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Can you really choose your car repairer

We reveal questionable links between car insurers and smash repairers.

4 Mar 2014 | Car insurers' preferred smash repairers are producing poor quality repairs.

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Hand mixer reviews

We test 26 hand mixers in the CHOICE labs, including models from Breville, KitchenAid, Sunbeam and more.

17 Apr 2014 | Fiona Mair, home economist from CHOICE's test kitchen has tested 26 hand mixers priced from $15 to $199.

Blender reviews

We test 27 blenders in the CHOICE labs including models from Breville, Kenwood, Sunbeam and more.

15 Apr 2014 | Our home economist has tested 27 blenders priced from $20 to $379.

Switching to Linux

Get free computing for life with this Windows alternative

18 Sep 2013 | Everything you need to know about getting started with Linux, picking a distributer and installing it on your computer.

ACCAN

Killing CAPTCHA

Consumer groups fight for a new web authentication system that is fair for all users

5 Sep 2013 | Consumer groups want to end the use of CAPTCHAs, which discriminate against blind and vision-impaired consumers.

National broadband network

Which NBN plan will result in consumers getting the best network?

12 Jul 2013 | The national broadband network is underway, but with an election looming and two competing plans, will consumers get the best network?

Mobile phone usage

We find out why excessive phone bills continue to top consumer-complaint lists in Australia.

16 Mar 2012 | Mobile service providers are supposed to be making bill shock a thing of the past, but weak regulatory intervention has allowed plenty of lingering aftershocks.

Fair calls from mobiles

There's been some success but there's still a way to go with free or local rate calls.

18 Nov 2011 | A campaign being run by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) aims to have calls to 1800, 1300 and 13 numbers charged at a fair price from mobile phones.

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Know your consumer rights

What are your rights as a consumer?

15 Apr 2014 | Australian consumers are automatically protected by guarantees which give consumers the rights they expect when they buy goods and services.

ACCC admits to security breach

Personal data of newsletter subscribers made accessible online.

15 Apr 2014 | The ACCC admits to privacy breaches from several of its websites that exposed email addresses of subscribers to its newsletters.

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ACCC takes action after Woolworths breaks promise on not offering high fuel discounts.

14 Apr 2014 | Court finds that Woolworths breached fuel shopper docket undertaking, but later offers by Coles and Woolworths did not.

ACCC slams SensaSlim again

The federal court finds SensaSlim misled franchisees about Peter Foster's involvement in the company.

11 Apr 2014 | Everyone's favourite phony weight loss company under fire again.

flight-centre-fined-$11-million

Fined millions for attempting to fix international airfares, Flight Centre's "lowest airfare guarantee" rings hollow.

28 Mar 2014 | Flight Centre tried to eliminate differences in the international airfares offered to consumers by attempting to collude with Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Emirates.

Extended warranties

We take a look at whether extended warranties are really worth paying extra for.

27 Feb 2014 | Consumers are already covered by the Australian Consumer Law's automatic guarantees, so do you need an extended warranty too?

Fit for nothing

From swimming costumes you can’t get wet to see-through exercise pants, CHOICE looks at what you can do about products that don’t meet your expectations.

16 Dec 2013 | Consumers buy products that don’t do what they should on a daily basis, so what are your rights when it comes to getting what you paid for?

No knocking

Do Not Knock stickers have been upheld in federal court as equivalent to asking someone to leave your property.

21 Oct 2013 | A federal court has reaffirmed that door-to-door salespeople cannot ignore do-not-knock stickers.

Insurance comparison sites  

Looking for a new health, car, or home insurance policy? CHOICE's review of comparison websites reveals some hidden catches.

22 Aug 2013 | Looking for a new health, car, or home insurance policy? CHOICE's review of comparison websites reveals some hidden catches.

Review sites

Is it a genuine review or advertising in disguise?

23 Jan 2013 | While consumers like to buy things that have been reviewed and recommended by others, we find you can't always trust the recommendations you find online.

Tech giant referred to the ACCC

Microsoft’s 32GB tablet has only 16GB of available hard disk space.

22 Jan 2013 | CHOICE has requested that the ACCC investigate Microsoft for potentially misleading advertising claims.

Pepe's free range quackdown

Federal Court fines Pepe’s Ducks for misleading open range claims

20 Dec 2012 | Pepe’s Ducks has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Court over complaints by the ACCC of misleading ‘open range’ claims

Trampoline reviews

Do nets and padding make modern trampolines any safer than the models of the past?

12 Dec 2012 | Trampolines are a fun way to exercise, however they can also be the cause of many injuries to children.

ACCC-makes-ATM-fee-announcement

The ACCC has approved the move to abolish fees in remote communities.

16 Nov 2012 | Following recommendations from the ATM Taskforce Report, the ACCC has authorised the scrapping of some ATM fees in remote Indigenous communities.

Regulator rejects free range farce

ACCC rejects Egg Corporation’s proposed free range standards.

6 Nov 2012 | The Australian Egg Corporation Limited’s proposal to increase outdoor free range stocking densities 13-fold has been rejected by the ACCC.

ACCC calls for action on rising electricity prices

Australia’s consumer watchdog says it’s time to get serious on energy market reform.

25 Oct 2012 | ACCC states that processes to stop rising electricity prices need to be more than ‘box ticking’ exercises.

ACCC acts on false carbon claim

The ACCC has taken action against a Melbourne gym.

2 Aug 2012 | A Melbourne gym is fined $6600 after making misleading carbon claims.

Environmental groups call for action against allegedly misleading nano labelling

Friends of the Earth claims that two suppliers of sunscreen ingredients misled leading brands.

27 Jul 2012 | Environmental groups call for action against allegedly misleading nanoparticle labelling on suncreen products.

Apple fined for misleading advertising

Apple has copped a $2.25 million fine for misleading consumers about its iPad's 4G capabilities.

22 Jun 2012 | The Federal Court has found that the technology giant contravened the Australian Consumer Law by misleading consumers.

The not so good oil

ACCC issues infringement notices for falsely labelled extra virgin olive oil

21 May 2012 | A South Australian company has been fined after Australian Competition and Consumer Commission tests indicated that its products labelled ‘extra virgin olive oil’ were not the premium products the claim suggested.

ACCC bares teeth as fashion retailers raise prices for Australians

The ACCC has launched an investigation following allegations of anti-competitive behaviour

21 May 2012 | Accusations that local fashion retailers have breached competition laws by pressuring international retailers to raise their prices for Australian customers will be investigated by Australia’s competition regulator.

Apple may mislead with iPad 4G claims

The ACCC seeks orders against Apple for claiming the new iPad has 4G capabilities.

28 Mar 2012 | The ACCC says Apple's promotion is misleading because Australia’s 4G network runs on a different frequency to the one the iPad is capable of using.

First chickens, now eggs

ACCC takes action against South Australian ‘free range’ egg supplier

12 Mar 2012 | The ACCC is taking action against South Australian ‘free range’ egg supplier.

Supermarkets set for scrutiny

The ACCC will be focusing on supermarket practices this year, according to Chairman Rod Sims.

21 Feb 2012 | ACCC Chairman Rod Sims has announced supermarkets will be a priority for the Commission in 2012.

The business of search engines  

The internet is a world of information, which we rely on search engines to help us find. But does this free service come with a catch?

3 Feb 2012 | With billions of pages on the internet, the ability to search accurately for information is vital. But there are some factors to consider before your next search.

Australian Consumer Law - One year on

One year on, we take a look at the successes and downfalls of the ACL in its debut year.

23 Dec 2011 | The newly introduced Australian Consumer Law gives consumers better protection when purchasing than ever before.

Former CHOICE CEO appointed as ASIC commissioner

Peter Kell’s strong consumer credentials will be asset for ASIC

21 Oct 2011 | CHOICE says it's great to see Peter Kell back at ASIC, where he previously worked in the consumer protection division.

Dodgy fuel dealers

Consumers might be getting more than they bargain for at the bowser.

7 Jun 2011 | Despite a range of federal government checkpoints to ensure consumers get what they pay for at the bowser, some fuel retailers are slipping through the net.

No benefit from Power Balance

ACCC action puts local distributor out of business

1 Jun 2011 | After being exposed as a fake by CHOICE and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) late last year, Power Balance Australia calls it quits.

Consumer policy helping consumer

It's time to modernise Australia's consumer policy framework.

20 May 2008 | Do Australia’s consumer policy settings meet consumers’ needs in the 21st century?

AceBIT

Backup software reviews

Backing up your important digital information is essential.

18 May 2012 | We test 18 backup software packages that promise to keep your data safe.

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Budget laptop reviews  

We test 15 laptop computers that won’t break the bank.

9 Apr 2014 | You don’t have to sacrifice speed when buying a cheap laptop. We test 15 low-cost laptops that provide a good combination of power and features at a reasonable price.

Tablet computer reviews  

Find the tablet computer that's right for you.

13 Jan 2014 | Tablets are taking over personal computing. We test more than 70 models you can buy in Australia.

Thin and light laptops review

We test 12 thin and light laptops to see which give the best mobile computing experience.

6 Nov 2013 | We test 12 thin and light laptops to see which offer the best combination of speed, portability and battery life.

Technology reliability survey

Just how reliable are your tech devices?

13 Nov 2012 | The CHOICE technology reliability survey reports on what types of problems can go wrong with common computer devices.

Christmas gift guide for the traveller

We round up some of the best buys for your globetrotting friends.

16 Dec 2011 | We pick fun and handy products that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to travel.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Christmas gift guide

We've trawled our test results to bring you a range of great gift ideas.

16 Nov 2011 | From digital cameras to kitchen gadgets, our gift ideas cater to all budgets.

All-rounder laptop reviews

Some of these general purpose family laptops offer unprecedented performance and value.

11 Nov 2011 | We test 12 laptops that suit the whole family, with models ranging between $730 and $2100.

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TPG fined for not giving access to Triple Zero

Customers denied 000 access after telco was unable to top up their accounts.

17 Apr 2014 | Some TPG customers didn't have access to 000 emergency numbers for six months.

Premium SMS services targetting school kids

SMS service warning: is your kid's school being targeted by premium SMS marketers peddling teddy bear wristbands?

24 Feb 2014 | CHOICE tells parents to warn kids about premium SMS numbers, so you don't get stung with a huge mobile phone bill.

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8 things to know about IT pricing

CHOICE busts the myths and reveals the facts behind the cost of IT and technology goods in Australia.

4 Mar 2014 | CHOICE tells you eight things you need to know about IT pricing.

Adobe Photoshop

Free image editors review

Can free photo editing software match up to paid programs?

5 Feb 2014 | Image editors can bring out the best in your happy snaps. We compare 10 programs that you can use for free.

Photokina 2012

CHOICE heads to a major photographic trade show in Europe.

19 Sep 2012 | On Day 2 of Photokina 2012, Chris Ruggles takes a look at the latest cameras from Canon and Nikon.

Photo Management Software

We test 12 programs that store and share your digital pictures.

30 May 2011 | Photo management software can bring order to digital-picture chaos.

Advertising

ACCC acts on misleading Coles cartoon

Coles to issue a correction after ACCC takes action on a misleading video and cartoon.

