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Cheap Desktops
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Our AssessmentPC Magazine classifies "cheap desktops" as those under $1,000. The magazine typically reviews several budget desktops every month. A couple of eMachines computers cost as little as $300. The Velocity Micro Vector GX Campus Edition, which sits at the top of the budget range, is selected as an Editor's Choice. Reviews are balanced, although criticisms can be trivial and gentle, and ratings never drop below average. Testing is so highly regarded that many other reviews use PC Magazine's proprietary test software. Comparisons are usually good, too. No other reviewer is willing to devote as much serious attention to budget-priced computers as PC Magazine.
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Vista Desktops Under $1,000
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Our AssessmentJoel Santo Domingo maintains that "the under-$1,000 range…will give you a whole lot of bang for not a lot of bucks," but he does not recommend sub-$500 computers. In this roundup, Santo Domingo compares three models with little in common, including the (now previous generation) Apple Mac mini (1.83GHz Core Duo), which costs more than $1,000 if you add Parallels Desktop and Vista. The slim Acer Aspire L310 and much cheaper eMachines T5224 are also rated.
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The Best Affordable Tech Products for Students
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Our AssessmentThis article describes five previously reviewed computers with starting prices between $350 and $1,000. It's part of a longer article that covers back-to-school products for college students. The desktop computers listed aren't ranked, but all are recommended. They aren't the absolute best computers; Joshua Goldman calls them "budget-friendly picks." The cross-section of models is good. Goldman recommends a dual-core processor "for smoother multitasking and better overall performance" and at least 1GB of RAM. The Dell Inspiron 530s is the cheapest desktop, and it requires little space. The Velocity Micro Vision GX is uncompromised, even at the base price.
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Budget desktop systems
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Our AssessmentCNet.com regularly reviews budget computers, but it doesn't always test and rate them. Testing is marginally relevant for budget computers, but CNet often selects a handful of comparable models for benchmark comparisons. A couple of eMachines computers fall well short of typical ratings, but the eMachines T5230 is complimented for its fast processor. The Velocity Micro Vector GX Campus Edition (overclocked Core 2 Duo E6320) and the Dell Inspiron 531 are singled out for Editors' Choice recognition, though both are priced at the high end of the budget range. More attention to capabilities and less attention to fluffy features and appearance would enhance CNet's reviews, but CNet's ability to cite some key distinctions between cheap computers is impressive.
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The best laptops and desktops
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Our AssessmentEditors of Consumer Reports test and rank nine desktops in a comparison chart. Prices for Windows-based computers top out at just over $1,000, and the tested Macintosh is discontinued. Desktop computers are tested with similar configurations. One inexpensive model is selected as a Best Buy, but all of the included models (all of which are major brands) earn what would be failing scores in many high schools. Information is mostly limited to charted ratings. Only a few models are briefly described.
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Brand repair history Laptop & desktop computers
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports conducts an annual product reliability survey. The report covers many consumer products, so coverage of desktop computers is nowhere near as comprehensive as in PC Magazine's annual survey. More than 75,000 readers reported their instances of repair or other major problems. Results are similar to the PC Magazine poll. With little variation, the most expensive computer brands have the fewest repairs, and the cheapest brands have the most repairs.
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19th Annual Reader Satisfaction Survey
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Our AssessmentPC Magazine conducts yearly service and support surveys of its subscribers. In last year's poll, 13,000 desktop owners report on their ownership experiences, plus satisfaction and customer service. Apple and Sony get the highest overall ratings. HP owners report poor reliability, and Compaq has a long history of reliability problems, according to PC Magazine's surveys. This year's survey emphasizes first-year reliability, but that is a lesser concern than longer-term reliability because the first year is covered under warranty. The magazine hasn't published its 2007 survey results yet.
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Desktop PCs: Max Price $1,000
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Our AssessmentPC World regularly reviews new desktop computers, but their coverage of budget PC's is out of date. This chart shows that no budget computers have been rated since early January, predating Vista, and that reviewed budget desktops are mostly at the top of the budget range. However, since today's budget desktops sometimes were yesterday's mainstream computers, PC World can be worth checking for specific desktop computers that have been on the market for a while. In addition, it is a good place to learn about some lower-cost business-oriented PCs, such as the Dell OptiPlex 740. Detailed test results are better than those from many other sources.
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Top 5 Budget Desktop PCs
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Our AssessmentMark Kyrnin defines a budget system as under $600 (under $750 with a monitor). As is usually the case with Kyrnin's ranking charts, he does not test the products. Instead, he says his picks are "based on my research and experience." His commentary seems limited to a review of the specifications rather than testing. This approach may have some value for novices, but it ignores many important considerations. (Note that ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com.)
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Top 5 Mainstream Desktop PCs
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Our AssessmentAbout.com's guide to computing, Mark Kyrnin, offers a list of his top five mainstream desktops, most of which fit into the budget price range. Kyrnin's list includes summaries and links to full reviews, but he provides no evidence of testing or even using the machines. Kyrnin evaluates specifications and features, and he compares them with the price. On the upside, Kyrnin is knowledgeable and offers lots of general buying advice on this site. However, some of those articles are several years out-of-date.
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Desktops
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Our AssessmentLike CircuitCity.com, Amazon.com lets users comment on their desktop computers after the sale. User reviews like these can be valuable because they often reflect more extensive "testing" than is possible for professional reviewers. However, because reviewers' credentials are more uncertain and usually impossible to verify, the ratings should be used with caution until a computer has amassed a considerable amount of feedback.
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Desktop PCs
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Our AssessmentLike Consumer Reports and PC Magazine, British consumer magazine Which? conducts a support, reliability and satisfaction survey. The Which? survey has the smallest number of responses, and desktops and laptops are lumped together in some categories. Apple, Dell and Sony owners are most likely to recommend the brand to friends. Very small percentages of owners say the same about their Compaq or eMachines computers. That is in spite of eMachines' top ranking in percentage of units not requiring repair since January 2003. Dell and Apple also score well in that regard. However, no brand is exempt from poor customer-service ratings.
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Product Reviews: Desktop Computers
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Our AssessmentWhile the majority of desktop computers that are highly rated by U.K. sister magazines PC Pro, Computer Buyer and Computer Shopper (different from the U.S. Computer Shopper magazine) are not sold in the U.S. or are high-priced, this is a good resource for European buyers. Shuttle and Gateway models don't fare well in reviews, and both companies sell separate lines in the U.S. and in Europe. Some HP models are highly rated, including a couple in the Slimline series. These models appear similar to U.S. models. In general, U.K.-only models earn the highest ratings from PC Pro.
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Desktop Computers Reviews and Prices
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Our AssessmentWhile Consumer Guide regularly reviews desktop computers, the reports leave a lot to be desired. Objective ratings are provided, but many computers earn the same grade, making those ratings useless, and there are no comparisons with other desktops within the reports. Although performance is a subcategory in the ratings, Consumer Guide provides no evidence of testing.
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Home PC Reviews 2007
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Our AssessmentTopTenReviews.com reviews and ranks ten sub-$800 computers. The reviews do not appear to be based on testing. As a substitute, editors describe the configuration and explain why each component or feature is good. However, these reviewers seem to have a poor grasp of what computer components do or what specifications mean. In addition, since all of the reviews are now dated, and most of the machines are tested with Windows XP, we see little of value here for the budget -- or any -- computer buyer.
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Store ratings
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Our AssessmentResellerRatings.com invites customers to describe and rate their experiences with merchants. You can learn about customer satisfaction with the purchase process, as well as their early experience with the product and manufacturer support. However, owner surveys are a much better gauge of long-term satisfaction with the purchased product. Apple tops major brands, while Gateway fares worst among them -- most customers say they are very dissatisfied.
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Film Cameras: Alive and clicking
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Our AssessmentIncluded in its last report on film cameras, editors test two APS models. The magazine notes that APS cameras are on their way out, and that it may be increasingly difficult to find places that develop APS film. One of the two models tested is discontinued.
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Buyer's Guide
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Our AssessmentThis lengthy but dated buyer's guide includes a large section on APS cameras. Although the general information on advantages and disadvantages is still valuable, the models mentioned and reviewed have been discontinued.
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APS Cameras
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Our AssessmentThis retailer still carries a number of APS cameras, and there are more owner-written reviews here than on other Web sites. Owners like their Canon Elph Sport, and many reviews say it is a much better underwater camera than a disposable camera. The Fujifilm Q1 also gets good comments overall. The Canon Elph Z3 gets some mixed reviews. Many report eventually having problems loading and unloading film.
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Buying Guide for 24mm Fixed-Focus APS Cameras
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Our AssessmentThere is an interesting buyer's guide here, outlining the pluses of APS photography. Several models are recommended, but don't appear to have been tested. The Canon Elph Z3, Canon Elph Sport and Fujifilm Q1 and Q1 Zoom are cited as best buys.
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Top Picks: APS Cameras
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Our AssessmentWith editorial coverage continuing to dwindle, owner reviews are more valuable. The Canon Elph LT 260 and Z3 get a handful of reviews. The LT 260 gets mixed reviews. Although owners like its size and design, some users complain about a weak flash. The Canon Elph Z3 also gets a few comments, though some say photos are not as sharp as they could be.
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Fuji Q1
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Our AssessmentThere are three comments here from owners regarding the Fujifilm Q1. Opinion overall is low to mixed at this U.K. Web site.
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APS Cameras
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Our AssessmentCanon APS cameras get the most comments here. The Elph LT gets the largest number of reviews, and a better overall score than the Canon LT 260. The single review for the Fujifilm Nexia Q1 states that the camera broke the first time the owner tried to insert film, but without any other reviews, we cannot tell if this was an isolated incident or an indicator of a larger issue.
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APS Cameras versus 35mm Compacts & SLRs
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Our AssessmentThis undated buyer's guide covers the advantages and disadvantages of APS cameras versus other types of film cameras. According to the article, 35mm film renders a higher quality enlargement than the 24mm film used in APS cameras. A few discontinued models are mentioned in this undated article.
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A Snapshot in Time
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Our AssessmentThis article reports on the demise of Kodak 35mm and APS film cameras. Although the company will continue to sell both types of film, Kodak's entire camera line is now all digital with the exception of one disposable 35mm camera.
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APS Update: It’s Not Dead Yet
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Our AssessmentIn this article, Fujifilm senior brand manager Joe Vaughey says that Fujifilm is "in this for the long haul" when it comes to APS cameras. Chuck Westfall, assistant director of the technical information department of Canon's camera division says, "There still is significant vitality for that market." But Ed Lee, an analyst with Lyra Research states, "The days of APS are numbered" because of the popularity of digital cameras.
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Kodak to stop making APS, some film cameras
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Our AssessmentThis Kodak press release, reprinted at DP Review.com, announces the demise of Kodak APS and 35mm film cameras in the U.S., Europe and Canada. Kodak will continue to manufacture film cameras for China, Latin America, Eastern Europe and India, however, and the film will be available for the foreseeable future.
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Camcorder Reviews
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Our AssessmentEpinions invites owners to rate their own cameras, and there are dozens of discontinued models listed here. This can be helpful if you are considering a used camera. No current models receive ratings from owners.
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8mm/VHS-C Camcorders
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Our AssessmentMany discontinued models are included here. Although models get a performance rating, there's no evidence that any of these camcorders have been tested.
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Camcorders
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports was the last reviewer that still covered analog camcorders -- but only one model is tested in this 2006 review. Interestingly, picture quality on that one camcorder is equal to some of the digital camcorders in the bottom quarter of the ratings chart.
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Camcorder Reviews
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Our AssessmentThis website is an excellent source for information on digital camcorders, but like most reviewers, editors are no longer rating analog models. We found a few reviews here for JVC, Panasonic, and Sony models, but none are currently available. Editors do say that analog camcorders still fill a niche for technophobes and those who don't want anything fancy.
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Cheap Thrills
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Our AssessmentIn this article on analog camcorders, Videomaker's Charles Fulton is candid about the advantages and disadvantages of analog formats. He writes that although analog camcorders will soon be squeezed out of the market entirely, they are still a good choice for novices and those who don't own computers. Says Fulton: "It's hard to go wrong with any current analog camcorder on the market." No specific models are recommended.
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Analog Camcorders
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Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells the two JVC analog camcorders still in production. Owners are invited to leave comments and reviews for those models. Both the JVC GR-AXM18 and the JVC GR-SXM38 get three reviews each.
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Abrasive toothpaste linked to increased sensitivity
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Our AssessmentD recommends several less abrasive toothpastes as a precaution against tooth sensitivity and the enamel and gum erosion that some (but not all) patients experience with very abrasive toothpastes. He also identifies specific abrasive toothpastes that he recommends avoiding.
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Toothpaste Reviews
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Our AssessmentUsers rate and review dozens of toothpastes here, including many brands not tested at Consumer Reports. You can also filter the toothpastes to show just the ones for sensitive teeth or tartar control, etc. Though judgments of taste and texture are quite subjective, this site is still helpful to check.
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Toothpaste
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Our AssessmentYou can find toothpaste varieties by the hundreds here, but only a few accumulate enough owner-written reviews to make their average ratings significant. Crest Pro-Health gets especially low ratings and some toothpastes that get high ratings elsewhere receive very low ratings here.
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Selecting a Toothpaste for Electric Brushing
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Our AssessmentUnlike most Epinions pages, this is a detailed article about the need to use less abrasive toothpastes with an electric toothbrush. It includes abrasive ratings from the ADA, showing that baking soda is the least abrasive (after plain water). Readers add comments.
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Toothpaste Reviews
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Our AssessmentThis site features a list of toothpastes with user reviews, and it helpfully shows the rating and number of reviews right on the main page. Toothpaste ratings from customers are nicely consolidated, so you can see the average rating plus the percentage of owners who would buy that toothpaste again.
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Whiter than white
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Our AssessmentThis U.K. toothpaste review discusses controversial toothpaste ingredients and how to identify toothpaste that contains them - e.g. various names for parabens. The review also recommends a few brands of toothpaste that don't contain parabens, triclosan or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).
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Ask Dr. Ellie
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Our AssessmentThis dentist answers many user-submitted questions on her website about specific toothpastes, ingredients and mouthwashes, for adults, children and infants. Dr. Phillips is a strong proponent of xylitol, but recommends a simple fluoride toothpaste without it - and strongly advises against Colgate Total or any tartar-control or "whitening" toothpaste.
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Kinds of Toothpaste
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Our AssessmentThe two toothpaste articles on this site recommend against "whitening" toothpastes as ineffective, and also against tartar-control toothpastes as ineffective below the gumline and apt to cause sensitivity. A comprehensive discussion of ingredients is included. Dr. Peterson also warns that many "natural" toothpastes play on unwarranted fears of fluoride, and if they contain vitamin C, can erode enamel. More tips and advice are included.
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Toothpaste
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Our AssessmentThis retail site allows users to submit reviews of products sold here. The site's customers tend to favor alternatives to mainstream toothpastes, and a great many "natural" toothpastes have accumulated a dozen or more reviews and ratings from users. Favored brands include Jason's, Xlear, Nature's Gate, Tom's of Maine, Kiss My Face, Desert Essence and Auromere.
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Toothpaste: Think they whiten? Think again
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports commissions an outside lab to test 41 different toothpastes for stain removal, abrasiveness and fluoride content - and also notes any burning or bitter tastes. The main focus is on stain removal (tested on cows' teeth with artificial stains). The review recommends a toothpaste containing triclosan, but a separate article at Consumer Reports Greener Choices recommends against toothpastes containing this ingredient.
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Whitening Toothpastes
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Our AssessmentThis review at Choice magazine, Australia's equivalent to Consumer Reports, rates 20 toothpastes only on their whitening ability, based on subjective reports from 753 volunteer testers. (At least 30 people test each toothpaste.) The top-ranked toothpaste, White Glo Extra Strength Whitening, is not available in the U.S. Colgate Whitening Plus Tartar Control ranks second; 66 percent of testers report whiter teeth after using it twice a day for a month.
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Toothpaste
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Our AssessmentIf you want to know every possible thing that might be wrong with every single ingredient in a toothpaste, this is the site to check. It's a bit discouraging, however, since no toothpaste rates a totally hazard-free score. The main problem is that editors don't distinguish toxic effects from extremely high exposures (chemical spills or daily factory work producing a chemical) and tiny exposures from using toothpaste and rinsing it out. The database does let you look up an ingredient, however, to check out the research for yourself.
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Household Products Database
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Our AssessmentThis is the most efficient site for checking the ingredients of a specific toothpaste, then finding out about the relevant research on those ingredients. There are ample links to relevant research on the ingredients, but it's important to keep quantities in mind. A toothpaste may contain only a tiny amount that would not be harmful.
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Over the Counter Dental Products
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Our AssessmentBased on his professional education and experience, dentist Jeffrey Kohlhardt recommends Colgate Total for most people aged 20 to 65. For those over 65, he recommends supplementing Colgate Total with Prevident, a high-fluoride toothpaste available by prescription only. He warns that tartar-control toothpastes can cause mouth sores, and for people with sensitive teeth, recommends Sensodyne or any other toothpaste that contains potassium nitrate. He also includes recommendations for toothbrushes, mouthwash, and more.
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Dental Product Guide - Summer 2007
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Our AssessmentThis dentist recommends fluoride toothpaste that carries the ADA seal - and for adult patients, Colgate Total. The review notes that the fairly new Colgate Total Advanced Clean incorporates similar stain-removing ingredients used in Ultra brite (also made by Colgate). For sensitive teeth or for people more prone to cavities than gingivitis, he recommends Sensodyne Pronamel with amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) for remineralizing teeth. Prescription-strength toothpaste for sensitive teeth is also an option for temporary use.
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Bristler's Mother: A family-friendly review of six eco-toothpastes
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Our AssessmentSix "eco-friendly" toothpastes are reviewed here, based on informal two-week tests and ratings by one family with two children, plus information from the Environmental Working Group. Quite a few "natural" toothpastes are rejected because of taste or texture, and the top-rated toothpaste contains fluoride. This is a fun review to read and it provides numerous personal comments and opinions from the testing family.
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Paste Test
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Our AssessmentThis article is old, but comprehensive and still useful. Seth Stevenson and a bunch of friends test 35 toothpastes for taste and feel, and interview dentists for clinical information to debunk certain myths and marketing claims about ingredients found in toothpastes. Dentists say that different forms of fluoride are all effective, with slight differences in amount insignificant, but disagree about whether or not stannous fluoride tends to stain teeth. Colgate Total is the winner when it comes to effectiveness, but several others have better taste and texture, and for overall aesthetics, Mentadent Crystal Ice is the top choice.
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5 Best Trucks
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Our AssessmentCar and Driver's staff perform this comparison test annually. It is a list of their favorite trucks in a variety of categories. Small, large and luxury sport-utility vehicles are covered, as well as pickup trucks and vans. Results are basically the same for 2006 as they were in 2005. The Cadillac SRX wins the luxury SUV category for the third year in a row. Editor Csaba Csere praises GM's Sigma platform, which is used for the SRX, claiming that it results in great response and handling. He also likes the interior, noting that up to five passengers can ride in comfort, with plenty of space for luggage. Editors did not expect the SRX to win when facing newer models from competitors, and were surprised by this year's results.
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Road Test: 2006 Cadillac SRX V8 vs. 2006 Mercedes-Benz R500 vs. 2006 Volvo XC90 V8
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Our AssessmentThis comparative review of luxury SUVs includes V8-powered models from Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Thorough performance testing is detailed in a chart. More subjective factors put the Mercedes-Benz R500 over the edge in this test. The Volvo XC90 is rated in second place. The last place Cadillac SRX earns praise for its strong performance but falls short due to issues with third row seating comfort.
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Top Picks 2006
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports tests dozens of cars and trucks each year for safety, reliability and performance, and picks a handful across various vehicle categories to recommend. Consumer Reports ranks highly with us because its editors are thorough, considering long-term reliability. This reviewer does not test performance and off-road ability as thoroughly as the dedicated auto magazines, however.
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Road Test: 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500 vs. 2006 Range Rover Sport
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Our AssessmentIn this comparative review of the Mercedes-Benz ML500 and the Range Rover Sport, writer Greg Brown declares the Mercedes-Benz ML500 the winner by "the thickness of your Platinum card." In this close contest, the Range Rover Sport wins praise for its sophisticated Terrain Response System, making it a superior off-roader. Brown praises Rover, claiming that it will drive through just about anything. However Brown prefers the Mercedes-Benz ML500 for motoring through the city, noting that it has better seats and superior acceleration compared to the Range Rover Sport.
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The Land Rover LR3 faces the Cadillac SRX
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Our AssessmentIn this comparison review of the Land Rover LR3 and the Cadillac SRX, the writer looks for the right mix of utility, handling and speed in a segment that he defines as "too-tall-to-be-a-wagon but too-fast-to-be-an-SUV." Fowle praises GM's Sigma chassis, which is used in the SRX. Fowle notes that the SRX is focused toward on-road performance and does not perform well on gravel. The LR3 is described as "refreshing change" from earlier Land Rover products. Fowle describes the interior as "pleasant," with adjustable suspension. Acknowledging that the two vehicles come from two completely different schools of thought, Fowle proclaims the SRX as his favorite.
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Bling Leaders – Swanky SUVs in search of the spotlight
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Our AssessmentThis review tests the 2007 Cadillac Escalade and 2007 Range Rover Supercharged, to determine the "King of Bling." Kiino claims that the Cadillac Escalade and Range Rover are popular among those who understand the concept of "bling." Their popularity with celebrities has propelled these two models to a symbolic status. In a test of "power and pizzazz," the Escalade came out the winner. This comparative review from a respected automotive magazine is helpful, as it is the first attempt to compare the Escalade to competitor and long-time rival Range Rover.
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Road Test Review: 2007 Cadillac Escalade
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Our AssessmentCar and Driver writer Tony Swan asserts that the Escalade will be remembered as an icon of "bling bling" someday in the future. Swan has some criticisms of the Escalade, including reduced towing capacity vs. the earlier model, but feels that there is no question that the new Escalade is better than the old model. One notable improvement is the lighter engine and new six-speed automatic transmission. Other contributors to this article praise the new interior, improved cargo space and power liftgate. This article is useful even though it does not include head-to-head comparisons.
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Full Test: 2007 Cadillac Escalade – Big Box Caddy
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Our AssessmentInside Line writer Erin Riches describes the new Escalade as a "big, brash Caddy that's powerful, refined and easy to drive." Ride and handling are impressive, with ride quality that is close to that of a luxury sedan. Riches describes the interior as tasteful. He notes some short-cutting in the use of low-grade plastics in the cargo area, describing them as not acceptable fumbles. He feels braking needs improvement as well. Riches likes the new Escalade but feels that Cadillac still has some catching up to do to match the quality of competitors such as the Mercedes GL450.
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2007 Cadillac Escalade Road Test
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Our AssessmentFamilyCar.com writer Nick Yost is a New York-area automotive writer. He writes that differences between the old and new Escalade are remarkable, and that the overall driving experience is much improved. He praises the fit and finish; both the exterior and interior are improved, and Yost claims that Cadillac has achieved a degree of opulence. He notes improved safety features including standard three-row side-curtain airbags.
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Editor's Most Wanted Vehicles for 2006
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Our AssessmentEach year, the editorial staff at Edmunds.com looks at a large sampling of cars in a wide variety of categories and price ranges, voting for the best vehicles of the year. Back-to-back comparison tests, however, are not performed for this review. Among luxury SUVs, the BMW X5 wins the Most Wanted SUV Under $45,000 with Honorable Mention given to the Lexus RX 330. The Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX 470 SUVs win the Most Wanted SUV Over $45,000 category with Honorable Mention given to the Lexus GX 470.
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Best Car Values 2006
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Our AssessmentIntelliChoice uses an analysis of relevant data to predict, recognize and award vehicles that will cost significantly less to own than those of competitor's. For 2006, the Toyota Land Cruiser wins an award as the Best Full-Size Sport Utility in a class priced over $36,000. We appreciate Intellichoice's careful analysis, which also allows the consumer to see how earlier models stack up for retained value and actual operating costs.
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Premium Large SUVs
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Our AssessmentConsumer Guide's editors rate vehicles on acceleration, fuel economy, ride quality, steering/handling/braking, quietness, controls, materials, room, comfort, cargo room and value within class. Crash test data and warranty information is also displayed. In the Consumer Guide to Premium Large SUVs, writer Ed Piotrowski discusses the Cadillac Escalade, Hummer H2, Infiniti QX56, Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LX 470, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Toyota Land Cruiser. Two awards are presented. The Cadillac Escalade wins a "Recommended" rating, while the Toyota Land Cruiser wins a "Best Buy" designation among premium SUVs. We like this guide but it lacks head-to-head comparisons.
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The Consumer Guide to Premium Midsize SUVs
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Our AssessmentIn the Consumer Guide to Premium Midsize SUVs, writer Kirk Bell discusses the mid-sized SUVs, some of which fall into the premium sub-category. The Acura MDX, Cadillac SRX and Lexus RX all earn a "Best Buy" rating, while the Mercedes-Benz R-Class and Volvo XC90 earn a "Recommended" rating. Testing isn't as thorough as that of other review sources like Car and Driver. Consumer Guide is an excellent source for pricing and options information, but no comparisons are included.
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SUVs We Recommend
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Our AssessmentEditors choose SUVs in a variety of categories based on they will perform under real-world conditions that most owners will encounter. Among luxury SUVs, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport wins as the "Best Midsize and On-Road/Off-Road Compromise." The Cadillac Escalade is the "Best Full-Size SUV." The Mercedes-Benz R-Class is best for city driving, and the Volvo XC90 is top-rated for families. Reviews are thorough, but no comparison tests appear to have been conducted.
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2006 Car Buyer's Guide
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Our AssessmentKiplinger's annual auto issue factors in issues such as service costs, fuel efficiency, resale value and insurance costs. We welcome this financial focus to evaluating cars, but since side-by-side tests are not performed, this review does not rank higher in our chart. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland AWD wins as the best truck-based SUV with praise for its four-wheel-drive ability, powerful Hemi engine and luxury touches.
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2006 Best Car Values
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Our AssessmentMoney Magazine's annual best-car-value awards are based on objective comparisons of price, power, features, safety and trunk space, as well as test drives. For 2006, the best value ranking for mid-size Luxury SUVs goes to the Mercedes ML-Class, with praise for its appearance, interior, and sophisticated powertrain. Money is especially impressed with its V6 engine, which delivers better power and fuel economy than earlier powerplants. The best-value rating for large luxury SUVs goes to the Land Rover Range Rover. They claim it is in a class by itself and that style, prestige and off-road ability justify the $75,000 price.
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Best New Luxury SUV
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Our AssessmentAutobytel contributor Christian J. Wardlaw polled editorial staff at AutoBytel, where the new Range Rover Sport received a unanimous vote as the best new luxury SUV for 2006. He describes the Range Rover Sport as being as capable off-road as any previous Land Rover, while delivering sports sedan performance and luxury touches. The Range Rover Sport is not as pricey as the Land Rover Range Rover. Wardlaw notes that the price premium compared to the less expensive LR3 gets the purchaser a better class of interior materials. Cargo space rivals that of the larger Land Rover Range Rover.
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5 Best Trucks
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Our AssessmentCar and Driver's staff perform this comparison test annually -- it is a list of their favorite trucks in a variety of categories. Small, large and luxury SUVs are covered, as well as pickup trucks and vans. Results are basically the same for 2006 as they were in 2005. While in 2005 the Subaru Forester 2.5XT was the winner of the small SUV class, this year the Forester is the winner regardless of engine option. The turbo Forester receives praise for its best-in-class quickness. The Honda Pilot again wins the best Large SUV award; the fifth time in the five years the Pilot has been on the market. Car and Driver editors say the Pilot is refined and affordable.
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Top Picks 2006
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports tests dozens of cars and trucks each year for safety, reliability and performance, and picks a handful across various vehicle categories to recommend. Consumer Reports ranks highly with us because its editors are thorough and consider data some dedicated car magazines nearly ignore, such as fender-bender repair estimates and crash-test information. Editors do not test performance and off-road ability as thoroughly as the dedicated auto magazines, however.
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2006 Sport/Utility of the Year
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Our AssessmentIn the most recent installment of Motor Trend's annual SUV torture test, SUVs are thoroughly tested for their off-road ability, comfort and value. Of the eleven SUVs on test, the Nissan Xterra is rated the winner. Motor Trend claims that the Xterra raises the bar for SUVs with superior engineering and design. They also praise the Nissan SUV's performance and safety, and most of all; they feel that it delivers great value and versatility. Angus MacKenzie, editor-in-chief of Motor Trend says: "Our audience depends on us to honor the new model that best demonstrates overall superiority, significance and value, and the Xterra stood out in each of those categories for its outstanding engineering, impressive on and off-road ability and clear focus on its target customers."
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Snow Dogs: A city-to-snow expedition to determine the leader of the hard-core pack
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Our AssessmentThis review tests four SUVs for true off-roading -- where low-range gearing and transfer cases are required. Motor Trend staffers obviously expected some real fun comparing their SUV of the Year choice Nissan Xterra against promising SUVs such as the H3 Hummer (equipped with huge 33" tires) and the new 2007 Toyota FJ Land Cruiser. Testing was performed in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California where they sought hardpack snow and powder, dirt roads, boulders and river washes. The winner in this test was the new 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser, while the Nissan Xterra finished with a second-place rating.
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Rock-Hopper SUVs
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Our AssessmentCar and Driver's writers test a lineup of ladder frame, true off-road capable SUVs by traveling to the rugged category-four trail at Mengel Pass. Rocks, deep sand, stream crossings and other difficulties are part of the test. A first-place rating goes to the Nissan Xterra, which proved to be good for both off-road and on-road travel. Editor John Phillips likes the Xterra's locking rear differential and skid plates and superb forward view. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD gets a second-place rating. Although Phillips contends that the Jeep's low-range is only adequate and laments the Jeep's lack of differential locks, the Jeep managed the trail without assistance. The Toyota FJ Cruiser receives honorable mention with third place, with poor on-road performance including wallow and roll due to its soft suspension.
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Best SUVs for Off-Roading
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Our AssessmentWriter Bengt Halvorson is a knowledgeable automotive writer with experience at automotive publications including Automobile, Car and Driver, and Sports Car Market. In this article for ForbesAutos.com he examines the dramatically different abilities of SUVs to operate off-road. He explains that many car-based SUVs will do fine on dirt roads, trails and logging roads, but that hard terrain with ditches or obstacles require a body-on-frame design. Ground clearance, locking differentials and approach and departure angles are discussed. The expensive Hummer H1 takes the highest rating for off-road ability. The Mitsubishi Montero, Land Rover LR3, Toyota Land Cruiser and the Jeep Grand Cherokee all get honorable mention as off-road capable.
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2006 SUV of the Year
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Our AssessmentAutobytel's Associate Editor Thom Blackett maintains that despite rising gasoline prices, there is no turning back from the SUV. American families still need versatile vehicles that are capable carrying lots of people and gear. He maintains that the 2006 Ford Explorer is the best of the current batch meeting these criteria. Blackett likes the Explorer's new exterior and interior appearance. He also likes the new frame and improved engines. He also notes standard stability and traction control systems. The Explorer is comfortable and has a controlled, compliant ride. Especially noteworthy is the quiet new interior, and improvement over earlier models.
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2006 SUV of the Year
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Our AssessmentRoad and Travel awards the 2006 Ford Explorer the title of 2006 SUV of the Year. A jury of automotive journalists from newspapers, Web sites and automotive magazines select the winner as part of the International Car of the Year and Tuck of the Year awards. The new-for-2006 Ford Explorer is noted for its strong new tube-through-tube frame and independent suspension. They praise the Explorer's smooth ride, and also like the new exterior styling. The Explorer's wide array of seating options is noted. Road and Travel editors also praise the standard dual-stage air bags for front impacts, and standard side-impact and curtain-style side air bags for first and second row seats.
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Truck of the Year
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Our AssessmentAutomotive critic Mark Phelan claims that the 2006 Ford Explorer is a major improvement over last year's model, which was already a good vehicle. The new Explorer is more fuel-efficient, has much better exhaust emissions (74% less than 2005 for the V6) and a better interior. The new Explorer is also quieter, and Phelan claims Ford data shows less road and wind noise than competitors. Phelan points out that the Explorer has safety features that no other midsize SUV offers. The Jeep Commander and the Nissan Xterra receive runners-up ratings.
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Editors' Most Wanted Vehicles for 2006
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Our AssessmentThe staff at Edmunds.com votes annually for favorite vehicles in a variety of classes. Back-to-back comparison tests, however, are not performed for this review. The Nissan Xterra is rated the winner in the under-$25,000 arena. Edmunds.com credits the Xterra with good build quality and reliability. They describe the Xterra as a good choice for buyers seeking a budget vehicle that delivers both the "utility" part of Sport Utility and true off-road capability. The redesigned Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer are lauded as the best under-$35,000 SUV. Editors praise the spacious cabins, noting they seat seven and have a versatile layout. Safety features are improved for 2006 with standard side-impact airbags and stability control. Powerful engines, excellent towing capacity and a good ride are all praised. Edmunds.com claims the Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer have few faults. The next step up the price ladder is the BMW X5. Edmunds.com likes the crisp handling and performance of the X5, along with its sharp styling, aerodynamic lines, luxury interior and top safety scores.
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New Car Reviews
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Our AssessmentConsumer Guide's editors rate vehicles on acceleration, fuel economy, ride quality, steering/handling/braking, quietness, controls, materials, room, comfort, cargo room and value within class. Crash test data and warranty information is also displayed. The Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute/Mercury Mariner share Best Buy status with the Honda CR-V in the Compact SUV category. The Honda Pilot wins a Best Buy rating in the mid-size-SUV category for its combination of seating, cargo room, overall configuration and power. The Toyota Highlander also earns a Best Buy here. The Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe share Best Buy status with the Ford Expedition in the large-SUV category. The Acura MDX, Cadillac SRX and the Lexus RX all are listed as Best Buys among premium SUVs. Comparison tests are not performed.
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2006 Car Buyer's Guide
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Our AssessmentKiplinger's annual auto issue factors in issues such as service costs, fuel efficiency, resale value and insurance costs. We welcome this financial focus to evaluating cars, but since side-by-side tests are not performed, this review does not rank higher in our chart. Among SUVs, the Jeep Liberty Sport Diesel AWD and the Ford Escape Hybrid win awards in the "Most Fuel Efficient" category. The Honda Pilot LX AWD wins in the "Crossover SUV" category, being noted for good safety and resale value, while seating eight. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland AWD wins among "Truck-Based SUVs" with praise for its four-wheel-drive ability, powerful Hemi engine and luxury touches.
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2006 Best Car Values
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Our AssessmentMoney Magazine's annual best-car-value awards are based on objective comparisons of price, power, features, safety and trunk space, as well as test drives. For 2006, the best value rating for small SUVs goes to the Toyota RAV4 with praise for its quality and resale value. The best mid-size SUV award goes to the Honda Pilot. Money likes the affordability of seating for eight and the Pilot's build quality while noting that it is not particularly stylish. The Chevrolet Tahoe wins the large SUV category. Money claims the redesigned Tahoe has improved over previous versions and now sets new standards for large SUV handling and comfort, as well as low interior noise. The interior is of a much higher quality. Money likes the Tahoe's new cylinder deactivation feature that enables it to attain a standard setting 22 miles per gallon highway mileage rating.
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Drivers Choice Awards
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Our AssessmentThe staff of Motor Week compared over 100 cars in order to choose the best of 2006, awarding said vehicles a "Drivers Choice Award." As the top-rated convertible, the award goes to the Pontiac Solstice. Reviewers like the fact that the Solstice offers a well-blended combination of style and performance for under $20,000. While this review is helpful, it would also be nice to know more detail about the vehicles that were selected to receive awards.
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A Family-Friendly Convertible?
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Our AssessmentKristin Varela, mastermind behind the mother-helpful vehicle Web site Motherproof.com, offers a review of the 2006 Volvo C70 for ABS News. According to Varela, the C70 convertible can work as a family car if you can accept some compromises. There is room for four, but it would be hard to use a car seat. In addition, there is room in the trunk if the top is up, but it gets tight when the top goes down. Finally, the car does have a number of safety features, which is important in a family vehicle. This article is helpful because it offers a convertible review for families, which is somewhat unusual. However, we wish Varela covered other convertibles, even if only to indicate why they shouldn't be chosen for families.
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Best Overall Values of the Year
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Our AssessmentIntelliChoice performs a different type of review than other sites. Instead of comparing safety features or performance, IntelliChoice compares the "true value" of vehicles. Basically, this means that they analyze each vehicle and a great amount of research to determine what each car will cost over a five-year time frame, and then report the information back to the perspective consumer. This is an especially helpful service for those looking to get as much car for the money as possible in the long run, as well as in the immediate future. While there is no specific category for convertibles, IntelliChoice has chosen the Chevrolet Corvette convertible as the best value of the year in the sport class.
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2006 Mini Cooper Convertible vs. VW New Beetle Convertible 2.5
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Our AssessmentInside Line performs excellent head-to-head comparisons, even if the rationale behind the testing is sometimes a little bit silly. In the case of the Mini Cooper and the New Beetle, the rationale is "a comparison test of affordable convertibles that seat four and are so cute you want to pinch their cheeks." This whittled the market down to the Mini Cooper and the New Beetle. In the end, the Mini Cooper convertible winds up taking the crown, due to more unisex styling and a lower sticker price. This is an interesting and well-researched comparison, but the very specific market puts it at a lower place in our list.
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Best Cars 2006
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Our AssessmentOver 400 vehicles are tested annually in order for Kiplinger's to present their best of the year. While they do not list a specific category for convertibles, a convertible does make their top choice list. The Mini Cooper Convertible is ranked as the best in class for the $23,000 to $30,000 price market. Kiplinger's bases its selections on a number of variables, such as performance, safety and price, including the cost of upkeep and resale value. While the article is helpful, there is only a one-sentence review of the only convertible included, which puts the overall usefulness of this source into the lower portion of our reviews list.
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Best Cars 2006
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Our AssessmentThe staff of Money Magazine tests cars with an eye toward family usability. They pack the vehicles up and look at the way they drive, basing results more on feel and driving impression than on timed runs and technical specifications. In the category of "best convertible," Money Magazine top rates the Ford Mustang. Auto critic Lawrence Ulrich praises the Mustang for "eye-catching retro styling, seating for four and a low price." The article does suggest the V8 model over the V6 for a truly enjoyable ride. Cars are not tested head-to-head or compared, however.
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2006 Editors' Choice Awards
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Our AssessmentEach year the editors of Autobytel.com rank cars they would recommend to friends and family. One of the most impressive aspects of this article is the fact that it has a category for best convertible, a title that goes to the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The review is a head-to-head comparison against the Solstice, and the reviewer finds the Miata better in terms of handling, quality of materials and cargo room.
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Hot Sports Cars for 2006
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Our AssessmentWhile this article is not specifically focused on convertibles, it does include two in its listing of the hottest sports cars of 2006. The first car mentioned is the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Reviewer Mike Hanley commends the MX-5 for "go kart-like moves and practically nonexistent body roll," as well as impressive gas mileage. The second vehicle listed is the Pontiac Solstice, which is complimented for visibility with the top up, as well as having sharp handling skills.
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Editors' Most Wanted Vehicles for 2006
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Our AssessmentEach year the editorial staff of Edmunds gets together to determine which vehicles they would most enjoy owning for themselves, and this year a number of convertibles make that list. In the "Under $25,000" bracket, the Ford Mustang is highest rated. In the "Under $35,000" class, the award goes to the BMW Z4, and the "Under $45,000" winner is the Lotus Elite. To top everything off, the winner of Edmunds' "Most Significant Vehicle of the Year" award goes to the Pontiac Solstice. The reviews here are well-written and very thorough.
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Convertibles – Recommended Models
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports continually does research on automobiles. What separates Consumer Reports from other reviews is the fact that they take into account safety issues and other vehicle aspects of likely interest to the average car owner. While many reviews are written for people who have an advanced knowledge of cars, Consumer Reports writes for the average consumer. The ratings are always well-researched. Among convertibles, many models are recommended, with three cars singled out as the editors' top picks: Audi A4, Mini Cooper and Pontiac G6.
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10 Best Cars
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Our AssessmentCar and Driver puts out a "10 Best" list annually, and they have been doing so for over 20 years. Unfortunately, there is no car specifically mentioned as "best convertible," though many convertibles made the list for 2006 in various categories. The Chevrolet Corvette came in as the best performance car, the Mazda MX-5 was elected best roadster, and the Porsche Boxster was named the best luxury sports car of 2006. More than anything, it is the amount of research done by Car and Driver that puts it at the top of our list of convertible reviews for 2006.
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2007 BMW Z4 M Roadster vs. 2006 Porsche Boxster S
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Our AssessmentAutomobile Magazine pits two of the most luxurious convertibles against one another in a head-to-head showdown. According to the review, the Roadster does everything well: It handles well, it has a quality cabin, and it is both comfortable and fun to drive. Unfortunately, the Boxster does everything just slightly better. As author Joe DeMatio writes, "If the Z4 M roadster were the only car we drove on this magnificent road, we'd walk away perfectly happy - thrilled, even - with its performance. But then we trade the BMW for the Porsche, and the Boxster demonstrates once again that it is the more natural performer." In the end there can be only one winner, and in this case it is the Boxster S. While this is an excellent article, we'd rank it more highly if more cars were included.
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Toyota Yaris Liftback versus Honda Fit Hatchback
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Our AssessmentAlthough only two cars are compared here, they are two of the most buzzy cars of 2007. The Fit is fun to drive, with a more responsive transmission and perky engine. The Yaris feels softer and less "touchy." Several members of "The Car Family" comment on the Yaris's seat fabric, which sticks to everything "like Velcro" and is hard to clean. In the end, the Family recommends skipping both cars and stepping up to the Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic.
