The five best food processors from our tests for $100 or less

The five best food processors from our tests for $ 100 or less

Consumer Reports’ top-rated food processor, the Breville BFP800XL/A is masterful in just about every way, and it’s incredibly quiet. But at $ 400, it’s also the priciest model in our Ratings by far. What if you can only spend $ 100? Or even $ 50? It turns out there are some decent models at that price point, though you’ll have to settle for one or two deficiencies. Here are five to consider from Consumer Reports’ … (read more)

Get an edge on summer lawn care with these five mowing tips

Get an edge on summer lawn care with these five mowing tips

Even a top-performing walk-behind mower, lawn tractor, or rider won’t make your lawn the belle of the block if your mowing is too random. Here are some tips for smarter use of your mower or riding machine, along with some finishing touches to help your yard look its best before you fire up the grill this Memorial Day weekend.

Mind the mower. Keep your blade sharp, getting it sharpened monthly or at least twice a year. … (read more)

Five ways to get an exterior paint job that lasts

Five ways to get an exterior paint job that lasts

Painting the outside of your house is a big job and one you probably don’t want to undertake yourself. But a new coat of paint can add value to your home so it’s worth the investment. And avoiding some tempting shortcuts can ensure you a paint job that lasts 10 years or longer. Here’s some tips from the paint pros at Consumer Reports.

Don’t buy by brand alone. Frequent reformulations to improve performance and lower emissions may mean that … (read more)

Five feature-filled refrigerators for $1,600 or less

Five feature-filled refrigerators for $ 1,600 or less

As refrigerators have gotten bigger and better—often boasting more than 30 cubic feet of claimed capacity and neat features like LCD displays and seltzer water dispensers—prices have also increased. Nearly half of the 60-plus models on our list of recommended refrigerators cost $ 2,000 or more, and you can easily spend many times that on a pricey built-in. But there are also plenty of less-expensive, yet still high-performing models to choose from. Here are five to consider if money is a … (read more)

Five great refrigerators for small kitchens

Five great refrigerators for small kitchens

Maybe you’ve downsized from a big house in the burbs to a smaller city condo. Or you’re a DINK—that’s “double income, no kids” household—who has made the switch from renting to owning. Whatever the case, if you live in an apartment you need a refrigerator sized to fit a modest kitchen. Fortunately, manufacturers have been rolling out more models aimed at this market that don’t skimp on features. Here are five to consider from Consumer Reports’ latest refrigerator tests.
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The five brightest ideas from this year’s Lightfair

The five brightest ideas from this year’s Lightfair

Lightfair in Philadelphia this week bills itself as the world’s largest commercial and architectural lighting trade show. But for the Consumer Reports staffers who test and report on energy-saving lightbulbs, Lightfair is our geeky go-to for the latest in lighting. As competition for the growing LED market heats up, manufacturers are promising lightbulbs that do more and cost less. Here are five developments from the show that turned us on.

Cree: Warm light at the right price
Consumers want … (read more)

Two high-flying toilets and five stinkers to avoid

Two high-flying toilets and five stinkers to avoid

If you think squeezing a toilet into your narrow powder room is hard, imagine what it’s like designing a bathroom for a commercial airplane. We’re seeing more compact toilets for the home, including the space-saving Gerber Viper toilet. Now airlines are benefiting from smaller commodes as well that can withstand high velocity while using minimal water, according to The Wall Street Journal. As demanding as those conditions are, they’re nothing compared to the tests we put toilets through in … (read more)

Five super cleaning products for the super scrubbers

Five super cleaning products for the super scrubbers

Do you tackle an average of 18 cleaning tasks each week over a total of five hours? If so, you’re part of an influential breed of cleaners dubbed “cleaning routinists” by S.C. Johnson & Son. As the Wall Street Journal reports, manufacturers are courting these power scrubbers with advanced cleaning products that, they hope, will ultimately be embraced by the mainstream. “It’s like if you’re designing running wear and testing it on triathletes,” Don Frey, Method’s vice president of … (read more)