The Best Kitchen & Laundry Appliances for a Tiny Apartment

Planning to move into a small apartment? If you are, or are already living in one and could use a bit more room, one way to go about it would be to use compact versions of regular household essentials. If you’ve already furnished your living room with space-saving furniture, the next thing to look at for more real estate would be the kitchen and laundry area, which is often combined in tiny apartments.

Slim, tiny apartment kitchen and laundry appliances have been available in the market for quite some time, but shoppers generally think that there is always a trade-off when opting for the smaller versions. While this is somewhat true and cannot be avoided, there are brands and models that can give you a good compromise between size, performance and price that will perfectly fit your needs.

Now if you really want to make sure that you’re getting the right model, you’ll have to do your homework. You’ll need to do some window shopping or research online, compare specs, features, and prices, all very time consuming! Recognizing this, we at TJ’s Appliance Repair, in collaboration with our good friends at H & H Appliance Center, went ahead and did all the work for you!

We combined our expertise on appliances and came up with an infographic which includes a list of compact dishwashers, refrigerators, washer-dryer combos, even ranges and cooktops, that provide the same level of functionality and amenities as their full-sized counterparts. Whether you’re looking for stylish high-end units, the bare essentials, or anything in between, our “The Best Kitchen & Laundry Appliances for a Tiny Apartment” has it. Feel free to share!

Best Kitchen and Laundry Appliances for a Tiny Apartment

Appliances listed:

Washer/Dryer Combo

  • LG WM3455HW 2.3 Cu. Ft. Washer and Electric Ventless Dryer Combo
  • Ariston ARWDF129NA 1.82 Cu. Ft. Elegance Line Front-Load Washer/Dryer Combo
  • Midea MFL70-D1211S 2.0 Cu. Ft. Combination Washer/Dryer Combo

Refrigerators

  • Summit FFBF285SS 24” 13.8 Cu. Ft. Counter Depth Bottom-Freezer, Stainless Steel
  • LG LRBP1031W 24” 10 Cu. Ft. Cabinet Depth Bottom Freezer, White
  • Avanti RA7316PST 20” 7.4 Cu. Ft. 2-Door Apartment Size, Black with Platinum Finish

Dishwashers

  • Bosch SPV5ES53UC 18″ Special Application Panel Ready Dishwasher
  • Frigidaire FFBD1821MS 18″ Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher with Interior and Delay Start
  • Avanti DWE1802SS 18” Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher

Gas Range

  • Verona VEFSGG244SS 24” Pro Style Gas Range with 4 sealed burners, 2.5 Cu. Ft. Convection Oven
  • Danby DR2099WGLP 20” Freestanding Gas Range with 4 sealed burners, 2.62 Cu. Ft. Manual Clean Oven
  • Summit R200W 20” Freestanding Gas Range with 4 sealed burners, 2.6 Cu. Ft. Manual Clean Oven

Electric Range

  • Summit REX204BL 20” White Pearl Series Freestanding Smooth Top Electric Range, 2.6 Cu. Ft. Oven
  • Amana AEP222VAW 20″ Freestanding Electric Range with 4 Coil Burners, 2.6 Cu. Ft. Oven
  • Danby DER2009W 20″ Freestanding Electric Range with 4 Coil Burners, 2.6 Cu. Ft. Oven 5

Gas Cooktop – optional

  • Bertazzoni P24400X 24” 4 Burner Stainless Steel Gas Cooktop
  • Ramblewood GC2-48P 12” (LPG/Propane Gas) High Efficiency 2 Burner Gas Cooktop
  • Atwood 56494 DV 20S 12” Drop-In 2 Burner Stainless Steel Gas Cooktop

Electric Cooktop – optional

  • Thermadore CEM304FS 30” Masterpiece Smooth Top Electric Cooktop
  • Summit CR3240 21” 3 Burner Smooth Top Electric Cooktop with Residual Heat Indicator Light
  • Kenyon B41601 12” Caribbean 2 Burner Smooth Top Electric Cooktop

10 Common Dishwasher Problems (and How To Troubleshoot Them)

Dishwasher schematics. Image via Revpeep.blogspot.com

Anybody who owns a dishwasher can tell you how great of a convenience it is to everyday life. They can also probably tell you how much of a headache it is to have one break down on you.

Say it doesn’t completely break down. Perhaps there’s just a weird odor coming from it, or you notice a discoloration on your dishes and silverware after washing. Minor as these may seem, these are problems you still should not ignore for the simple fact that the things that go into your dishwasher, also touch your mouth.

So, whether it’s a major or minor problem, your dishwashing unit needs to be in perfect working order, if you don’t want to do the dishes by hand!

Dishwashers rarely differ much regardless of brand. To help you recognize, we’ve listed 10 of the most common dishwasher problems and their respective troubleshooting steps.

Take note that these are quick and easy steps that won’t require any technical know-how or special tools. If problems still persist, then it’s time to let a technician take over, so give us a call!

1. Dishwasher does not start, no sounds or lights, water doesn’t come on – Check if the circuit breaker hasn’t blown. If that’s ok, check any external wiring for damage and make sure that the plug is securely in place and the outlet has no issues.

2. Water does not drain – Check if the air gap isn’t blocked, or if the drain filter isn’t clogged. Also check the drain hose for kinks.

3. Dishwasher does not fill with water – Confirm if the water supply to the dishwasher is turned on. If it is, check if the door is closed tightly. If the door latch isn’t secure, it can prevent the dishwasher from operating.

4. Detergent/water leaks out – If the machine froths over, check if you are using the correct detergent, or the right amount. Also check if the hoses are securely connected and undamaged, and if gaskets are kept tightly in place.

5. Dishwasher is noisy – Check for any debris that might have gotten caught in the sprayer arm.

6. Soap dispenser does not open – Check if the door is caked with detergent residue. Give it a good cleaning using an old toothbrush if you notice any buildup.

7. Dishes are not completely clean – Check if the fine particle filter or water inlet filters are clean. Also check the spray arms for any blockage.

8. There is discoloration and/or specks of rust – Check if there are any exposed rusty parts on the dishwasher rack. If there are, you can choose either to cover them with enamel that is available at any household product store, or replace the racks entirely.

9. Door won’t close or drops down easily – Check the hinges for any obstruction. This problem can also be caused by weakened or broken door springs.

10. Water spills through the air gap – Check if the garbage disposal knock out plug has already been removed. This is located in the dishwasher connector inlet pipe and can be removed using a hammer and punch. If your sink also drains slowly, you might want to clear it for blockage using a drain snake.