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Sabco RoboSweep first look

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

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

SABMiller

CUB fined over beer label

The ACCC fines major brewer for misleading consumers about Byron Bay Pale Lager.

30 Apr 2014 | Brewer caught out misleading consumers with location map.

craft-beer

Lion, Foster’s, Coca-Cola, Woolworths and Coles are all muscling in on the craft beer business.

26 Jan 2014 | Large breweries and industry companies using a cottage industry image to take over the craft beer market in Australia.

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Home espresso coffee machine reviews  

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

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

Safe-N-Sound

Child car restraint reviews

These restraints all meet the stringent requirements of the Australian standard, but some are easier to install and use than others

5 Jul 2012 | Installing a child car restraint correctly is essential for preventing injuries to your child in a crash

Baby-safety-week

A week dedicated to new and expectant parents and the safety of their new bundle of joy.

21 May 2012 | Whether it’s rolling strollers along our custom made rig for hours on end in the CHOICE labs, or checking for sharp edges and finger traps, safety is at the forefront of all we do.

Convertible car seat reviews

Installing a child restraint correctly is the best way to prevent injuries to your child in a crash

2 Feb 2012 | We review 10 children's convertible car seats, suitable from birth to four years of age and priced from $149 to $659.

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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.

ANCAP update  

The latest ANCAP car crash testing reveals which new cars are the safest.

4 Sep 2014 | ANCAP aims to provide safety ratings for popular vehicle makes and models, so consumers can make informed decisions before they buy their next car.

Officeworks recalls faulty USB charger

Consumers warned about further faulty USB charger danger.

8 Aug 2014 | Officeworks has recalled a faulty USB charger that could cause serious injury or fire.

Action taken on unsafe cots

Two online retailers have issued recalls, after the ACCC identified safety risks.

7 Aug 2014 | The ACCC cracks down on unsafe cot sales.

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.

NSW Fair Trading continues raids on vendors of suspect chargers

Businesses selling suspect electrical goods raided in NSW.

7 Jul 2014 | NSW Fair Trading continue undercover inspections for dangerous electrical goods.

ACCC releases choking hazard detection tool

ACCC issues free safety tool to identify choking hazards for babies.

2 Jul 2014 | The ACCC has released a free safety tool to help parents determine choking hazards for babies and toddlers.

AIHW reports fall in infant deaths, rise in childhood obesity

Numeracy and literacy skills are up among Australian children and infant deaths are down, but obesity remains a big health problem, reports the AIHW.

12 Jun 2014 | Obesity remains an ongoing health problem for Aussie children, and incidents of child abuse and neglect are on the rise, reports the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Dangers of moveable soccer goals

Moveable soccer goals have killed seven people in Australia. Find out how to make sure they're safely secured.

9 May 2014 | The A-League season may be over, but the children’s soccer season is just beginning, so make sure you check potentially hazardous goalposts.

TPG fined for not giving access to Triple Zero

Customers denied 000 access after telco was unable to top up their accounts.

17 Apr 2014 | Some TPG customers didn't have access to 000 emergency numbers for six months.

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.

Watch out for counterfeit cosmetics

If the price seems too good to be true, that designer lipstick may just be a counterfeit.

6 Feb 2014 | With convincing packaging and improved production methods, spotting fake designer products is no longer easy.

Car rear visibility

How well can you see out of the back of your car?

29 Jan 2014 | All cars have a "blind area" that could easily hide a child. NRMA Insurance's Reversing Visibility Index is your back up for choosing a safer model.

Travel health guide

Don't let an avoidable illness ruin your long-planned holiday

18 Dec 2013 | The last thing you need to worry about on a trip is illness. Here's how to keep safe and healthy while you're travelling.

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.

Chemicals in cleaning products

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

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

Child safety devices fact sheet

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

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

Ten things not to buy second hand

Some bargains just aren't worth it.

7 Oct 2013 | Second-hand items can be cheap and attractive, but some can pose a hazard to you and your children.

Nice-to-have-products

The CHOICE checklist of optional but useful items for you and your baby.

10 Sep 2013 | There are many items that, while not essential, can make life with baby easier and safer.

Used car safety ratings

In the market for a used car? Here's how to choose a safe model.

30 Aug 2013 | If you're in the market for an older model used car you'll need to do your research and the 2013 Used Car Safety Ratings is a good place to start. This year 216 vehicle models have been rated.

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The safety, efficacy and cost of some common medical procedures has been called into question

20 Jun 2013 | As governments try to rein in health costs, identifying low-value medical procedures is a priority. We explain the issues for consumers, and tell you what you can do to ensure you get the best healthcare.

Isofix on its way

Australian parents should soon be able to buy baby seats using an Isofix-like restraint system, with Standards Australia now allowing local sales of the seats.

17 Jun 2013 | The Australian Standard for car child restraints has been updated to allow for the use of a variation of the international child restraint system called Isofix, in conjunction with Australia's top tether system

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.

Trampoline reviews

Do nets and padding make modern trampolines any safer than the models of the past?

12 Dec 2012 | Trampolines are a fun way to exercise, however they can also be the cause of many injuries to children.

Toy safety reviews

We tested 23 toys against safety standards, and over half of them failed.

12 Nov 2012 | Australia now has a single regulatory product safety system covering all states and territories - but unsafe products, including toys, can still appear in stores.

Sunscreen and nanoparticles

Could your sunscreen be doing you more harm than good?

26 Jul 2012 | The jury is still out on the risks associated with nano ingredients in sunscreens and cosmetics.

NSW bans solariums

New South Wales will ban the use of commercial solariums in three years.

8 Feb 2012 | We welcome the ban on commercial solariums in NSW, but we're calling for a national ban.

How to avoid unsafe toys

It's up to parents to act as the last line of defence against potentially dangerous playthings.

15 Nov 2011 | Dangerous toys are relatively rare, yet every year major products are still recalled for safety reasons.

Kidsafe targeting road safety

The annual event aims to increase awareness about unintentional childhood injuries and their prevention

25 Oct 2011 | The aim of this year's event is to remind parents to take all precautions to protecting their children.

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.

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.

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.

Another step towards restaurant hygiene ratings

CHOICE welcomes NSW food hygiene rating trial as important step for consumers

10 Aug 2011 | CHOICE welcomes the New South Wales Food Authority’s announcement of a year-long, voluntary ‘Scores on Doors’ restaurant hygiene rating trial.

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.

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.

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.

Unsafe solar panel installations on the rise

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

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

Suitcase safety

We look at some suitcase safety measures that may protect your belongings at home and abroad.

28 Apr 2011 | Locks, straps, cable ties or shrink wrap? CHOICE runs through the options.

Skilled scootering

Get a health check-up first and follow these commonsense tips to skilled and safe scootering.

2 Sep 2010 | Accidents, causing head injuries, fractures and fatality can occur on mobility scooters.

Smoke alarm reviews   

We test 15 battery-powered smoke alarms, including photoelectric, ionisation and dual-sensor models.

2 Mar 2010 | While all of these smoke alarms meet the Australian Standard, they don't all offer the same level of protection.

Genetically modified food risks

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

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

Pool defences against child drownings

Ensure your pool is safe for kids this summer.

22 Nov 2009 | RSLA launches safety checklist for ensuring your pool is safe for kids.

Maclaren recall in USA

One million strollers have been recalled in the USA for safety reasons.

10 Nov 2009 | The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of Maclaren strollers, due to the stroller’s hinge mechanism posing a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to a child when the stroller is being unfolded.

Toppling televisions

Hospitals are reporting a significant number of injuries resulting from a TV falling onto a child.

7 Jul 2008 | Victims are particularly children under five, and the incidents include fatalities and some injuries requiring hospitalisation.

Tipping stoves

We take precautions to prevent burns to children from stovetop saucepans, but what if the stove itself is the danger?

7 Jul 2008 | While parents are alert to the dangers of hot baths and unguarded pots, there’s another hazard you probably haven't thought of — tipping stoves.

Dishwasher detergent danger

Adults might have trouble opening them, but unfortunately kids can get into some ‘child-resistant’ caps.

5 Jul 2008 | Sadly, child poisoning cases involving household chemicals are far from unusual.

CHOICE's toy industry survey

Our survey that safety is only part of the complex issues we face when buying toys for our children.

6 Jun 2008 | CHOICE investigate how seriously corporate social responsibility is taken in the toy industry.

Getting around on a bike

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

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

Product safety

CHOICE has released a research report calling for a national product safety system

18 Feb 2008 | CHOICE believes the inclusion of a General Safety Provision (GSP) is essential to Australia's product safety regime.

Health system performance reporting

Transparency about the quality and safety of the health care system will empower consumers to make better choices.

6 Dec 2007 | Most people receive excellent care in Australia’s hospitals but as many as 10% of people may suffer harm as a direct result of the care they receive.

First aid kits review and compare

Many of the first aid kits we tested could leave you ill-prepared when an accident strikes.

29 Sep 2007 | Nine of the 22 kits tested provide insufficient equipment to cope with five common household emergencies.

First aid kits buying guide

What items do you need in a general purpose first aid kit?

12 Sep 2007 | With these contents in your "general purpose" first aid kit, you should be equipped for a range of emergency situations.

Snowboarding wristguards

There's strong evidence that wristguards prevent fractures.

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

Nanotechnology

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

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

Cosmetics safe and cruelty free

What's the progress on cruelty free cosmetics?

4 May 2007 | How can consumers work out what has been tested on animals and what hasn’t? And what are the alternatives to animal testing?

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.

Junior cricket bats

Don't get caught out buying the wrong bat.

23 Dec 2006 | Generally, the better the bat, the more you pay for it. But some are much better value for money than others.

Breathalysers review and compare

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

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

Food poisoning

We've all driven the porcelain bus at some time. How can you avoid food poisoning?

1 Jun 2005 | Food poisoning is becoming more common - it's likely several million Australians get sick every year.

Security doors buying guide

Great for six-legged pests, but not so good against the two-legged variety.

22 Feb 2005 | Security screen doors are designed to let you safely open up the house to air and light while you’re at home.

Baby clothing

Here's a guide to help you make a decision when buying clothes for your baby.

22 Jul 2003 | Many of us go on a spending spree when we're expecting but your little one is going to grow fast so avoid buying expensive things and stick to the basics.

Safety 1st

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.

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.

Booster seat reviews

Many children have restraints that are too big for them and graduate to adult seatbelts too early.

12 Sep 2012 | We review 12 new booster seats suitable for children aged from about four to eight years, looking at ease of use and ease of fitting.

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.

Child car restraint reviews

These restraints all meet the stringent requirements of the Australian standard, but some are easier to install and use than others

5 Jul 2012 | Installing a child car restraint correctly is essential for preventing injuries to your child in a crash

Convertible car seat reviews

Installing a child restraint correctly is the best way to prevent injuries to your child in a crash

2 Feb 2012 | We review 10 children's convertible car seats, suitable from birth to four years of age and priced from $149 to $659.

Safety 1st Complete Healthcare Kit

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.

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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.

Salad-dressings

Salad dressing reviews

If you have the basics, making your own salad dressing can be quick and easy.

1 Feb 2012 | CHOICE reviews prepared French, Italian and Caesar salad dressings for nutrition and taste.

Salads

Fast food vegetarian 2012

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

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

Salad dressing reviews

If you have the basics, making your own salad dressing can be quick and easy.

1 Feb 2012 | CHOICE reviews prepared French, Italian and Caesar salad dressings for nutrition and taste.

Watercress salad

A simple salad that you can whip up in seconds

2 Mar 2011 | An accompaniment to any meal.

Cucumber salad

A tasty and fresh summer salad.

20 Jan 2011 | A simple way to freshen your summer meals.

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.

Zucchini mint and fetta salad

A fresh zucchini and feta salad with a hint of mint

8 Jun 2010 | Using zuchini in a salad, adding feta and mint for that special flavour


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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.

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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.

Salt

Everyday foods making toddlers eat too much salt

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

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

FDA asks US food industry to reduce salt

Americans are eating too much salt, and sodium in processed foods is largely to blame.

24 Jun 2014 | American food companies could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty in an attempt to help prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.

Drop in salt consumption leads to fewer deaths from heart disease

Fresh evidence from Britain points to the health benefits of eating less salt.

23 Apr 2014 | A 15% reduction of salt intake has been credited with the 40% reduction of deaths by heart disease and stroke in the UK.

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.

Salt assault

Finding low-salt kids' foods might be harder than you think.

28 Mar 2013 | We've investigated the salt content of foods marketed at children. Why do so many add unnecessary salt?

Exercise hydration

What and how much should you drink when exercising?

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

Breakfast cereal reviews  

Which cereals make the nutritional grade?

4 Oct 2012 | We look beyond the names and claims to uncover the breakfast cereals that provide the most nutritious start to your day.

Fast food vegetarian 2012

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

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

Savoury snacks

Beware savoury snacks full of salt and saturated fat.

13 May 2011 | CHOICE looks at which savoury snacks are the healthier options as well as those best avoided.

Sweet-snacks

Beware processed snacks that are loaded with sugar and bad fats.

25 Feb 2011 | We tell you which shelf-stable sweet snacks are worth throwing into your glove box or office drawer, and which should be avoided.

Sodium

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

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

Pizza reviews

We reveal which brands and chains offer the healthiest and tastiest options.

15 Mar 2010 | CHOICE compared more than 190 brands and flavours of pizza available nationally from supermarkets (chilled or frozen) or from takeaway chains. We found some big differences in nutritional value – and in value for money.

Stock reviews

Are packaged stocks anything like the real deal?

8 Oct 2009 | CHOICE looks at 25 stocks – liquid, cubes and powders – and highlights the ones that are most like homemade, the ones with the least salt and the ones we believe represent the best value.

The takeaway dilemma

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

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

Designer salt

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

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

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Dishwasher reviews  

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

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

Tablet computer reviews  

Find the tablet computer that's right for you.

13 Nov 2014 | Tablets are taking over personal computing. We test more than 40 models you can buy in Australia.

Washing machine reviews  

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

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

Fridge reviews  

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

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

Fitness tracker reviews and tests

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

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

Apple unveils new iPads and Macs

The tech giant has announced a slew of updates: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, super-high resolution 5K iMac, Mac mini and OS X Yosemite

17 Oct 2014 | Apple has added fingerprint ID security to its iPad range, along with updates to its iMac and Mac mini desktop computers and the new OS X Yosemite operating system.

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.

Next G mobile phone reviews  

We help you take the guesswork out of buying a next generation mobile phone.

18 Aug 2014 | CHOICE finds the best NextG phone for every user and budget.

Child labour allegations hit Samsung's Chinese factory

China Labor Watch report says children under 16 are making Samsung phone parts.

18 Jul 2014 | Samsung has suspended business with a factory in China amid allegations it’s using children to make mobile phone components.

Apple-launches-buyback-program

Tech giant offers up to $250 trade-in for old iPhones and iPads in all Apple retail stores across Australia.

18 Jul 2014 | Apple has launched its “Reuse and Recycle” trade in program in Australia, giving customers the opportunity to grab up to $250 of store credit for their old iPhones and iPads.

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.

Vacuum cleaner reviews  

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

9 Jul 2014 | Our tests reveal which newly tested vacuums – including models from Dyson, Electrolux and Vax – are best at picking up dirt and pet hair.

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.

Apple announces road map for future

Sweeping changes for iOS 8 and OS X unveiled at developer's conference but no new hardware or news on anticipated bigger iPhone 6 models

3 Jun 2014 | Apple has announced plans to turn its computers into a central hub for health, home automation and personal communication, with sweeping changes to the operating systems behind its iDevices and Mac computers.

Household tech habits changing

The average Australian home now has up to eight wireless devices.

2 Jun 2014 | New research shows the average Australian household has up to eight wireless devices, and relies less on broadband out and about.

Westpac and Samsung sign a deal to bring the bank to your home

There may soon be no need to go into the bank, with new technology allowing customers to do all their banking from a variety of smart devices.

22 May 2014 | Banking at your fingertips, literally. Westpac is collaborating with Samsung to innovate banking applications.

Apple in lawsuit win against Samsung

Samsung also wins $US160,000 against Apple in countersuit over smartphone technology patents.

5 May 2014 | Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple $US120 million in settlement of a lawsuit over smartphone patents, while Apple has to pay Samsung nearly $US160,000.

Samsung Galaxy S5 unhappy snaps

Software bug affects camera in early production models.

30 Apr 2014 | Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone is experiencing camera failure across the world. The software bug affects a "limited number" of early production models.

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.

Robot vacuum cleaner reviews

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

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

PVR reviews   

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

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

Internet smartcams review

We test 20 internet-enabled cameras that can keep an eye on home from anywhere.

4 Dec 2013 | We reveal our latest test results for smartcams, including new models from EDIMAX, D-Link, Swann and Uniden.

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.

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.

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.

Shonkiest shonky - vote now!

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

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

The 2012 Shonky Awards  

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

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

Ceramic cooktop reviews

Ceramic cooktops have the looks, and they perform well too.

2 Oct 2012 | Ceramic cooktops have easy-to-clean surfaces and a mid-range price tag. Which ones perform best?

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.

Mobile World Congress 2012  

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

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

127-132cm TV reviews  

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

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

Samsung Galaxy Nexus First Look

A new smartphone Android operating system improves the overall experience.

3 Feb 2012 | The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is less about the phone and more about the latest Android OS it runs on – 4.0, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich.

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.

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.

Samsung-Galaxy

Tablet computer reviews  

Find the tablet computer that's right for you.

13 Nov 2014 | Tablets are taking over personal computing. We test more than 40 models you can buy in Australia.

Fitness tracker reviews and tests

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

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

Next G mobile phone reviews  

We help you take the guesswork out of buying a next generation mobile phone.

18 Aug 2014 | CHOICE finds the best NextG phone for every user and budget.

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.

Household tech habits changing

The average Australian home now has up to eight wireless devices.

2 Jun 2014 | New research shows the average Australian household has up to eight wireless devices, and relies less on broadband out and about.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mobile World Congress 2012  

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

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

Samsung Galaxy Nexus First Look

A new smartphone Android operating system improves the overall experience.

3 Feb 2012 | The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is less about the phone and more about the latest Android OS it runs on – 4.0, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich.

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.

Sandwich presses

Sandwich press and jaffle maker reviews

We've tested 24 sandwich presses and jaffle makers in the CHOICE labs including models from Breville, Cuisinart, Sunbeam and more.

21 Jul 2014 | Turn your favourite sandwiches into mouth-watering snacks with a sandwich maker.

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.

