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Gadgets For Your Grill

Posted: 07/13/2014 - With grilling season heating up, all kinds of gadgets promise to take your grill to a new level. Consumer Reports tested several to see how well they work.

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Natrual Foods...Not

Posted: 07/13/2014 - One of the latest lures in the grocery aisle — food labeled “natural.” It sounds like a better choice, right? In fact, a just-released Consumer Reports’ survey found that 59 percent of people look for foods labeled “natural” when they shop. But Consumer Reports says it’s essentially meaningless claim.

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Effective, Non-Toxic Drain Cleaner

Posted: 07/06/2014 - Clogged drains are big business. We spend 288 million dollars a year on drain cleaners and plenty more on plumbers. Consumer Reports tested a 20-dollar device that promises to work without caustic chemicals or a costly plumber visit.

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Best & Worst Fast Foods

Posted: 07/06/2014 - Hitting the road this summer? You may want to drive past big national chains like McDonald’s and Taco Bell. A Consumer Reports survey of more than 30-thousand of its readers turned up lots of other choices that they say are much tastier.

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No-Contract Cell Service

Posted: 06/23/2014 - Verizon, A-T-and-T, and T-Mobile now all offer cell-phone service without a two-year service contract. It may sound like a good deal, but Consumer Reports studied 78 options — offered by 12 different carriers –– and finds that being contract-free is not always a bargain.

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Tasty Salad Dressings

Posted: 06/23/2014 - Summer is salad time, and supermarkets have shelf after shelf of salad dressings. How to choose? The biggest sellers are Hidden Valley and Kraft, but Consumer Reports found tastier options.

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How To Get Free Stuff

Posted: 06/22/2014 - If you think there’s no such thing as free lunch, think again. There are lots of products you can get online without having to pay a cent. Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine has found the best freebies — everything from cosmetics to pet food.

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Long-Lasting Nail Polish

Posted: 06/12/2014 - The nail-color industry has enjoyed stellar growth in the past few years, as women head to salons for specialty services like gel manicures and pedicures. But for a simple nail-color change, women prefer to do it themselves. Consumer Reports tested polishes for its ShopSmart magazine to find the longest-lasting nail polishes.

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Lawn Mowers That Make The Cut

Posted: 06/12/2014 - Consumer Reports has tested more than 100 lawn mowers from companies like Craftsman, Toro, and Troy-Bilt. It has some recommendations so you’ll get a great cut.

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Getting Passwords Under Control

Posted: 06/12/2014 - EBay is the latest in a growing list of companies whose data has been hacked. Last year, one in seven of us were notified that our personal data had been breached, according to a Consumer Reports’ survey. That’s a 56 percent increase over the year before. Consumer Reports has tested ways to help you keep your private info private.

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Best Buy Sunscreens

Posted: 06/11/2014 - When you shop for sunscreen, what do you look for? A Consumer Reports survey finds half of sunscreen wearers say what’s most important is the SPF or sun protection factor. But Consumer Reports’ lab tests reveal you can’t always rely on that claim.

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Tracking Teen Drivers

Posted: 05/27/2014 - Car accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers. Teens are inexperienced drivers, and they tend to speed. Consumer Reports has tested devices you can install in the car to keep tabs on your teenage driver and help prevent a tragic accident.

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Top Grills

Posted: 05/27/2014 - Sizzling burgers on the grill can set the stage for happy summer memories. But for manufacturers, these have not been the happiest of times. Sales and prices have mostly stalled. That, as Consumer Reports points out, can be great news if you’re in the market for a new gas grill.

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Online Tools Promise Better Fit

Posted: 05/21/2014 - Shopping for clothes online offers practically a limitless selection. The trouble is the clothes often don’t fit. That’s the reason for 70 percent of returns. But now Consumer Reports ShopSmart checks out some new tools that help you nail the right size the first time.

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Run Your Home By Phone

Posted: 05/18/2014 - Is the future here? More and more products are available to control your home’s lights, locks, and appliances from an app on your smart phone or tablet. Consumer Reports has been testing some of these “connected home” products and can tell you which to pick and which to skip.

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3 SUV Recommendations Pulled

Posted: 05/11/2014 - Consumer Reports has pulled its recommendation from three midsize SUVs, after their poor performance in a new crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Toothbrush Drill Down

Posted: 04/27/2014 - Toothbrushes — for something so simple, there sure are a lot of choices. Drugstore.com lists more than 400 different kinds. Consumer Reports ShopSmart helps you buy the right one.

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Vacation Rental Scams

Posted: 04/13/2014 - ‘Tis the season to book summer vacation but Consumer Reports says beware of vacation rental scams that can pack a very nasty surprise. Criminals are hacking into the email accounts of owners of rental properties, and defrauding renters out of a lot of money.

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High Chair Danger

Posted: 04/13/2014 - Feeding a hungry baby isn’t always a picnic, but it shouldn’t be dangerous. A recent study in the Clinical Pediatrics journal reports an alarming number of children suffer injuries from high chair accidents. Consumer Reports tells how to find and safely use a high chair.

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Best Buy Microwave

Posted: 04/13/2014 - Over-the-range microwaves clear up counter space and look more streamlined in your kitchen. Consumer Reports tested more than 80 to find the best.

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Super High-Performance Tires

Posted: 04/10/2014 - Performance tires aren’t just for expensive sports cars anymore. You can get them now on mainstream models like the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu. But they’re pricey to replace. Consumer Reports can help you get the right ones.

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Good Food Gone Bad

Posted: 04/10/2014 - There’s a growing problem in our supermarkets — good food gone bad. We’re not talking about wilted vegetables and rotten meat. These are once healthful foods that have been turned into something that’s no longer so good for you.

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Cheap Phone Service

Posted: 04/10/2014 - The average bill for phone, Internet and TV runs more than 150 dollars a month, according to the market research firm, the Mintel Group. One way to trim your costs is to cut the cord and switch to a phone service that delivers calls via the Internet. Consumer Reports top rated a phone service called Ooma.

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Is It Time For Smart Watches?

Posted: 04/06/2014 - Looking for the next big thing? More than five million smart watches are forecast to ship this year, according to the research firm Canalys. So you’re likely to see these new accessories on a lot of wrists. Consumer Reports just checked out a batch — from big names like Samsung and Sony along with smaller startups — to see if they’re worth your time.

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Top Toilet Paper

Posted: 04/06/2014 - Brand loyal with your toilet paper? Consumer Reports says you might want to reassess. Of the 19 different toilet papers it tested, more and more brands are skimping — fewer sheets, smaller sheets and narrower rolls. Consumer Reports has some new recommendations.

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