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Consumer Reports Kitchen Planning and Buying Guide

Consumer Reports Kitchen Planning and Buying Guide July 2020

Consumer Reports Kitchen & Planning Buying Guide will help you get the kitchen you’ve always wanted at a price you can afford. Filled with our exclusive buying advice and ratings, best & worst products, real-world and test-based approach, you’ll be shopping smarter and getting the best kitchen—for less

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United States
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English
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Consumer Reports, Inc.
Frequency:
Biannually
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3 min
recommended products

Top performers usually resist wear, scratches, and color change better than others of their type. But dents are a challenge for most. Here, we focus on top picks with specific strengths, value, or both. PREFINISHED SOLID WOOD AND BAMBOO TERAGREN PORTFOLIO NATURALS WHEAT TPF-PORTTG-WHT $7.50 PER SQUARE FOOT* 76 This solid bamboo flooring shows superb resistance to scratches and stains, impressive dent resistance, and a finish that resists wear from foot traffic. teragren.com ARMSTRONG PARAGON ORIGINAL EMBER SAKP59L401 $7 PER SQUARE FOOT* 71 With excellent resistance to wear from foot traffic, this prefinished solid wood also does well at resisting color change from ultraviolet rays and won't fade as much as others in sunny areas. armstrong.com ENGINEERED WOOD $ HOME LEGEND STRAND WOVEN MOJAVE HL667 (HOME DEPOT) $2 PER SQUARE FOOT* 70 This top-rated engineered bamboo flooring shows strong resistance to staining, denting, UV exposure, and wear. homedepot.com VINYL ARMSTRONG…

1 min
resources

Get Inspired 3 Laurent pattern from Avantgarde Collection, Dekton by Cosentino, dekton.com 4-5 Left, Studio McGee, studio-mcgee.com. Right, Catherine Brophy Interior Design, catherinebrophy.com; Jean-Luc Torchon Design Studio, hvadesign.com/work/jean-luc-torchon 5 Top, HCR2250AGS 24" gas range, Haier, haierappliances.com. Bottom, Small Spaces Kitchen Suite, Whirlpool, whirlpool.com 6-7 Top, 30" Beverage Center and 24" Undercounter Refrigerator Drawers in Saffron finish, True Residential, true-residential.com. Bottom left, Grohe Blue Chilled and Sparkling 2.0 faucet, Grohe, grohe.us. Bottom right, Matte White Finish, Café, cafeappliances.com 7 Top, Baxt Ingui Architects, baxtingui.com. Middle, InstaView Refrigerator with Craft Ice, LG, lg.com. Bottom right, Plum wine appliance, Plum Inc., plum.wine BUYING GUIDE Opener 34-35 Tyler S. Pankratz, tspdesign.com Refrigerators 14-15 Elena Phillips Interiors, elenaphillipsinteriors.com Ranges 24 KitchenAid, kitchenaid.com 26-27 Kelly Deck Design, kellydeck.com Cooktops 34 Morgan Harrison Home, morganharrisonhome.com Wall Ovens 42 Dacor, dacor.com Microwaves 46 GE, geappliances.com Dishwashers 54 KitchenAid, kitchenaid.com Cabinets 62 Ashley Marsella of 11-11 Creative, 11-11-creative.com 64-65 Sophie Burke Design, sophieburkedesign.com 65…

2 min
recommended products

Recommended wall ovens are top-scoring models that have at least good reliability ratings. CR Best Buys are recommended wall ovens that combine impressive performance and value, and at least good reliability. Ratings for double ovens are based on our tests of corresponding single-oven models. SINGLE ELECTRIC WALL OVEN KITCHENAID KOSE500ESS $2,300 85 Superb broiling, impressive baking, and a large oven help this 30-inch electric wall oven stand out. It has a numeric keypad, a temperature probe, and five or more rack positions. But self-cleaning is just good. kitchenaid.com SINGLE ELECTRIC WALL OVEN $ MAYTAG MEW9530FZS $1,300 82 This oven rates Excellent overall, with an exceptionally roomy capacity and Very Good ratings for baking and broiling. Self-cleaning was just good. It has a convection mode and touchpad controls. maytag.com DOUBLE ELECTRIC WALL OVEN LG LWD3063ST $2,200 82 Excellent broiling and Very Good baking ratings helped this double-oven impress our testers. The…

3 min
recommended products

Almost all the models we tested clean well, are easy to load, and come in a stainless finish. They also use far less water and energy than washing by hand. The picks here are excellent overall performers, and most have a timed-start feature, a heavy-duty or pots and pans cycle, and self-cleaning filters. The ratings rank models by overall performance. $ BOSCH ASCENTA SHX3AR75UC Cycle Time: 95 min. Water Usage: 4 gal. $630 88 The combination of superior performance and features that more commonly appear on pricier washers makes this model a great value. It scores very well for washing, drying, and quiet operation, and its 95-minute cycle for a normal wash is one of the shortest of any washer that CR tests. bosch-home.com BOSCH 300 DLX SERIES SHS863WD5N Cycle Time: 150 min. Water Usage: 4 gal. $770 84 This midpriced model earns a…

4 min
range finder

The range is the workhorse of the kitchen, and if it’s stylish, it’s probably the centerpiece, too. Electric smoothtop ranges remain the best sellers, but you have more options than ever, including double-oven models for the multitasker in all of us. Electric induction ranges are coming down in price, and for gas models we've found that you can get good looks and top performance without forking over a fortune on a pro-style model. Read on to learn how. • SMART SHOPPING Remodeling or starting from scratch? Cooking for a crowd or just for two—or one? These topics and others will help you decide what you need in a new range. TYPE Freestanding ranges are the most widely sold and easiest to install. The oven control panel is usually on the back panel, above the…

5 min
playing it cool

Today’s refrigerator features go far beyond simply providing a glass of ice water without having to open the door. With custom panels, you can get a built-in that matches your kitchen cabinets exactly. And forget about four doors—some models have five. Our fridge-by-fridge guide helps you choose the right type for your family, demystifies claimed vs. usable storage space, and helps you find the quietest models so that you—and your groceries—can chill out. • SMART SHOPPING Think about the size and type that will work best for you. Focus on interior storage features, too. SIZE Refrigerator configurations come in a range of sizes and capacities. Always measure where you plan to put the fridge before you shop. And check that any model you consider can fit through doorways. Allow room for the refrigerator’s doors…