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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.

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George Institute launches food rating website

A new website from George Institute shows health star ratings for thousands of packaged food products sold in Australian supermarkets.

18 Sep 2014 | The George Institute has launched FoodSwitch STARS, a website showing the health star rating for 55,000 packaged supermarket food products, allowing people to check and compare which foods are healthier.

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.

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.

Water efficiency label

Save water and money by choosing water-efficient products.

27 Dec 2013 | Water efficiency labels allow consumers to compare the water efficiency of different products.

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.

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.

What's your caffeine intake?

Do you know how much you’re actually consuming?

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

New poll shows bottle half full for Australia drinkers

Two thirds of Australian drinkers underestimate what a standard drink is

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

Healthy eating - theres an app for that

Scan your way to healthier food choices.

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

Country of origin and manufactured products

Where are your products made? It's unlikely that you'll find a major product manufactured that is made wholly in one country.

11 Jan 2012 | CHOICE lists country of origin on whitegoods and appliances and other non-food products due to our members' wishes.

Sustainable seafood labelling

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

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

Ministers announce future of food labelling

The results are a mixed bag.

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

Food industry claims add to confusion

23 Sep 2011 | The food industry’s response to CHOICE’s Shame the Claim campaign has missed the point and simply added to consumers’ confusion.

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.

CHOICE welcomes moves on palm oil labelling

Coalition supports Xenophon on palm oil

24 Jun 2011 | CHOICE says consumers look likely to benefit with the Federal coalition joining independent Senator Nick Xenophon in agreeing to support legislation for mandatory labelling of palm oil in all Australian foods.

Country of origin labelling

The jargon surrounding country of origin confuses consumers.

10 May 2011 | Our survey revealed Australian consumers are passionate about buying Aussie products, but do they understand claims about the origin of the food they are purchasing?

Country of origin labelling

The jargon surrounding country of origin confuses consumers.

10 May 2011 | Our survey revealed Australian consumers are passionate about buying Aussie products, but do they understand claims about the origin of the food they are purchasing?

Country of origin labelling

The jargon surrounding country of origin confuses consumers.

10 May 2011 | Our survey revealed Australian consumers are passionate about buying Aussie products, but do they understand claims about the origin of the food they are purchasing?

Country of origin labelling

The jargon surrounding country of origin confuses consumers.

10 May 2011 | Our survey revealed Australian consumers are passionate about buying Aussie products, but do they understand claims about the origin of the food they are purchasing?

Consumer Law update

CHOICE welcomes new legislation on country of origin claims, but believes the standards could be stronger.

11 Jan 2011 | CHOICE welcomes new legislation on country of origin claims, but believes the standards could be stronger.

What annoys Australians?

More than 1000 CHOICE members reveal their top gripes.

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

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?

Traffic light labelling

CHOICE wants the implemention of a system that helps the greatest number of consumers.

15 Dec 2009 | An approach to front-of-pack labelling that helps consumers make healthier food choices.

CHOICE guide to food labelling

You can't judge a book by its cover – what about food by its label?

20 Jan 2009 | Food labelling can be a minefield of confusion and misinformation. Labelling legislation offers some relief, but often isn't sufficiently enforced.

Food miles

You'll be surprised at how well-travelled your food is.

28 Oct 2008 | Food miles advocates are calling for localised eating to counter the number of imported products on our supermarket shelves. But is it even possible to eat well on food grown within about 160km of where you live?

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.

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.

Free-range meat

If you buy free-range, how do you make sure you get what you pay for?

6 Mar 2007 | Free-range can mean a variety of things — the only common bottom line is that the general welfare requirements under state-based animal welfare acts and codes must be met.

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.

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Portable hard drive reviews  

We review and compare 13 portable hard drives from 1TB to 4TB capacity along with a 256GB SSD, including models from LaCie, Buffalo, Seagate and Thunderbolt.

4 Jun 2014 | Portable hard drives can carry all your data, but which one should you buy? We compare 13 portable hard drives from 1TB to 4TB capacity along with a 256GB SSD.

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.

Ladders

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.

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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.

Coffee grinder reviews

They all grind coffee, but which coffee grinder does it best?

