Looking to prepare the perfect bird this Thanksgiving? You might be thinking about relying on one of those pop-up timers to gauge when your turkey is ready. Turkey needs to be cooked to 165° F in order to be safe. Undercooked turkey could make you and your Thanksgiving guests sick. So, can you really trust those little pop-up timers?
About seven percent of Americans can’t eat gluten because they have celiac disease or a diagnosed gluten sensitivity. But how good is a gluten-free diet for everyone else? To find out, Consumer Reports reviewed nutrition labels for more than 80 gluten-free foods.
If you’ve got your eye on prescription eyeglasses, be prepared for sticker shock—frames, lenses, and protective coatings can add up to $500 or more. But Consumer Reports finds that you can save up to 40 percent on the cost of eyeglasses without sacrificing fashion.
Consumer Reports has issued new guidelines for limits on how much rice you andyour children should eat. Consumer Reports analyzed Food and Drug Administration data on more than 600 foods that contain rice and found some with worrisome levels of inorganic arsenic, which is linked to several types of cancer.
Consumer Reports’ auto engineers regularly test headlights and know their limitations. Even with the best-performing headlights, the driver probably doesn’t have enough time to see, react, and brake for pedestrians or objects ahead, unless driving very slowly.
Need a quick pick-me-up to keep your house looking nice for the holidays? Three new, lightweight stick vacuums from Shark and Dyson not only promise to do the trick but also claim to be as good or better than full-sized vacuums.
We’re spending more than ever at outlet malls. Sales are expected to top $42 billion this year, according to the trade publication Value Retail News.
You can sometimes save hundreds, even thousands of dollars in car repairs by taking advantage of unadvertised service programs. Manufacturers often call those programs service actions or customer-satisfaction campaigns, but consumers think of them as “secret” or “hidden” warranties. And lots of cars have them.
The annual open enrollment period for many health insurance plans starts in October. That’s the time when you can make choices about your health coverage, whether you get your plan through work, like 55 percent of Americans do, or through a private Medicare plan. Consumer Reports has just released its analysis of more than 1,000 health care plans and outlines the top questions to consider before you choose.
Consumer Reports has just released this year’s ratings of the most and least reliable new cars and carmakers. There are some big changes this year, with Infiniti dropping most dramatically in the ranks.
Tablets have been one of the fastest growing consumer electronics. But sales are starting to level off. And the laptop market has been declining for some time. Now there’s an emerging class of computers called detachables that combines a laptop and a tablet.
You’ve heard it before you need at least five servings of fruits and veggies a day! Juicing offers a way to up that number. And Americans are catching on. Sales of juicers are up 25 percent in the past year.
So is Apple Pay a safer way to pay? Consumer Reports says it could be. Payment security experts say that compared to physical credit cards, mobile technology could be a safer option.
With flu season around the corner, Consumer Reports says it’s best to get vaccinated as early as possible. The standard vaccine is now free, without a co-pay or deductible.
Air cleaners make claims like “capture 99 percent of allergens and irritants,” “remove allergens like dust, pet dander and pollen,” healthier, fresher air.” Consumer Reports tested 26 portable air cleaners to see how well they work.