Expensive vacations to exotic places often seem out of reach. So many people join travel clubs, which promise years of discounted airfare, hotels and dining. But Consumer Reports has found that hundreds of those dream vacations have turned into nightmares.
A sports bar is a great place to watch the Big Game. But if you’re buying a TV for your Super Bowl party at home, Consumer Reports says a screen that’s at least 50 inches or larger is a good size for a crowd.
When it comes to car repairs, a Consumer Reports’ survey finds that Tesla scored higher than any other dealership or independent service center for overall satisfaction. It’s the only company to get top marks across the board for its on-time repairs, courtesy, price, and quality.
For centuries insects have been included in traditional dishes around the world. Latin Americans eat cicadas, ants and even tarantulas. South Africans put them in porridge. And we all know that Mexican tequila lacks a certain something without that worm.
You want to exercise, but can’t find the time. That’s one of the most common reasons people skip their workouts. Consumer Reports just tested treadmills and ellipticals for your home, which will save you commute time to the gym. But you want one that you’ll keep using for years to come.
Don’t toss your favorite clothing or shoes without giving them another chance. Consumer Reports ShopSmart says fabrics and leather can be easily renewed, saving you big bucks.
Car sales are way up. But getting a good deal doesn’t mean you’re getting good value. Consumer Reports crunched the numbers on hundreds of cars to come up with the best and worst value cars.
A new Consumer Reports survey of about 3,000 Americans shows one in four has used weight-loss supplements.
That critical number—your credit score—is based on your credit reports, yet a Consumer Reports’ survey finds close to half of Americans never check to make sure their credit reports are accurate and errors are surprisingly common.
When you’re making up your holiday checklist, there’s one item you don’t want to leave out — batteries. Double-As are the most popular size. Consumer Reports put 15 to the test — both lithium and alkaline.
Having a smart phone means you can get calls just about anywhere. Having a smart watch lets you see who’s calling without even digging out your smart phone.
Prices for laptops are all over the map. Some can set you back thousands of dollars, while others cost $300 or less. Just in time for the holidays, Consumer Reports has tested some of the lowest-cost laptops to find out what they offer, and what they don’t.
In addition to friends and relatives on our holiday gift lists, don’t forget those family members who might have chewed up all of last year’s presents. Our pets! Consumer Reports has advice on toys that will bring a wag to your dog’s tail and make your cat purrty happy.
If the thought of braving holiday crowds at the mall is driving you to go for gift cards, you’re not alone. Spending on gift cards is expected to hit a record high this year.
Gaming consoles make a great gift. Besides playing video games, the high-end consoles can stream video, surf the Web, and help you get in shape.
The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver up to 470 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. That’s around 50 million more than the same time last year.
Tires are expensive! Most SUV-truck tires Consumer Reports recommends cost more than $150 each.
We’re dependent on Wi-Fi to access the Internet in different parts of our homes. But too often service is sluggish or there are dead zones. Consumer Reports has advice to help improve Wi-Fi in your house.
When you buy a product or service and something goes terribly wrong, you may think, “I can always sue.” But Consumer Reports warns that people often unwittingly give up their right to sue by agreeing in advance to submit any dispute to binding arbitration. And that can be a raw deal.
Just in time for the holidays, Consumer Reports is out with its Naughty and Nice List, an annual look at company policies that are consumer-friendly, and some that are not.
Looking to prepare the perfect bird this Thanksgiving? You might be thinking about relying on one of those pop-up timers to gauge when your turkey is ready. Turkey needs to be cooked to 165° F in order to be safe. Undercooked turkey could make you and your Thanksgiving guests sick. So, can you really trust those little pop-up timers?
About seven percent of Americans can’t eat gluten because they have celiac disease or a diagnosed gluten sensitivity. But how good is a gluten-free diet for everyone else? To find out, Consumer Reports reviewed nutrition labels for more than 80 gluten-free foods.
If you’ve got your eye on prescription eyeglasses, be prepared for sticker shock—frames, lenses, and protective coatings can add up to $500 or more. But Consumer Reports finds that you can save up to 40 percent on the cost of eyeglasses without sacrificing fashion.
Consumer Reports has issued new guidelines for limits on how much rice you andyour children should eat. Consumer Reports analyzed Food and Drug Administration data on more than 600 foods that contain rice and found some with worrisome levels of inorganic arsenic, which is linked to several types of cancer.
Consumer Reports’ auto engineers regularly test headlights and know their limitations. Even with the best-performing headlights, the driver probably doesn’t have enough time to see, react, and brake for pedestrians or objects ahead, unless driving very slowly.
Need a quick pick-me-up to keep your house looking nice for the holidays? Three new, lightweight stick vacuums from Shark and Dyson not only promise to do the trick but also claim to be as good or better than full-sized vacuums.
We’re spending more than ever at outlet malls. Sales are expected to top $42 billion this year, according to the trade publication Value Retail News.
You can sometimes save hundreds, even thousands of dollars in car repairs by taking advantage of unadvertised service programs. Manufacturers often call those programs service actions or customer-satisfaction campaigns, but consumers think of them as “secret” or “hidden” warranties. And lots of cars have them.