Paola Navone Designs White Fairy Tale like Interiors to Present Latest Furniture by Baxter

Showcased at this year’s Maison & Objet in Paris, within an ethereal setting fit for an ice princess, is a series of new furnishings by Baxter within a set called “Scenes d’Interieur”. Designed by Paola Navone, the rooms overall imagery is one of a cold winter’s days, with the furnishings oh so inviting and looking incredibly warm and cozy. The deep tufting within the Diana Chester sofa (made with Nabuck Moon leather) just beckons you forward to curl up in it. Adding to this uber cozy expression is … (read more)

Bounty cleans up in our latest paper towel tests

Bounty cleans up in our latest paper towel tests

Blowouts are rare in Consumer Reports’ tests, but our latest report on paper towels saw a landslide victory for the latest Bounty product, from Procter & Gamble. With an overall score of 96, Bounty DuraTowel was 21 points ahead of the next best, Bounty Extra Soft. Yet another Bounty product took third place, with Viva rounding out our recommended list. Even with DuraTowel’s decisive victory, finding the best paper towel for your family … (read more)

Kenmore quietly tops Bosch in our latest dishwasher tests

Kenmore quietly tops Bosch in our latest dishwasher tests

One brand, Bosch, has topped our dishwasher Ratings for many years, with a $ 700 model, the Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7[5]UC, top of the list most recently. Until now. In our latest tests of dishwashers, the Kenmore Elite 12783, $ 1,200, edged out the now number two Bosch with slightly quieter operation and lower water use.

The Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7[5]US, a CR Best Buy, comes close to matching the Kenmore in performance and features. Both machines have adjustable … (read more)

Ninja, Vitamix share top spot in latest blender Ratings

Ninja, Vitamix share top spot in latest blender Ratings

In Consumer Reports’ latest blender Ratings, featuring a dozen new models and a slightly revised scoring system, a $ 60 blender and one costing $ 450 are tied for first place, ahead of eleven other recommended models. We also reveal a number of duds, including one from Food Network celeb Sandra Lee that sets a new low for underachievement.

For our latest blender report, we eliminated the cheese grating test, after readers told us this is not a … (read more)

New Frecan designer range hoods

Fortune 90 White Glass

The latest designer hoods from Frecan, both wall hood collection and Light collection.

Fortune 90 Black Glass

These designer range hoods are made of glass and stainless steel, certain models have distinct wood inserts. Stainless steel or aluminum filters, 4-speed blowers with up to 2,400 cubic meters per hour extraction rates when installed with top performing external roof motor.

Rigel

Halogen lights or LEDs and Frecan advanced Science Comfort System, equipped with the latest design turbines, built with compensated silent-block and anti-vibration … (read more)

GE’s slate finish is latest challenger to stainless steel

GE’s slate finish is latest challenger to stainless steel

GE is the latest manufacturer to roll out a new finish for its major appliances. Slate, a gray-toned metallic with slightly less sheen than the stainless steel it’s looking to succeed, launches this month across a suite of appliances that includes French-door refrigerators, freestanding gas and electric ranges, dishwashers, and an over-the-range microwave.

“During our conversations with designers and consumers, they expressed their strong desire for an alternative to stainless steel,” said Brian McWaters, brand general manager for GE … (read more)