Best Wine Coolers

Top 10 Rated Wine Coolers 2020

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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.

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Tips for Wine Glass Care

Tips for Wine Glass Care

Regular wine glasses are designed to stand up to a lot of use. Typically possessing thick glass, they’re easy to throw in the dishwasher with all your other dishware. If you have some fine wine glasses, however, then you want to protect them and keep … [more]

Storing and Serving Red and White Wines

Storing and Serving Red and White Wines

Wine connoisseurs are careful to store wines at specific temperatures depending on the type. Whites are generally chilled more than reds. Here’s a guide for the optimal storage temperatures for various wines … [more]

Proper Storage Temperatures for Wine

Proper Storage Temperatures for Wine

Many people buy and serve wine for social occasions: parties, holiday get-togethers, and nice dinners. They’re content just to have a handful of bottles at a time. Other people, though, are serious collectors who enjoy holding onto special bottles … [more]

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Top 10 Wine Glasses

Top 10 Wine Glasses

You may think that there’s not much to consider when it comes to wine glasses, just as long as they hold wine, but you’d be surprised. We looked at a number of factors as we compiled our list of best 10 wine glasses: 1. Durability, 2. Ease of … [more]

Best Pot Racks

Top 10 Rated Pot Racks 2020

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When it comes to pot racks, be they ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted, you want sturdiness, durability, and enough space to hold lots of pots, pans, and kitchen utensils. Some of the main factors we considered while compiling our top 10 list included:

1. Ease of assembly and installation
2. Style and attractiveness of design
3. Sturdiness of construction and materials
4. Number of hooks
5. Grid for extra storage space
6. Whether it needs to be mounted in wall studs or ceiling josts
7. Quality of screws, chains, and anchors included
8. Adjustable height

Whichever style you choose, a pot rack is a convenient feature for any kitchen, clearing the clutter from your cabinets and counters and organizing pots and pans in an accessible manner.

Enclume DR4  9/10

12 pot hooks
Grid
2 6-inch chains
Hammered steel
40 pounds
29″ x 14″ x 22″

For a classic, old-fashioned look in your kitchen, the Enclume oval pot rack is an excellent choice. Its sturdy steel is hammered into shape and given a …
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16 2.5-inch pot hooks
Grid
20 inches in diameter
Heavy-gauge steel with satin nickel finish
28 pounds
21″ x 18.5″

A satin nickel finish gives this Old Dutch dome pot rack a sophisticated, shiny look. Its 16 pot hooks are more than enough to get your kitchen in tidy order….
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12 hooks
Wrought iron
Grid
17 x 33 x 1.5 inches

An affordable and attractive oval pot rack from Kinetic Classicor, this wrought-iron model comes with twelve hooks and can hold up to forty pounds of pots and pans. Secure it with the four ceiling hooks…
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Old Dutch 104GU  8.5/10

12 pot hooks
Grid
Graphite with plated metal finish
22 pounds
36″ x 8.5″ x12″

A sturdy wall-mounted pot rack in graphite, this Old Dutch model comes with a grid and 12 pot hooks. It’s a heavy rack, so you’ll need to attach …
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Old Dutch 105PW  8.5/10

16 pot hooks
Grid
Pewter
17 pounds
36″ x 17.75″ x 3.75″

This Old Dutch rectangular pot rack has an elegant style and patterns of antique pewter. Its delicate look belies its sturdiness and durability. …
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Innova 12021  8/10

12 pot hooks
Heavy-gauge chrome grid
Wrought-iron
11 pounds
17″ x 33″ x 1.5″

An attractive, sturdy oval pot rack in wrought-iron, this Innova Classicor model is remarkably low-priced at $37.69. It comes with the hanging hardware …
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8 pot hooks
Toggle anchors
Hammered steel finish
3 pounds
22″ x 4″ 5″

For the small kitchen, this Enclume Rack It Up utensil bar pot rack is a convenient solution to giving you more counter and cabinet space. The lightweight rack…
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4 pan hooks and 2 swivel hooks
Single bar wooden pot rack
Solid cast aluminum hooks
36 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches

For the smaller kitchen, the Cooks Standard NC-00269 is ideal for keeping cookware out of the way until it’s needed. A single wooden bar with four pan hooks and two swivel hooks, this pot rack has an appealingly…
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Enclume MPB-06  7.5/10

8 pot hooks
Wall-mounted with toggle anchors
Hammered steel finish
9 pounds
24″ x 16″ x 10″

A steel wall-mounted pot rack that doubles as a sturdy bookshelf, this Enclume model can be installed anywhere with its toggle anchors—you don’t have…
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8 pot hooks
2 shelves
Wrought-iron steel
8.8 pounds
24.7″ x 2.5″ x 12.7″

A 2-shelf pot rack with a red powder finish, this Range Kleen wall-mounted rack is perfectly suited to small kitchens. It maximizes…
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Pot Racks Buying Guide

The Benefits of the Pot Rack

Whether you’re hoping to organize your kitchen, clearing out the clutter from your cabinets, or you’re a fanatic cook, then you should consider a pot rack. Pot racks have long been a convenient kitchen accessory that gives you more space in your work area and yet keeps your cooking tools within easy reach.

Convenient access

Do you wish all your pots, pans, and utensils were in plain view and easy fingertip reach? It’s a hassle having to dig through drawers for that one ladle or pull out all your stacked pots to find the medium sized one you need. A pot rack provides quick and simple organization. Because you can see all of your tools, it’s easy to grab the one you need right away.

Saving space

We’ve all experienced the joy of opening up the cabinet and having a bunch of haphazardly stacked pots tumble out on the floor. Your kids have probably discovered the fun game of pulling them out, too. If you have limited cabinet space, then a pot rack can be a lifesaver. It also helps clear the counter and drawers of your most-used utensils. You’ll appreciate having a clean, tidy workspace without sacrificing easy access to your favorite tools.

Visual appeal and design

Because they’re displayed so prominently in the kitchen, pot racks come in a wide variety of styles, materials, and designs. An attractive pot rack can be as elegant as it is functional, in such materials as wrought iron, wood, distressed steel, nickel, or pewter. An added benefit: If you’re a devoted chef and proud of your collection of fancy cookware, then you’ll love showing them off to visitors. A pot rack can add class, style, and hominess to any kitchen.

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Figuring Out the Best Height for a Pot Rack

The Benefits of the Pot Rack

A hanging pot rack ideally keeps pots and pans within easy reach above your head. However, you’ll need to consider the height of your ceiling and your own height to determine the best height for your pot rack. If it’s short or you hang it too high, you won’t be able to reach… [more]

Should I Get a Hanging, Wall-Mounted, or Freestanding Pot Rack?

