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Consumer Reports Magazine

August 2014
August 2014

Cover Story

Americans' most common restaurant complaints go beyond a fly in their soup
Consumer Reports gripe-o-meter reveals what annoys diners
Best and worst fast-food restaurants in America
Chew over the results from Consumer Reports' latest reader survey
Best regional fast-food chains
Consumer Reports readers name their top local choices for food and other factors
Get more for your money at fast­-food restaurants
Consumer Reports readers name their choices for greatest and least value


30 best travel gadgets for your summer vacation
Mobile devices plus apps and tips to make your trip a blast
Best companies to fix a failed computer
Apple and independent shops rate well in Consumer Reports' survey
Best low-cost laundry deteregents
Consumer Reports' latest tests will help you tell the super suds from the detergent duds
Best service at fast food restaurants in america
Consumer Reports readers say these chains had exceptionally polite service
Can healthy and fast food go together?
Consumer Reports readers say they found healthful meal options at some restaurants. But many menu items are nutritional nightmares.
Cleanest fast-food restaurant dining areas in America
Consumer Reports readers offer feedback on the cleanliness of the dining area
Taco Bell Waffle Taco vs. McDonald's McGriddles
Find out which chain's offering came out on top in this battle of the breakfast sandwiches
Top-scoring hospitals for heart surgery in USA
Consumer Reports' Ratings of more than 400 hospitals can help you find the right one


2014-2015 Chevrloet SS review
The four-door vehicle offers the look of a sedan but the sound of a sports car
BMW M235i review
This 'Ultimate Driving Machine' is a joy to drive
Ford Fiesta bests the Chevrolet Spark and Mitsubishi Mirage
These subcompact cars are frugal and affordable but come with trade-offs
Porsche 911 Edges the Redesigned Chevrolet Corvette
Clash of the sports car icons

Up Front

Best iced-coffee drinks at the supermarket
Some of these ready-to-drink brews are cheap and tasty


From our president: Yo, Joe!
Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
Viewpoint: Unfair airfares
This page highlights efforts by Consumers Union to improve the marketplace

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