John Moore, Author at 10Rate https://10rate.com Expert Product Reviews and Ratings | Best Top 10 Rated Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:09:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.2.6 Best Counter Depth Refrigerators https://10rate.com/best-counter-depth-refrigerator-reviews/ https://10rate.com/best-counter-depth-refrigerator-reviews/#respond Sat, 17 Oct 2015 11:50:48 +0000 http://10rate.com/?p=245 Top 10 Rated Counter & Cabinet Depth Refrigerators 2024

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Looking for the best counter depth refrigerators? Below you will find the top 10 counter depth refrigerators as rated by our experts. We rate the units on effective storage (The usable amount of storage compared to the actual amount), temperature control, energy efficiency, price and convenience features. Taking these into account we think you will find the best refrigerator for you, see the counter depth refrigerator comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.

LG LFC21776STS  8.5/10

Capacity: 20.7 cu. ft.
Width: 48″
Height: 84″
Depth: 25 7/8″
Configuration: French Door Bottom Freezer

We like the clean design of this french door, bottom freezer unit. It doesnt have the distracting water and ice dispenser which is the #1 cause of complaints in refrigerators today. It’s got decent storage at 20.7 cu. ft. The price is reasonable …read more


Bosch B22CT80SNS  8.5/10

Capacity: 21.8 cu. ft.
Width: 35.625 inches
Height: 71.875 inches
Depth: 30.125 inches
Configuration: French Door

This is an attractive French door fridge with very unique interior design layout. Some will love it, some will not. The drawers and shelving sometimes fit American packaging pretty well, and it has a cool modern feel…read more


LG LFX21976ST  8/10

Capacity: 20.5 cu. ft.
Width: 35.75 inches
Height: 69.75 inches
Depth: 30 inches
Energy Star
Configuration: French Door, Bottom Freezer

The LG LFX21976ST has 20.5 cubic feet, which is perfect for the average family. The stainless steel French door fridge has a water and ice dispenser through the door, controlled by a self-explanatory LED…read more


Capacity: 22.5 cu. ft.
Width: 35.75 inches
Height: 70 inches
Depth: 31 inches
Configuration: French Door, Bottom Freezer

This fridge has Samsung’s twin cooling system and an impressive 22.5 cu. ft. of storage (for a counter depth fridge). The feature set is very complete with external ice and water and that attractive French door design that’s…read more


Capacity: 22.6 cu. ft.
Height: 68.63 inches
Width: 36 inches
Depth: 28.5 inches
Configuration: French Door, Bottom Freezer

Counter-depth refrigerators are very important to today’s design community because people are more eager to maximize their living space. And surprisingly even though they contain less overall storage capacity, these refrigerators cost more. At $1899, this is not an inexpensive fridge, but it has some good build…read more


Capacity: 22.6 cu. ft.
Width: 36″
Height: 69 3/8″
Depth: 29 1/2″
Configuration: Side by Side

A pretty good price conscious model with the side by side design, spill proof glass shelving, and space saving highly organized interior design, Frigidaire FFSC2323LS is priced at $1450 and change. This will likely be one of the lowest prices…read more


GE PZS25KSESS  7.5/10

23.4 cu. ft.
Height 68.75 inches
Width 35.75 inches
Depth 29.75 inches
Configuration: Side by Side

This expensive and well-built option comes with convenient electronic controls with child locks and has very good energy efficiency. The GE PZS25KSESS detects when the fridge is opened frequently and lowers…read more


LG LFXC24726S  8/10

Capacity: 24 cu. ft.
Height: 68.38 inches
Width: 35.75 inches
Depth: 30.88 inches
Configuration: French Door

This LG fridge has an attractive French door design that’s become popular in recent years, and it has a larger capacity than most counter depth refrigerators at 24 cubic feet. That extra storage comes in handy…read more


Capacity: 20 cu. ft.
Height: 70.125 inches
Width: 35.625 inches
Depth: 29.5 inches
Configuration: French Door Bottom Freezer

This French door counter depth fridge has an internal water dispenser and 20 cubic feet of storage, which puts it in the full size category. The Maytag has adjustable full-width and half-width removable spill-proof…read more



 

Storage Measurement Capacity

Counter Depth and Cabinet Depth Refrigerator Dimensions

John Moore, Contributing Editor

First off, counter depth and cabinet depth are interchangeable terms and have the same meaning as far as refrigerator dimensions go. It’s just a matter of preference which term one uses. What is considered a counter depth refrigerator? Generally speaking any refrigerator of 24″ or less is classified as counter depth. This does not include the door handles and may or may not include the door depth depending upon the manufacturer Read More…

Counter Depth Diagram

John E. Moore John E. Moore has been reviewing kitchen goods and refrigerators for 8 years as the leader of cookswarehouse.com. Cooks Warehouse sells more than 400 kitchen items and accessories. John is also a self-described computer tech geek…. See more about John

 

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Best Leaf Blowers https://10rate.com/best-leaf-blower-reviews/ https://10rate.com/best-leaf-blower-reviews/#respond Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:45:11 +0000 http://10rate.com/?p=1737 Top 10 Rated Leaf Blowers 2024

The best leaf blowers, be they gas, electric, or cordless, must be effective at blasting away leaves, twigs, and other lawn debris. We looked for a number of factors when selecting the top 10 leaf blowers:
1. Easy to start up
2. Powerful engine with high air speeds
3. Durable mulching blades
4. Convenient accessories like vacuum and mulching tools
5. Lightweight to hold by hand or including a strap or harness
6. Low noise and vibrations
6. Great range of mobility and a long battery life if it’s a cordless blower
7. Low emissions if it’s a gas blower
A high-performing leaf blower will certainly speed up your yard work tasks, especially in the fall and spring seasons when leaves, grass clippings, and debris are everywhere.

Tanaka TRB24EAP  9.5/10

23.9 cc 2-cycle motor
1.13 HP
170 MPH
8.6 lbs.
 

A quiet, light weight gas blower, the Tanaka TRB24EAP blower saves you the trouble of dealing with a complicated start-up system. This Tanaka blower starts up immediately and has strong blowing…read more


1.13-HP motor
441 cfm air volume
8 3/5 pounds
 

With 2 stroke technology, this gas-powered leaf blower from Hitachi has reduced emissions, and it’s a powerful performer with air speeds up to 170 mph. Able to handle large quantities of leaves…read more


Husqvarna 150BT   8.5/10

251 MPH
50.2 cc
2-cycle engine
Backpack blower

For the professional landscaper or the average homeowner with very large property, this Husqvarna 150BT leaf blower has incredible power, reaching air speeds up to 251 mph with its 50.2 cc motor…read more


Troy-Bilt TB4BP  8.5/10

32 cc, 4-cycle engine
480 cfm air volume
72 dBA
20-ounce tank
22 pounds
19.5″ x 21.2″ x 15.8″

A powerful backpack leaf blower for the reasonable price of $230.88, this Troy-Bilt model is fairly no-fuss with its 4-cycle engine, which keeps the oil and gas separate for you. The padded harness…read more


Husqvarna 125BVx  8.5/10

1.1-HP motor
16:1 mulch ratio
16.91-ounce tank
107 dBA
9.6 pounds
38.5″ x 9″ x 14″

A handy leaf blower with a vacuum and mulch kit, this Husqvarna gas blower has enough power to clear away a lot of debris. Its 1.1-horsepower motor reaches a maximum power speed of 8,000 rpm while still staying relatively quiet…read more


36 volts
120 MPH
Cordless electric blower
85 CFM
 

A lightweight, easy-to-maneuver device from Black & Decker, this cordless electric leaf blower does efficiently what a push broom would do: sweep hard surfaces of leaves and debris. It’s best used…read more


Toro 51585  8/10

7 amps
4.6 pounds
11.8″ x 7.9″ x 16.5″
 

An efficient tool for clearing sidewalks, driveways, and patios, the Toro 2-speed electric blower has a low speed of 130 mph and a maximum speed of 160 mph. That’s more than sufficient power to…read more


12 amps
69 dBA
8.1 pounds
15.7″ x 9.8″ x 20.9″

A powerful leaf blower, vacuum, and mulcher, this Black & Decker electric blower effectively mulches leaves, twigs, and other yard debris and collects it in a zippered leaf bag. The two speeds provide…read more


Worx WG500  7.5/10

12 amps
350 cfm vacuum capacity
8.4 pounds
 

An effective leaf blower, vacuum, and mulcher, this Worx model is ideal for the average size yard. With blow speeds as high as 210 mph, it can handle even wet leaves and debris pretty well. As with…read more


WORX WG545  7/10

20 volts
80 CFM
120 MPH
Cordless electric blower

A cordless leaf blower with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the WORX WG545 is well suited to light yard tasks like blowing off the patio, pool deck, or sidewalk. The blower’s nozzle has a narrow range…read more



 

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Starting a Gas-Powered Leaf Blower

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Choosing a Leaf Blower: Gas, Electric, or Cordless?

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While most lawn mowers can handle flat, even terrains, the trick is to find a high-powered lawn mower that still works well when the lawn is large and hilly and containing trees, rocks, and roots. We looked at a number of lawn mowers to see how well they mulch, bag, or discharge grass … [more]

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Wine coolers allow collectors to store bottles at just the right temperature so they last longer and are perfectly chilled when served. As we compiled the top 10 wine coolers, we considered several factors that set the top models apart from the rest.. The best models have:
1. Dual-temperature zones to accommodate red and white wines
2. Precise temperatures
3. User-friendly controls with a clear display
4. Interior LED light
5. Adjustable racks
6. Noise and vibration control
7. Stylish design
Whether you want a slim countertop model to hold a dozen or so bottles or a behemoth cooler capable of storing 48, you can find a high-quality wine cooler that makes storing and serving wine an enjoyable experience. See the wine cooler comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.

