Smart phone thefts are way up. Based on a just-released survey, Consumer Reports estimates the number of stolen phones nearly doubled in the past year to 3.1 million. And more than a million smart phones were lost and never recovered.
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.
Feeding a hungry baby isn’t always a picnic, but it shouldn’t be dangerous. A recent study in Clinical Pediatrics reports an alarming number of children suffer injuries from high chair accidents. More than 9,400 children a year, come into the emergency room with high-chair related injuries. That’s an average of one child every hour.
For some women, keeping their hair looking glorious is no small task. Monthly colorings can add up to hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a year. So what happens when your roots start showing, and you can’t color your hair right away? Consumer Reports tested eight of the new root touch-up products that promise to help.
Paper towels are great for cleaning up spills and messes around the house. Consumer Reports tested 18 paper towels, including some from Bounty, Viva, and Brawny. Plus store brands like Costco’s Kirkland Signature and Walmart’s Great Value.
For something so simple as a toothbrush, there sure are a lot of choices. Buying a toothbrush can be daunting. There are fat ones, skinny ones, brushes that surround your teeth, ones that hang up and one that sits up on the counter all by itself. And of course there are all kinds of electric toothbrushes that brush your teeth for you.
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.
When a storm slams through your front door, the damages you suffer are often determined by fate. But how easily you can pick up the pieces may be determined by your home insurer.
A smoke and carbon monoxide alarm featured by Consumer Reports has been taken off the market.
Consumer Reports testers make sure products offer peak performance and safety but recently they’ve found some problems with appliances.
The average bill for phone, Internet and TV runs more than $150 a month, according to 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 recommends a phone service called Ooma.
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.
Recent tests by Consumer Reports show that some soft drinks contain a potential carcinogen—and a couple have relatively high levels. The culprit? A chemical in the coloring that makes the drinks an enticing shade of brown.
Cable and satellite can be a big monthly charge, and they’re going up around 6 percent per year. If you’re fed up paying high bills to watch TV or find that you don’t use all the channels you pay for, Consumer Reports says there are ways to cut out cable or satellite and still be able to watch television.
You go to the hospital to get well. But far too many people die after something goes wrong. Patients get the wrong drugs, fail to get needed tests or treatments or develop infections that could have been prevented.
In a nationally representative survey conducted in 2013, the Consumer Reports National Research Center asked 1,128 adults what ticked them off about the shopping habits of their significant other.
Deceptive advertising generally violates the law, but regulators can’t monitor everything. So it’s up to shoppers to read the fine print. Especially, Consumer Reports cautions when they see certain advertising terms.
The Sony PlayStation 4 is one of the hottest selling gaming systems. The PS4’s parental controls can restrict content that you might not want your children to see, like violent or adult games. But Consumer Reports says you could be surprised by what the parental controls allow.
E-cigarette sales have exploded, from $500 million in 2012 to an estimated $1.5 billion in 2013.
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 5 closet organizers, priced from under $100 to more than $500.
If you were one of the millions of victims of the recent raid of payment card and personal information at Target stores there is now an additional reason for concern. Target says it is offering “peace of mind” against identity theft threat with free credit monitoring from Experian. But Consumer Reports says that’s not enough.
A new vacuum from Kenmore could be the answer to one of the main reasons vacuums stop working, the belt breaks. Consumer Reports just tested the Kenmore Elite 31150 beltless vacuum that costs $350. It’s what’s known as a direct-drive vacuum, where the motor drives the brush directly without a belt.
The new Dyson Hard promises to make cleanups a snap. It vacuums and wet wipes at the same time. But it is pricey, $330. Consumer Reports pitted the Dyson against the $40 Swiffer Sweeper, which is also designed for wet and dry cleaning.
What’s the top-selling brand-name prescription drug in America? Nexium, “the purple pill.” We spend $6 billion a year on it. It’s one of many proton pump inhibitors, or PPI’s, and it’s often prescribed for heartburn to keep your stomach from producing too much acid.
Hot yoga classes are soaring in popularity. A number of celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Madonna, swear by hot yoga. So do legions of yoga practitioners. But many of the hot yoga classes require heat of at least 105°F and humidity around 40 percent. Is exercising in extreme heat and humidity healthful? Consumer Reports medical experts have a caution.
Buying a box of cereal is simple, right? Well, not anymore. What kind of Cheerios do you want? Honey Nut? Chocolate? Multi-Grain? Peanut Butter? There are actually 14 variations to choose from!
