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Consumer Reports BuyingGuide 2010 - All Product Ratings

Consumer Reports BuyingGuide 2010 - All Product Ratings

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All the product ratings from the Consumer Reports buying guide 2010
All the product ratings from the Consumer Reports buying guide 2010

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Ratings
and
Reliability
CONTENTS
Product Ratings
19O
4-year CONSUMERREPORTS index
295
Buying Guideindex
299QUICK GUIDE
Air conditioners
191
Cell phones
193
Computers, desktops
196
Computers, laptops
199
Computers, netbooks
203
Cooktops
205
Cordless drills & drivers
207
Deck stains
2O9
Digital cameras, point & shoot..
210
Digital cameras, SLR
216
Digital picture frames
218
Dishwashers Z20Dryers
224
DVD players
230
Flooring
234
Gas grills
236
GPS navigators
238
Lawn mowers
241
Lawn tractors
245
Monitors
247
Paints, exterior
249
Paints, interior
251
Printers, all-in-one
253
Ranges
255
Refrigerators
261
Smart phones
268
TVs, LCD,.,
J....271
TVs,
Plasma
279
Vacuum cleaners
283
Wall ovens
287
Washers
289
 
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CONSUMER REPORTS BUYING GUIDE 2010
PRODUCT RATINGS ANDBRAND RELIABILITY
T
he product rating and brand reliability information thatfollows is designed to help you zero in on the model youwant to buy. Start by reading the general buying advicefor the product you're interested in. The page numbersfor these reports are noted on each Ratings page. Thenturn to the Ratings chart to get the big picture on performance.
For some products you'll find fullRatings charts that inciude every cur-rently available modei we tested. Forother products, you'll find Select Rat-ings charts that include the models Rec-ommended for mosi people pius modelsthat we designated as Best Buys. TbeSelect Katings Overview explains whythese models are your best choices. TheOverview is included with full Ratingscharts as well as Select Ratings charts.Products with equal scores are listedalphabetically.NSUMiiR RhPORTS checked lo makesure most of the producís rated in thisBuying Guide
were
still availabie when thebook was published. However, depend-ing on how long after publication you usethis book, you may find a Ruling for aproduct that is no longer available. Or,you may not find a Rating for a modelthat is avaiiabie because it hadn't beentested as of publication.
Besides
checking tor similar models,
yi)U
tan also refer to the brand repair historycharts for some products. Most productstoday are pretty reliable, but some brandshave been more reliable than others.Every year
we
survey readers on repairsand other problems they encounter withhousehold products. From their respons-
es,
we derive the percentage ofa brand'sproducts that have been repaired or hada serious problem. The reliability graphsthat accompany the Ratings give brandrepair rates for 16 product categories.Our findings have been consistent overthe 30-plus years we've surveyed brandreliability, though Ihey are not infalliblepredictors.A brands repair history includes dataon many models, some of which may havebeen more or
less
reliable than others. Andsurveys ofa brand's past models can't an-ticipate design or manufacturing changesin its new model-s. Still, you can improveyour chances of getting
a
trouble-free prod-uct by getting a brand that has been reli-able in the past.Product categories inciude appliances,such as washers and ranges; electron-
ics,
such as computers, digital cameras,televisions, and DVD players; and powerequipment, such as lawn mowers and trac-tors. Note that repair histories for differentproducts are not directly comparable.
 
AIR CONDITIONERS
191
AIR CONDITIONERS
!-ine cooling performance is a given. Top-scoring room air conditioners are alsoenergy efficienl and reialively quiet. An air conditioner's air direction matters moreil your window is not centered in your room. Check the Airflow left and Airflow rightin the Ratings for this information. Below are Select Ratings.
Brand & model Price Overall score Test results
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