17 Feb 2012 | Grinding your coffee beans immediately before making coffee is the best way to extract their full flavour.

Laptops

Budget laptop reviews  

We test 14 low-cost laptops to see how much bang you get for very few bucks.

16 Oct 2014 | You don’t have to sacrifice speed when buying a cheap laptop. We test 14 low-cost laptops that provide a good combination of power and features at a reasonable price.

All-in-one desktop computers

Should you buy an all-in-one instead of a traditional desktop, laptop or hybrid?

6 Aug 2014 | Not everybody wants a monster-sized computer on their desk. We compare nine ‘undersized’ all-in-ones from 21.5 to 23.6 inches.

Telstra to build a bigger wifi network

Plans to roll out Australia's largest Wi-Fi network.

21 May 2014 | Telstra announces plans to roll out a bigger Wi-Fi network nationwide.

Tablet computer reviews  

Find the tablet computer that's right for you.

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

Laptops buying guide  

Head back to school with the right laptop or tablet computer

20 Dec 2013 | What you need to know before you buy a computer for your child's back-to-school needs

Laptops buying guide  

Take the guesswork out of choosing your next laptop.

5 Dec 2013 | Our buying guide tells you everything you need to know about buying a laptop in easy-to-understand terms.

Hybrid laptops

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

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

Thin and light laptops review

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

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

Seagate Slim

We check out an external hard drive that's no thicker than a pen

23 Oct 2013 | Seagate has released a 500GB external hard drive that weighs just 150 grams. Is a smaller package worth the asking price?

The Pi's the limit

We review the Raspberry Pi, an open source pocket-sized computer that can be programmed and hardwired to do just about anything.

28 Aug 2013 | The open-source, pocket-sized Raspberry Pi looks like a dream come true for consumers that want to learn about Linux programming - but can it live up to its claims?

TV on the net  

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

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

Desktop search tools

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

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

Technology reliability survey

Just how reliable are your tech devices?

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

Telstra Elite mobile broadband first look

The Telstra Elite prepaid mobile Wi-Fi delivers mobile broadband on a prepaid plan.

5 Jul 2012 | The Telstra Elite is an affordable option for accessing the web on a wireless device, such as your laptop or tablet, using a pay-as-you-go prepaid plan.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

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

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

Medion Akoya laptop from Aldi

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

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

All-rounder laptop reviews

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

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

HD webcam reviews

The world wide web is your stage with these eight high definition webcams.

9 Nov 2011 | Thanks to the Internet age, creating and sharing video content is as simple as talking to a camera on top of your PC.

Netgear Push2TV first look

This media streaming device allows you to put small pictures on the big screen.

20 Oct 2011 | Streaming high definition video from your laptop to your TV has never been this easy.

Dell XPS15z first look

A hands-on look at Dell's stylish 15-inch laptop

17 Oct 2011 | Dell's 15-inch XPS15z laptop exudes an image of professionalism, but how does it perform?

Inkjet refill alternatives

Can you save money by using cheaper ink alternatives, and are they as good as the manufacturer’s own inks?

15 Mar 2011 | Non-genuine ink may be a money-saving option, depending on your printer.

Cyberclean cleaning gel

This cleaning gel cleans the improbable.

7 Mar 2011 | This cleaning gel claims to remove the grime found in keyboards and other electronic devices.

Netbooks and small laptop reviews

We test 10 go-anywhere laptops that won't weigh you down.

28 Feb 2011 | It’s the holy grail of laptop computing – a compact device you can carry everywhere, but with all the features you need at a reasonable price.

Large screen laptop reviews

Is bigger really better? We test 10 laptops with screens 17 inches and more.

11 Nov 2010 | Sometimes there’s just no substitute for more screen real estate.

Net tops and mini PCs

These mini PCs and all-in-ones start from about $580 and are a good solution for basic home computing needs.

24 May 2010 | Most people can do just fine with the new wave of compact and inexpensive PCs for the desktop.

CHOICE computer reliabilty survey

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

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

Laptops ultrapolrtables compared  

Ultraportable laptops can do most of your computing tasks while on the go.

16 Oct 2008 | If you’re always on-the-go and don’t want to leave your home or office behind, you need a laptop that won’t weigh you down — and that’s where the ultraportable category shines.

