A mattress can be one of the toughest purchases to make. So many choices. So many prices. And there always seems to be a blow out sale going on somewhere. Consumer Reports put two dozen mattresses through rigorous tests to help you find the right one.
If you were lucky enough to have gotten a new tablet or laptop for the holidays, you’re probably passing your old one on to someone else or sending it off to be recycled. Consumer Reports says before you do, it’s essential to make sure that all your information gets erased and has advice on how to do it.
The packaging suggests they’re better for you. But is it truly a cooking revolution or just a lot of hot air? Consumer Reports put 10 steam-cooked meals to the test from Kashi, Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice and Marie Callender’s.
So you’ve made that resolution to get in shape. Having an exercise machine at home can make it easier. The latest Consumer Reports tests of exercise machines can help you choose the right machine.
Some processed foods have strayed so far from the farm and field, that their frighteningly long list of ingredients bears little resemblance to anything you’d find in your pantry. Consumer Reports looked at some supermarket favorites to see what key ingredients give each food its pizzazz.
Companies like Cottonelle and Charmin heavily advertise their flushable wipes. They sound so convenient. But plumbers make a lot of house calls that involve clogged toilets, backed up sewer lines, and flooded basements. Often the culprit is flushable wipes.
If you have a small gamer on your list this holiday season, chances are he wants a portable video-game player. Consumer Reports checked out the offerings from the two main game makers, Sony and Nintendo.
As holiday shopping and travel season move into full swing, Consumer Reports is out with its fourth annual Naughty and Nice list. It highlights companies with good policies and with bad ones.
Even for those who use a phone to shoot videos, an action camera is a great gift. Action camcorders can go where a phone cannot go. You can strap them to a helmet, for example, when you’re biking or skiing and get live action shots of your outdoor sports. Consumer Reports recommends the $300 GoPro Hero3.
Buying a new phone? There’s no end to the smart things the devices can do! Apple’s iPhone 5s can scan your fingertip to unlock the screen. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 lets you just wave your hand to answer calls. And the Sony Xperia Z can survive a dunk in water. Consumer Reports says those are nice features, but its testers have identified what’s really important in a cell phone.
In the market for some jewelry this holiday season? Unless you’re a gemologist, you probably can’t tell what’s real from a fabulous fake. Consumer Reports Money Adviser can tell you how to get a great deal on jewelry and avoid costly rip-offs.
If you have ever hunted unsuccessfully for the charging cord for your cell phone, you can imagine the convenience of a charging mat. Just plug it into the wall and drop your phone on the mat to recharge the battery. Consumer Reports just tested four charging mats to see whether they deliver.
Before you buy a children’s tablet, Consumer Reports says you want to keep in mind how many kids are going to be sharing it, the ages of the kids, what kind of screen size you want. Consumer Reports tested 6, ranging from phone-size to full 10-inch tablet size and from $70 to more than $200.
The $400 PlayStation 4 from Sony and the $500 Xbox One from Microsoft both have video gamers everywhere dying for a new console but which one should you buy?
Holiday celebrations and sipping wine often go hand in hand, but where do you start when you’re shopping for a good bottle?