CR Digital Archive

August 2021

Cover Story

CR's Guide to Getting Better Internet Without Busting Your Budget
How to solve WiFi problems and trim your monthly bill. Plus, what CR is doing to get everyone faster, cheaper broadband.

Special Report

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

Appliance Repairs You Can DIY
Plus: Fixes for the refrigerator, washer, and microwave that only a pro should do

Features

How to Build a Healthier Salad
Create the perfect bowl with the right dressing and ingredients

Decoding Salad Dressing Labels
How to look past the claims to find a good-for-you topper for your greens
Life Lessons From the Pandemic
There has been so much loss. But with it comes new wisdom that may help positively reshape the way we go forward.

Insights

What's New in Home Air Purifiers
The latest air purifiers don’t just remove pollutants. Many offer trim good looks and more convenience features.
Decoding Milk Labels
Use this guide so you know what you're actually buying
DIY Fix for a Dented Bumper
Money-saving steps to repair this common problem

What Exactly Can an Air Purifier Catch?
Air purifiers with HEPA filters can capture 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 micron (far smaller than the diameter of a human hair)

Road Report

What’s Next in Car Safety?
CR looks at the lifesaving innovations coming soon to cars

Clever Car Safety Fixes That Could Be Implemented Now
Not all safety improvements require technological leaps. CR says automakers can—and should—make these updates today.

Departments

From Our President: Getting the Internet We Need
Building a Better World, Together
Join with us to make a safer, fairer, healthier marketplace
Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

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