Large appliances are a big investment so you want to make sure you’re getting the most performance for your money. At Consumer Reports, the analysts who select the products and the engineers who test them know what they like and what they don’t like. And they’re happy when they discover a new feature that lives up to its claims such as a refrigerator that dispenses hot water and a speedy washer that also saves drying time. Here are the models they recommend for the kitchen and laundry.
“The GE Café CFE29TSDSS, $3099, is a 28.6-cubic-foot French-door fridge with a nifty little feature we have never seen before. It can dispense up to 10 ounces of hot water at a time, ranging in temperatures from 90° F to 185° F. It did very well in our tests, achieving an overall score of 78, and a spot among our recommended models.”
—Joe Pacella, Project Leader
“My personal choice is the Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7. It’s just a hair below the No. 1 Kenmore Elite 12793 ($1288) overall, yet at just $714, it’s a fraction of the price. I also like the sleek look of its hidden controls. I’ve recommended the Ascenta to several friends and family, and they’re happy with it, too.”
—Lrrye Ciufo, Senior Project Leader
“I’m considering the 36-inch Thermador SGSX365FS gas cooktop, $1,900, for my kitchen remodel. Paired with one of our top-rated wall ovens, it still costs far less than a 36-inch pro-style range, and its fast heating and excellent simmering will fit my cooking style, since I make a lot of pasta dishes. And I like the look of the star-shaped burners.”
“If I were in the market for a wall oven, the Whirlpool WOS92EC0AH single oven, $1,480, or Whirlpool WOD93EC0AS double oven, $2,335, would be at the top of my list. I like the true convection feature because it allows for three-rack baking and speeds up roasting times.”
—Michael Dilauro, Product Information Specialist
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“I would choose the LG WM3070H[W]A, $887. While not the top-rated model, it’s a CR Best Buy that offers excellent wash performance, including a TurboWash feature that helps it wash well, faster. And, as a front-loader, it will extract more water from the laundry—so drying won’t take as long. But most important to me, LG is among the most reliable brand of front-loaders, according to our product reliability survey.”
"I would recommend the LG DLEX3470[W] ($959). While not the top-rated model, it is excellent at drying and very quiet. It also has a steam option to freshen and remove wrinkles from a few items of clothing, and it can be stacked with its matching washer. Additionally, LG is among the more reliable brands of electric dryers.”
—Emilio Gonzalez, Senior Program Leader
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