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)

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)

Black Friday sales at the home improvement stores

Black Friday sales at the home improvement stores

The dirty little secret of Black Friday is that many shoppers are out for themselves. And why not take advantage of the lower prices, especially if you have a remodeling project in the works. The home improvement stores are offering deep discounts on appliances, outdoor power equipment and other tools and supplies, some which fared well in Consumer Reports tests.

Do-it-yourselfers who don’t typically frequent the Black Friday sales may want to reconsider. “When many people think about Black Friday, they … (read more)