Must-Have Dorm Appliances

Two young girls unpacking a box full of decorations and dorm appliances in their new room at college.

Now that you (or your child) have graduated high school, it’s time to take on the next adventure: college. With only a few weeks to prepare for the big move, there are plenty of appliances that you’ll need for your living space in order to increase productivity and independence. If you’re not sure where to start, explore our recommendations. Some of the products below are even available to win in our 2023 back-to-school giveaway! Altogether, these must-have dorm appliances are guaranteed to make your room feel like a home away from home.

Avanti 3.3 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator With Chiller Compartment

A white mini fridge dorm appliance that is open to show condiments and beverages.

Student meal plans and vending machine trips can really put a dent in your wallet. If you’re looking to save money, dorm appliances like this Avanti mini fridge are a great way to keep fresh food, beverages or snacks in your own room. Stock up on energy drinks for additional caffeine or store fruit for quick breakfast bites. You can even keep frozen meals in the included chiller compartment. This refrigerator offers adjustable glass shelves and door bins for optimal food storage, as well as a two-liter bottle holder on the door. While the unit is already compact, the flush-back design will save you even further space.

Bissell ReadyClean Cordless Stick Vacuum

Dorm appliances used for cleaning, like vacuums, can often be bulky, making them harder to keep inside your room. That’s why the Bissell ReadyClean cordless stick vacuum is ideal for college life. This vacuum features a removable hand vacuum for quick cleaning of smaller messes. Crevice and upholstery tools included can connect to this hand vacuum as well, so all your needs are met. Because furniture can take up most of your dorm space, the swivel steering design is perfect for cleaning around beds, chairs and more. The best part? When you’re finished cleaning, the two-way folding handle folds the vacuum compactly so it can be easily kept in closets or other small spaces.

A teal and black vacuum cleaner dorm appliance

Whirlpool 0.5 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave

A black microwave dorm appliance with dimension measurements on the sides

If you’re interested in the Avanti mini-fridge for the purpose of saving money on takeout, take it a step further by adding this Whirlpool countertop microwave to your dorm appliances too. A microwave is the perfect product for warming up easy meals after a long day or making quick snacks between classes. If you invest in the Avanti mini fridge too, you can even defrost frozen food from your chiller compartment. This microwave has a unique design with its rounded back that allows the unit to fit into the tightest corners of your room. While this model may be compact, the larger turntable plate inside is still able to fit a full 11-inch dinner plate.

Cuisinart Premium Single-Serve Brewer

Having trouble waking up for an early class? Trying to pull an all-nighter to finish a big assignment? Dorm appliances like the Cuisinart Premium single-serve brewer can solve this problem with one word: caffeine. The hot water button on this machine can not only make instant coffee but tea, hot cocoa and soup as well. Just put your grounds into the HomeBarista™ reusable filter cup or pop in a single-cup coffee pod of your choosing. Feel free to customize your dose of caffeine too with the five different beverage sizes ranging from four to 12 ounces. Maintenance of the machine is fairly easy with the self-rinsing feature, and the drip tray is removable to accommodate travel mugs if you need your beverage to go.

A silver coffee maker dorm appliance featuring a water tank and a display screen, with a full mug of coffee sitting underneath

DH Lifelabs Sciare Mini Plus HEPA Air Purifier

A white and blue air purifier dorm appliance

College communal living and lecture-style classes mean you’ll be coming into contact with more people than ever before on a daily basis. While socializing with the student body is an amazing way to connect, it also invites the possibility of the common cold or other illnesses. Make your room a healthier environment with dorm appliances like the DH Lifelabs Sciare Mini Plus HEPA air purifier. Together, plasma ions and an H13 True HEPA filter work to remove about 99.97% of airborne viruses, bacteria, mold, dust, pet dander, smoke and more. The plasma ions this appliance releases also help deodorize the air. Deodorizing neutralizes all foul odors and keeps the air fresh. This air purifier will continuously monitor your air quality and automatically set the fan speed to combat contaminants too.

West Bend XL Digital Air Fryer Oven

While microwaves are handy for reheating leftovers or frozen meals, they’re typically not built to handle cooking real meals from scratch. But the size of dorms doesn’t accommodate a full oven or stove. Instead, invest in dorm appliances like the West Bend XL Digital air fryer oven. This machine has six cooking functions including bake, air fry, reheat, roast and more. The air frying function, specifically, uses cyclonic crisping technology to crisp your food in a healthier way, as it does not require the use of oil. If you’re not sure what to cook or how to cook it, this appliance also offers ten pre-set quick menus for you to use. This West Bend model has an extra large capacity too, so you can make dinner for yourself and all of your roommates at the same time.

A black air fryer/oven dorm appliance. The door is open to show the cooking racks and interior lights.

After you’ve added these must-have dorm appliances to your shopping list, you can get more ideas for your new living space by taking a look at our dorm room essentials checklist. There are plenty more appliances where this came from, so shop at Abt to continue curating products for your upcoming college transition.

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