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Pacific Natural Foods

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.

Packaged food

Coca-Cola downsizes cans

Coke serves up smaller cans and price point in the hope of capturing more consumers.

30 Sep 2014 | Coca-Cola Australia has launched a new small sized 250ml can at a low price to drive sales.

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.

Excess packaging investigation

Is all that empty space in our food packaging really necessary?

1 Jul 2010 | Any trip to a supermarket, pharmacy or department store finds plenty of products packaged with lots of empty space. CHOICE asks manufacturers to explain why.

BPA-alert

US food regulator reinforces concerns over BPA chemical.

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

Plastic recycling  

Only 15% of plastics we consume are recycled. Here’s what you can do.

26 Feb 2009 | Over the past decade plastics recycling rates have doubled, yet confusion about which plastics can be recycled is hindering progress.

Packaged ham reviews

No one expects pre-packaged and pre-sliced ham to be a gourmet’s delight.

9 Sep 2008 | You might be surprised at just how much added water these products can contain instead of the meat you think you’re paying for.

Plasticisers

CHOICE tested foods in glass jars and found contaminants from the plastic used to seal the lids.

12 Jun 2008 | In our test of food in glass jars, half contained the plastic-softening chemicals epoxidised soybean oil or phthalates at levels exceeding EU limits.

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.

Is bigger cheaper

Unit pricing helps shoppers get value for money and make better choices.

23 Mar 2007 | Our comparison of the prices of various brands and sizes of everyday items in major supermarkets confirmed what most shoppers already know - it's hard to choose the best value.

Foods that make kids fatter faster

Plenty of everyday foods from the supermarket can be just as fattening as fast food.

22 Jan 2007 | Plenty of everyday products from the supermarket can be just as fattening as fast food. Often they’re aimed at kids, and even promoted as healthy.

Packaging

Pack attack  

Join our campaign against bad packaging.

19 Feb 2013 | Frustrating, impenetrable and sometimes downright dangerous - we want to put an end to bad product packaging.

Packaging  

What happens when the packaging surrounding a product protects it so well you can’t actually get at it?

18 Feb 2013 | Some types of packaging are impossible to open for certain consumers and may even inflict injury. We've uncovered the main offenders.

The rise of private labels in supermarkets

Supermarkets are back in the headlines - for all the wrong reasons.

6 Jul 2012 | The supermarket price war has hit the headlines again today, with more stories of suppliers being squeezed by the big two.

Copyshop

And the winner is...

1 May 2012 | We shortlisted four Coles and four Woolworths products that we believe mimic their branded equivalents and asked you to vote. The results are in.

Excess packaging

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

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

Painkillers

Paracetamol no better than placebo for back pain

Taking the painkiller paracetamol doesn't speed up recovery from lower back pain compared with placebo, finds study.

24 Jul 2014 | Paracetamol is no better than placebo at speeding recovery from acute episodes of lower back pain, according to a large Australian study.

Older Australians overusing anti-inflammatory pain killers

NSAID overuse and interactions with other drugs pose health risk to patients

3 Jul 2014 | Researchers find older Australians are taking anti-inflammatory pain killers for too long, and without sufficient precautions to minimise harmful side-effects.

Pain relief medication

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

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

Managing pain in pregnancy

With the right advice you can take pain relief without harming your baby.

31 May 2011 | A look at the risks and benefits of taking common over-the-counter pain medications while pregnant or breastfeeding and where to go for advice.

Children's painkillers review and compare

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

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

Paint

Free image editors review

Can free photo editing software match up to paid programs?

5 Feb 2014 | Image editors can bring out the best in your happy snaps. We compare 10 programs that you can use for free.

Interior paint reviews

Our independent test shows several good performers, including three low-odour paints.

7 Sep 2011 | CHOICE tests 21 interior acrylic low sheen paints to find out which ones you should be putting on your walls.

Paloma

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.

Palsonic

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Headphones review

13 sets of headphones were tested in the CHOICE labs, including models from Beats by Dre, Bose, Sennheiser and more.

8 May 2014 | We review 13 headphones, including Beats by Dre, Bose and Sennheiser, to find the ones with the best sound quality to help you choose the best headphones at the right price.

Cordless phone reviews

We test 21 cordless home phones plus one corded landline, priced from $55 to $399.

28 Apr 2014 | We review a range of cordless phones, with one corded landline in the mix, including models from Panasonic, Telstra, Uniden and more.

Panasonic KX-PRX150 hybrid phone review

Take calls at home and on the go with Panasonic's KX-PRX150 hybrid landline/smartphone.

27 Mar 2014 | Is Panasonic's KX-PRX150 hybrid landline / smartphone the perfect phone? CHOICE called in to find out.

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.

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.

Men's electric shavers

Extra features can make a shaver easier to use, but don’t always lead to a smoother shave.

28 Nov 2013 | We report on 14 men's electric shavers (13 battery and one mains-powered) from Braun, Panasonic, Philips and Remington.

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.

Breadmaker reviews

Breadmakers can save you money - plus, you know exactly what goes into your loaf.

30 Oct 2013 | We test nine breadmakers priced from $100-$350.

Rugged cameras  

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

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

Camcorder reviews

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

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

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.

Home theatre quick look

What are your surround sound options?

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

Blu-ray player reviews

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

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

Cheap vs expensive cameras in low light

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

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

Home theatre projectors

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

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

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.

Noise-cancelling headphones and earphones reviews

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Pocket camcorder reviews

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

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

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Electric heater reviews

We review more than 30 electric heaters, priced from $39 to $599, including convection, panel, radiant-and-convection and fan models.

21 May 2014 | Kill the chill with a portable electric heater. Check our results for newly tested models from DeLonghi, Dyson, Sunbeam and more.

Heating options for your home buying guide

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

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

Paper shredders

Paper shredders review

A paper shredder can help keep your personal details out of the wrong hands.

19 Dec 2013 | You don’t need to pay a fortune for a good-quality shredder, but some very cheap shredders aren't worth the money.

parallel imports

CHOICE-opposes-piracy

7.30 program misrepresents CHOICE’s position.

19 Jun 2014 | The ABC’s 7.30 misrepresented our position on online piracy, and we want to set the record straight.

Navigating online geo-blocking

Not all retailers have embraced the web as a "borderless world", with geo-blocking forcing Australians to pay more.

5 Mar 2014 | We look at some of the ways you can avoid paying top dollar when shopping online from home.

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.

Death to the Australia Tax?

CHOICE welcomes the IT price inquiry’s recommendations

29 Jul 2013 | The recommendations released by the IT price inquiry are a win for consumers - but will there be follow-through?

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.

Parallel import beer taste test

How do premium imported beers shape up against the locally brewed versions?

28 Aug 2012 | We've tasted Peroni, Stella, Heineken and other imported favourites to find how the premium imports match up against their locally brewed versions.

Have you paid too much for IT products?

We want to hear if you’ve paid more for digital products because you’ve bought them in Australia.

2 Aug 2012 | We're asking for examples of price discrimination on computer, software, gaming, and music products.

Groundhog Day on Australia’s price gouge

Technology industry has predictable reaction to IT pricing inquiry.

30 Jul 2012 | Industry groups claim that the costs of doing business in Australia are driving up the prices of IT hardware and software products.

CHOICE lodges submission on IT price discrimination

CHOICE research has found that Australians are paying 50% more for IT products.

18 Jul 2012 | New CHOICE research shows that Australians are paying 50% more for computers, software, games and music.

Parallel imports

Products shipped in from abroad without the permission of the local trademark or intellectual property owner.

19 Jun 2012 | How can some products look, taste and function the same, yet vary so markedly in price from their mainstream, retail counterparts?

Parenting

Are toddler milks just marketing spin?

Toddler and growing-up milks are big business.

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

Parents say no to preschool funding cuts

Budget cuts to preschool funding are looming – and parents are fighting back.

24 Apr 2014 | Parents are petitioning the federal government to renew a $660 million program that funds 15 hours of preschool and kindy.

Apps for parenthood

CHOICE reviews some popular parenting apps

16 Oct 2013 | On the path to parenthood? CHOICE looks at some free parenting apps to help you track and manage that steep learning curve.

Babies and kids marketing

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

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

Beaba Babycook first look

The Beaba Babycook claims to make preparing healthy meals for your baby easy.

1 May 2012 | This handy appliance can steam, blend, reheat and defrost all in the one compact unit - but is it necessary?

How to teach your kids about money

Learning to save and spend wisely is an invaluable lesson.

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

Parklander

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.

Parmalat

Pura Milk, Daisy Fresh Milk and Woolworths Homebrand Milk recall

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

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

Pasta

Eggplant and mushroom pasta

A tasty vegetable pasta with a touch of cinnamon.

14 Jan 2011 | Eggplant and mushroom pasta with a touch of cinnamon, topped with parmasan cheese.

How to cook pasta

How to cook any variety of pasta

30 Jun 2010 | CHOICE teaches you the basic steps to cooking pasta

Broad bean pasta

Tasty broad bean pasta

25 Jun 2010 | Using broad beans to make a great pasta dish.

Extra virgin olive oil reviews

Is what you buy the real deal?

22 Jun 2010 | There’s currently no mandatory standard for extra virgin olive oil sold in Australia. CHOICE testing of 28 brands found you can't always trust an oil labelled "extra virgin" is the real deal.

Egg and bacon pasta

Quick and easy savory pasta

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


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.

payday-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.

PBS

HIV at-home self-tests coming to Australia

Companies can now manufacture and sell HIV self-tests in Australia.

8 Jul 2014 | Consumers should soon be able to test for HIV at home, with restrictions on self-HIV testing lifted.

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.

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.

PBS reform

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

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

Generic Drugs

How to save money on your prescription medication.

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

Free trade agreement

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

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

Pharmacy pricing

The cost of medicines is being artificially inflated by lack of competition and practices that encourage price uniformity.

6 Jul 2005 | Pharmacists are inflating the price of some medicines on the PBS by adding various fees which are then passed on to the consumer.

Pedego

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.

Peg-Perego

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.

High chair reviews  

46 high chairs tested in the CHOICE labs, including models from Ikea, Stokke, Peg Perego and more

23 Apr 2014 | Once babies develop their neck strength, they’re ready to sit in a high chair. Our testing reveals which models are safest for your child.

Pentax

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.

Free image editors review

Can free photo editing software match up to paid programs?

5 Feb 2014 | Image editors can bring out the best in your happy snaps. We compare 10 programs that you can use for free.

Rugged cameras  

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

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

Cheap vs expensive cameras in low light

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

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

Photokina 2012

CHOICE heads to a major photographic trade show in Europe.

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

Peoplecare

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.

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Increasing portion sizes

Food portion sizes are increasing, and so are our waistlines. We investigate the connection.

12 Sep 2012 | Supersizing – and increasing portion sizes in general – is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

Daily intake percentage labels discredited  

A new report finds the front-of-pack labelling system is too confusing for consumers to understand.

