C O O K T O P S 35

Quick
Guide
COOKTOPS
Remodeiing your kitchen? Now's the time to consider
the added flexibility of a separate cooktop and wall-oven
combo. WW\\e gas and smoothtop electric cooktops still
make up most of the market, prices are dropping for induction,
which speeds cooking using an electromagnetic field.
What to looic for
• A gas cooktop if you want
the visual confirmation of a
flame, a smoothtop electric for
easy cleaning
• An induction model for
quick heating; some now cost
just over $1,000, though you
can still pay far more
• At least one high-powered
gas burner or electric element
for quick heating
What to skip
• Buying by Btu. Short for Brit-
ish Thermal Unit, this merely
indicates gas used and heat
generated and doesn't guaran-
tee better or faster cooking
• Models with recipe databases
and other pricey features if you
just want good cooking
What you'll pay
You'll probably pay $1,300 or
more for a separate cooktop
and wall oven, while some
high-performing electric and
gas ranges sell for less than
half that amount.
For more buying advice, go to
ConsumerReports,org/cooktops
Shopping tip
Remember
that you'll
need magnetic
CQOkware for
the induction
cooktop
technology
to work.
Scan this or see how. page 11
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Q CR B e s t Buy T hese models o ffe r the best c o mbin a tio n of p erformance and p r i c e . Al l are recommended.
0 Re c o m m e n d e d T hese are high-p e r fo r min g models tha t s ta n d o ut.

C O O K T O P S 37
Most & Least Reliable
COOKTOPS
GE
Whi rl pool
Frigidaire
Kenmore
KitchenAid
Jenn-Air
KitchenAid
GE
Kenmore
Wolf
Jenn-Air
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J e n n - A i r vïas t h e m o st r e p a i r - p r o n e br a n d
o f e l e c t r i c c o o kt o p s a n d a m o n g t h e m o st
r e p a i r - p r o n e g a s c o o kt o p s. A l t h o ug h we
l a c ke d suf f i c i e n t h i st o r i c a l d a t a t o i n c l ud e
Da c o r a n d W h i r l p o o l g a s c o o kt o p s,. we d i d
h a ve e n o ug h i n f o r m a t i o n t o c o n c l ud e t h a t
W h i r l p o o l has be e n r e l i a bl e a n d Da c o r
r e p a i r - p r o n e . Th a t ' s wh a t we f o un d wh e n
we a ske d o ve r 16, 000 r e a d e r s wh o bo ug h t
a c o o kt o p be t we e n 2007 a n d 2011 a bo ut
t h e i r e xp e r i e n c e s. Th e g r a p h sh o ws t h e
p e r c e n t a g e o f m o d e l s f o r e a c h br a n d t h a t
we r e r e p a i r e d o r h a d a se r i o us p r o bl e m .
Di f f e r e n c e s o f l ess t h a n 4 p o i n t s a r e n ' t
m e a n i n g f ul , a n d we ' ve a d j ust e d t h e d a t a
t o e l i m i n a t e d i f f e r e n c e s l i n ke d so l e l y t o
p r o d uc t a g e . Mo d e l s wi t h i n a br a n d m a y
va r y, a n d c h a n g e s i n d e si g n o r m a n uf a c -
t ur e m a y a f f e c t f ut ur e r e l i a bi l i t y. St i l l ,
c h o o si n g a br a n d wi t h a g o o d r e p a i r h i st o r y
c a n i m p r o ve yo ur o d d s of g e t t i n g a r e l i - ,
a bl e m o d e l .
Source: Annual Product Reliability Survey,
Consumer Reports National Research Center.
Guide to the Ratings
Overall score refl ects cooktop performance at high and low heat. The displayed score is out
of a t ot al of 100 points. Hlqh heat refl ects how quickly the highest-powered element heated
a large pot of water to near boi l i ng. Low heat refl ects how well t he lowest-powered element
melted and held chocolate wi t hout scorching and how the most powerful element, set to low,
held t omat o sauce below a boi l . Price is approximate retai l cost.

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Quick
G uide
D I S HWAS HE R S
Y ou don't have to spend top dollar for great clean-
ing or endure longer cycles to get an energy-
saving dishwasher that's easy on your wallet.
S hopping tip
The three basic
cycles-light,
normal, and
heavy-should be
enough for most
chores, even for
baked-on food.
Scan this or see how, page 11
B rand 8 model
What to look for
• Adjustable racks and other
loading aids for flexibility
• A soil sensor to adjust the
cycle's time and water use,
improving efficiency
• Rinse/hold cycle, to prevent
soil from setting while you
wait for a full load
What to sitip
• Drawer models, which are
expensive and tend to use
more energy and water than
regular models
• If noise is one of your con-
cerns, look for a model with
a manual-clean filter
What you'ii pay
You can pay $1,500 or more
for a dishwasher with hidden
controls, interactive digital
displays, and special grime-
fighting cycles. But when it
comes to clean dishes, spar-
kling performance starts at
about $550.
For more buying advice, go to
ConsumerReports.org/dishwashers
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Overall score is mostly washing performance and inclu des energy and water use (not shown),
noise, cycle tinne, and ease of u se. Displayed scores are rou nded; models are listed by precise
overall score. Washing is normal-cycle resu lts with very dirty fu ll load. Energy use is energy
and water use for normal cycle. N oise covers listener ju dgments and sou nd-level measu rements.
Ease of use inclu des convenience factors and loading. C ycle time (rou nded to the nearest
5 minu tes) is for normal cycle with very dirty fu ll load; inclu des temperatu re-boost option and,
if available, heated dry. Under brand & model, bracketed letters or nu mbers mean color code.
Price is approximate retail.

