Consumer Reports

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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Getting rid of lice safely Consumer Reports: Getting rid of lice safely
Americans spent 130 million dollars on treatments for head lice last year. Lice is a problem that affects as many as 12 million school children annually. Frantic families often turn to popular over-the-counter treatments like RID, that contains pyrethrum or Nix, that contains permethrin. But Consumer Reports says that based on mounting evidence, including a recently published study, these chemicals are not the best choices.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: High-fee college bank cards Consumer Reports: High-fee college bank cards (Video)
As college students head off to school, they have to figure out how to set up their banking and receive their financial aid. Campus-sponsored bank accounts and prepaid cards may seem an easy and convenient choice. They often also serve as student IDs.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Save money on laundry Consumer Reports: Save money on laundry (Video)
Consumer Reports found that as much as 90 percent of the energy spent on a wash load is for heating the water. Instead choose the cold-water cycle. Your clothes will come clean, and you probably won’t see a difference.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Help! My cell phone battery died Consumer Reports: Help! My cell phone battery died (Video)
Phone batteries always seem to run out when you need them! To the rescue—smartphone cases with a built in battery. The cases promise to protect your phone and add extra battery life. Consumer Reports tested four made for popular phones and found they all work well.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Finding good tech support Consumer Reports: Finding good tech support (Video)
That dreaded moment your hard drive crashes. Do you know where to turn? Consumer Reports can tell you the best places to fix a failed computer, after surveying more than 4,400 computer owners about their experiences with tech support.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Wearable tech Consumer Reports: Wearable tech (Video)
Wearable tech is still very new, but Consumer Reports thinks it’s going to take off. A lot of big companies are jumping in the game, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, and maybe even Apple.
Problem Solvers Safety alert: Mercury in fish Safety alert: Mercury in fish (Video)
Some seafood contains high levels of a form of mercury called methylmercury. Mercury can damage the brain, and it can damage the nervous system, especially when that exposure occurs in the womb.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Ultra HD TVs Consumer Reports: Ultra HD TVs (Video)
Consumer Reports has tested several 50 to 60-inch UHD sets from big names like Samsung, Sony and Panasonic and the television expert says ultra high-definition TVs has a lot to offer.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Back-to-school laptops Consumer Reports: Back-to-school laptops (Video)
Back-to-school shopping is the second biggest spending spree of the year, according to the National Retail Federation. And these days, students need a lot more than pencils and paper. If a new computer is on your must-have list, Consumer Reports has suggestions for kids of all ages.
Problem Solvers Better-for-you foods Better-for-you foods (Video)
Making smart food choices when you shop can be very confusing. What’s really better for you “Whole grain” or “multi-grain?” How about “low fat” or “light?” “Sugar free” or “no sugar added?”
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Amazon Fire Phone Consumer Reports: Amazon Fire Phone (Video)
When the Amazon’s first smart phone, the Fire was introduced, Consumer Reports was impressed with its 3D display and FireFly technology, which identifies objects by scanning them and can recognize songs and movies.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Top laundry detergents Consumer Reports: Top laundry detergents (Video)
378 loads! That’s how much laundry Consumer Reports’ testers did to find the best laundry detergents. The tested more than 50 liquids, powders, and pods. Also included in the tests—two laundry systems that claim to clean without detergent. They are the $300 pureWash and the $400 Wash It. Both mount on the wall above your washer and inject ozone into your wash water.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Hot car dangers Consumer Reports: Hot car dangers (Video)
44 children died last year from heat stroke inside cars. Accidentally leaving a child behind in a hot car has happened to parents from all walks of life—a CEO of a hospital, a vice principal, a preacher and so many others. Fatigue, anxiety or distractions can throw anyone’s life off course.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Choosing the right carry-on luggage Consumer Reports: Choosing the right carry-on luggage (Video)
Flying with a carry-on bag can save you $50 or more per trip. No wonder sales are up. But whatever kind you get, it’s got to fit in the overhead bin. Airlines have different maximums they allow. A bag that measures 22 by 14 by 9 inches deep will get you onto most carriers, though some carriers will give you a few inches more.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Amazon's first smart phone Consumer Reports: Amazon's first smart phone (Video)
Amazon is getting ready to release its first smart phone, the Fire. Consumer Reports has started checking out the phone in its labs. Its cell phone team is excited about some of the phone’s features, like dynamic perspective. It gives the phone a 3D look. They’re also intrigued by Firefly, which helps you identify objects in front of you by scanning them. It can even identify music and movies by listening to them.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Best Greek Yogurt Consumer Reports: Best Greek Yogurt (Video)
Yogurt continues to grow in popularity. Sales now top 7 billion dollars a year. A lot of the latest growth is propelled by Greek-style yogurt. Most yogurts are nutritious and a good source of calcium. Greek yogurt has even more protein and that’s part of the appeal.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: What to buy at Costco Consumer Reports: What to buy at Costco (Video)
Looking to load up on bargains at a warehouse store? Joining Costco can lead to big savings in your household budget, but it’s important to know what to get and what to forget when you’re filling your cart.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Best ice cream Consumer Reports: Best ice cream (Video)
America’s favorite ice cream is vanilla. But what makes plain vanilla really great plain vanilla? An excellent vanilla ice cream should have definite dairy flavor, balanced by real vanilla. It shouldn’t be overly sweet and it should have a creamy, smooth texture.
Problem Solvers Consumer Alerts: Laundry detergent packs Consumer Alerts: Laundry detergent packs (Video)
Laundry detergent packets that you just toss into the washing machine have risen in sales. But safety concerns for children have also increased with more than 20,000 calls to poison control centers since the packets went mainstream in 2012.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Sunscreens for kids Consumer Reports: Sunscreens for kids (Video)
When you choose a sunscreen for your child, what do you look for? About a third of us buy a sunscreen that claims to be for kids. And many choose one that’s doctor-recommended, according to a Consumer Reports survey.