Top 5 Compact Appliances for Condo Living

Condo living has its challenges. If you’re looking for apartments for rent in New York City or Boston, for example, available space is likely to be a big issue. There won’t be much of it. That’s something you need to consider when shopping for appliances. Here are some compact appliances that will get the job done without taking up too much space.

1. Countertop DishwasherDanby Countertop Dishwasher

Doing dishes can be a chore, especially if living with roommates. If your apartment does not come with a full size dishwasher, you’re stuck washing dishes by hand or eating out. Another option is to give a countertop dishwasher a try. Countertop dishwashers can be easily placed inside a cabinet if you have one with enough room. The only requirement is that it’s not too far away from the sink since you’ll need to attach a hose to the faucet. Most of these dishwashers have a heating mechanism inside so heating  water to a high enough temperature shouldn’t be an issue. You can pick one up for about $200 – $300.

Danby Portable Washing Machine

2. Portable Washing Machine
It’s a bird… no it’s a plane… no… it’s a portable washing machine! Portable washing machines are becoming more popular in North America.  Portable washing machines do not require a permanent hook-up, making them very convenient and versatile. You can place these units pretty much anywhere, as long as there is access to a water source, a drain, and an electrical plug. These units cost between $300 and $400, depending on the model.


3. Convectional Toaster Oven
Most apartments come equipped with a regular ovens. These use up a lot of electricity and can be a pain to clean. Countertop toaster ovens are versatile, heat up quickly, and don’t take much space. If you do decide to get one of these portable ovens, go with one that has a convectional cooking feature. Convectional units have a fan inside that circulates the hot air and cooks your food faster as a result. You can find these toaster ovens for about $100.

4. George Foreman Grill
Lean, mean, fat grilling machine. Yes, food prepared on an electric grill doesn’t taste as good as the same thing prepared on a regular charcoal or propane grill, but it’s convenient. These grills are easy to use, easy to clean, and inexpensive.  Some of them turn into a griddle, allowing you to make pancakes, scrambled eggs, etc.  Depending on the model and size, cost for these grills ranges from $20-$200.

Danby dual door compact fridge and freezer DCRM31BSLDD

5. Compact Fridge
These can come in handy even if you already have a full sized fridge. Compact fridges are perfect for dorm rooms as well. There are two main types: one piece fridges and fridge/freezer models with a separate freezer compartment. Compact fridges can range in price from $100 to $300, depending on the size and configuration.

Though some might opt to purchase these appliances used, keep in mind that if you buy new, you usually get a warranty and if you keep them in good shape you can resell them yourself and get a good portion of your money back when you move out.

12 comments… add one

  • Apartments for Rent Clayton MO March 12, 2013, 11:08 pm

    I think the fridge is one appliance that one cannot do without. Eating out is too costly and cooking in your apartment will save you a lot. And you cannot just store in the cabinet, right?

  • Nelly Moussa April 11, 2013, 10:32 am

    Dear Danby,

    I wish you would make a nice stainles steel look chest freezer 3.6 cu for my small apartment! You make such nice wine fridges why not think of chest freezers. So many people are down sizing to condos and want nice looking appliances.

    Thanks !


    • Danby April 11, 2013, 10:37 am

      Great suggestion, Nelly! We’re always looking for new ideas from our customers.

      We’ll be sure to pass on your feedback to our Product Design team!

      Thanks again,

  • Syd Bennett May 5, 2013, 7:48 pm

    I purchased a counter top dishwasher from Danby about ten years ago. I still use it daily. Had two issues. One was that a part of a tooth pick made it’s way into the spray passage on the rotating washer/sprayer. Removing the rotating washer/sprayer, the plastic hold down tabs broke. Contacted Danby to purchase another. They were having none of that. They sent a new one free of charge. The other issue was after about 6 years film developed on the door seals and the door leaked. My fault there. Cleaned the door surround and lower seal with white vinager and a light, light, scrubbing with a green scotch brite pad. Done!
    My point is that these are simply amazing! Those were the only issues over ten years of daily use? You now have newer models. Functionally, how can one improve on that?
    First product i’ve ever given a review on. And it’s a positive one. Go figure.
    The only worry I may encounter is that it gets so old you won’t have parts available then. If it actually needs any.
    Ty Danby for a great product and customer support. Need more of that these days.

    • Danby May 6, 2013, 7:55 am

      Thanks so much for the positive feedback, Syd! It’s a great feeling knowing that our portable dishwasher has served as such a trusty sidekick in your kitchen all of these years. Here’s to 10 more years!

  • nancy beckel July 31, 2013, 10:17 am

    I would like to know where to buy a danby countertop dishwasher in northern
    Idaho, I have one now and want to know where I can buy a re-placement if I need one

    • social July 31, 2013, 10:45 am

      Hi Nancy,

      Please contact customer service and they will be happy to help you out. 1-800-263-2629

  • Art Cloutman August 12, 2013, 7:41 pm

    We rent Summer vacation cottages on a lake in NH. We installed a refrigerator model DFF280WD8 in one of our cottages and love it. However, one of our guest must have walked away with the metal pieces for the can dispenser. Is there a way we can get replacement parts?

    • Danby September 13, 2013, 3:57 pm

      Hi Art,

      Please contact customer service. They would be happy to help you out. 1-800-26-Danby

  • Cheryl October 2, 2013, 11:53 am

    I have a Danby DWM17WDB washing machine. Have been using for over a year and love it. Why don’t you make a dryer to go along with the washer? It would be nice. Compact dryers are hard to find. As for this machine, it works really well.

    • Danby October 28, 2013, 3:46 pm

      Hi Cheryl,

      Very happy to hear you love your Danby washing machine!

      Thank you for your input on the dryer. I have pass your comments on to our product development team.

  • Z.C. October 20, 2013, 10:18 pm

    Dear Danby,
    I will buy your fridge DFF261 tomorrow. I need a small, but not compact fridge for my studio. It will be in my living room and need to be quite. I hope this model is. Also, a question, why do your build soda cans holder in your fridge door; it is such a waste of fridge space. Many people live healthy, organic and do not buy soda cans, that is so outdated. I hope you exclude it from your models. It will be nice to know level of noise the fridge create to operate; can you report it as part of model description. Thanks!
    PS. Please keep building nice small appliance that do not take much space. I love your dehumidifiers and will buy one soon.


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