Consumer Reports September 2019: Cable TV vs. Streaming Services

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Cover of September 2019 issue of Consumer ReportsMore and more Americans are cancelling their cable or satellite subscriptions in favor of streaming services. Although there are many streaming options – each with different packages and channels – it might not be possible to get all the programming you want from just one service.  According to a recent survey done by Ampere Analysis, 70 percent of U.S. households that use streaming services subscribe to more than one; around 20 percent subscribe to four or more services. Cable Wants You Back has information on streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Netflix. It also includes reviews of streaming media devices such as Roku and Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Confused about what type of vacuum is best to clean your home? Predicted reliability ratings for 18 brands of non-robotic vacuums – grouped by upright, canister and stick – can be found in Cleanup Crew.  It also lists the best in each category for carpets, hardwood floors, pet owners and allergy sufferers, as well as ratings for three hand-held vacuums.

Is your kitchen counter top cluttered with small appliances? Along with the usual toaster and coffee maker, many households now have at least one small appliance that helps with food preparation and/or cooking. Counter Intuitive rates multi-cookers, toaster ovens, slow cookers, air fryers and food processors. Each section highlights the pros and cons of what that appliance can do, and has expert tips for using the appliance.

Other topics in this issue include:

  • Dutch Ovens
  • Cleaning your grill
  • Refrigerator water filters
  • Vehicle safety features for teen drivers
  • Snap-together patio tiles
  • “Five Steps to Protect Your Home”
  • “The Electric Car Comes of Age,” including ratings for 25+ electric vehicles

Consumer Reports magazine is available in print and online to Fauquier County Public Library card holders, providing access to articles, reviews and ratings on over 8,000 products and services. The library has copies of Consumer Reports dating back to 2015.

To access Consumer Reports online free from the library’s website, click on the research tab and browse the alphabetical listing of databases for Consumer Reports Online.

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