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Fridge reviews  

We put refrigerators of all shapes and sizes through their paces in our laboratories.

2 Sep 2014 | Latest performance results for all major fridge brands, including Westinghouse, Fisher and Paykel, Electrolux, LG and Samsung, are in.

Dahon

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.

Daily-intake-guides

Food labelling petition

Over 3700 consumers joined the call for traffic light labels.

9 Dec 2011 | More than 3700 signatures and CHOICE’s open letter were sent to food and health ministers from around Australia.

Food labelling petition

Over 3700 consumers joined the call for traffic light labels.

9 Dec 2011 | More than 3700 signatures and CHOICE’s open letter were sent to food and health ministers from around Australia.

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.

Dairy

Are toddler milks just marketing spin?

Toddler and growing-up milks are big business.

7 Jul 2014 | Toddler and junior formulas are unnecessary for healthy kids, say the experts. Are these products just a sneaky way to advertise infant formulas?

Milk premium vs homebrand

We look at what's in your milk and how the milk brands stack up.

8 Apr 2013 | 30 CHOICE staffers took part in a blind taste test of 12 milks. The results are surprising.

Mad Cow in California

A disease has been detected in a US dairy cow.

3 May 2012 | US authorities have detected BSE - mad cow disease - in a dairy cow in California. CHOICE says local cattle feeding regulations must be maintained in order to prevent a similar occurance in Australia.

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.

Pura Milk, Daisy Fresh Milk and Woolworths Homebrand Milk recall

The products may contain small amounts of food grade dairy caustic cleaning solution.

10 Oct 2011 | Parmalat Australia Pty Ltd is recalling Pura Milk, Daisy Fresh Milk and Woolworths Homebrand Milk products sold between 27th September 2011 and 4th October 2011.

Low-fat dessert reviews

Read nutrition labels carefully - a 'low-fat' claim doesn't mean it's healthy.

6 Oct 2011 | CHOICE reviews a range of desserts marketed with low-fat labelling from the fridge and freezer section of supermarkets.

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?

Data storage

Backup software reviews

We test and compare 10 popular PC backup programs.

15 Sep 2014 | Have you backed up your important files? Our test breaks down the best backup software, so you can easily protect the contents of your precious PC from data loss.

Cloud backup

Online backup can offer crisis-proof peace of mind, but there are pitfalls. We show you how to select the right service for your needs.

19 Jun 2014 | We test and compare 11 cloud-based backup services.

Cyber criminals attack major companies daily

'Friendly hacker' tells how we're all vulnerable to criminal net attacks.

22 May 2014 | Professional hacker Jonathan Brossard outlines the latest targets for cyber criminals, upcoming threats and how you can reduce your risk of attack.

Right to anonymity under new laws

New privacy laws regulate how personal information is handled

25 Mar 2014 | New sweeping privacy laws have been introduced, and include the right to deal anonymously or by pseudonym.

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.

Privacy laws to ramp up

Reporting of breaches to private data to become mandatory.

29 May 2013 | The Attorney-General has announced new legislation that will make it mandatory for organisations to let people know when their private data has been compromised.

Protecting your privacy on Facebook

Are you sharing more than you realise?

14 Nov 2012 | Do you really know how to maintain your privacy on Facebook and keep your personal information safe?

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.

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Australian omnichannel online sales grow

Consumers are voting with their wallets and spending more money with retailers with both an online and bricks-and-mortar presence.

3 Apr 2014 | Australian consumers prefer to shop at stores with both an online and offline presence.

The pros and cons of lay-by

Lay-by can be a cheap and convenient way to budget but you should be aware of the pitfalls.

22 Oct 2012 | Lay-by can take the sting out of Christmas shopping, but the fine print can sometimes include tricky conditions such as expensive cancellation fees.

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.

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Penny auction investigation

We delve into the murky world of one cent or penny auctions.

15 Apr 2014 | CHOICE looks into reports of dodgy dealings in online penny auctions, where you seemingly win items for low prices, but may end up paying more than you bargained for.

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Low-rate credit card comparison

Paying off a debt on a credit card from ANZ, CBA, GE, Westpac or NAB could cost you big time - compare the top low-rate credit cards here.

1 Sep 2014 | At a time of historically low home loan rates, banks’ credit cards are still charging nearly 20% interest. CHOICE explains the best strategies to pay off your credit card for good.

CHOICE cost of living report highlights tough times for many

Who's making ends meet, and who is struggling?

8 Aug 2014 | New research by CHOICE reveals that the bulk of Australian consumers are seriously concerned about increased cost of living pressures, with electricity, fuel and health topping the list.

Problems with payday loans

Despite new payday loan restrictions, sky-high interest rates are still the norm.

6 Aug 2014 | The latest payday loan legislation is a step forward, but it may not go far enough.

Debt collection rules updated with new consumer protections

Revised guideline sets limits on contact methods and frequency

9 Jul 2014 | The ACCC and ASIC have issued an updated guideline that explains what debt collectors can and can’t do when getting in touch with debtors.

Low interest rates and high debt could trigger crisis warns BIS

A cocktail of low interest rates and high debt are creating the conditions for another financial crisis, says the Bank for International Settlements.

30 Jun 2014 | The peak body for central banks, the Bank for International Settlements, has pointed to a "precious window of opportunity" to bring interest rates back to normal.

Harassment and coercion of consumers

Is a bad business trying to force you into buying goods or services you don't want?

10 Jun 2014 | Businesses can't force you into buying goods or services that you don't want.

Debt tax income threshold to be raised

A debt tax now seems a sure thing, but it may only hit those earning at least $150,000 a year.

8 May 2014 | A new debt tax seems like a done deal, but the likely annual salary threshold has moved from $80,000 to at least $150,000.

Banks offer risky home loans

Banks are approving home loans that can get you into serious trouble when interest rates go up.

6 May 2014 | Banks and other lenders have loosened strict lending guidelines and are once again approving risky loans such as no deposit home loans, 40-year loans and mortgages with a guarantee for first-home buyers.

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.

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Manage your bills online.

8 Oct 2013 | With BPAY and direct debit, there are now more convenient options than ever for paying your bills - but which one's the best for your wallet?

Franchisee rights

Franchises can be a dependable port of call in a crowded marketplace - but many Australians have paid dearly for signing on the franchisee dotted line.

22 Aug 2013 | For consumers, franchises can be a dependable port of call in a crowded marketplace. But many Australians have paid dearly for signing on the dotted line to run their own franchise outlet, generally because they were led to believe one thing but working for a franchisor turned out to be another.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Reverse mortgages

A reverse mortgage can help fund your retirement. CHOICE outlines the risks.

2 Nov 2010 | Reverse mortgages target homeowners aged 60 and older who want to borrow money against the value of their property.

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.

Debt relief

If you lose your job, how will you pay your bills? CHOICE outlines your options.

20 Apr 2009 | Debt relief companies are reporting extreme cases of consumers carrying up to $400,000 in credit card debt on 50 separate credit cards.

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.

Mortage stress your alternatives

Are tougher economic times squeezing your household budget? Know your options and rights if you're struggling to make mortgage repayments.

3 Feb 2009 | In this report, we explain a range of options available if you’re experiencing mortgage difficulties.

How to choose a home loan

Use our tips to negotiate the mortgage maze.

19 May 2008 | For some people, flexibility and peace of mind are important, and there are a range of home loan options that offer such benefits.

Using mortgage brokers

How to avoid the traps and get the most from a mortgage broker when shopping around for a home loan.

21 Apr 2008 | If brokers’ advertisements and claims are to be believed, they’re the answer for anyone seeking a loan to suit their circumstances.

Fast-track your mortgage

The best way to own your home sooner is to get a cheap loan and make higher payments, more often.

1 Mar 2008 | Extra repayments can have a huge effect. Our case studies were amazed at how modest extra payments could save tens of thousands in interest.

Reverse mortgage shadow shop

Our shadow shop revealed poor advice and information from reverse mortgage sellers.

27 Feb 2007 | Originally reverse mortgages were sold directly by the lender, but in the last few years mortgage brokers have started to offer these products.

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.

debt-collection

Debt collection rules updated with new consumer protections

Revised guideline sets limits on contact methods and frequency

9 Jul 2014 | The ACCC and ASIC have issued an updated guideline that explains what debt collectors can and can’t do when getting in touch with debtors.

Debts

Problems with payday loans

Despite new payday loan restrictions, sky-high interest rates are still the norm.

6 Aug 2014 | The latest payday loan legislation is a step forward, but it may not go far enough.

Debt collection rules updated with new consumer protections

Revised guideline sets limits on contact methods and frequency

9 Jul 2014 | The ACCC and ASIC have issued an updated guideline that explains what debt collectors can and can’t do when getting in touch with debtors.

