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.
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)