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    29 Kitchen Products That'll Make College Students Actually Want To Cook

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    1. A micro-fridge! If a microwave and a refrigerator had a baby this would be it. Because they're attached, this will be a one-stop shop for holding and heating up leftovers from the dining halls!

    Get it from Jet for $396.79.

    2. A Tasty 11-piece non-stick cookware set to unleash your inner Iron Chef!


    Set includes 9.5" fry pan, 11" griddle pan, 1.5 qt. saucepan with glass lid, 2.5 qt. saucepan with glass lid, 4 qt. deep cooker with glass lid & helper handle, 6 qt. Dutch oven with glass lid, and a recipe booklet. This set is dishwasher-safe!

    Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $99 (available in three colors).

    3. A Ramen cooker that'll make cooking up ramen even faster and easier.

    This bowl is dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE the Rapid Ramen! For years, my daughter and her friends would make Ramen noodles after school and leave crumbs, pots, and bowls everywhere. Now, the mess is gone! Recently, they have all left for college, so I gave several of the cookers as graduation gifts. I have heard from all of the girls about how much they love them. They're fast, convenient, compact, and perfect cookers. Definitely great for dorm life! I will give these to all future graduates!! They would also be great stocking stuffers! GREAT PRODUCT!" —Product Review - Ohio

    Get two from Amazon for $14.99.

    4. Or a microwave mac and cheese cooker which can make your favorite dinner 15 minutes faster.

    This bowl is dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I am a college student, which means three things: I am always hungry, I am in a hurry all the time, and I am poor. This awesome product takes care of all three of my issues. I can eat a whole box of mac and cheese, it only takes five minutes to cook, and boxed mac and cheese is cheep. What more could I ask for!" —Eric Z.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.

    5. A single-serve Keurig to get that much needed kick of caffeine before your boring AF morning philosophy class!

    Get it from Target for $79.99 (available in six colors) or Walmart for $65.42+ (available in six colors). Try a pack of reusable K-cups to save you money and space and to use less plastic!

    6. A Tasty cookie sheet as your go-to pan for cooking up easy one-pan recipes you can eat over the course of a few days when you're too busy studying to cook. Or, just to bake tons of cookies!


    This pan is dishwasher-safe!

    Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $8.87.

    7. A microwavable omelette maker so you can cook up delicious omelettes even if your only cooking option is a mini microwave.

    This cooker is dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I live in a college dorm, so it is perfect for microwave cooking. I like to add different vegetables and cheeses to my omelets. It only takes about three minutes and you're done." —Red1990

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19.

    8. A single-serve blender to make smoothies so delicious, you won't be sharing them with your roomie.

    The cup and lid are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "This is such a great blender to have in your kitchen. I have two blenders and I use this one to blend down anything liquid. I am so glad that I got this one with two jars on it. The two jars are so handy. I bought this when I was in college and I am so glad that I did. It is great for making smoothies which I did a lot during my college and continue to so. It has a one-button operation and isn't too noisy compared to my other blender. This is a great blender if you are considering buying it, especially if you are a student." —Amruta K

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in six colors).

    And check out our picks for the best blender on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    9. A Tasty ice-cream scoop which will serve up that delicious pick-me-up treat after a rough day of test taking because damn it, you deserve it!


    Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $5.44 (available in four colors).

    10. A mini waffle maker because waffles could work for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

    Promising review: "Much smaller than I even imagined. This is so very tiny, it would be perfect for college dorms or anywhere else where you are tight of space and even if you don't have access to a refrigerator (Hungry Jack waffle and pancake mix at least, only requires water to be added). It fits in the palm of my hand. However, the waffles come out the perfect size (like Eggo brand waffles), so you can freeze them and pop them in the toaster when you want them." —Jalcruces

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in six colors).

    11. A 6-cup rice cooker and food steamer you can use to cook up some real meals if you're sick of the less than amazing meal plan options.