Wireless internet

There are desktop and roaming plans but is it the high-speed internet alternative for you?

1 Oct 2008 | Wireless internet is broadband internet access that doesn't use a telephone line or cable network.

Laptops multimedia notebooks  

Our tests review the latest generation multimedia laptops.

13 Jun 2008 | If you’re looking for a successor to your trusty old desktop computer but don’t want the bulk of a traditional PC, you might want to consider a portable multimedia powerhouse instead.

Asus eee PC laptop review

Fans of Linux will appreciate this new offering from Asus — a linux-based laptop.

9 Apr 2008 | cool, compact and cheap. At just under $500, it’s the cheapest full-featured laptop on the market.

LCD monitor reviews

A 19” LCD monitor will help you make the most of multimedia computing.

30 Apr 2006 | Our research shows that prices vary by hundreds of dollars, but the more expensive brands we tested weren’t necessarily the top performers.

Laser eye surgery

Laser eye surgery

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

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

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How safe is laser and IPL hair removal?

We expose a number of untrained operators aiming lasers at your body.

20 May 2013 | A lack of regulation has led to a rise in untrained laser and IPL operators.

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.

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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.

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Child safety devices fact sheet

What do you need to make your home toddler-safe?

21 Oct 2013 | CHOICE looks at household child safety devices and finds that combining sensible safety practices with a few key devices is enough for most homes.

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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.

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Washing machine reviews  

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

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

Clothes dryer reviews

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

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

Laundry powder reviews

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

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

Sabco RoboSweep first look

You could mistake it for a pet's toy but this little robot uses a microfibre cloth to pick up lint, dust and hair.

12 Feb 2014 | If you’d love a robot vacuum that’ll clean up for you but don’t want to fork out the big bucks then you may want to consider the Sabco RoboSweep.

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.

Garment steamer reviews

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

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

Steam station reviews

You don't have to spend big bucks to get a good steam station.

5 Feb 2014 | Steam stations generate a lot of steam so you can effortlessly iron out the wrinkles in your clothes.

ALDI steam iron first look

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

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

Washer/dryer combo buying guide

A washer/dryer combo is a tempting option when you've limited space, but there are some drawbacks.

1 Jul 2012 | Combined washing machine and dryer units sound like the ultimate laundry convenience — you put dirty clothes in and take out clean, dry clothes.

Washing machines buying guide  

Front loader or top loader? CHOICE tells you what to look for in a new washing machine.

1 Jul 2012 | Use our quick buying guide to decide which type is right for you and what features you need.

Kitchen and laundry mixer taps recall

There is an increased risk of the mixer leaking and in rare cases the handle & cartridge assembly may disengage from the body of the mixer.

21 Oct 2011 | Starion Industries is recalling kitchen and laundry mixer taps sold nationally between 1st February 2010 and the 5th October 2011.

Philips PerfectCare Iron first look

You’ll be steaming through the ironing in no time with this new steam station from Philips.

10 Oct 2011 | This no-fuss iron comes out ahead of most of the conventional irons tested by CHOICE, but it has an expensive price tag.

OMO Pods first look

OMO says these liquid capsules contain its ‘most advanced liquid ever’ – but does it deliver?

6 Oct 2011 | CHOICE finds out whether these water soluble pods are any different to a standard liquid detergent.

Laundry powders vs liquids review

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

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

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.

Concentrated laundry detergent doses review

Do small packets of super-concentrated laundry detergent give the same wash as their bigger brothers?

21 May 2009 | But as the scoops supplied in both packs look similar, does less detergent mean we’re getting less wash runs for our dollar?

Miele EcoComfort cloths dryer quick review

A six star energy-efficient dryer is now on the market, but you’ll have to dig deep upfront.

2 Apr 2009 | Miele claims this technology saves up to 46 percent of energy used in comparable condensor dryers.

Kambrook KDR review

A rainy day solution or an expensive clothes rack?

16 Jun 2008 | An unheated-clothes rack obviously costs nothing to run but you may find your clothes left to dry overnight are still damp when you need them in the morning.