28 Nov 2011 | Research has confirmed CHOICE's long-held belief that Percentage Daily Intake labels are confusing and based on inconsistent serving sizes.

Pest control

Mosquito repellents review

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

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

Cockroach killers review and compare  

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

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

HopStop recall

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

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

Petstat-HopStop-recall

A recall has been issued on the spray control for cane toads due to leakage.

14 Sep 2011 | A structural fault has been detected in a small number of cans of Batch 0411/A, which may result in leaking or discharge of contents.

Termites

Is your house being eaten by termites? Don’t get bitten twice.

30 Oct 2005 | Our special report brings you up to date with the current issues and practice in termite treatment and helps you protect yourself from ineffective, expensive or harmful treatment.

Pesticides

Organic food benefits: study findings flawed

Research claiming that organic food contains more antioxidants and less heavy metals has limitations, say experts.

15 Jul 2014 | Experts are critical of a new study which found organic foods have higher concentrations of antioxidants than conventionally grown crops.

Toxic reforms to become law

The federal government has axed reforms to agricultural pesticides that were due to take effect in July.

14 Jul 2014 | A scheme that would have introduced systematic review of agricultural pesticides has been removed, risking consumers' confidence in our food supply.

Plan to pull pesticide reforms

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

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

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.

Chemicals in clothing

While you know about toxins in pesticides, what about the ones in your clothes?

24 Mar 2014 | While product safety is a hot legislative topic in other countries, it isn’t in in Australia.

The cut flower industry

A beautiful bouquet of flowers may have an ugly back story.

9 May 2012 | We outline some concerns around imported cut flowers that might make you re-think that beautiful bouquet.

New chemicals legislation needs improvement

CHOICE says the draft legislation for new chemicals reforms needs improvement

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

New restrictions on the use of a toxic pesticide

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

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

APVMA-WWF

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

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

Hazardous pesticides

Many chemicals available in Australia are no longer registered in Europe.

17 Jun 2011 | Cockroach baits, termite treatments, surface sprays and head lice treatments are some of the products containing ingredients that could seriously affect our health and that of our children.

chemicals-submission

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

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

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.

Bad chemistry campaign

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

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

PSIC 2009 submission

4 Jan 2010 | CHOICE submission to the Product Safety and Integrity Commission.

Farmers markets

Should you trade in your supermarket trolley for food straight off the farm?

13 Feb 2008 | There’s no legislation defining farmers' markets in Australia—each has its own charter which sets out what the market allows and doesn’t. So can you be sure that farmers and producers are the ones getting your custom?

Strawberries

We tell you how to choose the sweetest and tastiest — but our test found pesticide residues in most conventionally grown strawberries.

29 Jan 2008 | We love our strawberries. They look beautiful and good ones taste delicious. But are there hidden dangers?

Headlice treatments

Which products are most effective at dealing with this perennial childhood problem?

21 Aug 2007 | Tenacious parasites are becoming increasingly resistant to conventional insecticide treatments.

Pesticides in fruit and veg

Are they harmless — or is the truth that we don’t really know?

10 Mar 2006 | There’s no convincing evidence that pesticide residues are bad for your health at the very low levels permitted in fruit, vegetables and other foods. But the research isn’t conclusive.

Termites

Is your house being eaten by termites? Don’t get bitten twice.

30 Oct 2005 | Our special report brings you up to date with the current issues and practice in termite treatment and helps you protect yourself from ineffective, expensive or harmful treatment.

Pet food

Veterinarian costs

Are some veterinarians trying to sell you more than you need?

22 Jul 2013 | Costs for vet service can vary widely, and it doesn't help that there are no standard fee guidelines. Most vets no doubt deserve your trust, but with corporate vet franchises on the rise, upselling and overcharging are legitimate consumer concerns.

Pet food reviews

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

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

Pet vaccination

Over-vaccinating your pet could be harmful to their health as well as your own hip pocket.

17 Aug 2010 | New guidelines recommend that adult cats and dogs be vaccinated with core vaccines no more frequently than every three years.

Review pet hair mitts

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

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

Pet food

A guide to dog and cat nutrition.

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

Pet insurance

Pet insurance reviews

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

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

Veterinarian costs

Are some veterinarians trying to sell you more than you need?

22 Jul 2013 | Costs for vet service can vary widely, and it doesn't help that there are no standard fee guidelines. Most vets no doubt deserve your trust, but with corporate vet franchises on the rise, upselling and overcharging are legitimate consumer concerns.

Pet vaccination

Over-vaccinating your pet could be harmful to their health as well as your own hip pocket.

17 Aug 2010 | New guidelines recommend that adult cats and dogs be vaccinated with core vaccines no more frequently than every three years.

Petrol

ACCC takes legal action on petrol price sharing

Five petrol retailers and petrol price collating service Informed Sources are facing legal action for allegedly lessening competition as a result of sharing price information.

21 Aug 2014 | The ACCC is taking legal action against five petrol retailers for the way they shared and received price information through Informed Sources.

2014 Budget winners and losers

The 2014 Budget will prove a painful one for many Australian consumers.

13 May 2014 | With students, young families, professionals and pensioners all in the federal Budget's sights, who comes out on top and who is worse off?

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.

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.

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.

Supermarket sales tactics

It's important to understand how supermarkets sell, sell, sell.

5 Jan 2009 | Major supermarkets are just about everywhere, and according to the market research company ACNielson, the primary appeal is "one-stop shopping" — everything you want under one roof.

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.

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.

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.

Pets

Pet insurance reviews

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

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

Dog car harness test

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

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

Veterinarian costs

Are some veterinarians trying to sell you more than you need?

22 Jul 2013 | Costs for vet service can vary widely, and it doesn't help that there are no standard fee guidelines. Most vets no doubt deserve your trust, but with corporate vet franchises on the rise, upselling and overcharging are legitimate consumer concerns.

CHOICE Magazine wins Maggie design award

CHOICE Magazine wins Maggie design award

5 Dec 2012 | CHOICE Magazine wins the prestigious Maggie Award for excellence in cover design. The October 2011 issue, sporting a fluffy kitten and the new logo, walked off with the award in the Specialist Magazine category.

Pet food or junk food

CHOICE finds that most commercial small animal pellets and mixes are unsuitable for rabbits and guinea pigs.

15 Mar 2011 | More Australians are choosing small pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs, but most commercially available feeds are the equivalent of fast food for these animals.

Pet vaccination

Over-vaccinating your pet could be harmful to their health as well as your own hip pocket.

17 Aug 2010 | New guidelines recommend that adult cats and dogs be vaccinated with core vaccines no more frequently than every three years.

Buying a dog

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

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

Review pet hair mitts

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

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

Pet food

A guide to dog and cat nutrition.

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

Pharmacy

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

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

Medicines Australia Code of Conduct falls short

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

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

PTSD relief could be on the cards from MS pill

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

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

Shark cartilage toxicity warning

A common dietary supplement has been found to contain substances that harm the nervous system.

8 May 2014 | Tests on shark cartilage consumer products have revealed mercury and BMAA, neurotoxins linked with motor neurone disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Pharmacy products - safe and effective?

Our investigation found some pharmacies are selling 'health' products that simply don't work.

6 Dec 2013 | From the dubious to the downright ineffective, CHOICE visits the high-profile offenders to find out more.

Cough cold and flu treatments

We look at which over-the-counter and natural remedies help combat colds and flu.

28 Jun 2013 | Learn how to prevent and effectively treat your common cold and flu symptoms.

Contraception options

CHOICE reviews long term and short term contraception, including new generation pills, rings, implants and injections.

13 Jun 2013 | CHOICE's health experts compare contraceptive options available in Australia, including long-acting reversible methods, hormonal injections, IUD, the pill and emergency contraception.

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.

Weight loss pills

Can slimming be as easy as popping a pill?

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

Screening tests

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

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

PBS reform

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

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

Generic Drugs

How to save money on your prescription medication.

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

Promotion overdo$e

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

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

Drug advertising

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

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

Pharmacists drug representatives and your privacy

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

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

Pharmacy pricing

The cost of medicines is being artificially inflated by lack of competition and practices that encourage price uniformity.

6 Jul 2005 | Pharmacists are inflating the price of some medicines on the PBS by adding various fees which are then passed on to the consumer.

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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.

High chair reviews  

46 high chairs tested in the CHOICE labs, including models from Ikea, Stokke, Peg Perego and more

23 Apr 2014 | Once babies develop their neck strength, they’re ready to sit in a high chair. Our testing reveals which models are safest for your child.

Baby carrier and sling reviews  

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

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

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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?

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.

Hair straightener reviews

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

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

Headphones review

13 sets of headphones were tested in the CHOICE labs, including models from Beats by Dre, Bose, Sennheiser and more.

8 May 2014 | We review 13 headphones, including Beats by Dre, Bose and Sennheiser, to find the ones with the best sound quality to help you choose the best headphones at the right price.

Stick blender reviews

We test 38 stick blenders in the CHOICE labs, including models from Bamix, Breville, Braun, Kenwood and Sunbeam.

10 Apr 2014 | Our home economist reviews 38 stick blenders, and finds safety is just as important as performance.

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.

Men's electric shavers

Extra features can make a shaver easier to use, but don’t always lead to a smoother shave.

28 Nov 2013 | We report on 14 men's electric shavers (13 battery and one mains-powered) from Braun, Panasonic, Philips and Remington.

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.

Home theatre quick look

What are your surround sound options?

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

Blu-ray player reviews

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

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

Baby monitor reviews

We've tested audio-only, video monitors and Wi-Fi monitors priced from $70 to $399.

6 Jun 2013 | Find out which monitors are best for sound and picture quality, with new models from Angel Care, Belkin, Oricom and iBaby among those tested.

Jamie Oliver Homecooker First Look

This benchtop cooking appliance can save you time in the kitchen.

10 Jan 2013 | The Jamie Oliver HomeCooker with cutting tower can chop, stir, cook, steam, melt, simmer, boil, sear and keep food warm.

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.

Philips QuickClean Juicer First Look

Philips claims that this juicer is so easy to clean that it can be done in under a minute.

14 Sep 2012 | The QuickClean Juicer is a very good performer overall and is definitely one to consider if you’re looking for lots of juice.

Philips Airfloss first look

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

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

Noise-cancelling headphones and earphones reviews

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

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

iPod speaker dock reviews

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

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

Gift ideas for the kitchen

These gift ideas will please any budding amateur chef.

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

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

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

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

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.

Philips Airfryer review

CHOICE looks into the new air fryer to see if it the benefits are worth the cost.

13 Jul 2011 | The Philips Airfryer promotes itself as a healthy alternative to traditional deep frying.

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.

Phishing

Cyber criminals target home routers

Stealth attacks occur without users knowing.

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

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.

Phone plans

Amazon launches Fire Phone

New smartphone from online behemoth Amazon

19 Jun 2014 | US online retail giant Amazon has launched its Fire Phone today and is hoping to light up with smartphone market with new quick-access features and response technology.

