In a month most college kids will be headed off to campus either for the first time or as returning students. But before going to Bed, Bath & Beyond, newbies should check their college website to see what the school furnishes and which items are permitted in the dorms and which aren’t. Whether you can take a coffeemaker, mini-fridge or a microwave may depend on the living space be it a room, suite, apartment or off-campus. Here are some recommendations.
In Best small appliances for college students, we recommend some of the top performers from Consumer Reports’ tests of coffeemakers, microwaves, and toasters and toaster ovens, among others items. We found some hand vacuums that will blend in with any college decor and also have some cookware recommendations for students who are getting their first off-campus apartments.
Threat of fire is the main reason colleges prohibit some appliances and such things as halogen lamps and extension cords. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking equipment causes four of every five dorm fires.
â€”Mary H.J. Farrell