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What’s hot with toasters and toaster ovens

Consumer Reports’ latest test of 23 models found a few able multitaskers. But other ovens botched basic jobs. And if all you want is great toast, buy a toaster; it can pop out evenly browned slices for $35 or less. Here are the details: Oven features expand. Pizza stones, cookie sheets, and even rotisserie spits […]

Ways to never run out of money

For many consumers the economic recovery isn’t so much crawling as stalling, but now is a good time to begin planning a future that’s secure. It may also mean creating a lifestyle that doesn’t place money at its core, according to Consumer Reports. When the Consumer Reports National Research Center recently surveyed 24,270 online subscribers […]

E-tailers top ratings for selling electronics

Electronics items are now as likely to be bought online as in walk-in stores, according to the latest Consumer Reports Annual Electronics Buying Survey. And for the third year in a row, websites received many of the top scores in CR’s Ratings of electronics retailers. High-scoring sites included BHPhotoVideo.com, Crutchfield.com, Amazon and Newegg.com. The top-scoring […]

Credit cards do carry perils

With the protections of the Credit Card Act of 2009 in full effect, a nationally representative Consumer Reports survey shows a slightly lower level of dissatisfaction among Americans with their credit cards than last year. However, credit cards remain one of the lowest-rated services CR has ever analyzed; only 45 percent of respondents said they […]

Is an electric car right for you?

You’ll soon be hearing a lot of buzz — and a dose of sales hype — about a new wave of electric cars that will begin humming down our roads. The first cars to come from major automakers will be the much-publicized Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, each expected to go on sale in […]

Tasty tests for the best burgers

McDonald’s burgers are certainly cheap and fast, but you still might wonder why billions have been consumed when you see the results of Consumer Reports’ recent survey of 28,000 online subscribers who rated burgers at 18 fast-food restaurants. Among the standouts were In-N-Out Burger and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. The biggest loser: McDonald’s. Burger […]

Consumer Reports looks at heart health

The Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center unveiled its first doctor ratings based on a new collaboration with The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), publishing a list of 50 top-rated heart-bypass surgical groups in the United States. The surgeon ratings plus advice about treating heart disease are available in the October issue of Consumer Reports and […]

Store brands vs. name brands

Any smart supermarket shopper knows that buying store-brand products instead of big names can save big bucks. In Consumer Reports’ latest price study, filling a shopping cart with store brands saved an average of 30 percent. If you spend $100 a week on groceries, those savings add up to more than $1,500 a year. Yet […]

Cars for the young, old, tall and small

With the fall semester just around the corner, Consumer Reports recently offered its best choices for parents and teens out shopping for a car to bring back to school. When looking for the right car for teens, including used models, CR recommends picking cars with safety features such as electronic stability control and curtain air […]

Cars for the young, old, tall and small

With the fall semester just around the corner, Consumer Reports recently offered its best choices for parents and teens out shopping for a car to bring back to school. When looking for the right car for teens, including used models, CR recommends picking cars with safety features such as electronic stability control and curtain air […]