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Tasty Tortilla Chips

Posted: 02/02/2011 - It wouldn't be the Super Bowl without some serious snacking, but is there a way to avoid going overboard on high-fat snacks? You might think multigrain tortilla chips are a healthier option. Consumer Reports munched and crunched its way through eight different ones to size up your choices.

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Excellent Elliptical Trainers

Updated: 01/28/2011 - When it comes to exercise, experts say you should do at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. But only 40 percent of adults work out. Maybe an elliptical machine could help. It gives you a good workout and is easy on your joints. Consumer Reports just tested dozens.

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Super Hot Wings

Updated: 02/03/2011 - For some folks... Super Bowl is synonymous with buffalo wings. If you're hosting a party next weekend you might be checking out store-bought frozen wings. Consumer Reports just tested several brands to see if any score a touchdown.

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Delicious Hot Cocoas

Updated: 01/28/2011 - With chillier weather, there's nothing like a cup of hot cocoa to warm you up. Consumer Reports tested eight different ones to find the tastiest and a money-saver.

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Good Green Cleaners

Posted: 01/19/2011 - Americans spent more than $5 billion last year on cleaning products, so an all-purpose cleaner that's supposed to tackle dirt and grime in kitchens and baths sounds like a good deal. Consumer Reports got down and dirty to see which clean up best, including ones you see advertised.

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The 200,000 Mile Prius

Posted: 01/19/2011 - You may have wondered how well hybrids will hold up for the long haul. It's been 10 years since the number one seller - the Toyota Prius - hit the roads, and some are now hitting 200-thousand miles. Consumer Reports put one such Prius through its paces and the results are pretty impressive.

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Blocks to Dieting

Posted: 01/19/2011 - It's that time of year when it seems everyone is going on a diet. But it can be short-lived. By the end of last year, only 15% of those surveyed by Consumer Reports National Research Center said they were on a diet. And 40% said they usually ate whatever they wanted.

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Best Humidifiers for Dry Winter Air

Humidifiers

Updated: 01/11/2011 - With cold weather, the air gets drier. Add to that most heating systems dry out the air in your home and it's easy to see how a humidifier can come in handy this time of year. Consumer Reports just tested more than a dozen to see which ones can keep your house comfortable all winter long.

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Avoid Vending Machine Pitfalls

Updated: 01/11/2011 - In a perfect world, you'd always have an apple handy to tide you over when hunger hits. But in the real world ... a vending machine is often the closest thing you can find. If you're trying to EAT RIGHT, Consumer Reports' ShopSmart can help. It sizes up dozens of choices to help you make a better selection.

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Shrinking Packages

Posted: 01/07/2011 - In these tight times, people are watching every penny. So when prices go up, especially on everyday grocery items, people notice. But Consumer Reports says... you may not see less obvious changes... like smaller packaging.

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Never Run Out of Money

Posted: 01/07/2011 - If you're worried you haven't saved enough to retire comfortably, you're are not alone. A Consumer Reports' survey finds only 21% of those older than 55 and near retirement are very satisfied with their plans. Consumer Reports has important information you need to know to secure your financial future.

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Jenny Craig vs. Nutrisystem

Updated: 01/07/2011 - The world of weight loss was shaken up last month when Weight Watchers announced changes to its points system. But what about the two other big-name diet plans - Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem? Consumer Reports just did a taste-off of their heavily advertised diet foods.

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Hydroplaning

Posted: 01/07/2011 - When you're driving in pouring rain or even after the rain has stopped, hydroplaning is a serious risk. You literally have no control over your vehicle. But Consumer Reports' auto experts say there are a number of things you can do to avoid getting into an accident.

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Ford Gains Ground On Toyota In Consumer Survey

Posted: 01/06/2011 - Ford Motor Co. has gained ground on rival Toyota Motor Corp. in the perceptions of car owners, according to a survey by Consumer Reports that is closely watched by the auto industry.

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Whole Food Gingerbread Houses Recalled

Posted: 12/28/2010 - Warning to those who purchased gingerbread houses from Whole Foods Market between November 1 and December 23: the product has been linked to food poisoning outbreaks around the nation, and has been recalled.

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Hyundai, VW Top Insurance Industry Safe Car List

Posted: 12/22/2010 - South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia and German car maker Volkswagen lead the insurance industry's annual list of the safest new vehicles, used by safety minded consumers looking to buy a new car.

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Surprising Results in Consumer Reports' Holiday Poll

Updated: 12/16/2010 - Most Americans are spending less this holiday season. It's a trend that started four years ago, according to Consumer Reports. The most surprising finding... how folks are paying for their Christmas presents.

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Best Cell Phone Companies

Posted: 12/09/2010 - If you've been shocked by a cell-phone bill, you're not alone. One in five people got an unexpectedly high bill in the past year, according to recent Consumer Reports' survey. Almost 60,000 subscribers weighed in to help determine the best services and the money-savers.

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Glass Cookware Danger

Posted: 12/08/2010 - Glass bakeware, such as Pyrex and Anchor Hocking, are staples in many kitchens. The companies' marketing touts how versatile they are - good for ovens and freezers. While hundreds of millions of dishes are used safely each year, a year-long Consumer Reports investigation finds that hot glassware can shatter unexpectedly.

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Tastiest Frozen Pizzas

Posted: 12/08/2010 - When you're in a pinch for dinner, frozen pizza can come to the rescue. Sales topped more than $3 billion this past year - with the "It's not delivery.… It's DiGiorno" pizza the top seller. But is that the best-tasting pizza? Consumer Reports put it and more than a dozen other cheese pizzas to the test.

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iPad Competition

Updated: 12/03/2010 - The iPad made quite a splash when it came out earlier this year, and it's dominated the market ever since. But competition is heating up. Consumer Reports just tested several new computer tablets to see if any can give the iPad a run for the money.

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Blu-ray Players

Updated: 12/03/2010 - 'Tis the season when people are buying all sorts of electronics. If you're looking to give … or get … a Blu-ray player, your timing is very good. Prices have fallen dramatically. Consumer Reports can help you sort through all the choices.

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Lowe's Recalling Millions of Blinds

Posted: 12/01/2010 - Lowe's is recalling about 11 million blinds and Roman shades out of concern that children could strangle on the cords.

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Best GPS

Posted: 11/23/2010 - With most new cars, you can get GPS built in, but you'll pay a premium. Portable GPS units cost far less. Consumer Reports has tested the latest units to find the best.

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