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Best Dorm Room Appliances for College

Updated on December 3, 2014

Must Have College Dorm Appliances

Top 4 Dorm Appliances this year to Save you Time, Money and Hassle while in College! Shop early for the best selection on appliances to fit a small space and will help you stay on budget. Avoid the long lines by shopping right here online - it's fun, easy and you can take your time from the comfort of your computer.

Setting up your dorm room will be exciting and fun but, it can also be a little confusing on knowing what to bring. Dorms seem to get smaller each year and while you won't have all the comforts of home, you can still have a few of the most important ones without breaking the bank.

Dorm rooms sure have changed a lot since I went to college. These days students have access to dorm appliances that will make life easier and help make your room feel more like home and allow you to save money storing, heating and cooking in your room! You'll need lots of other dorm room supplies, clothes and books when you head to college and adding a few key appliances will really pay off when you need to keep drinks cold, make coffee, make your own breakfast and lunch, popcorn or other snacks.

We've already done the research for you to help you find the best compact dorm appliances to set up your room and at the best prices. None of these appliances will go to waste because you can always use them back home or for your first apartment too.

This page is full of the best dorm room appliances you'll want so that you can save money not going out all the time, have some of those comforts of home available to you and so that you can spend your time on the most important reason you're in college - your studies!

Be sure to check with your college on their rules for appliances and also check with your roommate to find out what each of you is bringing - no sense in having duplicate items you can both share and save that precious space of your dorm room.

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One of the Top Appliances for the College Dorm:

Personal CoffeeMaker

Black & Decker Brew 'n Go Personal Coffee Maker with Travel Mug - Most highly rated personal coffee maker on amazon with over 2000 customer rave reviews!

4.5 Star Rated Coffee Maker. Personal coffee makers are a perfect gift for college students and this Black & Decker Brew 'n Go Personal Coffee Maker with Travel Mug costs less than two typical gourmet coffees!

Save money by making your own home brewed coffee any time you want it. Plus, it's great for hot chocolate, hot teas and even cider drinks.

Black & Decker DCM18S Coffeemaker, Black/Stainless Steel
Black & Decker DCM18S Coffeemaker, Black/Stainless Steel

I've given this Black & Decker Brew 'n Go Personal Coffee Maker with Travel Mug as a gift several times and it's one of the best dorm room appliances for college that will save money while in college. Use it to make your own coffee, hot tea or to heat water for hot chocolate or soup. You'll save so much money making your own coffee in the dorm! It's small similar to the ones used in hotel rooms so won't take much space, comes complete with a metal filter so you won't have to remember to buy those separately, brews into the 15 oz travel mug that comes with it, the mug has a lid to take it to your classes and it's easy to use and clean. All those great features for a super low price and this personal coffee maker can go with you after college back home or to your first apartment.


Top Appliance for the College Dorm:

Compact Microwave

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Frigidaire Compact Microwave

Frigidaire FFCM0724LW 700-watt Countertop Microwave, 0.7 Cubic Feet, White
Frigidaire FFCM0724LW 700-watt Countertop Microwave, 0.7 Cubic Feet, White

I wish I would have had a small microwave in college like this one from Frigidaire! It's super compact at around 17" long to not take up much room in your small dorm, offers 700 watts of power with auto touch buttons on a smooth and clean front, gives shortcuts for several items, simple to cook or reheat your warm drinks, hot soups, fast lunches and snacks too. You'll get a clean white color, a clock, a turntable style plate inside large enough for a casserole from Mom and also has a defrost button which you'll love after college in your first apartment.


Best Dorm Room Appliance for College:

Compact Toaster Oven

Two appliances in one saves space and money

Hamilton Beach Toastation 2 Slice Toaster and Mini Oven - Perfect when space is at a premium - use every inch and get double duty on your appliances!!

Hamilton Beach Toastation 2-Slice Toaster and Countertop Oven, Black (22708)
Hamilton Beach Toastation 2-Slice Toaster and Countertop Oven, Black (22708)

I like a compact toaster oven for the dorm so you can reheat or cook small items and save money from eating out and to stay energized during study time. This Hamilton Beach model combines two great appliances into one with a toaster on top and the oven on the bottom. You slide the lever on the toaster area to close the gap to use it as an oven for grilled cheese, reheats and it won't take up much space at only 17" long. It's the perfect size for a dorm room, stainless and black in color and cheap too!


Must Have Dorm Room Appliance:

Mini Fridge

Koolatron KWC-4 red Portable Mini Cooler, 2 Pack
Koolatron KWC-4 red Portable Mini Cooler, 2 Pack

Having a compact mini fridge in your dorm room can keep your drinks or medications cold and also be a conversation starter with your friends with this vintage inspired red Coca Cola model. It's small at 11"x11" so won't take up lots of space but, you'll love it for keeping your soda, juice, milk, cheese, a few veggies for snacking or your leftovers.


Koolatron Coca Cola Personal Mini Fridge

The vintage inspired Koolatron Coca Cola Mini Fridge holds about 6 soda cans or just cool one or two at a time so you have room for your yogurt, milk, juice, condiments and food or medications. Sometimes, it's quieter to study in your own room away from others and with a fridge at your side, you can stay hydrated and eat healthy.

Dorm Appliances Tip:

Always remember Safety first using your appliances!

Read the owners manual to use each one correctly

Unplug unused appliances after each use

Follow all your college rules for using appliances

There are other small appliances for a college dorm but, these are what I think are the top picks for a small space that every college student needs. You want to keep focused on studying and every trip to a coffee shop or take out restaurant takes away from reading books, writing papers and using the computer. Make your own coffee or hot chocolate, heat a meal, prepare your own cost savings snacks to stay more awake and in the safety of your own dorm room.

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    • vetochemicals profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @Pam Irie: Hi Pam, aren't they super cute!! Going to college these days offers lots of great appliances to make life easier and more like home than when we went:) Thanks for sharing here. xoxo

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Some of those mini refrigerators are so cute!

    • vetochemicals profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @pawpaw911: So glad you agree pawpaw911, thanks for your visit here today. xoxo

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      6 years ago

      The right appliances are a must for dorm rooms.

    • vetochemicals profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @DonnaMarie2: I love that combination toaster/oven too Donna, glad you got some help here and thanks for commenting too. xoxo

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      6 years ago

      Very good Lens. Thanks for sharing! I was looking for some new appliance ideas, and I found some here. I especially liked the toaster oven that also functions as a conventional top access toaster.


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