Eric BEAUME

It’s The Little Things That Often Make Travelers Happy With Airlines These Days

In an era of add-on fees, crunched-up knees, and general dissatisfaction with air travel, what does it take for an airline to stand out with customers? Apparently not much. [More]

Snake Oil Was A Real Thing & 3 Other Things You Should Know About Sham Medicines

Snake Oil Was A Real Thing & 3 Other Things You Should Know About Sham Medicines

Everyone knows the image of the snake oil salesman, pitching worthless — often dangerous — tonics, tinctures, and potions to treat any ailment under the sun. What you may not know is that “snake oil” wasn’t just a phrase, or how it and other sham cure-alls ultimately led to the creation of the FDA. [More]

Anyone Can Make & Market A Dietary Supplement, Including Consumer Reports

Anyone Can Make & Market A Dietary Supplement, Including Consumer Reports

When you see ads for dietary supplements, there are often scientists in lab coats looking at beakers and flasks, saying science-y things. In the real world, just about anyone with a credit card can make and market a supplement, even one that contains potentially unhealthy ingredients. Just ask our colleagues at Consumer Reports, the creators of the new (totally fake) weight-loss supplement Thinitol. [More]

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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Active Fails The Dunk Test

When a product says it’s water resistant, you probably aren’t going to test that claim out yourself (at least not intentionally). That’s why we’ve got the fine folks at Consumer Reports, who recently subjected the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active to a “dunk test” to see if the phone would live up to its watertight claims. [More]

Jeff

Two-Thirds Of College Students Who Take Out Loans Have No Idea What They’re In For

Would you walk into a bank — or call up the federal government — and borrow $50,000 or more without having some idea of when or how you’ll be expected to pay it back, or what can happen to you if you fall behind? That probably sounds unwise to you, but the results of a new survey show that a large majority of college students who take out loans are jumping into the deep end of the debt pool without any advice or guidance.  [More]

Go Full MacGyver With This 5-Step Process For Getting Gum Off Your Jeans

Go Full MacGyver With This 5-Step Process For Getting Gum Off Your Jeans

So you’ve gone and sat in a wad of gum. Sucks, huh? Don’t despair. You might still be able to salvage your favorite pair of blue jeans with the help of some unexpected gum-removing tools that might already be sitting around your house. [More]

Joel Zimmer

5 Reasons Prescription Drug Prices Are Going Up For Many Americans

If you feel like you’re paying more for medication, you’re not alone. A new investigation from our colleagues at Consumer Reports finds that one-third of Americans are seeing higher prices for prescriptions, and one-in-six people chose to avoid getting a prescription filled because of the cost. So what’s behind the increased cost of staying well? [More]

Anne Makaske

3 Fancy Dishwasher Features You Can Do Without

There are few things nicer than finishing a big meal and being able to avoid another 30 minutes at the sink washing plates, pans, and silverware by placing them inside a machine that does all the work for you. As technology advances, dishwashers have become increasingly more elaborate, but do you really need all of those extra features? In short, not really. [More]

Evenflo Car Seat That Reminds Driver Child Is In Car Is Promising, Not Perfect Yet

Evenflo Car Seat That Reminds Driver Child Is In Car Is Promising, Not Perfect Yet

Technology can’t solve all of our problems, but maybe there’s a technological solution that can help with a tragedy that has affected parents of all walks of life: leaving small children in hot cars to overheat and die. The happens to an average of 38 kids every year, and car seat maker Evenflo responded to safety advocates by making a seat and harness that integrates with your car’s electronics. [More]

Will DIY Air Conditioners Really Keep You Cool This Summer?

Will DIY Air Conditioners Really Keep You Cool This Summer?

Don’t feel like plunking down upwards of a few hundred bucks for a window unit air conditioner? No, of course you don’t; that was a silly question. At the same time, you probably don’t want to spend the next few months baking in the summer heat. You could McGyver one using ice and some stuff that’s sitting in your garage gathering dust, but will it make your life any more tolerable? [More]

frankieleon

5 Things You Should Know Before Buying Sunscreen This Year

Whether you’re hitting the beach, doing yard work, or just out and about in the sun this summer, using sunscreen to protect your skin is generally a good idea. But not all products provide the same level of protection, and some don’t live up to the promises on their packaging.
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5 Steps To Change Your Gas Grill Burner And Save Memorial Day

5 Steps To Change Your Gas Grill Burner And Save Memorial Day

While the skies in some parts of the U.S. don’t exactly scream “It’s Grillin’ Time” today, that doesn’t mean we can’t prep our summer-loving grills for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. If you’re a charcoal fan you’re just dumping out the old ashes, but if you’ve got an old gas grill taking up space on your patio, you might need to replace a burner to salvage it in time for summer. [More]

David H

4 Tips From Contractors To Keep Your Home Remodel From Spiraling Out Of Control

When preparing to give your home a little facelift — inside, outside, or otherwise — most of us will probably seek out the assistance of a professional. But finding someone to complete your renovation on time, on budget, and to your liking can be more difficult than it seems, especially when you consider that the construction industry is currently dealing with a labor shortage.  [More]

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5 Things We Learned About The $300 Billion Painkiller Industry

Relieving pain isn’t a simple issue of taking a pill and feeling better. It’s a complicated cornucopia of treatments ranging from over-the-counter remedies to holistic healing to prescription medications, with some $300 billion a year spent each year on painkillers in the U.S. alone.

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Hey You! We’re Looking For Consumerist Readers To Share Their Thoughts On Consumer Reports

Hey You! We’re Looking For Consumerist Readers To Share Their Thoughts On Consumer Reports

As you’re probably well aware, Consumerist is part of the Consumer Reports organization, so when CR wants to talk to folks about new features or enhancements to its products, they want to include Consumerist readers, whether or not they are familiar with Consumer Reports. [More]

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Watch: Pressure Washers Are Super Useful, Can Be Super Dangerous

Pressure washers make various outdoor cleaning tasks much easier, but they can also be pretty dangerous when pointed in the wrong direction. That’s why our ever-efficient colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports no longer recommend any pressure washers that come with zero degree nozzles, or adjustable wand tips that can be dialed down to zero. That setting poses a special risk of injury to people, and to carrots. Carrots? [More]

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From Malpractice To Doctoring Under The Influence, You’ll Have A Difficult Time Finding Your Physician’s Disciplinary History

Thousands of doctors are investigated and disciplined for egregious errors and ethics violations by their state medical boards each year. While the chances are that your doctor isn’t one of them, you’d have a difficult time actually finding that out.  [More]

Gail Dixon

10 Cars That Consumer Reports Says Are Not So Great

Our motorist pals over at Consumer Reports Cars review a lot of vehicles, and one of them has to come in last in each category. While it’s good to know which cars came in with the top scores, it’s good to also keep in mind which models came in last and why when you go car shopping. [More]