I’m a smoothie addict, I need my smoothies every day!
When I went to college, money was tight. Spending a fortune on smoothies in juice bars was out of the question.
Naturally, a question popped into my mind: are blenders allowed in dorms? Can I bring my blender to my dorm room? And here’s the answer:
Blenders are allowed in most dorms. As long as you aren’t blending early in the morning or late at night, you should be fine. There are easy ways to quiet your blender, so you won’t disturb your roommates.
But there’s more that question. There are some blenders that are more suited for dorm rooms than others and I’m going through them.
Also, there are easy ways to lower the noise levels of your blender, so you won’t get on your roommates’ nerves.
In a minute, I’m going to show you how to quiet your blender without spending a penny!
And there are even some ways how you can bring your blender to college, even if you’re not allowed to. So, stay with me!
How to use a blender in your dorm room
First of all, you’ll need to check if your college allows blenders. While most colleges do, some don’t. If you’re not sure, ask!
If you’re unlucky and your college doesn’t allow a blender in your dorm room, don’t worry.
There are some ways how you can still bring one, I’m going to show you how.
So, your college allows blenders? Great!
There are still some considerations you need to make before you can start blending.
Is it rude to use a blender in dorms?
It’s not rude to use a blender in the dorm if you follow some simple rules.
If your classes are early, it may be tempting to get a smoothie before class, but your roommates are going to hate you.
While smoothies are an easy and healthy breakfast, it should be obvious not to use your blender early in the morning. Blenders are pretty loud after all.
When I was in college, I wouldn’t start blending before 10 AM. That was the time my roommate was usually getting up. You’re maybe lucky and your roommate is an early bird, but don’t count on it.
Also, if you’re a night owl, don’t ever use your blender after 10 PM. It’s easy to make your smoothies in advance and keep them fresh for at least 24 hours. I go into detail on this topic in this article.
If you want to keep your roommates and neighbors happy, there are some ways how you can dampen the noise level of your blender.
How to quiet a blender in your dorm room
Here are a few tricks that help you quiet your blender.
It’s not possible to completely eliminate the sound altogether, but if you follow these rules, you can reduce the noise substantially.
- Place your blender on a silicone mat or a soft towel – this is one of the simplest and cheapest solutions that come to my mind. You simply place a soft towel or a silicone mat under your blender and it will help absorb some of the noise of the motor instantly.
- Move your blender away from the walls – if your blender is too close to the wall, the noise will bounce off and make it seem louder than it is. Place it at least a couple of inches away from any walls.
- Get a quiet blender – there are some blenders that come with quiet shields that dampen the noise during the blending process. However, these blenders are mostly designed for professional use and can be expensive and bulky. For more information, check out the best quiet blenders.
- Don’t blend in your room – get a small and portable USB blender. They’re inexpensive, easy-to-use, and clean; just perfect for college. They come with built-in batteries and you can easily charge them on your laptop. With these blenders, you can blend anywhere and anytime. Even if you want to make a smoothie at 5 AM, you can! Just grab your blender, go outside where you don’t disturb anyone, and start blending.
The best blenders for dorms
The best blenders for dorms are small single-serve blenders. Their noise isn’t quite as obnoxious as full-size blenders and they can be easily stored even in the smallest rooms.
The most popular personal blenders are the Nutri Ninja and the NutriBullet. While these blenders are small, they come with powerful motors.
I love strong blenders, but they might not be the best choice when it comes to dorm rooms. The more strength a blender has, the noisier it usually is. There are other blenders that are better suited.
The quietest blenders you can get
If you want to buy a quiet blender, you’ve got three options. You could get:
- A countertop blender with a quiet shield
- A quiet personal blender
- A portable USB blender
While I prefer USB blenders, I’ll go through all three options real quickly.
1. Countertop blenders with quiet shields
You’ve probably seen those at juice bars and cafés. Even Starbucks uses a sound-dampened blender.
The reasons for it are obvious, Starbucks opens coffee shops in heavily populated areas, quiet blenders are an absolute must. If you’re curious which blender they use, check out: what kind of blender does Starbucks use?
While the Starbucks blender costs $1.000 and more, you won’t have to spend that amount on a blender with a quiet shield. You could get one a little above $50.
The least inexpensive sound-dampened blender is the Hamilton Beach 53600, you can check it out here. A two-piece sound shield reduces noise effectively, even if you blend frozen ingredients or ice.