8 Apr 2014 | The ACCC has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from supermarket giant Coles after an investigation into the “Our Coles Brand Milk Story” cartoon and video found it to be misleading.

Shopping centre design

Ever wondered why you lose track of time and space in a shopping centre?

3 Dec 2013 | CHOICE investigates the tricks of the trade behind shopping centre design, and how these are encourage you to stay longer and shop more.

Supermarket sales tricks

We unlock supermarket sales tricks and show you how to avoid spending more than you mean to.

27 Mar 2013 | Supermarkets spend millions researching consumer behaviour and psychology to get you to buy more in their stores - we give you the tips and traps.

Review sites

Is it a genuine review or advertising in disguise?

23 Jan 2013 | While consumers like to buy things that have been reviewed and recommended by others, we find you can't always trust the recommendations you find online.

Tech giant referred to the ACCC

Microsoft’s 32GB tablet has only 16GB of available hard disk space.

22 Jan 2013 | CHOICE has requested that the ACCC investigate Microsoft for potentially misleading advertising claims.

The rise of aroma marketing

Is your nose falling prey to stealth advertising?

15 Aug 2012 | Scent marketing is increasingly being used to draw consumers back into bricks-and-mortars stores.

Toothpaste marketing

The toothpaste market is not as clean as you might think.

3 Jul 2012 | We've looked at 17 toothpastes, and spoken to dental experts to find out if there's any truth to the marketing claims.

Absurd whitegoods features  

Do the special features on your washing machine actually mean anything?

13 Jun 2012 | Often the special functions on your washing machine and dryer are just marketing hype.

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And the winner is...

1 May 2012 | We shortlisted four Coles and four Woolworths products that we believe mimic their branded equivalents and asked you to vote. The results are in.

The business of search engines  

The internet is a world of information, which we rely on search engines to help us find. But does this free service come with a catch?

3 Feb 2012 | With billions of pages on the internet, the ability to search accurately for information is vital. But there are some factors to consider before your next search.

Sustainable seafood labelling

We take a look at the implications of weak labelling requirements for sustainable seafood.

20 Dec 2011 | Are the big supermarkets’ sustainable fish-sourcing strategies bona fide or merely a marketing hook?

Ministers announce future of food labelling

The results are a mixed bag.

13 Dec 2011 | Ministers have handed down their decisions on the future of food labelling, and the menu contains mixed results for consumers.

Real estate's influence on newspapers

Should you believe everything you read in the property section of your newspaper? CHOICE investigates.

19 Oct 2011 | Where does advertising end and editorial begin in the murky grey area between the glossy snapshots and auction listings?

What annoys Australians?

More than 1000 CHOICE members reveal their top gripes.

1 Oct 2010 | Hidden fees, faulty products, endless phone menus - Australians' biggest complaints are consumer and/or product-related.

The Hard Word August 2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

26 Aug 2010 | It's cheaper to pick your pizza up in person, better to play it safe with the seafood menu and easier to disregard the rules of punctuation.

EPG review and compare

Electronic program guides (EPGs) are supposed to help Australians record their weekly TV fix, but how reliable are they?

2 May 2010 | CHOICE explains why electronic program guides fall short of the mark.

The-Hard-Word-Mar-2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

24 Mar 2010 | Unit pricing gone mad, bottom humour and tasty pizza packaging.

The-Hard-Word-Feb-2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

19 Feb 2010 | Do-it-yourself plastic surgery, the perfect bed for visiting in-laws, and a cure for sausage fingers.

The Hard Word - January 2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

21 Jan 2010 | An honest clairvoyant, a murderous driving school and a cash prize that falls a little short.

The Hard Word - Dec 2009  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

21 Dec 2009 | McDonalds, tattoos and traces of nuts feature in this pilot for our new series.

The 2009 Shonky Awards  

The year’s worst of the worst for all things consumer.

28 Oct 2009 | It’s time once again for the annual CHOICE Shonky Awards, where we reward manufacturers, service providers, government officials and marketers for their usual treasure trove of consumer-related Shonkyness.

Voluntary green code for ads weak

Will consumers really be protected from misleading ‘green’ claims when self-regulation by the advertising industry begins?

3 Jul 2009 | Consumers are bombarded by green claims for products and services, but not all of them can be backed up, giving rise to “greenwash”.

Advertising tricks

CHOICE reveals the latest tricks companies use to catch our attention and open our wallets.

26 Mar 2009 | In an average day – commuting to work, buying a coffee, exercising and so on – you’ll likely be exposed to as many as 5000 advertising messages.

Supermarket sales tactics

It's important to understand how supermarkets sell, sell, sell.

5 Jan 2009 | Major supermarkets are just about everywhere, and according to the market research company ACNielson, the primary appeal is "one-stop shopping" — everything you want under one roof.

Drug advertising

CHOICE calls for greater scrutiny of pharmaceutical marketing, its impact on medical practice and cost pressures on the health system.

11 Jul 2008 | CHOICE is concerned that some pharmaceutical companies are employing potentially misleading marketing strategies to increase drug sales.

Food marketing: child's play  

We take a look at how food is marketed to children, and what the problems are.

6 Mar 2007 | Kids are a special target for food marketing, and this concerns us for several reasons.

Food styling

If you’ve ever flicked through the pages of a glossy food magazine you’ve seen what a food stylist can do.

24 Jan 2002 | The problem with food photography is that food tends to dry out, shrink, discolour and sag — food styling is about counteracting these forces.

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Dishwasher reviews  

We take the guesswork out of buying the best dishwasher in your price range.

7 Apr 2014 | More than 50 dishwashers rated on their washing and drying performance, energy and water use, including models from Bosch, Dishlex, LG, Miele and Westinghouse.

Ovens review  

We've put 66 electric ovens through their paces in our test kitchen including models from Miele, Westinghouse and Electrolux.

13 Mar 2014 | Find out which ovens we recommend and how they stack up when it comes to cooking performance and ease of use.

Clothes dryer reviews

We put over 30 clothes dryers to the test, including vented, condenser and electric heat pump condenser models, and one gas dryer.

27 Feb 2014 | We put the latest clothes dryers through rigorous tests in our labs. Find out which are the best performers.

Aged care

Save-on-hearing-aids

You may be able to save thousands on a top-range hearing aid.

20 Feb 2013 | One in six Australians suffers hearing loss, but top-end aids can cost a small fortune. We've surveyed the market to find out how and where you can save.

Advance care directives

Unless you take certain steps, advance care directives (ACDs) may not carry much weight. We share some pointers on deciding your own fate.

22 Jan 2013 | With Australians living longer and often facing a drawn-out decline, being clear about your future healthcare plans is more important than ever.

Memory-enhancing pills

Can a pill improve brain function and help prevent dementia?

21 Jul 2008 | There are pills on the market that claim these benefits, and more. They can set you back anything from $10 to $70 a bottle. But do they work?

Nursing homes

Plan ahead for when you can no longer look after yourself.

22 Aug 2006 | Most of us don’t want to think about nursing home care while we’re still relatively healthy and independent; we tend to leave it until an emergency forces us to face the issue, utterly unprepared.

AHM

Health insurance comparisons

Our health insurance reviews are a prescription for painless health cover.

6 Dec 2013 | We review 20 open funds in Australia, with recommendations to suit a variety of people in different life stages.

Insurance comparison sites  

Looking for a new health, car, or home insurance policy? CHOICE's review of comparison websites reveals some hidden catches.

22 Aug 2013 | Looking for a new health, car, or home insurance policy? CHOICE's review of comparison websites reveals some hidden catches.

Air Australia

Airline Customer Advocate takes off

The new scheme is set to make complaint resolution fairer, but doesn't go far enough.

23 Apr 2012 | The Australian Airline Customer Advocate Scheme will launch later this year, but as an industry-funded body, it's no guarantee of complaint resolution.

Air Australia goes bust

Stranded ticketholders highlight need for new protections.

17 Feb 2012 | We're calling for a built-in passenger safety net in the airlines industry and a travel industry ombudsman to make sure it works.

Air conditioners

Large air conditioner reviews

Find out which air conditioner is best for your home - whether you want to heat up a single room or a large living area this winter.

10 Apr 2014 | Over 130 reverse-cycle split-system inverter air conditioners compared and reviewed, including models from Daikin, Fujitsu, Panasonic and more.

Product reliability survey

Our 2014 report reveals how our members rate common technology product and appliance brands for reliability.

21 Feb 2014 | Use our brand reliability results to help guide your decision before buying. A bargain isn't a bargain if you're likely to pay a lot for repairs in the long term.

Portable air conditioner reviews

CHOICE tests nine portable air conditioners for performance, energy efficiency and ease of use.

25 Oct 2013 | Our test covers models priced between $599 and $1499, from brands including DeLonghi, Dimplex, Convair and Omega.

Dehumidifier reviews

Wet weather dampening your home (and your spirits)? A dehumidifier could help.

12 Jul 2013 | We review 15 dehumidifiers, including a dessicant model, rated from 10L to 30L per day and priced from $188 to $880.

ICE Solair first look

This solar air conditioner sounds good in theory, but isn't so good in practice.

9 May 2012 | This air conditioner has a thermal panel to reduce the compressor load and save electricity usage - but does it work?

Small air conditioner reviews

A reverse-cycle air conditioner can be the most efficient way to heat (and cool) a large room.

27 Apr 2012 | Test results for 36 reverse-cycle inverter air conditioners with cooling capacities around 2.5 to 3.5 kW, including nine newly tested models.

Ducted reverse-cycle air conditioning buying guide

Want to cool and heat your whole house? Here's what you need to consider.

19 Jan 2012 | Before you spend thousands of dollars to have a system installed (and several hundred dollars a year to run it), consider other cooling and heating options.

Your cooling options buying guide

Our tips for keeping your home cool this summer, using insulation and natural ventilation.

27 Nov 2011 | Preventing your house from getting too hot should be your first priority. Make sure it's properly insulated, draught-proof, shaded and ventilated.

Queensland bans energy inefficient air conditioners

CHOICE welcomes Queensland’s move to ban inefficient air conditioners, but wants to see standards improved nationally.

3 Jul 2009 | The Queensland government has introduced a ban on the sale and installation of air-conditioning units that fail to achieve an energy efficiency ratio of 2.9 or higher – equivalent to a four-star energy rating – beginning September this year.

Home cool guide

Do you really need an air conditioner?

22 Apr 2009 | A cool home’s important for many Australians, and an air conditioner is the only appliance that can really cool down a hot room effectively — but there are other, ways to keep the heat out of your home in the first place.

Small air conditioners review and compare

Reverse-cycle air conditioners are the most efficient form of electric heating, as well as being effective coolers.

6 Mar 2009 | Air conditioners are usually thought of as a summer appliance, but a reverse cycle model can also be an effective way to heat your home.

Portable evaporative coolers review and compare

In a hot dry climate, a portable evaporative cooler is a cheap way to cool down.

15 Sep 2008 | If you live in a region where the summers are hot and dry, a portable evaporative cooler can be a cheap and effective way to keep you cool.

Large air conditioners review and compare

Keep your living room cool this summer.

