(WMC-TV) - Consumer Reports has several products it has tested that are top-rated for any dorm room or student apartment.
A mini-fridge is a must. However, Consumer Reports found that some compact fridges have trouble keeping their cool. But the magazine's testers recommended the $220 Frigidaire FPH44M4. It has a decent-sized freezer, too.
For a coffee pod machine, testers recommended the DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto EDG455T for $130. The machine is quick to brew the first cup, and pods are easy. No messy coffee
grounds to clean up. Its compact size is a real "perk" for small spaces.
This one's a little outside the box: a breakfast sandwich maker for hunger attacks. Consumer Reports checked out the $30 Hamilton Beach Sandwich Maker 25475C. All you do is build your ingredients, press a button and you have a nice egg sandwich.
Don't forget the microwave. Consumer Reports recommended the $180 Panasonic Genius Prestige NN-SD681S. Make sure you check the rules for your campus dorm to be sure it allows microwaves. Some colleges ban appliances or set wattage limits to avoid fire risks.