Should I Get a Hanging, Wall-Mounted, or Freestanding Pot Rack?

Depending on your kitchen design and personal preferences, you may decide to buy a either a hanging, wall-mounted, or freestanding pot rack. Each variety has its special qualities and attractions, although they all serve basically the same purpose: organizing and … [more]

What to Look For in Stainless Steel Cookware

What to Look For in Stainless Steel Cookware

Stainless steel provides the most versatile functions in a cookware set. However, you need to know what to look for when you buy a stainless steel set, which is typically more expensive than other materials. Even Heating: While stainless steel has a gleaming … [more]

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Top 10 Cookware Sets

Top 10 Cookware Sets

Cookware pieces come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Some of the most common and popular materials for pots and pans are stainless steel and hard anodized aluminum with a non-stick surface. We looked at a number of cookware sets and selected our top 10 based on the following … [more]

Best Cookware Sets

Top 10 Rated Cookware Sets2020

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Cookware pieces come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Some of the most common and popular materials for pots and pans are stainless steel and hard anodized aluminum with a non-stick surface. We looked at a number of cookware sets and selected our top 10 based on the following factors:

1. Ease of cleaning—either dishwasher safe or easy to wash by hand with little sticking
2. Even and fast heating with no hotspots
3. Durable, sturdy construction
4. Easy-grip handles that stay cool to the touch
5. Good value for the price
6. A comprehensive mix of saucepans, pots, skillets, and other assorted tools
7. Safe to bake in the oven
8. No warping or staining
9. Tight-fitting lids

10 pieces
1.5-quart saucepan with lid
3.5-quart saute pan with helper
8-quart stockpot with cover
10-inch open skillet
Stainless steel

A handsome, durable cookware set from Cuisinart, it includes various saucepans and skillets, plus a large stock pot and saute pan…
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12 pieces
1.5- and 3-quart covered saucepans
8- and 10-inch open skillets
8-quart covered stockpot
18/10 stainless steel exterior
Aluminum cores

Cuisinart’s multiclad 12-piece cookware set features a unique blend of aluminum on the inside and stainless steel on the outside for both fast heating…
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3 covered saucepans
2 covered saucepots
2 non-stick aluminum skillets
1 9”x 13” cooking sheet
18/10 stainless steel
Phenolic handles

Farberware has provided a great deal for families just starting out in a new home or looking to replace an old cookware set. This 17-piece set…
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10 pieces
1- and 2-quart covered saucepans
5-quart covered Dutch oven
3-quart covered casserole
8- and 9.5-inch fry pans
Thick gauge aluminum
Soft-grip handles

We were very pleased with the Cook N Home NC-00359, a ten-piece cookware set that comes in a bright, cheerful red. The cookware, which includes a Dutch oven, casserole, and fry pans…
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1.5-, 2-, and 3-quart saucepans
8-, 10-, and 12-inch skillets
4-quart saute pan
9-quart stockpot
7.75- and 9.5-inch steamer inserts
18/10 stainless steel

Cuisinart consistently produces high-quality cookware for affordable prices. This 17-piece set, for $173.99, provides enough pots, pans, skillets…
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12 pieces
8- and 10.25-inch frying pan
1- and 2-quart saucepan with lid
5-quart Dutch oven with lid
Slotted turner
Steel, copper, and aluminum bases

This cookware set from T-Fal features copper bottoms that helps distribute heat evenly, reducing hotspots. Shiny stainless steel coats the aluminum core…
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6-quart Dutch oven
3-quart covered casserole
2-quart covered saucepan
8-inch fry pan
5 nylon tools
Heavy-gauge aluminum

For a relatively inexpensive cookware set at $67.04, these aluminum pots and pans are sturdy and good quality. Their non-stick surfaces make cleanup easy…
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1-, 2-, and 3-quart covered saucepans
8- and 10-inch skillets
6-quart covered stockpot
Hard anodized aluminum
Non-stick surface
Dual-riveted stainless handles

An attractive cookware set as much as it’s functional and practical, this KitchenAid 10-piece set is made of hard anodized aluminum with scratch-resistant…
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8-inch saute pan
10.25-inch saute pan
1-, 2-, and 3-quart covered saucepans
5-quart Dutch oven with lid
Aluminum
Hard anodized exterior

This T-Fal 12-piece cookware set comes with 3 covered saucepans instead of just 2, so you can cook a variety of meals all at once…
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Duxtop SSIB-17  7.5/10

17-piece induction ready cookware
8- and 10-inch fry pans
1.6- and 2.5-quart lidded saucepans
4.2-quart lidded casserole and 8.6-quart lidded stock pot
18/10 stainless steel with aluminum bottoms

If you’re a cooking aficionado looking for professional-quality cookware, then look no further than the Duxtop SSIB-17, a 17-piece cookware set that is induction ready. Made of high-grade stainless steel…
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Cookware Set Buying Guide

Tips for Buying a Cookware Set

These days, people seem to be divided along the line of stainless steel vs. anodized aluminum, non-stick cookware sets. Both materials have their pros and cons, and both are popular. You need to decide what other features are important to you so you can select the best quality set for your budget.

Price

Most decent cookware sets start out at about $100. If you go too cheap, you could wind up with a low-quality set that warps, stains, and falls apart after regular use.

Versatile functions

A cookware set is a worthwhile investment because you get all the essential kitchen pieces you need for a reasonable price. The trick is to make sure the set you buy has the most important cookware items and not too many extraneous pieces that merely raise the price. Look for sets with a lidded saucepan, a skillet/frying pan, and a stockpot. A straight-edged saute pan is also useful. Sometimes the set offers a Dutch oven instead of a stockpot, but they both serve many of the same functions.

You don’t necessarily need multiple sizes of the same thing unless you’re an avid cook and you like to have a lot of pots and pans going at once. After you have all the essential tools in a set, any additional pieces either sweeten the deal or jack up the price, depending on your perspective. Compare sets and prices to get an idea of what’s a fair deal.

Material

Stainless steel is the most versatile material for cookware. It’s highly durable, not likely to warp or get dings if you set it down hard. Stainless steel also doesn’t pit or react to acidic and alkaline ingredients. But it has its downsides, too. Unless the pots and pans have an aluminum core or a base of aluminum or copper, the stainless steel won’t conduct heat very efficiently.

Aluminum is another common choice because it’s an effective conductor. You’ll see some cookware sets described as hard anodized, which means the aluminum went through a special process to be reinforced and made stronger. Some aluminum cookware have non-stick surfaces, which are ideal for easy hand washing. That’s a good thing, because putting aluminum cookware in the dishwasher normally isn’t advised.

