The average size of a new one-bedroom apartment in 2016 clocked in at the smallest area in 10 years, at 934 square feet, down 8% from 2006, according to a report from RentCafe and Yardi Matrix. As urban city centers grow denser and apartment units shrink, developers can benefit from maximizing space and choosing products with a smaller footprint.
That’s where Haier has stepped in. The company, now the parent of GE Appliances, has launched a suite of scaled-down appliances as part of its Small Space Living solutions product line. The built-in and freestanding lineup, which includes an 18-inch dishwasher and a 28-inch-wide French door refrigerator, is designed to provide a full-service kitchen even in a small apartment.
The 15-cubic-foot, French door, bottom-mount refrigerator (pictured) provides ample food storage at only 28 inches wide and 26.5 inches deep. The appliance features adjustable glass shelves, touch temperature controls, two freezer drawers, energy-saving LED lights, Quick Cool and Quick Freeze technology modes for fast cooling, and a smudge-resistant stainless steel finish.
Other offerings in the new suite include a 24-inch, 2-cubic-foot gas freestanding range; a 24-inch above-range microwave oven; a 24-inch electric cooktop; a 24-inch single, 2-cubic-foot left/right swing "True European" convection oven; a 24-inch slanted black-glass chimney hood; and a 24-inch, 2-cubic-foot combination washer/dryer with a stainless steel drum.