Cooking for one? These compact kitchen gadgets will save you space

Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored
Updated Fri November 10, 2017

Cooking for one is a challenge. Often, kitchen space is limited, and you don't want to clutter it up with huge gadgets or leftovers from a family-size recipe.

We've found some items that either make a single serving, handle multiple tasks, or come in a compact size.

Imagine the perfect-sized single-serve blender, or a gourmet coffee maker that produces one perfectly brewed cup of joe. Then, when it comes to multifunctionality, there are lots of innovative kitchen gadgets on the market that can multitask to help you make the most of precious cabinet space.

We've scoured the Internet for trending and top-rated kitchenware from popular retailers that you can adopt into your routine. Herewith, products that will carry you from breakfast to dinner in a flash. Happy shopping!

Note: The prices below reflect the listed retailer's price on the date this article was published.

Small Baker with Lid ($5.99, originally $7.99;

Available from World Market Cost Plus, this small "belly-shaped" pot is the perfect size for heating up one-serving meals. A 6-inch diameter cooker that's handcrafted in Spain, this high-quality terra-cotta dish is finished in peacock blue and has a lid for retaining moisture when heating up dishes. It's microwave- and oven-safe — so you can get cooking however you choose.

NutriBullet by Magic Bullet ($79.99;

This eight-piece NutriBullet blender set from Magic Bullet is top-rated by over 7,000 customers who purchased it from Target. We're obsessed with how easy it is to use this small but powerful multifunctional blender. It has a 600-watt motor and a new extractor blade that can power through even the toughest foods, such as seeds, stems and tough skins from various fruits and veggies. In addition to the high-torque power base, you'll get an extractor blade, two mugs (18 oz. and 24 oz.) with comfort lip rings, a recipe book and more. It blends, shreds, chops and grinds foods and is easy to clean and operate -- perfect for making meals for one.

The Bonavita BV1900TS ($126.95;

CNET gave the Bonavita BV1900TS an editor's choice award, noting its affordable price and compact size. Reviewers wrote: "If whipping up amazingly delicious drip coffee for less is what you want, then the Bonavita BV1900TS is the best choice by far."

The BV1900TS has a whole host of new features. It's attractive to look at, with a brushed metal finish that'll catch the eye if it sits on your kitchen countertop when cabinet space is limited. We're also excited about the built-in thermal carafe base, which keeps your coffee hot for hours after it's been brewed.

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Multiuse Cooker ($99.95,

When kitchen space is limited, multipurpose appliances can greatly increase your options. We've heard a lot about the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Multiuse Pressure Cooker, which received an average 4.7-star review from close to 20,000 Amazon customers and was a No. 1 best-selling kitchen appliance from the online retailer. In addition to acting as a pressure cooker, the Instant Pot also cooks rice, steams, sautés and has multiple single-key operations that can cook a variety of foods, including porridge, soup, poultry, meat, stew, beans, chili, and more — all at the push of a button. 

Joseph Joseph Nesting Bowl Set ($36.63, originally $45.99;

If you're a baking enthusiast, you're going to love this nesting bowl set from Joseph Joseph. This nine-piece set includes a large mixing bowl, small mixing bowl, measuring cups, a sieve and a colander. In addition to being BPA-free and dishwasher safe, this colorful kitchenware stacks neatly together to help save space in your cupboards.

Still not convinced? Don't just take our word for it. This Joseph Joseph nesting bowl set received over 300 reviews on Amazon with an average ranking of 4.5 out of 5 stars.