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Ear phones

Headphones and earphones reviews

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

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

Noise-cancelling headphones and earphones reviews

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

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

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.

Noise cancelling headphones

What price should you pay and will they cut the racket?

26 May 2008 | The best performing models make you wonder how you ever coped without them.

Easter

Coles easter egg recall

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

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

Hot cross buns review

One a penny, two a penny… we test a range of hot cross buns to find out which brand comes out on top.

6 Apr 2011 | Our tasters gave us their verdict on fruit, fruit-free and choc chip varieties.

Ebay

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.

eBay to charge commission on shipping

Changes to eBay's fee structures have been announced.

28 Mar 2014 | Sellers will pay more in commissions, but could save money on shipping under eBay's new fee structure.

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.

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.

How to get rid of things you don't need

Check out this CHOICE guide to selling, giving or swapping.

22 Mar 2012 | We've all got stuff we no longer want, need or use taking up space around the house. So how do you get the most of your useless junk?

Running a small business on eBay

Ordinary people are making big profits using the online auction house.

26 Feb 2008 | According to 2006 ACNielsen research, there are more than 52,700 professional eBay sellers in Australia gaining their primary or secondary income through the site.

Buying tickets on eBay

Is it worth the risk?

6 Jun 2007 | Here’s a few tips on how to avoid being ripped off if you miss out on buying tickets first-hand.

eBook readers

Ebook reader reviews

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

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

Tablet 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.

Apple ebook pricing

Is there a problem with ebook pricing?

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

Christmas gift guide for the traveller

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

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

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

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

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

First Look - Amazon Kindle  

Amazon's handy ebook reader has made it to Australia, but can it compete against smaller, full-colour touchscreen devices?

18 Nov 2009 | Steve Duncombe reviews this latest ebook reader from online giant, Amazon.com

Echo

Lawn trimmer reviews

Lawn trimmer, whipper-snipper, weed-eater, line trimmer - whatever the name, which is best for your backyard?

8 Aug 2013 | We test 42 petrol, electric, and cordless lawn trimmers (AKA line trimmers, weed-eaters, whipper-snippers), ranging from $49 to $409.

Hedge trimmer reviews

We check out cordless battery-powered and electric hedge trimmers priced from $59 to $299.

27 Aug 2012 | Electric and battery-powered hedge trimmers are handy for keeping wayward hedges at bay - but which type should you go for?

Eco

Modern cloth nappies

Cloth nappies have come a long way since the terry squares of yesteryear but disposables still reign the shopping cart.

1 Dec 2012 | We surveyed hundreds of online parents to find out their experiences with different types of nappies.

Go-4-Green recalled

Go4Green reaches the next level of shonkiness.

16 Nov 2011 | Just when you thought it couldn't get any shonkier, Go4Green is recalled due to the risk of electric shock.

Household waste management guide

A staggering 24 million tonnes of waste material goes into Australian landfill each year. You can help reduce that figure.

14 Apr 2011 | Reducing household waste can be as easy as altering household disposal systems. CHOICE shows you some ways to make your home greener.

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.

Education

Online education courses

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

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

Saving for your children's education

The sooner you start saving, the better.

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

Kids' bank accounts review

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

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

How to find good-quality child care

Finding good, affordable childcare can be a tough gig.

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

Saving for your child's education

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

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

Childcare survey

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

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

School backpacks buying guide

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

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

Eggs

Coles easter egg recall

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

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

Free range eggs

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

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

Shoppers shell out for free-range duds

CHOICE asks NSW Fair Trading to crack down on free-range eggs

30 Sep 2013 | CHOICE has made a super complaint on free-range egg claims in New South Wales, asking Fair Trading to investigate claims.

Save free-range

Queensland scrambles free range standards

23 Jul 2013 | The Queensland Government has stealthily increased ‘free range’ stocking densities by 667% - to 10,000 birds per hectare

Regulator rejects free range farce

ACCC rejects Egg Corporation’s proposed free range standards.

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

Greens propose free range egg laws in WA

Western Australia becomes the new front in free range fight.

24 Oct 2012 | A Green MLC in Western Australia has introduced a bill to limit free range claims to farm with stocking densities of 1500 birds per hectare.

CHOICE calls on ACCC to reject Egg Corporation’s proposal

Over 3000 consumers sign petition asking ACCC to reject Australian Egg Corporation’s free-range definition.

5 Jul 2012 | We've lodged a submission with the ACCC, asking for the rejection of the Egg Corporation’s free-range certification.

Egg labelling website launched

New South Wales Government launches website to inform consumers about egg labelling.

22 Jun 2012 | We believe the NSW Government egg labelling website gives consumers little help due to the controversial interpretation of the existing definition of 'free-range eggs'.

Egg Corporation scrambles to set new free range standard

Free range egg standards are back in the spotlight.

24 Apr 2012 | Free range egg standards are back in the spotlight with the Australian Egg Corporation announcing it would increase maximum hen stocking densities to to 20,000 birds per hectare by the end of April.

First chickens, now eggs

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

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

Choc Cherry Slice and Choc Chip Flapjack Slice recall

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

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

Hot cross buns review

One a penny, two a penny… we test a range of hot cross buns to find out which brand comes out on top.

6 Apr 2011 | Our tasters gave us their verdict on fruit, fruit-free and choc chip varieties.

Asian scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs with a tasty twist

8 Jun 2010 | An alternative to authentic scrambled eggs that can be served with dinner.


Egg and bacon pasta

Quick and easy savory pasta

8 Jun 2010 | CHOICE recipe egg and bacon pasta that's quick and easy.


Mayonnaise reviews

Food science can't replicate the creaminess of oil and eggs

20 Oct 2009 | Traditional homemade mayonnaise is a luscious blend of oil, egg yolk and vinegar or lemon juice. Supermarket mayo can be a different beast altogether, found our taste testers.

Free range eggs

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

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

eharmony

Online dating

Our investigation shows paid and free online dating sites including RSVP, eHarmony and Oasis Active may use members' private information and photos in advertising.

27 Feb 2014 | Are paid online dating sites eHarmony and RSVP and free online dating sites Oasis Active and OkCupid worth the money and time?

Electric-bicycles

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.

Electric-bikes

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.

Electric blanket

Electric blanket reviews

We test 10 electric blankets, priced between $52 and $345

18 Apr 2012 | We put a range of electric blankets to test for all of you who can never seem to get warm enough during those cold winter nights.

Electric blanket

With a modern electric blanket you’ll not only sleep warmly but also more safely – if you take safety precautions.

15 Jul 2010 | When temperatures drop, the idea of an electric blanket begins to sound more and more appealing.

Electric cars

Mitsubishi i-MiEV First Look

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

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

Electric heaters

Home heating guide

Follow our tips to keep warm and save yourself money this winter.

31 May 2013 | Winter is here, so it's time to consider your heating options. Here are our tips to reduce your energy use and your bills.

Electric heater reviews

We review 29 electric heaters, priced from $39 to $595, including convection, radiant-and-convection and fan models.

17 May 2013 | A portable electric heater can kill the chill. Check our test results for newly tested models from DeLonghi, Omega, Sunbeam and others.

Heating options for your home buying guide

How to keep your home warm this winter. Get unbiased advice and reviews on heaters and heating options.

9 Jul 2012 | Did you freeze last winter? Were you in shock after reading the energy bill? Then it may be time to change the way you heat your home.

