Author Archive for editors.of.consumer.reports

New rule to bolster national food safety

Peanut butter, burgers, spinach and cookie dough. With those and so many other everyday foods on the recall list in recent years, it seems as though no matter what you buy at the grocery store, you could be putting your health — or even your life — on the line. Each year, 76 million people […]

Best way to treat balding might just be acceptance

Snake-oil treatments for baldness have been around since the days of Hippocrates. According to the editors of Consumer Reports Health, those empty promises continue to this day. While late-night television and pharmacy shelves are filled with products touted to restore hair, most of the tactics tried by thousands of balding men and women simply don’t […]

Infiniti outstrips sporty rivals

In Consumer Reports’ recent tests of four-seat convertibles, the Infiniti G37, Lexus IS 250 and Audi A5 all posted “Very Good” overall scores. The Infiniti G37 and Lexus IS 250 earned overall road test scores of 77, slightly outdistancing the Audi A5 convertible, which earned a “Very Good” test score of 74. All three fall […]

Planet- and budget-friendly products that really work

Do you avoid green products because of high prices and poor performance? Recent tests conducted by ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, show significant improvements in green products, in some cases making them more efficient and cost-effective than conventional ones. “Green products have come a long way in the last few […]

Many options mean tax prep doesn’t have to cost a fortune itself

If you do your taxes yourself, you’re in the minority, according to Consumer Reports Money Adviser. The IRS estimates that about 60 percent of taxpayers used a preparer last year. Do-it-yourselfers can take advantage of many online tax-prep tools that offer free trials — just type “tax-prep software” into a search engine to find them. […]

Cleaner interior paints will save you money and work

Consumer Reports’ biggest interior paint test ever put Home Depot’s Behr brand at the top of its Ratings in all three major categories: low-luster, flat and matte finishes, and semigloss. CR also confirmed that the best make painting faster, easier and greener for less. For the first time, nearly all of CR’s top-scoring paints, including […]

Products that have changed our lives for the better

What would we do without cell phones and texting? Or wireless Internet access? Or supermarket convenience foods? OK, maybe bagged lettuce isn’t exactly revolutionary, but in the past decade all kinds of new stuff changed our lives in big and small ways. Which had the most impact? ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of […]

Streaming online movies to television easier than ever

Getting online content on television is easier than ever. A growing number of Internet-capable televisions and Blu-ray players allow consumers to stream video from the Web to the big screen via a broadband connection. Consumer Reports’ latest Ratings of televisions and Blu-ray players that can stream movies online included more than 20 sets from $1,000 […]

Cadillac CTS tops in luxury sedans

The Cadillac CTS posted an “Excellent” overall score and outpointed competitors from Acura, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Lincoln in Consumer Reports’ recent testing of five luxury sedans. The CTS earned an “Excellent” overall road test score of 84, outdistancing freshened versions of the Acura RL, which earned a “Very Good” score with 80 points; the redesigned […]

Tricky shopping gotchas can lay waste to your budget plans

The shopping season is over. But even the most carefully built budget may have crumbled if you fell for the tricks grinchy companies used to get you to spend more. Paying more than you planned to on gifts may have damaged your finances more than you think. A poll conducted by the Consumer Reports National […]