If you were lucky enough to have gotten a new tablet or laptop for the holidays, you’re probably passing your old one on to someone else or sending it off to be recycled. Consumer Reports says before you do, it’s essential to make sure that all your information gets erased and has advice on how to do it.
Trans fat was once a staple in fried foods, baked goods, and margarine. Now many foods have been reformulated and tout “zero grams of trans fat per serving.” Trans fat can raise your risk of heart disease because it increases your cholesterol levels, specifically the levels of LDL or bad cholesterol. But many packaged foods still contain trans fat.
Consumer Reports has released its Top Pick cars for 2014. To find the best of the best, Consumer Reports tested more than 260 cars, drove hundreds of thousands of miles and put them through over 50 tests.
Consumer Reports is out with its list of Top Pick cars for 2014. Look though our slideshow to see all the vehicles.
How do Consumer Reports Top Pick cars for 2014 handle on the road? Watch raw video of all the cars in action.
You’re probably all too familiar with those irritating sales calls that come just as you’re sitting down to dinner. Robocalls—with pre-recorded messages—have been limited by law in recent years, but unscrupulous telemarketers are continuing the onslaught. Consumer Reports has advice on how to get rid of those unwanted phone solicitations.
So you’ve made that resolution to get in shape. Having an exercise machine at home can make it easier. The latest Consumer Reports tests of exercise machines can help you choose the right machine.
Want a healthy dinner in a snap? What about a microwavable, steam-cooked meal?
If you’re a Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T customer, T-Mobile is trying to entice you to break your contract and jump ship. As an incentive, T-Mobile is offering to pay the penalty fee, up to $350 for every line you switch. Consumer Reports checks out the offer.
More than half of us suffer from foot problems and often those problems are directly related to our shoes. That according to a study from the Institute for Preventive Foot Health.
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 that scams will cost taxpayers $21 billion this year. Consumer Reports’ tax experts tell you how to avoid them.
If you’re having trouble working your car radio or can’t get your Bluetooth to function, you’re not alone. In Consumer Reports National Research Center’s survey of its subscribers, drivers of recent model cars reported the high-tech controls were giving them lots of trouble.
What would Valentine’s Day be without chocolate? And if you’re thinking of indulging a special someone or yourself, Consumer Reports testers tasted dozens of boxes and found some truly excellent ones.
To repair or not to repair? That’s a big question when it comes to appliances and electronics. Consumer Reports surveyed more than 29,000 of its subscribers and has new information on what types of products break most often and how to decide whether to fix them or buy new.
Joining the gym can be expensive but Consumer Reports says there are ways to save!
A mattress can be one of the toughest purchases to make. So many choices. So many prices. And there always seems to be a blow out sale going on somewhere. Consumer Reports put two dozen mattresses through rigorous tests to help you find the right one.
Almost half a million Americans get hip replacements each year, and hundreds of thousands more receive artificial knees. That number is expected to quadruple, as younger people turn to joint replacements to stay active. If you’re considering a hip or knee replacement, Consumer Reports has some important cautions.
Consumer Reports is out with its annual list of Best and Worst New-Car Values. The value score is based on the car’s five-year ownership cost when you take everything into account, including depreciation, fuel, and so on. And then factor in how well a car performs and how likely it is to have problems.
The latest figures show more than 400,000 people were injured in car accidents in 2012 because their phones distracted them. More than 3,000 people died. Consumer Reports just tested new free apps designed to keep those kinds of accidents from happening.
Many football fans feel strongly about their roster of snacks for Super Bowl Sunday. A Consumer Reports survey found that popcorn is a top pick for many watching the big game!
Cameras on smart phones are getting more advanced. Consumer Reports just tested the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, two phones that claim to offer superior images. Both cost 100 dollars with a two-year contract.
Designers showcase paint from the British company Farrow & Ball because of its luscious colors. But Farrow & Ball costs around $100 per gallon, two to three times more than other paints. Consumer Reports included it in its tests of more than 60 paints to see what you get paying top dollar.
Have trouble keeping tabs on all your stuff? You can’t find your keys, your wallet or anything else. There are devices that can help you locate your lost items.
Companies like Cottonelle and Charmin heavily advertise their flushable wipes. They sound so convenient. But plumbers make a lot of house calls that involve clogged toilets, backed up sewer lines, and flooded basements. Often the culprit is flushable wipes.