Quality design

It’s the little things that make a big difference when it comes to cookware. You want the pots and pans to be heavy and sturdy enough to feel durable, but you don’t want them so heavy that they’re hard to maneuver on the stovetop.

Handles should stay cool to the touch even while you’re heating the pots to a boil. Contoured, easy-to-grip handles are beneficial for safety and comfort reasons. Lids should fit securely over the pots and pans to trap the heat, moisture, and nutrients of the food. If you have a pot rack, look for cookware with hooks on the handles so you can hang them up.

Even if you’re on a tight budget, it’s best to spring for the highest-quality set you can afford. Cheap pots and pans of poor quality will only cost you more in the long run when you have to replace them. Also consider saving up for specialty cookware items, such as stir-fry pans or cast-iron skillets. The more you build up your cookware collection, the more versatile cooking tasks you’ll be able to perform.

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

Featured Cookware Articles

What to Look For in Stainless Steel Cookware

What to Look For in Stainless Steel Cookware

Stainless steel provides the most versatile functions in a cookware set. However, you need to know what to look for when you buy a stainless steel set, which is typically more expensive than other materials. Even Heating: While stainless steel has a gleaming … [more]

Should I Get a Hanging, Wall-Mounted, or Freestanding Pot Rack?

Should I Get a Hanging, Wall-Mounted, or Freestanding Pot Rack?

Depending on your kitchen design and personal preferences, you may decide to buy a either a hanging, wall-mounted, or freestanding pot rack. Each variety has its special qualities and attractions, although they all serve basically the same purpose: organizing and … [more]

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Top 10 Pot Racks

Top 10 Pot Racks

When it comes to pot racks, be they ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted, you want sturdiness, durability, and enough space to hold lots of pots, pans, and kitchen utensils. Some of the main factors we considered while compiling our top 10 list included: 1. Ease of … [more]

Best Wine Glasses

Top 10 Rated Wine Glasses 2020

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You may think that there’s not much to consider when it comes to wine glasses, just as long as they hold wine, but you’d be surprised. We looked at a number of factors as we compiled our list of best 10 wine glasses:

1. Durability
2. Ease of cleaning — is it dishwasher safe?
3. How well it lets the wine breathe or concentrates the aroma.
4. Generous capacity
5. Elegance and classiness
6. Sturdiness and balance
7. Smoothness and thinness of the rim
8. How well it enhances the flavor and aroma of wine
9. Comfortable to hold

Riedel 9408/80  9.5/10

18 5/8 ounces
Set of 6 plus 2 bonus
4″ x 4″ x 7.8″

A strong, resilient knife forged in Japan, the Shun 7-Inch Hollow Edge santoku knife has a striking, pleasing design. Its cutting power is amazing, too….
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Libbey Vina  9/10

18 1/4 ounces
Set of 6
3 ½” x 3 ½” x 8 ¼”

A simple, elegant design makes these Libbey Vina red wine goblets a classy choice when serving various red wines. Sturdy and clear…
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Six 16 ½-ounce red wine glasses, 3 7/8 inches tall
Six 17-ounce white wine glasses, 4 ½ inches tall
Clear glass

If you’ve ever entertained, then you know that traditional stemmed wine glasses are easy to knock over and difficult to fit in the dishwasher…
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Set of 12
10.5-oz. goblets
7.25” tall

Elegant and classy in design yet durable enough to be used repeatedly for parties and general family use, the Luminarc Nuance 65841…
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Tuscana 5655  8.5/10

Set of 4 colored wine glasses
12-oz. wine glasses
Colored glass: assorted colors

If you’re looking for the perfect housewarming gift, or you’re eager to brighten up your own kitchen, then you’ll be pleased with the Tuscana colored wine glasses…
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21 1/8 ounces
4 7/8 inches tall
Set of 6 plus 2 bonus glasses
Lead-free glass

With a tremendous capacity of 21 1/8 ounces, these Riedel O Cabernet tumblers are ideal for parties. The stemless design makes them harder…
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14 ½ ounces
3.2” x 3.2” x 8.5”
Set of 4
Lead-free crystal glass

Practical yet aesthetically pleasing, these Bormiolo Rocco white wine glasses are made of lead-free crystal and are durable enough to hold up against…
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Libbey 89328  7.5/10

10 ounces
Set of 12

Say you need some inexpensive wine glasses for an office party or large gathering, but you don’t want to worry about having enough glasses for red or…
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Wine Glasses Buying Guide

How Wine Glass Shape and Size Affects the Taste of Wine

You’d be surprised to know that experts have studied how the size and shape of wine glasses affects the taste and smell of wine. There’s a reason that there are a variety of glass shapes for different types of wine—each type enhances that wine’s special qualities.

You’re not only enhancing the taste of wine, but also the visual presentation. The right glass, with clear, brilliant clarity, shows off the rich color of the contents within. You feast as much with your eyes as with your mouth and stomach.

The shape and size of a wine glass determines how much of the surface of the wine is exposed to air. The level of oxidation, or exposure to air, has a subtle but noticeable affect on the chemicals within the wine that determine its taste and aroma. If the bowl of the glass is large enough, you can swirl the wine around to bring out all the flavor and smells.

Whites and Reds

But why are there different glasses for red and white wines? You can find all-purpose glasses that work for either kind of wine. They feature a tulip-shaped bowl that’s large enough for swirling but tapered enough to concentrate the bouquet.

However, wine connoisseurs appreciate a smaller version of the tulip glass for white wines. Whites generally don’t require much exposure to air, and the narrowed openings of white wine glasses keep the bouquet contained within and also help preserve the chill.

Full-bodied red wines benefit from aeration. The large burgundy glass features a large, open bowl that also makes an impressive presentation of these rich wines.

And of course, there’s also the champagne flute that you see at fancy occasions and New Year’s Eve parties. The long, narrow flute preserves the bubbles of champagne and also helps keep the drink chilled.

Rim, Stem, and Thickness

Even subtle qualities of the wine glass enhance the drinking experience. When the rim of the glass is thin and even, it directs wine to the right areas of the tongue for a full appreciation of the flavor. Depending on how wide the opening of the glass, the wine will either emit or retain its bouquet. Remember, reds generally require a glass with a wide opening, and whites taste better when the bouquet is concentrated in the glass.

The stem is also important, and not just for functional purposes. Yes, you hold the glass by the stem, so it should be long enough to be gripped comfortably. Doing so prevents the heat from your hand from altering the taste of the wine (yes, it has an effect).

With a stem firmly attached to both the bowl and the base, the wine glass should be sturdy enough to swirl the wine around. Thick glass is good for durability, but only at a minimum. The thinner the glass, the more you can appreciate the visual presentation of the wine.