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New Compact Car Buying Guide
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Our AssessmentThe editors of Cars Direct offer a very extensive buying guide for anyone interested in purchasing a compact car. This guide gives some suggestions on what to look for, as well as examples of some representative vehicles. In addition, there are various stats and ratings for the vehicles, including 0 to 60 acceleration, passenger space, safety features, comfort and convenience, mpg and MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price). This is a helpful guide for experienced buyers and could be a great primer for new car buyers. Review data is sparse and recommendations are not made.
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Small Cars Trail in Crash Tests: The Auto Daily Insider
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Our AssessmentRecent crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that drivers of subcompact cars at a disadvantage when it comes to safety. In test of seven economy cars, only the Nissan Versa received the highest ratings of "good" in all three crash types -- front, side and rear. IIHS directors say this is due in part to the Versa's larger size compared to other subcompact cars. The Honda Fit gets "good" scores for front and side impacts, but a poor rear-impact rating. The Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio fare worst, with poor scores for side and rear impacts, and a rating of "adequate" for frontal crashes.
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Best Vehicles for $25,000 or less
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports bases its picks primarily on safety, value and fuel economy. Consumer Reports doesn't really choose a "car of the year" or make any big picks. They do recommend models, but the current model year isn't always tested. This makes Consumer Reports a good destination if you have your choice narrowed down a bit. Consumer Reports also has a great analysis of predicted reliability, as well as good information on used cars.
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Motor Trend names redesigned Toyota Camry as 2007 Car of the Year
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Our AssessmentThe 2007 Toyota Camry series, including the Camry Hybrid, beat 27 new or redesigned-for-2007 competitors to win the title of Motor Trend Car of the Year. Writes Editor in Chief Angus MacKenzie, "The Camry is the one car rival automakers all wish they could build. It offers something for nearly everyone -- performance, efficiency, and roominess -- at a price point most Americans can afford."
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2007 10 Best Cars
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Our AssessmentThe article is the culmination of Car and Driver's annual test of new 2007 vehicles along with retesting of last year's best-car winners. The Honda Fit and Volkswagen GTI are chosen as two of this year's "10 Best Cars." The Fit "raises the bar for small-car expectations." Editors say its "dynamics rival the responses of cars with much fancier pedigrees." The Volkswagen GTI, a performance version of the Volkswagen Rabbit, is also said to be a good value. It's "less fun" than previous incarnations of the GTI and Rabbit, but the '07 GTI has a roomy, well-finished interior, "lavish" cargo room and a smooth turbocharged engine.
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Editors' Most Wanted Vehicles for 2007
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Our AssessmentEvery year the editors of Edmunds.com extensively test the current models and choose their personal favorites. While there is no specific category for compact or economy cars, a large number of candidates fall into the category of sedans. The winners for 2007 are the Mazda 6, the Honda Civic and the Kia Rio/Hyundai Accent. The reviews at Edmunds are very extensive and well written, but cars are not compared head-to-head.
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Sensible Shoes
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Our AssessmentCar and Driver gathers up seven cars priced under $25,000 to go head-to-head. Models are rated for value, on-track performance and comfort. The first place award goes to the Volkswagen Rabbit. Though a bit overpriced, the Rabbit is fun to drive and comfortable, with a "punchy" quality. The styling of the VW Rabbit is praised, as is the drive quality and the dash design. Unfortunately for passengers, the low point of the Rabbit, according to the review, is the "inhospitable" rear seat. The Mazda 3s Touring comes in second. Bringing up the rear is the 2007 Nissan Sentra, which is is quiet and comfortable, but not very fun to drive.
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Recommended Shopping Lists: Compact Cars
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Our AssessmentKBB.com, the website of Kelley Blue Book, has much more than the values of vehicles. There is an extensive review section that includes this listing of recommended compact cars. The number-one choice under $15,000 is the Honda Civic, followed closely by the Toyota Corolla. In the over-$15,000 range, the top cars are the Mini Cooper and the Chevrolet HHR. The article offers a short review of each car listed, as well as the Kelley Blue Book value.
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Most Reliable New Cars Named by Consumer Reports
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Our AssessmentMoney Magazine delivers a true scoop for automotive consumers without a subscription to Consumer Reports, delivering a rundown of the most and least reliable vehicles according to the Consumer Reports staff. In terms of small cars, the title of most reliable goes to the Honda Fit, with honorable mentions going to the Toyota Yaris, Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Corolla. The least reliable vehicle, according to the article, is the Chevrolet Cobalt; the Volkswagen Jetta, Nissan Sentra and the Chevrolet Aveo round out the least reliable vehicles.
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Subcompacts Come Back
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Our AssessmentIn an attempt to help people better invest their money, Kiplinger's Personal Finance offers advice on various investments such as vehicles. This article detailing the resurgence of subcompact vehicles focuses on three cars: the Honda Fit, the Toyota Yaris and the Nissan Versa. Out of the three, the reviewer most enjoys the Fit. Options, build quality and spaciousness of the Fit help it beat the competition.
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Consumer Guide's Real World Fuel Economy Champions
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Our AssessmentThis interesting article covers real-world fuel economy versus government estimates. In the course of their testing, Consumer Guide measures actual fuel economy. This article lists the best and worst performers compared to their EPA estimates. The Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit and Scion xB are best among subcompacts, with the VW Jetta TDI, Toyota Corolla and Kia Spectra do well among compacts -- with actual fuel economy that's in line with government estimates. The Chrysler PT Cruise, Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Lancer get actual mileage that's significantly lower than their EPA estimates.
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Sedan Reviews
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Our AssessmentTechnology website CNet.com is better known for reviews of MP3 players and digital cameras, but it's been quietly amassing a decent section of auto reviews with a technology focus. High-tech isn't really a hallmark of compact cars, so not many get coverage here, but editors have reviewed the 2007 Honda Fit and the 2007 Nissan Sentra SL. The Fit gets a low rating of 6.1 (out of 10). Editors appreciate its zippy in-town performance, but the "puny" engine "chokes uphill and when trying to pass on the freeway." Interior space and flexibility are high points. The 2007 Nissan Sentra SL costs more, but gets a better overall rating (though the two are not directly compared). No other 2007 compacts have yet been tested.
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Top 10 Small Cars You Can Live With
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Our AssessmentAbout.com offers a number of articles written by a variety of market experts. This listing of the top ten cars "you can live with," includes vehicles that offer a mixture of everything: features, spaciousness, fuel efficiency, etc. The vehicle in the top slot, according to the article, is the Honda Fit. The two features of the Fit that really shine compared to the competition are the fuel efficiency and interior roominess.
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Crash tests of small cars & minivans
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Our AssessmentThe Insurance Institute of Highway Safety tested a number of small cars for safety features, reporting the results in the form of a graph, listing the cars in order of importance. The big winners are the Honda Civic and the Subaru Impreza, which both receive excellent scores in front, side and rear crash testing. The actual graph is not overly informative, yet links on the page thoroughly explain the testing process and the results.
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Most and Least Fuel Efficient Vehicles (ranked by city MPG)
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Our AssessmentIt seems that the price of fuel is rising almost daily, which makes this comparison chart of fuel efficiency an increasingly important piece of information for prospective car buyers. Conveniently, there is a section for compact cars. The rating of most fuel-efficient vehicles in this category goes to the Civic Hybrid, which is ranked at 49 mpg city and 51 mpg/hwy, and the Toyota Corolla, which receives 32 mpg/city and 41 mpg/hwy. The least efficient compact is the Bentley Continental GT, which gets 12 mpg/city and 19 mpg/hwy.
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Small Car Rebirth, Midsize Showdown
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Our AssessmentThis article from Cars.com offers a glimpse into the direction of small and midsize market for the 2007 model year and beyond. In addition, the article offers a listing of small and midsize vehicles of 2007, as well as their status (redesign, introduction, etc.), price and links to full car reviews of each individual vehicle. Reviews are not comparative, however, and no winners or losers are ultimately chosen.
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Comparison Test: Premium Family Sedans
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Our AssessmentThe Institute For Consumer Automotive Research (IFCAR.net) has strict guidelines for its family sedan comparison test. The cars need to be 2006, 2006.5 or 2007 models under $28,000 with an automatic transmission and an engine greater than 180 hp. The site lists 21 cars in order of preference; the Honda Accord holds the top spot, praised in every aspect aside from trunk space.
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SPEEDtv.com 10 Best Cars: Family Sedan
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Our AssessmentSPEEDtv.com puts an interesting spin on the traditional top ten lists by posting a vehicle every week. The criterion by which each car is judged is real-world functionality and enjoyment. The top-placed vehicle in the family sedan category is the Toyota Camry, which is said to excel in nearly every category. The only negative comment is that the power is not amazing, but it is noted that the Camry accelerates quickly enough to not make passing an issue.
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Test Fest: Best New Family Car over $30,000
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Our AssessmentAuto123.com looks at a number of family sedans for the 2007 model year and then makes a choice as to the best of the year. Cars researched include the Kia Amanti, Nissan Maxima, Saturn Aura and the Volkswagen Passat. However, all of these cars were bested by the Toyota Camry Hybrid, which scores points with the reviewer for braking and handling capabilities.
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2007 10 Best Cars
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Our AssessmentThe staff of Car and Driver conducts this comparison test annually. The result is a listing of their favorite vehicles for the current model year. Sedans on the list for 2007 include the BMW 3 Series, the Chrysler 300, the Honda Accord and the Infiniti G35. The quality of the article and amount of information discussed set this excellent article apart from others.
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Ford Fusion Reigns as
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Our AssessmentThe name of this article says it all: The Ford Fusion has won the title of "car of the year" from the New England Motor Press Association, awarded at the Boston Auto Show. According to the article, ride quality, value and standard safety features put the Fusion ahead of the pack. The reputation of the vehicle and its mixture of fun and practicality make the Ford a winner.
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Consumer Guide's Real World Fuel Economy Champions
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Our AssessmentThis interesting article covers real-world fuel economy versus government estimates. In the course of their testing, Consumer Guide measures actual fuel economy. This article lists the best and worst performers compared to their EPA estimates. The Toyota Camry Hybrid, Honda Accord and Accord Hybrid do well among family cars -- with actual fuel economy that's in line with government estimates. The Pontiac Grand Prix, Chevrolet Impala and Volkswagen Passat get actual mileage that's significantly lower than their EPA estimates. Among large cars, the Chrysler 300 is notable in that the 300 is one of the better performers, but the 300C is one of the worst with respect to real-world fuel economy.
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Cars.com Best Bets for Passenger Vehicles
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Our AssessmentThis review at Cars.com lists "best bets" that offer different things to different buyers. There are a dozen sedans listed, ranging from vehicles under $20,000 to those with price tags of over $40,000. While this review doesn't pinpoint a "winner" per se, it does offer good information and testing. But the reviews are not comparative, and other than this list, there's no attempt to rate or rank cars. We haven't yet seen a "best bet" list for 2007.
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Kiplinger's 2007 Picks
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Our AssessmentKiplinger magazine makes picks for the best 2007 cars in a wide range of classes. These short reviews are interesting in that they also include predicted five-year service costs, predicted three-year and five-year resale value, and insurance costs. In the $20,000 to $25,000 range, the Nissan Altima is judged best in class, while the Saturn Aura is the best new car. The Volkswagen Passat is best for safety. Editors say the $25,000 to $30,000 is the "sweet spot for value." Here, the Hyundai Azera Limited is best in class, with the Toyota Camry SE rated the best new car. The pick for safety is the Saab 9-3 2.0T.
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2007 Automobile Magazine All-Stars
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Our AssessmentAutomobile magazine has printed up their list of all-star vehicles for 2007, and a number of sedans have made the list. The 3 Series BMWs "provide the absolute best combination of all pertinent characteristics." The Chrysler 300C "has maintained its unchallenged domination for the title of Signature American Sedan." The Infiniti G35 is the best entry-level sports sedan. Automobile magazine's car of the year is the Volkswagen GTI, a hatchback covered in our report on economy cars.
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Most reliable new cars named by Consumer Reports
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Our AssessmentMoney magazine comments on Consumer Reports' findings about long-term reliability. In terms of family sedans, most reliable cars include the Honda Accord and Accord Hybrid, Toyota Prius hybrid, Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. The least reliable family sedan, according to the article, is the Volkswagen Passat. The Chrysler 300 also gets low scores for long-term reliability.
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New Cars: A to Z
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports does annual road tests of a variety of vehicles throughout the year. The vehicles are driven for months, and are researched very well. Consumer Reports also focuses on some issues not often covered by different reviews, such as safety ratings and fuel economy. The reviews at Consumer Reports are written more for the general car buyer than the automotive elite.
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2007 Motor Trend Car of the Year Award Winner: 2007 Toyota Camry
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Our AssessmentFor the past 57 years, Motor Trend has looked at the vehicles on the market and selected a car of the year. Ratings are based on three categories: significance, superiority and value. For 2007, the car of the year award goes to the Toyota Camry, which bested 27 opponents to win the title. According to the article, the Camry wins because of its broad appeal and excellent price. Seven airbags and ABS are standard features. The redesigned six-speed automatic transmission is fast and responsive. Larger wheels, standard halogen headlamps and a full-featured audio system complete the package.
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Editors' Most Wanted Vehicles for 2007
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Our AssessmentEvery year the editorial staff of Edmunds.com takes a look at the vehicles of the new model year, and each casts their votes for the best. For 2007, the sedans chosen that fall into the "family sedan" price range include the Mazda6, Hyundai Azera and BMW 3 Series. What sets Edmunds apart from some lesser reviews is the amount of time that has obviously been put into each review.
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Best Buys in Family Cars, Part 2
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Our AssessmentMetroparent magazine brings a number of experts in to make their choices for the best family cars. In terms of sedans, six have been chosen by the expert panel: the Toyota Prius, Honda Accord, Toyota Avalon, Ford 500, Volvo C70 and BMW 5 Series. What's nice about this review is that it offers multiple opinions on multiple vehicles instead of focusing on one, definitive winner.
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Mid-Size Sedans: The Best Family Car
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Our AssessmentInterest.com lists three vehicles which they consider to be "the best value, with an emphasis on price and gas mileage." Their choices are the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Saturn Aura, all of which are said to be exceptional values for their class and competition. Road testing isn't detailed, however, so we are unsure as to the extent of this evaluation.
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Spirited Fun for the Family Driver
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Our AssessmentThis article is a listing of reviews for a variety of 2007 vehicles. The helpful aspect of this piece is that it gives readers a number of options for car choices, but there are only brief mentions of road testing. The writeups mostly seem to be an analysis of features and engines, with no overall ratings. Mentioned in no particular order are the Nissan Altima, Saturn Aura, Hyundai Elantra, Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart, Subaru Legacy and Kia Magentis LX.
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The Best of 2007: 10 of this year's hottest rides
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Our AssessmentArmy Times takes a look at the vehicles of 2007 and makes choices for the best in a number of classes. In the category of family cars, the two winners are the Pontiac Grand Prix and the Saturn Aura. The Grand Prix is chosen for its power and features, while the Aura is an excellent choice due to its spaciousness and high quality in regard to build quality and options.
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Top Five Family Cars for 2007
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Our AssessmentThe Mercury News delivers what they believe to be the best vehicles available for families in 2007. Each model gets a short writeup and a quote from a third-party expert. However, it doesn't appear that any of these cars were road tested. Featured cars include the Chrysler Sebring, Infiniti G35, Nissan Altima, Saturn Aura and Toyota Camry. Unfortunately, editors don't tell us anything about why these cars are chosen over others.
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Car Tech
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Our AssessmentTechnology website CNet.com is better known for reviews of MP3 players and digital cameras, but it's been quietly amassing a decent section of auto reviews with a technology focus. Not only are there a number of single-car reviews available on the site, there are listings such as the top high-tech cars, as well as a community forum. Reviews focus primarily on expensive cars with all the gadgetry, but a few family sedans are covered. Of the 2007 sedans reviewed so far, the Infiniti G35 gets the highest overall rating.
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Variety is king of the road for 2007
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Our AssessmentThe Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offers a list of vehicles that "after weeks of testing, proved especially noteworthy." Family sedans were broken down into two subsections: intermediate family sedans and full-size family sedans. Each vehicle receives a small writeup and a list of technical features. Things that could improve this article include pictures of the listed vehicles, as well as a bit more balance to the categories in terms of cars listed and information given on each vehicle.
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Hybrid's got power, space at not-too-premium price
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Our AssessmentUSA Today reviewer James Healey claims that GM thinks the public will be satisfied with hybrid vehicles that are reasonably priced, without delivering the very best fuel economy numbers. He describes the Saturn Vue Hybrid as a "less-complicated" hybrid priced about $2,000 more than a standard gasoline version of the Saturn SUV. In his test of admittedly hard suburban driving, he averaged 19 mpg. However Healey reassures the reader that no other tester has gotten such poor mileage, and that independent testing company AMCI averaged 29.7 mpg in mixed driving. There are lots of things about the aging Vue platform that Healey does not like, but he concludes that a simpler, cheaper hybrid is a good idea.
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Road Test: 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid vs. 2006 Toyota Prius & 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid vs. 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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Our AssessmentThis article is actually comprised of two head to head comparisons. In the first, the Toyota Prius and the Honda Civic Hybrid square off. The article describes in detail the improvements found in the 2006 Civic Hybrid, including noteworthy new developments, such as the complete deactivation of the cylinders under certain load conditions and a new high performance setting for Honda's i-VTECH engine. The Civic still falls short in fuel economy and power, however, and Motor Trend declares the Prius the victor by a knockout. In the second comparison, the 2007 Camry Hybrid handily defeats the Honda Accord by providing lots of power in an environmentally friendly package that Motor Trend says delivered 40 mpg in freeway driving and 30 mpg in urban settings in its tests.
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Nissan Altima Hybrid Review
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Our AssessmentIn this review of the Nissan Altima Hybrid, Sacramento Bee auto editor Mark Glover claims that the Altima was worth the wait. The new Nissan drives well, but Glover cautions buyers to do their math if they are seeking payback through fuel savings. He does like the fact that the Altima Hybrid still qualifies for a $2,350 federal tax credit. Glover was disappointed in the jolts and thunks when the hybrid system switched between gas and electric, but overall he finds the Altima to be responsive and agile.
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2007 Saturn Aura Green Line
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Our AssessmentIn this review of the newest midsize hybrid sedan, Mac Morrison declares the Saturn Aura to be the "best sedan in the brand's history." Morrison is impressed with the value offered by Saturn's Green Line Hybrid technology. He claims it accelerates and cruises well, while delivering a 25 percent fuel economy improvement when compared to the Aura with the standard engine. It is also eligible for a $1,300 federal tax credit.
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Nissan Altima Hybrid Review
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Our AssessmentIn this review of the Nissan Altima Hybrid, Edmunds.com editors claim that the Altima Hybrid should be considered by buyers wanting the fuel-saving benefits of Toyota's hybrid technology in conjunction with the sporty driving dynamics of a Nissan. They claim that fuel economy is practically identical to the Toyota Camry Hybrid -- better than that of the Honda Accord or Saturn Aura hybrids. Edmunds.com does not like the backseat or trunk of the Altima Hybrid.
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Silent Savings
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Our AssessmentAutomobile magazine writer Kevin Wilson claims that if a potential hybrid owner is primarily interested in saving money and reducing fuel consumption, not just in bragging rights, then the Saturn Vue Green Line might be the thing. Wilson felt that the Vue Green Line was satisfactory in his testing, and he was impressed with the Vue's combination of utility, price and fuel economy. He claims that techies and hard-core environmentalists won't be satisfied, however.
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Full Test: 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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Our AssessmentThe managing editor of InsideLine reviews the Camry Hybrid and offers some fuel economy data that may serve to confuse rather than help the potential buyer. While freeway fuel economy tests were conducted, speeds were held to 60 mph. Also, during their city driving test they were very careful with the gas pedal and never exceeded 45 mph. More revealing is that InsideLine's overall mileage was only 32.6 mpg, which is nowhere close to EPA estimates. DeRosa likes the Camry Hybrid, and notes that it looks identical to the non-hybrid Camry and that it feels adequately powerful.
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Nissan Altima Hybrid - Short Take Road Tests
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Our AssessmentIn this review of the Nissan Altima Hybrid, editor Tony Swan characterizes the Altima as a cautious "me-too," and he claims that a senior marketing manager at Nissan has actually stated that Nissan "is being cautious." Swan did not like the Altima Hybrid very much, stating that there is no breakthrough technology. Swan also indicated that its mileage was "dismal” during their testing, and he did not like the trunk at all, claiming luggage space is cut in half.
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Fleet Update: 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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Our AssessmentThis review is the first report in a long-term test of the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid. The tested Camry currently has about 8,000 miles on it. They call it their "fuel-mileage champ" and rave about specific long-trip fuel-economy data. However, the article's side-bar reveals that Motor Trend's overall mileage during the test has been 32.1 mpg, nowhere near the 38/40 EPA rating. In a "feel good" moment, one editor quips, "It doesn't matter if you get 35 or 40 mpg, it's way better than most cars of this size and power output."
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2007 Cars: Top picks
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Our AssessmentKiplinger's annual auto issue factors in insurance, service costs and resale value over both two and four years, along with other financial aspects of car ownership. Although side-by-side tests are not performed, we like Kiplinger's focus on the cost of ownership. The Toyota Prius wins the "Most Fuel-Efficient" award, and the Saturn Aura wins "Best New Car."
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Editors' top hybrid cars
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Our AssessmentCNet.com, a site better known for its reviews of consumer and computer technology, has begun delving more heavily into automobiles, with an emphasis -- naturally enough -- on the technology they use. Cars are tested and rated, with the best choices listed on this landing page that includes links to full reviews. The 2008 Lexus LS 600h, 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid and 2007 Lexus GS 450h 4dr Sedan hybrid get the highest scores. Among other top choices, the 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid is called a compelling choice among hybrids. The 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid is described as a "formidable" competitor to the Toyota Prius, with excellent fuel economy, but editors add that this car lacks power. We'd rate CNet.com higher, but their top hybrid car list includes several older cars.
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Special Report: The dollars and sense of hybrids
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Our AssessmentEditors at Consumer Reports factor cost of ownership, fuel savings and tax rebates to determine whether buyers recoup the price premium paid for a hybrid car. Theoretical calculations are made for a five-year period of ownership and 75,000 miles of driving. Only four of the seven hybrid cars tested by the magazine manage to save owners money in the long term, and this calculation is based on an assumption that gasoline will cost $6 a gallon five years from now. If saving money is your primary reason for considering a hybrid, this article may cause you to reconsider.
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Lexus RX400h AWD - Long Term Road Tests
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Our AssessmentIn this long-term review, Car and Driver tested a $50,000 Lexus RX400h for two years, noting that is was popular for magazine staffers planning long trips due to a comfortable interior and great engine power. However, the RX failed to deliver the EPA rated 31 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Car and Driver averaged only 24 mpg over 40,000 miles. They conclude that it does not make sense to pay the extra money for the hybrid Lexus RX400h.
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Long-Term Update: 2007 Lexus GS 450h
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Our AssessmentRoad and Track is about 60% done with their long-term test of a Lexus GS 450h. They praise it for a good service record so far. This real-world test has made it clear that the loss of luggage space for batteries is considered by testers to be a major inconvenience. Road and Track editors claim that road trips with more than three people have required travelers to consider buying and discarding clothing along the way. In addition, the CVT transmission is not well liked by all drivers, although some think it is "neat." Overall fuel economy has been only 25 mpg.
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Saturn's green light
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Our AssessmentReviewer Royal Ford of Boston.com reports a tested six-mpg fuel savings in driving the Saturn Vue Green Line vs. the standard Vue model, which he claims is impressive, especially considering the low cost of the mild hybrid system and the low overall cost of a Vue Hybrid. Ford also praises the Vue in general. In his experience, the Vue behaved much like a normal four-cylinder SUV, having no trouble maintaining highway speeds and passing other cars easily. He considers the Vue to be a good value and is impressed with the low starting price.
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The Consumer Guide to Hybrid Vehicles
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Our AssessmentThis Consumer Guide landing page provides an overview of hybrid vehicles, a brief synopsis reviews of what's available and links to full reviews of each. The site rates vehicles on aspects from acceleration to cargo space, and those ratings are compared to the average score of similar cars. Crash test data and warranty information are also displayed. A report on actual, observed mileage is provided, and that's especially helpful in evaluating hybrid cars. Among vehicles with an optional hybrid drivetrain, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord earn a Best Buy rating. The Saturn Aura earns a Recommended rating from editors.
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2007 Motor Trend Car of the Year: Toyota Camry
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Our AssessmentEach year, Motor Trend looks at newly introduced and significantly changed vehicles for its Car of the Year award. Testing at Motor Trend covers a battery of performance measures, including comfort, build quality and styling. However, the editors only compare cars that are new to the market or recently redesigned within the preceding year. This limits the article's scope considerably. The Toyota Camry is lauded overall, and the hybrid version is no small part of the reason. In brief tidbits at Motor Trend, writers claim that little-to-no sacrifice is necessary when carrying passengers or cargo, but trunk space is a bit smaller than the gas version.
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Hybrid Center -- New Car Reviews for 2007
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Our AssessmentEditors at Edmunds.com have created a class especially for hybrid vehicles. All hybrid cars are listed, along with editorial reviews and customer ratings. The 2007 Honda Civic hybrid wins awards as both Editors' and Consumers' "Most Wanted." Other awards include the "Lowest True Cost to Own," which is shared by the Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid. Although we appreciate the detailed individual reviews for these models, cars are not compared in head-to-head tests.
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2007 Best Overall Values of the Year
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Our AssessmentIntelliChoice uses a number of criteria to predict which vehicles will have the lowest cost of ownership. This year more hybrids than ever win awards. For 2007, the Honda Civic Hybrid wins as Best Overall Value of the Year in the compact category. The Toyota Prius wins in the midsize category. The Ford Escape Hybrid wins in the small crossover class. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2WD and 4WD win as the best-value mid-sized crossovers. We appreciate this site's careful analysis, which also allows the consumer to see how earlier models rate for retained value and actual operating costs, but it can be a bit confusing to sort through all the award categories, and the reviews themselves aren't very detailed.
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Newcomers: 2007 Saturn VUE Green Line
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Our AssessmentThis review explains that GM plans to soon offer 13 hybrids, using three different types of hybrid technology by the end of the decade. The system found in the current Saturn Vue and Aura is the simplest. These vehicles use a belt-driven electric motor and a large battery, and they are the lowest-cost hybrids. The Vue is the least costly hybrid SUV. Fuel economy is 20-25 percent better than the gasoline version.
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Honda Accord and Toyota Camry: Hybrids for Ozzie and Harriet
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Our AssessmentIn this comparison of the 2006 hybrid version of the Honda Accord and the 2007 Toyota Camry, reviewer Jim Motavalli says that while Honda emphasizes performance, the Toyota is all about economy. Motavalli compares the Camry's zero-to-60 time of 8.9 seconds to the Accord's 6.9 seconds. However, while the Accord is faster, the Camry achieves much better fuel economy. Other observations about the two include a stiffer ride for the Accord and better handling for the Camry. Motavalli also likes the Camry's roomier interior, ultimately rating it above the Honda Accord Hybrid.
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First Drive: 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line
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Our AssessmentThe editor that tested Saturn's Aura midsize sedan notes that it shares its hybrid drivetrain with Saturn's Vue Green Line. He notes that the Aura's EPA mileage matches the Honda Accord Hybrid but falls short of the hybrid version of the Toyota Camry. The suspension provides a comfortable ride and sporty handling, and if the driver did not know that the Aura was a hybrid, he or she might not realize it except for the engine shut-off feature when the car is stopped.
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2007 Ford Escape Hybrid
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Our AssessmentEditor Gary Witzenburg of Automedia.com points out that the Ford Escape Hybrid was the first hybrid SUV and the only hybrid offering four-wheel drive. Witzenburg says that the driver will note engine shutoff during deceleration, but that the braking effect from shutting down the engine during deceleration will probably not be noticed. He likes the Escape Hybrid, claiming that it will do everything the V6 gas model does -- with the exception of matching its towing capacity.
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Ford's Entry-Level Hybrid SUV
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Our AssessmentThane Peterson drove the Ford Escape Hybrid through the poor visibility conditions of an east-coast snowstorm, conditions that he thought were ideal for SUV testing. Mileage for 189 miles of snow driving was 24.3 miles per gallon. Although this is far short of the EPA estimated 36 miles per gallon highway, he did achieve 30 miles per gallon in mixed highway and backroad driving, and 33 mpg in city driving. Although Peterson did not also test the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, he concludes that the Escape is the better bargain. Peterson does point out that the Escape hybrid does not have the quality and reliability reputation of the Toyota and that the Highlander Hybrid earns better J.D. Power quality ratings than the Escape Hybrid.
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2006 Honda Civic Hybrid
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Our AssessmentIn this review, Marc Noordeloos drove the 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid over 200 miles of mixed driving, measuring real-world fuel economy at 38 miles per gallon. This does not compare well to EPA ratings of 49 mpg/city, 51 mpg/highway. However, Noordeloos claims that these figures are still impressive. This review is rather short, and there is little in the way of comparisons to other hybrid cars, other than the writer's claims that the Civic enjoys better control and ride than the Prius. Overall he likes driving the Honda Civic better than the Toyota Prius.
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Honda's Hybrid Remade
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Our AssessmentIn this article, the comments of veteran automotive writer Jim Gorzelany are generally favorable, although Gorzelany does point out some cons, including the Honda Accord Hybrid's poor acceleration and speed. He notes that the new Civic is larger in every dimension than the earlier version. In addition, the Civic's new powertrain generates more power, while also achieving better fuel economy and emissions. Overall Gorzelany is pleased with the Civic, describing it as meeting real-world expectations.
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Are Hybrid Cars Merely a Statement?
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Our AssessmentCanadian blogger Sam Lu went hybrid shopping and came home later to do research. Lu wanted to determine whether hybrids make sense, putting together a detailed spreadsheet of fuel economy, greenhouse gas emissions, annual fuel cost, etc. Unfortunately he used current U.S. EPA numbers and failed to use the more accurate numbers that take effect for 2008. His comparison is interesting but a bit flawed. Lu dubs the Accord hybrid and Aura hybrid as "hype" since he does not like the fact that the hybrid version of these cars does not get better city mileage than highway. He does not apply this standard to the Civic hybrid, however. He also fails to note that almost all hybrids do get significantly better overall economy than their gas-only counterparts.
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2007 Saturn Aura Green Line
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Our AssessmentReviewer Martha Hindes of Road and Travel describes the Saturn Aura as a "svelte newcomer" and loves its sports sedan tendencies. The Green Line hybrid version is noted by the reviewer to be a mild hybrid, but it is priced low enough to be attractive to many buyers, while having the size and driving characteristics of a European sports sedan. Hindes praises the 28 mpg/city and 35 mpg/highway EPA mileage estimates and concludes that with a $1,300 one-time federal tax credit, its price is very appealing.
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Guide to today's hybrid cars & SUVs
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports tests and rates dozens of cars and trucks each year for safety, reliability and performance. It then picks a handful across various vehicle categories to recommend. Consumer Reports ranks highly with us because its editors include data from an annual reader survey reporting on reliability and overall owner satisfaction. Editors, however, do not test performance in as much detail as the automobile-specific reviewers. The 2007 buyer's guide does not include the Saturn Aura, although Consumer Reports did test the Saturn Vue Green Line and other new-for-2007 hybrids.
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2006 Infiniti M35x
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Our AssessmentIn this technology-focused article, reviewers at CNet.com award the Infiniti M35 their highest rating among 2006 cars. Carey Russ and Wayne Cunningham say that the M35 is a roomy luxury sedan that is both sporty and pleasant to drive, with exceptional all-weather driving ability. They especially like the Bluetooth-enabled hands-free cell phone system. They also praise interior comfort and gadgets, which includes a special high-tech perforated leather upholstery package. This perforated material is actually part of the ventilation and climate control system, as air is forced through it to provide a cooling effect. It is no surprise CNet reviewers recommend ordering the option package called the "Technology Package," which adds a navigation system, XM or Sirius satellite radio, a Bose audio system, intelligent cruise-control and a lane-departure system.
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Top Picks 2006 - Best in class: In the lap of luxury
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports does a credible job rating cars, minivans and trucks, and it includes information not usually covered by more dedicated car magazines, such as fender-bender repair estimates, crash-test information and reliability. However, the magazine does not provide much information on handling or on what standard and optional features are available with the cars it tests. The sedan roundup below is more detailed but is not as up-to-date as this report.
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2005 All-Wheel-Drive Luxury Sport Sedan Comparison Test
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Our AssessmentInside Line editors tested and rated all-wheel-drive luxury sedans in this report. Cars in this segment include the 2005 Acura RL, the 2006 Infiniti M35X, the 2006 Lexus GS 300 AWD and the 2006 BMW 530xi. The oldest of the segment is the Audi A6 3.2 Quattro, which was redesigned in 2004, and the newest is the BMW 530xi. The test included a two-day, 1,000-mile road trip. Highway, mountain and racetrack test drives are also included. The Acura RL is top rated, and the Audi A6 places second.
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Editors' Most Wanted Vehicles for 2006
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Our AssessmentEach year, the editorial staff at Edmunds.com votes for their favorite vehicles in a variety of classes. The BMW 5-series gets the nod as the most wanted sedan under $45,000. Editors praise the BMW's 5-series' balance of a comfortable ride with performance and speed, calling it a "great touring car." Honorable mention goes to the Audi A6. In the over-$45,000 price class, the Audi A8 is rated the winner, with honorable mention going to the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. The Audi has a luxurious and spacious cabin, excellent road manners, and is priced less than its rivals. This article is limited only in its lack of back-to-back performance testing.
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Palme (Four) D'or: Acura RL, Audi A6, BMW 545i, Cadillac STS, Infiniti M45, Jaguar S-type, Lexus GS430, and Mercedes-Benz E500
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Our AssessmentThis is a detailed look at eight somewhat sporty luxury sedans. All are considered memorable as far as style and technology. These vehicles were tested by driving in and around Palm Springs, California. Cruising at 45 mph from stoplight to stoplight was part of the test, with the objective of testing the interior environment of these cars. The Audi A6 is the winner here, described as "The right car to drive." The Lexus GS430 places second. This article is quite thorough, and although it tests 2005 versions of these cars, it remains among the best comparison tests that we have found.
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Comparison Test Review: 2006 BMW M5 vs. 2006 Cadillac STS-V vs. 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG
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Our AssessmentThis review tests the Cadillac STS-v against the BMW M5 and the Mercedes CLS55 AMG. It is noted that the minimum horsepower in this trio is 400, and that the basic mission for these cars, dubbed "bahn burners" is to "serve up hedonism and haste." Car and Driver tested these cars at Grattan Raceway Park in Michigan. Some miles were also driven on Michigan back roads and freeways. The BMW placed first in these tests, with impressive acceleration and handling. However testers do not like BMW's iDrive computerized systems controller, which they deem "irritating." The Cadillac places second, with excellent performance. The twisty part of the racetrack is where the Cadillac fared the poorest. However, a $16,000 discount over the last place Mercedes was deemed a "huge advantage". The Mercedes placed last, although Car and Driver praised the CLS; Tony Swan writes that it is "flat out the sexiest sedan in the business".
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Road Test: 2006 Cadillac STS-v vs. 2006 Mercedes CLS55 AMG
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Our AssessmentThis review tests the Cadillac STS-v against the Mercedes CLS55 AMG; the king of the autobahn is the Mercedes. These cars are special low-production performance versions of more mainstream models. The 469-horsepower Cadillac is one of and on General Motors Proving Ground and city streets. Although the Mercedes' extra performance vs. the Cadillac earn it the crown in this test, the Cadillac did so well that reviewer Todd Lassa quipped that it is "a winner in its own right." Mercedes is praised for the quality of the leather interior while Cadillac rates merely as "a contender".
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Best Buys in 2006
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Our AssessmentSeasoned automotive writers Gorzelany, Kelly, Mateja and Nauman work with the staff of Consumers Digest to provide assessment and rating of vehicles based on price, behind-the-wheel testing, comfort, ergonomics and amenities. The Acura TL, Cadillac DTS, Chrysler 300C and Toyota Avalon are listed as the best in the luxury segment for 2006. This review did not strike us as especially detailed, and no comparison testing is highlighted. Cars are not rated.
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2006 Editors' Choice Awards - Best New Luxury Car
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Our AssessmentAutobytel contributor Christian J. Wardlaw maintains that Infinity has finally shaken its also-ran status in the luxury car marketplace, and that the 2006 Infiniti M series (M35 and M45) are so good that they deserve the publication's highest rating. He likes standout optional features like the lane-departure warning system, front seat belts with a pre-crash system, the Bose audio system and the rear-view monitoring system.
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The Consumer Guide to Premium Midsize Cars & Premium Large Cars
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Our AssessmentConsumer Guide's editors have written a fine buyer's guide, which we found useful for its detailed pricing and options information. However, we downgraded this guide because it lacks head-to-head comparisons. Testing isn't as thorough as that of other review sources, such as Car and Driver. Among premium mid-sized cars, the Acura TL, Cadillac CTS and Infiniti M are deemed best buys, while the Acura RL, Infiniti G35 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class are rated as recommended. Among premium large cars, the Audi A8 and Lexus LS 430 get the best-buy rating, while the Cadillac's DTS earns a rating of recommended.
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2006 Best Car Values
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Our AssessmentIntelliChoice uses an analysis of relevant data to predict which vehicles will have the lowest long-term costs. The 2006 Lexus LS 430 is a standout vehicle with multiple awards, including Best of Luxury Class, and Best Overall Car Over $23,000. Intellichoice praises the LS 430 for having the highest retained value, the lowest depreciation and lowest anticipated repair costs. The 2006 BMW M5 wins a Best in Class award for "Smart Choice Highest Retained Value". We appreciate this review's careful analysis and ratings, which also allow the consumer to see how earlier models stack up for retained value and actual operating costs.
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Road Bots
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Our AssessmentIn this comparison of five all-wheel-drive luxury sedans, editors say these cars more effectively transfer power to the wheels than their front-wheel-drive counterparts, though this results in lower gas mileage. While some high-end features are overrated, editors do like user-friendly features like voice-recognition systems and service-related e-mails. Ratings are based on features like build quality, handling and overall value.
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2006 BMW M5
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Our AssessmentReviewer Markovich claims the 2006 M5 is a dream come true for speed freaks – especially technology orientated ones. He notes that the engine found in the M5 is an award winning design based on a Formula One (race car) design and has won the International Engine of the Year awards for two consecutive years. He claims it is quite potent in this car when mated to the special seven-speed sequential manual gearbox (SMG). Like other reviewers he notes that the M5 is not dramatically different in appearance from the regular 5-series that it is based on. He claims that it did not draw attention from other drivers. Most of all he likes the fact that no matter where the engine is in the RPM range, there is power and torque available, even if the special "power" button is not depressed.
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Luxury Sedan Comparison: 2006 BMW M5 vs. 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG
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Our AssessmentIn this comparison test of the 2006 BMW M5 and the 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG, the BMW comes out the winner. Writer Walton praises the M5, saying "Dial M for magnificent". These cars were tested on a racetrack, where the M5 proved to have a distinct advantage. Walton notes that on the highway that the adjustable suspension found on both cars are useful although the Mercedes is less able to isolate the driver from tire noise and vibration. Walton describes the M5 as both sobering and intoxicating, and although the M5 wins this test, he predicts Mercedes will sell more units of the CLS55 AMG than BMW will of the M5.
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First Drive: 2006 BMW M5 - Worth the Premium
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Our AssessmentReviewers Booth and Oldham note that the new 2006 M5 is being marked up above list price by dealers, and even used ones sell for more than the buyers should have paid for them. Why is this possible? Booth and Oldham claim that even with a steep base price of $81,895, that "the 2006 M5 is so good, we say break the bank and pay whatever it takes to get one as soon as possible". They love its speedy acceleration and all-aluminum V-10 engine. Pushing a button in the cab switches the engine from the default 400-horspower mode to "power" mode, resulting in 500 horsepower. Top speed of 155 miles per hour is quickly reached. The reviewers also describe the M5 as "Loaded and Luscious", and note that the M5 could easily be mistaken for a regular 5-series. This makes it a real sleeper, something automotive writers enjoy.
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2006 Mercedes-Benz S550 vs. 2006 BMW 750Li vs. 2006 Audi A8L
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Our AssessmentIn this comparison test of luxury cars from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi, the Mercedes S550 gets the editors' highest rating. The Mercedes is praised for its engine, suspension and steering. Although it is the least expensive of the group, the Audi A8L is praised for elegance. The tested car was equipped with an optional $11,500 "Audi Exclusive" interior package that caused one writer to quip that the Audi A8L has "the sexiest sedan interior in the world." The BMW 750Li did not fair as well; Stuart Fowle writes, "Its fifteen minutes (of fame) are over."
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Luxury Sedan Reviews and Ratings
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Our AssessmentAutomotive.com rates cars individually, rarely comparing vehicles to each other. However, the reviews are detailed and critical, and they provide a wealth of technical information, as well as driving impressions. Automotive.com has covered the majority of luxury sedans on the market. Detailed specifications and safety information are included, as well as a "final word" section.
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$70,000 Luxury Sedans
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Our AssessmentThough older, this review impresses us with back-to-back testing of six different models. The Audi A8L, BMW 745i, Jaguar XJ8, Lexus LS 430, Mercedes-Benz S430 and Volkswagen Phaeton are all thoroughly compared for comfort, style, performance and feature content. Though it lags behind some of the others in performance, the Lexus LS 430 is rated best for its refinement as well as its smooth, controlled ride.
