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

How To Fix A Coil-Type Electric Stove

Coil Top Electric Stove. Via Company-directory.rusbiz.com

The simplest design is almost often the most reliable, which is why I bet most of you still have or use an electric range with a coiled heating element.

These sturdy ranges are generally uncomplicated; when you turn the burner dial on, electricity flows through the resistive coils and heats it up. The principle is the same for small stoves or electric ranges. So on the rare occasion that they do break down on you, you can be assured that there won’t be a lot to test or replace.

In fact, there are only 3 things that can fail with a coil top stove: a bad burner or socket, or the switch.


Checking and replacing the switch

If you’ve read some of our posts in the past, you won’t be surprised to know that the best way to test the burner switch is by using a multitester. Below are the steps on how to test an infinite, two-wire switch that uses a bimetal switch which cycles the burner on and off to maintain the desired temperature.

To begin, unplug the range. Then, remove the cover to expose the switch. You should see the terminals at the back of the switch marked accordingly. A pair of terminals should be marked “H1” and “H2“. These lead to burner element. Another pair will be marked “L1” and “L2“. These should be connected to the power supply wires. You should check each connection independently, so remove all the wires connected to the terminals before you start testing.

At the very least, the switch should allow a connection when it is set to “On”, and break the connection when it is turned off. Set your multimeter to “Rx-1″ or 200 Ohms, then turn the switch to the highest setting to make sure that the bimetal does not cycle the connection off easily.

Test the connections between H1 and the L1 terminals, and again with the H2 and L2 terminals. If there is no continuity, you’ll need to replace the switch.


Checking and replacing the burner or burner socket

Checking the burner socket is a straightforward matter. Usually when you see the burner socket burned out, it will need to be replaced.

The burner coil on the other hand, can’t be tested by visual inspection since it is a resistance wire housed in a metal alloy. Heat is generated when power flows through the wire, which means the burner won’t work if the wire breaks.

The only way to test it is by using a multitester. The test is pretty simple: as always, you begin by isolating the part, in this case, the burner element.

Proceed by touching each probe to a terminal. If there is no continuity, then the burner coil needs to be replaced.