once had just two choices, hardware stores and home
centers, for locating tough-to-find products, especially
those needed to mend old-house parts.
came the Internet.
I enjoy prowling home-center aisles and cramped
precincts of the neighborhood hardware stores for
things, ordering online saves time and shoe leather.
the stores remain crowded, especially with people
looking for ideas and bargains. As Consumer Reports’
ShopSmart publication suggests, however, some places are
just not right for buying certain products.
March issue of ShopSmart says, for example, that Lowe’s
should be your destination for heavy-duty snowblowers
and generators, but not for air purifiers and leaf
Depot is the exclusive retailer of Behr paints, a winner
in ShopSmart’s tests, the magazine says, and the home
center’s EcoSmart lightbulbs "are another smart
it for lawn mowers and Behr interior paints, but skip it
for flooring and Glidden interior paints.
and Kenmore are two Sears brands that often do well in
ShopSmart tests, but their private-label paints and
Sears for refrigerators and laundry appliances, but skip
it for cordless drills and interior paints.
house brand is Great Value, and the store also carries
exclusive products from big brand names such as Bissell
says to pick Walmart for light bulbs and gas grills, but
skip it for vacuum cleaners and coffeemakers.
So many shades. Twitter was up to its hashtags over
dress color a few weeks back, but consumers seem less
uncertain about one hue.
reports that "gray is a sophisticated color being
used throughout the home in values from light to
dark." Fifty-eight percent of homeowners surveyed
said they were "most excited about trying a gray
color palette in their homes in 2015."
company said it has 95 shades of gray.