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2006 Car Buyer's Guide
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Our AssessmentKiplinger's annual auto issue considers factors such as service costs, fuel efficiency, resale value and insurance costs. We welcome this financial focus to evaluating cars, but since side-by-side tests are not performed, this review does not rank higher in our chart. The Acura TL 3.2 wins best-in-class in the $30,000 to $45,000 range, while the Lexus LS 430 wins again as best-in-class in the over $40,000 price range. Editors note that the Lexus LS 430 has topped the luxury-car category for six years.
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5 Best Trucks
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Our AssessmentCar and Driver's staff perform this comparison test annually. It is a list of their favorite trucks in a variety of categories. Five small sport-utility vehicles are covered, along with seven large SUVs and six luxury SUVs. Editors also discuss pickups and vans. The Cadillac SRX wins the luxury SUV category for the second year in a row. Editors note that towing capacity, which maxed at 3,500 pounds last year, has increased to 4,250 pounds. Editors praise its styling and call this luxury model the "class of its class." The number of entrants here impresses us, as does the thoroughness of Car and Driver's testing and its reputation as an automotive authority.
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Road Test: 2004 Lexus LX 470 vs. Lincoln Navigator Ultimate 4x4 vs. Land Rover Range Rover HSE vs. Infiniti QX56 AWD
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Our AssessmentMotor Trend's stated intention is to test the "biggest and most luxurious SUVs on the market" in an off-road trail test performed in Death Valley, California. All tested vehicles are equipped with V8 engines and four-wheel-drive transfer cases. The Cadillac Escalade was not included because it does not have a transfer case with low range. It is noted that at the end of the test, all the participating editors had scored the test vehicles in the same finishing order. The Land Rover Range Rover HSE wins a unanimous first place score. Motor Trend's Arthur St. Antoine claims that on-road handling is without equal in this class, but "when the pavement gives way to boulder-strewn canyons, the Rover marches on utterly unperturbed." The Lexus LX470 also gets high marks, finishing second. Motor Trend notes that while on paper, the LX470 is an also-ran, facts and figures alone can't tell the whole story. One writer states that "Ride quality, power-steering feel, power delivery--every place you touch it, the LX is polished and refined."
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Riders on the Storm
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Our AssessmentThis article takes a look at the sportiness of four high-end luxury SUVs. The emphasis here is on cornering, braking and acceleration. To a lesser extent, roominess and comfort are also examined. This article comes up short in that editors do not measure off-road ability at all. The Porsche Cayenne S does well here against competitors like the Infiniti FX45, Cadillac SRX and BMW X5 because it has the sportiest feel when driving, the best brakes and the best cornering ability. At almost $70,000, the Cayenne is by far the most expensive vehicle in the test—costing $8,500 more than the second-priciest X5.
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Gitche Gumee Games: What would Hiawatha drive?
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Our AssessmentFive full-sized SUVs priced between $39,000 and $45,000 are included in this report. The vehicles are driven on-road, off-road and in snow. They are evaluated on comfort, roominess, performance, off-road capability and other measures. This level of detail impressed us. The article loses some appeal though, in that it is not geared towards luxury SUVs—but merely expensively optioned regular SUVs. The Dodge Durango beats out the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia. The Dodge wins praise for its powerful optional 5.7-liter 'Hemi' V8 engine, for cornering well, and for utilizing space well (adults can fit in all three rows of seats, and get in easily, despite its relatively short length).
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Battlestars - 2004 Nissan Pathfinder Armada SE, Dodge Durango Limited, Chevy Tahoe LT, Ford Expedition NBX, Toyota Sequoia SR5
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Our AssessmentThis comparative review involves a thorough thrashing of five vehicles on a two-week, over-the-mountains road trip. The primary selection criteria were a full-size SUV with three rows of seats, a separate frame, V8 power and high towing capacity. Four-wheel drive was also required. The Durango is the winner in this evaluation. Power and ride are lavishly praised: "A perfect storm of generous power, delightful ride quality, and precise handling" writes one tester.
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2004 Ultra Luxury Midsize SUVs Comparison Test
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Our AssessmentIn this test of upscale midsize SUVs, Ed Hellwig states that his target is a buyer who wants it all and is willing to pay for it. Included in this test are the Lexus GX470, Land Rover's Range Rover, the Volkswagen Touareg and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. The Lexus GX470 wins first place honors with the Range Rover placing second due in part to the Range Rover's $20,000 price premium. We like the thoroughness of this review and its "second opinions" section, providing an opportunity for point-counterpoint analysis of the vehicles and their performance. The specifications and performance section included at the end of the article provides comparative information in a handy table format.
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2004 Midsize Luxury V8 SUVs Comparison Test
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Our AssessmentThis comparative review of the Cadillac SRX, Lincoln Aviator, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML500 and Infiniti FX45 targets midsize luxury SUVs with V8 power. Although the Volvo XC90 gets a V8 for 2005, it was not introduced in time for this test. Two distinct groups of vehicles are included. Performance-oriented unibody vehicles include SRX, X5 and FX45. More traditional SUV architecture with body-on-frame design includes the ML500 and Aviator. First place goes to the Cadillac SRX, with the BMW X5 coming in second. John DiPietro states that "the SRX was the clear winner by dint of its well-rounded performance and value proposition." Like Inside Line's other roundups, a "second opinion" section and comparison chart is included.
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Top Picks 2005
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports tests dozens of cars and trucks each year for safety, reliability and performance, and picks a handful across various vehicle categories to recommend. Consumer Reports ranks highly with us because its editors are thorough and consider data some dedicated car magazines ignore, such as fender-bender repair estimates and crash-test information. This reviewer does not test performance and off-road ability as thoroughly as the dedicated auto magazines, however.
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Editor's Most Wanted Vehicles for 2005
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Our AssessmentEach year, the editorial staff at Edmunds.com looks at a large sampling of cars in a wide variety of categories and price ranges, voting for the best vehicles of the year. Among luxury SUVs, the Volkswagen Touareg wins the under $45,000 category with Honorable Mention given to the Cadillac SRX. The Land Rover Range Rover wins among SUVs priced over $45,000 with honorable mention to the Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX470. This article is limited only in its lack of back-to-back performance testing.
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New Car Reviews
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Our AssessmentConsumer Guide's editors rate vehicles on acceleration, fuel economy, ride quality, steering/handling/braking, quietness, controls, materials, room, comfort, cargo room and value within class. Crash test data and warranty information is also displayed. We like this guide but it is downgraded because it lacks head-to-head comparisons. Additionally, testing isn't as thorough as that of other review sources, like Car and Driver. The Acura MDX, Cadillac SRX and the Lexus RX330 are all listed as Best Buys among premium SUVs. Consumer Guide is an excellent source for pricing and options information.
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2005 Car Buyer's Guide
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Our AssessmentKiplinger's annual auto issue factors in issues such as service costs, fuel efficiency, resale value and insurance costs. We welcome this financial focus to evaluating cars, but since side-by-side tests are not performed, this review does not rank higher in our chart. The Cadillac SRX wins the best-in-class award for large SUVs.
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2005 Best Car Values
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Our AssessmentMoney Magazine's annual best-car-values awards are based on objective comparisons of price, power, features, safety and interior comfort, as well as test drives. For 2005, the best-value ranking for luxury SUVs goes to the Land Rover LR3. The Cadillac SRX is runner-up.
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2005 Sport/Utility of the Year
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Our AssessmentIn the most recent installment of Motor Trend's annual SUV torture test, SUVs are thoroughly tested for their off-road ability, comfort and value. The 2005 contenders are the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape Hybrid, Ford Freestyle, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Infiniti QX56, Land Rover LR3 and Nissan Pathfinder. The Land Rover LR3 wins due to its outstanding on-road refinement and off-road ability. Editors agree that the Land Rover sets a new benchmark for its segment in terms of design, packaging, technology and functionality. In limiting the SUV of the Year award only to new or heavily updated vehicles, Motor Trend's editors limit this review's appeal to us, and only the LR3 falls into the luxury category covered in this report.
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2005 SUV of the Year
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Our AssessmentEditors at CarSmart select the best new or redesigned vehicle for its 2005 SUV of the Year award. The Land Rover LR3 wins this year. The LR3 is described as "a quantum leap in performance, quality, and design". Other vehicles are not compared or contrasted, however, limiting the usefulness of this article.
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Mid-Lux Sport with Utility
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Our AssessmentThe Lincoln Aviator does well in this three-model roundup for its crisp styling, spirited handling, powerful brakes and power (it hit 60 miles per hour in a best-in-test 7.6 seconds and can tow more than 7,000 pounds). However, the "one that does it all", is the Lexus GX470. It blends real on- and off-road abilities and manners with pampering and electronic amenities. This review is comprehensive and thorough, but its age keeps it from ranking higher in our chart.
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2004 Volvo XC70 vs. 2004 Volkswagen Touareg vs. 2004 Chrysler Pacifica
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Our AssessmentThree crossover vehicles priced around $41,000 are included here; they mix station-wagon efficiency, sport/utility capability, and minivan room. Performance, space, comfort and styling are all analyzed, but only in on-road situations. The Volvo XC70 (which is an aggressively styled all-wheel-drive station wagon) wins out over the Volkswagen Touareg and the Chrysler Pacifica. The magazine praises it for balancing fuel economy, acceleration, ride, handling and all-weather capability, and for its people- and cargo-moving room. The Touareg (a V6 model) is criticized for being underpowered and the Pacifica for its fit/finish and styling. While very few high-end SUVs are ever driven off-road, it would have been nice to at least include some trail driving. This review's age keeps it from ranking higher in our chart.
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Editor's Most Wanted Vehicles for 2007
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Our AssessmentEach year, the editorial staff at Edmunds.com votes for best-in-class cars. This year, the 2007 Honda Odyssey tops other contenders, with an Honorable Mention rating going to the Hyundai Entourage and its near-twin, the Kia Sedona. Edmunds editors praise the Odyssey's powerful V6 engine, claiming it is quiet and refined, and say the Odyssey is fun to drive.
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2007 Cars: Our Slide Show Gallery of Top Picks
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Our AssessmentThis year, the Toyota Sienna wins three awards from Kiplinger's magazine, including Best New Minivan, Best in Class Minivan and Most Fuel-Efficient Minivan. Editors Mark Solheim and Jessica Anderson praise the Sienna's 266-horsepower engine, which gets 27 miles per gallon on the highway. Editors say that the new 2007 Sienna "leapfrogs" the old favorite Honda Odyssey in power and fuel economy.
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Family Car of the Year  2007 Odyssey
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Our AssessmentCars.com praises the Honda Odyssey, while noting that it is the highest ranking among Cars.com's Best Bet models. This means that it scores good to excellent ratings in areas such as driveability, reliability, resale value and of course quality. Cars.com claims the Odyssey comes with all the safety and convenience features one could want. The writers note as an example an optional rearview camera, and praise the cylinder deactivation technology that allows the Odyssey to achieve the best highway fuel economy in the minivan class. Cars.com describes the Odyssey as "a meticulously well-thought-out van."
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Road Test: Mini Van Showdown 2007
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Our AssessmentIain Shankland of the enthusiast site PaddockTalk.com conducts a comparative test of the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan and the new 2007 Hyundai Entourage. Four families with both children and experience with minivan ownership participate as judges. Included in the scoring are driver comfort, comfort and ease for all rows of seating, exterior styling, and more. The Hyundai Entourage is the winner of this contest, with top scores from all eight of the judges.
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Best Car Values 2007
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Our AssessmentIntelliChoice.com uses an analysis of relevant data to predict, recognize and award vehicles that promise low long-term costs and high resale value. For 2007, the Honda Odyssey wins title of Best Minivan Value. We appreciate IntelliChoice's careful analysis, which also allows the consumer to see how earlier models stack up for retained value and actual operating costs.
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Ratings and Reviews
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Our AssessmentCarCritic.com is an unusual car-review site. Rather than a lengthy writeup, readers get a short synopsis along with a "RuthlessReview" evaluation and bottom-line assessment. Each review costs $1 to read (with a $5 minimum). Reviews are based on hands-on tests, along with user reviews, repair and reliability data and vehicle history. Among minivans, the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are highest rated. The Kia Sedona and Hyundai Entourage are also said to be good choices, with lots of safety features and a powerful engine.
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2007 Kia Sedona
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Our AssessmentReviewer Mark Williams describes the Kia Sedona in glowing terms. He claims that the Sedona "isn't just a huge improvement over the first, but it now contends for highest honors in its class." For a minivan competing with perennial winners such as the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, this is high praise. Williams likes the upgrades to the interior, the new V6 engine, and the low price tag of the Sedona when compared to the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. Shortcomings are understandable with the price tag, and for the future Williams asks Kia for a navigation system, all-wheel drive, and better rear-seating options.
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New Car Reviews and Ratings: Minivan
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Our AssessmentConsumer Guide's editors have written a fine buyer's guide, which we found useful for its detailed pricing and options information. However, no head-to-head tests are conducted. For 2007, the Honda Odyssey rates a Best Buy designation, and the Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey earn Smart Buy ratings. The Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country, Hyundai Entourage, Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna all earn Recommended ratings.
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Minivan of the Year
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Our AssessmentThe 2007 Hyundai Entourage is the recipient of Road and Travel's 2007 Minivan of the Year award. A jury of automotive journalists from newspapers, websites and automotive magazines select the winner as part of the International Car of the Year and Truck of the Year awards. The new for 2007 Hyundai Entourage is noted for its exceptional value and long features list. Road and Travel also praises standard safety features, which include dual-stage front airbags, and side and curtain-style airbags for first- and second-row seats.
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Top Safety Pick 2007 Award Winners
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Our AssessmentThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash-tests cars and trucks for three impact scenarios. Cars then receive ratings based on the results for each position. In order to merit recognition as a top safety pick, a car must get the highest rating of "good" in all three crash tests, plus offer electronic stability control. The top minivan for 2007 is the Kia Sedona/Hyundai Entourage. No other 2007 minivan received a rating of good in all three tests, and stability control is standard.
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How the Toyota Sienna stacks up against the Honda Odyssey
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Our AssessmentNewCars.com reviews follow a cookbook-type formula to evaluate two vehicles. However, useful insights may be gained by looking at these reviews. Reviewer Nigel Cooper claims that the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey are not that much different in fuel economy, while the Toyota is priced substantially less than a Honda Odyssey. EPA numbers confirm the fuel economy claim, with the 2WD Sienna and the 2WD Odyssey scoring the same 19 miles per gallon city/26 miles per gallon highway figures. Only the all-wheel-drive Sienna falls short of the Odyssey as far as fuel economy. Cooper goes on to claim that there is no clear-cut winner in areas such as utility and handling, while taller drivers will like the Sienna better due to extra headroom.
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2007 Honda Odyssey Review
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Our AssessmentReviewer John Rettie boldly states that the "Honda Odyssey might be the best minivan on the market." He claims that the Odyssey is enjoyable to drive, and is refined and loaded with convenient features. Fit and finish are described as strong points. Although Rettie points out some drawbacks in the Odyssey model line, he praises the Odyssey overall and claims that even though the design is three years old, it still seems fresh.
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2007 Hyundai Entourage Road Test
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Our AssessmentCanadian auto writer Rob Rothwell attended the Western Canadian launch of the 2007 Hyundai Entourage and was favorably impressed. Hyundai claims a commitment to exceed consumer expectations, and Rothwell reports that in his opinion Hyundai has been successful by widening the margin of "over-delivery" vs. expectations. The author enjoys the smooth and secure ride of the Entourage. He feels the Entourage is a fine example of what he describes as reliable and high-value automobiles, and expects the Entourage to significantly shake up the minivan market.
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Recommended models: Minivans
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Our AssessmentEditors at Consumer Reports magazine have great coverage of minivans. Along with a helpful summary page, a detailed road-test report for each model outlines handling and comfort features, along with reliability data based on annual subscriber surveys. This publication covers the less exciting minivan category better than publications like Road & Track and Motor Trend.
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5 Best Trucks
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Our AssessmentVeteran Car and Driver editor Csaba Csere picks the best SUVs, pickup trucks and vans in a yearly test. However, this year, only the Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Entourage, Kia Sedona and Nissan Quest were considered contenders for top honors -- which makes this review quite limited in scope. The Honda Odyssey wins the highest rating for the sixth time in the seven years this category has been included. Editors say that the Odyssey has excellent ride control and accurate steering, and that the engine delivers smooth performance.
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Test Drive: 2007 Hyundai Entourage GL with Comfort Package
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Our AssessmentCanadian writer Jil McIntosh conducts what she describes as "purely unscientific" automotive studies, located in grocery store parking lots. Her position is that minivans are work trucks for families, and as such they need to be cost-efficient. She likes the fact that the Entourage is a good value, has a long warranty period, and earns top scores in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash testing. She is favorably impressed with seating and engine power. McIntosh recommends the Entourage, and feels buyers should also test drive the Kia Sedona, a sister vehicle. She suggests that the Sedona and Entourage are similar enough that a decision between the two may come down to which dealer is most convenient.
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Day-by-Day Review: 2007 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD
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Our AssessmentCanadian reviewer James Bergeron praises the 2007 Sienna as being "feature rich and comfy." The tested Limited XLE AWD model seems to have everything, with the only options being navigation and DVD entertainment systems. Bergeron notes that the Sienna can be ordered with seating for eight and that with standard seating for seven, the Sienna is not really "mini." He describes the Sienna as comfortable for long hauls, with plenty of leg and shoulder room. He describes the driving experience as "vague," while noting that the AWD system works well in slippery conditions.
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2007 Toyota Sienna Review / Road Test
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Our AssessmentCraig Howie describes the new 2007 Toyota Sienna as outstanding, and claims that he loved driving it. Howie says the Sienna is swift and refined, while being nimble and easy to drive. He praises the Sienna's fuel economy and safety features, and he also feels interior room is a strong point. Howie concludes that the Sienna is "one in a million" and "perfect for activity holidays." The Sienna isn't rated or compared to other minivans, however.
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2007 Minivans and Vans
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Our AssessmentYou won't find road tests here, but Cars.com does have some good information on pricing, options and available variants. There's also a brief history of each model. Cars are not rated or reviewed, but Cars.com is a good informational resource.
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Do-it-All Compact Pickups
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Our AssessmentThe Honda Ridgeline is top rated as the "Best Do-it-All Pickup," beating out the Chevrolet Colorado LS, Dodge Dakota SLT, Toyota Tacoma SR5 and Nissan Frontier LE. The brand new Ridgeline is touted for its full-time, four-wheel drive transmission, dent and corrosion-resistant bed, spacious interior and powerful engine. Car and Driver's editors describe the truck as "innovative, with a useful tailgate, roomy rear seat, and car-like handling." The only negatives are the less-than-desirable front fascia and lack of hard-core off-roading ability.
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2006 Truck of the Year: Honda Ridgeline
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Our AssessmentEach year, Motor Trend looks at newly introduced and significantly changed vehicles for its Truck of the Year award. The magazine tests vehicles very thoroughly in both on- and off-road situations, as well as evaluating seating and cargo hauling. The Honda Ridgeline is top rated over the Dodge Ram 1500, Dodge Ram Mega Cab, Isuzu i350, Lincoln Mark LT and Mitsubishi Raider. Motor Trend hails the truck's durability, impressive ride, handling, independent rear suspension, cargo space and versatile rear gate. Editor in chief of Motor Trend, Angus MacKenzie says, "The Honda Ridgeline has taken the traditional understanding of a truck and completely redefined every aspect."
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2006 Buying Guide: Top Recommended Trucks
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Our AssessmentThe 2006 Toyota Tacoma receives the best overall ratings by both Edmunds.com editors and consumers. Editors like the Tacoma's various available drivetrains, body configurations, off-road capabilities, attractive interior, stability control and bed features, as well as the truck's durability, safety features and cargo capacity. Also popular among editors and consumers are the Nissan Titan, Nissan Frontier, Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram 1500. Though not as comprehensive or comparative as other reviews, Edmunds.com is still a quality review source for pickup trucks.
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Top picks for 2006
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports offers specs, ratings, price range and road test results. These reviews are comprehensive, and unlike many other sites, they provide head-to-head reliability and performance ratings. Consumer Reports auto reviews are easy to read and comparative, but you must subscribe to the magazine or Web site in order to read them.
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New Compact & Large Pickup Truck Prices and Reviews
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Our AssessmentEditors of Consumer Guide rate compact and large pickups based on acceleration, fuel economy, ride quality, steering/handling/braking, quietness, controls, materials, room, comfort, cargo room and value within class. Crash test data, pricing and warranty information is also displayed. In addition, Consumer Guide compares current model year trucks to the previous model. However, the site lacks head-to-head comparisons. Among large trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-Series, and GMC Sierra win best-buy status, with Ford getting the highest marks. The Toyota Tacoma wins among smaller trucks, with mention of curtain side airbags and a more powerful engine than its predecessor. Mention is also made of the Toyota's vast configurations and options.
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2006 New Trucks
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Our AssessmentAutomotive.com features reviews and side-by-side comparisons of the following new trucks for 2006: Dodge Ram 1500, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Mitsubishi Raider and Nissan Titan. Although the Web site offers plenty of information, including specs, photos, comparisons, safety features and driving impressions, the editors don't rank the vehicles or provide a unanimous opinion as to which truck is best overall. Instead, they provide all the facts and leave it to the reader to decide. However, the editors seem to like the Nissan Titan because of its impressive throttle response, handling, towing capacity, sprayed-in bed liner and spacious interior.
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Truck Buyer's Guide
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Our AssessmentThis is another Web site that reviews cars and trucks. Reviews are well-written and insightful, but Forbes Autos.com doesn't recommend any particular trucks, and there are no ratings or overall rankings of trucks. While Forbes Autos is an excellent source if you have your choice narrowed down, it doesn't make the best starting point.
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Reviews: Mid-Size and Full-Size Pickups
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Our AssessmentIn addition to providing new and used car values, the editors of Kelley Blue Book offer photos and in-depth reviews on their top-ten picks for both mid-size and full-size pickups, based on value, performance, cargo room, power, towing capacity, fuel efficiency and passenger room. In the mid-size segment, editors prefer the Ford Ranger, Mazda B-Series, Dodge Dakota, Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma, Subaru Baja, Chevrolet Colorado, Honda Ridgeline and GMC Canyon. In the full-size segment, editors like the Toyota Tundra, Dodge Ram, Nissan Titan, Chevrolet Avalanche, Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-Series. However, trucks are not rated against each other, and editors don't provide any overall rankings.
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2005 Tough Truck Shootout
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Our AssessmentEditors tested variants from Toyota and Nissan by hauling a 5,000-pound trailer up a pass in Death Valley, among other torture tests. Although it's a close finish, editors say the Nissan Frontier is simply more comfortable. This review ranks lower on our chart because it includes 2005 trucks and doesn't compare any other brands.
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Buying Guide Index: 2006 Pickup Trucks
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Our AssessmentCars.com hails the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma as best bets in the compact segment and the Dodge Ram 1500, Dodge Ram SRT10, Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tundra as top rated among full-size pickup trucks. Cars.com is useful in providing specs, standard equipment, available options, photos, prices and reviews of all its featured vehicles. However, instead of providing road-test experience and first-person reviews of each vehicle from the editor's standpoint, the site merely presents features. Also missing are head-to-head brand comparisons and any sort of ratings or ranking.
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Top 10 Trucks
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Our AssessmentYahoo! Autos provides weekly updates of its Top 10 Trucks, but this is based on sales figures and popularity rather than road tests. Yahoo! Autos provides information on the various trim levels offered, pricing, photos, specs, user reviews, standard features and available options. Instead of providing road-test experience and first-person reviews of each vehicle from the editors' standpoint, the site merely presents the facts. Also missing are head-to-head comparisons.
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Pickups Become a More Luxurious Ride
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Our AssessmentThis review is only useful for those interested in "pimping out" their trucks with the latest technology, rather than focusing on actual performance and handling. This Wall Street Journal automotive writer likes the 2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab, which seats up to six, for its roominess. The WSJ also prefers the Ford Mark LT for its heated power side mirrors and airbag deployment system, which electronically senses the weight and seat position of the passenger and deploys the airbags accordingly in the event of a collision. The Toyota Tacoma is equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, and the Tundra is touted for its Bluetooth technology, back-up camera, navigation screen and slow tailgate. The Honda Ridgeline is flaunted for its voice command and navigation system. Finally, the WSJ gives praise to the Ford F-250 Super Chief concept truck for its back seat, which pops up from the floor, and its built-in wet bar. The downsides to each of these trucks are the cost ($30,000-$50,000+) and fuel efficiency of only 15 mpg city and 19 mpg highway.
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5 Best Trucks
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Our AssessmentCar and Driver's staff perform this comparison test annually. It is a list of their favorite trucks in a variety of categories. The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling pickup in America for the past 29 years. It also wins the magazine's highest rating as the best pickup for the third consecutive year by demonstrating rugged utility, excellent carrying and towing capacities, an elegant interior and a broad enough range of models, engines, cab-configurations, cargo-box sizes and drivetrains to suit any need. The magazine's editors considered a wide range of pickups before selecting the Ford, including the Dodge Ram, Dodge Ram Mega Cab, GMC Sierra, Honda Ridgeline, Isuzu i350, Lincoln Mark LT and Mitsubishi Radar. The range of competitors, coupled with road test results make this article the best pickup review we found.
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Drivers' Choice Awards: Winners for 2007
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Our AssessmentMotor Week annually chooses what they believe to be the best of the best in a number of categories based on the previous year's tests. While the write-ups on the cars here are brief, longer reports can be found elsewhere on the site. The Ford Shelby GT500 takes the Best Performance Car prize for its "race-car-quality prowess." Three additional sports cars -- the Jaguar XKR, Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano and Porsche 911 Turbo -- are named Motor Week's "Best Dream Machines."
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Car Tech
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Our AssessmentCNet.com might be best known for its reviews of consumer and computer technology products, but it also features a surprisingly strong section that deals with all things automotive, including cars. In keeping with CNet's pedigree, the emphasis in the reviews is on technology -- perhaps too much so -- but if the technology that helps your car go or keeps you entertained along the way is important to you, this site is certainly worth a visit. Among current year cars, the Jaguar XK coupe earns an Editors' Choice award. The Ford Shelby GT500 does not earn an Editors' Choice (CNet.com is notably stingy with those), but scores nearly as well.
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America's Best Handling Car
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Our AssessmentThis article distills reams of test data, the impressions of a professional driver on a closed test track and the opinions of a panel of editors following a jaunt over a 15-mile circuit of typical public roads to find the "best handling car in America." Ten semifinalists covering a number of price points and drive-train configurations were selected from a list of 32 cars that previous tests showed to have great handling. In the end, the Porsche 911 GT3 is called the clear winner, although the editors recommend leaving the car at home if "actual rain is falling" when equipped with its factory stock Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires. The Porsche Cayman S just edges out the rest of the field for second place and is less "weather sensitive."
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2007 Automobile All-Stars
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Our AssessmentBased on testing by the editors, Automobile Magazine names a Car of the Year along with "All Star" picks that just miss that coveted title. This year's car of the year is the Volkswagen GTI three-door hatchback coupe (which is also available in a five door model). Jamie Kitman says that the GTI is right for the times because it's "practical, fuel-efficient, and fast" and adds that it's "immensely fun to drive." More traditional sports cars earning "All Star" labels include the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Porsche Cayman, Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Lotus Elise.
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Sports/Sporty Cars
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports' editors test most new cars as they come to market. The reports, while reasonably complete, are not as detailed as those from some reviewers we rate more highly. On the other hand, Consumer Reports' information on reliability and resale value isn't often matched elsewhere, and those factors, along with safety, play a large role in the magazine's recommendations.
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Recommended Shopping Lists: Convertibles
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Our AssessmentThough Kelley Blue Book is better known as a source for car values, their website also includes a fairly comprehensive review section and makes specific recommendations in a number of categories. Although there is no category for sports cars -- a rather surprising omission -- most of the recommended convertibles certainly earn that designation. Those cars include the Mazda MX-5 Miata, which KBB says is considered by some to be "the finest affordable roadster of all time," as well as the Pontiac Solstice/ Saturn SKY, Audi TT Roadster, BMW 335i 3-Series Convertible, Nissan 350Z and Porsche Boxster. The Volkswagen GTI three-door coupe gets a nod in the hatchbacks category.
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Sports Cars We Recommend
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Our AssessmentIn the view of Forbes, "intangibles such as style, comfort, value, emotional appeal and utility" wind up meaning much more than specifications and raw numbers. With that in mind, the editors have chosen cars in this article that not only have some of the best specs in their class, but that also score in subjective appeal. The site's writers have extensively driven most of the recommended cars, but in a few cases, selections are made based on previous years' models. Best cars overall are selected in the high-end (Ferrari F430 and Porsche 911), mid-range (Porsche Cayman) and economy (Mazda MX-5 Miata) categories. The Chevrolet Corvette gets a nod as the best value. Numerous other cars are recommended for niches such as "best for weekends," "best first impression," "best looks" and more.
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Four of a Kind
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Our AssessmentAccording to Car and Driver, coupes sacrifice function -- such as ease of entry and cargo room -- for style, which is why most of the best sports cars are coupes. "It's because driving fast is supposed to look good," notes Michael Austin. To prove their point, Car and Driver pits four mid-range (approximately $35,000) coupes -- the Ford Shelby GT500, Mazda RX-8, Nissan 350Z and the Audi TT 2.0T -- against each other. Road tests in and around Las Vegas were done to see how each car performed when stressed to its absolute limits and when driving in the real world. The Mazda RX-8, with its excellent handling, is judged the most pleasing overall, but it does fall short in terms of raw power and, in the words of Car and Driver, it "guzzles gas like a private jet."
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Consumer Guide's Best Bets and Recommendations for 2007
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Our AssessmentWhile we are sometimes critical of Consumer Guide's reporting in other product categories, it does a terrific job evaluating automobiles. Each car is evaluated by at least four test drivers. Although the cars are put through their paces on a test track, greater weight is given to how a car performs in more typical situations -- shopping, commuting, on long trips and in stop-and-go driving. Cars are given numerical ratings in 10 important areas ranging from Acceleration to Value within Class, and those ratings are put into context by comparing them to the average score of competing cars. The only downside is that discussion is not as meaty as that from some reviewers we rate more highly, but there's enough to get a good impression of what the editors think of each car. The Mazda MX-5 Miata scores a Best Buy rating in the Sporty/Performance Car category for delivering as much driving fun as other two-seaters costing considerably more. Among Premium Sporty/Performance Cars, Consumer Guide gives Best Buy recognition to the BMW Z4 and the Chevrolet Corvette.
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Editors' Most Wanted Vehicles for 2007
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Our AssessmentEach year, Edmunds.com editors scour the lists of available cars to pick the ones they'd most like to see in their own garages. While the selection criteria are clearly spelled out, the site admits that sometimes their love of a particular car "overruled common sense during our selection process." Cars are grouped by type and price, and although there's no specific category for sports cars, you'll find lots of great candidates among the coupes and convertibles. Those include the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Ford Mustang and Lotus Elise, as well as Porsche's Cayman, 911 (coupe and convertible) and Boxster. The site also offers a Most Wanted Vehicle list that's voted on by consumers.
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2007 10 Best Cars
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Our AssessmentThis article reports on Car and Driver's annual search to find the 10 best cars of the year. The editors test all new or significantly upgraded cars introduced for the current model year, as well as re-test previous winners to ensure they remain worthy. The tests judge the cars in three areas: First, how they perform their intended purpose -- in the case of sports cars, they are expected to be fast and exciting to drive. Second, they look for cars that are "engaging," be it through looks, handling and/or power. Finally, they look for value. This year's list features a number of sports cars, including the Chevrolet Corvette, Mazda MX-5 Miata and both the Boxster and Cayman from Porsche.
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2007 International Car of the Year Awards
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Our AssessmentFor the 11th straight year, Road & Travel Magazine has honored what it and a panel of distinguished judges feel are the best cars of the year in a variety of categories. The awards pay tribute to cars that combine design, appearance and performance into one compelling package. Judges are respected automotive journalists drawn from a wide cross-section of print, broadcast and on-line media. The Jaguar XK (including the supercharged XKR) earns the Sports Car of the Year award based on its "sex appeal" and performance.
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Kiplinger's 2007 Auto Buyer's Guide
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Our AssessmentKiplinger's annual buyers' guide focuses on the financial side of car buying with advice on negotiating a good deal, when financing makes sense and more. Editors name their top picks in a number of areas, including sports cars, but discussion about the individual cars themselves is disappointingly sparse. The criteria for selection is not well explained, and we see no indication that any of these cars have been driven or tested in any way. The "best in class" sports car is the Chevrolet Corvette, while the Jaguar XKR wins "best new car.” The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the most fuel-efficient, and the Porsche 911 Carrera is the top choice for safety. Saturn Sky has the best resale value. Finally, the BMW M5, Nissan 350Z and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 all receive honorable mentions.
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Best Overall Values of the Year
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Our AssessmentEvery year, IntelliChoice looks at over 1,700 vehicles to find those that represent the best value in their class. These vehicles are chosen on the basis of "data-driven automotive analysis" that points out what vehicles will cost significantly less to own than expected at the time of purchase, but no one has driven or otherwise tested the cars for themselves. In the sports car category, the winner is the Chevrolet Corvette. Clicking on the Corvette's name refers customers to a small overview of the vehicle.
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Best Bets: New Sports Cars
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Our AssessmentIn this article, Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder names what he feels are the best 2007 models in a number of categories, including sports cars. Selections are based on factors ranging from ride quality to available safety features, but the list is lengthy -- 18 in all are named -- and no ratings or other help is offered to help readers determine which of these is best overall. One positive is that links lead to more extensive write-ups by Cars.com editors as well as other professional reviewers.
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IFCAR's Picks for Best-in-Class
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Our AssessmentThe Institute for Consumer Automotive Reviews, otherwise known as IFCAR, presents what they feel to be the top vehicles in a variety of classes for the current model year. While these cars are not meant to be the perfect car for everyone, the article notes that they offer a mixture of good traits without many flaws. Sports cars are selected in four categories based on price. One caveat is that most of the sports car selections don't appear to have actually been tested by IFCAR. "Best-in Class" picks include the Mazda MX-5 and RX8 and Chevrolet Corvette.
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7 All-American Sports Cars
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Our AssessmentAskMen.com attempts to create a list of the best domestic sports cars ever. All vehicles listed have to be successful, offer a street-legal model, cannot be single-year special editions and must be constructed in North America. It's an entertaining read for its historical insight on some current and discontinued sports cars, but there's not much in the way of objective information here for the prospective car shopper.
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10 Best Cars
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Our AssessmentThe staff of Car and Driver has been assembling an annual "Top Ten" list since the early 80s, based on testing of all new cars (or those that have undergone a major revision), plus last year's 10 Best winners. For the 2007 model year, three sports sedans make the cut. The BMW 3-Series is called "the definitive sports sedan." Upgrades each year keep it fresh. The Chrysler 300 is the best large sedan. The Infiniti G35 compares well to the BMW and is an excellent value.
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Editors' Most Wanted Vehicles for 2007
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Our AssessmentEdmunds.com publishes detailed test reports of almost every car on the market. Each year, staffers choose favorites for this "Most Wanted" list in several price ranges. Both the BMW 3-Series and the Infiniti M35/M45 make the list for 2007. The 3-Series has been on the list for eight consecutive years, while the Infiniti M35 and M45 are newcomers. The Infiniti sedans are said to have the best blend of luxury and performance. The main highlight is "their sharp handling, which makes them feel much smaller and more nimble than you might expect."
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2007 Automobile All-Stars
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Our AssessmentAutomobile Magazine annually chooses a car of the year, as well other top picks in a range of classes, based on hands-on testing. Among sedans, the BMW 3-Series is a top pick; Robert Cumberford writes that while it's not the best in every aspect, the cars in the 3-Series "are better than all others at doing everything extremely well." The Chrysler 300 has been chosen for its big, American sports-sedan appeal. Finally, the Infiniti G35 is chosen due to its performance and ability to stand toe-to-toe against the BMW 3-Series.
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Recommended Cars 2007
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports tests pretty much every new car. While editors don't go into quite as much detail as other reviewers, Consumer Reports heavily weights long-time reliability and resale value as deciding factors -- an aspect often neglected in other reviews. Editors make picks in several car classes including large sedans and upscale sedans.
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Cars.com Comparison: Luxury Sport Sedans
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Our AssessmentIn this entertaining roundup, editors compare performance and design aspects of three major contenders in the "luxury sport" category. The Acura TL Type-S, the BMW 3-Series 335i and the Infiniti G35 all win in at least one category, but the overall winner is the BMW 335i. An exceptional engine and pristine handling put the BMW in a class by itself. The Acura TL S-Type is luxurious, but not as sporty. The Infiniti G35 comes close, but still falls a bit short.
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Car Reviews
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Our AssessmentCarCritic heavily bases its conclusions on long-term and predicted reliability as culled from third-party sources and owner-survey data. Cars are also road tested by site founder Don Vorderman. There's no ultimate list of top cars and no rankings. Rather, users choose individual cars and buy the short review for that model ($1 per review with a $5 minimum). That makes CarCritic a better choice once you've narrowed down your shortlist to a handful of sedans. For the money, you get a review that offers driving impressions, an honest opinion and a guarantee to not be swayed by anyone in "the industry." In the sports sedan category, most cars get an affirmation. The Chrysler 300C and BMW 5-Series are both called "flawed but fun."
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Good Sports: Acura TL Type-S, Infiniti G35 Sport and Lexus IS 350
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Our AssessmentRoad and Track pits three "near-luxury" sports sedans against one another. While the article is sure to note that the competition was quite close amongst the competitors, the numbers give the victory to the Lexus IS 350. No mention is given to the scoring criteria, but the review favors the Lexus for the quickness and quietness of the vehicle, as well as its commodious interior.
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Recommended Shopping Lists: Mid-Size Sedans
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Our AssessmentKBB.com, the online home of Kelley Blue Book, offers much more than the values of given vehicles, including some insightful reviews. Cars are not compared, but the reviews themselves include pros and cons, drive impressions, pricing, and notes on design, trim levels and engines. Editors place a handful of favorites on a "shopping list," including the BMW 3-Series, the Acura TL, Toyota Avalon, Volkswagen Passat and the Nissan Maxima.
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SpeedTV.com counts down the 10 best cars of 2006/07.
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Our AssessmentSpeedTV.com produces a subjective listing of ten cars that "make you smile every time you get behind the wheel." The cars are all placed into categories, and the winner of the "entry level sports sedan" category is the Subaru Impreza WRX. The vehicle receives praise for being inexpensive, yet still delivering a sport experience worthy of a higher-priced vehicle. However, the car isn't compared to others, nor doesn't it receive a detailed evaluation.
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Consumer Guide's Real World Fuel Economy Champions
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Our AssessmentIn the course of their testing, Consumer Guide measures actual fuel economy. This interesting article lists the best and worst performers compared to their EPA estimates. Among sports sedans, the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 both get about 20 mpg in mixed driving compared to their estimates of 19 mpg city/27 mpg hwy. However, the more powerful Dodge Charger R/T and Chrysler 300C are on the 'worst mileage' list, getting only about 14.5 mpg compared to estimates of 17 mpg city/25 mpg hwy. The Acura TL tops the list of commendable sports sedans.
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Most Reliable New Cars Named by Consumer Reports
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Our AssessmentMoney Magazine delivers a true scoop for automotive consumers. Without the cost of a subscription to Consumer Reports, Money delivers a rundown of the most and least reliable vehicles according to the Consumer Reports staff. Among upscale sedans, kudos go to the Lexus ES 350, Lincoln Zephyr, Hyundai Azera, Acura TSX and Acura TL. The dubious distinction of "least reliable" goes to the Jaguar X-type, the Chrysler 300C and the Saab 9-3.
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The Future Has Four Doors
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Our AssessmentFive large sedans are rated on design, luxury, performance and quality, with bonus points awarded for value. The Cadillac DTS brings up the rear. Its front-wheel drive results in sloppy handling, and it "rides like a big hunk." The Buick Lucerne CSX also has a problem with torque steer, and acceleration can be jerky. The Acura RL has a "superb" AWD system and a great collection of standard niceties, but it's expensive and not as commodious as others. The Toyota Avalon is an excellent alternative to a Lexus ES 350. The Avalon is called "spacious, comfortable and capable" -- but lacking in "passion." First place goes to the Chrysler 300C, a head-turning car that's also a "serious driving machine."
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Kiplinger's 2007 Auto Buyer's Guide
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Our AssessmentEach year, Kiplinger's revises this buyer's guide, which complements a series of excellent reference articles on this site about auto insurance, leasing, driving and safety tips. Picks are weighted toward value, reliability and running costs. In the upscale sedan category, the Infiniti M35 is highest rated. The best new car in this class in the Lexus ES 350, and the nod for safety goes to the Toyota Avalon. Considered best for resale value is the Mazda MazdaSpeed6 GT.
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Automotive Rhythms chooses pair based on urban appeal
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Our AssessmentAutomotive Rhythms is a website that focuses on the urban driving experience, whether it includes modification, sound systems or automotive culture. The staff of Automotive Rhythms has chosen the Infiniti G35 as the Urban Elite Car of the Year, due to the vehicle's audio system, style, power and luxury options. Vehicles were compared in five categories: Urban Appeal, Price Point, Ability to Customize, Showroom Looks and Street Buzz.
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All-wheel-drive sport sedan bonanza
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Our AssessmentThe Sierra Sun looks at sports sedans with AWD, particularly those that are appropriate for families (which excludes the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution). Although Mark Lowenstern says he'd choose the BMW 328xi, he adds that consumers "can't go wrong with any of these AWD sport sedans."
