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Consumer Reports Magazine | August

Published: August 2015
August 2015

Cover story

Avoid superbugs at the gym MRSA and other bacteria are common—and sometimes deadly
Myths about antibiotics No, they won't help with the cold or flu, and other common misconceptions
The rise of superbugs Dangerous infections that are resistant to antibiotics are spreading and growing stronger, with dire consequences

Special Section

3 steps to choosing the right kitchen cabinets Cabinets set the tone for the whole kitchen
Create the perfect kitchen for you How to make smart choices that stand the test of time
Kitchen remodeling on a budget: A downsized space that is high on style Learn how to get exactly what you want without breaking the bank
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.)
Refrigerators packed with freshness features Extend the life of your fruits, vegetables, and meats
Splashy dishwasher features that save water Fancy sprays and wash settings that aim to clean better
Top picks in pro-style ranges High-end features are now showing up on midpriced ranges


Can you afford to live to 100? 5 ways to start planning for financial longevity now
Do-it-yourself TV packages that save you money Whether you're a sports fan, a parent with kids at home, or a budget-minded viewer, one of these combinations could be right for you
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


Excessive oil consumption isn't normal Automakers say adding oil between scheduled changes is acceptable. It's not.
Muscle machine showdown: Ford Mustang vs. Dodge Challenger Road tests of those go-fast coupes, plus a preview of the all-new Chevrolet Camaro
Pickup reviews: Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Colorado are home-improvement haulers We put these all-new trucks to the test

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
Viewpoint: Improving the marketplace for consumers This page highlights efforts by Consumers Union and others to improve the marketplace

The August 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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