Consumer Reports: What to buy, not buy at Walmart

Walmart, with its sprawling shelves, is a great place to find bargains on many household products.

But with many options comes the possibility of buying a low-priced dud — which is no bargain in the long run.

With that in mind, our partners at Consumer Reports pulled together a list of Walmart-exclusive winners and washouts from its latest tests.       

The Winners:

White Cloud 3-Ply Ultra toilet paper: Consumer Reports experts described this toilet paper as strong, soft and easy to flush.

Great Value Strong & Absorbent paper towels: Experts called this a Walmart-exclusive winner for its high scores in absorbency, scrubbing and wet strength.

Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50 sunscreen: This Walmart-exclusive sunscreen was called an excellent option by Consumer Reports for its ability to block UVA radiation.

Grill King 810-2545-C gas grill: The $260 grill is fairly quick to preheat, offers great high temp evenness and very good low temp evenness, and its coated-cast-iron grates should resist corrosion.

GE AEW06LQ air conditioner: This GE air conditioner offers exceptional comfort at a very appealing price, according to Consumer Reports. Several models scored better in tests, but they often cost a lot more.

The Washouts:

Great Value Naturals laundry detergent:
This detergent is safe for use in all types of laundry machines—just don’t expect sparkling results, Consumer Reports says. It was the lowest scoring of all tested detergents.

Better Homes and Gardens BG1755B gas grill: The $360 midsize gas grill got a poor in Consumer Reports tests for high and low temperature evenness, and it was only so-so at preheating.

Bissell Rewind CleanView Pet 18M9W upright vacuum: You can’t beat the price on this $90 bag-less upright vacuum, but you can definitely find a better performing model, Consumer Reports says. It was especially poor at emissions, or a vacuum’s ability to hold on to the dirt and dust that it picks up.

Farberware FP3000FBS food processor: Testers said this $60 food processor did some things well, including chopping, slicing and shredding. But it was subpar at puréeing, a function that many people look to when making soups, sauces and other blended foods. Plus it was one of the noisier models Consumer Reports tested, which could grate on your nerves over time.    

GE 169210 toaster. This $25 two-slice toaster was among the lowest-scoring models Consumer Reports tested. It was especially bad at maintaining consistent results over successive batches of toast. It also was merely average at making an evenly browned single slice of toast.

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