10 top space-saving kitchen gadgetsSlimline, multi-function products that save space

04 August 2011

Little room to spare in your kitchen? We've handpicked 10 appliances to help you make the most of the space you've got - including compact, slimline models, and items that double up to do more than one task.

Browse our picture gallery - then follow the review links below for our full test findings, and where to buy.

1. Mini Bosch dishwasher (SKS50E11EU), £325

Unlike regular dishwashers, this compact Bosch dishwasher sits on a worktop and can accommodate six place settings - take your pick from a range of bright colour options. It measures a mini 45x55x51cm.

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2. Leisure GR6GVCP Gourmet Classic range cooker, £430

This mini range cooker slots into a normal cooker-sized space in your kitchen, but has the look, feel and features of a range cooker - including two ovens, grill and gas hob. It measures 60cm wide.

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3. Tefal Vitacuisine food steamer, £100

Steamers can often be quite bulky to store, but this multi-tiered one from Tefal compactly packs down into itself, so you can put it away easily in a cupboard.

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4. Whirlpool AWE6517 washing machine, £345

Like some of the other top-loading washing machines we've recently tested in the lab, this compact washing machine from Whirlpool measures only 40cm across - saving 20cm compared with a standard front loader. Though of course, it won't fit underneath a worktop.

Read the review: Whirlpool top-loading washing machine

5. Magimix Nespresso Pixie coffee machine, £140

The aptly-named Pixie is the latest Magimix Nespresso coffee machine, and measures just 11cm wide - so it should slot in to space-challenged kitchen worktops without too much bother.

Read our First Look review: Nespresso Pixie coffee machine

6. Bosch SRS45E42GB dishwasher, £315

This freestanding Bosch dishwasher is a slimline model - measuring 85x45x61cm - and can hold nine place settings in its two racks.

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7. Dyson City DC26 vacuum cleaner, £193

This diminutive bagless, cylinder Dyson vacuum is designed for city homes where storage space is limited - the cylinder itself fits within an A4 page.

Read the review: Dyson DC26 vac

8. Morphy Richards Intellichef, £100

The Intellichef combines the ability to shallow fry, steam, slow cook, stew, rice cook, bake, boil, re-heat and keep your food warm in one compact appliance - making it a good option for small kitchens, or if you're looking to experiment with different cooking methods.

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9. Panasonic NN-CT569M combination microwave, £183

Combi microwaves like this one are more versatile than you might realise - they can be used as a normal microwave, grill or as a conventional oven, letting you toast, bake and even roast.

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10. Zanussi ZRT318W fridge freezer, £193

The petite Zanussi ZRT318W freestanding fridge has a small freezer compartment at the top and a larger fridge beneath - good if you don't have room for two separate refrigeration appliances.

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