Color: Stainless Steel with black cabinet
38 bottle capacity
39F – 64F

If you have a large collection of wine to store, then you should consider the Danby DWC040A1BDB, which holds up to thirty-eight bottles at 39 to 64 degrees F. This sleek model comes…read more


Color: Stainless Steel with black cabinet
32 bottle capacity
46 lbs.
21.7″ x 20.7″ x 32.5″

The double-door design of this Whynter wine cooler is especially sleek and sophisticated, with gleaming stainless steel trim. The interior lights fully illuminate your selection, and the thermoelectric cooling systems…read more


Color: Stainless Steel with black sides
46 bottle capacity
80 lbs.
33.5″ x 23.5″ x 24.75″

A quiet, large capacity wine cooler, this New EdgeStar model holds 46 bottles by reversing the direction the bottles with each rack…read more


Color: Black
12 bottle capacity
31.3 lbs.
20.3 x 26 x 9.9 inches
46-66F upper compartment; 54-66F lower compartment

For $138.13, the Haier HVTEC12DABS with its dual temperature zones and space for up to twelve bottles is a solid choice. Programming the temperatures for the upper and lower compartments…read more


Color: Stainless Steel with black cabinet
18 bottle capacity
35.2 lbs.
19.5″ x 14″ x 25.5″

The stylish design of this NewAir wine cooler goes well with nearly any home décor. The interior LED light casts a soft blue glow on your wine collection. Five chrome racks hold 18 small bottles; bigger bottles…read more


Color: Black
12 bottle capacity
35 lbs.
20″ x 26″ x 11″

The slim build of this Sunpentown wine cooler makes it easier to set up anywhere in the house or bar. The shelves are spaced tightly together, so only the smallest bottles will fit, but they slide in and out easily…read more


Haier HVTEC08ABS  7.5/10

Color: Black
8 bottle capacity
20.9 lbs.
20.3 x 17.9 x 9.9 inches

With a capacity for eight bottles, the Haier HVTEC08ABS looks classy and sleek on a countertop. We were pleased to note that it is ready to work straight out of the box with no assembly…read more


Whynter WC-211DZ  7.5/10

Color: Stainless Steel with black cabinet
21 bottle capacity
57.4 lbs.
21.7″ x 13.4″ x 32.5″

With a dual temperature system, you can store whites on top at one temperature and reds on the bottom at another. Both zones have adjustable thermostats and LCD screens to monitor the temperatures. This wine cooler from Whynter…read more


Avanti EWC1201  7.5/10

Color: Black
12 bottle capacity
35 lbs.
26″ x 21″ x 12″

A single-zone wine cooler, this Avanti model does a good job at keeping bottles chilled, although you’ll have to find a temperature that works for both reds and whites. Stylistically, it’s an attractive piece with a curved door…read more


Color: black
18 bottle capacity
52 lbs.
20 x 9.9 x 37.5 inches

For $269.95, the Wine Enthusiast 272 02 13 is a valid choice: it has an 18-bottle capacity and with its slim build can fit in narrow spaces in your kitchen, den, or bar. We were pleased to discover that this wine cooler…read more



 

Wine Cooler Buying Guide

The Best Features to Have in a Wine Cooler

As you shop for a wine cooler, you should consider more than just the number of bottles it will hold. Whether you drink wine casually or have several fine wines you want to preserve, there are wine coolers that will protect your bottles over time and those that won’t. Look for these features to find the wine cooler that’s best for you and your collecting needs.

Capacity

You don’t want to spend a great deal of money on a wine cooler and later wish that you had bought one with a greater capacity. Consider how many bottles you’re saving for a long period of time and how many you have for regular consumption. Whatever that number is, allow for an increase in your collection.

Racks

Since many wine coolers’ racks are spaced tightly together, adjustable shelves make it incredibly easier to store large or unusually shaped bottles. Vinyl-coated racks are better than chrome wire ones, and wooden shelves offer extra sturdiness. Find out if the racks are fixed or adjustable, and whether you can slide out the shelves to view your selections.

Door

While most wine coolers feature a glass door because it’s attractive in style, exposing your bottles to light can having damaging effects. If you select a cooler with a glass door, look for models with double-paned glass for extra insulation and UV protection. Don’t leave the interior light on full-time, either. It looks pretty to have your wine collection lit up, but your bottles don’t need the extra heat.

Locks

You may not even think about the security of your wine unless you have nosy guests or teenagers frequenting the house. A good lock on the cooler door can keep someone from accidentally opening that priceless bottle you had saved for retirement.

Vibrations

If your wine cooler vibrates, even a little, it can cause the sediment in the bottle to interfere with the wine’s aging process. Many wine coolers claim to solve this problem with thermoelectric technology, in which the only moving part is the fan. Short of that solution, coolers with padded racks will help protect your wines from vibrations.

Durability

A wine cooler’s durability is perhaps the greatest consideration you should make, along with price. A cooler may look snazzy and be low in price, but if it’s not a reliable model you could end up with a broken machine and damaged wine. Better to invest in a more expensive, reliable cooler and set your mind at rest knowing your collection is safe than to save a bit on the initial price and risk a disaster.

Brittany Rowland Brittany Rowland researches new developments in Appliances, Kitchen and CE products features with a vigor to which few would aspire… but someone has to do it. See more about Brittany

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Storing and Serving Red and White Wines

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Best Riding Lawnmowers https://10rate.com/best-riding-lawnmower-reviews/ https://10rate.com/best-riding-lawnmower-reviews/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 10:10:43 +0000 http://10rate.com/?p=1664 Top 10 Rated Riding Lawn Mowers 2024

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With riding lawn mowers, you want the same performance you get from a walk-behind mower but in a much larger package. Riding lawn mowers are the ideal choice if you have a lot of property to cover. Here are some of the most important factors we looked for when we selected the top 10 ride lawn mowers:
1. Controls easy to access and operate
2. Comfortable seat
3. Tight turning radius
4. Wide cutting path
5. Powerful motor for cutting and mulching
6. Smooth riding over varied terrains
7. Variable speeds and adjustable deck height
8. Easy handling and maneuverability

Troy-Bilt 420cc  9.8/10

5 Height Adjustable Blade
15 HP
2 Year Limited Warranty
420cc Single Troy-Bilt Engine
30 Cutting Deck
$1100

Troy-Bilt 420cc Riding Lawn MowerThis little rear engine 30” riding mower is one of the best sellers in the country and one of the only rear engine mowers. The little 420cc Powermore has a cast iron cylinder sleeve, pressure oiler and a screw on automotive type oil filter. You get around 15 HP on this solid little engine… read more


John Deere D170  9.7/10

2 Year Bumper to Bumper Warranty
Cut Width 54 inches
Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission: Hydrostatic
$2700

John Deere D170 54 in. 25-HP V-Twin HydrostaticThe 54” blade cutting width on this John Deere model will help you get through large lawns quicker. It has excellent cutting capability from the edge cutting system. A 25 HP V-twin engine has some nice extended life features… read more


20 horsepower
540cc engine
42-inch cutting path
2.5 gallon tank capacity
5.2 mph maximum speed

This is one solid riding lawnmower that comes loaded with useful features. Things like the fender mounted cutting height adjustment, air induction, anti-scalp wheels, and hydrostatic…read more


15.5 horsepower
1.5 gallons tank capacity
42-inch cutting path
459 pounds

The Poulan Pro PB155G42 riding mower provides great maneuverability with a tight 18-inch turning radius. Able to cover medium to large lawns and properties in a short time with the 42-inch deck…more


John Deere D130  8.5/10

22 horsepower
724 cc engine
42-inch cutting path
2.4 gallon tank capacity
5.5 mph maximum speed

For an automatic transmission ride mower in its class, this 42-inch John Deere model may be getting into the expensive range at $1,899… more


17.5 Horsepower
42 inch cutting width
496 lbs.
1.5 gallons
5 mph maximum speed

The Troy-Bilt Pony riding lawn mower is ideal for small to medium sized lots and yards. The “Pony” in the name gives most of it away. It’s a smaller mower, but still offers a punch…more


16.5 HP endurance engine
30-inch 13 gauge cutting deck
3 gallon gas tank capacity
6.5 mph maximum speed
395 lbs.

This is one of the more expensive mowers on the list, but for good reason. The Husqvarna RZ3016 doesn’t have all the horse power some of the other mowers have, but it’s lighter and exceeds their top speeds…more


17.5 horsepower
502 cc motor
42-inch cutting path
450 pounds

Offering great value for its low price of $900, this Yard Machines 42-inch ride mower has a handy shift-on-the-go transmission system that lets you adjust the speed … more


23 horsepower
724 cc motor
48-inch cutting path
540 pounds
69.3″ x 59.8″ x 41.4″

An efficient, compact riding mower from Husqvarna, this hydrostatic transmission model provides a smooth, easy ride with two separate pedals for forward … more


190 cc engine
26-inch cutting path
196 pounds
58″ x 29″ x 39″

For small, flat yards, the Weed Eater WE-ONE will get the job done faster than a walk-behind mower. Its 190 cc engine demonstrates a great cutting performance, and three forward speeds … more


19.5 horsepower
46-inch cutting path
530 pounds
 

Built with durable parts meant to last a long time, the Yard-Man 46-inch ride mower runs smoothly with an auto-drive transmission. Its wide deck cuts through tall, thick grass easily … more



 

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Does your lawn resemble a jungle? Either you’re blessed with fast growing grass, or you’ve neglected your mowing duty for too long. In either case, if you don’t have a riding mower, you may have to do double the work to take care of the problem.

  1. First, try mowing on the highest height setting. Wait a couple days before mowing the yard again at a normal setting.
  2. Is the grass too stubborn or is your mower not up to the task? If mulching doesn’t work, try bagging the clippings.
  3. If the mower keeps clogging, try a narrower strip, say 6 to 12 inches, with each mowing pass.
  4. If all else fails, set your mower to side discharge. You’ll have to rake up the clippings afterward, but at least you’ll have tamed the jungle.

Now that you know how much extra work is involved in cutting tall grass, you’ll be motivated to keep up with a regular mowing schedule.

Jon Bannister Jon Bannister has always had an interest in the latest technology and gadgetry. A graduate of the Georgia Tech computer science program, Jon has a very technical and working knowledge on how computers interact with and improve… See more about Jon

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People tend to think of mowing the lawn as backbreaking, sweat-inducing work, but self-propelled lawnmowers can make the task a lot more bearable, particularly if you have hilly or uneven terrain to maintain…[more]

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Lawn trimmers are invaluable tools for keeping your yard looking tidy and professional. Trimmers can reach tight areas that lawn mowers can’t, such as beneath bushes and around trees. Many trimmers also function as edgers… [more]

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The best leaf blowers, be they gas, electric, or cordless, must be effective at blasting away leaves, twigs, and other lawn debris. We looked for a number of factors when selecting the top 10 leaf blowers… [more]

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Pressure washers are an essential tool for keeping the outside of your home clean. Made for blasting through grime on cars, boats, driveways, grills, and house sidings, a pressure washer carries exponentially more power than a regular garden hose…[more]

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Best Golf Balls https://10rate.com/best-golf-ball-review/ https://10rate.com/best-golf-ball-review/#respond Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:52:34 +0000 http://10rate.com/?p=1926 Top 10 Golf Balls 2024

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The following list of the best top ten golf balls was determined from the authors opinion using the following criteria: Consistency in length off the tee, spin control and the ability to hold greens, “feel” of the ball around greens for chipping and putting, durability, and price/value. Combining a ball that’s long and straight off the tee with little spin, a ball that’s soft and controllable around the greens, and a ball that really takes spin with short irons is the ultimate challenge for golf ball manufacturers. See the golf ball comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.

