GOOD HOUSEKEEPING REPORTS: Kitchen products that help seal the deal


The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Foaming Kitchen Scrubber can tackle even the toughest stains. (Photo by Danielle Occhiogrosso)

These genius time- and money-savers are backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal.


Do-It-All Tool 

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Foaming Kitchen Scrubber (from $2.47 for two, From countertops to cookware, this version of the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is made for the toughest messes in your cooking zone. It has more cleaning power than the original thanks to its built-in grease-cutting foam cleanser.

Lab Lowdown: The denser, more durable foam impressed our Cleaning Lab experts, swiftly cutting through grease and easily removing burned-on food from cooktops, microwaves and stainless-steel pots. Adding water activates the cleanser and helps the eraser grab dirt in just a few passes.


Fully Loaded Knife Set 

Cooks 22-Piece Triple-Rivet Knife Set ($160, Keep this JCPenney Cooks set on your counter so the right tool will always be within reach. It comes with 19 knives for every possible task, including kitchen shears, a sharpening steel and a specially designed wooden block to keep it all organized.

Lab Lowdown: The knives performed well in our Lab’s chopping, mincing and slicing tests, and the edges stayed sharp after heavy use. The best way to protect the blades: After hand-washing, always store them in a rack or their own block.


Low-Fat Fryer 

Farberware Oil-Less Fryer ($79, “Fry up” chicken wings, veggies or even puff pastry bites in Farberware’s air fryer. The buzzy new gadget uses convection cooking (circulating hot air) to create that indulgent crispness without tons of oil.

Lab Lowdown: Our Kitchen Appliances Lab tests found that this model works just as well as its costly competitors (some go for $300 or more!) at a fraction of the price. It also preheats faster than a regular oven and makes tasty fries and chicken cutlets with little oil.



Anti-Aging Day Creams 

These Beauty Lab-proven formulas prevent and repair skin damage. 

Best Brightener: The star (and top bargain!) of the test, L’Oreal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30 ($20, drugstores) shone brightly in Lab and tester assessments for reducing UV spots, evening skin tone and moisturizing, absorbing fast with a silky finish.

Top Wrinkle Fighter: Lightweight, gentle RoC Skincare Multi Correxion 5-in-1 Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 ($29, was a heavy hitter for smoothing lines and skin texture.

Most Moisturizing: For serious softening, turn to Perricone MD Photo Plasma Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30 ($75, A splurge, yes, but the best hydrator in the test and the only winner with mineral-only sunscreen.


Recalls Alert 

The following products and vehicles were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Unless otherwise indicated, discontinue use of the products immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information about the products, call the manufacturer or CPSC’s toll-free hotline, (800) 638-2772. Only some cars or trucks recalled are affected. Contact a dealer for your model to see if it is included in the recall. The dealer will tell you what to do.




Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery knives, sold by JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s and other stores nationwide and online at from September 2008 through December 2016. The recalled knives were sold from September 2008 through December 2016 from $25 for a single knife to $300 for a knife block set.

The blade on Contemporary Cutlery knives can break during use, posing a laceration hazard. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cutlery and contact Calphalon for a replacement cutlery product. Consumers can contact Calphalon at (800) 809-7267 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or online at Click on “Customer Support” at the bottom of the page, then “Recalls” for more information.


Kia 2016 Optima 

In this vehicle, the end seal for the driver’s frontal air bag inflator may not have been properly installed, possibly resulting in reduced inflation of the frontal air bag in the event of a crash.  In the event of a crash, an air bag that does not inflate fully increases the risk of injury. The affected vehicle was remedied on Jan. 10, 2017. Owners may contact Kia customer service at (800) 333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC143.



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