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Consumer Reports December 2018

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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United States
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English
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Consumer Union
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12 Issues

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2 min.
which deals are real?

GROWING UP in a large family meant that finding real deals was always top of mind. Whether it was the clever “two for one” pitch or the magic words “final sale,” my parents bundled us up and off we went in search of the ultimate way to stretch our dollars. There was great pride in knowing that we were not just shopping—we were getting the best value at the best prices. Okay, so maybe that baseball mitt didn’t fit exactly right one year—but I’ve never lost my appetite for discounts or markdowns. Shopping today takes a little more know-how. From Black Friday sales to time-limited online offers, we are inundated with come-ons that promise big savings and tempt us to act quickly before deals run dry—so it’s no surprise that a…

4 min.
building a better world, together

Alerting Consumers About Recalls WHAT’S AT STAKE Here’s a statistic that should concern us all: The average rate at which consumers take action when a product they own is recalled for safety reasons is thought to be a mere 6 percent. One reason, experts believe, is that most consumers who own a recalled product simply never hear about the recall. And the reason for that? The system currently in place for alerting consumers about recalled products that they own is out of date and needs to be upgraded for the digital age. HOW CR HAS YOUR BACK CR helped lead a coalition of groups pushing for 2008’s landmark Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which established an online product safety database and required manufacturers of certain products to give consumers registration cards and the ability to…

7 min.
your feedback

Our October cover story, “What’s Really in Your Meat?” investigated the presence of trace amounts of banned drugs in meat and the potential health implications. To join the conversation, go to CR.org/meat1218. THANK YOU for the fascinating article. I number among the thousands of individual or family beef producers in the U.S. who care deeply about their land, animals, and consumer products. The conclusion of the article rightly states that the USDA Organic label is not a guarantee of the quality of your food. Getting to know and supporting your local farmer through CSAs [community-supported agriculture farms], farmers markets, or buying directly from a producer is a fantastic way to ensure that you are consuming an animal that was raised with conscience and pride in high standards. After all, it is…

1 min.
share your confidential news tips

As part of our investigative efforts, Consumer Reports is seeking information from government or industry insiders, or consumer watchdogs, related to drug, food, or product safety; or digital privacy. To contact us, go to CR.org/newstips. You can safely, securely, and anonymously communicate with us: Send an encrypted email to tips@cro.consumer.org by downloading a browser extension such as Virtru, a plug-in for Google Chrome that allows you to send encrypted emails. Note that you don’t have to share your name, though your email address will appear in our inbox. Postal mail: You can send an anonymous letter or package to: CR News Tips Consumer Reports 101 Truman Ave. Yonkers, NY 10703…

3 min.
what we’re testing in our labs …

Single Wall Ovens WE TESTED: 29 electric models WE TEST FOR: Evenness of cookies and cakes baked on multiple racks, evenness of browning and searing a tray of burgers in the broiler, oven capacity, and more. ABOUT THE SCORES: Median: 74 Range: 50-89 Best for Baking GE Cafe CT9070SHSS (with French door) $3,600 High Owner Satisfaction KitchenAid KOSE500ESS $2,300 Broiling Bargain Whirlpool WOS51EC0AS $900 Quiet Vacuums WE TESTED: 94 models WE TEST FOR: Noise levels, how much embedded talc and sand a model can lift from a medium-pile carpet, handling, and more. ABOUT THE SCORES: Canister Median: 53 Range: 41-75 Upright Median: 58 Range: 33-74 Bagless Upright Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed NV680 $260 Bagged Canister Miele Complete C3 Alize $650 Bagless Canister Dyson Ball Multi Floor $300 Ask Our Experts Is there a downside to buying a full-sized desktop instead of an all-in-one model? A FULL-SIZED DESKTOP computer, though bulkier than a sleek all-in-one model, can offer similar…

3 min.
it’s cold out there! can i get a remote starter for my car if it didn’t come with one?

If your car was built after 2005, chances are good that you can buy a compatible remote starter that lets you start your car from a distance, thawing window ice and making the inside toasty warm. “Your safest bet is to get a system from your car’s manufacturer,” says John Ibbotson, chief mechanic at CR’s Auto Test Center. Your local dealer can usually provide one. Cars built before 2005 probably need an aftermarket starter, Ibbotson says. “Have it professionally installed at a national chain or reputable local shop, and get some level of warranty on the work.” Aftermarket remote starters usually cost from $200 to $330 (including parts and labor), but systems for European cars may cost up to $800. Aftermarket remote starters can be fitted to cars with manual transmissions, but…