ISP ONEseniors collapse strands elderly

Thousands of vulnerable elderly left without internet and emergency landline phone services after ISP ONEseniors goes into administration.

8 May 2014 | Thousands of elderly people have been left without internet and landline phone services by the collapse of ISP ONEseniors. The company, which specialised in discounted internet and phone services for the over-55s, went into administration leaving its elderly customers effectively cut off.

Premium SMS services targetting school kids

SMS service warning: is your kid's school being targeted by premium SMS marketers peddling teddy bear wristbands?

24 Feb 2014 | CHOICE tells parents to warn kids about premium SMS numbers, so you don't get stung with a huge mobile phone bill.

Novelty phone handsets

We've checked out a number of novelty handsets for designed for use with a mobile phone. But how well do they work?

4 Mar 2013 | We put five retro handsets and one bluetooth glove designed for use with a mobile phone through their paces.

Telstra rip-off

Telstra has changed its pricing structure, billing in one minute increments instead of 30 second blocks.

4 Apr 2011 | Telstra now bills customers in one minute increments. But many of these customers signed up to contracts before the new billing structure.

Broadband basics

Make sense of the bits and bytes.

16 Apr 2008 | CHOICE's simple guide to broadband tells you what you need to know in order to choose the right broadband plan.

Mobile phones GSM and 3G review and compare

The latest mobiles deliver lots of features, but make sure you aren't paying for things you don't need.

7 Feb 2008 | CHOICE tests 33 GSM and 3G phones to find the best.

Cut Phone Costs With Skype

Saving money with internet telephony with Skype.

3 Apr 2007 | Long-distance phone calls can keep you in touch with far flung friends and loved ones, but you don’t want to have to mortgage your house to pay for them.

Phones

Fritz!box 7490 modem-router review

This sleek gadget offers much more than your average ADSL modem-router. It's NBN-ready and has a built-in phone system for a home or small business.

10 Sep 2014 | This do-everything ADSL modem-router with built-in phone system has all the bells and whistles for a home user or small business.

iPhone 6 models revealed

Tech giant reveals 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, along with new Apple Watch, and takes on credit cards with a cashless mobile payment system

10 Sep 2014 | Apple has finally revealed its new, larger, iPhone models along with an Apple Watch and a new cashless mobile payments system. The announcements, revealed overnight at a special event in Apple’s home town of Cupertino, end months of speculation.

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.

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.

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Mobile phone providers will stop charging for phone calls to 1800 numbers.

2 Jul 2014 | The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network wins the battle for 1800 numbers to be a free call from mobile phones.

Amazon launches Fire Phone

New smartphone from online behemoth Amazon

19 Jun 2014 | US online retail giant Amazon has launched its Fire Phone today and is hoping to light up with smartphone market with new quick-access features and response technology.

iPhone 6 reports

Twitter images show front and back of two alleged iPhone 6 models believed to be 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models due for release in September.

18 Jun 2014 | A highly-credible Australian blogger has leaked pics of the eagerly awaited Apple iPhone 6, clearly showing two new models in different sizes side by side.

Ethical electronics guide released

Want to know which electronics company looks after workers best or makes an effort to use conflict-free minerals?

23 May 2014 | A guide which grades 39 electronics companies on their ethics throughout the supply chain has been released as part of Baptist World Aid's Behind the Barcode Series.

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.

iPhone 6 reports

The iPhone 6 will not only be bigger but also higher resolution, with a 4.7-inch version in August and a 5.5-inch model in September, according to reports.

16 May 2014 | The new iPhone 6 will be known as the iPhone Air and will come in higher resolution in two sizes, with a choice of 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen, according to widespread reports.

Cordless phone reviews

We test 21 cordless home phones plus one corded landline, priced from $55 to $399.

28 Apr 2014 | We review a range of cordless phones, with one corded landline in the mix, including models from Panasonic, Telstra, Uniden and more.

Free fix for iPhone 5

Apple is offering a no-charge repair for iPhone 5 power button problem.

28 Apr 2014 | Apple has admitted that a batch of iPhone 5 models has a faulty power button and will fix the affected phones for free.

iPhone battery life woes

Overzealous Facebook app the main culprit in killing battery life, says former 'Apple Genius'.

9 Apr 2014 | A former “Apple Genius” has pointed the finger at the social networking giant’s overzealous app for sucking the life out of your iPhone.

Free anti-theft features coming to Samsung smartphones

Manufacturer to crack down on rampant phone theft.

7 Apr 2014 | The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 will include two complimentary security tools.

Panasonic KX-PRX150 hybrid phone review

Take calls at home and on the go with Panasonic's KX-PRX150 hybrid landline/smartphone.

27 Mar 2014 | Is Panasonic's KX-PRX150 hybrid landline / smartphone the perfect phone? CHOICE called in to find out.

Premium SMS services targetting school kids

SMS service warning: is your kid's school being targeted by premium SMS marketers peddling teddy bear wristbands?

24 Feb 2014 | CHOICE tells parents to warn kids about premium SMS numbers, so you don't get stung with a huge mobile phone bill.

Novelty phone handsets

We've checked out a number of novelty handsets for designed for use with a mobile phone. But how well do they work?

4 Mar 2013 | We put five retro handsets and one bluetooth glove designed for use with a mobile phone through their paces.

Telstra EasyTouch 4G first look

We review this Android smartphone with 4G network speed, designed for first-timers.

11 Jan 2013 | The Telstra EasyTouch 4G mobile is aimed at first-time smartphone users who also want fast online data performance.

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.

Doro 615 mobile first look

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

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

HTC Sensation XL First Look

The HTC Sensation XL is one of the largest screened phones we've seen to date.

6 Dec 2011 | Would you like a larger screen and headphones with your mobile phone?

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.

Optus-HomeZone-first-look

If you're experiencing connection problems, the Optus Home Zone may be the answer.

26 Sep 2011 | The Optus Home Zone 3G cell can turn a mobile phone black spot into five bars of communication.

Cordless phones without answering machine

Hold the phone! A simple landline phone could still have a place in your home.

21 Jul 2011 | We look at models that work with an extra handset, providing added versatility.

Telstra rip-off

Telstra has changed its pricing structure, billing in one minute increments instead of 30 second blocks.

4 Apr 2011 | Telstra now bills customers in one minute increments. But many of these customers signed up to contracts before the new billing structure.

Print mobile with dropbox

Using Dropbox to print from mobile devices

25 Mar 2011 | We show you how to print from a mobile phone or PDA on your home printer and provide a download of a zipfile containing a program to install on your computer.

Touchscreen mobile phone reviews

We found quality, features and performance differ enormously between models.

24 Feb 2011 | Our review of 18 touchscreen phones includes the Apple iPhone4 and HTC's Desire, Legend and Wildfire.

Do you need a landline

Should you think about ditching your home phone altogether or is there life in the tried-and-true service yet?

9 Feb 2011 | We look at existing landline and mobile options as well as some cutting-edge alternatives.

Mobile banking

The popularity of the iPhone is changing the face of mobile banking.

30 Apr 2010 | The latest Nielsen research has found that 61% of online consumers who use a mobile phone will consider an iPhone in the next year.

Sudio Solar first look

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

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

Hidden fees in phone cards

CHOICE uncovers the hidden traps with international prepaid phone cards and what their blaring posters don’t tell you.

25 Sep 2009 | Extra costs, such as “service” fees that gobble up credit even when you’re not making calls are often not advertised on the posters or phone cards.

Cordless phones with answering machine review and compare

An answering machine offers freedom at home and peace of mind when away.

5 Jun 2009 | All phones tested are charged via a base station that sends the signal wirelessly to the handset, so you can have a chat while moving around the house.

Save with VoIP and naked DSL

Can using VoIP with Naked DSL cut your phone bill in half?

21 Jan 2009 | VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol and uses an Internet connection to make and receive telephone calls.

Cordless phones review and compare

Cordless phones remain a fixture in most Australian homes.

5 Dec 2008 | In an effort to keep cordless phones relevant, manufacturers have introduced extra features, such as support for SMS, Bluetooth wireless headsets and even the ability to make calls over the internet.

Telecomms industry needs reform

Consumer protection in the telecommunications industry falls short of good practice.

16 Oct 2008 | Consumer complaints are soaring with a 31% increase in the number of complaints to the Telecommunications Industry ombudsman in 2007.

Cordless phones buying guide

What to look for when buying a digital cordless phone.

25 Jun 2008 | Digital cordless phones are about to push analogue models off the market. They provide better sound quality and encrypt your conversation, so eavesdropping is less likely to be an issue.

Broadband basics

Make sense of the bits and bytes.

16 Apr 2008 | CHOICE's simple guide to broadband tells you what you need to know in order to choose the right broadband plan.

Mobile phones GSM and 3G review and compare

The latest mobiles deliver lots of features, but make sure you aren't paying for things you don't need.

7 Feb 2008 | CHOICE tests 33 GSM and 3G phones to find the best.

Missed call marketing

Returning that 'missed call' could prove expensive.

15 Jan 2008 | The 'missed call' scam is a marketing tactic which tries to shift the cost of a telemarketing call to the consumer – whether or not they want to hear about the promotion.

Cut Phone Costs With Skype

Saving money with internet telephony with Skype.

3 Apr 2007 | Long-distance phone calls can keep you in touch with far flung friends and loved ones, but you don’t want to have to mortgage your house to pay for them.

VoIP headsets

Heard the buzz about VoIP and want to know what all the fuss is about?

4 Jun 2006 | We’ve tested six headsets that can plug into your computer to make phone calls over the internet.

Photo frames

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.

Slide scanner reviews

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

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

Digital photo frame reviews

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

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

Digital Photo Frames: review and compare 2009

Digital photo album technology is still a little raw.

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

Photography

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.

The cost of weddings

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

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

Free image editors review

Can free photo editing software match up to paid programs?

5 Feb 2014 | Image editors can bring out the best in your happy snaps. We compare 10 programs that you can use for free.

Rugged cameras  

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

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

Camcorder reviews

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

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

Photokina 2012

CHOICE heads to a major photographic trade show in Europe.

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

Lytro camera first look

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

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

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

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

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

Slide scanner reviews

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

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

Photo Management Software

We test 12 programs that store and share your digital pictures.

30 May 2011 | Photo management software can bring order to digital-picture chaos.

How we test digital cameras

Ever wondered what goes on in the lab?

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

Digital photo frame reviews

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

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

Digital SLR zoom lens reviews

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

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

Nikon Coolpix P quick review

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

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

Hyperdrive Colorspace review

We take a look at the modern day photo album.

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

Snap better shots

Tips to improve your digital photos.

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

Make an online album

How to create an online photo album.

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

Kaiser Baas digital photo keyring review

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

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

Digital cameras buying guide  

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

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

Interactive digital camera

Explore all the digital camera features on this moveable camera.

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

How to scan slides

Follow the steps below for trouble-free slide scanning.

