Consumer Reports put Kenmore’s beltless vacuum through its standard tests. Technicians sprinkle sand onto bare floors, embed sand and talcum powder into carpets, they even use pet hair to challenge the vacuums.
The Nest combo smoke and carbon monoxide alarm promises to make safety more convenient. It warns you before the alarm sounds and you can shut off the alarm by waving in front of it.
If you were one of the millions of victims of the recent raid of payment card and personal information at Target stores there is now an additional reason for concern. Target says it is offering “peace of mind” against identity theft threat with free credit monitoring from Experian. But Consumer Reports says that’s not enough.
Though some e-cigarette users actually do quit smoking cigarettes, the numbers are low. In a study conducted last fall, only about 7 percent had stopped after six months.
If you’re considering a hip or knee replacement, Consumer Reports has some important cautions.
Consumer Reports has released its Top Pick cars for 2014. To find the best of the best, Consumer Reports tested more than 260 cars, drove hundreds of thousands of miles and put them through over 50 tests. A top pick must also perform well in government and industry crash tests and it has to be reliable.
As accountants gear up for tax season, so do the scam artists. Tactics range from promises of a faster or bigger refund to threats of arrest or prosecution. The government estimates that scams will cost taxpayers $21 billion this year. Consumer Reports’ tax experts tell you how to avoid them.
What would Valentine’s Day be without chocolate? And if you’re thinking of indulging a special someone or yourself, Consumer Reports testers tasted dozens of boxes and found some truly excellent ones.
Hot yoga classes are soaring in popularity. A number of celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Madonna, swear by hot yoga. So do legions of yoga practitioners. But many of the hot yoga classes require heat of at least 105°F and humidity around 40 percent. Is exercising in extreme heat and humidity healthful? Consumer Reports medical experts have a caution.
The new Dyson Hard promises to make cleanups a snap. It vacuums and wet wipes at the same time. But it is pricey, $330. Consumer Reports pitted the Dyson against the $40 Swiffer Sweeper, which is also designed for wet and dry cleaning.
If you’re a Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T customer, T-Mobile is trying to entice you to break your contract and jump ship. As an incentive, T-Mobile is offering to pay the penalty fee, up to $350 for every line you switch. Consumer Reports checks out the offer.
If you drink soda, we have some information about a possible health risk you need to know. Recent tests by Consumer Reports show that some soft drinks contain a potential carcinogen—and a couple have relatively high levels. The culprit? A chemical in the coloring that makes the drinks an enticing shade of brown.
Cameras on smart phones are getting more advanced. Consumer Reports just tested the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, two phones that claim to offer superior images. Both cost 100 dollars with a two-year contract.
Fast food advertising makes the offerings looking luscious and inviting. But what’s served is often a different story. Consumer Reports has gotten so many complaints, it decided to run some side-by-side comparisons.
Consumer Reports On Health says wearing the wrong shoes can lead to life-long deformities that require surgery to fix.