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Robotic Vacuums Grow Up

Posted: 10/06/2013 - Robotic vacuums used to be more like a high-priced toy than a cleaner. The first ones couldn’t pick up along edges and got tangled in the fringe of your rugs. But Consumer Reports’ latest test of robotic vacuums found they’ve improved quite a bit.

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Chain-Saw Danger

Posted: 10/02/2013 - With severe storms on the rise, more homeowners are buying chain saws to clean up fallen trees and branches. While many come equipped with safety features, chain saws still account for more than 30-thousand injuries and even some deaths every year. Consumer Reports has tips for handling chain saws safely.

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Top Pickup Trucks

Posted: 09/29/2013 - Pickup trucks are the top-selling vehicles in America, with nearly two million bought every year. The Ford F-150 leads the pack in sales. But the new Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 bring some stiff competition. Consumer Reports just compared the three.

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Essential Flood Insurance

Posted: 09/23/2013 - Flooding is the number one natural disaster in the U-S. But most people don’t have adequate insurance to protect their home. Consumer Reports survey found one out of three homes damaged by floods during last year’s Hurricane Sandy were not covered, and those that were didn’t have enough coverage.

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Inexpensive Food Processors

Posted: 09/22/2013 - Many cooks rely on a food processor these days to handle the prep work. Consumer Reports just put 20 to the test and found top dollar delivers top performance, but you can get quite a bit of bang for your buck by spending as little as 50 dollars.

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Best Dishwasher Detergents

Posted: 09/22/2013 - Who wants dishes coming out of the dishwasher with caked-on food or a cloudy film on what used to be clear glass? Consumer Reports just finished testing dozens of detergents to find the ones that deliver dazzling results.

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Online Rating Services

Posted: 09/16/2013 - Hiring the right plumber, painter, or handyman can be hit or miss. Angie’s List and other online rating services say they can help you find the best company with the help of millions of prior customers who write reviews. Consumer Reports’ money experts checked how the rating services work and whether you can rely on them.

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Top Chain Saws

Posted: 09/16/2013 - When the next big storm hits, are you ready to tackle the cleanup? Chain saws make quick work of clearing downed tree limbs and branches. Consumer Reports’ latest ratings finds some chain saws are much better than others.

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Fall Clean Up Made Easier

Posted: 09/12/2013 - Not all weekend warriors have muscles to match. But don’t let that stop you from having a picture-perfect yard. Consumer Reports ShopSmart has a round-up of equipment that will make yard work a breeze — or at least a little less back-breaking!

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Phone Holders For Your Car

Posted: 09/11/2013 - G-P-S sales are tanking as more and more people use their cell phones for driving directions. If you’re considering making the switch to cell-phone navigating, you’ll need a phone mount for your car. Consumer Reports just took a look at 11 of them.

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Joint Supplements For Arthritis Pain

Posted: 09/05/2013 - There’s no known cure for osteoarthritis, but many people looking for pain relief are turning to joint supplements that contain glucosamine and chondroitin. In fact, Americans spent 753-million dollars on these over-the-counter supplements last year alone, according to the Nutrition Business Journal. Consumer Reports wanted to see what people are getting.

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Cell Phones In An Emergency

Posted: 09/05/2013 - When a bad storm is bearing down on you, there's a long list of things you need to do. Some you know inside and out-get plenty of water, canned food, and batteries.

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Name Brand VS. Store Brand

Posted: 09/01/2013 - In the supermarket, you’ll find more store brands than ever. In fact one in four products on the shelf these days is a store brand. Consumer Reports taste-tested a wide variety to see how they stack up against big-name national brands.

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Best Buy LED Lightbulbs

Posted: 09/01/2013 - The lights are about to go out on the last of the incandescent bulbs. Popular 60 and 40 watts will no longer be manufactured come January. But resist the urge to run out and hoard!

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Top Smart-Phone Security App

Posted: 08/27/2013 - As the use of mobile devices keeps growing-both smart phones and tablets-the need to protect your information is becoming a bigger concern.

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Low-Scoring Japanese Cars

Posted: 08/27/2013 - Japanese carmakers take all five top spots in Consumer Reports' list of "who makes the best cars." Those winning companies are Lexus, Subaru, Mazda, Toyota, and Acura.

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Splendid Blenders For Icy Drinks

Posted: 08/26/2013 - Nothing beats the heat like a frozen drink or fruit smoothie. That is-if you've got the right blender. Consumer Reports just tested 65 blenders.

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Frozen Pizza With Pizzazz

Posted: 08/22/2013 - Americans spent more than 3-billion dollars last year on frozen pizza. That's a lot of dough!

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Impala's Comeback

Posted: 08/18/2013 - Big news for General Motors. The redesigned Chevrolet Impala has earned top ratings from Consumer Reports-outscoring much more expensive foreign-made luxury sedans. It's a real comeback for an American Classic.

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Food Label Puffery

Posted: 08/13/2013 - You may be tempted to toss things in your shopping cart, like a butter blend that "helps block cholesterol," candy and soda touting antioxidants, and plenty of foods that say they're "natural."

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Terrific Dorm-Room Appliances

Posted: 08/13/2013 - College students are gearing up to go back to school. And that means shopping for gear that can provide some of the comforts of home.

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New RX Drug Savings

Posted: 08/11/2013 - There are lots of changes with medical care these days, but when it comes to prescriptions, the cost only seems to go up.

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Prepaid Debit Card Caution

Posted: 08/11/2013 - Prepaid cards are exploding in popularity. They can be used to make purchases in stores, online and to get cash from ATMs.

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Tasty & Healthy Breakfast Cereals

Posted: 08/05/2013 - When it comes to eating healthy, a diet rich in fiber is right at the top of the list. Fiber can help control your appetite and weight –– and may even help lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Yet most adults don’t get enough fiber. Consumer Reports says one convenient fix is the breakfast cereal you pick.

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Super Streaming Media Boxes

Posted: 08/05/2013 - More and more people are watching video that's delivered to their TV from the Internet. You can access content online with a Blu-ray player, video game console, smart TV, or, if you don't have one of those, with a set-top streaming media box.

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