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

physiotherapists

Exercise experts  

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

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

Pigeon

Digital baby thermometer reviews

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

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

Pillows

Pillow satisfaction survey

We look at the five major brands and see which pillows rate the best.

2 Feb 2011 | See which pillows score best for comfort: our members give their verdict on the popular brands.

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.

Pillows

A good pillow can make for a great night's sleep.

1 Jul 2008 | When you consider that the average person will spend approximately one third of their life asleep, having a comfortable and good quality pillow is important.

Anti-snoring-products

Is there any evidence to support claims for over-the-counter anti-snoring products?

27 Apr 2006 | According to the Guiness Book of Records, the loudest snores recorded reached 93 decibels — about the volume of a business engine.

Sleep aids

Over-the-counter products are short-term solutions, but there are other ways to improve sleep.

9 Jan 2005 | Estimates vary, but something like 10–40% of the population has trouble from time to time either getting to, or staying, asleep.

Pioneer

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.

Headphones review

13 sets of headphones were tested in the CHOICE labs, including models from Beats by Dre, Bose, Sennheiser and more.

8 May 2014 | We review 13 headphones, including Beats by Dre, Bose and Sennheiser, to find the ones with the best sound quality to help you choose the best headphones at the right price.

Surround sound AV receiver reviews

A Surround sound AV receiver is your home theatre system's command centre.

27 Nov 2013 | We test 16 surround sound AV receivers, to find out which models have the best sound quality, and are the easiest to use.

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 quick look

What are your surround sound options?

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

Blu-ray player reviews

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

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

Noise-cancelling headphones and earphones reviews

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

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

iPod speaker dock reviews

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

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

Piranha

Steam mop reviews  

Steam mops are an effective way to clean your home and many people are opting for these over a mop and bucket.

16 Jan 2014 | Test results for 25 steam mops, including 12 newly tested models, priced from $49 to $349.

Pirelli

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.

Plasma

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.

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.

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.

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.

Plastic

Dangerous-plastic-banned

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

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

BPA-alert

US food regulator reinforces concerns over BPA chemical.

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

Plastic-food-containers  

Are chemicals from plastic food containers and wrapping as safe as the industry and regulators claim or are they slowly poisoning us?

7 Jan 2010 | There’s a growing body of scientific evidence that suggests some plastics are not as safe as we're led to believe.

Plasticisers

CHOICE tested foods in glass jars and found contaminants from the plastic used to seal the lids.

12 Jun 2008 | In our test of food in glass jars, half contained the plastic-softening chemicals epoxidised soybean oil or phthalates at levels exceeding EU limits.

Plastic surgery

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.

Plastic bags

Sustainable shopping bags

Sticking with your reusable polypropylene bags is the most sustainable choice - the one that makes a difference.

6 Nov 2013 | The latest in the war on plastic.

EA Games responds to Shonky Award win

EA has apologised for, and promised to rectify, the tech-support mess than won them a CHOICE Shonky Award.

1 Nov 2013 | EA has apologised for, and promised to rectify, the tech-support mess than won them a CHOICE Shonky Award.

drink-bottle-recycling

Five billion plastic, glass and aluminium drink containers end up in landfill or as litter. Is a national Container Deposit Scheme the answer?

20 Aug 2013 | The five billion plastic, glass and aluminium drink containers that are not recycled each year in Australia end up in landfill or as litter with significant environmental and economic impacts. Is a national Container Deposit Scheme the answer?

ACT bans plastic bags

Single-use shopping bags will be phased out from July 2011

7 Dec 2010 | Single-use shopping bags will be phased out from July 2011

BPA-alert

US food regulator reinforces concerns over BPA chemical.

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

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.

Plastic recycling  

Only 15% of plastics we consume are recycled. Here’s what you can do.

26 Feb 2009 | Over the past decade plastics recycling rates have doubled, yet confusion about which plastics can be recycled is hindering progress.

Playgrounds

Playground surfaces

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

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

Playpens

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.

Portacot reviews

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

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

Playpen reviews

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

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

PlayStation

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 |

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.

Plus size clothing

Shopping for plus-size clothes

While Australians are getting bigger, the clothing industry isn't keeping up.

26 Mar 2012 | Plus-size clothing is limited and expensive for Australians despite there being a demand.

Polk

Soundbar reviews

We've tested seventeen soundbars that help improve your TV's sound.

30 Jul 2013 | All the soundbars on test deliver better sound than you’ll get from your TV, but some demand a lot more money than others for the privilege.

Pools

Pool fences review and compare

Are pool fences safe enough to keep up with changing regulations?

16 Sep 2014 | Whether you're a new pool owner or thinking about upgrading your old fencing, our test and checklists will help keep your family safe this summer.

Home test - pool cleaners

The Bahls family throw six pool cleaners into the deep end to see which perform best.

10 Oct 2013 | We recruited the Bahls family - and their pool - to compare and review a pressure cleaner, two suction types, and three expensive robotic pool cleaners.

NSW swimming pool registration

All swimming pools in NSW must be registered online in 2013.

2 May 2013 | The NSW government has moved to lower the number of children drowning in swimming pools in the state by introducing a compulsory online register of all swimming pools.

Swimming goggles

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

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

Pool cleaners review and compare

Do automatic pool cleaners really clean your pool?

20 Jul 2008 | We subjected seven cleaners to difficult test conditions using a variety of common pool debris to see how they would cope.

Pool maintenance

If you have a swimming pool, cleaning and maintenance are crucial to keep the water safe.

3 Mar 2008 | From collecting leaves to keeping the chlorine levels stable, there is a huge range of tricks, tools and products to keep your pool in tip top shape.

Pope

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.

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.

Poppers

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.

Pop Tops

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.

Portable fridges

Portable fridge buying guide

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

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

Portable cots

Portacot reviews

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

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

Playpen reviews

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

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

Small travel cots review

We reveal which of these lightweight travel cots, priced between $80 and $396, are the safest for your baby.

13 May 2013 | We review four portable travel cots from brands including Baby Bjorn, Childcare, Goldbug and Phil & Teds.

Baby safety - a shopping guide

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

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

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.

Portable cots review and compare

Of the 10 portable cots we tested, only three passed all our safety tests.

25 Oct 2007 | How can you tell which portable cots are safest? What features should you look for? Are accessories like change tables useful, or a potential hazard? We can help you make the right choice.

Portable DVD players

MP3 and MP4 player reviews  

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

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

In car DVD players review and compare

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

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

Portable media players

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.

Web TV series

Find the newest and most daring web-only TV shows

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

MP3 and MP4 player reviews  

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

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

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.

Mini hifi with iPod dock reviews

Mini and midi hi-fi systems can deliver good sound for your iPod without breaking the bank.

17 Mar 2011 | Some of these mini and midi hi-fi systems punch well above their weight when it comes to sound quality.

First Look - Amazon Kindle  

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

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

Apple iPod Shuffle  

The impressive design is undermined by an unfortunate headphone lock-in.

19 Mar 2009 | Apple’s latest iPod shuffle is the smallest model ever released, and like previous iterations doesn’t have a screen. It’s roughly the length of a house key and packs just under 4GB of data for a possible 1000 songs.

Portable media players review and compare

We test the latest MP3, MP4 and video players to tell you the best buys.

12 Nov 2008 | We give ratings for ease of use, sound and video quality, and battery life.

Eco media player quick review

If you're away from a power source or a portable computer, this media player may be for you.

21 Feb 2008 | On an extended camping trip you may be without a power source,with this media player you're able to bring a bit of luxury with you.

Apple ipod touch quick review

We check out the new Apple iPod media player.

7 Dec 2007 | The iPod Touch looks so much like an iPhone that comparisons are inevitable, but that’s not really comparing Apples with Apples — it’s designed to be a touch screen iPod media player, not a touch phone.

Apple iPod classic

The iPod Classic is a smart-looking hard-drive MP3 player with a larger capacity and a wealth of features.

6 Dec 2007 | The Apple iPod Classic is available with a 80 or 160GB hard drive — we tested the latter (which has an RRP of $479).

In car DVD players review and compare

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

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

Potato

Potato bake recipe

CHOICE easy potato bake

24 Jun 2010 | Six ingredients - definitely simple and very tasty - creamy potato bake.


Parsnip mash

Add a little parsnip for a great alternative to traditional mashed potatoes

24 Jun 2010 | Instead of potato, why not parsnip? Just as tasty with a hint of sage.


Potato-and-leek-soup

CHOICE recipe for a tasty potato and leek soup

24 Jun 2010 | An easy to make, thick and tasty, potato and leek soup


Potato product reviews

Some potato shapes that appeal to kids don’t make the nutritional grade.

7 Jul 2009 | Chips, fries or wedges can be handy to keep in the freezer but what is the true cost of this convenience?

Power

Harassment and coercion of consumers

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

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

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.

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

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.

Power meter reviews

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

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

Five ways to reduce your household's energy use

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

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

Take the 10 percent challenge

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

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

Ecoswitch

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

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

FutureSwitch quick review

Two energy savers claim to help navigate your path to power salvation.

7 Jul 2009 | These two devices save you reaching behind your audio-visual gear or all the peripherals around your computer to turn off the power switch, in turn saving you money on your energy bill.

Surge protector reviews  

How much do you need to spend to keep your expensive equipment safe?

30 Apr 2009 | They say lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place — but it doesn’t have to. A direct strike on your home can burn out every piece of electrical equipment you have connected.

CHOICE power switching survey

CHOICE investigates why consumers switch electricity retailers.

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

Multifunction power meter

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

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

Power

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.

pozible

Crowdfunding risks and rewards

Is it time to regulate crowdfunding in Australia?

25 Jun 2014 | Should crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Pozible be compelled to offer better protections for funders?

Prams

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.

First look: 4Moms Origami stroller  

Top marks for innovation for this ingenious stroller – but does it stack up for safety?

31 Jan 2014 | CHOICE gets hands-on with the self-folding 4Moms Origami stroller.

Stroller buying guide

We outline what to look for when buying a pram or stroller

13 Jan 2014 | Buying a pram can be a complicated exercise, so use our checklist to make sure you get the one that's right for you.

CHOICE Expectant Parents Guide

A one-stop shop for parents in the making

12 Mar 2013 | Prepare for the arrival of your little bundle with our comprehensive guide for parents to be.

Valco Stroller Roller first look

This stroller accessory aims to make transporting your stroller easier.

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

Pitfalls for tall consumers

Despite the fact that Australians are getting taller, it seems retailers are yet to catch up.

23 Jun 2011 | Tall consumers are getting the short end of the stick in everything from buying clothes to travelling on planes, trains and in cars.

Strollers, carriers, car and bicycle restraints

Strollers, carriers, car and bicycle seats: we tell you what to look for.

3 Oct 2009 | No matter how you prefer to transfer baby, we've tested them for safety and ease of use. Use our recommendations before your next purchase.

Strollers compare and review 3 and 4 wheel prams

CHOICE tested a mix of three-wheel and four-wheel strollers and prams for safety, durability and ease of use.

