Electrolux innovations can make you a better cook

Electrolux innovations can make you a better cook

Electrolux had a dream kitchen at Design and Construction Week featuring all the fancy professional appliances it markets to restaurants and commercial kitchens. Called Grand Cuisine the line includes steam ovens, induction cooktops, high-powered gas brass burners, a vacuum sealer, blast chiller, and a griddle. Electrolux is trying to gauge consumer interest in these technologies, which cook foods faster, seal in more of the natural juices and can make a home chef a better cook.

Currently, in Consumer Reports’ cooking … (read more)

Higher thread count doesn’t guarantee better sheets

Higher thread count doesn’t guarantee better sheets

A mantra at Consumer Reports is that high-priced products aren’t necessarily higher performing. The same can be said of sheets with high thread counts. Despite the notion that more is better, in our past sheet tests we confirmed that a higher thread count doesn’t guarantee better sheets. To uncover the truth behind this misleading marketing gotcha, we talked to our experts.

Thread count is the number of vertical and horizontal threads per square inch. Not long ago, sheets typically had thread counts … (read more)

Dryers get better at letting you know lint is blocking the vent

Dryers get better at letting you know lint is blocking the vent

A lint-filled dryer vent is not just a lot of fluff. The clogged vent increases drying time and energy use, and worse, lint can cause dryer fires. Consumer Reports latest dryer tests found that blocked-vent indicators have improved on some newer models. They aren’t perfect, but they detected fully blocked vents more reliably than earlier versions.

Lint remains mysterious enough to warrant a Wikipedia entry, but is just loose fabric fibers and one reason … (read more)

The model name’s the same but the Honda generator is better

The model name’s the same but the Honda generator is better

One of Consumer Reports’ challenges in presenting timely, relevant test results is that now and then manufacturers make changes to their products without changing the model name. If it’s a slight change, like the location of buttons or other features, the product functions essentially the same. But in the case of a Honda generator we recently tested, the changes were major enough to warrant a name change. That didn’t happen.

After we posted our latest generator … (read more)