Electric flame effect heaters review and compare

Enjoy the romantic look of a traditional wood or coal-burning fire without the mess.

5 May 2008 | The look is so integral to their overall purpose you can even put the flame effect on without generating any heat!

Electricity

Fixed energy pricing

Customers to have their say about whether retailers should be allowed to continue raising electricity and gas prices during fixed-term contracts.

17 Feb 2014 | Did you know energy companies can increase prices mid-contract? The Australian Energy Market Commission is accepting consumer submissions on a proposed rule to change it.

Your utility bill rights

As utility bills continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to know your rights about disconnection.

7 Feb 2014 | If you've ever had trouble coming up with the funds to pay your utility bills, there are some important rights you should know about.

CFL and LED lamps review  

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

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

Easy energy CHOICE campaign

CHOICE is campaigning to close a loophole that allows energy retailers to increase prices without telling consumers first.

29 Oct 2013 | CHOICE is campaigning to close a loophole that allows energy retailers to increase prices without telling consumers first

Electric and battery lawnmower reviews

Suitable for small city yards, and convenient to use.

24 Oct 2013 | Great for small backyards, electric and battery lawn mowers are fume-free, comparatively quiet and lightweight. CHOICE put 16 to the test.

Power to the people

Political leaders reach an agreement on energy market reform

10 Dec 2012 | Politicians last Friday listened to over 5,360 people who stood with CHOICE in our campaign to put power back in the hands of Australian energy consumers and reduce future pressure on energy bills.

Countdown for Electricity Reform

The future of electricity prices is to be decided this Friday.

4 Dec 2012 | Tell our political leaders that Australians expect and demand action on soaring electricity prices while there is still time.

Where does my electricity bill go?

Find out which household appliance is costing you the most.

8 Nov 2012 | Our CHOICE experts have crunched the numbers to show you which appliances are costing you the most- and what you can do about it.

A plan for affordable energy

We're calling for a package of essential reforms to make energy more affordable.

29 Oct 2012 | CHOICE is working with community and business groups to seek urgent reforms that will fix our broken electricity system.

ACCC calls for action on rising electricity prices

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

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

Report calls for changes to electricity regulation

Productivity Commission report slams the “spiralling network costs” pushing up electricity prices.

18 Oct 2012 | A new report by the Productivity Commission has highlighted the importance of CHOICE’s Take the Power Back campaign.

Take the power back!

Tell our energy ministers that enough is enough on rising electricity bills!

18 Sep 2012 | Electricity prices have been soaring across Australia but now it's time to Take the Power Back by signing our petition.

Hope for end to energy network ‘gold plating’

End to energy network companies charging consumers for unnecessary infrastructure.

24 Aug 2012 | New rules could mean electricity companies won't be able to profit from over-investing in their poles and wires.

NSW Fair Trading investigates electricity switching sites after CHOICE super complaint

NSW Fair Trading to launch investigations following CHOICE’s super complaint on electricity switching sites.

29 Jun 2012 | NSW Fair trading believes further investigation is needed to establish whether switching sites are breaching the Australian Consumer Law.

1 July 2012 - changes that affect you

The new financial year sees the introduction of a number of reforms aimed at helping consumers.

27 Jun 2012 | We outline some key consumer reforms that will come into place on 1 July 2012.

Electricity prices increase Australia-wide

Electricity prices have become turbo-charged, but savvy consumers can beat the price rises.

18 Jun 2012 | Several factors are driving up electricity prices across Australia but you can beat them with these handy tips.

Reduce your bills as electricity prices rise

Prices may be on there rise but there are things you can do to keep control of your bills.

13 Apr 2012 | Electricity prices are continuing to rise but here's how you can reduce your bills.

CHOICE lodges super complaint

Our first super complaint under the pilot project with NSW Fair Trading has been lodged on electricity switching sites.

8 Mar 2012 | CHOICE has lodged its first super complaint, part of a pilot project with NSW Fair Trading on electricity switching sites.

Go-4-Green recalled

Go4Green reaches the next level of shonkiness.

16 Nov 2011 | Just when you thought it couldn't get any shonkier, Go4Green is recalled due to the risk of electric shock.

Go4Green

This device fails to deliver on its claims of slashing up to 10% from your electricity bill.

22 Sep 2011 | We run tests on another power saver that claims it will save you up to 10% on your electricity bill.

Time to take the heat out of energy bills

8 Sep 2011 | With Australians being hit with higher energy bills, CHOICE is calling on the Federal Government to create a national energy savings initiative, designed to ensure it results in real savings for households.

Standby energy

Whether its climate change or expense, standby energy affects you.

1 Sep 2011 | Standby energy costs eat into your bank account in small bites and the total cost across the country can amount to tonnes of CO² and other greenhouse gases being emitted.

Solar schemes dimmed

Solar kickbacks around the country are being wound down, with several states surpassing or nearing their limits.

2 Aug 2011 | Applicants for solar schemes around the country may have difficulty obtaining solar feed in tariffs, with several states reaching capacity.

carbon-price-and-you

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

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

Save energy, save on bills  

Energy prices are on the rise around Australia but there are steps you can take to cut energy use and save on bills.

1 Jul 2011 | In this video, we take you behind the scenes at the CHOICE labs to get some expert advice from our testers on appliance energy savings.

Call for national energy efficiency program

Action needed to cut bills

20 Jun 2011 | CHOICE has joined calls for a national energy efficiency program to reduce household energy bills.

Philips LEDbulb

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

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

high price to pay

Energy price rises miss mark.

14 Jun 2011 | Consumers are paying the cost of expanding energy networks, while opportunities to cut demand and slash bills are missed.

Power meter reviews

You don't need to spend top dollar on an energy meter, most of the cheaper models will do the job.

8 Jun 2011 | Looking to save on your energy bills? A power meter helps monitor electricity consumption and identify ways to reduce energy usage.

Five ways to reduce your household's energy use

Help the environment by choosing more energy efficient products and changing your behaviour.

6 Jun 2011 | This guide covers enegry efficent appliances, transport options, water usage and more.

Electricity prices

Electricity bills are rising but can switching electricity suppliers save you money?

3 Jun 2011 | We make sense of the confusing contracts and tariffs of electricity providers and outline a switching action plan.

Take the 10 percent challenge

A campaign to help Australian households and businesses reduce their energy and fuel use by 10%.

3 Jun 2011 | CHOICE has joined forces with advocacy group DoSomething! to launch the 10% Challenge.

Unsafe solar panel installations on the rise

Some operators are bypassing safety considerations in their effort to cash in on fast-disappearing government money.

23 May 2011 | Solar panel uptake is surging, but as installers are rushing through jobs, incorrect wiring and circuit breakers are being used.

Misleading green claims

Our campaign to expose misleading environmental claims notches up another win as former renewable energy retailer Greenswitch is brought to task for breaching the Trade Practices Act.

14 Jan 2010 |

Energy overload

With electricity prices set to rise by up to 200% over the next five years, reducing household energy use by improving efficiency is key

24 Feb 2009 | While you're taking measures to save the environment, we're looking to industry and government to find solutions that make saving energy even easier

Multifunction power meter

If you're looking for ways to save energy around the home, it helps to know which appliances are sucking the most power.

29 Dec 2007 | Power meters measure energy use of household appliances. This helps you lower your power bill and reduce carbon emissions.

electricity-bill

Fixed energy pricing

Customers to have their say about whether retailers should be allowed to continue raising electricity and gas prices during fixed-term contracts.

