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Great outfits start with great lingerie

Underwear isn’t just the foundation of your outfit but of your whole attitude. One in four women have had their mood affected by wearing an ill-fitting or unattractive pair of underwear, according to a national poll published by ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports. The poll also found that on average […]

Best humidifiers for the dry winter

Humidifiers are a hot winter item due to dry indoor air. During the cold months, sales for humidifiers typically triple due to consumer demand. Consumer Reports recently found top-rated humidifiers for as little as $30, but shoppers need to be cautious because a few models tested fell short of claims. Here’s what shoppers need to […]

Can store-bought frozen pizzas satisfy like the real thing?

Sure, it’s convenient — and cheaper than a pizzeria. But can frozen pizza truly satisfy anyone other than undiscriminating kids? In other words, you? Yes, according to Consumer Reports’ latest taste test of 16 frozen cheese pies. The best, a trio of very different but very good pies, include Amy’s Cornmeal Crust 3 Cheese, Home […]

Dialing up the best cell-phone deals

Most cell-phone users opt for service plans with contracts. In Consumer Reports’ annual cell-phone service survey, more than 90 percent of respondents were serviced under contract from their cell-phone provider. The survey also found that despite serving only 26 states, U.S. Cellular was the contract carrier that most were satisfied with, standing out for its […]

Push back against pushy sales people

During the holidays last winter, Consumer Reports staffer Tod Marks was accosted by a manicure-kit saleswoman who grabbed his pinky, buffed the nail “as if it were Aladdin’s lamp,” he says, and peppered him with personal questions. He escaped only by yanking his finger away. Readers of his Tightwad Tod blog, on, suggest these […]

Rev up with new top auto picks from Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports named its Top Picks for 2009 in its Annual Auto Issue, which include two new models — the Toyota Highlander and the Chevrolet Avalanche, as top choices for midsized SUVs and pickups. Having proven reliable in its first year since a major redesign, the top-rated Toyota Highlander dethroned the Hyundai Santa Fe, last […]