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C O N S U M E R R E P O R T S B U Y I N G G U I D E 2 0 1 3
Most & Least Reliable
W h i r l p o o l
B oseh
K e n m o r e ( w i t h
p u l l o u t d r a w e r )
K e n m o r e
M i e l e
K i t e h e n A i d
l e n n - A i r
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Asko
f r i g i d a i r e
Fisher S P aykel (with
puilout drawer)
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LG
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Frigidaire, Fisher S P ayke!, Amana, M aytag,
and LG were among the most r e p a i r - p r o n e
brands; Amana and M aytag repair records
were a f f e ct e d by major recalis in 2010.
T hat's what we f o u n d when we asked more
t h a n 82 ,0 0 0 readers who bought a dish-
washer between 2 0 0 7 and 2011 a bo u t t h e i r
experiences. T he graph shows t h e percent-
age of models f o r each brand t h a t were
repaired or had a serious p r o bl e m . D i f f e r -
ences of fewer t h a n 5 points a r e n 't mean-
i n g f u l , and we've adjusted data t o e l i m i n a t e
differences linked solely t o age and usage.
M odels w i t h i n a brand may vary, and chang-
es in design or m a n u f a ct u r e may a f f e ct f u -
t u r e r e l i a bi l i t y . S t i l l , choosing a brand w i t h a
good repair h i s t o r y can improve your odds
of g e t t i n g a reliable m o d e l .
S ource: Annual P roduct R eliability S urvey,
C onsumer R eports N ational R esearch C enter.

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D R Y E R S 63
Quick
Guide
DRYERS
iviost dryers scored at least Very Good for drying
performance. While the gas dryers in our Ratings
are similar to the electric models víe test, we've
found that gas and eiectric dryers perform simiiariy.
What to look for
• A moisture sensor, to cut
down on energy costs and
avoid overdrying clothes
• An extended-tumble set-
ting without heat, to prevent
wrinkles when you don't
remove clothes immediately
What to skip
• Extra large, super, and super-
plus dryer capacity, because
the differences aren't meaii'-
ingful for everyday use
• Specialty cycles such as
"speed dry," which usually
can be replicated with stan-
dard settings
What you'll pay
Gas dryers cost about $80 to
$150 more than comparable
electric models, but the likely
savings in fuel costs should
more than make up the dif-
ference in the long run.
For more buying advice, go to
ConsumerReports.org/dryers
Shopping tip
Many models
have a warning
light that teils
you it's time to
clean the filter.
I Scan this or see how, page 11
Brand & Model
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'io S ,ire coniparable to tested modei.
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3 IG0LEX38851W1DLEX3875I1
4 LG OLEX517O[W1
5 Samsung DV5 4 7 1 A E[ W]
6 L GDL EX 5 1 O1 [ W1 DL E5 OO1 [ 1
7 LG DL EX 3 3 60 tWl
8 LG DLEX255O[W]
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H CR Best Buy T hese modeis offer the best combination of performance and price. All are recommended.
U u Recommended T hese are high-performing models that stand out.

