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Top Kids' Tablets

Posted: 2:41 PM - Electronic tablets for kids are likely to be a hot gift this holiday season. Consumer Reports tested a wide variety, ranging in price from 50 to 250 dollars, and can help you find the best one for your child.

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Real Deal On Outlet Stores

Posted: 2:15 PM - We’re spending more than ever at outlet malls. Sales are expected to top 42-billion dollars this year, according to the trade publication, Value Retail News. Consumer Reports has rated 53 of the biggest outlet stores for value and quality, based on a survey of nearly 16-thousand subscribers — and can help you bag the best bargains.

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Save On Eyeglasses

Posted: 11/16/2014 - If you’ve got your eye on prescription eyeglasses, be prepared for sticker shock — frames, lenses, and protective coatings can add up to 500 dollars or more. But Consumer Reports finds that you can save up to 40 percent on the cost of eyeglasses without sacrificing fashion.

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Cheap Chinese Tires No Bargain

Posted: 11/16/2014 - Tires from China can cost far less than better-known brands. Consumer Reports included three in recent tests and found they’re no bargain. They didn’t earn high scores for performance and one could be a counterfeit.

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Losing Your Right To Sue

Posted: 11/09/2014 - When you buy a product or service and something goes terribly wrong, you may think, “I can always sue.” But Consumer Reports warns that people often unwittingly give up their right to sue by agreeing in advance to submit any dispute to binding arbitration. And that can be a raw deal.

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Top Stick Vacs

Posted: 11/09/2014 - Stick vacuums weigh less than ten pounds –– and many cost under a hundred dollars. Some new ones promise to be better cleaners, but also cost a lot more money. Consumer Reports put them to the test –– to let us know if they’re worth it.

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Night-Vision Car Technology

Updated: 11/09/2014 - During evening hours pedestrians are tough to spot, even with your headlights on. Consumer Reports’ auto engineers regularly test headlights and know their limitations.

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Getting Wi-Fi Throughout Your House

Posted: 11/02/2014 - Many of us are dependent on Wi-Fi to access the Internet in different parts of our homes. But too often service is sluggish or there are dead zones. Consumer Reports has advice to help improve Wi-Fi in your house.

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Safety Alert: Overuse Of Acetaminophen

Posted: 11/02/2014 - Acetaminophen is one of the most common ingredients in over-the-counter medications. It’s in Tylenol and hundreds of other medicines. But Consumer Reports warns the overuse of acetaminophen sends nearly 80-thousand people a year to emergency rooms and is now the leading cause of liver failure in this country.

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Top Juicers

Posted: 10/12/2014 - 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. Want to get in on the health trend? Consumer Reports tests juicers to find the best.

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Tablet-Laptop Combos

Posted: 10/12/2014 - 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 that combines a laptop and a tablet. Consumer Reports checked to see whether they’re worth considering.

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Dangers Of Portable Heaters

Posted: 10/12/2014 - Space heaters can warm up a chilly room. But beware. They account for one-third of all home-heating fires each year, and more than 80 percent of home-heating fire deaths. Consumer Reports has just tested more than two dozen space heaters and says if you have an older one, consider replacing it. The new ones have gotten safer.

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Ford Mustang At 50

Posted: 10/09/2014 - The Ford Mustang is celebrating the big 5 – 0 by introducing the latest 2015 model. Consumer Reports tested the first Mustang 50 years ago and got a sneak peek of the latest model at its test track. But to really appreciate the 2015 Mustang, you have to appreciate the rich history behind this pony car.

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Effective Flu Prevention

Posted: 10/09/2014 - 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. But there are other types to consider, and one vaccine doesn’t require a shot at all.

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Scoring Frequent Flyer Miles

Posted: 10/05/2014 - You can find the free health insurance rankings on Consumer Reports’ website. They include insurance plans available through employers, as well as private Medicare Advantage plans.

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Finding Good Health Insurance

Posted: 10/05/2014 - The annual open enrollment period for many health insurance plans starts this month. 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 … or through a private Medicare plan. Consumer Reports has just released its analysis of more than one-thousand health care plans and outlines the top questions to consider before you choose.

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Hidden Car Warranties

Posted: 09/28/2014 - Nothing’s more frustrating to a car owner than discovering peeling paint or a leaking sunroof on a car that’s not so old. Having to make expensive, post-warranty repairs can leave you feeling ripped off. But Consumer Reports says you might be able to get your car fixed for free –– if you know the secret.

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Best-Tasting Coffee

Posted: 09/28/2014 - Coffee sales are on the rise, with most people buying blended coffees — those that are a combination of beans from two or more varieties. Consumer Reports tested dozens of coffees to help you wake up and smell the tastiest coffees.

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High-Fee College Bank Cards

Posted: 09/21/2014 - As college students head off to school, they have to figure out how to set up their banking and receive their financial aid. Campus-sponsored bank accounts and prepaid cards may seem an easy and convenient choice. And they often also serve as student IDs. But Consumer Reports has found some of these accounts could be a fee trap.

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Versatile Blu-Ray Players

Posted: 09/14/2014 - Millions of Americans now watch video that’s streamed to their TV over the Internet. Many use set-top boxes like Apple TV and Roku. Now Consumer Reports just has just tested the latest Blu-ray players and says they are another great option for streaming video to your television.

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Best Buy Portable Generators

Posted: 09/07/2014 - Sales of portable generators spike every time the power gets knocked out. A good one can keep the basics running. Consumer Reports just tested more than 40 and can tell you which generators offer the best performance, so you have power when you need it.

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Tasty/Healthy Breakfast Cereals

Posted: 09/07/2014 - Cereal is a staple in 91 percent of American households. Most eat it for breakfast, but 11 percent have cereal for dinner, according to the market research company Mintel. Consumer Reports hunted down the most nutritious cereals that are also tasty.

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Help. My Cell Phone Battery Died

Posted: 08/18/2014 - You’re on the road and your phone goes dead. Sound familiar? Nearly half of vacationers say dead phone batteries are a problem, according to a Consumer Reports’ survey. For those times when you can’t plug in, Consumer Reports checked out some smart new ways to keep your phone alive.

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Best Greek Yogurt

Posted: 08/11/2014 - Yogurt continues to grow in popularity. Sales now top 7 billion dollars a year. A lot of the latest growth is propelled by Greek-style yogurt. Consumer Reports just tested more than two dozen Greek yogurts to find the best.

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