Before buying an appliance, confirm if you really need it, and only then consider the space available.
Generally, college years are some of the best years of our life. College life is not all fun though, it also involves learning not only academics but certain life skills that help us grow into better individuals. Chief among them are making new friends, managing finances, time-management, and meal planning. Speaking of which, college students always complain about the lack of time to prepare good food, and eventually pick up bad eating habits. However, a little resourcefulness along with certain kitchen appliances can help sort this issue.
We, at Buzzle, bring to you the top 9 appliances that will help college students save time and plan their meals in a better way making college life a little easier. So, take a note of what you need to buy before you start college this season.
A toaster is not just for toasting a slice of bread. This appliance can be used for warming up slices of muffins, heating bagels, melting some cheese (very carefully), and roasting those delicious marshmallows to your comforting cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter night.
For a college student, getting his/her clothes laundered every week can be an expensive affair, especially on a budget. Save money by investing in a small steam iron to do it all by yourself. A steam iron can prove to be extremely useful during the wet season, when it is especially difficult to dry clothes.
Having a full-fledged kitchen while living a student life is never really possible. The easiest solution is to buy appliances which are multifunctional. For instance, an electric kettle can be used to heat water, brew tea, make instant food, and soups. This little appliance can become a life saver, when you have to work for long nights on important projects and submissions, and cooking is not a priority.
A hot plate is essentially a stove, and a tool to perfect your culinary skills early in life. If you are permitted to use a hot plate in your room (rented place), it would be the best thing that could happen to you during your college years. You can actually cook a four-course meal with a hot plate, right from soups and gravies to basic mac and cheese. However, you need to be a little more careful while using it.
As a student, breakfast is possible only if you wake up sufficiently early enough so as not to miss your early morning class. A nice shake or a smoothie could be an early morning breakfast for college students who are constantly on the go. A blender is the best appliance to make such a quick, healthy breakfast. You can carry this nutritious drink to class in a nice sipper without spilling it. Blend a bowl full of strawberries and skim milk to begin your morning on a sweet note.
Eating out for the entire duration that you live at the college campus is never really an option. This is why having a fridge is a good idea. This compact appliance allows you to store food, and keeps it fresh for a longer time. The best part about having a fridge in your room is that you can store cool beer. So, kindly add a mini fridge to your list.
Obviously, eating food right out of the fridge can sometimes kill your appetite altogether. A nice hot plate full of delicious food, after a long day at college, is what every student craves for. Thus, a microwave oven is another useful appliance, especially when you have to pull an all-nighter. You can quickly heat up take-away food, have a midnight snack, and get back to your studies with renewed energy. Interestingly, this appliance can heat water and even dry out wet clothes.
Hand Vacuum Cleaner
Late night studies, weekend parties, and lack of time to clean, leaves the room in an absolute mess every week. A hand vacuum cleaner is extremely useful to clean your room quickly. It could also come in handy to clean your laptop keyboard which is home to dust and food particles.
Hosting parties is a regular college scene. Make this a tad more interesting with an electric grill. You can use it to have a Sunday barbecue in the nearby park, or a quite party at your room. You can grill your steak to perfection and make your food a little more healthy.
Having these appliances with you during your college years not only gives you a chance to learn cooking, but also saves money that is generally spent on eating out. This way you can also ensure that you eat healthy.