Four slice toaters review and compare

Will price guarantee a better toaster?

2 Mar 2006 | Today's toasters come in a range of colours and sizes to suit individual needs but how are they at toasting bread?

Sanitarium

Breakfast cereal reviews  

Which cereals make the nutritional grade?

4 Oct 2012 | We look beyond the names and claims to uncover the breakfast cereals that provide the most nutritious start to your day.

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.

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.

Sanitisers

Antibacterial products

CHOICE goes beyond the health hype of cleaners and sanitisers.

10 Nov 2011 | These cleaners are a popular choice in the battle against bacteria, but they're often no more effective than soap and water.

Sanli

Mulcher lawnmower reviews

Mulcher mowers can give you a greener lawn and greener environment, but catcher models are handy for collecting clippings for compost bins.

18 Nov 2014 | In our updated test of over 30 mulcher and catcher lawnmowers, we reveal which models keep your lawn looking its best.

sanyo

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.

Rechargeable AA battery reviews

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

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

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.

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.

Sapphire

Ceiling fan reviews

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

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

Saucepans

Induction cookware buying guide

Your current cookware may not be suitable for your new induction cooktop. We outline what to look for when shopping for induction cookware

6 Dec 2013 | Think about your style of cooking and keep in mind that each induction cooktop can respond differently to cookware.

Saucepans

We've tested 10 saucepans from brands including Scanpan, Jamie Oliver and Tefal.

10 May 2013 | Our testing reveals how some stainless steel saucepans perform when it comes to heat distribution, sticking performance and ease of use.

Non-stick frypans

We've tested 13 non-stick frypans from brands including Le Creuset, Jamie Oliver, Scanpan, Tefal and Circulon.

9 May 2013 | We reveal how some non-stick frypans perform when it comes to non-stick capabilities, heat distribution, durability and ease of use.

Butterscotch banana pancakes

What a treat

4 Nov 2010 | The butterscotch banana topping adds something special to your ordinary pancake

Butterscotch banana pancakes

What a treat

4 Nov 2010 | The butterscotch banana topping adds something special to your ordinary pancake

Saving money

Term deposits

The top one-year term deposits pay less than the best online savings accounts – so is there still a good reason to lock away your money?

23 Oct 2014 | CHOICE reveals term deposit traps and top term deposit rates for six months, one year and three years.

Best high interest savings accounts

Who will provide the most bang for your buck when it comes to savings?

29 Sep 2014 | Don't leave your hard-earned money in zero interest paying transaction accounts, use a high interest account instead.

Top fee-free bank accounts

Transaction fees are disappearing fast: there are now a range of fee-free accounts for everyone.

23 Sep 2014 | Save on fees by choosing an account with no monthly fee and no fees for many ‘everyday’ transactions.

catch-of-the-day-hacked

Online retailer admits customer information stolen, three years after attack.

23 Jul 2014 | Australian-run daily deal website recently reveals data breach from early 2011, which may have compromised user details, passwords and credit cards.

Kids' saving accounts review

Kids' accounts are teaching kids some surprising lessons about banking

4 Jul 2014 | We review 26 savings accounts designed for children and teenagers, including products offered by ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, Bankwest and Westpac. We find good interest rates but also some bad conditions and fees.

Federal budget-buster guide

With budget belt-tightening the order of the day, CHOICE is helping you save your bacon.

14 May 2014 | CHOICE's guide to cost savings aims at keeping your household budget in the black.

Mobile money managers

Monitor your money with your smartphone.

22 Jan 2014 | We've checked out 10 financial apps that let you keep track of your spending or budget on the go.

Mortgage debt

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

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

Supermarket sales tricks

We unlock supermarket sales tricks and show you how to avoid spending more than you mean to.

27 Mar 2013 | Supermarkets spend millions researching consumer behaviour and psychology to get you to buy more in their stores - we give you the tips and traps.

Saving for your children's education

The sooner you start saving, the better.

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

Future proofing your super

Is your superannuation account protected against another GFC?

21 Feb 2012 | With the Euro zone and US economy looking shaky, what’s left of your super nest egg may once again be out on a limb.

Planning for baby

Going from two salaries to one and the costs of baby items can be daunting, but you can keep within budget.

9 Feb 2012 | Use our planning for baby guide to find out what you really need and ways to stay within your budget with our interactive budget tool.

New Year resolutions

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

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

Go-4-Green recalled

Go4Green reaches the next level of shonkiness.

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

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.

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.

Solar schemes dimmed

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

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

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.

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.

Book Buying Guide

It's little surprise that overseas shopping sites are turning up some of the best bargains.

5 Apr 2011 | Chain, independent or online book retailers – we size up the options.

Move-your-money

To celebrate World Consumer Rights Day, move your money from accounts that simply top up the profits of banks.

14 Mar 2011 | $153 billion worth of Australian money currently sits in everday transaction accounts that earn little or no interest.

Cinema rip offs

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

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

Credit card interest

Financial institutions are using unfair practices to squeeze every last cent of interest from customers.

25 Jan 2010 | CHOICE reveals which providers are bucking this trend to treat their customers fairly.

Know your rights

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

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

Second-hand shopping online

CHOICE explores risks of shopping and swapping second-hand items online.

14 Sep 2009 | Despite the credit crunch, the second-hand trading market is booming as bargain-hunters turn to buying quality second-hand items online, from the latest plasma screens to designer togs.

First home saver accounts

A new government scheme provides incentives for new home buyers, but watch for traps.

3 Aug 2009 | To provide incentives for people to save for their first home, the federal government launched the first home saver account (FHSA) scheme.

Ten ways to save online

Put your computer to work with these top money-saving tips.

15 Jul 2009 | Your computer is a powerful tool, and there are ways to save a few dollars — or more — while using it.

Rebuilding your super

There are ways to take control of your superannuation. We answer your most frequently asked questions.

25 May 2009 | The global financial crisis has decimated many Australians’ retirement savings. What steps can you take to rebuild your nest egg? CHOICE looks at your options.

Saving for your child's education

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

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

DIY super – the facts

We give you the facts without the advertising hype and expose the dangers.

12 May 2008 | Setting up your own super fund can give you control and flexibility but it’s also risky. If your accountant or financial planner recommends it make sure it really will give you the best deal before you jump.

Capital-protected investments

A guarantee on your investment sounds great but it can be deceptive.

30 Apr 2008 | Experts say capital protection comes at a cost: most of your money is used for a low return/high-security investment to provide the capital guarantee.

Early release super schemes

Schemes promoting early access to super have got consumers and the scheme promoters into hot water.

30 Mar 2008 | Financial services watchdog, ASIC, has been busy chasing and charging promoters of illegal early-release super schemes.

Switch financial providers and save

Worried you're paying too much on banking, credit cards or insurance?

15 Feb 2008 | For most of us, minimising the cost of 'staple' financial services like bank accounts and insurance is important. Here's how to save.

High interest savings accounts guide

Traditional and internet savings accounts compared.

15 Jan 2008 | If you've got money parked in an everyday transaction account paying next to nothing interest, you could be earning much more by switching to an account with a better rate.

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.

Free money

Find your unclaimed super, lost bank account or insurance policy - for free.

30 Jan 2007 | An estimated one-in-three working Australians have lost contact with their super accounts. If you changed your job, address or name recently and forgot to tell the fund, you could be one of them.

Investment tax stratergies

Minimising the tax you pay on investments is all about good planning

3 Feb 2006 | It is possible to plan your investment strategy to reduce tax, without taking too much risk.

Picking the right bank account

Get yourself the right bank account and save hundreds of dollars a year.

4 Jan 2006 | When shopping for a bank account it’s difficult to know whether to go for one with up-front fees or take the risk that you won’t exceed your rebate or free transaction limit.

Saving water

Water efficiency label

Save water and money by choosing water-efficient products.

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

Hot water systems buying guide

Don't wait until your hot water system goes. Review your options and plan your next purchase now.

15 Jul 2013 | By researching the options and choosing the best system for your needs, you could save money and the environment.

Water-efficient showerheads

CHOICE staff member Ros Page and her family test several water-efficient showerheads.

19 Apr 2013 | Our home tester and her family trialled several water-efficient showerheads - how did they go with the low flow?

Saving water at home

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

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

Car cleaners

How can you save water while washing your car? CHOICE investigates.

28 Nov 2008 | Whether you wash your car with a sense of pride or dread, you need water to do it effectively. And living in the world’s driest inhabited continent, a strong sense of conservation is also essential.

Rainwater tanks buying guide

It’s time we stopped wasting precious drinking water on the garden and for toilet-flushing.

1 Jul 2008 | Australia is the driest inhabited continent and predictions are that the future is likely to get hotter and drier.

Greywater systems

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

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

Scales

Body fat scales reviews

Body fat scales can be a better indicator of overall health than their conventional cousins. CHOICE weighs up the options.

10 Dec 2009 | We tested 12 bathroom scales that measure body fat percentage as well as weight. But can they make you appear healthier than you really are?

Kitchen scales reviews

We put electronic and mechanical kitchen scales to the test.

5 Oct 2008 | If you’re the kind of cook who likes to work from a recipe then a good set of kitchen scales can be a real asset.

Scams

11 scams and how to avoid them

Think it couldn't happen to you? Ordinary Australians lost $89m to scammers in 2013.

10 Nov 2014 | Online dating scams, bogus tech support phone calls and internet schemes that take advantage of people's goodwill continue to find new victims.

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.

Phone tech support scams are skyrocketing, telco warns

Don’t get stung by phone scammers

19 Aug 2014 | Complaints about phone scams to Telstra customer service agents has increased fourfold, the telco has warned.

Small business alert for false billing scams

Don’t pay for false bills, ACCC warns small businesses.

24 Jun 2014 | The ACCC is warning small businesses about false billing scams, which attempt to trick small business owners into paying fake invoices.

Fraud Week aims to stop scammers

Relationship scams and fraud are under the spotlight during this year’s National Consumer Fraud Week.

16 Jun 2014 | Know who you’re dealing with to avoid being scammed, warns the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce, as the ACCC announces that scam reports have shot up by 10% in 2013.

Fake Buddhist monks back in Sydney

Scammers dressed in Buddhist robes are back in Sydney to take advantage of crowds at the Vivid festival.

6 Jun 2014 | Phony monks soliciting for donations and intimidating those who refuse to give them have reportedly returned to Sydney.

eBay hacked, passwords stolen

eBay buyers are being urged to change their passwords as soon as possible to avoid being vulnerable to hackers.

22 May 2014 | Online retailer eBay has announced that a database containing sensitive customer information including encrypted passwords, names, addresses and dates of birth has been hacked.

Pyramid-schemes

Pyramid schemes seem too good to be true - because they are.

21 May 2014 | Pyramid schemes are illegal schemes that promise wealth but depend on an endless supply of new members. You're taking a big risk with your money if you invest in a pyramid scheme.

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.

Christmas scams and traps

Falling for a scam or trap at Christmas time can dampen your festive cheer. We help you navigate the silly season safely

4 Dec 2013 | Christmas is a once-a-year opportunity to scam consumers out of their money. Scams cost Australians $93m last year, plenty of which targeted holiday shoppers. We take a look at some of the worst offenders.

Outsmart online scammers

Get smart this National Consumer Fraud Week

17 Jun 2013 | CHOICE is pleased to be a partner in this year's National Consumer Fraud Week. Check out our five top tips for avoiding online scams.

Online tracking

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

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

Wacky water

We take a look at the science behind various "enhanced" waters on the market, including hexagonal water and sports waters.

7 Jan 2013 | The market is awash with "enhanced" waters making claims about their superior chemistry. But do they offer any advantages over normal water?

Work-from-home scams

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

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

Hair loss treatment

Hair loss affects more than half of all men and some women. We separate the successful treatments from the snake oils.

1 Nov 2011 | Hair loss powers an industry with more than its fair share of sharks, so caveat emptor!

The 2011 Shonky awards  

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

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

Dodgy diagnostics

Some alternative diagnostic tests aren’t all they’re quacked up to be.

29 Jun 2011 | Some diagnostic tests offered by natural therapists are unreliable or just plain nonsense. CHOICE investigates some common ones.

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.

The 2010 Shonky Awards  

Once again, we name and shame the shonkiest rip-offs and scams.

26 Oct 2010 | The annual CHOICE Shonkys highlights the worst of the worst.

The Hard Word August 2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

26 Aug 2010 | It's cheaper to pick your pizza up in person, better to play it safe with the seafood menu and easier to disregard the rules of punctuation.

Power Balance quick review

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

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

The-Hard-Word-Mar-2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

24 Mar 2010 | Unit pricing gone mad, bottom humour and tasty pizza packaging.

The-Hard-Word-Feb-2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

19 Feb 2010 | Do-it-yourself plastic surgery, the perfect bed for visiting in-laws, and a cure for sausage fingers.

The Hard Word - January 2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

21 Jan 2010 | An honest clairvoyant, a murderous driving school and a cash prize that falls a little short.

The Hard Word - Dec 2009  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

21 Dec 2009 | McDonalds, tattoos and traces of nuts feature in this pilot for our new series.

CBA bank scam alert

Commonwealth Bank customers warned to be beware of scams that could cost them thousands.

25 Jun 2009 | Commonwealth Bank (CBA) customers are urged to be on alert following a chain of scam attempts targeting people via telephone and SMS.

Beware online swine flu cure scams

The US Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on swine flu snake oil.

24 Jun 2009 | As the world experiences its first global pandemic flu in four decades, sensational claims about products are being circulated on US websites, including an ultraviolet light that can destroy swine flu, an air purifier able to sterilise a room and a product “clinically shown” to kill the virus in the nose.

Watch out for tax email scams

Don't be fooled by fake emails about your tax return.

10 Jun 2009 | As tax time looms, there are emails doing the rounds that pretend to be from the Australian Tax Office. The emails are fakes and it is a phishing scam intended to trick recipients.

Unfair gym contracts

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

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

Counterfeit perfumes

CHOICE sniffs out the facts on the counterfeit perfume business.

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

Car lemon laws

What are your rights if your car spends more time in the service centre than on the road?

16 May 2006 | When you buy a new car rather than a used one, you probably expect to buy the peace of mind of faultless performance for at least a few years.

Scamwatch

11 scams and how to avoid them

Think it couldn't happen to you? Ordinary Australians lost $89m to scammers in 2013.

10 Nov 2014 | Online dating scams, bogus tech support phone calls and internet schemes that take advantage of people's goodwill continue to find new victims.

Phone tech support scams are skyrocketing, telco warns

Don’t get stung by phone scammers

19 Aug 2014 | Complaints about phone scams to Telstra customer service agents has increased fourfold, the telco has warned.

Small business alert for false billing scams

Don’t pay for false bills, ACCC warns small businesses.

24 Jun 2014 | The ACCC is warning small businesses about false billing scams, which attempt to trick small business owners into paying fake invoices.

Fraud Week aims to stop scammers

Relationship scams and fraud are under the spotlight during this year’s National Consumer Fraud Week.

16 Jun 2014 | Know who you’re dealing with to avoid being scammed, warns the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce, as the ACCC announces that scam reports have shot up by 10% in 2013.

Fake Buddhist monks back in Sydney

Scammers dressed in Buddhist robes are back in Sydney to take advantage of crowds at the Vivid festival.

6 Jun 2014 | Phony monks soliciting for donations and intimidating those who refuse to give them have reportedly returned to Sydney.

scania

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.

Schick

Women's razor reviews

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

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

Men's razor reviews

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

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

Scissors

Secateurs

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

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

Scooters

Skilled scootering

Get a health check-up first and follow these commonsense tips to skilled and safe scootering.

2 Sep 2010 | Accidents, causing head injuries, fractures and fatality can occur on mobility scooters.

Mini folding bike quick review

This A-bike may have a clever design, but our testers considered it a B-grade ride.

2 Jan 2008 | At first glance, this mini aluminium folding bike seems like a great alternative to a scooter

Scott

Mulcher lawnmower reviews

Mulcher mowers can give you a greener lawn and greener environment, but catcher models are handy for collecting clippings for compost bins.

18 Nov 2014 | In our updated test of over 30 mulcher and catcher lawnmowers, we reveal which models keep your lawn looking its best.

Scudo

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.

Scullcandy

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.

Seafood

Frozen fish product reviews

We trawl the supermarket freezers to find your best frozen fish options.

21 Mar 2012 | We review over 100 frozen fish products, including uncoated, seasoned, battered and crumbed varieties to uncover your best options.

Sustainable seafood labelling

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

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

Seagate

Portable hard drive reviews  

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

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

Seagate Central

We get hands-on with Seagate’s NAS media hub

13 Nov 2013 | Access files anywhere and stream your media to devices within your home - the Seagate Central claims to do it all, but does it live up to its promises?

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.

Sebo

Expensive vacuum cleaner reviews

We test high-end vacuum cleaners priced from $600 to $1099.

24 Nov 2011 | CHOICE reveals which expensive vacuum cleaners earn their keep, and whether it's necessary to spend up to $1000 on a model.

Second hand

Ten things not to buy second hand

Some bargains just aren't worth it.

7 Oct 2013 | Second-hand items can be cheap and attractive, but some can pose a hazard to you and your children.

Car lemon laws

What are your rights if your car spends more time in the service centre than on the road?

16 May 2006 | When you buy a new car rather than a used one, you probably expect to buy the peace of mind of faultless performance for at least a few years.

Car depreciation

Buying a new car is a big purchase but a bad investment.

28 Apr 2006 | Depending on their size, cars depreciate on average by around 14% a year for the first three years. But there are ways you can limit the impact of car depreciation on your hip pocket.

Security

Apple unveils new iPads and Macs

The tech giant has announced a slew of updates: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, super-high resolution 5K iMac, Mac mini and OS X Yosemite

17 Oct 2014 | Apple has added fingerprint ID security to its iPad range, along with updates to its iMac and Mac mini desktop computers and the new OS X Yosemite operating system.

Car security scores

Before you lock in your next car purchase, use these NRMA Insurance security scores to choose a more secure model.

16 Oct 2014 | We've teamed up with NRMA Insurance to present data on which vehicles from leading manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Audi, Hyundai and Holden, have better security.

Bitcoin EFTPOS trial launched

Cyber currency gets its own card.

25 Sep 2014 | An Aussie startup is trialling a new bitcoin EFTPOS debit card, as the ATO declares bitcoin and other cyber currencies assets rather than money.

Massive global ID theft nets 1.2 billion passwords

Cyber-attack by Russian criminals targets 420,000 websites, according to US security firm claiming to have discovered the breach.