D R Y E R S 65
Most & Least Reliable
DRYERS
LG
Sa m s u n g
W h i r l p o o l
K e n m o re
M a y t a g
Bosch
• r i g i d a i r e
GE
F i s h e r s
P aykei
LG
W h i r l p o o l
GE
M a y t a g
K e n m o r e
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F is h e r & P a y k e l was t h e m o s t r e p a i r -p r o n e
br a n d of e l e c t r i c c l o t h e s d r y e r s . Th a t 's
wh a t we fo u n d wh e n we a s k e d o ve r 75,000
r e a d e r s wh o bo u g h t a d r y e r be t we e n 2007
a n d 2011 a bo u t t h e i r e xp e r i e n c e s . Th e
g r a p h s h o ws t h e p e r c e n t a g e of br a n d s t h a t
n e e d e d a r e p a i r o r h a d a s e r i o u s p r o bl e m .
Di ffe r e n c e s o f less t h a n 3 p o i n t s a r e n 't
m e a n i n g fu l , a n d we 've a d ju s t e d t h e d a t a
t o e l i m i n a t e d i ffe r e n c e s l i n k e d s o l e l y t o
age a n d use o f t h e d r y e r . M o d e ls wi t h i n
a br a n d m a y va r y , a n d d e s i g n o r m a n u fa c -
t u r e c h a n g e s m a y a ffe c t fu t u r e r e l i a bi l i t y .
St i l l , c h o o s i n g a br a n d wi t h a g o o d r e p a i r
h i s t o r y ca n i m p r o ve y o u r o d d s o f g e t t i n g
a r e l i a bl e m o d e l .
Source: Annual Product Reiiability Survey,
Consumer Reports National Research Center.
5% 10% 15% 2 0% 2 5% 30%
I ELECTRI C
GAS
Guide to the Ratings
Overall score is ba s e d p r i m a r i l y o n d r y i n g p e r fo r r n a n c e , d r u m vo l u m e , a n d n o is e . Th e d i s p l a y e d
s c o r e is o u t o f a t o t a i o f 100 p o i n t s . Dryinq performance is m e a s u r e d fo r m u l t i p l e fa br i c s a n d
lo a d s ize s . Capacity r e fe r s t o t h e d r u m vo l u m e of m o d e ls we t e s t e d , wh i c h va r i e d fr o m a bo u t
6 t o 8 c u . ft . Convenience ta k e s i n t o a c c o u n t c o n t r o l s a n d e r g o n o m i c s , s u c h as ease o f l o a d i n g
a n d u n l o a d i n g , s e r vi c i n g t h e l i n t fi l t e r , wh e t h e r t h e d o o r c o u i d c l e a r a t a l l ba s k e t , a n d wh e t h e r
t h e m a c h i n e has a r a is e d e d g e t o c o n t a i n s p i l l s . Noise r e fl e c t s p a n e l i s t s ' ju d g m e n t s . Un d e r Fea-
t u r e s , a stainless-steel drum is l i k e l y t o r e s i s t d a m a g e be t t e r t h a n p l a s t i c a n d p a i n t e d m e t a l
d r u m s . A porcelain top r e s i s t s s c r a t c h i n g be t t e r t h a n a p a i n t e d o n e bu t g e n e r a l l y a d d s t o a
d r y e r 's c o s t . Drying rack a t t a c h e s i n s i d e t h e d r u m t o ke e p i t e m s s u c h as s n e a k e rs o r s we a t e r s
fr o m t u m bl i n g . Custom programs a llo ws y o u t o save y o u r fa vo r i t e s e t t i n g s . Ge n e r a lly , a wa t e r
h o o k -u p is r e qu i r e d wi t h t h e steam option fe a t u r e . I n t h i s c y c l e , a s m a l l a m o u n t o f wa t e r is
s p r a y e d i n t o t h e d r u m wh i l e t u m bl i n g wi t h h e a t . I t h e lp s t o r e d u c e wr i n k l e s a n d o d o r s , bu t i t is
i n t e n d e d o n l y fo r a fe w g a r m e n t s a t a t i m e . Price is a p p r o xi m a t e r e t a i l fo r e l e c t r i c d r y e r s .

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GAS GRILLS
Quick
Guide
The best grills can turn your backyard or deci< into an
outdoor i<itchen. Our tests show that you don't haye to
spend a fortune for eyen heating, sturdy construction,
and a raft of work-saying conyenlences.
What to look for
• Burners made of high-
quality stainless steel, cast iron,
or cast brass, which typi-
cally carry a 10-year or longer
warranty
• Stainless-steel and cast-
iron grates for sturdiness and
rust-resistance (you'll need to
oil uncoated cast grates)
• A battery-powered elec-
tronic igniter, usually easier
and more reliable than push-
button or rotary starters
• Side burners to handle the
veggies while the burgers
cook; some can sear meat
What to skip
• Buying by Btu, because
more Btu/hr. doesn't guaran-
tee faster preheating or better
searing and cooking
What you'll pay
Figure on $300 to $500 for
a grill that can handle most
of your cooking needs; some
include stainless trim at that
^rice. Several midsized grills
that cost less than $500 out-
cooked models that cost hun-
dreds of dollars more.
For more buying advice, go to
ConsumerReports.org/grííls
Shopping tip
T he more stable
tine grill, the
better. When
shopping, gently
push the grili
from several
angles to see
if it tips.
S can this or see how, page 11
Brand & model
Simiiar madsls, in small
type, are comparable to
tested model.
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Q 3 Kenmore 16142 350
0 4 Weber Genesis E-330
[ 7 ] S Cbar-Broii Red 463250811
(Home O epot) El Gourmet TRU-
inf rared 463251012 (Home O epot)
[ 7 ] 6 Weber Genesis S-330
' —' Genesis 5310
Q 7 Brinkmann 810-2545-W
(Waimart)
[ 7 ] 8 Biue Ember BE50070-584
(Home Depot)
Q 9 A ussie V antage Series
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(Kmart) 03982844 (Kmart)
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g 12 char-Broil Classic
463211512 (Home O epot)
[ 7 ] 13 Brinkmann Zone 5-i n-l
810-2390-S (Home O epot)
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Q CR Best Buy T hese models offer the best combination of performance and price. Ali are recommended.
[^ Recommended T hese are high-performing modeis that stand out.
Guide to the Ratings
Overall score is based on perf ormance, convenience, and features. Lovi temperature
performance combines ttie evenness of tieating over the grill's surface at the low setting
and the model's ability to cook chick en and fish on the grill at that setting without burning
the f ood. Hlqh temp, evenness evaluates the evenness of heating over the griil's surface
at the high setting. Indirect cooking indicates how well the griii slow cook s foods when
oniy some of the burners are on and f ood isn't directiy over flames. Convenience evaluates
construction and materiais, ease of use, accessory burners, and propensity f or f lare-up.
Price is approximate retail.

