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Consumer Reports Magazine

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
Natural mosquito repellents don't do the job
Consumer Reports tested plant-oil sprays and wristbands
Testing sun protective clothing
What we found about the effectiveness of shirts with and without built-in UV protection
The deal with Skin So Soft
The bath oil doesn't claim it stops bug bites; Avon sells other sprays for that
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

The July 2015 issue of Consumer Reports provides recommendations, expert buying advice, and Ratings on hundreds of consumer products. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, with more than 7 million print and online subscribers. It conducts the most comprehensive testing programs of any U.S. publication or website, and the company's experts have decades of experience in testing and reporting.
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