Samsung hits industry high in washer capacity

Samsung hits industry high in washer capacity

Top-loading washers too deep for easy emptying have been a recent topic of user-reviews for a number of our more petite readers, some of whom use tongs to retrieve socks and other small items from the bottom of the tub. But Samsung announced last week a washer that should solve the problem—while hitting a new high for capacity in the process.

Manufacturers have been boosting the tub sizes of some washers, which has resulted in ever-deeper tubs. But for the $ … (read more)

Baking equipment that hits the sweet spot—or not

Baking equipment that hits the sweet spot—or not

This year, in a once-in-a-lifetime event, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide. Imagine the feasts that will appear on American tables in just a few weeks. But whether you’re cooking potato latkes, pumpkin pie, or both, you’ll want equipment that puts your best food forward. As Consumer Reports found in its tests of baking supplies, some newfangled tools aren’t always an improvement over your tried-and-true bakeware.

A brownie pan that makes individual portions, a silicone pan insert that promises to release the grease, … (read more)

Samsung refrigerator hits new high for efficiency

Samsung refrigerator hits new high for efficiency

Back in 1975, a typical refrigerator consumed about 1,750 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. The Samsung RF261BIAESR, a new French-door refrigerator with a claimed capacity of 25.5 cubic feet, uses less than a quarter that amount, making it the most efficient model we’ve ever tested in that category. The $ 2,100 refrigerator also maintains superb temperature control and has several helpful features, including a full-width pantry drawer, touchpad controls, and LED theatre lighting.

One feature the Samsung RF261BIAESR(read more)