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Consumer Reports Magazine | July

Published: 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.
Shining a Light on 'Natural' Sunscreen Just 26 percent of these products met their SPF claim in Consumer Reports’ tests.
For the Best Sunburn Protection, Don't Skip These Spots Overlooking your ears, feet, and other key areas can leave you with a painful sunburn—or worse.
Grills for Every Budget A guide to common features in three price ranges.
Grill Accessories Add Some Thrills to Your Cookout These devices and our tips will make your barbecue fun and safe.
Must-Have Beach Accessories Consumer Reports helps you find the best cooler, umbrella, and towels to take to the the beach this summer.
Best Headphones and Wireless Speakers for Summer You can move the party outdoors—come rain or shine.


Your Guide to Mosquito and Tick Diseases Protect yourself against Zika, but also West Nile, Dengue, Lyme, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and more.
How to Keep Mosquitoes and Ticks Away What to do on your deck and in your yard, plus what to wear.
Does 'Natural' Mosquito Repellent Work? Only one of six repellents we tested worked. Here's what to use instead.
The Right Sunscreen Brands for You If you can't stand sunscreen because it's greasy or sticky, we have good news.
What's the Best Face Sunscreen? We tested products designed for faces and found some that worked better than others.
Find the Best Lip Balm With SPF Sunburned lips are no fun.
Do You Need Sunscreen If You Have Dark Skin? Skin damage from the sun's UV rays can occur in people of all skin tones.


Why Are Fitness Tracker Bands So Fragile? According to consumer complaints, it's not uncommon for the straps to fall apart within six months
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?
A New Vision of True Health A vision of healthcare 50 years into the future, from an innovative doctor on the front lines.
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.

Road Report

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.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto: Pros and Cons Our review of these infotainment alternatives reveal hits and misses—including limited in-car availability.
2017 Audi Q7 Review The Audi Q7 gets top scores for a reason: It’s the best SUV we’ve tested to date.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 Review Sharing underpinnings with the luxuriant C-Class sedan, Mercedes’ newest SUV delivers athletic performance.
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 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.


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 with this smartphone app.
Building a Better World, Together Join with us to make a safer, healthier marketplace.
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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