comparison shopping on household equipment

even though two products that cost the same can perform very differently. so it’s helpful to receive tips when comparison shopping:

Comparing Items on Price Alone

Washing machines
Frigidaire Affinity FAFW4011L[W] – vs – Whirlpool WFW9050X[W]

  • The Frigidaire Affinity FAFW4011L[W] was only fair at its chief job, getting clothes clean, but it was excellent at both water and energy efficiency.
  • Whirlpool WFW9050X[W] was very good at cleaning.

Refrigerators
Fisher & Paykel E522B – vs – Whirlpool Gold GX5FHDXV

  • Fisher & Paykel E522B bottom freezer was an energy hog and it was only mediocre at holding a constant temperature in all sections.
  • Whirlpool Gold GX5FHDXV, a bottom freezer that scored an 82, was excellent at energy efficiency and temperature performance and is a CR Best Buy.

Vacuum cleaners
Hoover Zen Whisper SH40080 – vs – Hoover WindTunnel S3670

  • Both were excellent at cleaning bare floors, one of a vacuum’s easier tasks.
  • The bagless Hoover Zen Whisper SH40080 was only fair at the tougher jobs of cleaning carpet and removing pet hair.
  • Hoover WindTunnel S3670, was very good at those tasks.

Buying by Brand Name

Dishwashers
Bosch Evolution 500 SHE55M1[2]UC – vs – Bosch Integra 500 SHX45P0[5]UC

  • Both were excellent at washing and energy efficiency.
  • Bosch Evolution 500 SHE55M1[2]UC costs less.

Dryers
Kenmore 6952[2] – vs – Kenmore 8903[2]

  • The dryer’s main task -drying performance: Kenmore 6952[2] was poor and Kenmore 8903[2] was excellent.
  • The 8903 also has a larger capacity and was quieter.

Assuming a Higher-Price Means Better Performance

Gas ranges
KitchenAid Architect Series KGRS807S[SS] – vs – KitchenAid KDRS505X[SS]

  • KitchenAid KDRS505X[SS], which costs $300 more,  was super at simmering while the Architect Series model was not.
  • They baked and broiled equally well but the Architect has less usable space.

Vacuum cleaners
Dirt Devil Featherlite Bagless M085845 – vs – Dyson DC24 Ball All Floors

  • The Dirt Devil Featherlite Bagless M085845 was excellent at picking up pet hair and very good at cleaning carpet.
  • The Dyson DC24 Ball All Floors had poor airflow for tools and was only fair at pet hair.
  • While the Dyson was quieter and matched the Dirt Devil’s excellent performance on bare floors, cleaning carpets is what separates the two.

Blenders
Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004 blender – vs – DeLonghi 3-in1 DFP-950 ($300)

  • The Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004 blender was also excellent at crushing ice cubes and not so noisy.
  • The DeLonghi 3-in1 DFP-950 scored poorly on the ice crush and icy drink tests and it was noisier than the Ninja.

Kitchen knives
Ginsu Chikara – vs – Culinary Institute of America’s Master Collection Hyde Park

  • Ginsu Chikara knives were excellent at cutting and the handles were comfortable.
  • The knives from the Culinary Institute of America’s Master Collection Hyde Park were very good at cutting and comfort, the handle balance didn’t cut it.

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read article on Yahoo! FInance by Mary H.J. Farrell from Consumer Reports: Three Money-Wasting Mistakes Shoppers Make

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