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How to get a full refund and not be charged a restocking fee when you make a return to a store

There are plenty of ads out there that promise a full refund on a product for just about any reason at all.

Stopping child deaths in hot cars

As summer temperatures rise, so does the risk of deadly heat strokes. Of particular concern are children left unattended inside a hot car.

Four hotel scams to avoid

Summer travel often includes several relaxing nights at a hotel. But if you're not careful, you could be the victim of creative hotel scams that con artists have come up with to steal your money or your identity.

Safety a must when using a generator or chain saw


Even with the milder hurricane season expected along the Atlantic seaboard this year, generators and chain saws come in handy for any severe storm that results in power outages and downed trees.

Safety a must when using a generator or chain saw


Even with the milder hurricane season expected along the Atlantic seaboard this year, generators and chain saws come in handy for any severe storm that results in power outages and downed trees.

For perfect roasts, use a digital meat thermometer


When you think of all the money and effort it takes to turn out a perfectly grilled steak, braised pork tenderloin, or a moist, tender turkey, it’s surprising that intuition often trumps a reliable meat thermometer.

New tow ratings for 2015 Ford F-150 level the playing field for truck buyers

Ford is right to be proud of the towing and carrying capacity of its new, lighter, 2015 F-150 pickup.

How to get ready for the summer towing season

Warm weather means trailering season for many drivers, as families break out their boats, campers, and other outdoor gear for stress-relieving recreation.

5 laptops for college students that won't break your budget


College may be the best investment for the future, but it certainly doesn’t come cheap. To help stretch your budget, we combed our computer Ratings to find some of the best laptops in terms of price and performance in the $600 to $800 range.

Washers and dryers that are loaded with features


The best washers and dryers in Consumer Reports' tests use less water and energy to remove tough stains and dry clothes.

4K detail looks great on a huge Ultra HD screen, even up close


Ultra HD TVs have the highest resolution of any consumer TV yet, 4K, which means that images have more detail than even 1080p high-def content.

Watch out for IRS impersonation scams

Tax season may be long over, but tax-related scams aren't. At least three states recently warned about scammers posing as IRS agents demanding payment of overdue taxes.

What you can get for the $120,000 cost of the 105-inch Samsung TV


As Mr. TV—that is, my colleague Jim Willcox—just reported, the 105-inch Samsung UN105S9W UHD TV will be available for preorder soon—for a jaw-dropping $120,000.

Ultra HD TVs: Best picture yet


Now that you’ve finally outfitted almost every room in your house with a flat-panel HDTV, there’s a new technology being touted as the next big thing: ultra high-definition, or UHD, TV.

Redesigned 2015 Toyota Yaris promises some needed improvements

The redesigned 2015 Yaris will continue to be offered in 3- and 5-door liftback versions, and beneath the fresh skin, Toyota claims it has addressed several shortcomings in the outgoing model.

5 great, cheap headphones for back to school

You may not be able to do anything about the high cost of tuition, but you don't have to spend a bundle to get a great set of headphones.

Fast and ferocious BMW M3 and M4 wow us on street and track


Over the last few days we’ve been driving the new 2015 BMW M3 and M4, the high-performance sedan and two-door coupe versions of the laudable 3 Series line.

The truth about product registration cards

When you buy a TV, lamp, or even a mesh chair for your teenager to take to college this fall, what business is it of the manufacturer to ask about your income, education, hobbies, and the car you drive?

Why do washers and dryers cost so much?

Consumer Reports' top-rated front-loader, the LG WM8500HVA, has 14 cycles, holds about 26 pounds of laundry, and comes in eye-catching graphite stainless steel, but it costs $1,600.

First look: Fire Phone puts Amazon in your pocket


The Amazon Fire Phone goes on sale this week—July 25—from AT&T, the exclusive provider, but we can offer you a sneak peek based on hands-on experience with a press sample this weekend.


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