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ShopSmart Magazine finds Hidden Health Risks in Beauty Products

 

Investigation warns of bogus ‘natural’ beauty claims, ingredients to avoid; Plus, apps that can help shoppers identify safer products

ShopSmart MagazineYonkers, NY – Beauty products and cosmetics have become overgrown with labels covered with flowers and greenery and words like natural and healthy.

The September 2014 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, features an in-depth look at hidden health risks that can be found in cosmetics and other beauty products, ingredients to avoid, and more. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports says Portable Air Conditioners Struggle to Get the Job Done

 

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Portable air conditioners are intended to be an alternative for homes that cannot accommodate standard window units.

However, results from Consumer Reports’ latest tests revealed that their performance leaves much to be desired. In its tests of 8 portable ACs, CR found that even the largest unit struggled to cool a room below sweltering.

For those with no other alternative, consumers should try the Honeywell MN10CES [WW].

For those with no other alternative, consumers should try the Honeywell MN10CES [WW].

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Consumer Reports shows McDonald’s Burgers Worst in America in latest Fast-Food Survey

 

KFC and Sbarro among the lowest-scoring chains overall, Chick-fil-A earns high marks; Plus, the best & worst chains for value, healthy options, most delectable fare.

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – The burgers that made McDonald’s famous have been deemed the worst-tasting of all the major U.S burger chains by Consumer Reports’ readers. And when it comes to the most satisfying fast-food dining experience, biggest isn’t always best ― KFC and Sbarro earned some of the lowest scores in the survey.

The results of Consumer Reports fast-food survey, which are featured in the August 2014 issue and at www.ConsumerReports.org, are based on responses from 32,405 subscribers about more than 96, 200 dining experiences at 65 hamburger, Asian, pizza, sandwich, chicken, and Mexican fast-food and fast-casual chains. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports says Sam’s Club and Costco Store-Brand Laundry Detergent Take on Tide in Performance Tests

 

Cheaper can be better when it comes to laundry detergent; pods and packs still pose danger to children

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – In Consumer Reports’ tests of laundry detergents, some of the best stain fighters were also among the least expensive, including wallet-friendly warehouse store brands Member’s Mark and Kirkland from Sam’s Club and Costco, respectively.

While Tide Ultra Stain Release earned the highest score, Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean, a Sam’s Club exclusive, and Costco’s Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean performed very well overall in Consumer Reports’ tests and cost about half the price of the top-rated Tide per load. «Read the rest of this article»

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BMW M235i Surprises in Consumer Reports Tests Outscoring Impressive Porsche 911 and Chevrolet Corvette

 

Chevrolet SS sports sedan blends performance, livability with the soul of a Corvette

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – In the world of high-performance cars, there are few models that exemplify the spirit of the genre like the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Porsche 911 Carrera S, that’s why it comes as somewhat of a surprise the impressive new versions of both were narrowly out-scored by the BMW M235i in Consumer Reports tests.

With an overall score of 98, Consumer Reports’ engineers found the new M235i to be taught, quick, and eager.

BMW M235i

BMW M235i

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Consumer Reports answers the question, “Which hospital should you go to if you need heart surgery?”

 

Consumer Reports’ first-ever Ratings of more than 400 hospitals can help patients find the right one

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Consumer Reports’ first-ever Ratings of hospitals for heart surgery finds some top-rated hospitals in surprising places, and that performance can vary widely—even at neighboring hospitals in the same geographic area.

The Ratings, which look at heart bypass surgery and aortic valve replacement surgery, cover more than 400 hospitals nationwide.

“It’s extremely difficult for consumers to find out which hospitals and surgeons have the best result with their specific heart procedure. But it shouldn’t be so hard,” said John Santa, M.D., medical director of Consumer Reports Health. “Hospitals and doctors should make their information accessible and understandable, so families can make informed choices when they make life and death decisions.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Guide to Building a Social Kitchen Designed To Last On Any Budget

 

How to plan a remodeling budget to create space to accommodate parties, homework & more; Plus, Ratings of countertops, flooring, appliances and the best places to shop for them

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Today’s kitchens are built for entertaining, digital networks and cooking, but creating one that meets all of these needs can be a challenge.

Consumer Reports has compiled a comprehensive kitchen remodeling guide that features essential steps to creating a truly social kitchen on any budget that is featured in the July 2014 issue of Consumer Reports and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.

The report also includes complete Ratings of countertops, flooring, major appliances and appliance stores. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Survey shows 62 Percent of Online Consumers Do Nothing to Protect Their Internet Privacy

 

1 in 7 Notified of Personal Data Breach Last Year; Victims of E-mail Phishing Scams Up 22 percent from 2012

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Despite a rash of high-profile data breaches and cyber threats, an alarming 62 percent of U.S. online consumers have done nothing to protect their privacy on the Internet, according to a recent national Consumer Reports survey.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the number of victims is on the rise. One in seven online consumers were notified that their personal data had been breached in 2013 – a 56 percent increase from 2012. And a projected 11.2 million people fell for e-mail phishing scams, up 22 percent from the previous year. «Read the rest of this article»

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Honda Accord Hybrid Delivers Class-Leading Fuel Economy, but Falls Well Short of EPA’s 47 MPG Estimate according to Consumer Reports

 

Jeep Grand Cherokee and BMW 328d diesels shine, Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid underwhelms

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Consumer Reports fuel economy tests found the Honda Accord Hybrid delivered impressive overall fuel-economy, tying the smaller Honda Civic Hybrid and just below the top-performing Toyota Prius hatchback.

The Accord Hybrid’s 40-mpg performance on Consumer Reports combined city and highway tests make it a class leader for fuel economy among midsized sedans.

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

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Consumer Reports Tests Raise Questions About Some Sunscreens Claimed SPF Protection

 

Many provide excellent protection from UVA and UVB rays; Five common myths about sunscreen debunked

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – When it comes to sunscreen, SPF (sun protection factor) is the feature that influences consumers’ purchasing decision most.

In its tests of 20 sunscreens, Consumer Reports found two products – BullFrog WaterAmor Sport InstaCool SPF 50+ and Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50 – that provided the SPF promised on the label. «Read the rest of this article»

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