Harassment and coercion of consumers

Is a bad business trying to force you into buying goods or services you don't want?

10 Jun 2014 | Businesses can't force you into buying goods or services that you don't want.

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.

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Dehumidifier reviews

Wet weather dampening your home (and your spirits)? A dehumidifier may be the answer.

8 Jul 2014 | 22 dehumidifiers reviewed, including models from DeLonghi, Dimplex, Omega Altise and Ionmax, rated from 10L to 30L per day and priced from $248 to $880.

Dell

Widescreen monitor reviews

We test and compare 10 widescreen computer monitors and two ultrawide displays.

18 Jul 2014 | If you own a computer you probably spend a good portion of the day staring at the screen but is bigger really better?

Buying guide computer monitors

Of all the pieces in your PC (or Mac), the monitor is the part you spend the longest time looking at. Our guide helps you select the best model to suit your needs.

18 Jul 2014 | There’s more to monitor shopping than selecting a screen size.

Multifunction printers review

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

2 May 2014 | We review 86 multifunction printers including inkjet and laser models, both colour and mono, priced from under $50 to over $1000.

Thin and light laptops review

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

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

Technology reliability survey

Just how reliable are your tech devices?

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

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

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

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

Christmas gift guide

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

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

All-rounder laptop reviews

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

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

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?

DeLonghi

Your guide to buying an electric heater

Radiant, oil-filled or convection - which type of electric heater is right for your home?

29 Jul 2014 | By buying the right electric heater, you’ll keep yourself toasty and your energy bills at bay. Our electric heater buying guide will set you on the right track.

Dishwasher reviews  

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

23 Jul 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.

Dehumidifier reviews

Wet weather dampening your home (and your spirits)? A dehumidifier may be the answer.

8 Jul 2014 | 22 dehumidifiers reviewed, including models from DeLonghi, Dimplex, Omega Altise and Ionmax, rated from 10L to 30L per day and priced from $248 to $880.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Delta

Cot reviews

Safety is key when a newborn comes into the picture. We have test results for 116 cots to tell you which are the safest.

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

Dementia

ACEmobile app screens for dementia

New app should make screening for dementia easier and more reliable.

11 Jul 2014 | ACEmobile, a recent iPad app, can help doctors and nurses screen patients for dementia.

Family sized tent reviews

We test 11 family-sized tents ranging from $141 to $700, including models from Coleman, Kathmandu and Caribee.

11 Jul 2014 | A good tent can make or break a camping trip. We test 11 family-sized (four-person) tents.

Dementia

What can we do to boost brain health?

1 Sep 2011 | Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in Australians aged 65 years or older. It's predicted that by 2050 it will affect one million Australians.

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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.

Blu-ray player reviews

Our testing reveals whether 21 Blu-ray players live up to the hype.

26 Jun 2013 | Blu-ray players are the next step up from the DVD player, but how effective is the evolution?

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.

Dental care

Australian children's dental health declines

New research reveals sugary food and drinks are proving a disaster for Aussie children's teeth.

20 Aug 2014 | Improvements made in children's dental health over the last two decades have either stagnated or reversed, according to the AIHW.

Australian children's dental health a concern warn experts

Sugary food and drinks proving a disaster for Aussie children's teeth.

1 Aug 2014 | Parents aren't ensuring their children avoid cavities and tooth decay, the Australian Dental Association has found.

High cost of dental care due to private health insurance premiums

The Australian Dental Association says much of the money spent on dental care goes to insurance premiums and out of pocket costs.

4 Jul 2014 | Australians are spending $7.4bn on dental care, much of which is going to insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, according to the ADA.

Gum treatment reduces key risk factor for heart disease

An annual scale and clean has been found to reduce a key risk associated with heart disease.

26 Jun 2014 | A new study highlights the importance of preventative dental care, with one scale and clean a year markedly reducing the thickening of the carotid artery, a key risk factor for heart disease.

Electric toothbrush review

We tested 10 electric toothbrushes in the CHOICE labs including models from Oral-B, Colgate and Philips.

19 May 2014 | While a manual toothbrush can give you a good clean, an electric toothbrush can be a great alternative.

NSW measured up on health

Report compares the NSW health system against the health systems of Australia and 10 other countries.

14 Apr 2014 | A new report shows NSW stacks up well in some aspects of healthcare, but affordability is an issue.

Should you drop extras insurance

Private health insurance is increasingly expensive and your extras health insurance may not give you value for money

28 Feb 2014 | Extras health insurance is meant to help with smaller ongoing costs, such as a dental check-up or new glasses or contact lenses. But how much does it really help?

Dental fees

Why is a trip to the dentist so expensive?

16 Sep 2013 | Prices for dental work can vary dramatically from practice to practice. We find out why.

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.

Woolworths slammed for selling "baby juice"

The Bebi fruit drink range claims to be the world’s first infant suitable beverage.

23 Nov 2012 | Parents are angered that Woolworths is stocking the Bebi brand juice to infants as young as six months old.

Philips Airfloss first look

Flossing your teeth regularly is an important step in maintaining good oral health.

2 Jul 2012 | Philips have introduced the Sonicare AirFloss, designed to make flossing easier.

Dental Health

Australian children's dental health declines

New research reveals sugary food and drinks are proving a disaster for Aussie children's teeth.

20 Aug 2014 | Improvements made in children's dental health over the last two decades have either stagnated or reversed, according to the AIHW.

Australian children's dental health a concern warn experts

Sugary food and drinks proving a disaster for Aussie children's teeth.

1 Aug 2014 | Parents aren't ensuring their children avoid cavities and tooth decay, the Australian Dental Association has found.

High cost of dental care due to private health insurance premiums

The Australian Dental Association says much of the money spent on dental care goes to insurance premiums and out of pocket costs.

4 Jul 2014 | Australians are spending $7.4bn on dental care, much of which is going to insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, according to the ADA.

Electric toothbrush review

We tested 10 electric toothbrushes in the CHOICE labs including models from Oral-B, Colgate and Philips.

19 May 2014 | While a manual toothbrush can give you a good clean, an electric toothbrush can be a great alternative.

NSW measured up on health

Report compares the NSW health system against the health systems of Australia and 10 other countries.

14 Apr 2014 | A new report shows NSW stacks up well in some aspects of healthcare, but affordability is an issue.

Should you drop extras insurance

Private health insurance is increasingly expensive and your extras health insurance may not give you value for money

28 Feb 2014 | Extras health insurance is meant to help with smaller ongoing costs, such as a dental check-up or new glasses or contact lenses. But how much does it really help?

Health facts and fictions

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

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

Dental fees

Why is a trip to the dentist so expensive?

16 Sep 2013 | Prices for dental work can vary dramatically from practice to practice. We find out why.

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.

Philips Airfloss first look

Flossing your teeth regularly is an important step in maintaining good oral health.

2 Jul 2012 | Philips have introduced the Sonicare AirFloss, designed to make flossing easier.

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.

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.

BDazzled Teeth Whitening System recall

The user may suffer irritation or inflammation to the gums.

18 Jan 2012 | Nouveau Smiles Pty Ltd is recalling BDazzled Teeth Whitening System due to an excessively high concentration of hydrogen peroxide in the product.

The rise of dental tourism

CHOICE investigates why some consumers are going overseas to save money on their dental treatment.

21 Nov 2011 | Australian consumers are increasingly looking to overseas dental treatment in order to save money on their dental bills.

Savacol antiseptic mouth and throat rinse recall

Some samples of the product have been found to contain bacterial contamination.

8 Nov 2011 | The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) advises that all batches of Savacol Antiseptic Mouth & Throat Rinse alcohol free mouthwash are being recalled.

Dental decay

It’s not just sugary foods and drinks that are bad for your teeth, other nasties contribute to dental decay.

21 Jun 2010 | CHOICE tested 85 foods and drinks readily available in supermarkets and found that many promoted as healthy snacks are some of the worst offenders.

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.

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.

Dental care

Something's rotten in the state of Australia's health - our teeth.

12 Jun 2007 | Many people are avoiding preventative care and early treatment because they can’t afford dental care, resulting in more serious oral and general health problems — with more extreme treatment and higher costs later on.

Fluoride

Is fluoride good for your teeth, or a slow poison? We look at the most recent evidence.

23 Feb 2007 | There’s now solid scientific evidence that fluoride added to drinking water helps to protect your teeth from decay.

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.

Dental-tourism

The rise of dental tourism

CHOICE investigates why some consumers are going overseas to save money on their dental treatment.

21 Nov 2011 | Australian consumers are increasingly looking to overseas dental treatment in order to save money on their dental bills.

Deodorant

Antiperspirants

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

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

Deodorants user trial

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

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

Counterfeit perfumes

CHOICE sniffs out the facts on the counterfeit perfume business.

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

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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.

Depression

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

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

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.

