Consumer Reports November 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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what’s in your water?

MOST OF US tend to take for granted that we can access a safe glass of drinking water simply by turning on our kitchen tap. But for many Americans, whether by choice or due to health concerns, bottled water has become a ubiquitous household item. This month, we’re diving into the data and perceptions about drinking water to help you understand whether or not purchasing bottles is always a better option. Our nation’s aging water infrastructure, a lack of running water in some communities, and high-pro­le water crises like those in Flint, Mich., and Newark, N.J. (my hometown), mean that for some consumers, deciding between the faucet and bottles might not feel like a choice at all. But many of us who do have easy access to safe drinking water are…

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building a better world, together

Preventing Hot Car Deaths WHAT’S AT STAKE Fifty-three children died in hot cars last year—the highest number of vehicle heatstroke deaths in 21_years, according to And this year’s grim count had reached 38_as of Sept. 3. Some parents and caregivers knowingly leave children in cars “just for a minute,” not realizing how quickly the temperature can rise inside a closed vehicle—even in mild weather. A recent CR test conducted when it was 61°_F outside, for example, measured the temperature inside a closed car at more than 105°F after just an hour. And while it may be hard to imagine, many deaths have occurred when responsible parents unknowingly left their children in the backseat. Stress, lack of sleep, or even a change in routine can lead to such a tragedy. HOW CR HAS YOU BACK Several…

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your feedback readers’ comments about our content

MY LOCAL CABLE company (Comcast) has been the utility I have loved to hate for many years. Every two years I lock in on a rate and prepare to do battle with account reps by listing how much I could save by piecing together services from other providers. This year customer service stopped me midsentence and informed me that my monthly payment was going down. Not only that but Comcast would add Netflix free of charge. Prior to renewal, Comcast sold us a new iPad for $200. Perhaps Comcast is starting to “get it”! —Ray Fournier, Concord, NH A FEW MONTHS ago, I purchased for $30 one of the antennas you recommended. I’m getting around 60 channels, a lot of which are in HD, giving me an excellent picture. While I’m not…

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what we’re testing in our labs…

Toaster Ovens Under $100 WE TESTED: 19 models WE TEST FOR: How well a model bakes cookies and muffins, how well it reheats lasagna, color evenness of toast, ease of cleaning, ease of use, and more. ABOUT THE SCORES: Median: 55 Range: 31-66 Tops for Toasting Cuisinart Toaster Oven Broiler TOB-1010 (6-slice) $90 66 OVERALL SCORE Slim-Profile Money Saver Black+Decker (4-slice) TO1755SB $33 66 OVERALL SCORE Big Enough for a 12” Pizza Hamilton Beach (6-slice) 31411 $65 66 OVERALL SCORE Wireless and Mesh Routers WE TESTED: 28 models WE TEST FOR: Speed or “throughput” at different distances, from 8 to 100 feet away; how well it protects your privacy; and more. ABOUT THE SCORES: Traditional Median: 64, Range: 32-89 Mesh Median: 68, Range: 53-81 Powerful Traditional Router Synology RT2600ac $200 89 OVERALL SCORE Best-Performing Mesh Set Netgear Orbi AC3000 (3-pack) $400 81 OVERALL SCORE Great Value Mesh Set TP-Link Deco Whole Home (3-pack) $230 70 OVERALL SCORE Nonstick Cookware Sets WE TESTED: 15…

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ask our experts

There are so many flavors of hummus at my supermarket. Are all of them equally healthy? Traditionally made from mashed chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), lemon juice, olive oil, and spices, hummus is inherently pretty healthy stuff. It supplies protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Caramelized onion, roasted red pepper, pine nut, and spinach and artichoke can all be good choices nutritionally. When CR looked at a range of brands and flavors, we found that a 2tablespoon serving typically has about 60 calories, 1.5 to 6 grams of fat, 1 to 2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein. (The notsosurprising outlier? Chocolate hummus. While it still has the nutrients from chickpeas, it also has added sugars, as much as 7 grams per serving.) You should, however, study the sodium content. “That’s…

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cr insights

In the Know The Joys of a Classic Camera If you’ve bought a smartphone in the last few years, you’re carrying around a good—or even great—camera most of the time. But our lab testing reveals that a stand-alone camera—even one that costs $500 or less—still produces higher-quality photos than most smartphones. “Phone cameras have small sensors and lenses, and compress photos to save file space,” says Artur Pietruch, a CR camera-testing expert. “A dedicated camera’s larger sensor and lens capture high-quality images with fine detail.” They also tend to produce better photos in low light and higherquality prints. Here are four camera types that can outperform the one on your phone. For more ratings, All-Access and Digital members can go to SLR TRY: 0$Nikon D 3500 $500 SLRs have large sensors, detachable lenses, and a…