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10 Easy Pieces: Compact Cooking Appliances

10 Easy Pieces: Compact Cooking Appliances
Above: The demure Miele Double CombiSet Gas Cooktop measures just 12 inches wide. Designed to coordinate with other built-in, independent cooking modules, it also works well on its own. It has sealed burners, a cast iron grate, stainless knobs, and electric ignition. Available for natural gas or liquid propane; $999 at AJ Madison.

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Above: A more affordable option is the Fagor Modular Gas Cooktop with 2 Sealed Burners, measuring 12 by 20 inches; $449 at Home Thangs.

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Above: No hard wiring required. The electric plug-in BroilKing Professional Double Cast Iron Space Saver Range is fully portable and features two cast-iron burners with a stainless steel body. It measures 13.5 by 22.75 inches and is $359.95 at Overstock.

Countertop Ovens

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Above: Your compact cooktop needs a partner: a new generation countertop oven. What used to be known as toaster ovens—now more aptly called countertop ovens—have moved far beyond just toasting while still maintaining a countertop-sized footprint. Here is one to consider: The Breville Smart Convection Oven is a countertop convection oven with nine operating modes, including bake, broil, toast, and roast. It measures 18.5 by 16.25 by 11.25 inches and has a 0.8 cubic-foot interior—large enough for a 13-inch pizza (and yes, 13-by-9 baking sheets are available); $215.95 at Williams Sonoma.

For more small kitchen ideas, see 10 Ingenious Space-Efficient Kitchens. And for more space-saving kitchen appliances, see our posts on Compact Refrigerators, Skinny Refrigerators, and Dishwasher Drawers.

Considering a kitchen remodel? Go to our Remodeling 101 posts for advice on choosing a layout, cabinets, countertops, and much more. And if you’re considering a formal eat-in kitchen, you’ll likely be further convinced by Michelle’s Domestic Dispatch on The Death of the Dining Room.

N.B.: This post was originally published on April 23, 2014. We have updated it with new and additional product selections and current pricing.

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