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MICROWAVES
Quick
Guide
Most models did well with basic tasks like defrosting
meats, reheating leftovers, and making popcorn.
Some offer convection, speed-cook, and a vast
menu of programs for preparing main meais.
What to look for
• A sensor, which helps pre-
vent over- or undercooking
by measuring emitted steam
to gauge when food is done
• Convection, speed-cook,
and grilling features if you
want to use your microwave
as a second oven—and are
willing to pay more
What to skip
• A raft of prepregrammed
shortcut keys if you're mostly
defrosting and popping corn
What you'll pay
Countertop models cost the
least (about $80 to $300) and
are best for kitchens with
lots of counter space. Mid-
sized and large models add
capacity and features, with
midsized models selling the
most overall. Over-the-range
microwaves ($300 to $900)
save space but don't vent
as well as well as a capable
range hood.
For more buying advice, go to
ConsumerReports,org/microwaves
Shopping tip
Some brands
overstate usable
space, so be sure
to bring along
a large platter
v^hen you shop,
to see if it fits.
Scan this or see how, page 11
Brands model I Price I Overall score I Test results
SifAiiar models,
in snidll rype.
arecoinpaialile
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A MIDSIZED COUNTERTOP MODELS
1 Kenmore 6633[9]
2 Kenmore 6325[2]
69121)
3 Kenmore 6622 [Item
#1345111] (Kmart) 105
523784U (Kmarl)
B LARGE COUNTERTOP MODELS
0.8 1.2 1200
0.9 1.2 1200
0.6 1.1 1100
1 Whiripooi
MT41555P I81
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D CR Best Buy These modeis offer the best combination of performance and price. Aii are recommended.
l ^ Re c o m m e n d e d These are high-performing models that stand out.

84 C O N S U M E R R E P O R T S B U Y I N G G U I D E 2 0 1 3
Guide to the Ratings
Overall score is based mainly on evenness of heating, ease of use, and auto-defrosting abil-
ity. T he displayed score is out of a totai of 1 0 0 points. Heating evenness refiects how evenly
a model reheated a dish of cold mashed potatoes. Auto defrost is based on how well the
automatic-defrost program defrosted 1 pound of frozen ground chuck. Ease of use includes
how easy it is to set the microwave without referring to the instructions. MIcrowaving noise
reflects how quiet the oven is while microwaving on high. Usable capacity (cu.ft.) is the
usable space based on our measurements, and excludes the corner spaces for models with
rotating turntables. N ote that most over-the-range models allow you to turn the rotation off
to fit large dishes (a few countertop models also offer that feature). With the rotation off.
measured capacity approximates claimed. However, food may reguire extra tending and stir-
ring. Price is approximate retail.
Most & Least Reliable
MiCROWAVES
0 % 5% 1 5 % 2 0 % 2 5 % 30 %
S ource; Annual P roduct R eliability S urvey,
C onsumer R eports N ational R esearch C enter.
We found no meaningful differences among the
brands for which we had enough data to include
in our chart. Although we lacked sufficient data
to include KitchenAid, data we have indicates it
has been among the more repair-prone brands.
T hat's what we found when we asked more than
1 4,0 0 0 readers who bought an over-the-range
microwave oven between 2 0 0 7 and 2 0 1 1 . T he
graph shows the percentage of brands that
needed repair or had a serious problem. We've
adjusted the data to eliminate differences linked
solely to product age. M odels within a brand may
vary, and design or manufacture changes may
affect future reliability. S till, choosing a brand
with a good repair history can improve your
odds of getting a reliable model.

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R A N G E S 99
Quick
Guide
RANGES
You'll find a smorgasbord of choices that outcook pro-style
ranges. Still want to go pro? We've got several money-
saving options.
What to iook for
• On electric and gas ranges,
at least one high-heat element
or burner to heat large quan-
tities of food quickly
• Dual ovens if you want to
cook two meals at once
• Induction, which uses a
magnetic field to heat more
quickly and efficiently. Prices
are dropping, though you'll
need magnetic cookware
• At least five oven-rack posi-
tions for flexibility
What to skip
• Dual-fuel models, which
blend a gas cooktop with
an electric oven but haven't
performed better overall in
our tests
What you'ii pay
About $400 to $600 for coil;
$700 to $1,700 for smoothtop;
$1,700 to $2,700 for induc-
tion; $600 to $2,000 for gas;
$3,000-plus for pro-style.
For more buying advice, go to
ConsumerReports,org/ranges
Shopping tip
! Many midpriced
; models include a
' convection oven,
which can reduce
cooking time,
especially for
large roasts.
Scan this or see how. page 11
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Guide to the Ratings
Overall score reflects cooktop performance, oven capacity, baking, broiling, and oven cleaning.
T he displayed score is out of a total of 100 points. Cooktop high is how quickly the highest-
powered element heated water to near-boii. Cooktop low is how well the lowest-powered
element melted and held chocolate without scorching and how well the most powerful element,
set on low, held tomato sauce below a boil. Bakinq reflects even browning of cakes and cookies
I n multi-rack baking tests. Broilinq is even browning of a pan of burgers and high-heat searing.
Oven capacity is our evaluation of usable space. Oven cleaning is the self-cleaning cycle's effec-
tiveness after the oven is coated with a mixture of eggs, cheese, pie filling, and other ingredients.
Price Is approximate retail.
Most & Least Reliable
GAS/DUAL-FUEL RANGES
H otpoint
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F rigidaire
K enmore
W hirlpool
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ELECTRIC RANGES
5% 10% 20% 25% 30%
Hotpoint and G eneral E lectric were among the
least repair-prone electric-range brands; Kitchen-
Aid ahd Jenn-Air were the most repair-prohe.
KitchenAid was also the most repair-prone for
gas ranges. We lacked enough data to include
Kenmore dual-fuei and Jenn-Air gas and dual-fuel
ranges; data we have indicate Kenmore dual-fuel
models have been reliable and Jenn-Air gas and
dual-fuel repair-prone. T hat's what we found
when we asked over 76,0 0 0 readers who bought
an electric range between 2 0 0 5 and 2011, or a gas
or dual-fuel range between 2 0 0 5 and the first half
of 2011, about their experiences. T he graphs show
the percentage of models for each brand that
were repaired or had a serious problem. D iffer-
ences ofless thah 3 points aren't meaningful, and
data are adjusted to eliminate differences linked
solely to age. M odels within a brand may vary,
and changes in design or manufacture may
affect future reliability. S till, choosing a brand with
a good repair history cah improve your odds of
getting a reliable model.
S ource: Annual P roduct R eliability S urvey,
C onsumer R eports N ational R esearch C enter.

