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Tastiest Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream

Posted: 06/09/2010 - With so many enticing flavors of ice cream being sold, you might find it hard to believe that plain old chocolate and vanilla ice creams are still America's favorites. Consumer Reports just tested a couple dozen and has the scoop on the tastiest.

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Road Trip Danger

Posted: 06/09/2010 - Heading out on a family road trip usually means taking lots of luggage and gear. But Consumer Reports says you also need to take extra care - when packing your vehicle. Otherwise your trip could end in disaster.

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Great Gas Grills

Posted: 05/25/2010 - Memorial Day weekend is coming and plenty of people will be firing up the barbecue. To get ready for grilling season, Consumer Reports has tested dozens of grills and found some Best Buys.

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Most Rewarding Reward Cards

Posted: 05/25/2010 - There are a lot of new reward credit cards out there that promise you cash back, points, or air miles. Sorting through the offers can be confusing. But Consumer Reports Money Adviser has done the work for you.

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Supersizing Coupon Savings

Posted: 05/25/2010 - Everyone knows coupons can save you money, but there's a real art to saving BIG. You've got to know ALL the places to look for coupons. And Consumer Reports Money Adviser says once you've cast a wide net, there are several tricks to tallying up super savings.

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900,000 Coffee Pots Recalled Due to Safety Hazard

Posted: 05/20/2010 - If you're waking up this morning and you're getting ready to turn the coffee pot on, you want to make sure it's not one of these G.E. branded coffee pots that were sold at Walmart. Walmart is recalling about 900,000 of these coffee makers Thursday.

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Negotiate for Better Hotel Rates

Posted: 05/14/2010 - Need a hotel? If you haven't booked one in the last couple of years, you're in for a pleasant surprise. Wth the weakened economy, rates are way down and empty rooms are way up, so there are great deals to be had. But Consumer Reports says knowing what to ask can get you an even bigger savings.

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Security Gaps on Social Networking Sites

Updated: 05/14/2010 - If you're using social networking sites like Facebook, here's a heads up. You could unknowingly be among the 52 percent of users who are posting risky information. That according to a just-released Consumer Reports survey. The number of people using sites like Facebook and MySpace has more than doubled in a year. And Consumer Reports finds almost 10 percent have experienced some kind of security breach.

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Safer Food Shopping

Posted: 05/06/2010 - Spinach, peanut butter, and burgers. These are just a few of the potentially deadly foods that have been recalled in recent years. Every year an estimated 5,000 people in the U-S die from food-borne illnesses, and at least 76-million people are sickened. Consumer Reports ShopSmart says how you handle food, beginning at the grocery store, can make a difference.

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Stroller Danger

Updated: 05/06/2010 - With more than two million strollers recalled in the past few months due to a risk of amputation, you may be wondering if your stroller is safe. These recalls and a new problem discovered in Consumer Reports' latest tests underscore the importance of stroller safety.

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Advice for Buying a Fire Extinguisher

Posted: 04/22/2010 - House fires are the leading cause of fire deaths in the U.S. Hundreds die every year, and most fires start in the kitchen. Consumer Reports just tested fire extinguishers and can tell you which to buy and which to avoid.

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Anti-Aging Skin Products

Posted: 04/15/2010 - Nothing betrays a woman's age more than wrinkles - at least that's what both men and women think in a just-released Consumer Reports survey on aging. If you're determined to make your wrinkles disappear - there are plenty of potions promising help, including lots of new serums. But do they really work? Consumer Reports tests.

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Hair Coloring Kits

Posted: 04/15/2010 - More than half of all women regularly color their hair, according to a new Consumer Reports ShopSmart poll. Testers just sized up more than a dozen hair-dye kits to see if you can color your locks for less than you pay at the salon.

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Conquering Financial Paper Overload

Posted: 03/28/2010 - If you find yourself sifting through piles of paper at tax time, you're not alone. Consumer Reports Money Adviser says knowing what to keep and what to throw away and when are crucial to staying on top of your finances. And not doing it can cost you. A Consumer Reports survey finds 16 percent of us have lost money because we couldn't find an important paper.

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Best Electric Toothbrushes

Posted: 03/25/2010 - Electric toothbrushes cost a whole lot more than the manual ones - some are priced at more than one hundred dollars! Consumer Reports tests to see how well these expensive toothbrushes actually work.

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Consumer Reports Top Car Picks

Posted: 03/25/2010 - With all the current bad news about cars, here's some good news. Consumer Reports has just released its 2010 Top Picks of the more than 280 cars tested. This year several new vehicles make the list.

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Decoding Price-Matching Policies

Posted: 03/18/2010 - Many stores promise to match competitors' prices. Home Depot, Best Buy, Walmart, and Sears are just a few. But price-matching policies can vary significantly store to store and online, too. Consumer Reports ShopSmart says you can save money, but it takes some work.

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A Look at Green Products

Posted: 03/18/2010 - You want to do the right thing for the planet, but it's not always easy being green. A recent Consumer Reports poll shows two big reasons shoppers have stopped using green products are high prices and poor performance. Consumer Reports ShopSmart says testers have found lots of green products are duds, but a few are worth trying.

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Survey Confusion

Updated: 03/14/2010 - A southern Colorado man is concerned over a survey that may be confused with the U.S. Census. He said he thought it was the Census until he realized the 28-page questionnaire asks for too much personal information.

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Best Deals for Over-the-Counter Meds

Posted: 03/14/2010 - We buy more cough and cold remedies than any other type of over-the-counter medicine. Pain relievers come next, followed by heartburn medicine. Consumer Reports ShopSmart says you can save big on these drugs, if you know where to shop.

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Resort Vacations for Less

Posted: 02/18/2010 - Dying to go on vacation, but short on money? Consumer Reports ShopSmart says timeshare rentals offer a real bargain. That's because there's a glut of these kind of properties for rent and owners are eager to negotiate.

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Best Tasting Coffees

Posted: 02/18/2010 - Coffee is one of America's favorite drinks. And coffee blends... such as breakfast or house blends are our favorite kind. Consumer Reports tested 37 and has some surprises.

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How Clean is Bagged Salad?

Posted: 02/11/2010 - It seems like bagged salads are taking over the produce aisle. According to Mintel, a company that tracks consumer spending, almost three-quarters of all women buy prepackaged salads because of their convenience. Consumer Reports tested to see how clean they are.

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