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Best bet for buying appliances

If you’re in the market for new appliances, you probably want to find a store with reasonable prices, good selection, trained help and a smooth shopping experience. But results of two surveys from the Consumer Reports National Research Center show that no one retailer was able to provide all of those things. CR did find […]

Shooting for the best digital camera

Four camera brands perform better than others, model to model and year after year, across a wide range of prices, according to Consumer Reports’ analysis of such trends among point-and-shoot brands it regularly tests. Those standouts: Canon, Casio, Panasonic and Samsung. By contrast, Olympus has been the brand least likely to be a top performer. […]

Squeezing a nickel in uncertain economy

With bad economic news everywhere — plunging 401(k)s, credit card rates increasing even for people who pay their bills on time, layoffs — Consumer Reports recently asked its staff and readers for tips on how to squeeze a nickel. “These tips show that it’s important to be creative when trying to cope with the recession,” […]

Editors pick most reliable used cars

Value-minded consumers know that buying a reliable used car is often the best choice, but that finding one takes research. To help simplify the process, Consumer Reports identified the most and least reliable used cars for 10 years — from model years 1999 to 2008. Reliability data was compiled from the magazine’s Annual Auto Survey, […]

Delay the digital TV transition

On Feb. 17, full-power TV stations must discontinue analog over-the-air broadcasts. Free TV sent over the airwaves to an antenna — in other words, network broadcasts like CBS — will be digital. Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, is urging the federal government to consider delaying the digital TV transition, to allow time […]

Some secrets of always thin people revealed

Though most Americans find themselves overweight by middle age, an enviable minority stay slim throughout their lives. Are those people just genetically gifted? Or do they, too, have to work at keeping down their weight? To find out, the Consumer Reports National Research Center recently asked 21,632 Consumer Reports subscribers about their lifetime weight history […]

Shaking salt from your diet not as easy as it sounds

On average, Americans consume far more sodium than the recommended daily limit, according to the editors of Consumer Reports. That’s unfortunate, since a high-sodium diet might increase a person’s risk of high blood pressure — and subsequent heart attack, kidney disease and stroke — and might also boost the risk of asthma, kidney stones, osteoporosis […]