Electrolux speeds up cooking and cleaning times

Electrolux speeds up cooking and cleaning times

One of the major themes at Design and Construction Week is appliances that save time for busy consumers. Electrolux showed us a number of new appliances including ovens that preheat faster, cooktops that speed water to a boil and dishwashers, washers, and dryers with shorter cycles.

The Electrolux dishwasher on display has a 30-minute quick cycle that claims to get dishes just as clean as a normal cycle. The company says that consumers have been clamoring for shorter wash times. Consumer Reports … (read more)

Best and worst cleaning products of 2013

Best and worst cleaning products of 2013

Even if keeping your house cleaner isn’t one of your resolutions for 2014, it’s still good to know which cleaning products are worth the expense and which are like throwing money down the drain. Of the laundry detergents, all-purpose cleaners, dishwasher detergents and other cleaning products Consumer Reports put to the test this year, some made chores a cinch while others were a waste of elbow grease. Here’s what we liked and what we didn’t. 

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GE dishwasher’s bottle-washing jets speed cleaning

GE dishwasher’s bottle-washing jets speed cleaning

Baby bottles that rolled under the car’s back seat, energy-drink bottles left in a gym bag over the weekend, and other artifacts from our busy lifestyles are the obvious inspiration for a new feature found in some GE dishwashers. In the top rack of select models, you can put containers with small openings, such as baby and sports bottles and other tall, narrow items, over four upright jets positioned on the right side. GE says the jets direct water deep inside the bottles during … (read more)

A dirty little cleaning secret—naked vacuuming

A dirty little cleaning secret—naked vacuuming

Now the dirty little secret of vacuuming can be told. Across the world, 4 percent of people vacuum in their underwear and 2 percent wear nothing at all. Vacuuming in the buff is most popular in northern climes with Norwegians, Swedes, and Americans doffing their duds most often. Naked vacuuming is almost unheard of in Chile and Japan. That’s according to the Electrolux Global Vacuuming Survey, which asked 28,000 people in 23 countries about their vacuuming habits and preferences.

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The best hand and stick vacuums for light-duty cleaning

The best hand and stick vacuums for light-duty cleaning

Hand and stick vacuums are small, lightweight picker-uppers meant for spilled cereal, dirty car interiors, and other messes too small to require lugging out the heavy equipment. They’re also designed for quick surface pickup rather than the deep cleaning that upright and canister vacuums are known for. Consumer Reports recently tested more than 20 small vacuums and found eight top picks that start at $ 35.

Hand vacuums. These small vacuums tend to be lightest and can handle car … (read more)

Hitachi vacuum cleaner with multiangle cleaning head

A compact cyclone vacuum with high suction power, the new Hitachi vacuum cleaner CV-SU23V has a wireless infrared remote control system which makes it possible to adjust the power setting via the hand grip. The vacuum features Hitachi remarkable multiangle cleaning head, which rotates vertically at 90° either side and fits into narrow gaps and openings between furniture pieces, enabling you to vacuum dust quickly and thoroughly. The unique head also saves you the effort to move furniture further away from the walls.

The powerful 2.3 kW vacuum comes with easy to clean dust … (read more)

Five super cleaning products for the super scrubbers

Five super cleaning products for the super scrubbers

Do you tackle an average of 18 cleaning tasks each week over a total of five hours? If so, you’re part of an influential breed of cleaners dubbed “cleaning routinists” by S.C. Johnson & Son. As the Wall Street Journal reports, manufacturers are courting these power scrubbers with advanced cleaning products that, they hope, will ultimately be embraced by the mainstream. “It’s like if you’re designing running wear and testing it on triathletes,” Don Frey, Method’s vice president of … (read more)

CES 2013: LG claims easy oven cleaning in just 20 minutes

CES 2013: LG claims easy oven cleaning in just 20 minutes

Cleaning the oven is such a detested chore that some cooks admit to running the cleaning cycle of their range or wall oven only once during its lifetime. For almost as long, appliance makers have been looking for an easier way. LG took the plunge this week when it introduced a new series of self-cleaning, large-capacity ovens with a new coating called Aqua Clean Enamel at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Here’s how it works: The user … (read more)