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Consumer Reports Magazine | July

Published: July 2015
July 2015

Cover story

Best American-made appliances Dozens of top-performing models from Consumer Reports' tests
Counterfeit goods: How to tell the real from the rip-off We’re awash in knockoffs of iconic American brands as well as respected international products
Made in America Most Americans love the idea of buying a U.S.-made product instead of an import. But sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not.
What makes a car 'American'? As more foreign automakers build plants on our shores, the definition of ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ gets fuzzier


5 things you must know about sunscreen There are more than 1,000 products on store shelves. We reveal terrific nonyucky, nonsticky, no-burn options.
Find the best mosquito repellent for a pest-free backyard Consumer Reports tried a candle, a diffuser, and a fan
How much sunscreen do I need? Remember this: Half the sunscreen means half the protection
How to cut your water use in half These water-saving products and practices save money too
Is European sunscreen really better? Here's how the sun-protection products in the U.S. stack up
Testing sun protective clothing What we found about the effectiveness of shirts with and without built-in UV protection
What does SPF stand for? Understanding how a sunscreen works helps you get the best protection
What really works against bug bites Consumer Reports reveals new, safer options to keep mosquitoes and ticks at bay
When it really pays to buy online How to know whether you’re better off shopping digitally or in a store

Ratings, reviews, & safety

Where to go for computer tech support When you need a little help with your computer, should you go to the manufacturer or a retail store?

Lab Tests

How to take great photos with a smartphone Use these tips to improve the pictures you shoot with your phone
Save on cooling costs without breaking a sweat The best energy-efficient air conditioners in Consumer Reports' tests


Best crossovers: Clash of the titans Two of these SUVs are from Detroit, one is from Japan, and one is from Korea. All are made in America.

CR Money

New ways to prevent credit-card fraud Arm yourself against thieves by going high-tech


Selling It Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
Viewpoint: Improving the marketplace for consumers This page highlights efforts by Consumers Union and others to improve the marketplace
What does the 'Made in America' label really mean? Consumer Reports dives deeper into products' manufacturing origins

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