6 Aug 2014 | US firm Hold Security reveals one of the largest data breaches of all time. Individual and corporate usernames, passwords and email addresses put at risk across the world.

Goodbye signature, hello PIN

PINs replace signatures today as your only means of securing credit card payments at point of sale.

1 Aug 2014 | Australian consumers will no longer be able to sign for credit card payments from 1 August and must only use a PIN.

catch-of-the-day-hacked

Online retailer admits customer information stolen, three years after attack.

23 Jul 2014 | Australian-run daily deal website recently reveals data breach from early 2011, which may have compromised user details, passwords and credit cards.

Cloud backup

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

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

Cyber criminals 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.

Apple announces road map for future

Sweeping changes for iOS 8 and OS X unveiled at developer's conference but no new hardware or news on anticipated bigger iPhone 6 models

3 Jun 2014 | Apple has announced plans to turn its computers into a central hub for health, home automation and personal communication, with sweeping changes to the operating systems behind its iDevices and Mac computers.

Aussie iPhones held to ransom

Australian iPhone and iPad owners locked out of their devices.

28 May 2014 | iPhones and iPads across Australia have been targeted in an attack that locks the devices and demands money to release them. CHOICE explains the issue and how to fix it.

eBay hacked, passwords stolen

eBay buyers are being urged to change their passwords as soon as possible to avoid being vulnerable to hackers.

22 May 2014 | Online retailer eBay has announced that a database containing sensitive customer information including encrypted passwords, names, addresses and dates of birth has been hacked.

Apple in lawsuit win against Samsung

Samsung also wins $US160,000 against Apple in countersuit over smartphone technology patents.

5 May 2014 | Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple $US120 million in settlement of a lawsuit over smartphone patents, while Apple has to pay Samsung nearly $US160,000.

Samsung Galaxy S5 unhappy snaps

Software bug affects camera in early production models.

30 Apr 2014 | Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone is experiencing camera failure across the world. The software bug affects a "limited number" of early production models.

ACCC admits to security breach

Personal data of newsletter subscribers made accessible online.

15 Apr 2014 | The ACCC admits to privacy breaches from several of its websites that exposed email addresses of subscribers to its newsletters.

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.

Optus security flaw fixed

Telco accidentally left "back door" open to hackers.

4 Apr 2014 | Optus has removed a cable modem security flaw which could have compromised the accounts of tens of thousands of its customers.

Antivirus software review

We test and rank the top antivirus programs to see which provide the best PC protection.

27 Mar 2014 | We compare the most popular antivirus software for PC and mobile computers to see how well they protect your PC from malware.

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.

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.

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.

Online tracking

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

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

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.

Suitcase safety

We look at some suitcase safety measures that may protect your belongings at home and abroad.

28 Apr 2011 | Locks, straps, cable ties or shrink wrap? CHOICE runs through the options.

Uninterruptible power supplies review

Beat the blackout blues with these battery backup units.

30 Apr 2009 | The power is gone and with it all your painstaking work - it won't occur if you use an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).

Smoke alarms

A smoke alarm could save your life - but does it matter what type you install?

30 Jun 2008 | To escape a house fire, early warning is vital; that’s why you need a smoke alarm.

Security doors buying guide

Great for six-legged pests, but not so good against the two-legged variety.

22 Feb 2005 | Security screen doors are designed to let you safely open up the house to air and light while you’re at home.

Security-software

Apple unveils new iPads and Macs

The tech giant has announced a slew of updates: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, super-high resolution 5K iMac, Mac mini and OS X Yosemite

17 Oct 2014 | Apple has added fingerprint ID security to its iPad range, along with updates to its iMac and Mac mini desktop computers and the new OS X Yosemite operating system.

catch-of-the-day-hacked

Online retailer admits customer information stolen, three years after attack.

23 Jul 2014 | Australian-run daily deal website recently reveals data breach from early 2011, which may have compromised user details, passwords and credit cards.

Tax scams on the rise and getting tricker

Six thousand complaints so far this year.

17 Jul 2014 | The ATO and the ACCC are warning consumers not to fall for the latest round of phone and email scammers who pose as government officials during tax filing time.

Heartbleed internet security flaw

Security flaw still a threat on more than 300,000 web servers worldwide

24 Jun 2014 | The Heartbleed bug is still far from being fixed, months after it was revealed to be a security threat on up to two-thirds of the world’s websites and it also affects up to a third of Android users.

Cloud backup

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

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

Apple announces road map for future

Sweeping changes for iOS 8 and OS X unveiled at developer's conference but no new hardware or news on anticipated bigger iPhone 6 models

3 Jun 2014 | Apple has announced plans to turn its computers into a central hub for health, home automation and personal communication, with sweeping changes to the operating systems behind its iDevices and Mac computers.

Cyber criminals attack major companies daily

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

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

eBay hacked, passwords stolen

eBay buyers are being urged to change their passwords as soon as possible to avoid being vulnerable to hackers.

22 May 2014 | Online retailer eBay has announced that a database containing sensitive customer information including encrypted passwords, names, addresses and dates of birth has been hacked.

Windows XP security warning

After ceasing support for Windows XP, Microsoft issues one last security fix for Internet Explorer, leaving users of the popular operating system to "upgrade or else".

13 May 2014 | Microsoft has issued a final post-support security patch to address a flaw in Internet Explorer, despite officially ending support for Windows XP several weeks ago.

Identity theft affects 1 in 10 Australians

New survey says one million people have been affected.

13 May 2014 | A new survey by the Australian Institute of Criminology suggests that identity crime is one of the most common crimes in Australia.

Cyber attack warning from CSIRO

CSIRO says the digitisation of Australia will escalate cyber crime.

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

Apple in lawsuit win against Samsung

Samsung also wins $US160,000 against Apple in countersuit over smartphone technology patents.

5 May 2014 | Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple $US120 million in settlement of a lawsuit over smartphone patents, while Apple has to pay Samsung nearly $US160,000.

Samsung Galaxy S5 unhappy snaps

Software bug affects camera in early production models.

30 Apr 2014 | Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone is experiencing camera failure across the world. The software bug affects a "limited number" of early production models.

Heartbleed internet security flaw

Security flaw puts the sensitive information of millions of users at risk and forces system changes on major global websites.

16 Apr 2014 | The Heartbleed bug isn’t a problem with PCs or software, but with the internet itself, so antivirus software on your PC won’t fix it.

ACCC admits to security breach

Personal data of newsletter subscribers made accessible online.

15 Apr 2014 | The ACCC admits to privacy breaches from several of its websites that exposed email addresses of subscribers to its newsletters.

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.

Optus security flaw fixed

Telco accidentally left "back door" open to hackers.

4 Apr 2014 | Optus has removed a cable modem security flaw which could have compromised the accounts of tens of thousands of its customers.

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.

Antivirus software review

We test and rank the top antivirus programs to see which provide the best PC protection.

27 Mar 2014 | We compare the most popular antivirus software for PC and mobile computers to see how well they protect your PC from malware.

Selling your house

Smoke alarms

A smoke alarm could save your life - but does it matter what type you install?

30 Jun 2008 | To escape a house fire, early warning is vital; that’s why you need a smoke alarm.

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?

Sennheiser

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.

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.

Sensaslim

ACCC slams SensaSlim again

The federal court finds SensaSlim misled franchisees about Peter Foster's involvement in the company.

11 Apr 2014 | Everyone's favourite phony weight loss company under fire again.

CHOICE Awards 2012  

Our experts hand out bouquets to the worthy recipients.

28 Mar 2012 | The third annual CHOICE Awards is our chance to celebrate the people, products, services and brands that improve the lives of consumers every day.

The 2011 Shonky awards  

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

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

SensaSlim sues Ken Harvey

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

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

Serif

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.

serving-sizes

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.

Shonkiest shonky - vote now!

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

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

The 2012 Shonky Awards  

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

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

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.

Set-top boxes

Product reliability survey

Our 2014 report reveals how our members rate common technology product and appliance brands for reliability.

21 Feb 2014 | Use our brand reliability results to help guide your decision before buying. A bargain isn't a bargain if you're likely to pay a lot for repairs in the long term.

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.

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.

2012 Apple TV first look

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

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

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.

HD set-top box reviews  

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

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

Web TV grows up

The age of streaming TV over the internet is here. How do you take advantage of it?

2 Aug 2011 | More and more TV content is becoming available over the internet, both via browsers and direct to your TV with new hardware.

Digital-TV-switchover

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

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

DVD and Blu-ray recorder reviews

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

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

HD Set top boxes with USB review and compare

These devices are a cheaper alternative to a digital video recorder – but you only get what you pay for.

22 Jun 2010 | These products may save you money, but you'll have to compromise on features and performance.

EPG review and compare

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

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

Kogan DVR

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

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

Sony PlayTV

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

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

HD set top boxes review and compare

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

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

Beyonwiz personal video recorder

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

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

Sewing machines

Sewing machines

We examined three machines at different price points to see what you get.

19 May 2008 | If you’re a sewing rookie or coming back after an extended break, you may be surprised to find that you can pay anywhere from $299 to $8000 for a domestic sewing machine.

Shade sails

Shadecloths

CHOICE has uncovered an alarming gap between the level of protection stated on a typical shadecloth and the reality once it is installed.

12 Dec 2008 | CHOICE has found that the UVR rating of the shadecloth is only half the story.

Shame the claim

Better Food Labelling  

Time is running out to fix dodgy food labels.

30 Sep 2011 | CHOICE is campaigning for industry and governments around Australia to act on the recommendations of a major, independent review of food labelling.

Shares

Options trading seminars

Is options trading a dangerous get-rich-quick scheme or a low-risk strategy to profit from volatile markets?

15 Sep 2009 | Options trading is promoted as a "high profit and low risk" strategy to make money. It sounds great, especially if you believe the claims.

NIB shareholder warning

Direct Share Purchasing Corporation and Hassle Free Shares offer to buy shares at below market value.

13 Aug 2009 | NIB has issued a warning to its shareholders about an offer they may receive from Hassle Free Shares.

CHOICE guide to buying shares

The plunging share market is attracting bargain hunters. CHOICE guides first-time investors through their options.

23 Mar 2009 | Despite the market hitting a five-year low, the worst may not be over, with further ups and downs likely in this volatile economic environment.

Super in a volatile environment

What are your options for securing your retirement?

12 May 2008 | Your June statement might show the worst return in years. Will you have enough money to retire? Should you switch investment options to manage stockmarket risks?

Ethical investing

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

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

Managed funds buying guide

Want to invest your money but not sure where to start? A managed fund might be what you’re after.

20 Feb 2007 | Based on the type of fund you choose (for example: shares, property and/or cash), the fund manager decides which assets to invest in.

Investment tax stratergies

Minimising the tax you pay on investments is all about good planning

3 Feb 2006 | It is possible to plan your investment strategy to reduce tax, without taking too much risk.

Shark

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.

Sharp

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.

Shavers

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.

Women's razor reviews

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

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

Men's razor reviews

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

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

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.

Men's moisturisers

Men's moisturisers are big business. Find out what our trialists preferred.

9 Apr 2008 | CHOICE asked 57 male home testers to trial eight "normal skin" moisturisers. Participants were given six unidentified moisturisers which they used for three days consecutively.

Hair removal

Wax on, wax off? What type of hair removal product is the easiest and best to use?

2 May 2007 | We sent out wax kits, wax strips, depilatories and epilators to 141 voluntarily hairy-legged trialists.

Professional hair removal

Permanent hair removal sounds appealing — but the results aren’t guaranteed.

27 Feb 2007 | Whether you choose to pluck, shave, wax or zap it, getting rid of unwanted hair can be a time-consuming and often expensive and painful process.

Sheets

Twisting the truth on thread count

Don't choose a product on thread count alone – CHOICE has discovered this popular marketing term carries little credibility.

19 Feb 2009 | Ever wondered what’s in your 400 thread count sheets? Or why your 350 thread count sheets feel coarser than those with a lower thread count?

Shindaiwa

Lawn trimmer reviews

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

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

Shoes

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.

Caring for clothes, shoes and accessories

In an increasingly disposable world, CHOICE rediscovers the art of caring for jewellery, shoes, clothing and leather goods.

6 Nov 2012 | Australian households spend thousands of dollars a year on clothing, shoes and accessories. So how should you take care of your investments?

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.

Shoes cost comparison

Is there any excuse for some shoes costing 12 times as much as others?

1 Jul 2008 | If you’ve ever lusted after a pair of designer shoes, you’ve no doubt come up with a long list of reasons why spending $500 on some to-die-for heels is a good idea.

Running shoes buying guide

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

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

Nike+ / iPod Sport Kit

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

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

Shonky Awards

CHOICE endorsement scheme

Our CHOICE Recommended logo makes shopping easier.

1 Oct 2014 | CHOICE's endorsement scheme allows eligible manufacturers to use the influential CHOICE Recommended logo.

Expose a Shonky and WIN!

See a roll call of Shonky winners since the inception of the Shonky Awards in 2006.

17 Jun 2013 | See a roll call of Shonky winners since the inception of the Shonky awards in 2006.

Consumers left high and dry by travel agent clauses

CHOICE asks the ACCC in investigate Flight Centre

21 Dec 2012 | After a tip-off from a member, CHOICE requests that the ACCC investigate Flight Centre for potentially misleading conduct.

Shonkiest shonky - vote now!

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

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

The 2012 Shonky Awards  

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

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

In-app purchases under the microscope

The NSW government takes Apple to task over sneaky in-app purchases.

21 Sep 2012 | The NSW Minister for Fair Trading says consumer regulators are looking at ways to put a stop to parental bill shock resulting from in-app purchases.

Shonky exposed

Have you uncovered a product or service eligible for the lemon gong?

9 Jul 2012 | Tell us about a Shonky product or service and you could win one month's FREE access to CHOICE online!

CHOICE nominations

Tell CHOICE about a person, business or experience that has made your day or ruined your month.

4 Jul 2012 | Don't delay, help CHOICE find reward a superior business or service or out a shonky product or business today!

Nominate a consumer champion

Help CHOICE find the next winner of the CHOICE consumer champion award.

20 Apr 2012 | Each year CHOICE looks to reward the hard work of someone who has gone above and beyond in the name of consumer rights.

Go-4-Green recalled

Go4Green reaches the next level of shonkiness.

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

The 2011 Shonky awards  

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

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

LOreal told to prove claims

Swedish consumer ombudsman wins court case against the cosmetic company

6 Dec 2010 |

The-Hard-Word-Mar-2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

24 Mar 2010 | Unit pricing gone mad, bottom humour and tasty pizza packaging.

The-Hard-Word-Feb-2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

19 Feb 2010 | Do-it-yourself plastic surgery, the perfect bed for visiting in-laws, and a cure for sausage fingers.

The Hard Word - January 2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

21 Jan 2010 | An honest clairvoyant, a murderous driving school and a cash prize that falls a little short.

The Hard Word - Dec 2009  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

21 Dec 2009 | McDonalds, tattoos and traces of nuts feature in this pilot for our new series.

The CHOICE Shonky Awards  

Who takes home our most coveted yearly awards?

13 Sep 2008 | It’s been another really good year for the CHOICE Shonky Awards, with manufacturers, service providers and the marketing and advertising industry providing a fine list of nominations.

Product safety

CHOICE has released a research report calling for a national product safety system

18 Feb 2008 | CHOICE believes the inclusion of a General Safety Provision (GSP) is essential to Australia's product safety regime.

What not to buy for christmas

Tempted to buy someone a foot spa or an aromatherapy diffuser for Christmas?

9 Dec 2006 | We recently asked CHOICE subscribers to rate how useful - or not - the small electrical appliances they own are.

Shopping

New site to make buying ethical clothing easier

Good On You is a new shopping site that's taking the guesswork out of buying ethical clothes.

24 Oct 2014 | Want to buy ethical clothes? It just got easier with a new site called Good On You.

CHOICE endorsement scheme

Our CHOICE Recommended logo makes shopping easier.

1 Oct 2014 | CHOICE's endorsement scheme allows eligible manufacturers to use the influential CHOICE Recommended logo.

Cause-related marketing

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

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

Before you complain

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

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

Know your consumer rights

What are your rights as a consumer?

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

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.

TCFUA takes clothing brands to court

More than 20 clothing brands are alleged to have breached laws designed to protect Australian outworkers.

10 Jun 2014 | A range of clothing brands manufacturing in Australia are being taken to court by the textiles union for allegedly breaching laws designed to protect workers.

How to get rid of things you don't need

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

4 Jun 2014 | We've all got stuff we no longer want, need or use taking up space around the house. So how do you get the most of your useless junk?

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?

Buying cheaper clothing online

Why pay the Australia tax when shopping online for clothes?

22 Apr 2014 | Blocked from shopping at your favourite overseas online clothes store? There are ways to get around it.

eBay to charge commission on shipping

Changes to eBay's fee structures have been announced.

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

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.

How to get fit and lose weight with apps and gadgets

Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.

5 Mar 2014 | Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?

Ethical fashion

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

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

Shopping centre design

Ever wondered why you lose track of time and space in a shopping centre?

3 Dec 2013 | CHOICE investigates the tricks of the trade behind shopping centre design, and how these are encourage you to stay longer and shop more.

Interest-free deals

We find interest-free deals can slug you with hefty fees.

18 Nov 2013 | Long-term payment deals can cost you hundreds of dollars in fees alone, even if you pay everything off within the interest-free period.

Guide to buying a bike

What you need to know when shopping for that new set of wheels

8 Nov 2013 | If you’re in the market for a new bike, your options can be overwhelming. We look at what you really need to know when buying a commuter bike.

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.

Gift cards

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

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

Gift cards

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

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

Gift cards

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

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

Companies that are hard to contact

When it comes to getting in touch with some companies, it seems they're playing hide and seek with consumers.

4 Nov 2013 | CHOICE is asking companies to make their contact details more accessible, after finding some businesses are playing hard to get.

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.

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.

Duty free shopping

Why you should just keep on walkin'.

11 Sep 2013 | Deals in airport duty-free shops may not be the best offer in town.

Shopping online

How does online shopping customer service stand up?

13 Aug 2013 | Which of these online stores has the best customer service and returns policy?

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.

Shopping-loyalty-cards

Supermarket loyalty programs offer very little value but are used to collect enormous amounts of your personal data.

11 Apr 2013 | CHOICE found that most loyalty programs offer such poor rewards you generally save less than a dollar per $100 spent.

CHOICE's guide to your shopping rights

CHOICE encourages you to know your consumer rights!

15 Mar 2013 | This guide outlines common traps to be wary of, as well as offering tips on smarter shopping.

CHOICE guide to renovating your home

The CHOICE Guide to renovating your home will help you save time, money and heartache.

