Back-to-school season is not complete without a trip to Bed Bath & Beyond. The multi-department mega store is a major shopping destination for college-living essentials, from shower caddies to bed risers and mini fridges. But, after tapping the company for its bestselling products, we were surprised to find goods that aren't just student-exclusive. The top-purchased products are life-long essentials for both dorm rooms, starter apartments, and beyond.
Ahead, we combined Bed Bath & Beyond's ten back-to-school bestsellers with its top bestselling items of all time. The resulting lineup comes together like an ultimate home checklist guide — with powerful hand-vacuums, single-serve coffee makers, top-rated bedding to bath sets, non-slip hangers, and portable steamers all included. Scroll on to shop 20 top-selling living essentials that are college tested
and post-college approved. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
This two-inch mattress topper made from cooling memory-foam materials is dubbed by one reviewer as the, "best sleep I've had in years," and another for making, "any mattresses comfortable" — dorm rooms and sophisticated apartments, alike.
Therapedic Comfort 2-Inch Visco Memory Foam Topper, $99.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
Satisfied customers describe this year-round essential set of sheets, crafted from lightweight yet durable PimaCott blend, as the trifecta of luxurious, beautiful, and comfortable.
Wamsutta 500-Thread-Count PimaCott Sheet Set, $59.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
A top-rated handheld vacuum is not exclusive to sucking up snack inside college dorms — this lightweight model is famed by reviewers of all ages to be, "exceptionally powerful," with an, "extremely long battery life," that serves users well past graduation.
Black + Decker High-Capacity Lithium Handheld Vacuum in Black, $39.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
Investing in a premium, top-rated grooming tool to last through school and beyond is a savvy shopping move — rave reviewers claim that Dyson's supersonic dryer cuts their styling time in half while causing less damage even with everyday use.
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer, $399.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
Drop the iron and go for the steamer instead:"Easier and faster than trying to steam delicate fabrics with an iron, and powerful enough for all of my clothes. Haven't used the iron since I bought this," as one enthused reviewer puts it.
Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam GS54 Garment Steamer, $49.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
You may not have a fully stocked kitchen in your dorm room, but investing in an all-in-one blending system for making easy morning smoothies to go will serve you during pre-class days
and pre-work days in the years to come. Ninja Kitchen System with Auto-iQ Boost, $189.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
Make the most out of a cramped shared space by optimizing your under-bed area with these streamlined storage drawers. Reviewers describe the sleek stackable units as, "perfect for dorm rooms," and price conscious stand-ins for dressers.
If you're working with a shared living space, shared trash and recycling usually comes into play — so keep your waste management streamlined with a dual-purpose, stainless-steel bin that will last you for years to come.
simplehuman Dual Compartment Step Trash Can, $199.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
As one comforted reviewer described it, this top-rated body pillow wrapped in a soft 100%-cotton shell feels like, "home away from home," and is, "convenient for wrapping around and snuggling."
Wamsutta Quilted Body Pillow in White, $19.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
Keep your year-round allergies in check with a down-alternative comforter that provides fresh and cozy, hypoallergenic comfort that reviewers describe as, "so soft," and, "dreamy."
Wamsutta Cool & Fresh Down Alternative Comforter, $129.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
An organized closet equals an organized life — and these slim, non-slip best sellers are designed to create more space inside cramped closets. As one reviewer puts it, "I keep ordering these, they are great. I need more. They save space in the closet and treat my clothes better than free wire hangers from the dry cleaner."
Studio 3B 16-count Slim Grips™ Hangers, $14.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
Blocking out unwanted light for sounder sleep cycles is a life-long necessity — which is exactly where these 100% black out curtains come into play. The top-rated reviews on this set range from, "I’m a day sleeper and these make the room dark. Truly blackout," to, "A great investment!"
Madison Park Quinn Grommet Top 100% Blackout Window Curtain Panel, $32.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
Another lifetime closet essential: the hanging shelf organizer. This bestselling, six-shelf unit is described by reviewers to be, "Hands down the best, I like this organizer so much! It’s very sturdy and I love the side pockets."
Studio 3B 6-Shelf Hanging Sweater Organizer in Grey, $14.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
This compact, sleek, and top-rated machine is touted by customers as being the best single-serve coffee maker around with an outstanding design and super-fast brew time.
Keurig K-Elite Single Serve K-Cup Pod Hot & Iced Coffee Maker, $169.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
Shower caddies are no longer an item exclusively used in shared shower spaces —
Marie Kondo the clean-queen herself swears by storing bath essentials separate from shower spaces inside totable caddies to minimize mildew growth and keep clutter at bay. Bed Bath & Beyond Mesh Shower Tote, $9.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
Another savvy buy for post-grads or current students living in understocked kitchen spaces — this consistent bestselling kitchen essential turns one-pot meals into easy weeklong feasts. As one proud purchaser relates, "I bought this for my son. He cooks for his friends and prepares meals for his work week in advance. It’s a good time saver and great tool."
Instant Pot 9-in-1 Duo Plus Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, $129.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
Although truly great bedding has no age limit, one particularly glowing college reviewer said of this 100%-cotton set: "Me and my roommate both bought these for our first year at college. Super great comforter, loved the look of both the sea glass and blush. The comforter is fluffy and comfortable to sleep with but it also isn’t too hot which is really nice. I’ll be buying another one for this next year since I’ll have a larger bed."
Bed Bath & Beyond Garment Washed Comforter Collection, $59.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
Stock up on a set of bath basics that reviewers call, "the softest and most plush towels ever."
Wamsutta Hygro Duet Bath Towel Collection, $9.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond UGG Collection ( Back-To-School Bestseller)
A major back-to-school hit that easily translates to post-grad years is Bed Bath & Beyond's exclusive UGG Collection that consists of cozy-chic, bestselling bedding to bath essentials.
Ugg Avalon Blanket, $79.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
Whether it's for staying hydrating or crafting creative cocktail mixers, this sparkling water set from sodastream is the streamlined and eco-friendly product of choice.
SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kit, $89.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? All Those Roses Filling Kylie Jenner's Foyer Likely Cost Travis Scott Upwards Of $50,000 All The Home Sales Worth Shopping This Week A Look Inside Meghan Markle's Former Los Angeles Home, Now Listed For $1.8 Million