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. 

Hone sweet hone

Those who are familiar with the process of sharpening a knife blade might balk at the thought of a knife sharpener that carries out the task via a flexible-abrasive belt. 

Unscrupulous landlords, uncertain tenant support

In April 2017, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman unveiled legislation that’s designed to reduce the hurdles in New York City’s laws that prosecutors face to charge landlords with harassment of tenants.

Claims that get us steamed

A steam shower is, for all intents and purposes, a steam room that’s contained in a bathroom shower. According to one supplier of steam showers, demand for them jumped 44 percent as recently as 2015. 

‘Hey, Google, save me electricity’

Merkury Innovations’ Geeni Surge surge protector is touted as being the first smart surge-protecting power strip that’s compatible with Google Assistant, so you can turn on and off each device that’s plugged into the outlets of the power strip. That seems notable to us.

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.

Craftsman power-tool concerns?

Can you expect Craftsman power tools that will be designed and manufactured by Stanley Black & Decker after its purchase of the iconic brand in January 2017 to deliver the level of performance for which Craftsman is known? We believe that you can.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls

Three experts whom we interviewed believe that a downsizing might be underway in the marketplace for water features for the home.

Energy-service companies bait and switch

Many consumers have options to choose their energy provider. However, some providers offer lower rates as a tease, then shock you later when they increase your monthly bill.

Selling your home through social media

According to National Association of Realtors (NAR), 51 percent of recent homebuyers found their home through the internet in 2016, which is up from 44 percent in 2015.

From the catwalk to the kitchen

Mixes of materials and the use of layers dress up fashions that might make it to your closet. The two trends might make it to your kitchen, too.

Insurance: To bundle or not to bundle

Bundling your insurance, or buying, say, automobile insurance and homeowners insurance from the same insurer, typically helps you to save money on premiums.

Self-cleaning toilet

At $695, the ActiClean self-cleaning toilet from American Standard is priced right in the middle of midrange and premium models that we identified as Best Buy recommendations.