LG steam WD1248RD washer dryer

The LG uses more water to dry clothes than to wash them.

8 Jun 2007 | If you’ve listened to the marketing, you might be thinking the LG Combined Steam Washer and Dryer makes wash day more environmentally friendly.

Laundry detergents

Laundry powder reviews

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

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

OMO Pods first look

OMO says these liquid capsules contain its ‘most advanced liquid ever’ – but does it deliver?

6 Oct 2011 | CHOICE finds out whether these water soluble pods are any different to a standard liquid detergent.

Laundry powders vs liquids review

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

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

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.

Concentrated laundry detergent doses review

Do small packets of super-concentrated laundry detergent give the same wash as their bigger brothers?

21 May 2009 | But as the scoops supplied in both packs look similar, does less detergent mean we’re getting less wash runs for our dollar?

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Steam station reviews

You don't have to spend big bucks to get a good steam station.

5 Feb 2014 | Steam stations generate a lot of steam so you can effortlessly iron out the wrinkles in your clothes.

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Lavazza Minu and Espressotoria Adesso review

Capsule coffee machines are praised for their convenience and ease of use: we put two to the test.

13 May 2014 | How do the Lavazza Minu and Espressotoria Adesso capsule machines compare?

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.

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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.

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Lawn trimmer reviews

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

29 Oct 2014 | We test 55 petrol, electric, and cordless line trimmers (AKA whipper-snippers, weed-eaters or lawn trimmers), ranging from $49 to $549.

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?

Lawn edger reviews

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

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

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Lawn trimmer reviews

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

29 Oct 2014 | We test 55 petrol, electric, and cordless line trimmers (AKA whipper-snippers, weed-eaters or lawn trimmers), ranging from $49 to $549.

Ride on mowers review

Tractor-type ride-on mowers reviewed, and a guide to finding the right ride-on for you.

18 Nov 2013 | Eight ride-on mowers tested, plus a buying guide for researching which mower you need and what to look for.

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Lawn trimmer reviews

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

29 Oct 2014 | We test 55 petrol, electric, and cordless line trimmers (AKA whipper-snippers, weed-eaters or lawn trimmers), ranging from $49 to $549.

Ride on mowers review

Tractor-type ride-on mowers reviewed, and a guide to finding the right ride-on for you.

18 Nov 2013 | Eight ride-on mowers tested, plus a buying guide for researching which mower you need and what to look for.

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?

Lawn edger reviews

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

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

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.

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.

John-Deere-Limited-X300-X300R-X304-SELECT-SERIES-LAWN-TRACTORS-recall

The engine may overheat and in some instances, the surrounding plastic could melt creating the risk of fire.

21 Sep 2011 | The cooling fan installed on top of the front mounted Kawasaki engine in the lawn tractor can break, causing risk of fire.

Lawnmowers

Lawn trimmer reviews

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

29 Oct 2014 | We test 55 petrol, electric, and cordless line trimmers (AKA whipper-snippers, weed-eaters or lawn trimmers), ranging from $49 to $549.

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.

Ride on mowers review

Tractor-type ride-on mowers reviewed, and a guide to finding the right ride-on for you.

18 Nov 2013 | Eight ride-on mowers tested, plus a buying guide for researching which mower you need and what to look for.

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.

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.

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?

Lawn edger reviews

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

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

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.

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.

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The engine may overheat and in some instances, the surrounding plastic could melt creating the risk of fire.

21 Sep 2011 | The cooling fan installed on top of the front mounted Kawasaki engine in the lawn tractor can break, causing risk of fire.

John-Deere-Limited-X300-X300R-X304-SELECT-SERIES-LAWN-TRACTORS-recall

The engine may overheat and in some instances, the surrounding plastic could melt creating the risk of fire.

21 Sep 2011 | The cooling fan installed on top of the front mounted Kawasaki engine in the lawn tractor can break, causing risk of fire.

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John Deere recalls its 1600 and 1620 mowers because of safety hazards with the blades

13 Jul 2011 | Some of the John Deere 1600 and 1620 Turbo WAMs may allow the mower blades to rotate while the decks are in the raised position. If this occurs there is a risk serious injury or death.

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.

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.

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.