17 Feb 2014 | Did you know energy companies can increase prices mid-contract? The Australian Energy Market Commission is accepting consumer submissions on a proposed rule to change it.

Your utility bill rights

As utility bills continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to know your rights about disconnection.

7 Feb 2014 | If you've ever had trouble coming up with the funds to pay your utility bills, there are some important rights you should know about.

Independent energy comparison site for Victorians

Victorians can now use their own electricity usage data to get a personalised comparison of energy plans.

6 Jan 2014 | Residents of Victoria can use their electricity data to compare energy plans at independent government site My Power Planner.

Electricity bill shock biggest household worry

Australians are more concerned about electricity bills than any other living expense.

2 Dec 2013 | Australians are more concerned about electricity bills than any other cost of living expense and want their state governments to help reduce their bills.

Easy energy CHOICE campaign

CHOICE is campaigning to close a loophole that allows energy retailers to increase prices without telling consumers first.

29 Oct 2013 | CHOICE is campaigning to close a loophole that allows energy retailers to increase prices without telling consumers first

ACCC warns power companies over ads

Misleading representations about discounts on energy plans must stop, says ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard

27 Jun 2013 | CHOICE supports the ACCC's warning to energy retailers over discount promotions and calls for less confusion and more clarity about electricity prices.

Home heating guide

Follow our tips to keep warm and save yourself money this winter.

31 May 2013 | Winter is here, so it's time to consider your heating options. Here are our tips to reduce your energy use and your bills.

Power to the people

Political leaders reach an agreement on energy market reform

10 Dec 2012 | Politicians last Friday listened to over 5,360 people who stood with CHOICE in our campaign to put power back in the hands of Australian energy consumers and reduce future pressure on energy bills.

Countdown for Electricity Reform

The future of electricity prices is to be decided this Friday.

4 Dec 2012 | Tell our political leaders that Australians expect and demand action on soaring electricity prices while there is still time.

Where does my electricity bill go?

Find out which household appliance is costing you the most.

8 Nov 2012 | Our CHOICE experts have crunched the numbers to show you which appliances are costing you the most- and what you can do about it.

A plan for affordable energy

We're calling for a package of essential reforms to make energy more affordable.

29 Oct 2012 | CHOICE is working with community and business groups to seek urgent reforms that will fix our broken electricity system.

ACCC calls for action on rising electricity prices

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

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

Report calls for changes to electricity regulation

Productivity Commission report slams the “spiralling network costs” pushing up electricity prices.

18 Oct 2012 | A new report by the Productivity Commission has highlighted the importance of CHOICE’s Take the Power Back campaign.

Take the power back!

Tell our energy ministers that enough is enough on rising electricity bills!

18 Sep 2012 | Electricity prices have been soaring across Australia but now it's time to Take the Power Back by signing our petition.

Hope for end to energy network ‘gold plating’

End to energy network companies charging consumers for unnecessary infrastructure.

24 Aug 2012 | New rules could mean electricity companies won't be able to profit from over-investing in their poles and wires.

NSW Fair Trading investigates electricity switching sites after CHOICE super complaint

NSW Fair Trading to launch investigations following CHOICE’s super complaint on electricity switching sites.

29 Jun 2012 | NSW Fair trading believes further investigation is needed to establish whether switching sites are breaching the Australian Consumer Law.

1 July 2012 - changes that affect you

The new financial year sees the introduction of a number of reforms aimed at helping consumers.

27 Jun 2012 | We outline some key consumer reforms that will come into place on 1 July 2012.

Electricity prices increase Australia-wide

Electricity prices have become turbo-charged, but savvy consumers can beat the price rises.

18 Jun 2012 | Several factors are driving up electricity prices across Australia but you can beat them with these handy tips.

Energy efficiency can reduce electricity bills

The Australian Government investigates the merits of a national Energy Savings Initiative.

2 May 2012 | A national scheme could require energy companies to help households implement energy saving measures.

Reduce your bills as electricity prices rise

Prices may be on there rise but there are things you can do to keep control of your bills.

13 Apr 2012 | Electricity prices are continuing to rise but here's how you can reduce your bills.

CHOICE lodges super complaint

Our first super complaint under the pilot project with NSW Fair Trading has been lodged on electricity switching sites.

8 Mar 2012 | CHOICE has lodged its first super complaint, part of a pilot project with NSW Fair Trading on electricity switching sites.

Go-4-Green recalled

Go4Green reaches the next level of shonkiness.

16 Nov 2011 | Just when you thought it couldn't get any shonkier, Go4Green is recalled due to the risk of electric shock.

Go4Green

This device fails to deliver on its claims of slashing up to 10% from your electricity bill.

22 Sep 2011 | We run tests on another power saver that claims it will save you up to 10% on your electricity bill.

Electricity switching sites

Independent energy comparison site for Victorians

Victorians can now use their own electricity usage data to get a personalised comparison of energy plans.

6 Jan 2014 | Residents of Victoria can use their electricity data to compare energy plans at independent government site My Power Planner.

ACCC warns power companies over ads

Misleading representations about discounts on energy plans must stop, says ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard

27 Jun 2013 | CHOICE supports the ACCC's warning to energy retailers over discount promotions and calls for less confusion and more clarity about electricity prices.

Energy retailers' marketing tactics

Energy retailers are resorting to hard-sell tactics to increase market share.

23 Apr 2013 | Energy retailers are trotting out special deals to try to lock in your business.

accc takes action against shonky energy door-to-door practices

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.

NSW Fair Trading investigates electricity switching sites after CHOICE super complaint

NSW Fair Trading to launch investigations following CHOICE’s super complaint on electricity switching sites.

29 Jun 2012 | NSW Fair trading believes further investigation is needed to establish whether switching sites are breaching the Australian Consumer Law.

Reduce your bills as electricity prices rise

Prices may be on there rise but there are things you can do to keep control of your bills.

13 Apr 2012 | Electricity prices are continuing to rise but here's how you can reduce your bills.

CHOICE lodges super complaint

Our first super complaint under the pilot project with NSW Fair Trading has been lodged on electricity switching sites.

8 Mar 2012 | CHOICE has lodged its first super complaint, part of a pilot project with NSW Fair Trading on electricity switching sites.

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Dishwasher reviews  

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

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

Fridge reviews  

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

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

Ovens review  

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

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

Clothes dryer reviews

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

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

Vacuum cleaner reviews  

We test vacuum cleaners at all price points, from $69 to $1599.

24 Feb 2014 | We reveal which newly tested vacuums - including models from Miele, Dyson, and Hoover - are best at picking up dirt and pet hair.

Washing machine reviews  

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

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

Induction cooktop reviews

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

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

Iron reviews

Are you about to spend too much? Our testers have found buying the most expensive iron is not always a guarantee for wrinkle-free clothing.

5 Feb 2014 | Irons are a less expensive alternative to steam stations, and there are plenty to choose from at varying prices that will get the job done.

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.

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?

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.

Ovens buying guide  

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

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

Elliptical

Crosstrainers  

Elliptical crosstrainers offer a low-impact, full-body workout at home.

2 Jul 2010 | The crosstrainer (also called an elliptical trainer) has been growing in popularity. The smooth-flowing movement has been likened to a mix of cross-country skiing and slow running.

Email

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.

ISP-satisfaction-survey-2013

Your internet provider scorecard revealed

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

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.

Protecting-your-privacy

To mark Privacy Awareness Week, run through our checklist of advice to make sure your personal information is protected.

