Our top 5 kitchen appliance picks that every student who has moved out of home needs

July 16th, 2015

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When we’re in our late teens or early twenties, the tough years of university are upon us, and it’s time to move out of the nest.


The last thing on our mind is stocking up on the right kitchen appliances, because as we all know, these are normally the years of 2-minute noodles and loaves of bread.

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BUT this doesn’t have to be the case!

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Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Below are our top 5 kitchen appliance picks that will make it easier and even more affordable for students, and even people on a budget, to eat and enjoy what you’re eating.

Coming in at number 1: Tefal Cook4Me Multi Cooker CY7018

The Tefal Cook4Me is a busy person’s best friend. It lets you prepare meals easily thanks to its preprogrammed recipes.  And having 65% of the preprogrammed recipes cook in less than 12 minutes, it’s no wonder why it’s number 1 on our top picks.

This Tefal multi cooker is a faster and more cost-efficient way of cooking, and thanks to its compact size, it’s the perfect little companion for students with little to no kitchen space.


2: Sunbeam Sandwich Press & Contact Grill GC7850B

I remember the days of all night studying, and living in a small studio apartment with no oven or cooktop, this Sunbeam Grill became my best friend.

Not only is it easily portable, and can be placed and stored anywhere, it can virtually cook anything as well! From salmon fillets to scrambled eggs, the GC7850B can prepare meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

So if you find yourself with only a microwave in your room, invest in a Sunbeam contact grill, so it too can be your best friend.


3: Sunbeam Blender PB7620

If early morning classes weren’t bad enough, going to them on an empty stomach is definitely worse.

That’s when a blender comes in handy. You can quickly and easily whip up breakfast smoothies before running out the door to make your 7am class.

This Sunbeam blender has 5 speeds and a pulse action, which makes it easy to whip, blend and mix all your ingredients together.

sunbeam-blender-pb7620-medium4: Delonghi Nescafe Capsule Coffee Machine EDG250W

Take a walk around a university or TAFE on a weekday before lunch time, and you’ll notice a trend; a trend that smells of aromatic roasted beans and perhaps a slight hint of cocoa…

Yes, takeaway coffee!

Students rushing around from class to class, holding Venti-sized coffee cups is quite a common site these days. And at 3-4 dollars a pop, it’s definitely not a cheap trend, especially for those living on a student budget.

Having your own coffee machine in your dorm or apartment can save you quite a bit of money throughout the year. It’s also faster to prepare and tastier to consume than instant coffee granules.


5. 115L Lemair Bar Fridge RQ115M

In flatting situations, the refrigerator storage can be quite sparse. It can also become a crime scene, when one of your flatties uses the last of your milk, or eats the last donut you’ve had your thoughts on all day.

Having a small bar fridge in your room can keep all your favourite foods and drinks safe from the curious fingers and taste buds of your flatties.


If you or someone you know is soon to start studying or is studying at the moment, this list should come in handy. Being a student can mean strict budgets, late night study sessions, and living off 2-minute noodles and Red Bull, but with this list, student living can become quite enjoyable.

All the way from the land of the flightless bird, Krissy brings a part of New Zealand culture to the Appliances Online content team. And although she is adamant she does not say 'fush and chups', she can't deny her continuous use of the term 'sweet as' and her ongoing argument with her team on the correct name for jandals (thongs). One thing is for certain, however, her passion for her kiwi slang is matched with her love for sharing news, hacks and buying tips for all things appliances! Krissy's favourite appliance is the Tefal Cook4Me multi cooker, as she believes it's ok to let an appliance do all the work for you.

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