Here are all the best dorm room gadgets college students in 2023 won’t be able to live without.
It’s amazing how advanced technology has become over the years. It still shocks me how things can be done literally from the comfort of your bed (thanks Alexa 😜).
And if you know college students, you know we love to find the quickest and easiest way to get any work done.
So, if you are a college student and looking to make your life a tad bit easier living in dorms (or college apartments!) I have rounded up all the best dorm room gadgets for you!
Obviously, you do NOT need these many gadgets for dorms. Some of these are reallyyy helpful but pick only about 2-3 off this list. And definitely talk to your roommate beforehand so you can hopefully split the cost since you both will end up using them!
Note: Check the rules of your dorm building before purchasing any of the gadgets to ensure you are allowed to bring them!
BEST DORM ROOM GADGETS
1. Mini Neck Massager
Attention to all the stressed-out college students (aka everyone)! For all the late-night exam sessions that bring up the worst muscle pain ever, this neck massager is super helpful!!
It has 6 different modes, so you can control the setting however you like! It’s also mini size so it’s super portable and lightweight and can be carried anywhere with you!
If your dorm doesn’t already come with a fridge, you’ll need to get one for yourself!
Since it will be most probably as a display in your dorm, why not get a cute one right? This mini retro fridge is seen everywhere these days and I think it will definitely upgrade any dorm room with its gorgeous look!
3. Echo Dot
Now, who wouldn’t love a gadget that will do the work for you without having to leave your bed 😜. An echo dot is super helpful and even comes with a built-in Bluetooth speaker.
You can use it to ask the time, set an alarm, play music, talk to when bored… you get it.
I SO wish I had a blend jet in my dorm room. I have one with me right now and I can say all the good things about it!
It’s portable, comes with a USB cord to charge, and makes the yummiest smoothies in no time! This dorm gadget was literally made for college students!
5. Noodles Cooker
Pretty sure every college student survives on ramen all 7 days of the week 🤣. A noodle cooker is so convenient to have and you can boil other things like egg, pasta, and soup in it too!
Not to mention it’s one of the best dorm room gadgets for making the cheapest meal right in your dorm!
Ahh, one of the most useful dorm gadgets: a Keurig. If you are a coffee lover, you will LOVE a Keurig. My friends and I were seriously hooked on this!
Ps. Did you know Keurig does a lot more than just brew coffee? Yep! Anything from oatmeal, to noodles, and pasta can be cooked in it!! Now, who can top this gadget for dorms? 🤩
My roommate and I had a ~can’t live without~ kind of relationship with our microwave and I know every college student feels the same as well.
A mini microwave is perfect for heating things up, and making all the best mug recipes! If your dorm doesn’t come with one, this one from Amazon is inexpensive and perfect for dorms!
Bringing an iron and an iron board is a huge no-no. This mini-sized steamer is super convenient for getting wrinkles out of the clothes! It’s small and will take up very less space in dorms which is a plus!
9. Waffle Maker
This waffle maker is soo cute, I honestly wish I had it in my dorm 😭. I always imagined myself as the kind of girl to make pretty pancakes and waffles for breakfast, so if you’re like me, differently get this haha!
10. Instant Pot
If you love cooking your own meals in the dorm, you will LOVE an Instant Pot. You can get the fastest and yummiest meals with this! It’s basically made for single-served recipes and you can find tons of them online!
11. Electric Kettle
An electric kettle is insanely helpful and I know friends who couldn’t have gone a day without one in their dorm.
I used mine to boil water for tea, pasta, and ramen constantly! A top dorm room staple everyone must have!
12. Air Fryer
If I could go back, I would for sure get an air fryer for my dorm! You can make some of the best and the healthiest meals in this tiny dorm appliance!!
It’s so nice to have for making all the fun things like snacks and desserts with your roommate and friends for the perfect bonding time!
For all those delish avocado toast, mini homemade pizzas, and crispy bagels, you’re gonna need a toaster!
I’m in LOVE with this toaster, it has such a super sleek style and is also mini-sized, you just can’t go wrong with it!
14. Milk Frother
Literally everyone is making coffee these days and this milk frother is perfect for all the coffee lovers out there that love to add an extra touch to their drink! It’s small and takes up less space in dorms!
15. Mini Rice Cooker
I was someone who had rice almost every day so I would’ve absolutely loved a rice cooker! Being able to get freshly boiled rice right in my dorm would have saved me a weekly trip to the grocery store AND money :).
This mini rice cooker is inexpensive and makes a super quick breakfast or dinner in no time. It comes in other fun color options too!
16. Cold Brew Coffee Maker
If you are an iced coffee kind of person like me, a Keurig won’t be a fit for you. This cold brew is easy to use and you can pitch it at the beginning of the week and get a whole week’s worth of iced coffee ready for you!
17. Mini Food Bag Sealer
Okay, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that has a habit of eating multiple snacks at once and never being able to finish them all. I always had to roll or tie them so they don’t lose their crips 🥴.
This mini food bag sealer would have been the perfect option! It’s a small, inexpensive gadget that does its job really well!
18. Oil Diffuser
I rave about an oil diffuser in all of my posts, but it’s seriously one of the top dorm gadgets you won’t regret! Your room will be filled with the coziest vibes and it’ll be the best-smelling dorm in the hall!
Plus, you can also display it as a decor piece- win-win!
19. Mug Warmer
If you are an avid hot coffee or tea drinker, you might want to consider getting this! This mug warmer is so nice to have around and will make sure to keep your drink hot all day!
20. Mini Fan
A mini fan is one of the top dorm room essentials you’ll thank yourself for getting!
The AC in dorms is the worst, and sometimes shuts off at the worst possible time of the year (not the best thing to happen). Having a mini fan you can clip anywhere is amazing! Seriously, I couldn’t have imagined living without one!
Don’t forget to bring a vacuum to keep your dorm looking spotless! Dorm floors get dirty super quickly. This is the exact vacuum I had and I loved it!
22. Noise Canceling Machine
A noise-canceling machine is another essential you’ll absolutely love to have in your dorm room. I had neighbors next door blasting music at 2 am so this gadget was a lifesaver for me!
You can leave it on and the white noise will block any sound and help you sleep/focus on your work better!
You will NEED a Brita! There’s no saying where the tap water comes from and I was always suspicious of it. With a Brita you don’t have to worry because you can easily filter it out!
24. Tile Mate
This tiny dorm gadget is a hugee lifesaver!! It’s super small but works like magic. All you have to do is attach it to your keychain, and if anything goes missing, you can simply track it through an app with this!
Believe me, it saves you in many situations, especially in crowded places. Losing your dorm key or other stuff is not the best thing to happen. I had all my friends hooked up!
25. Lap Desk
If you are the kind of person who loves to do your work in bed, a lap desk is the best option for you! It’s portable and has enough compartments to fit your school supplies and even your drink!
And oh, if you can do the work from your bed and still not feel tired… what’s your secret? (lol)
26. Tool Kit
Lastly, a tool kit is a handy gadget to keep in your dorm room at all times. You never know when you’ll have to fix things here and there with your roommate so having one in hand is always a smart option!
These were all the best dorm room gadgets for college students in 2023.
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