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Tips for Wine Glass Care

Tips for Wine Glass Care

Regular wine glasses are designed to stand up to a lot of use. Typically possessing thick glass, they’re easy to throw in the dishwasher with all your other dishware. If you have some fine wine glasses, however, then you want to protect them and keep … [more]

Storing and Serving Red and White Wines

Storing and Serving Red and White Wines

Wine connoisseurs are careful to store wines at specific temperatures depending on the type. Whites are generally chilled more than reds. Here’s a guide for the optimal storage temperatures for various wines … [more]

Proper Storage Temperatures for Wine

Proper Storage Temperatures for Wine

Many people buy and serve wine for social occasions: parties, holiday get-togethers, and nice dinners. They’re content just to have a handful of bottles at a time. Other people, though, are serious collectors who enjoy holding onto special bottles … [more]

More Top 10 Lists

Top 10 Wine Coolers

Top 10 Wine Coolers

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 … [more]

More Wine Glasses

Best Top Load Washing Machine

Top Rated Top Load Washing Machines 2020

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Price is one of the best benefits of a top load washing machine. These units come at a much lower price point than their front loading counterparts. If you are in the market for your first washer and are shopping on a budget, a top loader is the way to go. They don’t perform as well in the efficiency category, but they sure do clean clothes just as well. When it really comes down to it, that is one of the most important parts of your washing machine. We looked at some of the best top loading washers for sale today and ranked them based on the following criteria:

1. Available washing cycles for different types of clothing
2. Features like automatic detergent dispensers and large capacity
3. Adjustable and automatic water levels
4. Load sensing technology that optimizes energy and water use
6. A delay start option that lets you pick the most convenient time to run a cycle
7. Thorough cleaning that leaves clothes smelling fresh
8. Price

LG WT5680HVA  9.5/10

Color: Graphite Steel
Energy Star
14 Cycle Count
5.2 cu. ft. capacity
45 3/8” H x 27” W x 28 3/8” D

With a stunning 5.2 cubic foot drum capacity, the greatest capacity I’ve come across, the LG WT5680HVA will help you cut down on the number of loads you have to do. This model has wash cycles for nearly every type…read more


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


$1,069
White
4.8 cu. ft. capacity

GE GTWN8250DWS Top Load Washing MachineThis Energy Star rated, 28 inch washing machine from GE uses steam technology to loosen dirt from fabric during the wash and make clothes come out extra fresh…read more


$449.99
White
3.8 cu. ft. capacity

If you’re looking for an affordable, no-frills top load washer, the Whirlpool WTW4900BW is a great choice. Its dial controls are located along the back panel…read more


$699
White
4.5 cu. ft.

An energy-efficient top-load washing machine with a sleek design, the Samsung WA45H7000AW has a capacious 4.5 cubic foot tub…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


$539.99
White
4.0 cu. ft. capacity

With the ability to get out tough stains, the Samsung WA400PJHDWR is a great addition to any household. Its simple-to-use controls are arrayed on the back panel for easy access and offer a variety of washing options…read more


LG WT1201CV  8/10

$744.99
Graphite Steel
4.5 cu. ft. capacity

We were very impressed with how quietly and efficiently the LG WT1201CV runs—and it’s an attractive, modern-looking model to boot. This washer boasts an extra-large 4.5 cubic foot…read more


$665
White
4.5 cu. ft. capacity

A reasonably priced top load washer, the Whirlpool WTW8000BW is a great bargain for families looking to cut down on laundry time. With an extra-large 4.5 cubic foot capacity, most families…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


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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Comparing Top Loading Washing Machines: GE vs. Whirlpool

Comparing Top Loading Washing Machines: GE GTWS8450DWS vs. Whirlpool Cabrio WTW8200YW

The GE GTWS8450DWS and the Whirlpool Cabrio WTW8200YW are two highly ranked top loading washing machines. The GE model is $1,069, while the Whirlpool model is $894. That is a considerable difference, but the GE washing machine offers a slightly larger capacity of 4.8 cubic feet… [more]

Protecting Washing Machines in Transit: The New LITKIT

Protecting Washing Machines in Transit: The New LITKIT

For decades past, transporting washing machines required a complicated process of securing the drums to prevent them from being damaged in delivery. Any time a washer is transported, whether by a service company or a moving company, it runs the risk of having the load destabilized or the seal torn. These companies had to keep in stock multiple bolt kits… [more]

Washing Machines; The New Designer Appliance? How important is Appearance?

Washing Machines; The New Designer Appliance? How important is Appearance?

With so many new high-tech washer models, as sleek and stylish in appearance as they are functional, gone are the days of stowing them away in far-off rooms. Move over, plain industrial white washers, and make room for stainless steel, granite… [more]

How to Save Energy with your Washing Machine

How to Save Energy with your Washing Machine

Washing machines have long been a huge contributor to families’ high energy bills. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), the average American family washes 400 loads of laundry a year. Those gallons of water and kWh of energy add up quickly… [more]

New Steam Cleaning Washing Machines Enter Market

New Steam Cleaning Washing Machines Enter Market

In recent years, the big appliance brands (Whirlpool, Kenmore, LG, Samsung, and Maytag) have rolled out washing machines with a new feature: steam cleaning. With all the benefits steam offers for cleaning clothes, it’s surprisingly they didn’t introduce this technology sooner…[more]

Preventing Mold and Mildew in Your Front Load Washer

Preventing Mold and Mildew in Your Front Load Washer

Front load washers are increasingly favored for their energy efficiency and conservation, but there is one potential issue with them that most people are unaware of: the risk of mold and mildew. Because the machines use less water, some have trouble draining away all the … [more]

Putting Your Washer on a Pedestal

Putting Your Washer on a Pedestal

Front loaders have become a popular choice in recent years, but people quickly realized they need an easier way to load and unload the washers. Bending or kneeling down to pull out damp, heavy … [more]

What You Should Know About Washer Warranties

What You Should Know About Washer Warranties

Most manufacturers of washing machines offer a one- year warranty, covering all parts and labor for the machine. After the first year, the warranty typically covers specific parts. When you’re buying a new washer, however, you’ll probably hear a sales pitch for … [more]

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Top 10 High Efficiency Washing Machines

Top 10 High Efficiency Washing Machines

More than ever before, people are looking for ways to conserve energy and water with their washing machines. Not only is it better for the environment, it’s also better for you each month when you pay the bills. Today all the major appliance brands are offering high efficiency (HE) washers, both front loaders and top loaders. The following … [more]

Top 10 Budget Washing Machines

Top 10 Budget Washing Machines

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 … [more]

