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LG BP-530, $120
Oppo
BDP-103
, $500
Panasonic
DMP-BD89
, $90

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Advanced Samsung NX300, $650 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6K, $750 Pentax K-500, $600 Basic

Fujifilm FinePix S8400W, $300
Canon
PowerShot SX510 HS
, $250
Olympus
Stylus SH-50 iHS
, $280

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See our complete Ratings of Digital cameras.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite with Special Offers (2nd gen.), $120
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch GlowLight, $100
Barnes & Noble
Nook Simple Touch
, $80

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See our complete Ratings of E-book readers.

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Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear, $230
Polk Audio Nue Era (in-ear), $100
SMD
Audio Street by 50-ANC
(noise-canceling over-ear), $280

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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display, $1,300
Samsung Ativ Book 8 NP880Z5E-X01UB, $1,200
HP
Envy TouchSmart 14t-k000 Ultrabook
, $750

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See our complete Ratings of Laptops.

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Roku 2, $80
Western Digital
WD TV Play
, $60
Hisense
Pulse (Google TV), $75

For more choices:

See our complete Ratings of Streaming media players.

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Apple iPad Air (16GB, Wi-Fi), $500
Amazon
Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch with Special Offers
(16GB, Wi-Fi), $230
Barnes & Noble
Nook HD+
(16GB, Wi-Fi), $150

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See our complete Ratings of Tablets.

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LCD TVs

Samsung UN50F6800 (50-inch), $1,200
Toshiba
58L7350U
(58-inch), $1,300
Vizio
E500d-A0
(50-inch), $680

Plasma TVs

Panasonic Viera TC-P60S60 (60-inch), $1,150
Samsung
PN51F5500
(51-inch), $850
LG
42GA6400
(42-inch), $850

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Libratone Zipp (portable), $400
Marantz Consolette (home system), $600
Sonos
Play:3
(home system), $300

For more choices:

See our complete Ratings of Wi-Fi & Bluetooth speaker systems.

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Vitamix 5200, $450
Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004, $60
Ninja
Professional NJ600
, $100

For more choices:

See our complete Ratings of Blenders.

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Brew-and-dispense

Viante Brew-N-View CAF-05T, $140
Mr. Coffee
BVMC-ZH1B
, $50
Cuisinart
Coffee on Demand DCC-3000
, $100

Drip

Kalorik CM 38933, $60
Cuisinart
Crystal SCC-1000 Limited Edition PerfecTemp
, $200
Mr. Coffee
BVMC-SJX33GT
, $40

Pod

DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Genio EDG455T, $130
DeLonghi
Nescafé Dolce Gusto Circolo
, $150
DeLonghi
Nescafé Dolce Gusto Piccolo EDG200T
, $100

For more choices:

See our complete Ratings of Coffeemakers.

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Ridgid R86008K, $180
Hitachi
DS18DSAL
, $170
Makita
LXFD01CW
, $200

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See our complete Ratings of Cordless drills.

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Breville BFP800XL/A, $400
Cuisinart
DLC-2011CHB
, $180
Cuisinart
DFP-14BCN
, $180

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See our complete Ratings of Food processors.

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Eureka Easy Clean 71B, $50
Shark
Pet Perfect II SV780
, $80
Bissell
Pet Hair Eraser 33A1
, $35

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See our complete Ratings of Vacuum cleaners.

 

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Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best, $250
Mia
Moda Alto
, $100
Oxo
Sprout
, $250

For more choices:

See our complete Ratings of High chairs.

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Cookware sets

Swiss Diamond Reinforced 10 pc., $575
Calphalon
Simply Nonstick 10 pc.
, $200
Calphalon
Simply Easy System 10 pc.
, $300

Frying pans

Swiss Diamond Classic 10”, $90
Scanpan Classic 10¼”, $90
Calphalon
Simply Nonstick 10” Omelette Pan
, $40

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See our complete Ratings of Kitchen cookware.

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Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Professional “S,” $315
Zwilling J.A. Henckels
Twin Profection #33049
, $600
Wüsthof
Classic Ikon #8347
, $400

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See our complete Ratings of Kitchen knives.

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Vornado iControl, $150
Lasko
6462
, $65
Holmes
HFH436
, $40

For more choices:

See our complete Ratings of Space heaters.

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Breville BEM800XL, $300
KitchenAid
Classic (250 watts) K45SS[WH]
, $200
Hamilton Beach
Eclectrics 6322[1]
, $180

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See our complete Ratings of Mixers.

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Crane Frog EE-3191, $45
Air-O-Swiss
7135
, $180
Vicks
V4500
, $70

For more choices:

See our complete Ratings of Humidifiers.

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Toasters

Cuisinart CPT-420, $80
Calphalon
stainless-steel 2-slot HE200ST
(1779206), $60
Cuisinart
CPT-170
, $70

Toaster ovens

Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL, $250
Breville
BOV650XL
, $180
Panasonic
FlashXpress NB-G110P
, $150

For more choices:

See our complete Ratings of Toasters.

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Haier  WC200GS, $980
Electrolux
IQ-Touch EI24WC65GS
, $1,530
Vinotemp
VT-46TS-2Z
, $1,000

For more choices:

See our complete Ratings of Wine chillers.

This article appeared in the January 2014 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

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