St. John's Wort

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

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

Desktops

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.

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.

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.

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?

Desktop search tools

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

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

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.

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.

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.

CHOICE computer reliabilty survey

How do your desktop and laptop, printer and digital camera stack up?

13 Jan 2009 | The results for this year’s reliability survey are in — the good news is there's been an improvement for some products, but there are a few disappointing figures too.

Desserts

The cost of weddings

Do higher quotes go hand in hand with couples planning to wed?

28 Aug 2014 | CHOICE investigates if couples planning a wedding get quoted higher prices than other consumers, for exactly the same thing.

Yonanas review

Create a tasty, healthy frozen dessert in no time with the Yonanas.

2 Jun 2014 | A new gadget hits the market that allows you to turn your overripe fruit into a delicious dessert.

Low-fat dessert reviews

Read nutrition labels carefully - a 'low-fat' claim doesn't mean it's healthy.

6 Oct 2011 | CHOICE reviews a range of desserts marketed with low-fat labelling from the fridge and freezer section of supermarkets.

Dessert wine

The cost of weddings

Do higher quotes go hand in hand with couples planning to wed?

28 Aug 2014 | CHOICE investigates if couples planning a wedding get quoted higher prices than other consumers, for exactly the same thing.

Sticky wines taste test

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

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

Detergent

Dishwasher detergent reviews

Dishwasher detergent can cost you over $1000 over the life of your dishwasher - make the right choice

8 Sep 2014 | Tablets, powders and gels tested: which one comes out on top? CHOICE tests over 40 dishwasher detergents - from the market-leading Finish tablets to the lower-cost Home Brand - and shows which one removes the most stains.

Washer dryer reviews

Six washer dryer combos tested and compared in the CHOICE labs, including models from Bosch, Electrolux, LG, Miele and Samsung.

3 Jul 2014 | A washer and dryer machine is the ultimate laundry convenience — we've put some to the test.

Washing machine reviews  

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

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

Laundry powder reviews

We test and compare washing powders and laundry liquids to find out which are better at stain removal and the best value for money.

19 May 2014 | CHOICE compares the top-selling laundry powders and liquid detergents for both top- and front loaders - 57 in all - to find the best at removing stains.

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.

Laundry powders vs liquids review

Liquid or powder? CHOICE determines which detergents give you the best clean.

15 Jul 2011 | We compare laundry detergent concentrates to find out which perform better, give the best value for money and are better for our environment.

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.

Laundry liquid detergents

Laundry liquids don’t wash as well as the best powders but they’re better for greywater.

24 Apr 2008 | CHOICE tests regularly show that the best washing powders give a better wash than liquids, but many people prefer to use liquids.

Detox

Do diet detox products work?

Can herbal pills and fruit-based liquids really remove toxins, or is it all just marketing spin?

9 Apr 2014 | We ask the experts just how well diet detox products work when it comes to removing toxins and getting healthy.

Health facts and fictions

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

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

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.

Weight loss pills

Can slimming be as easy as popping a pill?

2 May 2011 | We look at the so-called "active ingredients" in weight loss pills to see if they live up to their claims.

Pharmacy diet plans

A growing number of pharmacies are getting into the weight-loss business, but how do these diet plans weigh up?

20 Jan 2009 | Pharmacy diet plans may help to shed extra kilos quickly, but most fail to deal effectively with the complex broader issues around weight loss.

Water filters review and compare

A water filter may improve the taste or smell of your tap water, but be aware of the problems and cost involved.

19 Oct 2008 | Filtering the water at the tap is one way of removing the taste of additives. CHOICE looks at the pros and cons of purchasing a water filter.

Healthy eating

CHOICE’s expert dietitian puts our volunteers' diets to test. Find out how they measured up.

24 Jun 2008 | The most common problems in our volunteers’ diets were too much salt and not enough calcium, fibre and water.

Exercise myths busted

There’s a lot of misleading information about exercise — we take a look at fitness facts and fictions

2 Sep 2007 | There are many myths about exercise — fictions which are endlessly perpetuated and validated through sheer repetition.

Superfruit jucies review and compare

Can juice from 'super' fruits — goji, noni, mangosteen or açai — really cure cancer?

16 Aug 2007 | Forget about an orange or apple — distrubtors say if you really want to keep the doctor away, you need to knock back a daily dose of "superfruit".

Wheatgrass juice

It's the health tonic of the moment, but where’s the evidence for its benefits?

23 May 2006 | If you believe the hype, wheatgrass can nourish the blood and detoxify poisons, purify the liver, rebuild the bloodstream and more — all before breakfast.

Slimming pills

Can losing weight be as easy as popping the latest pill?

5 Dec 2005 | If you read the ads and are left with the impression that simply popping a few pills could be the answer to all your weight worries.

Detox kits review and compare

Been burning the candle at both ends?

5 Oct 2005 | A week or two on a detox program won’t absolve you from a year of unhealthy eating, smoking or drinking too much alcohol.

Multivitamins

Do you really need to take one?

6 Jan 2005 | Research shows that a balanced diet is still the best way to get your vitamins and minerals, and that diets high in whole grains, vegetables and fruit reduce the risk of cancers and other diseases.

Are you drinking enough water

We’re told to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy. But is that really enough? And does it have to be water, or do other fluids count?

30 Sep 2001 | Thirst is an emergency response — by the time you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

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PVR reviews   

Take control of your TV viewing. Find the right PVR to suit you needs.

10 Jan 2014 | We review eight of the latest PVRs including models with DVD/Blu-ray drives, priced between $149 and $699.

Diabetes

Extreme obesity may cut life expectancy by 14 years

Obesity on par with smoking in the life expectancy stakes.

11 Jul 2014 | A study has found that the extremely obese have, on average, a significantly reduced life span.

Bowel cancer screening rates fall

Test could saves lives, but participation rates have dropped.

26 Jun 2014 | Bowel cancer kills Australians, yet an increasing number of people are failing to complete a simple, potentially life-saving screening test, according to a new report.

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?

Diabetes

Who's getting it and why?

8 May 2012 | We look at the different types of diabetes, as well as pre-diabetes, and the latest research into causes and prevention.

Life Scan Blood Glucose Monitoring System recall

Some Systems are giving repeated 'error 2' warning messages when used in conditions of high temperature and/or humidity.

23 Sep 2011 | Johnson & Johnson Pty Ltd has recalled some its Life Scan One Touch Verio Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems, as some are giving repeated 'error 2' warning messages when used in conditions of high temperature and/or humidity.

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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.

Diet

Australian children's dental health a concern warn experts

Sugary food and drinks proving a disaster for Aussie children's teeth.

1 Aug 2014 | Parents aren't ensuring their children avoid cavities and tooth decay, the Australian Dental Association has found.

Fruit and veg targets stay at five a day

World Health Organization guidelines confirmed by new British study.

31 Jul 2014 | New research suggests that five a day is the appropriate target for the number of fruit and veg serves we eat, echoing the WHO recommendation that dates back to 2003.

Body clock is affected by what we eat and when

Diet has an impact on the body's circadian clock, research has found.

11 Jul 2014 | Travellers with jet-lag, teenagers who sleep till mid-afternoon, and sufferers of narcolepsy and insomnia may need to change their diet and mealtimes.

Extreme obesity may cut life expectancy by 14 years

Obesity on par with smoking in the life expectancy stakes.

11 Jul 2014 | A study has found that the extremely obese have, on average, a significantly reduced life span.

Chips, coffee, crackers and some baby food increase risk of cancer, says EU

Browned food is a potential carcinogen, EU food safety authority warns (again).

8 Jul 2014 | EU warns consumers to reduce intake of starchy foods cooked at high temperatures as much as possible due to carcinogenic chemical acrylamide.

Bowel cancer screening rates fall

Test could saves lives, but participation rates have dropped.

26 Jun 2014 | Bowel cancer kills Australians, yet an increasing number of people are failing to complete a simple, potentially life-saving screening test, according to a new report.

Australians are getting fatter

A study suggests that Australians are on par with Americans when it comes to obesity.

29 May 2014 | A global study reveals that obesity rates are climbing worldwide and Australians are getting fatter faster.

Allergy rates on the rise

Experts call for more public awareness.

19 May 2014 | The rate of Australian children who suffer from food allergies and intolerances is rising, as experts call for more public awareness.

Is gluten free food healthy?

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

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

Do diet detox products work?

Can herbal pills and fruit-based liquids really remove toxins, or is it all just marketing spin?

9 Apr 2014 | We ask the experts just how well diet detox products work when it comes to removing toxins and getting healthy.

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?

Blood pressure monitor reviews

Do blood pressure monitors work, and could you benefit from owning one?

24 Nov 2013 | One in seven Australian adults suffer from some form of high blood pressure. If you’re one of them, monitoring your condition regularly at home with a blood pressure monitor can be useful.

