Consumer Reports December 2019: Smart Sales Shopping

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Read. Shop. Buy smart.

Cover of December 2019 Consumer ReportsWith Black Friday approaching, consumers start looking for sales, preferably items that are deeply discounted. But how do you know if a sale price is actually a sale price? Many store chains regularly sell items at a discount from the “regular price.” “When Are Sales Too Good to be True” has information on different sales categories such as “Doorbuster Deals” and “Buy One, Get One Free.” Also included is a section on “How to Make Sure You Never Overpay.”

The microwave has been around since the 1980s as a kitchen tool for reheating leftovers, popping popcorn, and occasionally cooking dinner. Today’s microwaves are larger and some can even air-fry or grill foods. Consumer Reports recently tested functions such as heating evenness, noise, ease of use, and usable capacity of 46 microwaves (over-the-range, and mid-sized and large countertop). “The Once and Future Microwave” has these ratings along with microwave safety tips.

Anyone who has traveled by airplane recently knows that things have changed–cramped spaces, extra fees, more choices for economy class tickets, almost-full planes, etc. “Your Airline Travel Survival Guide” has information on the new economy class choices, low-cost carriers, how to pack carry-on bags, and much more. Ratings for coach/economy class travel on ten different airlines and ratings for carry-on suitcase brands are also included.

Many consumers are replacing their desktop computers with laptops, partially because they’re lighter and portable. However, shopping for a laptop can be confusing. Learn about hard drive vs. SSD for storage, Intel Core processors vs. Pentium processors, 4K displays for sharper graphics, etc. in “Super Computers.” Ratings for 12-inch to 16-inch laptops are also included.

Other topics in this issue include:

  • Cooking oils (avocado, canola, olive, safflower, coconut)
  • Phablets (phones with a 5.5 inch or larger screen, measured diagonally)
  • New TVs (includes ratings)
  • Most and least reliable cars and SUVs
  • “Cars You Can Count On”
  • Information on four new vehicles (Subaru Ascent, Volkswagen Jetta, Honda Insight, and Toyota Corolla Hatchback) and comparison ratings for the vehicle categories they belong in:  compact hybrids, compact cars, and midsized 3-Row SUVs

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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