God bless the good folks at Consumer Reports. They found a few hours to test out a slew of new appliances that they say could save you more than 2 hours every single day, just so you didn't have to.
While, yes, you would have to buy every.single.product featured in their February 2015 article "Life In The Fast Lane" to reap the kind of rewards it promises, no one has ever turned up their nose at an extra 15 minutes here or there.
In the kitchen, induction rangetops and cooktops are now able to heat a large pot of water 20 to 25 percent faster than a regular electric smoothtop, the magazine reports. Meanwhile, new front-loading washing machines can cut as much as 20 minutes off of your laundry time.
Overall, however, many new appliances actually take longer than their predecessors to do their tasks, Consumer Reports notes, "because other things we prize — such as great performance, energy efficiency, and water conservation — mean longer cycles." But there are ways to achieve both speed and efficiency, they say. Read on for some tips the magazine's fastest appliance road test and check out the full article at ConsumerReports.org.
Run the hot water. It’s faster to heat water at a faucet than for a dishwasher to heat it.
Top-rated model: Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7UC, $730
The 95-minute normal cycle is faster than most we tested. This CR Best Buy dishwasher excelled at cleaning and is especially energy efficient and relatively quiet. Try the 30-minute express wash for lightly soiled or prerinsed items. Features include a delayed start and an adjustable upper rack and tines. You need to clean the filter, and the controls are hidden. ESTIMATED TIME SAVED: 110 minutes vs. the slowest model
Measure detergent. Use too much and it can prolong the rinse cycle.
Understand speedy settings. Quick-wash cycles are only for two to four lightly soiled items. Other fast settings, such as GE’s Time Saver, Kenmore’s Accela-Wash, LG’s TurboWash, and Samsung’s SuperSpeed, cleaned well and shaved off 15 to 20 minutes in our tests using full loads of dirty laundry.
Top-rated model: Samsung WF45H6300AG, $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, but the SuperSpeed option cuts about 20 minutes, and cleaning is comparable. We fit 22 pounds of laundry. The matching dryer is excellent but noisy: the electric DV45H6300EG, $850, and gas DV45H6300GW, $950. ESTIMATED TIME SAVED: 20 minutes per load
Clean filters. Do it after each load to keep air flowing freely. If laundry is taking longer to dry, clean the exhaust vent.
Top-rated model: Samsung DV50F9A8EVP, $1100 Though not tested for this article, this electric dryer has a moisture sensor and steam option and is recommended on ConsumerReports.org.