10 Space-Saving Kitchen Appliances and Accessories That Won’t Clutter Your Counter

Keurig/Instant Pot/Cuisinart
Keurig/Instant Pot/Cuisinart

No kitchen is complete without a range of appliances to take care of your baking, frying, and caffeine needs, but all of those gadgets and gizmos can quickly eat up precious counter space. To help you get your favorite chopping spot back, we’ve put together a list of space-saving devices that will keep you organized without forcing you to sacrifice any of your favorite cooking accessories. Whether you’re looking to maximize space in a tiny kitchen or invest in tools that combine multiple appliances into one, these will stop you from throwing in the towel and have you saying “kiss the cook” instead.

1. Instant Pot; $100


The Instant Pot is a must for any cook with a small kitchen. This gadget is a pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, food warmer, and yogurt maker all in one—saving you counter space and minimizing the extra dishes to clean after your meal. As a bonus, this Instant Pot comes with a free app that has more than 1000 recipes for all levels of cooking. For a higher-end option that also includes an air fryer, try the Ninja 9-in-1 pressure cooker, a great alternative for those who like their dinners on the crispy side.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Gourmia Collapsible Travel Kettle; $20


Scrap your bulky tea kettle in favor of a brewing device that fits pretty much anywhere. Gourmia’s collapsible electric travel kettle can boil up to four cups of water when it’s in use, and snap into a palm-sized disc when it’s not. Made from durable food-grade silicone, the kettle has safety features like lid-lock and auto shut-off, ensuring your water won’t boil over. This space-saving device can travel easily from your tiny studio to your office, making it the perfect solution for a tea fix anytime.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Cuisinart Toaster Oven/Air Fryer; $200


Why buy two kitchen gadgets when you can get both of them in one? At just over a foot in length, width, and height, the Cuisinart toaster oven/air fryer combo bakes, broils, toasts, and fries all of your favorite foods. Even with its compact size, the oven can fit up to three pounds of chicken wings or a 12-inch pizza, so it works whether you’re cooking for one or for a group of friends. Complete with an oven rack, baking pan, and air fryer basket, you (almost) won’t need any other appliances with this in your arsenal.

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4. Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor; $80


Food processors are a necessary evil. They’re incredible time savers—finely chopping in seconds what could take hours by hand—but they also tend to be big and clunky. Luckily, Cuisinart has a food processor that will save you both time and precious prep space. Designed in Italy (practically guaranteeing fantastic pesto), the Mini Prep Plus can both chop and grind up to 24 ounces of ingredients via its special auto-reversing smart blade. It’s dishwasher safe, too, saving you room in the sink in addition to the counter.

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5. KitchenAid Hand Blender; $50-$60

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Another gadget that takes up a ton of unnecessary space? A blender. But before you start sacrificing your homemade smoothies, check out this inventive hand blender from KitchenAid. This compact device has two speeds and three settings—blending, pureeing, and crushing—giving you the option of adding ice to your favorite drink recipes. Included with the blender is a three-cup blending jar with a lid, so you can take your smoothie on the go.

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6. Dash Compact Hand Mixer; $20


Unless you’re a baking fiend, a big electric mixer is probably not high on your list of appliance must-buys. Dash’s compact mixer will change that. It has three simple speeds for easily mixing, blending, or whipping all kinds of treats, ideal for even the most novice bakers. When you’re finished with your dessert creation, you can snap the beaters directly into the mixer’s handles for convenient, space-saving storage. Now you can have your cake (and workspace) and eat it, too.

Buy it: Amazon

7. GE Portable Dishwasher; $685

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One of the best tools in the kitchen just might be the dishwasher. After all, they save time, water, and space for dirty dishes. If your kitchen doesn’t have a dishwasher, GE has a portable, stainless steel model that will make your cleanup dreams come true. The dishwasher can fit up to eight place settings (pretty impressive for an 18-inch machine), and it runs on three wash cycles with the option to sanitize for germ-killing power. The dishwasher also has an autosense feature that measures the soil levels of each load, so it can self-adjust for a flawless wash every time. It's also small enough to easily move out of the way if you have to, yet sturdy enough to act as additional counter space for placing serving trays or smaller appliances.

Buy it: Best Buy

8. Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker; $40


Espresso machines can be bulky and expensive, while a daily espresso shot at your local coffee shop can quickly drain your wallet. To save money while still getting your caffeine kick, Bialetti makes a portable espresso kettle that, at only $40, pretty much pays for itself. All you have to do is fill the bottom compartment with water, pack the inner funnel with coffee, and set it to boil. You’ll be left with delicious espresso in just three minutes…and plenty of room where that fancier machine might have sat.

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9. Keurig K-Duo Plus; $181


If you’re more of a traditional coffee drinker, Keurig makes a handy device that gives you the option of brewing a single-serve K-cup when you're in a rush or a full pot of coffee on days you're lounging at home, basically eliminating the need for stuffing multiple coffee machines into your already cramped cabinets. The K-Duo Plus can brew 12 ounces of coffee per mug or up to 12 cups of coffee per carafe, so it's ready to take care of the coffee needs of your brunch crew, too. Both brewing sections attach to the same 60-ounce water reservoir, making it perfect for the coffee lover looking to cut down on clutter.

