Consumer Reports 2021 Annual Buying Guide

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Read. Shop. Buy Smart.

Woman walking through mall at holiday timeGas grills, smartphones, and laptops make great gifts, but maybe it’s time to give the whole family a gift and replace that old refrigerator, washer and dryer or family car.   The holiday season is a great time to upgrade a household appliances, refurbish your home office or take the plunge and buy a new or used car.  Take advantage of the sales and discounts but shop smart by consulting the Buying Guide before you make a purchase.

Lawn mowing is a chore of the past as we switch to raking leaves and look ahead to shoveling snow, but end of season sales on mowers and lawn tractors provide an opportunity to prepare for next summer.  Upgrade from a push mower to one that’s self-propelled or switch from gas to electric.  Ratings cover topics such as mulching, bagging and side discharging and provide information on owner satisfaction.

Are you working from home on an old desktop computer and wondering how to upgrade?  The average new computer costs between $500 and $800 but you can get a solid-state drive that offers greater speed and a new sleek design that gives you more desk space.

Hone your search for the right car with “Most and Least Reliable Cars” for some great information on problem rates for the car you’re considering.  Not ready for a whole new car?  See the ratings on tires to select the best tires to tackle slippery winter roads.

Other topics in this issue include:

  • “Dishwashers” 
  • “Mattresses”
  • “Washers & Washer/Dryer Pairs” 
  • “Printers”
  • “Routers”
  • “Headphones”

Consumer Reports magazine is available in print and online to Fauquier 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 2017.

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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