These Appliances Can Save You Two Hours A Day


If you’re willing to spend a little more on faster household appliances, you’re in good company.

A recent Consumers Report Magazine survey disclosed that about one-quarter of dishwasher, washer, and dryer owners said they’d pay extra for speedier appliances, and about one-third of that group said they would pay an extra $100 or more.

If you put each of these speedy appliances in your home (and used them all on the same day) you could save more than two hours per day.

Consumer Reports’ Time-Saving Appliance Picks

Consumer Reports tested several types of appliances to see which ones gave consumers back the most minutes. Below are a few examples:

Induction Cooktop: GE PHP900DMBB Profile 30" Black Electric Induction Cooktop, $1,400

Even the fastest electric smoothtops can’t beat the heating speed of the fastest induction cooktops, which use an electromagnetic field to send most of the heat to pans.

Induction rangetops and cooktops often heated a large pot of water 20 to 25 percent faster than a regular electric stovetop in Consumer Reports tests.

Estimated time saved: It’s about four minutes faster than an average smoothtop at heating water for pasta.

Range: Kenmore 95073, $1,530

This induction range, a CR Top Pick, delivered superfast cooktop heat, precise simmering, and has four cooktop elements (two are high-power).

The large oven has a convection option and offers impressive baking and broiling. It’s also an excellent self-cleaner.

Estimated time saved: It’s about three to four minutes faster than an average smoothtop at heating water for pasta.

Coffee maker: DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio coffee maker, $130

Single-serve coffeemakers are about speed and ease. This top-rated pod was among the fastest, consistently serving the same amount of hot coffee cup after cup.

If you’re a gourmet, you may want to go with a slower machine. The DeLonghi’s coffee was only so-so, though that’s true for all pods Consumer Reports tested.

Estimated time saved: It’s about three minutes faster than the slowest pod coffee maker Consumer Reports tested.

Washer: Samsung WF45H6300AG Front-Load Steam Washer, $1,050

Front-loaders tend to use the least amount of water, extract the most water, and have wash times of 70 to 100 minutes.

This Samsung takes 80 minutes, but the SuperSpeed option cuts about 20 minutes from that, and cleaning is comparable.

Estimated time saved: 20 minutes per load.

Dishwasher:Bosch SHX3AR75UC Ascenta , $730

What’s not to like here: The 95-minute normal cycle is faster than others Consumer Reports tested, and it’s a CR Best Buy.

It excelled at cleaning, is especially energy efficient, and relatively quiet. Try the 30-minute express wash for lightly soiled or pre-rinsed.

Estimated time saved: 110 minutes vs. the slowest model.

For more information on the appliances tested and recommended for speed by Consumer Reports, check out the February 2015 issue of Consumer Reports