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Honda & Toro top Consumer Reports latest lawn mower ratingsHonda & Toro top Consumer Reports latest lawn mower ratings
[May 4, 2014] In Consumer Reports’ tests of nearly 40 lawn mowers, models from Honda and Toro led the pack for getting most lawns back into shape after a brutal winter. In the self-propelled, gas-powered mower category – the type of mower most people buy – models from Honda and Toro earned Consumer Reports’ highest scores, including the Honda HRR2169VKA, $400, and the Toro 20381, $520, which were both CR Best Buys. The Cub Cadet SC100 11A-A92J, $250, also a CR Best Buy, topped the gas push-mower category and the Ego, LM2000, $500, earned the highest scores among the electric battery mowers tested.
 
Consumer Reports: Affordable LED bulbs that shine above brightness claims in testsConsumer Reports: Affordable LED bulbs that shine above brightness claims in tests
[Dec. 11, 2013] 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 blub. The preliminary findings of Consumer Reports latest tests show that the newest and least expensive LEDs are shining bright.
 
LED & CFL bulbs use 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescents in Consumer Reports testsLED & CFL bulbs use 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescents in Consumer Reports tests
[Sep. 11, 2013] Simply screwing in one of Consumer Reports’ top-rated LED lightbulbs could save consumers about $125 in electricity over the bulb’s life. January 1, 2014 marks the date when most screw-in incandescent light bulbs will be phased out because they use too much energy. Standard 60- and 40-watt bulbs are the last to be phased out, though remaining stock can be sold. Seventy-five- and 100-watt bulbs faded away over the past two years.
 
Consumer Reports’ tests of facial tissues finds Puffs and Kleenex among the bestConsumer Reports’ tests of facial tissues finds Puffs and Kleenex among the best
[Jul. 10, 2013] When facing common colds and allergies, tissues that provide comfort are best. In Consumer Reports’ new tests of facial tissues, Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong and Kleenex Lotion Aloe & E topped the Ratings of 18 products for overall performance.
 
Consumer Reports mattress ratings – Get a good night’s sleep for less than $1,000Consumer Reports mattress ratings – Get a good night’s sleep for less than $1,000
[May 28, 2013] Getting a good night’s rest doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Consumer Reports’ most comprehensive test of mattresses found models that performed well and cost under $1,000. The full report, which includes detailed buying advice and Ratings of 12 mattresses, plus 10 ways to get more shuteye and what to ask before buying, is available in the May 2013 issue of the magazine and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.
 
White Cloud flushes the competition in Consumer Reports’ toilet paper ratingsWhite Cloud flushes the competition in Consumer Reports’ toilet paper ratings
[May 20, 2013] Balancing strength and softness is often the biggest challenge for toilet paper, but White Cloud 3-Ply Ultra Soft and Thick (Walmart) proved that one product can have it all in Consumer Reports’ latest Ratings of toilet paper. Twenty-five varieties of toilet papers were tested for strength, softness, tearing ease and disintegration and products with “green” claims often made trade-offs between these features.
 
Consumer Reports kitchen guide helps homeowners get the luxury look—for thousands lessConsumer Reports kitchen guide helps homeowners get the luxury look—for thousands less
[Jun. 8, 2012] Consumer Reports’ latest 26-page kitchen package confirms that consumers don’t need a bottomless budget to get a kitchen that looks and feels expensive, with expert tips, test ratings and brand-reliability results to help homeowners save thousands of dollars.
 
Consumer Reports: Even slackers can have great lawnsConsumer Reports: Even slackers can have great lawns
[Apr. 6, 2012] Americans love their lawns but not the work needed to keep them lush. In fact, just 7 percent of adults prefer working on their lawn to other chores and activities, according to a Consumer Reports survey. Sixty-two percent said they’d rather cook, one third said they rather visit their in-laws, while nearly one in five (17%) said they’d rather go to the dentist. A new report in the May 2012 issue of Consumer Reports outlines several ways in which homeowners can reduce up to 60 hours of yard care per year and still have an attractive lawn.
 
White Cloud flushes the competition in Consumer Reports’ toilet paper ratingsWhite Cloud flushes the competition in Consumer Reports’ toilet paper ratings
[Apr. 4, 2012] Balancing strength and softness is often the biggest challenge for toilet paper, but White Cloud 3-Ply Ultra Soft and Thick (Walmart) proved that one product can have it all in Consumer Reports’ latest Ratings of toilet paper. Twenty-five varieties of toilet papers were tested for strength, softness, tearing ease and disintegration and products with “green” claims often made trade-offs between these features.
 
ShopSmart’s simple fall fix-upsShopSmart’s simple fall fix-ups
[Sep. 27, 2011] Fall is the best time to get your house in order because come winter, small problems can turn into big-dollar nightmares. The October 2011 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, highlights key household maintenance tasks for the fall that can save readers more than $20,000 in repairs.
 
Use a landscape professional. They can obtain the plants, plant them and guarantee themUse a landscape professional. They can obtain the plants, plant them and guarantee them
[Jul. 22, 2011] When looking for crepe mytle plants I recommend you use a professional landscaper. They can obtain the plants, plant them for you and guarantee them. By Tom Glendinning
 
Consumer Reports finds that pricey dish soaps are not better at cleaningConsumer Reports finds that pricey dish soaps are not better at cleaning
[Apr. 14, 2011] Store shelves are lined with dozens of dish liquids in a row of rainbow colors and a garden of scents but do the products heavily touted on TV have superior cleaning power? Not necessarily, according to Consumer Reports tests, which found that cheaper dish liquids clean just as well as their costlier counterparts.
 
Spring cleaning tips on how to get rid of practically anythingSpring cleaning tips on how to get rid of practically anything
[Apr. 1, 2011] Springtime means out with the old and in with the new. But for those living with cluttered garages, basements, and closets, cleaning up can be a hassle. What should people do with their old kid’s clothes, ancient tube TVs and beat up couches? Consumer Reports offers a quick and easy guide on how to get rid of practically anything in its March issue and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.
 
ShopSmart’s instant clutter bustersShopSmart’s instant clutter busters
[Feb. 3, 2011] Organizing is one of those big, dreaded jobs that’s easy to keep putting off—but it doesn’t have to be daunting if you start small. The March 2011 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, features a guide to the top smart mini-projects designed to give readers a jump start on organizing their homes.
 
Consumer Reports finds which mattress brands fared best & where to shopConsumer Reports finds which mattress brands fared best & where to shop
[Sep. 23, 2009] Buying a bed can be tricky. Different retailers rarely call a model by the same name and sales seem to be perpetual, leaving shoppers in the dark about bottom-line prices. What’s a shopper to do? Consumer Reports asked 17,444 online subscribers who recently bought a mattress if they were satisfied with their purchase and where to shop to get the best deal.

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