Has Black Friday lost its luster?

Has Black Friday lost its luster?

Despite the barrage of ads touting one super sale after another, most Americans won’t be hitting the malls on Black Friday this year. In fact, 56 percent of adults surveyed for the latest Consumer Reports Holiday Poll* proclaimed that they have no intention of setting foot inside a store anytime during Black Friday weekend. (Read our first Holiday Poll, about Americans’ mood at this time of year.)

When asked why, 70 percent cited a desire to avoid crowds, while 34 percent attributed … (read more)

Retro Modern House with Black and White Interior Palette

We love the mix of modern and retro found in the Toronto home of interior designer and architect Stephane Chamard. The warm, eclectic atmosphere comes via classical architecture which is modernized with black paint and funky furnishings. We particularly love this interior because it looks lived in, not just some nondescript space styled for a magazine photo shoot. The home’s predominantly black and white palette boasts flashes of bold color here and there – an orange console table, a red lounge chair, and vibrant artwork … (read more)

Chic Small Black and White Apartment in Paris

Challenging on one side, the renovation of this small apartment also offered some obvious solutions to Septembre, the architects in charge. This reconverted industrial space is long and thin, with windows on one side only. Thus the spaces had to be distributed in such a way as for most of the rooms to have natural light. Where this was impossible, interior windows have been created in order to bring the generous light from the living area into the other spaces. The open plan living space … (read more)

Small appliances at Black Friday prices all year long

Small appliances at Black Friday prices all year longYou don’t have to wait until Black Friday to get a top-rated small appliance at a good price. Some of the best performers in Consumer Reports tests cost $ 80 or even much less including a $ 30 hand mixer and a $ 40 coffeemaker. Of course, if you want to spend more, we also test small appliances with big price tags. Here are five CR Best Buys and five splurges that did great in our tests.

Hand mixers
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Grundig modern toaster, White or Black Sense

The modern, minimalistic rectangular shape of this 2-slot toaster from Grundig is smoothed by circular corners, and in black / stainless or white / stainless, the toaster makes a solid addition to your breakfast countertop setting.

Of course, it may make sense to get the entire puristic White or sleek Black Sense collection, but it is the Grundig toaster we are talking about here,
– adjustable digital browning control
– 2 extra wide toast slots with bread centering guides
– illuminated defrosting and stop buttons
– reheat function
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Bauknecht Black Line refrigeration

Part of the new Bauknecht Black Line that includes a built-in oven, a combi steam oven, a microwave compact oven, a freezer, a cabinet refrigerator and two decorative hoods, the 60cm wide KR 360 fridge and the 60cm wide GKN 363 freezer bring the timeless aesthetics, high quality materials and high functionality. An especially designed black mirror glass projects the character, strength and durability.

The ‘A++’ rated Bauknecht Black Line KR 360 fridge offers 374 liter net capacity, antibacterial protection, Bauknecht Green Intelligence sensor technology, ProFresh, LED light, LED temperature display, SuperCool, 6 safety … (read more)

Black Swan slow cooker by Swan

This large 5-litre glass slow cooker, the Black Swan, is the modern and highly advanced version of your traditional slow cooker. The Swan SF11050N is equipped with the latest technical features, making slow cooking easy by taking the guesswork out. Swan also designed a 32-page international Slow Cooking recipe book to provide a step-by-step guide for perfect slow cooking results. This recipe book comes with all Swan Slow Cookers.

Key features of the Black Swan include,
– 200 W high setting for 5 hours cooking
– 130 W low setting for … (read more)

De’Longhi Lattissima + Black Magic

The new ‘A’ energy rated Lattissima + Black Magic from De’Longhi is just like a good espresso – small, strong and black. Just press a button and it creates a tasty Latte Macchiato with milk foam, fine pored strong espresso with delicious crema, Lungo or Cappuccino.

DeLonghi Lattissima+ comes with the patented and newly improved milk frothing system that features optimized steam jet technology and the new milk / steam ratio with fewer air bubbles, so the milk foam density is just perfect.

The DeLonghi Lattissima + Black Magic is especially the … (read more)