Combination appliances for the countertop can be particularly useful for those with very limited space in their kitchen-think studios or apartments or condos with low square footage or galley kitchens. Here are some examples of the latest countertop combination appliances:
Microwaves with integrated toaster or coffeemaker
Toaster ovens with an integrated griddle and coffeemaker
LG'S combination microwave oven and toaster
These appliances aren't ideal for someone who needs a toaster that can hold eight slices of bread, or a coffee maker that can also make gourmet espresso. But for those that are in desperate need of space, who prepare many (if not most) meals with a toaster or microwave, these can be helpful options.
In addition, these combination appliances are usually low on cost, rarely exceeding $150.
Briva in-sink dishwasher from KitchenAid
Another combination for those in tight quarters is a kitchen sink that doubles as a dishwasher. (As far as we know, there's only one model on the market.) This can be a good product for singles who don't do large loads of dishes and don't have room for even a compact portable dishwasher. The downside is the hefty price tag — about $1,800 — and that the place it might function best — a small apartment — might not allow an addition like this. Briva in-sink dishwashers are typically available in 36- or 42-inch widths.