    The inner pot and steam tray are top-rack dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Wonderful for college students. It cooks more than just rice! I have had this product for a few months now and can genuinely say I love it! It's adorable. I barely cook rice in it because it cooks a variety of other foods very well. My staple is tomato and herb linguine. I cook the sauce in the cooker, rinse out the bowl and put the noodles on the cooker for a while, and my dinner is made. It is small, cute, and compact. It fits very well in my dorm and saves me from using the dreaded community kitchen. I also like that I can just eat out of the cookers bowl right after cooking my meal. It saves me from doing a bunch of unnecessary dishes." —Jess

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in three colors).

    12. A 5-cup Brita filtration pitcher which will give you all the water you need to nurse those awful hangovers.

    Filters last for about 40 gallons or about two months. An indicator on the top will let you know when you'll need to change it soon and when it definitely needs to be changed. Replacement filters are cheap and easy to install!

    Promising review: "This is your typical Brita pitcher, albeit smaller at a five cup capacity, but it works the same. I really like the red color option as I've always had white, and this is a very pretty bright red. As mentioned earlier, it is smaller than normal, which means you have to fill it more often, but its great for those with limited space options in their fridge. It would be perfect for college students or any others using a mini fridge. The water itself is quite delicious and I like that there are no black flakes anymore. It has a meter right on top to tell you when to change, so it's easy to keep that fresh water coming. The top pops off easily for refills and I like the no spill spout. All in all, I'm very happy with this new design and function. Yummy water. Recommended." —Kimber

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three colors).

    13. A strainer clip with a universal design so it'll fit whatever hand-me-down pots and pans your parents let you take off to school with you.

    This stainer's universal design allow it to fit on whatever hand-me-down pots and pans your parents didn't mind you taking off to school. And, it's dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "This is the best kitchen gadget I've purchased in a long time! I've tried it on several sized pots and pans, and it's worked great each time. The first time I used it, I did tip the pan too fast and lost a couple of ravioli, so start draining your water slowly then when its almost out, tilt your pan more to get the remaining water out to avoid the issue of having food spill out with the water. It's so much easier than a traditional colander!! Even my skeptical husband loves it now. I've used it with pasta, rice, and even to drain grease out of meat. It works great each time! We use it so much that we recently bought more as gifts for family and friends because it's become our go-to item. I use it nearly every day and it's holding up great." —Gagirl

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    14. A rainbow knife set as colorful as the meals you can chop up and cook with them.

    Set includes an 8" chef knife, 8" slicing knife, 8" serrated bread knife, 7" santoku knife, 6.5" utility knife, 3.5" paring knife, and six knife covers.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.86.

    And check out our picks for the best chef's knife on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    15. A microwave cover that'll bring your leftovers back to life and keep them from splattering in your microwave.

    Promising review: "This food cover is amazing! First, its vented design and ample height help food to cook more evenly in the microwave than plastic wrap or a paper towel. Second, it's much more eco-friendly than any sort of disposable wrap. Third, the collapsible feature makes it take up very little space. I keep it between my microwave and the wall. I've had no problems at all with opening and closing." —Avid Amazon Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    16. A dish drying rack because it sucks enough that you have to wash them so why waste more time drying them?

    Get it from Bed Bath and Beyond for $24.99. Or, try a collapsible drying rack if space is really tight.

    And check out our picks for the best kitchen sponges on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    17. An egg cooker that can quickly and easily cook up to six eggs for you in any style you like so you have the fuel you need to get through a long day of lectures.

    This versatile little appliance can make six hard-, medium-, or soft-boiled eggs, individual omelettes, two poached eggs, or scrambled eggs. The product includes poaching tray, measuring cup, omelette tray, and six egg holding tray. All non-electric parts are dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This egg cooker is amazing. I was thinking that it was just a hard boiled egg cooker. But when I received it, I learned it also could cook soft boiled eggs and omelettes. It’s great because you don’t have to pull out a huge ungainly pot. It doesn’t take up a lot of space. It also requires very little cleaning now and then. I would recommend this if you’re a college student." —Cat Krosschell

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in four colors).

    18. A Tasty can opener you'll be reaching for quite often when dinner is a just a quick can of soup or tuna.


    Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $7.44 (available in four colors).

    19. A grill and panini press for grilling up burgers and chicken or pressing sandwiches and paninis.

    Dishwasher-safe removable plates.

