The best appliances for your money

March 11, 2008 10:19:31 AM PDT
You practically need a degree in computer science these days to know all there is to know about appliances these days. 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney shows three the Good Housekeeping Institute recommends.One of Good Housekeeping's favorite appliances is the Whirlpool Gold. It comes with a docking station that can hold thousands of pictures. You can insert your camera's SD card or send the pictures wirelessly. It also comes with a fast-fill water dispenser. Good Houskeeping also likes the cordless Dirt Devil KRUZ Stick Vac for its easy storage. "We were particularly impressed with the KRUZ Vac for a number of reasons. First, as soon as you look at it, you can see it is sleek looking. It's got a great design," Carolyn Forte, Good Houskeeeping Institute That design makes it easy to maneuver back and forth and side to side. It's also easy to stand on its own without having to lean against the wall. It also did a better job of picking up dirt. And its triangular head makes vacuuming corners very easy. And finally there's the LG Tromm Dryer Flow Sense. "One of the important safety issues with dryers is that the vent needs to be clear. If it's blocked with lint and other debris, it can actually start a fire. But with the Tromm Dryer, there is a flow sense indicator on the panel that tells you there's a blockage that needs to be cleared," said Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping Institute. Good Housekeeping reports nearly 8,000 residential fires each year are caused by clothes dryers. You really want to be sure your dryer's vent is clear.