26 Aug 2008 | An ever-increasing number of Australians are getting air conditioning installed, or moving into a new home that delivers a cooling breeze at the touch of a button.

Portable air conditioners review and compare

They’re still ugly and noisy, but they’re getting better at keeping you cool.

11 Jul 2008 | If you’re dreading the thought of sweltering in a rented home this summer, a portable air conditioner may look tempting.

Ceiling fans review and compare

An environmentally-friendly way of cooling your home during those scorching days.

25 May 2008 | If you live in a warm climate ceiling fans can offer an environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient cooling solution.

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Garment steamer reviews

These steamers are a gentler way of removing wrinkles from your clothing.

5 Feb 2014 | The latest garment steamers are put through their paces, including models from Conair, Kambrook, Jiffy and Homemaker.

Steam mop reviews  

Steam mops are an effective way to clean your home and many people are opting for these over a mop and bucket.

16 Jan 2014 | Test results for 25 steam mops, including 12 newly tested models, priced from $49 to $349.

Airlines

flight-centre-fined-$11-million

Fined millions for attempting to fix international airfares, Flight Centre's "lowest airfare guarantee" rings hollow.

28 Mar 2014 | Flight Centre tried to eliminate differences in the international airfares offered to consumers by attempting to collude with Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Emirates.

Qantas changes Frequent Flyer program

Frequent flyers with Qantas will no longer earn points on how far they fly but on how much they pay.

28 Mar 2014 | Customers choosing cheaper Qantas flights will earn less points under the announced changes.

Frequent Flyer failure

Unless you fly often, frequent flyer points won’t get you very far.

20 Mar 2014 | Scoring an airline ticket or an upgrade can be a tall order if you’re relying on Frequent Flyer rewards.

Holiday_shopping_tips

Everything you need to know to make sure you get a great deal

30 Dec 2013 | Christmas may be behind us, but the sales shopping season is still well under way – and there are all kinds of ways to end up getting a bad deal. CHOICE offers tips for those navigating the January sales.

Airline website booking traps  

We expose the website traps and surcharges that can blow out the cost of that bargain basement airfare.

25 Mar 2013 | Don't get stung with unexpected fees and charges when booking your next domestic flight.

Credit card surcharges

The end of excessive credit card surcharges is on the horizon.

7 Mar 2013 | As of 18 March, surcharges applied to credit cards will be capped at a reasonable cost for the retailer.

Qantas surcharge rip-off

CHOICE estimates Qantas collects at least $204 million in payment surcharges yearly.

18 May 2012 | We're concerned that the Qantas payment surcharge is being used to disguise the real cost of an airline ticket.

Airline Customer Advocate takes off

The new scheme is set to make complaint resolution fairer, but doesn't go far enough.

23 Apr 2012 | The Australian Airline Customer Advocate Scheme will launch later this year, but as an industry-funded body, it's no guarantee of complaint resolution.

Air Australia goes bust

Stranded ticketholders highlight need for new protections.

17 Feb 2012 | We're calling for a built-in passenger safety net in the airlines industry and a travel industry ombudsman to make sure it works.

Carry-on suitcase reviews

Onboard suitcases are convenient, but price isn't always an indicator of quality.

24 Oct 2011 | CHOICE tested 10 suitcases, which can be used as either check-in or carry-on luggage, and enlisted three cabin crew to put them through their paces.

Flight comparison websites

Don't assume you'll always find the cheapest flights on the most well-known sites.

9 Aug 2011 | We surfed more than a dozen Australian flight comparison websites and found savings of up to $369 for flights leaving to and from the same destination on the same dates.

Pitfalls for tall consumers

Despite the fact that Australians are getting taller, it seems retailers are yet to catch up.

23 Jun 2011 | Tall consumers are getting the short end of the stick in everything from buying clothes to travelling on planes, trains and in cars.

Your rights in flight

Delays due to natural causes, lost baggage or poor cabin service can ruin your travel plans.

21 Jun 2011 | Most airlines do everything they can to limit their liability for any losses you encounter as a result of delays or cancellations. In some cases we think their terms and conditions wouldn’t hold up if challenged.

Suitcase safety

We look at some suitcase safety measures that may protect your belongings at home and abroad.

28 Apr 2011 | Locks, straps, cable ties or shrink wrap? CHOICE runs through the options.

Domestic airline satisfaction survey 2010

Before booking your next interstate trip, read how 11,000 CHOICE members rate domestic airlines for price and quality of service.

23 Apr 2010 | Once again, we found that members will sacrifice a lot for a bargain flight.

Airline satisfaction survey

See which airlines our members rate the best and worst.

14 Mar 2010 | CHOICE’s recent survey of nearly 9000 respondents who had flown in the past three years. We give you the top reasons for selecting an airline.

Jetstar-MasterCard-review

Jetstar’s credit card compares well against other retailers’ cards for rewards.

9 Feb 2010 | Following in the footsteps of major retailers Myer, Woolworths and David Jones, Jetstar has launched its own branded MasterCard and Platinum MasterCard.

Sky high credit surcharges

Airlines are charging customers disproportionate credit card booking fees.

18 Sep 2009 | For a merchant, the average cost to process a customer’s MasterCard or Visa credit card payment is less than 1% of the value of the transaction. But some airlines charge much higher fees.

Airline satisfaction surveys

Results for our international and domestic airline satisfaction surveys.

22 Apr 2009 | CHOICE’s recent survey of nearly 3500 respondents indicates that convenient flight schedules, a good standard of service and value for money are the top reasons for selecting an airline.

House minding agencies

Guide to leaving your home in the hands of a housesitter.

1 Jul 2008 | Ever had that sinking feeling as you leave home to head off on holiday? Will the house be secure? Will the garden survive? Will the pets be safe and will your neighbour remember to feed them?

Carbon offsets for flights

Can you pay extra to make your air travel carbon neutral?

21 Jun 2007 | One long haul flight could cause the same or more greenhouse gas emissions per person than a whole year’s electricity use in your home.

Air pollution

Going carbon neutral

There are steps you can take to reduce your environmental footprint.

3 Nov 2007 | We’re being presented with green and carbon-reducing options at every turn, and while 'carbon neutral' is a tall order, there are some simple ways to get started.

Akai

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

HD set-top box reviews  

A high-definition set-top box is an inexpensive way to upgrade to digital TV.

13 Oct 2011 | We put 14 set-top boxes, priced from $80 to $150, through their paces, and find out which ones come out on top.

AKG

Headphones and earphones reviews

Headphones have become a fashion accessory, but there’s a lot more to them than whether they match your threads.

10 Apr 2013 | CHOICE reviews 16 pairs of headphones, priced from $198 to $300, including models from Beats, Bose, Fanny Wang and Ultrasone.

Noise-cancelling headphones and earphones reviews

These gadgets keep the music happening without driving your neighbours mad.

4 Apr 2012 | Test results for seven noise-cancelling headphones and six noise-cancelling earphones.

Aktimate

iPod speaker dock reviews

Some can be used as a sound system for a flat, but most will struggle if you turn them up.

1 Mar 2012 | Price is no guarantee of quality when it comes to iPod docks.

Alcohol

Teenage drinking declining

Teenagers, and Australians in general, are drinking less.

10 Apr 2014 | Teenagers are drinking less than they were in 2001, according to new research from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

Health facts and fictions

Think a detox is a quick antidote for a month of excess? We debunk this and a couple of other popular health myths.

28 Dec 2013 | Read these widely held notions about everything from diet and exercise, to air travel and antioxidants.

Sparkling wine and champagne reviews  

We pop the cork on 60 champagnes and sparkling wines.

19 Dec 2012 | CHOICE's wine experts tested 60 of the best-selling sparkling wines, including champagne. Some of the best buys cost under $10.

Parallel import beer taste test

How do premium imported beers shape up against the locally brewed versions?

28 Aug 2012 | We've tasted Peroni, Stella, Heineken and other imported favourites to find how the premium imports match up against their locally brewed versions.

Supermarket wines

We investigate the sale and marketing of private label wines at Coles and Woolworths.

17 May 2012 | There’s no easy way for consumers to know who makes their wine, short of searching online or checking the Australian trademark database.

New poll shows bottle half full for Australia drinkers

Two thirds of Australian drinkers underestimate what a standard drink is

23 Apr 2012 | Two thirds of Australian drinkers underestimate the number of standard drinks in a bottle of wine, according to the results of a new poll.

Wine fridge reviews

Are your precious bottles collecting dust in the corner of your garage? There are other options available.

17 Apr 2012 | There are different types of wine fridges, but you might find that better options in your house are available.

Cider taste test

Move over beer and wine, it's the summer of cider.

31 Jan 2012 | Whether you’re after sweet, sparkling, English-style or other, there’s a cider out there for everyone, as results of our blind taste test show.

Wine taste test

Australian and New Zealand sauvignon blancs and pinot noirs go head to head.

23 Nov 2011 | Australian and New Zealand sauvignon blancs and pinot noirs go head to head in this year’s wine taste test.

Little-Creatures-Beer-recall

An Australia-wide recall of Little Creatures beers has been issued due to possible glass contamination

21 Sep 2011 | There is the potential for glass contamination from weakened glass bottles in the Little Creatures Pale Ale, Bright Ale and Dreadnaught Single Batch, and food products containing glass may cause injury if consumed.

New alcohol labelling a good start but could go further

13 Jul 2011 | A new voluntary scheme announced by alcohol industry group DrinkWise, to include messages on alcohol product labels, should become mandatory.

Bottleshops

Australia's liquor market is dominated by Coles and Woolies, demolishing competition and squeezing out the smaller players.

31 May 2010 | See our CHOICE price comparison of wine, beer and spirit prices at a number of different outlets.

Can you trust personal breathalysers?   

CHOICE trialled electronic and disposable breathalysers and the results were disturbing.

4 Sep 2009 | Personal breathalysers give an indication of a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC). CHOICE trialled nine priced below $200.

GM free alcohol guide

Genetically modified ingredients are slipping under the radar and into some foods – possibly your favourite glass of red.

8 Jul 2009 | A pocket-sized guide listing alcoholic drinks free of genetically modified ingredients was launched by Greenpeace yesterday, with the support of farmers, chefs and well-known food industry figures.

Sticky wines taste test

CHOICE’s expert tasters found some heavenly dessert wines that don’t cost the earth.

18 Aug 2008 | The right dessert wine can add that special touch to a dinner party, and leave you with money left over for the perfect dessert to accompany it.

Alcopops  

Sweet, sexy, and deceptively alcoholic. Almost a third of CHOICE’s teenage testers couldn’t detect the alcohol in a Vodka Mudshake.

26 Feb 2008 | Alcopops are very appealing to younger people, and contribute to underage and binge drinking.

Premium beer reviews

Fancy a coldie? Our expert tasters rate 46 premium beers.

30 Jul 2007 | Two mainstrem brews included for comparison (Victoria Bitter and Tooheys New) scored higher than plenty of more expensive premium beers.

Breathalysers review and compare

Can you rely on a personal breathalyser to tell when you're over the legal limit?

9 Dec 2005 | While this was a small trial, based on its results we wouldn't recommend buying any of the six tested models.

Aldi

Is gluten free food healthy?

