Boil it down

Combination, or combi, boilers are among the fastest growing products in the heating-equipment segment—as much as 10 times more in demand than they were 5 years ago. 

A tankless job

As evidenced at the 2017 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition that was held earlier this year, nearly all of the manufacturers of tankless, or instantaneous, water heaters redesigned their products, so they facilitate a water-line connection that’s at the top of a unit in addition to a connection that’s at the bottom of it.

Boiling point

Homeowners who purchase a newer high-efficiency boiler to replace an older boiler undoubtedly reap the benefits immediately via a lower home-heating bill.

More kitchen connections

You can expect your kitchen to become more connected as more manufacturers introduce large kitchen appliances that are priced in the premium range, one experts tells Consumers Digest.

Why room air conditioners that have Wi-Fi?

With GE Appliances’ June 2016 introduction of its two newest models, the implementation of Wi-Fi connectivity by manufacturers of room air conditioners seems nearly complete. What benefits do these models provide, and for whom is the purchase most advantageous?

Smart refrigerators: Refreshing

The concept of smart refrigerators is cool, so it might serve to heat up the appliance market in the next couple of years.

Power failure

Recently, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan expressed concern that cost savings from reduced electricity usage might not flow as freely as how utilities say they will as a result of the installation of smart meters.

A blow dryer that reduces volume?

An innovator in bagless and cordless vacuum cleaners introduced a personal-care appliance in April 2016 that might make your morning hair-styling routine a bit less daunting.

Immersion blender innovation

When Braun kitchen electrics return to U.S. store shelves in June 2016, they will include a first for an immersion blender.

Dehydrators: Chew on this

Dehydrators—appliances that allow you to make jerky and dried fruits—might be easier to find in the coming months.

Blender swiping

Blender-maker Vitamix’s 780 model is the second blender to include a touch-screen control panel that accommodates a swiping motion that’s common to smartphones.

Dangers of detergent pods

Consumer advocates are calling on Congress to pass legislation that would direct Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to establish safety standards for single-use gel laundry detergent pods.

Smart A/C control

A new device connects with any air conditioner that has a remote control to help you to regulate the temperature in your house or apartment while you’re away from home, according to manufacturer tado.