12 Mar 2013 | Home renovation will be one of the biggest and costliest challenges of your life. But with our help, it can also be one of the most rewarding.

CHOICE's guide to your shopping rights

Get savvy with this CHOICE guide

8 Mar 2013 | This guide outlines common traps to be wary of, as well as offering tips on smarter shopping.

Pricing tricks

CHOICE tells you how to spot the everyday pricing tricks you face as a consumer.

1 Feb 2013 | Whether you’re doing the grocery shopping or looking a mobile phone deal, get the best value for money every time avoiding top pricing tricks.

Review sites

Is it a genuine review or advertising in disguise?

23 Jan 2013 | While consumers like to buy things that have been reviewed and recommended by others, we find you can't always trust the recommendations you find online.

CHOICE's guide to your shopping rights

Get savvy this summer with the latest CHOICE guide.

21 Dec 2012 | This guide outlines common traps to be wary of, as well as offering tips on smarter shopping.

Online shopping checklist

Make sure you ask some important questions when buying online.

21 Nov 2012 | With some simple precautions, shopping online can be relatively trouble-free.

Caring for clothes, shoes and accessories

In an increasingly disposable world, CHOICE rediscovers the art of caring for jewellery, shoes, clothing and leather goods.

6 Nov 2012 | Australian households spend thousands of dollars a year on clothing, shoes and accessories. So how should you take care of your investments?

The pros and cons of lay-by

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

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

Costco-and-obesity

Health experts say there are long-term costs to supersizing.

19 Oct 2012 | Health experts say buying in bulk will add more kilojoules to a nation whose waistline is already heading in the wrong direction.

Customer service shadow shop

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

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

The rise of aroma marketing

Is your nose falling prey to stealth advertising?

15 Aug 2012 | Scent marketing is increasingly being used to draw consumers back into bricks-and-mortars stores.

ACCC bares teeth as fashion retailers raise prices for Australians

The ACCC has launched an investigation following allegations of anti-competitive behaviour

21 May 2012 | Accusations that local fashion retailers have breached competition laws by pressuring international retailers to raise their prices for Australian customers will be investigated by Australia’s competition regulator.

New Flybuys lifts off

Coles Group’s new Flybuys program is set to take off around Australia, but is it worth buying in to?

19 Apr 2012 | Coles has revamped its tired loyalty program to entice customers in the fiercely competitive supermarket industry. We crunch some numbers to see if there is any value.

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.

Shoppers in the dark on interest free deals

A CHOICE shadow shop of major retailers reveals lack of disclosure of interest rates, fees and conditions.

20 Dec 2011 | CHOICE looked at some interest-free payment offers available with six major retailers, and sent a shadow shopper to the stores.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Insuring jewellery

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

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

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.

retailer marketing

Despite the lure of online shopping, bricks-and-mortar stores still have a strong pull on consumers.

2 Aug 2011 | Online shopping is often quicker and cheaper, but bricks-and-mortars retailers have a few tricks that keep us coming back.

Shopping online for overseas goods

Online shopping goes viral as Australians look for a better deal offshore.

6 Jul 2011 | Buying from foreign retailers has netted Australians big discounts. We look into the current state of play for online shopping.

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.

Suitcase safety

We look at some suitcase safety measures that may protect your belongings at home and abroad.

28 Apr 2011 | Locks, straps, cable ties or shrink wrap? CHOICE runs through the options.

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.

Book Buying Guide

It's little surprise that overseas shopping sites are turning up some of the best bargains.

5 Apr 2011 | Chain, independent or online book retailers – we size up the options.

CHOICE Awards Retailers

See which bricks and mortar retailer and which online retailer members voted best of the best.

30 Mar 2011 | Over 12,000 CHOICE members weighed in on Australia’s most popular retailers, picking the stars from the duds.

Cinema rip offs

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

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

High tech shopping

Checking out high tech shopping - the now, and what is yet to come.

20 Jan 2011 | CHOICE takes a closer look at the high-tech devices in supermarkets now, and those on the way.

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

Steak review and compare

Our experts find it's not where you buy your steak that's important. It's knowing what to look for.

22 Nov 2010 | CHOICE puts cuts of steak from Aldi, Coles and Woolworths before a panel of experts to see how they compare with the same cuts from a budget and premium butcher.

Made in Australia

Which labels can you trust and which are just marketing hype?

30 Aug 2010 | Current labelling laws are broad and inconsistent even within the same industry. Country of origin and other claims, mixed with marketing hype, are confusing shoppers.

The Hard Word August 2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

26 Aug 2010 | It's cheaper to pick your pizza up in person, better to play it safe with the seafood menu and easier to disregard the rules of punctuation.

Movie rentals

Renting online is cheaper and more convenient than going to a walk-in video store. But there are hidden costs involved.

10 Aug 2010 | We outline the benefits and pitfalls so you can find which way saves you money.

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.

How to buy a new car

Follow our buying guide to make sure you get the best deal on a new car.

31 May 2010 | Save thousands on your next new car – and steer clear of the traps and pitfalls – by following the CHOICE buying guide.

When a company goes under

How you pay for goods will often determine whether you get your purchases when a company goes under.

28 May 2010 | Consumer Action Law Centre warns customers against buying goods from Clive Peeters unless they take them away on the day.

The-Hard-Word-Mar-2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

24 Mar 2010 | Unit pricing gone mad, bottom humour and tasty pizza packaging.

The-Hard-Word-Feb-2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

19 Feb 2010 | Do-it-yourself plastic surgery, the perfect bed for visiting in-laws, and a cure for sausage fingers.

The Hard Word - January 2010  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

21 Jan 2010 | An honest clairvoyant, a murderous driving school and a cash prize that falls a little short.

Know your rights

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

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

The Hard Word - Dec 2009  

A monthly show looking at the funnier side of marketing and misprints.

21 Dec 2009 | McDonalds, tattoos and traces of nuts feature in this pilot for our new series.

Second-hand shopping online

CHOICE explores risks of shopping and swapping second-hand items online.

14 Sep 2009 | Despite the credit crunch, the second-hand trading market is booming as bargain-hunters turn to buying quality second-hand items online, from the latest plasma screens to designer togs.

Breakfast cereals buying guide

For many of us, ready-to-eat breakfast cereals are a staple food, and a good one can be the perfect kick-start to the day.

29 May 2009 | We looked at over 300 cereals and mueslis to find the ones that are best for you nutritionally.

Clothing size irregularities  

Size irregularities suit certain sectors of the fashion industry.

25 May 2009 | While there is an Australian standard for children’s clothes sizes, there isn’t for adults. So designers and clothing manufacturers base their sizes on their sales history, marketing hunches and their ideal customer.

CHOICE guide to food labelling

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

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

Consuming for a cause

When you buy something that gives a portion of the sale price to a good cause are you really donating to charity?

1 Sep 2008 | As a consumer, cause-related marketing can be a way to make a small contribution to a cause without affecting your bottom line.

Shoes cost comparison

Is there any excuse for some shoes costing 12 times as much as others?

1 Jul 2008 | If you’ve ever lusted after a pair of designer shoes, you’ve no doubt come up with a long list of reasons why spending $500 on some to-die-for heels is a good idea.

Direct factory outlets

Factory outlet centres can be a bargain hunter’s paradise but don’t let the sale signs go to your head.

18 Oct 2007 | Forget your local Westfield: there’s a new breed of shopping centre appearing around the country.

Supermarket premium brands

How do supermarket brands rate against their big-name competitors?

24 Sep 2007 | As you stroll the aisles of Aldi, Woolies or Coles, do you wonder whether the growing number of supermarket-owned premium varieties are worth trying, or if they’re inherently inferior to "name" brands?

Shopping comparison sites

Shopping comparison websites can help you sniff out a good deal.

3 Apr 2007 | Where do you go to find the best deal? Let your mouse do the walking and search for the best price on one website.

Shopping online buying guide

With a few precautions, shopping on the internet can be a safe and enjoyable experience.

10 Jan 2007 | With some simple precautions, shopping online can be relatively trouble-free.

What not to buy for christmas

Tempted to buy someone a foot spa or an aromatherapy diffuser for Christmas?

9 Dec 2006 | We recently asked CHOICE subscribers to rate how useful - or not - the small electrical appliances they own are.

Store finance deals buying guide

Low-cost deals for those who pay on time, exorbitant interest rates for those who don’t — and a warning about deals to avoid.

3 Nov 2006 | Store credit deals are lucrative for finance companies and can be profitable for retailers too, but for consumers they’re a real mixed bag.

Pasta sauces

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

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

Supermarket brands

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

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

Duty-free is it worth it?

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

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

Shopping online

Best international postal service

What's the best postal service for sending parcels overseas?

10 Nov 2014 | We've reviewed five international postal services to send your Christmas parcels, and compared them for cost, ease of booking and delivery time.

New site to make buying ethical clothing easier

Good On You is a new shopping site that's taking the guesswork out of buying ethical clothes.

24 Oct 2014 | Want to buy ethical clothes? It just got easier with a new site called Good On You.

Father's Day gift guide

Forget the no-tech socks and hankies - give dad a high-tech helping hand this Father's Day

1 Sep 2014 | Make your Father's Day gift a gadget that says 'thanks, Dad' without the predictable socks, hankies or chocolate almonds.

Visa Checkout digital wallet launches

Battle for online payments heats up with new digital wallet

17 Jul 2014 | Visa has re-launched its digital wallet with the new Visa Checkout and is hoping to take a bigger slice of online payments.

Know your consumer rights

What are your rights as a consumer?

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

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.

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.

How to get rid of things you don't need

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

4 Jun 2014 | We've all got stuff we no longer want, need or use taking up space around the house. So how do you get the most of your useless junk?

Household tech habits changing

The average Australian home now has up to eight wireless devices.

2 Jun 2014 | New research shows the average Australian household has up to eight wireless devices, and relies less on broadband out and about.

Mothers Day tech guide

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

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

Buying cheaper clothing online

Why pay the Australia tax when shopping online for clothes?

22 Apr 2014 | Blocked from shopping at your favourite overseas online clothes store? There are ways to get around it.

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.

eBay to charge commission on shipping

Changes to eBay's fee structures have been announced.

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

How to get fit and lose weight with apps and gadgets

Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.

5 Mar 2014 | Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?

Online dating

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

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

Online dating

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

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

Online dating

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

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

The internet tax explained

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

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

Remove your e-footprint

How to exit from the internet, including social media.

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

Holiday_shopping_tips

Everything you need to know to make sure you get a great deal

30 Dec 2013 | Christmas may be behind us, but the sales shopping season is still well under way – and there are all kinds of ways to end up getting a bad deal. CHOICE offers tips for those navigating the January sales.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

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

Companies that are hard to contact

When it comes to getting in touch with some companies, it seems they're playing hide and seek with consumers.

4 Nov 2013 | CHOICE is asking companies to make their contact details more accessible, after finding some businesses are playing hard to get.

Journaling and brainstorming

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

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

Duty free shopping

Why you should just keep on walkin'.

11 Sep 2013 | Deals in airport duty-free shops may not be the best offer in town.

Shopping online

How does online shopping customer service stand up?

13 Aug 2013 | Which of these online stores has the best customer service and returns policy?

Online tracking

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

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

CHOICE's guide to your shopping rights

CHOICE encourages you to know your consumer rights!

15 Mar 2013 | This guide outlines common traps to be wary of, as well as offering tips on smarter shopping.

CHOICE guide to renovating your home

The CHOICE Guide to renovating your home will help you save time, money and heartache.

12 Mar 2013 | Home renovation will be one of the biggest and costliest challenges of your life. But with our help, it can also be one of the most rewarding.

CHOICE's guide to your shopping rights

Get savvy with this CHOICE guide

8 Mar 2013 | This guide outlines common traps to be wary of, as well as offering tips on smarter shopping.

Ewallet in your pocket

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

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

CHOICE's guide to your shopping rights

Get savvy this summer with the latest CHOICE guide.

21 Dec 2012 | This guide outlines common traps to be wary of, as well as offering tips on smarter shopping.

Online shopping checklist

Make sure you ask some important questions when buying online.

21 Nov 2012 | With some simple precautions, shopping online can be relatively trouble-free.

Caring for clothes, shoes and accessories

In an increasingly disposable world, CHOICE rediscovers the art of caring for jewellery, shoes, clothing and leather goods.

6 Nov 2012 | Australian households spend thousands of dollars a year on clothing, shoes and accessories. So how should you take care of your investments?

The pros and cons of lay-by

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

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

Customer service shadow shop

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

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

ACCC bares teeth as fashion retailers raise prices for Australians

The ACCC has launched an investigation following allegations of anti-competitive behaviour

21 May 2012 | Accusations that local fashion retailers have breached competition laws by pressuring international retailers to raise their prices for Australian customers will be investigated by Australia’s competition regulator.

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.

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.

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.

Go-4-Green recalled

Go4Green reaches the next level of shonkiness.

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

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.

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.

Flight comparison websites

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

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

retailer marketing

Despite the lure of online shopping, bricks-and-mortar stores still have a strong pull on consumers.

2 Aug 2011 | Online shopping is often quicker and cheaper, but bricks-and-mortars retailers have a few tricks that keep us coming back.

Shopping online for overseas goods

Online shopping goes viral as Australians look for a better deal offshore.

6 Jul 2011 | Buying from foreign retailers has netted Australians big discounts. We look into the current state of play for online shopping.

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.

Book Buying Guide

It's little surprise that overseas shopping sites are turning up some of the best bargains.

5 Apr 2011 | Chain, independent or online book retailers – we size up the options.

The big retailers big red herring

4 Jan 2011 | CHOICE says advertising campaign launched today by minority of big retail players is alarmist red herring.

Movie rentals

Renting online is cheaper and more convenient than going to a walk-in video store. But there are hidden costs involved.

10 Aug 2010 | We outline the benefits and pitfalls so you can find which way saves you money.

Grocery Shopping Online

A CHOICE survey confirms Australians have largely rejected online grocery shopping. We look at the pros and cons.

4 Mar 2010 | The online market is dominated by Coles and Woolworths. We review their offering and highlight some of the smaller players.

Best Christmas shopping sites

CHOICE members nominate their favourite virtual stores.

10 Nov 2009 | We save you time and effort by bringing you a list of the best online sites for books and CDS, clothes, electronics, as well as as cosmetics and fragrances.

Second-hand shopping online

CHOICE explores risks of shopping and swapping second-hand items online.

14 Sep 2009 | Despite the credit crunch, the second-hand trading market is booming as bargain-hunters turn to buying quality second-hand items online, from the latest plasma screens to designer togs.

Clothing size irregularities  

Size irregularities suit certain sectors of the fashion industry.

25 May 2009 | While there is an Australian standard for children’s clothes sizes, there isn’t for adults. So designers and clothing manufacturers base their sizes on their sales history, marketing hunches and their ideal customer.

Buying tickets on eBay

Is it worth the risk?

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

Shopping comparison sites

Shopping comparison websites can help you sniff out a good deal.

3 Apr 2007 | Where do you go to find the best deal? Let your mouse do the walking and search for the best price on one website.

Shopping online buying guide

With a few precautions, shopping on the internet can be a safe and enjoyable experience.

10 Jan 2007 | With some simple precautions, shopping online can be relatively trouble-free.

Shopping rights

Before you complain

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

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

Common consumer problems

Consumer experiences we'd like to share with you.

15 Jul 2014 | A selection of problems experienced by CHOICE members and consumers and how we have helped to get them fixed.

Know your consumer rights

What are your rights as a consumer?

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

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.

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?

Buying cheaper clothing online

Why pay the Australia tax when shopping online for clothes?

22 Apr 2014 | Blocked from shopping at your favourite overseas online clothes store? There are ways to get around it.

eBay to charge commission on shipping

Changes to eBay's fee structures have been announced.

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

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

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

Interest-free deals

We find interest-free deals can slug you with hefty fees.

18 Nov 2013 | Long-term payment deals can cost you hundreds of dollars in fees alone, even if you pay everything off within the interest-free period.

Companies that are hard to contact

When it comes to getting in touch with some companies, it seems they're playing hide and seek with consumers.

4 Nov 2013 | CHOICE is asking companies to make their contact details more accessible, after finding some businesses are playing hard to get.

Online tracking

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

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

Shopping for a new electricity plan

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

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

CHOICE's guide to your shopping rights

CHOICE encourages you to know your consumer rights!

15 Mar 2013 | This guide outlines common traps to be wary of, as well as offering tips on smarter shopping.

CHOICE guide to renovating your home

The CHOICE Guide to renovating your home will help you save time, money and heartache.

12 Mar 2013 | Home renovation will be one of the biggest and costliest challenges of your life. But with our help, it can also be one of the most rewarding.

CHOICE's guide to your shopping rights

Get savvy with this CHOICE guide

8 Mar 2013 | This guide outlines common traps to be wary of, as well as offering tips on smarter shopping.

Online complaints reviews and resolutions

Jump online to ensure your complaints and compliments are heard loud and clear.

13 Jan 2013 | Before you post a scathing online review of a company’s product or service, there are some crucial things you need to know so you get results and avoid legal trouble.

CHOICE's guide to your shopping rights

Get savvy this summer with the latest CHOICE guide.

21 Dec 2012 | This guide outlines common traps to be wary of, as well as offering tips on smarter shopping.

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?

Caring for clothes, shoes and accessories

In an increasingly disposable world, CHOICE rediscovers the art of caring for jewellery, shoes, clothing and leather goods.

6 Nov 2012 | Australian households spend thousands of dollars a year on clothing, shoes and accessories. So how should you take care of your investments?

The pros and cons of lay-by

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

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

Customer service shadow shop

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

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

ACCC bares teeth as fashion retailers raise prices for Australians

The ACCC has launched an investigation following allegations of anti-competitive behaviour

21 May 2012 | Accusations that local fashion retailers have breached competition laws by pressuring international retailers to raise their prices for Australian customers will be investigated by Australia’s competition regulator.

Go-4-Green recalled

Go4Green reaches the next level of shonkiness.

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

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.

retailer marketing

Despite the lure of online shopping, bricks-and-mortar stores still have a strong pull on consumers.

2 Aug 2011 | Online shopping is often quicker and cheaper, but bricks-and-mortars retailers have a few tricks that keep us coming back.

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.

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.

High tech shopping

Checking out high tech shopping - the now, and what is yet to come.

20 Jan 2011 | CHOICE takes a closer look at the high-tech devices in supermarkets now, and those on the way.

Know your rights

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

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

Wedding shadow shop  

Our investigation confirms higher quotes go hand in hand with the W-word.

