These dorm room appliances make college life easier and just a little more comfortable. When Mom isn’t there to cook dinner and do the laundry, a college student has to learn to survive.
Every dorm needs a few small appliances, unless your students want to be running to a local diner, the vending machines or the college cafeteria anytime they want a cup of coffee or something warm to eat.
It’s amazing how much a dorm room refrigerator, a dorm microwave and a coffee pot can take the edge off missing the comforts of home. College students save time and money by being able to fix simple meals and keep a few things in the dorm fridge.
Some college dorm rooms don’t come with any dorm room appliances, and there may be little space to bring in your own. Other colleges may ban certain types of dorm appliances, but allow others.
Today, more and more college apartments are becoming available so the college student may have more leeway on what appliances they may be able to bring with them.
Before doing any serious dorm room appliance shopping, it’s important to find out all you can about what types of appliances you can take with you to your college dorm room or apartment. Try and visit the room or apartment if possible to get a feel for how much room you’ll have for any kind of appliances. If you will have a room mate, check with them to see what appliances if any, they will be bringing to the room and whether they plan to share.
I’ve rounded up a fantastic selection of dorm room appliances for you to consider. Everyday helpful small appliances and some that you might not have thought of. You’ll find plenty of dorm room refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and so much more for your dorm room living comfort. All of your dorm appliance needs can be met right here!
Image: Dorm by Laura Gilchrist on Flickr, Commons 2.0
3 in 1 Breakfast Stations
Conserve counter top or table top space with an ingenious 3 in 1 breakfast station that combines a toaster oven, coffee maker and griddle. Breakfast? Now you’re talking! How about a hamburger for dinner? Grab that hamburger patty and some bread or hamburger buns and you’re in business! Use the coffee maker to brew up some tea for iced tea and you’ve got it made.
Nostalgia BSET300RETRORED Retro 3-in-1 Family Size Breakfast Station
You don’t necessarily have to invest a lot of money in dorm room appliances. For example, the 3 in 1 breakfast station shown at the left is less than $100!
This is just the handiest thing I’ve ever seen. What a wonderful gift idea for college students.
And college students aren’t the only ones who would love a 3 in 1 breakfast station like this. Imagine having one of these in a bachelor apartment, the cabin or Dad’s man cave.
Better keep an eye on this one for when you need gift ideas for that special college student.
Cook eggs or meat on the non-stick griddle.
Multi-functioning toaster oven bakes; toasts and reheats food.
Coffee maker brews up to 4 cups of coffee at a time.
30 minute timer with automatic shut-off.
Removable oven tray and nonstick griddle make cleanup easy.
Nostalgia BSET300AQ Retro 3-in-1 Family Size Breakfast Station – Aqua BlueElite Cuisine EBK-200BL Maxi-Matic 3-in-1 Multifunction Breakfast Center, BlueElite Cuisine EBK-200 Maxi-Matic 3-in-1 Multifunction Breakfast Center, White
Dorm Room Coffee Makers
Featured below are some coffee maker options for dorm rooms. Whether your student wants a single cup coffee maker, a small 4-cup coffee maker or a full size coffee maker, you have many great selections to choose from here.
Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee MakerHamilton Beach 49980A Single Serve and Full Pot Coffee MakerBLACK+DECKER Brew ‘n Go Personal Coffeemaker; Travel Mug
Dorm Room Microwaves
Microwaves are a great way for the college student to be able to prepare quick and easy meals. Of course, they have to have a way to make the all important microwave popcorn and ramen noodles! I think I lived on those in college! You’re only limited by the amount of counter or table top space you have. Where space allows, I’d suggest getting a larger capacity & greater voltage microwave. This will give them the freedom to make just about anything, like frozen dinners.
RCA RMW733-BLACK Microwave Oven, 0.7 cu. ft., Black
As I’m writing this article, this microwave is the #1 Best Seller in Compact Microwave Ovens. I can see why ~ can you?
