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Gadgets

Smartphone reviews  

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

4 Jul 2014 | We review the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G Flex, as well as the latest models from Sony, Nokia and Motorola.

Telcos tussle over data sharing lures

Telstra and Optus fight for customers with new plans that allow multiple mobile devices to share data on a single plan.

4 Jun 2014 | Telstra and Optus are playing tug of war over customers using new data sharing plans that allow customers to spread their data usage across multiple mobile devices.

Back to the tabletop

Tabletop games are defying technology, and making a triumphant return to lounge rooms across the country.

3 Jun 2014 | Remember Snakes and ladders? How about Monopoly? These and other board games such as Settlers of Catan are enjoying a massive resurgence, as video-game fans and new players are turning towards the tabletop. We find out why.

Nintendo Wii U review

Are the unique points of the Wii U enough to make it a serious contender against the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One?

12 May 2014 | The Nintendo Wii has sold more than 100 million units since its launch six years ago. We spent some time with its successor, the Wii U, to find out if Nintendo will rock the gaming world again.

First look Oculus Rift virtual reality headset

Social media giant buys Oculus Rift technology.

26 Mar 2014 | The Oculus Rift virtual reality kit is already shaping up to be the defining VR headset for PC users. And Facebook wants a piece of the action.

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.

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.

First look: Ouya

Console games go open source with this Android alternative

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

Parrot AR.Drone first look

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

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

Sony 3D viewer first look

This device lets you watch and play in 3D in relative privacy.

1 May 2012 | We take a look at the Sony HMZ-T1 personal 3d viewer, and find out whether it stacks up to its claims.

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.

Gaggia

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.

Gambling

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.

Game consoles

CHOICE Computer goes to EB Expo

Games, hardware and cosplay on show at one of Australia's biggest annual games events.

8 Oct 2014 | CHOICE checks out a bunch of new and upcoming games, along with the latest developments in game-related hardware.

Eighth generation consoles roundup

The eighth generation of consoles has promised a big boost for gamers. Is it time to jump on board?

25 Jun 2014 | The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have been on shelves for just over six months, while the Wii U has been around for 18. Here’s how each console compares.

Back to the tabletop

Tabletop games are defying technology, and making a triumphant return to lounge rooms across the country.

3 Jun 2014 | Remember Snakes and ladders? How about Monopoly? These and other board games such as Settlers of Catan are enjoying a massive resurgence, as video-game fans and new players are turning towards the tabletop. We find out why.

TwitchTube

The Google-owned video-sharing giant is reportedly in talks with Twitch to buy it out.

20 May 2014 |

Nintendo Wii U review

Are the unique points of the Wii U enough to make it a serious contender against the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One?

12 May 2014 | The Nintendo Wii has sold more than 100 million units since its launch six years ago. We spent some time with its successor, the Wii U, to find out if Nintendo will rock the gaming world again.

Raidiers of the lost Atari

Documentary team excavates games graveyard and finds E.T. - one of the worst games of all time.

30 Apr 2014 | Legend has it that Atari buried millions of unsellable cartridges in 1983. After more than 30 years of speculation, the legend turned out to be true.

Hulu blocked to Australian viewers

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

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

Software-easter-eggs

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

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

First look Oculus Rift virtual reality headset

Social media giant buys Oculus Rift technology.

26 Mar 2014 | The Oculus Rift virtual reality kit is already shaping up to be the defining VR headset for PC users. And Facebook wants a piece of the action.

First look: Ouya

Console games go open source with this Android alternative

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

PS4 and Xbox One games to include the Australia Tax

New Xbox and PlayStation games will cost more in Australia

30 Jul 2013 | Australians continue face higher prices for games on both the PS4 and Xbox One consoles, highlighting the need for action.

Xbox One-Eighty

Technology giant backflips following consumer backlash

20 Jun 2013 | Microsoft removes DRM restrictions from its new Xbox One console following online revolt by gamers.

Sony 3D viewer first look

This device lets you watch and play in 3D in relative privacy.

1 May 2012 | We take a look at the Sony HMZ-T1 personal 3d viewer, and find out whether it stacks up to its claims.

Keeping fit with consoles

Use the motion controller in the latest consoles to keep fit at home.

14 Apr 2011 | We asked 17 people to try out a selection of fitness, party games and multi-player titles on three consoles.

TV redemptions

CHOICE puts the redemption process to the test.

7 Apr 2011 | With so many hoops to jump through, are the free goodies offered by redemption promotions really worth it?

Game console reviews

We put the top three console entertainment systems to the test: the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.

15 Nov 2010 | The new battle for the hearts, minds and wallets of Australia’s electronic game playing population has hit fever pitch.

Game console reviews

We put the top three console entertainment systems to the test: the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.

15 Nov 2010 | The new battle for the hearts, minds and wallets of Australia’s electronic game playing population has hit fever pitch.

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.

Nintendo DSi

Nintendo’s latest childish diversion may hook some adults as well.

23 Jun 2009 | CHOICE enlisted the most expert tester available – a 10-year-old schoolboy – to evaluate Nintendo’s latest handheld gaming console and discover what’s new with one of the most popular gaming devices on the planet.

Wii fit review

Can the Nintendo Wii Fit make fitness fun?