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Plasma and LCD TV reviews  

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

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

Widescreen monitor reviews

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

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

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.

Home theatre projectors

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

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

127-132cm TV reviews  

CHOICE puts large HD plasma and LCD televisions to the test.

3 Feb 2012 | Not all big HD TVs are 1920 x 1080, but that doesn't mean you can't get a good picture on a slightly lower resolution.

81cm LCD TV reviews  

Our update reviews the latest models and newest technology.

31 Jan 2012 | Get unbiased test results for the latest 81cm LCD televisions, priced from $497 to $1399.

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.

117cm TV reviews  

Don’t be swayed by the latest tech-speak when shopping for a new TV – just look at the picture.

31 Oct 2011 | CHOICE reviews the latest 117cm LCD and plasma TVs, priced $1199 to $3799.

Sony BRAVIA LCD TV recall

The television may ignite internally and emit smoke while in use.

14 Oct 2011 | Sony Australia Limited is recalling some BRAVIA LCD TVs sold nationally between July 2007 and December 2008.

106cm TV reviews  

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

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

LCD vs plasma buying guide  

Buy the best TV. Find information on picture and sound quality, screen type, size and ease of use.

27 Jul 2010 | Plasma or LCD TV? Buying a TV in the 21st century is no mean feat. CHOICE suggests some things to consider before you buy.

TV LCD 80cm reviews

We take the guesswork out of buying the major television brands by putting them through their paces.

26 Apr 2009 | CHOICE reveals which TVs have the best picture quality, have the best sound quality, are the easiest to use and use the least energy on standby.

LCD monitor reviews

A 19” LCD monitor will help you make the most of multimedia computing.

30 Apr 2006 | Our research shows that prices vary by hundreds of dollars, but the more expensive brands we tested weren’t necessarily the top performers.

Lead

Home theatre projectors

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

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

Leasing

Rental rights

When it comes to residential rental rights and protections, why is it that Australian tenants are far worse off than those in similar countries?

12 Jun 2014 | From no-grounds evictions to limited leases, we learn that long-term rental security is almost non-existent for Australian tenants.

Leasing a computer

It sounds cost effective to rent but in the end you'll pay more and won't own the equipment.

4 Mar 2005 | Renting computer equipment is a good idea if you or your business is short of cash but you'll probably pay more in the long run.

LED lamps

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.

Legal

Useful contacts

A list of who to contact for help with consumer problems

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

Rental rights

When it comes to residential rental rights and protections, why is it that Australian tenants are far worse off than those in similar countries?

12 Jun 2014 | From no-grounds evictions to limited leases, we learn that long-term rental security is almost non-existent for Australian tenants.

Refund rights for cancelled concerts

If a concert is cancelled or postponed, consumers are entitled to a refund.

15 Apr 2014 | The postponing of The Rolling Stones Australian concerts has left consumers in the lurch. CHOICE looks at your rights when it comes to getting a refund.

Protect your credit rating

Even if you’re just two weeks late paying a bill, new credit reporting rules meant a black mark on your credit rating. But there's a welcome development.

10 Apr 2014 | A new credit reporting regime means if you pay your credit card or car loan more than 14 days late it’ll put a black mark on your credit rating.

Organ donation

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

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

Advance care directives

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

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

CHOICE Help - Legal

CHOICE has partnered with Maurice Blackburn Lawyers to give members access to a new legal service.

26 Jul 2011 | CHOICE Help is a pilot project for CHOICE Plus Members running until July 2012 to provide access to affordable, reliable preliminary consumer legal advice.

New consumer law

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

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

Consumer Law update

CHOICE welcomes new legislation on country of origin claims, but believes the standards could be stronger.

11 Jan 2011 | CHOICE welcomes new legislation on country of origin claims, but believes the standards could be stronger.

Have your say on changes to consumer protection in legal services

The National Legal Profession Reform Taskforce wants your views on proposed reforms

20 Jul 2010 |

Drafting your will

DIY will kits are a low-cost option for drafting a simple will. CHOICE put four to the test and found big differences.

24 Mar 2010 | An up-to-date, detailed will is essential for protecting your loved ones. We look at the basics you need to have covered.

