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Poor Portable Air Conditioners

Updated: 06/13/2014 - Portable air conditioners sound like an easy solution for cooling a room that can't accommodate a window air conditioner. But many are returned by unhappy customers. So Consumer Reports tested to see if there are some good choices.

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Tasty Salad Dressings

Posted: 05/26/2014 - Summer is salad time, and supermarkets have shelf after shelf of salad dressings. How to choose? The biggest sellers are Hidden Valley and Kraft, but Consumer Reports found tastier options.

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Toothbrush Drill Down

Posted: 05/23/2014 - Toothbrushes - for something so simple, there sure are a lot of choices. Drugstore.com lists more than 400 different kinds. Consumer Reports ShopSmart helps you buy the right one.

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Super High Performance Tires

Posted: 05/23/2014 - Performance tires aren't just for expensive sports cars anymore. You can get them now on mainstream models like the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu. But they're pricey to replace. Consumer Reports can help you get the right ones.

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Lawn Mowers that make the cut

Posted: 05/23/2014 - Consumer Reports has tested more than 100 lawn mowers from companies like Craftsman, Toro, and Troy-Bilt. It has some recommendations so you'll get a great cut.

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Dishwashers that Deliver

Posted: 05/23/2014 - Dishwashers last about ten years, so it's not every day you have to think about buying a new one. And chances are your needs have changed, too. Fortunately Consumer Reports has tested nearly 100 and can tell you which ones will fit your budget and your lifestyle.

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Long Lasting Nail Polish

Posted: 05/23/2014 - The nail color industry has enjoyed stellar growth in the past few years, as women head to salons for specialty services like gel manicures and pedicures. But for a simple nail color change, women prefer to do it themselves. Consumer Reports tested polishes for its ShopSmart magazine to find the longest lasting nail polishes.

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Top Grills

Posted: 05/23/2014 - Sizzling burgers on the grill can set the stage for happy summer memories. But for manufacturers, these have not been the happiest of times. Sales and prices have mostly stalled. That, as Consumer Reports points out, can be great news if you're in the market for a new gas grill.

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Hacker-Friendly Hotels

Posted: 05/23/2014 - As the travel season heats up, Consumer Reports cautions - some popular hotel and motel chains could be vulnerable to hackers. Their data security systems may not conform to a standard that credit card companies require. Here's some advice before you swipe that credit or debit card for overnight stay.

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Utility Bills To Increase After Power Plant Fire

Posted: 05/15/2014 - The overall cost to cover that replacement power is estimated at $3 million a month. The number could change depending on natural gas prices and electricity demand during the summer.

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CONSUMER REPORTS PULLS 3 SUV RECOMMENDATIONS

Posted: 05/14/2014 - Consumer Reports has pulled its recommendation from three midsize SUVs. That's after their poor performance in a new crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Products to Spruce Up your Car

Posted: 05/02/2014 - Warmer weather usually means spring-cleaning, and that goes for your car as well. Washing is easy, but if the trim is dull or the paint is scratched, it won't look great. Consumer Reports tested two types of products that claim to solve those problems.

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Cash for Old Electronics

Updated: 05/02/2014 - Got an old computer stashed in a storage room? Or an ancient cell phone junked in a kitchen drawer? Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine has some advice on what to do with your old electronics. You may make some money in the process.

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Do Online Flowers Deliver?

Posted: 05/02/2014 - The National Retail Federation says this time of year, Americans spend nearly $2 billion dollars on flowers showing Mom they love her. But if you order Mother's Day flowers online, will Mom get a bouquet as beautiful as the pictures on the website? Consumer Reports checked to see.

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CFA Alert: How Safe is Your Favorite Restaurant

Posted: 04/29/2014 - Many of us have favorite restaurants we like to frequent, but what we may not know is the last time those restaurants were inspected by the health department, or how they did.

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Consumer Reports Pulls Recommendations For 3 SUVs

Updated: 04/29/2014 - Consumer Reports has pulled its recommendation from three midsize SUVs, after their poor performance in a new crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Cruise Ships: Sick at Sea

Posted: 04/25/2014 - A cruise can be a dream come true, as long as you don't get hurt or sick. The Centers for Disease Control reports that as many as 11 percent of all medical conditions aboard ship are an emergency. Consumer Reports tells us how to avoid a health care crisis on the high seas.

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Cracking the Code on Eggs

Posted: 04/25/2014 - It doesn't matter which came first anymore, when you go to buy eggs in the supermarket, the eggs have clearly taken over! The choices seem endless and prices can vary widely. Consumer Reports looked into it and found that not all eggs are what they're cracked up to be.

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