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Head to Head: 2007 BMW 335i vs. 2007 Infiniti G35
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Our Assessment"Kicking Tires" is an automotive blog at cars.com, and it's frequented by the regular readers as well as the cars.com staff. In this article, staff members David Thomas and Mike Hanley pit the two biggest competitors against one another: Infiniti G35 and BMW 335i. Not surprisingly, the end result is a draw. Thomas finds the BMW to be enough of a better performer to qualify the increased price, while Hanley notes that the cars are similar enough that the price difference isn't enough to sway his opinion away from the Infiniti.
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Cars
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Our AssessmentAbout.com has some good general articles here, but reviews and comparison tests are the focus. While there is some decent coverage of compact cars, few sports sedans have been tested or compared.
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Volkswagen Passat Wagon: The Second Best Wagon
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Our AssessmentThe premise of the Car Family is that all members of a family chime in with their opinion of a vehicle, offering a more balanced review than can be given by one reviewer. Most members have generally good things to say about the Volkswagen Passat. The Subaru Legacy is still preferred overall, however (hence the title).
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The Best of 2007
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Our AssessmentGreenerCars.com is just what it sounds like: an environmentally friendly site that focuses on cars with the lowest levels of emissions, highest fuel efficiencies, etc. The site has gathered together the vehicles that have the highest "green scores" and put them on a singular page for easy browsing. The greenest small wagon is the Honda Fit, while the leader in terms of mid-size wagons is the Ford Focus.
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Vehicles that Appeal to the Feminine Side: Searching for the Perfect 10
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Our AssessmentThe National Motorist Association is an organization that attempts to represent the North American driving public in terms of debating traffic-based legislature and the like. In addition, their website is home to a number of automotive columns. In this one, the author looks for "feminine vehicles," which amounts to being aesthetically pleasing, easy to operate and having an organized interior. The Audi A4 and A6 are mentioned, as is the Volkswagen Passat.
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Best-In-Class Cars
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Our AssessmentIFCAR, the Institute for Consumer Automotive Research, has delivered a guide to what they consider to be the best in class for the 2007 model year. An impressive number of wagons are mentioned, as the segment is split into four sections: compact, mid-size, entry-lux and luxury wagons. Picks are based on hands-on testing, and each wagon gets a full writeup.
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Best Buys in Family Cars, Part 2
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Our AssessmentMetroparent magazine asks a large handful of automotive experts to identify their top picks and indicate why. The top picks for family station wagons are the Subaru Outback, Ford Freestyle and the Dodge Magnum. It is noted in the review that many consider the Freestyle to be more of an SUV than a true station wagon. The write-up for each car includes the reasoning behind the picks.
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New car reviews
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Our AssessmentThis website approaches reviews a bit differently. Rather than providing a detailed report, each one-page write-up focuses on the most salient details, like reliability and owner satisfaction. Among wagons, the Dodge Magnum gets a high rating, although its AWD transfer case has been a problem. The Subaru Legacy and Outback are also said to be good choices. Several wagons don't get a specific mention, but the sedan versions are often reviewed here.
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Car Buyer's Guide: Wagons
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Our AssessmentThis review gives a lot of information on the evolution of station wagons, along with what users can expect to find on the market currently. The only recommended station wagon is the Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG. Unfortunately, the $87,400 starting price of the vehicle is out of range for most buyers. This review might rank more highly is other wagons were covered.
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Most and Least Fuel Efficient Vehicles
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Our AssessmentFuelEconomy.gov is the place to find EPA estimates on fuel economy for any given car. In addition to simply listing the vehicles, the site also provides a single page where users can look at the most and least fuel efficient vehicles in any given class. The most fuel-efficient wagons are the Honda Fit in the small wagon category and the Ford Focus in the midsize wagon category. The least efficient wagons are the Audi S4 Avant in terms of small wagons and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG in the mid-size wagon category.
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IIHS Crash Test Results
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Our AssessmentThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, also known as the IIHS, is a non-profit organization focused on minimizing losses accrued by vehicular accidents, whether said losses occur in the form of injury, property damage or otherwise. Unfortunately, there is no station wagon category for crash-test results, but the Audi A4 and A6, Saab 9-3 and Subaru Legacy are all awarded with the status of Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, and all are available as wagons.
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Consumer Guide's Best Buys and Recommendations for 2007
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Our AssessmentConsumer Guide is an excellent source for pricing and options information, and editors also include road test results. However, reviews are mainly summarized in numerical scores instead of a narrative review. Consumer Guide doesn't have a specific category for station wagons, yet a number of vehicles that received the best buy designation are available as wagons.
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Wagons and Hatchback reviews
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports road tests most new cars, including station wagons. Cars with the highest ratings are given an endorsement by editors. Consumer Reports buys cars from dealerships anonymously, performs their own road tests and does not advertise for any car companies. Because Consumer Reports is a subscription site, we can't disclose their picks. Editors include wagons and hatchbacks in the same category.
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The Best of the 2007 Cars
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Our AssessmentKiplinger magazine makes annual picks based on long-term reliability and costs, along with performance and crash-test results. Editors don't write long, detailed reviews. Writeups are short and to the point. But we appreciate the focus on practicality. Awards are given for best overall, most fuel efficient, best for safety, etc.
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Best Overall Values of the Year
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Our AssessmentFor the past 21 years, IntelliChoice has been giving selected vehicles Best Overall Value of the Year awards, in terms of initial pricing as well as ownership costs. Two station wagons win the award for 2007; the Subaru Outback wins in the category of "Midsize/Large Wagon," while the Toyota Matrix wins in the "Small Wagon" category. This report doesn't include a lot of other evaluations, but since few reviewers focus on value and cost of ownership, this review is very helpful.
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Recommended Shopping List: Hatchbacks/Wagons
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Our AssessmentKBB.com, the online home of Kelley Blue Book, offers reviews and automotive recommendations in addition to pricing info. Instead of choosing one vehicle as the best, five top picks are listed in a variety of classes. In addition to a slot in the list, links lead to the full review for each wagon. Critical reviews are based on hands-on testing, along with analysis of features, options and other details.
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Most Popular Wagon
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Our AssessmentSplise.com doesn't beat around the bush: instead of offering up a wordy review, they go the minimalist route. The Splise.com's wagon list simply lists the most popular vehicles in order. It's not the most informative site on the Internet, but it is nice for a quick reference.
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Editors' Most Wanted Vehicles for 2007
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Our AssessmentEdmunds.com reviews pretty much every car on the market. While reviews aren't directly comparative, editors often reference competing cars in each review, giving readers a reference point. Editors choose the most highly rated cars, including station wagons, for their annual Most Wanted list. For 2007.
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5 Best Trucks
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Our AssessmentCar and Driver's staff perform this comparison test annually—it is a list of their favorite trucks in a variety of categories. Five small sport-utility vehicles are covered, and for the first time, diesel and hybrid models are included. Seven large SUVs, and six luxury SUVs are all compared, along with pickups and vans. The Subaru Forester 2.5XT wins the small SUV class for 2005, as it did in 2004, due to its best-in-class quickness. For the third year, the Honda Pilot wins best-of status for large SUVs by ranking as well above average at everything. The Cadillac SRX wins the luxury category again in 2005 for its styling and a lush practicality; editors call this luxury model the "class of its class."
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Top Picks 2005
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports tests dozens of cars and trucks each year for safety, reliability and performance, and picks a handful across various vehicle categories to recommend. Consumer Reports ranks highly with us because its editors are thorough and consider data some dedicated car magazines ignore, such as fender-bender repair estimates and crash-test information. This reviewer does not test performance and off-road ability as thoroughly as the dedicated auto magazines, however.
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Road Test: 2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport 4WD vs. 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4WD GLS vs. 2004 Saturn VUE AWD Red Line vs. 2005 Chevrol...
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Our AssessmentThis detailed article is a comparison test of the Ford Escape, the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Saturn VUE and Chevrolet Equinox. All tested vehicles are AWD or 4WD and have V6 engines. Although the review is touted as an off-road trail test, the first place ranking for the Equinox focuses on its clean, crisp, and elegant styling and interior space packaging. Reviewer Kim Reynolds especially likes the sliding rear seat. This review leaves out competitive vehicles and mixes years, which results in a slightly lower ranking from us.
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SUV Mega-Test: Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mitsubishi Endeavor, Ni...
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This article looks at eight midsize SUVs: The Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mitsubishi Endeavor, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota 4Runner. The writers gathered these popular SUVs and tested them on the highway as well as over dirt roads. Snow and slush conditions were included. Strengths, weaknesses, and personalities were evaluated.

The Honda Pilot and Toyota 4Runner share top marks in this competition. The Honda is described as being the best SUV for most families. The Toyota 4Runner is described as both the value champ. It has the lowest price of all the vehicles tested. The 4Runner is described as capturing "sport" and "utility" in perfect measure.

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Editors' Most Wanted Vehicles for 2005
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Our AssessmentThe staff at Edmunds.com votes annually for favorite vehicles in a variety of classes. Back-to-back comparison tests, however, are not performed for this review. The Chevrolet Equinox is listed as the winner in the under-$25,000 arena. Edmund's credits the Equinox's interior and seating as outstanding features. Ride, power and fuel economy are better than expected. The Toyota 4Runner is lauded as the best under-$35,000 SUV for those seeking both on and off-road performance. The nest step up the price ladder is the Volkswagen Touareg, which wins in the under-$45,000 category. Edmund's likes the combination of handling, ride quality, luxury-carlike amenities, excellent towing capacity and off-road ability. The smooth-riding Land Rover Range Rover is the most desirable luxury sport-ute around.
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New Car Reviews
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Our AssessmentConsumer Guide's editors rate vehicles on acceleration, fuel economy, ride quality, steering/handling/braking, quietness, controls, materials, room, comfort, cargo room and value within class. Crash test data and warranty information is also displayed. The Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute combo shares Best Buy status with the Honda CR-V in the Compact SUV category. The Honda Pilot wins a Best Buy rating in the Midsize SUV category for its combination of seating, cargo room, overall configuration and power. The Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe share Best Buy status with the Ford Expedition in the large-SUV category. The Acura MDX, Cadillac SRX and the Lexus RX 330 all are listed as Best Buys among premium SUVs.
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2005 Car Buyer's Guide
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Our AssessmentKiplinger's annual auto issue factors in issues such as service costs, fuel efficiency, resale value and insurance costs. We welcome this financial focus to evaluating cars, but since side-by-side tests are not performed, this review does not rank higher in our chart. Among small SUVs, the Toyota RAV4 wins a best in class award while the Ford Escape Hybrid is noted for having the highest fuel economy. The Infiniti FX35 scores highest overall in the midsize category while the Honda Pilot is noted for having the best resale value. In the full-size category, the V8 variant of the Cadillac SRX wins as best luxury SUV, while the V6 model, which is priced under $40,000, also wins for fuel economy and safety.
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2005 Best Car Values
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Our AssessmentMoney Magazine's annual best-car-value awards are based on objective comparisons of price, power, features, safety and trunk space, as well as test drives. For 2005, the best-value ranking for small SUVs goes to the Jeep Liberty for its looks, interior and construction. The best mid-size SUV award goes to the Toyota 4Runner for its high-end features, best-in-class resale and available V8 power. The Dodge Durango wins the large SUV category for its three rows of seats, Hemi V8 and excellent ride and handling.
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2005 Sport/Utility of the Year
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Our AssessmentIn the most recent installment of Motor Trend's annual SUV torture test, SUVs are thoroughly tested for their off-road ability, comfort and value. The 2005 contenders are the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape Hybrid, Ford Freestyle, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Infiniti QX56, Land Rover LR3 and Nissan Pathfinder. The Land Rover LR3 is the winner due to outstanding on-road refinement and off-road ability. Editors agree that the Land Rover sets a new benchmark for its segment in terms of design, packaging, technology and functionality. Angus MacKenzie, editor-in-chief of Motor Trend says: "You just point, click, and drive. Whether it's Rodeo Drive or the Rubicon Trail, there isn't a sport/utility in the world that will cover the terrain as quietly, confidently or comfortably."
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Editor's Picks for 2004
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Our AssessmentThe Editor-in-Chief of New Car Test Drive picks his favorites each year based on driving impressions and value. The editor's impressions and those of his staff of correspondents are considered. Comfort, quality, safety, test data, overall automotive excellence and other factors including pricing are used to make the final selection. In the compact SUV category, the Subaru Forester wins due to its predictable handling, excellent all-wheel-drive system and strong engine power. The Toyota RAV4 also gets good marks. The midsize Toyota 4Runner gets top marks for those who want true off-road capability. In the full-size category, the Chevrolet Suburban is the top pick, and the Nissan Armada also gets high marks.
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Mini-SUV Comparison: 2005 Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4
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Our AssessmentThis article looks at four small, entry level SUVs: 2005 Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. The objective of the article is to decide which is the best value, Automobile notes that these picks may cost as much as $30,000, placing them in the same price range as some mid-size SUVs. Although both the CR-V and the RAV4 are described as compelling values, the CR-V edges out the RAV as the top pick. This review does not include off-road testing and leaves out some competitive vehicles, such as the Subaru Forester, which results in a lower ranking from us.
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Ford Enters the Crossover Bake-Off
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Our AssessmentThis new car test drive of the Freestyle makes some minor comparisons to vehicles including the Chrysler Pacifica, Toyota Highlander , Honda Pilot and the Buick Rendezvous. Comparisons, however, are not in-depth, as this is mainly a standalone analysis of the Freestyle. The author concludes that that Ford has created a superior blend of features. If this article covered more vehicles, it would rank higher in our report.
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Best Cars 2006
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Our AssessmentMoney magazine evaluates cars with an eye to family flexibility and value. They pack the vehicles up and look at the way that they drive, basing results more on feel and driving impression than on timed runs and technical specifications. Many coupes are chosen by the author as highly rated, including the BMW 3-Series, Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford Mustang. Unfortunately, there is no specific coupe category, and the vehicles are found amidst the titles of "best small car," "small luxury sedan" and "sports car."
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Comparison Test: 2007 Jaguar XK8 Coupe vs. 2006 BMW 650i Coupe
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Our AssessmentTesters drove the 2007 Jaguar XK8 and the 2006 BMW 6-Series from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, and here is what they found: The Jaguar is the winner in the looks department and the BMW takes first place pretty much everywhere else. Credit is given to the Jaguar as an excellent vehicle in its own right, but it simply isn't a formidable enough opponent for the BMW 650i. The BMW is more spacious, comfortable and drivable, and it basically ran away with this road test. While this review is not only well-written but extensive, it is lower in the reviews due to the fact that it only compares two coupes.
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AAA Picks 2006 Top Cars
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Our AssessmentThe official Web site of the AAA motor club, AAA Exchange attempts to educate and inform car owners and consumers so that drivers may be as safe as possible on the road. This includes annual picks for the top-rated cars. Over 200 cars were tested, with testers looking for "many criteria, such as ride, performance, braking, handling, passenger and cargo space, value and fuel economy." Three coupes take the lead in a number of categories for 2006. The BMW 3-Series was chosen in the "$30,000 - $35,000" category, and the Chevrolet Corvette was chosen as the "cool car" of 2006. While this overview from AAA is a nice overview, it lacks the testing detail and editorial depth of other resources.
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Drivers Choice Awards
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Our AssessmentThe staff of Motor Week has compared over 100 cars to choose the best of 2006, awarding said vehicles a "Drivers Choice Award." For "best small car," the award goes to the Honda Civic. Testers say that the 2006 Honda Civic has set a new high-bar for small cars. Instead of choosing either the sedan or the coupe when discussing the Honda Civic, the editors of Motor Week say that all models of the Civic are above par and should be given equal honor.
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10 Best Cars
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Our AssessmentFor over 20 years, Car and Driver has been putting out an annual "10 Best" list. When it comes to sports coupes, the honor at Car & Driver goes to the Mazda RX-8. "The bottom line: sports-car fun with an element of practicality you just might be able to sell to a significant other," say editors. The bulk of the review compliments the performance of this vehicle's interior comfort for four passengers.
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Recommended Vehicles
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports annually does research on automobiles. As a matter of fact, Consumer Reports claims that they perform the most extensive scientific research of any car review center in the nation. Consumer Reports keeps an ongoing list of recommended vehicles, but many of the cars on the list of best coupes are from 2003, 2004 or 2005. Older ratings like these are fine if there have been few model changes from year to year, but editors don't make it easy to find this information. Still, editors cover a wide range of vehicles, especially in the lower price ranges.
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Editors' Most Wanted Vehicles for 2006
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Our AssessmentEach year the editorial staff of Edmunds nominates cars for their annual "Most Wanted" awards. The least expensive coupe in the "Under $15,000" category is the Honda Civic. In the "Under $25,000" bracket, the Ford Mustang is highest rated. The "Under $35,000" award goes to the BMW 3-Series, and the "Under $45,000" winner is the Chevrolet Corvette. Finally, the most expensive coupe recommended is the BMW 6-Series. The reviews are well-written and very thorough, and Edmunds evaluates nearly all cars on the market.
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Motor Trend Announces 2006 Car of the Year
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Our AssessmentMotor Trend is one of the most recognized authorities in the automotive world, and for the last 57 years they have been giving one car the title of Motor Trend "Car of the Year." For 2006, this honor falls upon the Honda Civic, which receives a wonderful review from the editorial staff. According to the review, "editors found each of the 2006 Honda Civic models to be fun to drive and terrific value. With their bold, contemporary styling and innovative technology the new Civics are primed for success in one of the most competitive market segments in the country." This is a very helpful review, as the whole testing process is laid out in detail for the reader.
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2006 Editors' Choice Awards
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Our AssessmentEach year the editors of Autobytel.com get together to rank which cars they would recommend to friends and family. The vehicle which they have chosen as their car of the year is the Honda Civic. A low price tag, reliability and the fact that the Civic has won the best rating for crash-worthiness available from the IIHS are all cited as deciding factors. In addition, the reviewer loves the steering and handling of the Civic Si Coupe.
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Consumer Guide Best Buys
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Our AssessmentThere is no specific category for coupes at Consumer Guide. Rather, they are scattered in among sedans, roadsters and sports cars. While the reviews themselves are not comparative and are not as fun to read as those at other sources, Consumer Guide is an excellent stop for vehicle specifications, pricing and features/options information. Among the cars considered to be Best Buys, the Honda Accord, Honda Civic and Chevrolet Corvette all have a coupe variant. The Scion tC and Ford Mustang also make the cut.
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2006 Coupes
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Our AssessmentJD Power primarily performs large surveys about a wide variety of products. Its auto ratings are based on initial quality and appeal. However, cars don't appear to be rated based on any testing. Still, each write-up includes a nice overview. The top coupes are the Ford Mustang, which is rated highest in the sporty-car segment, and the Toyota Camry Solara, which is highest rated among mid-sized sporty cars.
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Automobile of the Year: BMW 3-Series
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Our AssessmentAccording to the introduction of this article, the cars chosen represent what the editorial staff feels are the most charismatic, gorgeous and simply best cars available for 2006. The top of the top is the BMW 3-Series, which article author Mark Gillies commends for its "depth of performance." The article bathes the 3-Series in compliments, offering multiple points for the success of the vehicle. While this is an interesting read, there is no real methodology for choosing the most charismatic vehicle, and this makes the review less useful than it could have been.
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Jaguar XK Wins 'Car of the Year' and 'Best Coupe' Awards
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Our AssessmentCar Pages, which refers to itself as the "UK Motoring Search Engine," reports that the 2006 Jaguar XK was chosen as the "Car of the Year" at the 2006 Auto Express New Car Honours. In addition, the XK also took home the gold in the "best coupe" category. In the words of the article's author, the "launch of the new XK earlier this year marked the beginning of an exciting era for Jaguar in terms of design and engineering, and reinforces the marque's reputation for building beautiful, fast cars that are as thrilling to drive as they are gorgeous to look at." No testing results are quoted, so we're unsure if this award is based on testing or merely image.
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Top 10 Vehicles of 2006 on MSN Autos
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Our AssessmentMSN Autos presents a list of the ten most popular vehicles for the first quarter of 2006. The nice thing about this list is that there is a short summary of the vehicle after the initial listing. The aspect of the review that isn't as helpful is the fact that the summary is just that, a summary. Instead of being a quick review, it is simply a feature listing, with no support for the top ten ranking other than sales figures. In the end, it's interesting but not very helpful.
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Top Ten Coupes for this Week
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Our AssessmentBasing its ranking on hits per page, Yahoo! Autos keeps a running list of the most popular cars each week. Nothing here is based on testing, but it's interesting to see what other visitors are shopping for. At the time of our visit, the most popular coupe was the 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR.
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Snoring -- Treatments
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Our AssessmentThis website from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine reviews various snoring remedies. Over-the-counter cures "are not recommended," but a custom-fitted mouthpiece may help. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is recommended for patients who snore because of sleep apnea; other suggestions include surgery, weight loss and behavioral changes like switching sleep positions and avoiding alcohol.
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Snoring: Treatments and Drugs
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Our AssessmentThe Mayo Clinic provides an excellent overview of snoring -- its symptoms, causes, complications and treatments -- based on medical science. It explains the various types of remedies, from surgery to tried-and-true behavior changes. Editors mention two throat-strengthening therapies (singing and playing the didgeridoo) that show promise in studies.
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7 Easy Fixes for Snoring
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Our AssessmentThis article -- which quotes top sleep doctors and is reviewed by an M.D. -- explains seven lifestyle changes that can really work to stop snoring. It gives practical advice, like using a body pillow to sleep on your side and keeping a bottle of saltwater rinse in the shower to rinse your nasal passages regularly.
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Snoring Remedies Tested
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Our AssessmentGood Housekeeping tests eight over-the-counter snoring remedies, rating each on a 100-point scale. Nasal strips, throat sprays and anti-snoring pillows work best, although some testers notice no difference. An acupressure ring and chin-up strips (to stick the jaw shut) work less well. The worst performers include internal nasal dilators, over-the-counter mouthpieces and a wristwatch-type device that zaps the snorer with an electrical shock. Similar products are available in the U.S.
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What Can I Do to Stop Snoring?
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Our AssessmentThis website from the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association (accredited by the British government as a trustworthy source of health information) describes simple tests you can do to see what kind of snorer you are, and links to products that might help (the association sells the products on the site). Nasal strips, internal nasal dilators, throat sprays, chin-up strips and mouthpieces are all recommended. The products (or similar ones) are available in the U.S.
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Snoring: What to Do When a Punch in the Shoulder Fails
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Our AssessmentThis article consults the presidents of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine to find out which snoring remedies really work. The experts recommend behavior changes, Breathe Right-type nasal strips (if you snore because you're congested) or -- for sleep apnea suffers -- a custom-fitted mouthpiece or CPAP machine. Surgery is a last resort. Other over-the-counter remedies have little evidence to back them up, experts say.
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Snoring 'Cures' Fail for Majority
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Our AssessmentThe BBC recaps a snoring remedy test done by Which? magazine, the U.K.'s version of ConsumerReports.org. Seven couples test seven remedies, including chin-up strips, a throat spray, a nostril dilator, an over-the-counter mouthpiece and a wrist-worn electrical shock device. Which? only recommends two: Breathe Right Nasal Strips for people who snore because of a nasal problem, and a "Singing for Snorers" CD designed to tone the throat muscles, which provided some relief.
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Ten Snoring Cures
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Our AssessmentJournalist Rory Clements tries 10 methods in 10 days in an effort to stop snoring. He tests a throat spray, herbal nasal spray, chin-up strip, over-the-counter mouthpiece, Breathe Right strips and nostril dilator, plus behavior changes like sleeping on his side and using higher pillows. None of them work -- but abstaining from wine (and other alcohol) four hours before bed finally does the trick. A respiratory doctor says losing weight can also help.
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Anti-Snoring Devices Fail Test
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Our AssessmentCBS News reports on a Wilford Hall Medical Center study that tests three snoring remedies -- a nasal strip, a throat spray and a pillow -- each on more than three dozen chronic snorers -- none work. A longtime snorer profiled by CBS News consults study doctor Peter Michaelson and learns she has sleep apnea, which a custom-fitted mouthpiece resolves.
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Silent Night: Which Snoring Remedies Actually Work?
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Our AssessmentIn this amusing article, Chip Brantley describes his experience with a variety of stop-snoring products, rating them for ease of use, restfulness when waking and his wife's irritation level. He gets the best results from a tennis ball safety-pinned to the back of his t-shirt, and gives the runner-up spot (facetiously) to the $45 Anti-Snor Therapeutic Ring. He calls Breathe Right Nasal Strips an "expensive habit," and says he snored every night while wearing them.
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Energy-drink Reviews
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Our AssessmentJason Hargett is a web designer who enjoys reviewing energy drinks. More than 180 drinks are reviewed on a one-to-10 scale, with information given on price, serving size, calories and active ingredients. Each drink is given two ratings: an editor rating based on energy, taste and value, and a user rating. The site gives annual Screaming Energy Drink Awards. In 2008, Go Girl Glo won for best women's energy drink, Java Monster Coffee Lo-Ball for best value, Matrix Mood Enhancing Energy Drink for most energy, Mana Energy Potion for most original and coolest packaging, and On Go Energy Shot for best energy shot. Screaming Energy Not-So Awards are given in several categories including worst taste to Screamin Energy Shot, and for least energy, Coolah Energy. A comparison chart lets you compare ratings for all drinks.
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Energy Drinks
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Our AssessmentEnthusiast Jason Petty rates almost 120 energy drinks, including many unconventional brands. Drinks are given two ratings on a scale of one to 10 (10 is best); the first for taste, the second for power. Also included are the cost for each bottle and the "good stuff" -- the stimulants and amino acids used to give the drink its kick. The site includes top ten lists for taste and power. Currently, Shock Triple Mocha and Shock Triple Latte are rated among the highest for their energy kick. SoBe No Fear, Nos and Shock Triple Mocha are tops for taste.
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Energy Drink Ratings
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Our AssessmentJustin T., also known as "Oshburg," is an energy-drink fan and blogger who has personally reviewed more than 300 energy drinks in the past several years. Judgments are based on the drink's cost, its cost per ounce, active ingredients, taste rating and "kick" rating. In a recent article, Justin T. rated Wired X505, 5-Hour Energy and Fixx Energy Drink as strongest. Hype MFP, Vim & Vigor Citrus and Who's Your Daddy are his top three in taste.
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Flashlight Reviews
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Our AssessmentThough this site covers fewer flashlight brands and models than some, the editors do a terrific job. The individual reviews go into great depth and are well illustrated. Ratings on a scale of 100 are provided for looks, build quality, runtime, output, features, usability and bang for the buck. Given the huge price range for flashlights, the latter rating is especially helpful. The ratings are used to create an overall rating, and everything is pulled together on a sortable main landing page that makes it easy to see where each flashlight stands in relation to its competition. You can also create a custom comparison chart to evaluate several flashlights on one page.
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Electrilite Flashlight & Mobile Charger
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Our AssessmentThis detailed single-product review tests the wind-up 5-LED Electrilite flashlight that also charges a cell phone, confirming that a minute of cranking produces a light that's quite bright for 30 minutes, then gradually declines. You can extend the runtime by using fewer than the 5 LEDs and can choose a model that includes one red LED for night vision.
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Lamps and Lanterns
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Our AssessmentOutdoors-Magazine.com is a free online magazine written by a stable of volunteer editors from around the world. More than 20 flashlights and headlamps get detailed single-product reviews here from four different editors, but without ratings, rankings, or comparison charts. If the reviews were more current, we'd rank this site higher. At the time of this report, the most recent review is dated August 2006, not very recent in this rapidly developing arena. The only comparison review is even older, dated Feb. 2005. However, there's still good information here.
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Most Highly Rated Lights
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Our AssessmentOwners post brief flashlight reviews here, rating them on a 10-point scale, though most models have been reviewed by only one person. The list of "most highly rated lights" shows the average rating for each flashlight, but you have to click on each model to discover the number of reviews on which it's based. It's interesting to see that the separate ranking of "most popular" flashlights doesn't match the ratings, but other flashlight review sites have more to offer.
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Lighting
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Our AssessmentLots of LED flashlights get detailed reviews here, but at the time of this report, only one incandescent. We'd rank this review site higher if it were easier to compare flashlights. It's a good place to read detailed owner-written reviews of specific flashlights, but tedious to browse through all the reviews. Even for a specific flashlight, there's no summary of different owners' evaluations.
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Personal Illumination Options
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Our AssessmentThe information provided here is from a consultancy and research laboratory that performed extensive testing on flashlights in 2003. It's the only source that seems to put the products through a rigorous scientific process to determine the best ones. However, the information is more technical and harder to digest than that of less formal review sources. Editors do offer interesting “quick facts,” conclusions and an overall rating of up to five stars on some standard brands including Arc, Surefire, Streamlight and Inova. This review's age keeps it from ranking more highly in our chart.
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Flashlights
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Our AssessmentThe Wal-Mart website shows the average rating from owner-written reviews of flashlights, but you have to click on the model to see how many people have actually reviewed it. We'd rank this site higher if more flashlights had accumulated enough reviews to add credibility to the ratings. It's still useful, however, since credible reviews here confirm that a shake flashlight isn't nearly as useful as a crank flashlight.
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Light Reviews
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Our AssessmentAs you can imagine, flashlights reviewed at this ultralight backpacking site are very small and lightweight. Average ratings are posted in the list, so you can quickly hone in on the top-rated models here, as well as on the ones owners think are the worst. The drawback is that most ratings are actually of headlamps, not handheld flashlights. However, ratings are especially credible since posting a review requires signing up for an account. Most flashlights have accumulated only a few reviews so far, but one stands out.
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Clash of the Flashlights (Abusive Lab Test)
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Our AssessmentPopular Mechanics publishes some excellent reviews based on testing comparable models, but this isn't one of them. We'd rank this review higher if more than three flashlights were tested, but at least this crosses one off the list -- the battery-free "shake" type of flashlight, which performs poorly. The review does give some insight into the differences between a $130 LED flashlight and a $20 wind-up light. Testing methods are refreshingly nontechnical. For brightness at 20 feet, a viewer with excellent eyesight tries reading a standard vision chart. For durability, editors throw the flashlights down a flight of concrete stairs. Editors conclude that the Surefire E2L is worth its high price in an emergency; an earlier Popular Mechanics article covers tactical flashlights.
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Flashlights
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Our AssessmentOwners rate and review flashlights here, but at the time of this report, only a few models have accumulated more than two or three comments. Still, there's useful information here. For example, several HUSKY flashlights get quite low ratings, while the MAG-LITE brand earns high praise.
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Flashlights & Lanterns
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Our AssessmentSears lets visitors filter its listing of flashlights by user rating, making the site easy to browse. Unfortunately, at the time of this report, only a handful of flashlights have accumulated more than a few reviews, but owners clearly like both Dorcy and Craftsman LED lights. On the other hand, the small Craftsman 41-5606 flashlight gets noticeably poor ratings from owners, who criticize its durability and say the bulbs burn out fast.
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Flashlights
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Our AssessmentLowes sells over 60 flashlights, quite a few of which have accumulated ratings from owners. No comments are published, but the sheer number of ratings makes the site valuable. Most ratings are on the high end, but the top models do stand out.
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Flashlights
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Our AssessmentREI publishes owner-written ratings and reviews of the flashlights sold here. The average rating is shown beside each flashlight in the list, along with the number of reviews on which it's based. This makes REI.com one of the easier websites to browse. At the time of this report, quite a few flashlights have accumulated reviews, although only a handful have more than five or so. Some flashlights also get low average ratings, making this site especially useful.
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Cool Tools
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Our AssessmentThis is the web page of author Kevin Kelly, one of the founding forces behind Wired, and current editor at large for that magazine. It includes Cool Tools -- reviews of tools that he feels "really work." All reviews are actually written by contributors, so they are a bit uneven. Most include a few comparisons with other models, but no ratings or reviews. However, just being included here lends some credibility to a flashlight model. Lots of products other than flashlights are covered, so you'll need to search for flashlights to find reviews.
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Best Flashlights - Bestsellers & Flashlight Top Staff Picks
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Our AssessmentThe staff at this huge retailer site selects a few flashlights as the best of their type. The site also publishes owner-written reviews, but most flashlights haven't accumulated more than a handful of reports thus far. Flashlight specifications are detailed and easy to understand, especially after reading the site's excellent buyer's guide.
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Flashlights
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Our AssessmentThis is one of the more useful of the retail sites that publish owner-written reviews and ratings. Not only does the list of flashlights show the average rating, plus number of reviews, but the list itself is also huge, covering all major types. You can sort the list various ways, including by average rating -- but at the time of this report, over 275 different flashlights have a perfect 5-star rating from at least one person. Some of the flashlights with slightly less perfect ratings actually sell better here. Since so many flashlights are reviewed here, it's a good place to check out a model that interests you. Often reading the owners' reviews gives a clearer idea of what a flashlight will do than reading the more technical reviews at the expert sites.
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Lighting
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Our AssessmentThis site's author is an independent reviewer of PC hardware and gadgets, who doesn't guarantee a positive review to the manufacturers who supply products for review. Although the site is continually being updated, most of the flashlight reviews in the Lighting section are from 2001, with only a few more recent items. None of the flashlights are ranked or rated. However, even the older reviews explain LED flashlight technology much better than most sites, and many of the top picks are still excellent buys.
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Flashlight Reviews
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Our AssessmentThe list of flashlights reviewed here can be filtered by battery type and sorted by rating (on a 10-point scale), making it easy to use -- though some of the top-rated flashlights are hard to find in the United States. The reviews are detailed and critical, with additional ratings for construction, output and value. No information is provided about the author's expertise, but the rating methods and terms are clearly explained. You can create custom comparisons of up to three flashlights, and the site also includes a discussion forum.
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The Trophy Case – Best Products
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Our AssessmentThis site is excellent to use once you've narrowed your choice to two or three flashlights, but the list of "best products" is huge, with no ranking or ratings shown. The site is a leading source of information about LED devices, including flashlights, authored by a self-proclaimed “flashlight nut." The author subjects each product to rigorous testing, including "The Punishment Zone" to test durability. The reviews of LED flashlights are easy to understand, though they're a little "crusty" in spots. They are also reasonably well illustrated, including a photo of the beam's brightness at 12 inches, which makes it much easier to see what you'd be getting. This site includes a virtual museum showcasing examples of breakthrough LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology since the 1960's.
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“Top Picks” FlashlightReviews.com Favorites
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Our AssessmentFlashlight enthusiast Doug Pribis reviews and rates hundreds of flashlights based on detailed testing, but he stopped updating the site in June 2007. The list of top-rated flashlights is well organized by type and battery. The reviews are quite technical, but the site includes a detailed buyer's guide, supplemented by other articles that explain more about batteries, LED colors and much more.
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Efficacy of Commercial Earplugs in Preventing Water Intrusion During Swimming
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Our AssessmentIn this study nine different earplugs were tested in 10 different individuals to determine which earplugs were most effective at preventing water from entering the ear canal. Three different scenarios were used: splashing and swimming on the surface without submerging the head, and submerging the head under 3 feet of water both with the head upright and with the head tilted 90 degrees to the left and right. All earplugs allowed some amount of water to enter the ear canal, more so when the head was completely submerged, but Mack's Pillow Soft were the most effective.
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An Objective Comparison of Leakage Between Commonly Used Earplugs
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Our AssessmentIn this study the researchers tested the efficacy of four different earplugs at preventing water from entering the ear canal by placing them in an anatomically correct model of the ear then exposing it to water. Mack's Pillow Soft silicone earplugs were the most effective at preventing water intrusion. The least effective were custom molded earplugs.
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Earplug Reviews
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Our AssessmentThis audio-enthusiast site rates earplugs for several factors, including isolation, hi-fi, comfort and price. There are no details about how the testing was conducted, but individual reviews give helpful, concise details on each earplug's performance. The site also includes an audio simulator that lets you hear how various types of noise would sound with or without the earplugs.
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The Sound of Silence
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Our AssessmentIn this thorough roundup, Ulrich Boser rates eight different earplugs for effectiveness, comfort, durability and value. Only two perform above par: Howard Leight Max, which Boser says do an "excellent job of reducing sound" and are easy to use, and Hearos Ultimate Softness, which are just as effective as Max but even softer. The most expensive earplug -- the white-noise-producing Sleep-Eze -- gets low scores for poor design and performance. Despite being about nine years old, this review is still relevant because these earplugs are still widely used.
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The Sounds of Silence: Testing Earplugs
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Our AssessmentThe Wall Street Journal's Cranky Consumer tries out five brands of earplugs, pitting them against "unmuffled motorcycles, emergency sirens, television at normal volume, barking dogs and a rooster." Her top pick is Hearos because of their softness. Crossen says, "They fell out more than the others, but I was less likely to pull them out because of discomfort." Mack's Ear Seals are described as "uncomfortably rigid," and Flents Quiet Please as "scratchy" when inserted.
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Earplug Survey
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Our AssessmentMotorcycle enthusiast Ian Johnston rates 13 brands of earplugs according to four criteria: packaging, expansion speed, pressure and comfort. He does not rate noise reduction, noting that if they don't fit, they won't work, regardless of their noise reduction rating.
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Noise: A MO Investigation
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Our AssessmentMotorcycle enthusiast "Cheesebeast" clearly has tried a lot of earplugs; this article lists the pros and cons of 23 brands. Howard Leight Max is his No. 1 pick for their "transparent comfort, excellent noise attenuation and easy fit," followed by E-A-Rsoft FX and Howard Leight Laser Lite.
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Earplugs
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Our AssessmentAmazon.com users of all different ear shapes and sizes write reviews, helping pinpoint the best earplug by fit for specific ear conditions. Standout earplugs receive an average score of at least 4.5 stars from 50 or more user reviews, sometimes spread across multiple listings.
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Earplugs
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Our AssessmentEarPlugStore.com is an online retailer dedicated solely to earplugs and hearing protection. There are fewer user reviews here than on Amazon.com, but many of the reviews are detailed and very helpful for real-world use and fit. Standout models score 5 stars after 30 or more user reviews.
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Ear Plugs & Muffs
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Our AssessmentUsers review a variety of earplugs at Drugstore.com; standout models receive a 4.5-star or better rating after at least 20 user reviews.
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Swim Ear Plugs
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Our AssessmentThe earplugs sold at SwimOutlet.com are designed specifically for use while swimming, and they collect a wide range of user reviews. Although several brands are sold here, Mack's stand out as a clear favorite. One model, AquaBlock earplugs, receives a 4.5-star rating after more than 200 user reviews.
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Ear Plugs
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Our AssessmentA few brands of earplugs are represented at Walmart.com; just one, Mack's Pillow Soft silicone earplugs, stands out with a 4.6-star rating after about a dozen user reviews.
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The Best Headlamp Review
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Our AssessmentOutdoor Gear Lab offers an in-depth comparison of 37 headlamps, performing both lab and field tests to assess battery life, beam distance, brightness, comfort and several other considerations. The tests are extremely detailed and unbiased. Handy graphs offer pros, cons, prices and specs for those who want to make a quick decision.
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The Best Headlamp
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Our AssessmentThe Wirecutter christens a "top headlamp" after four-hour tests of 25 headlamps, and backcountry tests of the top contenders. The review is thorough, unbiased and comparative, but it discards headlamps that cost more than $50 as well as those with "inferior specs."
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Headlamps
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Our AssessmentAmazon.com is one of the best resources for real-world reviews of headlamps. Reviews are often quite detailed and even-handed. Prospective buyers should read carefully, since reviewers sometimes wrongly fault a product for bad experiences with a seller or shipping. Readers should also beware of older reviews, which might discuss an older version of a product with flaws that have been addressed.
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LED Headlamps
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Our AssessmentREI, one of the nation's largest outfitters, has a wide range of owner reviews of headlamps. Most reviews are not quite as detailed as those on Amazon, but a helpful feature tallies each listed pro and con so prospective buyers don't have to comb through reviews. Reviewers also specify a "best use" for each model.
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Gear Review: Best Headlamps for $40 or Less
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Our AssessmentOutdoor Life compares five inexpensive headlamps, providing short reviews and specs for each. However, it's hard to determine whether testing was systematic or thorough. The publication also focuses on hunting, so it assumes users want to use headlamps for that purpose.
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Headlamps
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Our AssessmentBackpacker has a range of reviews on individual headlamps as well as yearly best-gear roundups. Reviews are unbiased and feature pros and cons, ratings and individual feedback after real-world testing. They are rarely comparative, however.
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Best Headlamp
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Our AssessmentBestcovery.com makes five picks for the "best headlamp" category. The short reviews are informative, but they are not comparative and do not note many cons, if any, for each model. The product guide "expert" chooses top picks, and runners up are based on user reviews from around the web.
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6 Best Headlamps
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Our AssessmentOnTheSnow.com is a ski-focused website, and its roundup of six headlamps is geared to those who want them for more extreme adventures, such as climbing and mountain biking. Cooley indicates that the models were tested, but doesn't say how. The reviews are thorough but not comparative, and don't offer many cons.
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Gear of the Year 2013
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Our AssessmentSteve Casimiro of National Geographic Traveler provides a roundup of several types of outdoor gear, including the Black Diamond ReVolt headlamp. His picks are based on real-world tests and manufacturers' improvements to previous models. However, it's unclear if other headlamps were tested or considered for inclusion.
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Out of the Dark -- Headlamp Review
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Our AssessmentThis website, focused on trail-running, features several gear reviews, including this comparison of the Black Diamond Storm, Rayovac K2 and Petzl MYO RXP. It discusses weight, brightness, comfort and other factors based on real-world testing. The review is thorough and unbiased, noting pros and cons for each headlamp.
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Gear Shed: What's the Best Headlamp for Running?
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Our AssessmentIn this question-and-answer article, Gantenbein recommends the Black Diamond Sprinter over two other models. The reviews seem unbiased but are brief and, of course, running-specific. While Gantenbein has personally used the Sprinter, it's unclear whether he has tested the other two headlamps.