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10. Over-Sink Dish Drying Rack; $85


One of the biggest kitchen space stealers is a dish rack, which can take up an entire cutting board’s worth of square footage. Investing in an over-the-sink dish rack takes advantage of vertical space instead. This stainless-steel drying rack from Pusdon comes in two different sizes, so you can choose the one best suited to your sink. With a variety of different compartments that can hold everything from cutting boards to kitchen knives, it’s a versatile tool that will keep you organized and clutter-free.

Buy it: Amazon

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Mental Floss's Three-Day Sale Includes Deals on Apple AirPods, Sony Wireless Headphones, and More


During this weekend's three-day sale on the Mental Floss Shop, you'll find deep discounts on products like AirPods, Martha Stewart’s bestselling pressure cooker, and more. Check out the best deals below.

1. Apple AirPods Pro; $219


You may not know it by looking at them, but these tiny earbuds by Apple offer HDR sound, 30 hours of noise cancellation, and powerful bass, all through Bluetooth connectivity. These trendy, sleek AirPods will even read your messages and allow you to share your audio with another set of AirPods nearby.

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2. Sony Zx220bt Wireless On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones (Open Box - Like New); $35


For the listener who likes a traditional over-the-ear headphone, this set by Sony will give you all the same hands-free calling, extended battery power, and Bluetooth connectivity as their tiny earbud counterparts. They have a swivel folding design to make stashing them easy, a built-in microphone for voice commands and calls, and quality 1.18-inch dome drivers for dynamic sound quality.

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3. Sony Xb650bt Wireless On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones; $46


This Sony headphone model stands out for its extra bass and the 30 hours of battery life you get with each charge. And in between your favorite tracks, you can take hands-free calls and go seamlessly back into the music.

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4. Martha Stewart 8-quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker; $65

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If you’re thinking of taking the plunge and buying a new pressure cooker, this 8-quart model from Martha Stewart comes with 14 presets, a wire rack, a spoon, and a rice measuring cup to make delicious dinners using just one appliance.

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5. Jashen V18 350w Cordless Vacuum Cleaner; $180


If you're obsessive about cleanliness, it's time to lose the vacuum cord and opt for this untethered model from JASHEN. Touting a 4.3-star rating from Amazon, the JASHEN cordless vacuum features a brushless motor with strong suction, noise optimization, and a convenient wall mount for charging and storage.

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6. Evachill Ev-500 Personal Air Conditioner; $65


This EvaChill personal air conditioner is an eco-friendly way to cool yourself down in any room of the house. You can set it up at your work desk at home, and in just a few minutes, this portable cooling unit can drop the temperature by 59º. All you need to do is fill the water tank and plug in the USB cord.

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7. Gourmia Gcm7800 Brewdini 5-Cup Cold Brew Coffee Maker; $120


The perfect cup of cold brew can take up to 12 hours to prepare, but this Gourmia Cold Brew Coffee Maker can do the job in just a couple of minutes. It has a strong suction that speeds up brew time while preserving flavor in up to five cups of delicious cold brew at a time.

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8. Townew: The World's First Self-Sealing Trash Can; $90


Never deal with handling gross garbage again when you have this smart bin helping you in the kitchen. With one touch, the Townew will seal the full bag for easy removal. Once you grab the neatly sealed bag, the Townew will load in a new clean one on its own.

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9. Light Smart Solar Powered Parking Sensor (Two-Pack); $155


Parking sensors are amazing, but a lot of cars require a high trim to access them. You can easily upgrade your car—and parking skills—with this solar-powered parking sensor. It will give you audio and visual alerts through your phone for the perfect parking job every time.

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10. Liz: The Smart Self-Cleaning Bottle With UV Sterilization; $46


Reusable water bottles are convenient and eco-friendly, but they’re super inconvenient to get inside to clean. This smart water bottle will clean itself with UV sterilization to eliminate 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria. That’s what makes it clean, but the single-tap lid for temperature, hydration reminders, and an anti-leak functionality are what make it smart.

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Find That Perfect Paint Color With This Real-Life Photoshop Eyedropper Tool

Nix Sensor
Nix Sensor

If you're looking to spruce up the interior design of your home or just need a specific shade of paint for your latest craft project, you’re going to love the precision that comes with the Nix Mini 2 Color Sensor. Think of it like your own real-life Photoshop eyedropper tool that works to identify specific colors and then recommends the exact brand of paint that replicates it. And this weekend, you can get one for 30 percent off.

The Nix Mini 2 Color Sensor comes pre-calibrated right out of the box, so all you have to really do is point it at the color you want and the device will scan it and come up with potential paint matches from brands like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams. The Nix works through a free app on your phone for even easier access to the paint products you need.

There are obvious ways a tool like Nix Mini 2 Color Sensor might be helpful for a professional who works with color, but it can be surprisingly handy for everyday folks as well. If you spot a really eye-catching shade of blue on the side of a package or on a friend's couch, you can instantly scan it, store the information, and find the exact paint tone next time you want to redo your bedroom.

The opportunities are endless with the Nix Mini 2 Color Sensor, and you can get yours through September 20 for only $70.

Nix Mini Color Sensor V2 - $69.99

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