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Excessive credit card surcharge update

CHOICE research reinforces the need for more to be done to lower excessive credit card surcharges.

31 Jan 2014 | The latest CHOICE research reveals that excessive credit card surcharging continues despite recent RBA changes designed to limit the practice.

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.

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'.

Cables

CHOICE Guide to setting up your home entertainment system

Get the most out of your home entertainment system

12 Mar 2013 | This guide will take you through some of the more common traps that ensnare the unprepared, and help you get the most out of your home entertainment purchases.

CHOICE Guide to setting up your home

Taking out risk and guesswork when setting up your home

12 Mar 2013 | Congratulations! You’re moving into your first house. But now what? How do you begin to turn those empty rooms into your home?

Digital AV cables rip-off

Do you really need all the cables the installer is suggesting?

18 Feb 2009 | How much money should you spend on your home entertainment cables to feel confident about sound and image quality? CHOICE finds out.

Cables

Knowing your cables will be a big help when setting up your home entertainment system.

8 Feb 2007 | Knowing the difference between cables will help you work out how to connect your devices.

FireWire vs Hi-Speed USB

We explain the pros and cons.

8 Mar 2006 | Both technologies have their advantages and disadvantages, so the problem is deciding which is best for you.

Caffeine

Home espresso coffee machine reviews  

With so many designs, features and technologies on offer, which espresso machines will deliver the perfect cup of coffee at home?

13 Dec 2013 | We have test results for 35 coffee machines, a mix of semi-automatic, manual and capsule machines priced from $70 to $2499.

What's your caffeine intake?

Do you know how much you’re actually consuming?

20 May 2013 | Caffeine shows up in products from corn chips and smoothies through to painkillers and weight loss products.

Coffee chains coffee review and compare

Our taste test results reveal the best – and the rest - of 10 coffee chain beans.

20 Jul 2010 | We test the coffee beans - and then taste the real thing at Gloria Jean's, Michel's Patisserie and Starbucks.

Handpresso Quick Review

It might be convenient, but this hand-held gadget will disappoint the true coffee connoisseur.

30 Dec 2009 | A promising concept fails in practice.

Ground coffee reviews

CHOICE’s expert tasters find some of the best brews at very affordable prices.

5 Dec 2009 | CHOICE asked three experts to rate 14 popular brands of ground coffee to find out which offer the best value. We uncover pointers for picking a winner.

Caffeine laden drinks appeal to kids

A new drink promises to make ‘good energy’. CHOICE looks at the source of these claims.

11 Aug 2009 | Smart Energy, a range of drinks by wellknown juice brand Spring Valley, contains as much caffeine as other energy drinks, such as Red Bull and V.

Coffee chains review and compare

You could be taking away a lot more than you bargained for.

28 May 2005 | A coffee-to-go can provide a much needed caffeine fix. While a standard latte or cappuccino may be relatively harmless, some coffee chain drinks can provide a lot more kilojoules, fat and sugar than you might realise.

Energy drinks

They're the drink of choice for many children but are they suitable?

9 Jan 2005 | They’re fizzy drinks with a difference. What most of them in fact do is give you a caffeine fix with plenty of sugar.

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Cake mix reviews

Cake mixes are convenient, but making a cake from scratch can be just as easy.

9 May 2012 | We taste-tested 19 chocolate and eight vanilla cake mixes, including varieties from White Wings, Betty Crocker and Coles.

Cakes

Christmas pudding reviews

When it comes to Christmas puds, it pays not to be a scrooge.

3 Dec 2012 | We've blind taste tested 14 Christmas puddings to find out which ones are worthy of being the grand finale to your celebratory feast.

Cake mix reviews

Cake mixes are convenient, but making a cake from scratch can be just as easy.

9 May 2012 | We taste-tested 19 chocolate and eight vanilla cake mixes, including varieties from White Wings, Betty Crocker and Coles.

Chocolate fountains quick review

These chocolate fountains are better in theory than in practice.

18 Nov 2009 | Given the mess it creates, a chocolate fountain isn't something you'll be bringing out for every occasion.

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.

Supermarket cakes

Many of them are packed with additives, including artificial colours linked to hyperactivity in children. We tell you which brands to avoid.

23 Mar 2009 | Make a cake at home and you'll probably use about six ingredients. Look at the ingredients list on a supermarket cake and you might find 40 or more.

Bendy bakeware review and compare

Is silicone bakeware a revolution or a fashion statement?

7 Jan 2006 | We included, where available, a range of products from each brand - a muffin pan, a cake pan and baking sheet. We also compared their performance to traditional non-stick metal bakeware.

Calcium

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.

Milk products compared

So many milk brands, so much marketing hype. CHOICE shows you where to find the real value.

10 Sep 2009 | CHOICE has skimmed off the marketing hype and found that generic brands of milk are much the same as the equivalent big national brands.

Milk

The choice of milk seems endless. But what's the difference?

28 May 2007 | Ever wondered what the difference is between full or reduced fat? Or which milk has the most calcium?

Children's milk

Do children really need their own milk?

7 May 2007 | Several milks specifically aimed at children have recently entered the market. But do children really need their own version of milk?

Calcium

Keep your bones strong - calcium is a must have.

28 Apr 2005 | Up to early adulthood your body is building up the calcium in your bones. As you grow older, gradual calcium loss from your bones is inevitable - but there are things you can do to slow it down.

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Call centre rights

Voice-activated software can be a nightmare for some people.

30 May 2012 | If you have a speech impediment, disability or an aversion to technology, call centres can cause you a lot of grief.

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Is coconut oil healthy?

Is coconut oil all it’s cracked up to be, or just another fad? We investigate to find out whether it lives up to the health hype.

23 Feb 2014 | Coconut oil is being hailed as the next big thing. CHOICE finds out what the experts have to say about this year’s latest food trend.

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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?

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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.

Home theatre quick look

What are your surround sound options?

10 Sep 2013 | CHOICE provides a realistic look at home theatre in a box.

Mini stereo system reviews

When you want better sound, it's time get out of the bargain basement

17 Aug 2011 | CHOICE put a range of CD, DVD and Blu-ray stereo systems through their paces, ranging from $849 to $1900.

Camcorders

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.

Camcorder reviews

The latest dedicated digital camcorders offer more features and greater control.

27 Sep 2013 | We review 21 of the latest high definition (HD) camcorders, including models from Sony, Canon, JVC, Panasonic and Samsung.

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.

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.

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.

HD Hero2 first look

HD video for extreme action.

17 Feb 2012 | The HD Hero2 is the camera for people who like to live life on the edge.

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.

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.

Pocket camcorder reviews

You don't have to pay a lot for high definition video these days.

23 Sep 2011 | CHOICE's latest pocket camcorder review has test results for 15 models priced from $179 to $499.

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.

Camcorder HD and SD review and compare  

Compare test results, features and functions to find the best standard definition (SD) or high definition (HD) camcorder.

20 Nov 2009 | CHOICE reviewed 11 of the latest high definition (HD) and seven standard definition (SD) camcorders and our testers scrutinised every function and feature.

SD and HD video camera reviews

Compare test results, features and functions to find the best SD or HD camcorder

25 Jul 2009 | Through our rigorous testing we reveal which camcorder has the best picture and sound quality, is the easiest to use and has the longest battery life.

Digital camcorders buying guide  

Don’t worry too much about picture quality when shopping for a digital camcorder — it’s mainly their sound quality that sets them apart.

1 Jun 2009 | Whether it’s a holiday or your kids growing up, a digital camcorder can help you preserve your favourite memories in high, never deteriorating quality.

Video editing software review and compare

Turn your home movies into feature films.

4 Mar 2007 | It takes time to find your way around video editing software.

Camera lenses

Basic digital camera reviews  

We compare 88 basic digital cameras, including models from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Panasonic.

18 Nov 2013 | In our latest digital camera test we review 88 compact digital cameras, priced from $87 to $699.

Rugged cameras  

Australia’s outdoor life can be pretty hard on cameras - but these models claim they can handle water, dust, or sudden shocks.

14 Oct 2013 | Choice tests manufacturers' claims for rugged cameras. Some survive, some don't.

Cheap vs expensive cameras in low light

See if you can spot which image was taken with the cheap camera.

29 May 2013 | We challenge you to choose the best image taken in low-light conditions by three cameras - the results may surprise.

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.

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.

Cameras

Digital camera reviews  

We review 77 DSLRs, Micro Four Thirds, Four Thirds and some bridge cameras, priced from $399 to $4050.

16 Apr 2014 | We review digital SLRs, system and bridge cameras, including models from Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, Samsung and Sony.

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.

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.

Basic digital camera reviews  

We compare 88 basic digital cameras, including models from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Panasonic.

18 Nov 2013 | In our latest digital camera test we review 88 compact digital cameras, priced from $87 to $699.

Rugged cameras  

Australia’s outdoor life can be pretty hard on cameras - but these models claim they can handle water, dust, or sudden shocks.

14 Oct 2013 | Choice tests manufacturers' claims for rugged cameras. Some survive, some don't.

Cheap vs expensive cameras in low light

See if you can spot which image was taken with the cheap camera.

29 May 2013 | We challenge you to choose the best image taken in low-light conditions by three cameras - the results may surprise.

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.

Lytro camera first look

A camera that allows you to choose a focus point after taking an image.

12 Jun 2012 | We take a first look at the Lytro's ground-breaking technology, and find out whether it's a must-have camera.

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.

HD Hero2 first look

HD video for extreme action.

17 Feb 2012 | The HD Hero2 is the camera for people who like to live life on the edge.

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.

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.

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.

Slide scanner reviews

Scanners are bringing old slides out of the cupboard. But perfect pictures require patience.

1 Nov 2011 | Do you have boxes of slides sitting in the back of the cupboard? The obvious solution is to scan them so they can be shared again. Or is it?

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.

Free repair service closes soon

19 Jan 2011 | Canon will soon shut down its free repair service for some digital cameras

Polaroid-TWO-PoGo-quick-review

A printer camera combination that leaves us asking "Why?".

10 Nov 2010 | Printed images in an instant were the pride of Polaroid, but in this digital age, there are better ways of achieving the same result.

How we test digital cameras

Ever wondered what goes on in the lab?

2 Sep 2010 | To try to keep up with the rapidly evolving digital camera market, CHOICE reports on batches of cameras every couple of months.

landing page for apps

We've made two of our most popular reports available as FREE phone apps.

2 Jun 2010 | CHOICE strollers and cameras reports are now available to download from iTunes.

Travel tripods review

These travel tripods are small and light but not so stable.

1 Aug 2009 | There's nothing quite so disappointing as getting back your travel photos only to find they're all blurred.

SD and HD video camera reviews

Compare test results, features and functions to find the best SD or HD camcorder

25 Jul 2009 | Through our rigorous testing we reveal which camcorder has the best picture and sound quality, is the easiest to use and has the longest battery life.

Camera photographs skin damage

An advanced camera is the key to ongoing research that aims to help Australians protect themselves from skin cancer.

6 Jul 2009 | A long-term Queensland study examining the link between sun exposure and skin cancer is using a cutting-edge camera to reveal disturbing skin damage not normally visible to the naked eye.

Digital Photo Frames: review and compare 2009

Digital photo album technology is still a little raw.

9 Jan 2009 | When CHOICE first tested digital photo frames in January 2008, we found flaws in the technology. Nearly two years later, there are some improvements.

Nikon Coolpix P quick review

We test a camera that tags your photos with the GPS location as you shoot.

1 Jan 2009 | We’ve seen devices that show your location as you drive, where you’ve been and how to get somewhere, but what about a product that tags your photos with the location as you take them?

Hyperdrive Colorspace review

We take a look at the modern day photo album.

7 Nov 2008 | Designed for the photographer on the go, the Hyperdrive Colorspace is a storage device that's supposed to take the place of a laptop or multiple memory cards.

Snap better shots

Tips to improve your digital photos.

25 Jun 2008 | Maybe you’re not getting the great results the salesperson promised from your new camera. There’s really no secret to taking good photos and the techniques are pretty simple.

Make an online album

How to create an online photo album.

13 May 2008 | One of the advantages of digital photography is that your photos no longer have to be locked away within a physical photo album.

Digital cameras buying guide  

Thinking about buying a digital camera? Here's what to look for.

30 Jul 2007 | Buying a digital camera can be a daunting exercise — there are literally hundreds of models on the market and a bewildering array of specifications and features.

Interactive digital camera

Explore all the digital camera features on this moveable camera.

17 Mar 2005 | What's a megapixel? What does a USB cable do? We take you through the basics with our interactive visual tool.

How to scan slides

Follow the steps below for trouble-free slide scanning.

12 Aug 2003 | Slide attachments are available as optional extras for many current model scanners. While scanning slides can be tricky, this article provides information to assist you in your slide scanning success.

Campaign

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.

CHOICE Better Banking campaign 2011 milestones

The fight for efficient, flexible and responsive banking has some key wins.

22 Dec 2011 | Our campaign has galvanised overwhelming public desire for better, more flexible and responsive banking in Australia.

Better Food Labelling  

Time is running out to fix dodgy food labels.

30 Sep 2011 | CHOICE is campaigning for industry and governments around Australia to act on the recommendations of a major, independent review of food labelling.

Camping

Esky or cooler reviews

Eskies, coolers or chilly bins - these picnic favourites are known by many names around Australia. We test nine of them.

6 Dec 2013 | Eskies, ice boxes, coolers or chilly bins - these camping favourites are known by many names around Australia. We put nine on test, finding how long it takes for the packed ice to melt.

Small Tents review

We review 14 small tents, ranging in price from $110 to $500. Essential camping gear tested.

3 Sep 2013 | A light tent is essential camping gear if you're planning on hiking to a campsite. We test a range of lighter tents, including OzTrail, Macpac, Mountain Design and more.

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.

Jayco-Swan-Camper-Recall

A recall has been issued on the campers due to a potential electrical hazard.

7 Sep 2011 | The 240V wiring for the power inlet could be damaged by the roof winder cables over time. The defect could cause a short circuit or activation of the electrical safety switch.

Family sized tent review

We test 14 family sized tents ranging in price from $199 to $830.

26 Aug 2011 | A good tent can make or break a camping trip. We tested 14 family sized tents, under hard wind and rain over two nights, to find out which ones are up to the tough conditions found in the great outdoors.

Handheld GPS units buying guide

A handheld GPS makes it easier to find your way in the wilds of city or bush, but don't rely on it alone.

1 Jul 2010 | If you know the co-ordinates of a destination, anywhere in the world, a handheld GPS will show you how to get there on foot.

Eskies

Summer wouldn’t be summer without an esky, but are they all equally cool?

1 Dec 2009 | If you’re out and about and need a place to store cold food and drinks, an esky is essential. Our results showed dramatic differences in the nine models tested.

Tents buying guide

Camping can be a fun and low expense, but keep in mind your comfort when purchasing your tent.

24 Apr 2009 | Whether you are looking for a solo tent, a two-person or a palatial tent for family and friends, make sure you take into account your needs first.

Handheld GPS reviews

Finding your way in the world can cost the earth with some of these handheld GPS.

6 Apr 2009 | An 'adventure' handheld GPS can reveal your position if you're lost, or record every step you take so you can find your way back.

Portable fridge buying guide

You need to know your stuff when choosing a portable fridge.

20 Mar 2009 | There are three types of portable fridge to choose from with big differences between them.

GPS trackstick review

What alternative GPS options are available?

16 Dec 2008 | Car GPS devices are becoming increasingly common. But what alternative are there if you do not own a car or don’t wish to carry a handheld unit?

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?

Cane-toads

HopStop recall

A structural fault has been detected in a small number of cans, which may result in leaking or discharge of contents.

26 Oct 2011 | HopStop Australia Pty Ltd is recalling HopStop spray control for cane toads, sold from 23rd December 2010 to 21st October 2011.

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Digital camera reviews  

We review 77 DSLRs, Micro Four Thirds, Four Thirds and some bridge cameras, priced from $399 to $4050.

16 Apr 2014 | We review digital SLRs, system and bridge cameras, including models from Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, Samsung and Sony.

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.

Basic digital camera reviews  

We compare 88 basic digital cameras, including models from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Panasonic.

18 Nov 2013 | In our latest digital camera test we review 88 compact digital cameras, priced from $87 to $699.

Camcorder reviews

The latest dedicated digital camcorders offer more features and greater control.

27 Sep 2013 | We review 21 of the latest high definition (HD) camcorders, including models from Sony, Canon, JVC, Panasonic and Samsung.

Multifunction printers review

Multifunction printers are convenient and versatile, but which are better value - and better for you?

13 Aug 2013 | We review 82 multifunction printers including inkjet and laser models, both colour and mono, priced from under $50 to over $1000.

Cheap vs expensive cameras in low light

See if you can spot which image was taken with the cheap camera.

29 May 2013 | We challenge you to choose the best image taken in low-light conditions by three cameras - the results may surprise.

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.

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.

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.

Capital protected investments

Capital-protected investments

A guarantee on your investment sounds great but it can be deceptive.

30 Apr 2008 | Experts say capital protection comes at a cost: most of your money is used for a low return/high-security investment to provide the capital guarantee.

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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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Car insurance switch

Research from Roy Morgan shows women are more likely to compare, switch and ditch their car insurance.

16 Apr 2014 | More Australians compare car insurance before they renew their car insurance policies.

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.

Hyundai ix35 Family review

A family of CHOICE members take the wheel of the Hyundai ix35.

18 Feb 2014 | CHOICE members Johanne Rossi and Tobias Dunn and their family took the Hyundai ix35 Highlander AWD 2.0L Diesel for a drive.

Dog car harness test

A test of popular pet harnesses reveals that many are ineffective in restraining your pet, even in a low speed collision.

18 Dec 2013 | Test results from the NRMA Insurance's Research Centre show which dog car harnesses can offer the best protection for your four-legged companion.

Kia Rondo first look

CHOICE and one of our member families take the Kia Rondo Platinum GDI 2.0L for a test drive

17 Dec 2013 | A CHOICE member family takes the Kia Rondo Platinum GDI 2.0L for a spin. Find out how they rate its features.

Air compressors review

We test seven portable 12-volt compressors, suitable for inflating 4WD and passenger car tyres.

29 Nov 2013 | Find out which air compressors perform best for inflating tyres. We've also measured noise and evaluated each model for ease of use.

Car tyres 175-65R15 review and compare  

We test 18 brands of 175/65R15 tyres, suitable for small cars such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and Suzuki Swift.

29 Nov 2013 | Our new rolling resistance test evaluates “eco” claims made by some manufacturers.

Ford Kuga first look

CHOICE and a member family take the Ford Kuga Titanium TDCi AWD for a test drive.

21 Nov 2013 | A CHOICE member family takes the Ford Kuga Titanium TDCi AWD for a spin. How do they rate its features and space?

Mazda CX-5 first look

We test drive the five-seater Maxx Sport 2.2L Diesel AWD, a luxury variant of the Mazda CX-5.

24 Oct 2013 | A CHOICE member family took the five-seater Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2.2L Diesel AWD for a spin. What did they think of its performance and space?

Isofix on its way

Australian parents should soon be able to buy baby seats using an Isofix-like restraint system, with Standards Australia now allowing local sales of the seats.

17 Jun 2013 | The Australian Standard for car child restraints has been updated to allow for the use of a variation of the international child restraint system called Isofix, in conjunction with Australia's top tether system

Nissan X Trail First Look

CHOICE members the Wain family took this small SUV from Nissan for a spin.

4 Apr 2013 | The five-seater X-Trail TL dCi 4WD packs in the features, but does it also pack in the passengers a little too tightly for comfort?

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.

Subaru Forester First Look

We test drive the five-seater 2.5i-S, a luxury variant of the Subaru Forester.

11 Mar 2013 | CHOICE members the Eleftheriou family took the five-seater Subaru Forester 2.5i-S for a spin. What did they think of its fancy features - and high price tag?

Mitsubishi ASX first look

Did the Shepherdson family aspire to own the new Mitsubishi ASX Aspire?

12 Feb 2013 | This small SUV packs in the features, but could it also do with a little more grunt? CHOICE members the Shepherdsons take a test drive.

Holden Captiva 5 first look

We road test this small SUV, priced from $27,990.

11 Feb 2013 | The Holden Captiva 5 may have plenty of room for luggage, but what else did our home testers have to say about it?

Small vehicle repair costs

The results of this low-speed crash test show there are vast differences in repair costs across the range of top selling small vehicles.

28 Nov 2012 | NRMA Insurance put the spotlight on nine top selling small vehicles in Australia to see how their bumpers performed when involved in a collision.

Small SUV tyre reviews  

Performance on sealed roads is what sets these SUV tyres apart.

15 Nov 2012 | We review 225 60R17 car tyres, which are suitable for many small SUVs on the Australian market.

Hyundai iMax first look

The Radosavics found the Hyundai iMax roomy and manageable over a trip to the Central Coast.

12 Nov 2012 | The Hyundai iMax is an eight-person carrier and one of the larger people-movers on the Australian market that we’ve looked at.

Honda Odyssey first look

This is a good car for a five-person family with luggage, or up to seven people for short-haul runs.

7 Nov 2012 | The Webster family took the Honda Odyssey over a weekend for the morning sports run, domestic duties and a picnic.

Toyota Prius V first look

The Prius V, a people-mover, joins the hybrid market.

7 Oct 2012 | Our tester and a CHOICE family take the new hybrid people-mover for a ride to see if it measures up.

Private car park fines

Have private car parks shifted their focus from collecting fees to handing out dodgy fines?

2 Oct 2012 | Some private car park operators have been slapping motorists with bogus “fines” and threatening legal action if they don’t pay up.

Steering clear of car repair scams

Not all motor vehicle repairers are doing the right thing.

14 Aug 2012 | Car repair shops are coming under greater scrutiny in NSW and WA, but consumer awareness is still the first line of defence.

Toyota Camry Hybrid first look

Great ride, but its size does compromise on economy.

27 Apr 2012 | We took the latest iteration of the Toyota Camry Hybrid Luxury for a ride and found it was pretty good for one of the larger cars in the hybrid family.

Toyota Prius first look

The most recent model copies previous engine design and delivers just as good a fuel economy, but is it worth the expense?

18 Apr 2012 | CHOICE takes a look at the most recent Prius on the market, with the optional i-Tech add on.

Mazda 3 SKYACTIV first look

We take a look at Mazda's latest green car.

4 Apr 2012 | We've driven the Mazda 3 SKYACTIV for 3000km, to find out how it performs, how fuel efficient it is, and what makes it green.

VW BlueMotion first look

Some twists and turns make the BlueMotion another green option.

12 Mar 2012 | We take the VW BlueMotion for a spin to find out how it feels to drive, comfort of driving and other first impressions.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV First Look

We take a look at the first mass-produced electric car available to consumers in Australia.

20 Jan 2012 | We take the Mitsubishi i-MIEV for a spin and reveal how it feels to drive, and other first impressions.

KONI Shock Absorber recall

If there are misaligned/fragile welds, the shock absorber could fail.

13 Jan 2012 | KONI B.V. is recalling KONI shock absorbers sold between the 1 Februrary 2010 and 30 November 2010.

Ford Fiesta Econetic recall

The potential exists for the occupants of the vehicle to be exposed to exhaust gases, which are poisonous.

13 Jan 2012 | Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited is recalling Fiesta Econetic vehicles sold nationally between 2nd September 2011 and 12th September 2011.

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.

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.

Chery J11 vehicles recall

In the event of a side impact, the vehicle may not adequately protect the occupants.

29 Sep 2011 | Chery Automobiles Australia is recalling more than 1600 of its J11 vehicles, because they may not adequately protect the occupants, in the event of a side impact.

Maserati-Quattroporte-and-Granturismo-recall

The vehicles have been fitted with an incorrect machining of rear tie-rods.

14 Sep 2011 | Continued use of vehicles equipped with non-conforming rear tie-rods, depending on road conditions, may lead to damage of the rear tie-rod.

Honda-2005-2007-Jazz-recall

The driver's side power window switch contains a switch unit that has been manufactured with an inappropriate design.

14 Sep 2011 | Because of the defect, it is possible for automotive cleaning products containing silicones to enter into the switch unit. This may cause smoke and in the worst case, may ignite.

Peugeot-207-recall

There is a possibility that the battery's negative cable is incorrect in length.

14 Sep 2011 | The car battery's negative cable may break, and should this occur, the vehicle would stall without the ability to be restarted.

Mercedes-Benz ACTROS 930-934 recall

In extreme cases, there could be a problem with a short circuit.

7 Sep 2011 | It is possible that the engine wiring harness may chafe on a mounting bracket, causing a short circuit.

Fiat Ducato X2/50 recall

In some cases, the spare wheel support device might break due to incorrect operation.

7 Sep 2011 | The spare wheel may become detached, which could be a safety hazard.

Toyota Dyna cabs recall

The front tyres may cause steering wheel vibration when subjected to an external force, affecting vehicle controllability.

7 Sep 2011 | If the front tyre(s) are subjected to a large external force such as running over a large pot hole or bump in the road at high speed, there is a possibility that the steering wheels may vibrate.

Hino-300-Series-and-Dutro-recall

The front tyres may cause steering wheel vibration when subjected to an external force, affecting vehicle controllability.

7 Sep 2011 | If the front tyre(s) are subjected to a large external force such as running over a large pot hole or bump in the road at high speed, there is a possibility that the steering wheels may vibrate.

Volvo-C30-and-V50-recall

The rod connecting the clutch master cylinder and the clutch pedal on the Volvo C30 and V50 may break

7 Sep 2011 | Volvo issues a recall on its C30 and V50 models, because of a deviation that could make it impossible for the driver to disengage the clutch. In a worst case scenario, this may occur suddenly and without any warning to the driver.

Mitsubishi MK Triton Dual and Single Cabs recall

Genuine accessory parts may not comply with part of the Australian Design Rules.

29 Aug 2011 | Some combinations of genuine accessory aluminium trays and genuine accessory towbars fitted to the Triton vehicles may not comply with part of the Australian Design Rules.

Jaguar-Diesel-X-Type-Recall

Errors have beeen detected in the series' cruise control software

29 Aug 2011 | Jaguar has recalled its Diesel X-types from 2006 to 2010 due to errors with the cruise control software.

Mercedes-Benz-Actros-trucks-recall

There is a possible oil leakage in vehicles produced between April 2007 and January 2010.

29 Aug 2011 | Mercedes-Benz recalls its Actros trucks as there is a possibility of oil contacting hot engine components, which in extreme cases may cause leaks.

Citreon-C3-vehicles-recall

The fixing bracket of the air unit on the engine may break under the effect of vibrations.

29 Aug 2011 | Citreon's C3 vehicles have been recalled due to the fact that the fixing bracket of the air unit on the engine may break under the effect of vibrations.

Audi-R8-Spyder-Vehicles-Recall

A defect in Audi's R8 Spyder vehicles could lead to fuel leaks.

18 Aug 2011 | There is the possibility that the fuel supply line can come into contact with the heat shield in the engine compartment, which could cause damage and leaks.

Isuzu-F-C-E-series-vehicles-recall

The seat belt on Isuzu's F, C & E series vehicles can in some cases be slow to retract.

17 Aug 2011 | There is insufficient clearance between the seat belt and seat base cushion on some vehicles, which can make the seat belt slow to retract.

Mazda-3-passenger-vehicles-recall

A defect has been found in Mazda 3's vehicle wipers

17 Aug 2011 | The windscreen wiper motor may not function on Mazda 3 passenger vehicles sold between January 8,2008 and February 19, 2009.

Chery J1 sedans recall

Chery Automobile Australia is recalling some Chery J1 sedans.

4 Aug 2011 | Chery Automobile Australia reports that under certain operating conditions, the integrity of some of its J1 sedans' seat frame structures may be compromised.

Honda-ST1300A-ST1300P-Motorcycles-recall

Honda issues a recall of its 2008 to 2011 ST1300A and ST1300P motorcycle models

27 Jul 2011 | Honda notices a defect with its rear brake reservoir hose, which can cause fluid to leak.

Mercedes-Benz-Freightliner-Vehicles

Mercedes Benz urges new owners of its freightliner vehicles to have their brakes tested.

14 Jul 2011 | Mercedez Benz issues a warning that vehicles produced between October 2010 and February 2011 may have reduced braking efficiency.

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.

Tyre pressure gauge reviews

Properly inflated tyres are safer, last longer and save you fuel.

19 May 2011 | Gauges at petrol stations are not always well maintained which may affect accuracy. You may want to think about getting your own. We tested 18 models, from $5 to $80.

Carbohydrates

Glycaemic Index

CHOICE investigates whether our national waistline can benefit from new research on the glycaemic index.

2 Jun 2009 | Low-GI diets have been shown to help people with diabetes and pre-diabetes, but they may also help those who need to lose weight.

Low carb food

Low-carb processed foods are no healthier than their conventional equivalents — but can cost a lot more.

22 Aug 2005 | Low-carb versions of processed foods such as pasta certainly have less carbohydrate and usually fewer kilojoules — but are they’re a healthier option.

Carbon offsets

Carbon offsets

Who should you trust when it comes to buying carbon offsets?

25 Jul 2012 | Can consumers trust that validated carbon offsets are genuine, or is it still the Wild West out there?

Bringing home the cost of carbon

Household living expenses will be less than Treasury estimates according to a joint study by The Climate Institute, CSIRO and AECOM.

28 Jun 2012 | An independent study shows the impacts of the carbon tax on on households are likely to be smaller than anticipated.

Mazda 3 SKYACTIV first look

We take a look at Mazda's latest green car.

4 Apr 2012 | We've driven the Mazda 3 SKYACTIV for 3000km, to find out how it performs, how fuel efficient it is, and what makes it green.

Building energy ratings

All homes will be given star ratings in 2012, but is building energy efficiency being measured accurately?

27 Jul 2011 | Without adequate controls in place, energy efficiency ratings may prove to be nothing more than words on paper.

carbon-price-and-you

CHOICE takes the mystery and political bluster out of the new carbon price.

10 Jul 2011 | We navigate the landscape of carbon tax talk to find out exactly what the changes mean for the average Australian.

CPRS legislation off target

Carbon pollution reduction scheme needs to ensure reduced emissions.

8 Mar 2009 | If a new bill becomes law, nearly one million households could be paying for renewable energy that does nothing to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

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.

Carbon offsets

Who should you trust when it comes to buying carbon offsets?