15 Aug 2008 | The Wii Fit is an interactive fitness package for the Wii games console from Nintendo. It features 40 different activities designed to help you get into shape.

Nintendo Wii quick review

Is the latest games console a must-have or mere novelty?

1 May 2008 | Nintendo’s Wii introduced a new era of gaming by eschewing the path taken by the other games console manufacturers and produced something a little innovative.

Gardener's-Choice

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.

Gardening

Grow your own vegetables

Save on fruit and veggies by growing your own

13 Jan 2014 | More and more people are growing their own fruit and vegetables and saving money on their grocery bills. CHOICE shows you how to set up your own veggie patch.

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.

Secateurs

Secateurs are an essential tool for most gardeners - but do you need to pay top dollar for them?

8 Aug 2013 | We test 13 bypass secateurs, priced from $4 to $66, for cutting performance and ease of use.

Garden shredders review

A garden shredder is handy for turning unwanted cuttings into mulch and compost.

8 Aug 2013 | We test eight electric garden shredders priced from $200 to $499 for performance on green, dry, and leafy material.

Mulcher lawnmower reviews

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

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

Retractable hose reel reviews

We test nine retractable hose reels, ranging in price from $69 to $199.

28 Oct 2011 | CHOICE tests nine retractable hose reels for their ease of use and features.

Husqvarna Automower 305

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

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

Bosch Ciso cordless secateurs

The Bosch Ciso cordless secateurs offer powered pruning for the serious (or arthritic) gardener.

20 Jul 2011 | This product claims to make pruning an effortless task; we put it to the test.

Blower vacs review

These garden tools are quicker than using a rake or broom, but also noisier and dirtier.

17 Mar 2011 | We tested affordable petrol models as well as several corded electric models to see if they're a better option than the backyard broom.

Lawn mowers buying guide

What type of mower for you? Petrol, electric, battery?

17 May 2009 | What type of mower for you? Petrol, electric, battery? Generally petrol have the best cutting performance, though many electric models now come close.

Alligator lopper quick review

The Lopper chainsaw is now available in a cordless version. We tested it to see how it compares to the original

19 Mar 2009 | When CHOICE reviewed the corded Alligator Lopper we found it worked well and was easy to use but we had some reservations about safety.

HAAGA Outdoor sweeper review

A quiet and efficient outdoor sweeper - does it live up to expectations?

7 Oct 2008 | The HAAGA TopSweep55 is a manual outdoor sweeper which claims to work quickly, quietly and efficiently at picking up almost anything in its path: leaves, stones, paper, empty cans and fine dirt.

Push and petrol lawn mowers reviews

Which lawn mower will not only cut your grass well but also have the least environmental impact?

29 Sep 2008 | CHOICE tested both types of mowers for their performance and ease of use and checked the noise and safety of the petrol mowers as well.

Aerogarden review

High-tech gardeners count the cost of convenience.

23 Sep 2008 | Billed as the world’s first self-contained indoor garden appliance, Aerogarden promises dirt-free and virtually set-and-forget produce.

Grass trimmer reviews

Petrol trimmers outgun their cordless cousins.

1 Aug 2006 | We tested grass trimmers for a number of things including horizontal trimming along fences and walls and ease of use.

Mulcher lawn mowers reviews

Mulching the grass you cut makes a lot of sense, not just for environmental reasons.

9 Jan 2006 | Most of the mowers performed well, but one of the cheaper models impressed on all fronts.

Petrol lawn mower reviews

You can get a good petrol lawnmower for less than $400.

27 Oct 2005 | Most of the models on test cut grass very well, but not all are easy to use.

Ladders review 2005

Are they all equal?

8 Jan 2005 | We put seven multipurpose ladders to the test as well as five stepladders to see if they'd pass a "walking" test.

Garden design software

Garden design software can help you plan and maintain your patch of green, but packages have their drawbacks.

7 Jan 2004 | You could employ a professional landscaper to give your garden a makeover or try the cheaper, do-it-yourself approach — garden design software.

Garden lights

Retractable hose reel reviews

We test nine retractable hose reels, ranging in price from $69 to $199.

28 Oct 2011 | CHOICE tests nine retractable hose reels for their ease of use and features.

Garden lights review and compare

More work is needed before solar garden lights become anything more than decorative.

11 Mar 2009 | Improvements have been made in battery life since we last tested, although not a lot has changed in the solar technology.

Aerogarden review

High-tech gardeners count the cost of convenience.

23 Sep 2008 | Billed as the world’s first self-contained indoor garden appliance, Aerogarden promises dirt-free and virtually set-and-forget produce.

garment-steamers

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.

Garmin

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.

Consumer Electronics Show 2012  

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

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

Christmas gift guide for the traveller

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

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

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

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

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

Christmas gift guide

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

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

Bicycle GPS first look

CHOICE takes a look at two GPS Bike offerings

1 Nov 2011 | We put two GPS devices designed for bicycles through their paces to see what's on offer at the expensive and inexpensive ends of the market.

GPS golf watch

A waterproof watch that can tell you how far to the green.

15 Jun 2011 | The Garmin Approach S1 Golf GPS watch could help shave some strokes off your handicap as well as speed up your play.

Gas

Gas heater buying guide

Flued or unflued? Convection or radiant-convection? We explain which gas heater will make your home its toastiest.