Online diets

We check out popular online diets - can a virtual diet program give you real-world results?

2 Oct 2013 | CHOICE compares five popular online weight loss programs: the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation, the Biggest Loser Club, SureSlim, Weight Watchers, and the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge.

A quick guide to weight loss

With spring in the air, losing the winter bulge is a mission for many. CHOICE runs through the top 10 weight loss tips for slimming down - the smart way.

4 Sep 2013 | CHOICE's cheat sheet to winning the weight battle.

Everyday superfoods

Which nine foods available from the supermarket could help you live a longer and better quality of life?

30 Apr 2013 | Filling up your trolley with everyday grocery items such as olive oil, wholegrains and yoghurt could help you reduce your risk of certain diseases.

Woolworths slammed for selling "baby juice"

The Bebi fruit drink range claims to be the world’s first infant suitable beverage.

23 Nov 2012 | Parents are angered that Woolworths is stocking the Bebi brand juice to infants as young as six months old.

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?

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.

Dishing up cancer

Is your diet carcinogenic?

26 Apr 2012 | Information about foods and drinks that could cause cancer is continually updated. We bring you the latest.

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.

Pregnancy multivitamin supplements

Are they essential, or just a pricey gimmick?

1 Sep 2011 | There are plenty of specialist multivitamin on the market for conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Can they be beneficial, or are they just a gimmick?

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.

SensaSlim sues Ken Harvey

Weight-loss spray still on the market while consumer champ Dr Ken Harvey battles in court.

21 Jun 2011 | A behind-the-scenes look at the defamation lawsuit by SensaSlim against consumer-health advocate Dr Ken Harvey reveals a deep flaw in TGA regulations.

Weight loss pills

Can slimming be as easy as popping a pill?

2 May 2011 | We look at the so-called "active ingredients" in weight loss pills to see if they live up to their claims.

Weight-loss-myths

Is your “miracle” weight-loss strategy actually expanding your waistline?

20 Jan 2011 | CHOICE looks at problematic myths and misconceptions, as identified by our in-house experts and a survey of professionals.

Vitamin Enhanced Waters

These products come with a ‘healthy’ dose of spin.

7 Jan 2011 | For drinks that are essentially cordials with added vitamins, “nutrient-enhanced waters” are making a splash.

Sodium

Australians are consuming up to 10 times the amount of sodium we need for good health.

11 Oct 2010 | Australia’s salt habit is costing the nation much more than the in-store price tag. But will binning our salt shakers solve the problem?

Omega 3s

Essential for children's development and our ongoing brain, heart and joint health. Are you getting enough?

6 Oct 2010 | Omega-3s in our diet can prevent cardiovascular disease and may even protect against arthritis, mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

Stay slim strategies

A huge US survey by our sister organisation reveals six diet and exercise secrets of the slim.

22 Jun 2010 | Are there key eating and exercise strategies that are trademarks of the slim? Learn the secrets of those who never get fat.

Cardiovascular disease

Early testing can help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

25 May 2010 | If you’re aged over 45, it’s time to get your cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk checked. We outline an action plan for cardiovascular health.

Weight-loss-surgery

As a last resort, it can be an effective way to drop the life-threatening kilos.

19 Jan 2010 | Gastric banding is promoted as a safe, easy and effective way for obese people to lose weight. CHOICE investigates the claims.

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?

Cheap home gym

A few CHOICE buys will give you an effective home gym that costs less than $100.

25 Nov 2009 | Think you need lots of space and money to set up an effective home gym? CHOICE's shopping list of equipment comes in at about $100.

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.

The takeaway dilemma

CHOICE compares the most popular dishes and provides healthier, cheaper alternatives.

21 May 2009 | Although there’s nothing wrong with takeaways occasionally, many contain too much salt and saturated fat for regular eating.

Food allergies and intolerances

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

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

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?

Pharmacy diet plans

A growing number of pharmacies are getting into the weight-loss business, but how do these diet plans weigh up?

20 Jan 2009 | Pharmacy diet plans may help to shed extra kilos quickly, but most fail to deal effectively with the complex broader issues around weight loss.

Healthy eating

CHOICE’s expert dietitian puts our volunteers' diets to test. Find out how they measured up.

24 Jun 2008 | The most common problems in our volunteers’ diets were too much salt and not enough calcium, fibre and water.

Food additives

Which ones pose a health risk?

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

Body numbers

We run through the top five numbers and what you should be aiming for as a healthy adult.

28 Nov 2007 | There are lots of numbers and measurements used to describe health. We explain what they all mean.

Exercise myths busted

There’s a lot of misleading information about exercise — we take a look at fitness facts and fictions

2 Sep 2007 | There are many myths about exercise — fictions which are endlessly perpetuated and validated through sheer repetition.

Superfruit jucies review and compare

Can juice from 'super' fruits — goji, noni, mangosteen or açai — really cure cancer?

16 Aug 2007 | Forget about an orange or apple — distrubtors say if you really want to keep the doctor away, you need to knock back a daily dose of "superfruit".

Low-fat yoghurt

Some low-fat yoghurts have so much sugar they can be more fattening than full-fat.

15 May 2007 | Lots of yoghurts with a 'lite' or 'low fat' claim contain so much sugar you’d be eating more kilojoules than in a full-fat yoghurt.

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.

Xenical

CHOICE is concerned the weight loss drug is being sold inappropriately.

14 Feb 2007 | The National Drugs and Poisons Scheduling Committee has withdrawn permission for Xenical to be advertised directly to consumers. However, it did not change Xenical's status to a S3 'pharmacist only' drug.

Protein bars and shakes

Do you really need them?

1 Jul 2006 | It’s likely only elite athletes really benefit from protein bars and drinks. For the rest of us, they’re just an additional source of kilojoules and little more than an expensive snack.

Wheatgrass juice

It's the health tonic of the moment, but where’s the evidence for its benefits?

23 May 2006 | If you believe the hype, wheatgrass can nourish the blood and detoxify poisons, purify the liver, rebuild the bloodstream and more — all before breakfast.

Slimming pills

Can losing weight be as easy as popping the latest pill?

5 Dec 2005 | If you read the ads and are left with the impression that simply popping a few pills could be the answer to all your weight worries.

Iron - are you getting enough?

The facts on the most common nutritional deficiency in the world and what to do about it.

1 Nov 2005 | Women of child-bearing age are most at risk of too little iron and there are different types of iron found in food and they are absorbed differently.

Detox kits review and compare

Been burning the candle at both ends?

5 Oct 2005 | A week or two on a detox program won’t absolve you from a year of unhealthy eating, smoking or drinking too much alcohol.

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.

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.

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.

Multivitamins

Do you really need to take one?

6 Jan 2005 | Research shows that a balanced diet is still the best way to get your vitamins and minerals, and that diets high in whole grains, vegetables and fruit reduce the risk of cancers and other diseases.

Dietary fibre

Bowel cancer screening rates fall

Test could saves lives, but participation rates have dropped.

26 Jun 2014 | Bowel cancer kills Australians, yet an increasing number of people are failing to complete a simple, potentially life-saving screening test, according to a new report.

Is gluten free food healthy?

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

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

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?

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.

Fibre

Australians are a constipated lot. But it's not just our bowels that would thank us for eating more fibre.

14 Feb 2005 | One thing is certain –– millions of doses of laxatives we swallow each year wouldn't be needed by most people if we ate more fibre.

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Australians are getting fatter

A study suggests that Australians are on par with Americans when it comes to obesity.

29 May 2014 | A global study reveals that obesity rates are climbing worldwide and Australians are getting fatter faster.

Do diet detox products work?

Can herbal pills and fruit-based liquids really remove toxins, or is it all just marketing spin?

9 Apr 2014 | We ask the experts just how well diet detox products work when it comes to removing toxins and getting healthy.

Online diets

We check out popular online diets - can a virtual diet program give you real-world results?

2 Oct 2013 | CHOICE compares five popular online weight loss programs: the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation, the Biggest Loser Club, SureSlim, Weight Watchers, and the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge.

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.

Digital cameras

Basic digital camera reviews  

We compare more than 100 basic digital cameras, including models from Canon, Nikon, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic.

20 Jun 2014 | In our latest digital camera test we review 156 compact digital cameras, priced from $87 to $599.

Digital camera reviews  

We review 78 DSLRs, Micro Four Thirds, Four Thirds and some bridge cameras, priced from $399 to $4050.

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

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.

Rechargeable AA battery reviews

How well do "ready to use" rechargeable AA batteries compare?

21 Nov 2012 | Our latest test results rate 15 NiMH rechargeable batteries, to see which hold their capacity and last longer in storage.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Digital SLR zoom lens reviews

A digital camera zoom lens can take your photography to greater heights.