Price Range: $39 to $58
per dozen
 
 

titleist pro v1 2015
This is of course the #1 ball in golf on the pro tour. More professional golfers prefer this ball or the original ProV1 to any other ball. The reason is simple – a great combination of length, feel … read more

Cover: Proprietary Iothane
$26.99/dozen
3 Layer Ball Construct
 
 

taylormade_aeroburner_pro_golf_balls
The new Aeroburner Pro is engineered to explode off the face faster, stay in the air longer and go flat-out farther, without skimping on feel or control…. read more

Cover: Soft Urethane
Price – $37.99/dozen
 
 


Introduced in December 2014, the new Callaway Chrome Soft takes our top spot for great new innovation for the mid-$30 price point golf ball that delivers exceptional all-a-round performance. … read more

Price Range: $39 to $58
per dozen
 


Surprisingly, the Titleist ProV1 despite all its success is just barely a 3 layer construction ball with a large single core solid polybutadien inner ball core. It has a very thin Ionomer casing layer … read more

Price Range: $35 to $45
per dozen
 
 


This is a bombers golf ball. It’s one of the longest distance balls on the market this year. It has a soft gradational core that still leaves some decent feel. The inner and outer mantle … read more

Cover: Urethane
Price: $45.99/dozen
 
 

Nike RZN Platinum
This new generation of RZN is softer, lighter, and has better greenside control than previous versions, while still having the urethane cover that better player’s desire. … read more

Cover: SpinSkin
Price – $44.99/dozen
 
 

Srixon Z-Star XV
Srixon uses a coating on the thin urethane cover to increase friction for that grab to increase spin on wedge shots and chipping to really enhance your scoring game… read more

Cover: Ionomer
Price: $26.99/dozen
 
 

Wilson-Staff-Duo-Spin-Golf-Balls-2015-156
The new little brother of the DUO, the breakout ball of 2013, the 2015 Wilson Duo Spin is, at 35 compression, the absolute softest multilayer golf ball… read more

Cover: Urethane
Price: $28.99/dozen
 
 

bridgestone-e5-156
The Bridgestone E5 has got you covered for your round, without breaking the bank. Made for a higher ball flight, the unique urethane cover in a 2-piece golf ball helps your short game as much as your distance off the tee. … read more

Cover: Cast Urethane
Price: $45.99/dozen
 
 

bridgestone-b330s-156
The new Bridgestone Tour B330 features a 330 Dual Dimple cast urethane cover & a 4-piece construction that performs on the same level as Pro V1 in the distance category… read more

Cover: Urethane
Dual Layer
$45 /dozen
 
 


What’s cool about this ball (and some of Bridgestone’s others) is that the company really makes an effort to tell you exactly where this ball fits in to the golfers goals in terms of swing … read more


 

Golf Balls Buying Guide

How to Buy a Golf Ball
Matching Golfer Skill with Golf Ball Build

Dimple Design and Construction
There are many considerations when determining what type of golf ball you will buy and play with. One is dimple design. The number of dimples as well as the design can help you gain distance (or lose distance for balls with older technology). The size and shape of dimples and well as depth all play a part in how far and accurately the ball flies. One design flies farther, another straighter, and still another a mid loft, and another at low loft. Then there’s the roll on the greens. One roll purer and straighter than the other.

Layer Construction
Here we are talking about the number of layers in the construction of the golf ball. It could have 2 to 5 layers at present. The higher the number of layers in the ball construction the more the ball typically costs and the more feel and design is implemented. The simplest balls with 2 layer construction – though much improved – are more for beginning golfers and will cost less. Higher layer construction balls like the ProV1x and Callaway i(s) give golfers more flexibility with varying swing speeds.

Spin Slope and Spin Control
In golf, how much spin the ball creates from impact has a lot to do with how straight it flies through the air. Higher spin slope balls are designed with better golfers in mind and will spin more with lower irons and with lower impact speeds. They also contain a soft middle core that when compressed by higher velocity shots from higher swing speeds reduces spin to allow for more distance and straighter ball flight. Lower spin slope golf balls will travel straighter and longer for lower swing speeds and be more consistent with lower velocity shots. However, they are typically harder around the greens depending on the cover. Essentially the more spin there is on the golf ball, the less far it travels because spin is creating some resistance.

Here’s a little table to help you decide which ball is right for you:

Generally…

More limited attributes in the golf ball = less layers of construction = Less Expensive golf ball
More distance plus feel = more layers of construction = Higher price golf ball
Lower Handicap Golfers generally prefer…

  • High distance, high control
  • Less durable and higher priced golf balls
Higher Handicap Golfers generally prefer…

  • Lower Cost Golf Balls
  • More consistency with lower swing spin, harder shell for distance
As an avid golfer and tennis player for most of his life, he enjoys researching the latest in golf and tennis technology as well as analyzing his own game. He has been a writer and reviewer for a dozen years and his work has appeared in numerous publications including CBS, the San Fransisco Chronicle… See more about S. Dee Davis

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Top 10 Golf Putters

Although some of selecting a putter is about “feel” there is more to it than that. We rate the best putters below on the following criteria: Appearance, “feel”, how well the ball rolls off the putter face, alignment characteristics, weighting balance and price/value. See the putter comparison … [more]

Top 10 Golf Drivers

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We tested many of the drivers that are out there in the market today and came up with our top 10 list. There are a couple holdovers from last year. Testing and consideration were given based on distance and accuracy with the same neutral swing speed (110) in a controlled distance … [more]

Top 10 Golf Clubs

Top 10 Golf Clubs

Following are some of the factors that we felt are most important in evaluating the top 10 golf club iron selections. Clubs were tested at a testing facility and loosely measured for the below quality points: 1. Comfort at Setup (Instilling Confidence), 2. Solid Feel at Impact, 3. Workable Ball Flight … [more]

Top 10 Golf Wedges

Top 10 Golf Wedges

A club class of its own, the wedges have high lofts, the short shafts, and the heavy clubheads. Out of all the irons wedges take all of these to the extreme. The purpose of a wedge is to aid players in making accurate short-distance “lob” shots, to get the ball onto the green and out of hazards….[more]

Top 10 Golf Bags

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The following are our top 10 Golf Bag choices based on the following criteria: Durability, Price, Stability of Stand, Access and Organization, Extra Pockets for Accessories, Comfort of Harness strap… [more]

Top 10 Golf Rangefinders

Top 10 Golf Rangefinders

Following are our choices for the top 10 golf rangefinders for the year after some testing and research. We’ve taken price, quality, and value into account when developing these ratings. Rangefinders were tested based on the following factors… [more]

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Best Gas and Propane Grills https://10rate.com/best-grill-reviews/ https://10rate.com/best-grill-reviews/#respond Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:02:24 +0000 http://10rate.com/?p=905 Top 10 Rated Gas and Propane Grills 2024

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There are a wide range of gas grills from portable to stand alone models. The most important aspect of a grill, however, is its cooking performance: A grill should produce a juicy, flavorful steak or burger with a nicely seared exterior. Other factors that we considered as we compiled this top 10 list:

1. Sturdy construction
2. Easy-to-clean grates of durable material like cast iron
3. An air-tight lid
4. Side tables for convenient food preparation
5. Precise temperature control with a handy gauge
6. Ample cooking area space
7. A removable drip tray
8. Even heat distribution
9. Heat-resistant handles

In this list you’ll find a variety of stand alone and portable gas grills. See the grill comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.

Weber 6621001  9.5/10

Stainless steel
3 burners
186 pounds
64.5″ x 60″ x 30″

A sturdy natural gas grill built like a tank, the Weber Genesis E-310 heats up to 700 degrees F in under 10 minutes. The porcelain-enameled cast iron grates are excellent at searing meats, fish, and vegetables…read more


26,500 BTU
360 square inches of cooking space
2 burners
32 x 50 x 63 inches
123 pounds

This Webber is a mid sized gas grill aimed at saving space, but still delivering the quality that comes with the name. The fold down side tables and rolling casters are great features for someone with a small patio or back deck…read more


Stainless steel
2 burners
100 pounds
21.9″ x 46.1″ x 45.7″

Cooking with infrared technology, this Char-Broil gas grill, available for $285, quickly sears meat, fish, pizza, and burgers and leaves the insides juicy and flavorful. Flare ups are no…read more


Propane gas grill
3 burners
40,000 BTU
635 sq. in. cooking space

This is one impressive propane grill. The 635 square inches of cooking space and 40,000 BTUs of heat can get any grilling job done without breaking a sweat. The aluminum oven is thick cast for keeping all the heat…read more


Coleman 9949-750  8.5/10

2 burners
47 pounds
33″ x 19″ x 14″
 

Unlike typical portable propane grills, this Coleman road trip grill is full size and collapses easily with its scissor legs. Ideal for travel, camping, and beach trips, the grill features two…read more


Propane gas grill
664 sq. in. total cooking area
40,000 BTU
Cast iron grids

The Broil King Baron gas grill offers a great deal in quality, with its durable construction and thoughtful design. The oven design leaves plenty of clearance for bigger items like roasts. With 40,000 BTU, it gets hot fast…read more


Weber Q1200  8/10

1 burner
31 pounds
20.5 x 40.9 x 24.6 inches
 

An attractive propane gas grill with a titanium painted cast aluminum lid, the Weber Q 1200 out of the Q series is made to be easily portable. One of the biggest pros it has going for it is heating up…read more


Propane gas grill
36,000 BTU and 12,000 BTU side burner
427.5 sq. in. cooking area
Cast iron grate

For a reasonable price, the Master Forge GD4215S offers great grilling performance and a durable, sturdy design. You’ll appreciate the three burners which can cook different foods—steaks, burgers, veggies…read more


Stainless steel
39 pounds
19.8″ x 27.8″ x 12.8″
 

A compact, portable propane grill from Cuisinart, this model rests neatly on a tabletop and holds adequate amounts of food for the average family. With a system of interchangeable…read more


40,800-BTU
1260 square inches of cooking space
3 burners
48 x 21.5 x 13 inches
168 pounds

Char-Griller offers an all-in-one package with the 5050 Duo combination grill. You can use propane or charcoal, whatever you like. It also has a side burner for side items or sauces. It’s perfect for the grill master who likes to experiment…read more


5,500 BTUs
145 square inches of cooking space
17.6 x 18.6 x 11.8 inches
13 pounds

Grilling away from backyard is a great way to get outdoor and enjoy the summetime with friends and family. A normal grill wouldn’t even be a candidate for picnic grilling. This Cuisinart portable grill…read more



 

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There are a wide range of charcoal grills from portable to stand alone models. The most important factor in choosing the best charcoal grill is the cooking performance. Some prefer charcoal over propane or any other type of gas because of the flavor… [more]

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Best Budget Washing Machines https://10rate.com/best-budget-washing-machine-reviews/ https://10rate.com/best-budget-washing-machine-reviews/#respond Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:06:16 +0000 http://10rate.com/?p=527 Top 10 Budget Washing Machines

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Looking for a washing machine on a tight budget doesn’t mean you have sacrifice quality or efficiency. Generally top loaders are less expensive than front loaders, but there are models in both styles that offer high efficiency and good performance for a reasonable price. Here’s an overview of ten of the best washers you can find for $700 or less. See the budget washing machine comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.

