Top-rated healthy gifts

Top-rated healthy gifts

Have your friends and family been eating more and exercising less because of the holidays? Help them reverse that trend with some healthy gifts. Here’s a roundup of top products, from our experts.

For fitness buffs

Activity trackers. Exercise fanatics on your list will appreciate this gift because trackers are smarter, more accurate, and do a whole lot more than measure how much one walks. The Fitbit One is a CR Best Buy. The Nike+ FuelBand is Recommended.

Heart-rate monitor. Vigorous exercisers … (read more)

Top performing double wall ovens for multitasking cooks

Top performing double wall ovens for multitasking cooks

One of the great things about a wall oven is that you don’t have to contort your body into a pretzel to remove baked goods or a heavy roast. A double oven offers that advantage twice over as well as two times the capacity of a single wall oven. While ranges still rule the kitchen, double wall ovens make up 15 percent of the market. That’s why Consumer Reports is testing more of them and just added a 30-inch Whirlpool model … (read more)

Water-saving tips that Thanksgiving cooks can be grateful for

Water-saving tips that Thanksgiving cooks can be grateful for

The holidays involve a lot of entertaining and all that entails—cooking, dirty dishes, and loads of laundry. You can do it all without throwing money down the drain along with the extra water you’re using and the energy it takes to heat it. The folks at WaterSense, the conservation program run by the Environmental Protection Agency, suggest some simple ways to save that your guests won’t even notice.

In the kitchen

Don’t run the tap when washing dishes in the … (read more)

Cooks covet extra counter space even more than cabinets

Cooks covet extra counter space even more than cabinets

When is the last time you heard somebody complain about having too much counter space or too many kitchen cabinets? Lack of space is why nearly 50 percent of homeowners say they keep frequently used kitchen items in other rooms—the food processor winds up in the laundry room, stockpots are stashed in the garage—according to the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence. If you have space, you can add an island but make sure the countertop you install can … (read more)