When you hear "printer," you think of that machine that spits out paper and photos. A 3D printer is a completely different animal that lets you create three-dimensional objects. Consumer Reports just tested 3D printers from MakerBot, 3DSystems, and Solidoodle, costing from $800 to almost $3,000, and it turns out they’re pretty cool!
Robotic vacuums used to be more like a high-priced toy than a cleaner. The first ones couldn’t pick up along edges and got tangled in the fringe of rugs. But Consumer Reports put three of the latest models to the test and found that they’ve improved quite a bit.
About one in five Americans buys individual health insurance or is completely uninsured. Starting on Jan. 1, just about everyone in the U.S. will be required to have health insurance. It’s one of the main provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Consumer Reports finds that most people are confused about how the new law affects them.
When the next big storm hits, are you ready to tackle the cleanup? Chain saws make quick work of clearing downed tree limbs and branches. Consumer Reports’ latest ratings find that some chain saws are much better than others.
GPS sales are tanking as more and more people use their cell phones for driving directions. If you’re considering making the switch to cell phone navigating, you’ll need a phone mount for your car. Consumer Reports just took a look at 11 of them that cost anywhere from $9 to $25.
There’s no known cure for osteoarthritis, but many people looking for pain relief are turning to joint supplements that contain glucosamine and chondroitin. In fact, Americans spent $753 million on those over-the-counter supplements last year alone, according to the Nutrition Business Journal.
Who wants dishes coming out of the dishwasher with caked-on food or a cloudy film on what used to be clear glass? Consumer Reports just finished testing dozens of detergents to find the ones that deliver dazzling results.
Consumer Reports just tested 10 digital TV antennas.
The lights are about to go out on the last of the incandescent bulbs. Popular 60 and 40 watts will be no longer be manufactured come January. But resist the urge to run out and hoard! Consumer Reports’ latest tests show that energy-saving bulbs are better than ever.
We’ve all been there—fighting to get a package open. Or trying to get the last drop out of a bottle. When you consider that manufacturers spend more than $150 billion a year on packaging, you might wonder why more products aren’t user-friendly. Consumer Reports has some good news! Here is some innovative packaging that’s solved some problems.
Many hospitals gather information on how patients fare after surgery, but that information is not usually available to the public. So it is hard to compare hospitals when you’re scheduling surgery. Consumer Reports just rated almost 2,500 hospitals for common surgical procedures, using a source of information that is available—hospitalbilling data.
There are lots of changes with medical care these days, but when it comes to prescriptions, the cost only seems to go up. The latest? Americans spend over $250 billion a year on them. For people taking prescription medicine regularly, Consumer Reports says the average annual cost is more than $700. But there are surprising ways to cut your drug costs.
College students are gearing up to go back to school. And that means shopping for gear that can provide some of the comforts of home. Consumer Reports has several products it has tested that are top grade for any dorm room or student apartment.
What’s better than ice cream? Someone else scooping it for you, of course! That’s because ice cream can be downright hard to scoop. Consumer Reports ShopSmart tried out four ice cream scoops to see whether they could help make “scooping” easier.
More and more people are using their tablets and smart phones to watch video and listen to music. Until recently, the sound hasn’t been very good unless you use headphones. But now Consumer Reports has tested portable wireless speakers that are supposed to help. Some models are being heavily advertised.