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Gadgets: 20 Kitchen Gadgets That Are Incredibly Useful If You Live With Roommates


Updated on Aug 31, 2020. Posted on Aug 28, 2020

Keep the peace with double coffee makers, microwave pasta cookers, and more kitchen essentials.

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A two-sided coffee maker because you and your roommates drink a lot of coffee during the day. This baby brews a full pot and makes mug-friendly servings, so you won’t have to leave the house to get a cup o’ joe.

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This machine can brew coffee for multiple container sizes (including tumblers), which can be helpful for busy mornings.

Promising review: “I love this thing. What I like are the two options to brew up to 12 cups of coffee *and* brew single-serve. This maker also gives you an option to use a tumbler or coffee cup. The coffee brews fast.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $59.99.



A big toaster that’ll make breakfast less stressful if you live with multiple roommates. You can make up to four pieces of toast at a time (woot!) and not have to wait to pop your bread in.

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Promising review: “I enjoy making breakfast on the weekends for my family. If I need the bread to toast a little longer I just drop them back in and hit cancel it I think it might be done. No more forcing the bread to pop up by forcing the level back up. Just hit the cancel button. Making toast for a family of five has been cut in half and don’t plan on going back to a two-slot toaster even after the kids leave for college.”Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $59.



A microwave pasta cooker for *chef’s kiss* perfect spaghetti. Even if you and your roomie don’t have a stove, you can still make a delicious pasta dish. Just place your noodles in the container, add water, cook in the microwave, and drain. Bon appetit!


Promising review: “This item is a must-have for any college student who has access to a microwave. It cooks boxed pasta as well as any pot, which can provide a welcome change to the college food. My roommate and I got heavy use out of this thing, and I honestly don’t know how I would have survived living in dorms without it.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.



An electric bottle opener that’ll uncork your vino in seconds and be super handy for wine nights. If you and your roomies don’t like using corkscrews, this fancy-looking gadget will get you one step closer to a glass of red or white.


Promising review: “We made a great choice. It operates so easily that it takes less than a minute to open a bottle of wine. There is no more need to hide the wine opener from guests. It is attractive and adds character to your wine cabinet.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.



A vacuum sealer because your fridge is way too packed and you don’t want meat juice dripping on your roommate’s shelf. Make meal prep and food storage easy with this device, which compresses poultry, veggies, and leftovers into space-saving bags.

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Promising review: “I’m an avid cook and baker, and with two small kids, I make a lot of small-sized foods, in bulk. My freezer would be packed full of Ziplocs. Not anymore. This thing has saved my food *and* my space! You can cut bags to size, use it with marinades, wet food, and seal in canisters. It’s not horribly loud either. This gets the job done!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $56.30+ (available in four colors).



An electric griddle for brunch, Taco Tuesdays, and other meals you’ll be having with roomies. You can cook large batches of food (think eggs, meat, and peppers) in minutes and not have to wash so many pots and pans.


Promising review: “Love using this griddle to make pancakes and eggs in quarantine! Having fun making breakfast for dinner at least once a week. This griddle works great and is so cute in aqua.” —Target Customer

Get it from Target for $39.99 (available in three colors).



An Instant Pot that’ll basically be your personal chef if you want chili, stir-fry, and more delights. With six functions in one, it makes cooking dishes so easy. We’re pretty sure your roommates will love to take a break from using the microwave, oven, and stove too.

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This device pressure cooks, slow cooks, steams, sautés, and warms up food for you with minimal effort. It’s also available in multiple sizes based on your cooking needs!

Promising review: “I have used this unit to reheat frozen soup, cook soft and hardboiled eggs, make white basmati rice, and slow cook Ethiopian Doro Wat. The sheer mass of online help and recipe videos makes this a perfect choice for anyone. Lots of things I would have taken up space on the stove for can now be done on a side counter out of the way while I’m doing other fussier cooking chores or cleaning up.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes)



A set of cooking utensils, because you need a lot of spatulas, tongs, and whisks that’ll be easy to clean. If you share a kitchen with at least one roommate, they’ll appreciate having everything on deck when it’s their turn to cook.


Get it from Karibe for $45.99.



A Dash Rapid Egg cooker for ~eggcellent~ breakfasts: Boil up to six eggs at a time or use the poaching tray to make an omelet whenever you’re hungry. You and your roomie can both enjoy a quick meal without a lot of prep or cleanup.


Promising review: “Love, love, love this thing! It makes eating healthier easier and quicker. As a college student with a multitude of roommates, I think my favorite part is that it’s small and easy to clean. Also the color is cute! It’s an adorable product that makes delicious eggs.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in five colors).



An AeroGarden so you can grow herbs and leafy greens right in your home. This indoor garden comes with Genovese basil, curly parsley, and dill seeds and it doesn’t take up too much counter space. Your roommates will also love these fresh ingredients for their meals.

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Promising review: “I have only had it for a month now but my herbs, especially my dill, has been growing like wild fire. The basil was what I was most excited about and the leaves are big and green and super tasty. So far it is easy to use and I like the fact the light is so bright, its like having another lamp in my living room.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $89.94.



A crushed ice machine that’ll help you and your roommate enjoy cold drinks all year long. It generates tiny ice blocks perfect for slushies, margaritas, and lemonade. No more crushing ice cubes and making a ton of noise.

