For nearly 15 years, Reviewed.com has put thousands of products to the test, all to help consumers buy, use, and understand electronics and appliances. Here’s what we’ve been up to this week.
The Frigidaire Gallery FGHB2866PF (MSRP $549) is like the commoner who becomes the belle of the ball. This machine is priced to move, but offers a wide range of washing options and good cleaning performance. The design hides its low-cost roots, too, with no plastic parts visible from the front. It’s hard to beat this Cinderella story, and we’ve awarded it our Editor’s Choice badge.
Mother’s Day is like a “diet birthday.” You’ll definitely celebrate your mom, but you’re more likely to forget to plan it out until the day before. Don’t be that son or daughter. This year, be prepared and do something special for mama-dukes. You can buy her a fancy new gadget that she’ll probably love, or go with a gift that taps the heart instead of the wallet—like setting those gadgets up and helping her make the most out of them.
Samsung has released some dazzling high-end TVs this year. But if your budget leads you toward the middle of the road, the F5000 series ($199-$899) might pop up on your radar. It doesn’t have any fancy features like 3D or a smart TV platform, and the narrow viewing angle will force you to sit right in front of the screen—it isn’t great for large groups. But the picture quality is excellent, with vibrant colors and lifelike details. The value is just about spot-on for the money.
Of all the waterproof cameras out there, Sony has consistently made the slickest, slimmest, and most stylish. The Cyber-shot TX30 (MSRP $349) is their latest, but not the greatest. While they continue to push megapixel counts upward, picture quality does not follow suit. A touchscreen is not a wise interface choice for a camera designed to work underwater. It’s probably the best-looking snapshooter that you can bring to the beach, but it’s not as tough of a gadget or as capable of a camera as other $350 adventure cameras out there.
The Electrolux EIFLS60LSS (MSRP $1,399) washer and EIMED60LSS (MSRP $1,399) dryer offer great performance with a subdued elegance of design and usage. The Silver Sands sand-blasted gray finish is a welcome alternative to the white and stainless-steel options that dominate most appliance catalogs these days. These are expensive machines, but you’ll get what you pay for.