10 Dec 2009 | This year Australian couples are expected to spend an estimated $3.7 billion on their big day - but can you be sure you're paying what you should?

Unfair gym contracts

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

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

Buying a diamond

There are many traps for the unwary, such as bogus sales, "blood diamonds", and overpricing.

26 May 2008 | CHOICE’s investigation has uncovered traps for consumers when purchasing expensive jewellery.

Car lemon laws

What are your rights if your car spends more time in the service centre than on the road?

16 May 2006 | When you buy a new car rather than a used one, you probably expect to buy the peace of mind of faultless performance for at least a few years.

Showerheads

Water-efficient showerheads

CHOICE staff member Ros Page and her family test several water-efficient showerheads.

19 Apr 2013 | Our home tester and her family trialled several water-efficient showerheads - how did they go with the low flow?

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.

Garden shredders review

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

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

SIDS

Bassinet reviews

We test 29 bassinets and bedside sleepers ranging in price from $120 to $599.

20 Nov 2014 | Our review reveals which bassinets and bedside sleepers - from Boori, Childcare, Fisher-Price and more - are safe, sound and easy to use.

SIDS research breakthrough

University of Adelaide researchers think a lack of oxygen is a contributing factor in sudden infant death syndrome.

17 Apr 2014 | Researchers were looking at the presence and distribution of a protein called APP in the brain.

siemens

Dishwasher reviews  

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

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

Washing machine reviews  

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

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

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.

Ovens review  

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

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

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.

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.

Signet

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.

Silver-Cross

High chair reviews  

We test more than 40 high chairs in the CHOICE labs, including models from Ikea, Stokke, Peg Perego and more.

11 Nov 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.

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.

Simpson

Washing machine reviews  

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

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

Clothes dryer reviews

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

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

Sizing

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.

Clothing size irregularities  

Size irregularities suit certain sectors of the fashion industry.

25 May 2009 | While there is an Australian standard for children’s clothes sizes, there isn’t for adults. So designers and clothing manufacturers base their sizes on their sales history, marketing hunches and their ideal customer.

Skin cancer

Sunglasses buying guide

What kind of sunglasses should you look for to protect you from the harsh Australian sun?

21 Oct 2012 | How important are sunglasses to your health and what do you need to look for?

Sunscreen and nanoparticles

Could your sunscreen be doing you more harm than good?

26 Jul 2012 | The jury is still out on the risks associated with nano ingredients in sunscreens and cosmetics.

NSW bans solariums

New South Wales will ban the use of commercial solariums in three years.

8 Feb 2012 | We welcome the ban on commercial solariums in NSW, but we're calling for a national ban.

Camera photographs skin damage

An advanced camera is the key to ongoing research that aims to help Australians protect themselves from skin cancer.

6 Jul 2009 | A long-term Queensland study examining the link between sun exposure and skin cancer is using a cutting-edge camera to reveal disturbing skin damage not normally visible to the naked eye.

Skin cancer clinics

Skin clinics claim to help identify and treat skin cancers. How good are they?

18 Jan 2008 | In the last financial year The Cancer Council NSW received 3974 calls about skin cancer to its helpline, 2251 (57%) of which were specifically about skin cancer clinics.

Moisturisers with sunscreen

People are increasingly choosing to use a moisturiser with sunscreen, to protect them from harmful UV rays.

26 Sep 2007 | We arranged for 280 home testers to trial six unidentified moisturisers, which they used for three days consecutively.

Sun safety

Some exposure to sunlight is essential for your health, but too much can be dangerous.

10 Oct 2005 | Summer is the season to get outdoors and enjoy the warm days, but it's also the season when the sun's rays are harshest on your skin.

Skin care

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

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

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

Sunglasses buying guide

What kind of sunglasses should you look for to protect you from the harsh Australian sun?

21 Oct 2012 | How important are sunglasses to your health and what do you need to look for?

Sunscreen and nanoparticles

Could your sunscreen be doing you more harm than good?

26 Jul 2012 | The jury is still out on the risks associated with nano ingredients in sunscreens and cosmetics.

NSW bans solariums

New South Wales will ban the use of commercial solariums in three years.

8 Feb 2012 | We welcome the ban on commercial solariums in NSW, but we're calling for a national ban.

Mineral foundations not so natural

Mineral foundations not as miraculous as marketers would have you believe.

30 Sep 2009 | Mineral foundation is marketed as a more natural alternative to other foundations and usually contains finely crushed, naturally occurring minerals. But our investigation found it's not as natural as you'd think.

Is it really clinically proven

Don't be hoodwinked by ads spruiking the benefits of scientific-sounding, "clinically proven" ingredients

30 Apr 2009 | Flick through the ads in women’s magazines these days and you could almost be reading a medical journal.

Cosmetic surgery

CHOICE investigates the cosmetic surgery industry and uncovers some disturbingly unprofessional practices.

25 Feb 2009 | Among the latest promotions for cosmetic surgery procedures are "Need a lift?" and "Beautiful breasts always get noticed!"

Moisturising tanning lotions

They promise a hint of colour before summer arrives. Do they live up to their claims?

3 Sep 2008 | As the last vestiges of winter creep away it’s time to pack up your winter woollies and get into summer clothes.

Men's moisturisers

Men's moisturisers are big business. Find out what our trialists preferred.

9 Apr 2008 | CHOICE asked 57 male home testers to trial eight "normal skin" moisturisers. Participants were given six unidentified moisturisers which they used for three days consecutively.

Skin cancer clinics

Skin clinics claim to help identify and treat skin cancers. How good are they?

18 Jan 2008 | In the last financial year The Cancer Council NSW received 3974 calls about skin cancer to its helpline, 2251 (57%) of which were specifically about skin cancer clinics.

Counterfeit perfumes

CHOICE sniffs out the facts on the counterfeit perfume business.

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

Moisturisers with sunscreen

People are increasingly choosing to use a moisturiser with sunscreen, to protect them from harmful UV rays.

26 Sep 2007 | We arranged for 280 home testers to trial six unidentified moisturisers, which they used for three days consecutively.

Anti aging creams

Are cosmeceuticals the way to youthful skin?

15 Jun 2007 | The current buzzword in the world of anti-aging is cosmeceuticals. But is there any real science behind the hype?

Cosmetics safe and cruelty free

What's the progress on cruelty free cosmetics?

4 May 2007 | How can consumers work out what has been tested on animals and what hasn’t? And what are the alternatives to animal testing?

Mascara review and compare

One ‘volumising’ mascara stood out by a length — but at a price.

14 Dec 2006 | Our results show that a big name or a higher price is not always a guarantee of how much you’ll like a product. One of the highest rated mascaras was considerably cheaper than others rated equally.

Self tanning

How to get the bronzed look without the harmful rays.

4 Oct 2006 | Our results show that a big name or a higher price is no guarantee of how much you’ll like a product.

Sun safety

Some exposure to sunlight is essential for your health, but too much can be dangerous.

10 Oct 2005 | Summer is the season to get outdoors and enjoy the warm days, but it's also the season when the sun's rays are harshest on your skin.

Acne

If you have acne, you don’t have to put up with it — effective treatments are available.

15 Aug 2004 | Some big-name acne treatments don’t contain particularly effective active ingredients and won’t help much at all.

Skins

Compression sportswear

CHOICE finds out whether these exercise garments really improve performance.

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

Sleep

Action taken on unsafe cots

Two online retailers have issued recalls, after the ACCC identified safety risks.

7 Aug 2014 | The ACCC cracks down on unsafe cot sales.

Body clock is affected by what we eat and when

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

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

Electric blanket reviews

We tested 18 electric blankets in the CHOICE labs, including models from Breville, Kambrook, Sunbeam and more.

16 Jun 2014 | When the temperature drops, an electric blanket to keep warm during those cold winter nights is very appealing.

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.

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.

Sleep deprivation

Sleep deprivation could be adversely impacting your life in many ways.

11 Aug 2011 | As Australians adopt busier lifestyles, we’re also becoming more sleep deprived. CHOICE outlines why you may need more zzzzs.

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.

Children and sleep

We look at some common causes and solutions to a child's sleepless nights.

9 Jul 2008 | There are many causes of sleep difficulties, so it’s important to get the diagnosis right.

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.

Insomnia

We spend a third of our lives, or an average of 24 years sleeping – and yet up to 95% of us at some time have trouble sleeping.

23 May 2000 | Dr Alison Vickers examines the causes and offers advice on returning to a regular sleeping pattern.

Slings

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.

Slow cookers

Slow cooker reviews

Which slow cookers make tasty meals with minimum fuss? We've tested 33, including new models from Breville, Sunbeam and Crock-Pot.

28 May 2014 | If you could do with a bit of help in the kitchen, or are always short of time, a slow cooker could be the answer to your problems.

Slow cooker buying guide

Forget about a partner in life – come home to a slow cooker!

5 Mar 2014 | Much simpler and more reliable than their human counterparts, slow cookers require very little attention and give great foot massa… wait, too far!

Sunbeam Duos Sous Vide and Slow Cooker First Look

Sunbeam has released its first sous vide, which pulls double duty as a slow cooker

2 Aug 2013 | Traditionally for commercial use, sous vide is making its way into households, allowing you to create tender, succulent meals at home.

Sunbeam VersaCook first look

We check out the newly released multi-cooker from Sunbeam, which combines five appliances in one.

18 Jan 2013 | We give this all-in-one appliance, which functions as a deep fryer, frypan, slow cooker, saucepan and steamer the once-over.

CHOICE Awards 2012  

Our experts hand out bouquets to the worthy recipients.

28 Mar 2012 | The third annual CHOICE Awards is our chance to celebrate the people, products, services and brands that improve the lives of consumers every day.

Gift ideas for the kitchen

These gift ideas will please any budding amateur chef.

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

Christmas gift guide

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

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

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.

Slow cooked chili shredded beef

A delicious, affordable way to feed the family.

2 Feb 2011 | Warm any kitchen table with this hearty slow cooked meal.

Slow cooked corn beef

A perfect dish for your slow cooker.

20 Jan 2011 | Set up your slow cooker in the morning and come home at the end of the day to delicious corned beef

Breville slow cooker review

This slow cooker makes delicious meals that practically cook themselves.

30 Jun 2010 | If you're pressed for time when it comes to making dinner, a slow cooker could be the answer to your problems.

Small business

Small business alert for false billing scams

Don’t pay for false bills, ACCC warns small businesses.

24 Jun 2014 | The ACCC is warning small businesses about false billing scams, which attempt to trick small business owners into paying fake invoices.

Running a small business on eBay

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

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

smartphones

Apple unveils new iPads and Macs

The tech giant has announced a slew of updates: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, super-high resolution 5K iMac, Mac mini and OS X Yosemite

17 Oct 2014 | Apple has added fingerprint ID security to its iPad range, along with updates to its iMac and Mac mini desktop computers and the new OS X Yosemite operating system.

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.

Next G mobile phone reviews  

We help you take the guesswork out of buying a next generation mobile phone.

18 Aug 2014 | CHOICE finds the best NextG phone for every user and budget.

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.

HD action cameras buying guide

Looking to capture all your thrills and spills on the go? Our buying guide for HD action cameras will help you make the right choice.

4 Aug 2014 | A CHOICE buying guide that will help you get the best HD action camera for your needs.

Child labour allegations hit Samsung's Chinese factory

China Labor Watch report says children under 16 are making Samsung phone parts.

18 Jul 2014 | Samsung has suspended business with a factory in China amid allegations it’s using children to make mobile phone components.

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.

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.

Cardless cash with CBA and Westpac

Over 15,000 smartphone transactions recorded since May launch.

3 Jun 2014 | No wallet? No worries! Cardless cash is taking off, with the Commonwealth Bank and Westpac announcing customers will soon be able to withdraw money without a card using their smartphones.

Apple announces road map for future

Sweeping changes for iOS 8 and OS X unveiled at developer's conference but no new hardware or news on anticipated bigger iPhone 6 models

3 Jun 2014 | Apple has announced plans to turn its computers into a central hub for health, home automation and personal communication, with sweeping changes to the operating systems behind its iDevices and Mac computers.

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.

Telcos crunch consumers

Telstra, Optus and Vodafone come under ACCC scrutiny for signalling their intention to raise contract fees.

19 May 2014 | The ACCC is concerned about comments from the telco giants amid booming profits and increased consumer costs.

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.

Apple in lawsuit win against Samsung

Samsung also wins $US160,000 against Apple in countersuit over smartphone technology patents.

5 May 2014 | Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple $US120 million in settlement of a lawsuit over smartphone patents, while Apple has to pay Samsung nearly $US160,000.

Uber ride-sharing service under investigation

The low-cost Uber 'ride share' service comes under criticism and closer scrutiny.

1 May 2014 | While consumers may be cheering for a cheaper alternative to taking a taxi, Uber's new ride sharing service could be short lived.

Samsung Galaxy S5 unhappy snaps

Software bug affects camera in early production models.

30 Apr 2014 | Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone is experiencing camera failure across the world. The software bug affects a "limited number" of early production models.

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.

Mobile money managers

Monitor your money with your smartphone.

22 Jan 2014 | We've checked out 10 financial apps that let you keep track of your spending or budget on the go.

First look: Tech21 Impactology

We get our hands on the shock-resistant Tech21 smartphone case and screen film

26 Nov 2013 | This case and screen film combination claims to use "bulletproof" technology to protect your smartphone or tablet. We put it to the test.

Seagate Wireless Plus first look

We give this portable multimedia hub with Wi-Fi hotspot and 1TB storage the once-over.

26 Mar 2013 | The Seagate Wireless Plus lets you stream multimedia to your smartphone or tablet on the go. So what's our verdict?

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.

Global roaming SIMs

Don't get stung by bill shock when travelling overseas with your mobile phone.

18 Dec 2012 | Curb bill shock with a pre-paid roaming SIM and our useful tips for limiting phone calls and data usage while overseas.

Apple iOS 6 first look

We get hands on with Apple's new mobile operating system.

24 Sep 2012 | We take a hands-on look at Apple's updated iOS 6 mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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.

Apple iPhone 5 heads up

We look at some of the features on offer and what you can expect to get once it arrives.

18 Sep 2012 | The iPhone 5 due is due for release next week, and we check out some of its new features.

Mobile World Congress 2012  

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

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

Samsung Galaxy Nexus First Look

A new smartphone Android operating system improves the overall experience.

3 Feb 2012 | The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is less about the phone and more about the latest Android OS it runs on – 4.0, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich.

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.

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.

Motorola Defy First Look

An Android phone for new users who want a 'tough' product.

5 Apr 2011 | The Motorola Defy is a good entry-level phone for Andriod users.

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.

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.

19 Nov 2009 | CHOICE tests 55 GSM and 3G phones to find the best.

Smeg

Dishwasher reviews  

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

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

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.

Freestanding oven reviews

We review seven 90cm wide freestanding electric ovens with gas cooktops, priced between $2000 and $4000.

5 Sep 2014 | A large freestanding oven is a huge investment. With so many options out there how do you make the right choice? We tested seven 90 cm wide electric ovens from brands including Smeg, Westinghouse, and Fisher & Paykel.

Ovens review  

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

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

Induction cooktop reviews

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

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

Gas cooktop reviews

We've tested 11 new gas cooktops, including Blanco, Bosch, Electrolux and Miele models.

14 Mar 2013 | We have test results for 39 gas cooktops ranging in price from $329 to $3389. Which are the best performers?

Ceramic cooktop reviews

Ceramic cooktops have the looks, and they perform well too.

2 Oct 2012 | Ceramic cooktops have easy-to-clean surfaces and a mid-range price tag. Which ones perform best?

Smoke alarms

Smoke alarm reviews   

We test 15 battery-powered smoke alarms, including photoelectric, ionisation and dual-sensor models.

2 Mar 2010 | While all of these smoke alarms meet the Australian Standard, they don't all offer the same level of protection.

Smoking

New Year resolutions

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

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

sms

ACCC to intervene on SMS charges

The days of telcos gouging consumers for SMSes could be numbered.

17 Jun 2014 | The ACCC will regulate wholesale SMS pricing for the first time, potentially bringing the cost of text messages down.

Snacks

Breakfast on-the-go products

What should you be eating for your first meal of the day? CHOICE checks out a number of on-the-go breakfast products.

24 Jun 2014 | The right breakfast can mean the difference between a good start to a day or a sluggish one – but finding a quick and simple option among the breakfast biscuits and other breakfast-on-the-go products can be tricky.

Healthy kids lunch box snacks

Processed snacks are a common addition to children's lunch boxes, but how do they rate nutritionally?

24 Jun 2014 | CHOICE reviews more than 260 processed snacks to find the nutritional disasters, reveal the healthier treats and help you pack the perfect lunch box.

ANZAC biscuits review

Which ANZAC biscuits are the tastiest? Our experts as well as some hungry staff members find out.

24 Apr 2014 | Choice tests five brands of ANZAC biscuits, including Unibic, Coles and Woolworths, with an expert review and a lay panel taste test.

Lunchbox stars revealed

CHOICE calculates the Health Star Ratings of popular kids’ foods.

14 Mar 2014 | Health star ratings of typical items found in kids’ lunchboxes show significant variation.

Salt assault

Finding low-salt kids' foods might be harder than you think.

28 Mar 2013 | We've investigated the salt content of foods marketed at children. Why do so many add unnecessary salt?

Smoothies and frappés

You might be surprised by the sugary punch packed by some of these fruit-based drinks.

14 Jan 2013 | With up to 2600kJ in one serving, the hidden sugar in some smoothies and frappés places them in the category of a junk food snack rather than a healthy drink.

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.

Savoury snacks

Beware savoury snacks full of salt and saturated fat.

13 May 2011 | CHOICE looks at which savoury snacks are the healthier options as well as those best avoided.

Sweet-snacks

Beware processed snacks that are loaded with sugar and bad fats.

25 Feb 2011 | We tell you which shelf-stable sweet snacks are worth throwing into your glove box or office drawer, and which should be avoided.

Dental decay

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

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

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.

Feta cheese reviews  

There’s more to this cheese of ancient origins than meets the eye.

13 Jun 2008 | Buying feta might once have been straightforward but now we’re likely to be overwhelmed by choice.

Muesli bar reviews

Grabbing a quick muesli or muffin bar may not be the healthy fix you’re after.

9 Jan 2006 | Cereal bars, muesli bars and breakfast bars may have a healthy image but most of them are more than 20% sugar, and some deliver more saturated fat than a packet of chips.

