Eight Great Small Appliances and Tools for Small Condo Kitchens

Everyone knows the basic appliances every kitchen needs—stove, oven, fridge, etc.—but what about small countertop appliances or tools that can make a big impact on your life in a small Boston condo kitchen? In recent years cooking technology has advanced tremendously with great design keeping step, and stealing the show are small, sleek and incredibly useful tools, particularly in a kitchen where space is tight. Here’s a list of eight innovative small kitchen appliances and tools that I think you should know about.

The meant-to-be-seen Espresso Pixie from Nespresso has a sleek, urban design, is a mere four inches wide and 12½ inches long, and comes with aluminum side panels available in six colors and two finishes. It’s easy to use, is the ideal size for small kitchens, and delivers superb espresso-making abilities.

Technology and design fans will appreciate the award-winning, adorably compact KISS (Keep It Simply Swiss) espresso machine. It measures just eight inches tall and features modern touches, a choice of 11 bold colors and a magnetic cup holder to keep things in place. The design promises a quick and strong drink comparable to more full-sized machines, and does it all silently. You can even customize the look, choosing from four grid designs, three capsule holders, and 10 patterns to decorate the water tank. Although the KISS is ridiculously pretty, it’s also ridiculously expensive, with a price tag of $1,935. It’s not readily available in the U.S. right now, but it’s so cool that I was compelled to include it here.

The compact size and precision performance of the two-speed Cuisinart® Mini-Prep® Plus Processor makes easy work of grinding and chopping foods with the touch of a button. Designed in Italy, this taskmaster is offered in a variety of fun colors.

The Joseph Joseph IndexTM Advance chopping board set replaces that clunky knife block and thick cutting board by combining them into one slim design. It’s also great for reducing the chance of cross-contamination when working in close quarters with its four color-coded cutting boards and matching knives.

This modernist, minimalist and super slender Alessi SG68 W  two-slice toaster, available in stainless steel and white, by Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni, won’t take up too much of your counter top and looks great as well.

Being able to stow things neatly when you’re done using them is essential in a small space. The architecturally inspired High & Dry Collapsible Dishrack by Black + Blum folds down to a flat compact shape, then stores away nicely. The wave of spikes can be used to hold even your most delicate champagne glasses upright. There is a drainage tray which has a clever flip up spout so that you can chose to drain or not, depending on your kitchen set up.


The Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler® is a compact appliance that’s well suited to small condo kitchens. It features five different cooking options that work for everything from pancakes to steaks. It’s especially useful in condos with no outdoor grilling capabilities.
Intended for squeezing into narrower spaces, the Butterfly Recycler by Simplehuman has room for trash and recycling in one compact package.

So urbanites, Boston condo dwellers and homeowners with limited kitchen space, which of these clever and chic space-saving small kitchen tools will you add to your wish list?