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5 food-label claims that can fool you

Food manufacturers know that consumers want healthier foods, so they rarely miss an opportunity to slap health claims on the front of their product packaging.

5 ways to keep your utility bills in check

If your electricity bills have been creeping up, the extra hours of AC, or your forgetful kids leaving on their bedroom lights, may not be to blame.

Best generators and chain saws for storm cleanup


September is National Preparedness Month and while the hurricane season has been mild so far, federal weather and emergency authorities warn that we shouldn’t become complacent.

Practicality rules on latest Talking Cars podcast

It's a decidedly practical episode of the “Talking Cars with Consumer Reports” video podcast, talking all about boxes on wheels.

College students should take Laundry 101

The first weeks of a new college year can be intense, as students deal with a heavy course load, roommate issues, dining-hall dilemmas, social challenges, homesickness, and more.

Sonos gets update, so you don't need a wired network connection

Sonos speakers have consistently been at or near the top of our wireless speaker Ratings, but for some would-be users there's been one drawback: At least one Sonos speaker in a multiroom system has needed either a wired Ethernet connection to your network, or to be connected to an optional ($50) Sonos Bridge that's wired to your router.

How to rattle a company's cage

In a recent study by Consumer Reports, we revealed how many businesses are driving a wedge between themselves and their customers by burying phone numbers, vanquishing calls to voicemail, and steering patrons to FAQs or user forums for troubleshooting assistance.

Is avocado oil a healthy choice?

Q. Avocados are supposedly good for you. Can I assume that avocado oil is likewise healthful?—Joseph Ally, Shingle Springs, CA A.

The best yogurts

Greek yogurt may be all the rage, but regular yogurt has its advantages: It tends to be higher in calcium and lower in calories, plus it costs less.

6 ways to ruin your holiday barbecue


Labor Day arrives early this year so if you’re planning an outdoor barbecue, make sure you’re ready. You don’t want to send your guests home with an empty stomach, a bad impression, or worse.

Best deals on American-made cars for Labor Day 2014


Celebrating the workers who built this great nation, the Consumer Reports’ price analysts have combed through the hundreds of current incentives to identify the largest discounts on American-made cars and SUVs.

4 tips for better underwater photos and video


If you’re interested in shooting photos or video underwater, you have a variety of equipment choices.

5 questions to ask before buying a Chromebook


Do a search on Amazon for Chromebook, and you’ll find a surprisingly large selection of these laptops.

Deals on Consumer Reports' top-rated refrigerators


This weekend Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Sears are featuring special buys on refrigerators with discounts ranging from 10 to 35 percent.

Are health insurance premiums skyrocketing in 2015?

“O-care premiums to skyrocket,” said a headline in The Hill, a widely-read website on politics. That dire forecast was a dream come true for legions of the Affordable Care Act's detractors, who spread the troubling assertion far and wide on conservative media outlets.

Plugged in to our new quick-and-quirky BMW i3 electric car


After a nine-month wait, we’ve just taken delivery of the futuristic-looking BMW i3, a tall, rear-drive, electric-powered hatchback.

When it comes to e-cigarette safety, you're still on your own

The number of health experts urging greater regulation of e-cigarettes keeps growing. This week, the World Health Organization and the American Heart Association urged tighter restriction of the devices.

Medical debts can hurt even long after they're paid

When you suffer a serious illness or injury, the bills can start stacking up fast. Soon enough, you could find yourself saddled with a pile of medical debt, with your account turned over to a collections agency.

2015 Ram Diesel tops full-sized pickup ratings

Our staff loves a good pickup, especially if it gets great mileage and can tow our assortment of travel trailers, boats, and race cars.

Hallmarks of horrible customer service

Just about all of us will need to contact customer service at some point, and too often the outcome ends in frustration.


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