Kids' lunch snacks

You want healthy, your kids want cool for school.

1 Jan 2005 | It’s important for children to eat healthily, and variety and balance are key. Build a tasty, nutritious school lunch by including starchy food, protein food, some dairy food, fruit and veg and a drink.

Snoring

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.

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.

Cardiovascular disease

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

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

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.

Social media

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.

How to get fit and lose weight with apps and gadgets

Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.

5 Mar 2014 | Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?

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.

Online complaints reviews and resolutions

Jump online to ensure your complaints and compliments are heard loud and clear.

13 Jan 2013 | Before you post a scathing online review of a company’s product or service, there are some crucial things you need to know so you get results and avoid legal trouble.

Online family history services

The internet is opening a treasure trove for family history researchers.

6 Dec 2012 | It's easier than you think to find your family tree online, as more records are digitised and made available on free government websites.

So-Delicious

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.

Sofa beds

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.

Buying guide sofa beds

Make a comfortable decision about the sofa bed you choose.

1 Jul 2008 | We've compiled this buying guide to get you up to speed on what's out there in the way of sofa beds, how much they cost, and what to look for when shopping.

Soft drinks

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.

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.

Sweeteners

In today’s world of over-consumption and health issues, can the industry really justify ‘better for you’ sugar?

22 Apr 2010 | In the past half-century we’ve increasingly sweetened our food supply. But are we eating too much sugar and is it affecting our health?

Software

Backup software reviews

We test and compare 10 popular PC backup programs.

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

Software-easter-eggs

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

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

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.

Antivirus software review

We test and rank the top antivirus programs to see which provide the best PC protection.

27 Mar 2014 | We compare the most popular antivirus software for PC and mobile computers to see how well they protect your PC from malware.

8 things to know about IT pricing

CHOICE busts the myths and reveals the facts behind the cost of IT and technology goods in Australia.

4 Mar 2014 | CHOICE tells you eight things you need to know about IT pricing.

Switching to Linux

Get free computing for life with this Windows alternative

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

Mobile World Congress 2012  

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

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

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.

Netbooks and small laptop reviews

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

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

Shortcut keys for Windows

A quick reference guide to the most useful key combinations.

11 Feb 2011 | This is the quick reference guide to Windows shortcut keys from CC Jan/Feb 2011.

Net tops and mini PCs

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

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

Family tree software reviews

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

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

Miro review

Is the internet the future of TV? We take a look.

13 Aug 2009 | With thousands of internet TV "channels" available, how do you find something worth watching?

Online office suite reviews

Head for the cloud and work from anywhere with the new wave of web apps.

15 May 2009 | Online office suites come under the category of cloud computing, in which the programs and documents are stored on the internet "in the cloud".

Make a Christmas e-card

Make your own Christmas e-card in a few simple steps.

28 Nov 2008 | Have some festive fun with your computer this Christmas. There are lots of things you can do to make personalised cards, decorations and even install some cute Christmas lights onto your computer.

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.

Virtualisation

With the right software, you can get two computers for the price of one.

18 Sep 2008 | Virtualisation is the hip computing buzzword of the moment: open up the business pages and you’ll find it in abundance.

All about Linux

Free, stable, fast — there's a lot to like about Linux. We take an in-depth look at this powerful, open-source operating system.

31 Mar 2008 | Linux is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, and traditionally the domain of hardcore computer geeks — but that’s changing.

Free software

There's plenty of free software on the internet, but is it any good?

19 Sep 2007 | Free software is appealing because you can find useful office and multimedia applications without the hefty price tag. But there are a few drawbacks to consider.

Video editing software review and compare

Turn your home movies into feature films.

4 Mar 2007 | It takes time to find your way around video editing software.

Convert your music to digital

Got a few tapes or vinyl LPs tucked away in a corner? Why not convert them to digital format.

15 Jun 2006 | Our guide details what you need to convert your old music into digital format and how to get started.

Update firmware

Want to upgrade your computer for free? Here’s how.

3 Jan 2006 | Firmware used to be read-only — it limited what the hardware could do. Nowadays, however, most firmware can be updated to give your hardware new features and capabilities.

Recipe software review and compare

Recipe software can help you take control of clippings, meal times and grocery lists.

5 Aug 2005 | We tested six recipe software programs to find out how easy they are to use and what sort of features they offer.

Garden design software

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

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

Solar

Solar PV system leasing and PV power purchasing agreements (PPAs)

If you can't afford to pay for solar up front, you might not need to go without.

4 Nov 2014 | The cost of installing solar can be too much in one hit for some householders. Solar leasing or a solar PV power purchasing agreement could be the answer.

Hot water systems buying guide

Don't wait until your hot water system goes. Review your options and plan your next purchase now.

15 Jul 2013 | By researching the options and choosing the best system for your needs, you could save money and the environment.

Solar payback time  

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

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

ICE Solair first look

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

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

Solar schemes dimmed

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

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

Unsafe solar panel installations on the rise

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

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

Solar panels counting the cost

Install a system that produces carbon-free energy and insulates you from rising coal-fired electricity prices.

1 Oct 2010 | Everything you need to know about making the right purchase decision.

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.

Solar electricity incentives

As energy prices soar, solar electricity should be a smart investment – but are the incentives strong enough?

3 Aug 2009 | Changes to the federal government’s rebate for solar panels are likely to increase the cost of installing a solar PV system.

Solar hot water systems

Solar hot water is now big business, with dozens of manufacturers and hundreds of retail suppliers all keen to get your custom.

13 Aug 2008 | CHOICE takes the confusion out of purchasing solar and heat pump hot-water systems.

Solarbike

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.

Solarium

Sunglasses buying guide

What kind of sunglasses should you look for to protect you from the harsh Australian sun?

21 Oct 2012 | How important are sunglasses to your health and what do you need to look for?

Solariums

NSW bans solariums

New South Wales will ban the use of commercial solariums in three years.

8 Feb 2012 | We welcome the ban on commercial solariums in NSW, but we're calling for a national ban.

Solar lights

Garden lights review and compare

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

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

Solar panels

Solar PV system leasing and PV power purchasing agreements (PPAs)

If you can't afford to pay for solar up front, you might not need to go without.

4 Nov 2014 | The cost of installing solar can be too much in one hit for some householders. Solar leasing or a solar PV power purchasing agreement could be the answer.

Hot water systems buying guide

Don't wait until your hot water system goes. Review your options and plan your next purchase now.

15 Jul 2013 | By researching the options and choosing the best system for your needs, you could save money and the environment.

Solar payback time  

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

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

Solar schemes dimmed

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

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

Solar panels counting the cost

Install a system that produces carbon-free energy and insulates you from rising coal-fired electricity prices.

1 Oct 2010 | Everything you need to know about making the right purchase decision.

Solar electricity incentives

As energy prices soar, solar electricity should be a smart investment – but are the incentives strong enough?

3 Aug 2009 | Changes to the federal government’s rebate for solar panels are likely to increase the cost of installing a solar PV system.

Sonos

Bluetooth wireless speakers reviews  

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

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

Home theatre quick look

What are your surround sound options?

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

sony

Tech reliability survey 2014

The brands you can trust for tablets, desktops, laptops and more.

18 Nov 2014 | The CHOICE reliability survey asks thousands of members to rate their desktops, laptops, monitors, printers, tablets and external hard drives for reliability, repairs and service.

Tablet computer reviews  

Find the tablet computer that's right for you.

13 Nov 2014 | Tablets are taking over personal computing. We test more than 40 models you can buy in Australia.

PAX Aus 2014

Professionals and community at annual Australian Penny Arcade Expo showcase changing attitudes

6 Nov 2014 | We went to PAX Aus 2014 in Melbourne and found the local and international games industry abuzz with calls for greater representations of female, LGBT and religious interests in video games.

Fitness tracker reviews and tests

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

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

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.

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.

Next G mobile phone reviews  

We help you take the guesswork out of buying a next generation mobile phone.

18 Aug 2014 | CHOICE finds the best NextG phone for every user and budget.

Bluetooth wireless speakers reviews  

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

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

HD action cameras buying guide

Looking to capture all your thrills and spills on the go? Our buying guide for HD action cameras will help you make the right choice.

4 Aug 2014 | A CHOICE buying guide that will help you get the best HD action camera for your needs.

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.

TwitchTube

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

20 May 2014 |

Nintendo Wii U review

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A First look at the Sony 4K TV

CHOICE has a first look at the Sony 4K TV.

2 Sep 2013 | CHOICE has a first look at the Sony 4K TV.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sony 3D viewer first look

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

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

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.

Sony vs Lenovo first look

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Sony-Ericsson

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.

Mobile World Congress 2012  

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

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

Sound

Bluetooth wireless speakers reviews  

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

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

Emergency radio reviews

Battery-powered radios that charge using solar panels or by cranking a handle could keep you in touch when the mains power goes off.

10 Jun 2014 | CHOICE tests six radios designed with an emergency in mind. All can run on batteries or by cranking the handle. Five have a solar charger as well.

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.

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.

Audiovisual receivers buying guide

AV receivers sell the idea of turning your living room into a cinema. How much should you spend?

5 Apr 2012 | When you buy a home theatre in a box the AV receiver and DVD player are often combined. However, there's good reasons to buy separate components.

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.

Bose Videowave

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

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

Home theatre speakers reviews  

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

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

Mini stereo system reviews

When you want better sound, it's time get out of the bargain basement

17 Aug 2011 | CHOICE put a range of CD, DVD and Blu-ray stereo systems through their paces, ranging from $849 to $1900.

Wireless headphones reviews

Cutting the cord can help keep harmony in the home.

15 Apr 2011 | Wireless headphones mean any household members can listen to TV or music at the best possible sound level.

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.

Q-ACOUSTICS-Q-TV2 first look

If you're disappointed with the sound from your TV, this could be a neat solution.

1 Feb 2010 | This audio device attaches to the back of your TV and can fit 81cm-106cm screen sizes.

Mini hi-fi system reviews

These combination MP3 and legacy music players pack greater punch and more features than speaker docks.

5 Aug 2009 | Our test of mini hi-fi systems reveals they are packed with more features than speaker docks but are more pricey. We put 10 through their paces.

Childsafe headphones review

Headphones designed to protect your child’s ears from excessive noise.

15 Oct 2008 | We looked at a pair of headphones designed specifically for children aged six years or above. While the lead for plugging into a suitable music player is short, it’s suitable for a child.

Speaker dock reviews

Take a bus ride these days or walk down the street and nearly everyone you pass is tuned in to a portable music player.

18 Apr 2008 | These speaker docks let you listen to your music aloud, but don’t expect too much in terms of sound quality.

soundbars

Soundbar reviews

We tested 17 soundbars that help improve your TV's sound.

28 Oct 2014 | All the soundbars we tested deliver better sound than you'll get from your TV, but some demand a lot more money than others for the privilege.

Home theatre quick look

What are your surround sound options?

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

Sound bars

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.

Q-ACOUSTICS-Q-TV2 first look

If you're disappointed with the sound from your TV, this could be a neat solution.

1 Feb 2010 | This audio device attaches to the back of your TV and can fit 81cm-106cm screen sizes.

Sound bars review and compare

Fewer boxes, easier connections, compromised sound.

24 Mar 2009 | A sound bar is a box with a number of speakers in it. It's designed to sit just below your TV screen, and uses clever technology to approximate some of the effects of having speakers placed around the room.

Logitech Squeezebox Boom

Play internet radio or your own music files wirelessly or over an Ethernet connection.

25 Feb 2009 | The Logitech Squeezebox Boom is made for constantly connected people, streaming music either over the internet or from a personal computer.

Soy products

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.

Spam

20 years of spam

After two decades, rubbish messages and email-based security threats still make up 64 per cent of all emails worldwide.

1 May 2014 | 20 years ago two US lawyers sent the first commercial spam email. Today spam makes up 64 per cent of all emails worldwide.

Sparkling wine

Wine awards

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

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

Sparkling wine and champagne reviews  

We pop the cork on 60 champagnes and sparkling wines.

19 Dec 2012 | CHOICE's wine experts tested 60 of the best-selling sparkling wines, including champagne. Some of the best buys cost under $10.

Wines 2010

CHOICE's wine experts serve their verdict on the best wines to buy for the festive season.

13 Oct 2010 | CHOICE's wine experts rated popular red and white wines and tell you their favourites.

Make a Christmas e-card

Make your own Christmas e-card in a few simple steps.

28 Nov 2008 | Have some festive fun with your computer this Christmas. There are lots of things you can do to make personalised cards, decorations and even install some cute Christmas lights onto your computer.

Speakers

Bluetooth wireless speakers reviews  

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

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

Mothers Day tech guide

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

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

Hearing damage

How to counter the risk of hearing loss but not miss out on entertainment.

3 Dec 2013 | Excessively loud music or video can damage your hearing.

Surround sound AV receiver reviews

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

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

Home theatre 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.

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.

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.

Speaker dock reviews

Take a bus ride these days or walk down the street and nearly everyone you pass is tuned in to a portable music player.

18 Apr 2008 | These speaker docks let you listen to your music aloud, but don’t expect too much in terms of sound quality.

Sport

Health claims on sports drinks would mislead consumers, warns CHOICE

CHOICE opposes FSANZ proposal to allow health claims on sports drinks.

8 Oct 2014 | CHOICE is opposing a new proposal which would allow Gatorade, Powerade and other sugar-filled electrolyte drinks to carry health claims on their labels.

Unhealthy sponsorship of kids' sports

Researchers are concerned that the benefits of sport are being undermined by unhealthy messages from sponsors.

12 Jun 2014 | A study has found Australian children are being exposed to unhealthy messages for up to four hours per week during community sport – particularly outdoor cricket and rugby league.

ACCC looks at AFL variable pricing

Fans' Association angered by surprise changes to seat reservations.

23 May 2014 | The AFL Fans Association has lodged an ACCC complaint about the league's variable pricing regime.

Aussie kids get poor grade in physical activity report card

Poor grades for Aussie kids in first ever physical activity health card.

21 May 2014 | Australian children rank among the worst in the world and narrowly avoid an overall fail in a new physical activity report card.

Dangers of moveable soccer goals

Moveable soccer goals have killed seven people in Australia. Find out how to make sure they're safely secured.

9 May 2014 | The A-League season may be over, but the children’s soccer season is just beginning, so make sure you check potentially hazardous goalposts.

Protein supplements

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

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

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.

Choosing a personal trainer

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

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

Compression sportswear

CHOICE finds out whether these exercise garments really improve performance.

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

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.

GPS golf watch

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

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

Running shoes buying guide

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

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

Surfboards  

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

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

Nike+ / iPod Sport Kit

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

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

Bodyboards buying guide

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

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

Snowboarding wristguards

There's strong evidence that wristguards prevent fractures.

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

Junior cricket bats

Don't get caught out buying the wrong bat.

23 Dec 2006 | Generally, the better the bat, the more you pay for it. But some are much better value for money than others.

Sporting goods

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.

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.

Sports drinks

Health claims on sports drinks would mislead consumers, warns CHOICE

CHOICE opposes FSANZ proposal to allow health claims on sports drinks.

8 Oct 2014 | CHOICE is opposing a new proposal which would allow Gatorade, Powerade and other sugar-filled electrolyte drinks to carry health claims on their labels.

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.

Sports drinks review and compare

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

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

Sportswear

Counterfeit brand name sportswear seized in latest NSW Fair Trading raid

Haul of fake goods includes Nike footwear and other high-end labels.

31 Jul 2014 | NSW Fair Trading raided a Western Sydney retail outlet yesterday and seized about 1000 items of fake designer clothing and accessories, including a trove of counterfeit Nike footwear.

Spot cleaners

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.

Carpet spot cleaner reviews

A good carpet cleaner should get you out of trouble ... unless you live with a budding Pro Hart.

25 Sep 2007 | We put the carpet spot cleaners to the test on two different types of cream-coloured carpet: nylon cut pile and wool sisal.

Carpet cleaning

Don't let just anyone loose on your carpets.

10 Apr 2007 | While you're more likely to wait until your carpets are covered in muddy paw prints before hiring a carpet cleaner, having your carpets cleaned at least once a year should prolong their life.

STA

Flight comparison websites

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

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

Steam-stations

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.

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.

Steelcraft

Double stroller reviews  

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

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

Pram and stroller reviews  

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

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

Portacot reviews

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

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

Stepladders

Small stepladders

Don’t risk your safety when washing the windows.

26 Feb 2008 | Only three out of 12 household stepladders passed all our safety tests so choose carefully.

Stereo

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.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

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

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

Home theatre speakers reviews  

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

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

Mini stereo system reviews

When you want better sound, it's time get out of the bargain basement

17 Aug 2011 | CHOICE put a range of CD, DVD and Blu-ray stereo systems through their paces, ranging from $849 to $1900.

St George Bank

Class action over credit card late payment fees launched

Millions of dollars in fees paid for overdue credit card statements could be returned to customers if a new class action is successful.

12 Aug 2014 | Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has launched a new class action against various banks for charging credit card late payment fees.

Kids' saving accounts review

Kids' accounts are teaching kids some surprising lessons about banking

4 Jul 2014 | We review 26 savings accounts designed for children and teenagers, including products offered by ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, Bankwest and Westpac. We find good interest rates but also some bad conditions and fees.

Stihl

Lawn trimmer reviews

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

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

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.

Storage devices

Microsoft bundles cloud storage with office suite

Tech giant bundles unlimited cloud storage and office suite into single subscription package.

29 Oct 2014 | Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage and Office 365 bundle costs less than competitors' standalone cloud storage services.

Cloud backup

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

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

Portable hard drive reviews  

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

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

Car roof box reviews

Travel first class with your own overhead luggage compartment for your car.

15 May 2014 | A car can get really cramped when it’s loaded up for a family road trip. A car roof box may be just the ticket for reclaiming some space and comfort.

External desktop hard drives

We compare eight of the largest single-drive USB 3.0 external desktop storage devices.

24 Jan 2014 | We test eight drives from Buffalo, La Cie, Seagate, and others for performance, capacity, features and ease of use.

Kingston Wi-Drive first look

Unlimited storage via Wi-Fi for your smartphone and tablet.

17 Dec 2013 | Enjoy your movies, music, photos and other documents wirelessly on your iPad, iPhone or Android device.

Seagate Central

We get hands-on with Seagate’s NAS media hub

13 Nov 2013 | Access files anywhere and stream your media to devices within your home - the Seagate Central claims to do it all, but does it live up to its promises?

Seagate Slim

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

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

Seagate Wireless Plus first look

We give this portable multimedia hub with Wi-Fi hotspot and 1TB storage the once-over.