5 Aug 2014 | Flued or unflued? That's the number one question when it comes to gas heaters.

Gas costs on the rise

Gas has long been cheaper than electricity, but that may be about to change. So is it time to switch?

20 May 2014 | With gas prices rising faster than electricity, it may be time to rethink our energy decisions.

Home heating guide

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

20 May 2014 | Winter is here, so it's time to consider your heating options. Here are our tips to reduce your energy use and your bills.

Origin Energy faces court for allegedly misleading consumers

The ACCC alleges deceptive and misleading conduct against Origin Energy for representations of discounts on a market contract that was still more expensive than the standard retail contract.

8 May 2014 | Origin Energy is alleged to have misled customers with the discounts offered on one of its market contracts.

Gas prices in NSW to increase

Many consumers will be paying up to $225 more each year on their gas bills.

24 Apr 2014 | Typical consumers in NSW will be paying up to $225 more each year on their gas bills.

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

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?

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.

Barbecue safely

Stay safe around the barbie.

9 Nov 2011 | Don't spoil your holiday - here are some tips on safe backyard entertaining.

Flued gas log fires

The cheapest of the five units tested cost more than $4000 installed, so it pays to buy wisely.

21 Apr 2010 | Flued-gas heating, where fumes are released or pushed outside, offers an efficient and effective option for a big area.

Converting your car to LPG

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

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

Gazelle

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.

GE Money

Coles' partnership with GE Capital raises concerns

Supermarket's joint venture with GE Capital could have repercussions for consumers.

31 Jul 2014 | With supermarket giant Coles announcing a looming joint venture with credit provider GE Capital, consumers could be getting more than they bargained for when they signed up for flybuys.

GE Money fined $1.5m: guilty of false or misleading representations

ASIC cracks down on consumer credit provider GE Money for making false or misleading representations to over 700,000 customers.

3 Jul 2014 | The credit provider falsely told some customers they had to opt in to receiving credit limit increase invitations to activate their credit card.

Travel money card comparisons

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

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

Geneaology

Family tree software reviews

More expensive software can contain extras that are of limited value.

30 Apr 2010 | We review nine programs to help you trace and catalogue your family history.

Genetically modified food

GM corn study causes controversy again

Scientists angered by republication of study with serious flaws.

25 Jun 2014 | Scientists have criticised the republication of controversial study linking GM corn with cancer. The study was originally retracted due to methodological failings which remain unaddressed.

Landmark GM case handed down in WA

Organic farmer's lawsuit against neighbour who planted a GM crop has been dismissed in WA.

30 May 2014 | A WA court has ruled against a farmer who sued his neighbour for contaminating his organic farm with Monsanto Group's Roundup Ready canola.

Pesticides in imported vegetables

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

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

Genetically modified food risks

The Australian market is being flooded with food made from genetically modified (GM) crops. Yet you'd never know from the label.

17 Feb 2010 | Are GM crops jeopardising the safety and security of our food supply?

GM free alcohol guide

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

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

Geneva

iPod speaker dock reviews

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

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

George-Foreman

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.

Gerni

Pressure cleaner reviews

These high-pressure water cleaners blast away grit and grime.

19 Feb 2014 | CHOICE reviews 30 pressure cleaners priced from $69 to $749 and finds that higher operating pressure really is the key to a good blaster.

Gift cards

Gift cards

They're a great last-minute Christmas present, but gift cards can be a waste of money.

6 Nov 2013 | Watch for short expiry dates if you're tempted by the convenience of a gift card.

Mothers Day Home Test

Welcome to our new home test, where we ask CHOICE members to try the products for themselves.

11 May 2012 | We decided to give our lab testers the day off and asked CHOICE member (and mum!), Monique Brunello, to be our home tester and look at some gift ideas for mums.

Gift card submission to Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council

Retailers need to play fair.

4 May 2012 | We support the move to clamp down on anti-consumer practices relating to expiry and conditions-of-use in the $1.5 billion gift card industry.

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.

Borders-and-Angus-and-Robertson-declare-dividends-for-gift-card-holders

Creditors announce the only dividend for gift card holders of the now defunct booksellers

12 Aug 2011 | Borders and Angus & Robertson Gift card holders must complete a gift card claim form by September 1 to receive their dividend.

Retailers to stop accepting gift cards

Borders and Angus & Roberston customers must also use gift cards before 3 April.

24 Mar 2011 | Borders and Angus & Roberston will stop accepting gift cards from the beginning of April.

Gift guide

Gift cards

They're a great last-minute Christmas present, but gift cards can be a waste of money.

6 Nov 2013 | Watch for short expiry dates if you're tempted by the convenience of a gift card.

Mothers Day Home Test

Welcome to our new home test, where we ask CHOICE members to try the products for themselves.

11 May 2012 | We decided to give our lab testers the day off and asked CHOICE member (and mum!), Monique Brunello, to be our home tester and look at some gift ideas for mums.

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.

Mothers-day-guide

This Mother’s Day, we want to give our hardworking mums a gift to thank them for all the ways they make our lives great.

24 Dec 2010 | Our busy mums are faced with a myriad of decisions every day. We believe they should have the best advice at their fingertips this Mothers' Day.

Gillette

Women's razor reviews

Which women's razors shed those unwanted hairs and leave your skin silky smooth?