2 May 2011 | Privacy violations can lead to more than embarrassment; unsecure personal details leave you open to identity theft.

Spam filtering review and compare

Clean up your inbox with these no-cost junk email fighters.

3 Mar 2009 | Spam is not only annoying, but also potentially dangerous. Here's how to combat the ever increasing stream of junk.

Email scams how to avoid them

Email scams are on the rise, but commonsense is the best defence.

3 Dec 2008 | Almost 70 percent of all email in Australia in August 2008 was spam and we rank in the top 10 list of countries.

Email scams

Work-from-home scams

Far from dying out, work-from-home scams are more dangerous than ever.

29 Nov 2011 | Work-from-home offers can be tempting, but they can make you vulnerable to identity theft. We reveal the top five scams, and explain how to protect yourself from them.

Protecting-your-privacy

To mark Privacy Awareness Week, run through our checklist of advice to make sure your personal information is protected.

2 May 2011 | Privacy violations can lead to more than embarrassment; unsecure personal details leave you open to identity theft.

Email scams how to avoid them

Email scams are on the rise, but commonsense is the best defence.

3 Dec 2008 | Almost 70 percent of all email in Australia in August 2008 was spam and we rank in the top 10 list of countries.

Emilia

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?

encryption

Online storage reviews  

Get your head in the cloud with our review of 12 popular data storage and synchronisation services.

27 Feb 2014 | Cloud services store your files offsite so you can access them anywhere. Don't weather the storm with a poor service - we can help you find one with a silver lining.

energizer

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.

Energy

Fixed energy pricing

Customers to have their say about whether retailers should be allowed to continue raising electricity and gas prices during fixed-term contracts.

17 Feb 2014 | Did you know energy companies can increase prices mid-contract? The Australian Energy Market Commission is accepting consumer submissions on a proposed rule to change it.

Don't trade it away!

The Trans-Pacific Partnership concerns all Australians, and we deserve to know what’s in it.

11 Feb 2014 | We need to open the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations up to greater public scrutiny. The government must release the text before a final agreement is reached.

Your utility bill rights

As utility bills continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to know your rights about disconnection.

7 Feb 2014 | If you've ever had trouble coming up with the funds to pay your utility bills, there are some important rights you should know about.

Independent energy comparison site for Victorians

Victorians can now use their own electricity usage data to get a personalised comparison of energy plans.

6 Jan 2014 | Residents of Victoria can use their electricity data to compare energy plans at independent government site My Power Planner.

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.

Easy energy CHOICE campaign

CHOICE is campaigning to close a loophole that allows energy retailers to increase prices without telling consumers first.

29 Oct 2013 | CHOICE is campaigning to close a loophole that allows energy retailers to increase prices without telling consumers first

Portable air conditioner reviews

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

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

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.

Our call for clear information on energy bills

The information CHOICE thinks should be included on your energy bill.

17 Sep 2013 | Australian consumers should have clear information on their energy bills about their energy plans that they can understand at a glance.

ACCC warns power companies over ads

Misleading representations about discounts on energy plans must stop, says ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard

27 Jun 2013 | CHOICE supports the ACCC's warning to energy retailers over discount promotions and calls for less confusion and more clarity about electricity prices.

Solar payback time  

We've recrunched the numbers to give you the latest payback times for a 2.0kW solar panel system.

18 Jun 2013 | They've become much cheaper to install, so payback times for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have decreased in most states.

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.

Take the power back!

Tell our energy ministers that enough is enough on rising electricity bills!

18 Sep 2012 | Electricity prices have been soaring across Australia but now it's time to Take the Power Back by signing our petition.

Hope for end to energy network ‘gold plating’

End to energy network companies charging consumers for unnecessary infrastructure.

24 Aug 2012 | New rules could mean electricity companies won't be able to profit from over-investing in their poles and wires.

Carbon offsets

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

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

NSW Fair Trading investigates electricity switching sites after CHOICE super complaint

NSW Fair Trading to launch investigations following CHOICE’s super complaint on electricity switching sites.

29 Jun 2012 | NSW Fair trading believes further investigation is needed to establish whether switching sites are breaching the Australian Consumer Law.

Bringing home the cost of carbon

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

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

1 July 2012 - changes that affect you

The new financial year sees the introduction of a number of reforms aimed at helping consumers.

27 Jun 2012 | We outline some key consumer reforms that will come into place on 1 July 2012.

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.

Electricity prices increase Australia-wide

Electricity prices have become turbo-charged, but savvy consumers can beat the price rises.

18 Jun 2012 | Several factors are driving up electricity prices across Australia but you can beat them with these handy tips.

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.

Energy efficiency can reduce electricity bills

The Australian Government investigates the merits of a national Energy Savings Initiative.

2 May 2012 | A national scheme could require energy companies to help households implement energy saving measures.

Confusion with Calories and kilojoules

NSW fast food energy education campaign addresses poor understanding of kilojoules.

21 Mar 2012 | The NSW Government has launched a campaign to help consumers make the most of mandatory kilojoule labelling on fast food menu boards.

Go-4-Green recalled

Go4Green reaches the next level of shonkiness.

16 Nov 2011 | Just when you thought it couldn't get any shonkier, Go4Green is recalled due to the risk of electric shock.

The 2011 Shonky awards  

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

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

Energy at Home conference

Solutions and opportunities for home energy use

29 Sep 2011 | CHOICE joined with the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) in Canberra on 13 September 2011 for the Energy at Home conference.

Go4Green

This device fails to deliver on its claims of slashing up to 10% from your electricity bill.

22 Sep 2011 | We run tests on another power saver that claims it will save you up to 10% on your electricity bill.

Time to take the heat out of energy bills

8 Sep 2011 | With Australians being hit with higher energy bills, CHOICE is calling on the Federal Government to create a national energy savings initiative, designed to ensure it results in real savings for households.

Standby energy

Whether its climate change or expense, standby energy affects you.

1 Sep 2011 | Standby energy costs eat into your bank account in small bites and the total cost across the country can amount to tonnes of CO² and other greenhouse gases being emitted.

Building energy ratings

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

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

Save energy, save on bills  

Energy prices are on the rise around Australia but there are steps you can take to cut energy use and save on bills.

1 Jul 2011 | In this video, we take you behind the scenes at the CHOICE labs to get some expert advice from our testers on appliance energy savings.

Call for national energy efficiency program

Action needed to cut bills

20 Jun 2011 | CHOICE has joined calls for a national energy efficiency program to reduce household energy bills.

Philips LEDbulb

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

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

high price to pay

Energy price rises miss mark.

14 Jun 2011 | Consumers are paying the cost of expanding energy networks, while opportunities to cut demand and slash bills are missed.

Power meter reviews

You don't need to spend top dollar on an energy meter, most of the cheaper models will do the job.

8 Jun 2011 | Looking to save on your energy bills? A power meter helps monitor electricity consumption and identify ways to reduce energy usage.

Five ways to reduce your household's energy use

Help the environment by choosing more energy efficient products and changing your behaviour.

6 Jun 2011 | This guide covers enegry efficent appliances, transport options, water usage and more.

Take the 10 percent challenge

A campaign to help Australian households and businesses reduce their energy and fuel use by 10%.

3 Jun 2011 | CHOICE has joined forces with advocacy group DoSomething! to launch the 10% Challenge.

Take the 10 percent challenge

A campaign to help Australian households and businesses reduce their energy and fuel use by 10%.

