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2013-12-18 08:21:14

Nissan Armada ranked lowest overall in CR's annual Best- & Worst-Value Ranking YONKERS, N.Y., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Reports finds the Toyota Prius to be the best overall value for the automotive dollar and the Nissan Armada the worst in its annual Best New-Car Value analysis. This is the second straight year that the Prius has topped CR's best-value list, which highlights the cars that give you the most bang for your buck. The popular hybrid has the right...

2013-12-17 08:24:50

67 percent said Holiday Greetings sent via Group Text Message are in Poor Taste; Three in Ten said Spouse/Significant Other is Hardest to Shop for YONKERS, N.Y., Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite the shorter-than-usual holiday shopping season, 31 percent of Americans who plan on giving gifts haven't even started shopping as of early December, according to a new Consumer Reports poll. Of those who have started shopping, 49 percent were less than half way done. The Consumer...

2013-12-17 08:20:07

The winners and losers from more than 3,300 products tested in 2013 YONKERS, N.Y., Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Not every product lives up to its claims, and others sometimes exceeds expectations. The January 2014 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, spotlights dozens of products in six categories - cleaning and home improvement, food and wine, cooking and food prep, electronics, everyday products, and cars - that stood out in tests and identifies fifteen that weren't up to...

2013-12-11 12:27:09

Consumer Reports HealthLawHelper.org Cuts Through Opinions to Provide Consumers with the Unbiased Facts They Need to Make Decisions About Their Health Insurance Needs for 2014 YONKERS, N.Y., Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One month after the start of open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, a new survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center shows that many American consumers now feel more confused about the...

2013-12-10 08:23:53

As incandescent bulbs are phased out, more LEDs come to market with reduced prices and more choices YONKERS, N.Y., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The incandescent bulb's days are numbered; by January 1, 2014, most will have been phased out. And a typical 60-watt bulb costs more than three times as much per year to run as a similar LED bulb. The preliminary findings of Consumer Reports latest tests show that the newest and least expensive LEDs are shining bright. All of the newer,...

2013-11-25 08:22:46

Amazon, Kmart, and United Airlines among those that make CR's "Naughty" List; Lands' End, Walmart, and Southwest Airlines play "Nice" in Fourth Annual Public Education Campaign YONKERS, N.Y., Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Reports today unveiled its fourth annual Naughty & Nice List of company policies and practices. The list includes retailers, airlines, telecomm companies, and others that have been dinged for fees, fine print, or other punitive practices, or lauded...

2013-11-21 08:30:35

Smaller Providers of No-contract and Prepaid Service Continue to Rate High; Seven Ways to cut Phone Costs YONKERS, N.Y., Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sprint is now the lowest-Rated carrier in Consumer Reports' latest annual cell-phone service Ratings, based on a survey of 58,399 subscribers by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. While it trailed only Verizon in overall customer satisfaction among the major carriers in last year's ratings, Sprint received dismal marks...

2013-11-12 08:41:06

Sites to help shoppers on a budget check everyone off their list; Plus, gifts that give back YONKERS, N.Y., Nov.12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Finding the perfect holiday gift on a budget can be tough, so ShopSmart's team of expert shoppers set out to find online retailers with great gift ideas that cost $25 or less. The December 2013 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, features 25 websites that offer gifts at a wide range of prices and make it easy to find inexpensive, quality...

2013-11-04 12:31:14

Deputy Head of Wall Street Journal Video Named Senior Director of Video for CR YONKERS, N.Y., Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Reports, the world's largest independent product-testing organization, announced today that it has hired Gwendolyn Bounds to lead and grow its energetic video team. In her new role, Ms. Bounds will oversee a team of video producers, editors and others who produce a wide range of content for the web and television outlets. The content is...

2013-10-31 08:37:29

Crutchfield.com and BHPhotoVideo.com get highest satisfaction scores; Independents, Costco, Apple Store are among the top walk-in stores YONKERS, N.Y., Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans who plan to shop for electronics this holiday shopping season might best be served by shopping online. In Consumer Reports' latest ratings of electronics stores, websites as a whole outdid walk-in stores for quality, selection, and price. Crutchfield.com and BHPhotoVideo.com were...