15 Gifts for a Cook's First (Small) Kitchen
Calphalon Space Saving Cookware Set
Well-built enough to last several kitchens of use, easily stacked to save maximum space, and stainless steel, which roommates will have a hard time scratching up.
Calphalon Premier Space Saving Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set, $382 at Williams Sonoma
Miusco 2-Tier Dish Rack
Counter space is precious, especially if you're sharing it with others—don't waste half of it on wet dishes when this double decker rack takes up half the space.
Miusco 2 Tier Stainless Steel Dish Rack with Wine Glass Holder and Drainboard, $45 at Amazon
Danby Designer Compact Refrigerator
RCA Stainless Steel Microwave, 1.4 cu. ft.
You will definitely be microwaving leftovers, so go with what Consumer Reports calls the best compact microwave out there.
RCA RMW1414 Stainless Steel Microwave, 1.4 cu. ft., Black, $104 at Amazon
Bormioli Rocco Glass Set
MagicBullet NutriBullet Pro 900
If you're regularly making juices, smoothies, or small amounts of sauce, you can cut down on the size and clean-up of a standard blender with this personal-sized fave.
MagicBullet NutriBullet Pro 900 Series, $100 at Bed Bath & Beyond
ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide
You don't need a big kitchen to get fancy! With this tiny Sous Vide machine, you can get your molecular gastronomy on in whatever pot you have handy.
ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide, 1100 Watts, White Body, Stainless Steel Cap & Base, $196 at Amazon
Max Burton 6400 Induction Cooktop
Everything looked perfect before you moved in, but did you actually try the stove? A weak range doesn’t have to be the end, thanks to this surprisingly powerful, portable burner.
Max Burton 6400 Digital Choice Induction Cooktop 1800 Watts LCD Control, $140 at Amazon
Gneiss Magnetic Spice Kit
No matter how small your kitchen is, you can somehow still manage to scatter your spices all over the place, so save space and stay organized by putting them all on the fridge.
Gneiss Spice Everything Spice Kit: 24 Magnetic Jars Filled with Standard Organic Spices / Hanging Magnetic Spice Rack, $130 at Amazon
Zeroll 1020 Original Ice Cream Scoop
Bonavita Digital Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle
Tea and pour-over coffee lovers don't have to sacrifice their detail oriented-ritual just because someone else is using the kitchen thanks to this temperature-controlled electric kettle, which you can heat up in whatever room you want.
Bonavita 1.0L Digital Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle, $71 at Amazon
Melange 12-Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set
These bowls and plates look unique without going over the top, and are made of break-resistant melamine, so a few drops are nothing to worry about.
Melange 12-Piece 100% Melamine Dinnerware Set (Clay Collection), $37 at Amazon
This beloved cooking device can seemingly do it all, but it's especially convenient to be able to slow-cook meals without even having to be in the kitchen.
Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer, $100 at Amazon
Hamilton Beach Rice Cooker
Though for true rice devotees, this top-rated cooker is the one to beat. Will you ever not be glad to have a ton of rice available?
Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker 37549, $47 at Amazon
Popit Food Storage Containers Set
For the final step of small kitchen cooking, you'll want to store all that food you're making in the most space-efficient, stackable way possible, and this is it.
Popit Food Storage Containers 16 Piece Set, $20 at Amazon