3 Jun 2011 | CHOICE has joined forces with advocacy group DoSomething! to launch the 10% Challenge.

Unsafe solar panel installations on the rise

Some operators are bypassing safety considerations in their effort to cash in on fast-disappearing government money.

23 May 2011 | Solar panel uptake is surging, but as installers are rushing through jobs, incorrect wiring and circuit breakers are being used.

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.

South Australia to count kilojules

South Australian Government forces fast food retailers to display energy counts on menu boards.

14 Mar 2011 | New regulations requires food chains with 20 or more outlets in SA to display the kilojoule content alongside product price.

Ecoswitch

Cheap and simple, this energy-efficient power switch controls many appliances at once.

31 Jan 2011 | This simple switch can save power around the home by turning off several electrical appliances at once.

Misleading green claims

Our campaign to expose misleading environmental claims notches up another win as former renewable energy retailer Greenswitch is brought to task for breaching the Trade Practices Act.

14 Jan 2010 |

GreenPower keep it real  

Consumers shouldn't pay more to pollute less so big business can pay less to pollute more.

10 Mar 2009 | A flaw in the emissions trading scheme means the extra bits we do – like purchasing GreenPower or carbon offsets – will not actually reduce Australia’s emissions.

Energy overload

With electricity prices set to rise by up to 200% over the next five years, reducing household energy use by improving efficiency is key

24 Feb 2009 | While you're taking measures to save the environment, we're looking to industry and government to find solutions that make saving energy even easier

Energy rating label

Check the label - your choice can influence your energy bill for years.

8 Jan 2008 | Choosing an energy-efficient model will save you money. And because most electricity generation produces greenhouse gases, it’s better for the environment too.

Energy drinks

Coffee chains coffee review and compare

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

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

Sports drinks review and compare

We compared 14 brands of sports drink from supermarkets, servos and convenience stores to give you the facts.

7 Aug 2008 | Unless you’re an athletic superstar, sports drinks won’t make you run faster; they’ll merely make you fatter.

Energy efficiency

Large air conditioner reviews

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

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

Portable air conditioner reviews

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

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

Our call for clear information on energy bills

The information CHOICE thinks should be included on your energy bill.

17 Sep 2013 | Australian consumers should have clear information on their energy bills about their energy plans that they can understand at a glance.

Home heating guide

Follow our tips to keep warm and save yourself money this winter.

31 May 2013 | Winter is here, so it's time to consider your heating options. Here are our tips to reduce your energy use and your bills.

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.

Energy retailers' marketing tactics

Energy retailers are resorting to hard-sell tactics to increase market share.

23 Apr 2013 | Energy retailers are trotting out special deals to try to lock in your business.

Where does my electricity bill go?

Find out which household appliance is costing you the most.

8 Nov 2012 | Our CHOICE experts have crunched the numbers to show you which appliances are costing you the most- and what you can do about it.

Take the power back!

Tell our energy ministers that enough is enough on rising electricity bills!

18 Sep 2012 | Electricity prices have been soaring across Australia but now it's time to Take the Power Back by signing our petition.

Carbon offsets

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

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

Bringing home the cost of carbon

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

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

Electricity prices increase Australia-wide

Electricity prices have become turbo-charged, but savvy consumers can beat the price rises.

18 Jun 2012 | Several factors are driving up electricity prices across Australia but you can beat them with these handy tips.

ICE Solair first look

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

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

Energy efficiency can reduce electricity bills

The Australian Government investigates the merits of a national Energy Savings Initiative.

2 May 2012 | A national scheme could require energy companies to help households implement energy saving measures.

Small air conditioner reviews

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

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

Reduce your bills as electricity prices rise

Prices may be on there rise but there are things you can do to keep control of your bills.

13 Apr 2012 | Electricity prices are continuing to rise but here's how you can reduce your bills.

CHOICE lodges super complaint

Our first super complaint under the pilot project with NSW Fair Trading has been lodged on electricity switching sites.

8 Mar 2012 | CHOICE has lodged its first super complaint, part of a pilot project with NSW Fair Trading on electricity switching sites.

Go-4-Green recalled

Go4Green reaches the next level of shonkiness.

16 Nov 2011 | Just when you thought it couldn't get any shonkier, Go4Green is recalled due to the risk of electric shock.

Energy at Home conference

Solutions and opportunities for home energy use

29 Sep 2011 | CHOICE joined with the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) in Canberra on 13 September 2011 for the Energy at Home conference.

Go4Green

This device fails to deliver on its claims of slashing up to 10% from your electricity bill.

22 Sep 2011 | We run tests on another power saver that claims it will save you up to 10% on your electricity bill.

Time to take the heat out of energy bills

8 Sep 2011 | With Australians being hit with higher energy bills, CHOICE is calling on the Federal Government to create a national energy savings initiative, designed to ensure it results in real savings for households.

Solar schemes dimmed

Solar kickbacks around the country are being wound down, with several states surpassing or nearing their limits.

2 Aug 2011 | Applicants for solar schemes around the country may have difficulty obtaining solar feed in tariffs, with several states reaching capacity.

Building energy ratings

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

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

carbon-price-and-you

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

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

Save energy, save on bills  

Energy prices are on the rise around Australia but there are steps you can take to cut energy use and save on bills.

1 Jul 2011 | In this video, we take you behind the scenes at the CHOICE labs to get some expert advice from our testers on appliance energy savings.

Food waste

Aussie households bin close to three million tonnes of food each year.

28 Jun 2011 | CHOICE explains how you can do your bit to reduce household food waste, save money and help the environment in the process.

Call for national energy efficiency program

Action needed to cut bills

20 Jun 2011 | CHOICE has joined calls for a national energy efficiency program to reduce household energy bills.

high price to pay

Energy price rises miss mark.

14 Jun 2011 | Consumers are paying the cost of expanding energy networks, while opportunities to cut demand and slash bills are missed.

Power meter reviews

You don't need to spend top dollar on an energy meter, most of the cheaper models will do the job.

8 Jun 2011 | Looking to save on your energy bills? A power meter helps monitor electricity consumption and identify ways to reduce energy usage.

Five ways to reduce your household's energy use

Help the environment by choosing more energy efficient products and changing your behaviour.

6 Jun 2011 | This guide covers enegry efficent appliances, transport options, water usage and more.

Take the 10 percent challenge

A campaign to help Australian households and businesses reduce their energy and fuel use by 10%.

3 Jun 2011 | CHOICE has joined forces with advocacy group DoSomething! to launch the 10% Challenge.

Unsafe solar panel installations on the rise

Some operators are bypassing safety considerations in their effort to cash in on fast-disappearing government money.

23 May 2011 | Solar panel uptake is surging, but as installers are rushing through jobs, incorrect wiring and circuit breakers are being used.

Old appliances that last

Not everything is disposable these days.

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

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.

Ecoswitch

Cheap and simple, this energy-efficient power switch controls many appliances at once.

31 Jan 2011 | This simple switch can save power around the home by turning off several electrical appliances at once.

Misleading green claims

Our campaign to expose misleading environmental claims notches up another win as former renewable energy retailer Greenswitch is brought to task for breaching the Trade Practices Act.

14 Jan 2010 |

Queensland bans energy inefficient air conditioners

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

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

Computers energy costs

How much energy is being sucked up by the technology around your home? And what can you do about it?

