Consumer Reports Deems NutriBullet A Possible Safety Risk

Consumer Reports Deems NutriBullet A Possible Safety Risk

Infomercials for the NutriBullet Pro 900 claim that “even the toughest ingredients don’t stand a chance,” but when our colleagues at Consumer Reports put it to a durability test that crushes 7 large ice cubes 45 times, they two instances in which the NutriBullet’s blades cracked or broke off, leading CR to judge the device a “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk.” [More]

Drain-FX: Another Infomercial Product That Actually Works

Drain-FX: Another Infomercial Product That Actually Works

Have you seen the ads for Drain-FX, a product for unclogging pipes stuffed with things that really, really shouldn’t be in the plumbing of your house? You might wonder whether it’s all TV hype, or an infomercial product that does what it promises. Our colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports did, too, and they crammed their drains with a variety of substances to find the answer for all of us. [More]

Sbarro Is The Worst Fast Food Chain In America Because Its Food Doesn’t Taste “Fresh”

Answer: Sbarro.

Whether you’re a burger guy or a burrito gal, you’ve probably got your favorite fast food joints. But in the interest of finding a culinary consensus, our best buds at Consumer Reports decided to make it official with a new survey of readers who chowed down on 96,208 meals at 65 chains. And um, we’ve got some bad news for you, Sbarro (clears throat awkwardly). [More]

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Attention, Austin: Consumerist Is Hiring Technology Folks

You’re reading this site right now, if these words are beaming through your eyeballs into your brain — and you could be working for it, if you’ve got the technological savvy and happen to live in Austin, Texas. [More]

Graco Stroller Named A ‘Don’t Buy: Safety Risk’ By Consumer Reports

Graco Stroller Named A ‘Don’t Buy: Safety Risk’ By Consumer Reports

Because there’s really no point in having brakes on a stroller’s wheels if they still allow the stroller to roll, our colleagues at Consumer Reports have judged a double stroller from Graco a “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk” and shared their findings with both the company and federal safety regulators. [More]

4 Popular Cars That Aren’t Worth Your Money

4 Popular Cars That Aren’t Worth Your Money

While you’d like to think you can’t go wrong with a middle-of-the-road vehicle from a well-known car company, sometimes you’re still not getting the most for your car-buying dollar. [More]

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Calling All Health & Electronics Editors: Consumer Reports Is Hiring

Are you all about electronics? Or maybe you’re in the trenches of health reporting, and seeking a change to your career. If so, today could be the day you find the job you want. Consumer Reports is hiring a Deputy Content Editor for Electronics, and an Investigative Editor and Editor in its Health department. [More]

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Portable Air Conditioners: Not So Portable, Don’t Cool The Air

The concept of a portable air conditioner implies that the device is portable, and that you can cool a room with it. They would be a wonderful tool if this were were true, but tests by our breezy and cool colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports show that they compare unfavorably to window-mounted air conditioners in pretty much every way, and you might be better off with no air conditioner at all. [More]

4 Home Depot Exclusives For Shoppers To Avoid

We don't recommend buying children at Home Depot, or really anywhere, as human trafficking is illegal and immoral. (photo: Patrick)

While many of us go to stores like Home Depot for brands of tools, paint, flooring and other products that you could buy at other retailers, the Depot has several labels you won’t find elsewhere. Unfortunately, not all of these exclusive brands are worth the trip to the Despot. [More]

Video: Here’s How Easy It Is To Turn Off (And How Hard It Is To Steer) A Recalled Chevy Cobalt

Video: Here’s How Easy It Is To Turn Off (And How Hard It Is To Steer) A Recalled Chevy Cobalt

Earlier today, General Motors was hit with a $35 million penalty for its decade-plus delay in recalling millions of vehicles with defective ignition switches that could be inadvertently turned off, leaving the car without power steering and braking and deactivating the air bags. GM has repeatedly stated that these cars are safe to drive because an accidentally turned-off vehicle could still be steered to safety. But is that true? [More]

Does Film-Coated Advil Really Work Faster?

Does Film-Coated Advil Really Work Faster?

Unless you’re allergic to certain non-active ingredients or have you have an unusual sensitivity, generally the brand-name and generic versions of over-the-counter medicines are pretty much the same. Manufacturers keep adding innovations to coax customers away from generic meds, like a film-coated version of Pfizer’s Advil that is supposed to relieve pain faster. Does it? [More]

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3 Extremely Boring Ways To Save Money On Gas

We all like to think that there are special tricks we can learn or technology that we can use to improve our fuel economy and save money on gas. That’s not so: there are tricks we can employ, but they’re intuitive and extremely boring. [More]

It’s Not Just You: Pretty Much Everyone Hates Their TV & Internet Providers, Survey Finds

It’s Not Just You: Pretty Much Everyone Hates Their TV & Internet Providers, Survey Finds

If you’ve got problems with the company providing your TV and broadband service, you are most definitely not alone. Our siblings over at Consumer Reports ran a national survey to find out how satisfied with their cable and internet providers subscribers really are. And the findings won’t surprise most Consumerist readers: when it comes to their telecom providers, most consumers are a lot less than pleased. [More]

Consumer Reports Deems Hamilton Beach Dual Coffeemaker “Unsafe,” Could Burn Users

Consumer Reports Deems Hamilton Beach Dual Coffeemaker “Unsafe,” Could Burn Users

The Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew 49983 seems like a really great idea. Indeed, there are other similar coffeemakers on the market. There’s a regular drip brewing setup on the left, and a K-Cup-compatible cartridge brewing system on the right. Yet our instantly-brewed colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports say that this model is potentially dangerous because the warming plate for the drip side heats up when the instant side is in use. [More]

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Toaster Ovens: Good Tiny Ovens, Bad At Making Toast

Do you eat toast? Our lightly browned colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports spend a lot of time testing things that you might not think of to test. For example: the quality of toast produced in toasters vs. that produced in toaster ovens. Turns out that you’re better off with a plain old toaster, unless the “oven” part is important to you. [More]

12 Things You Should Keep In Your Car For Emergencies

12 Things You Should Keep In Your Car For Emergencies

Snowy, icy winters make for especially treacherous driving, so you usually see lists like this published when the first storms of the year hit. That’s not quite fair, though. Emergencies come up in any climate and at any time of year. You may not need all of them year-round, but here are a dozen things that can help you out in an emergency on the road. [More]

The Honda Fit after being run through the IIHS small overlap test.

Consumer Reports Pulls Recommendation For Honda Fit After Poor Crash Test Results

Earlier today, we told you how all but one of the subcompact cars (aka mini cars) tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety received failing marks in the important small overlap crash test, and the Honda Fit earned the lowest scores of the entire group. As a result, our co-workers at Consumer Reports have decided they can no longer recommend this particular vehicle. [More]

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Digging Out From A Snowstorm: Know Your Shovels

Need a new shovel, or an additional one? You can save a lot of time, effort, and pain by choosing the one that’s right for you. Our colleagues over at Consumer Reports did the heavy lifting, evaluating different types of shovels and what kinds of people and snow they’re most appropriate for. [More]