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LG takes a team of appliances to the Final Four

Some are winners in Consumer Reports' tests, others are also-rans

Published: April 03, 2014 03:00 PM
In 2013, West Virginia's coach Bob Huggins, center, beat South Carolina's Frank Martin.

Five players are getting ready for the Big Dance in Dallas this weekend but basketball is not their game. The appliance maker LG is taking a suite of kitchen appliances to AT&T Stadium for the LG Coaches Cook-Off on Saturday as part the NCAA’s Men’s Final Four. And as with any team, not every individual player is stellar. In Consumer Reports tests, some of the LG appliances were stars and others were solid utility players. Here’s the score:

The range
Consumer Reports hasn’t tested the LG single-oven electric range that’ll be on the roster at the Final Four. But LG tells us that it’s similar to one of our recommended ranges, the LG LRE3025, $1,250. The game-ready LG LRE3085ST features EasyClean, which is the main differentiator. In our range tests, the cooktop of the LG LRE3025 range was a champ at high- and low-temperature cooking and the large oven gets top marks for baking and is very good at broiling. LG is also the winner of our single-oven and double-oven electric range tests with, respectively, the LG LRE3083W, $1,000, and the LG LDE3037SB, $1,300.

LG LFX28991[ST]

The refrigerator
LG chose the super-capacity LG LFX31945ST French-door refrigerator, $2,800, for its Final Four lineup. This refrigerator did very well overall in Consumer Reports’ refrigerator tests but fell short of our top refrigerator picks list. While its temperature performance is top-notch, the door-in-door LG LFX31945ST is not quite as energy efficient as its brandmate, the LG LFX28991[ST], which is our top-rated French-door refrigerator. In addition to excellent temperature control, the LG LFX28991[ST], also $2,800, is whisper quiet and costs only $54 a year to run compared to $79 for its teammate.

The cooktop
The radiant cooktop that LG is taking to the Coaches Cook-off also missed our tests but we think the LG LCE3081ST cooktop, $1,000, which made our list of top cooktop picks, is a good substitute. This sleek-looking 30-inch electric smoothtop offers superb simmering and brisk heating and includes high-powered and expandable elements.
Our top-rated cooktop: The KitchenAid KECC604BBL, $900, tops our tests of cooktops with excellent scores for high- and low-heat performance.

LG LDF8072ST

The dishwasher       
Playing cleanup is the LG LDF8072ST dishwasher with TrueSteam and flexible racks. While this  dishwasher had impressive washing and energy efficiency and top-notch drying, it missed our top dishwasher picks list because LG is among the more repair-prone dishwasher brands, according to our customer surveys. But with a loading scheme that's very flexible, this dishwasher is worth a look if you routinely wash oversized items such as platters and tall glasses.
Our top-rated dishwasher: The Kenmore Elite 12793, $1,350, won highest honors with its top-notch cleaning performance and quiet operation. It’s also an energy miser.

The microwave
According to our microwave test results, the LG LMVH1711ST over-the-range convection microwave oven, $550, might be better off on the bench. It earned mediocre scores for even heating and heating quickly and was on the noisy side. Our highest-rated LG microwave, the LG LMV1813[SW], $300, also missed the top picks lists despite its solid performance in heating evenness and speed. It was also excellent at defrosting and very quiet.
Our top-rated OTR microwave: The GE Profile PVM9215SFSS, $550, tops our tests of over-the-range microwaves. It was excellent at defrosting and impressive at evenly heating food. It's one of the quieter models in our tests and better at venting than most.

Update: With their teams in place, teachers and coaches from four North Texas elementary schools cooked pizza under the guidance of two Texas head basketball coaches, Scott Drew of Baylor and Billy Kennedy of Texas A&M. The winner of the event was Silver Creek Elementary School in Azle, Texas, which will receive a $20,000 grant from LG implemented by the non-profit group, Project Fit America. The runner-ups will receive a variety of LG products, including computer monitors, HDTVs, and refrigerators.  

—Mary H.J. Farrell (@mhjfarrell)

   

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