Then there’s the Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet. It comes with a powerful 2 horsepower motor and an easily removable quiet shield.
Blendtec and Vitamix also offer sound-dampened blenders, but who has $1.000 to spend on a blender? I sure didn’t when I was in college.
2. A quiet personal blender
A personal blender might not have the strength of a countertop blender, but it’s better suited for small dorm rooms. You can easily store in it your closet when you don’t need it.
If you’re looking for a quiet personal blender, make sure to choose one that doesn’t have a super powerful motor. They’re quieter than most other single-serve blenders and are well-suited for most blending jobs.
Your best option would be the Hamilton Beach personal blender, check it out here. It is very affordable, can fit any small room and is great for travel, too.
And because it’s so quiet, your roommates will barely hear it. It makes great shakes and smoothies and you can even use some ice or frozen fruits.
4. An USB blender that you can use anywhere
When I was in college, USB blenders weren’t available, but I sure would’ve loved to have one.!
They haven’t been around for long, but these blenders are just made for dorm rooms and college!
USB blenders are cordless and come with built-in batteries.
With a portable blender, you can make smoothies anywhere. Simply charge them on your laptop, and take them with you wherever you go. The battery should last for several smoothies.
If you want to make smoothies early in the morning, you can! Just leave the dorm and blend outside. Or you want a shake after a workout? Simply take it with you to the gym.
I’ve used the PopBabies blender for some time now and I love it! It comes in four different colors and is strong enough to crush seeds, ice cubes, and frozen fruits. You can check it out here.
This blender comes with two built-in batteries that last me for a full week of smoothies before I have to recharge it. The lithium battery is charged by USB, so you can charge this blender anywhere!
It’s much quieter than any countertop blender. And it’s small enough so that you can easily keep it in your backpack.
How to bring a blender to college even if you’re not allowed to
If your college doesn’t allow blenders in your dorm, check out the community kitchen. Every dorm has one and some kitchens offer a blender for anyone’s use.
Some dorms also allow using your own blender in the kitchen, even if you’re not allowed in your room.
If you’re not allowed to use a blender either in your room or in the community kitchen, just get a portable USB blender.
Nobody can forbid you to use a portable blender on campus or outside the college area. You could even use it in the bathroom, a portable blender doesn’t make a lot of noise.
Simply keep your small blender hidden in your closet or in a bag somewhere. You can charge it with a USB power bank in your backpack and nobody will ever notice it.
What appliances are usually allowed in college dorms?
Colleges have so many rules what you can and can’t bring into the dorms.
When you signed up for your dorm you probably signed an agreement that included regulations about appliances that are and aren’t allowed in your dorm. Make sure to check that agreement carefully.
In many cases you are allowed to bring:
- Blenders – As long as you don’t make smoothies at 3 AM, small blenders are usually okay.
- TVs – televisions are usually allowed as long as you don’t hang them on the wall. If you live with a roommate, it’s good to share one TV.
- Small refrigerators – mini-fridges may be allowed to bring with you. And if you’re going to make a lot of smoothies, you probably will need one too.
- Microwaves – your dorm will probably have a microwave in the community kitchen, but sometimes it’s allowed to bring your own microwave. Some dorms have restrictions on how many watts a microwave can have, however.
- Coffee makers – having access to a supply of fresh coffee is always great and you probably can bring your coffee machine with you.
- Fans – are probably okay to bring with you, and you’re going to need one in the summer.
It goes without saying that you can bring your laptop, iPad, printer, and any other devices that you’ll need for your studies (and Netflix).
What is not allowed in dorms?
Many appliances that can create fire hazards are forbidden. In almost every case, here are the appliances that you should leave at home:
- Cooking appliances like hot plates, camping gas stoves, etc.
- Electric space heaters
- Electric heated blankets
- Air conditioners
- String lights
- Extension cords
- Water beds
Some colleges also don’t allow items alluding to drug or alcohol use, which includes posters and empty alcohol bottles as decoration.
Of course, you’re not allowed to bring your pets either. Equipment like pet food (why would you need it if you don’t have a pet?) is also forbidden.
In all cases, check your university residence hall guidelines to see what you can and can’t bring with you.
While there are many devices that aren’t allowed in dorm rooms, blenders are usually not one of them. If you’re blending in your room, make sure to choose a quiet blender and only blend when your roommates won’t get disturbed. Portable blenders can be a good option to blend outside the dorm without disturbing anyone.