LG WT1101CW  9.5/10

$629.99
White
4.3 cu. ft. capacity

With a tremendous 4.3 cubic foot capacity, the LG WT1101CW is perfect for houses with constant, heavy laundry needs. Its roomy stainless steel drum can fit bulky comforters, towels, and sleeping bags…read more


LG WT5101HW  9/10

Color: White
Energy Star
14 Cycle Count
5.2 cu. ft. capacity
45.38″ H x 28.38″ D x 27″ W

LG introduced another handsome top loader with 5.2 cu. ft. drum capacity, the greatest capacity I’ve come across. With that much space you’ll greatly cut down on the number of loads you have to do. A sanitizing … read more


Color: White
Energy Star
9 Cycle Count
4.0 cu. ft. capacity
43.75″ H x 26.75″ D x 27″ W

This budget model from Samsung just barely squeezes into the category, but it’s for good reason. This one offers all the convenience and extra features of a high end top load washer…read more


GE GTWN4250DWS  8.5/10

$494.99
White
3.9 cu. ft. capacity

The GE GTWN4250DWS is another basic, no-frills top load washer that delivers high performance and a variety of washing options. With sixteen wash cycles, including jeans, towels, sheets…read more


LG WT1701CW  8/10

Color: White
Energy Star
12 Cycle Count
5.0 cu. ft. capacity
40 5/32” H x 27” W x 28 3/8” D

If you have a large household with a never-ending stream of laundry, you’ll greatly appreciate the LG WT1701CW, which has a 5.0 cubic foot capacity tub. With that much space, you’ll find yourself cutting down… read more


Color: White

8 Cycle Count
3.4 cu. ft. capacity
43″ H x 26″ D x 27″ W

Maytag put out a high quality top loader at the excellent price of $499. That makes this a very affordable budget washing machine. Ranked highly by reviewers… read more


Color: White
Energy Star
12 Cycle Count
3.4 cu. ft. capacity
43″ H x 26″ D x 27″ W

This Whirlpool top loader offers a deep cleaning and can be found as low as $335 online. It’s Energy Star rated, so it uses less water and energy. Note also that it requires HE detergent to run properly. With 3.4 cu. ft. capacity … read more


Color: White
Energy Star
4.1 cu. ft. capacity
6 wash/rinse temperatures
42″ H x 25.5″ D x 27″ W

For $650, this top loader from GE cleans laundry very well and is highly water efficient. You can adjust the water level for each load so no water is wasted … read more


Color: White
Energy Star
10 Cycle Count
4.0 cu. ft. capacity
41.5″ H x 31.25″ D x 27″ W

This budget front loader offers a wide variety of cycle options for a less expensive price (roughly $650). It’s quite efficient, using at least 50% less water and 30% less energy than ordinary washers … read more


Haier HLP21 7/10

$245.99
White
1 cu. ft. capacity

Ideal for single people or couples with minimal laundry needs, this portable Haier HLP21N is large enough to hold up to six pounds of laundry. It has three water levels…read more



 

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How to Select the Right Washer

There are at least five main factors you should consider when picking out your next washing machine: the washer’s durability, performance, efficiency, and affordability, and your washing needs. If you know what to look for in a washing machine, you can avoid some of the common mistakes buyers make and find a product that satisfies your laundry needs for years to come.

Durability

Nothing’s more frustrating than buying a machine that works fine for the first year or so, and then starts to fall apart conveniently after the warranty expires. Know before you buy a particular brand if there is a service company in your area that can fix your washer should it someday have problems. Read up on the model, including customer reviews, to be aware of any red flags. Sometimes it’s better to go with a trusted model that’s been on the market a few years than to risk purchasing a brand new, expensive washer with lots of fancy features that are prone to breaking.

Performance

How well does a washer actually clean laundry? Again, read reviews before making your final choice. Customer reviews are usually good about lavishing praise where it’s due and forthcoming about any flaws. Do you need a washer that can handle big, bulky loads, gentle on delicates and tough on highly soiled garments? Look for performance features that match your specific laundry needs.

Efficiency

Everyone is concerned about energy efficiency today. Not only are efficient washers better for the environment, they help you save on your electric bill. Compare the EnergyGuide stickers on different models to see which is most efficient: the lower the EnergyGuide rating, the more efficient the machine. Also look for Energy Star label, which indicates a washer meets or exceeds the government energy standards. Both top load and front load washers have highly efficient models that help conserve water and energy.

Affordability

How much you should pay for a washer depends on the level of quality you expect from the machine. The least expensive models, with only the most basic features, typically run from $250 to $350. Modestly priced machines that can handle the laundry needs of most families can cost up to $700. The priciest, most sophisticated models with advanced features and high efficiency usually exceed $1000. Decide how much you can budget for a washer and figure out which washing features you will actually need and use. Be aware that the cheapest models are generally the least efficient and roughest on your clothes, and avoid washers with only one water level, as these waste the most water.

Know what you need

Your laundry habits and family size determine what kind of washing machine you should buy. A person living alone who only does a few loads a week has very different washer requirements than a family with several messy children and pets. Don’t pay extra for frills and features you won’t use. Look instead for a reliable, high performing model that conserves water and energy at a reasonable price.

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Best Combination Ovens https://10rate.com/best-combination-oven-reviews/ https://10rate.com/best-combination-oven-reviews/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:34:01 +0000 http://10rate.com/?p=1180 Top 10 Rated Combination Ovens 2024

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Features we considered while compiling the top 10 list for combination microwave ovens included convection baking, oven and microwave capacities, adjustable racks, attractive design, size, and, of course, cooking performance. While these units typically run expensive, there are some reasonably priced models that still offer some of the best features of combination wall ovens that make them such a valuable purchase. See the combination oven comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.

Color: Stainless steel
Microwave capacity: 1.4 cu. ft.
Oven capacity: 5 cu. ft.
Convection
42.56” H x 26.938” D x 30” W

A handsome stainless steel combination oven with an extra-large, rectangular viewing window, the KitchenAid KEMS309BSS has a large capacity: five cubic feet for the oven and 1.4 for the microwave. We were impressed… read more


Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
Microwave Capacity: 1.5 cu. ft.
Oven Capacity: 4.2 cu. ft.
Cobalt blue porcelain enamel turntable
30″ x 24 1/2″ x 45 1/4″

Electrolux offers a bold designed combination oven with large black tinted windows and curved handles. The control panel lights up with a touch, but only the selected cooking setting remains highlighted … read more


GE PT970  8.5/10

Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
Microwave Capacity: 1.6 cu. ft.
Oven Capacity: 4.4 cu. ft.
Turntable
29 3/4″ x 23 1/2″ x 43 1/2″

This glossy model from GE adds a stylish, sophisticated look to the kitchen. The generous oven capacity can hold an entire dinner. The microwave works well, too, with sensors that make heating items fast and simple … read more


Colors: Stainless Steel
Microwave Capacity: 1.4 cu. ft.
Oven Capacity: 4.3 cu. ft.
Turntable
26.94″ D x 27″ W x 42.5″ H

At around $3,199, this is a very expensive combo oven from KitchenAid. The fact that it blends in with surrounding cabinetry is a big plus for a stylish kitchen…read more


Color: Stainless Steel
Oven capacity: 5 cu. ft.
Microwave capacity: 1.4 cu. ft.
42.56” H x 30” W x 26.438” D

An attractively designed combination wall oven, the Whirlpool WOC54EC0AS boasts a superior cooking performance with its even and quick heating. We were pleased with the extra-large capacity of the oven… read more


Color: Black
Microwave capacity: 1.4 cu. ft.
Oven capacity: 5 cu. ft.
42.56” H x 26.438” D x 30” W

In a stylish black with large viewing windows, the Whirlpool WOC95EC0AB is a combination oven that offers superior performance. It cooks dishes evenly and includes a steam clean option… read more


Color: Stainless steel
Microwave capacity: 1.5 cu. ft.
Oven capacity: 3.5 cu. ft.
45.14” H x 27” W x 24.5” D

With a sleek, almost retro design, the Electrolux EW27MC65JS comes at a hefty price tag: $3549. However, its intuitive controls and high-quality cooking performance make it a valuable purchase for the baking… read more


Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
Microwave Capacity: 1.4 cu. ft.
Oven Capacity: 5.0 cu. ft.
42.56″ H x 30″ W x 26.9″ D

This combination oven has a shiny, attractive design as well as high-quality cooking performance. The entire package is equally handsome and functional. You get a standard thermal cooking system…read more


GE JKP90DP   7.5/10

Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
Microwave Capacity: 1.6 cu. ft.
Oven Capacity: 3.8 cu. ft.
15 1/2″ turntable
26 5/8″ x 23 5/8″ x 42 1/2″

For the reasonable price of $1,839, you’ll get this quality GE combination oven. While it lacks convection heating, the oven’s baking controls are satisfactory and precise, cooking foods evenly … read more



 

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Thermador MED272ES vs. GE Profile PK956DR

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What Is the Sabbath Mode On My Oven?

As you scan through the list of specifications for various appliances, you may notice some models have a Sabbath Mode designation. We know that the Sabbath is the day of rest for practicing Christians and Jews, but what does that have to do with ovens? In fact … [more]

How Convection Microwave Ovens Work

How Convection Microwave Ovens Work

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Top 10 24″ and 27″ Wall Ovens

Wall ovens are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional range units because of their compact size. Most wall ovens are either 24” or 27” wide, and they are powered by either gas or electric. As we examined wall ovens for our top 10 list, we considered many important factors … [more]

Best Convection Ovens

Top 10 Convection Ovens

Convection Ovens give you a little more flexibility when it comes to cooking compared to the everyday toaster oven. The difference between a convection oven and a toaster oven is the implementation of fans in the heating process. These ovens actually operate at a lower temperature yet cook food faster and more efficiently… [more]

Top 10 Electric Ranges

Top 10 Electric Ranges

As we came up with a top 10 list of electric ranges, we considered several factors: 1. Number and size of coil/radiant elements, 2. Oven capacity and baking functions, 3. Appearance and style, 4. Ease of use and cleaning, 5. Cooking power of stovetop, 6. Convenient features like delay … [more]

Top 10 Gas Ranges

Top 10 Gas Ranges

As we came up with a top 10 list of gas ranges, we considered a number of factors: 1. Number and size of burners, 2. Oven capacity and baking functions, 3. Appearance and style, 4. Ease of use and cleaning, 5. Cooking power of stovetop, 6. Convenient features like delay start, storage … [more]

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As we came up with a top 10 list of gas ranges, we considered a number of factors:

1. Number and size of burners
2. Oven capacity and baking functions
3. Appearance and style
4. Ease of use and cleaning
5. Cooking power of stovetop
6. Convenient features like delay start, storage compartment, and accessories

The best gas ranges include burners with a varying range of BTUs for different cooking styles and adequate oven capacities for holding multiple dishes. Convection ovens are also in high demand, although they typically cost more. See the gas range comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.

Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
5 sealed burners
5.8 cu. ft. oven capacity
27.9″ x 29.9″ x 46.9″

For right around $1,000, this convection gas range by Whirlpool is designed with a plethora of features to make cooking and baking easier and faster. It doesn’t have two ovens… read more


LG LRG3095  9/10

Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
Coated porcelain surface
5 sealed burners
5.4 cu. ft. oven capacity
29 15/16″ x 26 29/32″ x 47 5/8″

At $1,302, this freestanding gas range from LG is not cheap, but it provides superior cooking performance and a wide range of convenient features. The design is stylish and attractive, the … read more


Color: Stainless Steel
Black porcelain surface
5 sealed gas burners
5 cu. ft. oven capacity
29 7/8″ x 28 13/32″ x 36″

With a gleaming stainless steel exterior that resists fingerprints and smudges, this Frigidaire freestanding gas range provides fast and even baking. The five powerful burners are varied in size for boiling, simmering, and sauteing. Durable and smooth… read more


Color: Stainless Steel
5 burners
Enamel surface
5.8 cu. ft. capacity
45 25/32” H x 29 13/16” W x 23 11/16” D

A handsome convection gas range, the Samsung NX583G0VBSR provides even baking and five high-powered burners. The enamel surface and sealed burners are easy to clean, and they deliver accurate temperature control. We were also pleased with the capacious… read more


GE JGB630DEFWW  8.5/10

Color: White on White
4 burners
5 cu. ft. capacity
47 ¼” H x 30” W x 28 ¾” D

With a clean white design and a large viewing window, the GE JGB630DEFWW gas range has a generous oven capacity (5 cubic feet) and four powerful burners that heat to a boil quickly. The dial controls are simple to use and allow you… read more


Color: Stainless Steel
5 sealed burners
5 cu. ft. oven capacity
29 7/8″ x 25 3/4″ x 47 3/4″

Bosch delivers a sleek gas range with this stainless steel model for $904. Durable cast iron grates stand up to heavy use and are continuous so you can slide pots and pans around. The large-capacity oven … read more


Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
5 sealed burners
3.5 cu. ft. oven capacity
2.3 cu. ft. auxiliary oven capacity
30″ x 28 5/16″ x 49″

This Frigidaire gas range comes with two ovens, making it easy to simultaneously bake multiple dishes at different temperatures. A fast preheat time makes baking even more convenient … read more


Color: Stainless Steel
4 sealed burners
2.5 cu. ft. oven capacity
23 7/8″ x 24 5/64″ x 36 7/32″

An aesthetically pleasing design with a stylish stainless steel handle and dials makes this Fisher & Paykel range a sophisticated-looking model. Durable cast iron … read more


Amana AGG222VD  7.5/10

Colors: Black, White
Porcelain surface
4 sealed burners
2.6 cu. ft. oven capacity
19 3/4″ x 24 1/2″ x 42 9/16″

A compact Amana gas range with a convenient storage drawer for pots and pans, this model provides satisfactory cooking performance for a budget price of $394. Perfect for condos and apartments, this gas range … read more



 

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Gas vs. Electric Ranges: The Pros and Cons of Both

If you’re shopping for a new stove, you’re probably wondering whether it’s better to have a gas or an electric range. With today’s competitive appliance market, you’re in luck: Both styles are highly effective and not too far apart in quality. There are just some minor differences between gas and electric ranges that you should consider before you make a purchase so you get a model that meets your specific cooking needs. Here’s a break-down of the major pros and cons of each type of range.

Gas Range Pros:

  • With a gas range, you have more precise control over the cooking temperature, which is this style’s main advantage over electric ranges.
  • Its sealed burners are easy to clean when spills occur.
  • A gas range is most practical in areas that rely on propane or natural gas as a source of power.
  • Many models have an electronic ignition to light the burners, saving them trouble with matches.

Gas Range Cons:

  • They are typically more expensive than electric ranges, costing anywhere from $75 to $200 more than a comparable electric model.
  • Installing a gas line to a house also costs a significant amount of money.
  • Some people are leery of using gas because of the risk of carbon monoxide leaks. Also, the pilot lights are highly flammable and need to be shut off during vacations.

Electric Range Pros:

  • An electric range is typically less expensive than a gas range and offers many of the same features.
  • An electric range with a solid ceramic or glass top makes it easy to wipe up spills.
  • Most homes already have a 240-volt power supply necessary for an electric range, and they are relatively inexpensive to install.
  • An electric range has no risks associated with gas or pilot lighters.

Electric Range Cons:

  • While many top models are precise, an electric range is generally less precise with heat than a gas range.
  • An electric range does not have the same toasting and roasting functions as a gas range.
  • Electric range models with coil burners are harder to clean; their drip pans become dirty and grimy with frequent use.

While there are advantages and disadvantages to both gas and electric ranges, many of the best models have similar performance and special features, such as a self-cleaning option. Ultimately, your choice boils down to your cooking preferences, your budget, and your feelings toward gas versus electricity.

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What Is the Sabbath Mode On My Oven?

What Is the Sabbath Mode On My Oven?

As you scan through the list of specifications for various appliances, you may notice some models have a Sabbath Mode designation. We know that the Sabbath is the day of rest for practicing Christians and Jews, but what does that have to do with ovens? In fact … [more]

How to Light a Gas Range in a Power Outage

How to Light a Gas Range in a Power Outage

An added bonus gas ranges have over their electric counterparts is that you can still light them when the power has gone out in your home. This trick works if your gas range uses natural gas and an electronic ignition. If you aren’t sure which … [more]

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Top 10 Combination Ovens

Top 10 Combination Ovens

Features we considered while compiling the top 10 list for combination microwave ovens included convection baking, oven and microwave capacities, adjustable racks, attractive design, size, and, of course, cooking performance. While these units typically run expensive, there are some … [more]

Top 10 24″ and 27″ Wall Ovens

Top 10 24″ and 27″ Wall Ovens

Wall ovens are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional range units because of their compact size. Most wall ovens are either 24” or 27” wide, and they are powered by either gas or electric. As we examined wall ovens for our top 10 list, we considered many important factors … [more]

Top 10 Electric Ranges

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As we came up with a top 10 list of electric ranges, we considered several factors: 1. Number and size of coil/radiant elements, 2. Oven capacity and baking functions, 3. Appearance and style, 4. Ease of use and cleaning, 5. Cooking power of stovetop, 6. Convenient features like delay … [more]

Top 10 Range Hoods

Top 10 Range Hoods

Range hoods come in a number of formats: chimney, island, professional, and built-in. No matter which style you choose, you should keep in mind certain factors that ensure quality performance: adequate air flow for the cooktop and length of duct… [more]

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The stand mixers that rated the highest with us possessed the following qualities:
1. A powerful motor capable of mixing light and heavy loads
2. Multiple speeds that provide versatility
3. A slow start that prevents food splatters
4. Durable, sturdy construction and accessories
5. Convenient, easy-to-clean attachments like beaters, whisks, and dough hooks
6. Bonus features like pour guards and recipe books
7. Effective mixing action that reaches all areas of the bowl
8. A head that tilts back for easy bowl access
There are competent stand mixers that cost less than $100 and can handle the basic mixing functions. However, the most powerful models capable of handling tough tasks like kneading dough typically cost between $250 and $300.

Cuisinart SM-55  9.5/10

Colors: Brushed Chrome, Black, White
5.5-quart stainless steel bowl
12 speeds
800 watts
15.5″ x 10″ x 12.5″

With an incredibly powerful 800-watt motor, this die-cast metal stand mixer from Cuisinart can tackle all the heavy-duty mixing and kneading jobs you throw at it. The dough hooks are durable…read more


Color: White
4.5-quart bowl
10 speeds
250 watts
8.7″ x 14.1″ x 13.9″

A strong, capable standard mixer, this KitchenAid model has a capacious bowl that can hold enough dough for two bread loaves. The sturdy beater is great for mixing batter of varying textures…read more


Color: Die-Cast Metal
5-quart bowl
12 speeds
550 watts
8.7″ x 14.6″ x 13.7″

A handsome die-cast metal stand mixer, this Breville model can handle most heavy tasks with 550 watts. The unique planetary mixing action of the blades covers the sides and the bottom of the…read more


Color: Metal
4.5-quart stainless steel bowl
12 speeds
400 watts
9″ x 14″ x 14″

A sleek, polished metal finish on this Hamilton Beach stand mixer makes it an attractive focal point in the kitchen. With a 400-watt motor, it can handle nearly any tough mixing task you assign it…read more


Colors: Red, Black
6-quart stainless steel bowl
10 speeds
575 watts
16.5″ H x 11.3″ W x 14.6″ D

Available in a wide array of stunning colors, this KitchenAid stand mixer has a rugged, all-metal construction specially designed to be easily cleaned. Its 575-watt motor…read more


Color: Pink (for the Susan G. Komen Foundation)
5-quart stainless steel bowl
10 speeds
325 watts
16″ x 16″ x 11″

A bright bubble-gum pink color in support of the Susan G. Koman Foundation for breast cancer, this KitchenAid stand mixer is sleek in design and sure to be a conversation piece in the kitchen…read more


Colors: Black, White
3-quart stainless steel bowl
5 speeds
250 watts
10″ x 8″ x 12.5″

Advertising itself as a “classic” iron, this Black & Decker steam/dry iron is no-frills and basic, making it easy to use. The dial and steam button are located conveniently at the top of the handle…read more


Colors: Red, Black, White, Silver
4.6-quart stainless steel bowl
12 speeds
350 watts
9.8″ x 14.7″ x 16.1″

A well-designed stand mixer in red, black, white, or silver, this Sunbeam model boasts 350 watts of power and an effective triple-mixing action. While the two beaters rotate in opposite directions…read more



 

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If you’re looking for a high-quality microwave on a budget, you know that you don’t want to sacrifice performance for price. Efficient microwaves heat quickly and evenly and have adequate capacity, convenient one-touch cooking options, easy-to-use controls, and reliable, durable construction. The following microwaves, both countertop and over-the-range models, have their share of great qualities, and the most expensive selection is roughly $250. See the budget microwave comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.

