Topic: Consumer Reports
Yonkers, NY – Big-box retailers such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, Sears, and Walmart carry many of the same home items, but they also offer private-label brands exclusive to their store that vary widely when it comes to price and performance.
ShopSmart’s March 2015 issue features findings from its tests of some of these exclusive products and reveals which ones are great buys and those to avoid. «Read the rest of this article»
Risk Guide for 48 Fruits and Vegetables from 14 Countries; Choosing Organic Always the Safest Choice but in Many Cases Conventional Can Be As Low Risk
Yonkers, NY – Fresh produce is an important part of a healthy diet. A new study by Consumer Reports looks at the risks of pesticide residues for 48 fruits and vegetables from around the globe to come up with guidelines to help consumers reduce their exposure to these toxic chemicals.
An accompanying 40-page report, “Pesticide Use in Produce,” from Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center provides a closer look at the consequences of pesticide use for those who produce food, wildlife, and the environment. «Read the rest of this article»
Used car standouts from $10,000 or less up to $25,000; Plus, the Worst of the Worst Used Cars
Yonkers, NY – Consumer Reports has long advocated buying used as a way for consumers to get the biggest bang for their buck – but picking out a good used car from a sea of bad ones has never been easy.
Consumer Reports has compiled a handy list of reliable, affordable, and safe used cars for model years 2005 through 2014 to help consumers find the best small car, sedan, or SUV. «Read the rest of this article»
46 Percent of Streaming Media Accountholders Share Their Login Credentials according to Consumer Reports
Not all companies explicitly prohibit password sharing outside the household
Yonkers, NY – Streaming media services are quite popular: 51 percent of American households say they subscribe to Amazon Prime Instant Video, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Netflix, and/or WatchESPN, according to a December 2014 survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.
However, the reach of streaming video services extends beyond that, as 46 percent of account holders admitted to sharing their log-in credentials with someone outside their home.
Exclusive CR survey of real estate pros reveals which upgrades can boost a home’s selling price by up to 10 percent; Plus, money-wasting mistakes sellers should avoid
Yonkers, NY – With housing prices at recent highs, it’s a great time to sell; and still-low interest rates also makes it a good time to buy a home.
Findings from a new, exclusive survey of more than 300 licensed residential real estate agents by the Consumer Reports National Research Center point to certain factors, such as smart pre-sale fix-ups and negotiable agent fees, that can financially benefit both sellers and buyers. «Read the rest of this article»
Researchers Estimate at Least Two Percent of All Future Cancers in the U.S. Will Stem from CT Scans Alone – That’s Approximately 29,000 Cases and 15,000 Deaths Per Year
Yonkers, NY – X-rays have been used for almost 120 years and computed tomography, or CT scans, were introduced in the 1970’s. These newer scans allow doctors to see with unprecedented precision the inner workings of the human body through the use of multiple X-ray images. Their use has grown from fewer than 3 million per year in 1980 to more than 80 million today.
CT scans emit a powerful dose of radiation, in some cases equivalent to about 200 chest X-rays, or the amount most people would be exposed to from natural sources over seven years. «Read the rest of this article»
Consumer Reports Car Repair Satisfaction Survey shows Independent Shops Outshine Dealership Repair Centers
Over Three-quarters of customers that haggled were successful in negotiating a discount.
Yonkers, NY – Consumer Reports latest survey of repair service satisfaction found the odds are consumers will be more satisfied with an independent repair shop than with a franchised new-car dealership.
The one automaker that outscored the independent shops was the electric carmaker Tesla, which earned high praise for its on-time repairs, courtesy, price, quality, and overall satisfaction. But part of Tesla’s current success might be because it’s new to the market, and it has a relatively small number of customers to satisfy compared with the established luxury brands. «Read the rest of this article»
Tests by Consumer Reports reveal Faster Appliances that can Save Consumers more than Two Hours a Day
CR survey reveals some consumers willing to pay more for speed
Yonkers, NY – Time is a precious commodity—so much so, it seems, that Americans are willing to spend a little more on faster household appliances, according to a recent Consumer Reports survey of more than 4,000 readers.
The survey found that about one-quarter of dishwasher, washer, and dryer owners said they’d pay extra for speedier appliances, and about one-third of that group said they would pay an extra $100.00 or more. The full report, “Life in the Fast Lane,” is featured in the February 2015 issue of Consumer Reports and is available at ConsumerReports.org «Read the rest of this article»
Consumer Reports’ Survey shows Americans Mistaken About Safety and Effectiveness of Weight-Loss Supplements
New Test Results for Treadmills and Ellipticals Finds Many Home Machines Add Features and Connectivity Trying to Replicate a Personal Trainer
Yonkers, NY – With the New Year many Americans use this milestone to start a new diet or exercise regimen.
But a new survey from Consumer Reports finds that as many as one in four consumers try to shortcut the process with the use of weight-loss supplements. «Read the rest of this article»
Decluttering essentials to splurge or skimp on and ones to skip
Yonkers, NY – With so many organizers on the market, deciding which ones to splurge or skimp on, or those to skip entirely, can be more challenging than actually organizing.
The March 2015 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, highlights 21 essentials to help declutter every room – and identifies organizing items worth spending on, when to save, and six money-wasting products to avoid. «Read the rest of this article»
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