Consumer Reports: Best Buys for Your Home 2004

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Consumer Reports' trusted unbiased advice helps readers find products that combine fun with functionality--to make the best buying decisions for all around the home

If there is an upside to the sobering recent economic situation, it might be that people have found that putting time, energy, and money into their homes is a worthwhile and satisfying investment. Best Buys for Your Home 2004 offers an in-depth look at the home-products marketplace,...

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Overview

Consumer Reports' trusted unbiased advice helps readers find products that combine fun with functionality--to make the best buying decisions for all around the home

If there is an upside to the sobering recent economic situation, it might be that people have found that putting time, energy, and money into their homes is a worthwhile and satisfying investment. Best Buys for Your Home 2004 offers an in-depth look at the home-products marketplace, so shoppers can get the most for their money.

Filled with buying advice and over 800 brand-name Ratings, this book provides concise and detailed guidance for:
- How to choose the best equipment, for the kitchen, home entertainment system, tool shed, and more, from performance differences to recommendations

- Key features to look for when choosing appliances throughout the house

- How to make any remodeling project hassle-free

- Heating, cooling and air filtering options for the home

- Brand repair histories--which brands are the most reliable?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890439845
  • Publisher: Consumer Reports Books
  • Publication date: 2/18/2004
  • Edition number: 2004
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.71 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

The Editors of Consumer Reports located in Yonkers, N.Y., regularly report on home products. Their work is based on the impartial testing and expertise of the Technical Division, which has evaluated products for the home for almost seventy years. With almost four million subscribers to its magazine and over one million paid subscribers to its website, Consumer Reports is trusted for its expert unbiased testing and reporting, and for the fact that it takes no advertising.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: All around the house
Using this book 7
How Consumer Reports tests products 8
Part 1 Feathering Your Nest
Chapter 1 Kitchen & Laundry
Breadmakers 14
Coffeemakers 16
Cookware 18
Dishwashers 20
Dryers 23
Freezers 26
Irons 28
Kitchen knives 30
Microwave ovens 31
Mixing appliances 33
Ranges, cooktops & wall ovens 37
Refrigerators 41
Toasting appliances 45
Washing machines 47
Chapter 2 Home Entertainment
Setting up a home theater 54
Camcorders 60
CD players 63
CD player/recorders 66
Digital video recorders 68
DVD players 70
Home theater in a box 73
Minisystems 74
Receivers 76
Satellite TV 80
Speakers 82
TV sets 84
VCRs 88
VCR/DVD combos 90
Chapter 3 Yard & Garden
Chain saws 94
Grills 98
Hedge trimmers 100
Lawn mowers and tractors 102
Power blowers 106
String trimmers 108
Chapter 4 Home 'Software'
Mattress sets 112
Oriental rugs 115
Sheets 120
Towels 123
Wall-to-wall carpeting 124
Chapter 5 Keeping It Shipshape
Circular saws 128
Cordless drills 129
Garage-door openers 131
Smoke and CO alarms 133
Vacuum cleaners 136
Wet/dry vacuums 138
Part 2 Nuts & Bolts
Chapter 6 Hassle-Free Remodeling
Getting started 142
Selecting materials and products 144
Choosing a contractor 145
Doing it yourself 148
Obtaining financing 149
Correcting mistakes 152
Wrapping up the project 153
Chapter 7 Fresh Starts
Cabinetry 156
Countertops 159
Faucets 161
Floor varnish 163
Flooring, vinyl 165
Flooring, wood 167
Interior lighting 170
Paint 171
Roofing 174
Siding 176
Sinks 179
Toilets 180
Wallpaper 182
Windows 184
Chapter 8 Heating, Cooling, Filtering
Air cleaners 187
Air conditioners 190
Central-air systems 192
Heating systems 195
Thermostats 199
Water filters 200
Part 3 Reference Section
Ratings 203
Air cleaners, room 204
Air cleaners, whole house 206
Blenders 208
Camcorders 210
Circular saws 214
Coffeemakers 216
Cooktops 218
Cookware 220
Dishwashers 222
Drills, cordless 224
Dryers 226
DVD players 229
DVD recorders 232
DVD/VCR combos 234
Food processors/choppers 235
Generators, portable 237
Home theater in a box 238
Kitchen knives 240
Microwave ovens 242
Mixers 244
Power blowers 246
Power sanders 248
Ranges 250
Receivers 254
Refrigerators 257
Speakers 260
Stain, exterior 265
Toilets 267
TVs, direct-view 270
TVs, LCD 274
Vacuum cleaners 275
Wall ovens 280
Washing machines 281
Water filters 284
Finding reliable brands 287
Brand locator 297
Index 303
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