In a nutshell: The centrepiece of student life, the source of all tea and coffee. Don’t compromise, choose a good one.
Cuppa anyone? No student could live without a kettle.
And you’ll need one that’s robust enough to go all day – and night – for at least three years. Plus you’ve gotta go for one with enough wattage to boil water at superfast speed – essential for when you’re late for lectures.
The beloved kettle can even help keep bills down. Choose one with a clear water viewer – like this Logik Jug Kettle – so you only boil the water that you need.
Bonus: kettles come in handy for boiling water for rice, filling up hot water bottles and heating water when the boiler in the attic inevitably breaks down!
In a nutshell: One way or another, you’re going to be eating a lot of toast. So choose your trusty companion well.
You’ll never go hungry with a toaster (…and bread). Whether its beans on toast for a pre-loan day lunch or some halloumi contraption after a night out, the faithful toaster has your back.
Go for one with extra wide slots and you’ll be able to do bagels and crumpets too. And a defrost function is handy, so you can toast bread from frozen.
If you’re going to be living in a big shared flat, what better way to get the party started… than to invest in a four-slice toaster? It’ll be the hardest working member of the house.
3. Toastie maker
In a nutshell: Toasties are one of the major food groups at uni. Bread, cheese, butter, bash it in, close the lid, job done.
Shopping list: one loaf of bread, one block of cheese, one tub of butter. Optional: ham, tuna, beans and marmite. Bish, bash, bosh, meals for a whole week for under a fiver thanks to your handy toastie maker.
Get one with a non-stick inner plate – this will ensure evenly toasted results without your bread or filling sticking to the machine.
Most are compact and cupboard size – perfect if your student digs are on the bijou side.
4. Coffee Machine
In a nutshell: It’s 2am, your essay is due in 8 hours and you haven’t even started. Now’s the time for a proper coffee machine to save the day.
Sometimes instant coffee just won’t cut it.
Whether posh coffee is an occasional treat or an everyday essential for you, no student house should be without a sturdy coffee machine.
Find a coffee machine that’s easy to use. The ones that take capsules or pods require minimum effort for maximum flavour. They’re also easier to clean – and most importantly, they churn out delicious coffee – the lifeblood of any student.
Not a coffee fan? Most offer hot chocolate and flavoured tea capsules too.
Wake up to the Dolce Gusto Oblo by Krups – look how good it looks!
In a nutshell: Anything can be blended, if you use your imagination. Soups, smoothies, cocktails…
Two handfuls of fruit, a big dollop of yoghurt, nuts, seeds, berries. Whisk it all up, badda bing, you’ve got a breakfast smoothie.
Or, on the other end of the spectrum, throw in two big scoops of ice cream, half a pint of milk, a couple of bananas and a smidge of vanilla extract. Whizzzzz. You’ve got yourself a big ol’ delicious milkshake!
Whether you’re on a health kick, looking to have some fun or just in the mood for a cheap and cheerful soup, your blender is going to get a lot of miles at uni. So make sure you’ve got a good one.
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