Most dorm rooms offer little more than a bed, a desk, and a closet. But what about food?  We meet Corrine, shopping for appliances for her dorm room.  Keeping snacks is an important part of any dorm experience.  Mike at The Home Depot helps Corrine select a small mini refrigerator and a portable microwave oven for her dorm room where there’s not a lot of space to work with. Magic Chef has been a leader in kitchen appliances for over 85 years, so it is only a matter of finding the right models to serve her purposes.

When choosing a refrigerator, there is the choice of a mini, or a compact (there is a difference), and different configuration are needed for different needs. Mike also gives tips on finding the right place to locate a mini-fridge.  Next, Corrine needs a micro-wave, and again, Mike at The Home Depot has excellent suggestions, taking in consideration of a number of features and sizes. Mike explains what to look for in a microwave, including an understanding of wattage, again pointing out feature.

Add Mini Magic for Dorm Room Meals

Back to School means something very different to young people who are headed to college or university for the first time.

It’s an exciting time; one you may have memories of yourself as you are helping your son or daughter get ready to leave the nest. As a parent you want them to have all the comforts of home, which is difficult in a space as small as a dorm room. Fortunately Magic Chef® has you covered in the kitchen area!

College students keep different hours then the rest of us, so having quick, easy access to food and beverages is important during a late night study session. The size of most standard dorm rooms can make that a tricky problem, so Magic Chef® has created a line of smaller, compact and mini kitchen appliances to help.

Magic Chef® has been a trusted household name in for over 85 years providing reliable, easy-to-use kitchen appliances that simplify everyday tasks at a price that’s easy on your budget.

A refrigerator and a microwave are the most popular items sought out by college students headed to the dorm and Magic Chef® has several styles and sizes to help fit most small spaces.

It’s important to take the following into consideration before purchasing mini appliances:

  • Space – is there a place that the mini or compact fridge will fit and how big is that space?
  • Power – access to outlets in the area you want to set up your appliances
  • Use – what exactly to you intend to use them for and how simple are they to use?

Smaller microwaves generally have less power then their kitchen standard-size counterparts. That’s why it’s important to know what you plan to cook in your microwave — popcorn, soup, reheating leftovers etc. — before you buy it. It’s also important to make sure your microwave-safe dishes fit inside.

There are multiple sizes and styles available for small refrigerators. It’s important to know what you plan to use it for, if you think you will need a freezer, if you have a place to put it that allows for the door to open as well as a place where you have proper ventilation for the motor and the unit will not be completely blocked in.

When you have determined what you need, Magic Chef® has the right appliance to fit your needs AND budget! Visit to learn more about space-saving affordable options that can help you outfit your teen’s dorm room and make it feel a little bit more like home.

Make sure to tune in to Designing Spaces on Wednesday, July 23rd and August 6, 2014 at 7:30 am (ET/PT) on the Lifetime Channel as Mike Cartozzo from Home Depot offers tips to a college-bound student on deciding on which smaller appliances to purchase!

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