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Some appliance features are worth it

Updated: August 2, 2012 5:16PM

Have you been appliance shopping lately? It seems that there has been everything added onto an appliance that you could possibly want.

It makes you wonder what features are beneficial and what can you just do without. Consumer Reports recently came out with their list of the five large appliance features that are worth it.

Washers: Auto-load sensing

Are you using too much water, too little? Auto-load sensing automatically determines load size and the amount of water needed. It’s common on front-loaders and high-efficiency top-loaders.

Dryers: Moisture sensors

This is the most important dryer feature and it’s been available for a decade. Moisture sensors do a better job of shutting off the dryer when clothes are dry. They are also easier on fabrics because they don’t subject them to unnecessary heat.

Refrigerators: Digital temperature controls

Digital controls tell it like it is, displaying the actual temperature and the set temperature, allowing you to correct discrepancies.

Ranges: High power elements or burners

A high-power gas burner or electric element can quickly bring a pot of water to a boil. And high-power burners and elements can heat large quantities fast and are terrific for types of cooking that require high heat, such as searing and stir-frying.

Cook tops: Hot-surface warning lights

This is an important safety feature since the surface of the electric smooth top can remain hot long after an element has been turned off.

SHOPPER’S TIP: When you are appliance shopping, try not to get sucked in to all of the neat gadgets.

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