Four new Bosch dishwashers added to our list of top picks

Four new Bosch dishwashers added to our list of top picks

Of the 51 dishwashers on Consumer Reports’ top picks list, 34 are made by Bosch including four new models that we just added. In our dishwasher tests, all four earned excellent scores for washing and energy efficiency with cycles that are two hours long. And two of them offer a speedier cycle that gets the job done in less time using little water and energy.

The Bosch 800 Plus Series SHX7PT55UC, $ 1,300, and the (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)

Smeg four door side-by-side fridge freezer

This innovative four door side-by-side fridge freezer, Smeg FQ60XPE makes the best and most logical use of its impressive 610 litre capacity, offering flexible and personalized solutions. The four door refrigerator is designed for storing and preserving large amounts of food. The Smeg FQ60XPE differs from the regular side-by-side fridge freezers because of its multifunctional layout, as its bottom-right Multizone compartment can be used either as a refrigerator or a freezer, and the temperature can be set using the external display.

Similar in many features to the Samsung T9000 French four-door … (read more)

Four must-have appliance upgrades and six you can skip

Four must-have appliance upgrades and six you can skip

Appliance manufacturers regularly update their top-of-the-line products with new technology and fresh design elements—and pass the expense of each “improvement” along to the consumer, of course. Some of these upgrades do in fact deliver the added convenience they promise, but others may not be good enough to pay more for. Here’s a rundown of features to consider and those to skip:

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Digital temperature controls. They display the actual temperature and the temperature you set, allowing you … (read more)