21 Jul 2009 | If you own a digital SLR camera (DSLR) and want to expand your photographic horizons the next step is to decide on the best lens to complete your kit.

CHOICE computer reliabilty survey

How do your desktop and laptop, printer and digital camera stack up?

13 Jan 2009 | The results for this year’s reliability survey are in — the good news is there's been an improvement for some products, but there are a few disappointing figures too.

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.

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.

Digitallife

Australians still being ripped off on digital goods

Study finds 79 per cent of people unhappy with inflated costs

30 Jul 2014 | One year after the IT Pricing Inquiry dismissed the excuses of major companies, Australians are still paying up to 50 per cent more than overseas markets for technology, music, movies and TV shows.

Passwords under attack

Spate of website hacks expose passwords.

23 Jul 2014 | A spate of high-profile attacks on sites such as CNET and Catch of the Day highlight the vulnerability of passwords. Password managers such as LastPass or 1Password will store your passwords, although some vulnerabilities have been found, they're still the best bet to safely store log-ins.

Adobe patches Flash Player

A flaw in the well-known software program could allow hackers to steal your login details if you don't update your browser.

10 Jul 2014 | Flash Player hole could let hackers steal login details for sites such as eBay, Twitter and Google. Browser updates are critical to patch vulnerability.

Cyber criminals target home routers

Stealth attacks occur without users knowing.

19 Jun 2014 | Hacked routers make hidden attacks without users realising and Australian internet users are at risk.

Cyber criminals attack major companies daily

'Friendly hacker' tells how we're all vulnerable to criminal net attacks.

22 May 2014 | Professional hacker Jonathan Brossard outlines the latest targets for cyber criminals, upcoming threats and how you can reduce your risk of attack.

Cyber attack warning from CSIRO

CSIRO says the digitisation of Australia will escalate cyber crime.

6 May 2014 | Bank robbers and house burglars may be outdone by cyber crime in Australia’s digital future.

Hulu blocked to Australian viewers

Geoblocking services in doubt as popular US-based internet video streaming service prevents access.

30 Apr 2014 | Australian viewers relying on geoblocking services to watch their favourite shows on US sites could miss out now that Hulu is blocking VPN users.

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.

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.

Remove your e-footprint

How to exit from the internet, including social media.

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

PVR reviews   

Take control of your TV viewing. Find the right PVR to suit you needs.

10 Jan 2014 | We review eight of the latest PVRs including models with DVD/Blu-ray drives, priced between $149 and $699.

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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.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

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

Journaling and brainstorming

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

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

Switching to Linux

Get free computing for life with this Windows alternative

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

Web TV series

Find the newest and most daring web-only TV shows

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

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?

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.

Google to shut down Reader

CHOICE says to back up your RSS subscriptions before it's too late.

15 Apr 2013 | Google Reader will be defunct as of 1 July, giving consumers less than three months to back up their RSS subscriptions and find another service.

Living in a digital home

How to create your perfect home entertainment environment.

15 Jan 2013 | The latest networked and wireless technologies will make the task of connecting all your home entertainment gear easier.

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 Media Network player review

Hook this handy device up to your TV to enjoy video, audio and image files stored on your network.

4 Jan 2011 | The Sony SMP-N100 also provides access to over 20 internet TV channels under Sony’s BRAVIA Internet banner.

Digital Rights: Who owns your download?

Think you really own the movies, eBooks and video games you've bought or downloaded? Think again.

22 Jul 2010 | Copyright owners are using Digital Rights Management (DRM) to prevent copying and other uses of digital media they don't like. It's bad news for consumers, even honest ones.

EPG review and compare

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

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

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.

Digital music

Australians still being ripped off on digital goods

Study finds 79 per cent of people unhappy with inflated costs

30 Jul 2014 | One year after the IT Pricing Inquiry dismissed the excuses of major companies, Australians are still paying up to 50 per cent more than overseas markets for technology, music, movies and TV shows.

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.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

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

Home theatre quick look

What are your surround sound options?

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

TV on the net  

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

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

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.

Home theatre speakers reviews  

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

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

iRig and Amplitube

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

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

Media streaming devices review and compare

Wireless music and movies, anywhere in the home.

18 Feb 2008 | Having spent time converting your music collection to MP3, it seems a little old fashioned to have to play the CDs in a CD player.

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.

Digital photos

Basic digital camera reviews  

We compare more than 100 basic digital cameras, including models from Canon, Nikon, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic.

20 Jun 2014 | In our latest digital camera test we review 156 compact digital cameras, priced from $87 to $599.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Digital photo frame reviews

Digital photo frame technology has improved but is still a little raw.

19 Feb 2010 | Two years after CHOICE first set out to test digital photo frames, there are improvements in picture quality but we’re still seeing many of the same flaws.

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.

Kaiser Baas digital photo keyring review

These tiny photo frames hang off your keys, ready to show pocket sized photos to friends.

24 Jan 2008 | The Kaiser Bass is a keyring that can store around 70 digital images and display them on a 2.5 x 2.5cm screen.

Digital radio

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.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

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

Home theatre quick look

What are your surround sound options?

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

Digital radio reviews

Is digital a better option than analog? We review 23 digital radios, priced from $59 to $349, to see how they perform.

4 Feb 2013 | We've tested portable digital radios from Bush, Pure, Roberts and Sangean among others for sound quality, ease of operation and their ability to hold a signal.

First look Micro Hi-Fi with digital radio player

Why should digital radios cost more?

3 Aug 2010 | This system from Sony offers digital radio at an affordable price – finally.

Digital and internet radio

Digital radios, while expensive, allow you to listen to internet radio or music stored on your home network.

17 Mar 2010 | We test 10 digital radios, priced from $170 to $1000.

Guide to digital radios

Digital radio has hit the airwaves.

19 Jan 2009 | If you're keen to experience the difference digital technology makes to the radio waves you will have to open your wallet along with your eyes and ears.

Digital SLR

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.

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.

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.

Digital SLR

Digital camera reviews  

We review 78 DSLRs, Micro Four Thirds, Four Thirds and some bridge cameras, priced from $399 to $4050.

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

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?

Digital SLR zoom lens reviews

A digital camera zoom lens can take your photography to greater heights.

21 Jul 2009 | If you own a digital SLR camera (DSLR) and want to expand your photographic horizons the next step is to decide on the best lens to complete your kit.

Digital TV

Plasma and LCD TV reviews  

We put TVs of all types through their paces in our laboratories. You could even say we screen them thoroughly.

12 Sep 2014 | Which TV best suits your needs? Confused by LED,LCD or UHD? Our review will help you make the critical decisions.

Australians still being ripped off on digital goods

Study finds 79 per cent of people unhappy with inflated costs

30 Jul 2014 | One year after the IT Pricing Inquiry dismissed the excuses of major companies, Australians are still paying up to 50 per cent more than overseas markets for technology, music, movies and TV shows.

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.

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.

Web TV series

Find the newest and most daring web-only TV shows

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

Blu-ray player reviews

Our testing reveals whether 21 Blu-ray players live up to the hype.

26 Jun 2013 | Blu-ray players are the next step up from the DVD player, but how effective is the evolution?

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.

Living in a digital home

How to create your perfect home entertainment environment.

15 Jan 2013 | The latest networked and wireless technologies will make the task of connecting all your home entertainment gear easier.

Optus loses TV recording court battle

Football codes and Telstra win appeal in TV recording court battle, Optus to appeal decision.

10 May 2012 | Optus announces its plan to appeal the Federal Court’s decision on the legality of its TV Now service.

2012 Apple TV first look

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

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

102-107cm TV reviews  

Our updated report looks at the latest HD plasma and LCD televisions.

2 Feb 2012 | CHOICE puts the latest 102-107cm HD plasma and LCD televisions through their paces.

FetchTV first look

CHOICE takes a look at an internet-based alternative to pay TV.

26 Oct 2011 | FetchTV provides another alternative to cable, with your Internet provider delivering a host of channels and rental movies to your television.

HD set-top box reviews  

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

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

Bose Videowave

It's meant to be the 'best sounding TV' ever... but is the cost worth it?

8 Sep 2011 | The Bose Videowave is indeed a great sounding TV, but the price for good audio and an easy to use system should not be so prohibitive.

Digital-TV-switchover

How do you know if your TV is digital or analogue?

10 May 2011 | The government has set aside funds to make sure pensioners don’t get cut off as the analogue TV signal is phased out, but how do you know what kind of set you have?

106cm TV reviews  

Large screen HD plasma and LCD televisions on test. Review and compare models to find the best TV.

1 Feb 2011 | We take the guesswork out of buying the major television brands by putting them through their paces in our specialised laboratories.

Digital TV  

What will it mean for you?

8 Oct 2010 | Your normal analogue TV will go blank if you haven’t invested in a set-top-box or digital ready TV by 2013. So, what is digital TV and why have it?