26 Mar 2013 | The Seagate Wireless Plus lets you stream multimedia to your smartphone or tablet on the go. So what's our verdict?

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.

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.

NAS external hard drive reviews

We test 10 Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices that can store your files and serve everybody on your network.

13 May 2011 | Network-Attached Storage lets you store files in one central place and access them from multiple computers at the same time.

External 2TB hard drive.

Doubling in capacity every year is the norm and still the cheapest way to dramatically boost your storage capacity.

17 Aug 2010 | We review 9 of the latest drives with a variety of connections.

External 1TB Hard Drive Reviews

One terabyte external hard drives – give your PC a welcome capacity boost for less than $200.

8 Jan 2010 | The quickest and most cost-effective way to add massive storage space to your computer system.

Media hubs review

We compare 10 media devices for playing high definition files on your TV.

2 Jul 2009 | These days it seems that just about everything is going digital and high definition (HD), but if you create or download HD content to your computer, how do you get it over to your TV?

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.

Storage options

Backing up is essential to protect your data, but which medium will you choose?

25 Feb 2008 | It’s all well and good to have a backup plan for preserving your data, but where will you back up your files? What type of storage solution will suit you?

Store credit

Store finance deals buying guide

Low-cost deals for those who pay on time, exorbitant interest rates for those who don’t — and a warning about deals to avoid.

3 Nov 2006 | Store credit deals are lucrative for finance companies and can be profitable for retailers too, but for consumers they’re a real mixed bag.

Stoves

Freestanding oven reviews

We review seven 90cm wide freestanding electric ovens with gas cooktops, priced between $2000 and $4000.

5 Sep 2014 | A large freestanding oven is a huge investment. With so many options out there how do you make the right choice? We tested seven 90 cm wide electric ovens from brands including Smeg, Westinghouse, and Fisher & Paykel.

Gas cooktop reviews

We've tested 11 new gas cooktops, including Blanco, Bosch, Electrolux and Miele models.

14 Mar 2013 | We have test results for 39 gas cooktops ranging in price from $329 to $3389. Which are the best performers?

Tipping stoves

We take precautions to prevent burns to children from stovetop saucepans, but what if the stove itself is the danger?

7 Jul 2008 | While parents are alert to the dangers of hot baths and unguarded pots, there’s another hazard you probably haven't thought of — tipping stoves.

Strawberries

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?

Streaming

Netflix coming to Australia

Popular streaming site launching local service

19 Nov 2014 | Popular on-demand online movie and TV streaming service has finally announced it's launching an Australian and New Zealand service after many months of speculation.

Netflix ranks second among media subscription consumers

Software company Pocketbook's data shows Aussies are prepared to pay to access the media content they want.

16 Jul 2014 | Subscription-based Netflix is gaining in popularity among Australian consumers willing to overcome geo-blocking to access TV shows and movies without the restriction of release windows.

Netgear Push2TV first look

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

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

Strollers

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.

Product reliability survey

Our 2014 report reveals how our members rate common technology product and appliance brands for reliability.

21 Feb 2014 | Use our brand reliability results to help guide your decision before buying. A bargain isn't a bargain if you're likely to pay a lot for repairs in the long term.

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.

Your baby - getting ready

The CHOICE checklist of essential items to have ready when baby arrives.

10 Sep 2013 | As tempting and exciting as it is to fill the nursery full of baby gear before the birth, you can buy just the essentials to start with.

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.

Tricycle reviews

We test eight tricycles with parent handles, priced $49 to $349.

5 Dec 2012 | We put tricycles with parent handles to the test. Are they a substitute for a stroller?

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?

Baby-safety-week

A week dedicated to new and expectant parents and the safety of their new bundle of joy.

21 May 2012 | Whether it’s rolling strollers along our custom made rig for hours on end in the CHOICE labs, or checking for sharp edges and finger traps, safety is at the forefront of all we do.

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.

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.

Taga convertible stroller  

This ingeniously designed bike/stroller sadly doesn’t meet the grade in either mode.

21 Jan 2011 | CHOICE puts the eye-catching Taga bike/stroller to the test.

landing page for apps

We've made two of our most popular reports available as FREE phone apps.

2 Jun 2010 | CHOICE strollers and cameras reports are now available to download from iTunes.

Maclaren recall in USA

One million strollers have been recalled in the USA for safety reasons.

10 Nov 2009 | The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of Maclaren strollers, due to the stroller’s hinge mechanism posing a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to a child when the stroller is being unfolded.

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.

Strong (electronics)

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.

Sugar

Health claims on sports drinks would mislead consumers, warns CHOICE

CHOICE opposes FSANZ proposal to allow health claims on sports drinks.

8 Oct 2014 | CHOICE is opposing a new proposal which would allow Gatorade, Powerade and other sugar-filled electrolyte drinks to carry health claims on their labels.

Australian children's dental health a concern warn experts

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

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

Chobani in court again over yoghurt claims

A new class action over deceptive labelling has been launched against yoghurt manufacturer Chobani.

24 Jun 2014 | American yoghurt manufacturer Chobani has been taken to court in the US again for allegedly deceiving consumers with its labelling.

How to choose a healthy yoghurt

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

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

Is gluten free food healthy?

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

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

Is coconut oil healthy?

Is coconut oil all it’s cracked up to be, or just another fad? We investigate to find out whether it lives up to the health hype.

23 Feb 2014 | Coconut oil is being hailed as the next big thing. CHOICE finds out what the experts have to say about this year’s latest food trend.

Stevia-sugar-substitute

Will low-kilojoule sweetener stevia revolutionise the way we flavour our food?

26 Mar 2013 | Stevia is hailed as a zero-kilojoule natural sweetener that will help reduce the amount of sugar we consume. But just how natural is it?

Smoothies and frappés

You might be surprised by the sugary punch packed by some of these fruit-based drinks.

14 Jan 2013 | With up to 2600kJ in one serving, the hidden sugar in some smoothies and frappés places them in the category of a junk food snack rather than a healthy drink.

Exercise hydration

What and how much should you drink when exercising?

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

Low-fat dessert reviews

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

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

Savoury snacks

Beware savoury snacks full of salt and saturated fat.

13 May 2011 | CHOICE looks at which savoury snacks are the healthier options as well as those best avoided.

Sweet-snacks

Beware processed snacks that are loaded with sugar and bad fats.

25 Feb 2011 | We tell you which shelf-stable sweet snacks are worth throwing into your glove box or office drawer, and which should be avoided.

Blood orange pistachio cake

Indulge in this deliciously sweet cake

4 Nov 2010 | Bake up a treat using blood oranges and pistachios

Dental decay

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

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

Glycaemic Index

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

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

Sugar

How much sugar is OK to include in our diet?

13 Sep 2005 | Sugar isn’t linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer or hyperactivity. However, it can play a role in tooth decay, and adds energy (kilojoules/calories) without any other nutrition.

Suitcases

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.

Carry-on suitcase reviews

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

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

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.

Suitcase safety

We look at some suitcase safety measures that may protect your belongings at home and abroad.

28 Apr 2011 | Locks, straps, cable ties or shrink wrap? CHOICE runs through the options.

House minding agencies

Guide to leaving your home in the hands of a housesitter.

1 Jul 2008 | Ever had that sinking feeling as you leave home to head off on holiday? Will the house be secure? Will the garden survive? Will the pets be safe and will your neighbour remember to feed them?

Sulphites

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.

Sun

Melanoma rates drop for young australians

Sun safety message appears to be sinking in for younger people.

26 May 2014 | Sun safety message appears to be working as research reveals a drop in melanoma rates for younger Australians.

The vital vitamin D

Are you getting enough vitamin D?

18 Jan 2012 | Vitamin D deficiency has been described as a pandemic. We explain if you're at risk, and what you can do to get enough.

Shadecloths

CHOICE has uncovered an alarming gap between the level of protection stated on a typical shadecloth and the reality once it is installed.

12 Dec 2008 | CHOICE has found that the UVR rating of the shadecloth is only half the story.

Skin cancer clinics

Skin clinics claim to help identify and treat skin cancers. How good are they?

18 Jan 2008 | In the last financial year The Cancer Council NSW received 3974 calls about skin cancer to its helpline, 2251 (57%) of which were specifically about skin cancer clinics.

Surfboards  

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

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

Self tanning

How to get the bronzed look without the harmful rays.

4 Oct 2006 | Our results show that a big name or a higher price is no guarantee of how much you’ll like a product.

Sun safety

Some exposure to sunlight is essential for your health, but too much can be dangerous.

10 Oct 2005 | Summer is the season to get outdoors and enjoy the warm days, but it's also the season when the sun's rays are harshest on your skin.

Sunair

Pedestal and tower fan reviews

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

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

sunbeam

Your guide to buying an electric heater

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

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

Sandwich press and jaffle maker reviews

We've tested 24 sandwich presses and jaffle makers in the CHOICE labs including models from Breville, Cuisinart, Sunbeam and more.

21 Jul 2014 | Turn your favourite sandwiches into mouth-watering snacks with a sandwich maker.

Aldi all-in-one cooker recall

Aldi's Kuchef Thermo Cook recalled due to burns risk.

20 Jun 2014 | The Kuchef Thermo Cook, Aldi's private label all-in-one appliance, has been recalled following concerns it could eject burning hot food.

Electric blanket reviews

We tested 18 electric blankets in the CHOICE labs, including models from Breville, Kambrook, Sunbeam and more.

16 Jun 2014 | When the temperature drops, an electric blanket to keep warm during those cold winter nights is very appealing.

Hand mixer reviews

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

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

Blender reviews

We test 27 blenders in the CHOICE labs including models from Breville, Kenwood, Sunbeam and more.

15 Apr 2014 | Our home economist has tested 27 blenders priced from $20 to $379.

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.

Mixer reviews

We test 29 mixers in the CHOICE labs, including models from Breville, Kenwood, KitchenAid and more.

10 Apr 2014 | Fiona Mair, home economist from CHOICE's test kitchen has tested 29 mixers priced from $60 to $999.

Kettle reviews

We review 51 kettles, including models from Breville, Sunbeam, DeLonghi and Le Creuset.

19 Mar 2014 | Find out which kettles are efficient as well as quiet. We've tested electric and stove top models ranging in price from $9 to $220.

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.

Home espresso coffee machine reviews  

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

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

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.

Sunbeam Duos Sous Vide and Slow Cooker First Look

Sunbeam has released its first sous vide, which pulls double duty as a slow cooker

2 Aug 2013 | Traditionally for commercial use, sous vide is making its way into households, allowing you to create tender, succulent meals at home.

Sunbeam VersaCook first look

We check out the newly released multi-cooker from Sunbeam, which combines five appliances in one.

18 Jan 2013 | We give this all-in-one appliance, which functions as a deep fryer, frypan, slow cooker, saucepan and steamer the once-over.

Pedestal and tower fan reviews

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

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

Sunbeam FoodSaver first look

Keep your food fresh and vacuum-packed at home.

28 Mar 2012 | Sunbeam has a range of food-sealing devices. We tested their cheapest to see if it lives up to its claims.

Coffee grinder reviews

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

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

Benchtop oven reviews

Benchtop ovens are cheap and convenient but can get dangerously hot.

9 Feb 2012 | CHOICE reviews six small benchtop or toaster ovens, priced $109 to $300.

Gift ideas for the kitchen

These gift ideas will please any budding amateur chef.

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

Christmas gift guide

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

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

Sunbury

Cot reviews

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

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

Suncorp

flood-cover

How much are you paying to insure your home for flood risk?

16 Jul 2014 | A lot has changed with flood cover on home insurance, and a lot has remained the same. How are insurers pricing flood into your home insurance premium?

Kids' saving accounts review

Kids' accounts are teaching kids some surprising lessons about banking

4 Jul 2014 | We review 26 savings accounts designed for children and teenagers, including products offered by ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, Bankwest and Westpac. We find good interest rates but also some bad conditions and fees.

Can you really choose your car repairer

We reveal questionable links between car insurers and smash repairers.

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

Home and contents insurance reviews

Keep hikes to your home and contents policy at bay with our complete guide to home and contents insurance.

17 Jan 2014 | We review 64 home and contents insurance products from 29 different brands right across Australia, including AAMI, GIO, NRMA and Suncorp.

Car insurance reviews and comparison

Driven to distraction by increasingly complex car insurance? Use our comparisons to find the best cover at the right price.

28 Aug 2013 | We review 44 car insurance policies for each state and territory.

CHOICE Awards 2012  

Our experts hand out bouquets to the worthy recipients.

28 Mar 2012 | The third annual CHOICE Awards is our chance to celebrate the people, products, services and brands that improve the lives of consumers every day.

Sunglasses

Melanoma rates drop for young australians

Sun safety message appears to be sinking in for younger people.

26 May 2014 | Sun safety message appears to be working as research reveals a drop in melanoma rates for younger Australians.

Sunglasses buying guide

What kind of sunglasses should you look for to protect you from the harsh Australian sun?

21 Oct 2012 | How important are sunglasses to your health and what do you need to look for?

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.

Sun-protection

Melanoma rates drop for young australians

Sun safety message appears to be sinking in for younger people.

26 May 2014 | Sun safety message appears to be working as research reveals a drop in melanoma rates for younger Australians.

NSW bans solariums

New South Wales will ban the use of commercial solariums in three years.

8 Feb 2012 | We welcome the ban on commercial solariums in NSW, but we're calling for a national ban.

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.

Sunscreen

Melanoma rates drop for young australians

Sun safety message appears to be sinking in for younger people.

26 May 2014 | Sun safety message appears to be working as research reveals a drop in melanoma rates for younger Australians.

Sunscreen and nanoparticles

Could your sunscreen be doing you more harm than good?

26 Jul 2012 | The jury is still out on the risks associated with nano ingredients in sunscreens and cosmetics.

NSW bans solariums

New South Wales will ban the use of commercial solariums in three years.

8 Feb 2012 | We welcome the ban on commercial solariums in NSW, but we're calling for a national ban.

The vital vitamin D

Are you getting enough vitamin D?

18 Jan 2012 | Vitamin D deficiency has been described as a pandemic. We explain if you're at risk, and what you can do to get enough.

Moisturising tanning lotions

They promise a hint of colour before summer arrives. Do they live up to their claims?

3 Sep 2008 | As the last vestiges of winter creep away it’s time to pack up your winter woollies and get into summer clothes.

Skin cancer clinics

Skin clinics claim to help identify and treat skin cancers. How good are they?

18 Jan 2008 | In the last financial year The Cancer Council NSW received 3974 calls about skin cancer to its helpline, 2251 (57%) of which were specifically about skin cancer clinics.

Moisturisers with sunscreen

People are increasingly choosing to use a moisturiser with sunscreen, to protect them from harmful UV rays.

26 Sep 2007 | We arranged for 280 home testers to trial six unidentified moisturisers, which they used for three days consecutively.

Nanotechnology

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

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

Cosmetics safe and cruelty free

What's the progress on cruelty free cosmetics?

4 May 2007 | How can consumers work out what has been tested on animals and what hasn’t? And what are the alternatives to animal testing?

Sun safety

Some exposure to sunlight is essential for your health, but too much can be dangerous.

10 Oct 2005 | Summer is the season to get outdoors and enjoy the warm days, but it's also the season when the sun's rays are harshest on your skin.

Sunwave

Universal Remote Control Reviews and Compare

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

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

SupaSwift

Mulcher lawnmower reviews

Mulcher mowers can give you a greener lawn and greener environment, but catcher models are handy for collecting clippings for compost bins.

18 Nov 2014 | In our updated test of over 30 mulcher and catcher lawnmowers, we reveal which models keep your lawn looking its best.

Superannuation

Banks in no hurry to take up superannuation reforms

Sluggish rollout of MySuper means high management fees will be slow to fall.

13 Oct 2014 | A mere $13 billion in bank-owned and other retail funds has been transferred to MySuper funds, leaving $77 billion grandfathered in high cost funds.

Super ratings

SuperRatings has named the best super funds for 2013-14 in a list dominated by Industry super funds.

23 Jul 2014 | Corporate superannuation fund Telstra Super tops SuperRating’s list of the best-performing balanced investment options for 2013-14.

Superannuation fee disclosure has room for improvement

ASIC investigation finds inconsistent adherence to new disclosure rules.

14 Jul 2014 | A recent ASIC investigation into fee disclosure practices in the superannuation and managed fund industry has found plenty of cause for confusion.

Australians to get superannuation increase next week

Mandatory employer superannuation contributions will increase to 9.5% as of 1 July.

23 Jun 2014 | Employers must start paying the 9.5% super guarantee starting 1 July. But those employees on packages inclusive of superannuation may receive it as a hit to their take-home pay.

2014 federal Budget wrap-up

How will consumers be affected by this year's Federal Budget?

13 May 2014 | We analyse the impact of this year's Federal Budget on the hip pockets of families, students, higher income earners and older Australians.

Superannuation costs

The Treasury submission to the Financial System Inquiry says Australian superannuation funds have some of the highest operating costs in the OECD.

9 Apr 2014 | Australian super funds are too expensive says the Treasury, with only Spain, Hungary, Mexico and the Czech Republic having higher costs.

Comparing superannuation funds

You could be surrendering as little as $300 or as much as $1245 in annual superannuation fees with your existing fund.

7 Apr 2014 | You could be paying fees up to $1245 each year on a $50,000 superannuation nest egg. CHOICE outlines your best super fund options and explains how to beat the super fee slugs.

Super growth

Financial planners have become very unpopular with Australians.

2 Apr 2014 | While superannuation has been growing, Australians' trust in financial advisers hasn't been keeping pace.

Are Australian superannuation funds overexposed to the share markets?

Australian retirees and near-retirees may be vulnerable to another GFC through their super accounts.

1 Apr 2014 | A recent report by the Financial Services Council (FSC) reveals that Australian superannuation funds are more heavily invested in the share markets than a number of other countries with comparable retirement schemes.

MySuper rollout

Have you made a choice about where your super money goes?

9 Sep 2013 | MySuper is here to make superannuation less confusing and more transparent for average Australians

Committee pushes for super consumer centre

CHOICE-led committee seeks to secure funding for an independent consumer super centre.

11 Apr 2013 | A committee including CHOICE Chair Jenni Mack is working towards an independent consumer organisation in superannuation.

Government announces a Super win for consumers

The Federal Government will be committing $10 million to establish a Superannuation Consumer Centre.

22 Oct 2012 | In a big win for consumers, the government has announced funding for a Superannuation Consumer Centre to advocate for consumer rights.

