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Consumer Reports Magazine

July 2016
July 2016

Cover Story

Get the Best Sun Protection
All sunscreens should live up to the SPF claim on their labels—the Food and Drug Administration requires it. But for four years straight, Consumer Reports found that many sunscreens in our tests fall short.
Grill Accessories Add Some Thrills to Your Cookout
These devices and our tips will make your barbecue fun and safe
How to Apply Sunscreen to Commonly Missed Spots
Overlooking your ears, feet, and other key areas can leave you with a painful sunburn—or worse
Must-Have Beach Accessories
Consumer Reports helps you find the best cooler, umbrella, and towels to take to the the beach this summer
Shining a Light on 'Natural' Sunscreen
Our tests found subpar performance by sunscreens with only titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as the active ingredient


Do 'Natural' Insect Repellents Work?
Not all products are created equal. Here's what you need to know.
Find the Best Lip Balm With SPF
Sunburned lips are no fun
How to Keep Mosquitoes and Ticks Away
Repel these insects from your deck, yard, and clothing
Sunscreen For Dark Skin Is A Must
6 sun-safety facts for people of all skin tones
What's the Best Face Sunscreen?
We tested products designed for faces and found some that worked better than others
Your Guide to Mosquito and Tick Diseases
Where Zika, West Nile, Lyme, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are most common


A Fearless Fight for a Safer World
Consumer Reports has pushed for daring, groundbreaking, and prescient health and drug reforms since 1936. Our mission to move the marketplace continues today.
A New Vision of True Health
A vision of healthcare 50 years into the future, from an innovative doctor on the front lines
Online Voting and Democracy in the Digital Age
We now use the Internet to shop for cars, file taxes, and everything else in-between. But are we ready to vote with our smartphones?
Why Are Fitness Tracker Bands So Fragile?
According to consumer complaints, it's not uncommon for the straps to fall apart within six months

Road Report

2016 BMW X1 Review
The second-generation BMW X1 is larger, roomier, and more practical than its predecessor. But this 'average driving machine' falls short on traditional BMW traits.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 Review
Sharing underpinnings with the luxuriant C-Class sedan, Mercedes’ newest SUV delivers athletic performance
2016 Toyota RAV4 Review
Toyota pioneered the small SUV and invented the hybrid—now it has married the two. Plus all RAV4s get some smart upgrades.
2017 Audi Q7 Review
The Audi Q7 gets top scores for a reason: It’s the best SUV we’ve tested to date
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto: Are They Infortainment Alternatives?
Our review of these infotainment alternatives reveal hits and misses—including limited in-car availability
Best Infotainment Systems Add Flash to Your Dash
Our survey involving 58,000 vehicles reveals the smooth operators—and those that are more trouble than they’re worth
Brand-by-Brand Guide to Car Infotainment Systems
Our subscribers get real about their infotainment systems, which can be technological marvels that make driving a dream, or so difficult to use that they’re downright infuriating


Building a Better World, Together
Join with us to make a safer, healthier marketplace
From Our President: Here Comes the Sun
Enjoy summer safely with Consumer Reports' guides to sunscreens, insect repellents, gas grills, and more
How to Use the Blippar App
Watch our stories leap off the page
Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

The July 2016 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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