Even our testers sometimes load the dishwasher wrong

Even our testers sometimes load the dishwasher wrong

Our washing test for dishwashers is grueling, with 10 place settings slathered with egg yolks, peanut butter, raspberry jam, and other goo left to harden overnight before we run a cycle. We expect a range of results from utterly spotless dishes to those with bits of food still stuck to them. What we didn’t expect was a load of items that stayed dirty because the soap dispenser didn’t open.

But that’s what happened when we first tested the GE GDT550HSDSS, … (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)