College Dorm Room Essentials

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It’s hard to believe that back-to-school season is right around the corner. Now is the perfect time to shop and prepare for the upcoming school year. Our secret to a successful school year is having the essentials right at your fingertips in your dorm room. When packing, there are a few items that we recommend should be on the checklist. We eat, sleep, and breathe rooms fully stocked with essentials.

Whether you’re heading off to your first year of college or searching for a gift for your favorite college student, there are a few things that we think everyone should have in their dorm room or apartment.

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Microwave Oven

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Make food from the comfort of your dorm room with a Sharp Countertop Microwave Oven.

Dining hall food can get old pretty quickly. Plus, walking through campus in bad weather makes it a hassle. Make sure your student has plenty of backup food options with a Sharp Countertop Microwave Oven in their dorm room. Not only is it the perfect way to escape the dining hall, but it also will provide them with all the late-night study snacks they’ll need! We have a few quick reads that provide microwave cooking and cleaning hacks.  Our personal favorite? Popcorn, of course!

Three of our favorite microwave ovens for college students are the SMC1139FS, SMC1585BB, and SMC0710BB. Whether you’re searching for a microwave oven that Works with Alexa, has convection cooking capabilities, or is compact in size, a Sharp microwave oven is a great addition to any college space.

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After a long day of classes and studying, relaxing in bed is a great feeling. Sitting in bed with freshly popped popcorn or your favorite microwave meal is the key to unwinding. Maximize the experience with a mattress topper. Mattress pads can make college mattresses more comfortable. Choose a mattress topper that fits your needs to make the most of your relaxing time.

Air Purifier

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The Plasmacluster™ 7,000 Series FPK50UW Air Purifier by SHARP is your choice for medium-sized rooms. Effective up to 1,253 sq. ft. at one air change per hour, the FPK50UW will filter the air in the AHAM Suggested Room Size of 259 sq. ft. at 4.8 air changes per hour.

You know the importance of indoor air quality.   You should have an air purifier from a brand you trust. 

The FPK50UW features Max, Med, and Sleep fan speeds, plus Express Clean, which runs for 60 minutes on Max before returning to the previous setting. The Library Quiet™ Sleep setting is perfect for the bedroom. 

It’s no wonder people around the world trust SHARP. Now that is Simply Better Living. Add an air purifier to your college checklist.


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1.1 cu. ft. 1000W Sharp Stainless Steel Smart Carousel Countertop Microwave Oven (SMC1139FS)

The stainless steel SMC1139FS 1.1 cu. ft. 1000 watt microwave oven is the first model of its size from Sharp® that works with Alexa for hands-free operation using voice commands. This family sized smart microwave oven is specifically tuned to achieve optimal popping results from the leader in microwave popcorn, Orville Redenbacher®. Simply touch the “Popcorn” button to choose the Classic Size (3.3 oz) or Single Serve Mini Bag (1.16oz) of Orville Redenbacher’s ® Microwave Popcorn or speak to your Amazon Echo device. Just ask Alexa, “Alexa, Microwave Classic Popcorn.” Then sit back and enjoy light and fluffy popcorn with the delicious, buttery flavor of Orville Redenbacher’s® Gourmet® Popping Corn.

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1.5 cu. ft. 900W Sharp Matte Black Carousel Convection Microwave Oven (SMC1585BB)

Combination 1.5 cu. ft.* black Carousel(R) convection and microwave oven gives you the best of both worlds. Convection technology gives you perfect roasting, baking and browning while the microwave provides the speed you desire. 900 watts of power give you rapid reheating and fast cooking. Easy-to-clean matte black finish with scratch-resistant glass door complements your style.

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0.7 cu. ft. 700W Sharp Black Carousel Countertop Microwave Oven (SMC0710BB)

The compact 0.7 cu. ft. Sharp SMC0710BB black Carousel microwave is ideal for snacks, beverages, frozen meals and reheating. Its small footprint fits just about anywhere, while its roomy 10″ Carousel(R) turntable is big enough for a full-size dinner plate. Glossy black finish with scratch-resistant glass door complements your style.

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Sharp HEPA Air Purifier with Plasmacluster® Ion Technology for Medium Rooms (FPK50UW)

There is a three-stage filter system including an activated carbon filter and long-life True HEPA filter, which captures 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns from the air that passes through it. The micro screen pre-filter for larger particles is washable and helps to extend the life of your filters.

“Plasmacluster Express Clean” gives you sixty minutes of high-density Plasmacluster Ion production and high-fan speed for an extra boost of clean when you need it, and a hands-free return to the prior mode when complete. The unit has LibraryQuiet™ operation (as quiet as 22 decibels, or the sound of rustling leaves) and is ENERGY STAR® rated, so you can run the unit continuously while saving money and energy.

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About Sharp Home Electronics Company of America (SHCA)

SHCA is the US Consumer Products Group of Sharp Electronics Corporation, the US sales subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer and manufacturer of one-of-a-kind premium technology products.  SHCA includes the manufacturing of premium home appliances in Memphis, TN, together with the sales & marketing, and servicing of home electronics based in Montvale, NJ.  Leading products include Sharp AQUOS™ TVs, Sharp Carousel®, Microwave Drawer™ ovens, SuperSteam+™ ovens, and Plasmacluster® Ion air purifiers.

Sharp Corporation appears on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for 2023. Sharp Electronics Corporation received a 2023 award for Best Places to Work in NJ. Learn more at http://www.sharpusa.com/.

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