24 Aug 2008 | How can you tell whether the model you're considering is safe, durable, and easy to use? We can help you make the right choice.

Four-wheel strollers review and compare  

Nine out of the 12 strollers we tested passed safety and durability tests — a good result.

20 Aug 2007 | It can be hard to choose a good stroller, but how can you be sure that it’s safe and durable?

Stroller seats

Toddler seats are a quick way to turn your jogger stroller into a two-seater, but are they safe?

28 Apr 2005 | You've got a toddler and a baby, but just one single seat stroller. A quick solution is to convert it into a twin-stroller by attaching a toddler seat.

Pregnancy

Prenatal fish oil no boost to baby's brain

An Australian study found prenatal omega-3 DHA supplements may not produce baby Einsteins after all.

7 May 2014 | A long-term Australian study has found DHA supplements provide no benefit to cognitive development of children born to women given the supplements when pregnant.

Apps for parenthood

CHOICE reviews some popular parenting apps

16 Oct 2013 | On the path to parenthood? CHOICE looks at some free parenting apps to help you track and manage that steep learning curve.

What to take to hospital

Baby bag essentials

8 Oct 2013 | Ready, set, labour! What do you need to pack and take for the moment you've been waiting for?

Pregnancy-supplements

Which ones should you take, and which should you avoid?

23 Jul 2013 | Most pregnant women take supplements, including vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other alternative medicines. While some are useful, others can do more harm than good.

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.

CHOICE Expectant Parents Guide

A one-stop shop for parents in the making

12 Mar 2013 | Prepare for the arrival of your little bundle with our comprehensive guide for parents to be.

Multivitamins

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

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

Pregnancy multivitamin supplements

Are they essential, or just a pricey gimmick?

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

Managing pain in pregnancy

With the right advice you can take pain relief without harming your baby.

31 May 2011 | A look at the risks and benefits of taking common over-the-counter pain medications while pregnant or breastfeeding and where to go for advice.

Assisted conception

About 10-15% of couples will experience fertility problems.

30 Apr 2011 | Assisted conception refers to medical interventions used by fertility specialists and clinics to help couples with fertility problems conceive a baby.

Premium brands

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.

Spectacles buying guide

A price war has broken out in the optical industry. CHOICE’s shadow shop will help you assess your next pair of specs – and save plenty.

2 Jul 2010 | Our price guide takes you through the confusing array of extras and options to explain exactly what you need to look for when shopping for specs.

Premium beer reviews

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

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

Prescription drugs

Blood pressure monitor reviews

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

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

Prescription medicine

Is the government’s unsavvy spending on prescription medicines costing consumers millions of dollars more per year than they need to pay?

8 May 2013 | We reveal how the price of prescription medicines in Australia compares to that in other countries.

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.

Managing pain in pregnancy

With the right advice you can take pain relief without harming your baby.

31 May 2011 | A look at the risks and benefits of taking common over-the-counter pain medications while pregnant or breastfeeding and where to go for advice.

The dangers of mixing medicines

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

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

PBS reform

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

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

HRT and menopause treatments

Negative publicity about HRT led to a flood of alternatives. Do they work?

20 Jan 2009 | In 2002, a major American study involving hormone replacement therapy was stopped early because researchers were concerned by increased incidence of breast cancer, heart disease and blood clots in participants.

Generic Drugs

How to save money on your prescription medication.

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

Promotion overdo$e

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

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

Consumer reporting of adverse drug reactions

In the past adverse drug reactions have been reported by doctors. We believe that consumers should be able to report these events themselves.

25 Sep 2007 | Reporting of adverse events by consumers has resulted in some important changes, including improvements in product labeling.

Free trade agreement

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

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

Access to information about drugs in Australia

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

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

Pharmacists drug representatives and your privacy

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

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

Choosing a GP

Looking for doctor right.

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

Pharmacy pricing

The cost of medicines is being artificially inflated by lack of competition and practices that encourage price uniformity.

6 Jul 2005 | Pharmacists are inflating the price of some medicines on the PBS by adding various fees which are then passed on to the consumer.

Pressure-cleaners

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.

Pressure cookers

Pressure cooker reviews

Is a stovetop pressure cooker right for you? We compare the Tefal, Silit, Fissler and Hawkins models priced between $135 and $616 to help you decide.

10 Jul 2014 | Pressure cooking is often used to braise, stew and simmer. We test and compare the Tefal, Silit, Fissler and Hawkins stovetop models.

Breville fast slow cooker first look

This reasonably priced appliance is ideal if you’re pressed for time.

5 Aug 2011 | Looking to save time in the kitchen? The Breville fast slow cooker offers four functions in one cooker.

price discrimination

Time-to-axe-the-Australia-tax

CHOICE makes submission to the Competition Policy Review

11 Jun 2014 | CHOICE's submission to the Competition Policy Review calls of the government to act on price discrimination.

Navigating online geo-blocking

Not all retailers have embraced the web as a "borderless world", with geo-blocking forcing Australians to pay more.

5 Mar 2014 | We look at some of the ways you can avoid paying top dollar when shopping online from home.

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.

Death to the Australia Tax?

CHOICE welcomes the IT price inquiry’s recommendations

29 Jul 2013 | The recommendations released by the IT price inquiry are a win for consumers - but will there be follow-through?

Parliament summonses tech giants

Parliament calls on Apple, Adobe and Microsoft to explain high IT prices.

13 Feb 2013 | Tech giants Apple, Adobe and Microsoft are now being forced to answer for the higher prices they charge Australian consumers.

Have you paid too much for IT products?

We want to hear if you’ve paid more for digital products because you’ve bought them in Australia.

2 Aug 2012 | We're asking for examples of price discrimination on computer, software, gaming, and music products.

Groundhog Day on Australia’s price gouge

Technology industry has predictable reaction to IT pricing inquiry.

30 Jul 2012 | Industry groups claim that the costs of doing business in Australia are driving up the prices of IT hardware and software products.

CHOICE lodges submission on IT price discrimination

CHOICE research has found that Australians are paying 50% more for IT products.

18 Jul 2012 | New CHOICE research shows that Australians are paying 50% more for computers, software, games and music.

Parallel imports

Products shipped in from abroad without the permission of the local trademark or intellectual property owner.

19 Jun 2012 | How can some products look, taste and function the same, yet vary so markedly in price from their mainstream, retail counterparts?

Price-wars

ACCC takes legal action on petrol price sharing

Five petrol retailers and petrol price collating service Informed Sources are facing legal action for allegedly lessening competition as a result of sharing price information.

21 Aug 2014 | The ACCC is taking legal action against five petrol retailers for the way they shared and received price information through Informed Sources.

The rise of private labels in supermarkets

Supermarkets are back in the headlines - for all the wrong reasons.

6 Jul 2012 | The supermarket price war has hit the headlines again today, with more stories of suppliers being squeezed by the big two.

Supermarket wines

We investigate the sale and marketing of private label wines at Coles and Woolworths.

17 May 2012 | There’s no easy way for consumers to know who makes their wine, short of searching online or checking the Australian trademark database.

High postage paid

Why does sending a parcel from Australia cost so much compared with sending it to Australia?

22 Aug 2011 | Australians appear to be paying more than consumers in NZ, the US, UK and further afield for staple services such as international postage.

Aldis promises clarified

Aldi responds to CHOICE's call for a clarification of their uniform pricing policy.

13 Apr 2011 | Aldi has amended communication about their uniform price policy to specify the exclusion of weekly specials.

Milk price war extends to beer

Foster's withholds supply of beer to Coles and Woolworths liquor retailers.

24 Mar 2011 | The Senate inquiry into milk prices will unofficially extend to beer when Coles and Woolworths are questioned next week.

Pricing

Ticketek and Ticketmaster improve price disclosure around fees

Better disclosure of unavoidable fees when purchasing tickets online has finally arrived.

23 Oct 2014 | In a long-overdue win for consumers Ticketek and Ticketmaster have finally improved their pricing disclosure of unavoidable fees.

ACCC cracks down on online dating sites

Online dating sites have a role to play in protecting consumers against romance scams, says ACCC.

16 Sep 2014 | The ACCC is sweeping the internet for online dating sites that have misleading offers and unclear pricing, and for those that lack protections for consumers against scams.

OmniBlend kitchen blenders busted for price fixing

ACCC accuses OmniBlend of price fixing.

14 Aug 2014 | Kitchen blender company OmniBlend is being taken to court by the ACCC for attempting to engage in price fixing with a competitor.

Unsolicited supplies

What you do when you receive things you didn't order.

10 Jun 2014 | If you receive goods or services that you didn't order, you don't have to pay for them.

Pricing issues

What you can do about misleading prices and other pricing inconsistencies.

13 May 2014 | What happens when a retailer displays more than one price? What can I do about misleading prices?

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.

Dental fees

Why is a trip to the dentist so expensive?

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

Ticketing hidden costs

No matter the event, you'll likely be slugged with extra charges for tickets.

1 May 2013 | Add-on charges for tickets vary from event to event and from one ticketing agency to another.

Home and contents premium hikes

Why is the insurance industry playing fast and loose with the flood cover issue?

31 Jan 2013 | Premium hikes over the last year have often come with the addition of mandatory flood cover, but it’s not clear flood risk has anything to do with it.

Quality vs price

When it comes to certain high-end products, are you paying a premium for quality or just brand?

27 Nov 2012 | We pit a low-, medium- and high-end moisturiser, hair dryer and pair of men's underpants against each other in a user trial, and speak to experts about the results.

Parallel imports

Products shipped in from abroad without the permission of the local trademark or intellectual property owner.

19 Jun 2012 | How can some products look, taste and function the same, yet vary so markedly in price from their mainstream, retail counterparts?

Supermarket wines

We investigate the sale and marketing of private label wines at Coles and Woolworths.

17 May 2012 | There’s no easy way for consumers to know who makes their wine, short of searching online or checking the Australian trademark database.

High postage paid

Why does sending a parcel from Australia cost so much compared with sending it to Australia?

22 Aug 2011 | Australians appear to be paying more than consumers in NZ, the US, UK and further afield for staple services such as international postage.

Aldis promises clarified

Aldi responds to CHOICE's call for a clarification of their uniform pricing policy.

13 Apr 2011 | Aldi has amended communication about their uniform price policy to specify the exclusion of weekly specials.

Spectacles buying guide

A price war has broken out in the optical industry. CHOICE’s shadow shop will help you assess your next pair of specs – and save plenty.

2 Jul 2010 | Our price guide takes you through the confusing array of extras and options to explain exactly what you need to look for when shopping for specs.

Supermarket sales tactics

It's important to understand how supermarkets sell, sell, sell.

5 Jan 2009 | Major supermarkets are just about everywhere, and according to the market research company ACNielson, the primary appeal is "one-stop shopping" — everything you want under one roof.

Pricing of computer products

Are consumers getting a raw deal on the price of locally available computer products?

20 May 2008 | It doesn’t take long for a net-savvy consumer to compare the cost of computer products here and overseas.

Component pricing

New legislation means sellers must quote a single price for products.

