Consumer Reports Articles

High-fee college bank cards

Hundreds of colleges push campus-sponsored bank cards. They’re touted as the best way for students to manage their money and receive financial aid. But a Consumer Reports investigation finds they can be a bad deal.

Tasty, healthy breakfast cereals

With your kids back in school, you want to begin the day with a healthy breakfast. Consumer Reports finds over a dozen that are not only good for them, but also ace their taste tests.

Best mileage pickup truck

Full-sized pickups are notorious gas-guzzlers. But the new RAM 1500 diesel is a champ. It aces Consumer Reports' mileage tests and has just become their top-rated pickup.

Save money on laundry

The average family does 400 loads of laundry per year. Those costs add up. You’re paying for water, detergent and energy, not counting the washer and dryer.

Tuna 'safety alert' for pregnant women

Consumer Reports is cautioning pregnant women not to eat all kinds of tuna, including canned tuna and sushi. They can contain high levels of mercury, which can damage the baby's nervous system.

Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon Fire phone falls flat, experts say

Consumer Reports has completed its testing of Amazon's first smart phone -- the Fire. Although it earned a rating of “very good,” Consumer Reports experts are not wowed.

Back-to-school laptops

Whether your child is in elementary school, middle school, high school or college-bound, Consumer Reports reveals the best laptop for each age group.

Appliances for college

We’ve got everything you need to outfit your dorm or first apartment, from a microwave or compact fridge to a coffeemaker or a blender for making smoothies.

Cell phone battery backups

Phone batteries always seem to run out when you need them! To the rescue, smart phone cases with a built in battery.

Better-for-you foods

Should you choose light or low-fat? Whole grain or multi-grain? Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated? Consumer Reports ShopSmart makes it easy for you to find the best choices.

Finding good tech support

Where will you find the best service and results when you have an issue with your computer?