You know you’re all grown up when the thought of new appliances excites you. Living on your own is hard! Cooking your own meals every night, doing your own laundry, and cleaning up after yourself is even harder, especially when you’re on a budget. Here are ten kitchen appliances under $100 to make dorm life a little easier!
1. Air Fryer
Do you love French fries? Mozzarella sticks? Chicken wings? Do you wish you could have some Sonic tots without having to wait in their ridiculously long drive-thru lines? Go down to Wal-Mart, find the kitchen appliances aisle, and get yourself an air fryer!
Air fryers are the healthier and smarter way of cooking up some tasty fried foods. Cook in style and save some space, all while reducing your calorie count! Check out this Instant Vortex Mini, which comes in four groovy colors: Red, Aqua, White, and Black.
Get it from Wal-Mart for just $49.22.
Blenders are a common kitchen appliance to have. Whether you’re mixing up some milkshakes or crushing up some ice for a well-earned drink, blenders can often come in handy. I mean, who wouldn’t want to start their day with a fresh fruit smoothie?
Check out this affordable, yet powerful model from Ninja. As a single-serve appliance, the “Fit” is the perfect size to fit in your limited dorm space. This model also blends right inside the travel cup, making for a fast and easy clean-up, and less dishes to clean later on (or… maybe tomorrow…).
Get this one from Target for $49.99.
Ever find yourself glued to your desk, either stuck in a Zoom meeting or trying desperately to get that assignment done before the deadline? This is something that most college students can probably relate to, and many of which, dread. To make those days (and late nights) a little easier, why not buy a small affordable appliance… like a mini-fridge!
Equipped to hold 6 cans, this Frigidaire Retro Mini Fridge is one of the most stylish appliances you could possibly buy. Those of you who have invested in expensive make-up and skin-care products can benefit as well! There’s a cool new trend, (Get it? Cool new trend?) where make-up enthusiasts are using mini-fridges to keep their products in prime condition. This adorable little fridge is perfect for that!
Find this fiery red color at Home Depot for only $26.99!
4. Coffee Maker
How many times a week do you get Starbucks? Or, if Starbucks isn’t your thing, Dunkin’ Donuts? How about McCafe coffee? With assignments due and a life to live, there isn’t much time to sleep during the semester, is there? So what if we turn to coffee to keep ourselves functioning, it’s what college students do!
Have you ever thought about how much you’re really spending on coffee every day? If you’re anything like me, you probably try not to. If what I’ve said so far sounds like you, you definitely need a new appliance: a coffee maker!
A great option for someone with minimal room and limited funds is the single-serve K-Mini Keurig coffee maker! A steal at just $79.99, you can choose from four different colors: Dusty Rose, Oasis, Studio Gray, and Matte Black.
Buy it right from the Keurig site and get two boxes of pods for free to get yourself started!
5. Space Heater
Looking for a way to beat those chilly snow days, and those nights where your toes feel like ice? Invest in a small yet safe space heater! Space heaters nowadays are significantly safer than the space heaters of the past, but you still want to get a quality model. Any time you’re buying an appliance, you want to keep quality and affordability both in mind.
Check out this Lasko Bladeless Tower Space Heater, coming in right at $99.99 on Amazon. It barely fits within our budget, but it is the safest, sleekest, and most valuable option on the market. With an oscillating feature, it heats an entire dorm room evenly, and looks nice while doing it. The appliance features a cool-touch exterior and overheating protection to ensure a nice and cozy dorm room, without the risk.
Get yours from Wal-Mart today to get the chill out of your dorm! Coming in at the top of our budget, the Lasko Heater is $82.99, but every bit worth it.
6. Smart Clock
Smart clocks are the newest fad in “smart” technology. It’s another one of those things that you can say “Alexa” or “Hey Google,” to and have it respond, and try to do whatever you ask. The smart clocks are a great type of “smart” appliance for students and others who have hectic schedules. Not only will the clock wake you up (and Snooze, when you tell it to!), but it will save dates and remind you of events that might have slipped your overworked mind.
This Amazon Echo Smart Clock will respond to “Alexa,” and answer any questions you might have. She’ll also play music for you, order off Amazon for you, and so much more. Order now for 50% off at Target!
Get yours from Target for 50% off now!
This one is probably already sitting somewhere in your dorm room popping popcorn as we speak, but it has to be mentioned. Microwaves are a lifesaver for anyone who’s lazy, busy, or not such a great cook. Whether you want to cook foods, reheat foods, or defrost foods in a timely manner, a decent microwave is an essential appliance to have.
Check out this affordable option that is totally retro! Get it at Home Depot for $69.98!
Those first few weeks of the fall semester are always sticky, humid, and outright hot. Living in a dorm without air-conditioning can be brutal. It is absolutely worth it to invest a little bit of cash into staying as cool and comfortable as possible.
Look and listen to this “QuietSet” option by Honeywell. It has eight different cooling settings to ensure a comfy temperature, and a remote to make it super easy and convenient to use.
Get this powerful fan at Amazon for $64.99.
9. Smart Lighting
Do you ever wish that your night light was a little dimmer? Or that your reading light was a little brighter? Or perhaps you want to create the perfect Netflix and Chill atmosphere for that girl who’s coming over later… No matter the purpose, a Bluetooth smart lightbulb can be a useful appliance for your dorm room! For under $20, you can totally change the practicality and use of one of your light fixtures, and have some fun! These bulbs are controlled by an app on your smartphone, so be sure that’s handy… if you’re not already reading off of it, that is.
Here’s a bulb by Brilliant Ideas with tons of color options. Find it at Urban Outfitters for just $18.00!
10. Essential Oil Diffuser
This one is for those of you who believe nature can heal… and who could use a nice calming sensation. Essential oils are believed to help individuals with their mental states, and by using a particular natural scent, one can de-stress, focus, relax, energize, and even treat headaches with essential oils. For example, the scent of the lavender flower produces a feeling of relaxation, and is known to help with stress headaches.
Check out this nebulizing diffuser by ECO. which retails for $76.00.
Which of these affordable appliances seems like it would make your dorm life easier? Tell us in the comments!
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