CR Digital Archive

August 2019

Cover Story

How Long Will Your Appliances Last?
We surveyed tens of thousands of CR members in order to answer that question. Plus, the final word on extended warranties.
Why Appliance Reliability Matters
Having your refrigerator conk out on you is the worst
Which Brands Make the Most Reliable Appliances?
CR's Appliance Brand Reliability Rankings can help you avoid problem-prone machines—and the cost of repairs

How to Make Your Range Last Longer
5 expert tips to save yourself costly service calls
How to Make Your Refrigerator Last Longer
These five simple tips will keep it running in tip-top shape
How to Make Your Microwave Last Longer
8 expert tips to help extend the life of your over-the-range appliance
Most Common Appliance Problems and Repairs
CR's guide to what goes wrong with kitchen and laundry appliances

Special Report

Car Safety Systems That Could Save Your Life
In CR's exclusive survey, many owners of vehicles with advanced safety systems said those features helped them avoid a crash
The Brave New World of Grocery Shopping
Delivery services, curbside pickup, and apps let you save time and money

Grocery Delivery Services: Can You Trust a Stranger to Shop for Your Food?
We evaluated AmazonFresh, Amazon Prime Now, FreshDirect, Instacart, Peapod, Shipt, and Walmart


21 Smart Speaker Superpowers
Get more from your Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod to make your life easier

Lab Tests

Best Blender for Your Buck
We unpacked what you get at various prices so you can decide what's worth it

How to Get the Most Out of Your Blender
If blenders could talk, they’d share these insider secrets to get the most out of them for as long as possible

Road Report

Affordable Roadsters: Fiat 124 Spider vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata
We checked out these two fun convertibles, each with a distinct personality

CR Money

Secrets to Credit Score Success
How to keep track of your score, get it as high as possible—and keep it that way


Building a Better World, Together
Join with us to make a safer, fairer, healthier marketplace
From Our President: Digging Deep Into Reliability
CR, with help from hundreds of thousands of its members, determines which home appliance brands last and which don't
Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

The August 2019 issue of Consumer Reports provides the latest ratings and reviews plus rigorous reporting on issues that impact consumers. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, with more than 7 million paying members.
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