23 Nov 2012 | We have test results for 13 women's razors from Gillette Venus, Schick and Bic, priced from $0.70 to $16.

Men's razor reviews

Which men's razors achieve a smooth result without damaging your skin?

14 Nov 2012 | The results for this test are shared among several consumer organisations.

gio

Can you really choose your car repairer

We reveal questionable links between car insurers and smash repairers.

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

Gippsland Sprout Co

Flowerdale Farm and Gippsland Sprout mung beans recall

Food products contaminated with E.coli may cause illness if consumed.

18 Jan 2012 | Gippsland Sprout Co is recalling Flowerdale Farm mung beans and Gippsland Sprout mung beans due to a microbial contamination.

Glycaemic index

Is gluten free food healthy?

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

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

Glycaemic Index

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

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

GM

Genetically modified food risks

The Australian market is being flooded with food made from genetically modified (GM) crops. Yet you'd never know from the label.

17 Feb 2010 | Are GM crops jeopardising the safety and security of our food supply?

GMF

Health insurance comparisons

We cut through health insurance jargon to help you decide what’s best for your budget.

30 Jun 2014 | We review 20 open funds in Australia, with recommendations to suit a variety of people in different life stages.

GMHBA

Health insurance comparisons

We cut through health insurance jargon to help you decide what’s best for your budget.

30 Jun 2014 | We review 20 open funds in Australia, with recommendations to suit a variety of people in different life stages.

Guide to switching health insurers

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

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

Go4Green

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?

Go4Green EnergySmart recall

The product may cause an electric shock

17 Nov 2011 | The Go4Green EnergySmart energy saving device, is being recalled as it may cause an electric shock.

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.

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.

Gold

Insuring jewellery

It's traumatic enough losing your jewellery without having to worry about insurance problems as well.

17 Oct 2011 | It’s a good idea to check your contents insurance policy to make sure you have the right cover in case your jewellery gets stolen.

Selling unwanted jewellery

Gold-buying kiosks offer you convenience, but they don't always give the best price.

20 Oct 2010 | CHOICE visited 10 gold-buying shops in Sydney with a ring and two necklaces, and was offered between 39% and 89% of the gold value for the items.

Investing in gold

Gold is considered a safe haven in uncertain times, but will it lose its shine?

7 May 2009 | As shares and property crashed and the world nudged closer to recession, canny investors steadily turned their attention to one of the world’s oldest asset classes – gold.

Golden Circle

Fruit juice popper reviews  

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

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

The Good Guys

Customer service shadow shop

Our customer service shadow shop produces mixed results for major retailers.

26 Sep 2012 | How do Australia's bricks and mortar retailers stack up when it comes to customer service? We shadow shop Australia's 10 most popular retailers.

Goodride

Car tyre 205/60R16 reviews  

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

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

Car tyre 215/60R16 reviews  

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

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

Goodyear

Car tyres 205-55R16 reviews  

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

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

Car tyres 175-65R15 review and compare  

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

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

Car tyre 205/60R16 reviews  

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

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

Small SUV tyre reviews  

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

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

Car tyre 215/60R16 reviews  

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

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

Google

New campaign against data retention regime

Stop the Spies campaign fights mandatory metadata retention

10 Oct 2014 | A new campaign called Stop the Spies is rallying against the government's proposed law for a mandatory data retention regime, expected to be introduced into parliament in October.

Facebook forces extra app for mobile chat

Separate messaging app sparks angry response, affecting more than one billion Facebook users.

4 Aug 2014 | Facebook is replacing live chat in its core mobile app, with a dedicated messaging service. Users who want to instant message via Facebook will need to install the extra app.

Google launches YouTube speedometer to compare ISP speed

Google's new tool tells consumers whether a different internet service provider could deliver videos faster.

14 Jul 2014 | Australian consumers can now compare their ISP's speed against others with Google's Video Quality Report.

Adobe patches Flash Player

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

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

Facebook snooping on your browsing

Social media sites wants to follow you on the web.

26 Jun 2014 | Facebook has given itself permission to track users' web browsing beyond the social media site to target ads to them.

Google inundated with search result deletion requests

A new form launched by Google in the EU has been a hit with locals.

2 Jun 2014 | Search giant Google has received thousands of requests for information to be removed from European searches after an ECJ ruling upheld the right to be forgotten in the EU.

TwitchTube

The Google-owned video-sharing giant is reportedly in talks with Twitch to buy it out.

20 May 2014 |

Hulu blocked to Australian viewers

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

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

Software-easter-eggs

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

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

Google gives itself permission to spy on your emails

Search giant finally confesses it scans your Gmail messages for targeted advertising.

17 Apr 2014 | Google has changed its terms of service and admitted to scanning the emails of Gmail users.

Google kicks off cloud storage price war

Google Drive and Mediafire have thrown down the gauntlet to Dropbox and competitors by slashing prices and dramatically boosting storage limits.

14 Apr 2014 | Google has jumped into a cloud storage price war by slashing the cost of its online services.

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.

Tablet productivity apps

20 free tablet apps that can boost your productivity.

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

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.

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.

Google Glass  

Google gives you the internet in the blink of an eye

16 Aug 2013 | Google Glass has lots to offer if you want internet searches and directions, or to take a photo without reaching for your phone.

Online tracking

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

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

Google to shut down Reader

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

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

Google Nexus 4 first look

Is the Nexus 4 the best-value smartphone ever?