DVD and Blu-ray recorder reviews

You can record, store and playback your favourite TV shows and other video.

16 Aug 2010 | Blu-ray technology increases a DVD recorder's quality and capacity, but not necessarily its convenience.

EPG review and compare

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

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

Kogan DVR

Kogan releases a well-priced STB that doubles as a digital video recorder.

16 Mar 2010 | This set top box (STB) has a USB connection for an external hard drive that converts the STB into a digital video recorder.

Sony PlayTV

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

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

TiVo review  

TiVo is a new way to record TV. Find out how it performs.

11 Nov 2009 | TiVo offers a means of recording free-to-air digital TV without having to learn too much about the inner workings of the machine.

Freeview background

Freeview products deliver HD Digital TV, but so do many other non-Freeview branded products.

19 Oct 2009 | CHOICE looks at Freeview, what it's offering and what it means, as well as what you gain, or lose, when compared to an identical non-Freeview product.

EPGs

What’s an electronic program guide (EPG) and do you need one?

11 Aug 2009 | An electronic program guide is just a TV guide by another name. More than that, it's a useful tool for planning and organising your TV watching.

66cm TVs review and compare  

These 66cm televisions were a little disappointing with poor sound and uninspiring pictures.

1 May 2009 | CHOICE takes the guesswork out of buying the major television brands by putting them through their paces in our specialised laboratories.

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.

HD set top boxes review and compare

High-definition set-top boxes on test – should you buy one?

1 Dec 2008 | High definition set-top boxes are designed to replace your existing television’s tuner.

PVR twin tuners review and compare

They're still on their training wheels, but at around $1,000, you'd expect more.

29 Jan 2008 | A twin tuner HD personal video recorder can record shows on two different channels at the same time but which one should you buy?

Beyonwiz personal video recorder

At first glance, the Beyonwiz DP-S1 seems to be an ideal PVR. But there are some issues that make it less than perfect.

4 Jan 2008 | CHOICE reviews the Beyonwiz personal video recorder.

Digital video recorder

Plasma and LCD TV reviews  

We put TVs of all types through their paces in our laboratories. You could even say we screen them thoroughly.

12 Sep 2014 | Which TV best suits your needs? Confused by LED,LCD or UHD? Our review will help you make the critical decisions.

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.

PVR reviews   

Take control of your TV viewing. Find the right PVR to suit you needs.

10 Jan 2014 | We review eight of the latest PVRs including models with DVD/Blu-ray drives, priced between $149 and $699.

Web TV series

Find the newest and most daring web-only TV shows

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

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?

TV on the net  

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

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

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.

HD set-top box reviews  

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

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

Energy efficient home guide

We look at energy savings everyone can make.

30 Mar 2011 | We've used our CHOICE testing to bring you a comprehensive list of energy-efficient products for your home.

TiVo vs TBox  

Is the Telstra T-Box a serious alternative to the TiVo? Our techies argue the toss.

7 Dec 2010 | See our video of these two popular contenders.

Telstra-T-Box

While not for everyone, this DVR for Bigpond customers has a lot going for it.

6 Dec 2010 | The Telstra T-Box is a DVR that integrates with Telstra's internet TV channels. You can also rent, download and watch box office movies.

DVD and Blu-ray recorder reviews

You can record, store and playback your favourite TV shows and other video.

16 Aug 2010 | Blu-ray technology increases a DVD recorder's quality and capacity, but not necessarily its convenience.

EPG review and compare

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

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

Kogan DVR

Kogan releases a well-priced STB that doubles as a digital video recorder.

16 Mar 2010 | This set top box (STB) has a USB connection for an external hard drive that converts the STB into a digital video recorder.

DVD/HDD recorders review and compare

A DVD recorder with a 160GB hard drive gives you hundreds of hours of recording capacity.

26 Nov 2009 | Test results for four DVD/hard disc recorders with a capacity of 160GB, priced from $440 to $659.

TiVo review  

TiVo is a new way to record TV. Find out how it performs.

11 Nov 2009 | TiVo offers a means of recording free-to-air digital TV without having to learn too much about the inner workings of the machine.

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.

PVR twin tuners review and compare

They're still on their training wheels, but at around $1,000, you'd expect more.

29 Jan 2008 | A twin tuner HD personal video recorder can record shows on two different channels at the same time but which one should you buy?

Beyonwiz personal video recorder

At first glance, the Beyonwiz DP-S1 seems to be an ideal PVR. But there are some issues that make it less than perfect.

4 Jan 2008 | CHOICE reviews the Beyonwiz personal video recorder.

Digitel

HD set-top box reviews  

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

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

Dimplex

Dehumidifier reviews

Wet weather dampening your home (and your spirits)? A dehumidifier may be the answer.

8 Jul 2014 | 22 dehumidifiers reviewed, including models from DeLonghi, Dimplex, Omega Altise and Ionmax, rated from 10L to 30L per day and priced from $248 to $880.

Direct flights

Flight comparison websites

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

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

disabilities

Killing CAPTCHA

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

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

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.

Discounts

Discount diva: how to live it up for less

One CHOICE journalist makes her dollars go further.

2 Jul 2014 | Want to save money while still enjoying the finer things in life? CHOICE journalist Zoya Sheftalovich is a discount queen for a week.

Penny auction investigation

We delve into the murky world of one cent or penny auctions.

15 Apr 2014 | CHOICE looks into reports of dodgy dealings in online penny auctions, where you seemingly win items for low prices, but may end up paying more than you bargained for.

dishlex

Dishwasher reviews  

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

23 Jul 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.

Dishwashers

Dishwasher detergent reviews

Dishwasher detergent can cost you over $1000 over the life of your dishwasher - make the right choice

8 Sep 2014 | Tablets, powders and gels tested: which one comes out on top? CHOICE tests over 40 dishwasher detergents - from the market-leading Finish tablets to the lower-cost Home Brand - and shows which one removes the most stains.

Dishwasher reviews  

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

23 Jul 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.

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.

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.

Water efficiency scheme strengthened

CHOICE welcomes the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme update.

29 Jun 2012 | Consumers purchasing water-usage products can now have greater confidence in the star system used to rate energy efficiency.

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.

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.

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.

Appliance reliability survey 2007

See how your appliances rate for reliability.

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

Disposable nappies

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.

Disposable nappies review and compare

Our readers and their babies give us the verdict on which nappies rate the best.

24 Feb 2007 | Almost 100 volunteers and their babies trialled disposable nappies, each rating 10 'daytime' nappies from seven different brands.

Nappies

What's best - cloth or disposable? We'll tell you about the environment effects and other issues.

22 Jul 2003 | Most babies don't get to the toilet training stage until their second or third year. This makes nappies a major part of their life, and yours.

Do not call

Useful contacts

A list of who to contact for help with consumer problems

17 Jun 2014 | We have listed the contact details of lots of federal, state and territory agencies and support organisations who can help with your consumer problems

Telemarketers and door-to-door sales

What can you do to discourage unwanted telephone and door-to-door sales?

9 May 2014 | What rights do you have when a telemarketer calls you and tries to sell you something you don't want, or a salesperson knocks on your door and tries the hard sell?

Do not knock

Useful contacts

A list of who to contact for help with consumer problems

17 Jun 2014 | We have listed the contact details of lots of federal, state and territory agencies and support organisations who can help with your consumer problems

Telemarketers and door-to-door sales

What can you do to discourage unwanted telephone and door-to-door sales?

9 May 2014 | What rights do you have when a telemarketer calls you and tries to sell you something you don't want, or a salesperson knocks on your door and tries the hard sell?

Doctors

Breakthrough for Alopecia sufferers

Trials using a bone marrow drug yield positive results for hair regrowth.

18 Aug 2014 | Columbia University release dramatic results in trials of a bone marrow drug for alopecia sufferers.

GP medical imaging orders increase forty five per cent

Higher cost CT and MRI scans are increasingly replacing the humble X-ray, study finds.

23 Jul 2014 | Sydney University research reveals that medical imaging diagnostic tests, including CT and MRI scans, ordered by GPs increased 45% over 10 years.

ACEmobile app screens for dementia

New app should make screening for dementia easier and more reliable.

11 Jul 2014 | ACEmobile, a recent iPad app, can help doctors and nurses screen patients for dementia.

Medicare co-payments will hit Australians over 65 hardest

New research has found older Australians will be hardest hit by the proposed Medicare co-payments.

7 Jul 2014 | Older Australians will be the hardest hit by the proposed $7 Medicare co-payment and the increased price of medicines on the PBS, a study from the University of Sydney has found.

Bowel cancer screening rates fall

Test could saves lives, but participation rates have dropped.

26 Jun 2014 | Bowel cancer kills Australians, yet an increasing number of people are failing to complete a simple, potentially life-saving screening test, according to a new report.

