Fagor dishwasher could flood your kitchen

Fagor dishwasher could flood your kitchen

Some dishwashers clean better, faster, and more quietly than others; of the dozens we test each year, only the Fagor LFA-65SS, $ 1,000, repeatedly drenched our lab floor with water. We’ve judged it a Don’t Buy: Performance Problem as a result.

We bought and tested two samples of the Fagor. The same thing happened through five separate runs: Food from our test load of dirty dishes clogged the machine’s filter after the initial rinse, prompting its control system to add more water, which … (read more)

A top-notch blender could be your Super Bowl party MVP

A top-notch blender could be your Super Bowl party MVP

Scrambling to plan the menu for a last-minute Super Bowl party? A blender could handle a lot of the meal prep, from pre-game pass-arounds to the post-game desserts. But it has to be the right machine. In our latest report on blenders, Consumer Reports spotted several top models that should be up to the challenge. Here are three brands to consider, along with sample party menus drawn from their respective recipe books, available online.

Vitamix
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We wish we could say this coffeemaker is out of this world

We wish we could say this coffeemaker is out of this world

Take a look at the DeLonghi NescafĂ© Dolce Gusto Creativa Plus, and you could be forgiven for thinking it’s some alien creature asking to be taken to your leader. But it’s on this earth to serve coffee, one cup at a time. The little rascal costs $ 200 and nearly made our list of top-picks but, like most movie aliens, proved to be unpredictable, lacking temperature consistency from cup to cup. The ET-like Creativa Plus was one … (read more)