Colors: Black and White
2.2 cu. ft. capacity
1,200 watts
16″ glass turntable
13 11/16″ x 21 3/8″ x 24″

With intuitive, easy-to-navigate controls, this Frigidaire countertop model offers various cooking options with one-touch buttons. Frozen foods defrost quickly and easily. An LED screen clearly displays…read more


Color: Black and White
1.4 cu. ft. capacity
1,100 watts
12.4″ glass turntable
12 3/8″ x 17 ¼” x 20 3/8″

A stylish design and low price, just $99.99, sets this Frigidaire counterpart microwave apart from competing models. The console is arranged in a clean, simple grid with the buttons accented. The door pops open easily…read more


Colors: Black, White, Bisque, Stainless Steel
1.7 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
12 3/4″ recessed glass turntable
29 15/16″ x 16″ x 17 1/4″

Clever little illustrations on the buttons dress up this Whirlpool over-the-range microwave, offsetting its otherwise simple, clean design. The recessed turntable adds extra space to the already roomy cavity. The glass turntable…read more


Samsung SMH1622  8.5/10

Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
1.6 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
10 power levels
16.5″ H x 29.9″ W x 15.1″ D

Defrosting frozen food can be tricky business; sometimes microwaves leave parts certain soggy and other parts frustratingly rock solid. The Samsung SMH1622 over-the-range microwave…read more


GE JVM3160DFWW  8.5/10

White
1.6 cu. ft. capacity
1000 watts
13.5-inch glass turntable
16.5” H x 29.9” W x 15.2” D

We like having options with our appliances. With the GE JVM3160DFWW over-the-range model, we have the option to add thirty seconds to the cook time or stop the glass turntable. Other useful features are the automatic…read more


LG LMV1680ST  8/10

Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
1.6 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
12.7″ turntable
29 15/16″ x 15 5/8″ x 16 7/16″

Bright white lettering and colorful designs stand out starkly against the black console, making this LG over-the-range microwave a shiny, pretty model. The wide, deep cavity promises to hold large dishes easily…read more


Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
1.1cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
12″ turntable
16.1 x 29.9 x 17.2 inches

A stable, recessed and stoppable glass turntable makes this a very flexibile Whirlpool over the range budget model. The WMH31017A is a very bare bones microwave…read more



 

Budget Microwaves Buying Guide

Microwave Oven Technology: How They Work

For an invention that’s only been around in the last century, microwave ovens are incredibly efficient. For one, they heat only the food, not the oven, using considerably less energy than other cooking methods. Also, their most appreciated benefit is that they heat food in just a matter of minutes.

The machine releases microwaves, a type of radio wave, at a frequency of 2,500 megahertz. Fats, sugars, and water absorb these microwaves, a process that produces heat. The radio waves in a microwave oven cook food by entering the food and interacting with the fat and water particles. People commonly believe that microwave ovens cook food “from the inside out,” but this is not exactly the case. Food is cooked evenly throughout and instantaneously, not from the outside in as it does in regular ovens.

Of course, there are exceptions. Thick pieces of food may not cook all the way through because the microwaves cannot reach to the very center. Sometimes food gets hot or cold spots because something interferes with the radio waves.

Unlike traditional ovens, microwave ovens do not typically brown food or give it a crust because the temperature inside the microwave does not change. That’s why snacks like microwavable pastries often come in a sleeve with a foil lining. The metal reacts to the radio waves by getting hot, which gives Hot Pockets and Toaster Strudels their flaky, crusty exterior.

Microwave ovens may not have the capabilities to fully bake extravagant or gourmet meals (yet), but they’re still a modern convenience that we’ve come to love. Nothing else makes reheating last night’s leftovers or popping popcorn easier or more efficient.

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The Best Features to Have in Your Microwave Oven

The Best Features to Have in Your Microwave Oven

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Top 10 Countertop Microwaves

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Top 10 Over the Range Microwaves

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Comfort food is a necessity when the cold winter months hit. What kind of food is that exactly? We turn to stews, roasts, soups, and chili. Crock pots and slow cookers make preparing these types of dishes more than easy. All you’ve got to do is put the indredients… [more]

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As we looked at various over-the-range microwaves, several factors came into consideration. Ease of use is always important; many top-line models try to impress you with countless options, but they run the risk of overwhelming the user and being stuffed with frivolous “bells and whistles.” At the same time, a variety of options are favorable, giving the microwave versatility and usefulness in a wide range of settings. Other basic qualities we took into account while compiling a top 10 list include:
1.Size and appearance
2. Cooking time
3. Quality construction
4. Heating performance
With this list, you’ll find a selection of quality microwaves for any budget and your choice of unique features. If you know what features you need to suit your family’s cooking habits, making a smart purchase will be even easier. See the over-the-range microwave comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.

Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
1.8 cu. ft. capacity
1,100 watts
14 3/16″ glass turntable
29 7/8″ x 17 5/16″ x 16 15/16″

A voluminous interior, with 1.8 cu. ft., makes this Samsung over-the-range microwave seem huge compared to some other models. The gleaming exterior looks as … read more


Colors: Black, White, Bisque, Stainless Steel
1.7 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
13 3/5″ glass turntable
30″ x 15 3/8″ x 16 7/16″

Baking fans will be impressed with this convection microwave from GE. With a convex black viewing window that spans the entire width of the face, it’s a gleaming, sharp-looking model that … read more


Colors: Black, White, Bisque, Stainless Steel
1.7 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
12 3/4″ recessed glass turntable
29 15/16″ x 16″ x 17 1/4″

Clever little illustrations on the buttons dress up this Whirlpool over-the-range microwave, offsetting its otherwise simple, clean design. The recessed turntable adds extra space to the already roomy … read more


Samsung SMH1622  8.5/10

Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
1.6 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
10 power levels
16.5″ H x 29.9″ W x 15.1″ D

Defrosting frozen food can be tricky business; sometimes microwaves leave parts certain soggy and other parts frustratingly rock solid. The Samsung SMH1622 over-the-range microwave…read more


GE JVM1750DP  8.5/10

Colors: Black, White, Bisque, Stainless Steel
1.7 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
11 1/2″ recessed glass turntable
29 7/8″ x 15 1/4″ x 16 1/2″

We like having options with our appliances. With this GE over-the-range model, we have the option to set our own defrosting time or let the machine calculate the best time and power level to thaw food … read more


LG LMV1680ST  8/10

Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
1.6 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
12.7″ turntable
29 15/16″ x 15 5/8″ x 16 7/16″

Bright white lettering and colorful designs stand out starkly against the black console, making this LG over-the-range microwave a shiny, pretty model. The wide, deep … read more


Color: Stainless Steel
1.6 cu. ft. capacity
950 watts
13 9/16″ stoppable turntable
16 7/8″ x 29 7/8″ x 16 1/8″

At $799, this Electrolux microwave is a more expensive investment, but you get the full value with the convection oven it offers. Ranging in temperatures from 100° to 450°F, it adds a … read more


Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
2.0 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
Stoppable turntable
29 15/16″ x 16″ x 17 1/4″

As far as aesthetics go, this Maytag countertop microwave has a clean, simple design that doesn’t overwhelm the eyes. Generous capacity and powerful wattage make this model … read more


Color: Stainless steel
1000 watts
1.6 cu. ft. capacity
16 13/32” H x 29 7/8” W x 15 1/32” D

A sleek, attractive model with a wide, narrow viewing window, gleaming handle, and grid-like console panel, the Frigidaire FFMV164LS over-the-range microwave has a generous… read more


Bosch HMV30  7.5/10

Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
1.6 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
13 1/2″ glass turntable
29 7/8″ x 15 3/8″ x 16 1/2″

Several of the handy features of this Bosch over-the-range microwave impressed us with their genuine usefulness. Take the popcorn setting, for instance: Just by entering … read more



 

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How Convection Microwave Ovens Work

If you’ve been shopping for a new microwave, you’ve probably noticed some more expensive models that offer convection cooking. If you’re like me, you may have initially wondered what convection microwave ovens do and why they’re pricier than standard microwaves.

Put simply, convection microwave ovens use a fan to circulate hot air inside the microwave, browning and crisping food at lower temperatures. Other benefits of convection cooking include:

  • Faster baking and roasting
  • Keeping meats juicy instead of drying them out
  • More evenly cooked food

The theory behind convection cooking goes like this: With hot air constantly blowing on food, not just surrounding it, the food tends to cook faster. The chemical processes that occur when food cooks also become quicker; thus, pastries turn out flakier, meat retains its juices, and vegetables have a crispy outside and moist, flavorful inside. Also helpfully, convection microwave ovens cut down cooking time by about 25 percent.

As anyone who has ever baked cookies in a conventional oven knows, the cookies can vary in consistency based on whether they were on the top rack or the bottom rack. Convection ovens eliminate that inconsistency, evenly browning food no matter where it’s located in the oven. With hot air circulating evenly throughout the oven interior, you’ll get food baked or roasted uniformly and won’t have to worry about those tricky hot or cold spots with each mouthful.

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The Best Features to Have in Your Microwave Oven

The Best Features to Have in Your Microwave Oven

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Two over-the-range microwaves in our top 10 list, the GE PVM1790SRSS and the Bosch HMV30, are in the $300 price range, which is the higher end as far as microwaves go. Let’s see how these two models compare as far as features and offerings go … [more]

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Microwave ovens have become such an essential modern convenience that roughly 90 percent of homes have them. However, many people still do not recognize or understand the most basic safety tips, the dos and don’ts of microwave use. Following these tips will … [more]

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Top 10 Countertop Microwaves

Top 10 Countertop Microwaves

As we looked at various countertop microwaves, several factors came into consideration. Ease of use is always important; many top-line models try to impress you with countless options, but they run the risk of overwhelming the user … [more]

Top 10 Budget Microwaves

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Comfort food is a necessity when the cold winter months hit. What kind of food is that exactly? We turn to stews, roasts, soups, and chili. Crock pots and slow cookers make preparing these types of dishes more than easy. All you’ve got to do is put the indredients… [more]

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Best Microwaves https://10rate.com/best-microwave-reviews/ https://10rate.com/best-microwave-reviews/#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:24:28 +0000 http://10rate.com/?p=1101 Top 10 Rated Microwaves 2024

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As we looked at various countertop microwaves, several factors came into consideration. Ease of use is always important; many top-line models try to impress you with countless options, but they run the risk of overwhelming the user and being stuffed with frivolous “bells and whistles.” At the same time, a variety of options are favorable, giving the microwave versatility and usefulness in a wide range of settings. Other basic qualities we took into account while compiling this top 10 list include:

  1. Size and appearance
  2. Cooking time
  3. Quality construction
  4. Heating performance

With this list, you’ll find a selection of quality microwaves for any budget and your choice of unique features. If you know what features you need to suit your family’s cooking habits, making a smart purchase will be even easier. See the microwave comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.

