Consumer Reports March 2017: Be Happy With Your Home!

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Check out this information in the March issue of Consumer Reports:

Projects to create a happy home

Do you love your home as it is? Or does it lack the comfort and convenience you want? Check out this month’s cover article, “Boost Your Health & Happiness at Home,” for some easy home improvement projects and top product picks. This article is for you if you want to clean the air in your home, promote healthy eating, lighten and brighten up your home, make your home safer and much more. Ratings for household items such as water filters, upright vacuums, washer-dryer pairs, power blenders are included.


In the market for a new home printer? You’ll need to decide on the type of printer you need–laser or inkjet, a dedicated printer (one that does nothing but print) or an all-in-one model that includes functions like scanning, faxing and photocopying. And don’t forget those “extra” costs, like paper and replacement ink/toner, which can be very expensive. Check out this month’s article on printers, including ratings for laser and inkjet printers.


Today’s smartphones can do a variety of things–provide news and directions, take photographs, allow you to access games and email, as well as perform their original function, make phone calls. If you’re looking for a new smartphone, check out the article “Have More Fun With Your Phone” for information and reviews for some of the best phones on the market today, and ratings for traditional and prepaid cellular service plans.

The following topics and products are also covered in this issue:

  • Hearing loss and hearing aids
  • How to save on car insurance 
  • Making smart food choices at popular mall food-court restaurants, including Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Taco Bell and Panda Express
  • Dash cams for your car’s dashboard or windshield
  • Ratings for SUVs

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