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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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Pancake Syrup Health Concerns

Posted: 03/30/2014 - Consumer Reports recently reported that some kinds of caramel color in soft drinks can contain a potential carcinogen. Now it’s tested several brands of pancake syrups. The results underscore why consumers should be aware of how much food they eat that lists caramel color on the label.

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Supermarket Savings

Posted: 03/27/2014 - How often do you shop at the supermarket? The average American makes 88 trips a year, according to the Food Marketing Institute. And the average amount spent is about 6-thousand dollars. Consumer Reports’ survey of more than 27-thousand of its readers can help you find the best place to put all that time and money.

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Problem-Solving Vacuum

Posted: 03/24/2014 - A new vacuum from Kenmore could be the answer to one of the main reasons vacuums stop working — the belt breaks. Consumer Reports tested to see how well Kenmore’s beltless vacuum delivers.

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Closet Organizers For Spring Cleaning

Posted: 03/23/2014 - With spring cleaning just around the corner, you may be vowing to straighten out your messy closets. Plenty of do-it-yourself kits promise to provide the rods, shelves, and drawers you need to turn chaos into order. Consumer Reports tested several closet organizers, priced from under 100 dollars to more than 500.

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Overuse Of The #1 Prescription Drug

Posted: 03/23/2014 - What’s the top-selling brand-name prescription drug in America? Nexium, “the purple pill.” We spend six billion dollars a year on it. But Consumer Reports says Nexium, and drugs like it, are overused.

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Best Paper Towels

Posted: 03/13/2014 - The average household goes through at least one roll of paper towels a week. The costs can quickly add up, so you want paper towels that give you your money’s worth. Consumer Reports ran side-by-side tests to find the best.

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Fallout From Target's Data Breach

Posted: 03/13/2014 - The average household goes through at least one roll of paper towels a week. The costs can quickly add up, so you want paper towels that give you your money’s worth. Consumer Reports ran side-by-side tests to find the best

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Ad Tricks and Traps

Posted: 03/09/2014 - When it comes to advertising, what you see isn’t always what you get –– seductive half-truths and outright deceptions are common. But Consumer Reports has some good advice about advertising terms you should not take at face value.

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Ad Tricks And Traps

Posted: 03/09/2014 - When it comes to advertising, what you see isn’t always what you get –– seductive half-truths and outright deceptions are common. But Consumer Reports has some good advice about advertising terms you should not take at face value.

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Beware Of Tax Scams

Posted: 03/09/2014 - As accountants gear up for tax season, so do the scam artists. Tactics range from promises of a faster or bigger refund to threats of arrest or prosecution. The government estimates scams will cost taxpayers 21-billion dollars this year. Consumer Reports tells you how to avoid them.

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