We have assembled the most comprehensive list of stores that sell dorm bedding that we could find; they had to stock twin xl sheets to make the cut, and many stock other dorm essentials, too. Your teen might want to visit a store to feel the fabric choices before they make a decision. But if their and your preference is to decide on what to buy online, you have dozens of sites to choose from.
The comforter does not have to be in the twin XL size, a regular twin will work just as well. If your kid plans to move off campus sophomore year, you might consider getting a full size or queen comforter that they can use for a larger size bed down the road.
T-shirt Quilt — having a personalized quilt made up of memories from home is one of our favorite freshman year dorm ideas. We have only heard wonderful things about Project Repat and, when you sign up for their emails, you will be notified of the promotional deals they offer all year long. Mattress topper — dorm mattresses are slabs of thick foam covered in industrial strength vinyl — not the best combination for comfortable sleeping.
In our testing, we found that it beat out all down-alternative competitors and kept us warm but not sweaty. We spent 95 hours researching the best duvet covers , and the Brooklinen Classic Duvet Cover is our favorite option that comes in both solid colors and prints. But it did take quite a while to dry about four hours on low. We think the throw size of this blanket is perfect for lounging in your dorm room or wrapping up in to watch TV.
However, the twin size is only 86 inches long twin XL beds are typically 80 inches , so as a blanket, it may be on the short side. Moldable and adjustable, with excellent support for back-sleepers, side-sleepers, and some stomach-sleepers, this pillow is also one of the most affordable we tested.
If you prefer to sleep with multiple pillows, the fluffy Premier Down-like Personal Choice pillows in medium density are great for back-sleepers, and you get two for about the same price as an Xtreme Comforts pillow. Many dorm beds are hard and unforgiving. The best way to fix this without ordering your own twin XL mattress is to add a mattress topper. Many low-end memory-foam toppers will hold heat like an oven and can smell like chemicals, and the only way to clean them is by vacuuming and wiping them down.
The lightweight and contoured Nidra eye mask is a light-blocking win for most face shapes, with deep eye cups that allow the wearer to blink freely. If your roommate frequently pulls all-nighters, we recommend the light-blocking, contoured Nidra Deep Rest Eye Mask for keeping the light out of your eyes.
Out of 11 sleep masks we tested , the Nidra blocked the most light on the most faces. These earplugs blocked the most noise in our controlled testing, and our sleep panel found them more comfortable and secure. Their Other earplugs we tested, including the Howard Leight by Honeywell Max Lite and MAX-1 versions, fell out in the middle of the night and failed to block loud noises like planes overhead. This light has three brightness settings with both warm and white lights and a rechargeable eight-hour battery life, so you never have to worry about running out of power.
The TopElek offers three brightness levels, and in our tests, the battery lasted about eight hours on the highest setting. It fully recharges in about two hours when plugged into a computer via a Micro-USB cable. After we spent 40 hours on research, read hundreds of reviews of more than 50 condom types, interviewed nine experts including a chemical engineer and two sex workers , and had 40 volunteers try 32 different types, the LifeStyles Skyn condom won out in our tests, for average-size penises. We determined that next to the competition, the Skyn was more attractive, less expensive, and available in more styles for example, ribbed, ultra-thin, and large.
To read more about why we like our picks, see our review of the best condoms. This budget digital alarm clock does so much for so little. It has the largest numerical display we tested, two USB ports, and easy-to-use tactile controls that take the guesswork out of changing settings. There are bound to be late nights when you need a reliable alarm. It is both an alarm clock and a USB charging station, and the huge display is easy to read from a distance.
Also, a wide range of customization options make it easy to set. The DreamSky is not fully battery operated, but two backup AAA batteries keep the time in case of a power outage. There are two USB ports in the back, one to charge most mobile devices with 5 V output and the other to power the clock via USB or you can plug directly into the wall. If you prefer a different aesthetic, check out the other picks in our alarm clock guide. This heavy-duty bag is made with quick-drying mesh.