25 Jul 2012 | Can consumers trust that validated carbon offsets are genuine, or is it still the Wild West out there?

Bringing home the cost of carbon

Household living expenses will be less than Treasury estimates according to a joint study by The Climate Institute, CSIRO and AECOM.

28 Jun 2012 | An independent study shows the impacts of the carbon tax on on households are likely to be smaller than anticipated.

Building energy ratings

All homes will be given star ratings in 2012, but is building energy efficiency being measured accurately?

27 Jul 2011 | Without adequate controls in place, energy efficiency ratings may prove to be nothing more than words on paper.

carbon-price-and-you

CHOICE takes the mystery and political bluster out of the new carbon price.

10 Jul 2011 | We navigate the landscape of carbon tax talk to find out exactly what the changes mean for the average Australian.

CPRS legislation off target

Carbon pollution reduction scheme needs to ensure reduced emissions.

8 Mar 2009 | If a new bill becomes law, nearly one million households could be paying for renewable energy that does nothing to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The carbon pollution reduction scheme implications for households

What are the implications of the CPRS for households?

15 Jan 2009 | We’re concerned that the current design of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is going to result in consumers paying more and still copping the effects of climate change.

Green car ratings

Choosing the greenest model that meets your needs is good for the environment and your wallet.

28 Jul 2006 | By taking the green rating into account when buying a new car, you can reduce your impact on the environment and save on your fuel costs.

Fuel consumption label

All new cars sold must carry a fuel consumption label — so it's easier to compare and buy a fuel-efficient one.

28 May 2006 | All new passenger cars, 4WDs and commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes have to show the new fuel consumption label, we explain how it works.

Cargo (baby products)

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.

Booster seat reviews

Many children have restraints that are too big for them and graduate to adult seatbelts too early.

12 Sep 2012 | We review 12 new booster seats suitable for children aged from about four to eight years, looking at ease of use and ease of fitting.

Caribee

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.

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.

Cariboo

Change table reviews

Forty-four change tables tested in the CHOICE labs, including models from Boori, Ikea, Childcare and more.

27 Mar 2014 | Our test results reveal which change tables are stable, strong and, most importantly, safe.

Cot reviews

Safety is key when a newborn comes into the picture. We have test results for 106 cots to tell you which are the safest.

3 Mar 2014 | The mandatory Australian standard aims to benchmark all cots to a safe level, but some failures still slip through the cracks.

Car insurance

Car security scores

Before you lock in your next car purchase, use these NRMA Insurance security scores to choose a more secure model.

4 Apr 2014 | We've teamed up with NRMA Insurance to present data on which vehicles from leading manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Audi, Hyundai and Holden, have better security.

Dog car harness test

A test of popular pet harnesses reveals that many are ineffective in restraining your pet, even in a low speed collision.

18 Dec 2013 | Test results from the NRMA Insurance's Research Centre show which dog car harnesses can offer the best protection for your four-legged companion.

Kia Rondo first look

CHOICE and one of our member families take the Kia Rondo Platinum GDI 2.0L for a test drive

17 Dec 2013 | A CHOICE member family takes the Kia Rondo Platinum GDI 2.0L for a spin. Find out how they rate its features.

Ford Kuga first look

CHOICE and a member family take the Ford Kuga Titanium TDCi AWD for a test drive.

21 Nov 2013 | A CHOICE member family takes the Ford Kuga Titanium TDCi AWD for a spin. How do they rate its features and space?

Mazda CX-5 first look

We test drive the five-seater Maxx Sport 2.2L Diesel AWD, a luxury variant of the Mazda CX-5.

24 Oct 2013 | A CHOICE member family took the five-seater Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2.2L Diesel AWD for a spin. What did they think of its performance and space?

ANCAP update  

The latest ANCAP car crash testing reveals which new cars are the safest.

13 Sep 2013 | ANCAP aims to provide safety ratings for popular vehicle makes and models, so consumers can make informed decisions before they buy their next car.

hire car excess

Rental car companies can take you for a ride with hire car insurance - CHOICE checks out some alternatives.

6 Sep 2013 | Hire car companies can take you for a ride with rental car insurance, so CHOICE checks out some alternatives.

Car insurance reviews and comparison

Driven to distraction by increasingly complex car insurance? Use our comparisons to find the best cover at the right price.

28 Aug 2013 | We review 44 car insurance policies for each state and territory.

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.

Toyota RAV4 First Look

CHOICE staffer Jen Paterson and her family took the Toyota RAV4 GX for a spin.

6 Jun 2013 | How did the Patersons find the handling of the mid-level Toyota SUV, the RAV4 GX AWD?

Car insurance fact sheet

Tips on how to find the right car insurance.

20 May 2013 | Even if you drive a bomb you don’t think is worth insuring you’re still wise to take out some form of insurance.

Honda CR-V first look

CHOICE members the Websters took the Honda 4WD VTi-L for a test drive.

6 May 2013 | Did the Webster family think the five-seater Honda CR-V 4WD VTi, a luxury variant of the Honda CR-V, was a hit or miss after test driving it?

Subaru Forester First Look

We test drive the five-seater 2.5i-S, a luxury variant of the Subaru Forester.

11 Mar 2013 | CHOICE members the Eleftheriou family took the five-seater Subaru Forester 2.5i-S for a spin. What did they think of its fancy features - and high price tag?

Small vehicle repair costs

The results of this low-speed crash test show there are vast differences in repair costs across the range of top selling small vehicles.

28 Nov 2012 | NRMA Insurance put the spotlight on nine top selling small vehicles in Australia to see how their bumpers performed when involved in a collision.

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.

Rental car companies reviewed

CHOICE tells you which car rental companies to avoid.

18 Apr 2011 | CHOICE scrutinised the contracts of some of Australia's largest car rental companies - and found plenty to be concerned about.

Car navigation systems

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.

Air compressors review

We test seven portable 12-volt compressors, suitable for inflating 4WD and passenger car tyres.

29 Nov 2013 | Find out which air compressors perform best for inflating tyres. We've also measured noise and evaluated each model for ease of use.

Car GPS reviews  

Car GPS devices have never been more affordable, come with more features or had better smartphone integration.

21 Nov 2013 | We've tested 18 of the latest car GPS units, priced from $99 to $349, including models from Garmin, Navman and TomTom.

Car reversing camera kit reviews

These car reversing camera kits give you support, but don’t rely on them entirely.

12 Jun 2012 | A car reversing camera kit supplies you with a camera that you attach to the rear of the car, along with a monitor for viewing.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV First Look

We take a look at the first mass-produced electric car available to consumers in Australia.

20 Jan 2012 | We take the Mitsubishi i-MIEV for a spin and reveal how it feels to drive, and other first impressions.

iPhone GPS apps review and compare

We test nine turn-by-turn voice navigation apps for the iPhone.

8 Jul 2010 | Turn your iPhone into a satellite navigation GPS with one of these handy new apps.

GPS car navigation review and compare  

Find the best GPS system for both city and country driving, whether in a car or on a motorcycle.

26 Nov 2009 | CHOICE took 12 car GPS units to the streets and we also looked at three devices designed for motorcycles.

AlerteGPS review

It finds speed cameras while you’re driving, but only sometimes.

16 Sep 2009 | The AlerteGPS G200 is designed for drivers who want a device that indicates speed camera locations only, however our tester found that you should look at our car GPS test first.

GPS car navigation review and compare

GPS test results for both city and country driving.

1 Mar 2009 | CHOICE took 17 car GPS units to the streets, including our first ever ALDI model, and found that while most performed well, following their directions unequivocally isn't recommended.

Car navigation systems buying guide  

What to look for in a car GPS.

23 Nov 2006 | Use our guide to know what features you need in a car GPS to suit your driving needs.

Car-parts

Air compressors review

We test seven portable 12-volt compressors, suitable for inflating 4WD and passenger car tyres.

29 Nov 2013 | Find out which air compressors perform best for inflating tyres. We've also measured noise and evaluated each model for ease of use.

Car tyres 175-65R15 review and compare  

We test 18 brands of 175/65R15 tyres, suitable for small cars such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and Suzuki Swift.

29 Nov 2013 | Our new rolling resistance test evaluates “eco” claims made by some manufacturers.

Toyota RAV4 First Look

CHOICE staffer Jen Paterson and her family took the Toyota RAV4 GX for a spin.

6 Jun 2013 | How did the Patersons find the handling of the mid-level Toyota SUV, the RAV4 GX AWD?

Honda CR-V first look

CHOICE members the Websters took the Honda 4WD VTi-L for a test drive.

6 May 2013 | Did the Webster family think the five-seater Honda CR-V 4WD VTi, a luxury variant of the Honda CR-V, was a hit or miss after test driving it?

Nissan X Trail First Look

CHOICE members the Wain family took this small SUV from Nissan for a spin.

4 Apr 2013 | The five-seater X-Trail TL dCi 4WD packs in the features, but does it also pack in the passengers a little too tightly for comfort?

KONI Shock Absorber recall

If there are misaligned/fragile welds, the shock absorber could fail.

13 Jan 2012 | KONI B.V. is recalling KONI shock absorbers sold between the 1 Februrary 2010 and 30 November 2010.

Carpet

Low-cost vacuum cleaner reviews  

You can buy a good quality vacuum cleaner for less than $300. Our newest test results include the latest models.

14 Jul 2011 | Our test reveals some good, affordable choices and one model in particular that would hold its own against vacuums costing twice as much.

Dyson DC35 MultiFloor Stick Vac

Is the cost on this slick stick vacuum worth the reward?

1 Mar 2011 | Dyson's latest stick vac is a top performer, but it has a price tag to match.

Sustainable Flooring

From recycled timber to bamboo, we reveal the most and least planet-friendly floors.

24 Jun 2010 | The increasing popularity of timber floors poses concerns about exactly how that timber is harvested.

Dyson Radix 6 handheld vacuum cleaner

In 2007 this was the most effective - and most expensive - handheld vac we'd ever tested

23 Nov 2009 | First Look: Dyson Radix 6 handheld vacuum cleaner In 2007 this was the most effective - and most expensive - handheld vac we'd ever tested.

Carpet options buying Guide

The basics of buying a wall-to-wall carpet.

1 Jul 2008 | Buying the wrong carpet can be a costly mistake if you don’t choose wisely. This guide will arm you with all the info you need before you take the plunge.

Carpet spot cleaner reviews

A good carpet cleaner should get you out of trouble ... unless you live with a budding Pro Hart.

25 Sep 2007 | We put the carpet spot cleaners to the test on two different types of cream-coloured carpet: nylon cut pile and wool sisal.

Carpet cleaning

Don't let just anyone loose on your carpets.

10 Apr 2007 | While you're more likely to wait until your carpets are covered in muddy paw prints before hiring a carpet cleaner, having your carpets cleaned at least once a year should prolong their life.

Timber and tile flooring buying guide

Choosing flooring is an important part of home building or renovation.

8 Nov 2004 | When you’re building or renovating, elegant flooring that’s also practical can add substantial value to your home, in addition to looking and feeling great.

Carpet cleaning

Low-cost vacuum cleaner reviews  

You can buy a good quality vacuum cleaner for less than $300. Our newest test results include the latest models.

14 Jul 2011 | Our test reveals some good, affordable choices and one model in particular that would hold its own against vacuums costing twice as much.

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.

Carpet spot cleaner reviews

A good carpet cleaner should get you out of trouble ... unless you live with a budding Pro Hart.

25 Sep 2007 | We put the carpet spot cleaners to the test on two different types of cream-coloured carpet: nylon cut pile and wool sisal.

Carpet cleaning

Don't let just anyone loose on your carpets.

10 Apr 2007 | While you're more likely to wait until your carpets are covered in muddy paw prints before hiring a carpet cleaner, having your carpets cleaned at least once a year should prolong their life.

Car restraints

Hyundai ix35 Family review

A family of CHOICE members take the wheel of the Hyundai ix35.

18 Feb 2014 | CHOICE members Johanne Rossi and Tobias Dunn and their family took the Hyundai ix35 Highlander AWD 2.0L Diesel for a drive.

Dog car harness test

A test of popular pet harnesses reveals that many are ineffective in restraining your pet, even in a low speed collision.

18 Dec 2013 | Test results from the NRMA Insurance's Research Centre show which dog car harnesses can offer the best protection for your four-legged companion.

Isofix on its way

Australian parents should soon be able to buy baby seats using an Isofix-like restraint system, with Standards Australia now allowing local sales of the seats.

17 Jun 2013 | The Australian Standard for car child restraints has been updated to allow for the use of a variation of the international child restraint system called Isofix, in conjunction with Australia's top tether system

Nissan X Trail First Look

CHOICE members the Wain family took this small SUV from Nissan for a spin.

4 Apr 2013 | The five-seater X-Trail TL dCi 4WD packs in the features, but does it also pack in the passengers a little too tightly for comfort?

Child car restraint reviews

These restraints all meet the stringent requirements of the Australian standard, but some are easier to install and use than others

5 Jul 2012 | Installing a child car restraint correctly is essential for preventing injuries to your child in a crash

Car reversing camera kit reviews

These car reversing camera kits give you support, but don’t rely on them entirely.

12 Jun 2012 | A car reversing camera kit supplies you with a camera that you attach to the rear of the car, along with a monitor for viewing.

Convertible car seat reviews

Installing a child restraint correctly is the best way to prevent injuries to your child in a crash

2 Feb 2012 | We review 10 children's convertible car seats, suitable from birth to four years of age and priced from $149 to $659.

Child car restraints

New national laws will ensure safer travelling for your children.

2 Dec 2009 | A nationally agreed reform on child car restraints is to be rolled out across Australia in 2010, with new laws designed to provide greater protection for children when travelling.

Cars

Home and contents insurance claim

Homeowners affected by Cyclone Ita have started to claim on home and contents insurance.

17 Apr 2014 | North Queensland is facing a massive recovery after Cyclone Ita. Follow our tips to lodge your home and contents insurance claim.

Car security scores

Before you lock in your next car purchase, use these NRMA Insurance security scores to choose a more secure model.

4 Apr 2014 | We've teamed up with NRMA Insurance to present data on which vehicles from leading manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Audi, Hyundai and Holden, have better security.

Car rear visibility

How well can you see out of the back of your car?

29 Jan 2014 | All cars have a "blind area" that could easily hide a child. NRMA Insurance's Reversing Visibility Index is your back up for choosing a safer model.

Dog car harness test

A test of popular pet harnesses reveals that many are ineffective in restraining your pet, even in a low speed collision.

18 Dec 2013 | Test results from the NRMA Insurance's Research Centre show which dog car harnesses can offer the best protection for your four-legged companion.

Car tyres 175-65R15 review and compare  

We test 18 brands of 175/65R15 tyres, suitable for small cars such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and Suzuki Swift.

29 Nov 2013 | Our new rolling resistance test evaluates “eco” claims made by some manufacturers.

Car GPS reviews  

Car GPS devices have never been more affordable, come with more features or had better smartphone integration.

21 Nov 2013 | We've tested 18 of the latest car GPS units, priced from $99 to $349, including models from Garmin, Navman and TomTom.

ANCAP update  

The latest ANCAP car crash testing reveals which new cars are the safest.

13 Sep 2013 | ANCAP aims to provide safety ratings for popular vehicle makes and models, so consumers can make informed decisions before they buy their next car.

Used car safety ratings

In the market for a used car? Here's how to choose a safe model.

30 Aug 2013 | If you're in the market for an older model used car you'll need to do your research and the 2013 Used Car Safety Ratings is a good place to start. This year 216 vehicle models have been rated.

Car insurance reviews and comparison

Driven to distraction by increasingly complex car insurance? Use our comparisons to find the best cover at the right price.

28 Aug 2013 | We review 44 car insurance policies for each state and territory.

Car finance

The pros and cons of using a personal loan, home loan redraw, car dealer finance, or car manufacturer finance to buy a car.

27 Aug 2013 | What is the best way to finance a car? Check the pros and cons for car manufacturer’s deals, personal loans, a redraw on your home loan and car dealer finance.

Isofix on its way

Australian parents should soon be able to buy baby seats using an Isofix-like restraint system, with Standards Australia now allowing local sales of the seats.

17 Jun 2013 | The Australian Standard for car child restraints has been updated to allow for the use of a variation of the international child restraint system called Isofix, in conjunction with Australia's top tether system

Car tyre 205/60R16 reviews  

We've tested 15 brands of car tyres, including models from Bridgestone, Dunlop, Continental and Michelin.

24 May 2013 | Find out which brands score best for braking and cornering performance in wet and dry conditions.

Car insurance fact sheet

Tips on how to find the right car insurance.

20 May 2013 | Even if you drive a bomb you don’t think is worth insuring you’re still wise to take out some form of insurance.

Hybrid cars

Fed up with high petrol prices? A hybrid or electric car might be one answer.

27 Jun 2012 | We test-drove the fuel-efficient petrol, hybrid and electric models currently available in Australia and found there's a lot to like, plus some trade-offs.

Car reversing camera kit reviews

These car reversing camera kits give you support, but don’t rely on them entirely.

12 Jun 2012 | A car reversing camera kit supplies you with a camera that you attach to the rear of the car, along with a monitor for viewing.

Car tyre 215/60R16 reviews  

You can’t rely on price, tread pattern or brand name to find the best-performing tyre.

10 May 2012 | We review 18 brands of car tyres (215/60R16) priced from $105 to $229 each.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV First Look

We take a look at the first mass-produced electric car available to consumers in Australia.

20 Jan 2012 | We take the Mitsubishi i-MIEV for a spin and reveal how it feels to drive, and other first impressions.

KONI Shock Absorber recall

If there are misaligned/fragile welds, the shock absorber could fail.

13 Jan 2012 | KONI B.V. is recalling KONI shock absorbers sold between the 1 Februrary 2010 and 30 November 2010.

Ford Fiesta Econetic recall

The potential exists for the occupants of the vehicle to be exposed to exhaust gases, which are poisonous.

13 Jan 2012 | Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited is recalling Fiesta Econetic vehicles sold nationally between 2nd September 2011 and 12th September 2011.

Holden JG Cruze Series I Diesel

Potential manufacturing defect within fuel feed hose.

8 Dec 2011 | GM Holden Ltd is recalling Holden JG Cruze Series I (Diesel) vehicles due to a potential manufacturing defect within fuel feed hose.

Holden Epica 2.0L recall

This vehicle has been recalled due to a potential manufacturing defect within fuel feed hose.

6 Dec 2011 | Holden Epica 2.0L vehicles, are being recalled due to a potential manufacturing defect within fuel feed hose.

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.

Lexus and Toyota assorted models recall

The amount of adhesive agent applied between the outer ring and torsional rubber damper of the crankshaft pulley may be insufficient.

17 Nov 2011 | Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited is recalling Lexus and Toyota assorted models, sold between the 1st June 2004 and the 30th March 2005.

The 2011 Shonky awards  

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

24 Oct 2011 | CHOICE's annual showcase of the worst of the worst consumer products and services.

Chery J11 vehicles recall

In the event of a side impact, the vehicle may not adequately protect the occupants.

29 Sep 2011 | Chery Automobiles Australia is recalling more than 1600 of its J11 vehicles, because they may not adequately protect the occupants, in the event of a side impact.

Car tyres 175-65R14 82H review and compare  

Maintaining the right tyre pressure helps keep your car on the road and money in your pocket.

19 May 2011 | If you’re shopping for tyres, you don’t have to get the same ones your car left the factory with. We tested 18 size 175/65R14 tyres, costing $75 to $127.

Tyre pressure gauge reviews

Properly inflated tyres are safer, last longer and save you fuel.

19 May 2011 | Gauges at petrol stations are not always well maintained which may affect accuracy. You may want to think about getting your own. We tested 18 models, from $5 to $80.

Car reliability survey

Our latest car reliability member survey gives the low down on breakdowns.

12 May 2011 | Advanced technologies used by car manufacturers aim to make your ride as smooth and safe as possible, how do they fare for reliability?

Rental car companies reviewed

CHOICE tells you which car rental companies to avoid.

18 Apr 2011 | CHOICE scrutinised the contracts of some of Australia's largest car rental companies - and found plenty to be concerned about.

How to buy a used car

Buying a secondhand car can be a minefield. Read our tips and learn how to avoid disaster.

3 Mar 2011 | "Buyer beware" never applies more than when shopping for a used car.

Driver fatigue alarm review

CHOICE road-tests these devices to find out how effective they really are.

29 Nov 2010 | Will these alarms help you avoid a microsleep?

Tyrecheckers-LED-Alert-caps

A novel way to alert you when it’s time to top up your tyres.

29 Oct 2010 | These LED Alert caps for car tyres are a step towards safer and more economical motoring.

How to buy a new car

Follow our buying guide to make sure you get the best deal on a new car.

31 May 2010 | Save thousands on your next new car – and steer clear of the traps and pitfalls – by following the CHOICE buying guide.

Car tyres 195-65R15 review and compare  

Safety is paramount when purchasing a new set of tyres.

31 May 2010 | This size is currently used on a number of popular small cars such as the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Kia Cerato, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla and the Volkswagen Golf.

Sudio Solar first look

Play it safe and keep your hands on the wheel with this solar-powered bluetooth handsfree device.

14 Apr 2010 | It's a cheap alternative to a hands-free car kit, but it has some limitations.

Car roof box reviews

They’re great at growing your car’s storage capacity, but mind how you drive.

11 Mar 2010 | Car storage can be difficult to find on a road trip. Car roof boxes are designed to fit onto the roof bars of a car to solve this lack of space.

AlerteGPS review

It finds speed cameras while you’re driving, but only sometimes.

16 Sep 2009 | The AlerteGPS G200 is designed for drivers who want a device that indicates speed camera locations only, however our tester found that you should look at our car GPS test first.

Contesting parking fines

Ever wondered how to contest unjust parking and speed camera fines?

15 Sep 2009 | CHOICE found 30% of parking fine appeals to the NSW Treasury’s Office of State Revenue were successful. So what are your options?

GPS car navigation review and compare

GPS test results for both city and country driving.

1 Mar 2009 | CHOICE took 17 car GPS units to the streets, including our first ever ALDI model, and found that while most performed well, following their directions unequivocally isn't recommended.

Car cleaners

How can you save water while washing your car? CHOICE investigates.

28 Nov 2008 | Whether you wash your car with a sense of pride or dread, you need water to do it effectively. And living in the world’s driest inhabited continent, a strong sense of conservation is also essential.

Useless car extras

Don’t get taken for a ride with expensive or unnecessary new car options.

1 Aug 2008 | If you’ve ever bought a new car, you’ll have experienced the hard sell from the dealer, pushing you to add options to the vehicle. Are any of them worth the money?

Green vehicle guide

A government website rates environmental impact and lets you pick the greenest model.

23 May 2008 | The guide gives each model an overall star rating: the more stars, the lower the environmental impact.

Renting a car

Car rental contracts operate in favour of the rental companies, but you can reduce your risks.

21 Apr 2008 | Renting a car at your destination offers the flexibility to make the most of a holiday but nearly everyone knows of someone who's been ripped off.

Car tyres 20565R15 review and compare

We tested tyres for a range of family cars, for cornering, braking and noise.

6 Apr 2008 | For almost two weeks, our tyre testing team put their bodies on the line for you during high-speed cornering and emergency braking tests — and about 500 tyre changes

Converting your car to LPG

Worried about rising fuel prices? Switching to LPG may be a way out - especially with the new rebate

15 Sep 2006 | Currently, there are about 500,000 vehicles on our roads that run with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) — that’s about 5% of all cars.

Green car ratings

Choosing the greenest model that meets your needs is good for the environment and your wallet.

28 Jul 2006 | By taking the green rating into account when buying a new car, you can reduce your impact on the environment and save on your fuel costs.

Car lemon laws

What are your rights if your car spends more time in the service centre than on the road?

16 May 2006 | When you buy a new car rather than a used one, you probably expect to buy the peace of mind of faultless performance for at least a few years.

Car depreciation

Buying a new car is a big purchase but a bad investment.

28 Apr 2006 | Depending on their size, cars depreciate on average by around 14% a year for the first three years. But there are ways you can limit the impact of car depreciation on your hip pocket.

Car safety

Hyundai ix35 Family review

A family of CHOICE members take the wheel of the Hyundai ix35.

18 Feb 2014 | CHOICE members Johanne Rossi and Tobias Dunn and their family took the Hyundai ix35 Highlander AWD 2.0L Diesel for a drive.

Car rear visibility

How well can you see out of the back of your car?

29 Jan 2014 | All cars have a "blind area" that could easily hide a child. NRMA Insurance's Reversing Visibility Index is your back up for choosing a safer model.

Kia Rondo first look

CHOICE and one of our member families take the Kia Rondo Platinum GDI 2.0L for a test drive

17 Dec 2013 | A CHOICE member family takes the Kia Rondo Platinum GDI 2.0L for a spin. Find out how they rate its features.

Air compressors review

We test seven portable 12-volt compressors, suitable for inflating 4WD and passenger car tyres.

29 Nov 2013 | Find out which air compressors perform best for inflating tyres. We've also measured noise and evaluated each model for ease of use.

Car tyres 175-65R15 review and compare  

We test 18 brands of 175/65R15 tyres, suitable for small cars such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and Suzuki Swift.

29 Nov 2013 | Our new rolling resistance test evaluates “eco” claims made by some manufacturers.

Ford Kuga first look

CHOICE and a member family take the Ford Kuga Titanium TDCi AWD for a test drive.

21 Nov 2013 | A CHOICE member family takes the Ford Kuga Titanium TDCi AWD for a spin. How do they rate its features and space?

Car GPS reviews  

Car GPS devices have never been more affordable, come with more features or had better smartphone integration.

21 Nov 2013 | We've tested 18 of the latest car GPS units, priced from $99 to $349, including models from Garmin, Navman and TomTom.

Mazda CX-5 first look

We test drive the five-seater Maxx Sport 2.2L Diesel AWD, a luxury variant of the Mazda CX-5.

24 Oct 2013 | A CHOICE member family took the five-seater Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2.2L Diesel AWD for a spin. What did they think of its performance and space?

ANCAP update  

The latest ANCAP car crash testing reveals which new cars are the safest.

13 Sep 2013 | ANCAP aims to provide safety ratings for popular vehicle makes and models, so consumers can make informed decisions before they buy their next car.

Used car safety ratings

In the market for a used car? Here's how to choose a safe model.

30 Aug 2013 | If you're in the market for an older model used car you'll need to do your research and the 2013 Used Car Safety Ratings is a good place to start. This year 216 vehicle models have been rated.

Isofix on its way

Australian parents should soon be able to buy baby seats using an Isofix-like restraint system, with Standards Australia now allowing local sales of the seats.

17 Jun 2013 | The Australian Standard for car child restraints has been updated to allow for the use of a variation of the international child restraint system called Isofix, in conjunction with Australia's top tether system

Toyota RAV4 First Look

CHOICE staffer Jen Paterson and her family took the Toyota RAV4 GX for a spin.

6 Jun 2013 | How did the Patersons find the handling of the mid-level Toyota SUV, the RAV4 GX AWD?

Car tyre 205/60R16 reviews  

We've tested 15 brands of car tyres, including models from Bridgestone, Dunlop, Continental and Michelin.

24 May 2013 | Find out which brands score best for braking and cornering performance in wet and dry conditions.

Honda CR-V first look

CHOICE members the Websters took the Honda 4WD VTi-L for a test drive.

6 May 2013 | Did the Webster family think the five-seater Honda CR-V 4WD VTi, a luxury variant of the Honda CR-V, was a hit or miss after test driving it?

Nissan X Trail First Look

CHOICE members the Wain family took this small SUV from Nissan for a spin.

4 Apr 2013 | The five-seater X-Trail TL dCi 4WD packs in the features, but does it also pack in the passengers a little too tightly for comfort?

Subaru Forester First Look

We test drive the five-seater 2.5i-S, a luxury variant of the Subaru Forester.

11 Mar 2013 | CHOICE members the Eleftheriou family took the five-seater Subaru Forester 2.5i-S for a spin. What did they think of its fancy features - and high price tag?

Small vehicle repair costs

The results of this low-speed crash test show there are vast differences in repair costs across the range of top selling small vehicles.

28 Nov 2012 | NRMA Insurance put the spotlight on nine top selling small vehicles in Australia to see how their bumpers performed when involved in a collision.

Steering clear of car repair scams

Not all motor vehicle repairers are doing the right thing.

14 Aug 2012 | Car repair shops are coming under greater scrutiny in NSW and WA, but consumer awareness is still the first line of defence.

Child car restraint reviews

These restraints all meet the stringent requirements of the Australian standard, but some are easier to install and use than others

5 Jul 2012 | Installing a child car restraint correctly is essential for preventing injuries to your child in a crash

Car reversing camera kit reviews

These car reversing camera kits give you support, but don’t rely on them entirely.

12 Jun 2012 | A car reversing camera kit supplies you with a camera that you attach to the rear of the car, along with a monitor for viewing.

Car tyre 215/60R16 reviews  

You can’t rely on price, tread pattern or brand name to find the best-performing tyre.

10 May 2012 | We review 18 brands of car tyres (215/60R16) priced from $105 to $229 each.

Convertible car seat reviews

Installing a child restraint correctly is the best way to prevent injuries to your child in a crash

2 Feb 2012 | We review 10 children's convertible car seats, suitable from birth to four years of age and priced from $149 to $659.

KONI Shock Absorber recall

If there are misaligned/fragile welds, the shock absorber could fail.

13 Jan 2012 | KONI B.V. is recalling KONI shock absorbers sold between the 1 Februrary 2010 and 30 November 2010.

Ford Fiesta Econetic recall

The potential exists for the occupants of the vehicle to be exposed to exhaust gases, which are poisonous.

13 Jan 2012 | Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited is recalling Fiesta Econetic vehicles sold nationally between 2nd September 2011 and 12th September 2011.

Holden JG Cruze Series I Diesel

Potential manufacturing defect within fuel feed hose.

8 Dec 2011 | GM Holden Ltd is recalling Holden JG Cruze Series I (Diesel) vehicles due to a potential manufacturing defect within fuel feed hose.

Lexus and Toyota assorted models recall

The amount of adhesive agent applied between the outer ring and torsional rubber damper of the crankshaft pulley may be insufficient.

17 Nov 2011 | Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited is recalling Lexus and Toyota assorted models, sold between the 1st June 2004 and the 30th March 2005.

