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“Volatile organic compounds” is the catchphrase of today’s air purifier marketplace.
The hot new trend is mounts that tilt in all directions and move up and down, while costing consumers less than ever before.
Vinyl that looks more like wood is found in new products.
New standards paved the way for more-efficient air conditioners, and manufacturers increased their use of Wi-Fi connectivity.
The latest electric pressure washers provide more water pressure than do previous models, and gasoline models get push-button start.
Changes in supply and pricing of apartments and condominiums could make renting or buying a challenge if you want a newer unit.
A new gas grill lets you use a mobile app to control mechanical gas valves. Also, digital grill thermometers are extended.
Manufacturers germ-combatting efforts are misguided.
Sleeper sofas now are easier to handle, and air-mattress manufacturers are finding ways to firm up your night’s sleep.
Consumers can look forward to more options in power recliners and connectivity hubs.
From smart-home integration to better soundproofing, you’ll find more hybrid models than before.
Water-softener technology continues to get smarter, but questions remain about water softeners that eschew salt altogether.
Outdoor speakers remain king of the backyard, because they still provide more power and more bass than do Bluetooth speakers.
You don’t have to settle for a few basic colors any more.
The market favors sellers, but rates likely will remain low.
The latest kitchen faucets are easier to reach.
New materials give countertops and flooring more unique looks.
New UL test standards will prompt big changes to the market for smoke alarms and combination smoke/CO alarms.
Increasing costs, vague contracts, a lack of oversight and a never-ending web of online misinformation plague the moving industry
New high-end sewing and embroidery machines include wireless technology. However, not one is a Best Buy.
Fireplaces burn hotter when air flow is manipulated.
Today’s knives stand up better to chipping.
"Environmentally friendly" can't be trusted.
Oversized entry doors are big news.
Home-security systems are smarter than ever before, but manufacturers still have a few kinks to work out before you buy.
The jury is out on which impurities are bad for us.
Manufacturers are serving up new set sizes and configurations for their dinnerware.
New energy-efficient regulations loom for ceiling-fan manufacturers, but many already switched to new motors and lights.
A manufacturing dichotomy is occuring in outdoor furniture.
A new term—“hybrid”—is used to describe mattresses that already existed.
Portable spas increasingly incorporate touch-screen controls and the capability to control settings through a smartphone.
Manufacturers of paint sprayers say product quality and ease of use are improved.
Timed close, Internet connectivity and LCDs have emerged.
Specialized cookware heats up; doubts weigh on nonstick.
Beware of claims of longer run times of ultrasonic models.
You can now use a fob, a smartphone or a tablet computer to lock and unlock your front door, but problems remain.
Improved LED fixtures are flooding the market.
Prices are falling for energy-efficient portable generators. Today’s standby generators can power larger loads in smaller models.
Experts tell us that self-storage facility burglaries are rare.
The big news is larger designs.
Programmable thermostats will help you to save money on your bill only if you refrain from overriding the energy-saving settings.
This seems to be the year to refinance your mortgage.
The new combo: desks and notebook computers.
A lack of regulation can lead to unlicensed workers installing home-security systems.
You’ll want more space and you’ll spend more money to add horizontal climbing bars to your playset.
New models are more efficient than ever before.
It’s unclear whether grass-seed manufacturers’ claims about their products are accurate.
You might want to wait to buy long-lasting LED bulbs.
You might want to use a magnifying glass to read the fine print that’s on power contracts for hidden fees.
New technology might not be ready for prime time.
Manufacturers struggle to introduce innovations.
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Don’t assume that this is the perfect time to buy a home.
The latest options that are designed to help to keep you in your home can work against you.
Smart meters are supposed to give you more control over your energy use, but experts doubt that you’ll ever see the touted savings.
Insurers use credit scores and higher deductibles, and sell more policy add-ons to cull more cash from consumers.
Dozens of useless rooftop wind turbines have been introduced in the past 2 years as manufacturers dangle big tax breaks as incentive.
Much recyclable waste picked up at the curb ends up in the same place as the trash: the landfill.
Paint companies lay it on thick when they tout the environmental friendliness of their products. But they don’t disclose the fact that “green” paint does not work well.