While prices fell for features that once were available only on ultrapremium models, experts say you’ll have to wait 3 years before such features are available in midrange refrigerators.
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Impressively quiet models can be had at a reasonable price.
Beware of claims of longer run times of ultrasonic models.
Innovations might not be as useful as claimed.
Low speeds help consumers forgo a makeup-air system.
Specialty vacs are more powerful than ever.
Toasters have been tweaked for convenience.
Regulators work on standards after a lawsuit derailed past changes.
Single-serving brewing grows.
Pricing won’t drop on more energy-efficient mini fridges.
Boosted performance with less noise.
Carpet-cleaning formulas catch up with today's technology.
When it comes to today's room air purifiers, a higher rating might not signify the best appliance.
It now is easier to put your blender to good use.
Manufacturers of portable heaters are adding infrared models to their product portfolios.
Lighter weight and new weight-shifting designs make vacuum cleaners easier to maneuver than ever before.
Programmable thermostats will help you to save money on your bill only if you refrain from overriding the energy-saving settings.
Changes to microwave ovens include a new vent-control option on an over-the-range model.
Manufacturers are taking steps to reduce the burns that are caused by the glass front of a gas-burning indoor fireplace.
Efficiency features won’t deliver many benefits.
Higher efficiency central air conditioners soon might appear at both ends of the price scale.
You should be wary about claims of overall effectiveness for whole-house air purifiers.
New models are more efficient than ever before.
Energy-savings additions to ceiling fans have a slow ROI.
Don’t get swept away by models that produce the highest temperatures of steam.
Iron manufacturers are smoothing out a few kinks to make their products even better.
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Manufacturers are making easier-to-use extractors.
The Energy Star logo is supposed to identify highly efficient appliances, but flaws have weakened its usefulness.