Criminals are finding all sorts of ways to steal your money, posing on the phone as debt collectors or phony IRS agent, or pretending to protect you from credit-card fraud.
Looking for an affordable way to buy that new refrigerator or living room set? Shopping at a rent-to-own store may seem like the best option if you’re short on cash. But Consumer Reports warns that some of those so-called deals could end up busting your budget.
It turns out those mattresses sold online are pretty impressive.
It’s a mistake to buy a very old car for a new teen driver, because it’s going to lack some of the very important safety features that might save lives.
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.
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.
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.
Consumer Reports has put Samsung’s new flagship smartphone through extensive testing. The test results are in and the Galaxy S6 landed below Samsung’s older S5 in Consumer Reports ratings.
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.
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.
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.
Do you need a bike helmet?
Americans have accumulated billions of frequent-flyer miles. But often they’re stymied when they try to redeem them for free flights.
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.
Consumer Reports has gotten six of the eight it purchased and immediately began testing. Here are the initial results.