Heading back to college? Consumer Reports tests loads of appliances that can help stock your new digs — everything from toaster ovens to coffeemakers.
Sisters Paige and Natalie Beyer are heading off to college. Natalie is moving off-campus to a house and is considering which “must-haves” to take to her new pad.
To help recreate the comforts of home, Consumer Reports has a roundup of small appliances to recommend.
A pod coffeemaker is a convenient way to jumpstart the morning. Consumer Reports top-rated this
130-dollar DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Genio. It’s quick to brew that much-needed first cup.
“Pods are convenient but they’re pricey. And our expert coffee tasters found that the coffee was only so-so. So if you really like your coffee, you probably want to go for a drip coffeemaker.” said Celia Lehrman of Consumer Reports.
A good choice — this 40-dollar Mr. Coffee. It consistently heats up to the perfect brewing temperature.
For a healthier wake up call, consider this 90-dollar Nutri Ninja. It does a very good job blending an icy drink or smoothie.
A microwave is always convenient. This 150-dollar Kenmore from Sears is great for heating quick meals and snacks.
As for a toaster oven, this 80-dollar Oster is a good option. It bakes and broils just as well as much pricier models.
And to help keep your cool in warmer months, a window air conditioner is the way to go.
“Our tests found that most window air conditioners did an excellent job of cooling a room or two.” said Lehrman.
This G-E gets the job done and is a Consumer Reports Best Buy for 210-dollars.
Another appliance to consider —
a compact fridge. Out of the 26 Consumer Reports tested only three made the recommended list, all from Frigidaire. They offer excellent freezer performance and very good energy efficiency. Prices start at around 200 dollars.