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Best Kitchen Appliances For Van Life

Posted on 3/27/2023

Van life has become an increasingly popular way of life for many people who enjoy traveling and exploring new places. The rise of remote work has also allowed people the freedom to move from one location to another, and van life offers a unique opportunity to experience the world in a new way.

One of the most important aspects of van life is having the right kitchen appliances, such as compact refrigerators and other small appliances, to make cooking on the road easy and enjoyable. In this blog, we will discuss the best kitchen appliances for van life and what to look for when shopping for the right appliances to fit this lifestyle.

What is Van Life?

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Van life is a trendy lifestyle that involves living in a van or any other type of larger vehicle, usually for extended periods of time. Those who choose to experience van life typically enjoy the freedom and flexibility that come with this lifestyle. They often customize their vehicles to build a personalized and comfortable space that is great for long-term living. This is why equipping your van with the right small kitchen appliances is extremely important and can add immense value and convenience to this type of lifestyle.


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What To Look For When Shopping For Appliances For Van Life

When shopping for travel appliances to match van living, there are several factors to consider. Here are some of the most important things to consider:

  • Size and Weight: Since space tends to be limited in a van, it’s essential to choose appliances that are compact and lightweight. Look for appliances that can be easily stored when not in use and won’t take up too much valuable space.
  • Power Requirements: Some appliances can require a lot of power, which can be a problem when you are constantly living off-grid. Look for appliances that are energy-efficient.
  • Durability: Living on the road can be rough on appliances, so it’s essential to choose appliances that are durable and can withstand the wear and tear of travel. Look for appliances that are made from high-quality materials that are designed to last.
  • Versatility: Look for versatile appliances that can perform multiple functions such as an induction cooktop for a van. This will help you save space and reduce the number of appliances you need to carry in your van.
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The Best Kitchen Appliances For Van Life

Induction Cooktop

An induction cooktop in your camper van is a must-have appliance that adds immense convenience to this lifestyle. It allows you to quickly cook multiple dishes with minimal mess and can be easily integrated into any cabinetry or countertop, freeing up space.

This Fisher & Paykel induction cooktop is a great option. With its clean, minimalistic, and compact design, this cooktop will have you conveniently cooking up tasty meals in no time. Portable induction cooktops can be hard to store, which is why these integrated cooktops are a great space saving option.

Compact/ Portable Refrigerator

A compact refrigerator is another essential appliance, as it allows you to keep food and drinks fresher for longer periods of time. This GE double-door compact refrigerator will easily accommodate small spaces and has a freezer and fresh food compartment to store any essentials.

The GE compact refrigerator is a great option if you are looking for more fresh food storage space. Its spacious travel-sized design will seamlessly integrate into small spaces without a problem.

Toaster Oven

A toaster oven is a versatile appliance that can be used for toasting, baking, and broiling. They are a great addition to your van kitchen, allowing you to cook a wider range of meals without taking up too much space. This GE mechanical air fry 7-in-1 toaster oven perfectly merges an air fryer with a toaster to give you two appliances in one.


A compact blender is great for making smoothies, soups, and other blended drinks. Its versatility and travel-friendly size make it a great appliance to consider when equipping your van.

Portable Coffee Maker

For coffee lovers, having a portable coffee maker is a non-negotiable must-have appliance. Look for lightweight and compact coffee makers like this GE drip coffee maker that is sleek and easy to use. You can easily brew a fresh cup directly into a travel mug for convenient on-the-go travel.

Portable Washer

Investing in a portable washer can make enhance your van experience while saving you time and money. Instead of spending hours at a laundromat or waiting for your clothing to be washed by someone else, you can simply do it yourself in a matter of minutes. This GE space-saving portable washer is a cost-effective and dependable way to easily get your laundry done on the road.

Shop The Best Small Appliances

No matter the lifestyle you choose to live, we carry the best kitchen and home appliances in Wisconsin to ensure you find exactly what you are looking for. Visit any of our store locations in Appleton, Green Bay, and Oshkosh, where our appliance experts are always happy to answer any questions or assist you in finding the perfect appliance to match your budget, needs, and style.

If you can’t make it into our stores no worries ! You can conveniently browse through our selection of top appliances from the best-selling brands in the industry on our website. We strive to offer the best customer service to help you live the life of your dreams. For all your home and kitchen appliance needs, head on over to Van Vreedes, your local appliance store!

Cafe Appliances Cafe™ Express Finish Toaster

Cafe Appliances Cafe™ Express Finish Toaster


GE GE 12 Cup Drip Coffee Maker with Adjustable Keep Warm Plate

GE GE 12 Cup Drip Coffee Maker with Adjustable Keep Warm Plate


Kitchenaid 24" Undercounter Refrigerator with Glass Door

Kitchenaid 24" Undercounter Refrigerator with Glass Door


Kitchenaid Canada 24" Undercounter Refrigerator with Glass Door

Kitchenaid Canada 24" Undercounter Refrigerator with Glass Door


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