Do you own one of these recalled dehumidifiers?

Do you own one of these recalled dehumidifiers?

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced the recall of 350,000 dehumidifiers sold under the GE brand name. The units can overheat, smoke, and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. There have been 16 reported incidents with the GE dehumidifiers, including five in which fire spread beyond the units, causing about $ 430,000 in property damage.

The affected 30, 40, 50, and 65-pint dehumidifiers were sold at Sam’s Club, Walmart, and other stores nationwide and in Canada, … (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)

Don’t miss these Veterans Day appliance sales

Don’t miss these Veterans Day appliance sales

Monday is Veterans Day. It’s also a good time to look for deals on appliances. Consumer Reports checked in with Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Sears and got the heads-up on sales of laundry and kitchen appliances. Some are so impressive that they’ve been recommended by the testers at Consumer Reports or came pretty close to being named a top pick. When shopping at Home Depot and Lowe’s, ask about their discounts for military families.
 
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Here’s something you … (read more)

Get the most out of your gas grill with these six barbecue tips

Get the most out of your gas grill with these six barbecue tips

Perfectly seared steaks and mouth-watering burgers hot off the grill signal that summer is in full swing. Add grilled corn and watermelon slices and it’s dinnertime. Grilling doesn’t take much fuss, but it can be tricky, resulting in rubbery chicken and charred rib-eyes. Here are six grilling tips from the experts at Consumer Reports.

Add flavor and tenderness with marinades. Use a marinade made with an acid, such as vinegar, lemon juice, or plain … (read more)

Get an edge on summer lawn care with these five mowing tips

Get an edge on summer lawn care with these five mowing tips

Even a top-performing walk-behind mower, lawn tractor, or rider won’t make your lawn the belle of the block if your mowing is too random. Here are some tips for smarter use of your mower or riding machine, along with some finishing touches to help your yard look its best before you fire up the grill this Memorial Day weekend.

Mind the mower. Keep your blade sharp, getting it sharpened monthly or at least twice a year. … (read more)

Avoid buying the wrong paint with these color-choosing apps

Avoid buying the wrong paint with these color-choosing apps

A growing list of free websites and smartphone apps can help you narrow your choices of paint colors, figure out how much paint you’ll need—and even “paint” your house before you open a can. When you’re ready to buy make sure you get a paint that can weather the elements. Not all do, as Consumer Reports discovered in its exterior paint tests.

Guessing gallons. The Paint Quality Institute has a helpful paint calculator for gauging how much … (read more)

Before taking on more debt, head off these major home repairs

Before taking on more debt, head off these major home repairs

More shoppers are reaching for the credit cards–total consumer debt ticked up 0.3 percent in the final months of 2012, the first increase in four years, according to the New York Federal Reserve. That may be good news for the economy, but it could spell ruin for homeowners who get hit with an unexpected home repair. So before you rack up any more debt, read our checklist of problems not to be ignored.

Water infiltration: Runaway … (read more)

Cheers to these Chic Clear Drink Dispensers

Warm weather is on the horizon (although it sure doesn’t feel like it in the dead of winter!) so make sure you have cool drinks on hand with these chic drink dispensers from Horchow. Whether you’re hosting a swanky soiree or a casual outdoor barbecue, they are a great way to display the drink of choice: iced tea with sliced lemons, juice, punch or something with a little more, er… punch! Your guests will have fun refilling their own glasses with this easy-to-use entertaining essential. Done in clear glass, these drink dispensers are also … (read more)