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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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Juicers for healthy drinks Consumer Reports: Juicers for healthy drinks (Video)
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: How safe is your shrimp? Consumer Reports: How safe is your shrimp? (Video)
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Save on prescription drugs Consumer Reports: Save on prescription drugs (Video)
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Beauty in a box Consumer Reports: Beauty in a box (Video)
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Your TV can spy on you Consumer Reports: Your TV can spy on you (Video)
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Free Credit Score Consumer Reports: Free Credit Score (Video)
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Successfully cutting cable Consumer Reports: Successfully cutting cable (Video)
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.
Problem Solvers Consumer Reports: Veggie chips vs. potato chips Consumer Reports: Veggie chips vs. potato chips (Video)
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.