In our search for a furnished apartment in Paris (where I just moved this week!) there were two things that I absolutely insisted on: a queen sized bed and an oven. I felt like this was not a lot to ask for, but, oh how wrong I was! It turns out that both are extremely rare in Paris.
When we finally found an apartment that met these two requirements, we pounced on it so quickly we didn't bother with a lot of other questions.
Consequently, I was surprised — and a little confused — when our landlady pointed out that the already tiny range actually housed a dishwasher, too! I have never seen an appliance like this, and — I must say — it's brilliant. I cannot wait to find out what other space-savers exist in Parisian kitchens!
Since Paris does not have a monopoly on tiny apartments (hello, New Yorkers!), I think they should start exporting this fabulous appliance to the States. Until they do, check out these other cool space-savers:
1.This combination griddle / toaster oven / coffee maker from Kalorik would certainly make breakfast a breeze!
2. If you've ever wondered "why must my fridge and my microwave be so far apart?" then this all-in-one by Summit is for you.
3. It was living in Tokyo that first brought combo appliances to my attention. Leave it to Sanyo to have created this multi-function rice cooker — it's also a steamer and slow-cooker!
4. Combination washer / dryers like this one from Haier are not only space-saving, they are also energy saving.
Would you be tempted into a multiple-purpose appliance or have you come across any great or unusual kitchen appliances in your travels?
Image: Bethany Adams