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Toughest Countertops

Updated: 06/23/2011 - Thinking of redoing your kitchen? You can spend thousands on new countertops. They're one of the biggest kitchen remodeling expenses. But how can you be sure that your counters will hold up over time? That's where Consumer Reports comes in.

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Slimming Bathing Suits

Posted: 06/21/2011 - Who doesn't want to look a little thinner - especially in a bathing suit? Consumer Reports ShopSmart says there are plenty of swimsuits that promise slimming results. But seeing is believing. Check this out!

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Beauty Products for Less

Posted: 06/15/2011 - Most of us, at some point, have paid a lot for a fancy beauty product. But when you shop at a drugstore, you probably figure you're getting a decent price. But Consumer Reports ShopSmart says, don't count on it.

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Tastiest Yogurts

Posted: 06/15/2011 - Yogurt is a wonder food. It's a good source of calcium and protein. It's also big business, with more than $4-billion dollars in sales last year. Consumer Reports just tested to find the best.

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Best Shavers for Dad

Posted: 06/10/2011 - Father's Day is right around the corner. With it comes thoughts of ties, cologne, and -electric shavers. If you or the man in your life is one of the 36% of men who go electric, Consumer Reports can help you come up with a great gift.

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Best Buy Lawn Mowers

Posted: 06/10/2011 - Nearly one-third of Americans actually enjoy mowing their lawns, according to a Consumer Reports National Research Center survey. They find it relaxing and good exercise. Even if you hate mowing, a good lawn mower can make a big difference. Consumer Reports mowed nearly 20 acres in Florida to find the best.

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Best Sunscreens

Posted: 06/09/2011 - Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. More than one million new cases were diagnosed last year alone. As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, Consumer Reports' sunscreens tests can help you find the best protection.

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Forty Miles Per Gallon?

Posted: 06/07/2011 - With the high cost of gas, no doubt car commercials that promise 40 miles per gallon are catching lots of people's attention. But Consumer Reports says these ads aren't necessarily telling the whole story.

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Heads Up on Rental Car Fees

Updated: 06/02/2011 - It's not just airlines that are tacking on extra fees these days. Car rental companies are, too. Extras and taxes can actually push the rental rate up 30-40%, according to the car-rental research firm Abrams Consulting. But Consumer Reports ShopSmart can help you avoid nasty surprises.

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Shake Weight, Belly Burner Put to the Test

Updated: 06/02/2011 - Bathing suit season is here. If you're looking for a quick way to get in shape, plenty of infomercial products promise to help. Consumer Reports has tested two - the Belly Burner and the Shake Weight.

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Shocking Food Facts Revealed

Updated: 06/02/2011 - How often do you think about what's in the food you're buying? When it comes to what is or isn't in some products, there are some surprises.

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Top Barbecue Sauces

Posted: 05/25/2011 - Grilling season is upon us, and if you're looking to spice things up, the right barbeque sauce can do the trick. Consumer Reports just tested 10 to see which deliver mouth-watering results.

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Best Gas Grills

Updated: 06/08/2011 - It's grill season. But if your grill has seen better days, you'll be happy to know Consumer Reports just tested nearly 70 gas grills to find ones that sizzle … without burning a hole in your wallet.

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Lax Home Security

Posted: 05/25/2011 - Summer is the peak time for house break-ins. Consumer Reports says all too often people make it easy for crooks to target their house or car.

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Toning Shoe Injuries

Posted: 05/25/2011 - We've all seen the commercials for pricey toning shoes that promise you'll get in shape fast just by walking in them. Sales of toning shoes totaled more than a billion dollars last year - about three times the year before. Consumer Reports Health looks behind the claims.

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Top Airlines

Posted: 05/19/2011 - Airline prices are up. And on top of that, travelers are paying billions of dollars in fees for everything from meals to checked bags. Before you plan your next trip, see which airlines travelers like, and which they don't, in Consumer Reports' just-released airline survey.

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Debit Card Ripoffs

Posted: 05/19/2011 - If you think your money is protected because you don't carry cash, think again. Thieves steal millions of dollars every year by swiping information from bankcards. It's done with a device called a skimmer. Consumer Reports shows you how to protect yourself.

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Disappointing Deadbolt Locks

Updated: 05/11/2011 - Burglars break into more than a half-million homes every year. The most common tactic- kicking in the door. Consumer Reports just tested 19 deadbolt locks and can tell you which ones will protect you and which ones won't!

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Risky Bank Card Technology

Updated: 05/11/2011 - Banks are putting tiny computer chips in more and more credit cards and debit cards. 35 million cards have them already. They're supposed to make it quicker for you to buy things. But a Consumer Reports investigation shows they allow thieves to pick your pocket electronically.

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Facebooks's Dark Side

Posted: 05/11/2011 - Facebook's easy connection to friends and family has revolutionized staying in touch, but it has a dark side. A just-released Consumer Reports survey shows in the past year more than five million American households experienced problems on Facebook, including virus infections and identity theft. The same survey also finds one million children were victims of cyberbullying.

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11 News Sleep Week: The Mattress Matters

Updated: 05/10/2011 - When the lights go out, and the sand man is calling, taking the road to dream-land requires a few essentials for the trip. When it comes to getting the best night’s sleep, the mattress matters.

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Money-Saving Dishwashing Liquids

Posted: 04/22/2011 - When it comes to washing dishes by hand, you want a detergent that gets the job done. But do you have to pay more to get one that cuts through grease and makes dishes sparkle? Consumer Reports just tested 14 dish detergents to find out.

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Managing Digital Photo Overload

Posted: 04/22/2011 - Whether you've got them on your computer, cell phone, or still in your digital camera, chances are you don't know what to do with all of them. We're talking about your photos, of course. The folks at Consumer Reports ShopSmart say it's time to get organized.

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