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Consumer Reports Tests Chest & Upright Freezers

If you are in need of some extra storage space, Consumer Reports just tested dozens of chest freezers and uprights.

07/03/2015

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Study: Child Injured Every 45 Minutes On Inflatable Rides

You may want to think twice before you let your kids take a turn in a bouncy house. The federal government says injuries on these inflatable rides are on the rise.

07/02/2015

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Consumer Reports’ Tips For Better Audio On Cell Phones

For many people, trying to hear a cell-phone conversation can be challenging. In Consumer Reports’ tests, no cell phone has received an excellent or even a very good rating for voice quality.

06/26/2015

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Angie’s List: Investing In Solar Energy

Brett Johnson loves his home and plans to be in it the rest of his life.

06/18/2015

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Angie’s List: Carpet Cleaning Tips From An Expert

Have you ever tried to clean coffee out of your carpet? How about wine or even blood? It’s no easy task.

06/11/2015

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Consumer Reports Issues Recommendations For Push Mowers

Consumer Reports has tested more than 100 lawn mowers from Home Depot, Lowe’s, and other retailers. Its testers have pushed them more than 50 miles to help you find the best mower for your yard. They rated each mower on how well it can cut in different modes — mulching, bagging, and side discharging.

06/05/2015

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Angie’s List: Sod Or Seed For Lush, Green Lawns?

Everyone wants a lush, green lawn. But, what’s the best way to achieve it – sod or seed?

05/28/2015

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Consumer Reports Tests Reflective Gear For Pedestrians, Bicyclists

Cars kill more than 5,000 pedestrians, bicyclists, and joggers each year. A vast majority of those accidents happen after the sun sets.

05/21/2015

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Angie’s List: Patios And Decks

New home buyers are looking outdoors when house hunting, so having a great deck or patio is important when trying to sell.

05/21/2015

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Coffee Crud: Harmful Bacteria Found In Coffee Makers

Millions of Americans wake up each day and enjoy a cup of coffee. But, you may be getting more than just caffeine.

05/18/2015

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Consumer Reports Tests Safer, Effective Insect Repellents

Mosquitoes and ticks are a nuisance, but even worse, they can spread diseases like West Nile and Lyme. Now, some types of those insects are responsible for carrying new diseases — chikungunya and Powassan.

05/13/2015

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Consumer Reports: Galaxy S5 Beats Out S6

Consumer Reports has put Samsung’s new flagship smartphone through extensive testing. The test results are in and the Galaxy S6 landed below Samsung’s older S5 in Consumer Reports’ ratings.

05/12/2015

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Angie’s List: How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

Their name implies that they’re confined to your bedroom, but bed bugs can live anywhere: hotels, offices, even movie theaters have had infestations.

05/07/2015

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Consumer Reports Rates Best Bike Helmets

No question, a bike helmet can be a real lifesaver. Ninety percent of the bicyclists killed in the past two decades were not wearing a helmet.

05/06/2015

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Angie’s List: Readying & Reacting To Radon

You can’t see it, smell it, touch it or taste it, but radon is present in the soil of all 50 states, and it could be seeping into your home.

04/30/2015

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