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Promising review: “This works great! Easy to crank, makes mostly very fine shavings – once in a while a bit bigger chunk comes through but no biggie. We bought snow cone juice and my family loves it! Going to try regular juice and sodas next. Would be good for adult frozen drinks too!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $20.89.



A portable hot plate for times when your roommate is using the entire stove and you need to make dinner, stat. Cook sausage and peppers in a skillet or boil pasta in this device, which will heat up food in no time.


Promising review: “The Cusimax Countertop Hot Plate can definitely do the job of a stove top burner. There are two knobs on the front that you use to turn the unit on and off, and to adjust the temperature. The burner itself is large enough for a skillet or a pot. I was able to boil water on this portable burner just as well as using one of my stove top burners. There is a light on the front that lets you know the burner is on. The four nonslip feet do keep this hot plate off your countertop enough to let heat escape, and so your counter is safe.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $39.97.



A 5-in-1 countertop cooker because you can heat up mouthwatering burgers, paninis, and salmon without an outdoor grill. It cooks food quickly *and* doesn’t take hours to clean. You and your roomie can still have a delicious barbecue, even if you don’t have an outdoor space.

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Promising review: “This is an amazing griddle. I bought this when my roommate and I first moved into our apartment. The reason for this purchase was two-fold: we had no grill in the common apartment ground area, plus we weren’t allowed to have a grill on the balcony and we wanted a waffle iron. The plates interchange very easily, are nonstick, and despite being over a year old, heavily used, and cleaned in the dishwasher, they still remain in great condition. It is easy to use and I can honestly say it was one of my best purchases for the kitchen.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $79.95.



A smart pot-stirrer that’ll be so helpful if you cook at the same time as your roommates. Clip this baby onto a pot and let it do the work for you, so you don’t have to bump into each other while you’re making chili or soup.


Promising review: “This stirrer has real muscle, the motor is geared down so that it stirs with real power. Yesterday I made risotto, and it stirred the whole thing for me. It just sat there on the pan for about a half hour, stirring away instead of my having to stir.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $58.60.



A compact air fryer so you and your roomie can eat a lil’ lighter and enjoy wings, dumplings, and more foods that won’t be soaked in grease. This gadget doesn’t take up too much counter space *and* it’s perfect for game night appetizers.


Promising review: “We have a small home with a small kitchen, and the last thing we need is another gadget sitting on the counter. But I am trying to eat healthier and use less fat and oil. It makes absolutely delicious meats; chicken, pork, fish come out nicely cooked, tender and juicy. I use it every day to fry up some hash browns for breakfast. Just a light spritz of avocado oil provides nice texture.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in five colors).



A digital toaster oven because you can whip up takeout dishes in your kitchen and heat up a lot of food at once. Bake and cook meals, including pizza and nuggets, to perfection with this gadget, which comes with nine preset functions. You and your roommate will enjoy *dining in* for once.

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Promising review: “Man, this baby is dope! It does so many things I won’t be able to type all of them here (my hands might become toast) but I can tell you that the digital display is really cool. It is easy to use and the features allow it to become many different appliances in one. The cooking is precise. Very precise. I highly recommend this toaster oven….although, it is way more than a toaster oven. It should be called the Kitchen Chameleon.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $65.99+ (also available in black).



A mixing bowl set with three interchangeable graters and a five-quart capacity perfect for baking. If you and your roommate are making a batch of cookies or a loaf of bread, you won’t have to worry about accidental spills, thanks to its nonslip bottom.

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Promising review: “This is actually a useful set. What i like most, is the large capacity for grating, since the grater is attached to the large mixing bowl. The clear lid is something else I like a lot. I like being able to see in there at what I’m doing and how high the shreds are getting etc. ” —Amazon Customer

Get it from BuzzFeed’s Goodful line on Amazon for $24.99.



An electric hot pot that’s perfect for dorm living and will let you cook anything from ramen bowls to eggs in minutes. This gadget doesn’t require a stove top and has an adjustable temp setting. Your roommate will probably ask you “where did you get that?” as you chow down on your incredible meal while chilling in bed.

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Promising review: “This will make your life super easy as far as heating food is concerned. It’s great for roommates who can’t use the kitchen with freedom. Of course great for dorms. Super easy to clean and maintain. The spatula that comes with it is a great addition. I’ve used it daily for almost two months now. Can’t praise it enough.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $35.99.



An airtight cold brew maker so you and your roomies can enjoy cold brew all day, every day. This pitcher is easy to use, makes about nine cups of coffee, and will save you so much money when it comes to your daily caffeine fix.

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Promising review: “I’ve used this twice now to make cold brew and I’m obsessed. I love how easy it is to clean, and I also really like how the funnel is removable, and the bottom screws out. I have to get used to not filling up the funnel all the way, because grounds will get into the coffee. It fits perfectly in the door of my fridge, and it’s been great. I also like how much coffee it makes. I’m able to have three days worth and then some.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from BuzzFeed’s Goodful line on Amazon for $19.99.



A label maker because sharing a fridge is already a pain and you don’t want to accidentally eat your roomie’s soy yogurts. This tiny gadget prints labels that easily stick to containers and cartons, so you can avoid the awkward “oops I thought it was mine” convo moving forward.


Promising review: “I bought this on sale and it was worth every cent. I went through the initial roll of tape in only a few days covering everything myself and my roommates own with various obscenities. It prints clearly and have had no issues with it.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $22.99.


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