How to save when buying a washer and dryer

How to save when buying a washer and dryer

If you had to put a price tag on a new washer and dryer, how high would you go? When Yahoo posted an article from Consumer Reports on impressive laundry pairs for $ 1,600 or less, readers made hundreds of comments—some said that was way too much money to pay for these two workhorses. A matching pair should last about a decade before an expensive part blows, according to several appliance manufacturers, but even so you have to pay now, wash … (read more)

5 biggest goofs when buying a refrigerator

5 biggest goofs when buying a refrigerator

The hundreds of refrigerator models on the market means there’s definitely the perfect unit out there for you. The flipside to the bounty is that there are also a lot of ways to go wrong. We boiled the many pitfalls into five common gaffes committed by refrigerator shoppers. Give them a look before seeing our refrigerator Ratings for more than 300 models available in stores and online.     

Choosing the wrong size. This is especially important to avoid if you’re working … (read more)

Avoid buying the wrong paint with these color-choosing apps

Avoid buying the wrong paint with these color-choosing apps

A growing list of free websites and smartphone apps can help you narrow your choices of paint colors, figure out how much paint you’ll need—and even “paint” your house before you open a can. When you’re ready to buy make sure you get a paint that can weather the elements. Not all do, as Consumer Reports discovered in its exterior paint tests.

Guessing gallons. The Paint Quality Institute has a helpful paint calculator for gauging how much … (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)

Buying a single-serve coffeemaker? Count the cost of the pods

Buying a single-serve coffeemaker? Count the cost of the pods

Single-serve coffeemakers are one of the hottest gifts of the season so there’s a good chance that you or someone you know will give one or get one. These so-called pod machines are certainly convenient but the cost of replenishing the pods varies from one type of machine to another and some types have very limited coffee options. Although some coffeemakers accept more than one type of pod, most of those in our tests did not. So before you … (read more)