The LG Styler steam closet made its first appearance at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show and is garnering attention again this year with its wifi connected features and sleek design. It was an Innovation Award winner at CES 2019 with a refreshed look and the promise of a larger capacity option for families. What does this steam closet actually do? Should you buy the LG Styler? We'll dig into the details!
The appliance industry is exploding with new color and finish options. New colors like black stainless, black slate, black matte, and sunset bronze are pouring onto the market. With so many color and finish options available, it's getting hard to keep track of which brands offer what. We've put together this article to help you quickly navigate the landscape and get a solid overview of what's available and what's upcoming. Let's start off with a brief look at each of these new color options!
Topics: Appliance Colors & Styling
Please note: The class action lawsuits against LG for linear compressor failures in 2018-2019 have resulted in some negative reactions to LG and the linear compressor, which we will respond to below.
LG has something unique to offer refrigerator buyers: the linear compressor. The compressor is an important piece to the system that moves warm air out of your refrigerator. It's more or less a "pump" designed for vapor rather than water, pushing the warm refrigerant vapor to the coils on the back of your refrigerator so the vapor can cool off and be cycled through your refrigerator again. You can think of this as your refrigerator removing warm air rather than "adding" coolness to the air.
LG's linear compressor is a type of digital inverter compressor. Your typical refrigerator has a "single-speed compressor" that turns on and off as needed. Digital inverter compressors act more like car accelerators: they have variable speed motors (controlled with digital magic) and run constantly at a lower power level rather than turning on to 100% power and then back off again. This saves a lot of energy and reduces wear and tear on the compressor as well.
If you've been out looking at professional or pro ranges for your kitchen and are astounded by the prices, we have some good news for you. Many consumers want that professional gas range look but when they start looking at the prices of pro ranges from companies like Wolf, Viking, and even Thermador, they quickly change their minds. Even the KitchenAid model pictured above is pretty pricey for some at over $7,000!
If you want one of these true professional ranges from an ultra premium manufacturer, you're going to have to pay the premium price! However, if you are willing to look at some unique lesser-known professional range options, you might be surprised. (If you're looking for more information on choosing a new gas or electric range, check out our range buying guide!)
Looking to try out a side by side refrigerator or replace an older model? The choices can be overwhelming! In this article, we provide an in-depth review of two models from LG and Maytag that are strong contenders for some of the best side by side refrigerator options on the market. And if you want to explore more side by side options, check out our article on the top seven side by sides of the year!
An electric wall oven provides a high-end built-in look and lets you access your oven without having to bend over. They tend to be more expensive than traditional ranges and are available in standard 24", 27", and 30" widths. Compared to a typical range oven, they tend to be smaller, but not everyone needs six cubic feet of oven space (and if you need jumbo oven capacity, a double wall oven might be perfect)!
Our list of the best wall ovens for 2019 covers a variety of brands and price points to help you find the perfect option for your home. We've numbered them for your convenience, but they are listed in no particular order.
Topics: Wall Ovens
Are you looking to upgrade your old dishwasher in 2019? The dishwasher has evolved a lot over the past decade, becoming sleeker, quieter, and more efficient. We’ve compiled some of the best dishwashers on the market for 2019 to help you discover some of the amazing options available! With high-quality features like stainless steel wash tubs, adjustable upper racks, and more, you have more options than ever before! (For more info on buying a new dishwasher, check out our dishwasher buying guide!)
Let’s explore some of your choices from a variety of brands and at a range of price points.
LG is one of the fastest growing brands in the appliance industry, offering top-quality products and innovative features. They've won several awards in the past few years for customer satisfaction and reliability so they're a great choice for appliances. When it comes to dishwashers, LG has a lot of great mid-range to high-end models. If you're looking for a cheaper option under $500, you should probably look into Bosch, Frigidaire, or other brands with budget dishwasher offerings.
We'll go over the key features LG has incorporated into their dishwashers and then dig into reviews of three popular models at different price points. Let's go!
Looking for a stylish way to chill your beverages and display your good taste to the world? We take a look at three of the best beverage cooler options on the market today from Zephyr and Marvel, plus a surprise contestant: Frigidaire Gallery is offering a built-in model at a crazy low price point this year. All of these models can be installed freestanding or as built ins and feature windowed glass frames for a premium look and feel.
Topics: Specialty Refrigeration
Hotpoint appliances are a great option if you are looking for basic, dependable, low-cost products. Hotpoint is a century-old manufacturer of appliances that has its roots in Ontario, California. As of 2019, the American rights to sell Hotpoint appliances are owned by GE Appliances, a division of Chinese manufacturer Haier.
Unlike many other brands which have introduced appliances with advanced technical features and lots of electronics at high prices, Hotpoint has stayed true to their roots, offering basic, user-friendly, no-frills models at great prices. We'll explore some of the options they offer below!