The 2011 Shonky awards  

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

24 Oct 2011 | CHOICE's annual showcase of the worst of the worst consumer products and services.

Chery J11 vehicles recall

In the event of a side impact, the vehicle may not adequately protect the occupants.

29 Sep 2011 | Chery Automobiles Australia is recalling more than 1600 of its J11 vehicles, because they may not adequately protect the occupants, in the event of a side impact.

Car tyres 175-65R14 82H review and compare  

Maintaining the right tyre pressure helps keep your car on the road and money in your pocket.

19 May 2011 | If you’re shopping for tyres, you don’t have to get the same ones your car left the factory with. We tested 18 size 175/65R14 tyres, costing $75 to $127.

Car reliability survey

Our latest car reliability member survey gives the low down on breakdowns.

12 May 2011 | Advanced technologies used by car manufacturers aim to make your ride as smooth and safe as possible, how do they fare for reliability?

Rental car companies reviewed

CHOICE tells you which car rental companies to avoid.

18 Apr 2011 | CHOICE scrutinised the contracts of some of Australia's largest car rental companies - and found plenty to be concerned about.

How to buy a used car

Buying a secondhand car can be a minefield. Read our tips and learn how to avoid disaster.

3 Mar 2011 | "Buyer beware" never applies more than when shopping for a used car.

Driver fatigue alarm review

CHOICE road-tests these devices to find out how effective they really are.

29 Nov 2010 | Will these alarms help you avoid a microsleep?

Tyrecheckers-LED-Alert-caps

A novel way to alert you when it’s time to top up your tyres.

29 Oct 2010 | These LED Alert caps for car tyres are a step towards safer and more economical motoring.

How to buy a new car

Follow our buying guide to make sure you get the best deal on a new car.

31 May 2010 | Save thousands on your next new car – and steer clear of the traps and pitfalls – by following the CHOICE buying guide.

Car tyres 195-65R15 review and compare  

Safety is paramount when purchasing a new set of tyres.

31 May 2010 | This size is currently used on a number of popular small cars such as the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Kia Cerato, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla and the Volkswagen Golf.

Sudio Solar first look

Play it safe and keep your hands on the wheel with this solar-powered bluetooth handsfree device.

14 Apr 2010 | It's a cheap alternative to a hands-free car kit, but it has some limitations.

Child car restraints

New national laws will ensure safer travelling for your children.

2 Dec 2009 | A nationally agreed reform on child car restraints is to be rolled out across Australia in 2010, with new laws designed to provide greater protection for children when travelling.

GPS car navigation review and compare  

Find the best GPS system for both city and country driving, whether in a car or on a motorcycle.

26 Nov 2009 | CHOICE took 12 car GPS units to the streets and we also looked at three devices designed for motorcycles.

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.

Useless car extras

Don’t get taken for a ride with expensive or unnecessary new car options.

1 Aug 2008 | If you’ve ever bought a new car, you’ll have experienced the hard sell from the dealer, pushing you to add options to the vehicle. Are any of them worth the money?

Car servicing centres

Think you'll get a better service from the dealer's service centre? Think again.

30 Apr 2008 | When you hand your car over for a service, you’d hope for — and it’s certainly not unreasonable to expect — honest and expert advice about the condition of your car and any repairs needed.

Car tyres 20565R15 review and compare

We tested tyres for a range of family cars, for cornering, braking and noise.

6 Apr 2008 | For almost two weeks, our tyre testing team put their bodies on the line for you during high-speed cornering and emergency braking tests — and about 500 tyre changes

Tyre pressure checkers review

A simple device can help you keep your tyre pressure in check.

22 Feb 2008 | If you’re one of the majority who find it a bit of a chore to check your tyre pressure on a regular basis, why not invest in a set of tyre pressure indicators that do the monitoring for you?

First aid kits review and compare

Many of the first aid kits we tested could leave you ill-prepared when an accident strikes.

29 Sep 2007 | Nine of the 22 kits tested provide insufficient equipment to cope with five common household emergencies.

First aid kits buying guide

What items do you need in a general purpose first aid kit?

12 Sep 2007 | With these contents in your "general purpose" first aid kit, you should be equipped for a range of emergency situations.

Car sharing

Hyundai ix35 Family review

A family of CHOICE members take the wheel of the Hyundai ix35.

18 Feb 2014 | CHOICE members Johanne Rossi and Tobias Dunn and their family took the Hyundai ix35 Highlander AWD 2.0L Diesel for a drive.

Kia Rondo first look

CHOICE and one of our member families take the Kia Rondo Platinum GDI 2.0L for a test drive

17 Dec 2013 | A CHOICE member family takes the Kia Rondo Platinum GDI 2.0L for a spin. Find out how they rate its features.

Ford Kuga first look

CHOICE and a member family take the Ford Kuga Titanium TDCi AWD for a test drive.

21 Nov 2013 | A CHOICE member family takes the Ford Kuga Titanium TDCi AWD for a spin. How do they rate its features and space?

Mazda CX-5 first look

We test drive the five-seater Maxx Sport 2.2L Diesel AWD, a luxury variant of the Mazda CX-5.

24 Oct 2013 | A CHOICE member family took the five-seater Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2.2L Diesel AWD for a spin. What did they think of its performance and space?

Toyota RAV4 First Look

CHOICE staffer Jen Paterson and her family took the Toyota RAV4 GX for a spin.

6 Jun 2013 | How did the Patersons find the handling of the mid-level Toyota SUV, the RAV4 GX AWD?

Honda CR-V first look

CHOICE members the Websters took the Honda 4WD VTi-L for a test drive.

6 May 2013 | Did the Webster family think the five-seater Honda CR-V 4WD VTi, a luxury variant of the Honda CR-V, was a hit or miss after test driving it?

Consumer sharing

Swap, share and rent your way to a better future.

23 Apr 2013 | Consumer sharing is growing in popularity to meet today’s buyer demands. It’s energy efficient, environmentally friendly and cost effective, and it’s now easier than ever.

Subaru Forester First Look

We test drive the five-seater 2.5i-S, a luxury variant of the Subaru Forester.

11 Mar 2013 | CHOICE members the Eleftheriou family took the five-seater Subaru Forester 2.5i-S for a spin. What did they think of its fancy features - and high price tag?

Mazda 3 SKYACTIV first look

We take a look at Mazda's latest green car.

4 Apr 2012 | We've driven the Mazda 3 SKYACTIV for 3000km, to find out how it performs, how fuel efficient it is, and what makes it green.

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.

Cashback

Landline phone reviews

We test 16 landline phones, priced from $55 to $229.

24 Jul 2013 | We review a range of landline phones - including phones that communicate with your smartphone, and others that can work in a blackout.

Cashback capers

Getting a partial refund for big ticket items may sound great, but not everyone is smiling.

13 Dec 2008 | Retail and manufacturing marketing execs are certainly onto a winner with cashback schemes, but consumer benefit is not as guaranteed.

casio

Basic digital camera reviews  

We compare 88 basic digital cameras, including models from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Panasonic.

18 Nov 2013 | In our latest digital camera test we review 88 compact digital cameras, priced from $87 to $699.

Rugged cameras  

Australia’s outdoor life can be pretty hard on cameras - but these models claim they can handle water, dust, or sudden shocks.

14 Oct 2013 | Choice tests manufacturers' claims for rugged cameras. Some survive, some don't.

Cheap vs expensive cameras in low light

See if you can spot which image was taken with the cheap camera.

29 May 2013 | We challenge you to choose the best image taken in low-light conditions by three cameras - the results may surprise.

Home theatre projectors

The best home theatre projectors can produce some very impressive images.

19 Mar 2013 | We've tested 10 home theatre projectors, ranging in price from $1799 to $3999, to reveal which have the best picture quality and are easiest to use.

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.

Cat

Pet insurance reviews

We review pet insurance and compare 17 pet insurers in Australia to reveal the best.

4 Apr 2014 | Pet insurance reviews from CHOICE not only reveal the best value cover but also expose common traps.

Dog car harness test

A test of popular pet harnesses reveals that many are ineffective in restraining your pet, even in a low speed collision.

18 Dec 2013 | Test results from the NRMA Insurance's Research Centre show which dog car harnesses can offer the best protection for your four-legged companion.

Pet food reviews

Australians love their pets, so what should we be feeding them to ensure a long and healthy life?

16 Oct 2012 | With so many pet food options on the market, from tinned wet foods to dry kibble, and fresh pet meat, it's hard to know what's really best for your dog or cat.

Buying a dog

Getting a new dog is an exciting time, but how do you buy one ethically?

1 Sep 2008 | Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, with an estimated 63% of households owning a pet and more than 50% having a cat or dog.

Review pet hair mitts

If you find yourself surrounded by pet hair, these may help you.

29 May 2008 | Pets have many benefits for their caretakers. For some of us however, there is the hair-raising prospect of the stray strands of hair that our pets leave behind.

Pet food

A guide to dog and cat nutrition.

22 May 2007 | Very little independent research has been done in Australia about the long-term effects on the health of pets eating commercial pet food - the majority of research is done by manufacturers themselves.

CeBIT

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.

Ceiling fans

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.

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.

Central-West

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.

Guide to switching health insurers

Have you been slugged by the recent rise in premiums? It might be time to review your cover, switch and save.

27 Mar 2013 | As health insurance premiums go up, now’s a good time to check that the amount you’re paying is justified by what you’re getting in return.

Cereal

Salt assault

Finding low-salt kids' foods might be harder than you think.

28 Mar 2013 | We've investigated the salt content of foods marketed at children. Why do so many add unnecessary salt?

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.

Kelloggs Crunchy Nut Clusters product recall

Kellogg recalls Crunchy Nut Clusters 450g and 540g packs.

2 Aug 2011 | Packs of Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Clusters cereal sold nationally have been recalled due to the discovery by some consumers of small plastic pieces in their cereal.

Multigrain bread reviews

Multigrain breads can be top scorers for taste and texture, and rate well nutritionally.

6 May 2010 | We size up the main varieties you'll find at your supermarket.

Breakfast cereals buying guide

For many of us, ready-to-eat breakfast cereals are a staple food, and a good one can be the perfect kick-start to the day.

29 May 2009 | We looked at over 300 cereals and mueslis to find the ones that are best for you nutritionally.

Children's cereal reviews

We highlight the best for everyday eating out of over 40 childrens' cereals.

1 May 2009 | A good breakfast cereal can be the perfect start to the day, but children's cereals among the worst for excessive sugar and salt.

Children's milk

Do children really need their own milk?

7 May 2007 | Several milks specifically aimed at children have recently entered the market. But do children really need their own version of milk?

Cereal bars

Children's cereal reviews

We highlight the best for everyday eating out of over 40 childrens' cereals.

1 May 2009 | A good breakfast cereal can be the perfect start to the day, but children's cereals among the worst for excessive sugar and salt.

CFLs

CFL and LED lamps review  

We've tested 11 LED light bulbs (lamps) and three compact fluorescents, including models from Philips, Sylvania, Verbatim and Crompton.

28 Nov 2013 | Find out which of the 14 LED and CFL models scored highest for light output and endurance.

Philips LEDbulb

Is this the next big thing in energy-efficient home lighting?

17 Jun 2011 | The Philips LEDbulb is one of the first LED lamps designed for standard household light fittings.

CGT

Selling your property

How to find a good real estate agent and avoid the pitfalls.

21 Sep 2007 | Who should you believe when you ask agents to assess your property’s value?

Champagne

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.

Wines 2010

CHOICE's wine experts serve their verdict on the best wines to buy for the festive season.

13 Oct 2010 | CHOICE's wine experts rated popular red and white wines and tell you their favourites.

Prawns in champagne

CHOICE recipe for prawns in champagne

24 Jun 2010 | This unusual and rather hedonistic combination works with a great result


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?

Change table

Change table reviews

Forty-four change tables tested in the CHOICE labs, including models from Boori, Ikea, Childcare and more.

27 Mar 2014 | Our test results reveal which change tables are stable, strong and, most importantly, safe.

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.

Baby safety - a shopping guide

We've put together a guide to help you with your buying decisions. It focuses on features, safety and ease of use.

21 May 2012 | Shopping for your new baby is a minefield - what's safe, what's not an what's actually useful?

Charities

Volunteer abroad

Volunteering abroad sounds like a great way to do some good and have a holiday. But who really stands to profit?

14 Mar 2014 | Who really profits from your overseas volunteer trip?

Charity-christmas-cards

Not all charity-branded Christmas cards are equal. We highlight some of the more generous givers.

4 Nov 2010 | Buying direct from the charity is often a better way to get your money direct to the good cause.

Volunteer computing

Thanks to volunteer computing you can donate to a good cause without lifting a finger.

18 Mar 2009 | There’s a growing swell in a new kind of charitable donation — the idle time of your processor (CPU).

Consuming for a cause

When you buy something that gives a portion of the sale price to a good cause are you really donating to charity?

1 Sep 2008 | As a consumer, cause-related marketing can be a way to make a small contribution to a cause without affecting your bottom line.

Charities

How much of your donation is gobbled up by fundraising fees and expenses?

1 Apr 2008 | Nearly nine out of 10 adults give to charity, and the average annual donation is more than $400.

Fairtrade products

Buying Fairtrade products is a way to make your buying decisions improve the lives of small producers in developing countries.

27 Aug 2007 | So what are Fairtrade products, and what’s it all about?

Cheekybub

Cot reviews

Safety is key when a newborn comes into the picture. We have test results for 106 cots to tell you which are the safest.

3 Mar 2014 | The mandatory Australian standard aims to benchmark all cots to a safe level, but some failures still slip through the cracks.

Home theatre projectors

The best home theatre projectors can produce some very impressive images.

19 Mar 2013 | We've tested 10 home theatre projectors, ranging in price from $1799 to $3999, to reveal which have the best picture quality and are easiest to use.

Cheese

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.

cholesterol-lowering cheese

Believe it or not, Kraft introduces cheese products that can actually help lower cholesterol levels.

5 Apr 2011 | One of the main things people with high cholesterol cut down on is cheese. These new Kraft products could be a welcome addition to some fridges.

Cheese reviews

How does a supermarket camembert stack up against one from your local deli?

5 Nov 2010 | CHOICE compares and reviews a range of bries, blues, camemberts and cheddars to find out which brands impress.

Wines 2010

CHOICE's wine experts serve their verdict on the best wines to buy for the festive season.

13 Oct 2010 | CHOICE's wine experts rated popular red and white wines and tell you their favourites.

Feta cheese reviews  

There’s more to this cheese of ancient origins than meets the eye.

13 Jun 2008 | Buying feta might once have been straightforward but now we’re likely to be overwhelmed by choice.

Parmesan cheese reviews

You don't have to go to a deli to get good parmesan.

28 Jun 2007 | One of our experts’ favourites is a prepacked parmesan nationally available in supermarkets.

Chef

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.

Gas cooktop reviews

We've tested 11 new gas cooktops, including Blanco, Bosch, Electrolux and Miele models.

14 Mar 2013 | We have test results for 39 gas cooktops ranging in price from $329 to $3389. Which are the best performers?

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?

Chemicals

Plan to pull pesticide reforms

Dozens of pesticides approved for use in agriculture have never been properly assessed in Australia.

10 Apr 2014 | The federal government wants to remove reforms that would require assessment of agricultural chemicals and pesticides.

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.

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.

Chemicals in cleaning products

It’s not easy to find out exactly what’s in that spray bottle - and if it’s safe.

20 Nov 2013 | It’s not easy to find out exactly what’s in that household multipurpose cleaner, and if it’s safe, as manufacturers aren’t required to include ingredients on the label and many chemicals permitted for use in Australia have never been tested.

Mosquito repellents review

As Australians begin their mass annual migration to the country’s lakes and beaches, CHOICE finds out which mosquito repellents actually repel mozzies

6 Nov 2013 | We test 15 mozzie repellents to determine their effectiveness and whether or not they meet their claims. The recommended products provide the best protection against mozzie bites.

Cockroach killers review and compare  

Cockroach killers are an effective short-term solution - but in the long term, prevention is best.

16 Oct 2013 | CHOICE tested three types of chemical control - knockdown sprays, surface sprays, and baits and traps - to find out which ones are the most effective.

New chemicals legislation needs improvement

CHOICE says the draft legislation for new chemicals reforms needs improvement

5 Jan 2012 | The draft legislation for the Australian Government’s reforms to agricultural and veterinary chemicals needs to be improved.

New restrictions on the use of a toxic pesticide

The use of dimethoate has been suspended due to potential health risks.

19 Dec 2011 | There is good news for consumers with the suspension of the use of the pesticide dimethoate due to potential health risks.

APVMA-WWF

It's time for Australia to catch up with other developed countries.

17 Jun 2011 | More than 80 chemicals and pesticides no longer registered for use in Europe are available for every day agricultural and veterinary use in Australia.

chemicals-submission

CHOICE is calling for an over-arching strategy that guides pre- and post-market regulatory activities.

27 May 2011 | CHOICE wants to see a commitment to put the precautionary principle at the heart of chemical regulation in Australia.

Submission to Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry

27 Jan 2011 | CHOICE submission to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), December 2010.

BPA in canned foods

We found alarming levels of BPA in a range of canned foods – including baby foods.

1 Sep 2010 | CHOICE believes our national food regulator could be more proactive in protecting the health of Australian consumers.

BPA-alert

US food regulator reinforces concerns over BPA chemical.

22 Jan 2010 | The regulator has called for more research into BPA, the chemical often found in baby bottles.

Bad chemistry campaign

You don’t need a doctorate in chemistry to see there’s something wrong with regulation of chemicals in Australia.

11 Jan 2010 | CHOICE is campaigning to ensure effective products reach the market while protecting our health, safety and our environment.

Mineral foundations not so natural

Mineral foundations not as miraculous as marketers would have you believe.

30 Sep 2009 | Mineral foundation is marketed as a more natural alternative to other foundations and usually contains finely crushed, naturally occurring minerals. But our investigation found it's not as natural as you'd think.

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.

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.

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.

Skin cancer clinics

Skin clinics claim to help identify and treat skin cancers. How good are they?

18 Jan 2008 | In the last financial year The Cancer Council NSW received 3974 calls about skin cancer to its helpline, 2251 (57%) of which were specifically about skin cancer clinics.

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.

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.

Chery

Car security scores

Before you lock in your next car purchase, use these NRMA Insurance security scores to choose a more secure model.

4 Apr 2014 | We've teamed up with NRMA Insurance to present data on which vehicles from leading manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Audi, Hyundai and Holden, have better security.

The 2011 Shonky awards  

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

24 Oct 2011 | CHOICE's annual showcase of the worst of the worst consumer products and services.

Chery J11 vehicles recall

In the event of a side impact, the vehicle may not adequately protect the occupants.

29 Sep 2011 | Chery Automobiles Australia is recalling more than 1600 of its J11 vehicles, because they may not adequately protect the occupants, in the event of a side impact.

Chibebe

Chibebe Slumber Pod Baby Bean Bag recall

A child could gain access to the beads, posing a risk of suffocation as well as inhalation and ingestion.

28 Sep 2011 | Chibebe is recalling Slumber Pod Baby Bean Bags sold nationally between 1st September and 7th September this year.

Chicco

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.

Double stroller reviews  

We've found just one double stroller that passes our safety and durability tests, but several others with only minor failures are worth considering.

19 Dec 2013 | We review 33 double strollers including six newly tested models, priced from $230 to $1098.

Playpen reviews

Few playpens pass all our safety tests, but some are still worth considering.

5 Dec 2013 | There's no current mandatory or voluntary Australian standard for playpens, and we found some models that pose potential safety risks.

High chair reviews  

We've tested 13 new high chairs, including models from Childcare, Ikea and Stokke.

25 Mar 2013 | CHOICE has tested 34 high chairs, priced from $30 to $600, to the Australian standard. Find out which models we recommend.

Safety gate and barrier reviews

Sealing off certain rooms or stairs is key when your baby becomes mobile.

18 Dec 2012 | Test results for 41 safety gates and barriers priced from $20 to $199

Digital baby thermometer reviews

A good thermometer is a must-have for any home with kids.

25 Jul 2012 | We review 10 digital probe thermometers that are suitable for babies and toddlers, as well as older children and adults.

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.

Chicken

Free range eggs

What does 'free range' really mean, and are consumers being misled?

26 Mar 2014 | If you’re buying free range eggs because you believe in animal welfare, the brands in the big supermarkets may not be meeting your expectations.

BBQ reviews  

We test 27 barbecues priced between $179 and $2200 for performance and ease of use.

26 Nov 2013 | CHOICE reviews portable, balcony-sized and large four-to-six burner barbecues, including latest models from Beefeater and Weber.

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.

How to defrost a chicken

How to defrost a chicken using your microwave.

27 Jan 2011 | The best tips to defrosting your chicken in the microwave.

Cinnamon chicken pasta

Add a unique sweet touch to your pasta - a great recipe for slow cookers.

20 Jan 2011 | A tasty chicken and cinnamon recipe best served with pasta.

How to butterfly a chicken

Step by step instructions on how to butterfly a chicken.

20 Jan 2011 | Our simple step-by-step guide to butterfly a chicken.

Piri piri chicken

The perfect addition to any barbecue meal.

5 Nov 2010 | Sample our tasty chicken recipe, best served with our fresh, summer salads.

Oven roasted chicken

Play around with some herbs to create a tasty oven roasted chicken

4 Nov 2010 | Herbs add the final touch to your oven roasted chicken

Barbecue chicken

CHOICE recipe for a mouth-watering barbecue chicken

4 Nov 2010 | Use your barbecue this summer to cook a whole chicken

Barbecue chicken

CHOICE recipe for a mouth-watering barbecue chicken

4 Nov 2010 | Use your barbecue this summer to cook a whole chicken

Curry vegetable and chicken soup

CHOICE recipe for indian vegetable and chicken soup

24 Jun 2010 | A delightful combination of chicken and spices create a hearty soup


Stock reviews

Are packaged stocks anything like the real deal?

8 Oct 2009 | CHOICE looks at 25 stocks – liquid, cubes and powders – and highlights the ones that are most like homemade, the ones with the least salt and the ones we believe represent the best value.

Free range eggs

How free are the hens that lay free-range eggs? Have big producers redefined free range to suit themselves?

20 Jun 2008 | If you’re buying free-range eggs because you believe in animal welfare, the brands in the big supermarkets may not be meeting your expectations.

Roast chicken  

Thirty years of intensive farming practices means expensive organic and free-range chickens don’t taste any better than a standard factory chook.

3 Mar 2008 | So what’s the tastiest chicken? Do the more expensive organic and free-range chooks really taste better than standard factory-farmed ones?

Childcare

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.

Safety gate and barrier reviews

Sealing off certain rooms or stairs is key when your baby becomes mobile.

18 Dec 2012 | Test results for 41 safety gates and barriers priced from $20 to $199

How to find good-quality child care

Finding good, affordable childcare can be a tough gig.

2 Feb 2012 | We've surveyed more than 200 parents and found fewer than half of parents with children in long day care are satisfied with the quality of care.

Dangerous-plastic-banned

Australia takes a step towards banning toys and baby products containing DEHP.

27 Jan 2010 | Australia may eventually catch up with the US and the UE and ban toys and baby products containing DEHP.

Child care options

How do you find quality child care that matches your requirements?

1 Sep 2009 | Long waiting lists and lack of choice over which days, the number of days and the type of child care available are the major problems when looking for child care.

Saving for your child's education

The cost of education is constantly rising so it makes sense to start saving as early as possible.

30 Jul 2008 | An education savings plan can be as simple as putting a few dollars a week into a high-interest account or as complex as developing a share portfolio.

Nanny agencies

It’s an unregulated industry and they’re dealing with your children, so it pays to do your research.

4 Jul 2008 | Finding a nanny can be time-consuming, stressful and hard work. A good nanny agency can make the process faster and easier, and provide peace of mind.

Playground surfaces

The surface children fall onto in playgrounds makes a big difference to their safety.

4 Jan 2007 | Having an appropriate landing surface that is well maintained significantly lowers the risk of injury should children fall.

Childcare survey

Available, affordable, high-quality care is still out of reach for many families.

31 Oct 2006 | To find out Australians' experiences of the childcare system, CHOICE sent a survey to people with children six years or younger and who have used or looked for childcare.

School backpacks buying guide

An ergonomic backpack can reduce back and neck pain, but only if carried correctly.

11 Nov 2005 | The stuff high-school students carry around some days can certainly add up. That’s where a good, versatile backpack comes in.

Childcare (baby products)

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.

Cot reviews

Safety is key when a newborn comes into the picture. We have test results for 106 cots to tell you which are the safest.

3 Mar 2014 | The mandatory Australian standard aims to benchmark all cots to a safe level, but some failures still slip through the cracks.

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.

Double stroller reviews  

We've found just one double stroller that passes our safety and durability tests, but several others with only minor failures are worth considering.

19 Dec 2013 | We review 33 double strollers including six newly tested models, priced from $230 to $1098.

Bed rails review and compare

Bed rails help to reduce the risk and relieve the stress of bedside falls

20 Aug 2013 | Our expert tester assesses 12 bed rails priced from $39 to $100

High chair reviews  

We've tested 13 new high chairs, including models from Childcare, Ikea and Stokke.

25 Mar 2013 | CHOICE has tested 34 high chairs, priced from $30 to $600, to the Australian standard. Find out which models we recommend.

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.

Babies and kids marketing

Making anxious first-time parents feel guilty is big business.

31 Jan 2013 | How can parents determine which products are essential, what’s nice to have, and what’s not needed?

Child car restraints

Isofix on its way

Australian parents should soon be able to buy baby seats using an Isofix-like restraint system, with Standards Australia now allowing local sales of the seats.

17 Jun 2013 | The Australian Standard for car child restraints has been updated to allow for the use of a variation of the international child restraint system called Isofix, in conjunction with Australia's top tether system

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.

Child car restraint reviews

These restraints all meet the stringent requirements of the Australian standard, but some are easier to install and use than others

5 Jul 2012 | Installing a child car restraint correctly is essential for preventing injuries to your child in a crash

Convertible car seat reviews

Installing a child restraint correctly is the best way to prevent injuries to your child in a crash

2 Feb 2012 | We review 10 children's convertible car seats, suitable from birth to four years of age and priced from $149 to $659.

Child car restraints

New national laws will ensure safer travelling for your children.

2 Dec 2009 | A nationally agreed reform on child car restraints is to be rolled out across Australia in 2010, with new laws designed to provide greater protection for children when travelling.

Child car seats

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.

Convertible car seat reviews

Installing a child restraint correctly is the best way to prevent injuries to your child in a crash

2 Feb 2012 | We review 10 children's convertible car seats, suitable from birth to four years of age and priced from $149 to $659.

Childhood obesity

Fruit juice popper reviews  

Is there a place for fruit poppers in your child’s lunchbox?

30 Apr 2012 | We review 100 different varieties of fruit juice poppers available in major supermarkets and found a few factors worth considering before you pop one in your kids lunchbox.

Food for kids

An overwhelming proportion of kids foods are far from healthy.

22 Jun 2011 | CHOICE compares the nutritional panels of various products to help consumers make more informed choices about foods for their children.

Body fat scales reviews

Body fat scales can be a better indicator of overall health than their conventional cousins. CHOICE weighs up the options.

10 Dec 2009 | We tested 12 bathroom scales that measure body fat percentage as well as weight. But can they make you appear healthier than you really are?

Childhood obesity

Obesity in children has reached epidemic proportions.

22 Sep 2006 | Children need better protection from unhealthy food marketing, and a large proportion of people we surveyed think the government should help.

Children

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.

Mothers Groups

It takes a village to raise a child. Are mothers' groups the 21st-century version?

16 Oct 2013 | Why I reluctantly joined one, and how it could be just what you don't know you need.

Ten things not to buy second hand

Some bargains just aren't worth it.

7 Oct 2013 | Second-hand items can be cheap and attractive, but some can pose a hazard to you and your children.

Ten things not to buy your kids

Some common toys and kids' products pose a risk to your child's safety.

13 Sep 2013 | All parents want the best for their children and there's a huge range of products out there to choose from. But beware — some could do more harm than good.

Your baby - getting ready

The CHOICE checklist of essential items to have ready when baby arrives.

10 Sep 2013 | As tempting and exciting as it is to fill the nursery full of baby gear before the birth, you can buy just the essentials to start with.

Bed rails review and compare

Bed rails help to reduce the risk and relieve the stress of bedside falls

20 Aug 2013 | Our expert tester assesses 12 bed rails priced from $39 to $100

Isofix on its way

Australian parents should soon be able to buy baby seats using an Isofix-like restraint system, with Standards Australia now allowing local sales of the seats.

17 Jun 2013 | The Australian Standard for car child restraints has been updated to allow for the use of a variation of the international child restraint system called Isofix, in conjunction with Australia's top tether system

Childrens' products investigation

Which are essential for your infant and which are just marketing hype?

28 Mar 2013 | There’s a booming market in products tailored to babies and toddlers, but CHOICE found many are simply unnecessary.

Salt assault

Finding low-salt kids' foods might be harder than you think.

28 Mar 2013 | We've investigated the salt content of foods marketed at children. Why do so many add unnecessary salt?

Babies and kids marketing

Making anxious first-time parents feel guilty is big business.

31 Jan 2013 | How can parents determine which products are essential, what’s nice to have, and what’s not needed?

Safety gate and barrier reviews

Sealing off certain rooms or stairs is key when your baby becomes mobile.

18 Dec 2012 | Test results for 41 safety gates and barriers priced from $20 to $199

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.

MP3 and MP4 player reviews  

We compare two popular smartphones with the latest in media players.

15 Nov 2012 | See how the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy III compare with the latest MP3 and MP4 players.

Toy safety reviews

We tested 23 toys against safety standards, and over half of them failed.

12 Nov 2012 | Australia now has a single regulatory product safety system covering all states and territories - but unsafe products, including toys, can still appear in stores.

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?

Saving for your children's education

The sooner you start saving, the better.

29 May 2012 | The cost of putting your child through school has increased by 70% over the past 10 years.

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.

How to find good-quality child care

Finding good, affordable childcare can be a tough gig.

2 Feb 2012 | We've surveyed more than 200 parents and found fewer than half of parents with children in long day care are satisfied with the quality of care.

Valco Stroller Roller first look

This stroller accessory aims to make transporting your stroller easier.

