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Kidizoom and Lego cameras for kids: standouts

Digital cameras with features such as flash, digital zoom and on-camera graphics are now aimed at users as young as 3 years old. In Consumer Reports’ first-ever evaluation of kid cameras, two models — the VTech Kidizoom, $40, and the Lego Digital Camera, $60 — stood out among the five models reviewed. The other three […]

E-book readers and tablets improve

Consumer Reports’ latest Ratings of tablets and e-book readers highlight some new models that match or even beat market leaders on performance, price and portability for consumers looking to buy a gadget to go. While the iPad and Kindle still earned high scores, they now have company at the top of the Ratings. The Galaxy […]

New coffee champs supreme

“New look, same great taste,” reads the slogan on Eight O’Clock Coffee’s packaging. Consumer Reports begs to differ. The brand’s 100 percent Colombian product, a favorite from CR’s March 2009 report, delivered less flavor in its most recent tests. The magazine’s expert taste testers brewed more than 1,000 cups of coffee and found two new […]

Best buys for beauty

By Consumer Reports Shopping for beauty products can get ugly. Products can be too expensive, look too cheap or simply don’t work how you want them to. ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, has six major tips to help you become a better beauty shopper. “We’ve all had our regrets when […]

When is it time to repair or replace?

What do side-by-side refrigerators, laptop computers and zero-turn-radius riding mowers have in common? They’re among the most repair-prone products consumers can buy, according to Consumer Reports’ most recent Product Reliability Survey. And in CR’s separate Repair or Replace Survey, 27,404 subscribers reported about the troubles they had with 53,218 broken appliances, electronics, lawn equipment and […]

Blenders do more than smoothies

Consumer Reports’ latest Ratings of 46 blenders have found that they not only blend, but will chop, juice, process food and even make soup. While some of the multitasking machines rose to the occasion, others could fail to impress at the next summer poolside party. “Shoppers can expect to see a wider variety of blender […]

Tests of eight Chrysler cars shows progress

Consumer Reports’ tests of eight Chrysler vehicles revealed the automaker’s cars are getting better, but their level of improvement varies considerably. The Dodge Durango and Charger have improved the most. Both the V6 and V8 tested versions of the Durango SUV received “Very Good” road test scores. The Charger Rallye also received a “Very Good” […]

The dirt on stain treatment

Stained clothing can be a bummer, but are there products out there that can remove even the nastiest grime? Consumer Reports recently tested out stain treatments applied before laundering, and found a couple that worked well on a variety of stains. Each stain treatment was evaluated for its effectiveness on coffee, blood, wine, sebum, motor […]

Play it cool when you’re shopping for A/C units

Consumer Reports’ latest tests of 39 room air conditioners found that you don’t have to spend a lot to cool down as the mercury climbs. Thirteen top performers start at just $150. CR’s findings include: Big values for small spaces. Lower prices help make small-room air conditioners the hottest sellers. The small category includes units […]

Look past big retailers when buying appliances

When it comes to shopping for appliances, it’s not just about the big retail stores anymore. Online stores, independent retailers and even QVC (the TV-shopping channel) have been among the most satisfying places to buy appliances, according to survey responses from more than 16,000 Consumer Reports subscribers. The research found that overall, 92 percent of […]