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)

Microwave a scene stealer in ‘American Hustle’

Microwave a scene stealer in ‘American Hustle’

In the new film “American Hustle,” a comedy-drama about a con man, his cunning mistress, and an elaborate FBI sting set in the late 1970s, Jennifer Lawrence plays a glamorous nutcake who’s a danger to tough guys and to things with plugs. So when her husband warns her not to put any metal in their new “science oven”—a microwave—of course she does just that.
 
Lawrence plays a feisty Rosalyn Rosenfeld and her microwave scene is so good that it made … (read more)

Top-rated baby gifts for new parents

Top-rated baby gifts for new parents

As tiny as they are, babies need a lot of stuff. So helping new or soon-to-be parents furnish the nursery makes a welcome gift, especially around the holidays. The little rascals need many new things all at once and a sturdy crib or stroller can cost hundreds of dollars. Consumer Reports tests such baby essentials as cribs, strollers, car seats, and more. Here’s some advice from our experts on the best baby products for new parents.

Cribs
A newborn may seem too … (read more)

Big changes coming for daily news at ConsumerReports.org

Big changes coming for daily news at ConsumerReports.org

Starting Wednesday morning (July 24), you’ll notice a few things different about the daily content we produce at ConsumerReports.org:

The news.consumerreports.org subdomain will go away. All of the content we produce, including daily news items, product reviews and Ratings, the Consumer Reports magazine archive, videos, and more–will appear on ConsumerReports.org.

Don’t worry–you’ll still be able to find all the previous news articles we published over the past seven-plus years. And if you’ve bookmarked news.consumerreports.org, that URL will … (read more)