22 Apr 2008 | It’s annoying to be quoted the price for something only to find there are extra taxes not included in the quote, or additional charges you hadn’t expected.

Supermarket price survey

And the cheapest chain is ... Aldi.

3 Jul 2007 | Which is the cheapest supermarket chain? To find out the answer we sent shadow shoppers to purchase a basket of 33 specific items from 111 supermarkets around the country.

Pharmacy pricing

The cost of medicines is being artificially inflated by lack of competition and practices that encourage price uniformity.

6 Jul 2005 | Pharmacists are inflating the price of some medicines on the PBS by adding various fees which are then passed on to the consumer.

Prima

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.

Printers

Sleep apnoea could be treated with a 3D mouthguard

Sufferers of sleep apnoea have long had to put up with bulky, noisy and uncomfortable devices to help them sleep at night, but things are looking up.

8 May 2014 | The CSIRO has co-created a new type of mouthguard, made by a 3D printer, that could revolutionise treatment for sleep apnoea sufferers and snorers.

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.

3D printing hits home

We get hands-on with one of the most affordable consumer-level 3D printers in Australia.

11 Dec 2013 | The UP!Mini is a relatively inexpensive 3D printer aimed at the consumer market: we put it to the test, printing a miniature rabbit.

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.

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.

Consumer Electronics Show 2012  

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

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

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

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

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

Colour laser MFPs review and compare

The new breed of colour laser MFPs throws down the gauntlet to inkjet printers.

24 Aug 2011 | We test 10 colour laser multifunction printers to see how they compare for performance, ease of use, features and value.

Print mobile with dropbox

Using Dropbox to print from mobile devices

25 Mar 2011 | We show you how to print from a mobile phone or PDA on your home printer and provide a download of a zipfile containing a program to install on your computer.

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.

Multifunction printer reviews

They save on space, but ongoing ink costs mean an all-in-one can be a costly choice.

6 Dec 2010 | The printers combine inkjet printing, copying and scanning functions (some have fax) into one device.

Polaroid-TWO-PoGo-quick-review

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

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

Colour laser printer reviews

Personal laser printers can colour your world, but watch out for hidden costs.

23 Feb 2010 | We bought 10 colour laser printers designed for the home and small office and tested for speed, print quality and their ongoing running costs.

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.

Make Christmas cards in word

Send Christmas cheer: create greeting cards with your own personalised touch.

25 Nov 2008 | You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on home publishing software to design your own greeting cards.

PC speakers

We tested 16 speaker systems to see which gives the best boom for your buck.

20 May 2008 | The PC speaker market is 'booming', driven by the growth in high quality multimedia — from music and DVD movies to games and even websites.

Laser printer reviews

We tested 12 budget laser printers to see which ones come up best.

30 Aug 2007 | As price comes down and quality improves, a laser printer is a good choice for small-scale print runs.

3D printers

Sleep apnoea could be treated with a 3D mouthguard

Sufferers of sleep apnoea have long had to put up with bulky, noisy and uncomfortable devices to help them sleep at night, but things are looking up.

8 May 2014 | The CSIRO has co-created a new type of mouthguard, made by a 3D printer, that could revolutionise treatment for sleep apnoea sufferers and snorers.

3D printing hits home

We get hands-on with one of the most affordable consumer-level 3D printers in Australia.

11 Dec 2013 | The UP!Mini is a relatively inexpensive 3D printer aimed at the consumer market: we put it to the test, printing a miniature rabbit.

Privacy

Your privacy rights explained

What is privacy and what are your rights?

8 Aug 2014 | Your privacy rights are explained in a series of videos produced by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

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.

Opal card users get anonymous option - with a catch

Privacy concerns about Sydney's Opal card are finally being addressed, but issues remain.

1 Aug 2014 | Transport for NSW has announced Sydneysiders will finally be able to purchase anonymous Opal public transport cards, but only for a limited time and at selected locations.

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.

Online dating company breached privacy of 254000 Australians

Hackers accessed the personal information of a quarter of a million Australians' online dating profiles because Cupid Media failed to properly encrypt it.

26 Jun 2014 | Australian online dating company, Cupid Media, failed to protect the privacy of 254,000 Australians, resulting in their personal information being stolen by hackers.

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.

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.

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.

Right to anonymity under new laws

New privacy laws regulate how personal information is handled

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

Privacy laws to ramp up

Reporting of breaches to private data to become mandatory.

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

Protecting your privacy on Facebook

Are you sharing more than you realise?

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

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.

Give consumers power in the way they pay

5 Sep 2011 | CHOICE says a review by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) into changes in the way people can pay for goods and services is an opportunity to put the consumer first.

Protecting-your-privacy

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

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

ID fraud

Nearly half a million Australians were victims of identity fraud last year.

24 Aug 2008 | It's estimated there were 499,500 victims of identity fraud in Australia last year - 383,000 incidences of credit or bank card fraud, while 124,000 people had their identities stolen.

Pharmacists drug representatives and your privacy

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

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

Private health insurance

2014 Budget winners and losers

The 2014 Budget will prove a painful one for many Australian consumers.

13 May 2014 | With students, young families, professionals and pensioners all in the federal Budget's sights, who comes out on top and who is worse off?

Health insurance complaints down

The gap between how much a consumer pays in hospital fees and how much their health fund covers is still causing headaches.

9 Apr 2014 | Health insurance industry complaints are down, The State of the Health Funds report finds, but some issues such as out-of-pocket costs, remain.

Surviving hospital: infections

The last thing you need from a hospital stay is to contract a preventable infection.

23 Oct 2013 | Hospital-acquired infections can have serious consequences, including repeat surgery – or even fatalities – and cost Australia $1bn a year. CHOICE checks up on the situation.

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.

1 July 2012 - changes that affect you

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

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

Health insurance means testing

Pre-pay health insurance and save.

22 Apr 2012 | From July 1, health insurance premiums will increase for high-income earners. Pre-pay your annual premium now and any rebate reductions will only apply in 12 months time.

Hip-replacement-surgery

What you need to know before joint replacement surgery.

9 Mar 2012 | Given the recall of faulty hip replacement devices implanted in thousands of patients, we tell you what you need to know before surgery.

Pathology gap fees

Consumers can face large gap payments for pathology, but a public provider may be able to provide a gap-free alternative.

30 Aug 2010 | It pays to ask your GP to request bulk billing wherever possible or to use a public provider.

Screening tests

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

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

Private health insurance buying guide

Find out how to find a better policy and save.

28 Jan 2009 | Broadly speaking, you can choose hospital cover and extras/ancillary cover. These are available separately or combined.

Private health insurance

Private health insurance premiums are rising and consumers are finding their policies have hidden exclusions and high gaps.

20 Sep 2007 | Premiums have increased 33% since 2001 even though the Government promised stable premiums when it introduced 30% rebate & Lifetime health cover.

Nursing homes

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

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

Product recall

Kawasaki Jet Skis (assorted models) recall

The steering cable guide pipe may have detached from the outer steering cable during assembly.

23 Jan 2012 | Kawasaki Motors Pty Ltd is recalling assorted Kawasaki Jet Ski models sold between the 1st November 2009 and 31st January 2012.

Backa Australia Chabi recall

Food products contaminated with Staphylococcus may cause illness if consumed.

23 Jan 2012 | Backa Australia is recalling Chabi due to a microbial (Staphylococcus) contamination.

Map-Pro Propylene and MAPP Gas Cylinders recall

The defect will result in leakage of gas from the cylinder.

20 Jan 2012 | Worthington Cylinders is recalling Map-Pro Propylene and MAPP Gas Cylinders sold nationally by plumbing and refrigeration merchants and other industrial outlets.

BDazzled Teeth Whitening System recall

The user may suffer irritation or inflammation to the gums.

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

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.

Answer Dagger Pro 20 inch Bicycle Forks recall

The stem may detach from the bicycle, leading to loss of control and resulting in fall injuries.

13 Jan 2012 | Elite Cycle Imports is recalling Answer Dagger Pro 20" Bicycle Forks sold between 1 December 2010 and 13 January 2012.

KONI Shock Absorber recall

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

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

Ford Fiesta Econetic recall

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

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

Hitachi Inverter Welding Machine recall

If the product is not used according to instructions there is a risk of fire and burn injuries.

11 Jan 2012 | Lincoln Electric Company (Australia) Pty. Ltd is recalling Hitachi Inverter Welding Machines.

Venom Island Hopper Plus R/C Plane recall

There is a risk that the lithium polymer battery can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

9 Jan 2012 | Venom Group International Pty Ltd is recalling Venom Island Hopper Plus R/C Planes due to a potential fire and burn hazard.

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.

Coles Chicken and Vegetable Pies recall

The product may contain bone fragments.

4 Jan 2012 | Coles Supermarkets Pty Ltd is recalling Coles Chicken and Vegetable Pies as the product may contain bone fragments.

Natural Sprouts and SA Sprouts recall

E.Coli contamination may result in food poisoning.

3 Jan 2012 | SA Sprouts is recalling "Natural Sprouts" and "SA Sprouts" due to microbial contamination (E.Coli).

Giant Bicycle Co Pty Ltd models recall

Giant Defy Advanced 2, Defy Advanced 3 & Avail Advanced 2 bicycles models from 2012 have been recalled.

8 Dec 2011 | Giant Bicycle Co Pty Ltd is recalling Giant Defy Advanced 2, Defy Advanced 3 & Avail Advanced 2 bicycles models from 2012.

Coloplast Trident Catheter Valve recall

There are concerns that the valves in these lots may not be sterile.

8 Dec 2011 | Coloplast Pty Ltd is recalling Trident Catheter Valves as there are concerns that some may not be sterile.

Holden JG Cruze Series I Diesel

Potential manufacturing defect within fuel feed hose.

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

CrispTech Mack Branded 6kA RCBO Combination recall

Following a rare high fault current event at full rated capacity, the RCBO may pose an electrical shock risk.

8 Dec 2011 | CrispTech Pty Ltd is recalling Mack Branded 6kA RCBO (RCB & MCB) Combination devices sold nationally between 16th September 2010 and 5th November 2010.

Holden Epica 2.0L recall

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

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

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.

Ryobi 2400W Electric Impact Shredder recall

The motor cooling fan may disintegrate, possibly causing laceration or impact injuries to bystanders.

17 Nov 2011 | Techtronic Industries Australia Pty Ltd is recalling Ryobi 2400W Electric Impact Shredders due to a potential manufacturing defect.

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.

Good Luck Dried Seaweed Strips recall

The recall of the product is due to high levels of naturally occurring iodine.

16 Nov 2011 | Regular consumption of these products may cause health problems in some people including pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Sanitarium So Good rice milk recall

Consumers who have a soy allergy or intolerance should not consume this product.

16 Nov 2011 | The recall of the product is due to a production error resulting in the presence of an undeclared allergen (soy) in So Good Rice Milk 1L.