21 Feb 2013 | The Nexus 4 is Google's showcase smartphone, delivering a clean Android experience.

Ewallet in your pocket

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

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

Nexus 7 first look

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

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

Mobile World Congress 2012  

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

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

The business of search engines  

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

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

Consumer Electronics Show 2012  

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

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

GoPro

CeBIT 2012

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

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

HD Hero2 first look

HD video for extreme action.

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

Goulburn Valley

Fruit juice popper reviews  

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

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

Government

Medicare co-payments will hit Australians over 65 hardest

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

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

Move to block NSW electricity price deregulation

The state government's electricity price deregulation laws, which come into effect today, could be repealed when Parliament returns after the winter break.

1 Jul 2014 | Electricity prices in NSW are being deregulated as of today with a transitional rate, but the new rules could be repealed.

2014 Budget hole looks likely

Savings measures already counted by the Abbott government may not yet pass the Senate.

26 May 2014 | The Abbott government's budget will likely fall short of its projected savings due to opposition in the Senate.

2014 budget countdown: 1 day to go

Will patients be stung by a co-payment in hospital emergency rooms? And are sole parents at risk of a further income slug?

12 May 2014 | CHOICE examines the latest releases and leaks from the 2014 Budget including those arouns co-payments, fuel tax and recommendations from the National Commission of Audit regarding payments for sole parents.

Debt tax income threshold to be raised

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

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

Tax payers face deficit levy in budget

If you're bringing in more than $80,000 you can expect to pay an extra 1-2% tax while the Budget is in deficit, according to reports.

29 Apr 2014 | Earning over $80,000? It's expected you'll have to pay an extra 1-2% tax while the budget is in deficit.

Centrelink computer outage

A Centrelink computer failure has left consumers seeking child support and other services empty-handed.

28 Apr 2014 | A Centrelink computer failure has left consumers seeking child support and other services empty-handed amid concerns outdated government systems are vulnerable to attack.

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.

Price discrimination inquiry

Parliamentary inquiry to demand answers for price discrimination.

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

CHOICE study sparks surcharge investigation

Senate approves inquiry into unfair retail surcharging

18 Nov 2010 | The Australian Government has agreed to investigate whether retailers are engaging in profiteering from additional surcharges

Government internet filter puts consumers at risk

Protecting internet users from illegal material is important, however the proposed mandatory ISP-based filter won’t do the job.

19 Feb 2009 | CHOICE holds a number of concerns about the government’s current proposal to introduce mandatory internet filtering at an ISP-level.

Consumer protection enforcement

Consumer protection laws are not being enforced as well as they could be.

10 Dec 2008 | Consumer protection laws exist to ensure markets operate fairly. Good quality regulation is essential to the fair and practical operation of markets.

Consumer policy helping consumer

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

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

GPS

Smartphone car GPS apps review

Which mobile GPS apps can you trust to get you from point A to point B?

19 Jun 2014 | We've tested 19 apps for iPhone, Android and Windows, priced from $0-70 to guide your decision.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Car GPS reviews  

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

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

Consumer Electronics Show 2012  

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

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

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.

Aldi GoCruise 1602 first look

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

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

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

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

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

Christmas gift guide

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

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

Bicycle GPS first look

CHOICE takes a look at two GPS Bike offerings

1 Nov 2011 | We put two GPS devices designed for bicycles through their paces to see what's on offer at the expensive and inexpensive ends of the market.

GPS golf watch

A waterproof watch that can tell you how far to the green.

15 Jun 2011 | The Garmin Approach S1 Golf GPS watch could help shave some strokes off your handicap as well as speed up your play.

iPhone GPS apps review and compare

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

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

Handheld GPS units buying guide

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

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

GPS car navigation review and compare  

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

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

AlerteGPS review

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

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

Handheld GPS reviews

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

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

GPS car navigation review and compare

GPS test results for both city and country driving.

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

GPS trackstick review

What alternative GPS options are available?

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

Car navigation systems buying guide  

What to look for in a car GPS.

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

Graters

Kitchen gadgets review and compare

A whizz in the kitchen

21 Jun 2010 | There are hundreds of clever gizmos on the market, all claiming to make cooking easier. But do you really need to fill your kitchen drawers with all these gadgets?

Graters review and compare

There's a grater for everything.

18 Jul 2008 | A versatile box grater may be all you need in the kitchen, but lovers of kitchen gadgets will find a use for lots of different kinds.

Green

Dishwashing liquid reviews

Check out which manual washing-up liquid comes out on top in our latest testing.

25 Dec 2013 | Manual dishwashing liquid ranges from excellent to very poor performance. To find out which ones stand the test of time better than others, check out our results.

Guide to going paperless

Why not save a tree and your recycling bin by going paperless?

28 Feb 2013 | Ditch the paper by storing all your documents as PDFs and opting for e-bills. It makes it easier to find files - as long as you automate your backups.

Saving water at home

Making your home water-efficient needn’t cost a fortune. You can do a lot with a few dollars, and even more with a few hundred.

14 Feb 2013 | While we may have experienced plenty of rain during the summer just past, there are still plenty of environmental and cost advantages to saving water.

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?

Toyota Prius C first look

A new Prius has entered the hybrid market.

