Cooktop, but you can also cook trendy meals for your foodie friends. Read our full review.

Cuisinart 3-in-1 Multicooker ($129)

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Speaking of multi-purpose kitchen appliances, the Cuisinart 3-in-1 Multicooker is capable of, well, three different cooking methods. Crockpots are perfect for small homes that are lacking in the kitchen department. While these devices can cook a wide-range of meals on their own, the Cuisinart 3-in-1 Multicooker also gives you the ability to sauté or steam your meals. The device’s multiple functions just means less clean up, as you can brown your steak, sauté your vegetables, and slowcook your meal all in a single pot.

Danby Compact Refrigerator ($239)

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How much space can you sacrifice for a refrigerator? If you’re dealing with a small kitchen, these huge appliances can really hog the floor. But do you really need a 36-inch fridge? Choosing the right compact fridge for your apartment is going to depend on your kitchen’s layout, but Danby’s pint-sized offering is a good option for about $240. This mini fridge is short in stature, but it has a relatively large amount of storage space (2.6 cubic feet). With two shelves, a vegetable crisper, and enough door space for 2-liter bottles, this fridge should be able to fulfill your basic cooling needs.

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