Viking adds pro-style features to its consumer line

Viking adds pro-style features to its consumer line

Last year Viking was acquired by Middleby Corporation, a maker of commercial restaurant equipment. At Design and Construction Week, Viking introduced a number of new products that incorporate commercial technology into consumer products. It will be interesting to see if consumers want these high-end features.

Viking’s new 7 Series range features 23,000 BTU elevation burners adapted from the commercial line. That’s the highest we’ve seen in a residential range. Also on display are wall ovens with the new side-swing French doors, … (read more)

Bosch cooking gear has common-sense features

Bosch cooking gear has common-sense features

When it comes to kitchen appliances, convenience is increasingly synonymous with high-tech mobile control. But some new work-saving features are more about good old-fashioned common sense as we discovered when we saw some new appliances from Bosch at Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas.

Take the door on Bosch’s 30-inch Benchmark electric wall oven: Instead of opening downward, this one opens to the side like a microwave’s. That’s an advantage when you’re cooking a big roast because you don’t have to lift … (read more)

GE app lets you add new features to an old oven

GE app lets you add new features to an old oven

By downloading a new app, GE is offering consumers a chance to “upgrade” the GE wall oven they already have. The app gives you remote control of your wall oven, via a smart phone, whether you’re waiting in line at the grocery store or leaving work. Sounds a bit risky to us.
 
By downloading the GE Brillion mobile app, owners of GE Profile wall ovens can preheat, set the timer, check cooking status, receive notifications, and … (read more)

Samsung’s new appliance line includes four first-ever features

Samsung’s new appliance line includes four first-ever features

Samsung Electronics America, no stranger to innovation, has taken a unique approach to the launch its 2013 line by opening a pop-up showroom, dubbed Samsung House, in the trendy New York City neighborhood of SoHo. Open to the public this weekend, the “home environment” space features a fully operational kitchen and laundry room intended to show off Samsung’s latest cooking and cleaning wares in a real-world—if somewhat high-flying—setting. Consumer Reports stopped by for a sneak peek.

Two of the featured appliances … (read more)

Low-priced kitchen cabinets with top-drawer features

Low-priced kitchen cabinets with top-drawer features

New cabinets can make a huge impact on your kitchen—and an equally huge dent in your budget. Consumer Reports’ surveys have shown that readers who hired contractors paid an average of roughly $ 9,000 for new cabinets, with about a quarter of them spending more than $ 15,000. It’s usually the biggest single investment you’ll make in your project. The good news: Many once-premium features, such as dovetail joints, have moved down to lower-priced stock cabinets, available as near as your local big-box … (read more)

5 toaster features that are the best thing since sliced bread

5 toaster features that are the best thing since sliced bread

The basic mechanics of the pop-up toaster haven’t changed much since its invention nearly a century ago. Most models feature the same vertical slots with heating elements on either side that slowly toast the bread. In the absence of any game-changing technologies, manufacturers have tried to differentiate their products with convenience features and design flourishes. Here are five improvements we’ve seen through decades of toaster testing at Consumer Reports.

Special settings. Toasters used to have two settings: on … (read more)

Samsung’s EcoBubble washer features the bear necessities

Samsung’s EcoBubble washer features the bear necessities

The Internet is crawling with cat videos but it’s a video of a Canadian brown bear that’s lumbering up YouTube’s most-watched list. It’s a clever way to get viewers—more than 13 million so far—to watch an ad for a washing machine. Samsung, which has a knack for viral videos, has done it again with its EcoBubble washer. Consumer Reports hasn’t tested this particular washer yet but other Samsung models top our reviews of both front- and top-loading washing machines.

In the video, … (read more)

Builders’ Show: New features make generators easier to use

Builders’ Show: New features make generators easier to use

More and bigger storms like Hurricane Sandy have driven generator sales through the roof. You can check whether some of the latest models are working with your cell phone—and sidestep fueling issues when gas stations are closed. New models on display at the International Builders’ Show can be monitored from a smart phone or run on propane instead of gasoline.

GE’s new 8,000-watt and 10,000-watt standby generators can power practically everything in your house—including washers and ovens for the … (read more)