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Consumer Reports September 2020

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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4 min.
let’s make a difference together

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2 min.
burdens of proof

YOU SHOULD NEVER have to guess when it comes to your health—nor should you have to worry about dangerous products being for sale online or on store shelves before they’ve been adequately vetted. The world of supplements is one especially prone to alluring promises. So when I found a suspect supplement in my 94-year-old father’s medicine cabinet, I certainly could understand why he’d try it—given his aches and pains and the convincing marketing language claiming the product would make them go away. But these promises are too often more myth than reality, and that’s why proper oversight is so important. More than two-thirds of us take supplements on a regular basis. Many consumers assume that these have been tested and proved to be safe before we can buy them, but are then…

3 min.
building a better world, together

Keeping Health Info Private WHAT’S AT STAKE Contact tracing—which involves interviewing people who have a disease, notifying anyone with whom they’ve come into close contact, and referring the latter for tests—is a proven tool for containing the outbreak of infectious diseases. To aid the effort during the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials have recruited tech firms to develop smartphone apps and other digital tools to trace and monitor the spread, and automatically alert people who have come into contact with confirmed cases. But many Americans are reluctant to trust tech firms to protect their sensitive health information—understandably so, given years of data breaches and privacy scandals. HOW CR HAS YOUR BACK To address these concerns and thereby improve the effectiveness of contact tracing, CR advocates helped draft—and are urging legislators to pass—the Public Health Emergency Privacy Act.…

6 min.
your feedback

Our “Sun Safety Guide” in July offered up the best sunscreens from our testing, as well as expert advice for minimizing your risk for skin damage and skin cancer. Readers wrote in with questions and cautionary tales. To join the conversation, go to CR.org/sunsafety0920. YOUR GREAT JULY article advised readers to keep an eye out for any changes in skin conditions and to moles in particular. I would like to add that even a tiny dot can be critical. I found a black dot, like the period at the end of this sentence, on my shin. I called my dermatologist and had a biopsy. It was melanoma, and it required some fairly deep Mohs surgery for removal. See your doctor. I was lucky, and so far I haven’t had a reoccurrence. —Jo…

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

Cookware Sets for $110 or Less WE TESTED: 13 nonstick sets WE TEST FOR: Cooking evenness, how easily cooked eggs slide off a pan’s nonstick surface without assistance, the durability of nonstick coating, and more. ABOUT THE SCORES: Median: 74 Range: 53-79 Best Overall & Dishwasher-Friendly (8 Pieces) The Rock by Starfrit Nonstick $110 79 OVERALL SCORE Includes Cast-Iron Fry Pan (10 Pieces) Pioneer Woman Classic Belly Ceramic $100 77 OVERALL SCORE Bargain Buy With Extras (15 Pieces) AmazonBasics Non-Stick LFFP16027 $52 79 OVERALL SCORE Printers With Lower Ink Costs WE TESTED: 129 all-in-one models WE TEST FOR: Speed and quality of printing graphics and text, ink costs, and more. ABOUT THE SCORES: INKJET: Median: 54 Range: 42-69 LASER: Median: 73 Range: 58-81 Cost-Cutting B&W Laser Canon ImageClass MF267dw $250 (plus $40 per year for toner) 80 OVERALL SCORE Inkjet With Low-Cost Ink Canon Pixma G4210 $280 (plus $6 per year for ink) Low-Priced, Speedy Inkjet Brother MFC…

3 min.
i saw a sign for a ‘walnut blasting’ service at my auto shop. which cars need that?

The process of walnut blasting, which entails cleaning the intake manifold and valves of a car’s engine with a highpressure air blast of finely crushed walnut shells (a biodegradable abrasive), is meant to help clear out carbon buildup on older gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines, thus helping your car run better. GDI engines are designed to improve fuel economy by injecting fuel directly into the combustion chamber, but this configuration can cause the intake valves to get dirtier with built-up carbon deposits—formed when trace amounts of engine oil seep past valve seals as a part of normal engine operation and then bake onto the valves. Over time, these deposits can cause hesitation, poor drivability, or a check-engine light, says John Ibbotson, CR’s chief mechanic. The walnut method may be best known…