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R E F R I G E R A T O R S 107
Quick
Guide
REFRIGERATORS
Sluggish sales have manufacturers working harder for your business,
with temperature-controlled drawers, internal water dispensers, and
other once-premium features on more and more mainstream models.
Shopping tip
Energy Star
refrigerators
must be at least
20 percent more
efficient than
the minimum
reguired by
federal standards.
Scan this or see how, page 11
Brand & model
What to look for
• Print-resistant stainless steel
or faux-stainless finishes for
busy kitchens (also consider
classic white or black)
• Temperature-controlled
drawers to keep meat, fish,
cold cuts, and other foods at
lower temperatures
• Split shelves to make space
for taller items as needed
• Adjustable door bins and
shelves, to make the most of
available storage space
What to skip
• Automatic icemakers. Sure,
they're convenient—and an
integral part of through-the-
door dispensers. But that
luxury comes at a cost: Our
annual reliability surveys
have long shown that refrig-
erators with icemakers tend
to be more repair-prone
What you'll pay
Capable top-freezer fridges
start at well under $1,000.
Figure on $1,000 to $2,200
for most bottom-freezer and
side-by-side models, $2,500
to $3,500 for cabinet-depth.
For more buying advice, go to
ConsumerReports.org/refrigerators
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R E F R I G E R A T O R S 113
B r a n d s m o d e l P ric e l O v e r a i i s c o r e I Test r e s u i t s
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Guide to the Ratings
Overall score is based primarily on temperature perf ormance and energy ef f iciency. N oise
and ease of use are also considered. Temperature performance denotes perf ormance at
dif f erent room temperatures, including high heat, and how unif ormly each maintained
37°F in th e ref rigerator and 0° F in the freezer. Energy efficiency is energy consumption
as observed in th e energy test we perf orm in-house at th e af orementioned temperatures of
37°F in th e ref rigerator and 0° F in the f reezer and measured cubic f eet. Noise is with com-
pressors running. Ease of use assesses f eatures and design including layout, controls, and
ligh ting. Energy cost/yr. ($) is th e estimated cost in dollars, based on the current year's
average national electricity rate. Your cost will vary depending on the rate f or eiectricity in
your area. Total usable capacity (cu.ft.) is our measurement of total usable interior space.
Exterior height, width, and depth are with out handle, rounded up to the nearest inch
{37-inch-wide f reestanding models f i t in 36-inch openings). Under brand & model, brack eted
letters or numbers are color codes. Price is approximate retai i .

