The Best 17 Dorm Room Kitchen Essentials You’ll Actually Use

Best Dorm Room Kitchen Essentials

This blog post is all about must-have dorm room kitchen essentials you’ll actually use in college!

If you didn’t know, dorm rooms usually don’t come with any type of kitchen space or appliances, it’s all on you!

This is why I decided to write this blog post and share with you the best dorm room kitchen essentials you’ll actually need to create the perfect dorm room kitchen space for yourself!

Also, if you are looking for the best dorm room essentials checklist, check out this FREE college dorm room packing list!

Let’s get started!

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Mini Fridge

We are going to start off this blog post with the most obvious dorm room kitchen essentials – a mini fridge!

Having a mini fridge in your dorm is great for storing food, and opening yourself to more food/snack options in your dorm room.

I highly recommend this Midea WHS-65LB1 Mini Fridge from Amazon. 

It’s the perfect size, won’t take too much space, and will also be perfect for having some small food options and drinks in your dorm.

black mini fridge for dorm room

Mini Fridge Stand

Once you have a mini fridge, consider getting a mini fridge stand! This is such a great way to maximize dorm room storage space, and is perfect for organizing more dry food/kitchen essentials.

This is a rolling mini fridge stand, which means that you can easily move it around the room in case you need to.

It also comes with two large drawers, which is perfect for extra food storage.


white mini fridge stand with drawers

Mini Fridge Organization Caddy

Speaking of maximizing dorm room storage space, this mini fridge organization caddy is a organization life saver!

You simply hang it over your mini fridge, and use it to organize extra dorm kitchen essentials, sauces, and more!

mini fridge caddy

3-Tier Rolling Kitchen Cart

If you have more space in your dorm, you can get this 3-tier rolling kitchen cart from Amazon and use it to organize the rest of your kitchen essentials, dry food, and even some cleaning supplies!

This rolling kitchen cart comes in a few colors – mint green, white, pink, and black.

3-tier kitchen cart

Reusable Dinnerware

Since I never recommend using disposable dinnerware/utensils (since Earth won’t be our home forever if we won’t take care of it right??), then I highly recommend this reusable dinnerware set.

This plastic dinnerware set is perfect for your dorm room. Honestly, you don’t need heavy, beautiful dinnerware sets for your dorm room.

You can easily use this plastic dinnerware set, easily carry it to the sink to wash it, and just keep it as simple as possible.

This set comes with everything you’ll need – plates, cups, utensils, and even bowls!

plastic dinnerware set

Portable Utensils Set

Beyond the plastic utensils in the dinnerware set above, this portable utensils set is perfect for your dorm room, and any other weekend trips you might go on during the school year!

This set comes with a reusable fork, knife, spoon, chopsticks, straws, and a case to carry it all for you!

Also, this set comes in beautiful colors. You can get yourself a rose gold utensils set, a rainbow utensils set, a gold utensils set, and a silver utensils set!

portable utensils set

Brita Water Filter Pitcher

Having a Brita in college is a must! 

You have no idea what the tap water in the dorm is like, and where is it from, and how it tastes like, so this Brita pitcher will give you the most fresh and filtered water!

Also, don’t forget to keep it in your mini fridge so you can always have fresh cold water!

Brita water filter pitcher

Mini Coffee Maker

If you love coffee as much as I do, you are going to LOVE this Keurig mini coffee maker!

I’m not only obsessed with it because of the beautiful colors it comes with. 

I’m also obsessed with this coffee maker because this is such a high quality coffee maker that would last you for years, even after college when you move into your first apartment!

Keurig mini coffee maker

Electric Hot Pot

Who ever invented this electric hot pot, is definitely a genius. Basically, this is your safe way to cook almost everything and anything you want in your dorm!

With this electric hot pot, you can cook noodles, steak, eggs, fried rice, ramen, soup, oatmeal – and so much more! The options are endless..

green electric hot pot

Mini Air Fryer

If you never heard of an Air Fryer, I have no idea where have you been! 

An Air Fryer is basically a countertop convection oven, and is perfect for making a huge variety of meals in just a few minutes!

You can make many healthy and delicious meals, bake treats, and basically make almost anything you want.

I highly recommend getting a mini Air Fryer, since your dorm room is small and you’ll want something that will take minimum space.

DASH Tasti-Crisp™ mini Air Fryer

Magic Bullet Blender

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE smoothies! I drink one every morning, and I just love starting off my day with a delicious smoothie.

I have the Ninja Blender at home, but I’ve also used in the past this Magic Bullet Blender and I can tell you that it’s a great affordable option as well!

If you’ll have a mini fridge in your dorm, you can make delicious smoothies with fresh/frozen fruits!

magic bullet blender


If you don’t have much kitchen space, consider choosing between a microwave to the Air Fryer.

But if you do have space, I highly recommend getting them both. Why? Just an example, you can’t cook soup in an Air Fryer.

I found these two awesome microwaves on Amazon, both of them are affordable options.

Hot Water Kettle

Another one of the most important dorm room kitchen essentials is a hot water kettle!

You can use it to cook ramen noodles, pastas, tea, coffee, or anything else you’d like to boil!

hot water kettle

Food Storage Containers

It’s important to take care of your leftovers as well 😉 Or at least take care of yourself by being able to take your delicious meals to a long school day.

I highly recommend this 28 pcs large food containers set from Amazon. It actually comes with many different sized containers that are perfect for any meal/occasion.

food storage containers

Paper Towels

You’ll never know how much you need paper towels, until you don’t buy them and try to live without them – trust me.

Don’t make my mistake, and get yourself a paper towels set from Amazon!

paper towels set

Paper Towel Holder

I know this may some random, but it is a kitchen essential – a paper towel holder.

Since I’m obsessed with cute kitchen accessories, I highly recommend checking out this cute rose gold paper towel holder from Amazon!

rose gold paper towel holder

Ice Cubes Tray

If you’ve decided to get yourself a mini fridge, make sure to get a ice cube tray as well!

As I said earlier, I’m obsessed with cute kitchen essentials, so check out this pretty summer vibes ice cubes tray set!

cute ice cube tray set

And that’s it for today! This blog post showed you the best dorm room kitchen essentials you’ll actually use in college!

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