Know your rights

We look at nine common scenarios and show you how to assert your rights.

12 Jan 2010 | What can you do when you know you’re getting a raw deal, but don't know what to do about it? Read on.

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.

Contesting parking fines

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

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

Legal billing

When you need to see a solicitor, how do you know if you’ve been overcharged – and what can you do about it?

11 Aug 2009 | CHOICE outlines what you can do to minimise the risk of legal overcharging and the steps to take if you suspect you’ve been ripped off.

Unfair contracts

Proposed legislation will give consumers uniform protection from unfair contracts.

18 Feb 2009 | Currently most consumer contracts in Australia include non-negotiable terms and conditions. Sometimes these include unfair terms.

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?

Leica

Digital camera reviews  

We review 86 DSLRs, Micro Four Thirds, Four Thirds and some bridge cameras, priced from $399 to $4050.

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

Basic digital camera reviews  

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

29 Sep 2014 | In our latest digital camera test we review 156 compact digital cameras, priced from $87 to $749.

Cheap vs expensive cameras in low light

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

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

Photokina 2012

CHOICE heads to a major photographic trade show in Europe.

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

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.

Lenovo

Budget laptop reviews  

We test 14 low-cost laptops to see how much bang you get for very few bucks.

16 Oct 2014 | You don’t have to sacrifice speed when buying a cheap laptop. We test 14 low-cost laptops that provide a good combination of power and features at a reasonable price.

Widescreen monitor reviews

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

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

Buying guide computer monitors

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

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

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.

Hybrid laptops

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

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

Sony vs Lenovo first look

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

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

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

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

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

Christmas gift guide

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

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

All-rounder laptop reviews

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

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

Letters

Before you complain

A checklist of things to do when you lodge your consumer complaint.

17 Jul 2014 | Before making a complaint about a faulty product or bad service, consumers should go through these step by step checklists. Make sure you know your consumer rights and know what you want before you complain.

Templates

Useful tips on how to complain.

3 Jul 2014 | Letter and email templates and phone scripts to use when you have a problem with a product or service.

Useful contacts

A list of who to contact for help with consumer problems

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

Contesting parking fines

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

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

Lexmark

Multifunction printers review

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

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

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.

Lexus

Lexus and Toyota assorted models recall

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

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

LG

Fridge reviews  

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

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

Fitness tracker reviews and tests

CHOICE tests nine of the most popular fitness trackers, ranging in price from $69 to $249.

29 Oct 2014 | Looking for the perfect companion to help you to keep to your fitness goals? We've put the latest fitness bands from Fitbit, Jawbone, Samsung and more through their paces.

Dishwasher reviews  

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

29 Oct 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.

Large air conditioner reviews

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

24 Oct 2014 | Over 160 reverse-cycle split-system inverter air conditioners compared and reviewed, including models from Daikin, Fujitsu, Panasonic and more.

Microwave reviews

How do models with grills compare to conventional microwaves?

3 Oct 2014 | We review more than 20 microwaves, including five with grills, priced from $120 to $700, to find out which models perform the best and are the easiest to use.

Washing machine reviews  

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

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

Plasma and LCD TV reviews  

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

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

Clothes dryer reviews

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

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

Widescreen monitor reviews

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

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

Buying guide computer monitors

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

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

Robot vacuum cleaner reviews

A robot that takes care of the household vacuuming is an attractive idea, but just how good a clean do these machines give you?

17 Mar 2014 | Compare robotic vacuum cleaners from top brands including iRobot, LG, Samsung and Hoover to find the best one for you.

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.

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.

Hybrid laptops

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

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

Thin and light laptops review

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

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

Home theatre system reviews  

Home theatre marketing claims don't always live up to the reality.

12 Sep 2013 | We test the latest all-in-one home theatre systems, priced from $699 to $1499.

Blu-ray player reviews

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

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

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.

LG 84 inch TV first look  

We review LG's largest TV.

19 Oct 2012 | This impressive TV will appeal to people who want a big screen with the potential to deliver very high definition images.

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.

127-132cm TV reviews  

CHOICE puts large HD plasma and LCD televisions to the test.

3 Feb 2012 | Not all big HD TVs are 1920 x 1080, but that doesn't mean you can't get a good picture on a slightly lower resolution.

