12 of the Best Kitchen Essentials You Need for Your Dorm
If you’re heading to college or have a loved one who is, it’s time to stock up on some home basics. While most dorms aren’t equipped with full kitchens, there are a few essentials you should have for the times when you don’t feel like trekking to the dining hall for food. If you’re not sure where to begin, we’ve rounded up some of the best dorm-friendly kitchen items that you shouldn’t overlook when planning the dorm of your dreams.
1. Made By Design 3-Tier Metal Utility Cart, $35 from Target
2. Arctic King Two Door Mini Fridge with Freezer, $145 from Walmart
This mini fridge can be stocked with your breakfast essentials, favorite beverages, and all the leftovers, plus has space for a few pints of ice cream and frozen pizza. At 3.2 cubic feet, it’s just the right size to share with a roomie, and there’s also space for a can dispenser and a 2-liter bottle storage rack.
3. Amazon Basics Microwave, $60
“Alexa, microwave popcorn.” How cool would it be to surprise your new friends during a movie night in with a voice-controlled microwave? This compact, Alexa-enabled microwave can reheat everything from coffee during those late night study sessions to last night’s pizza. Remember to check your dorm restrictions before purchasing a microwave — some schools don’t allow microwaves in individual dorm rooms.
It may look like a tiny to-go container, but it’s actually an egg maker than can perfectly make two eggs in your microwave in under a minute. It’s like magic, especially when you’re a college student in a morning rush. (We actually have one in the office and can confirm that it’s a must-have.)
There are lots of snacks involved in a dorm room. Keep those chips fresh for longer (if you can keep yourself from finishing the bag) with these bag clips. And they’re easy to keep track of since you can keep them on your mini-fridge when not in use — plus, it’ll be hard to miss those bright colors.
6. Room Essentials Plastic Dining Collection, $0.79 each from Target
7. Gibson Home 16-Piece Flatware Set with Wire Caddy, $6 from Walmart
A 16-piece flatware set with service for four is such an easy transitional item to take you from your dorm room to your first apartment. The included caddy makes it easy to contain all your silverware with no drawer space, and can be stored just about anywhere.
8. Glass Meal Prep Containers (set of 6), $32 from Walmart
Food containers are perfect for toting snacks to class and maybe sneaking some leftovers from the dining hall. This 6-piece set is made of glass and is safe for microwave, freezer, oven, and dishwasher use — plus, it’s more eco-friendly than the plastic alternatives.
9. Keurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, $59 from Walmart
If you’re freaking out about needing plenty of caffeine for those 8 a.m. classes and late night study sessions, a Keurig single-serve coffee maker will get you through the day. The different color options are a fun way to add some personality to your space, and you’ll also save money in the long run by not buying pricey lattes every day.
10. Magic Bullet Blender, $30 (normally $40)
A compact, personal blender is a great dorm room option if you love a post-workout protein shake or starting your day with a green smoothie. This Magic Bullet set is our go-to, and includes 11 pieces for all your blending needs.
11. Sloth-Shaped Mug, $16 from Urban Outfitters
12. Brita Metro 5-Cup Water Pitcher, $15 (normally $20)
You most likely won’t have a sink in your room, so a water filter pitcher is vital for keeping cold water close by. This 5-cup Brita has a slim profile and will fit nicely in a mini-fridge, and is the perfect size for two to share.