Best Front Load Washing Machine

Top 10 Front Load Washers

Front load washers have their advantages over top loading washers. What on Earth could they be might you ask? One of the first things to note is the extra work space that that top of the washer offers. Instead of having to keep the top clear, a front load model lets you iron or fold clothes on the top. There is also the matter of efficiency… [more]

Top 10 Dryers

Top 10 Dryers

As we looked at a variety of dryers to select our top 10 models, we looked for specific features that improve and enhance the drying performance, such as: 1. Moisture sensors that are gentle on fabrics and save energy costs, 2. Large capacity tubs, 3. Useful drying … [more]

Top 10 Gas Dryers

Top 10 Gas Dryers

Choosing a gas or electric dryer can be pretty confusing. Each one has their pros and cons, so take the time to weight them and see which would work best for your household. If there is a gas hookup in the laundry room, going that route may be a good choice. It is usually cheaper to run a gas dryer than it is to run an electric one…. [more]

Top 10 Electric Dryers

Top 10 Electric Dryers

Choosing between an electric dryer and a gas dryer can be a pretty daunting decision. But don’t forget that it doesn’t have to be. If price is your first factor when weighing the two, you are in luck. You can get a solid electric dryer for a fraction… [more]

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Best Riding Lawnmowers

Top 10 Rated Riding Lawn Mowers 2020

By

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



 

Riding Mowers Buying Guide

4 Ways to Mow Really Tall Grass

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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Safety Features on a Lawn Mower

Safety Features on a Lawn Mower

Operating a lawn mower shouldn’t be a dangerous task if you know what you’re doing and if the mower is equipped with basic safety features. Handle Lever: Some new models are designed with safety in mind and come equipped with a lever or bar on the handle that you must hold down to keep … [more]

5 Tips for Better Lawn Mower and Lawn Care

5 Tips for Better Lawn Mower and Lawn Care

Mowing the yard can be hot, grueling work, but a well-maintained machine can make the job a bit easier. Keeping the lawn mown and tended also gives you healthier, thicker, prettier grass. 1. Blades: Mowers with sharp blades perform better all around. The average mower needs to have its … [more]

Lawn Mower Safety Tips

Lawn Mower Safety Tips

Lawn mowers of all varieties have certain inherent risks. You have to know how to operate it properly and keep it well maintained to avoid accidents. Above all, children should not operate lawn mowers and should understand that they are dangerous yard tools. General Mower Safety: Don’t let … [more]

Gas vs. Electric vs. Cordless Lawn Mowers

Gas vs. Electric vs. Cordless Lawn Mowers

While gas mowers have been around the longest and are praised for their power, you’ll find that electric and cordless mowers are gaining popularity for being better for the environment. Of course, you never want to sacrifice cutting performance. There are advantages and disadvantages … [more]

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Top 10 Push Mowers

Top 10 Push Mowers

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]

Top 10 Self-Propelled Mowers

Top 10 Self-Propelled Mowers

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]

Top 10 Weed Eaters

Top 10 Weed Eaters

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]

Top 10 Leaf Blowers

Top 10 Leaf Blowers

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]

Top 10 Pressure Washers

Top 10 Pressure Washers

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]

Top 10 Shop Vacuums

Top 10 Shop Vacs

Sometimes you have big messes that a regular broom, mop, or vacuum cleaner just can’t handle. Shop Vacs, or wet/dry vacuums, are invaluable tools when it comes to cleaning up tough wet or dry spills and messes around the house…[more]

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Best Golf Balls

Top 10 Golf Balls 2020

By

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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Buy the Right Golf Ball to Lower Your Golf Handicap

Buy the Right Golf Ball to Lower Your Golf Handicap

Many golf balls these days contain a rating for various optimum swing speed ranges. Look for it on the packaging or the manufacturer web site to find out. It’s easy to find your average swing speed. Most high end golf stores have speed reading meters on their simulated driving ranges. It … [more]

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Top 10 Golf Putters

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

Top 10 Golf Drivers

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

Top 10 Golf Bags

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 Golf Wedges

Top 10 Rated Golf Wedges 2020

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Forged Black Pearl Finish
Loft: 56
Price: $119
Bounce: 10.0, 14.0, 16.0

Another great gap loft selection. The Cleveland 588 definitely rivals the Vokey wedges in precision craftsmanship…read more


Golfsmith Golf & Tennis


Tour Chrome, Gold Nickel, or Raw Black finish
21 loft/bounce options from 46 to 62
$130

The completely updated SM5 has lots of subtle changes from the SM4 design with groove pattern changes depending on the loft of the club. Lower lofts have smaller grooves…read more


Golfsmith Golf & Tennis


Mizuno MP-T4  8.5/10

Loft: 54
Bounce: 9.0
$129

These wedges from Mizuno feature a more rounded head shape which many players prefer in their wedges. It also has quad-cut grooves and specific loft geometry…read more

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Degree Loft: 60
Price: $129
Bounce: 4. 7. or 10
Black Nickel or Oil Can Finish

Same as above except you have the option of 3 bounce angles 4.0, 7.0, or 10.0. If you have an average swing angle attacking the ball then try the 7.0. Some of the improvements…read more

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Loft: 60 Degree
Bounce: 12.0
Price $99
Black Pearl Finish

The CG15 Cleveland wedge has tour zip grooves and is a very finely milled and constructed wedge. The matte black finish prevents glare. The traditional shape of the wedge…read more

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$119
Loft: 58
Bounce: Unspecified
Finish: tour satin

These wedges may give you a little more spin with their modified tour grooves. The grips are Lamkin soft tour very nice. The ATV Sole lets you play all critical shots…read more

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Golf Wedge Buying Guide

Bounce Angle and Course Considerations

When it comes to selecting a wedge one of the most important considerations is the bounce angle and the style of swing you execute wedge shots with. Generally, the steeper your angle of attack when ball striking, the more bounce you want from the wedge. This helps prevent taking too deep of divots and catching the ball fat. It also helps with keeping the club more shallow through the sand.

If your swing angle with wedges is shallow – meaning you take little divot with them then you will want to choose wedges with a low bounce angle to help prevent thinning your wedge shots.

Shallow swing angle = low bounce angle.
Neutral swing = medium bounce angle.
Steep swing deep digger = high bounce angle.

One other very important consideration is course condition. If the course you play is usually very soft and you find yourself hitting a lot of shots fat – take a wedge with more bounce. If the course is routinely too firm and hard then you will want a wedge with lower bounce to keep from hitting shots thin.

