Consumer Reports

Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Cars that guzzle oil Consumer Reports: Cars that guzzle oil (Video)
If your car seems to be burning oil and you have to top off your oil frequently, you have company. Consumer Reports’ latest auto survey covering almost 500,000 newer cars has identified several popular engines that burn quite a bit of oil.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Safer phone use while driving Consumer Reports: Safer phone use while driving (Video)
Lots of people use their smartphones while driving. Seven in ten are texting, taking selfies, and even using social media, according to a recent AT&T study. Government data show hundreds of people each year are killed in car accidents involving cell phones.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Top-rated facial sunscreens Consumer Reports: Top-rated facial sunscreens (Video)
Sunscreens will help keep you from wrinkling. Consumer Reports tested six facial sunscreens. They contain the same active ingredients as regular sunscreens, but they’re made to be lighter and less greasy and they cost more per ounce.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Rent-to-own caution Consumer Reports: Rent-to-own caution (Video)
Looking for an affordable way to buy that new refrigerator or living room set? Shopping at a rent-to-own store may seem like the best option if you’re short on cash. But Consumer Reports warns that some of those so-called deals could end up busting your budget.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Top gas grills Consumer Reports: Top gas grills (Video)
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Super sunscreens Consumer Reports: Super sunscreens (Video)
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Is online gift wrap worth it? Consumer Reports: Is online gift wrap worth it?
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Leasing vs. buying a car Consumer Reports: Leasing vs. buying a car
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Protecting your privacy at home Consumer Reports: Protecting your privacy at home (Video)
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Can you see me know? Consumer Reports: Can you see me know? (Video)
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.