Consumer Reports February 2020: A Good Night’s Sleep

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February 2020 cover of consumer reports magazine with woman on top of pile of mattressesLast year, the top 15 online mattress sellers made almost $900 million in sales. Is it possible to purchase a great mattress online? “Sweet Dreams Are Made of These” lists steps to follow when shopping for mattresses online. Ratings for foam mattresses costing $1,100 or less, and innerspring mattresses costing $1,500 or less are also included.

This issue contains Consumer Reports’ first-ever ratings for pillows. Ten pillows were subjected to rigorous testing–some of the tests were machine-based; other tests were done with human subjects. Pillows were tested for support, resilience and breathability; the ratings are included.

If you have a young child, you know the importance of using a safe car seat. “Get Smart About Car Seats” discusses how to use a car seat properly. Also included is information on five types of car seats and ratings for them–infant, convertible, high-back to backless booster, all-in-one, and toddler booster/combination.

Airlines continue to reduce legroom and seat width to accommodate more passengers. A recent airline satisfaction survey completed by 55,000 Consumer Reports members had the lowest scores in seating comfort and legroom. “Secrets to Stress-Free Travel” lists tips to help make your airline travel less stressful, like choosing the right seat, bringing noise-cancelling headphones, creating a comfort kit, and arriving early. The article also includes ratings for carry-on and checked luggage.

Other topics in this issue include:

  • Electric kettles
  • How to clean a flat-screen TV
  • Drugs to help with sleep
  • Timeshares
  • “Making Cars Safer for Women”
  • Safety ratings for SUVs and luxury compact cars

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 2016.

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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