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Consumer Reports Magazine | March

Published: March 2017
March 2017

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6 Ways to Save Money and Energy at Home Tips from the happy homeowner playbook: Don't let your cash go down the drain or out the window.
6 Ways to Improve Your Home's Indoor Air Quality Tips from the happy homeowner playbook: Clear the air and find your way to better health.
3 Ways to Improve Safety at Home Tips from the happy homeowner playbook: Add easy protections from injury and hazards to your haven.
5 Home Repairs to Make Now to Avoid Problems Later Tips from the happy homeowner playbook: Do these high-priority projects now and you'll thank us later.
5 Ways to Enhance Your Home's Indoor Lighting Tips from the happy homeowner playbook: An effective lighting plan has to work on many levels.
Get More Value From Your Homeowners Insurance Policy Tips from the happy homeowner playbook: How to ensure your insurer lives up to its promise of protection.
3 Ways to Keep Your Water Safe at Home Tips from the happy homeowner playbook: Know what a water filter can and can't do.
6 Small Tech Upgrades for Your Home That Make a Big Difference Tips from the happy homeowner playbook: Keep tabs on your pets and your climate with some of our favorite smart products.


How to Save on Car Insurance Our exclusive analysis of billions of annual premiums reveals surprising factors that can drive your premium up or down. Learn how to shop smart for the best deal and still get coverage you can count on.
Milestones That Can Change Your Car Insurance Rates, for Better or Worse Different events over your life can translate into savings or penalties. Here's what you can do to take advantage of the former and the sting out of the latter.
5 Tips for Getting the Best Value on Car Insurance If you're already insured, check your policy to see what you're now paying, then follow these steps.
Two Decades of Consumer Reports' Car Insurance Survey Results Our findings show that the same companies consistently rank high on customer satisfaction.

5 Game-Changing Smartphones to Consider These standout smartphones offer outstanding value or cutting-edge features and functionality.
Can You Believe Cell-Phone Carrier TV Ads? Find out what's true—and what's not—about Verizon's and Sprint's claims about performance and value.
How to Protect Your Privacy on Your Smartphone Smart steps to shield your valuable data from Facebook and other smartphone apps.


Hearing Loss: No More Suffering in Silence? This widespread problem is associated with depression, isolation, and possibly, dementia. We report on affordable solutions and what's being done to give everyone access to treatment.
5 Ways to Cut Hearing-Aid Costs If you're considering hearing aids but find them too pricey, these steps can guide you to some affordable solutions.
Can PSAPs Help Your Hearing? We tested a handful of inexpensive, over-the-counter personal sound amplification products to see how well they work.

Product Updates

Best Home Printer: You Can Find Just Your Type! Our ratings and advice will guide you to the home printer that's right for you—and tell you how to save money using the one you already own.
How to Pick the Perfect Printer The variety of printers can be overwhelming. Answering these two questions will help guide you to one that will best meet your needs and match your budget.
Make It Better: Decreasing Printer Ink Waste Our ask for product improvements.

Road Report

Dash Cams: Coming to a Dashboard Near You Dash cams are catching on as a potential way to protect your car and help make a stronger insurance claim. But there's a lot more to choosing the right one than meets the electronic eye.

2017 Honda Ridgeline Review The Honda Ridgeline's comfortable ride and smart details should make it a hit with suburbanites.
2017 GMC Acadia Review The trimmer all-new GMC Acadia remains a practical and pleasant family hauler.
2017 Infiniti QX30 Review With a mixed pedigree, the Infiniti QX30 flounders in balancing luxury and sportiness
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Review The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a great-driving wagon for all roads, but its poor predicted reliability takes a toll on the Overall Score.


From Our President: There's No Place Like Home Consumer Reports' latest home improvement advice and tips promote health and happiness for where you live.

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 March 2017 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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