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In the spotlight

Consumer Reports' Annual Meeting & Exhibit

Come to New York City's Grand Central Terminal on October 28-29 to celebrate 75 years of Consumer Reports. Read more.

75 years bold

Consumers Reports' famous labs, in which 155,000 products have been put through their paces since 1936, stand the test of time.

New-product coverage

We've found countless products that disappointed or were designed to fix problems we didn't know we had.

Consumer Reports & Me

Has Consumer Reports made a difference in some aspect of your life? Tell us how. Your personal stories can help shape our product testing and mission.

Lab tour

Take a peek inside our state-of-the-art labs to see how we test the hundreds of products we buy each year.

75th-anniversary donors

Consumer Reports wishes to thank the many generous donors who helped to make our event in Grand Central Terminal possible.


Serving consumers for 75 years
Consumer Reports has played a key role as an advocacy, consumer-protection, and product-testing organization. Videos

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Vintage photo of Consumer Reports' test lab Take a trip back to 1960 for a look at what our testing labs were like then. (See part 2 here.)
Range being tested by Consumer Reports Learn more about the more than 50 labs in our Yonkers, N.Y., headquarters.
Car being tested at Consumer Reports' auto test track Our 327-acre Auto Test Center in Connecticut is where we evaluate all kinds of cars.
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Vintage-photo gallery

Permenent wave, in 1938
Permanent wave, in 1938 1936-49
Enjoy an intriguing look behind the scenes of the Consumer Reports testing laboratories. Our archive of vintage photographs from over the years not only shows the ingenuity of our testers but also traces the changing face of American consumer products over the course of the 20th century.
Vintage photo gallery of Consumer Reports testing

Our history

Timeline for Consumer Reports testing


In February 1936, a dedicated band of professors, labor leaders, journalists, and engineers founded Consumers Union. Explore some of the highlights of our history in our interactive timeline and go from Consumers Union's origins to the present day.
Consumer Reports has been providing expert recommendations, buying advice, and Ratings of consumer products tested in our world famous labs for the last 75 years. Consumers Union is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace and has been doing so for 75 years. To commemorate Consumer Reports' 75th anniversary, we would like to share our history with you, vintage photographs, videos of how we test, and ways in which you can stay connected to Consumer Reports. We would also like hear personal stories from subscribers like you on the ways we've made a difference in your life to help us shape our testing, reporting, and efforts for the next 75 years.
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