Repair or replace? Find out when you should fix it and when you should nix it

Repair or replace? Find out when you should fix it and when you should nix it

Deciding whether to fix a broken product or spring for a new one often feels like an expensive guess. But there’s no need to throw away good money on a bad product. In fact, repairing broken items or keeping them going as long as possible isn’t always the best way to save money. We’ve done the homework for you, creating year-by-year advice for more than a dozen common home appliances, electronics, and lawn and … (read more)

Find top-rated large appliances at low prices

Find top-rated large appliances at low prices

Black Friday doorbusters may not appeal to everyone, especially if you don’t need another small appliance cluttering your counter. But this weekend is also a good time to buy a big appliance without spending all your holiday cash. Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Sears are all offering discounts on large appliances. We found some low prices on some of Consumer Reports’ top-rated models. Here’s a sampling from each store.

Sears
Sears is offering up to 40 percent off some select appliances and … (read more)

Police find suspect in dryer after bungled burglary

Police find suspect in dryer after bungled burglary

Dryer capacities have increased in recent years to keep up with washer capacities so large that they held 17 to 24 pounds of laundry in Consumer Reports’ tests. The idea is that you can do more laundry less frequently, or as one burglary suspect saw it, the dryer was big enough to hide in as police officers charged into a house in New Rochelle, New York, yesterday.

This rough-and-tumble tale was first reported by Lohud.com. The suspect hid … (read more)

Find the right beer for your backyard barbecue

Find the right beer for your backyard barbecue

A cold beer may already be your go-to barbecue beverage. But like wine, different types of beer taste better with some foods than others. Here’s our experts’ beer menu for which types of beer go best with what foods, from pre-party nibbles to dessert (yes, dessert).

Crisp, lighter-flavored beers such as domestic lagers and wheat beers are especially good at washing away the saltiness of chips, pretzels, nuts and other snacks. They also go well with Monterey Jack and other mild … (read more)

FTC makes appliance energy information easier to find online

FTC makes appliance energy information easier to find online

It’s becoming more common to buy major appliances online—roughly 10 percent of refrigerator sales now happen there, versus at a brick and mortar store, up from a blip 10 years ago. But for all the convenience of online appliance shopping, it’s not always easy to compare energy consumption data for various models on a retailer’s website. An amendment by the Federal Trade Commission to its Appliance Labeling Rule should change that by improving the availability of online energy information for … (read more)

Welcome to the Kitchen Design Guide

Thinking about kitchen remodeling? Want to reface kitchen cabinets? Then this is a good place to start. Here you will find lots of tips, advice and help with planning, designing and buying your kitchen and kitchen cabinets.

Buying a kitchen is a major investment. To some it is the most important room in the house. Kitchen design trends are constantly changing, as are the choices of colors and materials. However, there are still some basic concepts that never change and hopefully you will find them here.

If you can’t find what you are … (read more)