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… 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]

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Top 10 Golf Clubs

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Top 10 Golf Balls

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…[more]

Top 10 Golf Rangefinders

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Best Electric Grills

Top Rated Electric Grills 2020

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Electric grills are a great alternative to grills that are in constant need of a fuel source. They are also perfect for those living in apartments or condos that don’t allow open flames on patios and balconies. The most important aspect of an electric grill, however, is its cooking performance: food should come hot off the grill juicy and flavorful with a nicely seared exterior. Other factors that we considered as we compiled this top 10 list:

1. Quality construction with materials like cast iron
2. Easy-to-clean grates
3. Precise temperature control with a handy gauge
4. Generous cooking area
5. A removable drip tray
6. Even heat distribution
7. Heat-resistant handles

Weber Q-240  9/10

1560-watts
280 square inches of cooking space
25.1 x 27 x 26 inches
40 pounds
5 year limited warranty

Weber is a top quality brand when it comes to gas and charcoal grilling. The Weber Q-240 takes that quality and it translates well to the electric format. This is going to be…read more


Grill 17″ across
21 pounds
22.2″ x 20.5″ x 13″
 

A convenient grill for indoor or outdoor use, this George Foreman electric grill heats up within 10 minutes and has enough space on its 17-inch surface to cook whole birds or roasts. You…read more


145 square inches of cooking space
1500 watts
16 pounds
22 x 11.8 x 17.6 inches

The Cuisinart CEG-980 is quite a contender in the electric grill category. One of its best qualities is how lightweight it is, making it a perfect travel grill…read more


320 square inches of cooking space
1750 watts
Infared cooking
24.4 x 25.2 x 38.2 inches

Heat is the most sought after element of grilling. It can be tough to find an electric grill that really has some heat to it. This Char-Broil grill out performs a lot of others…read more


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Top Rated Charcoal Grills 2020

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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 imbued by the charcoal. A charcoal grill is also going to be much cheaper up front. That is one big advantage. Other factors that we considered as we compiled this top 10 list:

1. Sturdy and quality construction
2. An air-tight lid and air vents for temperature control
3. Easy-to-clean grates of durable material like cast iron
4. Side tables for convenient food preparation
6. Ample cooking area space
7. Easily removeable ash tray
8. Even cooking

306 inches of cooking space
165 inches of warming space
43.3 x 28.7 x 47.2 inches
90 pounds

This charcoal grill for the experimenters out there. It also functions as a smoker. This expands a grill master’s arsenal of techniques in a big way. As a grill…read more


Weber 741001  8.5/10

Grill 22.5 inches in diameter
Porcelain-coated steel
32 pounds
24.4″ x 24.4″ x 14.9″

The classic kettle design of the Weber 741001 is a crowd pleaser. The 22.5-inch-in-diameter grill radiates heat evenly, and it’s spacious enough to hold several large burgers…read more


Total of 640 square inches of cooking space
Heavy gauge steel
71.6 pounds
35″ x 29″ x 50″

The perfect size for the average family, the Char-Griller 640-Inch Charcoal Grill/Smoker is also up to the task of serving large parties and barbecues. An air-tight lid seals in the heat for grilling and smoking and effectively snuffs out…read more


Weber Jumbo Joe  8.5/10

240-square-inches of cooking area
porcelain enameled
19.75-inch by 20.5-inch by 19.75-inch
18 pounds

The Weber Jumbo Joe charcoal grill is a fantastic option for charcoal grilling on the go. This little Weber provides a spacious 240 square inches…read more


160-square-inches of cooking area
porcelain enameled
14-1/4” H x 12-1/4” W x 21” L
15 pounds

Portable grills are very handy for grilling at tailgating parties, picnics, and while camping. This little Weber provides enough cooking space and a quality package that will make this your go-to…read more


Cast iron
Cooking grate is 17.25″ x 9″
32 pounds
20″ x 12″ x 10″

Ideal for small families and intimate gatherings, this Lodge Logic model is a no-fuss charcoal grill that comes with pre-seasoned grates. A durable hibachi-style grill made of cast iron, it heats slowly…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


Steel
850 sq. in. total cooking area
Cast-iron grate

The Char-Griller 2121 is a crowd-pleaser for its durable steel construction and superior charcoal grilling performance. We were impressed with how easy it was to assemble and set up—not to mention…read more


Grills Buying Guide

The Benefits of Charcoal Grilling

Regular gas and electric grills are perfectly adequate at searing meats, vegetables, fish, and fruit. However, for the mouth-watering, tender, smoky barbecue taste that you typically get from a smoker at a barbecue restaurant, you can also use a charcoal grill.

The trick to charcoal grilling is cooking foods for a long period at low temperatures. By building a fire at one end of the grill and maintaining control of the airflow, you can effectively slow cook ribs, chicken, or pork for an authentic, smoky barbecue taste.

Charcoal grills have a couple advantages over regular gas grills:

  • With fewer moving parts, charcoal grills have a longer lifespan.
  • They usually cost less than gas grills. Of course, the fuel you buy to heat them can even out the costs in the long run.

A gas grill can be a more convenient choice because it starts up and cooks faster, but for a rich taste and tender consistency, a charcoal grill is a valuable cooking tool.

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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Top 10 Rated Gas and Propane Grills 2020

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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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Best Headphones

Top 10 Rated Headphones 2020

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If you’re an audiophile who wants to enjoy the full richness of sound, then you need a good set of headphones. We looked at a number of headphones and selected our 10 favorites based on several factors:

1. Comfortable wearing even for extended periods of time
2. Clear, sharp highs, steady mids, and tight lows
3. A powerful bass without distortion or muddiness
4. A long enough cable for some mobility
5. Compatibility with home stereo systems, computers, and mp3 players
6. Stylish, lightweight design that isn’t too bulky

1 AAA battery required
35 hour battery life
Carrying case included
Interchangeable cords
Superior noise cancellation

Bose has a good reputation in the world of audio. The Quiet Comfort 15 headphones are aptly named. They provide a comfortable fit while quieting the noise around you to whispers and hums….Read More


40mm large-diameter drive units
Neodymium magnets
99 dB sensitivity
7 Hz to 22,000 Hz frequency
Gold plug
4-foot cord

A high-quality monitor headphone set from Panasonic, this model features a classic retro design with a leather headband, large cans, and …
read more


JVC HARX700  9/10

Around-the-ear headphones
50mm drive units
Neodymium magnets
11.64oz
11.5 ft cord

Top quality headphones seem to be getting more and more expensive these days. Heaphones with similar quality, but not the desiner name…
read more


Closed, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones
Neodymium magnets
115 dB sound pressure
Lightweight turbine diaphragms
14.1 ounces
10-foot cord

Sennheiser is known for its professional-quality headphones, and with this set you can receive excellent sound for an affordable …
read more


2-year warranty
Range of 328 feet, even through walls and outside
Suited for music and TV use
Transmitter recharges the battery and can be wall-mounted

