Consumer Reports Reveals the Ten Most-Hyped Kitchen Products

YONKERS, N.Y., July 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Reports' latest tests reveal that many of the most loudly hawked products (and often most expensive) delivered less than they promised and several were beaten by the old standards that cost far less.

The 2007 August issue is CR's largest kitchen package to-date with over 30 pages of advice and comprehensive Ratings that will help consumers decide which appliances, countertops, sinks, faucets and flooring offer the best combination of style, performance, and value based on our independent lab tests.

Consumer Reports cooked up 850 pounds of ground beef in tests of appliances and used over 40 stain-producing materials including red wine and ink to test the stain-resistance of flooring, countertops, and other materials.

The kitchen package also features CR's expert advice on picking the perfect cabinets, where to buy appliances, home centers versus independent contractors, and financing options for consumers interested in updating or remodeling their kitchen.

The full report and Ratings are available in the August 2007 issue of Consumer Reports, which is available wherever magazines are sold and online at

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