26 Oct 2011 | This stroller bag gives your stroller a neat and tidy look, however packing and unpacking could be potentially time consuming.

Introwall Children's Nightgowns recall

Incorrect labelling can result in consumers not being aware of the fire danger.

14 Oct 2011 | Introwall Pty Ltd is recalling children's nightgowns as the incorrect labelling could result in consumers not being aware of the fire danger.

How to buy a kid's bike

Getting the right bicycle for your child can help make cycling fun — and safe.

14 Oct 2011 | Getting their first bike is a big moment in many a child’s life. A safe and comfortable bike, along with lessons in cycling safety, can mean opening up a whole new world of fun, freedom and independence.

ACCC-action-on-baby-slings

The ACCC considers imposing mandatory standards on baby-carrying slings

21 Sep 2011 | After the death of a 2-day-old infant in South Australia, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says it’s considering filling a crucial regulatory void by imposing mandatory standards on baby-carrying slings.

Oobi-Pumpkin-growsuit-recall

Non-labelling can result in consumers being unaware of possible fire safety risks

22 Aug 2011 | The Oobi Pty Ltd pumpkin growsuit does not have a Fire Safety Label as required by the mandatory standard for children's nightwear.

Probiotics

Consumers are embracing the benefits of "good" bacteria with open arms and purses.

6 Jul 2011 | "Good" bacteria, long used as starter cultures for yoghurts and fermented dairy drinks, are now in high consumer demand, particularly probiotics.

Food for kids

An overwhelming proportion of kids foods are far from healthy.

22 Jun 2011 | CHOICE compares the nutritional panels of various products to help consumers make more informed choices about foods for their children.

How to teach your kids about money

Learning to save and spend wisely is an invaluable lesson.

30 May 2011 | Start teaching your children the value of money and set them up for an independent future.

Children's painkillers review and compare

What products are out there, and how to give them safely.

20 Aug 2010 | The choice in over-the-counter painkillers for children is restricted to ibuprofen or Paracetamol.

Sydney for Kids

The Choice Guide to over 400 fun activities in and around Sydney, 5th edition

5 Aug 2010 | If you’re stuck for something to do with your kids on the weekend, then look no further than Sydney for Kids!

Disposable nappies review and compare

Our trialists put 14 disposable nappy brands and five different types of cloth nappies to the test.

16 Mar 2010 | A typical baby goes through about 6000 nappies. The total cost can vary between about $1700 and $4650, so it pays to find the smartest buys.

Child car restraints

New national laws will ensure safer travelling for your children.

2 Dec 2009 | A nationally agreed reform on child car restraints is to be rolled out across Australia in 2010, with new laws designed to provide greater protection for children when travelling.

Maclaren recall in USA

One million strollers have been recalled in the USA for safety reasons.

10 Nov 2009 | The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of Maclaren strollers, due to the stroller’s hinge mechanism posing a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to a child when the stroller is being unfolded.

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.

Bike child seats and trailers review and compare

Choose the best child seat or bicycle trailer for taking your toddler for a ride.

4 Jun 2009 | With so many child seats and bicycle trailers on the market, which is the right one for you and your child?

Saving for your child's education

The cost of education is constantly rising so it makes sense to start saving as early as possible.

30 Jul 2008 | An education savings plan can be as simple as putting a few dollars a week into a high-interest account or as complex as developing a share portfolio.

Children and sleep

We look at some common causes and solutions to a child's sleepless nights.

9 Jul 2008 | There are many causes of sleep difficulties, so it’s important to get the diagnosis right.

Children and depression

If you think your child may be suffering from depression, it's important to seek help.

8 Jul 2008 | Depression is a serious condition and you should discuss all available treatments with your doctor.

Nanny agencies

It’s an unregulated industry and they’re dealing with your children, so it pays to do your research.

4 Jul 2008 | Finding a nanny can be time-consuming, stressful and hard work. A good nanny agency can make the process faster and easier, and provide peace of mind.

CHOICE's toy industry survey

Our survey that safety is only part of the complex issues we face when buying toys for our children.

6 Jun 2008 | CHOICE investigate how seriously corporate social responsibility is taken in the toy industry.

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.

Junior cricket bats

Don't get caught out buying the wrong bat.

23 Dec 2006 | Generally, the better the bat, the more you pay for it. But some are much better value for money than others.

Childcare survey

Available, affordable, high-quality care is still out of reach for many families.

31 Oct 2006 | To find out Australians' experiences of the childcare system, CHOICE sent a survey to people with children six years or younger and who have used or looked for childcare.

Childhood obesity

Obesity in children has reached epidemic proportions.

22 Sep 2006 | Children need better protection from unhealthy food marketing, and a large proportion of people we surveyed think the government should help.

Kids' bicycle helmets

All models passed our impact tests.

6 Feb 2006 | Protecting a young cyclist’s head doesn’t have to cost a lot, as long as the helmet fits well.

School backpacks buying guide

An ergonomic backpack can reduce back and neck pain, but only if carried correctly.

11 Nov 2005 | The stuff high-school students carry around some days can certainly add up. That’s where a good, versatile backpack comes in.

Kids' lunch snacks

You want healthy, your kids want cool for school.

1 Jan 2005 | It’s important for children to eat healthily, and variety and balance are key. Build a tasty, nutritious school lunch by including starchy food, protein food, some dairy food, fruit and veg and a drink.

Children's nutrition

Childrens' products investigation

Which are essential for your infant and which are just marketing hype?

28 Mar 2013 | There’s a booming market in products tailored to babies and toddlers, but CHOICE found many are simply unnecessary.

Salt assault

Finding low-salt kids' foods might be harder than you think.

28 Mar 2013 | We've investigated the salt content of foods marketed at children. Why do so many add unnecessary salt?

Babies and kids marketing

Making anxious first-time parents feel guilty is big business.

31 Jan 2013 | How can parents determine which products are essential, what’s nice to have, and what’s not needed?

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.

Multivitamins

There’s a multivitamin out there for every age and gender, but do you really need one?

3 Aug 2012 | While it’s tempting, and not uncommon, to take multivitamins as a nutritional insurance policy, it’s far more beneficial to your health to improve your diet.

Probiotics

Consumers are embracing the benefits of "good" bacteria with open arms and purses.

6 Jul 2011 | "Good" bacteria, long used as starter cultures for yoghurts and fermented dairy drinks, are now in high consumer demand, particularly probiotics.

Food for kids

An overwhelming proportion of kids foods are far from healthy.

22 Jun 2011 | CHOICE compares the nutritional panels of various products to help consumers make more informed choices about foods for their children.

Caffeine laden drinks appeal to kids

A new drink promises to make ‘good energy’. CHOICE looks at the source of these claims.

11 Aug 2009 | Smart Energy, a range of drinks by wellknown juice brand Spring Valley, contains as much caffeine as other energy drinks, such as Red Bull and V.

Kilojoules on the menu

Some fast food chains in the UK and US are giving consumers information to make healthier choices – but Australia is missing out.

31 Jul 2009 | Among other measures to combat obesity, the federal government’s new Preventative Health Taskforce is considering whether restaurants and fast food chains should display the number of calories/kilojoules alongside each item on the menu.

Childrens snack bars unhealthy

Some snacks claiming to be healthy alternatives for children’s lunch boxes can be as bad for kids as confectionery.

31 Jul 2009 | Children’s snack bars can be as fattening as some chocolate bars, according to new research by Australian parents and a leading nutritionist, who are calling for better food labelling on the snacks.

Children's cereal reviews

We highlight the best for everyday eating out of over 40 childrens' cereals.

1 May 2009 | A good breakfast cereal can be the perfect start to the day, but children's cereals among the worst for excessive sugar and salt.

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.

Childhood obesity

Obesity in children has reached epidemic proportions.

22 Sep 2006 | Children need better protection from unhealthy food marketing, and a large proportion of people we surveyed think the government should help.

Energy drinks

They're the drink of choice for many children but are they suitable?

9 Jan 2005 | They’re fizzy drinks with a difference. What most of them in fact do is give you a caffeine fix with plenty of sugar.

Kids' lunch snacks

You want healthy, your kids want cool for school.

1 Jan 2005 | It’s important for children to eat healthily, and variety and balance are key. Build a tasty, nutritious school lunch by including starchy food, protein food, some dairy food, fruit and veg and a drink.

Child safety

SIDS research breakthrough

University of Adelaide researchers think a lack of oxygen is a contributing factor in sudden infant death syndrome.

17 Apr 2014 | Researchers were looking at the presence and distribution of a protein called APP in the brain.

Safety warning on baby slings

Calls for education campaign for safe use of baby slings following suffocation.

31 Mar 2014 | An Australian university study has found that almost one in 20 infants have been injured or narrowly avoided injury in slings.

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.

Car rear visibility

How well can you see out of the back of your car?

29 Jan 2014 | All cars have a "blind area" that could easily hide a child. NRMA Insurance's Reversing Visibility Index is your back up for choosing a safer model.

Double stroller reviews  

We've found just one double stroller that passes our safety and durability tests, but several others with only minor failures are worth considering.

19 Dec 2013 | We review 33 double strollers including six newly tested models, priced from $230 to $1098.

Ten things not to buy your kids

Some common toys and kids' products pose a risk to your child's safety.

13 Sep 2013 | All parents want the best for their children and there's a huge range of products out there to choose from. But beware — some could do more harm than good.

Bed rails review and compare

Bed rails help to reduce the risk and relieve the stress of bedside falls

20 Aug 2013 | Our expert tester assesses 12 bed rails priced from $39 to $100

Isofix on its way

Australian parents should soon be able to buy baby seats using an Isofix-like restraint system, with Standards Australia now allowing local sales of the seats.

17 Jun 2013 | The Australian Standard for car child restraints has been updated to allow for the use of a variation of the international child restraint system called Isofix, in conjunction with Australia's top tether system

Childrens' products investigation

Which are essential for your infant and which are just marketing hype?

28 Mar 2013 | There’s a booming market in products tailored to babies and toddlers, but CHOICE found many are simply unnecessary.

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.

Babies and kids marketing

Making anxious first-time parents feel guilty is big business.

31 Jan 2013 | How can parents determine which products are essential, what’s nice to have, and what’s not needed?

Safety gate and barrier reviews

Sealing off certain rooms or stairs is key when your baby becomes mobile.

18 Dec 2012 | Test results for 41 safety gates and barriers priced from $20 to $199

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.

Toy safety reviews

We tested 23 toys against safety standards, and over half of them failed.

12 Nov 2012 | Australia now has a single regulatory product safety system covering all states and territories - but unsafe products, including toys, can still appear in stores.

Child car restraint reviews

These restraints all meet the stringent requirements of the Australian standard, but some are easier to install and use than others

5 Jul 2012 | Installing a child car restraint correctly is essential for preventing injuries to your child in a crash

Kidsafe targeting road safety

The annual event aims to increase awareness about unintentional childhood injuries and their prevention

25 Oct 2011 | The aim of this year's event is to remind parents to take all precautions to protecting their children.

How to buy a kid's bike

Getting the right bicycle for your child can help make cycling fun — and safe.

14 Oct 2011 | Getting their first bike is a big moment in many a child’s life. A safe and comfortable bike, along with lessons in cycling safety, can mean opening up a whole new world of fun, freedom and independence.

Jackel Pty Ltd dummy recall

Jackel recalls some of its baby dummies because of choking hazards

22 Aug 2011 | Jackel recalls its Tommee Tippee Cherub Comforter 0-6m and 6+m 2pk and its Tommee Tippee Soft Rim Comforter 0-6m and 6-18m 2pk.

Kaleidoscope Twirlla rattle recall

Kaleidoscope Australia Pty Ltd recalls Twirlla wooden rattle.

22 Aug 2011 | The Twirlla rattle does not comply with the mandatory standard for toys for children up to and including 36 months of age.

Toys-R-Us-Bruin-Step-Walker-recall

The Bruin Step Walker is not marked with required safety warnings as mandated by the Australian Standard

20 Jul 2011 | Consumers of Toys "R" Us' Bruin Step Walker may not be aware of potential hazards, which may result in injury.

Children's painkillers review and compare

What products are out there, and how to give them safely.

20 Aug 2010 | The choice in over-the-counter painkillers for children is restricted to ibuprofen or Paracetamol.

Kids' bike reviews  

Take care when choosing your child's bike.

6 Jul 2010 | Spending big on a bike for your child doesn't necessarily guarantee you're getting the safest bike.

Child car restraints

New national laws will ensure safer travelling for your children.

2 Dec 2009 | A nationally agreed reform on child car restraints is to be rolled out across Australia in 2010, with new laws designed to provide greater protection for children when travelling.

Beware these lethal lollies  

We couldn’t tell some compressed cotton wipes from lollies at first glance – so we’re concerned a young child couldn’t either

6 Aug 2009 | Although these wipes are not toys, given that they’re likely to appeal to parents with small children, CHOICE believes their current lolly-like form is inappropriate.

Bike child seats and trailers review and compare

Choose the best child seat or bicycle trailer for taking your toddler for a ride.

4 Jun 2009 | With so many child seats and bicycle trailers on the market, which is the right one for you and your child?

Shadecloths

CHOICE has uncovered an alarming gap between the level of protection stated on a typical shadecloth and the reality once it is installed.

12 Dec 2008 | CHOICE has found that the UVR rating of the shadecloth is only half the story.

Childsafe headphones review

Headphones designed to protect your child’s ears from excessive noise.

15 Oct 2008 | We looked at a pair of headphones designed specifically for children aged six years or above. While the lead for plugging into a suitable music player is short, it’s suitable for a child.

Children and depression

If you think your child may be suffering from depression, it's important to seek help.

8 Jul 2008 | Depression is a serious condition and you should discuss all available treatments with your doctor.

Toppling televisions

Hospitals are reporting a significant number of injuries resulting from a TV falling onto a child.

7 Jul 2008 | Victims are particularly children under five, and the incidents include fatalities and some injuries requiring hospitalisation.

Tipping stoves

We take precautions to prevent burns to children from stovetop saucepans, but what if the stove itself is the danger?

7 Jul 2008 | While parents are alert to the dangers of hot baths and unguarded pots, there’s another hazard you probably haven't thought of — tipping stoves.

Dishwasher detergent danger

Adults might have trouble opening them, but unfortunately kids can get into some ‘child-resistant’ caps.

5 Jul 2008 | Sadly, child poisoning cases involving household chemicals are far from unusual.

CHOICE's toy industry survey

Our survey that safety is only part of the complex issues we face when buying toys for our children.

6 Jun 2008 | CHOICE investigate how seriously corporate social responsibility is taken in the toy industry.

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.

Net filtering software review and compare

Keep your child safe from internet nasties with net filtering software.

15 Jan 2008 | Internet filtering software helps to block unwanted content. But is your child really safe to browse the Web unsupervised with one of these programs in place?

First aid kits review and compare

Many of the first aid kits we tested could leave you ill-prepared when an accident strikes.

29 Sep 2007 | Nine of the 22 kits tested provide insufficient equipment to cope with five common household emergencies.

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.

Four-wheel strollers review and compare  

Nine out of the 12 strollers we tested passed safety and durability tests — a good result.

20 Aug 2007 | It can be hard to choose a good stroller, but how can you be sure that it’s safe and durable?

Playground surfaces

The surface children fall onto in playgrounds makes a big difference to their safety.

4 Jan 2007 | Having an appropriate landing surface that is well maintained significantly lowers the risk of injury should children fall.

Junior cricket bats

Don't get caught out buying the wrong bat.

23 Dec 2006 | Generally, the better the bat, the more you pay for it. But some are much better value for money than others.

Kids' bicycle helmets

All models passed our impact tests.

6 Feb 2006 | Protecting a young cyclist’s head doesn’t have to cost a lot, as long as the helmet fits well.

Energy drinks

They're the drink of choice for many children but are they suitable?

9 Jan 2005 | They’re fizzy drinks with a difference. What most of them in fact do is give you a caffeine fix with plenty of sugar.

Chips

Daily intake percentage labels discredited  

A new report finds the front-of-pack labelling system is too confusing for consumers to understand.

28 Nov 2011 | Research has confirmed CHOICE's long-held belief that Percentage Daily Intake labels are confusing and based on inconsistent serving sizes.

Fast food

"Upsizing" your meal will really push the fat, salt and sugar right over the top.

9 Jan 2005 | When we started analysing the nutrition info from the fast-food giants, even our hardened food team was shocked by the amount of kilojoules, fat and salt that some options packed.

chiropractors

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?

Chocolate

Best chocolate brands

Which are the best milk and dark chocolates on supermarket shelves? We put 24 of them to the all-important taste test.

14 Apr 2014 | Our latest chocolate taste test includes 11 milk and 13 dark chocolate brands. Find out if our experts taste testers agreed with the people's choice.

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.

Why dark chocolate is good for the heart

Turns out dark chocolate is more than just a tasty treat - it's also good for heart health.

4 Apr 2014 | Chocolate lovers, it's time to rejoice because there's another reason to eat dark chocolate.

Chocolate Macadamia Nuts recall

Food products have been contaminated with salmonella and may cause illness if consumed.

14 Oct 2011 | Paton's Macadamia Plantations Pty Ltd is recalling varieties of its chocolate macadamia nuts due to the presence of salmonella bacteria.

Haighs-Aprichoc-Chocolates-recall

Haighs recalls Aprichoc chocolates in the 300g cardboard gift box

13 Jul 2011 | Haighs notices the presence of nuts in its Aprichoc chocolate gift boxes, which would be a problem for those with a nut allergy or intolerance.

Hot cross buns review

One a penny, two a penny… we test a range of hot cross buns to find out which brand comes out on top.

6 Apr 2011 | Our tasters gave us their verdict on fruit, fruit-free and choc chip varieties.

Valentine's-guide-to-chocolate-and-flowers

Why not woo with the classics this Valentine's Day?

11 Feb 2011 | CHOICE gives you the lowdown on two Valentine's classics: chocolates and flowers.

How to melt chocolate in a microwave

A quick and easy way to melt chocolate

20 Jan 2011 | Melting chocolate in your microwave is quicker than using your stovetop.

Rocky road recipe

Little pockets of brilliance

8 Jun 2010 | Treat your sweet tooth with our tasty rocky road.


Chocolate fountains quick review

These chocolate fountains are better in theory than in practice.

18 Nov 2009 | Given the mess it creates, a chocolate fountain isn't something you'll be bringing out for every occasion.

Dark chocolate reviews

Can dark chocolate be ethical, good for you and delicious?

29 Oct 2008 | Chocoholics finally think they have valid reason to indulge — with good conscience.

Hot chocolate review and compare

Hot chocolate now promises all manner of sensual delights.

27 May 2008 | Montezuma, the 16th century ruler of the Aztec empire, is said to have fortified himself by drinking chocolate before visiting his harem. And, according to research, chocolate causes a longer-lasting buzz than kissing.

CHOICE

Car tyres 175-65R15 review and compare  

We test 18 brands of 175/65R15 tyres, suitable for small cars such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and Suzuki Swift.

29 Nov 2013 | Our new rolling resistance test evaluates “eco” claims made by some manufacturers.

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.

CHOICE Awards

CHOICE nominations

Tell CHOICE about a person, business or experience that has made your day or ruined your month.

4 Jul 2012 | Don't delay, help CHOICE find reward a superior business or service or out a shonky product or business today!

Nominate a consumer champion

Help CHOICE find the next winner of the CHOICE consumer champion award.

20 Apr 2012 | Each year CHOICE looks to reward the hard work of someone who has gone above and beyond in the name of consumer rights.

CHOICE-Awards-2011-Best-Restaurant-Hygiene-Rating-Scheme

Find out which council came up trumps in the CHOICE Awards for transparency in food hygiene.

31 Mar 2011 | Food safety is vital for consumers and some organisations are making sure people know which businesses are safest for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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.

CHOICE Awards Retailers

See which bricks and mortar retailer and which online retailer members voted best of the best.

30 Mar 2011 | Over 12,000 CHOICE members weighed in on Australia’s most popular retailers, picking the stars from the duds.

Best TV brand 2011

Samsung awarded Best Television Brand in the 2011 CHOICE Awards.

28 Mar 2011 | CHOICE has tested over 70 TVs over the last 12 months. The results and CHOICE member feedback have determined the best performing TV brand.

Phone survey Award

TPG voted best mobile carrier in the 2011 CHOICE Awards.

22 Mar 2011 | If you’re not happy with your current mobile plan, perhaps it’s time to look past the big players for a fresh alternative.

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First look Oculus Rift virtual reality headset

Social media giant buys Oculus Rift technology.

26 Mar 2014 | The Oculus Rift virtual reality kit is already shaping up to be the defining VR headset for PC users. And Facebook wants a piece of the action.

The Pi's the limit

We review the Raspberry Pi, an open source pocket-sized computer that can be programmed and hardwired to do just about anything.

28 Aug 2013 | The open-source, pocket-sized Raspberry Pi looks like a dream come true for consumers that want to learn about Linux programming - but can it live up to its claims?

CHOICE Magazine wins Maggie design award

CHOICE Magazine wins Maggie design award

5 Dec 2012 | CHOICE Magazine wins the prestigious Maggie Award for excellence in cover design. The October 2011 issue, sporting a fluffy kitten and the new logo, walked off with the award in the Specialist Magazine category.

CHOICE Switch

Greenpower factsheet

In Australia, electricity consumption, powered mainly by coal, is high.

1 May 2007 | Switching to accredited GreenPower would significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions your household is responsible for, and it’s now available to all Australian households.

Cholesterol

cholesterol-lowering cheese

Believe it or not, Kraft introduces cheese products that can actually help lower cholesterol levels.

5 Apr 2011 | One of the main things people with high cholesterol cut down on is cheese. These new Kraft products could be a welcome addition to some fridges.

Food to lower your cholesterol

Which ones give you the most bang for your buck?

14 Mar 2008 | Eating 2–3g per day of plant sterols in the form of enriched spread, yoghurt, milk or a combination of these products can help lower your cholesterol.

Christmas

Christmas scams and traps

Falling for a scam or trap at Christmas time can dampen your festive cheer. We help you navigate the silly season safely

4 Dec 2013 | Christmas is a once-a-year opportunity to scam consumers out of their money. Scams cost Australians $93m last year, plenty of which targeted holiday shoppers. We take a look at some of the worst offenders.

Top travelling tips for summer

If you're planning a holiday this summer, check out our checklist for a smooth break.

3 Jan 2013 | CHOICE puts together ten top tips to help you have a safe and happy holiday this season.

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.

Christmas pudding reviews

When it comes to Christmas puds, it pays not to be a scrooge.

3 Dec 2012 | We've blind taste tested 14 Christmas puddings to find out which ones are worthy of being the grand finale to your celebratory feast.

unwanted-christmas-gifts  

We take a look at Christmas presents that don't hit the mark.

21 Dec 2011 | Our survey finds, a whopping 21% of items purchased as Christmas presents fall short on performance.

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.

Gift ideas for the kitchen

These gift ideas will please any budding amateur chef.

29 Nov 2011 | CHOICE picks the kitchen gadgets that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to cook.

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 2010

We've trawled the site to bring you our best buys across a range of popular products.

13 Nov 2010 | See our round-up of best buys, including gadgets, beauty products and kitchen appliances.

Charity-christmas-cards

Not all charity-branded Christmas cards are equal. We highlight some of the more generous givers.

4 Nov 2010 | Buying direct from the charity is often a better way to get your money direct to the good cause.

Wines 2010

CHOICE's wine experts serve their verdict on the best wines to buy for the festive season.

13 Oct 2010 | CHOICE's wine experts rated popular red and white wines and tell you their favourites.

Make a Christmas e-card

Make your own Christmas e-card in a few simple steps.

28 Nov 2008 | Have some festive fun with your computer this Christmas. There are lots of things you can do to make personalised cards, decorations and even install some cute Christmas lights onto your computer.

Make Christmas cards in word

Send Christmas cheer: create greeting cards with your own personalised touch.

25 Nov 2008 | You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on home publishing software to design your own greeting cards.

What not to buy for christmas

Tempted to buy someone a foot spa or an aromatherapy diffuser for Christmas?

9 Dec 2006 | We recently asked CHOICE subscribers to rate how useful - or not - the small electrical appliances they own are.

Christmas gifts

Christmas scams and traps

Falling for a scam or trap at Christmas time can dampen your festive cheer. We help you navigate the silly season safely

4 Dec 2013 | Christmas is a once-a-year opportunity to scam consumers out of their money. Scams cost Australians $93m last year, plenty of which targeted holiday shoppers. We take a look at some of the worst offenders.

Gift cards

They're a great last-minute Christmas present, but gift cards can be a waste of money.

6 Nov 2013 | Watch for short expiry dates if you're tempted by the convenience of a gift card.

Gift cards

They're a great last-minute Christmas present, but gift cards can be a waste of money.

6 Nov 2013 | Watch for short expiry dates if you're tempted by the convenience of a gift card.

Gift cards

They're a great last-minute Christmas present, but gift cards can be a waste of money.

6 Nov 2013 | Watch for short expiry dates if you're tempted by the convenience of a gift card.

Your celebrity buys

Winner announced!

22 Mar 2013 | The winner of our 'Your Celebrity Buys' promotion has been announced!

Biggest purchasing blunder competition

The winner of our competition announced!

14 Jan 2013 | The votes have been cast - so which of our four finalists has been crowned the Biggest Purchasing Blunder winner.

How to get rid of things you don't need

Check out this CHOICE guide to selling, giving or swapping.

22 Mar 2012 | We've all got stuff we no longer want, need or use taking up space around the house. So how do you get the most of your useless junk?

unwanted-christmas-gifts  

We take a look at Christmas presents that don't hit the mark.

21 Dec 2011 | Our survey finds, a whopping 21% of items purchased as Christmas presents fall short on performance.

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.

Gift ideas for the kitchen

These gift ideas will please any budding amateur chef.

29 Nov 2011 | CHOICE picks the kitchen gadgets that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to cook.

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.

Christmas Gift Guide 2010

We've trawled the site to bring you our best buys across a range of popular products.

13 Nov 2010 | See our round-up of best buys, including gadgets, beauty products and kitchen appliances.

Charity-christmas-cards

Not all charity-branded Christmas cards are equal. We highlight some of the more generous givers.

4 Nov 2010 | Buying direct from the charity is often a better way to get your money direct to the good cause.

Chocolate fountains quick review

These chocolate fountains are better in theory than in practice.

18 Nov 2009 | Given the mess it creates, a chocolate fountain isn't something you'll be bringing out for every occasion.

Best Christmas shopping sites

CHOICE members nominate their favourite virtual stores.

10 Nov 2009 | We save you time and effort by bringing you a list of the best online sites for books and CDS, clothes, electronics, as well as as cosmetics and fragrances.

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.

What not to buy for christmas

Tempted to buy someone a foot spa or an aromatherapy diffuser for Christmas?

9 Dec 2006 | We recently asked CHOICE subscribers to rate how useful - or not - the small electrical appliances they own are.

ciders

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.

cinema

Cinema rip offs

Are we being charged too much at the box office? CHOICE shows you how to get the most bang for your buck on your next trip to the movies.

10 Mar 2011 | With movie ticket and candy bar prices continuing to rise, can a night at the movies be affordable?

Cinni

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.

Citibank

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.

Cleaners

Vacuum cleaner reviews  

We test vacuum cleaners at all price points, from $69 to $1599.

24 Feb 2014 | We reveal which newly tested vacuums - including models from Miele, Dyson, and Hoover - are best at picking up dirt and pet hair.

Pressure cleaner reviews

These high-pressure water cleaners blast away grit and grime.

19 Feb 2014 | CHOICE reviews 30 pressure cleaners priced from $69 to $749 and finds that higher operating pressure really is the key to a good blaster.

Dishwashing liquid reviews

Check out which manual washing-up liquid comes out on top in our latest testing.

25 Dec 2013 | Manual dishwashing liquid ranges from excellent to very poor performance. To find out which ones stand the test of time better than others, check out our results.

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.

Steam mop fact sheet

The best steam mops are good at cleaning stubborn grime, but can cost a few hundred dollars.

16 Dec 2010 | Steam mops can be a good option if you’re looking for a chemical free way to clean your floors. But some are no better at cleaning than an ordinary mop and bucket.

Oven cleaner reviews

Unless you wipe your oven clean after each use, you’ll need help with the dreaded job.

21 Jul 2010 | If you don’t wipe your oven regularly after each use, you’ll need a lot of time or elbow grease to clean it, or a specially formulated oven cleaner.

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.

Car cleaners

How can you save water while washing your car? CHOICE investigates.

28 Nov 2008 | Whether you wash your car with a sense of pride or dread, you need water to do it effectively. And living in the world’s driest inhabited continent, a strong sense of conservation is also essential.

Pool cleaners review and compare

Do automatic pool cleaners really clean your pool?

20 Jul 2008 | We subjected seven cleaners to difficult test conditions using a variety of common pool debris to see how they would cope.

Cleaning

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.

Vacuum cleaner reviews  

We test vacuum cleaners at all price points, from $69 to $1599.

24 Feb 2014 | We reveal which newly tested vacuums - including models from Miele, Dyson, and Hoover - are best at picking up dirt and pet hair.

Pressure cleaner reviews

These high-pressure water cleaners blast away grit and grime.

19 Feb 2014 | CHOICE reviews 30 pressure cleaners priced from $69 to $749 and finds that higher operating pressure really is the key to a good blaster.

Sabco RoboSweep first look

You could mistake it for a pet's toy but this little robot uses a microfibre cloth to pick up lint, dust and hair.

12 Feb 2014 | If you’d love a robot vacuum that’ll clean up for you but don’t want to fork out the big bucks then you may want to consider the Sabco RoboSweep.

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 station reviews

You don't have to spend big bucks to get a good steam station.

5 Feb 2014 | Steam stations generate a lot of steam so you can effortlessly iron out the wrinkles in your clothes.

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.

Chemicals in cleaning products

It’s not easy to find out exactly what’s in that spray bottle - and if it’s safe.

20 Nov 2013 | It’s not easy to find out exactly what’s in that household multipurpose cleaner, and if it’s safe, as manufacturers aren’t required to include ingredients on the label and many chemicals permitted for use in Australia have never been tested.

Home test - pool cleaners

The Bahls family throw six pool cleaners into the deep end to see which perform best.

10 Oct 2013 | We recruited the Bahls family - and their pool - to compare and review a pressure cleaner, two suction types, and three expensive robotic pool cleaners.