Online doctor hits Australia

Doctus allows consumers to buy prescriptions without needing to see their GP first.

3 Jun 2014 | A new service is offering consumers the opportunity to buy a prescription online without a face-to-face consultation with a doctor.

AMA warns of shorter appointments as a result of co-payments

GPs are likely to churn through more patients to make up for income shortfall, says AMA president.

2 Jun 2014 | Doctors who continue to bulk-bill will be forced to see patients for less time to make up for income shortfall says AMA president.

2014 Budget wrap 15 May 2014

The federal government has outline $80bn worth of cuts to the state and territories schools and hospitals. And premiers and chief ministers aren't happy.

15 May 2014 | States are revolting over the federal government's budget cuts to schools and hospitals.

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.

Healthy ageing

Protect against diseases and conditions commonly associated with ageing by taking an active role in your health care.

27 Dec 2013 | The key to independent living and quality of life is good health, and it’s never too soon to start thinking about it.

Blood pressure monitor reviews

Do blood pressure monitors work, and could you benefit from owning one?

24 Nov 2013 | One in seven Australian adults suffer from some form of high blood pressure. If you’re one of them, monitoring your condition regularly at home with a blood pressure monitor can be useful.

What doctors would not do

What doctors would not do

10 Oct 2013 | An apple a day keeps the doctor away - but what does the doctor keep away from? CHOICE finds out what 17 health professionals advise against.

Guide to online health advice

With colds and flus upon us, who can you trust for reliable information online? We give you the low-down.

14 Mar 2012 | With colds and flus upon us, who can you trust to give you reliable information online? We give you the low-down.

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.

Medical-imaging

We explore the risks, myths and gap payments of medical imaging.

7 Jul 2011 | From radiation risks to gap payments, CHOICE explores answers the questions about imaging technologies, including x-rays and CTs.

Travel vaccinations

Avoid paying for vaccinations you don't need.

13 Apr 2011 | If you're travelling off the beaten track, you need the right advice on travel vaccinations.

Screening tests

We look at the major screening programs for bowel, breast and prostate cancer.

31 Mar 2010 | To help decide which tests are worth taking, it's helpful to understand the criteria the public health system uses to assess possible screening tests. Many tests detect diseases before your symptoms occur.

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.

The dangers of mixing medicines

CHOICE investigates adverse events associated with medication and what can be done to prevent them.

11 Sep 2009 | Our reliance on medicines has dramatically increased, and mixing them can prove a dangerous cocktail. CHOICE explains who’s at risk and why.

Promotion overdo$e

How much influence do drug companies have on what your GP prescribes you?

27 Aug 2008 | GPs are bombarded with marketing and promotions from drug companies. This can influence their prescribing habits — and this isn’t in the best interest of consumers.

Drug advertising

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

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

Laser eye surgery

Most people are happy with the results of their laser eye surgery.

3 Apr 2007 | Since it was first performed in Australia in the early 1990s, laser eye surgery has become very popular, with many thousands each year choosing it to correct their long- or short-sightedness.

Nursing homes

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

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

Choosing a GP

Looking for doctor right.

6 Feb 2006 | The relationship you have with your doctor can be one of the most crucial in your life, particularly if you have a chronic condition or develop a serious illness.

Dogs

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.

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.

Dominos

Fast food vegetarian 2012

How do the major chains stack up when it comes to healthy vegetarian fast food?

14 Jun 2012 | We've surveyed 12 national fast food chains and reviewed their online menus to see how their vegetarian offerings stack up nutritionally.

Donations

Cause-related marketing

Do companies that claim to give a portion of the profits to charity really do good?

18 Jul 2014 | A charity needs to get its funding from somewhere, including private companies and organisations. But are marketing campaigns where brands align with charities a win for all parties involved?

Organ donation

Many people support the idea of organ donation, but their wishes may go unfulfilled unless they undertake the necessary steps.

30 Dec 2013 | It's not enough to sign a register or a tick a box to signal your intent, it's important to talk to your family about your wishes.

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).

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.

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Telemarketers and door-to-door sales

What can you do to discourage unwanted telephone and door-to-door sales?

9 May 2014 | What rights do you have when a telemarketer calls you and tries to sell you something you don't want, or a salesperson knocks on your door and tries the hard sell?

No knocking

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

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

Shopping for a new electricity plan

Find out how you can get a better deal and keep more money in your pocket rather than it going to your energy retailer's bottom line

20 May 2013 | Are you paying too much for your energy? If you haven't reviewed your energy plan recently, chances are you're paying too much.

Do Not Knock register knocked off

While the Do Not Knock legislation remains in limbo, there's better news on the legal front.

28 Sep 2012 | ACCC Chairman Rod Sims has hailed the Federal Court decision a three-way win for consumers.

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ACCC takes action against shonky energy door-to-door practices.

17 Aug 2012 | The ACCC has launched a new initiative targeting door-to-door sales tactics.

Petition takes aim at door to door sales

Consumers are taking action against invasive door-knocking sales tactics.

25 Jun 2012 | We're supporting a petition by the Consumer Action Law Centre asking energy companies to cease their door-knocking practices.

Parliament considers do not knock register

A private members bill seeks to allow consumers to opt out of door-to-door sales.

23 May 2012 | Federal MP Steve Georganas has introduced a private members bill, calling for the creation of a do not knock register for consumers seeking to opt out.

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Doro 615 mobile first look

A mobile phone that's simple to use for seniors.

14 Jun 2012 | We look at this affordable, easy-to-use mobile phone for talking, texting and peace of mind.

Dreambaby

Safety gate and barrier reviews

We tested 51 safety gates and barriers in the CHOICE labs, including models from Lindam, Target, Safety First and more.

10 Jul 2014 | Closing off certain rooms or stairs with a safety gate or barrier is key when your baby becomes mobile. Our tests can help you decide what to buy.

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.

Drills

Cordless drill reviews

We’ve tested 12 cordless drills priced from $78 to $249, including models from AEG, Bosch, Ryobi and Makita.

2 Jun 2014 | A cordless drill is a must-have tool for the dedicated DIYer, but which ones can handle the tough jobs?

Drinking

Wine awards

Can you trust wine medals to help choose a good quality drop?

18 Aug 2014 | Is a medal on the label a genuine indicator of a good quality wine, or merely a marketing ploy? We take a look at wine show awards to determine their value in choosing a bottle.

Drug survey: smoking, heroin and ecstasy use down, meth steady

Plain packaging of tobacco and increased cigarette prices seem to be working.

17 Jul 2014 | Smoking rates are down and more young people have never smoked, according to the latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

Food and medication that don’t mix

Some food and drugs shouldn't be taken together.

16 Jul 2014 | Eating particular foods when you’re taking some medication can reduce the effectiveness of your drugs or even be bad for your health.

Teenage drinking declining

Teenagers, and Australians in general, are drinking less.

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

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?

Exercise hydration

What and how much should you drink when exercising?

7 Jan 2013 | The simple act of drinking when thirsty has become complicated by science and pseudoscience. CHOICE investigates.

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?

Dishing up cancer

Is your diet carcinogenic?

26 Apr 2012 | Information about foods and drinks that could cause cancer is continually updated. We bring you the latest.

New poll shows bottle half full for Australia drinkers

Two thirds of Australian drinkers underestimate what a standard drink is

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

Assorted Phoenix beverages recall

The recall is due to inadequate pasteurisation of some bottles, causing fermentation.

4 Nov 2011 | Charlie's Trading Company Ltd is recalling Phoenix Ginger Beer, Creaming Soda, Cola, Orange Fizz, Sparkling Apple, and Sparkling Blood Orange.

Vitamin Enhanced Waters

These products come with a ‘healthy’ dose of spin.

7 Jan 2011 | For drinks that are essentially cordials with added vitamins, “nutrient-enhanced waters” are making a splash.

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.

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.

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.

Sticky wines taste test

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

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

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.

Alcopops  

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

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

Premium beer reviews

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

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

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?

Breathalysers review and compare

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

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

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.

Are you drinking enough water

We’re told to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy. But is that really enough? And does it have to be water, or do other fluids count?

30 Sep 2001 | Thirst is an emergency response — by the time you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

Drinking 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?

Are you drinking enough water

We’re told to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy. But is that really enough? And does it have to be water, or do other fluids count?

30 Sep 2001 | Thirst is an emergency response — by the time you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

Dropbox

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.

Drugs

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Avastin to be subsidised after study finds it can add three months to survival rate for ovarian cancer sufferers

11 Aug 2014 | Cancer drug Avastin will be subsidised by the government for treatment of ovarian cancer, saving patients more than $41,000 a year.

Pradaxa marketing ploy compromised consumer safety

Manufacturer of blood-thinning stroke drug Pradaxa held back information on how to use the drug safely.