0.7 Cubic Foot Microwave with Electronic Touchpad
700 Watts Output: 10 Power Levels
Child Lock Feature
6 one Touch Functions: Defrost/Cook by Weight
What did we ever do before we had microwave ovens? You know I can’t even remember! We got our first microwave in the mid to late 80’s, I suppose, but what did we do before that? I bet we weren’t reheating near as many leftovers before then, lol. And now there’s a whole new category of microwave foods available too!
Give your college student the most convenient of the dorm room appliances – a microwave oven. From instant coffee to breakfast, lunch and dinner – you can be sure they’ll use it!
Panasonic Countertop/Built-In Microwave with Inverter Technology, 1.2 cu. ft. , 1200W, StainlessWestinghouse, WCM660W, Countertop Microwave Oven, 600 Watt, 0.6 Cubic Feet, WhiteToshiba EM131A5C-BS Microwave Oven with Smart Sensor, 1.2 Cu.ft, 1100W, Black Stainless Steel
Dorm Room Toaster Ovens
With a handy dandy toaster oven, there are quite a few things a college student can ‘cook’ for themselves, from toast to pizza and more. A good toaster oven will even come with some accessories, like baking pans and such. Take a look at these excellent choices for college dorm toaster ovens.
Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven with Element IQHamilton Beach Easy Reach Oven with Convection, Silver (31126)Oster Large Capacity 6-Slice Digital Convection Toaster OvenCuisinart Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven, Stainless Steel
Dorm Room Refrigerators
If your college student will be in tight quarters while away from school, a compact refrigerator will be just the thing to save space.
Compact refrigerators are handy dorm room appliances for keeping beverages, snacks or even a few groceries in your dorm room, depending on how much space you have. Some of these dorm refrigerators also have a little freezer space, so you can have ice or a couple of tv dinners. Know how much space you have before investing in one, though.
Igloo BLACK Erase Board Refrigerator with Neon Markers, 3.2 cu. ft., Black
Check this out ~ This isn’t just any compact refrigerator. This model features a black dry-erase door (with one neon blue marker) AND a freezer.
Inside the fridge, there are two shelves, a removable flat slide-out wire shelf and one removable flat slide-out glass shelf. There’s also a clear view vegetable crisper and 2-liter bottle and canned beverage storage on refrigerator door.
This would also be great for a garage apartment (or Dad’s garage!), the game room or a studio apartment.
Danby DAR026A1BDD-3 Designer Compact All Refrigerator, 2.6-Cubic Feet, BlackRCA-Igloo 3.2 Cubc Foot 2 Door Fridge and Freezer, BlackRCA RFR321-FR320/8 IGLOO Mini Refrigerator, 3.2 Cu Ft Fridge, Stainless SteelMidea Double Reversible Door Refrigerator and Freezer, 3.1 Cubic Feet, Stainless Steel
Compact Washer/Dryer Solutions For The Dorm
Into each life a little laundry must fall. You might find one of these compact washers and/or dryers to be handy for your young person’s dorm room. That way they can easily do smaller loads so as to not run out of clean underwear and socks!
Portable Compact & Mini Twin Tub Washing Machine and Spin Cycle w/ Hose, 13lbs. CapHaier HLP21N Pulsator 1-Cubic-Foot Portable WasherPanda Small Compact Portable Washing Machine 7.9lbs Capacity with Spin DryerMagic Chef MCSDRY1S 2.6 cu. ft. Laundry Dryer, WhitePanda 1.50 cu.ft Compact Laundry Dryer, White and BlackPanda 2.65 cu.ft Compact Laundry Dryer – Intelligent Humidity Sensor, White
I had a small fridge when I was in college. Certainly very convenient. I would have loved to have a washer and dryer too. That would have been really great.
I like the look of the 3-in-1 breakfast maker. I didn’t even know such things existed!
I didn’t either! Isn’t that the best invention since buttons?? 😉