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The Best All-Around Headlamps
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Our AssessmentThis trekker reviews the Black Diamond Spot and Petzl Tikka Plus after extensive real-world use. The article directly compares the two lamps on several factors, including ease of use and comfort. The review is in-depth but purposefully excludes smaller and larger lamps as lacking features or too heavy and cumbersome.
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Rechargeable Headlamp Comparison: Black Diamond Sprinter vs. Petzl Tikka XP Core
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Our AssessmentWilderness Running Company features several gear reviews, including this comparison of the Black Diamond Sprinter and Petzl Tikka XP Core. The review is thorough and based on extensive real-world testing. It covers comfort, battery life and brightness, offering pros and cons for both headlamps.
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Headlamps
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Our AssessmentSeveral headlamps are among the gear reviews at FeedTheHabit.com, a Utah-based backcountry website. Comparative and thorough, the reviews are based on real-world testing. However, it's unclear how particular models were picked for review.
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2013 Reader's Choice Awards: Finalists for Best Headlamp for Hiking
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Our AssessmentAbout.com solicited readers' opinions, for its annual Reader's Choice Awards, to determine the best headlamp for hiking. But there is no accompanying review for each model, and there is no description of how the five models in the readers' poll were chosen.
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The Best Headlamps for Hikers
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Our AssessmentAbout.com hiking guide Lisa Maloney offers this hiking-focused roundup of five headlamps, each with a short review and specs. Though Maloney has first-hand experience with a couple of the models, that doesn't seem to be the case for all of them, and there doesn't seem to be any systematic testing behind the picks.
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Best Headlamp
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Our AssessmentHeadlampZone.com is a specialty headlamp retailer. It offers a list of which headlamps are best for what activities, but recommendations are limited to models the retailer carries. There is also no editorial content for the recommended lamps.
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Dory Devlin: The Mom
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Our AssessmentYahoo! tech columnist Dory Devlin blogs about technology topics from a parent's point of view. Because it is a blog, the site is a little hard to navigate, but the effort is worth it as Devlin is one of the few experts to regularly and recently discuss cell phones for kids. For example, this past September, Devlin reported that the redesigned Firefly mobile phone is more likely to appeal to tweens than a "phone that looks like a baby-kid phone." More recently, she comments on Kajeet's new text messaging capabilities. The site also includes hands-on reviews of the Wherifone and Kajeet. A series of posts -- and reader comments -- on selecting a cell phone for her own teenager is also helpful.
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Tech for Tots
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Our AssessmentThis article reports on various technology products for kids, including the two latest Firefly cell phones -- the glowPhone and the flyPhone. Unfortunately, neither scores particularly well. Sascha Segan says that on the surface, the flyPhone has a lot going for it, including a looks and strong multimedia features. However, that's all undone by call quality that's described as "awful." Though not reviewed, Segan recommends Kajeet instead. The Firefly glowPhone rates a little bit better. However, it is best for younger children and testing reveals that durability might be a problem.
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Cell Phones & Accessories
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Our AssessmentOwner-written reports of the major kids' cell phone options can be found here, though those for Kajeet might take some digging to find. Comments indicate that the Wherifone is easy to use and lightweight. The Firefly glowPhone also gets some nice comments, and users seem to think it is an improvement over the old design. The Firefly flyPhone does even better, and scores perfect grades from user reviewers so far. Among Kajeet phones, the Kajeet Katana II 6650 scores best, although one user complains that it breaks easily.
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Pay-As-You-Go Phones: Kajeet
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Our AssessmentOwners review four Kajeet pay-as-you-go phones here. The Samsung m300 gets the highest marks, followed by the Sanyo Katana. However, other kids' cell phones aren't reviewed and even the Kajeet phones don't get that much feedback.
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Kids' Cell Phones
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Our AssessmentThis Listmania! list compiled by an Amazon.com user posting as "Traveling Girl" is a good jumping-off point to explore the user reviews of kids' cell phones at this site. Among current models, the Wherifone gets the highest marks; users say they like the GPS feature and that the phone is easy to use. Users give Firefly cell phones low marks, citing poor customer service and too many fees. They liked the concept, however.
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Dialed In: Cell Phones for Kids
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Our AssessmentThough outdated, this story does review two kids' cell phones still on the market: the Enfora TicTalk and the Wherify Wherifone. Grace Aquino says these phones are aimed at tweens, and there are parental controls over incoming and outgoing calls. For example, to set up an account for the TicTalk, parents must go to the Enfora website, where they program the phone with numbers for family and friends. The Wherifone comes with GPS. No phones are rated here, however.
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Cellphones That Track the Kids
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Our AssessmentThe New York Times tech guru David Pogue discusses the GPS features now included in kids' phones. Some of the information is now out of date, but two of the products discussed remain available. The Wherifone is targeted to very young customers, he says. And you can program it to speed-dial parents. You can also pinpoint a phone's location. He does note, though, that the phone hisses. Guardian Angel's GPS system is more sophisticated than its rivals, but the service is more expensive. Pogue also notes that you can add tracking services to phones and plans from carriers such as Verizon and Sprint. None of the companies or products are rated or recommended.
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Kajeet: Solution for Tween Cell Phones
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Our AssessmentThis blog post at DisneyFamily.com says that Kajeet seems like a good solution for parents that are uncomfortable giving a conventional cell phone to tweens. The post describes the reasons why giving a tween a cell phone could be a good decision, but why a conventional cell phone can cause parents distress. The writer, a blogger known as ShopandTell, promises to keep readers posted on how well the family's experience with Kajeet works out, and two follow-up posts share some happy details.
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Straight talk on cell phones for children
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports addresses things parents should consider when buying any cell phone for kids, and briefly reviews the previous version of the Firefly cell phone. Though the review here is out of date, it is still worth a read for the advice it shares.
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Cell Phones
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Our AssessmentCNet.com reviews kids' cell phone on occasion, but finding the reports is a nuisance because there is no up-to-date landing page for them and current models are buried among the more than 450 cell phones the site currently lists. Ken German reviews the Wherify Wherifone and gives it good, but not great ratings. However, call quality is good and parental control features are solid. He does find flaws in the GPS performance and calls the design "boring." German covers the Enfora TicTalk and calls it a solid choice for pre-teens despite being confusing to use --at least at first -- and "shaky" audio quality. In an Editors' Take, Nicole Lee says that the Kajeet service is a good option for families.
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Can't Find Little Johnny? Ring His Cell
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Our AssessmentDavid Pogue reviews three kids' cell phones here, but two are now discontinued. The Enfora TicTalk gets a bit of discussion, but not all of it is flattering. His overarching advice is to buy phones that are "ultra-simple, ultra-limited, ultra-rugged and ultra-parent controlled."
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Kids and cell phones
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Our AssessmentDr. Vincent Iannelli, About.com's Guide to Pediatrics, discusses the pros and cons of buying a cell phone for your child. One of the best reasons, he says, is that you can stay in touch with your child at all times. This adds an extra layer of security and safety. One downside is that kids shouldn't be alone anyway, if they're young. Also, cell phones are expensive, he adds, when you add on text messages, web use and other extra charges. Some phones are mentioned, but the information on those is now out of date. (Note that About.com and ConsumerSearch are owned by the same parent company, but are not affiliated editorially.)
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Keeping Tabs on Kids' Phones
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Our AssessmentKatherine Boehret tests Radar, a software application that monitors phone activities. Radar is geared toward parents of eight- to 14-year-olds, she says, and it works well. She especially likes the thorough parental controls. For example, calls from unknown people are automatically unapproved until their status is changed, and you can get mobile alerts that monitor calls via e-mail or text messaging. You can even print out reports. The software isn't rated, though, and it only works on a limited number of phones.
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Flooring: Latest Isn't Greatest
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports offers a very comprehensive look at the most common flooring types. It covers all general types of flooring and gives installation information as well. This is also one of the few sites that compares actual products and recommends brands as well as types of flooring. A subscription is required to view the whole article.
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What Type of Flooring is Right for Me?
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Our AssessmentThis site, from the Lowe's chain of home-improvement stores, offers a thorough look at four basic categories of flooring, including laminate, tile, vinyl and wood. It is written and organized in a very user-friendly format, with lots of pictures and links to products. The information on this site can also be e-mailed, printed or added to a Lowes.com account. In addition, this was the only site we found that could also be viewed in Spanish.
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A Guide to Flooring
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Our AssessmentAlthough not as comprehensive as some of the other sites we looked at, this site offers good info on a variety of basic flooring options. Well-organized and easy to read, this article focuses on the specifics of five basic flooring types, as well as carpet. It also includes a guide to choosing and maintaining floors and a quick reference guide to flooring costs.
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How to buy wood flooring
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Our AssessmentWhich? is the British equivalent of Consumer Reports; this article covers only wood and wood-type floors, but it is very complete in those areas, comparing laminate, engineered wood and real wood options. Different types of wood are compared and tips are offered for purchase and installation. Because this is a UK magazine, measurements and pricing will need to be converted for American and Canadian readers. There's great information here on installation, floor care and maintenance, and a glossary of terms.
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Flooring Ideas for Problem Spots
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Our AssessmentThis site offers info on a variety of flooring options for high-traffic areas. Organized in a quick-read format with photos, it mainly focuses on troublesome flooring areas with high traffic and the pros and cons of basic flooring types in each of these areas. It also offers brief information on less conventional flooring types, such as concrete, cork and bamboo.
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Common Flooring Types
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Our AssessmentEssential Industries is an international manufacturing and marketing organization that produces polymers and resins for floor finishes. Although this site offers a good overview of various tile and stone flooring types, it is clearly a commercial website. Along with very thorough information about the composition and care of certain floors, care products are promoted by name and with product links. The information is valuable, but bias in product recommendations is clearly evident.
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Flooring Type Comparison
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Our AssessmentThis site provides a quick reference, snapshot-type look at what to expect from four basic flooring types. Because the company also markets these flooring options, the information is not without bias, but it does provide good basic information about the durability, care, installation and popularity of tile/marble, vinyl composition tile, sheet vinyl and wood.
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Flooring
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Our AssessmentAlthough this site has a wealth of information, it is very poorly organized. The site is also riddled with commercial advertisements, links and product endorsements, making it a less reliable source of information than other sites we reviewed.
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How-To Guide to Flooring
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Our AssessmentThe information presented on this site is less well-organized than on other sites. Information is drawn from various sources, some commercial, and the amount of detail presented varies from article to article. The articles on hardwood floors and laminate floors are particularly informative.
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A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study Evaluating the Efficacy of an Oral Supplement in Women with Self-Perceived Thinning Hair
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Our AssessmentThis study enrolled healthy women with thinning hair between the ages of 21 and 75 to assess the efficacy of an oral dietary supplement on hair regrowth. Some of the patients were given a placebo. The study concluded, "The daily administration of a proprietary nutritional supplement significantly increased hair growth after 90 and 180 days. Self-perceived improvements after 90 days were increased after 180 days of additional treatment, suggesting continued improvements may occur with ongoing treatment …."
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Women's Hair Loss: Treatment
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Our AssessmentThe American Hair Loss Association provides lots of information about hair loss, its various causes and treatment options. This particular article discusses several treatment options for female pattern hair loss. There is only one FDA-approved treatment for female pattern hair loss (minoxidil 2 percent solution), but this article discusses several common off-label treatments as well.
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The Importance of Dual 5Alpha-Reductase Inhibition in the Treatment of Male Pattern Hair Loss: Results of a Randomized Placebo-Controlled Study of Dutasteride Versus Finasteride
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Our AssessmentDuke University Medical Center studies the effects of dutasteride, in various dosages, on male pattern hair loss. Results are compared to those of finasteride (Propecia) and a placebo on 416 men between the ages of 21 and 45. Results show that dutasteride is an effective treatment for male pattern hair loss and that the 2.5 mg dosage produces more growth than finasteride at both 12 and 25 weeks of use.
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Finasteride, 1 mg Daily Administration on Male Androgenetic Alopecia in Different Age Groups: 10-Year Follow-Up
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Our AssessmentThis 10-year follow-up study assesses the effectiveness of a daily dosage of 1 mg of finasteride in balding men. The scope and length of the study make it a valuable indicator of finasteride's efficacy over time. The majority of the patients maintained or improved the hair growth they achieved in the first year of treatment.
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Finasteride 5 mg/day Treatment of Patterned Hair Loss in Normo-Androgenetic Postmenopausal Women
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Our AssessmentThis study explores the safety and efficacy of finasteride in women, as the drug has yet to receive FDA approval for female patients with AGA. The study lasted 18 months, and researchers took data at six months, 12 months and 18 months. The majority of test subjects displayed significant improvement, and most didn't have any side effects, although older patients were more prone to a negative response to the drug.
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An Open, Randomized, Comparative Study of Oral Finasteride and 5 Percent Topical Minoxidil in Male Androgenetic Alopecia
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Our AssessmentThis study compares the effectiveness of a 5 percent minoxidil topical solution with that of a 1 mg oral dose of finasteride (the active ingredient in Propecia) in treating pattern baldness in men. At the end of the trial, both treatments are judged to be effective with relatively few side effects, but finasteride produced more hair growth over a 12-month period.
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Efficacy of 5 Percent Minoxidil Versus Combined 5 Percent Minoxidil and 0.01 Percent Tretinoin for Male Pattern Hair Loss: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Comparative Clinical Trial
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Our AssessmentThis study, conducted at Seoul National University College of Medicine, compares 5 percent minoxidil therapy applied twice daily, to the combination of 5 percent minoxidil and 0.01 percent tretinoin applied once daily. The study included 31 men, between the ages of 28 and 45, with pattern baldness. Results show that combination therapy is just as effective as traditional therapy. Study length isn't listed.
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A Randomized Clinical Trial of 5 Percent Topical Minoxidil Versus 2 Percent Topical Minoxidil and Placebo in the Treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia in Men
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Our AssessmentA 48-week study conducted at the Duke Dermatopharmacology Study Center compares the effectiveness of 5 percent minoxidil solution to 2 percent minoxidil solution and a placebo. It includes 393 men with pattern baldness. At the end of the trial, the stronger 5 percent solution produced 49 percent more hair growth than the 2 percent solution with placebo. The study also showed that the higher concentration produced results sooner. In addition, the study revealed that irritation occurs more often with the 5 percent concentration, but most participants had no ill effects overall.
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Successful Treatment of Temporal Triangular Alopecia with Topical Minoxidil
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Our AssessmentResearchers successfully treat a girl born with temporal triangular alopecia (TTA) using 3 percent topical minoxidil. They conclude that minoxidil is a suitable solution to TTA; however, researchers note that each time they discontinue treatment the subject's hair loss returns.
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Topical Agents for Hair Growth Promotion
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Our AssessmentThis rigorously researched article discusses the wide array of topical treatments available for androgenetic alopecia, including: minoxidil, prostaglandins, fluridil, ketoconazole, spironolactone, melatonin and estrogen. Minoxidil receives the most attention, and the article cites numerous studies attesting to its efficacy.
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Understanding Hair Transplants
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Our AssessmentThis in-depth article (reviewed by Paul J. McAndrews, MD) discusses the scientific basics of hair transplant surgery and answers some frequently asked questions about transplants and visual considerations. The American Hair Loss Association also details the best candidates for hair transplant surgery. In addition, the website links to helpful articles about how to find a qualified physician.
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Future of Surgical Treatments
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Our AssessmentIn this article, editors of the American Hair Loss Association discuss the anticipated next step for hair-loss surgery: hair cloning. The article delves into a scientific explanation of why the duplication of human hair follicles is so difficult.
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Hair Loss Products
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Our AssessmentAmazon.com posts user reviews along with average user ratings for consumer products, including several hair-loss products. Minoxidil products are reviewed most often and generally receive positive comments. Most complaints are based on the strong odor of the product or the messy application.
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All Regrowth Treatments
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Our AssessmentConsumers can read and post reviews for products sold at Drugstore.com, which include several personal care items. Most of the hair regrowth products listed are only reviewed a few times, if any, but a few of them are reviewed upwards of 15 times and provide some insight into their efficacy.
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6 Best Fixes for Hair Loss
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Our AssessmentIn an effort to clear up which hair-loss remedies actually work, Holly C. Corbett consults Frederick Joyce, MD, founder of Rejuvenate! Med Spa and member of the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. She discusses the effects of good nutrition, Nioxin shampoo, laser light therapy, hair replacement surgery, Propecia, and minoxidil on men with alopecia. Transplant surgery, Propecia and minoxidil are recommended as the most effective options, but Corbett warns of the side effects of each.
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Hair Replacement: Surgical Hair Transplants
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Our AssessmentThis article on surgical hair transplants discusses the types of hair transplant techniques, the best candidates for such a procedure, safety information, questions to ask the surgeon before treatment, and how to find a reputable practitioner.
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Grasping at Strands for Baldness Remedies
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Our AssessmentThree dermatologists discuss hair loss and possible treatments with USA Today. They have differing opinions of HairMax, a laser comb that recently received marketing clearance from the FDA. Doctors say the only proven treatments are Propecia, Rogaine and hair transplant surgery. They agree that the latter treatment is the most effective, but don't usually recommend it as a first choice.
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Laptop Bags
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Our AssessmentLike Amazon.com, eBags.com has a huge number of user-written reviews for laptop cases. We found dozens of bags that have received hundreds of reviews with ratings averaging 4.5 stars or better. We found highly rated bags from designer brands like Kenneth Cole, student-oriented brands like Jansport, and eBags.com's own house brand. However, most of the top-rated bags are not covered in professional sources.
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2013 Guide: 12 Best Laptop Bags for College Students
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Our AssessmentThis slideshow presents 12 laptop backpacks, carrying bags and sleeves that are ideal for college students. However, the choices appear to be based on features rather than on hands-on testing. There's a photo and a brief description for each bag that covers its main selling points. Bags aren't rated, so there's no way to identify the best of the best from this list, but it's a good survey of styles.
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Laptop Bags & Cases
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Our AssessmentA huge number of bags receive hundreds of reviews from users at Amazon.com, including many with overall ratings of 4.5 stars out of 5. Many of the top-rated bags here aren't covered in other sources (possibly because the manufacturers don't provide samples to reviewers), so this is a good place to look for brands you may commonly find in stores but not in reviewers' lineups. Quality of reviews varies, as with all user-review sites.
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Pack Attack: 25 Awesome Laptop Bags That Add Style and Function
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Our AssessmentThis roundup presents 25 "stylish, fashionable, and practical laptop bags" in a range of styles and prices. There's a photo of each bag and a few sentences focusing mostly on design and features. Author Brandon Widder doesn't say anything about his testing methods or his criteria for choosing these 25 bags out of the hundreds on the market. Based on the write-ups, however, they appear to have been selected mostly for their looks.
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Cases & Bags
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Our AssessmentCNET has published fewer than a dozen new reviews of laptop cases or sleeves in the past two years. However, in that time, three bags have received ratings of 4 stars out of 5 or better: one backpack, one messenger bag and one sleeve. Reviews present an up-close look at each bag, including design and features, and include a handy summary of pros and cons.
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Cases & Carrying Gear
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Our AssessmentPCMag.com collects all its reviews of carrying cases and bags here. It's easy to narrow down the category by price, brand and rating, but not, unfortunately, by type. Each hands-on review includes a rating from 1 to 5 stars and a summary of pros and cons covering design, features and performance. Of the 20-plus bags and cases reviewed in the past 18 months, only three have received the Editors' Choice award.
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Best 5 Laptop Cases
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Our AssessmentTwo senior editors at CNET present their top picks for transporting your laptop. Their original five choices have been narrowed down to four, including three backpacks and one messenger bag. The write-ups here are brief, but links take you to the full reviews, which examine design, features and construction in detail. However, most of these reviews are several years old, and one of the recommended products has been discontinued.
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Laptop & Messenger Bags
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Our AssessmentIn two related reviews, OutdoorGearLab.com tests eight messenger bags and six backpacks. Eight testers carry each bag in turn for a week and rate its looks, comfort, construction and features. Each bag receives a star rating and an overall score from 1 to 100. There are detailed reviews for each bag (with videos for some) and a helpful grid sums up the results. Top-ranked bags are named as Editors' Choice, Top Pick or Best Buy.
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Laptop Case Reviews
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Our AssessmentIt's not easy to find reviews of laptop cases on CultOfMac.com. The easiest way to track them down is to search for "bag review" or "case review," and even then you'll get lots of hits for bags that aren't for laptops. However, the few reviews we managed to find are thoughtful and hands-on, covering pros and cons in detail. Only one bag earns a perfect 3-star rating here: the Rickshaw Bagworks Commuter 2.1.
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Favorite Bags
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Our AssessmentFive editors at TheWirecutter.com test around 60 computer bags (selected from a list of hundreds) and list the ones that they say they'd recommend to friends. Unlike most of TheWirecutter.com's reviews, which name a single best product in a category, the reviews of laptop cases delve into the pros and cons of each particular case. Editors discuss durability, features, styling and the most appropriate uses for each bag.
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Best Laptop and Tablet Bags for the Holidays
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Our AssessmentMark Kakkuri of Laptop Magazine offers his picks for laptop and tablet bags that combine "usefulness and good looks." The winners are presented in a slideshow, with a photo and a one-paragraph write-up for each bag. Selected models include backpacks, messenger bags, briefcases and sleeves. However, Kakkuri doesn't describe his testing methods or explain why he chose these particular bags over others.
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Laptop Bags
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Our AssessmentMacworld and its sister site TechHive.com have reviewed about 20 laptop cases over the past 18 months. Reviews are fairly detailed, covering capacity, durability and features, and some of them include video. However, the grading curve here isn't very steep: more than half the bags reviewed earn ratings of at least 4 mice out of a possible 5.
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Circ Saws: The Sidewinders: We field-test 16 new saws for features and performance.
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Our AssessmentAn experienced builder tests 16 corded sidewinder circular saws that cover a wide price range. All the saws prove fast, so comparisons focus on comfort, construction quality, blade changes and blade guards. The Milwaukee 6394-21 circular saw gets top ranking, followed by the DeWalt DW369CSK and Makita 5007MGA, but the circular saws judged worst are also worth noting. Older reviews on this site test eight lithium-ion circular saws, and nine worm-drive or hypoid saws.
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Cutting Class: The Ultimate Saw Test
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Our AssessmentThis review compares eleven sidewinder circular saws, advising that worm-drive and hypoid saws are more powerful but heavier and apt to be unbalanced. Tests here find that all eleven circular saw models cut well, but ratings are more mixed for accuracy and ease of use. Only the Milwaukee 6394 circular saw gets a perfect 5-star rating, and some pro-brand saws get 2-star ratings right along with the budget circular saws. For the best budget choice, editors prefer the Skil 5755-01 to the Ryobi and Black & Decker Firestorm saws, though all three made accuracy difficult.
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Testing Worm Drive Saws
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Our AssessmentThis review compares seven 7.25-inch worm-drive and hypoid circular saws using eight testers led by reviewer Scott Grice, whose 13 years of experience using worm-drive saws gives this review excellent perspective. He notes that worm-drive saws have gotten lighter and easier to use recently, while retaining their advantages over sidewinder circular saws. Each saw is rated for five factors, and then given an overall rating. The 16-pound Skil MAG SHD77M is top rated.
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18v Cordless Combo Kits
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Our AssessmentThis review is basically just a summary of the same information published in Taunton's 2007 Tool Guide, which in turn was based on tests published in the Dec. 2005 issue of Fine Homebuilding. A later in-depth review of the Makita LXT cordless tools in the May, 2006 issue of Fine Homebuilding concludes that the Makita LXT circular saw would have taken first or second place had it been reviewed alongside the other tools, and an August 2005 review praises the Milwaukee V28 lithium-powered circular saw as capable of replacing a corded model. Both are left out of the 2008 Tool Guide.
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Circular Saws
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Our AssessmentThis review of 26 circular saws ranks them based on objective tests of cutting speed, power, and (for cordless saws) battery stamina - plus ratings of construction quality and ease of use. Cordless tool combo kits are reviewed separately here, but haven't been tested since December 2004.
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Tool Test: Sidewinder Circ Saws
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Our AssessmentThis review compares eight pro-level 7.25-inch sidewinder circular saws for cutting framing and trim lumber. Tests show all eight have plenty of power, so the main comparison is for ergonomics, quick braking, and bevel capacity. The top-rated circular saw is the Bosch CS20 (though it lacks a brake), followed by the DeWalt 369CSK (praised for its balance) and the Milwaukee 6394-21 (like the 6394-20 but with a brake). The Ridgid R3200 gets some attention as a budget choice. Earlier roundup reviews at this site test worm-drive saws and cordless saws.
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Tool Review: Worm Drive Circular Saws
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Our AssessmentThis review compares five worm-drive circular saws based on jobsite use by a construction crew. The Bosch cord system comes in for heavy criticism here, since after only two weeks of use, the male end burned up inside the handle. Separate reviews at this site evaluate the Milwaukee V28 lithium and the DeWalt 36-volt cordless combo kits, both of which include circular saws.
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7.25" Circular Saws
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Our AssessmentWe'd rank this comparison review higher if it were more recent, since testing is well documented. The editors of Wood Magazine rate eight 7.25-inch sidewinder circular saws. Well documented testing is performed on each, in addition to a month of actual use. The Milwaukee 6390-21 is top rated for straight tracking, power and handling. The DeWalt DW369 is the runner up. It is slightly less powerful, but offers convenient bevel stops at 22.5 and 45 degrees. Porter-Cable gets high marks for dust control.
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Best New Tools
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Our AssessmentThis brief review of the Ridgid Fuego circular saw praises its light eight-pound weight and overall efficiency, plus the way the blower keeps the cutting line clear.
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Buying Advice - Cordless Drills for Women
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Our AssessmentThis informal comparison review is based on field tests with three female employees at Toolbarn, looking for cordless power tools with good ergonomics for people with smaller hands and less upper-body strength. Although the review focuses on cordless drills, it also recommends a Makita lithium-powered cordless tool kit that includes a circular saw. Another review here praises the Festool TS 55 EQ circular saw for its plunge-cutting ability.
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New Products: Makita's 18-volt LXT Lithium-ion Circular Saw
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Our AssessmentThis review by tool expert Mark Clements covers the 18-volt Makita BSS610 cordless circular saw. A separate review at the same site praises the Ridgid R3210 worm-drive circular saw for minimal twisting at startup, smooth cutting, and good balance. The reviewer also likes the R3210's built-in hook for hanging the tool on rafters, and long pliable cord with lighted plug. Blade-changing requires an Allen key rather than a wrench, but the key is stored onboard.
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Circular Saws - Reviews
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Our AssessmentA professional team of builders reports on its use of nine 7.25-inch saws on job sites for two weeks. The left-bladed Porter-Cable 743K (now the 423MAG) is rated best for sightlines, balance and handling. The right-handed Porter-Cable is testers' second choice only because of reduced visibility. As in another work-crew review, some members prefer the Hitachi C7BD (now the C7SB2) for its lightweight comfort. The DeWalt DW378G hypoid saw is praised for ease of handling.
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Ridgid R922 18v Cordless Combo Pack
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Our AssessmentPhil Bumbalough reviews the five-piece 18-volt Ridgid R922 cordless combo kit, which includes a circular saw. The circular saw is convenient but lacks the power of a corded saw, running at about half the rpms. The main strength of this set is the outstanding battery and charger system. In a related review, Bumbalough tests the Festool ATF55e saw (now the Festool TS 55 EQ) and guide rail system. On plywood and melamine, it cuts very accurately, with no tear out. He concludes that for a cabinetmaker, this saw can save a lot of finishing operations.
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Power Tools
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Our AssessmentThis review recommends corded sidewinder circular saws in three price ranges, plus one cordless circular saw. Though brief descriptions give reasons for each choice, it's not clear that any comparison testing or even actual use was done. The recommendations are part of a larger article not only reviewing portable power tools, but also summarizing recent developments with cordless batteries, including pros and cons for "dual-platform" tools that can use both lithium-ion and NiCad batteries.
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Circular Saws, Cordless Combo Kits
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Our AssessmentOwners review and rate circular saws and cordless combo kits sold here, ranging over most major brands. Most circular saws get positive reviews, but a few top the list, and a few get noticeably low average ratings -- the Bosch CS20, for example. Fewer cordless combo kits are reviewed here, but Makita LXT and DeWalt kits get the highest ratings.
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Circular Saws and Cordless Combo Kits
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Our AssessmentThe Home Depot publishes owner-written reviews and ratings of the circular saws sold here, but so few brands are sold that the ratings aren't of much value for comparisons. Overall, though, cordless circular saws get lower ratings than corded models, and the top-rated circular saws are the worm-drive or hypoid type. A separate section of the site publishes reviews and ratings of cordless combo kits that include circular saws, but only a few kits have accumulated reviews.
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Circular Saws, Cordless Combo Kits
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Our AssessmentLowes publishes owners' ratings of power tools sold here, including ratings for features, quality, value, ease of use and design -- as well as an overall rating. Model choices are limited, which also limits the value of the comparative ratings, but it's interesting to note that owners rate the Hitachi C7SB2 higher than two more expensive DeWalt circular saws. Not surprisingly, Firestorm and Skil budget saws rank at the bottom. Cordless combo kits are listed separately.
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Circular Saws and Cordless Combo Kits
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Our AssessmentSears publishes owner-written reviews and ratings of the circular saws and cordless tool kits sold here, but only a few models have accumulated enough reviews to make the average ratings significant.
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Circular Saws
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Our AssessmentNorthern Tool sells fewer circular saws than some of the other retailers that publish owner-written reviews and ratings, but several models do get enough reviews to make the average ratings credible. Reviewers are also asked whether or not they'd recommend the saw to a friend, and reviews are often written by professionals who give the saws heavy use.
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Power Saws
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Our AssessmentConsumer Guide publishes single-product reviews of nearly twenty power saws, with numeric ratings and useful details, but only a handful of these are circular saws, and there aren't enough comparisons of close competitors to make the reviews very useful.
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Tool Reviews: Power Tools -- Circular Saws
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Our AssessmentBased on his own informal tests and workshop use, woodworker Tom Hintz offers detailed, well-illustrated reviews of five circular saws, but without any rating or rankings. Most reviews are enthusiastic, noting only minor drawbacks. We'd rank these reviews higher if they were more critical.
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Top 5 Input Devices
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Our AssessmentUnder the "Top Products" portion of ComputerShopper.com, the site lists the five "best" keyboards. An out-of-10 rating is listed for each. Not all of the reviews are original to Computer Shopper, however; some originate from CNet.com, their previous owner. As a result, the reviews themselves are inconsistent; ComputerShopper's original reviews tend to be short and not nearly as comprehensive as those from other sites. It's also unclear how Computer Shopper editors can accurately rank the top five keyboards when they themselves have not tested all five models. Though the chart and ratings are useful, this is not a true head-to-head.
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Fax Machines
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Our AssessmentAmazon.com is a great source of user reviews for fax machines. The site is easy to navigate, and the number of reviews a fax machine has received is listed right on the main landing page. We also like the handy box that compares the most helpful positive and critical reviews. Many fax machines get considerable feedback here, but not all of them are current models.
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Fax Machines
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Our AssessmentAbout a dozen fax machines are sold at Staples.com, and a few of these have reviews from 100 or more users. The fax machine reviews themselves are generally brief, but most include a list of pros and cons and a bottom-line recommendation. The site helpfully sums up the most frequently cited pros and cons and the best uses for each fax machine, making it easy to take in the consensus of user opinions at a glance.
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Fax Machines
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Our AssessmentWalmart.com does not have a separate category for fax machines, and a search for "fax machines" turns up mostly listings for all-in-one printers. However, we found a few dedicated fax machines with reviews from 25 users or more. Reviews are generally short and include ratings for value, print quality, ease of use and how well the fax machine met the user's expectations.
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Faxes & Copiers
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Our AssessmentLots of fax machines are listed at PriceGrabber.com, but as at Amazon.com, not all are current models and not all have reviews from users. Only a few fax machines receive more than a dozen reviews, and most of those are discontinued. The write-ups here are about on a par with those at other user-opinion sites, listing strengths, weaknesses and an overall rating.
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Fax Machines
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Our AssessmentOnly 10 fax machines are available for sale at OfficeMax.com, and only seven have received any comments from buyers. However, three of those receive strong overall ratings from at least 30 users. The site's summary of pros and cons for each fax machine is useful, but navigation is a nuisance, as you need to click through to each product to see whether a rating is based on one review or dozens.
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Fax Machines and Copiers
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Our AssessmentNewegg.com is a retailer specializing in computer and technology products. Although fax machines don't get a lot of reviews here, many of the reviews are from users with a higher-than-average level of technical knowledge. The site lets you sort products by number of reviews as well as overall rating, making it easy to find the top-rated products.
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Canon FaxPhone L190
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Our AssessmentPCMag.com provides the only professional review we've found for a current dedicated fax machine. However, Tony Hoffman's review casts the Canon FaxPhone L190 in the role of an all-in-one printer with robust fax capabilities. Though it's not impressive in that light, Hoffman says that the FaxPhone L190 is "worth consideration as a moderately priced multifunction printer (MFP), especially if you fax a lot and want to integrate a phone and (optional) answering machine."
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Fax Machines/Copiers
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Our AssessmentBestBuy.com sells relatively few fax machines, and fewer still draw a significant number of reviews -- though there is helpful feedback for at least one model, the Brother FAX-575. Reviews are mostly short but include ratings for print quality, features, speed and value, as well as an overall rating and a yes-or-no recommendation.
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Fax Machines
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Our AssessmentThough we sometimes take user reviews at manufacturers' sites with a grain of salt, the reviews on Brother's U.S. site do not appear to be censored and are surprisingly unbiased. While most of the fax reviews are positive (the site uses a star system), they mirror the ratings and comments on other sites and include critiques of customer service and product performance. Of course, only ratings for Brother fax machines are listed.
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We Review Five Nontraditional Cat Litters
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Our AssessmentCaroline Golon writes at Catster.com, a website geared toward feline aficionados, where she recommends five types of cat litter that she calls "some of the more unique offerings on the market." Analysis here is fairly brief -- just a paragraph or two for each listing -- though opinions are based on Golon's personal experience. Pros and cons are easily identified, and there are lots of pictures, though there isn't much discussion of cost or economy.
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The Litter Box from Your Cat's Point of View
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Our AssessmentAside from a wealth of information on the do's and don'ts of cat ownership, veterinarian Lisa A. Pierson recommends two brands of cat litter: the biodegradable World's Best Cat Litter and the clay clumping Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra. Analysis here is in-depth and based on years of real-world use. It's worth noting that Pierson does not like many of the other popular cat litters on the market, including Feline Pine and SWheat Scoop.
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The Best Cat Litter
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Our AssessmentPet blogger Daniela Caride compares eight cat litters, giving each a letter grade and brief review. Fresh Step earns the lowest score, where Caride derides clay-based cat litters for their alleged health concerns. Earning top scores of Excellent are World's Best Cat Litter and Feline Pine Pellets. A comparative chart at the end of the write-up makes it easy to compare each product by specific attributes.
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Litter
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Our AssessmentThere are a reasonable amount of user reviews of cat litter at Amazon.com. Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra earns the lion's share of favorable reviews, with an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 from more than 1,200 owners. Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Attract, Just the Crystals Premium and Feline Pine also earn much praise. Feedback here is generally informative, and some user reviews go into great detail.
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Litter
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Our AssessmentPetSmart.com sells the major brands of cat litter, many of which receive lots of feedback from owners. Among the highest-rated cat litters are World's Best Cat Litter, Feline Pine, Fresh Step and Tidy Cats, as well as products from Dr. Elsey's. Feedback here is much briefer than what's often found at Amazon.com, but more brands generate a significant number of reviews.
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Litter & Accessories
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Our AssessmentPetco is another big-box pet retailer. As with PetSmart.com, lots of cat owners leave reviews of products, including cat litter. Comments aren't extensive, but still give a good indication of owner and cat satisfaction. Dr. Elsey's cat litters, including Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract and Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra, are identified as Top Rated.
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Litter Center
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Our AssessmentRetailer Walmart.com carries the more mainstream varieties of cat litter, though many products have amassed a large number of user reviews -- some well into the thousands. Owner feedback is generally cursory, especially compared to user reviews at Amazon.com, but star ratings as well as separate sub-ratings for marks like Value makes this a solid companion source.
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Road Test: It's Nothing to Sniff At
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Our AssessmentStephen Treffinger commissions four cat owners to test five different brands of non-clay, natural cat litters on their own cats; he also conducts his own tests without cats, using various substitutes for "feline output." While recommendations here aren't as clear as they could be, this article discusses the pros and cons of each cat litter in detail, which an emphasis on odor control and ease of cleanup.
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Your Whole Pet: Digging Deep into the Cat Litter Question
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Our AssessmentIn this thorough article, Christie Keith discusses various types of cat litters and makes some recommendations. She says World's Best Cat Litter is the best clumping non-clay litter, though it's expensive. Feline Pine is also recommended, with the caveat that some cats don't like its texture. Among supermarket brands, Scoop Away and Arm & Hammer earn praise. It's unclear how many of these picks were subjected to testing, however.
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Alternatives to Clumping Clay Kitty Litters
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Our AssessmentMarina Michaels takes a particularly hardline stance against clumping clay cat litters, citing ostensible environmental and health concerns. Here, Michaels goes into great detail about non-clumping alternatives. This article hasn't been updated of late, but as of 2010, she recommends CareFresh and Yesterday's News as excellent non-clumping choices. Among non-clay but still clumping litters, Feline Pine, SWheat Scoop and World's Best Cat Litter earn nods.
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Natural Cat Litter Comparison -- Part 2
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Our AssessmentModern Cat is a blog that provides reviews of pet products along with useful information for cat owners. In this follow-up comparison test (the first part of the roundup is available through a link at the beginning of the article), writer Kate Benjamin tests three natural cat litters: PaPurr Scoop, SWheat Scoop (she recommends the Multi-Cat Strength variety) and Feline Pine Clumping. The pros and cons of each litter are discussed in adequate detail.
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Hello, Kitty: the Scoop on Newfangled Cat Litter
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Our AssessmentWriter Kelly Alexander tests four different cat litters on her cat, Izzy, comparing the results in a three-page write-up for Slate.com. She concludes that clumping Scoop Away offers the "overall best combination of price and convenience," and laments crystal cat litter, saying it's much too expensive. This test is fun and reasonably informative. Though the article is more than a decade old, the cat litters tested here are still readily available.
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The Best Cat Litter
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Our AssessmentIn this older but still relevant article, five different brands of cat litter are tested, using the author's own cat as the guinea pig. King dislikes the dust created by Tidy Cats clay (not to mention the fact that the cat tracked it all over the house), and is suspicious of the sodium bentonite used in the Arm & Hammer clumping litter. King's top choice is Feline Pine, which King likes because it is flushable, biodegradable, sweet smelling and low on dust.
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Cat Litter Choices
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Our AssessmentFranny Syufy is About.com's guide to cats. Although she has good things to say about all the cat litters here, Syufy personally endorses World's Best Cat Litter. She does admit it's relatively expensive, but says it's "virtually dust-free." It's also one of the few cat litters listed that get a link to a separate review.
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Best Smartphones
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Our AssessmentCNET maintains a list of its highest-rated smartphones with continual updates. Top-rated smartphones receiving excellent ratings include the Blackberry Bold and Nokia E71. The touch-screen Samsung Omnia is praised for its ability to provide a better experience than the Blackberry Storm, while the improved HTC Touch Diamond (Sprint) and Palm Centro are recommended for first-time smartphone buyers.
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10 Recommended Smart Phones
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Our AssessmentLaptop Magazine ranks its top smartphone based on in-depth reviews. Though all receive above-average scores, only the BlackBerry Bold nabs an Editors' Choice award. Other highly recommended devices include the Samsung Impression, BlackBerry Curve 8900, HTC Fuze and Samsung Omnia. In addition to this and other roundups, Laptop Magazine publishes numerous single-phone reviews.
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The Top Smartphones by OS
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Our AssessmentIn this roundup, phones running three of the most popular operating systems -- BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile -- are reviewed and rated. Editors determine the best-functioning smartphones in each category, with the BlackBerry Curve and Nokia E71 taking top honors for BlackBerry and Symbian, respectively, while the HTC Touch Pro and Palm Treo Pro are the winners for Windows Mobile. The Apple and Android systems are not covered, since they appear on only the Apple iPhone 3G and T-Mobile G1, respectively. Likewise, editors skip the dated Palm OS, although the Palm Centro is recommended as an entry-level choice, and the forthcoming Palm Pre receives positive buzz.
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Battle of the Touch-Screen Smartphones
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Our AssessmentIn this roundup of rival touch-screen smartphones, Jamie Lendino provides a brief market overview and a comparative list of top-rated devices. Full reviews reveal the strengths and weaknesses of each, including touch-screen user interface, multimedia functionality, web browsing and call quality. While the iPhone remains the market leader for overall multimedia functionality and applications, the Samsung Omnia and T-Mobile G1 come in a close second.
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Top 10 Cell Phones
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Our AssessmentPC World tests and reviews smartphone design, features, performance and pricing. Each device is rated and ranked on a 100-point scale with the top 10 making the final cut. The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 receives the highest rating and earns a Best Buy designation; other devices earning good ratings include the Motorola Motozine ZN5, Samsung Omnia, BlackBerry 8320, T-Mobile G1 and Apple iPhone 3G.
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Smartphone Reviews
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Our AssessmentInfoSyncWorld.com provides a plethora of detailed standalone reviews of smartphones, covering everything from design, call quality and messaging to productivity, multimedia functionality and network support. The devices are tested, evaluated and ranked by score. The Nokia N95 8GB, BlackBerry Storm 9530 and Nokia N95 rank as the highest-scoring smartphones.
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Smart Phone Ratings
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports rigorously tests 21 smartphones according to key performance factors, including call quality, ease of use, operating system and functionality. The recommended choices take into account overall ratings as well as unique features and price. Rankings are sorted by score as well as three device categories: office-like tasks, multimedia use and compactness.
