Back-to-School Appliances: Your “Must Have” Dorm Essentials

Back-to-school season is in effect, and many new college students will embark on one of the most exciting journeys of their lives. For those staying on campus, however, dorm rooms mark a new challenge. These students will be dealing with the challenges of being on their own for the first time. To help these young scholars prepare for dorm living, we’ve compiled some of our favorite back to school appliances that are absolutely essential.

Combat Stale “Dorm Room Smell” with an Air Purifier

Dorm rooms (somewhat rightly) have a bad reputation for their smell. Sharp’s Plasmacluster Air Purifier can ensure your dorm always stays fresh and inviting.  The True HEPA filtration system removes 99.97% of airborne pollutants including allergens such as dust, pollen, pet dander, and smoke from the air that passes through the filter.  The charcoal filter does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to removing odors.

In addition, Sharp’s patented Plasmacluster Ion® (PCI) technology actively cleans the air throughout the whole room by breaking down pollutants like germs, airborne and surface-adhering bacteria, fungus, mold, viruses – even mildew and laundry odors near the clothes hamper.  If your college is in a particularly arid part of the country, or if winter-time space heaters and radiators heaters dry out the air, your skin, hair and even your nasal passages, some Sharp® models can provide balanced humidity.

We’re not suggesting that your roommate will arrive with a moldy, germ-ridden, chain-smoking, long-haired cat with a litterbox and a space heater, but wouldn’t you rather be prepared?  The best part is that the filters can last for up-to-5 years, so you may not have to replace them the entire time you are in school. So get an air purifier in your freshman year, and fight off stale “dorm room smell” for your entire stay.

The Dorm Microwave: Your Ultimate Survival Tool

Dining hall food can get old pretty quickly. Make sure you’ve got plenty of backup options with a Sharp’s Orville Redenbacher Certified Carousel Microwave in your dorm room. Not only is it the perfect way to escape the dining hall, but it also will provide you with all the late-night study snacks you need! Our personal favorite? Popcorn of course! Visit our recipes tab for even more fun ways to mix up your popcorn game.

Convenient presets for Orville Redenbacher’s® Microwave Popcorn, potato, pizza, vegetables, beverage, and defrost make cooking easy. The single-touch Express Cook buttons and the “+30 Sec” key save you time and effort.

Make Time for Tea with Tea-Ceré

We love matcha for many reasons, the biggest of which being that it is a delicious way to fuel the day.  Matcha is actually green tea leaves that have been ground into a superfine powder and stirred into your tea-cup.  So you could say that it has all of the benefits of green tea – but stronger because you are ingesting the whole leaf.  The caffeine in matcha tea is comparable to coffee, but more evenly balanced – it brings you an alert vigilance that puts the coffee-jitters to shame.  Sharp’s Tea-Ceré makes enjoying fresh-ground, authentic matcha easier than ever before.

The Sharp’s Tea-Ceré tells a romantic tale.  Matcha begins with tencha tea.  Young green tea leaves are grown with great care and lightly covered to keep the sun from making the leaves too dark.  They are only picked by hand and then dried flat.  Tencha’s entire lifetime is spent being cared for in peace – never seeing a metal blade (which is an instrument of war) and never bruised by rollers (as many teas are).  When you prepare a cup of matcha tea for someone, it is more than a drink.  It is like a prayer; a sincere wish for a happy and peaceful life.  A love potion to share for a more peaceful world.  Make a cup for yourself to bring this gesture of peace into your own body-temple and harmonize with the world around you.

In Japanese culture, the matcha tea ceremony is a beautiful tradition.  The room is adorned with special banners and scrolls.  The tea is ground in stone, whisked with wood and the air is folded in to create a deep, jade tea with a light foam.  The symbolism, technique and etiquette of the tea ceremony has filled many books. Tea-Ceré was made in consultation with experts to preserve the traditional preparation process so that matcha made with Tea-Ceré is authentic. It’s endorsed by Japanese tea historians and enjoyed by thousands in Japan.

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This mid-sized 1.1 cu. ft.* stainless steel Sharp Carousel microwave is more than a great choice for reheating and everyday cooking, it’s also specifically tuned to achieve optimal popping results from the leader in microwave popcorn, Orville Redenbacher’s(R).** Simply touch the “Popcorn” button on the SMC1132CS to choose the Classic Size (3.3 oz) or Single Serve Mini Bag (1.16 oz) of Orville Redenbacher’s(R) Microwave Popcorn. Then sit back and enjoy light and fluffy popcorn with the delicious, buttery flavor of Orville Redenbacher’s(R) Gourmet(R) Popping Corn.

The SMC1132CS is not just for popcorn. 1000 watts of power give you rapid reheating and fast cooking. Easy-to-clean stainless steel finish with scratch-resistant glass door complement your style. One-Touch controls, Auto Defrost and the Carousel turntable system make cooking and reheating faster and easier. It’s easy to see why home cooks throughout the world trust Sharp Carousel.

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Sharp Tea-Ceré makes enjoying authentic matcha easier. This delicious, traditional Japanese tea can be very difficult to prepare by hand. Created in consultation with leading Japanese tea experts, Sharp Tea-Ceré preserves the traditional Japanese preparation process for authentic matcha but with none of the hassle.

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A breath of fresh air in any medium-sized room, the Sharp FP-F60UW Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier with True HEPA Filtration effectively reduces pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke, germs, bacteria, viruses, odors, mold, and fungus in your living space. There is a dual 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. Patented Plasmacluster(R) Ion Technology disperses positively and negatively charged ions throughout the room to safely break down microorganisms and odors (even those trapped in fabric, carpeting, and drapery!). The FP-F60UW air purifier is an ideal solution for allergy sufferers, asthmatics, pet owners, and smokers, and best used in a bedroom, living room, study, or exercise room. There are 3 manual fan speeds. The unit has LibraryQuietTM operation (as quiet as 29 decibels, or the sound of rustling leaves) and is ENERGY STAR(R) rated, so you can run the unit continuously while saving money and energy.

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