Many people are chosing gluten-free food for health and weight loss, but is it just an expensive, unhealthy fad?

22 Apr 2014 | For many people gluten-free is a lifestyle choice to "feel better" or lose weight, but many of gluten-free foods are low in nutrition and high in kilojoules, fat and sugar.

aldi-lumina-microwave-first-look

At the bargain price of $59.95, is it a good performer or could it be too good to be true?

28 Jun 2013 | We tell you if Aldi's latest low-price microwave performs.

Supermarket and bakery bread review

Modern bread processing methods have completely changed the way our daily loaf is made.

4 Jun 2013 | Bread has changed thanks to modern processing methods and additives. We investigate what's in supermarket and bakery breads and help you choose a healthy crust.

Breakfast cereal reviews  

Which cereals make the nutritional grade?

4 Oct 2012 | We look beyond the names and claims to uncover the breakfast cereals that provide the most nutritious start to your day.

ALDI Lumina Signature first look

We take a first look at the ALDI Lumina Signature vacuum cleaner.

26 Jul 2012 | ALDI's Lumina Signature 3019 VC-460 is a good vacuum cleaner at a great price.

ALDI steam iron first look

We take a sneak peek at the ALDI Lumina Signature iron.

25 Jul 2012 | We've got in early to take a sneak peek at the latest ALDI iron, the Lumina Signature, available from 12th July.

Milk alternatives review

If you can't or won't drink cow's milk, what are your options?

26 Apr 2012 | We review soy, rice, oat, coconut and almond non-dairy milk alternatives to see how they stack up nutritionally.

Frozen fish product reviews

We trawl the supermarket freezers to find your best frozen fish options.

21 Mar 2012 | We review over 100 frozen fish products, including uncoated, seasoned, battered and crumbed varieties to uncover your best options.

Aldi GoCruise 1602 first look

For its price, this car GPS unit from Aldi is a winner.

5 Dec 2011 | Despite its low price, the Go Cruise includes all the features and functions you’d expect to see on a modern car GPS.

Medion Akoya laptop from Aldi

We take a sneak peek at the 17.3” Medion Akoya laptop.

21 Nov 2011 | We get in early to take a sneak peek at the latest Medion Akoya laptop from Aldi, ahead of its release this Saturday.

AL-KO

Mulcher lawnmower reviews

Mulcher mowers can give you a greener lawn and greener environment.

25 Sep 2012 | In our updated test of 30 mulcher and catcher lawnmowers, we reveal which models keep your lawn looking its best.

Allergies

Coles easter egg recall

Consumers with tree nut allergies are urged to return the affected Coles and BI-LO Easter eggs to their nearest store.

11 Apr 2014 | Several Coles home-brand Easter chocolate products have tested positive for traces of tree nuts.

Chemicals in clothing

While you know about toxins in pesticides, what about the ones in your clothes?

24 Mar 2014 | While product safety is a hot legislative topic in other countries, it isn’t in in Australia.

Hayfever treatment

We review your treatment options for managing hayfever symptoms.

1 Oct 2013 | There are several types of medication available over-the-counter or by prescription for the treatment of symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, congestion, itchy throat and burning eyes. Which work best?

Getting rid of mould

Removing mould in your home is more than a surface issue.

6 Aug 2012 | Reducing moisture, not expensive mould removal products, is the key to preventing household mould.

Sanitarium So Good rice milk recall

Consumers who have a soy allergy or intolerance should not consume this product.

16 Nov 2011 | The recall of the product is due to a production error resulting in the presence of an undeclared allergen (soy) in So Good Rice Milk 1L.

Choc Cherry Slice and Choc Chip Flapjack Slice recall

Any consumers who have an EGG allergy or an EGG or sulphites intolerance may have a reaction if the product is consumed.

26 Oct 2011 | Kerry Pinnacle Pty Ltd is recalling Choc Cherry Slices and Choc Chip Flapjack Slices because packaging doesn't state the products' allergens, EGG and sulphites.

Woolworths-Macro-Whole-Foods-Gluten-Free-Choc-Brownie-Mix-recall

The brownie mixes contain an undeclared allergen, milk.

14 Sep 2011 | Any consumers who have a milk allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if the product is consumed.

"Natural" hair dye

They cost up to twice as much as supermarket products, but are health store hair dyes any healthier?

29 Jul 2011 | They have a higher price tag, but is there any benefit to buying “natural” or “organic” hair dyes? CHOICE investigates the ingredients.

Pesticides in imported vegetables

Imported vegetables appear no more likely to be contaminated with pesticides than Australian produce.

5 Mar 2010 | Our random test of common canned and frozen vegetables showed little cause for concern.

Microfibre cloth reviews

Keep your regular household cleaning simple and green with a microfibre cloth and a spray of water.

11 Dec 2009 | Microfibre cloths minimise the need for chemical cleaners, so they're good for the environment and the hip pocket.

Is natural toothpaste worth the price tag

Read the fine print, and you’ll find some "natural" toothpastes may not be as pure as you think.

1 Aug 2009 | Many of the so-called “natural” brands aren’t so different from conventional toothpaste, yet they’re often far more expensive.

Food allergies and intolerances

CHOICE investigates why nut allergy rates are now soaring, and what you can do if you think you have an allergy.

24 Mar 2009 | Australia has one of the highest allergy rates in the world, and the number of people affected is growing at an astonishing rate.

Nanotechnology and food

No longer in the realm of science fiction, nanofoods are on their way to a supermarket near you.

23 Feb 2009 | CHOICE wants nanofoods better regulated to ensure they are both safe and properly labelled.

Deodorants user trial

Here’s all you need to know about sweat and how to avoid those dreaded white marks.

23 Jun 2008 | For thousands of years humans have tried to disguise, cover or eliminate personal smells through the use of perfumes, scented oils and crystals.

Plasticisers

CHOICE tested foods in glass jars and found contaminants from the plastic used to seal the lids.

12 Jun 2008 | In our test of food in glass jars, half contained the plastic-softening chemicals epoxidised soybean oil or phthalates at levels exceeding EU limits.

Food additives

Which ones pose a health risk?

2 May 2008 | We look at the latest research into additives that health questions have been raised about - and give CHOICE’s verdict on which ones you’d do best to avoid.

Strawberries

We tell you how to choose the sweetest and tastiest — but our test found pesticide residues in most conventionally grown strawberries.

29 Jan 2008 | We love our strawberries. They look beautiful and good ones taste delicious. But are there hidden dangers?

Consumer reporting of adverse drug reactions

In the past adverse drug reactions have been reported by doctors. We believe that consumers should be able to report these events themselves.

25 Sep 2007 | Reporting of adverse events by consumers has resulted in some important changes, including improvements in product labeling.

Pesticides in fruit and veg

Are they harmless — or is the truth that we don’t really know?

10 Mar 2006 | There’s no convincing evidence that pesticide residues are bad for your health at the very low levels permitted in fruit, vegetables and other foods. But the research isn’t conclusive.

Alternative medicine

NHMRC review finds no evidence for homeopathy

The Australian government scientific review determines homeopathy can't - and doesn't - work.

9 Apr 2014 | The NH&MRC conducted an exhaustive review of homeopathy research, finding no evidence it's an effective treatment and no plausible scientific explanation for how it works.

Pregnancy-supplements

Which ones should you take, and which should you avoid?

23 Jul 2013 | Most pregnant women take supplements, including vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other alternative medicines. While some are useful, others can do more harm than good.

Omega-3 supplements

Omega-3 is linked to many health benefits, but should you choose a supplement or fresh fish?

1 Mar 2013 | From seafood sources to fish and krill oil supplements, we investigate your options for including this nutrient in your diet.

Shonkiest shonky - vote now!

The results are in! Which of the 8 CHOICE Shonky Award winners was voted the Shonkiest?

6 Nov 2012 | The results are in! The winner of the People’s Choice Shonkiest Shonky is Nature’s Way Kids Smart Natural Medicines, with 44% of the vote.

The 2012 Shonky Awards  

CHOICE's awards for the shonkiest products and shoddiest services are back.

30 Oct 2012 | Our annual Shonky awards recognise and reprimand misleading claims, false advertising, lack of transparency, faulty goods and/or poor service, awarding lemon gongs to the 'winners'.

Dodgy diagnostics

Some alternative diagnostic tests aren’t all they’re quacked up to be.

29 Jun 2011 | Some diagnostic tests offered by natural therapists are unreliable or just plain nonsense. CHOICE investigates some common ones.

Depression

One in six Australians will experience an episode of depression at sometime in their lives.

15 Oct 2010 | Fortunately, a range of effective and affordable treatments is available, ranging from talking therapies to certain drugs, and may be more affordable than you imagine.

Complementary medicines

Complementary medicines make a range of claims about their effectiveness, but these claims are not always backed up with sound evidence.

2 Dec 2008 | In some cases, complementary medicines can harm consumers’ health. Current regulatory action does not do enough to protect consumers.

Memory-enhancing pills

Can a pill improve brain function and help prevent dementia?

21 Jul 2008 | There are pills on the market that claim these benefits, and more. They can set you back anything from $10 to $70 a bottle. But do they work?

Glucosamine

It’s a popular alternative treatment for osteoarthritis but does it really work?

8 May 2008 | Does glucosamine help relieve the pain of osteoarthritis? The latest research casts some doubt on the matter.

Access to information about drugs in Australia

Consumers have a right to know why some drugs are approved and some are not.

9 Jul 2007 | The Therapeutic Goods Administration do not disclose why certain drugs have been approved and others have not.

St. John's Wort

Studies show it helps relieve mild depression, but can you be confident the brand you buy will work?

13 May 2005 | Not all SJW products are equal, and lack of transparency about their products on the part of companies that supply them makes it difficult to know which can be used with confidence.

Sleep aids

Over-the-counter products are short-term solutions, but there are other ways to improve sleep.

9 Jan 2005 | Estimates vary, but something like 10–40% of the population has trouble from time to time either getting to, or staying, asleep.

Alternative therapies

NHMRC review finds no evidence for homeopathy

The Australian government scientific review determines homeopathy can't - and doesn't - work.

9 Apr 2014 | The NH&MRC conducted an exhaustive review of homeopathy research, finding no evidence it's an effective treatment and no plausible scientific explanation for how it works.

Pharmacy products - safe and effective?

Our investigation found some pharmacies are selling 'health' products that simply don't work.

6 Dec 2013 | From the dubious to the downright ineffective, CHOICE visits the high-profile offenders to find out more.

Pregnancy-supplements

Which ones should you take, and which should you avoid?

23 Jul 2013 | Most pregnant women take supplements, including vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other alternative medicines. While some are useful, others can do more harm than good.

Can a chiropractor replace your GP?

Chiropractors are increasingly moving into family primary care, taking on the role traditionally filled by GPs.

23 Aug 2012 | As with all medical practices, there are risks involved with chiropractic. So do the benefits for children outweigh the risks?

Dodgy diagnostics

Some alternative diagnostic tests aren’t all they’re quacked up to be.

29 Jun 2011 | Some diagnostic tests offered by natural therapists are unreliable or just plain nonsense. CHOICE investigates some common ones.

