Consumer Reports has finished testing more than 100 grills. Some weren’t so hot, but we did find plenty of good options ––particularly among medium-sized grills, which are the most popular. They usually hold about two dozen burgers.
Most dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen that delivers an SPF, or sun protection factor, of 30 of higher. The SPF indicates the amount of protection you get from the sun’s UVB rays, which cause sunburn and increase the risk of skin cancer. Consumer Reports tested 34 lotions and sprays to see whether they deliver what they claim.
There are so many gift-giving occasions coming up: June weddings, Father’s Day, and graduations. You not only face the question of what to send, but if you order online should you spring for special wrapping? Most sites don’t give you a preview of their gift wrap, so Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine checked to see just what you get.
Consumer Reports has put Samsung’s new flagship smartphone through extensive testing. The test results are in and the Galaxy S6 landed below Samsung’s older S5 in Consumer Reports ratings.
Leasing a car is becoming increasingly popular. Almost a quarter of new car transactions last year were leases — a record. People who lease are just about as satisfied with the value of their cars as people who buy theirs, according to the latest Consumer Reports reader survey — 66 percent compared with 69 percent.
Brewing coffee from bed, adjusting the temperature on your slow cooker from anywhere, checking a baby monitor on your cellphone; those are just some of the things you can do with connected devices and an app on your smartphone and tablet. But Consumer Reports says Wi-Fi monitors and other cameras are at risk for being hacked or viewed by strangers on the Internet.
Cars kill more than 5,000 pedestrians, bicyclists, and joggers each year. A vast majority of those accidents happen after the sun sets. Special reflective clothing is supposed to make you easy to spot.
Do you need a bike helmet?
Americans have accumulated billions of frequent-flyer miles. But often they’re stymied when they try to redeem them for free flights.
If you want to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet, juicing is an easy option. Sales of juicers topped 1.5 million last year. Consumer Reports tested more than a dozen to find out which are worth trying and which you should forget.
Consumer Reports has gotten six of the eight it purchased and immediately began testing. Here are the initial results.
Each of us eats, on average, almost 4 pounds per year, making shrimp more popular than tuna. Once considered a special-occasion treat, shrimp has become so ubiquitous that we now expect to find it on the menu whether we’re at a pricey restaurant or a fast-food joint.
People who regularly take prescription medication spend on average more than $700 per year for drugs. To help you keep more of that money in your pocket, Consumer Reports had its shoppers check out prices at nearly 200 pharmacies.
Consumer Reports has uncovered a potential safety problem with a small Brinkmann grill sold at Home Depot and Hy-Vee stores.
Do you love or hate your supermarket? A lot of it may depend on how fresh it seems, according to a Consumer Reports survey. The survey found that some supermarkets deliver much fresher food than others.
How nice to come home and find a pretty package full of goodies just for you. That’s the appeal of beauty box subscription services, which deliver samples of makeup and skin-care products every month. Consumer Reports ShopSmart signed up for eight services.
Consumer Reports checked out the audio quality of hi-res audio files played on three players — the Sony HiRes Walkman NWZ-A17 for $300, the Ponoplayer NY001 for $400 and the Astell and Kern AK100 II for $900.
Consumer Reports’ latest tests of 24 blood pressure monitors compared readings with those taken by a standard device used in a doctor’s office.
It’s likely you don’t think you’ve invited a spy into your home when setting up a new TV. But new Samsung, LG, and Vizio smart TVs can record and share everything that’s viewed, whether it’s a broadcast or something streaming from the Internet. And some smart TVs can even track what DVD you’re watching.
Consumer Reports says there are hundreds of different ways to score the same credit information. So there’s no guarantee that a lender you approach will use the same score that you got online.
There are basically two types of fires: smoky, smoldering fires that are best detected by alarms with photoelectric sensors and fast fires with flames that are best detected by alarms with ionization sensors.
Three things that have traditionally kept people tied to cable: sports, kids’ programming, and addictions to shows such as Game of Thrones that were only available with a pay TV service. But all that’s starting to change.
The appliances in your home are a big investment. You can avoid repairs, keep them running efficiently, and get them to last as long as possible by using these tips from Consumer Reports:
We know it’s healthy to eat more fruits and vegetables, but a lot of produce contains pesticides.
No one wants to pay more taxes than necessary or run the risk of an audit. Here are several common mistakes to avoid.
If you’re one of the more than 5 million homeowners who’ll sell their home this year, don’t make the mistake of selling it “as is.”
Consumer Reports just tested 32 different snack chips made from bean chips, pea chips, veggie chips, and kale. Don’t get the idea that they’re as good for you as fresh vegetables, but most of the ones tested are a little lower in fat and calories than classic potato chips. Several of the new chips qualify as low sodium. And some are an excellent source of fiber. Consumer Reports found several to recommend.
You may be ready to launch into spring-cleaning mode. Be careful! Consumer Reports says that some cleaning products contain dangerous ingredients.