Savacol antiseptic mouth and throat rinse recall

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

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

Assorted Phoenix beverages recall

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

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

IKEA PAX AURLAND wardrobe mirror glass recall

Falling mirror can shatter, posing a risk of laceration injury.

4 Nov 2011 | IKEA is recalling PAX AURLAND wardrobe mirror glasses sold between the 1st August 2009 and the 1st April 2011.

Super Cheap Auto 160 Amp Arc Welder recall

This product has been recalled due to a possible fire hazard.

3 Nov 2011 | Super Cheap Auto Pty Ltd is recalling 160 Amp Arc Welders sold nationally since the 1st September 2010.

Devondale UHT Skim Milk recall

The recall has been initiated due to bacterial spoilage in some packs.

28 Oct 2011 | Murray Goulburn Company Ltd is recalling Devondale UHT Skim Milk because of bacterial spoilage in some packs.

Horror make-up set recall

If children absorb lead through their skin, they can suffer significant and sometimes permanent health effects.

28 Oct 2011 | PJ SAS Trading Pty Ltd is recalling horror make-up sets sold in various discout variety stores.

Yamaha VMAX1700 recall

The engine may seize and the operator may not be able to restart the motor.

26 Oct 2011 | Yamaha Motor Australia Pty Ltd is recalling Yamaha VMAX1700 vehicles sold nationally.

Triumph Daytona 675 motorcycle recall

The engine may stall during operation.

26 Oct 2011 | Triumph Australia Pty Ltd is recalling Daytona 675 motorcycles as the engines may stall during operation.

Choc Cherry Slice and Choc Chip Flapjack Slice recall

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

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

HopStop recall

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

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

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.

TGA Vehicle Recovery Strap recall

Incorrect use of the strap could cause death, personal injury or damage to property.

20 Oct 2011 | TGA Trading Pty Ltd is recalling TGA vehicle recovery straps sold nationally between 11th January 2011 and 6th October 2011.

Baby Jogger toddler seat recall

The stroller may become unstable in some circumstances when the toddler seat is attached.

20 Oct 2011 | The Amazing Baby Company is recalling Baby Jogger toddler seats sold between September 2008 and September 2011.

Bundaberg Burgundee Creaming Soda recall

An increased pH level in the beverage may cause fermentation and a risk of the product shattering.

20 Oct 2011 | Bundaberg Brewed Drinks Pty Ltd is recalling Burgundee Creaming Soda because of an increased risk of the product shattering.

Introwall Children's Nightgowns recall

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

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

Faux Fur Bean Bag Cover recall

Lightweight beads present a severe danger to children if swallowed or inhaled.

14 Oct 2011 | Geelong Home Textiles Pty Ltd is recalling faux fur bean bag covers sold in Queensland and Victoria between 27th September 2010 and 9th October 2011.

Chocolate Macadamia Nuts recall

Food products have been contaminated with salmonella and may cause illness if consumed.

14 Oct 2011 | Paton's Macadamia Plantations Pty Ltd is recalling varieties of its chocolate macadamia nuts due to the presence of salmonella bacteria.

Scania K Series Buses recall

Inadequate clamping force in the track rod ball joint clamp could lead to reduced steering control.

14 Oct 2011 | Scania Australia is recalling K Series Buses sold in Victoria and Western Australia.

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.

Abode Multi-Functional Blender recall

If damaged, the rubber seal may possibly mix with food and pose an ingestion hazard.

12 Oct 2011 | Big W is recalling Abode Multi-Functional Blenders sold nationally between 25th April 2010 and 6th October 2011.

Pura Milk, Daisy Fresh Milk and Woolworths Homebrand Milk recall

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

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

Homemaker 17 Piece Mini Blender recall

In some circumstances the gasket (rubber seal) may become caught in the blender blades during use.

6 Oct 2011 | Kmart Australia Ltd is recalling Homemaker 17 Piece Mini Blenders sold nationally between 1st March 2010 and 22nd September 2011.

Bugaboo Bee Stroller recall

The front wheels may suddenly lock up whilst the stroller is in motion, causing the stroller to topple.

4 Oct 2011 | Bugaboo Bee strollers manufactured between January 2011 and 15 September 2011 may have a front swivel wheel that can lock up during use.

Baby Jogger City Select stroller recall

The strollers have been supplied online directly from the United States and fail to comply with the Australian mandatory standard.

4 Oct 2011 | i Retail USA Baby Jogger City Select strollers have been recalled, because the strollers do not have wrist tethers for the carer, or red coloured brakes.

Mercedes Benz 0500LE Bus recall

Fuel could leak and may ignite, causing an engine fire.

29 Sep 2011 | Mercedes-Benz is recalling 0500 LE Bus vehicles, sold nationally between July 2006 and March 2009.

Chery J11 vehicles recall

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

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

Portable Quick Lift Hydraulic Trolley Jack recall

The consumer may incorrectly use the product, creating a crushing hazard.

29 Sep 2011 | TWM PTY LTD is recalling Portable Quick Lift hydraulic trolley jacks sold between 4th February 2009 and 6th June 2011, because it may pose a crushing hazard.

Chibebe Slumber Pod Baby Bean Bag recall

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

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

Lauritz Mood Flame Ethanol Burning Fire Place recall

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

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

Fiat Scudo vehicles recall

Damage to the power steering electric pump wiring may cause the failed operation of the power steering.

23 Sep 2011 | Damage to the power steering electric pump wiring may cause the failed operation of the power steering.

Brenlea Blue-V sunglasses recall

The right lens doesn't meet the mandatory standard, and could affect the ability to judge the distance of objects.

23 Sep 2011 | The right lens doesn't meet the mandatory standard, and could affect the ability to judge the distance of objects, particularly moving objects.

Polaris-Victory-Touring-Seat-recall

The backrest support on some of these accessory seats may be defective.

22 Sep 2011 | The defective backrest support can fail and allow the backrest support bracket to separate from the seat base. This could cause a passenger to lose backrest support, possibly resulting in a fall from the motorbike.

John-Deere-D100-D110-D130-Lawn-Tractors-recall

There have been issues with both brakes and the mower blades of the specified lawn tractors.

21 Sep 2011 | Hardware used to hold the brake assembly to the transmission housing can break in the D100 model, which can cause the brakes to fail. In the D100, D110 and D130, hardware used to hold the mower blade brake assemblies on the mower decks can break, posing a laceration hazard.

Specialized-Australasia-Sirrus-Vita-and-Tricross Bicycles-recall

The bonded inserts on the carbon fork legs could crack and de-bond from the fork.

21 Sep 2011 | The defect could cause the brake assembly to come loose from the fork and potentially make contact with the wheel spokes. This could lead to a fall and potential injury to the user.

John-Titman-Racing-Talon-Locksprockets-recall

The retainer bolts may unscrew during normal operation.

21 Sep 2011 | If the defect occurs whilst in motion, it could cause serious injury.

Woolworths-Homebrand-and-Apple-Time-Juice-recall

Asahi has recalled the beverages due to the possible presence of foreign matter (metal shavings).

21 Sep 2011 | Beverages containing metal may cause injury if consumed.

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.

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.

Austech-Industries-Mechpro-MP2540-Air-Compressor-recall

A manufacturing defect may give rise to a short circuit in the motor, potentially causing it to overheat.

21 Sep 2011 | Due to overheating of various components in the motor, flammable components may combust, leading to other flammable components catching fire.

Portela-Group-bunkbed-recall

The bed does not meet the mandatory safety standard

21 Sep 2011 | Due to failures in meeting the mandatory safety standards, there is a risk of possible entrapment in the frame of the desk unit.

Mainland-Extra-Tasty-Cheddar-Cheese-recall

Metal fragments have been found on Mainland's 200g and 400g packs of Extra Tasty Cheddar Cheese.

21 Sep 2011 | Food products containing metal fragments may cause injury if consumed.

Little-Creatures-Beer-recall

An Australia-wide recall of Little Creatures beers has been issued due to possible glass contamination

21 Sep 2011 | There is the potential for glass contamination from weakened glass bottles in the Little Creatures Pale Ale, Bright Ale and Dreadnaught Single Batch, and food products containing glass may cause injury if consumed.

Maserati-Quattroporte-and-Granturismo-recall

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

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

Welding-Industries-of-Australia-WIA-190-WELDMATIC-recall

Under certain circumstances, the metal case could become electrically live, posing a risk of electric shock.

14 Sep 2011 | Due to a manufacturing assembly process error, side ventilation louvres could pierce wires from the welding transformer.

Marine-Power-Mercury-Mariner-recall

A recall has been issued on the 40/50/60 HP Four Stroke Outboard Engines because leaking fuel could present a fire hazard.

14 Sep 2011 | The connection to the primer bulb check valve may have the clamp incorrectly installed, which may also create a fuel leak when the fuel bulb is used for priming the engine fuel system.

Honda-2005-2007-Jazz-recall

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

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

Freedom-Chalet-Step-Stool-Recall

The product is not designed for functional use; it is designed as a display piece only.

14 Sep 2011 | If the product is used as a functional stepping stool, the fold out step may collapse and the front legs may break, causing serious injury to the user.

Tiger-Motorcycles-Recall

Recalls have been issued on Tiger 800, Tiger 800 ABS, Tiger 800XC and Tiger 800XC motorcycle models

14 Sep 2011 | In some models, there are incorrect engine management calibration, while in others, the centre stand return spring has been seen to fracture. The 800 and 800XC models have both defects.

Peugeot-207-recall

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

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

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.

Petstat-HopStop-recall

A recall has been issued on the spray control for cane toads due to leakage.

14 Sep 2011 | A structural fault has been detected in a small number of cans of Batch 0411/A, which may result in leaking or discharge of contents.

Recall-on-thermo-glass-cookware-sold-in-Coles-at-Berwick-Victoria

The Décor Corporation recalls its thermo glass cookware products sold in Coles nationally - RE-ANNOUNCEMENT

7 Sep 2011 | A range of products did not meet Décor's temperature differential specification, which may lead to breakage. it was initially thought that there were 13 affected cookware products sold at Coles in Berwick, Victoria, but it has since been found that they were sold nationally.

CooperVision Avaira Toric Contact Lenses recall

CooperVision Australia has received complaints of temporary hazy or blurry vision and discomfort from wearers.

7 Sep 2011 | Laboratory tests have found that these symptoms were caused by a small amount of residue on the lenses. In all reported cases the symptoms were temporary and reversed after the contact lenses were removed.

Mercedes-Benz ACTROS 930-934 recall

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

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

Fiat Ducato X2/50 recall

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

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

Kawasaki-ZX1000KBF-and-ZX1000JBF-recall

An electrical fault could cause an accident in the Kawasaki models.

7 Sep 2011 | The main wiring harness of the Kawasaki models may rub against the rear of the frame, causing an electrical fault. The loss of ignition could cause the engine to stop running, creating the potenial for an accident.

