Consumer Reports May 2019

Ratings, recommendations, reliability reports, safety and price comparisons from the world’s largest consumer testing center. Helps consumers make better choices for everything from cars to cell phone service. The only magazine of its kind: Expert, independent, nonprofit. 100% unbiased. Consumer Reports accepts no outside advertising.

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thank you!

Consumer Reports deeply appreciates all of our donors who make contributions every year in addition to their membership. We want to publicly thank our philanthropic partners who committed $1,000 or more in the last fiscal year. JUNE 1, 2017 - MAY 31, 2018 $100,000+ ABIM Foundation • The California Endowment • California Health Care Foundation • Energy Foundation • Fidelity Charitable • Ford Foundation • The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation • Craig Newmark Philanthropies • Anonymous $25,000 to $99,999 Woody Carter • Health Access Foundation • Richard D. Lee & Vera M. Lee Foundation, Gerald A. Sherwin, Trustee • New York State Health Foundation • Nicholas Whyte & Ann Whyte • Anonymous $10,000 to $24,999 Terri & Tom Davis • The Internet Society • David A. & Janet Rice • David &…

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end robocalls, test cbd

One thing all of us can agree on today: We’re fed up with robocalls. How many times a day must we fend off scammers and spammers trying to sell us fake goods and services, or trying to scare us into handing over our Social Security number? Last year, Americans received a record 48 billion robocalls—that’s an average of 1,500 calls every single second. And though certain prerecorded calls provide helpful reminders about upcoming doctors’ appointments or the need to vote, most are decidedly unwelcome and untrustworthy. CR has been in this fight for years, working alongside the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on robocalls and win restitution for consumers. While we’ve helped to secure a number of victories along the way, the maddening truth is…

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building a better world, together

Recalling a Deadly Dresser WHAT’S AT STAKE In late 2016, Kayli and Ricky Shoff of Orem, Utah, posted a nanny-cam video online of their 2-year-old twin boys as a warning to other parents. The frightening footage, now viewed more than 17 million times, shows Brock and Bowdy climbing on a dresser, which then tips over, pinning Brock. After two difficult-to-watch minutes, Bowdy manages to nudge the heavy piece of furniture just enough to let Brock slide out unharmed. But the dresser remained on the market. Five months later, the same dresser model—Ikea’s eight-drawer Hemnes—fell on another 2-year-old, Conner DeLong, who did not survive. A lawsuit between the family and Ikea was recently settled. Despite the tragedy, Ikea has not recalled the dresser, pointing to the fact that it meets a voluntary stability standard established…

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your feedback

Our February 2019 article “Are We at a Tipping Point?” tackled the mysteries of who and how much to tip across a wide range of services. Readers eagerly shared advice and opinions. To join in, go to THANK YOU SO MUCH for the tipping guide. I found it very helpful, and I learned from it. Having recently had a mattress delivered, I’m embarrassed to say I did not tip the delivery personnel. I pride myself on being a good tipper, but this one escaped me. Now I know. A suggestion: I leave a small, handwritten thank-you note for the housekeeping staff at any hotel where I stay. It’s a small gesture that doesn’t cost anything and goes well with any monetary tip you can leave. —Laura Horah, Newark, DE MANY AMERICANS just…

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what we’re testing in our labs…

Performance All-Season Tires WE TESTED: 25 models WE TEST FOR: Braking in dry, wet, and icy conditions; handling, including steering feel; ride comfort; noise; rolling resistance; tread life; and more. ABOUT THE SCORES: Median: 59 Range: 46-75 Best Overall Performance Michelin Cross Climate + $171 75 OVERALL SCORE Long Tread Life Continental Pure Contact LS $128 71 OVERALL SCORE Deal on Wheels General Altimax RT43 (V) $99 66 OVERALL SCORE Gas Pressure Washers WE TESTED: 14 models WE TEST FOR: Versatility and efficiency in cleaning a range of surfaces, including concrete and decking; pressure; noise levels; and ease of use. ABOUT THE SCORES: Median: 73 Range: 60-78 Easy Push-Button Electric Start Ryobi RY803111 $390 77 OVERALL SCORE Terrific Turbo Nozzle Generac 10000006882 $350 76 OVERALL SCORE Quietest Cleaner Briggs & Stratton 020569-0 $380 70 OVERALL SCORE Ask Our Experts Should I buy a pressure washer or does it make more sense just to rent one? “If you’ll use a pressure washer three…

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is there any way to remove harmful bacteria, such as e. coli, from lettuce?

With three E. coli outbreaks in 2018 linked to leafy greens, specifically romaine lettuce, this is an important question. Equally important is understanding that there’s not much you can do to protect yourself from contaminated raw lettuce—other than not eating it. Rinsing lettuce in water (or washing it with a combination of water and baking soda) may help remove pesticide residue, surface dirt, and debris, but it will do nothing to remove E. coli or other bacteria. “It’s very difficult to remove bacteria from leafy greens,” says James E. Rogers, Ph.D., director of food safety, testing, and research at CR. “Bacteria have the ability to adhere to microscopic crevices in leaves.” And it doesn’t take much bacteria to make you sick. There’s another precaution you can take: Cook greens such as spinach and…