July 28, 2014—The first dryers in the U.S. market that use a technology that’s designed to slash energy consumption are scheduled to arrive in 2014, manufacturers tell Consumers Digest.
July 21, 2014—Proctor & Gamble and Whirlpool created a partnership to build an appliance that the companies say can reduce a consumer’s ironing and steaming needs and has the potential to cut your dry-cleaning expenses in half.
July 8, 2014—The manufacturer of a defective vacuum cleaner agreed to pay a $725,000 civil penalty to settle charges by Consumer Product Safety Commission that it knowingly failed to report a defect in the product’s electrical wiring.
April 3, 2014—The first soda maker that doesn’t require a carbon-dioxide cartridge to create fizz might arrive in 2014.
March 19, 2014—This spring, General Electric is airing out a room air conditioner that’s connected to the Internet and can be controlled by a mobile application.
March 7, 2014—The second generation of Dyson’s bladeless fans reduce noise by at least 60 percent compared with the original models that were introduced in 2009, the manufacturer says.
March 4, 2014—Whirlpool’s new feature for microwave ovens might make burnt popcorn a thing of the past.
Oct. 16, 2013—Beka is the latest manufacturer to add a line of so-called stackable cookware products in which the smallest cookware can be stored inside the larger ones to save storage space.
Oct. 10, 2013—General Electric’s newest dishwasher has jets that are designed specifically to clean bottles, glasses and mugs.
Oct. 9, 2013—Crock-Pot’s newest slow cooker is the first model that automatically stirs food while it cooks, but experts tell Consumers Digest that the feature isn’t necessary for most slow-cooker meals.
Oct. 7, 2013—Sub-Zero will introduce 19 new refrigerator models starting in fall 2013.
Sept. 27, 2013—Soup that’s made via a single-serve coffee maker is scheduled to arrive in stores in 2014, but an expert says limitations might prevent consumers from warming up to the concept.
July 17, 2013—Revised labels for washing machines that show which models meet new energy-efficiency standards will begin to appear on those models Nov. 15, 2013, Federal Trade Commission says.
June 26, 2013—GE is focusing its latest appliance line on millennials.
June 12, 2013—Air-conditioner and refrigerator manufacturers will phase out the use of coolants that harm the ozone layer over the next few years, but experts tell Consumers Digest that the change likely won’t have a significant effect on prices.
April 22, 2013—General Electric’s newest front-loading washing machine also can dry your clothes.
April, 12, 2013—What are the germiest kitchen products? You might be surprised by the answer.
April 11, 2013—GE tells Consumers Digest that it will sell a counter-depth version of the first refrigerator that dispenses hot water.
March 4, 2013—The Singer Company plans to introduce two steam irons by the end of the year.
March 4, 2013—Floor-care-appliance maker Shark said its innovative Sonic Duo steam floor cleaner will come off the production line in time for delivery to Wal-Mart on April 15.