2.2 cu. ft.
14” H x 23 7/8” W x 19 15/16” D
1250 watts
Stainless steel

As soon as we tested the Panasonic NN-SD972S’s cooking power, we were impressed by how quietly this model ran. The spin dial is something different but is easy to get used to… read more

GE JES2051DNBB  9.5/10

2.0 cu. ft.
13.75” H x 19.50” D x 24.12” W
1200 watts
Turntable

If you appreciate having a large countertop microwave that can hold large casseroles and make cooking dinner easy, then you’ll probably find the GE JES2051DNBB a perfect fit. This 2.0-cubic-foot microwave has an array of convenient features… read more

1.6 cu. ft.
1250 watts
Stainless steel
22 in. W x 19-1/2 in. D x 12 in. H

One thing that especially impressed us with the Panasonic NN-SN752S was that, while it has a generous 1.6 cubic foot capacity, it is still compact enough not to take up too much counter space. And the cooking performance of this model… read more

1.4 cu. ft.
Stainless steel
950 watts
18.1 x 21.9 x 12.3 inches

Guaranteed to lend a modern edge to a kitchen with its sleek, asymmetrical design, the Samsung MG14H3020CM impresses not only with its design but its grilling element that makes it possible to grill foods like pizza so that they stay crispy… read more

1.6 cu. ft.
1200 watts
Stainless steel
13” H x 17.25” D x 21.75” W
$229

The sensor heating is one of the nicest features of the Whirlpool WMC30516AS, as it eliminates the guesswork involved in heating up food the appropriate level. This model has 10 cooking levels, which makes it easy to boil… read more

0.9 cu. ft.
800 watts
Glass turntable
Interior dimensions 12.5 in. L x 11.5 in. W x 8 in. H

If you’re tired of the plain black, white, or stainless steel appliances, you’ll likely love this retro Nostalgia Electrics RMO400RED microwave, which has a cheery red color, chrome accents, and oval window… read more

$74
0.7 cu. ft.
700 watts
10.19” H x 14.25” D x 17.31” W
Glass turntable

Perfect for college students and apartment dwellers, the Danby DMW077BLSDD has a small footprint but doesn’t sacrifice on quality of design or performance. Although you’ll probably use it mainly… read more



 

Microwaves Buying Guide

How Your Microwave’s Wattage Affects Cooking

Visiting the appliance store, I found a wall of microwave ovens of all sizes and colors, countertop, combination, and over-the-range models. For someone looking for a new microwave, the wide spread of choices could be staggering. A helpful salesperson explained some of the key features to consider when buying a microwave. “I would pick any model that has at least 1,000 watts,” he said. Any microwave with less than 1,000 watts won’t have the heating power to justify the space it takes up.

The microwaves on display ranged from 600 to 1,200 watts, with most falling above the 1,000-watt mark. Surprisingly, even top-performing models with powerful cooking power are reasonably priced. The knowledgeable salesperson explained that microwaves in general have come down in price over the years; families can get quality models for reasonable prices. The fact that buying a microwave is not as big a financial investment as it once was is certainly good news. I decided to research more about microwave wattage and how it affects heating food.

How many watts a microwave has determines how long it takes to cook food. The higher the wattage, the faster food heats up. The instructions for microwaving food are usually geared toward a 800-watt microwave. If your microwave has 1,000 or more watts, you may need to adjust the cooking time to avoid burning or overheating your meals.

It’s also important to know the microwave wattage for food safety reasons. No one wants a cold, undercooked meal. Not only does it not taste as good, but it may contain harmful bacteria if not cooked and stored properly. You can typically find your microwave’s wattage in the instruction manual, inside the door, or on the back serial number label. If those methods fail, there’s a simple test you can use to estimate how many watts your microwave uses.

The time to boil test: Measure a cup of cold water in a clear glass and set it in the microwave on high for four minutes. Watch through the window to see when it starts to boil.

Boils In Wattage
Less than 2 minutes 1000 or more
2 ½ minutes 800 to 1000
3 minutes 650 to 700
3 minutes or more 300 to 500

For the best performance and efficiency, look for microwaves with at least 1,000 watts. Even a wattage of 800 is considered high, though. If you go any lower, you’ll be sacrificing time and performance for a few saved bucks: not worth it in the long run.

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The Best Features to Have in Your Microwave Oven

The Best Features to Have in Your Microwave Oven

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Microwave Safety Tips

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Microwave ovens have become such an essential modern convenience that roughly 90 percent of homes have them. However, many people still do not recognize or understand the most basic safety tips, the dos and don’ts of microwave use. Following these tips will … [more]

How Convection Microwave Ovens Work

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Top 10 Over the Range Microwaves

Top 10 Over the Range Microwaves

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Top 10 Budget Microwaves

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Top 10 2-Slice Toasters

A 2 slice toaster is perfect for a household that goes light on the toast. If one or two people are around every morning for breakfast, it is going to be just right. A toaster this size is also going to be great for making toasty sandwiches… [more]

Best Crock Pot

Top 10 Crock Pots

Comfort food is a necessity when the cold winter months hit. What kind of food is that exactly? We turn to stews, roasts, soups, and chili. Crock pots and slow cookers make preparing these types of dishes more than easy. All you’ve got to do is put the indredients… [more]

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We found that the best food processors possess some important factors and convenient features, including:

1. Durable stainless steel blades that won’t wear down or become dull
2. Easy to disassemble parts that are safe for the dishwasher
3. A sturdy base that can be easily wiped clean
4. Slicing and shredding discs
5. A wide feed tube that fits large foods easily

What size food processor to buy depends on your family size and how regularly you plan to use the appliance. Singles and couples may be satisfied with a miniature model that holds just a few cups of food. Larger families should look for large-capacity food processors, some of which can hold up to 14 cups of food. Also consider how much you’ll use the food processor as you look at models with various special features and wattage levels: Don’t pay extra for features or power you don’t need.

Colors: White, Red, Pink, Black
12-cup work bowl
700 watts
16 1/8″ x 8 1/4″ x 10 1/2″

A large, well-designed food processor from KitchenAid, this model can handle any chopping, pureeing, and grinding needs you have; it even kneads and mixes dough. While the vast … read more


Color: White
7-cup work bowl
600 watts
11.2″ x 7″ x 13.8″

A medium-size appliance for an affordable price ($99.95), this Cuisinart food processor has the power to handle complicated tasks while still small enough not to take over … read more


Color: White
14-cup work bowl
720 watts
8″ x 11″ x 15.5″

The rounded design of this Cuisinart model’s base adds an attractive touch to an already sleek food processor. The large capacity of the work bowl holds up to 3 pounds of dough…read more


Colors: Silve, White, Chrome, Red, and Black
13-cup work bowl
10 7/8″ D x 11 13/16″ W x 16 5/8″ H

This excellent 13-cup food processor from KitchenAid comes with three different bowls in the box so you’ll always have just the right amount of work space…read more


Color: White
10-cup work bowl
500 watts
8.9″ x 10.8″ x 15.5″

With a generous 10-cup bowl, this Hamilton Beach food processor handles just about any type of food, processing it quickly and uniformly. An added advantage is that it… read more


Color: White
8-cup work bowl
300 watts
8.6″ x 10.6″ x 13.2″

For a medium-size food processor at a low price of $31, this Hamilton Beach model holds up well against a lot of use. Able to chop, grind, and grate up to eight cups of food, it’s ideal for … read more


Color: Black Chrome
21-oz. Work bowl
4.6″ x 6.2″ x 8″
 

If you’re looking for a compact, no-fuss food processor, you’ll be pleased with this Cuisinart mini model in sleek black chrome. Only eight inches tall, it nevertheless chops… read more


3.5-cup capacity
3 lbs.
8.8” H x 5.5” W x 5.5” D

A handy little device to have in the kitchen, the 3.5-cup KitchenAid KFC3511WH food processor saves you time performing simple cooking tasks: chopping, mixing, and pureeing veggies, nuts… read more


Color: Black
8-cup work bowl
450 watts
11.3″ x 7.8″ x 15.7″

For a mid-size food processor for the surprisingly low price of $28.95, you get some effective chopping, mincing, and grating action with this Black & Decker model. With an attractive … read more


Color: White
1.5-cup work bowl
70 watts
8″ x 5″ x 4″

A college student or a couple just starting out in a small apartment will appreciate this miniature food processor from Proctor Silex. With a 1.5-cup bowl, it holds just the smallest … read more



 

Food Processor Buying Guide

Features to Look For When You Purchase a Food Processor

A food processor can save you lots of time and work in the kitchen. Today’s most versatile models offer chopping, grating, slicing, grinding, mincing, and pureeing features: essentially doing everything that you would otherwise have to do by hand. High-end models even have convenient accessories and features, like juicers and reversible slicing discs.

What’s extremely important, however, is that you carefully consider how you plan to use your food processor. The last thing you need is to spend all that money on an appliance that just sits on the counter taking up space and collecting dust. The happier you are with the food processor’s functions and capabilities, the more likely you are to use it on a regular basis. Here are some factors to consider as you shop for the perfect model.

Bowl Capacity

You don’t need the biggest bowl available if you have a small or average size family. Medium-size food processors, which hold up to 7 cups of food, are usually adequate. Only spring for the largest size if you have a huge family, cook in large quantities, or regularly entertain company.

Stainless steel blades
This is a must-have feature. Stainless steel is the most durable and effective material when it comes to blades. They are strong enough to slice through even the toughest foods and won’t rust or wear down. Consider models that offer multiple blades for added versatility.

Wattage

The higher the wattage, the more powerful the food processor. The most expensive models cost so much because they have enough watts to quickly and efficiently pulverize any type of food. If you plan to use your food processor heavily, don’t buy a model with less than 750 watts or it just won’t last as long as you’d like.

Versatile functions
The more functions a model performs, the more value you’ll get out of the appliance. Food processors often come with various blades, discs, and other accessories that cover a range of functions. Some save you even more time by performing several functions at once. You should feel comfortable that you’re getting your full money’s worth with a food processor. See if the manufacturer has additional discs and blades for purchase.

Juicing

If you are a fan of fruit and vegetable juice, consider a food processor with handy juicer accessory.

Dishwasher-safe parts

Keeping the food processor clean will be so much easier if you can simply throw the bowl, lid, and blades in the dishwasher. Check to see if a model has any small crevices that could trap food and require extra brushing or cleaning.

Warranties
Read the warranty details carefully to see if a manufacturer will replace or repair a faulty model. Sometimes a replacement part is all that’s necessary, but be sure that it won’t cost almost the price of a new machine.

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There are several different types of juicers that handle different functions. Centrifugal juicers are the most common and range from $50 to $200. Masticating juicers are quieter, heavier, and more expensive, typically running up to $350. Some of the most expensive juice … [more]

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Our expert coffee connoisseurs reviewed many coffee makers and present to you the ten best coffee makers for all types of users. If you are a coffee fan, you know first-hand how important it is to have something brewing to kick off your day. For some of us, that same brew of coffee keeps us going through the day. If you are researching drip coffee maker reviews for a gift for someone else, know this, a hot cup of good coffee can put a smile on the face of most anyone.

We rounded up several expert coffee connoisseurs to find the 10 best multi-cup automatic coffee makers out there. Many of these products are very affordable, especially when considered against a purchase at a local coffee shop. These coffee makers can make anywhere from 8 to 12 cups of coffee. For surely, one cup of good joe just isn’t enough See the coffee maker comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.

