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!
You know the problem — you’ve burnt the toast and the smoke alarm won’t quit so you rip it from the wall or pull out the batteries. Consumer Reports tested a new combo smoke alarm and CO detector that offers a better solution. It’s from Nest Labs, the company that Google bought recently for more than three billion dollars.
Consumer Reports testers make sure products offer peak performance and safety but recently they’ve found some problems with appliances.
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.
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.
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?
E-cigarette sales have exploded, from $500 million in 2012 to an estimated $1.5 billion in 2013.
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.
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.
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!
Fast food advertising makes the offerings looking luscious and inviting. But what’s served is often a different story. Consumer Reports has gotten so many complaints, it decided to run some side-by-side comparisons.
Buying a new phone? There’s no end to the smart things the devices can do! Apple’s iPhone 5s can scan your fingertip to unlock the screen. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 lets you just wave your hand to answer calls. And the Sony Xperia Z can survive a dunk in water.
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.
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.
At this time of year you need plenty of batteries on hand to power up new toys and other devices. But which ones should you buy?
Some processed foods have strayed so far from the farm and field, that their frighteningly long list of ingredients bears little resemblance to anything you’d find in your pantry. Consumer Reports looked at some supermarket favorites to see what key ingredients give each food its pizzazz.
Electronics are likely to be some of the hottest gifts again this holiday season. To find the best places to shop, Consumer Reports surveyed more than 21,000 of its subscribers and can tell you where to buy everything from tablets to big-screen TVs.
Almost every new car used to come with a spare tire, but these days spares are no longer standard. And even if you have a spare, changing a tire is no fun.
When you’re shopping for a television, the choices can seem overwhelming. It’s no longer just LCD and plasma you have to consider. Consumer Reports’ TV experts say it’s only going to get more confusing. They have tested the latest TV technologies, OLED and Ultra-HD, and say these first sets, though very pricey, have a lot to offer.
Student debt has reached an alarming benchmark. It now tops $1 trillion. Loans for higher education exceed all other consumer loans except mortgages. Two-thirds of college graduates carry a debt burden. Consumer Reports says that it is twisting the lives of young people and creating a drag on the economy.
The $400 PlayStation 4 from Sony and the $500 Xbox One from Microsoft both have video gamers everywhere dying for a new console but which one should you buy? Consumer Reports’ video gaming expert has checked out both consoles and can tell you what they have to offer.
Even for those who use a phone to shoot videos, an action camera is a great gift. Action camcorders can go where a phone cannot go. You can strap them to a helmet, for example, when you’re biking or skiing and get live action shots of your outdoor sports. Consumer Reports recommends the $300 GoPro Hero3.
If you have a small gamer on your list this holiday season, chances are he wants a portable video-game player. Consumer Reports checked out the offerings from the two main game makers, Sony and Nintendo.
In the market for some jewelry this holiday season? Unless you’re a gemologist, you probably can’t tell what’s real from a fabulous fake. Consumer Reports Money Adviser can tell you how to get a great deal on jewelry and avoid costly rip-offs.
Strollers are a must-have for new parents, but they can be dangerous. Over the years Consumer Reports and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have found several strollers that could pose a risk of strangulation. The latest figures from the CPSC include reports of five deaths between 2006 and 2009. So it is very important to be careful which stroller you buy and to use it properly.
When you’re stuck for a gift idea for someone who has everything, giving a gift card might seem just the thing. But consider this: Consumer Reports ShopSmart says many of those receiving gift cards never use them. Believe it or not, it’s estimated that $1.8 billion worth of gift cards purchased last year are gathering dust and are likely to never be redeemed.
Holiday celebrations and sipping wine often go hand in hand, but where do you start when you’re shopping for a good bottle? Are you gifting it or drinking it? What are you eating with it? How much do you want to spend? If the choices seem overwhelming, the wine experts at Consumer Reports can help you find just the right wine!
As you head to the malls to do your holiday shopping, be careful! There’s a lot of damage to be done, and not just to your wallet. Consumer Reports tells us about the dangerous temptations lurking in the food court.
If you have ever hunted unsuccessfully for the charging cord for your cell phone, you can imagine the convenience of a charging mat. Just plug it into the wall and drop your phone on the mat to recharge the battery. Consumer Reports just tested four charging mats to see whether they deliver.
Before you buy a children’s tablet, Consumer Reports says you want to keep in mind how many kids are going to be sharing it, the ages of the kids, what kind of screen size you want. Consumer Reports tested 6, ranging from phone-size to full 10-inch tablet size and from $70 to more than $200.