CR Digital Archive

February 2017

Cover Story

7 Ways to Buy a Better Mattress
You spend a third of your life in bed, so why settle for a mattress that leaves you cranky or in pain? Here's how to find the right one.
Can You Get Hooked on Over-the-Counter Sleep Aids?
Too many people with insomnia take over-the-counter products daily. Here, the facts about the risks.

Fact-Checking the Mattress Ads
We compare our mattress test results with manufacturers’ advertised claims
‘Natural’ Sleep Supplements Carry Serious Safety Concerns
There's little research to suggest melatonin and valerian work, plus the popular supplements come with clear risks
What’s Best for Neck and Back Pain
Mattress strategies to ease your body aches
Some Surprising Late-Night Snacks Are Showing Promise in Helping Insomniacs
Can you snack your way to sounder sleep?
Best Mattresses for Couples
These options from Beautyrest, Casper, Charles P. Rogers, Tuft & Needle, and more stood out in CR's test for stabilization


Best TVs for the Money
We’ll help you pick a television in your price range that suits your needs and buy it at the exact moment when the price is best
Online Dating: Match Me If You Can
Dating apps and sites are growing more popular, even among baby boomers. But can they really help you find someone special?

When to Get the Lowest Price on Your Next TV
There are certain times of the year for great deals on sets
Sweetheart Swindle: Avoiding an Online Dating Scam
Advice on how to use dating sites safely
Craft an Online Dating Profile With Polish
Tips for improving your odds of finding love at any age
How Online Dating Works
Lucky in love? It's the math that matters.


Off-Label Use: Should Drugs Do Double Duty?
Your doctor might give you a drug for a condition that it’s not approved to treat. It’s a risk you may not want to take.

Product Updates

How to Avoid Being Gouged When Buying Eyeglasses
Our exclusive reader survey reveals ways to get surprisingly great deals on frames and lenses

Your Guide to Buying Glasses Online
The number of people buying glasses from websites is small—but growing. We asked experts about what goes right, what goes wrong, and how to get what you want.
8 Great Ways to Save on the Cost of Eyeglasses
Here’s how to shop smarter at every step of the process—without skimping on quality.

Road Report

2017 Volvo S90 Review: A Diamond Still in the Rough
The Volvo S90 sparkles like a gem, but it lacks sophistication common in this luxe segment.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 Review: Luxury With a Dose of Sport
Despite its beauty, nimble handling, and good fuel economy, the new Mercedes-Benz E300 has room to improve
2017 BMW 330i Review: Old Tricks for a New Dog
The updated BMW 3 Series turns the dial back toward driving engagement
2016 Infiniti Q50 Review: Performance Over Panache
Powerful and fun to drive, the revised Infiniti Q50 still trails the segment’s best in terms of fuel efficiency, refinement, and ergonomics


Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
From Our President: A Legacy of Safety Lives On
Consumer Reports offers its latest report on car owners' satisfaction; the best mattresses and other aids for a good night's sleep; and using prescription drugs for non-approved conditions
Building a Better World, Together
Join with us to make a safer, healthier marketplace

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