Machine + Water + Coffee Beans + Coffee = How Your Coffee Tastes

Capacity: 10 Cups
Thermal Carafe
Water Filtration
No Hot Plate

The combination of sturdy coffee bean grinder with a solid automatic coffee maker is what gives the Cuisinart Grind & Brew thermal automatic coffeemaker a spot on our best coffee maker reviews list…read more


Capacity: 12 Cup
Glass Carafe
Programmable
Hot Plate

Among its most popular coffee makers in Hamilton Beach’s lineup of automatic drip coffee machines, this reasonably priced 12-cup coffee maker has an attractive stainless steel facing. We like the unit…read more


Keurig K10  8/10

Capacity: 1 Cup
K-Cup Brewing
3 Cup Sizes
Ready in less than 2 minutes

Keurig has taken their one cup model of coffee maker and made it even smaller with the K10 mini brewer. They are offering them up in an array of bright colors as well…read more


Cuisinart CHW-12  7.7/10

Capacity: 12 Cups
Glass Carafe
3 Temperature Hot Plate
Hot Water System

Cuisinart is the queen of the coffee maker market, offering many makers for many different lifestyles. One of its newest units brings together a drip coffee maker and a hot water dispenser into one unit…read more


Capacity: 10 Cup
Thermal Carafe
No Hot Plate
Water Filtration

For the serious coffee lover, the Capresso automatic coffee maker delivers up to 10 cups of delicious coffee, whatever your taste preference. The unit uses a Burr coffee grinder which gets high marks for its…read more


Capacity: 4 Cup
Glass Carafe
Programmable
Hot Plate

The size of the Mr. Coffee maker is perfect for the one coffee drinker household who has economy in mind or needs an extra shot of joe at the office. Based on current US coffee cup sizes though, the 4-cup here…read more


Capacity: 12 Cups
Glass Carafe
Auto off
24-Hour Delay Timer

Cuisinart CHW-12Cuisinart has put together a very basic drip coffee machine that does the job right. The DCC-1200 gives families a fully programmable automatic drip coffee maker with the added convenience of an adjustable heater plate to keep your coffee at the right temperature…read more


Capacity: 12 Cup
Glass Carafe
Programmable
Hot Plate

A simple, well-built coffee maker with a programmable timer has many of the major bells and whistles a coffee drinker needs to begin the day. The Black & Decker SmartBrew Plus automatic coffee maker…read more


Capacity: 14-Cup
Glass Carafe
Programmable
Hot Plate

Users who enjoy their coffee all day long, will like the large size of Kitchen Aid’s automatic coffee maker. One of its best features is the removable water tank, which is typically only found in automatic…read more


Capacity: 5 Cup
Glass Carafe
Non-Programmable
Hot Plate
Water Filtration

Known for their rice cookers, bread makers and commercial coffee and tea makers, Zojirushi debuts in the US market with several automatic coffee makers meant for your personal kitchen counter. We liked this…read more



 

Coffee Maker Buying Guide

Water Filtration

Good, clean water and how it tastes has a definite impact on your coffee. An extra water filter is a good choice for your coffee maker especially if you don’t have a water filter on your whole home or kitchen tap. If your water already tastes good, there’s less of a need for a water filter in your drip coffee maker.

Whole or Ground Beans

If you want to have the freshest coffee taste, most experts will argue that whole beans ground the same day will produce the best result for a cup of coffee. Several coffee makers do come with their own grinding machine for consumers wanting to have their beans ground on demand. Luckily for us today, there are also plenty of ground beans roasted to perfection and then ground and packaged that can be used in your drip coffee maker to produce nearly the same quality cup.

Thermal or Glass Coffee Carafe

One area that is under consideration for consumers who like to drink coffee most of the day, the coffee carafe will also be an important part of that consideration. Thermal coffee makers can be a bit more expensive and will keep coffee hot and ready-to-drink for many hours without any burnt coffee taste.

The Right Coffee Machine

Finding the right machine may seem overwhelming given the thousands of options. The ten drip coffee makers we rated and present here cut through the clutter. Once you figure out which elements are most important to you – from single cup to 12-cup makers, to water filters and programmable options, the perfect machine will pop out. Of the top ten, we also rated one for best price, one for best value and one for best quality. Final machine choice is ultimately up to you.

noisseurs to find the 10 best multi-cup automatic coffee makers out there. Many of these products are very affordable, especially when considered against a purchase at a local coffee shop. These coffee makers can make anywhere from 8 to 12 cups of coffee. For surely, one cup of good joe just isn’t enough See the coffee maker comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each..

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Top 10 Super Automatic Coffee Makers

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As we looked at a variety of breadmakers from different manufacturers, we had several important factors in mind:
1. Ease of cleaning, with nonstick parts and a removable lid being especially helpful
2. A variety of baking modes for breads, cakes, jams, baguettes, pasta and pizza doughs
3. Creates bread with good texture, flavor, crisp outsides and soft insides
4. Dual paddles for higher rises and more thorough kneading
5. Ease of programming, with clear buttons and a display
6. A comprehensive instruction and recipe book
7. Additional accessories like measuring cups and spoons
8. Different loaf size and crust shade selections
While your needs may vary based on your family size, experience level, and expectations from your breadmaker, this selection of the top 10 breadmakers offers a wide array of features.

Zojirushi BB-CEC20  9.5/10

Colors: Black, White
Makes 2-lb. rectangular loaves
700 watts
9 pounds
12.8″ x 13.6″ x 18.9″

A versatile, top-quality appliance, this Zojirushi breadmaker makes not only 2-pound loaves of bread but also meatloaf, homemade jam, and chocolate cake. Its wide viewing window…read more


Panasonic SD-YD250  9/10

Color: White
Makes horizontal loaves of 3 sizes up to 2.5 pounds
550 watts
15.4 pounds
14″ x 13.5″ x 9″

A high quality, easy-to-use automatic breadmaker from Panasonic, this model comes with recipes for 40 types of bread, including white, wheat, multigrain, French, and fruit breads…read more


Breadman TR520  9/10

Color: White
Makes horizontal loaves in 3 sizes: 1 lb., 1.5 lbs., 2 lbs.
9.5 pounds
11 3/4″ x 10″ x 11 3/4″

Lending an air of simplicity to the kitchen, the Breadman TR520 breadmaker is capable of creating a variety of delicious homemade bread. There are 8 different pre-programmed settings…read more


Cuisinart CBK-100  8.5/10

Makes loaves in 3 sizes: 1 lb., 1.5 lbs., 2 lbs.
9 pounds
18″ x 12.2″ x 15″
 

An efficient breadmaker that does most of the hard work for you, this Cuisinart model lets you choose from 3 loaf sizes and 3 crust shades. Its 12 pre-programmed settings are quite versatile…read more


Panasonic SD-RD250  8.5/10

Color: White
Makes medium and extra-large loaves
15 pounds
12.8″ x 11.1″ x 14.5″

An all-in-one breadmaker ideal for novice and experienced bread bakers alike, the Panasonic SD-RD250 makes horizontal loaves in medium and extra-large sizes. One nifty feature we appreciated…read more


Hamilton Beach 29881  8/10

Color: White
Makes 1.5-pound and 2-pound loaves
24-inch cord
15.2 pounds
12.75” H x 16.38” D x 12.38” W

A competent breadmaker for an amazingly low price of $70.79, the Hamilton Beach 29881 has user-friendly, easy-to-program controls that let you bake a wide variety of breads, including French, whole grain…read more


West Bend 41413  8/10

Color: White
Makes 2 loaf sizes (1.5 or 2 pounds)
15.8 x 9.9 x 12 inches

A breadmaker that makes the entire process easy for the user, the West Bend 41413 produces high rises and two sizes: one and a half or two pounds. The knead blades come with a tool for easy removal…read more


Zojirushi BB-HAC10  7.5/10

Color: White
Makes 1-pound loaves
9 pounds
8″ x 11″ x 12″

A compact breadmaker ideal for small households, the Zojirushi BB-HAC10 sits unobtrusively on the counter or gets put away in the cabinet, its carrying handle making it easy to transport…read more


Black and Decker B6000C  7/10

Color: White
Bakes 1.5-, 2-, or 3-lb. loaves
10 settings
18.1 x 14.1 x 12.2 inches

If you’re just starting out with making homemade bread, then you’ll appreciate this automatic breadmaker from Black & Decker that does most of the hard work for you. The tools for the Black & Decker B6000C…read more



 

Breadmaker Buying Guide

So you’ve decided you want to experience the joys of making homemade bread and smelling it bake in your kitchen—now you need to select a breadmaker. It’s nice to know that there is a wide selection of quality models ranging from only $50 up to $300 or more.

Functions and programs

Which breadmaker you choose depends on what you expect from the machine:

  • Do you want the ability to experiment with various types of bread, such as whole wheat, multigrain, gluten-free, sweet, baguette, French, Italian, or banana bread?
  • Are you interested in using a breadmaker to bake cakes or prepare dough for pizza and pasta?
  • Would you like a machine that also makes non-bread items like meatloaf and jam?

Most breadmaker models today come pre-programmed with baking modes or settings that allow you to make a wide variety of breads. You just need to follow the recipe and instructions for mixing the flour, yeast, and other ingredients to get mouthwatering results.

Design and controls

Breadmakers don’t differ wildly in style, but you may find that you prefer one with a large viewing window and a bright LCD display that highlights your programming selections. Even if a breadmaker doesn’t possess a window, that shouldn’t disqualify it. Some people argue that a breadmaker offers more even heating and crispier crusts without one.

Size and shape

How large is the family you’re baking for? If you’re single or one of a couple, you can get by with a small model that makes a 1-pound loaf, which yields about 8 slices. For a larger family, you’ll probably want a model that makes loaves up to 1.5, 2, or 2.5 pounds. A 2.5-pound loaf provides roughly 20 slices—more than enough to satisfy a family for several days.

Whether a loaf comes out horizontal or vertical doesn’t affect the taste, but you may have a preference for one or the other. A tall slice from a vertical loaf may be more difficult to fit in the toaster.

You also need to think of size in terms of the machine’s footprint. If you’re going with a big breadmaker, will you be content to let it take up a lot of counter space, or will you okay with lugging it out of a pantry for each use? Smaller models make smaller loaves, but they’re also easily portable and don’t take up much more space than a toaster.

Noise

The kneading and baking a breadmaker performs is a very involved process, but you probably don’t want a machine that rattles and dances across the counter. Check up on reviews to get an idea of how much noise it makes.

Cleaning

As with any kitchen appliance, cleaning the breadmaker is the least fun part. However, if the machine is equipped with nonstick, removable parts, the task becomes much easier. Some models have a detachable lid that gives you better access to the inside cavity. Note which models have dishwasher-safe parts and which require hand-washing.

Instructions and recipes

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a breadmaker that doesn’t come with an instruction manual and recipes. If possible, browse through the manual before making a purchase to see how comprehensive the directions are. Do they walk you through each baking mode? Do they tell you how long each kneading cycle lasts? Do they offer clear recipes for a wide variety of breads, cakes, and jams?

If the manual leaves something to be desired, there are plenty of breadmaking books available that are all-encompassing. Beth Hensperger’s “The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook” is a widely popular choice, featuring over 300 step-by-step recipes.

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