If you like the fine quality of over-the-ears headphones but wish you had the freedom to move around the house while you listen …
read more


Bose IE2   8.5/10

In-ear headphones
1.3” x 1.02” x 0.59”
45.25-inch cord
0.6 ounces

If you want to enjoy the full quality of sound while you exercise or go about your daily business, then you probably need small earbuds …
read more


Sennheiser HD201  8.5/10

Over-the-ear headphones
9.5 x 4 x 7 inches
9.8ft cord
5.8 ounces

As far as budget headphones go, these are an excellent choice. For around $20 to $30, everything is just right. They may not compete with some of the more expensive options out there when it comes to noise isolation…read more


30mm drive units
Over-the-ear headphones
XBS port for bass response
16 Hz to 22,000 Hz frequency
Neodymium magnets
1.2 ounces

If you find earbuds uncomfortable or too easy to lose, then consider these headphones from Panasonic, which are reasonably priced …
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Headphones Buying Guide

Understanding Sound Quality When Buying Headphones

People buy headphones for various purposes. Some just want a simple set that they can wear on the go, while they read or study, and while they exercise. They may not care about having the best possible quality, as long as they can hear the music clearly and block out most ambient noise.

Audiophiles, professional sound engineers, and recording artists demand the best sound quality from their headphones. They want a set that’s comfortable to wear for long periods of time but still allows for the full range of sounds.

Whether you’re a casual music listener or an avid collector of sound equipment, it’s worthwhile to review the basics of sound quality so you understand what manufacturers are talking about when they claim their headphones are the best.

Sound perception varies from person to person. The best way to select new headphones is to try them out yourself at the store. Because everyone has different shaped heads and ears, they’ll perceive music and sound differently, especially since headphones pipe music directly into the ears. Hence, it’s important to try on different headphones not only to see which ones are comfortable to wear, but to get an idea of how rich and full the music sounds.

Consider the following questions:

  • Does the sound come out clear with no distortions or muddiness?
  • Is the bass clear, powerful, and controlled?
    • You don’t want a bass so strong that it overpowers the vocals and lighter sounds.
    • Some headphones have shaking technology that lets you feel as well as hear the thumping bass.
  • Are the high sounds tinny or smooth?
  • Is there a distinguishable hiss with a wireless set?

For long periods of use, you need a comfortable fit. Many modern headphones are incredibly lightweight, but make sure you’re comfortable wearing a set for an extended time. Padded surfaces are a must—including the headband. With circumaural headphones, you want a good seal over the ears, but make sure it’s not so tight that it puts undue pressure on your ears and head. Some headphones make your ears heat up or feel tingly if you wear them too long.

Being able to adjust your headphones is critical, especially if you’re a professional who wears them a lot. The headband should adjust for different head sizes, and pivoting ear cups making getting a comfortable position easier. Unless they’re wireless, headphones typically come with a cord anywhere from 6 to 10 feet. Some have a Y split in the cord, with each end connecting to an ear cup. Headphones with a single-sided cord allow for more freedom of motion.

Understanding Other Sound Terms

Frequency: Headphones capture the complete range of sounds that humans can hear, from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz. The question is how well they reproduce those frequencies. Any low frequencies below 20 Hz aren’t audible, but you can sometimes feel them.

Sensitivity: Headphones measure their loudness efficiency in terms of decibels per milliwatt of power. You want a high sensitivity number of at least 100 dB if you’re using a portable device. The lower the sensitivity, the harder the headphones have to work to sound as loud as those with high sensitivity.

Impedance: Impedance is measured in ohms and it relates to how much resistance the headphones put on an amplifier. Most headphones for professional and commercial use have impedances under 100 ohms. The higher the impedance, the more power you’ll need.

Steve Holdgren Steve Holdgren is an engineer by trade and has worked for some of the largest energy related engineering firms in the world with his latest stint in Switzerland. He holds a degree is mechanical engineering… See more about Steve

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Recognizing the Different Types of Headphones

Recognizing the Different Types of Headphones

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Noise-Canceling Headphones: Active vs. Passive

Noise-Canceling Headphones: Active vs. Passive

You’re settling in for a long flight and you want to listen to music to help you relax. The ear pads fit right over your ears, but the roar from the engines overpowers the sounds coming from the headphones. That’s the frustrating situation Amar Bose found himself in back in 1978; within 10 years … [more]

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Best Wireless Headphones

Best Wireless Headphones

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Top 10 MP3 Players

Top 10 MP3 Players

While MP3 players vary in their size, capacity, and functions, we found ten models that scored well in the most important aspects: 1. High-quality audio, video, and/or pictures, 2. Ease of navigation with buttons and menus … [more]

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones

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Best Budget Washing Machines

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



 

Budget Washing Machine Buying Guide

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.

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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Protecting Washing Machines in Transit: The New LITKIT

Protecting Washing Machines in Transit: The New LITKIT

For decades past, transporting washing machines required a complicated process of securing the drums to prevent them from being damaged in delivery. Any time a washer is transported, whether by a service company or a moving company, it runs the risk of having the load destabilized or the seal torn. These companies had to keep in stock multiple bolt kits… [more]

How important is Green Tech in Washing Machines and Dryers; Whirpool Asks, Surveys

How important is Green Tech in Washing Machines and Dryers; Whirpool Asks, Surveys

The public is more attuned to energy saving measures than ever before, as a late 2008 survey conducted by Whirlpool shows. Surveying over 2000 people of all ages and demographics, Whirlpool made a number of surprising discoveries…[more]

New DOE Standards for Calculating Drum Capacity

New DOE Standards for Calculating Drum Capacity

As of April 30, 2011, all manufacturers of washing machines must report drum capacity using testing procedures established by the Department of Energy (DOE). These standardized means of calculating washer volume…[more]

Preventing Mold and Mildew in Your Front Load Washer

Preventing Mold and Mildew in Your Front Load Washer

Front load washers are increasingly favored for their energy efficiency and conservation, but there is one potential issue with them that most people are unaware of: the risk of mold and mildew. Because the machines use less water, some have trouble draining away all the … [more]

Putting Your Washer on a Pedestal

Putting Your Washer on a Pedestal

Front loaders have become a popular choice in recent years, but people quickly realized they need an easier way to load and unload the washers. Bending or kneeling down to pull out damp, heavy … [more]

What You Should Know About Washer Warranties

What You Should Know About Washer Warranties

Most manufacturers of washing machines offer a one- year warranty, covering all parts and labor for the machine. After the first year, the warranty typically covers specific parts. When you’re buying a new washer, however, you’ll probably hear a sales pitch for … [more]

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Top 10 High Efficiency Washing Machines