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Smartphone Reviews
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Our AssessmentArranged by operating system, these detailed reviews include photos, benchmark tests results for each device's computational power and individual ratings. Test results are compared to those of similar smartphones, offering an easy way to see where a particular smartphone shines and where it falls short. The Editor's Choice smartphones for 2008 include the Apple iPhone 3G and BlackBerry Bold.
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Smart Phones for Everyone
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Our AssessmentThe iPhone's huge success "has raised the bar among smartphone makers," says Jeff Bertolucci. In this round-up, he briefly reviews the Samsung Omnia, T-Mobile G1 and BlackBerry Bold, noting how each device stacks up compared to the rival iPhone. The Omnia isn't as slick or seamless but provides a respectable alternative for Verizon customers. Even though the T-Mobile G1 has a good Android interface, it falls short in applications, and the sleek BlackBerry Bold offers an excellent choice for users who prefer a QWERTY keyboard.
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For iPhone, the 'New' Is Relative
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Our AssessmentThe New York Times technology columnist David Pogue reports on the new Apple iPhone 3G. Though impressed with some of the improvements, he sees few compelling reasons for original iPhone owners to switch, especially since the upgraded iPhone 2.0 software is available for free. Otherwise, call quality is improved and net browsing is speedier.
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Newer, Faster, Cheaper iPhone 3G
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Our AssessmentWalter Mossberg spends two weeks with the Apple iPhone 3G and says that "it mostly keeps its promises." However, the battery life is shorter, and although the phone itself costs less, the monthly fees are much higher.
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In Depth Phone Reviews
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Our AssessmentIn addition to being one of the top sites for user reviews, PhoneScoop.com offers write-ups, video tours and product comparison charts. Links to other sites include niche phones and mobile industry news, as well as gadgets and technology.
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Product Reviews: Mobile Phones
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Our AssessmentAlthough fewer in number and shorter in length than reviews at other tech publications, these write-ups focus on key smartphone performance factors and don't mince words when products fall short of the mark.
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Smartphones and PDAs
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Our AssessmentAmazon.com offers plenty of owner-written comments for smartphones, but like all consumer-written sites, the review quality varies greatly. In addition, user experience with a particular carrier can influence the reviews. The AT&T Tilt, BlackBerry Curve 8320, BlackBerry Storm and Palm Centro receive more than 100 reviews each, helping to establish a more reliable average product rating.
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2008 Business Wireless Smartphone Customer Satisfaction Study
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Our AssessmentThis survey polls 1,388 owners about their smartphones from six manufacturers -- Apple, HTC, Motorola, Palm, BlackBerry and Samsung. Overall satisfaction is determined by four key elements: ease of operation, operating system, physical design and handset features. Apple receives the highest marks, with the exception of its battery, and it earns a 2008 customer satisfaction award . Blackberry and Samsung tie for second, while Palm lands in last place with a below-average rating. Individual models are not reviewed or ranked.
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Energy-drink reviews
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Our Assessment"EnergyGuru" is a Harvard Business School-trained entrepreneur whose original goal was to review every energy drink made with taurine, an amino sulfonic acid added to many energy drinks in the hope of increasing energy. However, his current goal appears to be to review every energy drink. More than 1,000 energy drinks are reviewed here. A top-10 list of best-tasting drinks includes BooKoo Berry, Hype and Joker, while a best buzz list includes BooKoo Citrus, Diesel and Hansens Deuce. On the list for worst-tasting are El Popo, Emerge and Fixx. This is one of the few sites that lists sugar-free drinks and all-natural energy drinks, with a listing of close to 100 of each type. Drinks are reviewed, but none are given numerical ratings. There are no ads on this site -- another plus.
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Energy-drink reviews
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Our AssessmentThis blog site offers reviews of almost 250 energy drinks with ratings for taste and kick, as well as overall ratings. There are currently nine winners for best taste, including Monster Java Chai Hai, Full Throttle Coffee Mocha, and Rip It A'tomic Pom. Picks for best kick include Cocaine Energy Drink, Jack Herer 420 Hemp Energy Infusion and Rockstar Roasted Mocha. Eight drinks are awarded the title of worst tasting and include varieties from Rockstar and Starbucks.
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Pure Energy: A Critical Look at Energy Drinks
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Our AssessmentAn editor of this video-game review blog dedicates a page to energy drinks after taste testing 13 brands in his home one weekend, allowing several hours in between each drink. He provides descriptions, a little history here and there, and grades each drink on a scale of one to 10 for taste and buzz. In the end, he gives Savage Energy a perfect score for taste, and Cocaine wins for the "biggest jolt." His all-round winner, with an average score of eight between the two categories, is Monster Energy.
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Energy Drink Heaven
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Our AssessmentEnergy drink bloggers Nolan and Nick provide quick, concise reviews of around 450 energy drinks and rate each for buzz and taste. Although they don't include comparisons or a list of their favorites (or least favorites), their site is fairly new -- they started collecting energy drinks in the summer of 2008, making theirs one of the most current review sites we found. Nolan or Nick are also available to answer your energy drink questions in the chat room located on their blog home page.
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Energy-drink reviews
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Our AssessmentDan Mayer is a software engineer and energy drink fan. Over five years, he has reviewed over 400 formulas. Ratings are based on taste, energy and "mixability," and drinks are ranked on a scale of one to 10. Unfortunately, as of May 2008, Dan is no longer updating this site, and the link to his list of the all-time best energy drinks no longer works. However, his March 2008 list of top ten best energy drinks can still be found under the Energy Reviews tab on the site. Orange Tangerine Jeff Gordon 24 Energy, Go Fast Energy Drink and Monster KHAOS are his top three. His past reviews are also still available.
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Drink Reviews
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Our AssessmentThe "Energy Drink Guru," who doesn't give away any hints to his identity, is an aficionado who has sampled almost 100 energy drinks. Each energy drink review is a paragraph or two long, and features a photo of the can along with the reviewer's opinion of the drink, which is mostly based on taste. Nothing is ranked, however, and without any background information on the site's author, credibility is a question mark. Still, the short reviews are fairly critical, and useful if taste is your priority.
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Energy-drink reviews
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Our AssessmentThis energy drink review website, created by Phillip Chacon, features user reviews of over 300 energy drinks. Currently, top-rated drinks with more than one review include Monster Irish Cream, Rockstar Punched and Crunk!!!. Drinks are rated on a 10-point scale for taste, aroma, aftertaste, packaging and whether the reviewer would be a repeat buyer. The numerical ranking is also translated into a five-star rating. Most drinks have only one or two user reviews, however.
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Beverage Reviews
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Our AssessmentBevNet.com is a beverage-oriented media company that reviews non-alcoholic beverages and provides information about the beverage industry. The site features reviews of more than 3,600 beverages including energy drinks, with a BevNet review and a rating of one to five stars. There is also a section for user reviews of each beverage. Bawls Guarana is rated as the best energy drink of 2008 and Upstart UpShot is the Best Energy Shot.
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Energy Drinks: Behind the Buzz
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Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org compares 12 carbonated energy drinks according to caffeine level, taste, calories per 8-ounce serving, cost and types of stimulants. All the most popular drinks are listed from lowest to highest caffeine content, though none are ranked. The 8-ounce serving information can be misleading, since most of these beverages come packaged in larger sizes. Consumer Reports' conclusion is that an occasional energy drink is okay for most individuals, but overindulging isn't a good idea.
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Energy Drinks
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Our AssessmentMore than 100 energy drinks are rated by users on this site, with five stars being the highest score. This is an opinion-based ranking system, and some energy drinks that have few reviews may appear higher or lower on the list than energy drinks that are more heavily reviewed. Red Bull, XS, 5-Hour Energy and Monster receive the most user reviews (over 100 each), and all place in the top 20.
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Best of Energy 2008 - Best Energy Drink
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Our Assessment"Big Red Boots" blogs about caffeine for Examiner.com. After sampling 250 caffeinated energy products over the past year, he names Spike Shotgun as the Best Energy Drink, Cocaine Energy Drink as the Best Tasting Energy Drink, and Redline Rush as the Strongest Energy Drink. Stay Alert Energy is the Best Buzz and Nutrition Shot. "Big Red Boots" has also posted reviews of about 300 energy drinks, as well as several articles, including his thoughts on "Energy Drinks for your Teen." He also writes for the blog PossessedbyCaffeine.com.
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Energy-drink reviews
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Our AssessmentBlogger Troy at EdJunkie.com reviews 200 energy drinks. He shows a picture of each can and discusses the packaging, slogan, taste, kick, ingredients, and web presence of each drink, then recaps by giving each category a letter grade of A to F. He's a tough grader; few drinks get above a grade of B in any category. He doesn't compare the drinks or post a "best of" list, so you have to click on each product to find out what he thinks of it.
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Booster Shot: How Well Do Those Energy Drinks Work?
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Our AssessmentSam Eifling samples eight of the most popular energy drinks and gives opinions based on taste, how they affect his mental state and how they make his body feel. Pepsi's Mountain Dew Amp energy drink is not recommended, and Full Throttle Energy by Coca-Cola doesn't supply much energy. Rockstar Energy Cola is the only one that offers him "that feeling of physical exuberance you expect from an energy drink." However, this flavor has now been discontinued following Rockstar's distribution deals with Coca-Cola and now Pepsi.
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Just Browsing: Opening 13 Cans of Whoop
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Our AssessmentThis review is older but still relevant, since many of the sampled energy drinks are still available. William Grimes focuses mainly on taste in this article, and he doesn't even try for a controlled test -- he downed several energy drinks one after another. But the focus on flavor is interesting and the article itself is very fun to read. SoBe Adrenaline Rush is his favorite: "Of all the carbonated energy drinks, this is the only one I could imagine drinking in the morning. It's like a nonalcoholic mimosa." (Note that ConsumerSearch is part of The New York Times Company, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
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Caffeine Content of Drinks
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Our AssessmentThis website, run by several caffeine-loving hobbyists, features a shorter database of over 240 drinks and a longer database of over 450 drinks, listing the total caffeine content and mg per ounce of caffeine in popular soft drinks and energy drinks. This is a real help, since the Food and Drug Administration does not require energy drink manufacturers to list the caffeine content on energy drink labels. There are also reviews of several energy drinks.
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Energy Drinks
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Our AssessmentAmazon.com is an online retailer that invites users to share their opinions of products they have bought. Amazon.com currently lists more than 200 types of energy drinks, though many have received few, if any, user reviews. Red Bull Energy Drink has received mostly positive reviews, with the few negative reviews aimed more at Amazon.com's high price than at the drink itself. Rockstar Juiced Energy Drink Plus Guava receives more reviews than most, with a large number of reviewers saying this is the best-tasting energy drink, in their opinion. Guru 100% Natural energy drinks also fare well here. Many more reviews can be found at Amazon.com by searching for "energy drinks" in other sections, especially Health & Personal Care.
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What's the Buzz about Energy Drinks?
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Our AssessmentExperts don't have too many kind words to say about energy drinks here: many energy drinks just don't live up to the claims their manufacturers make, containing high-tech sounding ingredients that are of no health value. Their conclusion: it's better to think of these drinks as sugar-caffeine cocktails and drink them sparingly.
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Zip! 5-Hour Energy Packs a Punch
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Our AssessmentHealth editor Melissa Dahl puts 5-Hour Energy drink to the test by personally trying it after dinner on a Friday night, as well as the next morning while moving into her new apartment. She finds that 5-Hour does provide a gradual boost of energy with no jittery feelings and no crash later. She likes that it only has four calories and no sugar, but she decides that she'll follow the advice of nutritionists and only turn to energy drinks occasionally. She doesn't test any other energy drinks for this review, however.
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The Buzz over Energy Drinks
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Our AssessmentAllison Aubrey reports on the wider consumption of energy drinks in the last few years, particularly by the teen market. She asks a toxicology professor to test 10 well-known brands for caffeine levels, and finds that a 16-ounce can of SoBe No Fear contains almost five times the amount of caffeine as in a can of Coca-Cola or Pepsi. Caffeine researchers say the amount of caffeine in a single can of these energy drinks is not alarming, but experts say that teens are often unaware of just how much caffeine they're consuming in these products.
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U.S. Overtakes Thailand in Energy Drinks Consumption Says New Report
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Our AssessmentThis summary of a longer study, available for purchase from Report Buyer, reports that Thailand, originator of the energy drinks concept, still leads in consumption per person. However, the U.S. now has the highest total volume sales, driven by the top five brands: Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar, Full Throttle and SoBe No Fear.
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Energy Drinks
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Our AssessmentThis article gives a brief history of energy drinks in the U.S., discusses ingredients such as caffeine and taurine and talks about problems that may occur when using energy drinks while exercising. A brief list of energy drinks is included, but they are not ranked or reviewed. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
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Pressing Acai for Answers
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Our AssessmentThis article covers the controversy surrounding acai, a purple berry from the Brazilian rain forest that is occasionally used in energy drinks. This "superfood" has been touted as a weight loss aid, body detoxification aid, and even as a wrinkle remover, with little or no scientific evidence to back up the claims. Consumers are warned to watch out for scams from companies offering risk-free trials of acai weight loss products. Some of these companies continue to send products and bill customers who fail to cancel within the trial period. This article is relevant because this ingredient now appears in so many energy-drink brands. (Note that ConsumerSearch is part of The New York Times Company, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
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Razors
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Our AssessmentIn this extensive report, the U.K.'s Which? magazine compares six men's cartridge-based and disposable razors with 48 testers and over 700 shaves. The top finisher is the Gillette Fusion Power Phenom, which "gives an exceptionally close shave." Reports show that it outperforms all other tested razors on durability and closeness of shave. This is one of the few reviews that comes down in favor of the battery-powered Fusion rather than the manual version of the razor.
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Men's Razor Review
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Our AssessmentIn this undated review, the staff of this Australian men's site rates and reviews seven razor brands. The top finisher is the Gillette Mach3 Turbo, "arguably still the best cartridge razor on the market, in terms of comfort, performance, ease of use and value for money." The Bic Classic Sensitive finishes last for its "really tough, irritating and unenjoyable shave," and the Schick Quattro razor doesn't do much better.
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Blade Runner: Putting the Putting the Best Shaving Supplies (At Any Budget) to the Test
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Our AssessmentHunter R. Slaton tries four types of razors: disposable, cartridge, safety and straight razors. It's clear he tested each of these personally, but the comparisons are more about the types of razors; he doesn't test multiple models of the same type. Though he admits straight razors and safety razors have an elegant and nostalgic appeal, the five-bladed Gillette Fusion manual razor is best for its "impossible-to-screw-up" and nick-free shave, even though he doesn't like the looks of the handle design. The Bic Comfort 3 Advance is chosen in the disposable category. He says the Bic is inexpensive and effective, but must be used slowly to avoid cuts.
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The Power of Fusion?
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Our AssessmentConsumer Reports recruits 26 men to test Gillette's claim that their five-blade Fusion Razor "helps reduce pressure for less irritation and more comfort." Men compared either the manual or battery-powered Fusion with their regular shavers, then were asked whether they would switch. Most were ambivalent. The report doesn't indicate what the tester's regular razors were, but does note the high-priced drawback of the Fusion compared to the tester's usual products.
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Gillette vs. Schick: Firefighter Shave-Off
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Our AssessmentNaomi Aoki asks six firefighters to shave one half of their faces with the Gillette Mach3, and the other half with the Schick Quattro razor. Five out of the six men say they'll stick with the Mach3, while one prefers the four-bladed Schick Quattro. No other razors are rated.
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Shave Reviews Razors
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Our AssessmentShaveReview.com's editors compile descriptions of various razors and shaving products. The site gives pros and cons of each razor based on individual preference. Most of the discussion revolves around the five-bladed Fusion, the four-bladed Schick Quattro and the three-bladed Mach3. The Mach3 is said to have the "best blade" even though the reviewer says he still likes the Fusion. Reviews of the Schick Quattro Titanium favor the design and the price, but say the razor's best suited for fine hair.
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Testing Out the Five-Blade Razor
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Our AssessmentWhile on the phone with a Gillette executive, Steve Inskeep shaves half his face with the Gillette Fusion and the other half with the Schick Quattro. He says that the side shaved with the Fusion feels a little bit smoother. This review is more revealing for the comments of the Gillette exec, who claims it's a scientific fact that a five-blade razor shaves closer than a four-blade razor.
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A Blade Too Far
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Our AssessmentDan Beucke buys a Gillette Fusion razor shortly after its debut (total cost: $40, including eight replacement cartridges) and compares it to his old Trac II. His conclusion: "The Fusion side is definitely smoother." But because of the high cost of the Fusion's cartridges, he ultimately decides to stick with the Trac II.
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Becoming Un-Gorilla: Finding the Best Razor for Body Shaving
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Our AssessmentIn this amusing article, an anonymous reviewer compares the Gillette Mach3, Gillette Venus and Schick Quattro for their effectiveness in removing body and facial hair. He says the Venus did better than the Mach3 in certain areas (like the armpits), but the Mach3 offers a closer, more comfortable shave. He says the Schick Quattro is virtually impossible to cut yourself with, but downgrades it because it won't fit in a Razorba, a long handle designed for back shaving.
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Gillette Fusion vs. Schick Quattro Titanium Product Review
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Our AssessmentBlogger Kaytii Angel compares how the Schick Quattro Titanium fares against the Gillette Fusion when shaving her legs. Angel concludes that the appearances were too close to determine a difference, but ultimately prefers the Gillette Fusion for its flexible blades when shaving around knees. Her husband also says the Fusion is the smoother of the two.
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Head to Head: Gillette Fusion vs. Mach3
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Our AssessmentIn yet another comparison test complete with photographs, this blogger compares the three-blade Gillette Mach3 razor to the five-blade Fusion. He says the Fusion's ergonomics take some getting used to, and he's not convinced that the price is worth it, but it does, in fact, give a closer shave than the Mach3 (a conclusion shared by his wife).
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Battle of the Vibrating Cartridge Systems
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Our AssessmentIn this in-depth essay complete with photographs, shaving enthusiast "Joel" compares two vibrating cartridge razors: the Schick Quattro Titanium Power and Gillette Fusion Power. After using each razor for two weeks straight (with a variety of shaving creams and lotions), he's not impressed with either one, saying they only gave a "superb" shave the first two or three times. If "pressed, his preference goes to the Fusion as a bit more forgiving and easier to use, while the Schick shaved closer, with more irritation. He recommends buying the non-powered versions.
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The Razor Wars: My Razor's Bigger than Yours
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Our AssessmentLuofei Deng compares the five-blade Gillette Fusion with the four-blade Schick Quattro razor. He says the Fusion provides a closer shave, and also points out that it's more flexible, since its hinge is at the bottom of the cartridge (the Quattro is hinged in the middle). He concludes, though, that "neither of these razors provides the quantum leap forward in shaving that came with the Mach3. In fact, if you own a Mach3 (or any of its variants), you do not have much reason to go out and get either of these razors."
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Cartridge-Head Razors: An Evaluation
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Our AssessmentReviewer "Sasquatch" (who says he's grown and shaved off three beards since he was 14) compares the Gillette Mach3, Schick Extreme3 and Schick Quattro Titanium razors. He rates the Mach3 as offering the most consistently clean shaves and the longest shelf life, and also says there are quality-control issues with Schick refills, claiming one in four are below par.
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Gillette Fusion Manual Razor
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Our AssessmentAbout 85 owners weigh in on the five-blade Gillette Fusion razor, giving it an average rating of 3.5 out of five stars. As you might expect, some users rave about this product, while a substantial minority are disappointed. We also found many unfavorable comparisons here to the three-blade Gillette Mach3. The battery-powered version of the Fusion is also reviewed here, with pretty much the same comments.
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Chapter 7, Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails, Safety
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Our Assessment"Baby Bargains," a comprehensive book by Denise and Alan Fields, reviews baby gear and common baby brands. The authors cover a wide variety of safety and baby proofing essentials. They recommend three gates for specific purposes in the home, but they don't offer the same comprehensive brand coverage that they do in other gear categories.
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The Best Safety Gates
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Our AssessmentEditors of BabyCenter.com round up their six favorite safety gates, based on parent reviews from the BabyCenter.com blog and from other reviews on the web, as well as the editors' own experiences as parents. Each pick in the article receives a brief write up detailing its merits. Each item also includes a "what to watch out for" section that details potential issues with the product.
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11 Best Baby Health and Safety Products
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Our AssessmentKelly Geddes recommends 11 top choices for baby proofing, including baby gates, outlet covers, baby care items and window guards. There is no comparison among products, but the reviews offer an assessment of key benefits to the products selected. Three baby gates are included, which are recommended for specific areas of the home.
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Baby Gates
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Our AssessmentAmazon.com is an outstanding source of current consumer reviews of safety gates. Many products covered in this report get more than 100 reviews that provide lots of information about the day-to-day functioning of the item. Amazon.com reviews also shed light on the different ways that consumers are using the products.
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Baby Gates
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Our AssessmentLike Amazon.com, Target.com offers a wealth of consumer information about customers' real-world experience with products. Generally, fewer people post feedback on Target.com, but the information given here is often as detailed and as informative as in Amazon.com reviews.
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Baby Gates Reviews
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Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com attracts consumers from across the web who want to write about products that they are using in their homes. The Buzzillions.com site uses a rating system, similar to Amazon.com and Target.com, and it also collects and presents feedback on product performance features, such as durability, ease of use, and quality of construction.
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Baby Gates
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Our AssessmentViewpoints.com is another site dedicated to consumer feedback on products. A number of consumers post reviews here and rate products. Similar to other consumer reviews sites, the feedback on Viewpoints.com offers insight into the day-to-day use of covered products, as well as anecdotal information about how well the products function.
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The Baby Gizmo Baby Proofing Guide
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Our AssessmentChristina Holt covers baby proofing from most angles of the house, including how to get started, how to protect floor and lower areas, how to protect against poisonous plants, how to protect furniture and how and where to install baby gates. Holt recommends a selection of gates that she has used in her own home. She does not provide any detailed comparison of the gates included, but she mentions one or two of the specific details she likes about each gate.
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Top 4 Safety Gates
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Our AssessmentThis retailer website puts baby gates through "exhaustive testing" in order to recommend the best buys. Much general buying information and advice can be found on this site, and the editors provide specific recommendations for various household areas, such as irregular openings and hallways. A selection tool is also available that allows visitors to input the type of gate needed, area it will be used in, material and approximate opening size to narrow recommendations to products that meet specific needs.
522.
The Best Baby-Proofing Products
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Our AssessmentKelly A. Smith is a child safety expert and author of "Mommy Can Do It: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Baby-Proofing." Smith's blog offers advice on child safety and baby proofing. She also recommends various products, along with a few key details about each item. In this roundup, Smith recommends six baby gates.
523.
Running Bras
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Our AssessmentTwo testers evaluate 20 sports bras during high-impact workouts including running, stairs, riding, skiing and yoga. They assign ratings for comfort, fit, mobility, functionality, support, breathability and value. Reviews are very thorough and comparative, noting pros and cons for every bra.
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25 Sports Bras That Will Change Your Life: All Sizes
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Our AssessmentThis roundup of 25 sports bras picks the best in several categories, including best for running, most versatile and best yoga bra. It's based on the findings of a dozen testers, who put more than 70 bras through a variety of workouts. The reviews are short but thorough, and each includes pros and cons.
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Best of the Test: Sports Bras
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Our AssessmentEditors pick eight sports bras after testing 39 for comfort, durability and support. A winner and runner-up is chosen in the following categories: A-B cup, C-D cup, DD-E cup and F-H cup. Though the Good Housekeeping Research Institute has a reputation for balanced, thorough testing, the accompanying blurbs focus only on positives.
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The Best Sports Bras for Every Size
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Our AssessmentEditors take the recommendations of their bra guru -- a professor of sports science and sports bra expert for Champion -- as the basis for this roundup of 10 bras in a range of sizes. The bras were also put through real-life testing. However, the short reviews are uniformly positive.
527.
Sports Bras
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Our AssessmentAs one of the largest online retailers in the U.S. with a long-standing tradition of collecting user reviews, Amazon.com offers a wealth of user feedback on popular sports bras, including nearly all of those covered in this report. Reviews are useful both for anecdotal information about bras and for gathering consensus about a bra's overall support, comfort and style.
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Best Sports Bras for Large-Chested Runners
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Our AssessmentChristine Luff, About.com's running expert, picks five sports bras for this roundup. Two have more thorough reviews, but three have relatively short reviews that don't include any cons. It's unclear how the bras were chosen for the roundup, though Luff does reference bra testers.
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Bras
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Our AssessmentAthleta.com, a sports apparel retailer owned by Gap Inc., publishes owner reviews of its own sports bras as well as those of some other popular models it sells. Bras are rated on a 5-star scale, with specific ratings for size, support, coverage and activity level. The information provides a helpful snapshot, but reviews generally aren't as detailed as those found on Amazon.com.
530.
Sports Bra Reviews: How to Pick the Right Model for Your Body
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Our AssessmentStaffers representing a range of sizes test 17 popular sports bras, noting bells and whistles and specific activities for each bra, with a What It's For recommendation. Testers provide short but thorough reviews with pros and cons.
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12 Bras Face Our Intense Test
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Our AssessmentEditors test a dozen sports bras, detailing features and comfort level, with additional notes ranging from sex appeal to ease of getting a bra on or off. Testers also note whether they would buy each bra again. The reviews provide a fairly unbiased snapshot, though they could be more thorough.
532.
The Newest, Must-Have Sports Bra for Big-Busted Girls
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Our AssessmentSelf magazine includes a number of thorough product reviews for fitness gear, such as this one for the Victoria's Secret Incredible sports bra. This thorough review is based on real-world testing and notes both pros and cons.
533.
Best Sports Bras for Runners
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Our AssessmentThis roundup of 21 sports bras is based on road- and trail-running tests of 41 models with 55 women. It makes picks in the following categories: best for A/B, best for C/D and best for DD+. The best-rated bras in each category get a brief review, while six honorable mentions have short pro-and-con listings. Most information is uniformly positive, however.
534.
How to Choose the Best Sports Bra for You
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Our AssessmentThis roundup of five sports bras is based on testing of "dozens of the newest" styles, making picks in the following categories: most flattering, most supportive, most sweat resistant, most comfortable and most natural. The short reviews often note both pros and cons, but aren't very thorough.
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Sports Bras
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Our AssessmentLululemon, a high-end athletics-apparel retailer, sells a variety of sports bras. Their website includes owner reviews that rate each style on a 5-star scale. Owners also comment on fit and support and note other likes and dislikes. Reviews are unbiased, but often short.
536.
Bras
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Our AssessmentSports gear retailer Adidas sells a wide range of sports bras. Reviewers rate each bra on a 5-star scale; they also rate fit, length and quality on a sliding scale. While reviews are honest, they tend to be quite brief, especially compared to those found on Amazon.com.
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Sport Bras
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Our AssessmentLingerie retailer Victoria's Secret sells a wide range of sports bras. Bras are rated on a 5-star scale, with a specific rating for whether the bra is true to size. The information provides a helpful snapshot, but reviews generally aren't as detailed as those found on Amazon.com.
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15 Editor-Tested and Approved Sports Bras for Every Activity
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Our AssessmentThis roundup picks 15 sports bras in the following categories: best low-impact, best medium-impact, best high-impact, and best built-in bra tank. Picks are based on real-world testing in a variety of workouts. Short blurbs note positives and negatives.
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Best Sports Bra
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Our AssessmentBestcovery.com makes five picks for the best sports bra category. The short reviews are informative, but are not comparative. Most do note cons for each bra, however. The product-guide expert chooses top picks, and runners-up are based on user reviews from around the web.
540.
Best Sports Bras
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Our AssessmentChanel Parks condenses rankings from Rank & Style into her own roundup of five sports bras. Each has a short blurb noting distinctive features, but it doesn't appear that there was firsthand testing, and no cons are noted.
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The Best Sports Bras for Every Body Type
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Our AssessmentTesters worked out with 30 sports bras and whittled their picks to 10 bras in the following categories: best for A-B cups, best for C cups and best for D+ cups. The recommendations are accompanied by very short blurbs that are uniformly positive, however.
542.
The Best Travel Mug Today
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Our AssessmentReviewers test six stainless-steel travel mugs for temperature retention, leaks, durability, ease of use and ease of cleaning. The article is thorough and comparative, noting pros and cons for each mug. Testers place the most importance on temperature retention and ease of use.
543.
Travel Coffee (and Tea) Mugs Tested
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Our AssessmentThe Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests 28 travel mugs, both plastic and stainless steel, on an array of factors: temperature retention; vulnerability to leaks and spills; stain and odor retention; ease of cleaning; and ease of use. Reviews note both pros and cons but do not compare mugs.
544.
A Mug for the Morning Drug: Coffee-Container Torture Test
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Our AssessmentEditors test six travel mugs for volume, temperature retention, spillage and durability in both drop and drive-away testing. They also test for ease of use. The reviews are thorough and comparative, offering a bottom line for each. The mugs are all stainless steel, except for one glass model.
545.
Travel Mugs
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Our AssessmentEditors rate seven stainless-steel travel mugs on a 3-star scale for heat retention, leak prevention and the "sipping" and "handling" done by a typical commuter. Short reviews note both pros and cons but do not compare mugs. Tests and reviews are heavily slanted toward the needs of car commuters.
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The 5 Best Travel Coffee Mugs
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Our AssessmentMartinowich briefly reviews five top mugs based on expert and owner picks. His reviews are thorough, noting both pros and cons, but not comparative. He also offers readers a comparison of stainless-steel and plastic travel mugs, as well as tips on usage and spills.
547.
Travel Mugs
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Our AssessmentAmazon.com is one of the best resources for real-world reviews of travel mugs. Reviews are often quite detailed and evenhanded. Prospective buyers should read carefully, since reviewers sometimes wrongly fault a product for bad experiences with a seller or shipping. Readers should also beware of older reviews, which might discuss an older version of a product with flaws that have been addressed.
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Travel Mugs
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Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com is another helpful owner-review product site. Reviews are not quite as detailed, but a helpful feature tallies each listed pro and con so prospective buyers don't have to comb through every review quite as thoroughly. The site includes reviews from popular merchants such as Drugstore.com and Cooking.com.
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Tea Accessories
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Our AssessmentTea aficionados rate products including the JoeMo TC Tea on a 1- to 5-star scale at this specialty tea shop's website. Reviews are honest and focus more on the mug's tea capabilities than other sites' owner reviews.
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10 Spill-Proof Travel Mugs
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Our AssessmentThe authors pick 10 travel mugs for this best-of roundup. Each mug gets a short review that focuses on its most distinctive characteristic. The authors do not include cons for a particular product. It's also unclear how the mugs were chosen and whether there was any testing.
551.
Review: Adobe Photoshop CS6 and the "Creative Cloud"
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Our AssessmentArsTechnica.com is a well-regarded technology news and review site that keeps up with the latest developments in image-editing software. It's essentially a blog, so finding specific information can be tricky, but when you search and find reviews, they are detailed with an in-depth review of features. Products are not formally rated, and they do not name their favorite software. Adobe Photoshop CS6 was comprehensively tested and highly praised.
552.
Photoshop Elements 11 & Premiere Elements 11 Review
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Our AssessmentDigitalCameraReview.com is a leading source for digital-camera news, product reviews and emerging trends. Not all popular programs are reviewed consistently, but the reviews out there are robust, and products are tested empirically and include detailed information about the tests. Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 was rated quite favorably, specifically for its overall improvement in speed and performance from version 10 to version 11.
553.
Software Reviews
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Our AssessmentExpert Reviews is a U.K.-based site that publishes lengthy technology reviews with ratings. Editors hand out Ultimate Buy (Adobe Photoshop CS6) and Best Buy (Adobe Lightroom 5 and Photoshop Elements 11) awards for the very best products. Xara Photo & Graphic Designer is one of the higher-ranked products, though still unable to match the peerless CS6.
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Software
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Our AssessmentPC Pro is a technology website based in the U.K. They review a variety of products, including latest versions of popular photo-editing software. Reviews cover performance, features and design, value, and ease of use. The top products, which include Adobe Lightroom 5 and Photoshop Elements 11, are put on the PC Pro Recommended A-list. DxO Optics Pro 8, Picasa and GIMP score well but don't make the recommended list.
555.
Photo Editing
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Our AssessmentPCMag.com is the best source for reviews of photo-editing software, providing long and detailed reviews. Top products are honored with an Editors' Choice award, which is given to Adobe Photoshop CS6, Photoshop Elements 11 and GIMP 2.6.1. Other favorably reviewed software suites include Adobe Lightroom, Apple iLife '11 and Snapseed.
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 11
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Our AssessmentTopTenReviews.com rates 10 photo-editing software programs for beginner to semi-professional use with separate reviews and a comparison chart. Ratings are based on ease of use, importing, editing, organizing and sharing. Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 is awarded the 2013 Gold and Excellence awards. Other higher-rated products reviewed are Adobe Lightroom 4, Corel PaintShop Pro X5 and Apple Aperture 3.3.
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Software & Apps
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Our AssessmentCNET reviews products from top to bottom. Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop Elements 11 are both rated as Spectacular while Photoshop Lightroom 5 is rated Excellent, though the reviewer says it might not be enough for Lightroom 4 users to upgrade, particularly for Mac users still on Snow Leopard operating system. GIMP is also highly rated by both users and editors.
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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Review: A Useful, if not Radical, Upgrade
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Our AssessmentAs the name suggests, Computerworld focuses on computers and technology but sprinkles in some software news and reviews from time to time, including its review of Adobe Lightroom 5 beta version. The author tested and reviewed new features, and felt that the upgrade to Lightroom 4 was a must, but while there are many robust features in Lightroom 5, an upgrade is a nice-to-have, but not essential.
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Adobe Photoshop CS6 Hands-On Review
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Our AssessmentCreative Bloq is an offshoot of well-regarded TechRadar.com and focuses on graphic design, illustration and web design. Editors give Adobe Photoshop CS6 a verdict of 10 out of 10 and provide a full play-by-play review of Photoshop CS6's newest features and abilities.
560.
Lightroom 5 Review
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Our AssessmentDigital Arts is a blog and website meant to serve as inspiration and instruction for digital creatives. Its product reviews are intensive, helpful and straightforward. Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Lightroom 5 get raves for their new features.
561.
Adobe Lightroom 5 Beta Review
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Our AssessmentDigital Camera World is an online blog and digital camera news site that provides reviews, news and tips about digital photography. Its reviews are detailed and easy to understand. The author evaluates the new features of the Adobe Lightroom 5 beta, including the interface, the Advanced Healing Brush, Upright, Radial Gradient tools, Smart Preview, Video slideshow sharing and photo books. Lightroom 5 scores favorably, as does Photoshop Elements 11 and Corel PaintShop Pro X5.
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Adobe Ships Lightroom 5 with Smart Previews, Perspective Correction; Camera Raw and DNG Converter Updated Too
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Our AssessmentImaging Resource is one of the largest photo news and review sites on the web. In-depth reviews are backed by exhaustive tests. This particular article is not a full review, just a preview of the new features of Adobe Lightroom 5.
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Review
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Our AssessmentITProPortal.com is a U.K.-based technology website directed at both professionals and consumers. Editors gather, summarize and analyze the latest tech developments, drilling down to the vital elements that impact users the most. Its reviews are detailed and products are tested independently. Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 is the top-rated photo-editing software program.
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Photography Software
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Our AssessmentMacworld looks at photo-editing software from a Mac perspective. Coverage can be spotty, with some outdated reports, but Macworld does provide information about lesser-known image-editing utilities that don't see much coverage by other sources. Reviews are detailed, illustrated, and include ratings, and pros and cons. Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop Elements 11 were the most highly rated products. An older review of Adobe Lightroom and a review of upstart Snapseed are also positive.
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Adobe Lightroom 5 vs. Photoshop CC
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Our AssessmentBilled as the "independent magazine for Nikon photographers," N-Photo magazine provides some coverage of software developments, including Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and Lightroom 5, both of which are rated highly. Reviews include a rundown of new features and usability with no direct comparisons or independent testing.
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Online Dating Site Reviews
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Our AssessmentEditors of NextAdvisor.com give thorough reviews of the good and the bad of eight dating sites. Reviews are helpful as they include input from both a male and female editor. Chemistry.com and its parent, Match.com, both get a perfect 5 hearts for ease of use and good matching systems. EHarmony.com isn't far behind with 4 hearts for its more scientific matching process geared toward serious relationships.
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Summary of the 2012 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards
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Our AssessmentEditors of DatingSitesReviews.com provide overviews, pros and cons, and fees for more than 50 online dating sites. Match.com is the top overall pick by editors and users in the paid dating site category. EHarmony.com is rated the best match system by editors, and it comes in second with users. Editors prefer OkCupid.com in the free dating site category.
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Top Online Dating Sites
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Our AssessmentDating guide Bonny Albo reviews eight top dating sites and, in a separate article, eight free dating sites (although three of the websites appear in both articles). There are also many individual reviews of both general and niche dating sites. Though mostly descriptive, Albo does rate the sites and highlights special features and shortcomings. OkCupid.com receives the highest rating of 5 stars for its generous features, all for free.
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2013 Online Dating Comparisons
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Our AssessmentThe most useful feature about TopTenReviews.com is a comparison chart that lets you quickly size up features offered by 10 dating sites. Individual write-ups include a more detailed discussion of features. It appears that the reviewer actually tested each site by filling out the profile and clicking around. Match.com gets a Gold Award for its large user base, while eHarmony.com gets a Silver Award for its detailed matching system. A good matching system and the ability to search profiles earn PerfectMatch.com the Bronze Award.
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Untitled
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Our AssessmentThe (male) testers of Best-Dating-Sites-Guide carried out trials of online dating sites in five different cities using different demographics. They kept track of all emails sent and received, the suitability of the matches they were sent and details of how many dates they set up. The full reviews of the dating sites are from 2012.
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2013 iDate Awards
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Our AssessmentThis industry conference solicited votes from site visitors (likely mostly industry professionals) on their favorite dating site in 11 categories. You have to view the YouTube video to see who the winners are. We don't, however, know how many votes were cast. OkCupid.com is named the Best Dating Site, while Grindr.com wins for best mobile dating site. ChristianConnection.co.uk wins the best niche dating site award.
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Online Dating for Nerds: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Postings
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Our AssessmentEditors of PC World try out seven dating websites, four for "geeks" and three non-niche sites. A "his take/her take" approach, as with NextAdvisor.com's reviews, gives two different perspectives on each site. Reviews identify target audience, pricing and "geek suitability." Editors don't express preferences, but OkCupid.com gets the most positive review, with Alex Wawro stating that it "blows Match.com out of the water in every meaningful way."
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Shopping for Love
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Our AssessmentEditors review four dating websites, though one site has changed names and is either in beta or inactive. Write-ups are extremely brief, with a short description and a "don't miss" section. The article also mentions four "speed dating" services without giving details on why they were chosen. Editors approve of Chemistry.com's periodic "free communication weekends," where nonpaying members can send messages to potential matches for free.
574.
The Best Online Dating Site for You
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Our AssessmentEditors of this news and reviews site cover four popular paid online dating sites and mention two free ones (after receiving pressure to include them from readers). There are no picks or ratings, but each review includes a description and pricing, identifies the target audience and has a "Why We Like the Website" section. Some comparisons are also made. Match.com is praised for its large user base and user-friendly interface. While this article was updated at the end of 2011, the original reviews are a few years old.
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Archive for Online Dating Services
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Our Assessment"Brad" (no last name given) writes a blog with useful information on online dating. His reviews clearly reflect knowledge from a user's point of view. There are, however, only a handful reviews, but he goes into detail on what he likes and doesn't like about each service. He praises eHarmony.com for its structured, serious approach. Although he gives a nod of approval to OkCupid.com, he warns that members there don't take dating as seriously.
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Cost Comparison: Internet Dating Sites
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Our AssessmentReal Simple magazine compares the costs, number of users per month and registration time for four of the most popular dating sites and includes a brief pros and cons list. Evaluation appears to be based on a superficial examination, and data is out of date. PlentyOfFish.com and Match.com are praised for ease of use, but editors complain about eHarmony.com's expense.
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Dating Website Reviews
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Our AssessmentMost dating websites have accumulated only a handful of reviews, but Match.com, eHarmony.com, OkCupid.com and PlentyOfFish.com have more than 40 each. These websites receive mixed reviews, with overall ratings of about 40 percent. OkCupid.com receives a higher overall rating of 75 percent. The rich features and free status are a hit with users, but they warn that the site is filled with scammers.
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Online Dating Review
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Our AssessmentThis is essentially a user review on video, but what makes Marilyn Winfield stand out from other user reviewers is that she rates multiple services (four), compares them and offers a relatively balanced evaluation, especially for women. DateHookup.com gets the highest rating because it's free, and "there are a lot of really nice people there" after weeding out those who aren't serious. She had negative experiences with Zoosk.com, which she feels is over-priced for what it offers.
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Dating Service Reviews
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Our AssessmentJason Tudor reviews 10 active online dating sites in the United States, one in the U.K., one in Canada and one for Christians. Reviews include a rating, basic demographics (which may be outdated), pricing and a fairly detailed description with some evaluation that shows he actually used the sites. Match.com gets 4.5 out of 5 stars for its large user base, privacy when communicating and good support for beginning online daters.
580.
Top Online Dating Sites
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Our AssessmentThough clearly affiliate driven, the eight reviews on this site include useful descriptive information and a pros and cons list that shows the reviewers actually used the sites. The value of their rating system is questionable, since 50 percent get 5 stars and 50 percent get 4 stars. Match.com gets a perfect score for its large user base and ease of use, though it's ad-heavy. PerfectMatch.com also gets a perfect score for its reputability, despite the long sign-up process and high price.
