Frigidaire’s first toasters are top picks

Frigidaire’s first toasters are top picks

More brands associated with big-ticket appliances are eyeing the small-appliance market, where sales have been brisk. Frigidaire, known for major products such as refrigerators, ranges, and air conditioners, is getting in on the act with an expansive line of countertop wares. Based on the results of our latest toaster tests, Frigidaire could give brands such as Cuisinart, KitchenAid, and Hamilton Beach a real run for the money.

We rated nearly 60 two- and four-slice toasters in all, and recommended … (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)

Picks and pans from our tests of 10-inch skillets

Picks and pans from our tests of 10-inch skillets

No matter how carefully you treat your nonstick frying pan, the day will come when it loses its slickness and your once beautiful omelets turn into a mess. After the pan becomes scratched and damaged, replacing it is the best option. If you’re doing that every two or three years, you probably don’t want to pay top dollar for a new skillet. In Consumer Reports new tests of 10-inch frying pans we found three nonstick top picks including a … (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)