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Is it OK to buy medicine online?


Almost 60 percent of those surveyed last June by the Consumer Reports National Research Center said they’re trying to cut health care costs.

Driving with kids: 5 ways to save your child’s life


Traveling with children can be fun, both for them and for you. But on top of the normal demands of care-giving, you have an added responsibility to keep the kids safe on the go and that can lead to extra stress if you’re not sure what to expect.

Is an electric toothbrush worth buying?


Q. Is it better to use an electric toothbrush or a manual one? A. In the past, Consumer Reports has said electric and manual toothbrushes are equally effective as long as you brush teeth thoroughly for 2 minutes, twice a day.

The Freshest Food Processor Recipes


If you don’t own a food processor, or if the one you have is collecting dust in some dark cabinet, now’s the time to discover the versatility of this essential kitchen device.

The best washers for $800 or less


How much should you spend on a washer? You don’t have to pay $1,500 to get a washer that cleans well.

What’s great in GPS


Standalone GPS devices still make sense for some users. They can spare your smartphone battery power and make it easier to make calls.

Hidden helpers in your phone


Smartphones have transformed the way we navigate our world. They combine built-in GPS with a cellular data connection so that they know precisely where we are and can instantly download maps, driving (or walking) directions, and traffic information from the Internet.

6 Ways College Students Can Protect Against Identity Theft


Identity theft is the most common type of fraud, and college students are especially vulnerable. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), people aged 20 to 29 are among the most frequent victims and accounted for 18 percent of complaints in 2014.

How Did Consumer Reports Score the Tesla Model S P85D?


It's official: The Tesla Model S P85D scores 100 points in Consumer Reports testing after first "breaking" our ratings scale, one that by definition maxes out at 100.

Tesla Model S P85D Breaks the Consumer Reports Ratings System


The all-wheel-drive Tesla Model S P85D sedan performed better in our tests than any other car ever has, breaking the Consumer Reports Ratings system.

Claim check: Shiseido WetForce sunscreen


On the back of the box, the very pricey ($40 for a 3.3 ounce bottle) Shiseido WetForce Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF50+ makes the following promise: “Providing powerful protection for your skin, this innovative protective veil actually becomes even more effective when it comes into contact with water.” The claim on Shiseido’s website goes further, saying that soaking in water for 30 minutes enhances the product’s ultraviolet (UV) protection by 20 percent.

What the coming ban on partially hydrogenated oil means for you


In the nutrition world, few food components are as widely reviled as trans fats, which hide out in chips, crackers, and countless other processed and deep-fried foods, and have been proved to increase your risk of heart disease.

3 vaccines you may need now


Flu: You can fend it off (really!) Though last year’s flu vaccine was the least effective it has been in the last eight years—reducing risk of illness by only about 23 percent—experts say that even a not-so-good flu shot is far better than none.

The fight over your electric bill


 Energy efficiency has come a long way from that evening in February 1977 when President Jimmy Carter put on a cardigan and told Americans to turn down their thermostats.

Is it time to finally buy a generator?


Y ou’re settled in safe at home when suddenly the lights go out and the comforting hums of the refrigerator and furnace fade out.

The dirty little secrets of toilet paper


 Think that a roll is a roll is a roll? The truth is that for years, toilet paper manufacturers have been selling less product and masking the shrinkage with hyperbole and hard-to-quantify claims.

Is Energy Star being tarnished?


 A  little blue label with a star in the middle has helped consumers find the most efficient models across more than 70 product categories since 1992.

Top headphones for $200 or less


You know a product is hot when the fashion industry makes it a wildly overpriced accessory. Earlier this year, jewel-encrusted headphones from the Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana showed up on runways with a price tag of almost $8,000.

Is a small SUV right for you?


Buying a first new car is a big deal. Shoppers quickly realize that $20,000 doesn’t go very far when buying new—and they start wondering how low their expectations need to go.

Jeep Renegade review


Judged on appearance and presence alone, there’s plenty to like about the Jeep Renegade. Cute as a button and sporting the proud Jeep brand, what’s not to like?


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