6 Aug 2014 | Confidential documents released in US litigation reveal German multinational drug manufacturer withheld information about the safe use of the drug Pradaxa.

Medicines Australia Code of Conduct falls short

The drug companies' peak body has failed to meet consumer expectations of transparency, according to leading consumer health advocates.

29 Jul 2014 | The 18th edition of the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct falls short on transparency of transactions between doctors and pharmaceutical companies, says consumer advocate, Dr Ken Harvey.

Drug survey: smoking, heroin and ecstasy use down, meth steady

Plain packaging of tobacco and increased cigarette prices seem to be working.

17 Jul 2014 | Smoking rates are down and more young people have never smoked, according to the latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

Food and medication that don’t mix

Some food and drugs shouldn't be taken together.

16 Jul 2014 | Eating particular foods when you’re taking some medication can reduce the effectiveness of your drugs or even be bad for your health.

Pain relief medication

Drug companies have convinced consumers to pay much more for paracetamol and ibuprofen than they need to.

12 Jun 2014 | Panadol and Nurofen are responsible half the sales of pain relief drugs in Australia. But when it comes to their active ingredients - paracetamol and ibuprofen - a generic brand is just as good.

Online doctor hits Australia

Doctus allows consumers to buy prescriptions without needing to see their GP first.

3 Jun 2014 | A new service is offering consumers the opportunity to buy a prescription online without a face-to-face consultation with a doctor.

PTSD relief could be on the cards from MS pill

Laboratory mice have been shown to forget adverse memories when on an MS pill.

27 May 2014 | Gilenya, a pill approved for treatment of multiple sclerosis, has shown promise in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The dangers of mixing medicines

CHOICE investigates adverse events associated with medication and what can be done to prevent them.

11 Sep 2009 | Our reliance on medicines has dramatically increased, and mixing them can prove a dangerous cocktail. CHOICE explains who’s at risk and why.

PBS reform

The Government needs to ensure that consumers can afford to fill their prescriptions

20 Aug 2009 | The PBS is a Government scheme which provides Australians with access to affordable medicines. Pharmacists are the big winners from the reforms.

Generic Drugs

How to save money on your prescription medication.

25 Nov 2008 | A generic drug is a copy of a branded drug. It's chemically equivalent to its branded counterpart but usually costs less.

Promotion overdo$e

How much influence do drug companies have on what your GP prescribes you?

27 Aug 2008 | GPs are bombarded with marketing and promotions from drug companies. This can influence their prescribing habits — and this isn’t in the best interest of consumers.

Drug advertising

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

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

Alcopops  

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

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

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.

Free trade agreement

CHOICE is opposed to the removal of the evergreening provision of the US Fair Trade Agreement.

20 Sep 2007 | One of the contentious issues surrounding the AUSFTA is access to drugs, aspects of the agreement threaten the viability of the PBS in Australia.

Access to information about drugs in Australia

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

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

Pharmacists drug representatives and your privacy

Consumers need to be assured that their privacy is protected in pharmacy software.

3 Jul 2007 | Pharmaceutical company representatives are attempting to extract patient information from pharmacy dispensing software using memory sticks.

Dry cleaning

Drycleaning

CHOICE finds out the truth behind your drycleaning disasters and your rights when things go wrong.

8 Oct 2010 | Inaccurate care labels could be at the heart of many drycleaning mishaps.

Dryers

Clothes dryer reviews

We put nine clothes dryers to the test, to help you find the right one for your home.

14 Aug 2014 | Find out which are the best-performing clothes dryers, among models from Simpson, Fisher & Paykel, Electrolux, Whirlpool and Haier.

Washer dryer reviews

Six washer dryer combos tested and compared in the CHOICE labs, including models from Bosch, Electrolux, LG, Miele and Samsung.

3 Jul 2014 | A washer and dryer machine is the ultimate laundry convenience — we've put some to the test.

Hair straightener reviews

We have test results for 15 popular hair straighteners priced from $30 to $300, including models from GHD, Cloud Nine and Silver Bullet.

19 Jun 2014 | Which is the best hair straightener - GHD, Glampalm, Cloud Nine, Silver Bullet or Remington? CHOICE puts these plus several more popular brands to the test to find out.

Absurd whitegoods features  

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

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

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.

Drycleaning

CHOICE finds out the truth behind your drycleaning disasters and your rights when things go wrong.

8 Oct 2010 | Inaccurate care labels could be at the heart of many drycleaning mishaps.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dry Home

Dehumidifier reviews

Wet weather dampening your home (and your spirits)? A dehumidifier may be the answer.

8 Jul 2014 | 22 dehumidifiers reviewed, including models from DeLonghi, Dimplex, Omega Altise and Ionmax, rated from 10L to 30L per day and priced from $248 to $880.

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Car tyres 205-55R16 reviews  

We review tyres suitable for some of the most popular car models in Australia, such as the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30.

6 May 2014 | 18 brands of 205/55R16 tyres are put through CHOICE's rigorous braking, cornering and rolling resistance tests. We'll tell you which sets to buy and which to avoid.

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 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.

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.

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.

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Rechargeable AA battery reviews

How well do "ready to use" rechargeable AA batteries compare?

21 Nov 2012 | Our latest test results rate 15 NiMH rechargeable batteries, to see which hold their capacity and last longer in storage.

Dusk

Lauritz Mood Flame Ethanol Burning Fire Place recall

Ethanol may leak from the fuel cup and ignite causing property damage, injury and/or loss of life.

27 Sep 2011 | Dusk Australasia Pty Ltd has recalled Lauritz Mood Flame ethanol burning fireplaces sold between 10th August and 9th September this year.

Duty-free

Duty-free is it worth it?

As much a holiday tradition as cocktails by the pool, does duty-free still offer good value?

23 Aug 2005 | Duty-free shopping was one of the perks of travelling overseas. The introduction of GST saw a whole raft taxes phased out, so is still good value?

DVD

Home theatre quick look

What are your surround sound options?

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

TV on the net  

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

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

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.

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.

102-107cm TV reviews  

Our updated report looks at the latest HD plasma and LCD televisions.

2 Feb 2012 | CHOICE puts the latest 102-107cm HD plasma and LCD televisions through their paces.

DVD and Blu-ray recorder reviews

You can record, store and playback your favourite TV shows and other video.

16 Aug 2010 | Blu-ray technology increases a DVD recorder's quality and capacity, but not necessarily its convenience.

DVD recorders with DVR review and compare

At last, the replacement for the venerable VCR has finally gone HD.

12 Oct 2009 | CHOICE looked at the latest selection of digital solutions that not only record TV programs to an internal hard drive, but also play DVDs and record to a DVD.

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.

In car DVD players review and compare

In-car DVD players may seem like a good idea for keeping kids occupied, but read this report before buying one — for safety’s sake.

5 Oct 2007 | We tested eight in-car DVD players of two different configurations - remote screens and built in screens.

DVD recorders

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.

DVD and Blu-ray recorder reviews

You can record, store and playback your favourite TV shows and other video.

16 Aug 2010 | Blu-ray technology increases a DVD recorder's quality and capacity, but not necessarily its convenience.

EPG review and compare

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

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

DVD recorders with DVR review and compare

At last, the replacement for the venerable VCR has finally gone HD.

12 Oct 2009 | CHOICE looked at the latest selection of digital solutions that not only record TV programs to an internal hard drive, but also play DVDs and record to a DVD.

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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.

Living in a digital home

How to create your perfect home entertainment environment.

15 Jan 2013 | The latest networked and wireless technologies will make the task of connecting all your home entertainment gear easier.

Optus loses TV recording court battle

Football codes and Telstra win appeal in TV recording court battle, Optus to appeal decision.

10 May 2012 | Optus announces its plan to appeal the Federal Court’s decision on the legality of its TV Now service.

DVD and Blu-ray recorder reviews

You can record, store and playback your favourite TV shows and other video.

16 Aug 2010 | Blu-ray technology increases a DVD recorder's quality and capacity, but not necessarily its convenience.

EPG review and compare

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

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

Sony PlayTV

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

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

DVD recorders with DVR review and compare

At last, the replacement for the venerable VCR has finally gone HD.

12 Oct 2009 | CHOICE looked at the latest selection of digital solutions that not only record TV programs to an internal hard drive, but also play DVDs and record to a DVD.

PVR twin tuners review and compare

They're still on their training wheels, but at around $1,000, you'd expect more.

29 Jan 2008 | A twin tuner HD personal video recorder can record shows on two different channels at the same time but which one should you buy?

Dyson

Your guide to buying an electric heater

Radiant, oil-filled or convection - which type of electric heater is right for your home?

29 Jul 2014 | By buying the right electric heater, you’ll keep yourself toasty and your energy bills at bay. Our electric heater buying guide will set you on the right track.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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