Consumer Reports

Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Losing your right to sue Consumer Reports: Losing your right to sue
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Pop-up turkey timers Consumer Reports: Pop-up turkey timers (Video)
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?
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Hidden risks of going gluten-free Consumer Reports: Hidden risks of going gluten-free (Video)
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Save on eyeglasses Consumer Reports: Save on eyeglasses (Video)
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports:Arsenic in rice Consumer Reports:Arsenic in rice (Video)
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Night-vision car technology Consumer Reports: Night-vision car technology (Video)
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Top stick vacs Consumer Reports: Top stick vacs (Video)
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Hidden car warranties Consumer Reports: Hidden car warranties (Video)
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Finding good health insurance Consumer Reports: Finding good health insurance (Video)
The annual open enrollment period for many health insurance plans starts in October. That’s the time when you can make choices about your health coverage, whether you get your plan through work, like 55 percent of Americans do, or through a private Medicare plan. Consumer Reports has just released its analysis of more than 1,000 health care plans and outlines the top questions to consider before you choose.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Tablet-laptop combos Consumer Reports: Tablet-laptop combos (Video)
Tablets have been one of the fastest growing consumer electronics. But sales are starting to level off. And the laptop market has been declining for some time. Now there’s an emerging class of computers called detachables that combines a laptop and a tablet.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Top juicers Consumer Reports: Top juicers (Video)
You’ve heard it before you need at least five servings of fruits and veggies a day! Juicing offers a way to up that number. And Americans are catching on. Sales of juicers are up 25 percent in the past year.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Apple Pay is here Consumer Reports: Apple Pay is here
So is Apple Pay a safer way to pay? Consumer Reports says it could be. Payment security experts say that compared to physical credit cards, mobile technology could be a safer option.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Best & Worst Air Purifiers Consumer Reports: Best & Worst Air Purifiers (Video)
Air cleaners make claims like “capture 99 percent of allergens and irritants,” “remove allergens like dust, pet dander and pollen,” healthier, fresher air.” Consumer Reports tested 26 portable air cleaners to see how well they work.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Scoring frequent-flyer miles Consumer Reports: Scoring frequent-flyer miles (Video)
Who doesn’t want to fly for free? But can you really get where you want to go using your
frequent-flyer miles? To find out, Consumer Reports asked staffers to try booking round-
trip tickets using their frequent-flyer miles with nine programs: Alaska, American, Delta,
Frontier, Jet Blue, Southwest, Spirit, United, and US Airways.
Problem Solvers The American shopper is back The American shopper is back
Since the economic downturn, we became a nation of savers, too traumatized by the economy to buy anything but the bare necessities. However, Americans are starting to spend again.
Problem Solvers Food labeling for GMOs Food labeling for GMOs
The controversy is growing over whether food should be labeled if it contains genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Versatile Blu-Ray players Consumer Reports: Versatile Blu-Ray players (Video)
Millions of Americans now watch video that’s streamed to their TV over the Internet. Many use set-top boxes such as Apple TV and Roku. But Consumer Reports just finished testing the latest Blu-ray players and says they are another great option for streaming video to your television.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: What's worth buying at Walmart Consumer Reports: What's worth buying at Walmart (Video)
Think shopping at Walmart is a bright idea? Consumer Reports’ tests show it could be, if you’re in the market for LED lightbulbs. LEDs are usually very expensive, but after 3,000 hours of testing, Consumer Reports found several from Walmart that are cheap and really good, including the Great Value 60-watt equivalent, A19. Use it 3 hours per day, and it should last about 22 years. Not bad for $10. Several Great Value floodlights are also a good bargain.
Problem Solvers Turning your old stuff into cash Turning your old stuff into cash
For many people, the idea of moving to a smaller home is overwhelming. Consumer Reports tells you how to get the most money for the stuff you no longer need.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Beware BPA-tainted receipts Consumer Reports: Beware BPA-tainted receipts (Video)
Cash register receipts, ATM receipts, the receipts the gas pump spits out, and even baggage claim checks—if they’re printed on thermal paper, they probably contain bisphenol A, known as BPA. It’s a chemical that raises safety concerns because it’s linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, and reproductive abnormalities.