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High-tech thermostats simplify climate control

Programmable thermostats are getting easier to use and syncing them with smartphones is revolutionizing the concept of climate control. Consumer Reports lists the best thermostats to buy.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 08:18am EDT

Tags: thermostat, Kristi King

Most common restaurant complaint: Dirty silverware

Dirty utensils or tables, restrooms that haven't been cleaned and condescending servers at restaurants are the most common complaints from people dining out, according to Consumer Reports.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 07:58am EDT

Tags: restaurants, complaints

Which sunscreens work best?

Consumer Reports tested 20 sunscreens and found just two products -- BullFrog WaterAmor Sport InstaCool SPF 50+ and Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50 -- that provided the SPF, or sun protection factor, promised on the label.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 08:46am EDT

Tags: health, sunscreen, Sarah Beth Hensley, sun block, best sunscreens

Consumer Reports: Replace your mattress, best mattresses to buy

While you're counting sheep, you may need to count the years you've be using the same mattress because experts say it has a lifespan.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 11:15am EDT

Tags: mattress, when to replace a mattress, beds, Sarah Beth Hensley

Wegmans, Trader Joe's top Consumer Reports' grocery ratings

Consumer Reports readers ranked Wegmans and Trader Joe's the top grocery stores for service, price satisfaction, cleanliness and perishables.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 08:37am EDT

Tags: grocery shopping, grocery stores, supermarket, Colleen Kelleher

Consumer Reports ranks D.C. area's safest hospitals

Getting the right medical attention at hospitals can be life-saving and five D.C. area hospitals are being recognized for their patient care, overall safety and capacity to save lives.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 02:20pm EDT

Tags: hospitals, consumer reports health, Calvert Memorial Hospital, Fort Washington Medical Center, Virginia Hospital Center, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Doris Peter, Sarah Beth Hensley

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Consumers aren't satisfied with their telecom providers

According to a new survey from Consumer Reports, customers don't consider their telephone and cable services a great value for the money.

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 12:48pm EDT

Tags: telecommunications companies, cable, telephone

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Consumer Reports ranks best car brands on the market

When it comes to the best cars brands on the market, one brand is driving away with the top honors for the second year in a row, according to Consumer Reports' annual rankings.

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 11:38am EST

Tags: best cars, Lexus, Acura, Audi, Sarah Beth Hensley

Declutter your tablet, phone in 5 easy steps

It's too cold to think about it, but it's nearly time for spring cleaning and that applies to your phone and tablet, too.

Tuesday - 01/28/2014, 02:33pm EST

Tags: phone, tablet, declutter, iPhone, megan cloherty

How dangerous is caramel 'contaminant' in soda?

A safety and nutrition watchdog is glad the Food and Drug Administration is looking into a soda coloring that Consumer Reports said this week might contain a dangerous coloring agent.

Saturday - 01/25/2014, 01:18pm EST

Tags: 4-methylimidazole, soda, Pepsi,

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