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The best and worst home improvement shows

Consumer Reports takes a tour of TV's reality remodeling shows

Published: January 22, 2015 03:30 PM
Nicole Curtis of "Rehab Addcit"

When they’re not hard at work in the labs or out in the field, the many testers, editors, writers, and market analysts from Consumer Reports’ Home team can often be found catching up on their favorite home improvement shows—or shouting at the TV during the ones they like the least. Here are their current picks and pans.

Picks

“Rehab Addict” Inexpensive homes lovingly restored via sweat equity. This show is what “This Old House” was before project budgets ballooned and homeowners began writing checks instead of swinging a hammer.
Where to watch it: HGTV
Website: Rehab Addict

“Property Brothers” We all wish Drew and Jonathan were our big brothers—and that they’d help us find our dream home.
Where to watch it: HGTV
Website: Property Brothers

“Ask This Old House” Though the main show has gotten over-the-top, this spin-off gives helpful solutions to small projects, the kind regular people are likely to face.
Where to watch it: PBS
Website: Ask This Old House

Nix

“Million Dollar Listing” It’s shows such as this that can give real estate pros a bad name. Millionaires don’t come off very well, either.
Where to watch it:
Bravo
Website:
Million Dollar Listing

“Flip or Flop” Really? Didn’t flipping real estate contribute to the last housing crisis?
Where to watch it:
HGTV
Website:
Flip or Flop

“Kitchen Crashers” Got three days? Get a new room free of charge. But the whole crew is working almost 24 hours each day, so it’s not exactly reality TV.
Where to watch it:
DIY Network
Website:
Kitchen Crashers

More on Remodeling

For more remodeling tips and tricks plus the best product picks from Consumer Reports tests see our Kitchen Planning Guide and Bathroom Remodeling Guide.


Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the March 2015 issue of Consumer Reports magazine


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