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Choose the Right Sun Protection
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Choose the Right Sun Protection
Using sunscreen isn't the only sun protection step you should take, but people often rely on it too much. That's a problem because our sunscreens may not be protecting us as well as we think. In part, we have ourselves to blame—we tend to use too little, don't rub it in properly, or don't reapply enough or at all. But even if you do everything right, the odds are good that your sunscreen may not deliver the sun protection factor—SPF—it promises on the label.
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Best Gas Grills Between $450 and $1,000
Best Gas Grills Between $450 and $1,000
Midpriced gas grills look great in store displays, all shiny and new. That's because they're protected from the elements, grease free, and spiders haven't had a chance to take up residence in the burner tubes. Looks aside, even if you spend up to $1,000 there's no guarantee you're buying a grill that's impressive at grilling. We tested over 150 grills and found mid-priced models worth considering.
Find a Central AC That Will Last
Find a Central AC That Will Last
Installing or replacing a central air conditioning system is one of a homeowner's biggest expenses so you'll want to get it right the first time. We estimate the reliability of major brands on the market by asking our readers about their experiences with the systems they bought and installed. For more check our Central Air Conditioning Buying Guide.
Mosquito Repellents That Best Protect Against Zika
Mosquito Repellents That Best Protect Against Zika
The World Health Organization has declared the rapid spread of the Zika virus an international public health emergency. In response to this growing threat, we released free to the public our exclusive test results and Ratings of mosquito repellents, including those that will protect you best against Aedes mosquitoes, the type that carry Zika.
10 Top Picks of 2016: Best Cars of the Year
10 Top Picks of 2016: Best Cars of the Year
Car shoppers always seek the best car. How they define it may differ, and the buying decision certainly factors in price and pure emotional appeal. We define the "best" car as the one that excels in our extensive tests, as well as shines for reliability, safety, and owner satisfaction. Certainly, there are many good cars on the market today to choose from. But when asked us to definitively name the best, the 10 Top Picks are our answers across popular categories.
How to Get Rid of Practically Anything
How to Get Rid of Practically Anything
Here's how to expand your attic, basement, bedroom, closets, counter space, garage, and/or shelving without paying a dime to a contractor. Sell, donate, recycle, or otherwise get rid of stuff that you no longer want, that others could use, and that's hijacking space in your home. But before we get to all the stuff around your home, here's advice on how to eliminate two nuisances from your everyday life.
As Tesla Sales Grow, Can Superchargers Keep Up?
As Tesla Sales Grow, Can Superchargers Keep Up?
One of Tesla Motors' key selling points is its Supercharger network, a system of publicly-accessible, high-power electric vehicle rechargers that can juice up Tesla models to an 80 percent charge (around 170 miles of range) in about 30 minutes. Perhaps as important: It's free.
The Right Window Air Conditioner for Your Room Size
The Right Window Air Conditioner for Your Room Size
Size matters when you're buying a window air conditioner. Buy too small and it will struggle to keep the room at a comfortable temperature; buy too big and the room will cool too quickly without removing enough humidity from the air. We test air conditioners in the size rooms that they're intended to cool. Here are the best small, medium, and large window units from our tests.
Your June Financial To-Do List
Your June Financial To-Do List
If you started the year by making smart resolutions to get your finances in order, June is a good month to see if you're on track. This is also a good time to plan for some summer travel expenses you might not think about such as tipping. And, with tax season now over, it's a good time to take steps to reduce your tax bill next year. June is also the month to get a free credit report from one of the major credit bureaus.
Most and Least Reliable Dishwasher Brands
Most and Least Reliable Dishwasher Brands
Spend hundreds for a dishwasher and you expect it to work for many years. But roughly 15 percent of 2-year-old dishwashers break, according to our estimates. While models within a brand might vary, a Consumer Reports survey of 42,108 readers has found winners and losers in dishwasher brands overall.

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