30 May 2008 | Studies show that many of us simply aren’t aware of just how much energy household electronics consume.

Green home interactive

Find out how to be green around your home with our virtual tour.

4 May 2008 | From the kitchen and laundry to the living room and backyard find out how your efforts can be best spent to help reduce your carbon footprint and create a greener future.

Energy rating label

Check the label - your choice can influence your energy bill for years.

8 Jan 2008 | Choosing an energy-efficient model will save you money. And because most electricity generation produces greenhouse gases, it’s better for the environment too.

Greenpower factsheet

In Australia, electricity consumption, powered mainly by coal, is high.

1 May 2007 | Switching to accredited GreenPower would significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions your household is responsible for, and it’s now available to all Australian households.

Energy rating

Large air conditioner reviews

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

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

Where does my electricity bill go?

Find out which household appliance is costing you the most.

8 Nov 2012 | Our CHOICE experts have crunched the numbers to show you which appliances are costing you the most- and what you can do about it.

Carbon offsets

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

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

Go-4-Green recalled

Go4Green reaches the next level of shonkiness.

16 Nov 2011 | Just when you thought it couldn't get any shonkier, Go4Green is recalled due to the risk of electric shock.

Energy at Home conference

Solutions and opportunities for home energy use

29 Sep 2011 | CHOICE joined with the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) in Canberra on 13 September 2011 for the Energy at Home conference.

Standby energy

Whether its climate change or expense, standby energy affects you.

1 Sep 2011 | Standby energy costs eat into your bank account in small bites and the total cost across the country can amount to tonnes of CO² and other greenhouse gases being emitted.

Building energy ratings

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

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

carbon-price-and-you

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

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

Power meter reviews

You don't need to spend top dollar on an energy meter, most of the cheaper models will do the job.

8 Jun 2011 | Looking to save on your energy bills? A power meter helps monitor electricity consumption and identify ways to reduce energy usage.

Television gets energy label

More stars on your new TV mean greater efficiency.

1 Jan 2009 | The federal government mandated that all TVs must have energy ratings by April 2009 and any with a one-star rating or less will be banned from sale after October 2009.

Energy rating label

Check the label - your choice can influence your energy bill for years.

8 Jan 2008 | Choosing an energy-efficient model will save you money. And because most electricity generation produces greenhouse gases, it’s better for the environment too.

Energy service provider

Fixed energy pricing

Customers to have their say about whether retailers should be allowed to continue raising electricity and gas prices during fixed-term contracts.

17 Feb 2014 | Did you know energy companies can increase prices mid-contract? The Australian Energy Market Commission is accepting consumer submissions on a proposed rule to change it.

Your utility bill rights

As utility bills continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to know your rights about disconnection.

7 Feb 2014 | If you've ever had trouble coming up with the funds to pay your utility bills, there are some important rights you should know about.

Easy energy CHOICE campaign

CHOICE is campaigning to close a loophole that allows energy retailers to increase prices without telling consumers first.

29 Oct 2013 | CHOICE is campaigning to close a loophole that allows energy retailers to increase prices without telling consumers first

Our call for clear information on energy bills

The information CHOICE thinks should be included on your energy bill.

17 Sep 2013 | Australian consumers should have clear information on their energy bills about their energy plans that they can understand at a glance.

ACCC warns power companies over ads

Misleading representations about discounts on energy plans must stop, says ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard

27 Jun 2013 | CHOICE supports the ACCC's warning to energy retailers over discount promotions and calls for less confusion and more clarity about electricity prices.

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.

Energy retailers' marketing tactics

Energy retailers are resorting to hard-sell tactics to increase market share.

23 Apr 2013 | Energy retailers are trotting out special deals to try to lock in your business.

Take the power back!

Tell our energy ministers that enough is enough on rising electricity bills!

18 Sep 2012 | Electricity prices have been soaring across Australia but now it's time to Take the Power Back by signing our petition.

Hope for end to energy network ‘gold plating’

End to energy network companies charging consumers for unnecessary infrastructure.

24 Aug 2012 | New rules could mean electricity companies won't be able to profit from over-investing in their poles and wires.

accc takes action against shonky energy door-to-door practices

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.

Electricity prices increase Australia-wide

Electricity prices have become turbo-charged, but savvy consumers can beat the price rises.

18 Jun 2012 | Several factors are driving up electricity prices across Australia but you can beat them with these handy tips.

Reduce your bills as electricity prices rise

Prices may be on there rise but there are things you can do to keep control of your bills.

13 Apr 2012 | Electricity prices are continuing to rise but here's how you can reduce your bills.

CHOICE lodges super complaint

Our first super complaint under the pilot project with NSW Fair Trading has been lodged on electricity switching sites.

8 Mar 2012 | CHOICE has lodged its first super complaint, part of a pilot project with NSW Fair Trading on electricity switching sites.

Go4Green

This device fails to deliver on its claims of slashing up to 10% from your electricity bill.

22 Sep 2011 | We run tests on another power saver that claims it will save you up to 10% on your electricity bill.

Time to take the heat out of energy bills

8 Sep 2011 | With Australians being hit with higher energy bills, CHOICE is calling on the Federal Government to create a national energy savings initiative, designed to ensure it results in real savings for households.

high price to pay

Energy price rises miss mark.

14 Jun 2011 | Consumers are paying the cost of expanding energy networks, while opportunities to cut demand and slash bills are missed.

Misleading green claims

Our campaign to expose misleading environmental claims notches up another win as former renewable energy retailer Greenswitch is brought to task for breaching the Trade Practices Act.

14 Jan 2010 |

CHOICE power switching survey

CHOICE investigates why consumers switch electricity retailers.

26 Feb 2009 | With the increased cost of power generation, household bills are set to rise nationally over the next few years and consumers will be on the look-out for cheaper energy prices.

Greenpower factsheet

In Australia, electricity consumption, powered mainly by coal, is high.

1 May 2007 | Switching to accredited GreenPower would significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions your household is responsible for, and it’s now available to all Australian households.

Envi

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.

Environment

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.

Chemicals in cleaning products

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

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

Home heating guide

Follow our tips to keep warm and save yourself money this winter.

31 May 2013 | Winter is here, so it's time to consider your heating options. Here are our tips to reduce your energy use and your bills.

Where does my electricity bill go?

Find out which household appliance is costing you the most.

8 Nov 2012 | Our CHOICE experts have crunched the numbers to show you which appliances are costing you the most- and what you can do about it.

Carbon offsets

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

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

Bringing home the cost of carbon

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

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

VW BlueMotion first look

Some twists and turns make the BlueMotion another green option.

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

Go-4-Green recalled

Go4Green reaches the next level of shonkiness.

16 Nov 2011 | Just when you thought it couldn't get any shonkier, Go4Green is recalled due to the risk of electric shock.

Go4Green

This device fails to deliver on its claims of slashing up to 10% from your electricity bill.

22 Sep 2011 | We run tests on another power saver that claims it will save you up to 10% on your electricity bill.

Standby energy

Whether its climate change or expense, standby energy affects you.

1 Sep 2011 | Standby energy costs eat into your bank account in small bites and the total cost across the country can amount to tonnes of CO² and other greenhouse gases being emitted.

carbon-price-and-you

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

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

Food waste

Aussie households bin close to three million tonnes of food each year.

28 Jun 2011 | CHOICE explains how you can do your bit to reduce household food waste, save money and help the environment in the process.

Unsafe solar panel installations on the rise

Some operators are bypassing safety considerations in their effort to cash in on fast-disappearing government money.

