Speaking of which, pt. 2

I did some research on tractors before we bought the John Deere L111. I gotta tell ya, having a membership at Consumer Reports has made buying really expensive stuff a lot less scary. The L111 was their top-rated lawn tractor.

Consumer Reports doesn’t take ads. They refuse to be intimidated by lawsuits by various charlatans. All of their revenues are from memberships, so they’re not on anyone’s payroll.

My dad always had a Consumer Reports membership when I was growing up. I remember the magazines lying all over the house, and he didn’t make any big purchases without having a look to see what CR thought. They rate everything from coffee makers to mid-sized sedans.

Next up, we’re painting the house, and guess what… Consumer Reports has rated exterior paints and stains.

Highly recommended.

One Comment

  1. Darren

    Oh, yeah. We’ve been poring over any recent issues that deal with anything baby-related as of late. As an example of the standards of CR, they tested car seats at the maximum advertised weight capacity at the max speed required by federal regs. Guess what — no one else tests these things at max weight, and a couple of big brands had odd failures.
    I’m not a big fan of the CR used car ratings, but if you’re ever in the market for a new car, you can order a report that will show you what the dealer pays for the car (real dealer price, not “we’re selling it for $1 over invoice” dealer price) along with what the dealer pays the manufacturer for each option. We used this one time and the salesman started hanging his head as soon as we pulled the report out.

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