Handheld vacuum cleaner reviews

We've tested ten handheld vacs ranging in price from $59 up to $349.

6 Mar 2013 | Handheld vacuum cleaners are handy for cleaning up small messes.

Laundry powder reviews

We've tested powders, liquids, pods and gels to find which laundry detergents perform the best.

6 Feb 2013 | We've compared the top-selling laundry detergents for both top- and front loaders - 64 in all - to find which are the best at removing stains.

Caring for clothes, shoes and accessories

In an increasingly disposable world, CHOICE rediscovers the art of caring for jewellery, shoes, clothing and leather goods.

6 Nov 2012 | Australian households spend thousands of dollars a year on clothing, shoes and accessories. So how should you take care of your investments?

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.

Karcher Window Vac first look

Now there's a vacuum cleaner for windows too.

31 Jul 2012 | The Karcher Window Vac WV 70 promises - and delivers - streak-free window cleaning.

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.

Washing machines buying guide  

Front loader or top loader? CHOICE tells you what to look for in a new washing machine.

1 Jul 2012 | Use our quick buying guide to decide which type is right for you and what features you need.

Expensive vacuum cleaner reviews

We test high-end vacuum cleaners priced from $600 to $1099.

24 Nov 2011 | CHOICE reveals which expensive vacuum cleaners earn their keep, and whether it's necessary to spend up to $1000 on a model.

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.

Low-cost vacuum cleaner reviews  

You can buy a good quality vacuum cleaner for less than $300. Our newest test results include the latest models.

14 Jul 2011 | Our test reveals some good, affordable choices and one model in particular that would hold its own against vacuums costing twice as much.

Dyson DC35 MultiFloor Stick Vac

Is the cost on this slick stick vacuum worth the reward?

1 Mar 2011 | Dyson's latest stick vac is a top performer, but it has a price tag to match.

Steam mop fact sheet

The best steam mops are good at cleaning stubborn grime, but can cost a few hundred dollars.

16 Dec 2010 | Steam mops can be a good option if you’re looking for a chemical free way to clean your floors. But some are no better at cleaning than an ordinary mop and bucket.

Black-and-Decker-Dustbuster-Flexi-review

Put simply, this is the best-performing handheld vacuum cleaner CHOICE has ever tested.

16 Nov 2010 | The Dustbuster Flexi easily and effectively tackles spot vacuuming tasks.

Samsung-Navibot-robot-vacuum-cleaner

Vacuuming can’t yet be left entirely to the machines.

29 Oct 2010 | Easy to use and clever at navigating around rooms, the NaviBot is still no replacement for a traditional vacuum cleaner.

Oven cleaner reviews

Unless you wipe your oven clean after each use, you’ll need help with the dreaded job.

21 Jul 2010 | If you don’t wipe your oven regularly after each use, you’ll need a lot of time or elbow grease to clean it, or a specially formulated oven cleaner.

Vacuum cleaners buying guide

Has your vacuum cleaner bitten the dust? Before you buy a new one, check out our quick guide.

6 Jul 2010 | You can’t go past a vacuum cleaner that is light, quiet, easy to manoeuvre, has a long cord and has a neat compact design for easy storage.

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.

Dyson Radix 6 handheld vacuum cleaner

In 2007 this was the most effective - and most expensive - handheld vac we'd ever tested

23 Nov 2009 | First Look: Dyson Radix 6 handheld vacuum cleaner In 2007 this was the most effective - and most expensive - handheld vac we'd ever tested.

Concentrated laundry detergent doses review

Do small packets of super-concentrated laundry detergent give the same wash as their bigger brothers?

21 May 2009 | But as the scoops supplied in both packs look similar, does less detergent mean we’re getting less wash runs for our dollar?

Dishwashers buying guide

Searching for a new dishwasher? Consider these factors before buying one

3 Mar 2009 | A dishwasher can save you hours of slaving over a hot sink and help save the planet too – used properly, dishwashers are generally more water and energy efficient than dishwashing by hand.

Smart BBQ Cordless Power Grill Brush Review

An essential barbecue tool, or just a wasteful gimmick?

9 Sep 2008 | We put the SMART BBQ Cordless Power Grill Brush, which claims to have "powerful brass bristle rotary brush action" to the test.

iRobot Dirt Dog review

If you’ve got a messy workshop or patio — and plenty of time — the Dirt Dog might be your new best friend.

14 Aug 2008 | We put the Dirt Dog to the test on a workshop floor scattered with sawdust, small nails, screws, nuts and washers.

Microfibre cleaning mitts

Is microfibre cleaning the way forward?

9 Mar 2005 | Microfibre mitts are made of minute synthetic fibres that trap dirt, dust, grease and moisture from surfaces, and are claimed to save time and money.

Cleanstar

Stick vacuum cleaner reviews

We test 19 stick vacuums, ranging in price between $59 and $599.

25 Oct 2013 | These stick vacuums are handy around the home, and most separate into a handheld vac as well.

Climate change

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.

1 July 2012 - changes that affect you

The new financial year sees the introduction of a number of reforms aimed at helping consumers.

27 Jun 2012 | We outline some key consumer reforms that will come into place on 1 July 2012.

carbon-price-and-you

CHOICE takes the mystery and political bluster out of the new carbon price.

10 Jul 2011 | We navigate the landscape of carbon tax talk to find out exactly what the changes mean for the average Australian.

Food waste

Aussie households bin close to three million tonnes of food each year.

28 Jun 2011 | CHOICE explains how you can do your bit to reduce household food waste, save money and help the environment in the process.

Climate change and consumers

The government needs to play a much greater role in helping households to improve energy and water efficiency.

6 Mar 2009 | Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing Australian society today and will be particularly harsh on low-income households.

Clinically proven

LOreal told to prove claims

Swedish consumer ombudsman wins court case against the cosmetic company

6 Dec 2010 |

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.

Cosmetic surgery

CHOICE investigates the cosmetic surgery industry and uncovers some disturbingly unprofessional practices.

25 Feb 2009 | Among the latest promotions for cosmetic surgery procedures are "Need a lift?" and "Beautiful breasts always get noticed!"

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.

clothes

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.

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.

Ethical fashion

How can you know who really made your clothes? Unravelling the answers isn't easy.

17 Feb 2014 | Even Australian-made garments are likely not as ethically made as you thought they were. We look into the real cost of your clothes.

Iron reviews

Are you about to spend too much? Our testers have found buying the most expensive iron is not always a guarantee for wrinkle-free clothing.

5 Feb 2014 | Irons are a less expensive alternative to steam stations, and there are plenty to choose from at varying prices that will get the job done.

Quality vs price

When it comes to certain high-end products, are you paying a premium for quality or just brand?

27 Nov 2012 | We pit a low-, medium- and high-end moisturiser, hair dryer and pair of men's underpants against each other in a user trial, and speak to experts about the results.

Caring for clothes, shoes and accessories

In an increasingly disposable world, CHOICE rediscovers the art of caring for jewellery, shoes, clothing and leather goods.

6 Nov 2012 | Australian households spend thousands of dollars a year on clothing, shoes and accessories. So how should you take care of your investments?

Washing machines buying guide  

Front loader or top loader? CHOICE tells you what to look for in a new washing machine.

1 Jul 2012 | Use our quick buying guide to decide which type is right for you and what features you need.

Shopping for plus-size clothes

While Australians are getting bigger, the clothing industry isn't keeping up.

26 Mar 2012 | Plus-size clothing is limited and expensive for Australians despite there being a demand.

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.

Compression sportswear

CHOICE finds out whether these exercise garments really improve performance.

9 Nov 2011 | Compression sportswear is said to improve performance and and recovery. CHOICE investigates the evidence for these claims.

Introwall Children's Nightgowns recall

Incorrect labelling can result in consumers not being aware of the fire danger.

14 Oct 2011 | Introwall Pty Ltd is recalling children's nightgowns as the incorrect labelling could result in consumers not being aware of the fire danger.

Velour-Studsuits-recall

Clever Clothing Enterprise has issued a recall on its velour studsuits for babies

17 Aug 2011 | Incorrect labelling can result in consumers not being aware of the fire risk associated wth the Marquise velour studsuits for babies.

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.

Clothing size irregularities  

Size irregularities suit certain sectors of the fashion industry.

25 May 2009 | While there is an Australian standard for children’s clothes sizes, there isn’t for adults. So designers and clothing manufacturers base their sizes on their sales history, marketing hunches and their ideal customer.

Miele EcoComfort cloths dryer quick review

A six star energy-efficient dryer is now on the market, but you’ll have to dig deep upfront.

2 Apr 2009 | Miele claims this technology saves up to 46 percent of energy used in comparable condensor dryers.

Shoes cost comparison

Is there any excuse for some shoes costing 12 times as much as others?

1 Jul 2008 | If you’ve ever lusted after a pair of designer shoes, you’ve no doubt come up with a long list of reasons why spending $500 on some to-die-for heels is a good idea.

Kambrook KDR review

A rainy day solution or an expensive clothes rack?

16 Jun 2008 | An unheated-clothes rack obviously costs nothing to run but you may find your clothes left to dry overnight are still damp when you need them in the morning.

Direct factory outlets

Factory outlet centres can be a bargain hunter’s paradise but don’t let the sale signs go to your head.

18 Oct 2007 | Forget your local Westfield: there’s a new breed of shopping centre appearing around the country.

Baby clothing

Here's a guide to help you make a decision when buying clothes for your baby.

22 Jul 2003 | Many of us go on a spending spree when we're expecting but your little one is going to grow fast so avoid buying expensive things and stick to the basics.

Clothes dryers

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.

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.

Washer/dryer combo buying guide

A washer/dryer combo is a tempting option when you've limited space, but there are some drawbacks.

1 Jul 2012 | Combined washing machine and dryer units sound like the ultimate laundry convenience — you put dirty clothes in and take out clean, dry clothes.

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.

Miele EcoComfort cloths dryer quick review

A six star energy-efficient dryer is now on the market, but you’ll have to dig deep upfront.

2 Apr 2009 | Miele claims this technology saves up to 46 percent of energy used in comparable condensor dryers.

Kambrook KDR review

A rainy day solution or an expensive clothes rack?

16 Jun 2008 | An unheated-clothes rack obviously costs nothing to run but you may find your clothes left to dry overnight are still damp when you need them in the morning.

LG steam WD1248RD washer dryer

The LG uses more water to dry clothes than to wash them.

8 Jun 2007 | If you’ve listened to the marketing, you might be thinking the LG Combined Steam Washer and Dryer makes wash day more environmentally friendly.

cloud

Google kicks off cloud storage price war

Google Drive and Mediafire have thrown down the gauntlet to Dropbox and competitors by slashing prices and dramatically boosting storage limits.

14 Apr 2014 | Google has jumped into a cloud storage price war by slashing the cost of its online services.

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.

Online storage reviews  

Get your head in the cloud with our review of 12 popular data storage and synchronisation services.

27 Feb 2014 | Cloud services store your files offsite so you can access them anywhere. Don't weather the storm with a poor service - we can help you find one with a silver lining.

cloud-storage

Google kicks off cloud storage price war

Google Drive and Mediafire have thrown down the gauntlet to Dropbox and competitors by slashing prices and dramatically boosting storage limits.

14 Apr 2014 | Google has jumped into a cloud storage price war by slashing the cost of its online services.

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.

Online storage reviews  

Get your head in the cloud with our review of 12 popular data storage and synchronisation services.

27 Feb 2014 | Cloud services store your files offsite so you can access them anywhere. Don't weather the storm with a poor service - we can help you find one with a silver lining.

Cockroaches

Mosquito repellents review

As Australians begin their mass annual migration to the country’s lakes and beaches, CHOICE finds out which mosquito repellents actually repel mozzies

6 Nov 2013 | We test 15 mozzie repellents to determine their effectiveness and whether or not they meet their claims. The recommended products provide the best protection against mozzie bites.

Cockroach killers review and compare  

Cockroach killers are an effective short-term solution - but in the long term, prevention is best.

16 Oct 2013 | CHOICE tested three types of chemical control - knockdown sprays, surface sprays, and baits and traps - to find out which ones are the most effective.

coconut-water

Is coconut oil healthy?

Is coconut oil all it’s cracked up to be, or just another fad? We investigate to find out whether it lives up to the health hype.

23 Feb 2014 | Coconut oil is being hailed as the next big thing. CHOICE finds out what the experts have to say about this year’s latest food trend.

The not-so-super foods

From chia seeds to acai berries, we look beyond the hype to find out if the health benefits of some so-called "superfoods" live up to their claims.

23 Apr 2013 | Some foods claim to do everything from prevent cancer to help you lose weight, but do they deserve to be touted as super?

Wacky water

We take a look at the science behind various "enhanced" waters on the market, including hexagonal water and sports waters.

7 Jan 2013 | The market is awash with "enhanced" waters making claims about their superior chemistry. But do they offer any advantages over normal water?

Coconut Water - fab or fad?

We find out if coconut water is all it's cracked up to be.

21 Aug 2012 | It's been hailed as 'nature's sports drink', but does coconut water live up to its health claims?

Coffee

Eating out mark-ups

Why are you charged so much when you buy your wine in a restaurant or coffee from a cafe?

26 Mar 2014 | When you choose a bottle of wine in a restaurant you could be paying up to 250% more than if you BYO. How do restaurants justify this price hike?

Kettle reviews

We review 51 kettles, including models from Breville, Sunbeam, DeLonghi and Le Creuset.

19 Mar 2014 | Find out which kettles are efficient as well as quiet. We've tested electric and stove top models ranging in price from $9 to $220.

Home espresso coffee machine reviews  

With so many designs, features and technologies on offer, which espresso machines will deliver the perfect cup of coffee at home?

13 Dec 2013 | We have test results for 35 coffee machines, a mix of semi-automatic, manual and capsule machines priced from $70 to $2499.

Automatic espresso machine reviews

Automatic espresso machines are more convenient - and some make very good coffee.

20 Aug 2013 | For a fast coffee hit, doesn't real espresso at the push of a button sound more appealing than instant coffee from a tin?

What's your caffeine intake?

Do you know how much you’re actually consuming?

20 May 2013 | Caffeine shows up in products from corn chips and smoothies through to painkillers and weight loss products.

Coffee capsules

With demand for these convenient capsules on the rise, we put Nespresso and its competitors to the test.

18 Apr 2013 | If instant coffee isn't quite to your taste, capsules or pods may be an attractive middle ground. We sample what's on the market.

Coffee roaster reviews

True coffee connoisseurs may consider this purchase obligatory.

13 Mar 2012 | If you want to control the freshness and flavour of your coffee then look no further than a home coffee roaster.

Coffee grinder reviews

They all grind coffee, but which coffee grinder does it best?

17 Feb 2012 | Grinding your coffee beans immediately before making coffee is the best way to extract their full flavour.

Gift ideas for the kitchen

These gift ideas will please any budding amateur chef.

29 Nov 2011 | CHOICE picks the kitchen gadgets that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to cook.

MyPressi Twist Quick Review

How effective is this handheld gadget at making a good cup of coffee?

23 Feb 2011 | Despite their convenience, handheld espresso makers still don't make a decent cup of coffee.

Sunbeam milk frother quick review

These coffee gadgets still don't live up to the hype - or their price tag.

21 Dec 2010 | CHOICE says an espresso machine with in-built milk frother is a better way to go.

Lattemento quick review

High price for a poor quality froth.

4 Aug 2010 | Why spend money on a milk frother, when for a little more you can buy an espresso machine that froths milk as well as makes a great cuppa?

Coffee chains coffee review and compare

Our taste test results reveal the best – and the rest - of 10 coffee chain beans.

20 Jul 2010 | We test the coffee beans - and then taste the real thing at Gloria Jean's, Michel's Patisserie and Starbucks.

Handpresso Quick Review

It might be convenient, but this hand-held gadget will disappoint the true coffee connoisseur.

30 Dec 2009 | A promising concept fails in practice.

Ground coffee reviews

CHOICE’s expert tasters find some of the best brews at very affordable prices.

5 Dec 2009 | CHOICE asked three experts to rate 14 popular brands of ground coffee to find out which offer the best value. We uncover pointers for picking a winner.

Coffee roasters

True coffee connoisseurs may consider this purchase obligatory.

25 Nov 2009 | Cheaper than buying coffee in a supermarket, roasters also give you fresh coffee on tap.

Jams vs fruit spreads review and compare

In the battle between jam and fruit spreads, CHOICE taste testers discover true value.

20 May 2009 | The term fruit spread sounds so much healthier than jam. The reality is while jam has its own food standard and strict definition, fruit spread doesn’t.

Hot chocolate review and compare

Hot chocolate now promises all manner of sensual delights.

27 May 2008 | Montezuma, the 16th century ruler of the Aztec empire, is said to have fortified himself by drinking chocolate before visiting his harem. And, according to research, chocolate causes a longer-lasting buzz than kissing.

Kettles review and compare

Looking for a kettle that combines cool style with hot performance?

6 Dec 2006 | Good controls, easy-to read water level indicators, and being easy to fill and pour all help make a kettle easier to use.

Coffee chains review and compare

You could be taking away a lot more than you bargained for.

28 May 2005 | A coffee-to-go can provide a much needed caffeine fix. While a standard latte or cappuccino may be relatively harmless, some coffee chain drinks can provide a lot more kilojoules, fat and sugar than you might realise.

Coffee grinders

Coffee capsules

With demand for these convenient capsules on the rise, we put Nespresso and its competitors to the test.

18 Apr 2013 | If instant coffee isn't quite to your taste, capsules or pods may be an attractive middle ground. We sample what's on the market.

Coffee grinder reviews

They all grind coffee, but which coffee grinder does it best?

17 Feb 2012 | Grinding your coffee beans immediately before making coffee is the best way to extract their full flavour.

Handpresso Quick Review

It might be convenient, but this hand-held gadget will disappoint the true coffee connoisseur.

30 Dec 2009 | A promising concept fails in practice.

Coffee roasters

True coffee connoisseurs may consider this purchase obligatory.

25 Nov 2009 | Cheaper than buying coffee in a supermarket, roasters also give you fresh coffee on tap.

Cohens Lifestyle Clinic

Diet clinic shadow shop

We investigate diet programs and uncover confusing advice as well as aggressive sales tactics.

6 Mar 2012 | We put diet programs from Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Cohen's Lifestyle Clinic, and Weight Control Doctor under the microscope.

Cola

What's your caffeine intake?

Do you know how much you’re actually consuming?

20 May 2013 | Caffeine shows up in products from corn chips and smoothies through to painkillers and weight loss products.

Coffee chains coffee review and compare

Our taste test results reveal the best – and the rest - of 10 coffee chain beans.

20 Jul 2010 | We test the coffee beans - and then taste the real thing at Gloria Jean's, Michel's Patisserie and Starbucks.

Diet cola myths

Will it really help you lose weight, or protect your teeth?

16 Mar 2007 | If you drink diet cola our taste test suggests you might enjoy one of the cheaper brands as much as the heavily promoted big names.

Colds

Cough cold and flu treatments

We look at which over-the-counter and natural remedies help combat colds and flu.

28 Jun 2013 | Learn how to prevent and effectively treat your common cold and flu symptoms.

Flu shots

With winter approaching it’s time to get your annual flu shot.

4 May 2007 | The influenza virus is constantly changing so you need to get a flu shot every year to be protected against the most common strains.

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.

Coleman

Family sized tent review

We test 14 family sized tents ranging in price from $199 to $830.

26 Aug 2011 | A good tent can make or break a camping trip. We tested 14 family sized tents, under hard wind and rain over two nights, to find out which ones are up to the tough conditions found in the great outdoors.

Coles

Woolworths-breaches-fuel-undertaking

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.

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.

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.

craft-beer

Lion, Foster’s, Coca-Cola, Woolworths and Coles are all muscling in on the craft beer business.

26 Jan 2014 | Large breweries and industry companies using a cottage industry image to take over the craft beer market in Australia.

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.

Woolies and Coles global ranking

Coles and Woolworths rank among top 20 retailers worldwide for revenue.

17 Jan 2013 | A recent report from Deloitte called “Global Powers of Retailing” reveals that Coles and Woolworths have a pretty good showing worldwide.

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.

Where are supermarket products sourced?

More and more of our groceries are coming from overseas.

6 Sep 2012 | Coles and Woolworths say they're committed to sourcing their private label products from Australia, but this isn't necessarily the whole story.

The rise of private labels in supermarkets

Supermarkets are back in the headlines - for all the wrong reasons.

6 Jul 2012 | The supermarket price war has hit the headlines again today, with more stories of suppliers being squeezed by the big two.

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.

Cake mix reviews

Cake mixes are convenient, but making a cake from scratch can be just as easy.

9 May 2012 | We taste-tested 19 chocolate and eight vanilla cake mixes, including varieties from White Wings, Betty Crocker and Coles.

Copyshop

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.

Fruit juice popper reviews  

Is there a place for fruit poppers in your child’s lunchbox?

30 Apr 2012 | We review 100 different varieties of fruit juice poppers available in major supermarkets and found a few factors worth considering before you pop one in your kids lunchbox.

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.

New Flybuys lifts off

Coles Group’s new Flybuys program is set to take off around Australia, but is it worth buying in to?

19 Apr 2012 | Coles has revamped its tired loyalty program to entice customers in the fiercely competitive supermarket industry. We crunch some numbers to see if there is any value.

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.

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 bigger story behind cheaper fruit and veg

Coles drops prices of fruit and veg but what are the wider ramifications?

31 Jan 2012 | While we welcome cheaper food and groceries and greater competition in the supermarket sector, CHOICE also believes consumers need to consider potentially wider costs.

Coles Chicken and Vegetable Pies recall

The product may contain bone fragments.

4 Jan 2012 | Coles Supermarkets Pty Ltd is recalling Coles Chicken and Vegetable Pies as the product may contain bone fragments.

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?

Colour laser multifunction printers

Multifunction printers review

Multifunction printers are convenient and versatile, but which are better value - and better for you?

13 Aug 2013 | We review 82 multifunction printers including inkjet and laser models, both colour and mono, priced from under $50 to over $1000.

Standard printers

We test 26 inkjet, colour and mono laser printers, priced from just $69 up to $1099.

29 Jun 2013 | Find out how printers from Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, HP and Samsung compare when it comes to print speed, quality and ease of installation.

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.

Colour laser MFPs review and compare

The new breed of colour laser MFPs throws down the gauntlet to inkjet printers.

24 Aug 2011 | We test 10 colour laser multifunction printers to see how they compare for performance, ease of use, features and value.

Commonwealth-Bank

Commonwealth bank outage

Customers left in the lurch as bank's electronic systems crash.

15 Apr 2014 | Commonwealth Bank suffers outage, leaving customers frustrated.

More time to pay before black mark on credit report

Consumers now have 14 days to pay before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

10 Apr 2014 | Consumers now have 14 days to make minimum payments on credit cards and other credit contracts before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

Mortgage debt

Australian households have experienced a spike in debt over the last two decades.

12 Apr 2013 | We look into the trend of a rising debt-to-income ratio in Australia. What's behind it, and what can you do to minimise your own mortgage debt?

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.

Communication

Five things to know before you buy a new mobile phone  

Five things you need to know before buying a new mobile phone.

21 Dec 2010 | CHOICE takes some of the confusion out of smartphone technology.

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.

Telecomms industry needs reform

Consumer protection in the telecommunications industry falls short of good practice.

16 Oct 2008 | Consumer complaints are soaring with a 31% increase in the number of complaints to the Telecommunications Industry ombudsman in 2007.

Compact fluorescents

LG OLED TV first look

20 Dec 2013 | OLED is the latest technology in televisions. CHOICE checks out the new-release OLED TV from LG.

CFL and LED lamps review  

We've tested 11 LED light bulbs (lamps) and three compact fluorescents, including models from Philips, Sylvania, Verbatim and Crompton.

28 Nov 2013 | Find out which of the 14 LED and CFL models scored highest for light output and endurance.

Companion (heaters)

Unflued gas heater reviews

Warm up large spaces quickly and efficiently.

30 May 2012 | Unflued gas heaters deliver quick, energy-efficient and comparatively cheap warmth to individual rooms in your home.

competition

Competitions fine print

The devil is in the detail when it comes to the fine print buried in competition terms and conditions

27 Jun 2013 | You may find yourself getting more than you bargained for when you enter a competition

Cheap vs expensive cameras in low light

See if you can spot which image was taken with the cheap camera.

29 May 2013 | We challenge you to choose the best image taken in low-light conditions by three cameras - the results may surprise.

Your celebrity buys

Winner announced!

22 Mar 2013 | The winner of our 'Your Celebrity Buys' promotion has been announced!

Biggest purchasing blunder competition

The winner of our competition announced!

14 Jan 2013 | The votes have been cast - so which of our four finalists has been crowned the Biggest Purchasing Blunder winner.

The rise of private labels in supermarkets

Supermarkets are back in the headlines - for all the wrong reasons.

6 Jul 2012 | The supermarket price war has hit the headlines again today, with more stories of suppliers being squeezed by the big two.

Copyshop

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.

Complaints

More time to pay before black mark on credit report

Consumers now have 14 days to pay before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

10 Apr 2014 | Consumers now have 14 days to make minimum payments on credit cards and other credit contracts before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

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?

Competitions fine print

The devil is in the detail when it comes to the fine print buried in competition terms and conditions

27 Jun 2013 | You may find yourself getting more than you bargained for when you enter a competition

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.

Online complaints reviews and resolutions

Jump online to ensure your complaints and compliments are heard loud and clear.

13 Jan 2013 | Before you post a scathing online review of a company’s product or service, there are some crucial things you need to know so you get results and avoid legal trouble.

Optus breaks customer contracts

Optus is playing fast and loose with customer contracts.

4 Dec 2012 | We've been hearing from Optus customers who aren’t impressed with the company’s latest trick of upping monthly rates in the middle of contracts.

How can ombudsman services help you?

Ombudsman services can't do everything, but they're getting better at what they can do.

28 Nov 2012 | Consumers have a lot to gain from understanding how ombudsman services operate and how the complaint process works.

CHOICE lodges super complaint

Our first super complaint under the pilot project with NSW Fair Trading has been lodged on electricity switching sites.

8 Mar 2012 | CHOICE has lodged its first super complaint, part of a pilot project with NSW Fair Trading on electricity switching sites.

Super complaints launch

CHOICE joins forces with the NSW Department of Fair Trading

9 Jun 2011 | CHOICE has joined forces with the NSW Department of Fair Trading in an 18-month pilot project to help identify ongoing consumer issues that add up to systemic failures.

Making a financial complaint

Avoid the cost of going to court by resolving a matter yourself or using the free Financial Ombudsman Service.

17 Mar 2011 | Dealing directly with banks and other financial services providers to resolve disputes is usually more effective than taking the matter to court.

The power of the web

Avenues like Twitter and Facebook offer a lot more than just social networking.

20 Oct 2010 | Forget hanging on the end of a customer service line if you have a gripe. Switch on your computer, log onto the internet and tell the world.

Legal billing

When you need to see a solicitor, how do you know if you’ve been overcharged – and what can you do about it?

11 Aug 2009 | CHOICE outlines what you can do to minimise the risk of legal overcharging and the steps to take if you suspect you’ve been ripped off.

Cashback capers

Getting a partial refund for big ticket items may sound great, but not everyone is smiling.

13 Dec 2008 | Retail and manufacturing marketing execs are certainly onto a winner with cashback schemes, but consumer benefit is not as guaranteed.

Letters that get results

Making a complaint requires time, effort and often a bit of patience.

10 May 2005 | Sometimes you may have to write a letter outlining your concerns before the organisation takes you seriously.

Complementary medicines

Supplements-good-and-bad

Which supplements should you take and which should you avoid?

3 Apr 2014 | If you're getting over flu season, supplements can seem like a quick way to better health. Are they, though?

Advertising blitz

TGA seeks to crack down on advertising for over-the-counter and complementary medicines

3 Sep 2013 | CHOICE supports tighter therapeutic goods advertising standards in Australia

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.

Compression-wear

Compression sportswear

CHOICE finds out whether these exercise garments really improve performance.

9 Nov 2011 | Compression sportswear is said to improve performance and and recovery. CHOICE investigates the evidence for these claims.

Computer recycling

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.

Desktop computers

Should you buy an all-in-one in place of a traditional desktop, laptop or hybrid?

28 Oct 2013 | Should you buy an all-in-one in place of a traditional desktop, laptop or hybrid? We test 13 all-in-one desktop computers to see how they compare.

Computer recycling

e-waste recycling is vital in preventing toxic materials in old electronic equipment from leaching into the environment. Here's how you can do your bit to help.

1 May 2013 | We look at the environmental impacts of improperly disposing of old electronic equipment, how you can make "greener" purchasing decisions and where you can take your devices to be recycled or refurbished.

How to get rid of things you don't need

Check out this CHOICE guide to selling, giving or swapping.

22 Mar 2012 | We've all got stuff we no longer want, need or use taking up space around the house. So how do you get the most of your useless junk?

Computers

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.

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.

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.

First look Oculus Rift virtual reality headset

Social media giant buys Oculus Rift technology.

26 Mar 2014 | The Oculus Rift virtual reality kit is already shaping up to be the defining VR headset for PC users. And Facebook wants a piece of the action.

Media hubs and streamers

Seven media hubs and streamers put to the test in the CHOICE labs.

26 Mar 2014 | With the ability to play music, videos and pictures on your TV and stream directly from the internet, media hubs can be great tools for today's digital age.

Online storage reviews  

Get your head in the cloud with our review of 12 popular data storage and synchronisation services.

27 Feb 2014 | Cloud services store your files offsite so you can access them anywhere. Don't weather the storm with a poor service - we can help you find one with a silver lining.

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.

External desktop hard drives

We compare eight of the largest single-drive USB 3.0 external desktop storage devices.

24 Jan 2014 | We test eight drives from Buffalo, La Cie, Seagate, and others for performance, capacity, features and ease of use.

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.

Laptops buying guide  

Head back to school with the right laptop or tablet computer

20 Dec 2013 | What you need to know before you buy a computer for your child's back-to-school needs

Paper shredders review

A paper shredder can help keep your personal details out of the wrong hands.

19 Dec 2013 | You don’t need to pay a fortune for a good-quality shredder, but some very cheap shredders aren't worth the money.

Laptops buying guide  

Take the guesswork out of choosing your next laptop.