Depression

One in six Australians will experience an episode of depression at sometime in their lives.

15 Oct 2010 | Fortunately, a range of effective and affordable treatments is available, ranging from talking therapies to certain drugs, and may be more affordable than you imagine.

Doctor and patient relationships

We find constructive solutions to building a healthy relationship with your doctor.

10 Mar 2010 | Had a lousy experience with a doctor? We look at some of the main bugbears and doctors' patient-from-hell stories.

Is natural toothpaste worth the price tag

Read the fine print, and you’ll find some "natural" toothpastes may not be as pure as you think.

1 Aug 2009 | Many of the so-called “natural” brands aren’t so different from conventional toothpaste, yet they’re often far more expensive.

HRT and menopause treatments

Negative publicity about HRT led to a flood of alternatives. Do they work?

20 Jan 2009 | In 2002, a major American study involving hormone replacement therapy was stopped early because researchers were concerned by increased incidence of breast cancer, heart disease and blood clots in participants.

Memory-enhancing pills

Can a pill improve brain function and help prevent dementia?

21 Jul 2008 | There are pills on the market that claim these benefits, and more. They can set you back anything from $10 to $70 a bottle. But do they work?

Deodorants user trial

Here’s all you need to know about sweat and how to avoid those dreaded white marks.

23 Jun 2008 | For thousands of years humans have tried to disguise, cover or eliminate personal smells through the use of perfumes, scented oils and crystals.

Glucosamine

It’s a popular alternative treatment for osteoarthritis but does it really work?

8 May 2008 | Does glucosamine help relieve the pain of osteoarthritis? The latest research casts some doubt on the matter.

Headlice treatments

Which products are most effective at dealing with this perennial childhood problem?

21 Aug 2007 | Tenacious parasites are becoming increasingly resistant to conventional insecticide treatments.

Throat lozengers

Relief or rip-off?

3 May 2007 | Most throat lozenges are unlikely to help relieve the pain and discomfort of a sore throat any more than sucking on a hard lolly or drinking hot water with honey and lemon.

St. John's Wort

Studies show it helps relieve mild depression, but can you be confident the brand you buy will work?

13 May 2005 | Not all SJW products are equal, and lack of transparency about their products on the part of companies that supply them makes it difficult to know which can be used with confidence.

amazon

Navigating online geo-blocking

Not all retailers have embraced the web as a "borderless world", with geo-blocking forcing Australians to pay more.

5 Mar 2014 | We look at some of the ways you can avoid paying top dollar when shopping online from home.

Remove your e-footprint

How to exit from the internet, including social media.

5 Feb 2014 | It's possible to remove yourself from social media and some websites, but you'll never be able to erase every trace of your digital footprint.

Apple ebook pricing

Is there a problem with ebook pricing?

6 Dec 2013 | Apple's recent loss at a US trial into ebook price fixing raises questions about the market.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

TV on the net  

When it comes to watching popular TV shows via online streaming, we're missing out.

9 Jul 2013 | Australian viewers get a raw deal when it comes to streaming our favourite TV shows online. We pay more, yet content isn’t easily accessible or not available when we want.

Online tracking

Browser cookies can reveal your online habits, so how do you protect yourself?

22 May 2013 | Information gleaned by cookies is valuable to marketers and advertisers, but you may not realise just how much can be pieced together about you.

Amazon Kindle

Ebook reader reviews

We've tested 15 ebook readers, including e-ink and tablet models, from Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Sony and Google.

25 Mar 2014 | Find out which models have the best readability and design for reading eBooks, and are the easiest to use.

Apple ebook pricing

Is there a problem with ebook pricing?

6 Dec 2013 | Apple's recent loss at a US trial into ebook price fixing raises questions about the market.

Parallel imports

Products shipped in from abroad without the permission of the local trademark or intellectual property owner.

19 Jun 2012 | How can some products look, taste and function the same, yet vary so markedly in price from their mainstream, retail counterparts?

Christmas gift guide for the traveller

We round up some of the best buys for your globetrotting friends.

16 Dec 2011 | We pick fun and handy products that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to travel.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

American Express

RBA delivers surcharge win for consumers

We welcome reform to end era of excessive surcharging.

13 Jun 2012 | The RBA's decision means that credit card payment surcharges can't be used as an avenue for revenue raising.

Travel money card comparisons

Avoiding fees is the first order of business when it comes to pre-paid travel money cards.

27 Mar 2012 | The travel card market has expanded in the last couple of years, with a range of new products released to the market, but the fees can still pack a sting.

Credit card travel insurance reviews

Can you trust the complimentary travel insurance that comes with your credit card? We decipher the small print.

13 Dec 2011 | Many gold and platinum credit cards offer travel insurance, but the cover can vary.

Amp-arc-welders

Super Cheap Auto 160 Amp Arc Welder recall

This product has been recalled due to a possible fire hazard.

3 Nov 2011 | Super Cheap Auto Pty Ltd is recalling 160 Amp Arc Welders sold nationally since the 1st September 2010.

Android

Free anti-theft features coming to Samsung smartphones

Manufacturer to crack down on rampant phone theft.

7 Apr 2014 | The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 will include two complimentary security tools.

Tablet productivity apps

20 free tablet apps that can boost your productivity.

20 Mar 2014 | Having trouble getting things done? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by your to do list? These free productivity apps could be the answer.

How to get fit and lose weight with apps and gadgets

Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.

5 Mar 2014 | Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?

Remove your e-footprint

How to exit from the internet, including social media.

5 Feb 2014 | It's possible to remove yourself from social media and some websites, but you'll never be able to erase every trace of your digital footprint.

Mobile money managers

Monitor your money with your smartphone.

22 Jan 2014 | We've checked out 10 financial apps that let you keep track of your spending or budget on the go.

Apple ebook pricing

Is there a problem with ebook pricing?

6 Dec 2013 | Apple's recent loss at a US trial into ebook price fixing raises questions about the market.

First look: Ouya

Console games go open source with this Android alternative

19 Nov 2013 | The next console to step into the ring against Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo - but costs far less than the big boys. Does it deserve a place in your living room?

Journaling and brainstorming

When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools

16 Oct 2013 | Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

Switching to Linux

Get free computing for life with this Windows alternative

18 Sep 2013 | Everything you need to know about getting started with Linux, picking a distributer and installing it on your computer.

Chromebooks first look

We get hands-on with the new Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer.

17 May 2013 | We take a hands-on look at the first two Chromebooks available in Australia. How do they stack up compared with a regular laptop?

Smartphone car GPS apps review

Which mobile GPS apps can you rely on to direct you from point A to point B?

26 Mar 2013 | We've tested 17 apps for iPhone, Android and Windows, priced from $0-70 to guide your decision.

Technology reliability survey

Just how reliable are your tech devices?

13 Nov 2012 | The CHOICE technology reliability survey reports on what types of problems can go wrong with common computer devices.

Photokina 2012

CHOICE heads to a major photographic trade show in Europe.

19 Sep 2012 | On Day 2 of Photokina 2012, Chris Ruggles takes a look at the latest cameras from Canon and Nikon.

Nexus 7 first look

Google's tiny tablet gets a boost with more storage and a new flavour of Jelly Bean - Android 4.2. Is this the Droid you're looking for?

4 Sep 2012 | The updated Nexus 7 tablet is the first to use the Android 4.1.2 operating system, code-named Jelly Bean.

CeBIT 2012

We head to the world's largest digital and IT trade fair in Hannover.

12 Mar 2012 | We check out a couple of high-tech cars, another waterproof smartphone, and robots that perform some pretty unusual tasks.

Mobile World Congress 2012  

We check out some of the latest mobile and wireless technologies at the MWC in Barcelona.

2 Mar 2012 | On day four of the MWC we check out 4G technology, QR codes, and Windows' latest operating system for smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus First Look

A new smartphone Android operating system improves the overall experience.

3 Feb 2012 | The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is less about the phone and more about the latest Android OS it runs on – 4.0, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich.

Sony vs Lenovo first look

How do the latest tablet computers from Sony and Lenovo measure up?

1 Feb 2012 | We decided to check out how the latest offerings from Sony and Lenovo compare with their super-famous competitor – and each other.

App Review

A review of some of the Apps CHOICE has seen, used and recently reviewed.

16 Jan 2012 | This article is updated periodically to ensure we're providing you with up-to-date reviews.

Consumer Electronics Show 2012  

We head to Las Vegas to check out some of the innovative products shaping consumer technology.

11 Jan 2012 | We take a look at some of the latest gadgets, gizmos and technologies at CES 2012.

HTC Sensation XL First Look

The HTC Sensation XL is one of the largest screened phones we've seen to date.

6 Dec 2011 | Would you like a larger screen and headphones with your mobile phone?

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Angelcare

Baby monitor reviews

We've tested audio-only, video monitors and Wi-Fi monitors priced from $70 to $399.

6 Jun 2013 | Find out which monitors are best for sound and picture quality, with new models from Angel Care, Belkin, Oricom and iBaby among those tested.

Animal testing

The Body Shop secretly sells out on animal testing  

CHOICE uncovers the truth about the company's operations in China.

11 Mar 2014 | CHOICE has found The Body Shop products on sale in airports in China, where under Chinese law products can be pulled off the shelves for safety testing at any time, which can include testing on animals.

Chemicals in cosmetics

Are personal care products full of carcinogens and other toxic chemicals?

24 Jun 2009 | There's a lot of websites listing chemicals to avoid in cosmetics, some with convincing reasons for doing so, such as cancer, infertility and general toxicity.

Cosmetics safe and cruelty free

What's the progress on cruelty free cosmetics?

4 May 2007 | How can consumers work out what has been tested on animals and what hasn’t? And what are the alternatives to animal testing?

Anthem

Surround sound AV receiver reviews

A Surround sound AV receiver is your home theatre system's command centre.

27 Nov 2013 | We test 16 surround sound AV receivers, to find out which models have the best sound quality, and are the easiest to use.

Anti-ageing

Derma Wand First Look

Can non-surgical facelift devices like the DermaWand help you manage the visible signs of ageing?

13 Nov 2013 | Our two triallists each used the DermaWand for six weeks. Find out if it lived up to its promise to deliver younger-looking skin.

Is it really clinically proven

Don't be hoodwinked by ads spruiking the benefits of scientific-sounding, "clinically proven" ingredients

30 Apr 2009 | Flick through the ads in women’s magazines these days and you could almost be reading a medical journal.

Men's moisturisers

Men's moisturisers are big business. Find out what our trialists preferred.

9 Apr 2008 | CHOICE asked 57 male home testers to trial eight "normal skin" moisturisers. Participants were given six unidentified moisturisers which they used for three days consecutively.

Moisturisers with sunscreen

People are increasingly choosing to use a moisturiser with sunscreen, to protect them from harmful UV rays.

26 Sep 2007 | We arranged for 280 home testers to trial six unidentified moisturisers, which they used for three days consecutively.

Anti aging creams

Are cosmeceuticals the way to youthful skin?

15 Jun 2007 | The current buzzword in the world of anti-aging is cosmeceuticals. But is there any real science behind the hype?

Mascara review and compare

One ‘volumising’ mascara stood out by a length — but at a price.