102-107cm TV reviews  

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

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

81cm LCD TV reviews  

Our update reviews the latest models and newest technology.

31 Jan 2012 | Get unbiased test results for the latest 81cm LCD televisions, priced from $497 to $1399.

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.

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.

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.

117cm TV reviews  

Don’t be swayed by the latest tech-speak when shopping for a new TV – just look at the picture.

31 Oct 2011 | CHOICE reviews the latest 117cm LCD and plasma TVs, priced $1199 to $3799.

LG side-by-side fridge voluntary recall

LG recalls side-by-side fridges manufactured between 2002 and 2006.

1 Jul 2011 | LG has discovered the micro-switch inside the ice maker has the potential to deteriorate, causing the ice-maker to malfunction. Risk of fire in extreme cases.

Life insurance

ASIC prosecutes Virgin Money for misleading life insurance advertising

Virgin Money pays more than $30,000 in penalties for misleading advertising of their Quick & Easy direct life insurance.

1 May 2014 | Virgin Money has been fined by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for misleading advertising of their Quick & Easy direct life insurance.

Life insurance

How to make sure you're financially prepared should the worst happen.

25 Oct 2013 | It’s more important than ever to know how much you’re paying for life insurance and what you'll get in return. We look at term life insurance policies from 15 insurers and 10 large industry super funds.

Life-Scan

Life Scan Blood Glucose Monitoring System recall

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

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

Lights

Bike light reviews

We've tested more than 100 bike light models, including brands such as Cateye, NiteRider and Lezyne.

5 May 2014 | Find out which of 109 bike lights, priced from $15 to $350, we recommend, based on their visibility, durability and ease of fitting and removing them.

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.

LED Decorative Fairy Lights recall

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

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

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.

Lindam

Playpen reviews

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

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

line trimmers

Lawn trimmer reviews

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

29 Oct 2014 | We test 55 petrol, electric, and cordless line trimmers (AKA whipper-snippers, weed-eaters or lawn trimmers), ranging from $49 to $549.

Linux

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.

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.

liquipel

Shonkiest shonky - vote now!

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

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

The 2012 Shonky Awards  

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

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

Liquipel treatment review  

Can you protect your mobile devices from water damage?

14 Sep 2012 | A new treatment for mobile devices promises to make them "water safe" - but how well does it work?

Loans

Problems with payday loans

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

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

Graduate unemployment forecast to increase

Already facing higher fees, students face a further blow with decreased employment opportunities.

4 Jun 2014 | Government forecasts suggest university students will suffer from decreased employment opportunities and wages, adding to the financial pain caused by increased fees and higher loan interest repayments.

Banks offer risky home loans

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

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

Top fixed loans from banks and credit unions

Fixed interest rates for home loans are currently at historical lows, but beware of the fees.

22 Apr 2014 | To take a fixed interest rate for all or part of your loan can protect you against rates going up.

Protect your credit rating

Even if you’re just two weeks late paying a bill, new credit reporting rules meant a black mark on your credit rating. But there's a welcome development.

10 Apr 2014 | A new credit reporting regime means if you pay your credit card or car loan more than 14 days late it’ll put a black mark on your credit rating.

More time to pay before black mark on credit report

Consumers now have 14 days to pay before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

10 Apr 2014 | Consumers now have 14 days to make minimum payments on credit cards and other credit contracts before a black mark is registered on their credit report.

Car finance

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

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

Mortgage debt

Australian households have experienced a spike in debt over the last two decades.

12 Apr 2013 | We look into the trend of a rising debt-to-income ratio in Australia. What's behind it, and what can you do to minimise your own mortgage debt?

Disappointment over pay-day loan reforms

Government reforms receive a mixed response from consumer advocates .

28 Jun 2012 | Consumer advocates are left disappointed, after industry lobbyists water-down the Governments pay-day loan reforms.

CHOICE welcomes Payday Lending reforms

20 Sep 2011 | The Consumer Action Law Centre, Financial Counselling Australia and the Consumer Credit Legal Centre NSW have launched a campaign to end the exploitation of vulnerable consumers by High Cost Short Term Lending, better known as Payday Lending.

