These A+ essentials — from Ninja, Dyson and more — will turn any dorm room into a home

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task lamp, pillow, and dual-basket air fryer
Start checking off your dorm room needs now. (Photos: Bed Bath & Beyond)

Soon-to-be college students are gearing up for Decision Day 2022 and committing to their school of choice for the next four years (give or take). That milestone moment is quickly followed by a lot of planning in preparation for move-in day in the fall. Even returning students will have their work cut out for them as they get ready for the year ahead.

All that prep can feel a little daunting. But there's a secret weapon at your disposal: Bed Bath & Beyond.

It's easily a one-stop shop for dorm room gear, and they've got plenty of student perks to boot. Their College Savings Pass gives students a 20% discount on purchases from May 1 through September 21. If you sign up now you'll maximize your savings by having more than four months of discounts.

Bed Bath & Beyond also offers a Pack & Hold service, which allows customers to shop at their local store or online and then pick up their items at the store closest to campus within 60 days of move-in. The only thing better than saving on college necessities is not having to haul them from home.

If you're not sure what your student needs for their home away from home, we offer these suggestions to create a comforting dorm experience.

Simply Essential Cotton 2-Piece Bath Towel Set

Two folded gray towels with herringbone weave
Choose from six colors and patterns. (Photo: Bed Bath & Beyond)

Don't break up the family set of towels. Instead, grab a new pair (heck, at this price, grab a few) and relish in having low-lint 100% cotton linens to call your very own. Measuring four and a half feet wide, these post-shower wraps should give you the coverage you crave.

Happy customers report that these linens are absorbent and fast-drying, with one adding "Many towels just smear the water on you and don’t really absorb. Theses are great." And they also share a good tip: "Never dry your towels with an anti-static sheet, as they coat the towel over time and hinder absorption."

Now, don't forget the shower shoes!

$10 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Therapedic Wholistic Antimicrobial Pillow Protector

Pillow with white pillow protector
You'll sleep tight with this on your bed. (Photo: Bed Bath & Beyond)

Taking a favorite pillow to school? Keep it fresh with this antimicrobial pillow protector. Made of 400 thread count cotton infused with silver, it will help eliminate bacterial growth and neutralize odors — no matter how frequently (or not) it gets washed.

One five-star shopper says, "So far this protector has saved my pillow from stains and night sweat. I really like the fact that it is so easy to clean. It doesn't carry any extra heat so I am still comfortable...It's very well made and of great quality. I definitely recommend it."

$19 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Bee & Willow Hudson Table Lamp in Black

Vintage style task lamp with vertical adjustment and swivel head
Let there be light! (Photo: Bed Bath & Beyond)

A task lamp is an iconic sight in any dorm room. Why not choose one with some vintage industrial charm to upgrade the clunky wood dorm desk? Direct the shade to illuminate the task at hand without disturbing roommates. Plus, this lamp will easily transition into a more adult apartment after college.

"I loved that this piece brought my room together- it looks rustic yet playful with the different heights you can get. It's not too overbearing but great lighting for the bedroom - very happy with the purchase!" shared one shopper.

$55 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Ninja Foodi 6-In-1 Air Fryer

Black Ninja dual-basket air fryer, showing fries on one side and chicken tenders on the other
Cook up game day snacks for yourself and your roommate. (Photo: Bed Bath & Beyond)

If you're lucky enough to have a dorm room with a kitchenette, it likely only has a microwave and a mini-fridge. Adding an air fryer. will provide much-needed fuel during long nights cramming for exams. This beloved Ninja model boasts side-by-side baskets that cook two types of food at one time. Cook tater tots in one and reheat leftovers in the other. Or fry up shrimp and chicken.

Hundreds of Bed Bath & Beyond customers can vouch for this tool's greatness, with one sharing, "I use it several times a week. So easy to clean and it cooks great. Everything comes out crispy and juicy. I love all the different settings and that you can cook with at once."

$160 $200 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Dyson Bladeless Tower Fan

Whtie Dyson bladeless tower fan with HEPA filter base
Keep your cool (and your cash). (Photo: Bed Bath & Beyond)

Two things are often true about dorm rooms: You won't have control over the temperature setting on the HVAC and some allergens will be unavoidable because of the number of people going in and out of the space. But there is something you can do. Enter this Dyson fan and air purifier combo. It can regulate the temperature of a stuffy, overly heated room, and its HEPA filter removes 99.7% of allergens like pollen, mold spores and bacteria.

This multi-functional machine may even eliminate the need for other gizmos in your space: "I am truly happy that I bought this fan. I used to sneeze a lot in my apartment and always needed to use a humidifier during winter. This is my first winter using [the Dyson] and I don't need to use my humidifier. I would recommend this fan anytime to anyone."

$300 $400 at Bed Bath & Beyond


Breville The Barista Express Espresso Machine

Silver espresso machine with built-in grinder and steamer function.
Fuel for those late nights and early mornings. (Photo: Bed Bath & Beyond)

College is fueled by coffee for most. And while this espresso machine is certainly an investment upfront, the savings will add up if you act as your own barista rather than running to the campus Starbucks multiple times a day.

This puppy grinds the beans fresh before each brew for the ultimate flavor and aroma. And a 360-degree swivel steam wand will help you create cafe-worthy cappuccinos.

Over 1,200 Bed Bath & Beyond shoppers gave this unit five stars. One shares, "We love how easy it is to clean and how it looks on the counter. My only complaint is I didn't have it sooner. As with every espresso machine, your beverages will depend a lot on the quality of your beans and your own experience/ability. A little practice and you'll be making barista-worthy cappuccinos and latte art in no time."

$600 $800 at Bed Bath & Beyond

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