14 Dec 2006 | Our results show that a big name or a higher price is not always a guarantee of how much you’ll like a product. One of the highest rated mascaras was considerably cheaper than others rated equally.

Antibacterials

Antibacterial products

CHOICE goes beyond the health hype of cleaners and sanitisers.

10 Nov 2011 | These cleaners are a popular choice in the battle against bacteria, but they're often no more effective than soap and water.

Antiperspirant

Antiperspirants

Which antiperspirants are likely to be more effective – and can you trust their grand claims?

22 Feb 2011 | We address some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding deodorants and antiperspirants.

Deodorants user trial

Here’s all you need to know about sweat and how to avoid those dreaded white marks.

23 Jun 2008 | For thousands of years humans have tried to disguise, cover or eliminate personal smells through the use of perfumes, scented oils and crystals.

Counterfeit perfumes

CHOICE sniffs out the facts on the counterfeit perfume business.

21 Nov 2007 | While it’s more likely you’ll come across a counterfeit perfume at the markets or online, some knock-offs are also finding their way onto retail shelves.

Antler

Christmas gift guide for the traveller

We round up some of the best buys for your globetrotting friends.

16 Dec 2011 | We pick fun and handy products that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to travel.

ANZ

Bank-fees-class-action

Australian Federal court rules ANZ's late payment bank fees are illegal.

5 Feb 2014 | CHOICE cautiously applauds a Federal Court decision calling for ANZ to reimburse about 43,000 customers for bank penalty fees as high as $45.

ANZ faces class action lawsuit

Australian consumers fight unfair bank fees in the High Court.

6 Sep 2012 | A class action lawsuit is fighting for over $220 million in unfair bank fees collected from Australian consumers.

Compare, ditch, switch & save

Cut through the interest rate confusion with our Compare, Ditch & Switch comparison tool.

12 Jun 2012 | Cut through the interest rate confusion with our Compare, Ditch & Switch comparison tool.

Kids' bank accounts review

Changes to tax rules mean little savers can be hit with a big tax bill.

15 May 2012 | We review ten savings accounts designed for children and teenagers, including products offered by ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac.

Travel money card comparisons

Avoiding fees is the first order of business when it comes to pre-paid travel money cards.

27 Mar 2012 | The travel card market has expanded in the last couple of years, with a range of new products released to the market, but the fees can still pack a sting.

Thousands to farewell the big four banks

On World Consumer Rights Day, we're calling on all Australians to join the global Move Your Money campaign.

15 Mar 2012 | We're marking World Consumer Rights Day by delivering a giant farewell card to the big four banks on behalf of thousands of Australians.

Move your money

Help shift the balance of power in banking back towards consumers.

14 Mar 2012 | Sign the Move Your Money petition and deliver a message to the ‘big four’ bank CEOs that enough is enough.

Credit card travel insurance reviews

Can you trust the complimentary travel insurance that comes with your credit card? We decipher the small print.

13 Dec 2011 | Many gold and platinum credit cards offer travel insurance, but the cover can vary.

apia

Can you really choose your car repairer

We reveal questionable links between car insurers and smash repairers.

4 Mar 2014 | Car insurers' preferred smash repairers are producing poor quality repairs.

Apple

Software-easter-eggs

How to unlock the unseen extras in computer programs and games.

17 Apr 2014 | Think you know all the tricks your software has to offer? Think again. We go hunting for hidden features called Easter eggs, and show you how to see what you were never meant to find.

iPhone battery life woes

Overzealous Facebook app the main culprit in killing battery life, says former 'Apple Genius'.

9 Apr 2014 | A former “Apple Genius” has pointed the finger at the social networking giant’s overzealous app for sucking the life out of your iPhone.

Budget laptop reviews  

We test 15 laptop computers that won’t break the bank.

9 Apr 2014 | You don’t have to sacrifice speed when buying a cheap laptop. We test 15 low-cost laptops that provide a good combination of power and features at a reasonable price.

Windows XP security warning

Microsoft ends support for the popular operating system, telling Windows XP users "upgrade or else".

7 Apr 2014 | Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP, effectively stopping all security updates, patches, fixes and online technical help for a quarter of the world's PC users.

Apps price rise

Across the board increase will hit Australian app store customers as the end of the sub-$1 app era arrives.

7 Apr 2014 | You’ll have to reach deeper into your virtual wallet for iPhone and iPad apps, following across the board price increase in Apple’s App Store for Australia.

Free anti-theft features coming to Samsung smartphones

Manufacturer to crack down on rampant phone theft.

7 Apr 2014 | The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 will include two complimentary security tools.

iPhone 6 reports

The iPhone 6 - also rumoured to be known as the iPhone Air - could be in Australia by July, according to reports.

1 Apr 2014 | The new iPhone 6 will be known as the iPhone Air and will come in two sizes, with a choice of 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen, according to widespread reports.

Password managers review

Got too many log-ins? Try a password manager.

31 Mar 2014 | Password managers tested and compared on both desktop and mobile computers.

Ebook reader reviews

We've tested 15 ebook readers, including e-ink and tablet models, from Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Sony and Google.

25 Mar 2014 | Find out which models have the best readability and design for reading eBooks, and are the easiest to use.

Tablet productivity apps

20 free tablet apps that can boost your productivity.

20 Mar 2014 | Having trouble getting things done? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by your to do list? These free productivity apps could be the answer.

How to get fit and lose weight with apps and gadgets

Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.

5 Mar 2014 | Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?

Navigating online geo-blocking

Not all retailers have embraced the web as a "borderless world", with geo-blocking forcing Australians to pay more.

5 Mar 2014 | We look at some of the ways you can avoid paying top dollar when shopping online from home.

8 things to know about IT pricing

CHOICE busts the myths and reveals the facts behind the cost of IT and technology goods in Australia.

4 Mar 2014 | CHOICE tells you eight things you need to know about IT pricing.

Free image editors review

Can free photo editing software match up to paid programs?

5 Feb 2014 | Image editors can bring out the best in your happy snaps. We compare 10 programs that you can use for free.

Remove your e-footprint

How to exit from the internet, including social media.

5 Feb 2014 | It's possible to remove yourself from social media and some websites, but you'll never be able to erase every trace of your digital footprint.

Tablet computer reviews  

Find the tablet computer that's right for you.

13 Jan 2014 | Tablets are taking over personal computing. We test more than 70 models you can buy in Australia.

Smartphone reviews  

Smartphones ranging in price from $139 to $1129 are put through their paces in our lab.

8 Jan 2014 | We review the LG G2 and Google Nexus, as well as the latest models from Apple, Samsung, Sony and Nokia.

Apple ebook pricing

Is there a problem with ebook pricing?

6 Dec 2013 | Apple's recent loss at a US trial into ebook price fixing raises questions about the market.

First-look-Parallels-for-Mac-and-iPad

We take a look at Parallels Access, which lets you run Windows software on your iPad.

26 Nov 2013 | Find out how you can run Office and any other Windows program on your iPad almost anywhere you go.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

Thin and light laptops review

We test 12 thin and light laptops to see which give the best mobile computing experience.

6 Nov 2013 | We test 12 thin and light laptops to see which offer the best combination of speed, portability and battery life.

Journaling and brainstorming

When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools

16 Oct 2013 | Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

Apple’s new iPhone to cost more for Australians

The latest iPhones have not escaped the ‘Australia Tax’

11 Sep 2013 | The new products from Apple are up to 14% more expensive in Australia.

National broadband network

Which NBN plan will result in consumers getting the best network?

12 Jul 2013 | The national broadband network is underway, but with an election looming and two competing plans, will consumers get the best network?

TV on the net  

When it comes to watching popular TV shows via online streaming, we're missing out.

9 Jul 2013 | Australian viewers get a raw deal when it comes to streaming our favourite TV shows online. We pay more, yet content isn’t easily accessible or not available when we want.

Next G mobile phone reviews  

We help you take the guesswork out of buying a next generation mobile phone.

27 Jun 2013 | We reveal how 17 mobile phones available on the Next G 850MHz network perform in the Australian outback.

Online tracking

Browser cookies can reveal your online habits, so how do you protect yourself?

22 May 2013 | Information gleaned by cookies is valuable to marketers and advertisers, but you may not realise just how much can be pieced together about you.

Desktop search tools

Missing some files? These hard drive hunters could find what you're looking for.

22 Apr 2013 | Desktop search tools offer faster search speeds, content searches, and time-saving features not found in the default Windows tools. We put six to the test.

Ewallet in your pocket

How soon will e-wallets make your own wallet redundant?

12 Feb 2013 | Google Wallet, Apple Passbook and Windows Phone 8 Wallet e-wallet apps on your smartphone can be used to make payments and store your details for loyalty cards, movie tickets and even some travel documents.

Technology reliability survey

Just how reliable are your tech devices?

13 Nov 2012 | The CHOICE technology reliability survey reports on what types of problems can go wrong with common computer devices.

Apple announces iPad mini

A hands-on look at Apple's new iPad mini 7.9 inch tablet.

2 Nov 2012 | Apple's iPad mini throws down the guantlet to 7-inch tablet rivals from Google, Samsung and Amazon.

Apple announces iPad mini

This smaller tablet plugs the gap between the iPod Touch and the iPad.

25 Oct 2012 | Apple's iPad mini announcement ends months of speculation and throws down the guantlet to 7-inch tablet rivals from Google, Samsung and Amazon.

Apple iOS 6 first look

We get hands on with Apple's new mobile operating system.

24 Sep 2012 | We take a hands-on look at Apple's updated iOS 6 mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

In-app purchases under the microscope

The NSW government takes Apple to task over sneaky in-app purchases.

21 Sep 2012 | The NSW Minister for Fair Trading says consumer regulators are looking at ways to put a stop to parental bill shock resulting from in-app purchases.

Apple iPhone 5 heads up

We look at some of the features on offer and what you can expect to get once it arrives.

18 Sep 2012 | The iPhone 5 due is due for release next week, and we check out some of its new features.

Apple fined for misleading advertising

Apple has copped a $2.25 million fine for misleading consumers about its iPad's 4G capabilities.

22 Jun 2012 | The Federal Court has found that the technology giant contravened the Australian Consumer Law by misleading consumers.

Parallel imports

Products shipped in from abroad without the permission of the local trademark or intellectual property owner.

19 Jun 2012 | How can some products look, taste and function the same, yet vary so markedly in price from their mainstream, retail counterparts?

Price discrimination inquiry

Parliamentary inquiry to demand answers for price discrimination.

30 Apr 2012 | Federal Labor politicians are seeking answers as to why Australians pay more than shoppers overseas for products that are exactly the same.

Apple may mislead with iPad 4G claims

The ACCC seeks orders against Apple for claiming the new iPad has 4G capabilities.

28 Mar 2012 | The ACCC says Apple's promotion is misleading because Australia’s 4G network runs on a different frequency to the one the iPad is capable of using.

2012 Apple TV first look

A quick review of Apple's updated set-top box

20 Mar 2012 | We get hands on with the new 1080p Apple TV, and check out some of its new features.

New iPad for 2012 first look  

Our impressions of the third-generation iPad.

