Consumer Reports October 2021

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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about consumer reports

Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1936 that works side by side with consumers to create a safe, fair, and transparent marketplace. To achieve our mission, we test thousands of products and services in our labs each year and survey hundreds of thousands of consumers about their experiences with products and services. We pay for all the products we rate. We don’t accept paid advertising In addition to our rigorous research, investigative journalism, and consumer advocacy, we work with other organizations, including media, consumer groups, research and testing consortiums, and philanthropic partners. We also license our content and data, as well as work with business partners to offer shopping and other consumer services, and may receive fees from these programs. We maintain a strict separation between our commercial…

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adapting to the changes

THERE ARE THINGS we did before the pandemic that we may never do in the same way again, including shopping. We’ve seen an acceleration in online purchasing that doesn’t look to be slowing, and many walk-in stores are evolving to do more delivery or curbside pickups as consumer routines change. For a brief moment this past summer, with vaccinations on the rise, it seemed like casual browsing in stores might be a welcome change. But the Delta variant has reminded us that we aren’t out of the woods yet. We’ve also witnessed some economic fallout in the marketplace, as the labor and supply-chain disruptions of the past 18 months have led to shortages of goods ranging from dishwashers to used cars. We tend to think of online options as limitless, but a…

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building a better world, together

Cleaning Up Fast Food Despite modest improvements from Applebee’s, IHOP, and Wendy’s—and top marks for Chipotle and Panera—most national fast-food eateries received failing grades on the latest Chain Reaction report, a project by CR and five partner organizations tracking antibiotic use in the raising of beef used by restaurant chains. The routine overuse of antibiotics in animals raised for food has enabled the evolution of bacteria that are largely impervious to the drugs. You can see all the grades below, and read the full 2021 report at CR CALL TO ACTION It has become increasingly clear that broadband service is not a luxury but a necessity. Yet it remains inaccessible to too many Americans. You can help change that by participating in Consumer Reports’ Let’s Broadband Together initiative, in which consumers nationwide…

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your feedback

I ENJOYED your August 2021 report on WiFi problems. After doing some of the checks mentioned in the article, I found that my issue was with my laptop’s WiFi card. My desktop computer was getting 225 mps via WiFi, while the laptop in the same room was getting 25 mps. —James Webber, Granbury, TX XFINITY/COMCAST PRICES are high in the stores—and even over the phone. Signing up on the internet as a new customer is the cheapest. So every two years, when our guaranteed-rate contract expires, my wife and I switch accounts. If the account is in my name, I cancel and then she signs up as a new customer. (We have our own modem and router, so there’s no equipment to turn in.) Our current $59.99 a month for internet expires…

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ask our experts

NO. OUNCE FOR OUNCE, espresso has more caffeine: 63 mg of caffeine in 1 ounce (roughly the amount in a shot), according to Department of Agriculture nutrition data. Regular coffee, by contrast, has about 12 mg of caffeine in every ounce, on average. But who stops at 1 ounce of coffee? If you drink an 8-ounce mug of your home brew, you’re getting about 95 mg of caffeine or more. (And at Starbucks, an 8-ounce cup of its Pike Place medium-roast coffee has 155 mg.) So if you’re looking to cut down on your caffeine intake, replacing your cup of brewed coffee with just a single shot of espresso is a good option—as long as you stick to drinking just one shot.…

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what we’re testing in our labs …

Smoke Alarms & CO Detectors WE TESTED: 40 models WE TEST FOR: How models respond to smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide. ABOUT THE SCORES: SMOKE ALARMS Median: 53; Range: 46-91 CO DETECTORS Median: 80; Range: 70-93 COMBO Median: 67; Range: 56-89 BEST DUAL SENSOR SMOKE ALARM First Alert 3120B $30 91 OVERALL SCORE BEST CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR First Alert CO615 $30 91 OVERALL SCORE BEST COMBO SMOKE/CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR Universal Security Instruments MIC3510SB $50 89 OVERALL SCORE Coffee Makers WE TESTED: 103 models WE TEST FOR: Brew performance; ease of filling the reservoir, changing filters, and cleaning; how well the carafe pours coffee; and more. ABOUT THE SCORES: Median: 69 Range: 34-91 BEST BREW OVERALL Cuisinart DCC-T20 (touch-screen 14-cup) $130 91 OVERALL SCORE SPEEDY BREWING FOR LESS Bella Pro Series 90061 (14-cup) $90 82 OVERALL SCORE DRIP COFFEE & ESPRESSO MAKER Mr. Coffee Occasions BVMC-O-CT (10-cup) $230 63 OVERALL SCORE Bleach-Free Dishwasher Detergents WE TESTED: 11 products WE TEST FOR: How well the detergent cleans baked-on food from glass dishes, how well it reduces mineral deposits,…