Consumer Reports’ Naughty & Nice list for 2013

Consumer Reports’ Naughty & Nice list for 2013

 

Policies, like products, sometimes fall short of expectations. And for the fourth year in a row, Consumer Reports is releasing its annual Naughty & Nice list, a campaign to shed light on company policies or practices that help or hinder the public.

The list includes retailers, airlines, telecom companies, and others that we’ve dinged for fees, fine print, or punitive practices; others were lauded for generous and outstanding customer service, for instance.

Several Consumer Reports staff members who cover retailing, finance, electronics, and … (read more)

Electrolux tops list of recommended wine chillers

Electrolux tops list of recommended wine chillers

Not everyone is prepared to spend more than $ 1,500 on a wine chiller. But if you’re into the finest wines, chances are you’ll also want the best storage money can buy. Based on Consumer Reports’ tests of more than a dozen models, that distinction belongs to the Electrolux IQ-Touch EI24WC65GS, which outscored the competition by a sizable margin.

The $ 1,530 Electrolux IQ-Touch is an undercounter wine chiller, meaning it’s designed to be built into your … (read more)

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)

Sandy retired from list of tropical storm names

Sandy retired from list of tropical storm names

Almost six months after Hurricane Sandy devastated coastal communities from Cuba to the Mid-Atlantic, her name has been retired from the official list of Atlantic Basin tropical cyclone names. That’s what happens when a storm is so deadly or so costly that using the name again would be confusing or insensitive. Sandy joins a list of 77 such storms that includes Katrina, Rita, Irene, Andrew and Gloria. Causing an estimated $ 50 billion in damage and 147 deaths, Sandy was the … (read more)

Noise keeps GE’s French-door refrigerator off top picks list

Noise keeps GE’s French-door refrigerator off top picks list

GE has pulled no punches in promoting its new 36-inch-wide French-door refrigerator. Earlier this year, as part of an online marketing campaign, the manufacturer strapped the new fridge to the back of a pickup truck and sent it on a cross-country odyssey in search of the freshest ingredients. And executives at GE say they’ve added jobs at its Appliance Park plant in Louisville, Kentucky in anticipation of robust sales. So is the fridge worth the hype? Our latest refrigerator Ratings … (read more)