5 Dec 2013 | Our buying guide tells you everything you need to know about buying a laptop in easy-to-understand terms.

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.

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.

Apple iPad2 First Look

Our hands-on impressions of Apple's next-generation iPad Air tablet computer

1 Nov 2013 | Read our quick review of the iPad Air, Apple's faster, thinner and more compact tablet.

Desktop computers

Should you buy an all-in-one in place of a traditional desktop, laptop or hybrid?

28 Oct 2013 | Should you buy an all-in-one in place of a traditional desktop, laptop or hybrid? We test 13 all-in-one desktop computers to see how they compare.

Seagate Slim

We check out an external hard drive that's no thicker than a pen

23 Oct 2013 | Seagate has released a 500GB external hard drive that weighs just 150 grams. Is a smaller package worth the asking price?

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.

The Pi's the limit

We review the Raspberry Pi, an open source pocket-sized computer that can be programmed and hardwired to do just about anything.

28 Aug 2013 | The open-source, pocket-sized Raspberry Pi looks like a dream come true for consumers that want to learn about Linux programming - but can it live up to its claims?

Multifunction printers review

Multifunction printers are convenient and versatile, but which are better value - and better for you?

13 Aug 2013 | We review 82 multifunction printers including inkjet and laser models, both colour and mono, priced from under $50 to over $1000.

Standard printers

We test 26 inkjet, colour and mono laser printers, priced from just $69 up to $1099.

29 Jun 2013 | Find out how printers from Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, HP and Samsung compare when it comes to print speed, quality and ease of installation.

Buying guide desktops

We reveal what you need to consider when buying a desktop computer.

7 May 2013 | Find the right desktop computer within your budget with our comprehensive guide.

Seagate Wireless Plus first look

We give this portable multimedia hub with Wi-Fi hotspot and 1TB storage the once-over.

26 Mar 2013 | The Seagate Wireless Plus lets you stream multimedia to your smartphone or tablet on the go. So what's our verdict?

Guide to going paperless

Why not save a tree and your recycling bin by going paperless?

28 Feb 2013 | Ditch the paper by storing all your documents as PDFs and opting for e-bills. It makes it easier to find files - as long as you automate your backups.

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.

Windows 8 preview

We take a look at the key features of the Windows 8 OS update.

26 Oct 2012 | This is the biggest change to the operating system in a very long time, and it’s certainly not going to be to everyone’s liking.

Windows Surface RT tablet first look

The future of Windows computing - Windows 8 and the Surface tablet.

26 Oct 2012 | We take a look at Microsoft's first "Surface" tablet computer, with the special Windows RT operating system.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sony 3D viewer first look

This device lets you watch and play in 3D in relative privacy.

1 May 2012 | We take a look at the Sony HMZ-T1 personal 3d viewer, and find out whether it stacks up to its claims.

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.

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.

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.

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.

HD webcam reviews

The world wide web is your stage with these eight high definition webcams.

9 Nov 2011 | Thanks to the Internet age, creating and sharing video content is as simple as talking to a camera on top of your PC.

ISP satisfaction survey

CHOICE's latest survey reveals the ISPs worth celebrating.

27 Oct 2011 | The survey results show which internet sevice providers performed best, how satisfied users were with service, speed, costs and billing, and trends in our use of the internet.

ISP satisfaction survey

CHOICE's latest survey reveals the ISPs worth celebrating.

27 Oct 2011 | The survey results show which internet sevice providers performed best, how satisfied users were with service, speed, costs and billing, and trends in our use of the internet.

Netgear Push2TV first look

This media streaming device allows you to put small pictures on the big screen.

20 Oct 2011 | Streaming high definition video from your laptop to your TV has never been this easy.

Dell XPS15z first look

A hands-on look at Dell's stylish 15-inch laptop

17 Oct 2011 | Dell's 15-inch XPS15z laptop exudes an image of professionalism, but how does it perform?

Powerline networking

Network your home instantly using its existing electrical wiring.

29 Aug 2011 | Powerline devices provide a simple home networking alternative or addition to traditional Ethernet cabling and Wi-Fi.

Colour laser MFPs review and compare

The new breed of colour laser MFPs throws down the gauntlet to inkjet printers.

24 Aug 2011 | We test 10 colour laser multifunction printers to see how they compare for performance, ease of use, features and value.

Widescreen monitor reviews

We test 13 widescreen monitors from 21" to 27".

21 Jun 2011 | We put 13 widescreen desktop monitors to the test, across three size categories – 21.5”, 23”-24” and 27” – to see how they compare.

ASUS EeePad Transformer First Look

This Eee Pad Transformer responds to one of the big shortcomings of tablet computers.

13 Jun 2011 | A dedicated add-on keyboard makes the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer tablet more versatile than the average tablet.

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.

NAS external hard drive reviews

We test 10 Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices that can store your files and serve everybody on your network.

13 May 2011 | Network-Attached Storage lets you store files in one central place and access them from multiple computers at the same time.

CHOICE Computer wins top honours again

CHOICE Computer wins Best Magazine at 9th Annual IT Journalism Awards.

21 Apr 2011 |

Build a better browser

CHOICE Computer's pick of the best add-ons for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome

13 Apr 2011 | All major internet browsers - Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome - come with a host of add-ons to supercharge your browsing.

Apple iPad2 First Look

Our first impressions of the eagerly awaited iPad 2.

28 Mar 2011 | Read our quick review of the Apple iPad 2, a slimmer, faster and cheaper follow-up to the original.

Inkjet refill alternatives

Can you save money by using cheaper ink alternatives, and are they as good as the manufacturer’s own inks?

15 Mar 2011 | Non-genuine ink may be a money-saving option, depending on your printer.

Cyberclean cleaning gel

This cleaning gel cleans the improbable.

7 Mar 2011 | This cleaning gel claims to remove the grime found in keyboards and other electronic devices.

Samsung Galaxy Tab First Look  

Is Samsung's first tablet computer a serious challenger to the iPad? Here's what our experts think.

1 Mar 2011 | The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab is the thin end of the wedge in a fast-growing all-out assault on the Apple iPad.

ViewPad-First-Look  

We size up ViewSonic's debut tablet computer in Australia.

1 Mar 2011 | The tablet war hots up, as the ViewPad 7 joins the Samsung Galaxy Tab as rivals to the iPad.

Netbooks and small laptop reviews

We test 10 go-anywhere laptops that won't weigh you down.

28 Feb 2011 | It’s the holy grail of laptop computing – a compact device you can carry everywhere, but with all the features you need at a reasonable price.

Shortcut keys for Windows

A quick reference guide to the most useful key combinations.

11 Feb 2011 | This is the quick reference guide to Windows shortcut keys from CC Jan/Feb 2011.

USB flashdrive reviews  

Which flash drives will withstand the rigours of daily life?

13 Jan 2011 | We put these fickle devices through some punishing tests, as our video shows.

Multifunction printer reviews

They save on space, but ongoing ink costs mean an all-in-one can be a costly choice.

6 Dec 2010 | The printers combine inkjet printing, copying and scanning functions (some have fax) into one device.

Large screen laptop reviews

Is bigger really better? We test 10 laptops with screens 17 inches and more.

11 Nov 2010 | Sometimes there’s just no substitute for more screen real estate.

Networking 101

CHOICE guide to setting up a home network.

20 Aug 2010 | Share data and internet access between all your computers and devices, whether by cable or wireless. These basic principles will help you set up your own.

ioSafe disaster proof external hard drive First Look  

Is this tough external hard drive tough enough to give you total peace of mind?

30 Jul 2010 | It's shock-resistant and designed to withstand real world disasters.

iPad hands-on update  

See the Apple iPad in action and read our review.

31 May 2010 | How good is the Apple iPad? Our video tells you what everyday users think of it.

Net tops and mini PCs

These mini PCs and all-in-ones start from about $580 and are a good solution for basic home computing needs.

24 May 2010 | Most people can do just fine with the new wave of compact and inexpensive PCs for the desktop.

Budget computer monitor reviews

Big monitors can outlast your PC and you can pick up a good one for less than $300.

8 Mar 2010 | We tested 16 widescreen displays for performance and ease of use - eight models in the 22-inch class and eight in the 24-inch class.

Computer user groups

You're likely to have at least one of these groups, with regular, face-to-face meetings, in your local area.

3 Mar 2010 | We might be in the age of the internet, but computer user groups bring people together to learn more about computing and meet new friends.

Colour laser printer reviews

Personal laser printers can colour your world, but watch out for hidden costs.

23 Feb 2010 | We bought 10 colour laser printers designed for the home and small office and tested for speed, print quality and their ongoing running costs.

Web browser software review and compare

Our browser showdown reveals performance winners.

11 Feb 2010 | Is bigger really better? We test five leading web browsers for speed, safety and versatility.

Broadband plan reviews

ADSL and ADSL2 plans can be a minefield of fine print and confusing pricing. Our interactive tables help to make sense of it all.

4 Feb 2010 | CHOICE details the main things to look for in this fiercely competitive market.

External 1TB Hard Drive Reviews

One terabyte external hard drives – give your PC a welcome capacity boost for less than $200.

8 Jan 2010 | The quickest and most cost-effective way to add massive storage space to your computer system.

Ergonomic computer devices review and compare

Are ergonomic devices better for you? We put 10 on trial.

4 Sep 2009 | Specially designed ergonomic devices can be of help to people suffering overuse injuries. CHOICE invited a group of everyday users to see if they could adjust to some of these devices.

Miro review

Is the internet the future of TV? We take a look.

13 Aug 2009 | With thousands of internet TV "channels" available, how do you find something worth watching?

Media hubs review

We compare 10 media devices for playing high definition files on your TV.

2 Jul 2009 | These days it seems that just about everything is going digital and high definition (HD), but if you create or download HD content to your computer, how do you get it over to your TV?

Online office suite reviews

Head for the cloud and work from anywhere with the new wave of web apps.

15 May 2009 | Online office suites come under the category of cloud computing, in which the programs and documents are stored on the internet "in the cloud".

Wireless networking at home

Wireless networking allows you to access the web anywhere in the home.

7 May 2009 | CHOICE reveals the issues you need to consider before you incorporate Wi-Fi into your home networking environment.

Surge protector reviews  

How much do you need to spend to keep your expensive equipment safe?

30 Apr 2009 | They say lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place — but it doesn’t have to. A direct strike on your home can burn out every piece of electrical equipment you have connected.

Uninterruptible power supplies review

Beat the blackout blues with these battery backup units.

30 Apr 2009 | The power is gone and with it all your painstaking work - it won't occur if you use an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).

The future of broadband

Plans to upgrade the broadband network need to be carefully considered

29 Apr 2009 | In April 2009 the Federal Government announced it will establish a new company that will invest up to $43 billion over 8 years to build and operate a National Broadband Network.

Volunteer computing

Thanks to volunteer computing you can donate to a good cause without lifting a finger.

18 Mar 2009 | There’s a growing swell in a new kind of charitable donation — the idle time of your processor (CPU).

Chumby review

The beanbag that for many may represent the future of the internet.

12 Mar 2009 | It’s small and squeezable, and Chumby is a versatile gadget designed to deliver a constant stream of personalised information updates on any topic.

Spam filtering review and compare

Clean up your inbox with these no-cost junk email fighters.

3 Mar 2009 | Spam is not only annoying, but also potentially dangerous. Here's how to combat the ever increasing stream of junk.

ISPs policing your internet use

Watch out! If certain music industry representatives have their way, internet service providers will be required to police your use of the internet.

19 Feb 2009 | The music industry reports a reduction in CD profits, which has motivated them to push for control over how consumers access and store music.

Government internet filter puts consumers at risk

Protecting internet users from illegal material is important, however the proposed mandatory ISP-based filter won’t do the job.

19 Feb 2009 | CHOICE holds a number of concerns about the government’s current proposal to introduce mandatory internet filtering at an ISP-level.

Classic keyboard review

We tried out two modern versions of the ‘classic’ keyboard style for comparison.

3 Feb 2009 | Modern PC keyboards have evolved into many different designs. But how good are they for their basic purpose — typing?

Save with VoIP and naked DSL

Can using VoIP with Naked DSL cut your phone bill in half?

21 Jan 2009 | VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol and uses an Internet connection to make and receive telephone calls.

Email scams how to avoid them

Email scams are on the rise, but commonsense is the best defence.

3 Dec 2008 | Almost 70 percent of all email in Australia in August 2008 was spam and we rank in the top 10 list of countries.

Laptops ultrapolrtables compared  

Ultraportable laptops can do most of your computing tasks while on the go.

16 Oct 2008 | If you’re always on-the-go and don’t want to leave your home or office behind, you need a laptop that won’t weigh you down — and that’s where the ultraportable category shines.

Google Chrome review

Google polishes up its web presence.

1 Oct 2008 | Do we need another web browser, when we already have Interet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera and others to choose from?

Wireless internet

There are desktop and roaming plans but is it the high-speed internet alternative for you?

1 Oct 2008 | Wireless internet is broadband internet access that doesn't use a telephone line or cable network.

Virtualisation

With the right software, you can get two computers for the price of one.

18 Sep 2008 | Virtualisation is the hip computing buzzword of the moment: open up the business pages and you’ll find it in abundance.

Webcam reviews

Webcams are handy for instant messaging, video chats and quick snaps.

30 Jul 2008 | They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a moving picture must surely be even more valuable — which is probably why webcams have become so popular for personal communication.

Laptops multimedia notebooks  

Our tests review the latest generation multimedia laptops.

13 Jun 2008 | If you’re looking for a successor to your trusty old desktop computer but don’t want the bulk of a traditional PC, you might want to consider a portable multimedia powerhouse instead.

Computers energy costs

How much energy is being sucked up by the technology around your home? And what can you do about it?

30 May 2008 | Studies show that many of us simply aren’t aware of just how much energy household electronics consume.

PC speakers

We tested 16 speaker systems to see which gives the best boom for your buck.

20 May 2008 | The PC speaker market is 'booming', driven by the growth in high quality multimedia — from music and DVD movies to games and even websites.

Pricing of computer products

Are consumers getting a raw deal on the price of locally available computer products?

20 May 2008 | It doesn’t take long for a net-savvy consumer to compare the cost of computer products here and overseas.

CDDVD repair kits

We tried a range of CD/DVD repair kits and found them less than impressive.

13 May 2008 | Optical discs, such as CDs and DVDs, are fairly fragile and it doesn’t take much damage for them to skip or not play. Grease, dust, exposure to excess heat, and rough handling can all result in damage that may affect playback.

Broadband basics

Make sense of the bits and bytes.

16 Apr 2008 | CHOICE's simple guide to broadband tells you what you need to know in order to choose the right broadband plan.

Broadband basics

Make sense of the bits and bytes.

16 Apr 2008 | CHOICE's simple guide to broadband tells you what you need to know in order to choose the right broadband plan.

Asus eee PC laptop review

Fans of Linux will appreciate this new offering from Asus — a linux-based laptop.

9 Apr 2008 | cool, compact and cheap. At just under $500, it’s the cheapest full-featured laptop on the market.

Net filtering software review and compare

Keep your child safe from internet nasties with net filtering software.

15 Jan 2008 | Internet filtering software helps to block unwanted content. But is your child really safe to browse the Web unsupervised with one of these programs in place?

Mac or PC

Should your next computer be a Mac?

11 Oct 2007 | Apple Computer fans are known worldwide as "Mac Evangelists" for their almost fanatical devotion to the brand, but is it just hype or should you really consider a Mac as your next computer?

Digital Life

Virtual worlds could be the future of the internet.

13 Sep 2007 | There are different types of virtual worlds — some are more like games, some are chat forums and others simulate a life-like world.

Laser printer reviews

We tested 12 budget laser printers to see which ones come up best.

30 Aug 2007 | As price comes down and quality improves, a laser printer is a good choice for small-scale print runs.

Buying tickets on eBay

Is it worth the risk?

6 Jun 2007 | Here’s a few tips on how to avoid being ripped off if you miss out on buying tickets first-hand.

ADSL2

ADSL2 is the new kid on the broadband block.

7 Apr 2007 | More households are opting for broadband over dial-up internet services, looking for better speeds and fewer delays and disruptions.

Convert your music to digital

Got a few tapes or vinyl LPs tucked away in a corner? Why not convert them to digital format.

15 Jun 2006 | Our guide details what you need to convert your old music into digital format and how to get started.

LCD monitor reviews

A 19” LCD monitor will help you make the most of multimedia computing.

30 Apr 2006 | Our research shows that prices vary by hundreds of dollars, but the more expensive brands we tested weren’t necessarily the top performers.

FireWire vs Hi-Speed USB

We explain the pros and cons.

8 Mar 2006 | Both technologies have their advantages and disadvantages, so the problem is deciding which is best for you.

Update firmware

Want to upgrade your computer for free? Here’s how.

3 Jan 2006 | Firmware used to be read-only — it limited what the hardware could do. Nowadays, however, most firmware can be updated to give your hardware new features and capabilities.

Choosing a computer chair

A comfortable, supportive chair is a good investment if you spend a long time at your computer.

6 Apr 2005 | Furnishing your study or office may seem trivial in comparison to choosing a desktop but a hasty decision can lead to long-term physical problems.

Leasing a computer

It sounds cost effective to rent but in the end you'll pay more and won't own the equipment.

4 Mar 2005 | Renting computer equipment is a good idea if you or your business is short of cash but you'll probably pay more in the long run.

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.

Garden design software

Garden design software can help you plan and maintain your patch of green, but packages have their drawbacks.

7 Jan 2004 | You could employ a professional landscaper to give your garden a makeover or try the cheaper, do-it-yourself approach — garden design software.

How to scan slides

Follow the steps below for trouble-free slide scanning.

12 Aug 2003 | Slide attachments are available as optional extras for many current model scanners. While scanning slides can be tricky, this article provides information to assist you in your slide scanning success.

CHOICE Computer Magazine

Decode the techno-babble with CHOICE Computer, the magazine designed for beginner and intermediate computer users.

| Learn about CHOICE Computer, the only technology magazine designed for beginner and intermediate computer users.

Computer virus

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.

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.

Conair

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.

Conran

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.

Consumer Affairs

Refund rights for cancelled concerts

If a concert is cancelled or postponed, consumers are entitled to a refund.

15 Apr 2014 | The postponing of The Rolling Stones Australian concerts has left consumers in the lurch. CHOICE looks at your rights when it comes to getting a refund.

Protect your credit rating

Even if you’re just days late paying a bill, new credit reporting rules meant a black mark on your credit rating. But there's a welcome development.

10 Apr 2014 | A new credit reporting regime means if you pay your credit card or car loan more than five days late it’ll put a black mark on your credit rating.

More time to pay before black mark on credit report

Consumers now have 14 days to pay before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

10 Apr 2014 | Consumers now have 14 days to make minimum payments on credit cards and other credit contracts before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

Banking needs to work better for consumers

CHOICE calls on inquiry to put power back in the hands of banking customers.

9 Apr 2014 | CHOICE submission calls for several key reforms to make banking work better for Australian consumers.

Health insurance complaints down

The gap between how much a consumer pays in hospital fees and how much their health fund covers is still causing headaches.

9 Apr 2014 | Health insurance industry complaints are down, The State of the Health Funds report finds, but some issues such as out-of-pocket costs, remain.

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?

Your utility bill rights

As utility bills continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to know your rights about disconnection.

7 Feb 2014 | If you've ever had trouble coming up with the funds to pay your utility bills, there are some important rights you should know about.

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?

Competitions fine print

The devil is in the detail when it comes to the fine print buried in competition terms and conditions

27 Jun 2013 | You may find yourself getting more than you bargained for when you enter a competition

Check out The Checkout  

Get the lowdown on the latest episode of ABC's hit new series.

29 May 2013 | This week The Checkout looks at the pseudo science behind baldness cures, why we pay so much more for digital downloads and the dodgy tactics marketers use to make parents buy unnecessary supplements for kids.

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.

Check out The Checkout

This new ABC show will take a satirical look at the world of consumer affairs.

20 Feb 2013 | This new consumer affairs show for ABC TV will feature scenes shot at CHOICE HQ, and some familiar faces.

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.

CHOICE attends Consumers International regional conference

KL conference shows consumers flexing muscle in developing nations.

9 Mar 2012 | Consumer groups from the Asia Pacific region as well as the Middle East have met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to discuss the consumer movement.

Borders-and-Angus-and-Robertson-declare-dividends-for-gift-card-holders

Creditors announce the only dividend for gift card holders of the now defunct booksellers

12 Aug 2011 | Borders and Angus & Robertson Gift card holders must complete a gift card claim form by September 1 to receive their dividend.

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.

Making a financial complaint

Avoid the cost of going to court by resolving a matter yourself or using the free Financial Ombudsman Service.

17 Mar 2011 | Dealing directly with banks and other financial services providers to resolve disputes is usually more effective than taking the matter to court.

CHOICE-50th-anniversary  

See the changing face of CHOICE over 50 years, as we roll back the decades.

23 Mar 2010 | From the sixties through to the noughties, CHOICE TV captures all the highlights.

Consumer Affairs - Fair Trading

Contact details for each state and territory's departments.

14 Aug 2009 | These state and territory government departments provide advice and information on consumer complaints and problems.

Consumer protection enforcement

Consumer protection laws are not being enforced as well as they could be.

10 Dec 2008 | Consumer protection laws exist to ensure markets operate fairly. Good quality regulation is essential to the fair and practical operation of markets.

Consumer awareness survey

Do labour conditions in developing countries affect our purchasing decisions?

3 Jul 2008 | In conjunction with Amnesty International, we asked 1000 Australians to reveal their buying attitudes.

Consumer awareness

Protect your credit rating

Even if you’re just days late paying a bill, new credit reporting rules meant a black mark on your credit rating. But there's a welcome development.

10 Apr 2014 | A new credit reporting regime means if you pay your credit card or car loan more than five days late it’ll put a black mark on your credit rating.

Don't trade it away!

The Trans-Pacific Partnership concerns all Australians, and we deserve to know what’s in it.

11 Feb 2014 | We need to open the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations up to greater public scrutiny. The government must release the text before a final agreement is reached.

Consumer shopping rights

If you need to return a purchase or get a refund, know your rights.

27 Dec 2013 | If you want to return something or if your purchase doesn't do what it's supposed to or is broken, what are your rights? Here's what you need to know about Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Ignorance of the law - especially for retailers - is no excuse.

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?

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.

CHOICE endorsement scheme

Our new CHOICE Recommended logo makes shopping easier.

4 Dec 2013 | CHOICE's new endorsement scheme allows eligible manufacturers to use the influential new CHOICE Recommended logo.

Google Glass  

Google gives you the internet in the blink of an eye

16 Aug 2013 | Google Glass has lots to offer if you want internet searches and directions, or to take a photo without reaching for your phone.

Competitions fine print

The devil is in the detail when it comes to the fine print buried in competition terms and conditions

27 Jun 2013 | You may find yourself getting more than you bargained for when you enter a competition

Check out The Checkout  

Get the lowdown on the latest episode of ABC's hit new series.

29 May 2013 | This week The Checkout looks at the pseudo science behind baldness cures, why we pay so much more for digital downloads and the dodgy tactics marketers use to make parents buy unnecessary supplements for kids.

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.

Rental rights

When it comes to residential rental rights and protections, why is it that Australian tenants are far worse off than those in similar countries?

22 May 2013 | From no-grounds evictions to limited leases, we learn that long-term rental security is almost non-existent for Australian tenants.

Animal testing labelling  

Can you trust a cosmetic company's claims that its products aren't tested on animals? If it sells them in China, possibly not.

6 May 2013 | Your favourite cosmetic brands could be being tested on animals even while they claim not to be. Find out which are the worst offenders.

Consumer sharing

Swap, share and rent your way to a better future.

23 Apr 2013 | Consumer sharing is growing in popularity to meet today’s buyer demands. It’s energy efficient, environmentally friendly and cost effective, and it’s now easier than ever.

Check out The Checkout

This new ABC show will take a satirical look at the world of consumer affairs.

20 Feb 2013 | This new consumer affairs show for ABC TV will feature scenes shot at CHOICE HQ, and some familiar faces.

Pack attack  

Join our campaign against bad packaging.

19 Feb 2013 | Frustrating, impenetrable and sometimes downright dangerous - we want to put an end to bad product packaging.

Online complaints reviews and resolutions

Jump online to ensure your complaints and compliments are heard loud and clear.

13 Jan 2013 | Before you post a scathing online review of a company’s product or service, there are some crucial things you need to know so you get results and avoid legal trouble.

Steering clear of car repair scams

Not all motor vehicle repairers are doing the right thing.

14 Aug 2012 | Car repair shops are coming under greater scrutiny in NSW and WA, but consumer awareness is still the first line of defence.

Bringing home the cost of carbon

Household living expenses will be less than Treasury estimates according to a joint study by The Climate Institute, CSIRO and AECOM.

28 Jun 2012 | An independent study shows the impacts of the carbon tax on on households are likely to be smaller than anticipated.

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.

Finding a removalist

Hiring a removalist you can trust can be a shot in the dark.

25 May 2012 | In 2011, Fair Trading NSW received 300 complaints about removalists – more than one every working day on average.

CHOICE attends Consumers International regional conference

KL conference shows consumers flexing muscle in developing nations.

9 Mar 2012 | Consumer groups from the Asia Pacific region as well as the Middle East have met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to discuss the consumer movement.

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.

The 2011 Shonky awards  

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

24 Oct 2011 | CHOICE's annual showcase of the worst of the worst consumer products and services.

Consumer Law update

CHOICE welcomes new legislation on country of origin claims, but believes the standards could be stronger.

11 Jan 2011 | CHOICE welcomes new legislation on country of origin claims, but believes the standards could be stronger.

The power of the web

Avenues like Twitter and Facebook offer a lot more than just social networking.

20 Oct 2010 | Forget hanging on the end of a customer service line if you have a gripe. Switch on your computer, log onto the internet and tell the world.

Made in Australia

Which labels can you trust and which are just marketing hype?

30 Aug 2010 | Current labelling laws are broad and inconsistent even within the same industry. Country of origin and other claims, mixed with marketing hype, are confusing shoppers.

Pathology gap fees

Consumers can face large gap payments for pathology, but a public provider may be able to provide a gap-free alternative.

30 Aug 2010 | It pays to ask your GP to request bulk billing wherever possible or to use a public provider.

Excess packaging investigation

Is all that empty space in our food packaging really necessary?

1 Jul 2010 | Any trip to a supermarket, pharmacy or department store finds plenty of products packaged with lots of empty space. CHOICE asks manufacturers to explain why.

When a company goes under

How you pay for goods will often determine whether you get your purchases when a company goes under.

28 May 2010 | Consumer Action Law Centre warns customers against buying goods from Clive Peeters unless they take them away on the day.

CHOICE-50th-anniversary  

See the changing face of CHOICE over 50 years, as we roll back the decades.

23 Mar 2010 | From the sixties through to the noughties, CHOICE TV captures all the highlights.

Dental shadow shop

Our investigation highlights the diagnostic minefield the average dental patient faces and the pluses of dental tourism.

23 Nov 2009 | Our undercover "patient" visited 14 Sydney dentists. Their wildly different verdicts on her teeth expose flaws in our dental system.

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.

Healthcare reforms

CHOICE is campaigning for citizen engagement in healthcare reform

5 May 2009 | The key problems with the health system is an insufficient focus on prevention and primary care, the inefficient and inequitable allocation of resources and the lack of commitment from government to undertake reform.

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 cakes

Many of them are packed with additives, including artificial colours linked to hyperactivity in children. We tell you which brands to avoid.

23 Mar 2009 | Make a cake at home and you'll probably use about six ingredients. Look at the ingredients list on a supermarket cake and you might find 40 or more.

The CHOICE Shonky Awards  

Who takes home our most coveted yearly awards?

13 Sep 2008 | It’s been another really good year for the CHOICE Shonky Awards, with manufacturers, service providers and the marketing and advertising industry providing a fine list of nominations.

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

International treaties threaten consumer rights

29 Jul 2008 | Behind closed doors, countries like the US, France and Japan have been negotiating a new international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

Consumer awareness survey

Do labour conditions in developing countries affect our purchasing decisions?

3 Jul 2008 | In conjunction with Amnesty International, we asked 1000 Australians to reveal their buying attitudes.

Buying a diamond

There are many traps for the unwary, such as bogus sales, "blood diamonds", and overpricing.

26 May 2008 | CHOICE’s investigation has uncovered traps for consumers when purchasing expensive jewellery.

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?

Component pricing

New legislation means sellers must quote a single price for products.

22 Apr 2008 | It’s annoying to be quoted the price for something only to find there are extra taxes not included in the quote, or additional charges you hadn’t expected.

Missed call marketing

Returning that 'missed call' could prove expensive.

15 Jan 2008 | The 'missed call' scam is a marketing tactic which tries to shift the cost of a telemarketing call to the consumer – whether or not they want to hear about the promotion.

Direct factory outlets

Factory outlet centres can be a bargain hunter’s paradise but don’t let the sale signs go to your head.

18 Oct 2007 | Forget your local Westfield: there’s a new breed of shopping centre appearing around the country.

Reduce product packaging

Most of the goods we buy need to be protected by packaging. But how much is too much?

17 Oct 2007 | From gourmet chocolates to beauty products, an increasing number of consumer goods are buried in layers of packaging these days.

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.

Fair copyright rules for consumers

We want copyright rules that are fair to consumers.

9 Mar 2007 | The proposed legal rules on use of music and video do not meet consumers' expectations.

Letters that get results

Making a complaint requires time, effort and often a bit of patience.

10 May 2005 | Sometimes you may have to write a letter outlining your concerns before the organisation takes you seriously.

Consumer-champion

More time to pay before black mark on credit report

Consumers now have 14 days to pay before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

10 Apr 2014 | Consumers now have 14 days to make minimum payments on credit cards and other credit contracts before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

Consumer rights

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.

Refund rights for cancelled concerts

If a concert is cancelled or postponed, consumers are entitled to a refund.

15 Apr 2014 | The postponing of The Rolling Stones Australian concerts has left consumers in the lurch. CHOICE looks at your rights when it comes to getting a refund.

Protect your credit rating

Even if you’re just days late paying a bill, new credit reporting rules meant a black mark on your credit rating. But there's a welcome development.

