Upgrade Your Dorm-Room Kitchenette With These Smart Buys
If you're moving into a dorm, get ready for a shift in the way you cook. Sure, you'll be able to eat meals at the cafeteria — but there will also be times when you'll want to create your own meal in your room. Given the, uh, compact nature of most dorm rooms, that means you'll need to maximize space and get a little creative in your meal making.
That's where a few smart buys from Bed Bath & Beyond come in. Priced right for college students, these essentials allow you to brew great coffee, prepare midnight snacks, and generally open up your options beyond the school's meal plan. Keep reading for suggestions on making your dorm-room kitchen (or rather, kitchenette) a little more useful.
Magic Bullet 4-Piece Essential Blender Set
Sure, you love smoothies. Who doesn't? But buying them at the juice shop adds up — fast. A better option? Make them yourself with this Magic Bullet 4-Piece Essential Blender Set ($20). This compact blender mixes creamy smoothies in a flash, takes up next to no space, and pays for itself with two or three uses.
Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster Oven
If your dorm allows toaster ovens, you'll have so many cooking options. This Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster Oven ($25) doesn't just let you toast the best bagels ever — it also can handle more substantial foods like pizza. And if you have your heart set on bagel pizza — well, all we can say is that dorm-cooking dreams can come true.
Black + Decker 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
You shouldn't have to get a part-time job just to pay for your coffee habit. (And yes, you will develop a coffee habit in college.) This Black + Decker 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker ($25) is reasonably priced for a full-sized programmable machine. Set it at night and wake up to your first cup of the day — even if you only have five minutes to make it to class.
Simply Essential Stainless Steel Mirror 20-Piece Flatware Set
You're an adult now — you can do better than plastic cutlery. "Sadly, I can't afford proper silverware," you might be thinking. Oh, but you can! This Simply Essential Stainless Steel Mirror 20-Piece Flatware Set ($20) is inexpensive and versatile, with full service for you and three of your friends. It's a way more satisfying option than stealing sporks from the cafeteria.
Rubbermaid Flex & Seal 26-Piece Food Storage Set
Snacks are a part of dorm life, but you can't just leave food out in the open. (Not unless you want to be known as the person whose dorm room is crawling with ants.) Seal up dried fruit, chips, nuts, and other nibbly things with the help of this Rubbermaid Flex & Seal 26-Piece Food Storage Set ($25). The containers keep food fresh and, thanks to their stackability, your mini-fridge organized.
Whirlpool Stainless Steel Dual Door Refrigerator
Oh, and on that note: This Whirlpool Stainless Steel Dual Door Refrigerator ($180) is currently on sale, and it has just the right amount of space for healthy essentials you'll want to have on hand — plus a freezer compartment for stress-busting essentials like ice cream.
Farberware Classic 0.7 Cubic Foot Microwave Oven
A microwave makes dorm life so much easier, whether you're using it to make Monday-morning oats or Friday-night popcorn. This Farberware Classic 0.7 Cubic Foot Microwave Oven ($50) is compact, but it's large enough to handle your needs. Split the cost with your roomie, and you'll have enough money left to stock up on groceries.
SodaStream Terra Sparkling Water Maker
A hydrated student is a happy student, and this SodaStream Terra Sparkling Water Maker ($70) makes drinking water a pleasure. You can add flavors if you like, but a glass of fizz-enhanced H2O is just as delightful on its own.