Reforms to payday lending

The Government has announced significant changes to payday lending regulations

30 Aug 2011 | Last week the government announced significant changes to the regulation of High Cost Short Term Lending, better known as Payday Lending.

Home loans switch and save

Find the best mortgage. Here's how to save thousands on your home loan.

2 Oct 2008 | The best savings were achieved by switching to a credit union or an online subsidiary of a major bank – and you can’t get any of those loans through mortgage brokers.

How to choose a home loan

Use our tips to negotiate the mortgage maze.

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

Using mortgage brokers

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

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

Fast-track your mortgage

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

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

Margin loans

Borrowing to invest can make your money work harder but it's a risky strategy in a volatile market.

7 Feb 2008 | The margin loan is secured against the investment you make with it and/or other investments you have.

Reverse mortgage shadow shop

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

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

locks

Child safety devices fact sheet

What do you need to make your home toddler-safe?

21 Oct 2013 | CHOICE looks at household child safety devices and finds that combining sensible safety practices with a few key devices is enough for most homes.

Logitech

Bluetooth wireless speakers reviews  

Bluetooth wireless speakers let you play music on the go while keeping your smartphone or music player close to hand.

8 Aug 2014 | We review 16 wireless speakers, priced from $199 to $399, including models from Sony, Bose, JBL, Jabra and Logitech.

Mothers Day tech guide

Find the right gadget to give to mum on Sunday 11 May.

5 May 2014 | Slippers and toasters have been struck off our list of 10 tech gadgets for the most important woman in your life.

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.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

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

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

Christmas gift guide

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

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

HD webcam reviews

The world wide web is your stage with these eight high definition webcams.

9 Nov 2011 | Thanks to the Internet age, creating and sharing video content is as simple as talking to a camera on top of your PC.

loreal

L’Oréal USA unable to support anti-ageing claims on skincare products

Cosmetics company L’Oréal USA couldn't provide any scientific evidence for its "clinically proven" anti-ageing claims.

4 Jul 2014 | L’Oréal in the US has been prohibited from claiming its products have an anti-ageing benefit as it has no scientific evidence to support the claims.

The Body Shop secretly sells out on animal testing  

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

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

loreal-paris

The Body Shop secretly sells out on animal testing  

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

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

losing weight

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.

LotusGrill

LotusGrill first look

The small, portable LotusGrill BBQ claims to offer healthy, smokeless cooking - but is it any good?

1 Nov 2013 | CHOICE home economist, Fiona Mair, puts the small and portable LotusGrill BBQ to the test.

Love-N-Care

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.

Safety gate and barrier reviews

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

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

Double stroller reviews  

We tested 37 double strollers in the CHOICE labs including models from Baby Jogger, Steelcraft, Valco and more.

9 Jul 2014 | If you have twins, or a baby and toddler close in age, a two-seat stroller could be just what you need for getting the kids from A to B.

Pram and stroller reviews  

We've tested 158 prams and strollers in the CHOICE labs including models from Maclaren, Steelcraft, Valco and more.

8 Jul 2014 | A pram or stroller is one of the most important baby-related purchases you’ll make. Find out which ones meet our safety standards to keep your child safe.

Portacot reviews

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

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

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.

Low-carb

Low carb food

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

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

Low-fat

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.

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.

Low-fat yoghurt

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

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

Low carb food

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

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

LPG conversion

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.

lubricating-jelly

Triad Sterile Lubricating Jelly 3g Sachet

Some batch numbers may not have been properly sterilised.

2 Aug 2011 | Using affected Medical Industries Australia Triad Sterile Lubricating Jelly 3g Sachets could result in infection at the site of use.

Lucci

Ceiling fan reviews

CHOICE compares 16 ceiling fans priced between $65 and $425 including AC and DC powered models.

29 Oct 2014 | If you don't want to spend big bucks on air conditioning, ceiling fans offer a cheaper, energy-efficient cooling solution and the latest range also includes DC powered models.

Luggage

Carry-on suitcase reviews

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

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

lululemon

Fit for nothing

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

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

luon

Fit for nothing

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

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

Lytro

Lytro camera first look

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

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

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