Kenmore Dorm Room Essentials Shopping Guide

August 1, 2017 by Kenmore

School is almost back in session! Supermarkets display their new school supplies, tech stores offer specials on laptops, and incoming freshmen and their parents are simultaneously rejoicing and freaking out.

Everything may seem a bit overwhelming right now, but students and parents alike can officially take dorm room shopping off their to-do lists! Our essentials include everything from compact refrigerators to table fans to help you feel right at home, away from home, this school year.

Compact Refrigerator: Keep everything from liters of soda to smuggled pasta and chicken wings from the cafeteria fresh and chilled in this small, but efficient, refrigerator. Perfect for sliding under your desk, this low-height refrigerator houses a separate chiller compartment, great for storing frozen snacks and ice packs.

Microwave Oven: This microwave’s countertop design lets you place it wherever is most convenient for you and boasts 900 watts of cooking power to heat meals both big and small. Preset buttons take the guesswork out of reheating pizza and making popcorn for late-night study sessions, while its 0.9 cubic feet of microwave space make it easy to warm mugs of coffee or bowls of oatmeal for those dreaded 8 a.m. classes.

Check out our dorm room recipes blog post for some delicious microwave recipes!

Digital Coffee Maker: Need we explain the importance of caffeine to a college student? This compact, 5-cup digital coffee maker features an innovative metal filter, which means less paper filter waste, 24-hour programmable controls — so you can wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee — and a 2-hour auto shut-off feature for when you’re racing to make lecture.

Don’t toss those wet grounds — you could use them to deodorize your compact refrigerator! Read here.

Toaster Oven: The possibilities are endless with this 4-slice toaster oven. Make a melty grilled cheese sandwich, reheat pizza and even whip up some homemade strawberry toaster tarts! Don’t sweat your lack of dorm space, because this space-saving toaster oven fits on practically any surface.

Personal Blender: In college, you learn that the key to success is balance. For example, if you start your day of classes with a healthy fruit- and veggie-packed smoothie in your personal blender, you’ll feel better about ending it with an XL pizza at 3 a.m.!

2-in-1 Stick Vacuum: Snacks will be spilled, crumbs will accumulate and dust bunnies will gather behind your desk. Keep your new living space clean with the versatile and sleek 2-in-1 stick vacuum. This stick vacuum stands on its own, has touch power and speed controls, runs for 15–30 minutes with a single charge and comes with a detachable hand vacuum for extra control and maneuvering behind tight spaces.

Steam Iron: OK, so you might be the only one on your dorm floor with an iron. We promise you’ll thank us later when your favorite going-out shirt is wrinkled beyond the steaming power of your communal showers. Our powerful handheld iron uses steam to combat wrinkles and creases…so you never look like you rolled out of bed again.

If you’ve never ironed your own clothes until now, check out this handy how-to iron video!

Table Fan: You never know when the AC could go out, or whether you might need some white noise while you study or sleep. Our oscillating table fan is designed to sit on tables, dressers and countertops to deliver a steady sweep of refreshing airflow across your entire room.

We’re confident that our Kenmore dorm room essentials will help you bring all the familiar comforts of home, and then some, to college.

Can’t get enough of our back-to-school blogs? Check out our Dorm Tips: 101 where we advise you on what to keep on hand in your dorm room and how to properly launder your clothes.


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