Consumer Reports Magazine

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August 2015

Cover Story

Avoid superbugs at the gym
MRSA and other bacteria are common—and sometimes deadly

Special Section

Create the perfect kitchen for you
How to make smart choices that stand the test of time
Plan your kitchen remodel at Home Depot, Lowe's, or Ikea
Which big-box store offers the best service and biggest selection?
Pros and cons—and costs—of 10 countertop materials
Your guide to the many stylish options. (Hint: Quartz rocks.)
3 steps to choosing the right kitchen cabinets
Cabinets set the tone for the whole kitchen
Top picks in pro-style ranges
High-end features are now showing up on midpriced ranges
Splashy dishwasher features that save water
Fancy sprays and wash settings that aim to clean better
Refrigerators packed with freshness features
Extend the life of your fruits, vegetables, and meats


Get the TV shows you want at the best price
As cable companies and streaming services fight it out, you face more choices—and confusion—than ever


Pickup reviews: Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Colorado are home-improvement haulers
We put these all-new trucks to the test
Excessive oil consumption isn't normal
Automakers say adding oil between scheduled changes is acceptable. It's not.

CR Money

Surprising credit card fringe benefits
Tucked away in the fine print are deals that can save you money


Make our future healthier—without abusing antibiotics
Antibiotic overuse is leading to resilient and dangerous 'superbugs'
Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

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