Do new front-loading washing machines still have mold problems?
Q. I’m about to replace my 10-year-old Kenmore HE3t front-loading washing machine. I’m leery of another front-loader because of my constant battle with mold. Have new front-loaders been cured of that problem, or should I change to a top-loader?—Karen Corson, Bel Air, MD
A. Manufacturers have taken various steps to alleviate the problem some front-loading washers have had with mold. That said, because multiple factors could have led to your problem, we can’t guarantee that it won’t happen again. If … (read more)
8 products on deep discount in May
Consumer Reports analysts track prices all year-round, so we can tell you when things are at their deepest discounts, month by month. If you crave a new MP3 player, carpeting, or a lawn mower, you can find great deals on them in May.
Planting May flowers? This is the month many of us can finally get out and work in our yards and start exercising outdoors; luckily you’ll also find great prices on athletic apparel and shoes. Nature-lovers will benefit from sales … (read more)
10 small specialty appliances for special occasions
The race for space on your counter is on. Big brands like KitchenAid and Electrolux are launching lines of small appliances to complement their large ones. And both new and established brands are coming up with clever ways to help you prepare and cook tasty meals. Consumer Reports has tested a variety of small specialty appliances to see which deserve a place on your counter and which don’t. Here’s the details.
We paid $ 400 for the … (read more)
Refrigeration arrives at Downton Abbey
Fans of "Downton Abbey" on PBS are used to the tension between progress and tradition that’s played out over the series’ four seasons. This week’s episode added a technological twist to that theme with the arrival of refrigeration to the noble estate. Mrs. Patmore, the simple-minded head cook, offers up her usual fearful resistance while Lady Grantham maintains her agent-of-change status.
We all know how this one ends—at least where refrigeration is concerned. Maybe more than any home appliance, refrigerators have … (read more)
Maker of NuWave Oven deluged with complaints
Like any popular infomercial product, the NuWave Pro Infrared Oven makes some pretty bold promises, including “delicious fried chicken from frozen to your table in just 15 minutes.” After Consumer Reports put a few of those claims to the test a few years ago, we were impressed by the results. But before you rush out to buy the $ 120 countertop cooker, check out the consumer complaints that have been dogging it.
The Better Business Bureau … (read more)
Do you own one of these recalled dehumidifiers?
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced the recall of 350,000 dehumidifiers sold under the GE brand name. The units can overheat, smoke, and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. There have been 16 reported incidents with the GE dehumidifiers, including five in which fire spread beyond the units, causing about $ 430,000 in property damage.
The affected 30, 40, 50, and 65-pint dehumidifiers were sold at Sam’s Club, Walmart, and other stores nationwide and in Canada, … (read more)
Best beer and blender drinks for game day
With frigid temperatures gripping most of the nation, the last thing most people want is an icy drink. But soon it will be game day, when margaritas and piña coladas are part of the party. To make them, you need a blender that crushes ice like a champ, such as the winners of Consumer Reports’ icy drink and ice crush tests. And for the beer drinkers in the crowd, we have the results of our craft beer taste tests.
Tied at … (read more)
5 dependable dishwashers for $ 400 or less
For some of us, the extra benefits of paying the average $ 1,200 price for one of the dishwashers recommended by Consumer Reports aren’t worth the extra money. What you get by paying more—lots of flexibility, quiet running, a stainless tub, and shorter cycles—doesn’t matter if you can’t afford more than, say, $ 400. With this in mind, here are a handful of dishwashers that aren’t perfect—they all lack a stainless interior and an adjustable upper rack— but they’ll get your … (read more)