For over 10 years, Reviewed.com has put thousands of products to the test, all for the sake of the informed purchase. Here's what we've been up to this week.
Smart TVs—the internet-connected sets with built-in Netflix, HuluPlus, apps, and more—don't need to empty your wallet. The Samsung UN50EH5300 offers a whole lot of TV for street prices under $1000. With similar picture quality and as sleek an interface as its more expensive Samsung siblings, it earned great scores in most of our tests. If you don't care about its narrow viewing angle and can live without 3D, this might be a great new addition to your wall.
One of the best-performing dishwashers we've ever tested, this Maytag might be a good choice for folks who just want to throw in those dirty dishes, set it, and forget it. Both the normal and Jet Clean cycles were incredibly impressive at removing food and stains. Of course, the only downside of a dishwasher as effective as this is the extra time, water, and electricity that each cycle chews up. But if you're looking for performance, this Maytag should get your attention.
That studious, autumn aroma has hit the air, indicating the impending start of college. For some it's a bummer, but for others this is an opportunity to get a new TV. We've found the best TVs in the most important categories for students: low cost, audio quality, number of connections, motion performance, and size. While we don't endorse America's brightest young minds wasting valuable learning hours on trashy TV and games, these would be great for watching, like, documentaries or something.
Two weeks ago Slate Magazine's Explainer ran an article that denounced preheating your oven, and called for the restoration of descriptive temperatures—slow, moderate, hot, maximum—instead of Celsius and Fahrenheit measurements. In our rebuttal, we examine these claims with our own hard data gathered in lab tests, and do some explaining of our own as to why ignoring an oven dial, failing to preheat, and using an antiquated temperature system are all rather half-baked ideas. We did agree on a few things, though: know thy oven and monitor thy food.
As September 1st rolls around and leases turn over, many people find themselves in new apartments with old appliances. This article details how to tackle this situation and what one should (or even can) buy, as well as those little factors people might overlook. Size, portability, electrical connections, and cost are all factors at play, as well as the terms of lease. If you've got an old, inefficient appliance doing more harm than good, maybe we can help.