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Angie's List: Tips For Hiring Right Contractor The First Time Talk to homeowners who've remodeled and most may tell you how hard it was to find the right contractor or provide stories about what went wrong.
Retailers, Consumers Don’t Always Agree On Definition Of “Lifetime Warranties”When you buy something with a lifetime warranty, you might expect it's going to last a lifetime, but customers and retailers don't always agree on the definition of "lifetime.”
Consumer Reports Tests For Best & Safest Vinyl FlooringVinyl flooring is long-lasting and inexpensive, but there have been a lot of questions lately about the safety of it.
Consumer Reports Issues Safety Alert For Ground BeefAmericans eat a lot of ground beef. Last year, we bought more than 2 billion pounds of it in supermarkets and big-box stores. But that hamburger you’re grilling could contain harmful bacteria, and unless you cook it thoroughly, it could make you sick.
Consumer Reports Tests For Best DehumidifiersIf you need a dehumidifier, now is a good time to buy one. The new federal energy standards mean dehumidifiers use a lot less energy than they used to.
Consumer Reports Tests Best & Worst Ways To Keep Mosquitoes AwayLots of products claim to protect you from pesky mosquitoes. But many of them contain chemicals you don’t necessarily want to spray on yourself or your kids.
Consumer Reports Tests Chest & Upright FreezersIf you are in need of some extra storage space, Consumer Reports just tested dozens of chest freezers and uprights.
Study: Child Injured Every 45 Minutes On Inflatable RidesYou 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.
Consumer Reports' Tips For Better Audio On Cell PhonesFor 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.
Angie's List: Investing In Solar EnergyBrett Johnson loves his home and plans to be in it the rest of his life.
Angie’s List: Carpet Cleaning Tips From An ExpertHave you ever tried to clean coffee out of your carpet? How about wine or even blood? It's no easy task.
Consumer Reports Issues Recommendations For Push MowersConsumer 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.