116 C O N S U M E R R E P O R T S B U Y I N G G U I D E 2 0 1 3
M ost & Least R eiiabie
T O P -FR E E ZE R S
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brands of bottom-freezers wi th icemakers.
GE was among the more repair-prone
brands of top-freezers and bottom-freezers
wi th icemakers, while LG has been among
th e more repair-prone brands of side-by-
sides wi th icemakers. That's what we found
when we asked nearly 61,000 readers who
bought a r e fr i g e r a to r between 2007 and
2011. The graphs show th e percentage of
brands th a t needed a repair or had a se r i -
ous p r o bl e m . Differences of less th a n 5
points a r e n 't m e a n i n g ful , and we've adjust-
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solely to the age of th e r e fr i g e r a to r . All re-
fr i g e r a to r s in th e graphs are free-standing
models. Models wi th i n a brand may vary,
and design or manufacture changes may af-
fect futur e r el i abi l i ty. Sti l l , choosing a brand
wi th a good repair h i sto r y can improve your
odds of g e tti n g a reliable modei.
Source; Annual Product Reliability Survey,
Consumer Reports National Research Center.
S I D E -B Y -S I D E S
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S P A C E H E A T E R S 121
Quick
Guide
SPACE HEATERS
E l ect r ic h ea t er s t i i a t quickl y and s a f el y h ea t a r o o m - o r j us t
y o u- s t a r t a t wel l under $ 4 0 . S o me ev en imit a t e a f ir ep l a ce,
f ait e f l a mes and a l l .
Shopping tip
Don' t expect any
space heat er
t o save e n e r g y
unl ess y o u t u r n
d o w n t h e heat
in t he rest of t he
house.
Scan this or see how. page 11
Wh a t t o look f o r
• A fan to help diffuse the
heat; some have multiple
speeds and oscillate tor added
comfort and convenience
• Safety features like a
sensor that shuts the heat-
er off if it overheats and a
switch that shuts it off if the
unit tips over
• A thermostat to help keep
temperatures at their desired
settings
• Remote control is an added
nicety, as is a timer that shuts
the heater off so you don't
have to
Wh a t t o skip
• Larger console heaters if
you're looking to save. Despite
their furniture styling (and
those fake flames), none of
these pricier models matched
the best compact heaters in
our tests
• Propane or other fueled
heaters for indoor use. These
pose fume and fire risk and
must be used in a well-vented
area away from fabrics and
other combustible materials
Wh a t y o u' l l pay
Figure on roughly $40 to
$150 for smaller room heaters
and $75 to $400 for console
models.
For more buying advice, go to
ConsumerReports.org/heaters
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0 1 Dyson AM04 $400
Q 2 Holmes HFH436 i 40
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D 5 BianaireBCH9212 55
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A SMALL R OOM HEATERS c on t m u e d
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WHTR360K
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230
1 Duraflame
10HM 4126-0107
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DON' T BU Y: SAFETY R ISK T he O p t i m u s H-5210 is t h e on l y e l e c t r i c sp ace h e a t e r t h a t g ot h ot
e n ou g h t o p ose a f i r e r i s k ; ¡ts ov e r h e a t s e n s or d i d n ot s h u t i t of f i n t i m e t o p r e v e n t ou r t e s t c l ot h
f r om i g n i t i n g . O p t i m u s c la i m s t o have macte a s a f e t y f i x on 2012 m od e l s ; h e a t e r s we b ou g h t i n
e a r l y s u m m e r 2012 v i e r e 2011 m od e l s , a n d t h e r e is no w a y t o t e l l t h e m od e l y e a r f r om t h e h ox .
optimus H 5210
25
i I ncludes a g r ou n d -f a u l t c i r c u i t i n t e r r u p t e r p l u g f or shock p r ot e c t i on a r ou n d w a te r . A Lacks a f a n . 3 N ot a p p l i c a b l e ;
m od e l is w a l l -m ou n t e d .
Guide to the R atings
Overall score is t h e w e i g f i t e d a v e r a g e of r oom and s p ot f i e a t i n g , h ot -s u r f a c e and f i r e s a f e t y , ease
of u se , a n d n oi s e . Room heating is t f i e a b i i i t y t o h e a t a 2 0 0 -s qu a r e -f oot r oom i n 15 m i n u t e s . Spot
heating is t h e a b i l i t y t o h e a t a p e r s on s i t t i n g i n i t s p a t h i n 15 m i n u t e s , u s i n g a t e s t d u m m y w i t h
s e n s or s . H ot surface g a u g e s t h e ri s k of a f i r s t -d e g r e e b u r n f r om t ou c h i n g a m od e l 's h e a t -e x h a u s t
a r e a . Fire safety is t h e p ot e n t i a l f or i g n i t i n g f a b r i c s , s u c h as d r a p e s or c l ot h i n g . Ease of use
i n c l u d e s e a se of c a r r y i n g a n d u s i n g c on t r oi s . Noise is i ou d n e s s b a s e d on t h e h e a t e r 's h i g h e s t
s e t t i n g , u s i n g a s ou n d m e t e r . Price is a p p r ox i m a t e r e t a i l .