5 Jul 2012 | The latest Prius is designed for city travel and the base model is roughly half the price of the larger Prius i-tech.

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.

Toyota Camry Hybrid first look

Great ride, but its size does compromise on economy.

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

Toyota Prius first look

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

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

Mazda 3 SKYACTIV first look

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

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

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.

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.

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.

freedom ecowood not eco or wood

Freedom Furniture has been selling eco-wood, a product made of plastic, for several years.

4 Apr 2011 | Freedom Furniture's eco-wood products have been renamed following action by CHOICE.

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.

Toilet paper greenwashing

We trawled the supermarket aisles and found 21 brands of toilet paper, then star-rated them according to their sustainability claims.

28 Sep 2010 | Toilet paper packaging sports a massive amount of greenwash, so which green claims are true?

Food endorsement programs

We look beyond the catchy logos to tell you which endorsement schemes you can really trust.

2 Mar 2010 | CHOICE reviews the programs behind the top 10 health and sustainability endorsement logos you see on foods.

Voluntary green code for ads weak

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

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

Are polypropylene bags really greener

They are promoted as a “green” alternative to wasteful plastic bags, but are those handy polypropylene bags really so much better for the environment?

27 May 2009 | CHOICE found out that some "green" polypropylene bags bags are not made to last and end up in landfill just as a plastic bag would. Most of these bags made from polypropylene fibres come from China where hundreds of manufacturers compete with each other to sell them to the rest of the world.

Rebates for going green

Use our guide to ensure that going green doesn’t cost the earth.

24 Apr 2009 | With climate change in mind, more Australians are installing power- and water-saving equipment. As this can mean significant upfront costs, governments are offering a range of rebates.

Petrol and the alternatives

There are ways you can lighten the cost of fuel for both you and the environment.

9 Dec 2008 | Your choice of car and fuel and your behaviour affect the environment and your wallet. You can make some decent changes with what's already available.

Green claims on supermarket labels  

Supermarket items make all sorts of green claims but can you trust them?

6 May 2008 | CHOICE is campaigning to make sure green claims are honest and useful, because consumers should be able to sort the true green products from the greenwash.

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.

Reduce product packaging

Most of the goods we buy need to be protected by packaging. But how much is too much?

17 Oct 2007 | From gourmet chocolates to beauty products, an increasing number of consumer goods are buried in layers of packaging these days.

Green car

Toyota Prius V first look

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

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

Toyota Prius C first look

A new Prius has entered the hybrid market.

5 Jul 2012 | The latest Prius is designed for city travel and the base model is roughly half the price of the larger Prius i-tech.

Honda CR-Z Sport first look

We take this sporty hybrid car for a spin to see how it performs.

29 Jun 2012 | We find out whether the Honda CR-Z Sport, dubbed Car of the Year 2012 by Wheels magazine, lives up to expectations.

Hybrid cars

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

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

Toyota Camry Hybrid first look

Great ride, but its size does compromise on economy.

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

Toyota Prius first look

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

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

Mazda 3 SKYACTIV first look

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

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

VW BlueMotion first look

Some twists and turns make the BlueMotion another green option.

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

Petrol and the alternatives

There are ways you can lighten the cost of fuel for both you and the environment.

9 Dec 2008 | Your choice of car and fuel and your behaviour affect the environment and your wallet. You can make some decent changes with what's already available.

Green vehicle guide

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

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

Converting your car to LPG

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

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

Green car ratings

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

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

Fuel consumption label

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

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

Green energy

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.

Toyota Prius V first look

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

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

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?

Toyota Prius C first look

A new Prius has entered the hybrid market.

5 Jul 2012 | The latest Prius is designed for city travel and the base model is roughly half the price of the larger Prius i-tech.

Honda CR-Z Sport first look

We take this sporty hybrid car for a spin to see how it performs.

29 Jun 2012 | We find out whether the Honda CR-Z Sport, dubbed Car of the Year 2012 by Wheels magazine, lives up to expectations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LG

LG compensates consumers for greenwashing

18 Mar 2010 | This major fridge manufacturer claims the GC-L197NFS’s and GC-P197WFS annual energy consumption is 738kWh but CHOICE tests revealed it uses about 876kWh when bypassing the energy-saving mode.

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 |

Rebates for going green

Use our guide to ensure that going green doesn’t cost the earth.

24 Apr 2009 | With climate change in mind, more Australians are installing power- and water-saving equipment. As this can mean significant upfront costs, governments are offering a range of rebates.

CPRS legislation off target

Carbon pollution reduction scheme needs to ensure reduced emissions.

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

Petrol and the alternatives

There are ways you can lighten the cost of fuel for both you and the environment.

9 Dec 2008 | Your choice of car and fuel and your behaviour affect the environment and your wallet. You can make some decent changes with what's already available.

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.

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.

Converting your car to LPG

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

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

Green power

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.

Toyota Prius V first look

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

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

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?

Toyota Prius C first look

A new Prius has entered the hybrid market.

5 Jul 2012 | The latest Prius is designed for city travel and the base model is roughly half the price of the larger Prius i-tech.

Honda CR-Z Sport first look

We take this sporty hybrid car for a spin to see how it performs.

29 Jun 2012 | We find out whether the Honda CR-Z Sport, dubbed Car of the Year 2012 by Wheels magazine, lives up to expectations.