16 Mar 2012 | We take a hands-on look at Apple's latest iPad and find out how it compares to its predecessors.

CeBIT 2012

We head to the world's largest digital and IT trade fair in Hannover.

12 Mar 2012 | We check out a couple of high-tech cars, another waterproof smartphone, and robots that perform some pretty unusual tasks.

Mobile World Congress 2012  

We check out some of the latest mobile and wireless technologies at the MWC in Barcelona.

2 Mar 2012 | On day four of the MWC we check out 4G technology, QR codes, and Windows' latest operating system for smartphones.

Cider taste test

Move over beer and wine, it's the summer of cider.

31 Jan 2012 | Whether you’re after sweet, sparkling, English-style or other, there’s a cider out there for everyone, as results of our blind taste test show.

Christmas gift guide for the traveller

We round up some of the best buys for your globetrotting friends.

16 Dec 2011 | We pick fun and handy products that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to travel.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Christmas gift guide

We've trawled our test results to bring you a range of great gift ideas.

16 Nov 2011 | From digital cameras to kitchen gadgets, our gift ideas cater to all budgets.

All-rounder laptop reviews

Some of these general purpose family laptops offer unprecedented performance and value.

11 Nov 2011 | We test 12 laptops that suit the whole family, with models ranging between $730 and $2100.

Apple iPhone 4S first look  

CHOICE tries out the Apple iPhone 4S to see if it's a worthy upgrade.

17 Oct 2011 | We take a hands-on look at the iPhone 4S and find out how it compares to its predecessors.

Smartphone operating systems  

Smartphones are now mini-computers, so you need to consider what operating system (OS) your next mobile will use.

30 Aug 2011 | The mobile phone OS has transformed the phone into to a web-surfing, social networking tool however while Apple's iOS and Google's Android dominate the landscape, there are other options emerging.

Photo Management Software

We test 12 programs that store and share your digital pictures.

30 May 2011 | Photo management software can bring order to digital-picture chaos.

Appliance reliability

Product reliability survey

Our 2014 report reveals how our members rate common technology product and appliance brands for reliability.

21 Feb 2014 | Use our brand reliability results to help guide your decision before buying. A bargain isn't a bargain if you're likely to pay a lot for repairs in the long term.

Old appliances that last

Not everything is disposable these days.

28 Apr 2011 | Our readers share stories of old reliable appliances and recount tales of appliances that have failed within minutes of first use.

Children's appliances

They may not be enough to keep your children interested in cooking once the novelty has worn off.

4 Nov 2009 | These gadgets can be a good way to get children into the kitchen, but be prepared to compromise on taste.

Product safety

CHOICE has released a research report calling for a national product safety system

18 Feb 2008 | CHOICE believes the inclusion of a General Safety Provision (GSP) is essential to Australia's product safety regime.

Appliance reliability survey 2007

See how your appliances rate for reliability.

25 Aug 2007 | Based on your responses, the most reliable appliances are digital cameras and televisions, while the machines most likely to need repairs are dishwashers and lawnmowers.

Apps

Apps price rise

Across the board increase will hit Australian app store customers as the end of the sub-$1 app era arrives.

7 Apr 2014 | You’ll have to reach deeper into your virtual wallet for iPhone and iPad apps, following across the board price increase in Apple’s App Store for Australia.

Free anti-theft features coming to Samsung smartphones

Manufacturer to crack down on rampant phone theft.

7 Apr 2014 | The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 will include two complimentary security tools.

Tablet productivity apps

20 free tablet apps that can boost your productivity.

20 Mar 2014 | Having trouble getting things done? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by your to do list? These free productivity apps could be the answer.

How to get fit and lose weight with apps and gadgets

Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.

5 Mar 2014 | Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?

Apple ebook pricing

Is there a problem with ebook pricing?

6 Dec 2013 | Apple's recent loss at a US trial into ebook price fixing raises questions about the market.

Hybrid laptops

Can a cross between a laptop and tablet really work? We put eight hybrids to the test.

11 Nov 2013 | Can a cross between a laptop and tablet really work? We put eight hybrids to the test.

Journaling and brainstorming

When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools

16 Oct 2013 | Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

ACCC takes action against in-app purchases

The ACCC joins international effort against in-app purchase bill shocks.

11 Sep 2013 | The ACCC, along with over 50 other consumer protection agencies, is cracking down on in-app purchases.

Web TV series

Find the newest and most daring web-only TV shows

30 Aug 2013 | TV on the internet is gaining a new audience as viewers find new and unique shows for all types of interests.

Smartphone car GPS apps review

Which mobile GPS apps can you rely on to direct you from point A to point B?

26 Mar 2013 | We've tested 17 apps for iPhone, Android and Windows, priced from $0-70 to guide your decision.

Ewallet in your pocket

How soon will e-wallets make your own wallet redundant?

12 Feb 2013 | Google Wallet, Apple Passbook and Windows Phone 8 Wallet e-wallet apps on your smartphone can be used to make payments and store your details for loyalty cards, movie tickets and even some travel documents.

In-app purchases under the microscope

The NSW government takes Apple to task over sneaky in-app purchases.

21 Sep 2012 | The NSW Minister for Fair Trading says consumer regulators are looking at ways to put a stop to parental bill shock resulting from in-app purchases.

Parrot AR.Drone first look

We take a look at this battery-powered quad-copter controlled with a smartphone app.

11 Sep 2012 | This remote control flying device has an in-built high definition camera, and is controlled via an app on your smartphone or tablet.

New iPad for 2012 first look  

Our impressions of the third-generation iPad.

16 Mar 2012 | We take a hands-on look at Apple's latest iPad and find out how it compares to its predecessors.

Mobile World Congress 2012  

We check out some of the latest mobile and wireless technologies at the MWC in Barcelona.

2 Mar 2012 | On day four of the MWC we check out 4G technology, QR codes, and Windows' latest operating system for smartphones.

iPod speaker dock reviews

Some can be used as a sound system for a flat, but most will struggle if you turn them up.

1 Mar 2012 | Price is no guarantee of quality when it comes to iPod docks.

Healthy eating - theres an app for that

Scan your way to healthier food choices.

19 Jan 2012 | Consumers can now use their iPhones to scan food barcodes and instantly see traffic light information thanks to an app developed by The George Institute and BUPA.

Aqua-Lazer

Steam mop reviews  

Steam mops are an effective way to clean your home and many people are opting for these over a mop and bucket.

16 Jan 2014 | Test results for 25 steam mops, including 12 newly tested models, priced from $49 to $349.

Archos

Tablet computer reviews  

Find the tablet computer that's right for you.

13 Jan 2014 | Tablets are taking over personal computing. We test more than 70 models you can buy in Australia.

Ariston

Dishwasher reviews  

We take the guesswork out of buying the best dishwasher in your price range.

7 Apr 2014 | More than 50 dishwashers rated on their washing and drying performance, energy and water use, including models from Bosch, Dishlex, LG, Miele and Westinghouse.

Clothes dryer reviews

We put over 30 clothes dryers to the test, including vented, condenser and electric heat pump condenser models, and one gas dryer.

27 Feb 2014 | We put the latest clothes dryers through rigorous tests in our labs. Find out which are the best performers.

Ovens buying guide  

Ovens aren't simple anymore – our buying guide takes you through the choices.

21 May 2008 | But while looks may be important, they're only one of many things to think about when buying an oven.

Asko

Dishwasher reviews  

We take the guesswork out of buying the best dishwasher in your price range.

7 Apr 2014 | More than 50 dishwashers rated on their washing and drying performance, energy and water use, including models from Bosch, Dishlex, LG, Miele and Westinghouse.

Clothes dryer reviews

We put over 30 clothes dryers to the test, including vented, condenser and electric heat pump condenser models, and one gas dryer.

27 Feb 2014 | We put the latest clothes dryers through rigorous tests in our labs. Find out which are the best performers.

Washing machine reviews  

We’ve tested more than 60 washing machines, including models from Bosch, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, LG, Miele, Samsung, Simpson and Westinghouse.

17 Feb 2014 | Find out which washers from all the major brands rate best for dirt removal, rinse performance and water and energy efficiency.

Induction cooktop reviews

Looking for faster, energy-efficient cooking for your kitchen? An induction cooktop could be just what you're after.

14 Feb 2014 | Induction cooktops can cost thousands of dollars, but our test results show you don’t always have to pay top dollar for a good one.

Ceramic cooktop reviews

Ceramic cooktops have the looks, and they perform well too.

2 Oct 2012 | Ceramic cooktops have easy-to-clean surfaces and a mid-range price tag. Which ones perform best?

Asko Drying Cabinet first look

This alternative to a tumble dryer evaporates moisture in much the same way as hanging clothes on the line.

17 Jan 2012 | Many items in today’s wash are not suitable for tumble dryers. This is where the Asko Drying Cabinet DC7573 comes in.

ask-teddy

Premium SMS services targetting school kids

SMS service warning: is your kid's school being targeted by premium SMS marketers peddling teddy bear wristbands?

24 Feb 2014 | CHOICE tells parents to warn kids about premium SMS numbers, so you don't get stung with a huge mobile phone bill.

Asus

Budget laptop reviews  

We test 15 laptop computers that won’t break the bank.

9 Apr 2014 | You don’t have to sacrifice speed when buying a cheap laptop. We test 15 low-cost laptops that provide a good combination of power and features at a reasonable price.

First look: Asus Transforme Book T100

Our hands-on review of the new Asus Windows laptop that’s also a tablet.

29 Jan 2014 | The T100 cuts out the bells and whistles to deliver an affordable Windows 8 hybrid device.

Tablet computer reviews  

Find the tablet computer that's right for you.

13 Jan 2014 | Tablets are taking over personal computing. We test more than 70 models you can buy in Australia.

Internet smartcams review

We test 20 internet-enabled cameras that can keep an eye on home from anywhere.

4 Dec 2013 | We reveal our latest test results for smartcams, including new models from EDIMAX, D-Link, Swann and Uniden.

Hybrid laptops

Can a cross between a laptop and tablet really work? We put eight hybrids to the test.

11 Nov 2013 | Can a cross between a laptop and tablet really work? We put eight hybrids to the test.

Journaling and brainstorming

When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools

16 Oct 2013 | Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

Technology reliability survey

Just how reliable are your tech devices?

13 Nov 2012 | The CHOICE technology reliability survey reports on what types of problems can go wrong with common computer devices.

Nexus 7 first look

Google's tiny tablet gets a boost with more storage and a new flavour of Jelly Bean - Android 4.2. Is this the Droid you're looking for?

4 Sep 2012 | The updated Nexus 7 tablet is the first to use the Android 4.1.2 operating system, code-named Jelly Bean.

Asus Eee Pad Slider first look

Another tablet comes out from ASUS, this time with the keyboard attached.

23 May 2012 | If you’re keen on an Android tablet but can’t do without a physical keyboard all the time, the Asus Eee Pad Slider is for you.

Eee Pad Transformer Prime first look

The latest innovation from the tablet series by Asus.

16 May 2012 | The Prime follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Transformer 101, with some impressive results.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Christmas gift guide

We've trawled our test results to bring you a range of great gift ideas.

