Attention deal hunters of all sorts!  Before making purchasing decisions, many people consult the magazine Consumer Reports.  Why do they?  It’s because the magazine offers expert, unbiased product ratings and reviews on a variety of topics from cars to highchairs to coffee makers.  If you use Consumer Reports, you might already know the library subscribes to the print magazine, but you might not know that we also offer online access to Consumer Reports with Cars Best Deals Plus. If you haven’t used Consumer Reports before, why not check it out for free?  It’s available both from inside the library and from home – the only difference is that when you’re not in the library, you’ll need to enter your Spring Lake District Library card number for access.

Consumer Reports Online provides immediate access to print issues of Consumer Reports magazine as well as special online-only content. Some of the online content is in the form of video clips and other media that can’t be put in a magazine.  It also includes a special Health section with ratings for hospitals and doctors; a health insurance buying guide allowing you to compare plans’ scores and performances; and information on medical conditions, treatments, and medicines.  While we hope it’s not necessary, with these resources, you can help make sure you and your loved ones are seeing the best medical professionals and receiving the best care.

Because Consumer Reports’ mission is to “work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves,” their reviews can be depended upon to be impartial – which is especially useful when ads for nearly everything blanket the airways! The reviews and ratings are for products from eight main areas: cars, appliances, electronics, home and garden, babies and kids, money, shopping, and health.

We at the library are thrilled to be able to offer this resource to our community!  We encourage you to explore it and take full advantage of all the information and advice provided. And as always, if you have any questions, stop in to ask.