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Quick
Guide
VACUUM CLEANERS
Carpets top the list of critical vacuuming chores, an area where
upright models have traditionally excelled. But the best canisters
we tested come close and can make other cleaning easier,
especially on stairs.
Shopping tip
Some vacuums
are easier than
others to push,
puii, and carry.
Check weights
and our handiing
scores-and see
which ones feei
best at the store.
Scan this or see how, page 11
Brand & model
What to look for
• Easy pushing, pulling, lift-
ing, and carrying; be sure
you try before you buy
• An upright, if carpet deep-
cleaning is important
t A canister for cleaning
drapes, upholstery, on stairs,
and under furniture, since
you move mostly the hose
and wand instead of the
entire machine
What to skip
• Splurging on extra cleaning
tools, when the basic tools that
come standard should suffice
for most cleaning jobs
• Bagless models if you have
asthma or allergies, because
emptying their bin is typi-
cally a dusty, messy chore
What you'll pay
I Capable bagless uprights
' start at about $50; figure on
$200-plus for most canisters
and bagged uprights.
For more buying advice, go to
ConsumerReports.org/vacuums
P rice O veraii score Weight T estresuits
(Ib.).
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comparabie to tested model.
Il I lili
P i F
100
G I VGI E
A BAGGED UPRIGH T S These tend to be best for carpets.
Hoover WindTunnei Anniversary
Edition U6485-90D TurboPower
WindTunnei Anniversary Edition I JH50000 i l '
Hiele S 7210 Twist
K irbySentria i
M iele S 726D Cat & Dog
K enmore I ntuition 31100
K enmore Progressive 31069
Hoover WindTunnei iMax UH30600
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Brand & model
Si m i l a r m o d e l s , in
comparable to tested i
Price Overallscore Weigbt Testresuits
0 100
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A BAGGED UPRIGHTS continued
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Hoover P latinum B agged
U H30010C 0M 2 3
Kenmore I ntuition 31200
Kenmore I ntuition 31810
M iele S 75 80 B olero Swing
M iele S 72 80 Jazz salsa
Eurek a B oss S mart Vac 4870 [ 1
Sebo Felix P remium
Hoover WindT unnel T S eries Pe
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( W almart) 2
Riccar S upraliteR S L 4
simplicity Freedom F36O O 2 4
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simplicity S ynchrony P remium
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B r a n d & m o d e l
I -g ilar models, in
'ro S /iíirable to tested model.
P r i c e O v e r a l l s c o r e W e ig h t T e s t r e s u l t s
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Bag less U H 70 t 20 UH70 U0 121
3 LG K ompressor Total C are L UV 4 0 0 T
4 D y s o n 0 C 28 Animal
5 K e n m o r e I ntuition 3 t 0 4 0
6 Eu r e k a Airspeed ASIOOOA
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7 H o o v e r Platinum Bag less UH70 0 1 5
8 LG K ompressor LUV 20 0 R
9 B i s s e l i C leanV iew Helix D elux e 7tV 9
71 V 9 -2 ( L ow e's) 2
10 Sh a r k N av ig ator L itt Aw ay NV 352
N V 351 ( W almart) . N V 350
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12 Sh a r k N av ig ator Professional L ift
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13 H o o v e r W indTunnel Pet Rew ind
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132 C O N S U M E R R E P O R T S B U Y I N G G U I D E 2 0 1 3
B r a n d & m o d e l P r i c e O v e r a l l s c o r e W eig b t T e s t r e s u l t s
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29 E u r e k a A i r s p e e d Z u u m AS5203A í
3 0 LG K o m p r e s s o r LuV250C
31 Ho o v e r W in d T u n n e l Pet C yclonic
U H 7 0 0 8 5
32 B is s e n T o t a l F l o o r s Pet 61C5W
33 B is s e n L i f t -O f f M u l t i -C y c l o n i c Pet
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V A C U U M C L E A N E R S 135
Guide to the Ratings
Overall score is mainly cleaning, airflow, handling, noise, and emissions; scores for previously
tested models may have changed. Carpet is ability to lift embedded talc and sand from medium
pile. Bare floors is vacuuming sand without dispersing. Tool airflow is through hose with
increasing amounts of dust-simulating wood flour. Noise reflects decibel-meter results; for Poor
scores we recommend hearing protection. Emissions is release of small particles with motor
on. Handling is ease of pushing, pulling, and carrying. Pet hair uses long cat fur on medium-
pile carpet. Weight is vacuum and onboard tools. Price Is approximate retail.
Most & Least Reliable
VACUUMS
0%
Ramtjow
• • E
Dyson • • • • £ !
Miele j ^ ^ ^ ^
Kenmore | HHB| | E1
Hoover i H^ ^ t a HH WÊBË
Electrolux J H H B ^ H H H I K I
Kirby
Dirt Deyil
Bissen
Kenmore
Eureka
Dyson
Hoover
1
oreck [ a M^ l B^
ElectroiuxB||^ ti: 10
Panasoni c • • • ¡ ^ • I n
Simplicity • m i ^ l ï l l i
Riccar
Kirby was among the least repair-prone-
brands for upright vacuums. For canisters.
Rainbow was among the least repair-prone
brands, while Hoover and Electrolux were
the most repair-prone. That's what we found
when we asked more than 100,000 readers
who bought a vacuum between 2008
through the first half of 2012 about their ex-
periences. The graphs below show the per-
centage of models for each brand that were
repaired or had a serious problem. Differ-
ences of fewer than 4points aren't mean-
ingful, and we've adjusted the data to elimi-
nate differences linked solely to age and
usage. Models within a brand may vary, and
changes in design or manufacture may af-
fect future reliability. Still, choosing a brand
that has a good repair history can improve
your odds of getting a reliable model.
Source: Annual Product Reliability Survey,
Consumer Reports National Research Center.
5% 10% 15% 20%
I CANISTERS
UPRIGHTS

