Even our testers sometimes load the dishwasher wrong

Even our testers sometimes load the dishwasher wrong

Our washing test for dishwashers is grueling, with 10 place settings slathered with egg yolks, peanut butter, raspberry jam, and other goo left to harden overnight before we run a cycle. We expect a range of results from utterly spotless dishes to those with bits of food still stuck to them. What we didn’t expect was a load of items that stayed dirty because the soap dispenser didn’t open.

But that’s what happened when we first tested the GE GDT550HSDSS, … (read more)

Looking for even browning in a colorful new batch of toasters

Looking for even browning in a colorful new batch of toasters

Testing is heating up in the toaster labs at Consumer Reports. It will be another few weeks before the final results are in, revealing which toasters pop out the most evenly browned toast with the highest rate of consistency, but we can tell you this much—the current batch of toasters is the hottest we’ve seen in years. Here are a few of the highlights:

Pops of color. The trend for brightly colored countertop appliances is gathering steam … (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)