23 May 2011 | Solar panel uptake is surging, but as installers are rushing through jobs, incorrect wiring and circuit breakers are being used.

Household waste management guide

A staggering 24 million tonnes of waste material goes into Australian landfill each year. You can help reduce that figure.

14 Apr 2011 | Reducing household waste can be as easy as altering household disposal systems. CHOICE shows you some ways to make your home greener.

Ecoswitch

Cheap and simple, this energy-efficient power switch controls many appliances at once.

31 Jan 2011 | This simple switch can save power around the home by turning off several electrical appliances at once.

Biofuels-and-E10

CHOICE looks at the pros and cons of biofuels such as ethanol.

18 Oct 2010 | Biofuels such as E10 are meant to have environmental benefits, but are there hidden costs?

Misleading green claims

Our campaign to expose misleading environmental claims notches up another win as former renewable energy retailer Greenswitch is brought to task for breaching the Trade Practices Act.

14 Jan 2010 |

Good wood guide released in Australia

When it comes to wood, consumer choices can make a real difference to communities and environments all around the world.

10 Jun 2009 | CHOICE welcomes Greenpeace’s Good Wood Guide, an initiative which will help Australians make sustainable and ethical decisions when buying timber.

World environment day marks awards

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

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

World environment day marks awards

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

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

The carbon pollution reduction scheme implications for households

What are the implications of the CPRS for households?

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

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is already here, yet most of us know nothing about it.

22 Jun 2007 | Nanotechnology is heralded as making products and processes smaller, smarter, cleaner and safer, but could also spell trouble for our health and the environment.

Microfibre cleaning mitts

Is microfibre cleaning the way forward?

9 Mar 2005 | Microfibre mitts are made of minute synthetic fibres that trap dirt, dust, grease and moisture from surfaces, and are claimed to save time and money.

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.

Enzee

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.

EPG

Plasma and LCD TV reviews  

We put TVs of all types through their paces in our laboratories.

10 Mar 2014 | Which TV best suits your needs? Our review will help you make the critical decisions.

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.

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.

Epson

Multifunction printers review

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

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

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.

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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.

Coffee roaster reviews

True coffee connoisseurs may consider this purchase obligatory.

13 Mar 2012 | If you want to control the freshness and flavour of your coffee then look no further than a home coffee roaster.

Gift ideas for the kitchen

These gift ideas will please any budding amateur chef.

29 Nov 2011 | CHOICE picks the kitchen gadgets that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to cook.

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.

e-readers

Ebook reader reviews

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

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

Apple ebook pricing

Is there a problem with ebook pricing?

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

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.

Ergobaby

Baby carrier and sling reviews  

Try before you buy when choosing a baby carrier or sling.

4 Jun 2012 | With a baby carrier or sling, you can keep your baby close and secure while leaving your hands free for other tasks.

Espresso

Home espresso coffee machine reviews  

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

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

Automatic espresso machine reviews

Automatic espresso machines are more convenient - and some make very good coffee.

20 Aug 2013 | For a fast coffee hit, doesn't real espresso at the push of a button sound more appealing than instant coffee from a tin?

Gift ideas for the kitchen

These gift ideas will please any budding amateur chef.

29 Nov 2011 | CHOICE picks the kitchen gadgets that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to cook.

MyPressi Twist Quick Review

How effective is this handheld gadget at making a good cup of coffee?

23 Feb 2011 | Despite their convenience, handheld espresso makers still don't make a decent cup of coffee.

Sunbeam milk frother quick review

These coffee gadgets still don't live up to the hype - or their price tag.

21 Dec 2010 | CHOICE says an espresso machine with in-built milk frother is a better way to go.

Lattemento quick review

High price for a poor quality froth.

4 Aug 2010 | Why spend money on a milk frother, when for a little more you can buy an espresso machine that froths milk as well as makes a great cuppa?

Handpresso Quick Review

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

30 Dec 2009 | A promising concept fails in practice.

Ground coffee reviews

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

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

Coffee roasters

True coffee connoisseurs may consider this purchase obligatory.

25 Nov 2009 | Cheaper than buying coffee in a supermarket, roasters also give you fresh coffee on tap.

Ethanol

Biofuels-and-E10

CHOICE looks at the pros and cons of biofuels such as ethanol.

18 Oct 2010 | Biofuels such as E10 are meant to have environmental benefits, but are there hidden costs?

Ethical consumption

Ethical fashion

How can you know who really made your clothes? Unravelling the answers isn't easy.

17 Feb 2014 | Even Australian-made garments are likely not as ethically made as you thought they were. We look into the real cost of your clothes.

Animal testing labelling  

Can you trust a cosmetic company's claims that its products aren't tested on animals? If it sells them in China, possibly not.

6 May 2013 | Your favourite cosmetic brands could be being tested on animals even while they claim not to be. Find out which are the worst offenders.

Carbon offsets

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

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

Biofuels-and-E10

CHOICE looks at the pros and cons of biofuels such as ethanol.

18 Oct 2010 | Biofuels such as E10 are meant to have environmental benefits, but are there hidden costs?

Consumer awareness survey

Do labour conditions in developing countries affect our purchasing decisions?

3 Jul 2008 | In conjunction with Amnesty International, we asked 1000 Australians to reveal their buying attitudes.

Ethical investing

Ethical investing

You might be surprised where some ethical and sustainable funds invest your money.

26 Aug 2007 | State governments' super funds are investing millions of dollars of their employees’ super in gambling, cigarette and oil companies?

Euky

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.

Euromaid

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.

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.

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Cinema rip offs

Are we being charged too much at the box office? CHOICE shows you how to get the most bang for your buck on your next trip to the movies.

10 Mar 2011 | With movie ticket and candy bar prices continuing to rise, can a night at the movies be affordable?

Everdure

Unflued gas heater reviews

Warm up large spaces quickly and efficiently.

30 May 2012 | Unflued gas heaters deliver quick, energy-efficient and comparatively cheap warmth to individual rooms in your home.

Gift ideas for the kitchen

These gift ideas will please any budding amateur chef.

29 Nov 2011 | CHOICE picks the kitchen gadgets that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to cook.

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.

Excelsior

Garment steamer reviews

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

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

Excess-packaging

Excess packaging

As online shopping takes off, so does the amount of packaging in the system.

24 Nov 2011 | The amount of packaging material in the postal system is piling up as more and more people do their shopping online.

exchange-rates

Foreign transaction fees

Foreign exchange is rarely a straightforward transaction.

10 Jul 2012 | Exchange rates say Aussies should be picking up a nice little bonus on overseas transactions this year. Research by a savvy CHOICE member says otherwise.

Exercise

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?

Fitness watches

CHOICE member Gareth Davies and his family put five fitness watches through their paces.

19 Feb 2014 | The very athletic Davies family give us a rundown on a Garmin Forerunner, Magellan Switch, Polar and Tom Tom multi-sport fitness watches.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New-ways-of-working-out

Gyms that cater to different ways of working out

14 Aug 2013 | Gyms are diversifying to provide 24-hour access, fast workouts and specific types of workout, like CrossFit. Which one is right for you?

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.

Choosing a personal trainer

Look for someone who's qualified, registered and with good interpersonal skills.

12 Dec 2012 | Personal training should be a holistic, lifestyle approach to health and fitness — not just having someone make you run around for an hour.

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?

Exercise experts  

We explain how you can get the right advice for your exercise needs.