16 Nov 2011 | From digital cameras to kitchen gadgets, our gift ideas cater to all budgets.

All-rounder laptop reviews

Some of these general purpose family laptops offer unprecedented performance and value.

11 Nov 2011 | We test 12 laptops that suit the whole family, with models ranging between $730 and $2100.

Atlas

Ceiling fan reviews

CHOICE compares 12 ceiling fans priced between $199 and $999 including AC and DC powered models.

27 Aug 2013 | If you don’t want to spend big bucks on air conditioning, ceiling fans offer a cheaper, energy-efficient cooling solution and the latest range also includes DC powered models and one that works off the grid using 12V power.

Atom

Lawn edger reviews

We look at petrol and electric lawn edgers priced from $139 to $449.

15 Aug 2012 | Lawn edgers provide a professional-looking finish to your backyard - but some are easier to use than others

Audio

Soundbar reviews

We've tested seventeen soundbars that help improve your TV's sound.

30 Jul 2013 | All the soundbars on test deliver better sound than you’ll get from your TV, but some demand a lot more money than others for the privilege.

Headphones and earphones reviews

Headphones have become a fashion accessory, but there’s a lot more to them than whether they match your threads.

10 Apr 2013 | CHOICE reviews 16 pairs of headphones, priced from $198 to $300, including models from Beats, Bose, Fanny Wang and Ultrasone.

Novelty phone handsets

We've checked out a number of novelty handsets for designed for use with a mobile phone. But how well do they work?

4 Mar 2013 | We put five retro handsets and one bluetooth glove designed for use with a mobile phone through their paces.

Audiovisual receivers buying guide

AV receivers sell the idea of turning your living room into a cinema. How much should you spend?

5 Apr 2012 | When you buy a home theatre in a box the AV receiver and DVD player are often combined. However, there's good reasons to buy separate components.

Noise-cancelling headphones and earphones reviews

These gadgets keep the music happening without driving your neighbours mad.

4 Apr 2012 | Test results for seven noise-cancelling headphones and six noise-cancelling earphones.

iPod speaker dock reviews

Some can be used as a sound system for a flat, but most will struggle if you turn them up.

1 Mar 2012 | Price is no guarantee of quality when it comes to iPod docks.

Home theatre speakers reviews  

If you can part with $2000 or more, you can get an exciting listening experience.

7 Sep 2011 | CHOICE reviews home theatre speakers valued from $2000 to $3000.

Mini hifi with iPod dock reviews

Mini and midi hi-fi systems can deliver good sound for your iPod without breaking the bank.

17 Mar 2011 | Some of these mini and midi hi-fi systems punch well above their weight when it comes to sound quality.

iRig and Amplitube

We review the iRig adapter and Amplitube app for iPhone and iPad.

31 Jan 2011 | Create a range of authentic guitar sounds with your hand-held device.

Q-ACOUSTICS-Q-TV2 first look

If you're disappointed with the sound from your TV, this could be a neat solution.

1 Feb 2010 | This audio device attaches to the back of your TV and can fit 81cm-106cm screen sizes.

Converting speech to text

What are your options for converting text to speech?

6 Apr 2004 | There's a lot of money going into speech to text and speech recognition software, but if you're a consumer, there aren't many options.

AudioTechnica

Noise-cancelling headphones and earphones reviews

These gadgets keep the music happening without driving your neighbours mad.

4 Apr 2012 | Test results for seven noise-cancelling headphones and six noise-cancelling earphones.

Aus LED Lighting

LED Decorative Fairy Lights recall

The lights have no approval marking as evidence of mandatory testing.

9 Jan 2012 | Aus LED Lighting is recalling LED Decorative Fairy Lights sold in Queensland.

Aussie-Baby

Pram and stroller reviews  

We've tested 151 prams for safety, durability and ease of use.

12 Mar 2014 | Find out which prams and strollers, including models from Baby Jogger, Bugaboo, Childcare and Steelcraft, meet our safety standards to keep your child safe.

Portacot reviews

Portacots are handy if you're on the move, but how can you tell which are the safest for your child?

5 Feb 2014 | Portacots are also referred to as travel cots, portable cots or folding cots and are designed for temporary use with infants and babies.

CHOICE Expectant Parents Guide

A one-stop shop for parents in the making

12 Mar 2013 | Prepare for the arrival of your little bundle with our comprehensive guide for parents to be.

Australian Consumer Law

Know your consumer rights

What are your rights as a consumer?

15 Apr 2014 | Australian consumers are automatically protected by guarantees which give consumers the rights they expect when they buy goods and services.

Premium SMS services targetting school kids

SMS service warning: is your kid's school being targeted by premium SMS marketers peddling teddy bear wristbands?

24 Feb 2014 | CHOICE tells parents to warn kids about premium SMS numbers, so you don't get stung with a huge mobile phone bill.

ISP-satisfaction-survey-2013

Your internet provider scorecard revealed

6 Dec 2013 | How does your ISP stack up against the others? Almost 4000 CHOICE members rated their provider to give us a snapshot of the state of Australia's internet today.

Tech giant referred to the ACCC

Microsoft’s 32GB tablet has only 16GB of available hard disk space.

22 Jan 2013 | CHOICE has requested that the ACCC investigate Microsoft for potentially misleading advertising claims.

Online education courses

Online learning platforms can suffer from bad design, poor delivery or worse.

30 Aug 2012 | The online education and training industry is growing, and without doing some research you could end up with no accreditation, or just be stuck with a poorly designed, ineffective course.

Better country-of-origin food labelling

Time to reform country-of-origin labelling

24 Jan 2012 | CHOICE wants Australian governments to improve country-of-origin labelling on food for retail sale.

Australian Consumer Law - One year on

One year on, we take a look at the successes and downfalls of the ACL in its debut year.

23 Dec 2011 | The newly introduced Australian Consumer Law gives consumers better protection when purchasing than ever before.

New consumer law

CHOICE campaign on consumer law has helped make significant changes implemented in the new consumer law.

1 Feb 2011 | New laws coming into effect give Australians the same consumer rights regardless of which state they live in.

Australian-Unity

Health insurance comparisons

Our health insurance reviews are a prescription for painless health cover.

6 Dec 2013 | We review 20 open funds in Australia, with recommendations to suit a variety of people in different life stages.

Australia's Own

Milk alternatives review

If you can't or won't drink cow's milk, what are your options?

26 Apr 2012 | We review soy, rice, oat, coconut and almond non-dairy milk alternatives to see how they stack up nutritionally.

Automated-lawnmowers

Husqvarna Automower 305

This automated lawnmower will save you time and keep your lawn looking its best - but comes with a hefty pricetag.

27 Sep 2011 | Husqvarna's robotic answer to the sheep could be a good option for the time-poor home-owner.

AV

Soundbar reviews

We've tested seventeen soundbars that help improve your TV's sound.

30 Jul 2013 | All the soundbars on test deliver better sound than you’ll get from your TV, but some demand a lot more money than others for the privilege.

Audiovisual receivers buying guide

AV receivers sell the idea of turning your living room into a cinema. How much should you spend?

5 Apr 2012 | When you buy a home theatre in a box the AV receiver and DVD player are often combined. However, there's good reasons to buy separate components.

First look JVC GC PX-10 camcorder

HD camcorder with the ability to deliver good stills as well.

15 Feb 2012 | The JVC GC PX-10 looks like a still camera on steroids but performs well as a video camcorder.

Home theatre speakers reviews  

If you can part with $2000 or more, you can get an exciting listening experience.

7 Sep 2011 | CHOICE reviews home theatre speakers valued from $2000 to $3000.

First look Panasonic 3D camcorder

Make a 3D movie blockbuster in your own home.

28 Apr 2011 | The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 is one of the first consumer 3D camcorders to be released.

Mini hifi with iPod dock reviews

Mini and midi hi-fi systems can deliver good sound for your iPod without breaking the bank.

17 Mar 2011 | Some of these mini and midi hi-fi systems punch well above their weight when it comes to sound quality.

EPG review and compare

Electronic program guides (EPGs) are supposed to help Australians record their weekly TV fix, but how reliable are they?

2 May 2010 | CHOICE explains why electronic program guides fall short of the mark.

Q-ACOUSTICS-Q-TV2 first look

If you're disappointed with the sound from your TV, this could be a neat solution.

1 Feb 2010 | This audio device attaches to the back of your TV and can fit 81cm-106cm screen sizes.

Sony PlayTV

This add-on device for PlayStation3 owners has its limitations.

3 Dec 2009 | The Sony PlayTV struggles to provide an effective two-in-one games console and personal video recorder machine.

Avast

Antivirus software review

We test and rank the top antivirus programs to see which provide the best PC protection.

27 Mar 2014 | We compare the most popular antivirus software for PC and mobile computers to see how well they protect your PC from malware.

Awards

Shonkiest shonky - vote now!

The results are in! Which of the 8 CHOICE Shonky Award winners was voted the Shonkiest?

6 Nov 2012 | The results are in! The winner of the People’s Choice Shonkiest Shonky is Nature’s Way Kids Smart Natural Medicines, with 44% of the vote.

The 2012 Shonky Awards  

CHOICE's awards for the shonkiest products and shoddiest services are back.

30 Oct 2012 | Our annual Shonky awards recognise and reprimand misleading claims, false advertising, lack of transparency, faulty goods and/or poor service, awarding lemon gongs to the 'winners'.

CHOICE Awards 2012  

Our experts hand out bouquets to the worthy recipients.

28 Mar 2012 | The third annual CHOICE Awards is our chance to celebrate the people, products, services and brands that improve the lives of consumers every day.

CHOICE Awards 2011

Read which products and services were voted best of the best in our second annual CHOICE Awards.

31 Mar 2011 | The CHOICE Awards recognise companies developing innovative, quality products and services.

The 2010 National Consumer Congress

CHOICE is hosting this annual event on the 15-16 March at Luna Park in Sydney.

12 Feb 2010 | CHOICE is hosting this annual event on the 15-16 March at Luna Park in Sydney.

The 2009 Shonky Awards  

The year’s worst of the worst for all things consumer.

28 Oct 2009 | It’s time once again for the annual CHOICE Shonky Awards, where we reward manufacturers, service providers, government officials and marketers for their usual treasure trove of consumer-related Shonkyness.

World environment day marks awards

Thirteen companies were today recognised for their achievements in the NSW Sustainability Advantage Program.

5 Jun 2009 | As World Environment Day aims to promote awareness globally, programs closer to home are inspiring businesses to do their bit for the planet.

World environment day marks awards

Thirteen companies were today recognised for their achievements in the NSW Sustainability Advantage Program.

5 Jun 2009 | As World Environment Day aims to promote awareness globally, programs closer to home are inspiring businesses to do their bit for the planet.

Responsible businesses honoured

CHOICE is pleased many major companies are committing to greater accountability and doing their best to become more socially and environmentally responsible.

1 Jun 2009 | As consumer demand increases for businesses to become more responsible in areas affecting the community, many companies are rising to the challenge and proving their worth.

Wine awards

We’ve done the research to guide you through the wine medal jungle.

30 Sep 2008 | Are all these medals just a marketing ploy? Or are they a genuine indicator of a good quality wine?

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