Top 10 High Efficiency Washing Machines

More than ever before, people are looking for ways to conserve energy and water with their washing machines. Not only is it better for the environment, it’s also better for you each month when you pay the bills. Today all the major appliance brands are offering high efficiency (HE) washers, both front loaders and top loaders. The following … [more]

Best Front Load Washing Machine

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Front load washers have their advantages over top loading washers. What on Earth could they be might you ask? One of the first things to note is the extra work space that that top of the washer offers. Instead of having to keep the top clear, a front load model lets you iron or fold clothes on the top. There is also the matter of efficiency… [more]

Best Top Load Washing Machine

Top 10 Top Load Washers

Price is one of the best benefits of a top load washer. These units come at a much lower price point than their front loading counterparts. If you are in the market for your first washer and are shopping on a budget, a top loader is the way to go. They don’t perform as well in the efficiency category, but they sure do clean clothes just as well… [more]

Top 10 Dryers

Top 10 Dryers

As we looked at a variety of dryers to select our top 10 models, we looked for specific features that improve and enhance the drying performance, such as: 1. Moisture sensors that are gentle on fabrics and save energy costs, 2. Large capacity tubs, 3. Useful drying … [more]

Top 10 Gas Dryers

Top 10 Gas Dryers

Choosing a gas or electric dryer can be pretty confusing. Each one has their pros and cons, so take the time to weight them and see which would work best for your household. If there is a gas hookup in the laundry room, going that route may be a good choice. It is usually cheaper to run a gas dryer than it is to run an electric one…. [more]

Top 10 Electric Dryers

Top 10 Electric Dryers

Choosing between an electric dryer and a gas dryer can be a pretty daunting decision. But don’t forget that it doesn’t have to be. If price is your first factor when weighing the two, you are in luck. You can get a solid electric dryer for a fraction… [more]

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Best 24″ and 27″ Wall Ovens

Top 10 Rated 24″ and 27″ Wall Ovens 2020

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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 that determine quality and performance:

1. Ease of cleaning
2. Capacity
3. Adjustable racks
4. Style
5. Ease of programming
6. Fast, even baking
7. Convection baking with automatic time conversion

24” electric wall oven
2.8 cu. ft. capacity
4 rack positions
Stainless steel

If you’re looking for an affordable, good-quality wall oven for a smaller kitchen, then you’ll be pleased with the Maytag CWE4800ACS, a 24-inch electric oven available for $894. This oven has a 2.8 cubic foot…
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Electric single oven
4.3 cu. ft.
Stainless steel, black, white
6 racks positions
Steam Self-cleaning

This single wall oven from Whirlpool is sure to satisfy the cooking and baking needs for an average household. The generous 4.3 cu. ft capacity is plenty for all sorts of dinners…read more


GE JGRP20  9/10

Single gas wall oven
2.8 cu. ft. capacity
Black, white, stainless steel
2 racks
Self-cleaning

For a 24” wall oven, this GE gas model has a surprisingly spacious interior at 2.8 cu. ft. While there’s no convection baking, the oven cooks dishes evenly and efficiently…
read more


Electric combination microwave wall oven
Black, white, stainless steel
3.7 cu. ft. capacity
Convection baking
3 racks

This 27” combination wall oven and microwave from KitchenAid saves you space while giving you the benefits of both microwaving and…
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3.8 cu. ft. capacity
Single electric wall oven
Glass touch display
Convection
3 racks

A single wall oven from KitchenAid with a sophisticated style, this electric wall oven offers a spacious interior. With three oven racks, you have flexibility…
read more


24” electric wall oven
Convection baking
3.1 cu. ft. capacity
Stainless steel

Available for $1704, the KitchenAid KEBC147VSS is a high-quality 24-inch electric wall oven with convection baking. This oven offers several convenient features, including a self-cleaning option…
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27” electric wall oven
3.8 cu. ft. capacity
White
5 rack positions

This 27-inch electric wall oven from Frigidaire has simplicity and ease of use in mind. Its controls are refreshingly simple and minimalist. The design is a clean…
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3.2 cu. ft. capacity
Single gas wall oven
Black, white, and stainless steel
Touchpad controls

A compact single gas wall oven from Frigidaire, this model offers adequate capacity with 3.2 cu. ft. It’s a basic, no frills oven, which also means it’s more affordable…
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Wall Ovens Buying Guide

Gas vs. Electric Wall Ovens

Wall ovens are becoming increasingly popular, but many consumers are still torn on the gas vs. electric issue. Today both styles offer similar performance, so which one you choose depends largely on your preference and the kind of hook-up you have in your home.

Gas Pros

  • Retains the moisture in the food
  • Cooks efficiently

Gas Cons

  • Generally more expensive
  • Less selection
  • Requires a gas line and venting to the outside

Electric Pros

  • Less expensive initial price
  • Greater capacity
  • Greater selection to choose from

Electric Cons

  • Needs a 230/240 V connection to operate
  • Operating cost can vary based on electricity rates
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Featured Wall Ovens Articles

Wall Ovens vs. Range Units

Wall Ovens vs. Range Units

Traditional kitchens always had a range unit with a stove on top and oven on the bottom, but today, households are increasingly looking into wall ovens paired with stovetops. Wall ovens offer several advantages over the traditional range units, which you should consider if you … [more]

Thermador MED272ES vs. GE Profile PK956DR

Thermador MED272ES vs. GE Profile PK956DR

The Thermador MED272ES and the GE Profile PK956DR are two double wall ovens rated highly by customers. Both are 27” wide and electric. Both ovens offer great capacity, so if you have a large household and have to prepare large meals, or you simply like to cook, then you’ll find either of … [more]

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]

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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 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 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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Best Combination Ovens

Top 10 Rated Combination Ovens 2020

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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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Featured Combination Ovens Articles

Wall Ovens vs. Range Units

Wall Ovens vs. Range Units

Traditional kitchens always had a range unit with a stove on top and oven on the bottom, but today, households are increasingly looking into wall ovens paired with stovetops. Wall ovens offer several advantages over the traditional range units, which you should consider if you … [more]

Thermador MED272ES vs. GE Profile PK956DR

Thermador MED272ES vs. GE Profile PK956DR

The Thermador MED272ES and the GE Profile PK956DR are two double wall ovens rated highly by customers. Both are 27” wide and electric. Both ovens offer great capacity, so if you have a large household and have to prepare large meals, or you simply like to cook, then you’ll find either of … [more]

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 Convection Microwave Ovens Work

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… [more]

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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]

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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Best Gas Ranges

Top 10 Rated Gas Ranges 2020

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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



 

Gas Ranges Buying Guide

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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Featured Ranges Articles

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

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 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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