23 Jul 2012 | We take a look at the main types of fitness professionals, and what to look for when choosing one.

Compression sportswear

CHOICE finds out whether these exercise garments really improve performance.

9 Nov 2011 | Compression sportswear is said to improve performance and and recovery. CHOICE investigates the evidence for these claims.

No benefit from Power Balance

ACCC action puts local distributor out of business

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

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.

Treadmills buying guide   

Like to exercise in private rather than in a gym? A treadmill could be for you.

3 Sep 2010 | We all know we need to exercise, but few of us have the time, or the motivation to fit it into our lives. That's where the home treadmill comes in.

Power Balance quick review

This so-called exercise-assisting “hologram” is nothing more than a pricey placebo.

26 Aug 2010 | Power Balance claims its products work with, and optimise, your body’s energy field.

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.

Swimming goggles

Your guide to finding the right pair of goggles this summer.

30 Nov 2009 | We reviewed 17 goggles priced between $3 and $50, selected from the major brands. See our top 10 buys and the technical advances worth paying for.

Heart rate monitor reviews

Whether you’re an athlete or just keeping an eye on your health when exercising, what can you expect from a heart rate monitor?

12 Nov 2009 | Choice tested 19 heart rate monitors for ease of use and performance, priced between $30 and $399.

Unfair gym contracts

CHOICE reveals the pressure tactics gyms use to lock you into their contracts.

29 Apr 2009 | It's a common scenario: you decide it's time to do something about your health and fitness and head to the nearest gym, keen to change some bad habits.

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.

Running shoes buying guide

How to pick the best pair of running shoes for your foot type

10 Mar 2008 | Choosing the right pair of running shoes can be a frustrating (and expensive) task. CHOICE discovered even professional runners can find the experience overwhelming.

Getting around on a bike

Cycling is booming in Australia — not just for recreation but for transport.

29 Feb 2008 | Cycling for transport is on the increase. CHOICE tells you how to find your way around, and keep safe on the roads.

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.

Nike+ / iPod Sport Kit

Need a bit of help to stay fit? How about some extra motivation?

19 Nov 2007 | The Nike+ / iPod Sport Kit is a personal workout coach with a difference.

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.

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.

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.

Home fitness equipment

Exercise equipment can be fun at first, but what does it take to keep you happy, hooked and healthy?

5 Sep 2005 | We asked readers who own exercise bikes, treadmills and elliptical trainers what makes for a good or bad purchase decision.

Gyms

It’s a jungle out there and our gym survey discovered plenty of pitfalls for the unwary.

12 Jul 2004 | Interested in discovering the scope and prevalence of consumer issues with regard to gyms, CHOICE conducted an Australia-wide online survey.

Exercise equipment

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?

Fitness watches

CHOICE member Gareth Davies and his family put five fitness watches through their paces.

19 Feb 2014 | The very athletic Davies family give us a rundown on a Garmin Forerunner, Magellan Switch, Polar and Tom Tom multi-sport fitness watches.

No benefit from Power Balance

ACCC action puts local distributor out of business

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

CHOICE-summer-guide

Be proactive about your New Year's fitness resolution with this round-up of tips and recommended products.

20 Jan 2011 | We've put together the CHOICE summer guide to help you get the best start to 2011.

Bike accessory reviews

See our round-up and recommendations for all the hottest accessories, including lights, locks, baskets, racks and floor pumps.

7 Aug 2010 | CHOICE joins forces with our friends at Bicycle Victoria to give you the bike riding essentials.

Crosstrainers  

Elliptical crosstrainers offer a low-impact, full-body workout at home.

2 Jul 2010 | The crosstrainer (also called an elliptical trainer) has been growing in popularity. The smooth-flowing movement has been likened to a mix of cross-country skiing and slow running.

Swimming goggles

Your guide to finding the right pair of goggles this summer.

30 Nov 2009 | We reviewed 17 goggles priced between $3 and $50, selected from the major brands. See our top 10 buys and the technical advances worth paying for.

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.

Heart rate monitor reviews

Whether you’re an athlete or just keeping an eye on your health when exercising, what can you expect from a heart rate monitor?

12 Nov 2009 | Choice tested 19 heart rate monitors for ease of use and performance, priced between $30 and $399.

Cross trainers review and compare

Elliptical crosstrainers offer low-impact, whole-body exercise – but choose the right one.

4 Aug 2009 | CHOICE put seven models to the test, to find which ones are easiest and most comfortable to use while still giving an effective workout.

Unfair gym contracts

CHOICE reveals the pressure tactics gyms use to lock you into their contracts.

29 Apr 2009 | It's a common scenario: you decide it's time to do something about your health and fitness and head to the nearest gym, keen to change some bad habits.

Running shoes buying guide

How to pick the best pair of running shoes for your foot type

10 Mar 2008 | Choosing the right pair of running shoes can be a frustrating (and expensive) task. CHOICE discovered even professional runners can find the experience overwhelming.

Surfboards  

Find out which is best with CHOICE’s round up of the latest surfboard options.

10 Dec 2007 | Recently, a new type of mass produced epoxy surfboard arrived on the market which the makers claim is more suitable for novice surfers than the traditional fibreglass surfboard.

Nike+ / iPod Sport Kit

Need a bit of help to stay fit? How about some extra motivation?

19 Nov 2007 | The Nike+ / iPod Sport Kit is a personal workout coach with a difference.

Bodyboards buying guide

Bodyboards are more affordable, less tiring, safer and easier to transport than surfboards.

29 Oct 2007 | Bodyboards are a great way to hit the surf without going through the hard yards of learning to surf.

Snowboarding wristguards

There's strong evidence that wristguards prevent fractures.

26 Jun 2007 | International studies show that 25 percent of all snowboard injuries affect the wrist, and that 70 percent of wrist injuries are fractures.

Home fitness equipment

Exercise equipment can be fun at first, but what does it take to keep you happy, hooked and healthy?

5 Sep 2005 | We asked readers who own exercise bikes, treadmills and elliptical trainers what makes for a good or bad purchase decision.

Gyms

It’s a jungle out there and our gym survey discovered plenty of pitfalls for the unwary.

12 Jul 2004 | Interested in discovering the scope and prevalence of consumer issues with regard to gyms, CHOICE conducted an Australia-wide online survey.

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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.

Exercise experts  

We explain how you can get the right advice for your exercise needs.

23 Jul 2012 | We take a look at the main types of fitness professionals, and what to look for when choosing one.

Expedia

Hotel review sites

Think twice and double-check before trusting a user-generated review.

4 Nov 2013 | User-generated review sites like Trip Advisor still have a long way to go in ensuring the reliability of their reviews.

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.

Extended warranties

Know your consumer rights

What are your rights as a consumer?

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

Extended warranties

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

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

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.

Unnecessary insurance policies

There are some insurance policies you can definitely live without.

13 Aug 2011 | We expose the top five types of junk insurance and suggest some smarter alternatives.

Getting the most from product warranties  

Use our tools to insist on your rights when products don’t work as they should. And help us pressure retailers to sign our Fair Warranty Charter.

3 Dec 2009 | You have a legal right to ask your retailer to repair or replace faulty goods – or give you a refund.

Extended warranties

Are you being served or served up when offered an extended warranty?

12 Nov 2008 | To find out if people are being pressured by retailers into buying extended warranties, CHOICE and the NSW Office of Fair Trading conducted an online survey and shadow shop of electrical retailers.

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