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Books & Guides

Last updated: November 2014

Consumer Reports books and guides are valuable references for making smart buying decisions, staying healthy, and improving your home. Choose from a wide variety of topics such as new cars, used cars, home, health, and electronics.

Arm yourself with our exclusive Ratings and recommendations for more than 1,999 brand-name products. This 224-page guide brings you expert reviews and advice on electronics, home appliances, garden supplies, even supermarket items. Plus, you’ll have fingertip access to brand repair histories and shopping strategies to help make the most informed buying decisions wherever you go.

224 pages

 

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Make the right choice when buying your kitchen appliance.  With expert shopping advice and product Ratings from Consumer Reports product testing, this guide will show you how to get the most for your money.  And, exclusive reliability data will steer you away from brands that break.

 

136 pages

 

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This 240-page book covers 29 brands and their major models built between 2004 and 2013. Inside are details on recalls and service bulletins for every model, covering the problem, the symptom, and the model years affected. We dug through our reliability database and cross-referenced it with manufacturer bulletins to highlight the problems that are impacting your car...or may be coming down the road! From recalls to warranty extensions, this book covers it all, including the average maintenance and repair cost and the Consumer Reports reliability verdict for each model year. Whether you are buying a used car and want to know what to look out for, or are worried about the cars you currently own, this book will help.

 

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Before you buy that TV, laptop, smart phone, video-game system, GPS device, headphones, or any other piece of electronics, check this must-have guide. You’ll discover 950+ brand-name product Ratings, complete with pricing information to help you compare and save. Plus, you’ll find the best places to buy electronics at walk-in stores and online, and which features are truly worth the extra cost.

208 pages

 

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This special issue brings our top choices from our tests together to save you time and help you spend money wisely.  Find top products in electronics, kitchen appliances, home equipment, autos, and more.  Have fun browsing!

 

84 pages

 

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This magazine combines beautiful full-color layouts with articles, expert buying advice and product Ratings from Consumer Reports product testing. You'll discover how to get the most for your money—and also get a kitchen that looks as great as it works.

 

136 pages

 

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Take the risk out of buying a used car.  Our latest guide gives you reviews, Ratings & reliability information on 276 models.  It has the information you need to help you choose a reliable used car at the best price.

 

240 pages

 

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This large-format guide covers virtually every 2014 model on sale — bringing you pricing information, performance and reliability Ratings, expert reviews, safety Ratings, and more. Now it’s easy to narrow down your choice of vehicles ... choose the best configuration of options and styles for your budget ... and calculate both the retail and dealer-invoice prices for that configuration. Don’t buy a new car, truck, or SUV without it!

264 pages

 

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Whether your concern is diet and fitness, heart or lung problems, diabetes, or ordinary aches and pains, you'll find answers in Consumer Reports Guide to Better Health. A browsers delight, this valuable addition to your home medical library is just what the doctor ordered.

 

144 pages

 

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Are you secretly concerned about spider veins? ... hair loss? ... bad breath? ... urinary problems? ... anal fissures? ... Now you can look up your solution in the privacy of your home for relief and top medical advice to help clear it up for good. This valuable desktop reference is arranged in reader-friendly question-and-answer format.

 

232 pages

 

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If you could ask a trusted financial expert any question at all, what would it be? This informative guide provides straightforward answers to 200 frequently asked questions, including: how to prevent identity theft ... how to leave only your wealth, not your debt, to your heirs ... how to protect your credit rating ... how to save on property and capital gains taxes ... and on and on. From insurance to banking services to rebalancing your portfolio, get answers you can trust.

227 pages

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Our testing and research experts have identified hundreds of low-cost and no-cost ways to cut your energy bills way down to size. Best of all, most of these tips are quick and as easy as can be. We’ll show you how to save money every time you do a load of laundry or run the dishwasher ... how to conduct your own home energy exam ... how to choose the most effective insulation materials ... how to perform simple maintenance tasks on your appliances that will pay off in big energy savings ... and more.

160 pages

 

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Everyone knows eating right and exercise are the keys to good health. But only Consumer Reports goes beyond the hype to bring you 77 specific wellness strategies that can help you feel great while you reach your fitness goals faster. Whether you’re looking to shed pounds ... boost your brain power ... brighten your mood ... tone muscle ... improve flexibility ... or just look and feel younger — this booklet puts you on an easy-to-follow, lifelong path to mental and physical wellness.

48 pages

 

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The money experts at Consumer Reports have scoured the research to bring you today’s most effective strategies for building a bigger nest egg that can weather market storms. You’ll discover how to make significant cuts in your expenses ... tips for automatic investing ... ways to lower your taxes ... inflation-easing strategies ... answers to the rent or buy dilemma ... dos and don’ts of long-term care insurance ... and much more.  

48 pages

 

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Spilled it? Scuffed it? Stained it? Scratched it? No problem. Now you can tackle your toughest cleaning problems with ease. This guide is filled with expert advice on spiffing up more than 200 household items. And forget the elbow grease! We’ll show you the no-effort methods to making everything you own look like new again — from bathtubs, decks, and jewelry to leather, ovens, linens, teak, and wallpaper. So don’t toss it ... clean it, with a little help from Consumer Reports.

236 pages

 

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Our experts have compiled hundreds of important tips to help you eliminate hidden hazards wherever they lurk. You’ll discover: how to select nursery and toddler furniture and arrange it safely ... danger-busting strategies for the bathroom and kitchen ... safer mealtime practices ... what to know about holidays, predators, and the Internet ... water safety, and more. Includes: special section on how to avoid the hazards of lead in toys and all around your home.

208 pages

 

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Is that cup of coffee good for you, or bad? What about alcohol? And potatoes? Get to the bottom of today’s most controversial food debates and find out which foods really should have a place on your table. You’ll discover what foods are best for weight loss ... brain function ... keeping your arteries free of plaque build-up ... warding off type 2 diabetes ... reducing the risk of cancer ... and helping you look and feel younger.

48 pages

 

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