We Drifted Over 1000 Horsepower Of Performance Cars In The Snow

Here was the plan: take a $112,000 Mercedes E63 AMG S Wagon, a Subaru STI, a BMW 228i, and a 1973 Volkswagen Baja Bug, and blast sideways on a snow-covered private test track hidden in the woods of Connecticut. Simple, right? » 2/23/15 5:22pm 2/23/15 5:22pm

Consumer Reports Bend Test Pits iPhone 6 Plus Against the Competition

Sure, Apple's only received nine reports of bent iPhones and we highly doubt you'll have any reason to worry about your own, but do Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handle the pressure any better than competing models? Consumer Reports put that to the test, pitting the new iPhones against other giant… » 9/26/14 9:17pm 9/26/14 9:17pm

Verizon FiOS Is The Best Cable Bundle, Says Consumer Reports

Cable companies routinely score lower in customer satisfaction than almost any other consumer service, and a large part of that is the fact that most Americans can't choose their cable provider. But if you do have options, you should choose Verizon FiOS, according to a new report from Consumer Reports. » 3/28/13 11:15am 3/28/13 11:15am

AT&T Is the Worst Carrier Again, Says Consumer Reports

For as long as we can remember, AT&T has been rated the worst carrier of all carriers by Consumer Reports. This annual report placing AT&T last is as consistent as Christmas being on December 25th every year. So yes, for this year, it's the same story. AT&T is the worst again. And Christmas is on the 25th of December. » 11/29/12 6:00am 11/29/12 6:00am

The Most Ridiculous and Comprehensive Way to Test Toilet Paper

Consumer Reports, bless their heart, prides themselves on being comprehensively comprehensive when it comes to their product testing. Even for toilet paper. Seriously, they've set up toilet paper feeling stations to determine the softness of each sheet. This looks like an Onion parody video. » 4/12/12 9:00pm 4/12/12 9:00pm

Do You Really Need an Unlimited Data Plan? (Spoiler: No)

According to Consumer Reports and analytics firm Validas, nearly half of the people with unlimited AT&T data plans don't need it. In fact, those people (which make up 48 percent) use so little data that they should just switch to AT&T's low end 300MB plan. What? » 3/15/12 8:20pm 3/15/12 8:20pm

Consumer Reports Finally Recommends the iPhone (Way Behind Android)

Gear review standard bearer Consumer Reports has its new phone rankings out. Some interesting news! The iPhone 4 is still blackballed, the 4S made the cut, and some dubious Androids blow them both away. » 11/08/11 8:45am 11/08/11 8:45am

Why Won't Consumer Reports Recommend Its Highest-Rated Phone?

If you are looking to buy a refrigerator or other boxy, new stainless steel-clad appliance, there is likely no better—or at least better respected—reference manual than Consumer Reports. It is theoretically as unbiased as a publication could be. It takes no ads, buys all its own review units*, and subjects them to… » 3/28/11 4:55pm 3/28/11 4:55pm

Consumer Reports Confirms Verizon iPhone 4 Death Grip Problems

We'd heard previous reports that the Verizon iPhone 4 was susceptible to the same death grip issues that rocked the original iPhone, but now industry heavy Consumer Reports confirms it: the death grip is back. According to CR: » 2/25/11 1:52pm 2/25/11 1:52pm

AT&T Fingered as Worst Carrier By Consumer Reports

iPhone owners have long had their frustrations with AT&T. So when over half of the AT&T respondents to a Consumer Reports wireless carrier satisfaction survey were iPhone owners, it's maybe unsurprising that they finished last. It's still disappointing, though. UPDATED: » 12/06/10 2:50pm 12/06/10 2:50pm

Arrington: Consumer Reports Needs To Get Its Act Together on iPhone 4

Mike Arrington has a post over at TechCrunch taking Consumer Reports to task over their iPhone 4 coverage. And it's true! It feels like there's a new Consumer Reports update every day that either repeats or directly contradicts the previous day's. It's well worth a read to see it all laid out like this, especially for… » 7/15/10 1:52pm 7/15/10 1:52pm

On Testing, Consumer Reports Retracts iPhone 4 Recommendation

After initially saying that the iPhone 4's reception issues were no big deal, Consumer Reports has changed its tune, recognizing that the software fix won't help things, and retracting their recommendation. They just got around to testing it, you see. » 7/12/10 11:20am 7/12/10 11:20am

Broken-Down Gadgets: When to Fix Them, When to Replace Them

It's a decidedly case-by-case question, and you shouldn't let silly things like "data" and "value judgments" get in the way of an enthusiastic impulse purchase. But for the more prudent types, Consumer Reports has compiled handy a repair-or-replace guide. » 11/13/09 11:45am 11/13/09 11:45am

Consumer Reports Tests the Snuggie

The Consumerist, now being related to Consumer Reports, managed to convince them to test the Snuggie. They're the same people we visited last year to see how their methodical test procedures work. » 5/21/09 2:40pm 5/21/09 2:40pm

Consumer Reports Gives Apple Top Scores, But Can We Trust Their Results?

Consumer Reports awarded the unibody MacBook, MacBook Air, and plastic MacBook the gold, silver, and bronze among 13-inch laptops. But we can't accept CR as gospel without a little examination. » 5/07/09 12:30am 5/07/09 12:30am

Consumers Union (Publishers of Consumer Reports) Consumes Consumerist

Our friends at Consumerist have a new owner, and it seems like a great match: they've become the first addition to a new non-profit division of the company that publishes Consumer Reports. » 12/31/08 5:15pm 12/31/08 5:15pm

Consumer Reports Shouldn't Review Cellphones Anymore

Consumer Reports' picks for top five smartphones confirms they're woefully out of touch. Four of the five are Windows Mobile phones from last year, and the sole BlackBerry is the worst RIM offers. Uhhhh, WTF? » 12/16/08 12:50pm 12/16/08 12:50pm

Consumer Reports Survey Details America's Black Friday Spending Plans

While you are busy letting us know your Black Friday plans for this year over in our Question of the Day, do feel free to cheat off the paper of the 1,000 or so folks Consumer Reports called up and grilled on their own personal plans for post-holiday mayhem. How will Giz readers stack up? » 11/19/08 6:10pm 11/19/08 6:10pm

Inside Consumer Reports' Electronics Testing Lab

You probably only read Consumer Reports » 11/06/08 12:00pm 11/06/08 12:00pm if a) you are at your grandparents house or b) you are a grandparent yourself. But that's too bad, because tucked quietly away in the NYC suburb of Yonkers lies one of the biggest and best electronics testing labs money can buy. And what goes on here at main test facility…

Why It's Safer Than Ever To Buy First-Generation Hardware

Used to be, diving into a whole new product line was something only for the crazy ones, those who live dangerously, the mavericks » 10/30/08 2:00pm 10/30/08 2:00pm. "Wise men wait to buy" was the refrain that rang through the web, with fear of hardware defects and half-baked features tempering the go! go! buy! buy! fever of a new product…