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We culled a year's worth of testing for models that blend performance, value, and brand reliability.You'll also find Select Ratings with top choices from our latest tests of coffeemakers, toasters and toaster ovens, and kitchen knives (see page 40). Models within groups are listed in performance order, and prices for dishwashers, dryers, ranges, refrigerators, and washers are for models with a white finish.
The Hotpoint, a CR Best Buy, is the best value. Both GEs offer stainless trim; the Frigidaire adds convection.
(Sears) 9641, $750
(Sears) 9611, $580
All except the GE are CR Best Buys.The Kenmore 9641 was fastest at cooktop heating; the GE offers a convection mode.
(Sears) 9421, $530
Both cook capably.The Hotpoint, a CR Best Buy, gives up some broiling performance for a low price.
36 * Ranges
(white version: JGBP35WEJ[WW])
(Sears) Progressive 35922, $300
Hoover WindTunnel 2
(Sears) Progressive 36932, $300
Eureka Boss SmartVac
Ultra 4870, $150
Bagless U5753-900, $160
The Kenmore 35922 and Eureka
are CR Best Buys; the Hoovers
were easiest to push and pull.
The Kenmore 36932 and
Hoover U5753-900 are bagless
Hoover Tempo Widepath
Both weigh less than 20 pounds.The U5140-900, a CR Best Buy, is better for carpet cleaning; the U5262-910 is a bagless model.
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