10 Apr 2014 | A new credit reporting regime means if you pay your credit card or car loan more than five days late it’ll put a black mark on your credit rating.

More time to pay before black mark on credit report

Consumers now have 14 days to pay before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

10 Apr 2014 | Consumers now have 14 days to make minimum payments on credit cards and other credit contracts before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

Health insurance complaints down

The gap between how much a consumer pays in hospital fees and how much their health fund covers is still causing headaches.

9 Apr 2014 | Health insurance industry complaints are down, The State of the Health Funds report finds, but some issues such as out-of-pocket costs, remain.

The problems with ticketing

No matter the event, you’ll likely be slugged a whole lot of extra charges for tickets.

28 Mar 2014 | We investigate the problems associated with buying tickets through agents, cinemas, and from scalpers.

Home-warranty-insurance

Home owners find little value for money when it comes to home warranty insurance.

6 Mar 2014 | Home warranty insurance is supposed to protect homeowners from incompetent builders, but it doesn’t do much to protect against unscrupulous ones.

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?

Don't trade it away!

The Trans-Pacific Partnership concerns all Australians, and we deserve to know what’s in it.

11 Feb 2014 | We need to open the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations up to greater public scrutiny. The government must release the text before a final agreement is reached.

Your utility bill rights

As utility bills continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to know your rights about disconnection.

7 Feb 2014 | If you've ever had trouble coming up with the funds to pay your utility bills, there are some important rights you should know about.

Excessive credit card surcharge update

CHOICE research reinforces the need for more to be done to lower excessive credit card surcharges.

31 Jan 2014 | The latest CHOICE research reveals that excessive credit card surcharging continues despite recent RBA changes designed to limit the practice.

Consumer shopping rights

If you need to return a purchase or get a refund, know your rights.

27 Dec 2013 | If you want to return something or if your purchase doesn't do what it's supposed to or is broken, what are your rights? Here's what you need to know about Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Ignorance of the law - especially for retailers - is no excuse.

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?

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.

CHOICE endorsement scheme

Our new CHOICE Recommended logo makes shopping easier.

4 Dec 2013 | CHOICE's new endorsement scheme allows eligible manufacturers to use the influential new CHOICE Recommended logo.

Proposal for a new consumer travel advocate

CHOICE has submitted a proposal to fund consumer advocacy in the travel market

14 Nov 2013 | CHOICE is seeking funding to create a Consumer Travel Hub to significantly improve the experience of Australian consumers in the travel market.

Competitions fine print

The devil is in the detail when it comes to the fine print buried in competition terms and conditions

27 Jun 2013 | You may find yourself getting more than you bargained for when you enter a competition

Rental rights

When it comes to residential rental rights and protections, why is it that Australian tenants are far worse off than those in similar countries?

22 May 2013 | From no-grounds evictions to limited leases, we learn that long-term rental security is almost non-existent for Australian tenants.

ASIC's new regulations

New ASIC regulations that make it simpler to switch between banks and limit the length of PDSs may mean more favourable outcomes for consumers.

29 Apr 2013 | The government regulator has been making moves that could not only straighten out the finance sector but also make life easier for consumers.

Pack attack  

Join our campaign against bad packaging.

19 Feb 2013 | Frustrating, impenetrable and sometimes downright dangerous - we want to put an end to bad product packaging.

Online complaints reviews and resolutions

Jump online to ensure your complaints and compliments are heard loud and clear.

13 Jan 2013 | Before you post a scathing online review of a company’s product or service, there are some crucial things you need to know so you get results and avoid legal trouble.

Private car park fines

Have private car parks shifted their focus from collecting fees to handing out dodgy fines?

2 Oct 2012 | Some private car park operators have been slapping motorists with bogus “fines” and threatening legal action if they don’t pay up.

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.

National Guarantee Fund Submission

CHOICE makes follow-up submission on the National Guarantee Fund.

28 May 2012 | We're calling for greater consumer representation on the board of the National Guarantee Fund in a recent submission to financial regulators.

CHOICE attends Consumers International regional conference

KL conference shows consumers flexing muscle in developing nations.

9 Mar 2012 | Consumer groups from the Asia Pacific region as well as the Middle East have met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to discuss the consumer movement.

Insurance code changes

The insurance industry is set on making consumer-friendly changes to its code of conduct.

9 Jan 2012 | A year after the flood events that devastated Queensland, the insurance industry has vowed to make some consumer-friendly changes.

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.

Consumers to get better financial advice

CHOICE supports FOFA reforms

15 Dec 2011 | CHOICE has endorsed the Joint Consumer Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee inquiry into the proposed Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) reforms.

Investor Compensation Reviewed

We're calling for substantial changes to the way in which the National Guarantee Fund is run.

15 Dec 2011 | The Australian government is reviewing the way in which investors are compensated when their stockbroker acts without authority or becomes insolvent.

Global reach promises greater financial protection

CHOICE on board with Consumers International.

8 Nov 2011 | Consumers International has received support from the G20 for greater financial consumer protection.

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.

Super complaints launch

CHOICE joins forces with the NSW Department of Fair Trading

9 Jun 2011 | CHOICE has joined forces with the NSW Department of Fair Trading in an 18-month pilot project to help identify ongoing consumer issues that add up to systemic failures.

Making a financial complaint

Avoid the cost of going to court by resolving a matter yourself or using the free Financial Ombudsman Service.

17 Mar 2011 | Dealing directly with banks and other financial services providers to resolve disputes is usually more effective than taking the matter to court.

Funeral costs

Planning ahead for the death of a loved one can save you a lot of unnecessary grief.

9 Feb 2011 | CHOICE found that funeral costs fluctuate wildly. We highlight ways to get a fair deal.

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.

The 2010 Shonky Awards  

Once again, we name and shame the shonkiest rip-offs and scams.

26 Oct 2010 | The annual CHOICE Shonkys highlights the worst of the worst.

The power of the web

Avenues like Twitter and Facebook offer a lot more than just social networking.

20 Oct 2010 | Forget hanging on the end of a customer service line if you have a gripe. Switch on your computer, log onto the internet and tell the world.

Have your say on changes to consumer protection in legal services

The National Legal Profession Reform Taskforce wants your views on proposed reforms

20 Jul 2010 |

When a company goes under

How you pay for goods will often determine whether you get your purchases when a company goes under.

28 May 2010 | Consumer Action Law Centre warns customers against buying goods from Clive Peeters unless they take them away on the day.

CHOICE-50th-anniversary  

See the changing face of CHOICE over 50 years, as we roll back the decades.

23 Mar 2010 | From the sixties through to the noughties, CHOICE TV captures all the highlights.

Wedding shadow shop  

Our investigation confirms higher quotes go hand in hand with the W-word.

10 Dec 2009 | This year Australian couples are expected to spend an estimated $3.7 billion on their big day - but can you be sure you're paying what you should?

Consumer Affairs - Fair Trading

Contact details for each state and territory's departments.

14 Aug 2009 | These state and territory government departments provide advice and information on consumer complaints and problems.

Legal billing

When you need to see a solicitor, how do you know if you’ve been overcharged – and what can you do about it?

11 Aug 2009 | CHOICE outlines what you can do to minimise the risk of legal overcharging and the steps to take if you suspect you’ve been ripped off.

Australia posts terms unfair

A David vs Goliath battle has emerged out of a recent case over a lost item in the mail.

7 Aug 2009 | Australia Post’s terms and conditions relating to liability for missing packages have been found to be in breach of the law by the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Unfair contracts

Proposed legislation will give consumers uniform protection from unfair contracts.

18 Feb 2009 | Currently most consumer contracts in Australia include non-negotiable terms and conditions. Sometimes these include unfair terms.

Cashback capers

Getting a partial refund for big ticket items may sound great, but not everyone is smiling.

13 Dec 2008 | Retail and manufacturing marketing execs are certainly onto a winner with cashback schemes, but consumer benefit is not as guaranteed.

Consumer protection enforcement

Consumer protection laws are not being enforced as well as they could be.

10 Dec 2008 | Consumer protection laws exist to ensure markets operate fairly. Good quality regulation is essential to the fair and practical operation of markets.

Extended warranties

Consumers are being pressured into purchasing extended warranties.

25 Nov 2008 | When purchasing big-ticket items it's common to be offered an extended warranty. This may seem like a good option, but many consumers are not adequately informed of what the warranty actually covers.

Extended warranties

Are you being served or served up when offered an extended warranty?

12 Nov 2008 | To find out if people are being pressured by retailers into buying extended warranties, CHOICE and the NSW Office of Fair Trading conducted an online survey and shadow shop of electrical retailers.

Telecomms industry needs reform

Consumer protection in the telecommunications industry falls short of good practice.

16 Oct 2008 | Consumer complaints are soaring with a 31% increase in the number of complaints to the Telecommunications Industry ombudsman in 2007.

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

International treaties threaten consumer rights

29 Jul 2008 | Behind closed doors, countries like the US, France and Japan have been negotiating a new international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

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?

Fair copyright rules for consumers

We want copyright rules that are fair to consumers.

9 Mar 2007 | The proposed legal rules on use of music and video do not meet consumers' expectations.

Letters that get results

Making a complaint requires time, effort and often a bit of patience.

10 May 2005 | Sometimes you may have to write a letter outlining your concerns before the organisation takes you seriously.

Consumer sharing schemes

Consumer sharing

Swap, share and rent your way to a better future.

23 Apr 2013 | Consumer sharing is growing in popularity to meet today’s buyer demands. It’s energy efficient, environmentally friendly and cost effective, and it’s now easier than ever.

How to get rid of things you don't need

Check out this CHOICE guide to selling, giving or swapping.

22 Mar 2012 | We've all got stuff we no longer want, need or use taking up space around the house. So how do you get the most of your useless junk?

Behind the scenes at CHOICE Magazine  

Ever wanted to know what happens behind closed doors at a CHOICE Magazine shoot?

8 Feb 2012 | We take a look at a day in the life of CHOICE's Design team as they prepare for and shoot the latest cover of CHOICE Magazine.

Contaminated-fuel

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.

contraception

Contraception options

CHOICE reviews long term and short term contraception, including new generation pills, rings, implants and injections.

13 Jun 2013 | CHOICE's health experts compare contraceptive options available in Australia, including long-acting reversible methods, hormonal injections, IUD, the pill and emergency contraception.

Contracts

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.

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?

hire car excess

Rental car companies can take you for a ride with hire car insurance - CHOICE checks out some alternatives.

6 Sep 2013 | Hire car companies can take you for a ride with rental car insurance, so CHOICE checks out some alternatives.

Telco shared data plans

Sharing data could mean big savings for you and your family

8 Aug 2013 | We look at how shared data plans for mobile devices could save you money - and why Australian telcos aren't offering them.

Competitions fine print

The devil is in the detail when it comes to the fine print buried in competition terms and conditions

27 Jun 2013 | You may find yourself getting more than you bargained for when you enter a competition

Optus breaks customer contracts

Optus is playing fast and loose with customer contracts.

4 Dec 2012 | We've been hearing from Optus customers who aren’t impressed with the company’s latest trick of upping monthly rates in the middle of contracts.

Legal billing

When you need to see a solicitor, how do you know if you’ve been overcharged – and what can you do about it?

11 Aug 2009 | CHOICE outlines what you can do to minimise the risk of legal overcharging and the steps to take if you suspect you’ve been ripped off.

Unfair contracts

Proposed legislation will give consumers uniform protection from unfair contracts.

18 Feb 2009 | Currently most consumer contracts in Australia include non-negotiable terms and conditions. Sometimes these include unfair terms.

Extended warranties

Consumers are being pressured into purchasing extended warranties.

25 Nov 2008 | When purchasing big-ticket items it's common to be offered an extended warranty. This may seem like a good option, but many consumers are not adequately informed of what the warranty actually covers.

Cooking

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.

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.

Slow cooker buying guide

Forget about a partner in life – come home to a slow cooker!

5 Mar 2014 | Much simpler and more reliable than their human counterparts, slow cookers require very little attention and give great foot massa… wait, too far!

Jamie Oliver Big Boy BBQ

We check if this barbecue can turn you in a celebrity chef – or at least a happy camper.

14 Jan 2014 | CHOICE home economist Fiona Mair puts the Jamie Oliver Big Boy portable BBQ to the test.

Rollie vertical grill first look

Here's an appliance that turns eggs and other sweet and savoury treats into cylindrical pops.

13 Dec 2013 | The Rollie claims to be "the fast, easy, pan-free way to make perfect eggs every time". Could this be the next must-have kitchen appliance?

Induction cookware buying guide

Your current cookware may not be suitable for your new induction cooktop. We outline what to look for when shopping for induction cookware

6 Dec 2013 | Think about your style of cooking and keep in mind that each induction cooktop can respond differently to cookware.

BBQ reviews  

We test 27 barbecues priced between $179 and $2200 for performance and ease of use.

26 Nov 2013 | CHOICE reviews portable, balcony-sized and large four-to-six burner barbecues, including latest models from Beefeater and Weber.

LotusGrill first look

The small, portable LotusGrill BBQ claims to offer healthy, smokeless cooking - but is it any good?

1 Nov 2013 | CHOICE home economist, Fiona Mair, puts the small and portable LotusGrill BBQ to the test.

Breadmaker reviews

Breadmakers can save you money - plus, you know exactly what goes into your loaf.

30 Oct 2013 | We test nine breadmakers priced from $100-$350.

Double oven reviews  

If you have a large family to feed, or love to entertain, a double oven is worth considering.

24 Oct 2013 | Our home economist has put eight double ovens priced from $1399 to $3299 to the test, from brands including Bosch, Euromaid, Smeg and Westinghouse.

Food processor reviews

When it comes to food processors, is price an indicator of quality?

1 Oct 2013 | While all these things can be done with a chopping board and knife or a grater, hand whisk and so on, food processors are much quicker.

Sunbeam Duos Sous Vide and Slow Cooker First Look

Sunbeam has released its first sous vide, which pulls double duty as a slow cooker

2 Aug 2013 | Traditionally for commercial use, sous vide is making its way into households, allowing you to create tender, succulent meals at home.

Canopy rangehood reviews

We've tested canopy and retracting rangehoods for both 60cm and 90cm cooktops.

20 Jun 2013 | Find out which newly tested rangehoods from brands including Blanco, Westinghouse and Fisher and Paykel will vanquish kitchen smells and steam.

Kitchen knives

We review kitchen knives from well-known brands such as Anolon, Cuisinart and Scanpan.

15 May 2013 | We've tested kitchen knives of different sizes, weights and handle types, revealing which slice, cut and chop best, and which stay sharp.

Saucepans

We've tested 10 saucepans from brands including Scanpan, Jamie Oliver and Tefal.

10 May 2013 | Our testing reveals how some stainless steel saucepans perform when it comes to heat distribution, sticking performance and ease of use.

Non-stick frypans

We've tested 13 non-stick frypans from brands including Le Creuset, Jamie Oliver, Scanpan, Tefal and Circulon.

9 May 2013 | We reveal how some non-stick frypans perform when it comes to non-stick capabilities, heat distribution, durability and ease of use.

Slow cooker reviews

Which slow cookers make tasty meals with minimum fuss? We've tested 35, including new models from Breville, Kambrook and Crock-pot.

12 Apr 2013 | If you could do with a bit of help in the kitchen, or are always short of time, a slow cooker could be the answer to your problems.

Rice cooker reviews

We put the heat on 14 rice cookers priced between $13 and $139, including models from Breville, Panasonic, Tiffany and Homemaker.

20 Mar 2013 | Want to cook perfect rice? A rice cooker might be the answer, especially if you eat lots of rice or feed lots of people.

Gas cooktop reviews

We've tested 11 new gas cooktops, including Blanco, Bosch, Electrolux and Miele models.

14 Mar 2013 | We have test results for 39 gas cooktops ranging in price from $329 to $3389. Which are the best performers?

Microwave oven reviews

We've tested nine convection benchtop ovens priced under $600, including Panasonic, Electrolux and Sharp models.

16 Jan 2013 | These convection (combination) microwave ovens are capable of convection cooking, microwaving, grilling or combinations of all three.

Jamie Oliver Homecooker First Look

This benchtop cooking appliance can save you time in the kitchen.

10 Jan 2013 | The Jamie Oliver HomeCooker with cutting tower can chop, stir, cook, steam, melt, simmer, boil, sear and keep food warm.

All-in-one kitchen machines

The Thermomix has dominated the European market for decades, but how do the new kitchen machines compare?

15 Oct 2012 | We compare the Thermomix TM31 to Bellini's Intelli Kitchen Master and the ThermoChef Natura to see if the market leader is worth the cash splash.

Breville Sous Vide First Look

A cooking technique that cooks foods perfectly, but is it a kitchen necessity?

8 Oct 2012 | Sous Vide is a cooking technique that requires foods to be vacuum packed and heated at controlled temperatures over a period of time.

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?

Vitamix first look

The Vitamix is said to make healthy living easy and claims to replace 10 kitchen appliances

27 Sep 2012 | It can juice, cook, freeze, blend, chop, grind and also has a self-cleaning function

Breville the Fresh Keeper First Look

This appliance allows you to vacuum pack your food at home.

24 Sep 2012 | Breville now has a food sealing device in their range, to complement its Sous Vide appliance.

Soup makers home test

CHOICE member Winsome Hall tests three soup makers.

21 Jun 2012 | Homemade soups are a winter favourite, and having a warm, quick and healthy meal on the table is always welcome.

Cake mix reviews

Cake mixes are convenient, but making a cake from scratch can be just as easy.

9 May 2012 | We taste-tested 19 chocolate and eight vanilla cake mixes, including varieties from White Wings, Betty Crocker and Coles.

Benchtop oven reviews

Benchtop ovens are cheap and convenient but can get dangerously hot.

9 Feb 2012 | CHOICE reviews six small benchtop or toaster ovens, priced $109 to $300.

Thermochef first look

How does the Thermochef stack up against its famous rival, the Thermomix?

25 Jan 2012 | The Thermochef performed well, but how does it stack up against its rival, the Thermomix?

Black and stone multi-purpose cooker

This all-in-one appliance is great for busy people.

21 Dec 2011 | This eight-function cooker has settings for steaming, baking, and slow cooking.

Dual fuel 90cm stove reviews

These sleek stoves are designed for use as either freestanding units or to fit between cabinets.

14 Oct 2011 | CHOICE reviews dual fuel freestanding 90cm stoves, with test results for 6 dual-fuel ranges priced from $1999 to $3699.

Modern Living or Initial 12L and 16L stockpot recall

The sides of the stockpot may split, creating a spill hazard and causing serious scalding.

28 Sep 2011 | Target Australia Pty Ltd has recalled 'Modern Living' and 'Initial' 12L and 16L stockpots, because the sides of the stockpots may split during or after use.

Sandwich press reviews

A sandwich press is a handy appliance if you like cafe-style lunches

21 Sep 2011 | Our latest test reveals which sandwich makers will easily turn your favourite sangers into mouthwatering snacks.

Recall-on-thermo-glass-cookware-sold-in-Coles-at-Berwick-Victoria

The Décor Corporation recalls its thermo glass cookware products sold in Coles nationally - RE-ANNOUNCEMENT

7 Sep 2011 | A range of products did not meet Décor's temperature differential specification, which may lead to breakage. it was initially thought that there were 13 affected cookware products sold at Coles in Berwick, Victoria, but it has since been found that they were sold nationally.

Breville fast slow cooker first look

This reasonably priced appliance is ideal if you’re pressed for time.

5 Aug 2011 | Looking to save time in the kitchen? The Breville fast slow cooker offers four functions in one cooker.

MyCook Domestic review

There's room for improvement, but the MyCook has potential.

6 May 2011 | With a similar price tag and functions to the famous Thermomix, the MyCook has a way to go before it's in the same class.

Vegetarian meat substitutes

We found many vegetarian meat substitutes are alarmingly high in salt - and taste bland.

11 Apr 2011 | CHOICE put a handful of vegetarian meat substitutes to the test, rating both nutritional value and taste.

Fennel salad

A fresh and delicious salad.

2 Mar 2011 | A delicious salad that quick and easy to make.

Vegetarian bean dip

A great entree for a dinner party

2 Mar 2011 | A tasty dish that's great for everyone.

BBQ mushrooms

A great vegetarian option at your next barbecue

2 Mar 2011 | A tasty recipe for BBQ mushrooms with herbs.

Broad bean and haloumi salad

A fresh salad perfect for any occasion.

2 Mar 2011 | Try this delicious salad that combines broad beans, haloumi and red capsicum.

Watercress salad

A simple salad that you can whip up in seconds

2 Mar 2011 | An accompaniment to any meal.

Lasagna

How to make lasagna step by step

8 Feb 2011 | A delicious recipe for the whole family.

Lasagna

How to make lasagna step by step

8 Feb 2011 | A delicious recipe for the whole family.

How to cook bechamel sauce in a microwave

We show you how to whip up this versatile sauce without using a cooktop.

8 Feb 2011 | A tasty sauce to go with different dishes like lasagna and au gratin

How to make pizza dough

Make your own homemade dough, fresh from your kitchen.

25 Jan 2011 | Try this simple, low-fuss pizza dough recipe.

Mascarpone date and pomegranate cream

The perfect addition to sweet biscuits or fruit salad.

25 Jan 2011 | Add a burst of flavour to sweet desserts.

How to cook soft bacon

The perfect addition to any big breakfast or a BLT on the run.

21 Jan 2011 | Cook's CHOICE reveals how easy it is to prepare soft bacon every time.

How to cook crispy bacon

How to get that perfectly crisp bacon.

21 Jan 2011 | Cook's CHOICE shares the tips on how to cook crispy bacon.

Cinnamon chicken pasta

Add a unique sweet touch to your pasta - a great recipe for slow cookers.

20 Jan 2011 | A tasty chicken and cinnamon recipe best served with pasta.

Cucumber salad

A tasty and fresh summer salad.

20 Jan 2011 | A simple way to freshen your summer meals.

Slow cooked corn beef

A perfect dish for your slow cooker.

20 Jan 2011 | Set up your slow cooker in the morning and come home at the end of the day to delicious corned beef

How to melt chocolate in a microwave

A quick and easy way to melt chocolate

20 Jan 2011 | Melting chocolate in your microwave is quicker than using your stovetop.

How to make pancakes

Simple recipe for making pancakes.

17 Jan 2011 | A simple and easy way to make a pancake

Veal goulash

A delicious savoury treat perfectly suited to a slow cooker.

17 Jan 2011 | A warm, hearty meal best enjoyed with a small dollop of sour cream.

Digital utensils quick review

Digital utensils: handy or hopeless?

30 Dec 2010 | How much value does digital technology bring to conventional cooking utensils?

Steak review and compare

Our experts find it's not where you buy your steak that's important. It's knowing what to look for.

22 Nov 2010 | CHOICE puts cuts of steak from Aldi, Coles and Woolworths before a panel of experts to see how they compare with the same cuts from a budget and premium butcher.

Piri piri chicken

The perfect addition to any barbecue meal.

5 Nov 2010 | Sample our tasty chicken recipe, best served with our fresh, summer salads.

Oven roasted chicken

Play around with some herbs to create a tasty oven roasted chicken

4 Nov 2010 | Herbs add the final touch to your oven roasted chicken

Butterscotch banana pancakes

What a treat

4 Nov 2010 | The butterscotch banana topping adds something special to your ordinary pancake

Butterscotch banana pancakes

What a treat

4 Nov 2010 | The butterscotch banana topping adds something special to your ordinary pancake

Blood orange pistachio cake

Indulge in this deliciously sweet cake

4 Nov 2010 | Bake up a treat using blood oranges and pistachios

Barbecue chicken

CHOICE recipe for a mouth-watering barbecue chicken

4 Nov 2010 | Use your barbecue this summer to cook a whole chicken

Barbecue chicken

CHOICE recipe for a mouth-watering barbecue chicken

4 Nov 2010 | Use your barbecue this summer to cook a whole chicken

Thermomix review

This surprising benchtop appliance could make many of your kitchen essentials obsolete.

2 Nov 2010 | This 10-function cooking appliance is much praised for its versatility in the kitchen.

Pizza ovens quick review

Pizza is a popular dish but will this pizza making appliance just make its way to the back of your cupboard?

3 Sep 2010 | We review 3 pizza ovens priced from $130 to $159.

Cooking oils review

With such a range of cooking oils on supermarket shelves, which are better for what purpose?

9 Aug 2010 | Not all oils are equal. We tell you the right ones to use for the cooking purpose in mind.

Scrambled eggs

A traditional tasting scrambled eggs

5 Jul 2010 | A delicious traditional or creamy scrambled eggs.

Scrambled eggs

A traditional tasting scrambled eggs

5 Jul 2010 | A delicious traditional or creamy scrambled eggs.

Rangehoods buying guide

Get rid of kitchen steam and smells.

2 Jul 2010 | You can pay $1000 or more for a rangehood, but during testing we've found some good ones among the lower-priced models.

Sponge cake

This sponge cake recipe can be adapted to many different desserts.

1 Jul 2010 |

Cooking do you love it or do you hate it

Simple, healthy and nutritious meals that take all the fuss out of cooking.

25 Jun 2010 | Meet Fiona and Gene, our Cook's CHOICE team.

Extra virgin olive oil reviews

Is what you buy the real deal?

22 Jun 2010 | There’s currently no mandatory standard for extra virgin olive oil sold in Australia. CHOICE testing of 28 brands found you can't always trust an oil labelled "extra virgin" is the real deal.

Kitchen gadgets review and compare

A whizz in the kitchen

21 Jun 2010 | There are hundreds of clever gizmos on the market, all claiming to make cooking easier. But do you really need to fill your kitchen drawers with all these gadgets?

Supersteam Oven Quick Review

It steams, bakes and microwaves with surprising efficiency. This newcomer from Sharp gets the thumbs up from CHOICE.

18 Jan 2010 | The Sharp Supersteam combines healthy multi-function cooking with a space-saving design.

Food steamers review and compare

Electric food steamers do what they claim, but which do it best?

7 Sep 2009 | Are steamers any healthier than other ways to steam food? CHOICE tested 15, looking at their ease of use and performace.

Simmer sauces taste tested

If you’re craving an Asian-style meal, don’t expect authenticity from a jar of simmer sauce, finds the CHOICE tasting panel.

1 Aug 2009 | CHOICE tasting panel tried 26 simmer sauces – none of them impressed and few came even close to conjuring up authentic Asian flavours.

Pressure cooker reviews

Pressure cookers are a fast means of cooking and a range of safety features ensure they won't explode.

19 Mar 2009 | Pressure cooking is often used to braise, stew and simmer as you would in a slow cooker but in a shorter period of time.

Thermos Shuttle Chef review

Energy-efficient and portable, this slow cooker is handy at home and outdoors.

12 Feb 2009 | The Thermos Shuttle Chef consists of a steel cooking pot that fits inside an insulated outer pot.

Danoz Flavorwave Oven Turbo review

It sounds out of this world, but can it deliver scrumptious meals in a flash?

5 Jan 2009 | The DANOZ Flavorwave Oven Turbo claims to cook healthy meals, including frozen food, up to three times faster than ordinary methods, with no defrosting or preheating required.

Small barbeques review and compare  

We test two-burner barbecues designed for small spaces.

11 Nov 2008 | When you're shopping for one, how can you tell which models will cook your food evenly? Will an electric BBQ perform as well as gas? Which will be the easiest to use?

Cooktops buying guide

Here’s the lowdown on buying a cooktop.

1 Oct 2008 | The old kitchen range — albeit in an upmarket format — is making a comeback, but having a separate oven and cooktop allows you flexibility to put each where you like, at the height that suits you best.

Tefal ActiFry review

Can you cook deliciously crispy, golden chips with only a spoonful of oil?

3 Sep 2008 | The TEFAL ActiFry cooks food with hot air and minimal oil, claiming to make crunchy fried chips with fewer calories.

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.

Daewoo Pizza Microwave Oven review

Short on space? A combination microwave pizza grill could be the answer.

16 Apr 2008 | If you don’t have room for a full-sized oven and don’t want to pay for a convection microwave, the Daewoo Pizza Oven Combo will make a crispier pizza than you’d get in a microwave.

Two-slice toasters review

You can’t put a price on the smell of warm toast in the morning.

3 Mar 2008 | Like all modern household appliances, the pop-up toaster has evolved beyond its basic duties over time.

Oven reviews - $850 to $1900  

Modern ovens do a lot more than just bake.

16 Apr 2007 | If you haven’t been in the market for a new oven for a while, you might be surprised to discover what they can do these days.

Pasta sauces

Ready-made pasta sauces are quick and easy to prepare but our expert tasters were unimpressed.

4 Jun 2006 | We served 14 big-name pasta sauces to three food experts and asked for their verdict. They weren’t enthusiastic about any of them.

Designer salt

It can look beautiful and taste a little different — but designer salt is still about 99% sodium chloride.

5 Feb 2006 | All the celebrity chefs have their favourites: Jamie’s is Maldon salt; Maeve O’Meara say Australian sea salt is “as good as you can get”.

Bendy bakeware review and compare

Is silicone bakeware a revolution or a fashion statement?

7 Jan 2006 | We included, where available, a range of products from each brand - a muffin pan, a cake pan and baking sheet. We also compared their performance to traditional non-stick metal bakeware.

Recipe software review and compare

Recipe software can help you take control of clippings, meal times and grocery lists.

5 Aug 2005 | We tested six recipe software programs to find out how easy they are to use and what sort of features they offer.

Cooktops

Slow cooker buying guide

Forget about a partner in life – come home to a slow cooker!

5 Mar 2014 | Much simpler and more reliable than their human counterparts, slow cookers require very little attention and give great foot massa… wait, too far!

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.

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.

Gas cooktop reviews

We've tested 11 new gas cooktops, including Blanco, Bosch, Electrolux and Miele models.

14 Mar 2013 | We have test results for 39 gas cooktops ranging in price from $329 to $3389. Which are the best performers?

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?

Freestanding electric cooker reviews

Modern freestanding cookers look streamlined compared to their retro counterparts, but how do they perform?

10 Nov 2011 | These all-electric cookers look sleek, with controls at the front so your splashback can run across the whole wall.

Dual fuel 90cm stove reviews

These sleek stoves are designed for use as either freestanding units or to fit between cabinets.

14 Oct 2011 | CHOICE reviews dual fuel freestanding 90cm stoves, with test results for 6 dual-fuel ranges priced from $1999 to $3699.