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Top Rated Dating Sites
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Our AssessmentThis is a forum for users to write reviews about dating sites and rate them on a 5-star scale. User review averages are typically extremely low, so they're more useful for spotting negative trends about long-term use of a dating site. Lavalife.com is rated the highest, but most reviews are old and it gets a fraction of the reviews (more than 180), that eHarmony.com and Match.com (both more than 2,200 reviews) do.
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Best Popcorn Poppers
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Our AssessmentThe Good Housekeeping Research Institute tested five popcorn models and graded them on a scale of A to F. The Presto PowerPop garnered the highest grade, a B-plus and was commended for its usability and flavorful popcorn. It also gained points for its durable plastic bowl and see-through lid.
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Microwave Popcorn Poppers
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Our AssessmentThe editors tested four all-plastic popcorn poppers, evaluating for taste and user friendliness. Items are rated "recommended," "recommended with reservations" and "not recommended." One recommended model, the Back to Basics Popcorn Popper, has since been discontinued.
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Pop Off: What's the Best Popcorn Popper?
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Our AssessmentThough it's an older review, this test of six popcorn poppers still offers valuable feedback. The author tested three models that used hot air and three that cooked the popcorn in oil. She evaluated each using three criteria: popability, usability and taste. The Presto PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper and the Whirley Pop stovetop popper received the highest scores. But in the end, the Presto PopLite edged out the Whirley Pop because it was inexpensive, efficient and produced tasty popcorn.
585.
Popcorn Poppers
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Our AssessmentVivian Jao tested five different poppers for Rachael Ray's magazine and briefly outlines the pros and cons of each. However, she does not disclose her methodology. Jao commends the Nordic Ware Microwave Popcorn Popper for being compact and having a sturdy bowl, but says that the bowl gets very hot and its opaqueness makes monitoring difficult. The Presto PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper is speedy, easy to clean and has a large capacity, but it has no on/off switch and is not dishwasher-safe.
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Good Product: West Bend Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper
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Our AssessmentChris Phillips reviews the West Bend 6 Qt. Stir Crazy Corn Popper, praising the "stir crazy" arm that keeps the kernels popping and prevents them from burning. Phillips advises users not to use the well at the top to melt the butter since it's very messy. No other popcorn poppers are featured in the short article.
587.
Best Sellers in Popcorn Poppers
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Our AssessmentAmazon.com has thousands of consumer reviews for microwave, hot air and stovetop popcorn poppers. Its reviews are helpful because owners rate the poppers on a five-star scale and provide a real-life perspective and troubleshooting tips on the units. Many users also own more than one type of popper and provide comparisons.
588.
Popcorn Popper Reviews
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Our AssessmentViewpoints.com contains hundreds of reviews on various poppers. Owners individually score each popper on performance, settings/features, ease of cleaning, ease of use and durability, and then the website assigns the popper a score out of 100. The reviews contain personal experience, advice and troubleshooting tips.
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Popcorn Poppers
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Our AssessmentWalmart.com consumers have posted hundreds of reviews on its website. Owners grade each product on a five-star scale and rate each on value, meets expectations, features, durability and appearance. They also state how long they've owned the popper and how often they use it.
590.
Popcorn Makers Reviews
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Our AssessmentBestBuy.com sells several popcorn makers, but not all of them have plentiful reviews. Owners rate the product on value for price, durability and usefulness and provide a one-sentence summary explaining what is great about the popper and what is not great about it. Most users then provide a short explanation.
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Popcorn Poppers
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Our AssessmentBedBathandBeyond.com sells 17 popcorn makers but only two, the Presto Orville Redenbacher's Hot Air Popper and Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper, had a substantial number of user comments. Most reviews are fairly short.
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Compare Finance Software
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Our AssessmentThe editor of this site, who gives only his first name, is a businessman who details his search for the best personal finance software. He reviews both online and desktop software, ranking 22 applications. You Need A Budget 3 is the top-rated accounting software application, and Chance says he uses it to track his own family's finances. Another desktop application, MoneyWell, built for Apple users, ranks fourth; most of the other top-ranked products are online programs. The site has full reviews of both YNAB 3 and MoneyWell.
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Personal Finance Software for Mac
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Our AssessmentIn their review of personal finances software for Mac computers, the editors of CNET award iBank 4.5 stars out of 5, and give Quicken Essentials 3.5 stars. They position iBank as "money management for individuals and small businesses" and Quicken Essentials as "personal finance and budgeting software."
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Personal Finance Software Comparison
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Our AssessmentThis chart compares five financial programs. Desktop accounting software Quicken 2012, Moneydance 2011 and You Need A Budget 3 get the highest rating: 8.5 out of 10. Full reviews of many financial programs, including these, appear elsewhere on this site. Despite the site's name, FinanceSoftwareStore.com doesn't sell software. Instead, they have agreements as affiliates with many of the manufacturers and also keep track of special offers or discounts.
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2012 Best Personal Finance Software Comparisons and Reviews
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Our AssessmentThe editors of TopTenReviews.com cover 10 personal finance software products. Each gets a thorough review, and a side-by-side chart makes it easy to compare them. AceMoney 4.16, Quicken Starter Edition 2011 and YNAB 3 rank first, second and third, The review notes that Quicken Starter Edition does not work on Macintosh computers.
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2012 Mac Personal Finance Software Product Comparisons
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Our AssessmentThe top three personal finance software products in this 2012 review of products for the Mac are different from those selected in the roundup of Windows finance software. In addition, the reviews f each product take a slightly different tack. In addition to TopTenReviews' Gold medal, Money 4 wins their award of excellence.
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Personal Finance Software Reviews
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Our AssessmentUser contributors to Amazon.com are quite detailed about what they like and don't like about personal finance software programs. You Need a Budget 3 receives an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in more than 200 user reviews, while Quicken products receive only around 2.5 stars out of 5.
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8 Free Personal Finance Software Options
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Our AssessmentIn this review, Shelley Elmblad lists both desktop personal finance software and online applications. AceMoney Lite tops her list, while Money Sunset Deluxe is a replacement for Microsoft's Money line of software.
599.
The Best 8 Windows Personal Finance Software
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Our AssessmentQuicken tops Elmblad's list of personal finance software for Windows, in part due to its longevity, and despite there being no free trial of the product. Moneydance and AceMoney both have free trials as well as uncluttered interfaces.
600.
iBank
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Our AssessmentIn this individual review of iBank personal finance software, Batters awards it 4 out of 5 mice. He highlights that iBank easily imports Quicken data and has an innovative web download feature, unlike that found in other personal finance software.
601.
You Need a Budget for Mac
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Our AssessmentWilhide awards 4 mice out of a possible five to You Need a Budget 3, and recommends it for Mac users. Calling it "lightweight and easy to use", he highlights that the use of it can as people's financial needs evolve. He also praises its selection of financial reports.
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Money Tasks Made Easy
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Our AssessmentThis article recommends You Need A Budget Pro (now You Need A Budget 4) for those who "need extra motivation to achieve financial discipline." YNAB encourages users to stick to certain budgeting principles and helps them establish and stay within a budget.
603.
Intuit Software
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Our AssessmentArar recommends Quicken Premier 2011 and awards it 4.5 out of 5 stars. She says that its setup is easier than ever, and it now supports more financial institutions than Quicken 2010, and makes linking to those intuitions easier. Quicken Premier is good for managing investments and helping with analysis at tax time.
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You Need A Budget 3 Review
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Our AssessmentShelley Elmblad likes the fact that You Need A Budget 3 not only allows users to set up and manage a budget, but also teaches them how to pay off debts and save money. It comes with bonus spreadsheets for paying off debts, estimating income taxes, analyzing mortgages, planning for retirement and managing car maintenance. This accounting software costs $60, but updates are free. This thorough review can help consumers decide whether YNAB 3 might offer what they're looking for. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
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Moneydance 2010 Adds New Graphs and Reports
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Our AssessmentThis brief review focuses on the improvements and features offered by Moneydance 2010, including capital gains reporting, as well as new options for filtering reports and graphs. The application can also download transactions and merge them automatically. Other improvements include enhanced automatic categorization of downloaded transactions, and language support for English, German, French, Spanish and Norwegian.
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Moneydance 2010 for Mac Arrives; Another Personal Finance Alternative
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Our AssessmentThis fairly brief review outlines Moneydance 2010's features. Reviewer Steven Sande asks readers what personal finance software they use on their Macs, and more than 50 people respond. Their comments are worth reading if you're a Mac user and wonder what desktop personal accounting software would best suit your needs.
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GnuCash 2.3.3
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Our AssessmentCNET editors give GnuCash a score of 4 out of 5, saying, "Although users with a solid grasp of financial management basics will get the most from this freeware program, GnuCash proved to be a capable tool for personal and small business accounting."
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AceMoney Lite
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Our AssessmentAceMoney Lite is an open-source application that earns a score of 4.5 out of 5 in this review. The editors like the "eye-friendly interface that is also fairly intuitive to use," but note that you can manage only one account at a time. They write, "AceMoney Lite rivals well known… financial management programs in function and style." There are no ads to distract the user, either, they add.
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SplashMoney Desktop Personal Finance Software Review
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Our AssessmentAbout.com's guide to financial software offers a detailed review of SplashMoney's desktop software, giving it a rating of 4 out of 5. She says SplashMoney is best suited for those who want a simple, easy-to-use software program and don't want advanced features like investment tracking or retirement planning. SplashMoney does "a great job with managing financial accounts, designing and tracking a budget and getting basic financial reporting," syncing with mobile versions for most handheld devices, Elmblad says. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
610.
Laser Printers
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Our AssessmentPCMag.com is a prolific reviewer of color laser printers. The reviews are balanced, comparative and thorough. Detailed benchmark results show comparative speeds. Each printer is rated, and top performers are granted an Editors' Choice award.
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Laser Printer Reviews
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Our AssessmentComputerShopper.com has reviewed plenty of color laser printers recently, with detailed analysis that covers areas like design, features and performance. Hands-on testing is done for output quality of text, graphics and photos. All printers get an overall star rating. The best models earn Editors' Choice awards, and others are rated as Good for Business, Good for Families, etc.
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Printer Reviews
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Our AssessmentPC World thoroughly tests printers and gives each one a star rating. Individual reviews sometimes compare models, too. There's a Top 10 Color Laser Printers list, but it's outdated, so it's better to look at the latest reviews.
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Colour Laser Printer Reviews
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Our AssessmentU.K. website PC Advisor borrows some content from sister publication PC World, but also produces a number of color laser printer reviews of its own. The write-ups are short and offer little direct comparison, but each color laser printer is assigned an overall rating and subcategory ratings. Build quality is a subcategory -- an important buying consideration that's rarely addressed in reviews from other sources. Not all reviewed color laser printers are available in the U.S.
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Printers
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Our AssessmentBritish magazine PC Pro reviews color laser printers with about the same frequency as other computer magazines. The reviews are comparative, and the best models earn a Recommended rating. However, the tests are not comprehensive and are minimally documented. Not all models are available in the U.S.
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Printer Reviews
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Our AssessmentU.K. website TrustedReviews.com is another prolific reviewer of printers, though not all of the color laser printers covered here are available in the U.S. Printers are reviewed individually and rated on a 10-point scale. Testing is limited, however, and no proof of text or graphics quality is provided.
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Printers
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Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org rates eight color laser printers as part of a larger printer review and buying guide. Each printer is rated on eight criteria (print quality, speed, etc.) and overall, and editors break down each model's ink and print costs, too. There isn't much discussion compared to other reviewers, but the editors do find one color laser printer to recommend.
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Readers' Choice Awards 2013: Printers
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Our AssessmentIn PCMag.com's annual survey, readers rate printer brands on their reliability, tech support, frequency of repair and how likely they are to recommend the brand to others. For the fifth year in a row, Brother wins. Canon is a co-Readers' Choice; both have very low repair rates. PCMag.com has started to release Readers' Choice awards for 2014, but printers have not yet been rated at the time of this report.
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Printer Reviews
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Our AssessmentThis U.K. magazine, similar to ConsumerReports.org in the U.S., thoroughly tests and rates 120 printers, picking 31 Best Buys -- including seven single-function color laser printers. Which? also surveys nearly 12,700 subscribers to find out which printer brands are most reliable. Canon wins, followed by Brother and Samsung. HP, Epson, Dell, Lexmark and Kodak trail the others. The main drawback here is that not all models are available in the U.S.
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Color Laser Printer Reviews
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Our AssessmentAn online retailer, PrinterShowcase.com reviews printers it sells. Consumers should keep that in mind when considering the site's recommendations. Still, the editors seem to make an effort to be objective, rating the printers on setup, print quality, speed, paper handling, supplies and service/reliability, giving the best models Editor's Choice awards. Some reviews are more complete than others.
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Best Printer: Best Laser Printers
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Our AssessmentThis U.K.-based site provides brief reviews of its top-rated laser printers. Though a longer review is available for one color laser printer, this article falls short of what we usually see at this site. Not all color laser printers profiled are available in the U.S.
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Colour Laser Printer Reviews
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Our AssessmentThe U.K.'s Expert Reviews evaluates a few laser printers each year. Generally, the site's reviews are concise and substantive. Comparisons are relevant and reviews are productive, and descriptions of text and image quality are detailed. Not all reviewed laser printers are available in the U.S.
622.
Color Laser Printers
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Our AssessmentLots of color laser printers are listed at Amazon.com. Some garner lots of feedback, but most only get a handful of reviews. Overall ratings tend to be so-so, but some standouts and some disappointments can be spotted. While review quality is variable, many reviews are detailed and insightful. The ability to comment on reviews leads to some enlightening exchanges on occasion.
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Laser Printers
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Our AssessmentHere, owners post reviews of laser printers -- more than 100 reviews for some popular models. Conveniently, you can sort printers to find just the color single-function ones.
624.
Product Reviews
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Our AssessmentAlthough this book is out of print, many of the products reviewed are still available and the in-depth information is still relevant. Paula Begoun evaluates more than 4,000 hair-care products from more than 130 manufacturers, relying on published scientific testing and information to do so. She provides in-depth analysis of ingredients and many consumer tips. The best shampoos are broken down into multiple categories by price and type, and include products from high-end salons like Bumble and Bumble, as well as low-end drugstore options like Suave. Begoun points out that nearly every manufacturer has good and bad products, saying that consumers should evaluate each one based on the ingredients.
625.
Hair-Thickening Shampoos and Conditioners
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Our AssessmentEditors at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute test 12 shampoos and conditioners that are said to thicken hair. Results are measured with lab equipment and rated by consumers. All but one shampoo is listed, along with a brief description, but Pantene Pro-V Full & Thick and Nexxus Diametress Luscious Hair Thickening are said to be the best shampoos for adding volume to hair. Editors say hair color can have an effect on a shampoo's overall effectiveness, but they don't explain why.
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Shampoo
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Our AssessmentIn this test from Choice magazine, the Australian version of ConsumerReports.org, 500 home testers take part in a blind trial of 41 shampoos. Shampoos are tested for overall "clean feel" and fragrance. Salon shampoos are found to be no better than supermarket brands. In fact, the top three brands are from the supermarket. The top choice is the Fruitrience Raspberry and Pink Grapefruit Enriched, which is not available in the United States. Dove Revitalizing and Garnier Fructis Fortifying tie for second place. Three products tied for third place, including Kerastase Bain Satin Nutritive 1, which is the most expensive shampoo tested. Many of the shampoos included in the test are not available in the United States.
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Secrets to Longer-Lasting Haircolor
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Our AssessmentThis article discusses ways to protect or extend your hair color. There are shampoos that deposit semi-permanent color and shampoos that protect color from fading. Good Housekeeping Research Institute editors spent 500 hours testing 24 shampoos. Top-rated for all hair colors is L'Oreal Professionnel Colorist Collection Shampoo, a depositing shampoo (i.e. one that leaves dye on the hair). Four non-depositing or protective shampoos are also winners. The flaw in this review is that non-winning shampoos are not mentioned and not much detail is given about those that performed the best.
628.
Head Games: Some Shampoo Claims Are Just a Lot of Lather
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Our AssessmentEditors test 57 different shampoos, washing 1,700 ponytails of straight hair. Testers match the hair type with the shampoo claim to test its effectiveness. They also test for flyaway hair and ease of combing. Recommendations are broken down according to hair type: dry, color-treated and fine. Unfortunately, this article is dated and some formulas have been discontinued.
629.
Shampoo
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Our AssessmentTotalBeauty.com is a beauty advice website that hosts hundreds of user and editor reviews. More than 1,000 shampoos are listed at the site, but most are only reviewed a handful of times and editors review an even lesser amount. Still, editors put products through rigorous testing that includes repeated use and critique of overall quality, effectiveness and value. Top editors' picks that also do well in user reviews include Aveda Smooth Infusion, Aussie Moist, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing and Suave Professionals Humectant.
630.
Best Beauty Buys: Hair
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Our AssessmentEditors of InStyle magazine test hundreds of beauty products for their 15th annual beauty awards. Nearly 150 top-performing products are chosen in hair, makeup and skin care categories. Six shampoo and conditioner duos make the list for normal, fine, coarse and color-treated hair. Kerastase Bain Satin 1 makes the list for the second year in a row. Testing criteria are not clear, however.
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Best Beauty Buys 2009: Hair
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Our AssessmentEditors of InStyle magazine list 149 products for their annual beauty awards. Thousands of products are tested and compared, but judging criteria are not clear and non-winning products aren't mentioned. Five shampoos from Kerastase, Pantene, Paul Mitchell and David Babaii for Wildaid are chosen as the best performers.
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Best of Beauty 2009: Hair
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Our AssessmentEditors list several beauty products that are judged best for 2009. In the shampoo category for fine hair, editors' picks include Kerastase Resistance Bain Volumactive Volumising Shampoo and Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Shampoo. For dry hair it is Sunsilk Hydra TLC Shampoo, and for color-treated hair the choice is Redken Color Extend Shampoo.
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America's Healthiest Beauty Buys 2009
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Our AssessmentEditors of Health magazine, along with top dermatologists, test new beauty products to find those that "deliver on their claims." Top picks in skin care, makeup, hair care and body care categories are listed, each with a brief description. David Babbaii for WildAid Amplifying is the only shampoo to make the list. Editors praise the manufacturers for donating 10 percent of the proceeds to a charity that protects endangered species and for using natural ingredients.
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The Shape of Beauty Awards 2009: Hair
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Our AssessmentProducts are chosen by readers, beauty professionals and Shape editors for Shape magazine's annual beauty awards. Most categories include a high-end and a budget-priced option. For shampoo, both Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Moisture Balance and Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing make the cut.
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2009 Healthy Beauty Awards
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Our AssessmentSelf magazine readers rate thousands of beauty products in conjuction with Self's annual beauty awards. Six shampoos are rated best in their categories, but not much detail is given about them, and it isn't clear if they were compared side-by-side with other competing products. Shampoos from Herbal Essences, Pantene, Kerastase, Alterna, Paul Mitchell and Biolage make the list.
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The Best Beauty Products of the Year
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Our AssessmentEditors of Redbook magazine don't say much about how they chose products for their sixth annual beauty awards, except that they "fell in love" with them. Winning products are divided into five categories: revive, retool, relieve, repair and rejoice. Nexxus Botanoil Nourishing Shampoo is listed in the "relieve" category -- editors say the botanicals it contains are pleasantly fragrant and good for hair. John Frieda Root Awakening Strength Restoring Shampoo is listed in the "repair" category because editors say its ingredients can create healthier and stronger hair.
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He Says, She Says: Our Beauty Director Responds to Her GQ Husband's Blog
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Our AssessmentIn this blog, Amy Keller Laird, beauty director for Allure magazine, says there is a shampoo and conditioner solution for every hair problem. She outlines suggested ingredients for fine, dry, oily, curly and coarse hair types. A shampoo and conditioner combo are recommended for each hair type, but it isn't clear if products were actually tested.
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Splurge vs. Steal: Shampoo
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Our AssessmentThis article briefly describes several shampoos ranging in price from $1 for VO5 Vita Burst Volumizing Shampoo, which has been discontinued, to the $60 Alterna Ten Shampoo, which contains caviar. Other inexpensive shampoos are Suave Professionals Healthy Curls Shampoo, which has since been discontinued, and Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Shampoo. For colored hair, Flahive suggests Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo for Color Treated Hair. These shampoos are not compared or tested, so it difficult to know how Flahive chose the shampoos.
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Must-Have Shampoos for All Hair Types
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Our AssessmentJulyne Derrick is the guide to beauty at About.com. She recommends Kerastase shampoos and lists the product for each hair type -- dry, color-treated, normal, curly and oily. Her hair stylist in New York City says this is the best product to use. "Some of New York's most exclusive salons use Kerastase on their clients," Derrick writes. She says she has tried "much of the line" and agrees with the experts. But no reason is given as to why Kerastase is a "must." Ironically, in another article, Derrick states that expensive brands like Kerastase aren't necessary and claims that drugstore shampoos "get the job done" for a more reasonable price. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
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The Top 5 Best Dry Shampoos
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Our AssessmentIn this beauty and fashion blog, Zephyr Basine lists her five favorite dry shampoos after testing several. She lists baby powder as an optional, do-it-yourself option and Batiste Dry Shampoo as the best cheap option. Basine's favorite, however, is Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo, because it smells great and doesn't "build up or make hair look dull" like most dry shampoos do.
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The Beauty of Dry Shampoo
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Our AssessmentIn this post, anonymous blogger Jazmin discusses dry shampoos for use in between regular washings. She says Psssssst Instant Spray Shampoo absorbs oil and adds body and texture to hair, but notes that it's better suited to those with light blonde hair because it is white. In the comments section, however, Jazmin says Psssssst isn't noticeable on her dark hair, as long as she works the formula into her hair slowly. Colored formulas from Bumble and Bumble may be easier for dark hair, however.
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Shampoo
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Our AssessmentUnlike Amazon.com and Drugstore.com, MakeupAlley.com is a user-review site that does not sell any products. Thousands of beauty products are reviewed by subscribers, and reviews are easy to sort through. Several shampoos are reviewed hundreds of times, making this an excellent source of user reviews. Of those shampoos that are reviewed most often, products from Redken, Neutrogena, Suave, Victoria's Secret, Johnson & Johnson, Alberto VO5 and Nizoral rate the highest.
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All Shampoos
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Our AssessmentDrugstore.com allows consumers to review products sold at its site, including shampoo. While most shampoos only receive a handful of reviews, several are rated hundreds of times. This online store sells a wide variety of shampoo, making it a good place for reviews of both main-stream and specialty formulas. Among those with the most reviews, products from Nizoral, Psssssst, de-luxe, Avalon Organics, Neutrogena, Burt's Bees and California Baby get the highest ratings.
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Shampoos
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Our AssessmentAmazon.com doesn't sell that many mainstream shampoos, so the scope is limited. But readers are invited to rate what is sold on the site. WEN Cleansing Conditioners, non-traditional cleansers for those that prefer to skip shampooing, are reviewed most often and receive high ratings overall. Axe Primed Just Clean, a shampoo designed for men, also gets high marks. Two dry shampoos, for use between washings, are highly rated as well: Oscar Blandi Pronto-Dry and Batiste Original Dry. American Crew Daily Moisturizing and Avlon Kera Care Hydrating Detangling shampoos are not reviewed as often as of this update, but they get perfect ratings from more than a dozen reviewers.
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The Shampoo Secret Beauty Companies Don't Want You to Know
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Our AssessmentTheBeautyBrains.com is a website designed by cosmetics chemists to discuss the science behind the latest beauty trends in layman's terms. While the chemists, who refer to themselves as "the brains," don't necessarily test and rate shampoos, they do explain how shampoos work from a scientific standpoint. In this particular article, "the brains" explain that there are actually only four types of shampoos: deep-cleansing, conditioning, baby and anti-dandruff. All other types are the result of marketing and actually fit into one of the aforementioned categories.
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The Simple Secret to Great Hair
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Our AssessmentThis article answers basic questions about shampooing, such as "How often should I wash my hair?" (it depends on hair type) and "Can I use too much shampoo?" (not if you rinse thoroughly). Holly Crawford, Good Housekeeping's beauty editor, recommends a few products, including Dove Volumizing Color Shampoo (discontinued) and Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo.
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Shampoo
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Our AssessmentCosmeticsDatabase.com is an online database of beauty product safety reviews, sponsored by the Environmental Working Group. Each product is given a hazard score, based on its ingredients and environmental standards. Products with a score of 0 to 2 are considered a low hazard, while a score of 3 to 6 is moderate and a score of 7 to 10 is a high hazard. Each product has its own page with a listing of the hazards that its ingredients are linked to, such as cancer, reproductive problems and allergies. There are more than 1,000 shampoos listed, most of which have moderate hazard scores. While this site is very informative, it does not consider the effectiveness of any products that it rates.
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Prevention's Expert Center: Beauty
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Our AssessmentIn this brief article, Jeni Thomas, a senior scientist at Pantene, says hair cannot develop a resistance to shampoo's effectiveness. She lists some reasons for changing shampoos, however, including product buildup and seasonal changes. No particular shampoo brands are mentioned.
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Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Remove Toxic Traces from Shampoo
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Our AssessmentTheDailyGreen.com, an environmental news site, discusses recent evaluations by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics in which trace amounts of formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane were found in dozens of baby shampoos and bath products. The author notes that Johnson & Johnson sells formaldehyde-free products in Japan, as required by law, and should do the same for American consumers. Johnson & Johnson claims, however, that these chemicals are present as a result of disinfection and preservation processes that reduce the risk of bacterial contamination.
650.
Chapter 6: Feeding Baby: Breastfeeding, Bottles, High Chairs
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Our AssessmentParents and consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields test many of the products featured in this baby-gear book, and parent interviews also factor into the ratings. The book includes shopping tips and reviews of selected manufacturers, along with ratings and a section of top picks. In a chapter devoted to high chairs, a chart compares 19 models with ratings for overall quality.
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High Chairs Overview, Ratings, and Recommended
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Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org editors test 33 popular high chair models for performance, reliability and safety issues. High chairs are ranked and compared, and several are designated as "recommended" or "best buys." Four are labeled "don't buy -- safety risk." Several of the high chairs in this report are included in the testing.
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We Love, You Need: The Best High Chairs of 2013. Which One Should You Buy?
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Our AssessmentBaby products blogger Kate Bayless names the top 18 high chairs after each is tested by both Bayless and a parent. Reviews are thorough and include pros and cons from both testers, and each product is given an overall rating. In addition, Bayless notes the particular lifestyle feature of each model, designating it "best modern" or "best budget," for example.
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The Best Highchairs
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Our AssessmentTo choose the top five high chairs, BabyCenter.com editors factor in their own experiences as parents to narrow the choices to those products with the top features parents look for in a high chair. Then, they consult parent reviews from their blog and across the web. These chairs are part of the 2013 BabyCenter.com product awards roundup.
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High Chairs
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Our AssessmentAmazon.com is an invaluable source of a wide range of thoughtful, in-depth customer reviews. They also give a glimpse into the long-term, real-life experiences of parents that expert reviews simply can't match. This is a good gauge of a high chair's ease of use and durability, and highlights safety issues that may crop up.
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High Chairs
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Our AssessmentWhile Target.com does not have the sheer volume of reviews that Amazon.com has, the posts tend to be detailed and thorough. Quite a few high chairs are reviewed here, and several of our top picks get a large amount of feedback. Like Amazon.com, Target.com uses a 5-star rating system, but when there is more than one model or fabric option, reviews tend to be scattered across the site.
656.
High Chairs
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Our AssessmentThere isn't as much feedback here as at other consumer review sites. Compared to other more informative sources, these comments are collected based on the top-ranked seats.
657.
High Chair Review
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Our AssessmentThe creator and owner of TheWiseBaby.com reviews and rates four high chairs, giving the highlights and lowlights of each. Several of our top choices are represented. Lindsey doesn't seem to have tested the chairs, but says her list is based on extensive research.
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Top 8 High Chairs for Babies
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Our AssessmentHeather Corley, About.com's guide to baby products, names her picks for the top high chairs. Her criteria include ease of use and lifestyle issues. There is no mention of actual testing and the reviews are not comparative. The Fisher-Price Rainforest High Chair occupies the top spot.
659.
Baby Chairs for Grandparents' Houses
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Our AssessmentAbout.com guide Susan Adcox recommends 12 high chairs in this review, including boosters and feeding seats such as the Bumbo and bebePod that are not technically high chairs.
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Top Modern High Chairs
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Our AssessmentHeather Corley, About.com's guide to baby products, highlights some high chairs with modern designs. Reviews are comparative and thorough. In addition to looks, she discusses ease of use and cleaning. Boon Flair tops this list.
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Reader-Tested High Chairs
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Our AssessmentThis site provides very brief reviews from a family perspective. The Fisher-Price Healthy Care is tested by Leah and David Goymer with Sarah, 14 months; Andrew, 5; and Philip, 9, from Nampa, Idaho. This appears to be an older review, since there is a complaint about the shoulder straps being hard to clean. Fisher-Price corrected that issue a couple of years ago by making the straps removable and washable.
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Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails, Safety & More
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Our AssessmentDenise and Alan Fields recommend a handful of swings based on expert testing and parents' reviews, as well as information from manufacturers and retailers. Their website offers up-to-date information, additional reviews, recall information and forums for parents to discuss baby products.
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The Best Baby Swings and Bouncers
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Our AssessmentThe editors of BabyCenter.com pick eight top bouncers and swings based on parents' reviews and their own experiences. The short reviews are informative, noting both pros and cons, though they don't compare products.
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SheKnows Parenting Awards 2012
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Our AssessmentSheKnows.com editors pick four top swings and bouncers after testing a broad range of products. Parents vote for their favorites among them. The reviews are short, don't note any cons and don't compare the swings and bouncers.
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Baby Swing Reviews
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Our AssessmentHomegrown Babies is a North Carolina-based doula service. Editors pick the best overall swing, best swing for older babies and best budget cradle swing. Each review is very thorough, listing important details and noting pros and cons for each pick. The methodology behind the picks is unclear, however.
666.
Best Baby Bouncers
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Our AssessmentEditors of MomFinds.com name the best bouncers in several categories and offer a buyer's guide in this review. While short, the reviews are informative and note both pros and cons for each model. It's not clear what criteria they used to make their picks.
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Baby Swings
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Our AssessmentAmazon.com is one of the best resources for real-world reviews of swings and bouncers. Reviews are often quite detailed and evenhanded. Prospective buyers should read carefully, since reviewers sometimes wrongly fault a product for bad experiences with a seller or shipping. Readers should also beware of very old reviews, which might discuss an older version of a product that has been updated.
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Baby Swing & Cradle Reviews
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Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com is another helpful owner-review product site. It sometimes has more reviews for each particular product than Amazon.com, but reviews are not quite as detailed. One helpful feature tallies each listed pro and con, so prospective buyers don't have to comb through every review quite as thoroughly.
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Baby Swings
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Our AssessmentBabies "R" Us features owner reviews on a wide variety of the most popular baby-gear products, including some exclusive to the store. This site does not garner as many reviews as Amazon.com, but owner reviews tend to be thorough and cover pros and cons of each product.
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Swings
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Our AssessmentBuyBuyBaby.com, another major baby-product retailer, features mid-range and higher-end baby products. It also offers owner reviews of baby gear on its website, but reviews tend to be brief, and there are fewer reviews than at larger retail and online baby-product sites.
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Baby Swings, Exersaucers and Bouncy Seats
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Our AssessmentHeather Corley is About.com's baby products expert. Her reviews are detailed, listing pros and cons, and include a bottom line -- whether a parent should buy a product -- as well as a rating on a five-star scale.
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Swings
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Our AssessmentFisherPrice.com is an e-commerce site that sells Fisher-Price baby gear and products. While owners leave reviews, this site does not garner as many reviews as Amazon.com. However, owner reviews tend to be thorough and cover pros and cons of each product.
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Swings and Soothers
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Our AssessmentGracoBaby.com is the website for Graco products. While we don't normally trust reviews from a manufacturer's website, in this case even negative reviews are featured. The reviews are helpful not only to see the real-word application of the product, but also long-term durability and Graco customer service responses to problems.
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10 Best Baby Swings
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Our AssessmentSarah Yang discusses 10 swings in this roundup of the best swings to give mom a break. The reviews are very short and don't note any cons or compare products, but Yang is a prolific blogger for The Bump and does a lot of product roundups. We're not sure how she made her picks, but they are some of the top swings we see in other roundups.
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The 10 Best Bouncy Seats for Your Baby (So You Can Have Lunch!)
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Our AssessmentBonnie Vengrow's roundup features 10 high-end bouncers. The short reviews don't note any cons or compare products, and the methodology behind the picks is unclear. The focus seems to be on modern and cute bouncers, but Vengrow notes that they can help quiet a crying baby and are a new mom must-have.
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Bouncers & Infant Seats
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Our AssessmentBabyGizmo.com editors offer a general overview of what to look for in a bouncer, including important features. They also list five Editor's Choice picks, but do not review the bouncers or compare them to other models.
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Top Swings, Bouncers and Exersaucers
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Our AssessmentMoms name their must-have baby items in an informal survey. The article quotes parents on why the products were their top picks, but does not offer thorough reviews or compare and contrast the products.
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"Bouncer Most Likely to Chill Your Baby" 2012 Cribsie Awards Finalists
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Our AssessmentBuyModernBaby.com's Cribsie Awards are based on a range of products nominated by parents and selected by editors. Parents then vote for their favorites to pick the final winners. However, as BuyModernBaby.com is a high-end retailer, the products are all on the expensive side. The short reviews do not note any cons
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Baby: Swings
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Our AssessmentWalmart.com is a helpful source for owner reviews of popular baby-gear products, particularly budget choices that may not have many reviews on sites such as Amazon.com. Owners rate swings on a five-star scale for value, durability, features, setup and whether they met expectations.
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Swings
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Our AssessmentTarget.com is a helpful source for owner reviews of popular baby-gear products, including some higher-end brands and brands exclusively sold at Target. Owners rate swings on a five-star scale for entertainment, quality and value.
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10" Sliding Mitersaws
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Our AssessmentTo test 10 compound miter saws for this extensive review, Wood Magazine editors "made loads of cuts, rocked them back and forth through their miter and bevel ranges, and tossed them into the back of a pickup truck." The Makita LS1016L places first, followed by the Craftsman 21237 for the best value.
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Tool Test: 12-Inch Chop Saws
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Our AssessmentThough this is an older review, six of the eight saws are still available. Andy Beasley provides a thorough comparison of each model's cutting capacity, controls, fences and scales.
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12 Inch Mitersaws Tool Review
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Our AssessmentAfter testing seven 12-inch compound miter saws, editors say these tools have "outgrown their construction roots," becoming "precise enough for cutting components for picture frames, cabinets, and furniture." This is another older review, though several saws, including one of the two first-place finishers, remain available.
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Can Craftsman's New Mitermate Take on a Traditional Miter Saw?
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Our AssessmentPopular Mechanics tests the consumer-grade Craftsman MiterMate21226 against DeWalt's prosumer DW713. The DeWalt wins out for quality, durability and work-site flexibility, while the MiterMate matches the DeWalt in accuracy, sets up to cut faster and easier and is a better value.
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Tool Test: Is Bosch's Axial-glide Tool the Future of Miter Saws?
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Our AssessmentIn this one-saw review, editors walk through the features of the Bosch GCM12SD, calling it the "most innovative (sic) design idea to hit miter saws."
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Tool Test - 12-in Sliding Compound Miter Saws
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Our AssessmentEric Smith walks readers through the important features to consider when buying a 12-inch sliding compound miter saw. Ten saws are tested here by making "multiple crosscut, miter, bevel and compound miter cuts" in mahogany and white oak.
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Mitersaws
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Our AssessmentEditors review about two dozen miter saws here, evaluating performance, features, ease of use and value. Top-rated miter saws include the Makita LS1016L and DeWalt's DWS780 and DW715. A few owner opinions are included as well.
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Miter Saws
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Our AssessmentAbout two dozen models of compound miter saws receive a significant amount of owner feedback at Amazon.com, representing brands such as Hitachi, Milwaukee and Bosch. Saws by DeWalt are some of the best rated, including the 10-inch DW713 and the 12-inch DW715 and DWS780.
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Miter Saws
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Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com carries a mix of consumer and contractor-grade compound miter saws. Customers can leave feedback and share their experiences with saws they have used. DeWalt, Bosch, Makita and Milwaukee are among the top-ranking brands.
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Miter Saws
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Our AssessmentSears.com offers various compound-miter-saw brands. Craftsman models contain the most owner reviews. The sliding 10-inch Craftsman 21237 is by far the most popular, with over 260 reviews and a rating of 4 stars out of 5.
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Miter & Table Saws
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Our AssessmentAfter extensive testing, ConsumerReports.org editors rate about a dozen compound, cordless and sliding miter saws, scoring them on accuracy, speed, handling and accessories. This report contains only a few models still on the market but is ConsumerReports.org's most recent evaluation of miter saws.
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Miter Saws
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Our AssessmentOf the 30 compound miter saws at Lowes.com, only half receive owner reviews, and most of these garner 20 or fewer comments. The Hitachi models are the top-rated, with high scores and more than 100 reviews each. Models from Bosch and DeWalt also earn high scores, but have significantly fewer reviews.
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Miter Saws
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Our AssessmentNorthernTool.com has a small selection of compound miter saws, most with less than 10 owner reviews. The 10-inch sliding Klutch is the most popular, with 4.6 stars from about 60 contributors. Three DeWalt chop saws are also well rated here: the 10-inch DW713 and the 12-inch DW715 and DW716.
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Miter Saws
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Our AssessmentThe annual Taunton Tool Guide features two sliding compound miter saws: the 10-inch Makita LS1016L and the 12-inch Bosch GCM12SD. There's very little discussion on model-specific performance here, but the article is an otherwise comprehensive guide detailing the best features of top miter saws, with a diagram of cutting capacities and tips to get the most from your saw.
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Comparison Test: 8 Sliding Dual Compound Miter Saws
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Our AssessmentThe models analyzed in this comparison test are outdated, but Thomas Klenck provides a helpful explanation of the difference between regular and sliding compound miter saws and why sliding saws are an improvement over radial-arm saws.
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The Next 7 Tools You Need to Be a Better Home Handyman
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Our AssessmentBrett Martin lists seven must-have tools for any handyman, including the miter saw. "I use my miter saw more than all my [other] saws combined," says Martin. Though he doesn't discuss specific models, Martin does explain the uses of a miter saw and notes the "increased cutting capacity" of a sliding miter saw.
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Exterior Paints
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Our AssessmentEditors review most brands of exterior paint at ConsumerReports.org, subjecting each product to extensive and ongoing lab tests. Paints are rated on how well they hold up over time in simulated weathering tests, approximating durability over three-year increments, as well as whether or not they resist cracking, color change, dirt and mildew. While several house paints are recommended here, only five earn Best Buy nods. Many paints amass several user reviews here as well.
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Wood Stains
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Our AssessmentStains for exterior wooden decks are reviewed separately from exterior paints at ConsumerReports.org. Here editors analyze a handful of deck stains in three types of finishes -- clear, semi-transparent and solid. Testing here is competent, and much like the publication's report on exterior paints, wood stains are rated on how well they hold up over time, in one-year increments for periods up to three years. Two brands particularly stand out, earning the only Best Buy designations.
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Exterior Paint & Trim
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Our AssessmentRetailer site HomeDepot.com is a good place to find user reviews of exterior paints by Behr, which are sold exclusively by The Home Depot. Among them, Behr Premium Plus as well as its step-up line, Behr Premium Plus Ultra earn positive praise from lots of owners posting feedback here. Here Glidden Premium earns a decent amount of praise as well, though it doesn't amass as many user reviews as Behr paints.
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Exterior Paint
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Our AssessmentExterior paints by Valspar fare the best at retailer site Lowes.com, earning the lion's share of positive user reviews among other brands. Valspar DuraMax and Ultra, in particular, are owner favorites. Olympic Icon, which is sold exclusively through Lowes, earns a decent amount of praise across its many offerings of finish types. Products by Flood and Olympic stand out among deck stains.
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Paint & Coatings
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Our AssessmentA handful of owners weigh in on Sherwin-Williams brand exterior paint at Sherwin-Williams.com. While most feedback here is positive, most exterior paints don't receive more than 10 reviews. Sherwin-Williams Duration stands out here, as it's the only paint to amass more than 30 user reviews while maintaining an overall score of 4 stars out of 5. Feedback from owners is sometimes cursory, but generally helpful and informative.
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Painting & Finish Work
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Our AssessmentThis Internet forum is a good source for opinions and advice from professional painters on many brands of exterior paints. Contractors who post here are eager to answer questions, and most are knowledgeable and experienced. Discussion is relevant, as new threads have been created very recently. Sherwin-Williams Duration is a top choice, judging from professional opinions here, though many note it's been getting pricier over the years.
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Painting
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Our AssessmentThere's a wealth of information at DIYChatroom.com on brands of exterior paint as well as the trade of painting. Here you can find lots of feedback and advice from a mix of professionals, do-it-yourself homeowners and paint retailers. There is much recent discussion on various brands of paints, as well as the benefits of buying premium-priced paints over cheaper offerings. Regarding exterior deck stains, products by Sikkens and Flood are frequently recommended.
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General Painting Discussion
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Our AssessmentPainters engage in lengthy discussions at PaintTalk.com, making this Internet forum a great resource if you're looking for opinions from both professionals and do-it-yourselfers on the best brands of exterior paint. Contributors here seem to be experienced, knowledgeable and eager to help. Feedback is relevant, as new threads are created daily. You may need to use the search feature to find the exact information you need, however.