    Promising review: "I love this thing!!! AWESOME QUALITY!! It is 11 inches long and 10 inches wide and can grill a many number of things. I use it mainly to make paninis and grill meat, and so far it has not let me down. It doesn't have a temperature control but gets hot enough to grill chicken. It's also super easy to clean. I just use paper towels to wipe it down but the trays do pop out so you can put them in the dishwasher. It also has a catcher for grease and excess, which is a must have for this product. The catcher is also easy to clean. All in all this is college student approved!" —Alexandra Fontana

    Get it from Amazon for $29.92 (available in two colors).

    20. An electric tea kettle which will help you get your tea fix even if you don't have access to a stovetop or microwave.

    Promising review: "I am a college student and I really needed a small water boiler mostly for making tea and hot chocolate. So something small, not to take too much space and preferably fast was needed. Since I live in dorms and I am not all the time in the room, I couldn’t go with something super cheap and neglect the safety aspect, but at the same time my budget is a bit limited since I am still a student. This water boiler was the perfect solution for me since it took into consideration all my concerns. I very much trust the brand, the price is affordable, and it is small and fast!" —Elen

    Get it from Amazon for $19.96.

    21. A set of four Tasty silicone cooking utensils to assist you in all your cooking endeavors.


    All utensils are dishwasher-safe!

    Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $17.76.

    22. A breakfast sandwich maker that'll rival the ones from the deli down the street.

    The removable parts are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "As a college student there are three things that are important to me: sleep, studying, and food. Sometimes I don't eat a decent breakfast due to lack of time. But this little sandwich maker comes to the rescue! The approximate total time from start to finish is about 10 minutes (or possibly less). Once plugged in I get all of the ingredients ready and by the time that's done, the temperature light goes on and it's ready to cook. I finish getting ready and when I'm heading out the door, I unplug it from the wall, slide the metal plate to release the egg, and I'm off to my first class or first work shift. It's a perfect gift for a college student on a budget or a single person's housewarming. The best part is it's not just for breakfast either, you can make pizza bagels and other hot sandwiches inside as well! You just have to be creative where you put the ingredients. In short, this breakfast sandwich maker is awesome and was my greatest investment of the year thus far." —Blake

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in four colors).

    23. A popcorn maker or PowerLix collapsible microwave popper for all those study sessions that turn into movie nights.,

    Get the popcorn maker from Urban Outfitters for $29 and the collapsible microwave popper from Amazon for $16.99.

    24. A quesadilla maker which can cook up perfectly even slices in no time at all.

    Promising review: "This quesadilla maker is the best!! It is small, but makes a yummy quesadilla! The indicator lights for pre-heating and cooking work great! Cleanup is a breeze with a little soap — you are done! This can be used in different locations like a dorm room, apartment, or home. They made a great product and the money is inexpensive for the quality you get!! If you want a good looking and tasting quesadilla — buy this one!!" —Tnladyneedingalamp

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    25. A two-slice toaster with "bagel" and "defrost" options so your precious carbs are always perfectly warm and crispy.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.87.

    26. A set of Tasty measuring spoons and cups that stick together so you don't lose any in all your moves in and out each semester.


    These are dishwasher-safe!

    Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $5.97.

    27. A set of four super flexilble ice trays with silicone bottoms designed to end the battle between you and your ice tray and minimize ice cube casualties!

    These are durable and dish-washer-safe!

    Get them from Amazon for $12.59.

    28. A convection toaster oven ideal for cooking up small batch dinners for one (or two, if you have a cool roomie).

    Promising review: "I bought this toaster oven for my nephew who moved out of state to attend college. He had everything he needed except for a toaster. I decided to buy him a toaster oven as they are much more versatile. I chose this one based on reviews and had it shipped directly to him. I was recently visiting with him and he noted how much he enjoyed his toaster oven. I checked it out and decided that if I ever needed to replace mine, I would order this one also. It's a very nice oven." —LuckyShopper

    Get it from Amazon for $49 (available in three colors).

    29. A set of three cutting board mats may be just the space-saving cutting board option your tiny kitchen needs.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

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