$10,000 built-in refrigerator ranks last in our Ratings

$ 10,000 built-in refrigerator ranks last in our Ratings

Consumers willing to spend ten grand on a refrigerator might not be too concerned about annual energy costs. But at Consumer Reports we take energy efficiency seriously, and so models that consume a lot of power relative to their capacity in our tests get dinged. That was the case with the Fhiaba Series MG Stand Plus MG8991TST6/3U, a $ 10,000 Italian-made refrigerator that landed at the bottom of our built-in refrigerator Ratings, with an overall score of 27 … (read more)

Breville reclaims its spot atop our food processor Ratings

Breville reclaims its spot atop our food processor Ratings

When we first reported on the Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL food processor last year, it made news by beating out Cuisinart, the appliance category’s long-time leading brand. Breville stayed atop our Ratings for many months, until an astute reader informed us that the machine’s online manual stated that grating cheese would void the warranty. That wasn’t true with the model we tested, but we pulled it from our Ratings while we investigated. Satisfied that Breville has fixed the issue, … (read more)

Soleus Air dehumidifiers pulled from stores and our Ratings

Soleus Air dehumidifiers pulled from stores and our Ratings

Soleus Air’s $ 225 SG-DEH-70-2 dehumidifier has been a CR Best Buy in Consumer Reports’ Ratings. But it’s also among the models cited in a recent stop-sale notice issued by the manufacturer after reports that the dehumidifier can overheat, smoke, and catch fire. For that reason, we’ve removed this dehumidifier and two other Soleus Air models affected by the stop sale from our Ratings of dehumidifiers.

The company’s notice includes models that were sold between January 2010 … (read more)

Thinking about a new mattress? We’ve got Ratings

Thinking about a new mattress? We’ve got Ratings

Consumer Reports has completed the first comprehensive mattresses tests in its 77-year history, and the news is in: You can get the back and side support you need at night for well under $ 1,000.

We tested 12 models, six innerspring and six foam, in the best-selling queen size and recommended three from each category for this report. All the picks in our Ratings also fall, price-wise, between the least and most expensive models. In fact, the lowest-scoring mattress … (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)