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Optics Test 2010
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Our AssessmentOutdoor Life magazine has an extensive review of binoculars, riflescopes and spotting scopes in its annual test of hunting equipment. Each pair of binoculars is rated and receives a letter grade for image, design and value. The models are also ranked by optical quality. The Swarovski EL 42 Swarovision 10x42 and Zeiss Victory 10x25 earn the coveted Editor's Choice awards, while the Pentax DCF CS 8x42 and Redfield Rebel 8x32 earn Great Buy designations. Several other binoculars earn high ratings, including the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD and Weaver Super Slam 10.5x45.
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Optics Test '09
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Our AssessmentAlthough it is older than the 2010 optics test, the 2009 report from Outdoor Life, which primarily covers binoculars, is still useful. Twenty-seven binoculars and spotting scopes are evaluated, and each one receives an overall rating and individual letter grades on factors like optical quality, image, design and value. The best binoculars receive the Editor's Choice award.
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Field Test: Lightweight Eights
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Our AssessmentBirder's World magazine enlists the help of 11 testers from the Riveredge Bird Club in Newburg, Wis., to test eight lightweight binoculars. Each tester evaluates every pair of binoculars, and the individual models are rated on optical quality, comfort and eye friendliness. Of the eight binoculars tested, the Nikon Monarch 8x36 ATB is the top scorer with a rating of 4.4 (out of 5). Binoculars from Eagle Optics and Brunton also receive high scores.
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Optics Field Test: Specifications, Reviews, and Rankings of 11 Top Binoculars for Birdwatching
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Our AssessmentBirder's World magazine evaluates 11 pairs of high-end birding binoculars with the help of 20 testers. The binoculars range in price from $1,000 to just under $3,000. Each of the 20 testers evaluates between three and five binoculars. At the end of the testing period, the binoculars are rated on image quality, eye friendliness and comfort. Testers are also asked if they think the binoculars are worth the money and if they would buy them for themselves. The Zeiss Victory FL 8x42 impresses testers the most, although the Leica Ultravid HD 8x42 is not far behind.
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Binoculars
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Our AssessmentOutside magazine tests lots of outdoor gear for its annual buyer's guide, including binoculars. Six testers evaluate an unspecified number of binoculars for various activities, including hiking, hunting and cross-country skiing. Four binoculars "performed the best" and earn a recommendation. Although all four binoculars perform well, the Pentax DCF NV receives a Killer Value award.
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Best Binocs Under $500
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Our AssessmentBird Watcher's Digest has one of the most comprehensive tests of binoculars under $500. While they focus on binoculars for a specific purpose -- bird-watching -- the testing is comprehensive and incredibly detailed. Three testers, including an optics expert, evaluate 33 binoculars over two days of bird-watching in Nebraska. Each binocular is rated on a four-point scale with individual scores for optics, focusing effort and handling. Four binoculars score perfect 4-star ratings, while several others receive near-perfect scores of 3.8 out of 4. Unfortunately, some of the binoculars are now discontinued, indicating this undated article may be slightly outdated.
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Sports and Outdoors
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Our AssessmentMathew Honan tests four pairs of binoculars that include night-vision technology. Each pair of binoculars receives a lengthy write-up, and products are rated on a 10-point scale. The Luna Optics LN-PB3 receives the highest rating and is the only pair of binoculars to be blessed with an Editors' Pick award.
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Binoculars
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Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org hasn't updated its binoculars report in several years, but the vast majority of binoculars tested are still on the market. Editors test 34 pairs of binoculars, but only four earn a recommendation. Each model is rated on image quality, ease of use, field of view and durability. The full details are only available to subscribers.
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Petzal's Picks: The New Best Rifles, Scopes, and Binoculars of 2010
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Our AssessmentField & Stream magazine recommends the Minox APO HG as the best new pair of binoculars for 2010. The binoculars are said to be a good choice for hunting, and editors rave that "their optical opulence is blindingly wonderful." Unfortunately, there's not much analysis to accompany the recommendation and no other binoculars are evaluated.
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March 2008 Essentials Review: Binoculars
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Our AssessmentBackpacker magazine has a detailed review of five pairs of binoculars, although the review is slightly dated. Models are recommended in compact, mid-size and full-size categories, and the Nikon Travelite V is named a best buy. Each pair of binoculars receives a paragraph of analysis, and the reviews are somewhat balanced.
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Gray's Best 2010
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Our AssessmentGray's Sporting Journal is an outdoor magazine geared toward hunters and fishermen. Each year, the magazine's editors select the best products they've reviewed for that year in the Gray's Best awards. While we don't see which binoculars didn't make the cut, editors say they reviewed "hundreds" of products in arriving at their decision. For 2010, the Zeiss Victory RF 10x45 is the only pair of binoculars to receive a Gray's Best award.
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Binoculars Reviews
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Our AssessmentFor serious aficionados, this Polish website has some of the most technical reviews of binoculars we've seen. Each pair of binoculars is thoroughly evaluated on criteria like focusing, housing, internal reflections, prism quality and much more. Binoculars are rated on a percentage scale and then ranked from best to worst. For 10x42 binoculars, the Nikon HG L DCF earns a good review.
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Binocular Reviews
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Our AssessmentAlthough this site is primarily a retailer for birding binoculars, it offers guides for selecting binoculars, including a page on choosing binoculars for kids. Twenty-two mid-priced to high-end binoculars are reviewed in detail, covering specific pros and cons about optics, focusing, ergonomics and accessories. The in-depth reviews cover some aspects not included elsewhere, like the quality and convenience of rain guards and lens caps. Optics are also evaluated, but binoculars are neither compared nor rated.
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Hunting's Top Gear 2010
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Our AssessmentOutdoor Canada magazine evaluates the new products released at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor trade show, an event held each January. Editors don't specify how many binoculars they evaluated, but the Bushnell Fusion 1600 ARC binoculars receive the Best New Gear award for 2010. The analysis is brief and the binoculars are not rated.
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Binoculars
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Our AssessmentAmazon.com has a good selection of binoculars, and customers can rate them on a five-point scale. For binoculars priced under $50, users recommend several Bushnell binoculars. It's a good idea to check to see what users have said about a model you're considering, as you can usually find some new information not mentioned elsewhere. Unfortunately, many of the top-rated binoculars have already been replaced by newer models.
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Binocular Reviews
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Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com is a user-review site that compiles reviews from various online retailers, including Cabelas.com and REI.com. More than 1,200 binoculars are listed on the site, and many attract more than 100 individual reviews. The Nikon Travelite V and Cabela's Euro binoculars receive a good amount of feedback.
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Birding Optics
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Our AssessmentBirdwatching.com publishes excellent testing of binoculars, but most of the reports date to 2007 or earlier, so their recommendations and analysis are largely outdated. Michael and Diane Porter describe themselves as "avid birdwatchers," and their testing is detailed and thorough. In addition to several roundups of binoculars in different price ranges, the Porters also recommend specific binoculars for those who wear glasses or need close focus, but again the recommendations are outdated.
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Living Bird
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Our AssessmentLiving Bird is a quarterly magazine published by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In previous issues, editors had excellent comparative tests of binoculars, but recent issues focus on single-product reviews instead. Unfortunately, only two reviews have been published recently, and the binoculars are not rated or compared to other models.
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All Reviews
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Our AssessmentBetterViewDesired.com is an enthusiast birding site that focuses on optics and binoculars. The site hosts detailed single-product reviews of binoculars, but unfortunately the site stopped posting new reviews in 2006. The archive can be helpful for some binoculars, but the lack of recent reviews makes this source less helpful than those we rank higher.
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The A-Team for Adventure
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Our AssessmentLiveMint.com, a business website run by The Wall Street Journal, recommends several gadgets for adventure travelers. Only one pair of binoculars is recommended, and the binoculars are not rated or compared with any competing models. Vikramaditya Singh says the Steiner 8x30 Wildlife Pro binoculars are versatile enough for birders, hikers or mountaineers.
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The Best Binoculars
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Our AssessmentReviewer Neil Parmar enlists the help of a retired ornithologist from Yellowstone National Park to evaluate five pairs of binoculars. The Canon 10x42 L IS WP doesn't particularly impress the expert, since it's heavy and "cumbersome to use." The Bushnell Elite 10x43 gets high marks for its compact, lightweight design, but the Pentax DCF ED 10x43 is named the best value overall. The Leica Ultravid HD 42 10x42 also receives high marks.
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Gents' Gizmos
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Our AssessmentThis British magazine focuses on sports and outdoor gear for a male audience, and editors have a brief article on the best new "gizmos" for men. The Leica Ultravid 8x20 BL binoculars are highlighted, but the analysis is rather superficial and no other binoculars are reviewed.
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Binoculars Reviews
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Our AssessmentUsers review 37 different binoculars here, primarily for usability in hunting. Quite a few are older models, and most of the reviews date back several years. Most binoculars get high ratings here, with only one brief review each. However, the comments can be useful after you've already narrowed your choice.
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Binoculars
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Our AssessmentUser reviews at Epinions.com can be sorted by rating, but even the highest-rated binoculars usually have only a handful of reviews. Still, it's convenient that you can filter the dozens of binoculars listed here by quite a few factors, including price range, water resistance, maximum magnification, diopter adjustability, lens coating and more.
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Sub-Forums: Binoculars
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Our AssessmentThis U.K. forum is a good place to ask specific questions about birding binoculars, as well as to check out other users' experiences with binoculars you're considering. The forum posts are categorized by brand, and all major binocular brands are well represented. The search functionality is also helpful for identifying posts about specific models.
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Keynote Scorecards for Financial Services/Banks
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Our AssessmentThese are the most comprehensive current ratings of banks and other financial institutions that we found. The report ranks 24 banks, many of which provide online banking, based on their overall score. This is based on four factors: functionality, ease of use, privacy and security, plus quality and availability. In addition, banks are rated on five specific tasks, including opening an account and making a transaction. The full rankings and ratings are available for all 24 banks only for paid subscribers, but the subcategory rankings for the top five banks can be viewed for free.
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The 2011 State of Online and Mobile Banking Report
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Our AssessmentThis report by a reputable analytics firm is based on a survey of more than 2,500 people conducting online banking at top U.S. banks. The five largest banks are ranked by overall customer satisfaction, and satisfaction specifically with the banks' websites. The 2011 results are compared with those from previous years, so trends are highlighted. PNC Bank tops the rankings in both categories for 2011. Among regional banks and credit unions, BB&T, Navy Federal, USAA and Key Bank customers reported the highest satisfaction levels.
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The Gap Widens Between Banks and Credit Unions
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Our AssessmentThis commentary is linked to a chart that shows historical and 2011 customer satisfaction ratings for the largest banks. Internet-only banks aren't included, but the chart does help to rank big banks with online services. For 2011, Citigroup gets the highest average rating. As the commentary notes, however, in the past several years none of the big banks has customer satisfaction levels as high as those of smaller banks and credit unions.
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Five Great Internet Banks
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Our AssessmentReviewer Eric Griffith recommends the five best Internet-only banks. Recommendations are based on information and reviews from multiple sources, including BankRate.com, CNNMoney.com, MyBankTracker.com, and a previous version of the Online Banking report at ConsumerSearch.com. The reviewer explains that online-only banks can offer better rates and fee structures since they don't have to maintain brick-and-mortar branches. Listed banks include Ally Bank, ING Direct, PerkStreet Financial, Connexus Credit Union and Bank of Internet USA.
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Best Online Banks
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Our AssessmentBased on data supplied by Informa Research Services, this article highlights six "standout banks," each of which offers checking accounts with free online-banking and bill-paying services, low fees and high interest rates. The rates given here may have changed since the article was published, however, so the author cautions that consumers should recheck them before taking any action. The banks cited here include Evantage Bank, Westfield Bank, Ally Bank and ING Direct. USAA is identified as having outstanding mobile banking, while PNC's Virtual Wallet is picked as the best combination checking and savings account.
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The Best of Everything 2011
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Our AssessmentThe 2011 Best of Everything list from Kiplinger.com lumps everything together instead of separating them by categories. Two bank accounts appear on the list. Sallie Mae, according to the editors here, has the best money market account, while Charles Schwab has the best no-fee checking account. The brief write-ups mention only the rates, fees and minimums for each account.
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Best of Everything 2010: Best Credit and Savings Deals
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Our AssessmentSallie Mae is cited on this list of credit card and savings deals as having the best online savings account. The brief review notes that the Sallie Mae savings account has "no monthly fees and a respectable rate."
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Top Consumer Rated Banks
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Our AssessmentRatings and rankings of banks on this site are based mainly on customer reviews; you can post your own review of a bank while you're at it, in fact. There's an "overall" rankings chart as well as one for online-only, traditional, and full-service banks. Banks also get a report card that rates their financial health, average customer reviews, bank fees, interest rates and remote deposit access. Top banks overall include PerkStreet Financial, USAA and ING Direct.
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Bank Accounts: More Fees Are Coming. How To Fight Back -- or Flee
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Our AssessmentThis is an article rather than a review, but it does give information about account fees for the 10- largest banks and the five largest credit unions and is free even for nonsubscribers. There is also a lot of useful information here about how to shop around and keep your costs as low as possible.
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Best Online Checking Accounts
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Our AssessmentKevin Mulligan writes about personal finance for several websites, including this one. Here he discusses the best online checking accounts, focusing on those that offer the best interest rates and few or no fees. His favorite is Ally Bank, which he describes as "unbeatable right now… it all adds up to being our Best in Class for Online Checking Accounts." PerkStreet Financial is a "close second" for its cash back account. Mulligan also reviews ING's Electric Orange Checking, EverBank's checking options and Schwab Bank High-Yield Investor Checking.
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Yes, You Can Dump Your Bank
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Our AssessmentNoting that "customers of the 10 largest retail banks are so fed up with rising fees and dismal rates that the institutions stand to lose a combined $185 billion in deposits over the next year," this article recommends alternatives. For your checking needs, the author writes, you can use a brokerage cash account, while SmartyPig is a good option for a savings account. And for your borrowing needs, a credit union may be your best bet; many have loosened their membership restrictions as more customers have flocked to them.
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2012 Best Online Only Banks Comparisons and Reviews
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Our AssessmentTopTenReviews.com has a handy comparison chart that lets you see the features, requirements, restrictions and kinds of accounts offered by the 10 banks included in it. The reviews are based mainly on this type of information; in addition to the chart, there's a full review of each bank. Flagstar Direct gets the No. 1 ranking followed closely by iGoBanking.com, and then E*Trade, Citibank and USAA, which all get essentially the same overall rating. It's worth noting that neither Flagstar Direct nor iGo Banking gets outstanding ratings in any of the other reviews we looked at.
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Interior Paints
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Our AssessmentEditors test 67 interior paints at ConsumerReports.org for surface smoothness and ease of cleaning, as well as their ability to dry without stickiness, hide the color underneath, stunt mildew growth, resist stains, retain gloss and color and withstand scrubbing with abrasives. Testing here is competent. Editors group interior paints by three different sheen levels (flat and matte, low-luster, and semi-gloss), and recommendations are made. Two models particularly stand out, earning the only Best Buy designations.
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Which Online High-Yield Money Market & High-Interest Savings Account is Best?
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Our AssessmentThis review is from a site named "the most inspiring money blog" by Money magazine in April 2008. It carries extra credibility since it's based not only on the reviewer's online research, but on nearly 1,800 comments from the blog's readers, dating back to 2007. The site now offers daily rate updates, and it provides a list of six banks that offer savings or money market accounts with "excellent customer service, great rates, and a good user interface," based on reader comments. The list includes EverBank, Ally Bank, Sallie Mae and ING Direct.
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Interior Paint Reviews
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Our AssessmentGood Housekeeping editors test 40 interior paints, assigning each a "letter grade." Testing here is hands-on, and products are evaluated on a handful of marks including ease of application, long-term durability and resistance to fading, spatter resistance, color consistency and more. Each paint receives a succinct --yet woefully brief -- write-up, along with a list of pros and cons.
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Bank and Financial Reviews
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Our AssessmentUnlike most blog reviewers of online banks, this one actually tests all seven of the banks reviewed, by opening accounts and maintaining them. The banks aren't explicitly ranked, but the reviews are detailed, with frequent updates, and various aspects of service are rated on a 5-point scale. The steps and time it takes to open an account are well-documented, as are transfer times and customer service. A couple of these reviews have been updated, but others date back to 2008 and so are not very useful.
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2013 Interior Paint Satisfaction Study
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Our AssessmentMarket research firm J.D. Power & Associates surveys more than 6,800 customers about interior paints they have used over the previous year. Thirteen popular paint brands are compared, and products from Benjamin Moore rank the highest among consumers, earning top marks on four of six categories: application, durability, product offerings and design guides. Paints from Sherwin-Williams come in second, and Behr ranks third.
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Savings, Checking, CD Rates
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Our AssessmentThis is another portal site for online bank rates, making it easy to compare interest rates and terms for checking accounts, savings accounts and certificates of deposit. The site includes charts showing interest trends for each bank as well as user ratings and reviews. Some banks have hundreds of user reviews, but there are no ratings so you have to read through them all to see whether the feedback is positive or negative.
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Finally, Good-Looking Nontoxic Paint?
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Our AssessmentStephen Treffinger says he tested 10 low- or no-VOC paint brands, but he discusses only the six that perform the best. He talks about how well each one applies, how well each covers black and red permanent marker and how easily he can clean smudges off the fully dried and cured paint. Paints from Farrow & Ball, Yolo, Safecoat, Benjamin Moore, Mythic and Stark make the cut. This is an older review, but the paints have not changed.
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DepositAccounts.com Blog
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Our AssessmentThis blog is well-established, started in 2005 -- and has received good press in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money magazine and The New York Times. The author runs several banking blogs, and he does post a disclaimer in which he says that "some links and content on this site are advertisements." The DepositAccounts.com blog is updated frequently with banking news and rates being offered by smaller banks, though not reviews.
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Low-Odor Indoor Paints That Stop Headaches: Abusive Lab Test
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Our AssessmentErin McCarthy tests three low- or no-VOC paints at PopularMechanics.com, judging their odor, coverage and how many strokes with sandpaper it takes to sand off a coat. One of the paints tested is discontinued as of 2011, however, as indicated by an update in this undated piece. Benjamin Moore Aura -- a low-VOC paint beats the "green" paint from Mythic on coverage and durability, but has a much stronger odor.
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Get a Better Bank
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Our AssessmentBankFox.com allows easy comparison of banks and bank accounts, with customizable search parameters. While there are no editorial reviews, customers post user reviews and ratings for most banks. Charles Schwab ranks highest among online, high yield checking accounts; ING Electric Orange Checking and ING Direct Orange Savings also get good ratings from customers. Note that the site doesn't appear to have been updated since 2010 so the information might be out of date, though the customer feedback is still useful
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Checking Account Promotions for New Customers in 2012 (Top 5)
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Our AssessmentAlthough the original blog post was written in January, this website says the promotions it lists as the top five available to new bank customers are still available as of June 2012. The top two offers are from PerkStreet Financial and ING Direct. Current rates for savings and money market accounts and CDs are also posted here. The site itself provides no information about its owners or editors, which lowers its credibility.
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SmartyPig Review: With Less Fees, Are Piggy Banks Back?
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Our AssessmentThis nicely illustrated review of SmartyPig provides details on its features. A link leads to a review of ING Direct, showing how you can set up savings goals there, too. Quite a few readers add comments to both reviews. The basic recommendations of online savings accounts aren't stellar, since they just repeat the same list available at other blogs. However, this blog includes a large archive of articles on banking and, while this review is older, it generally stays up to date on rates and special offers. An online calculator helps you find out if it's worth moving your account to a different bank.
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Online Banking 101
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Our AssessmentThe About.com guide to banking and loans reviews, but doesn't rate or rank, online banks. The reviews are of uneven quality, and some lack dates -- which makes it hard to know whether the information is current, though the review of GMAC Bank, now Ally, suggests that the site hasn't been updated in some time. Separate articles cover the advantages and disadvantages of online banking in general. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
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All About Interior Paint
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Our AssessmentSpanning 20 pages, this slideshow piece for This Old House magazine offers readers a crash course on interior paint, where writer Sal Vaglica names his top three picks. Among them, Sherwin-Williams Duration takes the cake, earning the "Best" nod. While there's plenty of useful information here, analysis is a bit cursory, at least compared to other expert reviews we've spotted.
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Best Interior Paint
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Our AssessmentLee Wallender, About.com's guide to home renovations, recommends three brands of interior paint: Ralph Lauren, Pratt & Lambert and Benjamin Moore. Wallender specifically mentions Benjamin Moore Aura (citing a ConsumerSearch report on that paint), as well as the Pratt & Lambert Accolade and RedSeal series. This write-up is short, however, and only very briefly describes how the paints perform.
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Painting. Both Interior and Exterior Surfaces
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Our AssessmentThis user-to-user discussion forum is a great place to get firsthand recommendations and advice regarding paints and painting. Feedback stems from the opinions of dedicated homeowners, active and retired home contractors and painters, and there's enough discussion about most major paint brands to see which ones seem to leave the most users satisfied. It's worth noting that higher-end Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams paints seem to be top choices among the most experienced contributors.
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General Painting Discussion
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Our AssessmentIf you're looking for professional painters' opinions of a brand of paint, you can probably find it here. Pro painters engage in very detailed, helpful discussions of brands and product lines. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams paints are the overwhelming favorites. Discussion and feedback here is relevant, as many threads in this forum are recently created. You may need to do some browsing to find the exact information you need, however.
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Sub-Forums: Painting and Finish Work
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Our AssessmentContractorTalk.com is a solid resource for opinions of professional contractors on many brands of interior paint. Contributors appear to be experienced and eager to answer questions. Many of the latest threads were created very recently so discussion is relevant.
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Paint
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Our AssessmentDo-it-yourselfers and painting pros post here on all topics paint-related. Contributors prefer various brands of interior paint, but products from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams, as well as the ultra-expensive Farrow & Ball, stand out. There are many recent posts, as well as pages and pages of older comments to browse through.
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Painting
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Our AssessmentSimilar to other online forums, DIYChatroom.com consists of feedback from a mix of professionals, retailers and homeowners on brands of paint as well as the job of painting. Experienced contributors echo the same theme through many months of postings: You get what you pay for. As with other forums, paints from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams seem to earn the most praise. Discussion here is relevant, as many of the threads are recent.
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Recommended Lightbulbs
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Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org subjects 48 light bulbs, including CFLs, LEDs and a couple of halogen bulbs, to "life testing." The process includes cycling them on and off repeatedly until they reach 3,000 hours of use. Editors measure how well each bulb holds up and compare that to its claimed lifespan. They also measure brightness, efficiency, light distribution, light color and the time it takes each bulb to reach full brightness after being switched on.
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Light Bulb Reviews
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Our AssessmentThe Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests 28 energy-saving light bulbs, grading each one from A to F. To evaluate longevity, bulbs are set to blink on and off at 15-second intervals over a long period. Testers also rate the bulbs' brightness, light distribution, warm-up time, efficiency and light quality. Editors give the highest overall ratings to six LED and halogen bulbs, but they say CFLs offer the best value.
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LED There Be Light: We Pick the Best Bulb Upgrades for Your Buck
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Our AssessmentCNET names its top picks for the best LED bulbs to replace outdated incandescents. Ry Crist provides only a brief one-paragraph write-up for each, but there are links to detailed reviews based on hands-on observation. Reviewers assess the bulbs' light output and quality, design, cost and high-tech features. Recommended bulbs range from a basic 800-lumen bulb for $13 to a $199 color-changing system that syncs with a smartphone.
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New Reasons to Change Light Bulbs
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Our AssessmentTechnology columnist David Pogue tests six brands of LED light bulbs in his home, and reports on their light quality, appearance and value. The tested brands range from standard soft-white bulbs from 3M and Cree to gimmicky systems that let you control a whole bank of lights remotely and even change their color. Pogue recommends the Cree bulbs for their "superior design and low price" -- as low as $6 each.
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Good Bad Bulbs – Fluorescent Lighting & LED Lighting
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Our AssessmentBlogger Dan Rathbun reviews energy-efficient light bulbs based on his personal experience, usually with just one bulb. There aren't many reviews here, and there's no direct comparison between brands. The most recent favorable comments cover the Cree BR30 LED Floodlight, which Rathbun calls "my new favorite bulb;" the Cree 60-watt Replacement LED; and the Philips A21 LED 17W. Reviews are brief, and touch on light quality, shape and value.
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Cree's LED Replacement for the 75-Watt Bulbs You Can't Buy Anymore
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Our AssessmentDavid Agrell of Popular Mechanics reviews the Cree 75-watt Replacement LED, introduced in December 2013. He notes that it's fully dimmable, produces a warm white light, comes with a 10-year warranty and "could save you $170 in energy costs over its 23-year lifetime." Its one drawback is a $23 price tag, but Agrell says the bulb is expected to earn Energy Star certification, qualifying it for rebates that could cut the price significantly.
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Best of the Bulbs: 2013 LED Light Bulb Buyers Guide
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Our AssessmentThis popular home blog presents a roundup of 10 LED bulbs and their most appropriate uses. Blogger Vahan Baladouni names the Cree 60-watt Replacement LED Soft White as the best overall, thanks to "its combination of modest price, wide availability, impressive 10-year warranty, recognizable light bulb shape, even cast of soft-warm light and bright 800 lumens output." However, there's no indication that Baladouni personally tests any of the bulbs.
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Basking in a New Glow
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Our AssessmentThe New York Times' "Pragmatist," Bob Tedeschi, provides an update on the light bulb scene. Along with the federal mandate to phase out incandescent bulbs comes a new hurdle for retailers and buyers alike. Tedeschi walks consumers through the process of buying new bulbs with the help of industry professionals.
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Light Bulbs
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Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com doesn't have nearly as many light bulb reviews as Amazon.com. Out of more than 1,400 products, only a handful earns strong reviews from 100 users or more. All of the recommended products here are LED bulbs and Cree is the clear standout, taking three of the top four slots. We also found one recommendation for EcoSmart LED bulbs. A few CFLs earn high overall ratings, but from fewer users.
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LED & Other Light Bulbs
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Our AssessmentBestBuy.com has a limited selection of light bulbs, and those it sells tend to have fewer reviews. We found only one product with more than 80 ratings: the Insignia A19 800-Lumen Dimmable LED. Owners give this bulb 4.5 stars out of 5 overall, with praise for its light quality, brightness and value. The most common complaint is that the bulb heats up, something an LED shouldn't do.
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Light Bulb Buying Guide
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Our AssessmentThe light bulb buying guide at CNET is the most detailed we've seen. It doesn't recommend specific products, but it does cover the pros and cons of the four basic bulb types -- LED, CFL, incandescent and halogen -- in exhaustive detail. There's lots of information here about how to measure a bulb's brightness, color temperature, color rendering index and automated lighting options. The article also goes into detail about the new efficiency standards for light bulbs.
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Light Bulbs
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Our AssessmentLike most sites, Lowes.com has more user reviews for LED bulbs than for any other type. However, among the bulbs that get 4 stars out of 5 or better, only a handful has more than 25 ratings. Most of the recommended bulbs are from Utilitech, a brand sold exclusively at Lowe's.
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CFL Bulb Review: Best CFL Bulbs to Replace Incandescent
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Our AssessmentTom Harrison, a software developer and green blogger, recommends GE Energy Smart bulbs as the most reliable brand of CFL based on his own experiences. Although Harrison says he has "tried a lot of bad bulbs," he doesn't name the other brands or explain how they were inferior. Some of the GE bulbs Harrison recommends are no longer available, and the others now have different model numbers.
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GE Develops LED Light Bulb That Lasts 17 Years
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Our AssessmentDavid Saetang, a writer for PCWorld magazine, discusses the pros and cons of the GE Energy Smart LED bulb but doesn't conduct any hands-on testing. GE claims the bulb lasts up to 17 years, and its odd, spiky design helps distribute light better than older LED bulbs do. Its biggest drawback is a hefty price of $40 to $50, but Saetang says the bulb will pay for itself over the years in energy savings.
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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Key Product Criteria
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Our AssessmentThis page outlines the benefits of using light bulbs bearing the Energy Star label. Linked pages explain the exact Energy Star requirements for light bulbs -- in both performance and packaging -- and explain in detail how CFL and LED bulbs work. There's also a link to an interactive "Choose a Light Guide" that can help you select the best type of CFL for a particular use.
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Which Light Bulb Should You Pick to Replace Your Incandescents?
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Our AssessmentThis slideshow compares three types of light bulbs users can choose to replace outdated incandescents: halogen, CFL-halogen hybrid and LED. The article explains how each type works and discusses light quality, energy use, lifespan, cost and environmental impact. However, it does not mention any specific brands or make recommendations.
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Cree Introduces an LED Bulb Edison Would Love
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Our AssessmentEnergy blogger Martin LaMonica reports on the 2013 introduction of Cree's 60-watt Replacement LED bulb, which he says "mimics the traditional incandescent bulb design in every way -- except its inefficiency." The Cree bulb has the iconic light bulb shape, but with the addition of a rubber coating on the glass dome to resist shattering. LaMonica says the bulb he installed produced similar light output and distribution to a traditional incandescent.
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Light Bulbs
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Our AssessmentThere are more than 125,000 listings for light bulbs at Amazon.com, including CFL, incandescent, halogen and LED bulbs. LED and CFL bulbs receive the most feedback here: We found about a dozen products in these categories with more than 200 reviews and high overall ratings. Incandescent and halogen bulbs are not nearly as popular; only one incandescent bulb gets high average ratings from more than 100 users.
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The Great Portable Digital Audio Recorder Comparison
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Our AssessmentRob Sandall offers a detailed roundup of digital audio recorders from Roland, Zoom, Tascam and Olympus, of which he makes some recommendations. Testing here is hands-on, complete with talking and guitar sound clips taken simultaneously on each recorder from the same session for comparison. Analysis is competent, and Sandall points out the specific strengths and weaknesses of each model. On the downside, some of the recorders -- including one of the recommended models -- are discontinued.
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The Best Voice Recorder
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Our AssessmentBryan Gardiner provides a comprehensive roundup of the digital audio recorder market for TheWirecutter.com. The piece covers most budget-priced voice recorders available -- with price points of less than $100 -- and there is strong emphasis on clarity and value.
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Digital Voice Recorders
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Our AssessmentAmazon.com's users are eager to review and rate the products they've purchased, making it a good spot to track down consumer opinions about digital voice recorders. While some digital audio recorders attract only a handful of comments, others receive lots, in some cases hundreds, of reviews. As with most user review sites, the quality of the feedback can vary. Some reviews are highly detailed, others a line or two at best.
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Portable Digital Recorders
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Our AssessmentThanks to its large, tech-savvy customer base, B&H's site is full of detailed customer reviews on digital audio recorders aimed at music- and audio-recording enthusiasts. Elsewhere on the site you will find reviews of voice recorders that are ideal for school and work. In addition to ratings, reviewers typically post whether or not they would recommend the voice recorder to a friend. Those reviewers verified as actually having bought the recorder are identified.
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Audio Recorders
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Our AssessmentJeremy Rue's rundown of digital recorders explores the strengths and weaknesses of each model, based on his own experiences and those of others using the devices during workshops at the Knight Digital Media Center at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. While Rue notes the positives and negatives of most models, no voice recorder is specifically recommended. Important specs are handily listed for each digital voice recorder, such as supported audio formats. Many of the recorders covered in this older review are still available, but others are discontinued.
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Field Reports
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Our AssessmentRadio magazine has several reviews of digital audio recorders, primarily written by working broadcast professionals. The reviews are variable in quality, but provide valuable insights into how each recorder performs. No ratings are assigned, and finding the reviews takes a little patience as they are listed alongside reviews of many other types of gear.
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Portable & Field Recorders
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Our AssessmentAt MusiciansFriend.com, digital audio recorders tend to get a few dozen reviews at best. However, users are often professional musicians or dedicated amateurs who've put their digital audio recorders through extensive practical use. Like user reviews everywhere, quality is variable, but some offer relatively detailed comments.
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Digital Voice Recorders
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Our AssessmentCustomer reviews for digital voice recorders on Staples.com offer some excellent feedback and perspective from those who record meetings, interviews and general audio at home and in the office. A solid spread of mid-range and cheaper digital recorder models is included on the site. Reviews tend to be shorter and more to the point than we see elsewhere.
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Voice Recorders
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Our AssessmentBestBuy.com's customer review base isn't anywhere as robust as at sites like Amazon.com. Most digital voice recorders only get a handful of reviews, but some draw more feedback than others.
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Top 8 Digital Voice Recorders
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Our AssessmentCanadian business writer Susan Ward covers a range of digital voice recorders for About.com. The Zoom H4n is listed as the top pick, referencing CNET's review of the recorder which recommends the model for musicians and podcasters. Some of the other models in the article are discontinued, and it's not clear how much, if any, hands-on testing was used to determine the selections.
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Best At-Home Haircolor
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Our AssessmentGood Housekeeping tests nine home hair color formulas for gray coverage and fade resistance. Results vary by shade but Clairol Natural Instincts proves to be the best formula overall for all shades. Revlon ColorSilk's dark brown, burgundy and ultralight natural blonde shades also perform well, topping the brunette, red and blonde hair categories. Clairol Nice 'n Easy in natural dark neutral blonde performs equally well in the blonde category.
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Our Best-Ever Hair Advice
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Our AssessmentTesters at Good Housekeeping try several at-home color kits and rate them on how well they live up to claims. Only the top four are listed, with a brief description of results. Tips for maintaining hair color are also included. The report is a bit dated, but most of the products covered are still available.
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Hair Dye Buying Guide
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Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests 13 home hair-color kits for efficacy in covering gray hair. Editors say that all perform well, but a few produce excellent results. Testers also evaluate ease of use and features of each of the products tested.
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Anti-Aging Hair Products
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Our AssessmentGood Housekeeping tests 73 products with anti-aging claims, including hair color products that claim to cover gray. Winning products include permanent and demi-permanent colors as well as root touch-up kits. Each product is given a brief description but non-winning products are not discussed.
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Prevention's 2012 Beauty Awards: Best Hair Products
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Our AssessmentA panel of 275 Prevention readers along with 10 experts test and rate more than 1,700 beauty products to find the best of 2012. Winning products go "above and beyond" what is typically expected of products in the same category. Two at-home hair color products make the list: Couture Colour LuxeBlend Creme Hair Colour and Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Foam. Non-winning products aren't mentioned, however.
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Best Beauty Buys: Hair - Color
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Our AssessmentEvery year editors at InStyle magazine test hundreds of beauty products to find the very best of old and new products in several categories. Three products are chosen for 2013: L'Oréal Paris Couleur Experte, Clairol Nice 'n Easy and Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up, a couple of which have been chosen in multiple years.
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Best of Beauty 2012: Hair
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Our AssessmentAllure editors, cosmetic chemists and dermatologists test thousands of products and choose 245 for the best beauty list. Three products are listed for at-home hair color, including a highlighting kit, a root coverage product and a single process kit. This review would rank higher if editors included any details about the testing results.
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10 Under $20: Home Hair-Color Kits
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Our AssessmentAllure magazine recommends 10 budget-priced at-home hair color kits. Each is given a brief description, and while products do appear to have been tested, none are rated or compared.
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Expert Tips on Hair Coloring
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Our AssessmentReal Simple turns to professional hairstylist, Rita Hazan, for hair coloring tips and product recommendations. Hazan prefers L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference for blonde shades, Clairol Natural Instincts for brunettes and L'Oréal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Colour for redheads. This article also includes tips for prepping hair before coloring and for maintaining hair color. Products are not rated or compared, however.
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2012 Readers' Choice Awards
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Our AssessmentEditors of Allure magazine tally up readers' votes for best beauty products of 2012. The list of winners includes 53 products in several categories, which consist mostly of tried-and-true products that have been around for awhile. L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference is the only hair color product to make the list.
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Natural Hair Color Choices Grow
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Our AssessmentA few safe alternatives to mainstream chemical hair colors are suggested by a TruthInAging.com contributor. Although most of the recommended products are not completely natural, they all avoid the worst offenders -- namely PPD and resorcinol. Surya Henna Cream is the only product that has been tested by TruthInAging.com.
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Gorgeous Hair Color You Can Get at Home
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Our AssessmentCheryl Kramer Kaye offers tips for getting celeb-inspired hair color at home. Suggestions for what to ask for at the salon along with shade recommendations for do-it-yourself kits are listed. It isn't clear if any of the products listed were tested.
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Great Drugstore Hair Color: Tried, Tested, and Loved
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Our AssessmentBellaSugar.com, lists top-performing home hair coloring kits based on the personal experience of the author, who has been dying her hair since the seventh grade. Each recommendation comes with a brief description explaining why it makes the list. Top picks here are similar to those found in other reviews.
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How to Color Your Hair at Home
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Our AssessmentEditors offer tips for getting professional results when coloring at home. Editors also list tips for fixing and preventing mistakes. Three at-home hair color kits are recommended, but they aren't rated.
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15 Best Hair Color Products
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Our AssessmentUsers at TotalBeauty.com rate and review hundreds of hair color products. Most of the products listed here are only reviewed a handful of times, but some earn dozens of reviews. L'Oréal Paris Excellence Color Creme, Garnier HerbaShine Color Creme, L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference, Clairol Natural Instincts and eSalon Custom Formulated Hair Color earn high ratings from upwards of 120 reviewers.
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Hair Color
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Our AssessmentDrugstore.com sells many drugstore items, including at-home hair-color kits, and allows consumers to post reviews and rate products on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Although the reviews are not as easy to navigate as those at MakeupAlley.com and most product ratings vary from one color to the next, we still found the reviews to be useful in showing which brands are most popular.
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Cheap Thrill: The Best At-Home Hair Color Kits for Red Carpet Results
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Our AssessmentBeautyHigh.com, a beauty blog operated by StyleCaster Media Group, lists the top at-home hair color kits as chosen by a group of hair color fanatics. Each is given a brief description, but none of the products are rated or compared.
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Hair Color
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Our AssessmentSeveral hair dye kits are evaluated and rated by Walmart users. Although many of the products are reviewed hundreds of times, most hair color kits only receive mediocre ratings. Just for Men Mustache, Beard and Sideburns; L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference; L'Oréal Excellence Cream and Samy Fat Foam Permanent Hair Color earn the highest ratings. Reviews aren't as detailed as those listed at MakeupAlley.com and TotalBeauty.com, however.
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Hair Color
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Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells hundreds of hair color products, but they can be hard to find, and they don't always have a lot of reviews. You may do better at this site if you search for a specific product. MakeupAlley.com and TotalBeauty.com are better sources for user reviews of hair color.
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Hair Color
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Our AssessmentMakeupAlley.com does not sell products at their website, but it provides a forum where registered users can rate beauty products on a scale of 1 to 5. There are more than 300 hair-color products listed and most get only a few reviews, although the major brands sometimes attract more than 200 reviews from those who've tried the products. Comments are extremely helpful, involving ease of use, the quality of the resulting color, odor and more. Of those hair colors with the most reviews, products from Revlon, Garnier Nutrisse, Clairol, L'Oréal and Ion rate the highest.
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The Best Baby Carrier Review
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Our AssessmentEditors of BabyGearLab.com tested 15 baby carriers for safety, comfort, ease of use and ease of cleaning. They also factored in the number of carry positions, available fabrics, compatibility with toddler-carrying and comfort for newborns. Each review is thorough and detailed and is based on three full months of testing. No carrier gets a perfect score, but the top three recommendations are well thought out.
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BabyCenter Product Awards 2012
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Our AssessmentBabyCenter.com teamed up with baby gear guru Jamie Grayson to narrow down the best baby products of 2012, including poring over hundreds of parent reviews and their own experiences as parents. They also surveyed more than 2,000 moms to find their favorites. Parents were asked for feedback about products' value, appearance, durability and ease of use. The reviews are informative and based upon real-world use.
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Babble Best Picks: Baby Carriers
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Our AssessmentBabble.com editors tested dozens of baby carriers to come up with their best-of list. There are 13 editor's picks, as well as a roundup of reader's picks. Descriptions are clear, and each product has a list of pros and cons.
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SheKnows Parenting Awards 2012: Carriers
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Our AssessmentFor the 2012 SheKnows Parenting Awards, companies and readers nominated their favorite parenting products. Editors of SheKnows tested each submission, based upon functionality, quality, safety and convenience. Four finalists are selected and then voting is opened to the readers. The Ergobaby finished first in this category, winning the Editor's Choice Award.
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Mom-Tested Baby Slings & Carriers
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Our AssessmentParents.com editors looked at virtually every baby carrier on the market before narrowing their list to 15 top picks, which they had moms put through their paces. Both editors and moms weigh in on the in-depth reviews, including pros and cons and what they'd like to see changed.
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Babble Blogger's Favorite Baby Carriers: Picks for Wraps, Slings, Structured Carriers and More
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Our AssessmentAlthough the products in this roundup are not ranked or compared to each other, prolific product reviewer Michelle Horton gives each a thorough review, including the lifestyle factors that make the product a good choice -- or not. There is also a buying guide and overview of carriers with who should and should not use them, including some interesting discussion of health controversies.
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Baby Carrier Reviews
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Our AssessmentWhich? is a British magazine that tests and reviews products. Editors have evaluated 19 baby carriers and baby slings and names five best buys, based upon scores in expert and parent testing. The ratings and testing explanations are very detailed, and the site includes information on how to buy the best baby carrier. A few of the products they review are not available in the U.S.
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Chapter 9: Strollers and More
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Our Assessment"Baby Bargains" reviews baby gear and common baby brands. The authors review a number of popular baby carriers and make recommendations within each category. They list pros and cons and give each manufacturer an overall letter grade for their products. Each manufacturer and carrier that is covered gets a thorough review.
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Backpack Carrier Buying Guide
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Our AssessmentThis buying guide has a few recommendations, but not in the usual format of their ranked, recommended, subscriber-only reports. It's primarily an in-depth guide to purchasing a backpack baby carrier, safety tips, a list of brands and an excellent overview of features, including how to choose between a framed or lightweight carrier.
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Product Reviews
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