Ducati Diavel Motorcycles recall

The motorcycle may fall and potentially cause injury

7 Sep 2011 | The side stand on the Ducati Diavel motorcycles may bend or break under heavy load while the bike is resting on it.

Jayco-Swan-Camper-Recall

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

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

Toyota Dyna cabs recall

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

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

Hino-300-Series-and-Dutro-recall

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

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

Volvo-C30-and-V50-recall

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

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

Mitsubishi MK Triton Dual and Single Cabs recall

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

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

Redranger-Whiteline-Adjustable-Rear-Sway-Bar-recall

Clearance issues with factory brake line which may reduce braking efficiency.

29 Aug 2011 | Redranger Pty Ltd has recalled its Whiteline Adjustable Rear Sway bar because the blade arm length is too long, which may reduce braking efficiency.

Jaguar-Diesel-X-Type-Recall

Errors have beeen detected in the series' cruise control software

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

Mercedes-Benz-Actros-trucks-recall

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

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

Oobi-Pumpkin-growsuit-recall

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

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

Jackel Pty Ltd dummy recall

Jackel recalls some of its baby dummies because of choking hazards

22 Aug 2011 | Jackel recalls its Tommee Tippee Cherub Comforter 0-6m and 6+m 2pk and its Tommee Tippee Soft Rim Comforter 0-6m and 6-18m 2pk.

RSP-Rubber-Tie-Down-Strap-recall

The required yellow warning label may rip, tear or detach from the rubber strap.

22 Aug 2011 | The rubber strap does not comply with the mandatory standard for elastic luggage straps, as specified in the Trade Practices Regulations 1979.

Rafferty's Garden Italian lasagne baby food recall

Plastic has been found in the 170g baby food satchels

22 Aug 2011 | Plastic matter has been found in Rafferty's Garden Italian Lasagne Premium Baby Food for 10 months+, which could cause injury if consumed.

Kaleidoscope Twirlla rattle recall

Kaleidoscope Australia Pty Ltd recalls Twirlla wooden rattle.

22 Aug 2011 | The Twirlla rattle does not comply with the mandatory standard for toys for children up to and including 36 months of age.

Kawasaki Motorcycle Recall

Kawasaki recalls a range of its motorcycle models

22 Aug 2011 | A damaged tube will cause air to escape from a range of Kawasaki motorcycles, resulting in a flat tyre, which may create potential for an accident.

Triumph-Motorcycle-recall

The top box of a number of Triumph motorcycles may detach and obstruct traffic.

18 Aug 2011 | Triumph recalls its genuine accessory top box locking handle for a few of its Tiger models, as the box may detach from motorcycle and pose an accident risk.

Audi-R8-Spyder-Vehicles-Recall

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

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

Hot-Dollar-hot-water-bottles-recall

Hot Dollar's hot water bottles have been recalled due to insufficient rubber thickness and labelling

17 Aug 2011 | The Hot Dollar hot water bottle may leak, split or burst, which could cause injury. In addition, due to incorrect labelling consumers could misuse the product.

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

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

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

Discount-Market-Hot-Water-Bottle-recall

Ryde's Discount Market recalls its 800mL blue rubber hot water bottle

17 Aug 2011 | The 800mL blue rubber hot water bottle from Ryde's Discount Market has been recalled because the rubber is not thick enough and could potentially cause burns.

Puffer-urchin-ball-toy-recall

Cheap as Chips recall their novelty stretch puffer urchin ball toys due to the item length

17 Aug 2011 | The Cheap as Chips puffer urchin ball toys are banned under Consumer Protection because the cord can stretch to over the safe limit of 500mm in length.

Velour-Studsuits-recall

Clever Clothing Enterprise has issued a recall on its velour studsuits for babies

17 Aug 2011 | Incorrect labelling can result in consumers not being aware of the fire risk associated wth the Marquise velour studsuits for babies.

Mazda-3-passenger-vehicles-recall

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

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

Marine-power-international-mercruiser-recall

Consumers may not be able to start the engines of their Mercruiser marine engine.

11 Aug 2011 | Marine Power International has recalled its Mercruiser Inline 4 cylinder 135 HP petrol stern drive marine engine because of faults with its routing.

Nad's Brazilian and Bikini Wax recall

Recall issued on Nad's products sold at Woolworths between July 20 and August 5

11 Aug 2011 | A batch of Nad's Brazilian and Bikini Wax has the potential to cause sparking or a fire when the jar is heated in a microwave.

Chery J1 sedans recall

Chery Automobile Australia is recalling some Chery J1 sedans.

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

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.

Diving unlimited international weight and trim II recall

Harness and belt system designed to carry weights while scuba diving or snorkelling recalled due to a potential hazard.

2 Aug 2011 | Diving Unlimited International has found Weight and Trim II and Classic Weight and Trim systems sold between 1 July 2010 and April 2011 have an inconsistency which could prevent weights from dropping as designed.

Kelloggs Crunchy Nut Clusters product recall

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

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

Woolworths Ltd Australian beef mince premium recall

Woolworths Ltd recalls Woolworths Australian Beef Mince Premium sold in QLD

2 Aug 2011 | Woolworths Australian Beef Mince Premium in a polystyrene tray, sold in Deception Bay, QLD, on 27th July 2011 has been found to be contaminated. Should not be consumed.

Arcan-LLC-Aluminium-Vehicle-Jack-recall

The current warning label on the trolley jack could lead to incorrect use.

28 Jul 2011 | The warning label on the Arcan LLC Aluminum Jack is non-compliant with the mandatory standard, which could lead to a crushing hazard.

Honda-ST1300A-ST1300P-Motorcycles-recall

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

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

Georg-Jensen-Koppel-Gold-Pitcher-Recall

The gold plated water pitcher was actually coated in nickel, which could seep into the gold and cause illness.

27 Jul 2011 | Georg Jensen issues a recall of its Koppel gold water pitcher due to the safety hazards of its nickel coating.

TWM-Portable-Quick-Lift-Hydraulic-Trolley-Jack-recall

Incorrect warning labels on the TWM Trolley Jack could result in a crushing hazard

20 Jul 2011 | The warning label on the TWM Portable Quick Lift Hydraulic Trolley Jack does not comply with the mandatory Australian New Zealand Standard.

Toys-R-Us-Bruin-Step-Walker-recall

The Bruin Step Walker is not marked with required safety warnings as mandated by the Australian Standard

20 Jul 2011 | Consumers of Toys "R" Us' Bruin Step Walker may not be aware of potential hazards, which may result in injury.

Target-Base-Portable-DVD-Players-Recall

Target has issued a recall on its Base Portable DVD players due to a possible electrocution hazard.

20 Jul 2011 | If the back cover of the AC adapter on Target's Base Portable DVD players separates, live wiring may be exposed, posing an electrocution hazard.

Mercedes-Benz-Freightliner-Vehicles

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

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

Elka-Australia-Puffer-Ball-Toy-Recall

Elka recalls its rubber spiked puffer ball toys

13 Jul 2011 | The cords on Elka puffer balls have been found to be too long, which could cause choking. It is banned under Consumer Protection Notice 20 of 2011.

Briajen-Angle-Load-Horse-Float-recall

Briajen recalls horse floats which do not comply with the Australian Design Rules

13 Jul 2011 | Briajen recalls a number of horse float models that are found to not comply with the ADR and therefore have a higher accident risk.

Haighs-Aprichoc-Chocolates-recall

Haighs recalls Aprichoc chocolates in the 300g cardboard gift box

13 Jul 2011 | Haighs notices the presence of nuts in its Aprichoc chocolate gift boxes, which would be a problem for those with a nut allergy or intolerance.

Kawasaki-Motorcycle-Recall

Kawasaki recalls motorcycles with fuel tank leakage potential

13 Jul 2011 | Kawasaki discovers that the fuel tank on its KLX250T9/TA/TB and KLX250WAF models may leak, and in the presence of a spark or flame this can cause injury or death.

John-deere-limited-1600-turbo-wam-recall

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.

APMI-midnight-folding-handle-recall

APMI recalls midnight folding handles sold in the first half of 2011

13 Jul 2011 | APMI has discovered that the handles on the TSB unit may open under vibration whilst driving, potentially causing goods stored to fall unto the road.

Safety 1st complete healthcare kits recall

Urgent medical device recall. Thermometers included in the kits read in degrees fahrenheit instead of degrees celsius.

4 Jul 2011 | Product Distribution: supplied throughout Australia at Kmart, Target, Toys R Us and independent retail stores between April 2011 and June 2011.

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.

Projectors

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.

HD Projectors review and compare

For a real home theatre experience, you can’t match an HD projector.

10 Aug 2009 | High-definition TV screens are all the rage these days and seem to be getting bigger by the month, but if you want a real home theatre experience even the biggest LCD and plasma screens can’t hold a candle to an HD projector.

Promovec

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.

Property

Real estate's influence on newspapers

Should you believe everything you read in the property section of your newspaper? CHOICE investigates.

19 Oct 2011 | Where does advertising end and editorial begin in the murky grey area between the glossy snapshots and auction listings?

Refinancing-your-home-loan

We uncover the path to finding the best mortgage and making the most of your money.

16 Sep 2011 | Switch and save and take a fresh look at the interest rates on your home loan. We take you through the basics and present some easy options to put you on the fast track to a better deal.

Automated property valuations

Are they reliable or just a waste of money?

21 Feb 2008 | Websites that offer automated property valuations often use emotive language to sell their services.

Selling your property

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

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

Negative gearing

An easy way to profit from residential property or a fashionable way to lose money?

7 Jan 2006 | Negative gearing is being promoted as a way small investors can make money from the property market, but are these claims are too good to be true?

Psychiatrists

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.

Mental health professionals

We explain the difference between psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors.

13 Feb 2012 | Mental health therapists can help people with problems ranging from depression, anxiety or grief to schizophrenia and other psychoses.

Psychologists

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.

Anxiety

From therapist's couch to virtual couch, we look at your treatment options.

1 Feb 2013 | Treatments for anxiety may include psychological therapies, medication and self-help.

Mental health professionals

We explain the difference between psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors.

13 Feb 2012 | Mental health therapists can help people with problems ranging from depression, anxiety or grief to schizophrenia and other psychoses.

public-transport

Opal card users get anonymous option - with a catch

Privacy concerns about Sydney's Opal card are finally being addressed, but issues remain.

1 Aug 2014 | Transport for NSW has announced Sydneysiders will finally be able to purchase anonymous Opal public transport cards, but only for a limited time and at selected locations.

PURE

Digital radio reviews

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

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

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.

Pure-Harvest

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.

PVRs

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.

PVR reviews   

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

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

Web TV series

Find the newest and most daring web-only TV shows

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

EPG review and compare

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

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

Sony PlayTV

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

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

PVR twin tuners review and compare

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

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

Pyramid schemes

ACCC takes alleged pyramid scheme Lyoness to court

Lyoness investigated by regulators throughout the world.

8 Sep 2014 | The ACCC has taken action against Lyoness, a company it alleges is operating as a pyramid scheme.

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