Toyota Camry Hybrid first look

Great ride, but its size does compromise on economy.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Carbon commitment announced but not the details

The government will implement a carbon price from 2012.

25 Feb 2011 | Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a plan to implement a carbon price in Australia from 1 July 2012.

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.

Green vehicle guide

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

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

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.

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.

Green car ratings

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

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

Green's (food products)

Cake mix reviews

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

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

Grey water

Saving water at home

Making your home water-efficient needn’t cost a fortune. You can do a lot with a few dollars, and even more with a few hundred.

14 Feb 2013 | While we may have experienced plenty of rain during the summer just past, there are still plenty of environmental and cost advantages to saving water.

Green watch

Sorting the dodgy green claims from the genuine ones can be a minefield.

27 Nov 2009 | From food and everyday household items to cars and plane flights, growing numbers of consumers want to make more sustainable choices. But can all 'green claims' be trusted?

Grey water for the garden

Water from washing machines could end up harming your precious plants.

21 Oct 2009 | Using grey water on your garden could save hundreds of litres of water per day. We tested wash and rinse water for potentially harmful chemicals.

Greywater systems

We take you through greywater options, from simple diversion to 'Class A' treatment systems.

2 Jan 2008 | Recycling greywater is one way of saving water: after all, you don’t need drinking-quality water to water the garden or flush the toilet.

Making the most of used water

Saving water is important, but re-using waste water will help too.

20 Mar 2007 | Greywater is the waste water from showers, baths, hand-basins, laundry tubs, washing machines, dishwashers and kitchen sinks. Using greywater on your garden could help save hundreds of litres of water a day.

Griffin

Universal Remote Control Reviews and Compare

A well-designed universal remote control can reduce stress. A poor one is sure to raise your blood pressure.

22 Jan 2014 | The idea behind a universal remote control is to allow you to reduce the number of remotes in your lounge room to one easy-to-use device.

Groceries

Everyday foods making toddlers eat too much salt

More than half of toddlers are eating salt beyond the recommended daily upper limit.

10 Jul 2014 | Toddlers are being put at risk of high blood pressure, stroke and coronary heart disease later in life due to excessive salt intakes from everyday foods.

Discount diva: how to live it up for less

One CHOICE journalist makes her dollars go further.

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

How to choose a healthy yoghurt

Are you eating a health food or a "dairy dessert"? We show you how to pick the healthiest yoghurts from the nutrition traps.

6 May 2014 | Yoghurts are marketed as healthy, but CHOICE has found some varieties have more sugar than a regular ice cream. Find out how to pick the healthiest yoghurts from the nutrition traps.

Pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables

Does spending more on organic produce guarantee you'll avoid pesticide residues? We tested grapes from supermarkets, greengrocers and farmers' markets to find out.

25 Mar 2014 | Is it worth spending more on pesticide-free fruit and vegetables? We tested conventional and organic grapes to find out.

Dishwashing liquid reviews

Check out which manual washing-up liquid comes out on top in our latest testing.

25 Dec 2013 | Manual dishwashing liquid ranges from excellent to very poor performance. To find out which ones stand the test of time better than others, check out our results.

Supermarket and bakery bread review

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

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

Milk premium vs homebrand

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

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

Milk alternatives review

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

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

Supermarkets set for scrutiny

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

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

The bigger story behind cheaper fruit and veg

Coles drops prices of fruit and veg but what are the wider ramifications?

31 Jan 2012 | While we welcome cheaper food and groceries and greater competition in the supermarket sector, CHOICE also believes consumers need to consider potentially wider costs.

Low-fat dessert reviews

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

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

Selective labelling

Nutrition claims on food labels often don't tell the full story.

15 Sep 2011 | Seductive labels on food that promise less saturated fat, no added sugar or a bumper amount of wholegrains often don't tell the whole nutritional story.

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

The brownie mixes contain an undeclared allergen, milk.

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

Milk submission

CHOICE has joined with the Australian Food and Grocery Council to propose options for a Supermarket Ombudsman

20 Apr 2011 | CHOICE and the Australian Food and Grocery Council are calling for the establishment of a Supermarket Ombudsman

Battle of the brands

How do the supermarket brands compare with the market leaders for taste, nutrition and value for money?

7 Sep 2010 | CHOICE purchased a total of 163 supemarket products, across 30 different popular food items, and put them to the test.

Meat pies review and compare

Very few meat pies are tasty or packed with meat, while the majority are a very unappetising prospect.

18 May 2010 | The Australian food standards authority stipulates meat pies must contain a minimum of 25% "meat flesh". But not all do.

Supermarket price survey 2009

Our national survey reveals the true price we pay at the supermarket

26 Nov 2009 | Two years on from our last survey, CHOICE hit the supermarket aisles with a shopping list of staples. We found grocery prices have risen against a background of little competition.

Picking the right tomato

CHOICE discovers some delicious varieties of tomatoes to look out for - and how to pick them.

7 Oct 2009 | Tomatoes you find at the supermarket are often as hard and as tasty as cricket balls. But there are still some tasty tomatoes to be found.

Simmer sauces taste tested

If you’re craving an Asian-style meal, don’t expect authenticity from a jar of simmer sauce, finds the CHOICE tasting panel.

1 Aug 2009 | CHOICE tasting panel tried 26 simmer sauces – none of them impressed and few came even close to conjuring up authentic Asian flavours.

