Myths and facts about selecting kitchen sinks and faucets

Myths and facts about selecting kitchen sinks and faucets

With more styles to choose from, sinks and faucets are no longer an afterthought in planning a kitchen remodel. To find durable sinks and functional faucets, the testers at Consumer Reports rolled up their sleeves and stained and scoured 18 double-bowl sinks and 16 single-handle pullout faucets. We also dropped blunt and sharp objects into the sinks, which were made of six different materials, and put hot pots in them. The results may surprise you.

Myth: Sink brand matters most
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The labs are buzzing about our new chain saw tests

The labs are buzzing about our new chain saw tests

Superstorm Sandy blew down more trees in New York and New Jersey than any previous storm on record, experts say. And since then there have been several damaging storms across the nation, including one yesterday that knocked down many trees in the Southeast. So it’s no wonder that chain saws are flying off the shelves of the home improvement stores. We discovered this when Consumer Reports was buying its own batch for new testing, including models from Stihl, Craftsman, … (read more)

Picky about paint? Try Sherwin-Williams’ online matching tool.

Picky about paint? Try Sherwin-Williams’ online matching tool.

Sherwin-Williams’ Chip It, an online color tool, creates paint palettes based on images that catch your eye. Simply find an online photo with colors you love—a Maui sunset, Parisian cafĂ©—or use an image saved on your computer and upload it to letschipit.com. A palette of up to 10 Sherwin-Williams’ colors instantly appears, corresponding to the hues in your photo. And while we like this online app, not all Sherwin-Williams paints measured up in Consumer Reports paint tests.

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Thinking about a new mattress? We’ve got Ratings

Thinking about a new mattress? We’ve got Ratings

Consumer Reports has completed the first comprehensive mattresses tests in its 77-year history, and the news is in: You can get the back and side support you need at night for well under $ 1,000.

We tested 12 models, six innerspring and six foam, in the best-selling queen size and recommended three from each category for this report. All the picks in our Ratings also fall, price-wise, between the least and most expensive models. In fact, the lowest-scoring mattress … (read more)

Don’t think twice about buying these top-rated double ovens

Don’t think twice about buying these top-rated double ovens

With manufacturers touting double-oven ranges for their flexibility, Consumer Reports has been testing more electric smoothtop and gas ranges with two ovens. Of the 21 models in our labs, five performed so well that we recommend them. But to avoid second-guessing your purchase, first find out whether a double oven would be more convenient, or less, given the way you cook.

Ranges with double ovens come in several configurations—a smaller top oven paired with a larger one below, the … (read more)

DOE is all aTwitter about saving energy this season

DOE is all aTwitter about saving energy this season

How do I conduct my own energy audit? Is installing a tankless water heater worth it? How do I know if I have enough insulation? Those were just some of the questions asked in today’s Twitter #askEnergy chat sponsored by the Department of Energy. Clearly, with the arrival of cooler temperatures, saving energy and money is on the minds of consumers. And the DOE advised, much as Consumer Reports always does, that the best place to start is by sealing … (read more)