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C O N S U M E R R E P O R T S B U Y I N G G U I D E 2 0 1 3
Quick
Guide
WALL OVENS
Flexibility is tiie biggest reason to ciioose a cooktop
or viiall oven instead of a range. A v^all oven can also
eliminate the bending required to cook in a range
oven-but installation adds to the price.
S can this or see how. paqe 11
For more buying advice,
go to ConsumerReports.
org/ovens
Brand & modei
What to iook for
• Control lockout, if the con-
trol panel will be within a
young child's reach
• Smooth cover or floor over
the bottom baking element,
which can help with easier
cleanup of spills
• Five or more oven rack
positions, for more flexibil-
ity in arranging racks and
bakeware
What to skip
• A small oven window,
which won't give a full view
to the interior
• Menu databases and other
perks if you want to save
What you'll pay
You can get an electric cook-
top and wall oven for as little
as $1,300 or so, though ca-
pable ranges cost far less.
P rice O verall score Test results
S i mi l ar mod e l s , ¡ nsiiidll type,
are tomparatî le to tested mocieí. .
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2 W hi rl pool WO551EC0AS
3 B osch H BL54[50JU C
4 V iií ing P rofessional
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5 E iectroluxlconE 30E W 7 5 E 15 5 1
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6 LG LWS3O81[ST1
7 GE P rofile PT925DN1BB]
8 GE P rofile PT9165R5S
9 G E JT P 70S M [S 51
10 K enmore P ro 4 1003
U GECafèCT9185TS 5
12 Frigidaire P rofessional •
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1 3 Wolf E -S eries 5 O 3O -2F/5
L-Series S0 3 0 U/S. I Series 5 O3 OF/S.
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14 Frigidaire FGEW3O65K[F1 $1,500
15 GE1TP3ODP[BB1 1.200
16 Kenmore 48839 1,000
17 KitcbenAid KEBS107S[SS! 2,000
18 Kenmore Elite 48093 2,300
19 GE Monogram ZETISMSS
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Q CR Best Buy These models offer the best combinatioh of performance and price. All are recommended.
0 Recommended These are high-performing models that stand out.
Guide to the Ratings
Overall score reflects oven capacity and baking, broiling, and self-cleaning ability. Oven capac-
ity nneasures usable space. Baking reflects whether cakes and cookies baked on two racks were
evenly browned. Broiling is based on even browning of a pan of burgers, and high-heat searing
ability. Oven cleaning gauges the self-cleaning cycle's effectiveness. Price is approximate retail.
Most & Least R eliable
ELECTR IC WALL OVENS
Source: Annual Product R eliability Survey,
Consumer R eports National R esearch Center.
No one electric wall oven brand stood out as the
nncst or least reliable in 2012. Although we
lacked sufficient historical data for all years to
include Jenn-Air in the graph, our data indicate
that it has been a repair-prone brand. That's
what we found when we asked mere than
13,000 readers who bought an electric wall
oven between 2007 and 2012 about their expe-
riences. The graph shows the percentage of
models from a brand that needed a repair or
had a serious problem. Differences of less than
3 points aren't meaningful, and we've adjusted
the data to eliminate differences linked solely to
the age of the ovens. Models within a brand may
vary, and design or manufacture changes may
affect future reliability. Still, choosing a brand
with a good repair history can improve your
odds of getting a reliable model.

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138 C O N S U M E R R E P O R T S B U Y I N G G U i D E 2 0 1 3
Qujck
G ui de
WAS HE R S
Improvements inciude mid-wasii soaking and more
aggressive agitation. You'll also find more programmable
wash menus and even built-in USB ports that allow for
future software upgrades.
S hoppi ng ti p
Washers must
now use 11
percent less
energy and 20
percent less
water to qualify
for an Energy
Star seal.
Scan this or see how, page 11
What to look for
• A porcelain top or lid, which
resists scratching better than
paitited metal
• A stainless-steel or porce-
lain tub, which won't rust
• An extra rinse cycle, if you
or others in your home are
sensitive to detergent residue
• Dial controls, generally eas-
ier to use than some touch-
pad or digital controls
What to skip
• Customized programs,
because basic cycles and set-
tings can handle most wash-
ing needs
• Steam settings—the steam
models we've tested cleaned
well even when we didn't use
the steam option
What you'ii pay
Capable machines that com-
bine performance and value
start at well under $1,000.
For more buying advice, go to
ConsumerReports.org/washers
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142 C O N S U M E R R E P O R T S B U Y I N G G U I D E 2 0 1 3
Brand & model
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144 C O N S U M E R R E P O R T S B U Y I N G G U I D E 2 0 1 3
Guide to the Ratings
Overall score is based mainly on washing ability, capacity, efficiency, and noise. Washing per-
formance reflects the degree of color change to swatches of fabric using the most aggressive
normal cycle. Enerqy efficiency is based on the ehergy needed to heat the water using a warm
wash and cold rinse. Water efficiency is based on total water used for multiple loads. For top-
loaders, capacity is based on how well the washer agitates increasingly large loads. For front-
loaders, the score is based on our judgment of the maximum-sized load that the washer holds.
M odels that earned lower scores for gentleness are more likely to treat your clothes roughly,
causing wear and tear. Noise reflects panelists' judgments during the till, agitate, and spin
cycles. Vibration reflects usage on a suspended woodeh floor. Cycle time (min.) is rounded to
the nearest 5 minutes. Price is approximate retail.
Most & Least Reliable
WASHERS
LG
S amsung
Kenmore
Whirlpool
M aytag
Frigidaire
GE
R oper
M aytag
Vihirlpool
Kenmore
GE
Fisher &
P avkel
mm
mS ma
1 1
1 1
10
1 1
n 1 I
1 5
B
5 % 10% 15 % 2 0% 2 5 % 30%
i FR O N T -LO AD I N G
T O P -LO AO I N G
R oper was the most reliable top-loader
brand while Fisher & P aykel was the most
repair-prone. LG and S amsung were the
most reliable tor front-loaders, G E the
most repair-prone. T hat's what we found
when we asked oyer 88,0 0 0 readers who
bought a clothes washer between 2 0 0 7
and 2 0 1 1 about their experiences. T he graph
shows the percentage of models for each
brand that were repaired or had a serious
problem. D ifferences of less than 3 points
aren't meaningful, and we'ye adjusted data
to eliminate differences linked solely to a
washer's usage ahd age. M odels within a
brand may yary, and changes ih design or
manufacture may affect future reliability.
S till, choosing a brand with a good repair
history can improve your odds of getting a
reliable model.
S ource: Annual P roduct R eliability S urvey.
C onsumer R eports N ationai R esearch C enter.

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