We frequently receive emails from readers who want to know why a particular product isn't reviewed on our site. Although ConsumerSearch covers more than 400 product categories, we can't review every single make and model available (though we wish we could!).
But even if you can't find a specific item on our site, chances are there is a report that touches on the product category you're interested in. All of our reports offer shopping tips and links to additional research resources -- not to mention details on products that earn positive reviews from experts and owners alike.
Read on for a selection of recent reader emails.
Dear ConsumerSearch: I have a 1997 Isuzu Rodeo with it's original tires still on it. Well over 80,000 miles on the vehicle (and all four tires). Some dry rot now evident and I will be replacing them soon. Just wondered if anyone wanted to investigating what was done "right" to get that kind of mileage out of those tires. -- Pete
Dear Pete: Like any durable good, some tires will last longer than their manufacturer's mileage lifetime estimate (though tires that age are unusual and a potential safety hazard). Other tires won't last as long as the manufacturer says they should. In any case, you will probably find our report on SUV and truck tires of use as you begin looking for replacement tires for your Isuzu. -- Ed.
Dear ConsumerSearch: I see no ratings on wood deck waterproofing materials. Always heard Cabot's was the best but want to know about others, like Olympic from Lowes. -- Al
Dear Al: We do not currently have a report on deck waterproofing materials specifically. However, we do have a report on exterior paint, which discusses house and deck stain (including a Best Reviewed pick). We'll be updating this report later in the year, but you may find the current report of some use. -- Ed.
Dear ConsumerSearch: I am looking for a review of the Brother CE8080PRW sewing machine, but I couldn't find one on your site. -- Colbey
Dear Colbey: Our report on sewing machines is admittedly outdated, but we do have plans for updating it later this year. In the meantime, you may find some information in the report of use because we do discuss a couple Brother sewing machines. -- Ed.
Dear ConsumerSearch: We currently have 4 full-grown Rottweilers and we feed them Exclusive large-breed dog food. It is from Aubachaun Hardware. It is their name brand and is all natural. Two of our dogs have started to have skin issues and I am interested in switching brands. -- Mary
Dear Mary: Our report on dog food is a good resource for pet owners such as yourself who are interested in changing their pets' diets. We discuss a number of dog food types, both canned and dry. We'll be updating this report in the coming weeks. -- Ed.
Dear ConsumerSearch: Can you do a review on Simplicity ZT2652 (52") 26HP Zero Turn Mower -- Ryan
Dear Ryan: Our recommendations are based on a consensus of professional reviews and owner feedback. As such, a product needs to receive positive reviews from a critical mass of pros and owners if it is to be considered. In some cases, such as this, products either do not earn sufficient positive reviews to merit inclusion in our reports, or there is simply a lack of reviews available to get a clear idea of how well the product performs in relation to competing models. If you are in the market for a new zero-turn mower, you might find our report on lawn tractors useful. The accompanying full report has a small section devoted to these mowers. Also, we'll be updating this report in the coming weeks. -- Ed.
Dear ConsumerSearch: I was wondering if you could review Essential Oxygen Organic Brushing Rinse. It's sold at Whole Foods and other natural food stores. -- Julie
Dear Julie: We do not currently have a review of this particular product, nor do we plan to review it in the near future. That said, we do have reports on toothpaste, teeth whitening and electric toothbrushes, all of which you may find of use. -- Ed.