Woolworths shifts grocery prices blame

Defying the global downturn with sales growth, the supermarket and retail giant is attempting to shift blame for the ever-increasing price of groceries.

24 Jul 2009 | The peak body for the food and grocery manufacturing sector has slammed Woolworths for suggesting the industry was to blame for the rising food prices in Australia .

Parmesan cheese reviews

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

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

Pasta sauces

Ready-made pasta sauces are quick and easy to prepare but our expert tasters were unimpressed.

4 Jun 2006 | We served 14 big-name pasta sauces to three food experts and asked for their verdict. They weren’t enthusiastic about any of them.

Supermarket brands

Coles and Woolworths have launched new ‘private label’ ranges.

4 Mar 2006 | Coles and Woolworths have recently launched new ‘private label’ (aka house brand) ranges, and announced plans to increase the number of these lines in stores. Judging by the experience of retailers overseas, it’s a smart move.

Designer salt

It can look beautiful and taste a little different — but designer salt is still about 99% sodium chloride.

5 Feb 2006 | All the celebrity chefs have their favourites: Jamie’s is Maldon salt; Maeve O’Meara say Australian sea salt is “as good as you can get”.

Butter and margarine review

We check out over 90 spreads and dairy blends, and pick the healthier options.

1 Jan 2005 | Margarine’s now a "spread" and butter can come from the fridge soft enough to spread on your toast. But which is the healthiest?

Online grocers

Food shopping in the fast lane

4 Feb 2004 | In Australia, online food and grocery stores range from very large supermarkets to small, specialist shops like organic grocers, butchers and kosher-food stockists.

Grotime

Cot reviews

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

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

Change table reviews

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

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

Group-buying

Groupon to remove currency conversion fees

A hidden fee charged for purchases in Australian dollars on voucher site Groupon is set to be removed.

14 Aug 2014 | Australians using the voucher site Groupon will soon not have to worry about asking for a refund on the currency conversion fees charged when making purchases on the site.

Discount diva: how to live it up for less

One CHOICE journalist makes her dollars go further.

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

Group Buying Code of Practice revisions announced

ADMA has announced that revisions to the Group Buying Code will deal with teething issues in the industry.

15 Feb 2013 | With the introduction of spot checks, more transparent terms and conditions, and a revised complaints handling process, signatories to the industry's code should provide better service for consumers.

Group buying sites

Should you be wary of group-buying sites?

11 Dec 2012 | We've shadow shopped some of the most popular group buying sites to see how reliable they are.

Groupons missing macaroons

Online group buying giant Groupon has entered the Australian daily deal market in a puff of smoke and mirrors.

4 Apr 2011 | Daily deal website company Groupon, known as StarDeals.com.au in Australia, has entered the market with controversial offers that do not exist.

Grundig

PVR reviews   

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

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

iPod speaker dock reviews

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

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

GST

The internet tax explained

Just what is the low-value threshold and why do some retailers want it lowered even further?

6 Feb 2014 | Some retailers want to expand the GST online, but we explain why this may be a bad idea.

Retailers’ GST campaign discredited

Price is not the top concern for online shoppers

26 Nov 2013 | Research by CHOICE shows that few consumers are hopping online to avoid the GST – undermining claims made by the retail sector.

Retailers push for online GST

A government report shows how the GST could be expanded to online sales.

10 Sep 2012 | Australian retailers are renewing their push to apply GST to sales on foreign-owned websites.

Retail inquiry submission

Submission to Productivity Commission focuses on inflated markups.

26 May 2011 | In our submission to the Productivity Commission, CHOICE calls on importers, distributors and retailers to pass on savings enjoyed thanks to the strong Aussie dollar.

Retailers: Raise your game

6 Jan 2011 | CHOICE believes online shopping is motivated by more than just a GST dodge. The big retailers have spoken, now it's time for you to have your say.

guarantees

Know your consumer rights

What are your rights as a consumer?

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

GVA

Hand mixer reviews

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

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

Pedestal and tower fan reviews

We find the best fans to keep you cool this summer.

27 Nov 2012 | We test 10 pedestal and tower fans, priced from $20 to $599, including models from Dyson, Kambrook, and Sunbeam.

gymprovise

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?

Gyms

Gyms with misleading “no contracts” advertising on ACCC list

No contracts means no contracts, ACCC warns gyms.

4 Jul 2014 | Gyms that advertise “no contracts” when they actually mean "short-term memberships with contracts” told to clean up their acts.

Unfair contracts

What can I do about unfair contract terms?

17 Jun 2014 | A contract is a legally enforceable agreement. If it's a standard form contract you are expected to sign or click I AGREE. But if one of the terms are unfair, you might have a right to have the term declared void.

Protein supplements

There's a protein supplement for just about everyone these days - but how useful are they?

28 Apr 2014 | Protein supplements (mainly in the form of drink powders and bars) are marketed for weight loss, muscle mass building and post-exercise recovery, targeting dieters, elderly people and athletes. They may be helpful sometimes, but whether they're necessary is debatable.

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?

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.

New Year resolutions

We look at how to meet your new year goals while avoiding the traps.

4 Jan 2012 | We look at common New Year resolutions such as joining the gym, giving up smoking or saving money.

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.

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.

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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