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Consumer Reports Magazine | June

Published: June 2017
June 2017

Cover Story

The Better Way to Get Back Pain Relief
Growing research suggests that drugs and surgery may not be the answer for your bad back.

5 Causes of Back Pain
Not all injuries are created equal. Here, some of the most prevalent conditions and symptoms.

New Thinking on How to Relieve Back Pain
Recent research has turned some medical advice on its head: Hands-on methods are preferred over drugs or surgery.

How to Recover From a Back Injury
A step-by-step guide.

Back Stretches and Other Ways to Keep Pain Away
Bad habits to avoid and good ones to adopt.

Home Remedies for Back Pain: What Really Works
We turned an expert eye on products to find out what to try, what to skip, and what might make things worse.

Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture and Other Nondrug Therapies?
Try these smart strategies to help get coverage for your hands-on back treatments.

The Link Between Chronic Pain and Depression
The brain can be a powerful healer of the body's discomfort.

Special Report

Homes Away From Home: The Appeal—and Pitfalls—of Home-Sharing
Homestay fans say ditching the hotels makes vacations more authentic and affordable. Do the rewards outweigh the risks?

5 Ways to Increase the Odds of a Happy Homestay
Home-sharing websites let travelers pay to stay in a home rather than in a hotel. Here's what to look for when booking.

How to Avoid Vacation Rental Nightmares
What to consider before you make a reservation.

Pros and Cons of Choosing a Homestay Rental Over a Hotel
You lose certain services when booking a homestay, but the trade off may be worth it.


Is Popcorn the Perfect Healthy Snack?
It can be, as long as you're careful to read the nutritional fine print and not be blinded by packaging claims.

Product Updates

With Gas Grills, the Heat Is On
Is it time to ditch your old flame for a new model?

Best Gas Grills for $400 or Less
You don't have to spend a fortune to get a good model.

Best Gas Grills for $400 to $700
You'll find a wide selection of models in this price range.

Best Gas Grills for $700 to $1,000
Pay more for more choices in finish and features.

Best Gas Grills for $1,000 and Up
Impressive high-end models that last.

Is the Big Green Egg Grill Worth it?
Why this model has a cult following of Eggheads.

Why You Need More Than One Vacuum at Home
Match the vacuum to your flooring and house style.

Best Vacuums for Pet Hair
Vacuums that aced Consumer Reports pet hair tests.

Some Owners Love Their Vacuums Even If They Break
Owners of Miele uprights are fiercely loyal.

No Strings Attached: Wireless Headphones That Do It All
Today's devices can count calories, coach you through a workout, and quiet the riot.

Headphone Safety Tips
How to reduce risk and safely enjoy your playlists when you're out and about.

Road Report

2017 Honda CR-V Review
The redesign cruises toward the front of the small-SUV class.

2017 Ford Escape Review
The updated version is a nimble ride with a luxuriously quiet cabin. But fuel economy and acceleration disappoint.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Review
The Italian carmaker started with a Mazda MX-5 Miata.

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Review
The redesign proves to be every inch a sensational sports car.


From Our President: We Have Your Back in a Digital World
Highlighting Consumer Reports' efforts to protect consumers' privacy online.

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 June 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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