How to save when buying a washer and dryer

How to save when buying a washer and dryer

If you had to put a price tag on a new washer and dryer, how high would you go? When Yahoo posted an article from Consumer Reports on impressive laundry pairs for $ 1,600 or less, readers made hundreds of comments—some said that was way too much money to pay for these two workhorses. A matching pair should last about a decade before an expensive part blows, according to several appliance manufacturers, but even so you have to pay now, wash … (read more)

Save time in the kitchen with these speed cookers

Save time in the kitchen with these speed cookers

 

Cooking appliances are the engine of any kitchen. Wimpy burners, a wonky oven, and a microwave with a mind of its own can get in the way of efficient meal prep. Our latest tests of kitchen appliances found plenty of first-rate models with true timesaving enhancements. That includes high-powered cooktops that will bring water for pasta to a rapid boil and double ovens that let you simultaneously prepare two dishes at different temperatures.

But not every speed claim from … (read more)

Save time in the kitchen

Save time in the kitchen

Five to 10 minutes might not sound like much, but when you’re racing to get dinner on the table, that can be the difference between a relaxing family meal and one gobbled down with hardly a “How was your day?” When we surveyed 3,435 Consumer Reports subscribers about their experiences cooking weeknight meals, almost half said they wished the task took less time. The average difference between actual time spent and what they desired: 8 minutes.

With that goal in mind, we set out to … (read more)

Save on the cost of Swiffer pads

Save on the cost of Swiffer pads

There’s no need to drag out your full-sized upright or canister vacuum for every little cleanup job. Our labs are just finishing up tests of two sweeper/vacs, the Dyson Hard DC56 ($ 330) and the Swiffer Sweeper/Vac ($ 40), which combine a wet or dry sweeping cloth with a light-duty cordless vacuum. But once you’ve used even the standard Swiffer Sweeper, one thing hits you—the cost of replacement pads, which run 30 to 60 cents each. Some consumers have found creative ways … (read more)

5 ways to save energy and money right now

5 ways to save energy and money right now

Boston scored a win over New York this week and it wasn’t on the baseball diamond. Instead, Beantown won top honors for its efforts to advance energy efficiency. New York took third place after Portland, Ore., in the rankings from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. While the report focuses on the actions of the nation’s 34 largest cities, citizens everywhere can do their part and save money too. Plugging leaks and insulating your home are two of … (read more)

Bright ideas that save energy and money

Bright ideas that save energy and money

Forget the media room and the whirlpool tub. Energy efficiency tops the list of home features that today’s savvy consumers want. And they’re willing to pay for it—an extra $ 7,100 for a home that will reduce annual energy costs by $ 1,000, according to a recent report from the National Association of Home Builders.

But you don’t have to buy a new house to reap the latest energy savings. Our expert tips could cut your energy bills in half. Simply screwing in … (read more)

Save by switching to a more efficient washer

Save by switching to a more efficient washer

It goes without saying that choosing a high-efficiency washing machine over a conventional model will save money on your utility bills. But you might be surprised to learn that the savings can exceed $ 100 per year, according to a white paper released this week by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. Even better: Consumer Reports’ washing machine Ratings include a few dozen recommended high-efficiency models, including eight CR Best Buys that sell for as little … (read more)

Five ways to save on paint that the stores don’t tell you

Five ways to save on paint that the stores don’t tell you

You’ll pay about $ 32 a gallon for the top-rated satin, flat, or semi-gloss paints from Consumer Reports’ latest tests. Benjamin Moore interior paints also performed very well, but cost twice as much. You can spend less but too often the most inexpensive paints are no bargain. Many require additional coats for hiding so you might have to spend more to get good covering. We asked our experts if there’s a way to save money and still … (read more)