It has a secret inner pocket for keys and was the only one that stood upright on its own in our tests. After six hours of researching and testing four promising totes, we chose the Saltwater Canvas Mesh Shower Bag as the best for shuttling shampoos and body washes to the shower. We comfortably fit full-size bottles of shampoo and conditioner, a bottle of body wash, a loofah, face soap, a razor, a toothbrush, and a tube of toothpaste inside. These flip-flops are affordable and comfortable, plus they come in tons of colors.
We weighed them dry, soaked them in the tub for an hour they floated , and wiped them down before weighing them again to see how much water each soaked up. They do squeak a bit when wet, so if silence is important to you, you can get the Havaianas. But those can cost about five times as much per pair.
After conducting roughly hours of research and real-world tests —including drying off after showers dozens of times , recording how quickly the towels dried, and weighing and measuring them for fiber loss and shrinkage—we think the Target Fieldcrest Reserve Bath Towel is the best for college students. Although it comes in relatively few colors five pleasant neutrals , it is available in a range of sizes, including bath sheet, hand towel, and washcloth. The Company Cotton terry robe is loose and comfy for lounging, and it wicks away plenty of moisture after a shower.
We spent 75 hours researching and wearing 23 different robes, and we found that the Company Store Company Cotton Robe was our favorite to wear to and from the shower. The Company Cotton held up better in the wash than any other terry robe we tried, and it has avoided issues with snags, pulls, pilling, and color fading. Although the robe will get fuzzier with use, we think that just makes it feel softer. We also wish it came in more sizes. We considered more than 50 laundry baskets, searched out reviews, and then conducted our own testing to find the best laundry basket.
Its tall, narrow shape takes up little floor space in a crowded dorm closet, and the basket has plenty of ventilation holes, so even sweaty clothes at the bottom can dry. This durable, easy-to-use rack is ideal for holding coats, towels, or bathrobes, and it takes advantage of otherwise unused space on the back of a door.
In our testing with a slimmer door, though, we found that the rack had a quarter-inch overhang and wiggled a little on the door, but not enough to prove annoying. We did find one user comment about the bracket making it hard to shut a door—though, truthfully, this could be an issue with any over-the-door rack. In an easy-to-clean and flexible plastic, this will keep all your shower essentials as clean as you are. Meanwhile, the drain holes, much like the Nikes above, will let any water escape for ultimate functionality. Sometimes, you don't want to commit to a full-on desk lamp, especially when they're taking up valuable space on study days.
This clip-on version can be both, able to stand sturdy on your tabletop or hang off the edge, depending on your needs, and comes with a bulb for straight-out-of-the-box illumination. Clip it to unconventional places, like cabinet doors or your bed frame—when you need the mood lighting just right.
Available in white, gray, black, pink, yellow, navy and mint. Meet your new best friend for times when you need to light up your life, the secret to saving your eyes—and improving your mood—during that next all-nighter. The HappyLight is portable light therapy, proven to better your mood, regulate your sleep patterns and enhance your focus, all through its LED glow. Sound-activated and remote-controllable, they can adjust their color show to match the music you're playing, helping your rave live up to its name.
Perfect for making your own drinks, yes, it's also good for crafting delicacies like almond milk and sorbets and is compact enough to fit on the tiniest of countertops. Alternatively, keep things manual and a mite cheaper with this citrus juicing alternative , also by Hurom. Waking up in the mornings is hard enough, but this 3-in-1 breakfast station makes it easy—or at least easier. This machine understands that your time is as limited as your counter space, so it can brew your coffee, toast your bread and fry your eggs all at once. Use it to play rounds of Jeopardy!
The Echo comes in a range of sizes and capabilities, but this one is top of the line, with Dolby sound and the power to control smart home devices, like the smart bulb it can come with if you want to make your mood lighting even moodier.
The freedom of decorating your own dorm room (or off-campus apartment), stocking up on all of your fave foodie finds, grabbing new swag to. We've put together all the things you need for your college dorm room, including bedding, bathroom gear, kitchen gadgets, tech, and more.
It'll take your Real Housewives viewing parties to a whole new level, with its crystal-clear reception and voice-search feature. Lost the remote? Don't panic—just press a button on the player to ping it. With all of these devices, you're going to need a monster of an outlet to plug it all in. That's where this surge protector comes in.
With eight outlets, six USB ports, and a 6-foot-long cord, it's able to detect what your devices need and apply the right charge to them.