Furnishing your first apartment? These 14 matte black products will instantly upgrade your small kitchen
Personalizing any room in your small apartment is a labor of love. From carefully selecting those special accent pillows and throws for your couch to finding the perfect rug for your bedroom that's not too big or too small, it all just makes your space "homier."
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One room that most tend to neglect, however, is the kitchen. Though there may be little you can replace and little space for you to work with, the items you choose to add can make a world of difference.
If you're trying to furnish your very first apartment and don't know where to start or just need a little inspiration, this guide highlighting the best matte black kitchen products is for you! With matte black being one of the sleekest, rarest and easiest colors/finishes to maintain, there's no wonder the demand for those items is so high.
Whether your kitchen is pale yellow or stone gray, these 14 matte black kitchen tools and gadgets will add just the right amount of edge to your decor without making things too gaudy and dark.
Investing in quality flatware that will last years is one of the secrets to first-time apartment furnishing. It doesn't have to break the bank, though. This customer-favorite 10-piece stainless steel flatware set has over 10,000 reviews on Amazon and comes with four dessert forks, four dessert spoons, four dinner forks, four dinner spoons and four dinner knives.
It's time to purchase your first dinnerware set, and while you don't have to spend hundreds on a super high-end pick, you should make sure you choose something of quality. This Amazon's Choice option is genuine stoneware. It's super trendy while remaining classic and comes with a set of matte black plates, bowls and mugs.
You likely already know about the allure of the best-selling Always Pan. It's the perfect small kitchen must-have since it performs so many functions and eliminates the need to purchase tons of other pots, pans and kitchen tools.
It functions as a frying pan, a sauté pan, a steamer, a skillet, a saucier, a saucepan, a nonstick pan and has a spatula and a spoon rest, both built-in. The char color is, hands-down, the most classic and versatile of the bunch.
Gooseneck electric kettles have quickly become the trendiest and most functional kitchen tools to buy. They heat up fast and make pouring hot water extremely precise without the risk of splashes. This one from Balmuda is one of our favorites, and the matte black color looks stunning on any countertop or tabletop.
You'll need a trash can in your kitchen. This newly released matte black step can from the trusted brand simplehuman is stainless steel, which is super easy to clean.
I own this trash can and what I love most about it is that both the step and the lid are silent. Also, there's a pocket to store and dispense the liners inside the can itself. So, when you need to change the bag, just pull one out of the inside. This feature's perfect for smaller apartments with limited space since you don't need to worry about storing them anywhere externally.
Also, to ensure that your trash doesn't smell, the simplehuman Rectangular Step Can comes with an "odorabsorb" pod that you stick to the inside of the lid. This acts like a trash can deodorizer and lasts for up to 45 days.
It works with either six AA batteries or with the included power cable. To open the lid, say, "Open lid" and to close, say, "Close lid." You also don't have to speak for these functions to work. Just walk up to the can; the front sensor will trigger the lid to open when you approach. The lid closes on its own a couple of seconds after you walk away.
Also, if you're cooking or need the lid to stay open for a while, just say, "Stay open."
Having a large blender in a small apartment isn't the most practical idea, so the luxe and compact Beast Blender is the perfect option. It looks stunning enough to leave on your countertop and comes with a hydration system complete with a water bottle and an infuser, which is perfect for making cucumber water and naturally flavored drinks.
If you're looking for an even slimmer blender that's also a bit cheaper, this one from NutriBullet is the best of the best for its size. Make the best personal smoothies, smoothie bowls, shakes and more with this blender. Plus, it comes with a cup and two different lids to take your blended drink with you on the go.
Most people forget that they have to clean their dish racks just about as much as they wash their dishes. A stainless steel dish rack makes this so much less of a hassle since it's easy to wipe down. This one from simplehuman is one of our favorites and has some thoughtfully designed compartments for wine glasses, mugs, flatware and more.
The personal Keurig coffee maker is its No. 1 best-selling release of all time, and it's the best single-serve coffee-making machine you'll find anywhere. It's so easy to use! Just pop a pod in, close the lid, press brew and your coffee's made!
If you'd rather invest in a machine that's a bit more advanced, this one from Nespresso is my personal favorite. Coffee and espresso aficionados say it's their favorite apartment purchase ever!
It makes both single-serve coffee and espresso at the touch of a button. I've used mine to make the best espresso martinis, espresso lattes and just simple, robust cups of coffee. What I love most about this machine, though, is that it's super slim, so it's perfect for small countertops and it turns off automatically and dispenses the used capsule when it's done brewing.
After routinely using this one, you'll probably never go back to Starbucks again.
Lastly, the best-selling Balmuda toaster oven is one of our favorite picks, especially for small kitchens. I have limited countertop space, and this gadget is a lifesaver. It functions as a toaster oven and a traditional toaster and has pre-sets for pizza, specialty bread, regular sandwich bread, pastries and standard oven temperature settings.
What sets this apart from other toasters and toaster ovens is its precise temperature regulation feature. It comes with a miniature cup you fill with water and pour into a slot at the top of the machine. While it toasts, the water creates steam inside the oven to make your bread crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Speaking from first-hand experience, the result is pretty astounding.