A compact kitchen appliance is smaller than a standard-sized model but performs the same functions, according to HouseLogic. The reduced-sized versions are typically used in homes with small kitchens.
A gas range that is just 24 inches wide fits into a tiny kitchen, while a standard 30-inch model does not, explains HouseLogic and HGTV. A countertop is not cluttered by a microwave with dimensions of 10 by 10 by 12 inches. It is possible to put a small dishwasher that holds just six place settings inside a cabinet. One combination refrigerator and freezer model has a capacity of just 3.2 cubic feet. Another compact refrigerator variation is a tall appliance that is only 24 inches wide.