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Quick Pick-Up Vacuums

Posted: 07/21/2013 - For big cleanup jobs, you need to haul out your regular vacuum. But for spilled cereal and other small cleanup jobs around the house, a hand or stick vac may be all you need. Consumer Reports finds you can shell out hundreds of dollars for mediocre cleaning. But there are very good cleaners that cost far less.

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Wireless Speakers For Mobile Devices

Posted: 07/21/2013 - More and more people are using their tablets and smart phones to watch video and listen to music. Up until now, the sound hasn’t been very good unless you use headphones. But now Consumer Reports has tested portable wireless speakers that are supposed to help. Some are being heavily advertised.

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Greener Paper Plates

Posted: 07/14/2013 - This Fourth of July holiday –– whether you’re hosting a barbecue or you just want a break from washing the dishes (and we’ve all been there!) paper plates can come in handy. If you’re worried about adding more paper to landfills, there are plates you can toss in your compost pile. Consumer Reports put them to the test.

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Going Farther On A Gallon

Posted: 07/14/2013 - Summer’s here, and that means plenty of road trips. Gas prices may be down, but you run through gas quickly when you’re putting on the miles. Consumer Reports’ latest tests show how you drive and what you carry can make a big difference in the mileage you get.

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Spotting Eyeglass Savings

Posted: 07/14/2013 - A new pair of prescription glasses can set you back hundreds and hundreds of dollars. If you're thinking about getting a new pair, listen up! Consumer Reports can tell you where to go to get great prices and top-notch service.

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Bison Vs. Beef Burgers

Posted: 07/04/2013 - Looking for a healthy burger choice, but veggie and turkey burgers aren't cutting it? Consumer Reports says you may want to try a bison burger. Sales of bison meat topped 240-million dollars last year as more people discovered this tasty alternative.

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Terrific Tissues

Posted: 07/04/2013 - This year’s record-breaking pollen season has been a real assault on our senses … or more accurately, our sinuses. A good tissue can really help see allergy sufferers through. Consumer Reports just tested more than a dozen tissues to see which ones you can rely on.

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Laundry Detergent Poisonings

Posted: 07/03/2013 - When it comes to laundry detergents, Consumer Reports finds some do a much better job cleaning your clothes. But there's another consideration these days-safety!

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Top Pod Coffeemaker

Posted: 07/01/2013 - They are all the rage-single-serve machines that brew a cup at a time. Consumer Reports has the latest on more than two dozen of these "pod" or single-serve machines.

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Great Easy To Install Flooring

Posted: 06/25/2013 - Home sales are up substantially in the last few months. If you're thinking about putting your house on the market, one way to spiff up a room is by redoing the floor.

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Heads Up On Unscrupulous Movers

Posted: 06/24/2013 - The moving season is upon us. More people move in June than any other month. But Consumer Reports says be wary. The Better Business Bureau got more than 8-thousand moving company complaints last year.

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#1 Frying Pan

Posted: 06/20/2013 - If you're looking to replace your frying pan, you've got plenty of choices. Maybe you're thinking about getting one that's being touted by a celebrity chef.

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Scoop On Ice Cream Scoops

Posted: 06/19/2013 - Take-home ice cream sales account for nearly 70 percent of all the ice cream sold in the U.S.

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The Skinny On Video Games

Posted: 06/18/2013 - Playiing video games used to be a pretty sedentary pastime, but motion gaming changed all that. Now there are games specifically designed to actually help you get in shape.

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Top Lawn Mowers

Posted: 06/13/2013 - To keep the grass in Paris trim this summer, the city is using...sheep! Apparently they're efficient, and cheap. If that option doesn't work for you, Consumer Reports has some excellent lawn mower choices for you to chew on.

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Tasty Grab-And-Go Bars

Posted: 06/12/2013 - When you find yourself eating on the run, snack and granola bars can make a perfect grab-and-go snack. They’re portable, tasty, and you feel like you’re making a healthier choice. But Consumer Reports finds that that isn’t always so.

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Sapce-Saving Double-Oven Ranges

Updated: 06/12/2013 - Remodeling your kitchen? One of the biggest challenges — deciding which cooking appliances to get. Choices among cooktops, ovens and ranges have mushroomed in recent years. Consumer Reports tests more than 250 models to help you hone in on some great buys.

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Best Sunscreens

Posted: 06/09/2013 - When you shop for sunscreen, you probably check the SPF, but Consumer Reports' latest tests find there's no guarantee you are getting the level of protection listed on the label.

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Snappiest Android Phones

Posted: 06/06/2013 - Despite all the talk about Apple's iPhones, more than 50 percent of the smart-phone market opts for an Android phone.

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Credit Scores Gotchas

Posted: 06/06/2013 - Your credit score is one of the most important numbers in your financial life, and Americans spend millions of dollars a year to find out theirs.

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Generator Know-How

Posted: 05/27/2013 - Superstorm Sandy, which left millions without electricity, turned out to be a real boon for portable generators. But buying a generator is just job one.

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As-Seen-On-TV Grout Cleaners

Posted: 05/26/2013 - If dirty grout in your bathroom drives you crazy, you may be tempted to try some of those miracle grout cleaners you've seen advertised on TV.

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Keeping Produce Fresh

Posted: 05/26/2013 - Tossing out fresh fruit and vegetables that have gone bad feels like throwing money down the drain. A new product called FreshPaper claims to keep produce fresh for up to four times longer.

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Eyelash Enhancement Hazards

Posted: 05/26/2013 - Women have been looking for ways to darken and thicken their eyelashes since before the days of Cleopatra. But Consumer Reports says the latest lash-enhancing trends are risky.

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Oversold Testosterone Treatments

Posted: 05/22/2013 - Drugmakers spent more than 100-million dollars last year to promote prescription testosterone-everything from gels and patches to injections. Just two years ago, the industry was spending a fraction of that-a mere 14-million dollars.

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