Kitchen appliance upgrades from LG and Samsung

Kitchen appliance upgrades from LG and Samsung

New strategies for getting dishes clean and keeping food fresh are on display by appliance makers at the 2014 International CES. Samsung is featuring a souped-up dishwasher that can douse the dirtiest items with extra water and both LG and Samsung exhibited door-in-door refrigerators that prevent too much cool air from escaping when the door is repeatedly opened and closed.

Samsung showed new dishwasher features that will appear on at least three models, including the $ 1,599 Samsung DW80H9970. The first, … (read more)

5 easy appliance fixes you can do yourself

5 easy appliance fixes you can do yourself

In Consumer Reports recent report “Repair or replace,” we advise consumers not to spend more than 50 percent of the cost of a new item to repair the old one. But not every problem needs a repair technician. Here are five easy fixes you can do yourself for as little as $ 2.

Refrigerators. If it seems to run constantly, dirt and debris might be coating the condenser coil. (See the manual for the location.)
Cost: Up to $ … (read more)

Don’t miss these Veterans Day appliance sales

Don’t miss these Veterans Day appliance sales

Monday is Veterans Day. It’s also a good time to look for deals on appliances. Consumer Reports checked in with Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Sears and got the heads-up on sales of laundry and kitchen appliances. Some are so impressive that they’ve been recommended by the testers at Consumer Reports or came pretty close to being named a top pick. When shopping at Home Depot and Lowe’s, ask about their discounts for military families.
 
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Here’s something you … (read more)

That balky appliance may just need a new filter

That balky appliance may just need a new filter

Dryers that don’t dry, vacuum cleaners that don’t clean, and air conditioners that don’t cool may all be plagued by the same problem: a clogged or dirty filter. To keep many top-performing appliances in tip-top shape, you have to clean or replace the filter. When Consumer Reports tests vacuums, air conditioners, dishwashers, and other appliances, filter replacement is one of the things we consider as part of our ease-of-use score. Here are some recommendations from our experts.

Dishwashers
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Samsung’s new appliance line includes four first-ever features

Samsung’s new appliance line includes four first-ever features

Samsung Electronics America, no stranger to innovation, has taken a unique approach to the launch its 2013 line by opening a pop-up showroom, dubbed Samsung House, in the trendy New York City neighborhood of SoHo. Open to the public this weekend, the “home environment” space features a fully operational kitchen and laundry room intended to show off Samsung’s latest cooking and cleaning wares in a real-world—if somewhat high-flying—setting. Consumer Reports stopped by for a sneak peek.

Two of the featured appliances … (read more)

Four must-have appliance upgrades and six you can skip

Four must-have appliance upgrades and six you can skip

Appliance manufacturers regularly update their top-of-the-line products with new technology and fresh design elements—and pass the expense of each “improvement” along to the consumer, of course. Some of these upgrades do in fact deliver the added convenience they promise, but others may not be good enough to pay more for. Here’s a rundown of features to consider and those to skip:

Refrigerator raves
Digital temperature controls. They display the actual temperature and the temperature you set, allowing you … (read more)

FTC makes appliance energy information easier to find online

FTC makes appliance energy information easier to find online

It’s becoming more common to buy major appliances online—roughly 10 percent of refrigerator sales now happen there, versus at a brick and mortar store, up from a blip 10 years ago. But for all the convenience of online appliance shopping, it’s not always easy to compare energy consumption data for various models on a retailer’s website. An amendment by the Federal Trade Commission to its Appliance Labeling Rule should change that by improving the availability of online energy information for … (read more)

As an appliance, the Fisker Karma is rough around the edges

As an appliance, the Fisker Karma is rough around the edges

The Porsche Panamera: a really fast washing machine? Jaguar XJL: a leather-lined toaster? Audi A8: an aluminum-crafted blender made for the autobahn? This is one way to interpret comments by Tony Posawatz, the new CEO of Fisker Automotive, in response to our recent (and uncomplimentary) review of the Karma sedan.

According to Frank Markus of Motor Trend (echoed in online stories by Joann Muller of Forbes and Jeff Gilbert of CBS), Mr. Posawatz has had … (read more)