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Consumer Reports

March 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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Consumer Union
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sleeping a little easier

If your New Year’s resolution to hit the gym or eat a more nutritious diet has run into a speed bump or two, fear not. There are other surefire ways to improve your health that don’t require you to break a sweat—or lift a forkful of kale, for that matter. One of the most important is getting a good night’s sleep—a critical, and often overlooked, part of our well-being. This month, we’ve got you covered under the covers with guidance on pillows, sheets, and the top mattresses on the market. Our bedsheet ratings have returned after a nine-year hiatus, while our mattress matchmaker will help you find the perfect fit for whatever style of sleep suits you best. We also have advice on which nighttime sleep aids work—and which carry…

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building a better world, together

A Victory for No-Antibiotic MeatWHAT’S AT STAKEInfections from drug-resistant “superbugs” cause at least 23,000 deaths a year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A key reason is that the routine overuse of antibiotics in animals raised for food has enabled the evolution of bacteria that are almost impervious to the drugs.Two positive developments have emerged, however. In November, Sanderson Farms, the nation’s third-largest chicken producer, said it would stop using antibiotics that are medically important to humans in its live poultry operations by March 2019. The company had previously criticized other producers’ promotion of their food as “raised without antibiotics” as being an empty marketing slogan.And in December, McDonald’s said it would reduce the use of medically important antibiotics in its global beef supply…

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your feedback

Our January 2019 cover story, “Medical Tests You Do (and Don’t) Need,” discussed which screening tests can save your life and which can be a waste of time and money. To add your thoughts, go to CR.org/medicaltests0319.KUDOS FOR YOUR REPORT on medical tests. When I protested to a screening service about their solicitations, the company tried to scare me with the dangers of not using their tests. Recently I have received the company’s solicitations in mailings from legitimate organizations I belong to. Smells like the screening service is offering a financial reward if such organizations include its literature in their regular mailings. Just what we need—another business milking our already overpriced health budgets.—Mel Kallal, Jefferson City, MOAS A RETIRED M.D. (30 years in emergency medicine), I agreed with most of…

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why have washers become so enormous in recent years?

(ILLUSTRATION: SERGE BLOCH)The simple answer is consumer demand. In fact, our lab just finished testing the largest top-loader agitator in the industry, at 44x29x30 inches—the “giant” Maytag shown above. A larger washer drum lets you fit more laundry per wash, “and that’s a time-saver, particularly because some machines can take up to 2 hours per load,” says Richard Handel, who oversees CR’s washer testing. Also, most top-loader models offer a “deep fill” option that adds water when you want it. But bear in mind that deep drums can make collecting clothes from the bottom of the drum challenging. One shopping tip: If you’re buying big, measure the doorways through which the machine must fit on delivery, not just the space it will live in. ■…

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what we’re testing in our labs …

Top-Loader Washing MachinesWE TESTED: 58 modelsWE TEST FOR: Washing performance, including how well a model’s normal cycle cleans a load of mixed cotton items, and more.ABOUT THE SCORES:HEMedian: 69Range: 46-81AgitatorMedian: 56Range: 31-70A Washing Wonder (HE)LG WT7100CW $72081 OVERALL SCOREGiant AgitatorMaytag MVWB965HC $1,23070 OVERALL SCORESlim for Tight Spaces (HE)LG WT901CW $54071 OVERALL SCOREGas DryersWE TESTED: 74 modelsWE TEST FOR: Drying performance with a mix of fabrics and load sizes; ease of use, including controls; noise; and more.ABOUT THE SCORES:Median: 80Range: 50-92Top TumblerLG DLGX7601WE $1,05092 OVERALL SCOREHot DealLG DLG7101W $73088 OVERALL SCOREBuilt for Large LoadsMaytag MGDB955FW $1,26086 OVERALL SCORESlow CookersWE TESTED: 8 modelsWE TEST FOR: Tenderness of meat and vegetables after 5 hours on high and 8 hours on low, clarity of controls, ease of programming, and more.ABOUT THE SCORES:Median: 72Range: 65-84Now…

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ask our experts

I know omega-3s are good for me. Is it worth buying eggs that contain them?Egg producers that tout omega-3s on their packaging typically feed their hens foods such as flaxseed, which gives their eggs a boost of the omega-3 fats ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). The idea is that consumers who eat those eggs will get omega-3 benefits in the form of heart, eye, and brain health.But fatty fish—such as salmon or sardines—is a much better source of omega-3s. Not only does fish have more of the nutrients overall, says Charlotte Vallaeys, senior policy analyst for food and nutrition at CR, but the mix of omega-3 fat types in fish is superior to eggs’. Though fish contains very little ALA, it does contain DHA and another omega-3, EPA…

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