Vegetarian bean dip

A great entree for a dinner party

2 Mar 2011 | A tasty dish that's great for everyone.

Lasagna

How to make lasagna step by step

8 Feb 2011 | A delicious recipe for the whole family.

Lasagna

How to make lasagna step by step

8 Feb 2011 | A delicious recipe for the whole family.

Slow cooked chili shredded beef

A delicious, affordable way to feed the family.

2 Feb 2011 | Warm any kitchen table with this hearty slow cooked meal.

How to melt chocolate in a microwave

A quick and easy way to melt chocolate

20 Jan 2011 | Melting chocolate in your microwave is quicker than using your stovetop.

Rangehoods buying guide

Get rid of kitchen steam and smells.

2 Jul 2010 | You can pay $1000 or more for a rangehood, but during testing we've found some good ones among the lower-priced models.

Salamander quick review

Stylish overhead heating comes at a price.

17 May 2010 | This appliance does the job, but is it worth the hefty price tag?

Thermos Shuttle Chef review

Energy-efficient and portable, this slow cooker is handy at home and outdoors.

12 Feb 2009 | The Thermos Shuttle Chef consists of a steel cooking pot that fits inside an insulated outer pot.

Cooktops buying guide

Here’s the lowdown on buying a cooktop.

1 Oct 2008 | The old kitchen range — albeit in an upmarket format — is making a comeback, but having a separate oven and cooktop allows you flexibility to put each where you like, at the height that suits you best.

cookware

Slow cooker buying guide

Forget about a partner in life – come home to a slow cooker!

5 Mar 2014 | Much simpler and more reliable than their human counterparts, slow cookers require very little attention and give great foot massa… wait, too far!

Induction cookware buying guide

Your current cookware may not be suitable for your new induction cooktop. We outline what to look for when shopping for induction cookware

6 Dec 2013 | Think about your style of cooking and keep in mind that each induction cooktop can respond differently to cookware.

Kitchen knives

We review kitchen knives from well-known brands such as Anolon, Cuisinart and Scanpan.

15 May 2013 | We've tested kitchen knives of different sizes, weights and handle types, revealing which slice, cut and chop best, and which stay sharp.

Saucepans

We've tested 10 saucepans from brands including Scanpan, Jamie Oliver and Tefal.

10 May 2013 | Our testing reveals how some stainless steel saucepans perform when it comes to heat distribution, sticking performance and ease of use.

Non-stick frypans

We've tested 13 non-stick frypans from brands including Le Creuset, Jamie Oliver, Scanpan, Tefal and Circulon.

9 May 2013 | We reveal how some non-stick frypans perform when it comes to non-stick capabilities, heat distribution, durability and ease of use.

Black and stone multi-purpose cooker

This all-in-one appliance is great for busy people.

21 Dec 2011 | This eight-function cooker has settings for steaming, baking, and slow cooking.

Modern Living or Initial 12L and 16L stockpot recall

The sides of the stockpot may split, creating a spill hazard and causing serious scalding.

28 Sep 2011 | Target Australia Pty Ltd has recalled 'Modern Living' and 'Initial' 12L and 16L stockpots, because the sides of the stockpots may split during or after use.

Cooling

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.

Esky or cooler reviews

Eskies, coolers or chilly bins - these picnic favourites are known by many names around Australia. We test nine of them.

6 Dec 2013 | Eskies, ice boxes, coolers or chilly bins - these camping favourites are known by many names around Australia. We put nine on test, finding how long it takes for the packed ice to melt.

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.

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.

Pedestal and tower fan reviews

We find the best fans to keep you cool this summer.

27 Nov 2012 | We test 10 pedestal and tower fans, priced from $20 to $599, including models from Dyson, Kambrook, and Sunbeam.

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.

First look Dyson pedestal fan

We take a peek at Dyson's latest bladeless offering.

14 Feb 2012 | Does this sleek pedestal fan outperform traditional models, or is its bladeless technology a lot of spin?

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.

Home insulation buying guide

The government's home insulation bungle has demonstrated the importance of knowing what's what.

4 Feb 2010 | We run through the options for insulating your home.

Eskies

Summer wouldn’t be summer without an esky, but are they all equally cool?

1 Dec 2009 | If you’re out and about and need a place to store cold food and drinks, an esky is essential. Our results showed dramatic differences in the nine models tested.

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.

Cool Sun

Fruit juice popper reviews  

Is there a place for fruit poppers in your child’s lunchbox?

30 Apr 2012 | We review 100 different varieties of fruit juice poppers available in major supermarkets and found a few factors worth considering before you pop one in your kids lunchbox.

Cooper

Small SUV tyre reviews  

Performance on sealed roads is what sets these SUV tyres apart.

15 Nov 2012 | We review 225 60R17 car tyres, which are suitable for many small SUVs on the Australian market.

Cordless phones

Panasonic KX-PRX150 hybrid phone review

Take calls at home and on the go with Panasonic's KX-PRX150 hybrid landline/smartphone.

27 Mar 2014 | Is Panasonic's KX-PRX150 hybrid landline / smartphone the perfect phone? CHOICE called in to find out.

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.

Landline phone reviews

We test 16 landline phones, priced from $55 to $229.

24 Jul 2013 | We review a range of landline phones - including phones that communicate with your smartphone, and others that can work in a blackout.

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.

Cordless phones without answering machine

Hold the phone! A simple landline phone could still have a place in your home.

21 Jul 2011 | We look at models that work with an extra handset, providing added versatility.

Cordless phones with answering machine review and compare

An answering machine offers freedom at home and peace of mind when away.

5 Jun 2009 | All phones tested are charged via a base station that sends the signal wirelessly to the handset, so you can have a chat while moving around the house.

Cordless phones review and compare

Cordless phones remain a fixture in most Australian homes.

5 Dec 2008 | In an effort to keep cordless phones relevant, manufacturers have introduced extra features, such as support for SMS, Bluetooth wireless headsets and even the ability to make calls over the internet.

Cordless phones buying guide

What to look for when buying a digital cordless phone.

25 Jun 2008 | Digital cordless phones are about to push analogue models off the market. They provide better sound quality and encrypt your conversation, so eavesdropping is less likely to be an issue.

VoIP headsets

Heard the buzz about VoIP and want to know what all the fuss is about?

4 Jun 2006 | We’ve tested six headsets that can plug into your computer to make phone calls over the internet.

Cosmetics

Fillers and Botox

The face of anti-wrinkle treatment is changing with injectables, Botox and fillers growing rapidly in popularity.

24 Mar 2014 | Thinking about anti-wrinkle treatments but lost in a sea of Botox, injectables, synthetic and fat fillers?

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.

Watch out for counterfeit cosmetics

If the price seems too good to be true, that designer lipstick may just be a counterfeit.

6 Feb 2014 | With convincing packaging and improved production methods, spotting fake designer products is no longer easy.

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.

How safe is laser and IPL hair removal?

We expose a number of untrained operators aiming lasers at your body.

20 May 2013 | A lack of regulation has led to a rise in untrained laser and IPL operators.

Nad's Brazilian and Bikini Wax recall

Recall issued on Nad's products sold at Woolworths between July 20 and August 5

11 Aug 2011 | A batch of Nad's Brazilian and Bikini Wax has the potential to cause sparking or a fire when the jar is heated in a microwave.

"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.

LOreal told to prove claims

Swedish consumer ombudsman wins court case against the cosmetic company

6 Dec 2010 |

Shampoo user trial

One of the most expensive brands on test rated worst overall with triallists. So think twice before purchasing your 'salon style' shampoo.

14 Jul 2010 | Our 41 volunteer testers tried 11 supermarket brands, costing between $5 and $16 per bottle.

Hair dryer reviews

Do new technologies such as ceramic and ionic make a difference to the way your hair feels?

2 Jul 2010 | CHOICE conducted a user trial of 14 hair dryers to find out if a hefty price tag or new technological features make a difference.

Electric toothbrushes review and compare

An electric toothbrush can be a good option for a sometimes tedious chore.

15 Jan 2010 | It’s been some time since CHOICE trialled electric toothbrushes, so we decided to find out what’s changed on the market. We conducted a user trial of nine new models with a broad range of prices and features.

Mineral foundations not so natural

Mineral foundations not as miraculous as marketers would have you believe.

30 Sep 2009 | Mineral foundation is marketed as a more natural alternative to other foundations and usually contains finely crushed, naturally occurring minerals. But our investigation found it's not as natural as you'd think.

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.

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.

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.

Cosmetic surgery

CHOICE investigates the cosmetic surgery industry and uncovers some disturbingly unprofessional practices.

25 Feb 2009 | Among the latest promotions for cosmetic surgery procedures are "Need a lift?" and "Beautiful breasts always get noticed!"

Skin cancer clinics

Skin clinics claim to help identify and treat skin cancers. How good are they?

18 Jan 2008 | In the last financial year The Cancer Council NSW received 3974 calls about skin cancer to its helpline, 2251 (57%) of which were specifically about skin cancer clinics.

Hair straighteners

A good hair straightener will give you smooth, sleek and dead-straight hair at home, without the expense of professional styling.

27 Nov 2007 | You can’t change the genes that make your hair straight or curly, but now you can easily wear your wavy mane straight once in a while.

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.

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?

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?

Home hair colour review and compare

Which home hair colour did trialists prefer?

2 May 2007 | 113 women trialled the 100% grey coverage, permanent hair dyes for us.

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.

Self tanning

How to get the bronzed look without the harmful rays.

4 Oct 2006 | Our results show that a big name or a higher price is no guarantee of how much you’ll like a product.

Shampoo review and compare

You could save hundreds of dollars a year. Our top shampoos were all from supermarkets.

29 Jun 2006 | Over 500 CHOICE Home Testers (80% women and 20% men) each tried out four different shampoos.

Sun safety

Some exposure to sunlight is essential for your health, but too much can be dangerous.

10 Oct 2005 | Summer is the season to get outdoors and enjoy the warm days, but it's also the season when the sun's rays are harshest on your skin.

Whitening toothpaste review and compare

Hoping for a DIY Hollywood smile? You might be disappointed.

1 Jan 2005 | Before you buy any whitening product, we’d recommend talking to your dentist about the particular type of stain that affects your teeth, to avoid wasting money.

Acne

If you have acne, you don’t have to put up with it — effective treatments are available.

15 Aug 2004 | Some big-name acne treatments don’t contain particularly effective active ingredients and won’t help much at all.

Cosmetic surgery

Fillers and Botox

The face of anti-wrinkle treatment is changing with injectables, Botox and fillers growing rapidly in popularity.

24 Mar 2014 | Thinking about anti-wrinkle treatments but lost in a sea of Botox, injectables, synthetic and fat fillers?

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.

Your teeth whitening options

We look at the pros and cons of DIY kits, kiosk and professional dental whitening services.

20 May 2012 | With the boom in shopping centre kiosks and beauty salons offering teeth whitening services, we examine the potential risks and benefits.

Cosmetic surgery

CHOICE investigates the cosmetic surgery industry and uncovers some disturbingly unprofessional practices.

25 Feb 2009 | Among the latest promotions for cosmetic surgery procedures are "Need a lift?" and "Beautiful breasts always get noticed!"

Cots

Cot reviews

Safety is key when a newborn comes into the picture. We have test results for 106 cots to tell you which are the safest.

3 Mar 2014 | The mandatory Australian standard aims to benchmark all cots to a safe level, but some failures still slip through the cracks.

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.

Playpen reviews

Few playpens pass all our safety tests, but some are still worth considering.

5 Dec 2013 | There's no current mandatory or voluntary Australian standard for playpens, and we found some models that pose potential safety risks.

Small travel cots review

We reveal which of these lightweight travel cots, priced between $80 and $396, are the safest for your baby.

13 May 2013 | We review four portable travel cots from brands including Baby Bjorn, Childcare, Goldbug and Phil & Teds.

High chair reviews  

We've tested 13 new high chairs, including models from Childcare, Ikea and Stokke.

25 Mar 2013 | CHOICE has tested 34 high chairs, priced from $30 to $600, to the Australian standard. Find out which models we recommend.

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.

Baby safety - a shopping guide

We've put together a guide to help you with your buying decisions. It focuses on features, safety and ease of use.

21 May 2012 | Shopping for your new baby is a minefield - what's safe, what's not an what's actually useful?

Furniture: Cots, cradles, playpens, highchairs

Don't purchase a cot, cradle, playpen or highchair until you've read our informative guide.

4 Sep 2009 | Use our checklist to make sure you have taken all necessary steps to guarantee your baby’s safe sleeping and playing environment.

Cots review and compare

New cots are becoming safer – eight out of 10 cots passed all our safety tests.

27 Nov 2008 | The good news is that cots are getting safer. Only two of the 10 cots on test had a safety failure. Compare this to our 2002 test, where only one of nine cots was recommended.

Cots review and compare

Do cots meet the updated standard?

1 Aug 2006 | Eight of the models we tested this time had no major failures – a large improvement on our last test of cots in 2005.

couch-to-5k

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?

Council

CHOICE Council elections 2010

CHOICE has a new Council member following elections, the results of which were announced at our AGM on Friday, 26 November.

1 Dec 2010 |

Counsellors

Mental health professionals

We explain the difference between psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors.

13 Feb 2012 | Mental health therapists can help people with problems ranging from depression, anxiety or grief to schizophrenia and other psychoses.

Counterfeit perfumes

Watch out for counterfeit cosmetics

If the price seems too good to be true, that designer lipstick may just be a counterfeit.

6 Feb 2014 | With convincing packaging and improved production methods, spotting fake designer products is no longer easy.

Counterfeit goods  

Alongside dodgy designer knock-offs, sophisticated copies are being sold online - and they're that much harder to detect.

12 Sep 2013 | Knock-off products are no longer easily identified by misspelled logos and shoddy craftsmanship. While the quality of counterfeit products appears to be improving, the counterfeiters are also getting smarter at marketing their products.

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.

Country of origin

Source of confusion

Consumers don't fare well when it comes to deciphering food origin labels.

19 Feb 2014 | A CHOICE survey shows shoppers' understanding of country-of-origin claims is poor.

Country-of-origin labelling win for consumers

CHOICE backs ground-breaking country-of-origin labelling bill.

16 May 2013 | CHOICE has welcomed a new bill introduced by Greens leader Christine Milne which could end the confusion around country-of-origin food labelling claims.

Origin labelling extended to meat

Ministers agree to close country-of-origin labelling loophole.

11 Dec 2012 | Ministers back the food regulator in extending mandatory origin labelling to meat products.

New CHOICE survey on food origin labelling

Consumers want to be able to support Australian farmers and manufacturing jobs.

5 Nov 2012 | A new CHOICE member survey shows country of origin labelling continues to be vital for consumers who want know where food is manufactured, as well as where it’s grown.

Where are supermarket products sourced?

More and more of our groceries are coming from overseas.

6 Sep 2012 | Coles and Woolworths say they're committed to sourcing their private label products from Australia, but this isn't necessarily the whole story.

Calls for better country of origin labelling

A senate committee report recommends country of origin labelling reform.

20 Aug 2012 | A senate inquiry has found that Australia's country of origin labelling is in need of an overhaul.

Greens plan to reform food origin labelling

Australian Greens propose sweeping changes to country of origin labelling rules for food products.

8 Aug 2012 | The Australian Greens have proposed a major shake-up of country of origin food labelling.

Country of origin win for meat eaters

Food regulator to close country of origin labeling loophole for unpackaged meat.

4 May 2012 | Food Standards Australia New Zealand has announced that it will require declaration of the country of origin of unpackaged beef, sheep and chicken meat.

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.

Country of origin and manufactured products

Where are your products made? It's unlikely that you'll find a major product manufactured that is made wholly in one country.

11 Jan 2012 | CHOICE lists country of origin on whitegoods and appliances and other non-food products due to our members' wishes.

Country of origin labelling

The jargon surrounding country of origin confuses consumers.

10 May 2011 | Our survey revealed Australian consumers are passionate about buying Aussie products, but do they understand claims about the origin of the food they are purchasing?

Country of origin labelling

Where does our food really come from?

3 Sep 2010 | Help CHOICE campaign for clearer food labelling by sharing your thoughts on country of origin.

Crackers

Savoury snacks

Beware savoury snacks full of salt and saturated fat.

13 May 2011 | CHOICE looks at which savoury snacks are the healthier options as well as those best avoided.

Feta cheese reviews  

There’s more to this cheese of ancient origins than meets the eye.

13 Jun 2008 | Buying feta might once have been straightforward but now we’re likely to be overwhelmed by choice.

Cream

Mascarpone date and pomegranate cream

The perfect addition to sweet biscuits or fruit salad.

25 Jan 2011 | Add a burst of flavour to sweet desserts.

Pavlova

A tasty dessert topped with a mixture of fresh fruits

24 Jun 2010 | Our national dessert, with coming back for more results .


Vanilla honey cream

A great addition to add with strawberries or scones

24 Jun 2010 | Simple to make, this can make a perfect dessert even better


Premium yoghurt reviews

Yoghurt doesn’t have to be loaded with fat to taste deliciously creamy.

24 Jan 2009 | Are those extra delicious premium brands just as healthy, or do they taste so good because they’re loaded with fat and sugar?

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?

Creative

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.

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.

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.

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.

HD webcam reviews

The world wide web is your stage with these eight high definition webcams.

9 Nov 2011 | Thanks to the Internet age, creating and sharing video content is as simple as talking to a camera on top of your PC.

Credit crunch

More time to pay before black mark on credit report

Consumers now have 14 days to pay before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

10 Apr 2014 | Consumers now have 14 days to make minimum payments on credit cards and other credit contracts before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

Credit cards

Protect your credit rating

Even if you’re just days late paying a bill, new credit reporting rules meant a black mark on your credit rating. But there's a welcome development.

10 Apr 2014 | A new credit reporting regime means if you pay your credit card or car loan more than five days late it’ll put a black mark on your credit rating.

More time to pay before black mark on credit report

Consumers now have 14 days to pay before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

10 Apr 2014 | Consumers now have 14 days to make minimum payments on credit cards and other credit contracts before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

Banking needs to work better for consumers

CHOICE calls on inquiry to put power back in the hands of banking customers.

9 Apr 2014 | CHOICE submission calls for several key reforms to make banking work better for Australian consumers.

Credit card surcharges remain, despite reforms

Over the past 12 months Australians have paid $800 million in credit card surcharges.

18 Mar 2014 | It's a year since Reserve Bank reforms were introduced but Australians continue to be slugged with excessive credit card surcharges.

Excessive credit card surcharge update

CHOICE research reinforces the need for more to be done to lower excessive credit card surcharges.

31 Jan 2014 | The latest CHOICE research reveals that excessive credit card surcharging continues despite recent RBA changes designed to limit the practice.

Interest-free deals

We find interest-free deals can slug you with hefty fees.

18 Nov 2013 | Long-term payment deals can cost you hundreds of dollars in fees alone, even if you pay everything off within the interest-free period.

Credit card interest survey

Our survey results show the banks are pretty good at obscuring high credit card interest rates.

1 Jul 2013 | A recent CHOICE survey revealed 48% of Australians don't know their credit card interest rate. We think its time the federal government enabled consumers to make unbiased comparisons of credit products based on their actual spending and repayments over time.

CHOICE's guide to your shopping rights

CHOICE encourages you to know your consumer rights!

15 Mar 2013 | This guide outlines common traps to be wary of, as well as offering tips on smarter shopping.

CHOICE guide to renovating your home

The CHOICE Guide to renovating your home will help you save time, money and heartache.

12 Mar 2013 | Home renovation will be one of the biggest and costliest challenges of your life. But with our help, it can also be one of the most rewarding.

CHOICE's guide to your shopping rights

Get savvy with this CHOICE guide

8 Mar 2013 | This guide outlines common traps to be wary of, as well as offering tips on smarter shopping.

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.

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.

Consumers left high and dry by travel agent clauses

CHOICE asks the ACCC in investigate Flight Centre

21 Dec 2012 | After a tip-off from a member, CHOICE requests that the ACCC investigate Flight Centre for potentially misleading conduct.

CHOICE's guide to your shopping rights

Get savvy this summer with the latest CHOICE guide.

21 Dec 2012 | This guide outlines common traps to be wary of, as well as offering tips on smarter shopping.

Credit card ageism

Why are self-funded retirees being denied credit cards?

15 Nov 2012 | In what appears to be a widespread pattern, self-funded retirees are having their credit card applications knocked back.

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'.

Banks respond to new credit card reforms

Not all banks are applying the new credit card reforms.

17 Aug 2012 | Banks are applying new reforms to existing cards in a variety of ways

1 July 2012 - changes that affect you

The new financial year sees the introduction of a number of reforms aimed at helping consumers.

27 Jun 2012 | We outline some key consumer reforms that will come into place on 1 July 2012.

Consolidating your debt

Should you pay to have your debt administered?

22 Jun 2012 | By using a debt consolidation business you could end up paying more in the long run than you would dealing directly with the creditors.

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.

Rent payment schemes

Some rental agents outsource rent processing and have tenants pick up the tab.

7 Jun 2012 | Third-party rent payment schemes force tenants to pay for rent collection, and the fees can really add up.

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.

RBA clampdown on surcharges

Payment Systems Standard will be varied to limit amount businesses charge credit-card customers.

16 Dec 2011 | We take a look at the Reserve Bank’s decision to step into the credit card surcharge debate.

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.

Give consumers power in the way they pay

5 Sep 2011 | CHOICE says a review by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) into changes in the way people can pay for goods and services is an opportunity to put the consumer first.

Unnecessary insurance policies

There are some insurance policies you can definitely live without.

13 Aug 2011 | We expose the top five types of junk insurance and suggest some smarter alternatives.

Credit card surcharges over the top and must be reined in

Consumers pay more than they should

22 Jul 2011 | Too many retailers are using credit card surcharges as a revenue stream and CHOICE wants the practice stopped.

New laws better protect credit card holders

Consumers have more control over credit cards

6 Jul 2011 | The National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Home Loans and Credit Cards) Bill was passed by Federal Parliament on 4 July 2011, giving consumers more control over their plastic.

Supercharged Surcharges

CHOICE finds credit card surcharges are money for jam for some retailers.

9 Jun 2011 | Retailers are increasingly imposing surcharges on credit card transactions – but the RBA may finally be taking action.

High tech shopping

Checking out high tech shopping - the now, and what is yet to come.

20 Jan 2011 | CHOICE takes a closer look at the high-tech devices in supermarkets now, and those on the way.

CHOICE study sparks surcharge investigation

Senate approves inquiry into unfair retail surcharging

18 Nov 2010 | The Australian Government has agreed to investigate whether retailers are engaging in profiteering from additional surcharges

The 2010 Shonky Awards  

Once again, we name and shame the shonkiest rip-offs and scams.

26 Oct 2010 | The annual CHOICE Shonkys highlights the worst of the worst.

Travel Rewards Credit Cards

CHOICE identifies the cards that offer the best value for your spending levels.

6 Oct 2010 | Choose the wrong card and any potential reward can be quickly wiped out in expenses.

Rewards credit cards - a user's guide

Discover how to make the most of your rewards card and avoid the hidden traps.

1 Oct 2010 | Use this basic guide to help you understand the rules and limitation of each program.

Balance transfer credit cards

Transferring your debt to a low-interest card may not be the magic fix it seems.

22 Mar 2010 | It may give you a breather, but it could also lead you to one of the worst traps set by card companies.

Australian credit cards fail UK standards

Unfair interest and irresponsible practices abound in the Australian banking sector. In the UK, many of these practices could soon be illegal.

22 Mar 2010 | We compared our banks' standard practices with consumer protection for UK credit card customers, and found Australian consumers are treated far less fairly.

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.

Credit card interest

Financial institutions are using unfair practices to squeeze every last cent of interest from customers.

25 Jan 2010 | CHOICE reveals which providers are bucking this trend to treat their customers fairly.

Westpac debit card churn

It’s almost always against the law for banks and other financial institutions to send unsolicited credit and debit cards to consumers.

18 Dec 2009 | The regulator claimed that Westpac breached the The Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 by sending unsolicited debit cards to consumers, but the Federal Court has taken a different view.

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.

EFTPOS loses ground

MasterCard and Visa debit cards are gaining in popularity, but at what price?

9 Jul 2009 | The international card companies MasterCard and Visa are rapidly encroaching on EFTPOS’ territory, the Australian debit card system, with their own debit cards. But while scheme debit card transactions are generally free for consumers, other costs lie beneath the surface.

Dont get bitten by the card sharks

The cash rate has fallen dramatically, yet banks are failing to pass on the savings to consumers and have hiked up credit card interest rates.

11 Jun 2009 | At a time when more people are struggling with debt and relying on credit to see them through, banks are nudging up credit card interest rates.

Reward cards review and compare

CHOICE crunches the numbers to find the most rewarding cards for frequent flyer, shopping and cash rewards.

19 Mar 2009 | We analysed 63 reward credit and charge cards, looking at frequent flyer points, shopping vouchers and cash rewards.

Credit protection insurance sham

Credit protection insurance makes an easy dollar for lenders and insurers, but for consumers there are far smarter options.

2 Mar 2009 | Our investigation concludes that credit protection insurance is a rip-off, as other options give you far better and cheaper cover.

Control your credit card

We explain how to make the most of your credit card and keep out of debt.

20 May 2008 | At a time when more people are struggling with debt and relying on credit to see them through, banks are nudging up credit card interest rates.

Store finance deals buying guide

Low-cost deals for those who pay on time, exorbitant interest rates for those who don’t — and a warning about deals to avoid.

3 Nov 2006 | Store credit deals are lucrative for finance companies and can be profitable for retailers too, but for consumers they’re a real mixed bag.

Credit cards fact sheet

Choosing the wrong type of credit card can end up costing you a fortune in interest.

15 Nov 2000 | Some cards charge 18% to 20% annually, while others charge interest rates below 10%, so it's well worth shopping around.

Crosstrainers

Treadmills buying guide   

Like to exercise in private rather than in a gym? A treadmill could be for you.

3 Sep 2010 | We all know we need to exercise, but few of us have the time, or the motivation to fit it into our lives. That's where the home treadmill comes in.

Crosstrainers  

Elliptical crosstrainers offer a low-impact, full-body workout at home.

2 Jul 2010 | The crosstrainer (also called an elliptical trainer) has been growing in popularity. The smooth-flowing movement has been likened to a mix of cross-country skiing and slow running.

Cross trainers review and compare

Elliptical crosstrainers offer low-impact, whole-body exercise – but choose the right one.

4 Aug 2009 | CHOICE put seven models to the test, to find which ones are easiest and most comfortable to use while still giving an effective workout.

Home fitness equipment

Exercise equipment can be fun at first, but what does it take to keep you happy, hooked and healthy?

5 Sep 2005 | We asked readers who own exercise bikes, treadmills and elliptical trainers what makes for a good or bad purchase decision.

CUA

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.

Guide to switching health insurers

Have you been slugged by the recent rise in premiums? It might be time to review your cover, switch and save.

27 Mar 2013 | As health insurance premiums go up, now’s a good time to check that the amount you’re paying is justified by what you’re getting in return.

CUB

craft-beer

Lion, Foster’s, Coca-Cola, Woolworths and Coles are all muscling in on the craft beer business.

26 Jan 2014 | Large breweries and industry companies using a cottage industry image to take over the craft beer market in Australia.

Cuisinart

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.

Stick blender reviews

We test 38 stick blenders in the CHOICE labs, including models from Bamix, Breville, Braun, Kenwood and Sunbeam.

10 Apr 2014 | Our home economist reviews 38 stick blenders, and finds safety is just as important as performance.

Soup makers home test

CHOICE member Winsome Hall tests three soup makers.

21 Jun 2012 | Homemade soups are a winter favourite, and having a warm, quick and healthy meal on the table is always welcome.

customer-service

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.

Group buying sites

Should you be wary of group-buying sites?

11 Dec 2012 | We've shadow shopped some of the most popular group buying sites to see how reliable they are.

Customer service shadow shop

Our customer service shadow shop produces mixed results for major retailers.

26 Sep 2012 | How do Australia's bricks and mortar retailers stack up when it comes to customer service? We shadow shop Australia's 10 most popular retailers.

Call centre rights

Voice-activated software can be a nightmare for some people.

30 May 2012 | If you have a speech impediment, disability or an aversion to technology, call centres can cause you a lot of grief.

Cut flowers

The cut flower industry

A beautiful bouquet of flowers may have an ugly back story.

9 May 2012 | We outline some concerns around imported cut flowers that might make you re-think that beautiful bouquet.

CyberLink

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.

Cycling

Electric bike reviews

Test results for 18 electric bike options ranging in price from $1050 to $3299.

14 Jan 2014 | Electric bikes are gaining traction in the bike market and there are many reasons why you may prefer some assistance with your pedal power.

Bike lights review

We've tested 45 new bike lights, including models from Cateye, NiteRider and Lezyne.

1 May 2013 | Find out which of the 70 bike lights, priced from $15 to $320, we recommend.

Giant Bicycle Co Pty Ltd models recall

Giant Defy Advanced 2, Defy Advanced 3 & Avail Advanced 2 bicycles models from 2012 have been recalled.

8 Dec 2011 | Giant Bicycle Co Pty Ltd is recalling Giant Defy Advanced 2, Defy Advanced 3 & Avail Advanced 2 bicycles models from 2012.

Bike accessory reviews

See our round-up and recommendations for all the hottest accessories, including lights, locks, baskets, racks and floor pumps.

7 Aug 2010 | CHOICE joins forces with our friends at Bicycle Victoria to give you the bike riding essentials.

Kids' bike reviews  

Take care when choosing your child's bike.

6 Jul 2010 | Spending big on a bike for your child doesn't necessarily guarantee you're getting the safest bike.

Getting around on a bike

Cycling is booming in Australia — not just for recreation but for transport.

29 Feb 2008 | Cycling for transport is on the increase. CHOICE tells you how to find your way around, and keep safe on the roads.

Mini folding bike quick review

This A-bike may have a clever design, but our testers considered it a B-grade ride.

2 Jan 2008 | At first glance, this mini aluminium folding bike seems like a great alternative to a scooter

Folding bike reviews  

Cycling is a great way to save time, save money and get a bit of exercise. But are folding bikes up to the challenge?

11 Dec 2007 | CHOICE tested seven folding bikes with a range of designs and prices, to see what sort of quality and ride you get.

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