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)

High-tech home gear for gadget gurus

High-tech home gear for gadget gurus

Pretty soon we’ll all be monitoring our homes from smart devices that enable us to turn lights on and off, adjust the heat, and start the washing machine or dryer. And then we can put up our feet and watch robots vacuum the floor and clean the windows. Robots and Wi-Fi enabled thermostats, lights, and light switches are just some of the smart appliances that Consumer Reports tested this year. And we have to admit, most of them were pretty cool. Perhaps just the … (read more)

The best kitchen gear for a breakfast of champions

The best kitchen gear for a breakfast of champions

Even though nine out of 10 people believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, in our rush to get to work or school many of us skip it. Then along comes the weekend when life is more leisurely and you can take the time to make a restaurant-style breakfast or brunch at home. Whether you’re in a hurry or not, it helps to have the right kitchen gear. Here are four affordable small appliances and one frying pan … (read more)

Bring the party to the parking lot with this top tailgating gear

Bring the party to the parking lot with this top tailgating gear

With the NFL playing pre-season games and college athletes about to hit the gridiron, it’s tailgating season again. Whether you’ll be on the grassy field of your alma mater or the paved parking lot of the local pro team, a few key accessories culled from Consumer Reports’ latest tests will help the pre-game festivities go off without a fumble.

A worthy portable grill

As part of our continuous testing of gas … (read more)