Super-for-women

Women face special challenges when it comes building a strong super account.

26 Sep 2012 | Despite the advances in equitable pay, women face a number of hurdles if they want to grow their superannuation independently.

Future proofing your super

Is your superannuation account protected against another GFC?

21 Feb 2012 | With the Euro zone and US economy looking shaky, what’s left of your super nest egg may once again be out on a limb.

Time has come for superannuation consumer body

21 Sep 2011 | CHOICE is welcoming many of the federal government’s reforms to the superannuation system, especially the consideration of an independent body to advocate for consumers.

Retirement villages

Moving to a retirement village can be a costly exercise; CHOICE outlines five key risks.

24 Feb 2011 | CHOICE's research indicates that a lot of residents become disappointed with their decision to move to a village.

Super satisfaction

Nearly a quarter of retail super fund members we surveyed are considering switching to another option.

23 Jul 2010 | See which funds have the most satisfied members for fees and performance and read our tips for switching.

Income-for-Life-Retirement-Products

We look at whether income-for-life retirement products are as good as they claim.

25 May 2010 | With the average life expectancy increasing, the risk of running out of your savings during retirement is very real.

Rebuilding your super

There are ways to take control of your superannuation. We answer your most frequently asked questions.

25 May 2009 | The global financial crisis has decimated many Australians’ retirement savings. What steps can you take to rebuild your nest egg? CHOICE looks at your options.

CHOICE guide to buying shares

The plunging share market is attracting bargain hunters. CHOICE guides first-time investors through their options.

23 Mar 2009 | Despite the market hitting a five-year low, the worst may not be over, with further ups and downs likely in this volatile economic environment.

DIY super – the facts

We give you the facts without the advertising hype and expose the dangers.

12 May 2008 | Setting up your own super fund can give you control and flexibility but it’s also risky. If your accountant or financial planner recommends it make sure it really will give you the best deal before you jump.

Super in a volatile environment

What are your options for securing your retirement?

12 May 2008 | Your June statement might show the worst return in years. Will you have enough money to retire? Should you switch investment options to manage stockmarket risks?

Early release super schemes

Schemes promoting early access to super have got consumers and the scheme promoters into hot water.

30 Mar 2008 | Financial services watchdog, ASIC, has been busy chasing and charging promoters of illegal early-release super schemes.

Ease into retirement

The "Transition to Retirement" rules allow older workers to access their super before they retire.

17 Jan 2008 | If you're 55 or over you can access your super to start an income stream without having to retire.

Free money

Find your unclaimed super, lost bank account or insurance policy - for free.

30 Jan 2007 | An estimated one-in-three working Australians have lost contact with their super accounts. If you changed your job, address or name recently and forgot to tell the fund, you could be one of them.

Index funds

We compare Australian share index funds and profile a low-cost Exchange Traded Fund.

6 Mar 2006 | Index funds are the most cost-effective way to get investment returns reflecting (before fees).

Super choice survival guide

How to get the greatest benefit from super choice.

6 Jan 2005 | According to our recent online survey on attitudes to fund choice, 59% of those surveyed were fairly or very satisfied with their current fund, while 10% were dissatisfied.

Super-Cheap-Auto

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.

Super complaints

Shoppers shell out for free-range duds

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

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

CHOICE lodges super complaint

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

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

Supermarket brands

Coles ban on fresh bread advertising

Federal Court finds supermarket "fresh bread" claims are half-baked.

29 Sep 2014 | Court bans Coles from making dodgy credence claims.

How to choose a healthy yoghurt

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

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

ACCC takes Coles to court following CHOICE supermarket investigation

Coles engaged in unconscionable conduct in dealings with small suppliers, the ACCC will allege in the Federal Court of Australia.

5 May 2014 | The supermarket's so-called "rebates" will be investigated by the Federal Court after the ACCC announced it would take action against Coles for unconscionable conduct.

Best chocolate brands

Which are the best milk and dark chocolates on supermarket shelves? We put 24 of them to the all-important taste test.

14 Apr 2014 | Our latest chocolate taste test includes 11 milk and 13 dark chocolate brands. Find out if our experts taste testers agreed with the people's choice.

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.

Pricing tricks

CHOICE tells you how to spot the everyday pricing tricks you face as a consumer.

1 Feb 2013 | Whether you’re doing the grocery shopping or looking a mobile phone deal, get the best value for money every time avoiding top pricing tricks.

Costco-and-obesity

Health experts say there are long-term costs to supersizing.

19 Oct 2012 | Health experts say buying in bulk will add more kilojoules to a nation whose waistline is already heading in the wrong direction.

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.

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.

Aldi's broken promises

Aldi was Australia’s first supermarket to introduce uniform national pricing, but the supermarket hasn’t been playing fair.

4 Apr 2011 | While Aldi promises that prices at all their stores are the same, special buys are excluded from their price promise policy.

Battle of the brands

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

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

Grocery Shopping Online

A CHOICE survey confirms Australians have largely rejected online grocery shopping. We look at the pros and cons.

4 Mar 2010 | The online market is dominated by Coles and Woolworths. We review their offering and highlight some of the smaller players.

Ready meals

From shelf to microwave, they're ready in minutes. But are these packaged meals any good?

3 Feb 2010 | Supermarket shelves are crammed with shelf-stable meals, costing between $3 and $5. We sort the best from the rest.

Shrinking-sizes

Astute CHOICE shoppers have alerted us to the growing list of shrinking products on supermarket shelves.

16 Dec 2009 | Let us know your additions to the list so we can investigate further.

Supermarket premium brands

How do supermarket brands rate against their big-name competitors?

24 Sep 2007 | As you stroll the aisles of Aldi, Woolies or Coles, do you wonder whether the growing number of supermarket-owned premium varieties are worth trying, or if they’re inherently inferior to "name" brands?

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.

Supermarket brands

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

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

Supermarket pricing

Unit pricing rules not always followed

Consumers need to look closely to get the best deal.

14 Jul 2014 | Tricky packaging and labelling are a big part of how businesses sell products these days. Unit pricing is supposed to help you look past the marketing to compare prices and find the best value for money.

Ausveg takes on Woolworths over Jamie's Garden

Woolworths' Jamie Oliver campaign levy slammed by vegetable growers body.

12 Jun 2014 | Ausveg appeals to celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to demand that Woolworths refunds producers its Jamie's Garden marketing levy.

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?

ACCC takes Coles to court following CHOICE supermarket investigation

Coles engaged in unconscionable conduct in dealings with small suppliers, the ACCC will allege in the Federal Court of Australia.

5 May 2014 | The supermarket's so-called "rebates" will be investigated by the Federal Court after the ACCC announced it would take action against Coles for unconscionable conduct.

ACCC acts on misleading Coles cartoon

Coles to issue a correction after ACCC takes action on a misleading video and cartoon.

8 Apr 2014 | The ACCC has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from supermarket giant Coles after an investigation into the “Our Coles Brand Milk Story” cartoon and video found it to be misleading.

Pricing tricks

CHOICE tells you how to spot the everyday pricing tricks you face as a consumer.

1 Feb 2013 | Whether you’re doing the grocery shopping or looking a mobile phone deal, get the best value for money every time avoiding top pricing tricks.

Costco-and-obesity

Health experts say there are long-term costs to supersizing.

19 Oct 2012 | Health experts say buying in bulk will add more kilojoules to a nation whose waistline is already heading in the wrong direction.

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.

The bigger story behind cheaper fruit and veg

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

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

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.

Aldi's broken promises

Aldi was Australia’s first supermarket to introduce uniform national pricing, but the supermarket hasn’t been playing fair.

4 Apr 2011 | While Aldi promises that prices at all their stores are the same, special buys are excluded from their price promise policy.

Bottleshops

Australia's liquor market is dominated by Coles and Woolies, demolishing competition and squeezing out the smaller players.

31 May 2010 | See our CHOICE price comparison of wine, beer and spirit prices at a number of different outlets.

Grocery Shopping Online

A CHOICE survey confirms Australians have largely rejected online grocery shopping. We look at the pros and cons.

4 Mar 2010 | The online market is dominated by Coles and Woolworths. We review their offering and highlight some of the smaller players.

Ready meals

From shelf to microwave, they're ready in minutes. But are these packaged meals any good?

3 Feb 2010 | Supermarket shelves are crammed with shelf-stable meals, costing between $3 and $5. We sort the best from the rest.

Shrinking-sizes

Astute CHOICE shoppers have alerted us to the growing list of shrinking products on supermarket shelves.

16 Dec 2009 | Let us know your additions to the list so we can investigate further.

Supermarket price survey 2009

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

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

Woolworths shifts grocery prices blame

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

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

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 premium brands

How do supermarket brands rate against their big-name competitors?

24 Sep 2007 | As you stroll the aisles of Aldi, Woolies or Coles, do you wonder whether the growing number of supermarket-owned premium varieties are worth trying, or if they’re inherently inferior to "name" brands?

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.

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.

Supermarket brands

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

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

Supermarkets

Coles in more hot water from ACCC

Will Coles be found guilty of bullying suppliers?

16 Oct 2014 | Supermarket Coles is once again being taken to court by the ACCC for alleged unconscionable conduct towards suppliers.

Coles ban on fresh bread advertising

Federal Court finds supermarket "fresh bread" claims are half-baked.

29 Sep 2014 | Court bans Coles from making dodgy credence claims.

Unit pricing rules not always followed

Consumers need to look closely to get the best deal.

14 Jul 2014 | Tricky packaging and labelling are a big part of how businesses sell products these days. Unit pricing is supposed to help you look past the marketing to compare prices and find the best value for money.

Discount diva: how to live it up for less

One CHOICE journalist makes her dollars go further.

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

Ausveg takes on Woolworths over Jamie's Garden

Woolworths' Jamie Oliver campaign levy slammed by vegetable growers body.

12 Jun 2014 | Ausveg appeals to celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to demand that Woolworths refunds producers its Jamie's Garden marketing levy.

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?

How to choose a healthy yoghurt

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

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

ACCC takes Coles to court following CHOICE supermarket investigation

Coles engaged in unconscionable conduct in dealings with small suppliers, the ACCC will allege in the Federal Court of Australia.

5 May 2014 | The supermarket's so-called "rebates" will be investigated by the Federal Court after the ACCC announced it would take action against Coles for unconscionable conduct.

Woolworths-breaches-fuel-undertaking

ACCC takes action after Woolworths breaks promise on not offering high fuel discounts.

14 Apr 2014 | Court finds that Woolworths breached fuel shopper docket undertaking, but later offers by Coles and Woolworths did not.

ACCC acts on misleading Coles cartoon

Coles to issue a correction after ACCC takes action on a misleading video and cartoon.

8 Apr 2014 | The ACCC has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from supermarket giant Coles after an investigation into the “Our Coles Brand Milk Story” cartoon and video found it to be misleading.

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.

craft-beer

Lion, Foster’s, Coca-Cola, Woolworths and Coles are all muscling in on the craft beer business.

26 Jan 2014 | Large breweries and industry companies using a cottage industry image to take over the craft beer market in Australia.

Woolworths-wilts-under-pressure

Woolworths responds to consumer pressure to reduce car park prices

12 Jul 2013 | Following widespread consumer condemnation, Woolworths reduced the parking prices at its new Woolloomooloo concept store.

Shopping-loyalty-cards

Supermarket loyalty programs offer very little value but are used to collect enormous amounts of your personal data.

11 Apr 2013 | CHOICE found that most loyalty programs offer such poor rewards you generally save less than a dollar per $100 spent.

Supermarket sales tricks

We unlock supermarket sales tricks and show you how to avoid spending more than you mean to.

27 Mar 2013 | Supermarkets spend millions researching consumer behaviour and psychology to get you to buy more in their stores - we give you the tips and traps.

Pricing tricks

CHOICE tells you how to spot the everyday pricing tricks you face as a consumer.

1 Feb 2013 | Whether you’re doing the grocery shopping or looking a mobile phone deal, get the best value for money every time avoiding top pricing tricks.

Woolies and Coles global ranking

Coles and Woolworths rank among top 20 retailers worldwide for revenue.

17 Jan 2013 | A recent report from Deloitte called “Global Powers of Retailing” reveals that Coles and Woolworths have a pretty good showing worldwide.

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.

Supermarkets set for scrutiny

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

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

The bigger story behind cheaper fruit and veg

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

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

Sustainable seafood labelling

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

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

Muesli reviews

We reviewed 159 mueslis to find the best ones for you, whatever your preferences.

17 Aug 2011 | CHOICE reviews 159 mueslis from supermarkets and health food stores to find those that meet our criteria for lowest fat, lowest sugar, highest fibre and more.

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.

Aldi's broken promises

Aldi was Australia’s first supermarket to introduce uniform national pricing, but the supermarket hasn’t been playing fair.

4 Apr 2011 | While Aldi promises that prices at all their stores are the same, special buys are excluded from their price promise policy.

High tech shopping

Checking out high tech shopping - the now, and what is yet to come.

20 Jan 2011 | CHOICE takes a closer look at the high-tech devices in supermarkets now, and those on the way.

Fresh food

We reveal the tricks producers and supermarkets use to keep food looking fresh.

30 Nov 2010 | Can you call apples that are nine months old truly fresh?

Steak review and compare

Our experts find it's not where you buy your steak that's important. It's knowing what to look for.

22 Nov 2010 | CHOICE puts cuts of steak from Aldi, Coles and Woolworths before a panel of experts to see how they compare with the same cuts from a budget and premium butcher.

Battle of the brands

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

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

Shampoo user trial

One of the most expensive brands on test rated worst overall with triallists. So think twice before purchasing your 'salon style' shampoo.

14 Jul 2010 | Our 41 volunteer testers tried 11 supermarket brands, costing between $5 and $16 per bottle.

Bottleshops

Australia's liquor market is dominated by Coles and Woolies, demolishing competition and squeezing out the smaller players.

31 May 2010 | See our CHOICE price comparison of wine, beer and spirit prices at a number of different outlets.

Ready meals

From shelf to microwave, they're ready in minutes. But are these packaged meals any good?

3 Feb 2010 | Supermarket shelves are crammed with shelf-stable meals, costing between $3 and $5. We sort the best from the rest.

Shrinking-sizes

Astute CHOICE shoppers have alerted us to the growing list of shrinking products on supermarket shelves.

16 Dec 2009 | Let us know your additions to the list so we can investigate further.

Supermarket price survey 2009

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

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

Food endorsements logos

Which food endorsement schemes help you to make healthy and sustainable food choices?

11 Nov 2009 | What logos influence what you buy?

Stock reviews

Are packaged stocks anything like the real deal?

8 Oct 2009 | CHOICE looks at 25 stocks – liquid, cubes and powders – and highlights the ones that are most like homemade, the ones with the least salt and the ones we believe represent the best value.

Woolworths enters the mobile phone market

With involvement already in groceries, fuel and frequent flyer schemes, Woolworths is now turning its attention to mobile phones.

4 Aug 2009 | Woolworths has entered the mobile phone market, offering a new pre-paid service in conjunction with Optus.

Costco opens in Australia

The US discount warehouse chain opened its first Australian shop today in Melbourne.

17 Jul 2009 | Thousands of shoppers were up early to throng the store, about three times the size of a large supermarket, to check out the hype of low prices and unusual product offerings such as grandfather clocks, diamond rings and king crab legs from Russia.

Aldi bans food colourings

CHOICE welcomes the decision by supermarket chain ALDI to remove six artificial colours from its branded food items in Australia.

11 Jun 2009 | Research on the adverse affects of artificial food colours has evoked a proactive response from the supermarket chain, which is removing them from their products despite our food regulator saying there’s no need for a ban.

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.

Supermarket premium brands

How do supermarket brands rate against their big-name competitors?

24 Sep 2007 | As you stroll the aisles of Aldi, Woolies or Coles, do you wonder whether the growing number of supermarket-owned premium varieties are worth trying, or if they’re inherently inferior to "name" brands?

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.

Online grocers

Food shopping in the fast lane

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

Supplements

Chia seeds: superfood or fad?

We check whether chia deserves its superfood status.

24 Jul 2014 | Once the domain of health food stores, chia has gone mainstream. We check out this seed’s superfood credentials.

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.

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.

Protein supplements

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

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

Supplements-good-and-bad

Which supplements should you take and which should you avoid?

3 Apr 2014 | If you're getting over flu season, supplements can seem like a quick way to better health. Are they, though?

Advertising blitz

TGA seeks to crack down on advertising for over-the-counter and complementary medicines

3 Sep 2013 | CHOICE supports tighter therapeutic goods advertising standards in Australia

The not-so-super foods

From chia seeds to acai berries, we look beyond the hype to find out if the health benefits of some so-called "superfoods" live up to their claims.

23 Apr 2013 | Some foods claim to do everything from prevent cancer to help you lose weight, but do they deserve to be touted as super?

Omega-3 supplements

Omega-3 is linked to many health benefits, but should you choose a supplement or fresh fish?

1 Mar 2013 | From seafood sources to fish and krill oil supplements, we investigate your options for including this nutrient in your diet.

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.

The vital vitamin D

Are you getting enough vitamin D?

18 Jan 2012 | Vitamin D deficiency has been described as a pandemic. We explain if you're at risk, and what you can do to get enough.

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?

Probiotics

Consumers are embracing the benefits of "good" bacteria with open arms and purses.

6 Jul 2011 | "Good" bacteria, long used as starter cultures for yoghurts and fermented dairy drinks, are now in high consumer demand, particularly probiotics.

Vitamin Enhanced Waters

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

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

Bottled juice supplements

Are juices that contain extra antioxidants or supplements better for you?

26 Feb 2009 | Fruit juices with exotic supplements have spread from juice bars onto the supermarket shelves. But are these juices with feel-good extras really better for you than straight juice?

Glucosamine

It’s a popular alternative treatment for osteoarthritis but does it really work?

8 May 2008 | Does glucosamine help relieve the pain of osteoarthritis? The latest research casts some doubt on the matter.

surcharges

Qantas introduces weekend surcharge

A raft of new surcharges for Qantas' international flights at peak times, such as the weekend, are being introduced.

14 May 2014 | If you're flying overseas with Qantas on the weekend you'll have to pay for the privilege.

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?

Superannuation costs

The Treasury submission to the Financial System Inquiry says Australian superannuation funds have some of the highest operating costs in the OECD.

9 Apr 2014 | Australian super funds are too expensive says the Treasury, with only Spain, Hungary, Mexico and the Czech Republic having higher costs.

Credit card surcharges remain, despite reforms

Over the past 12 months Australians have paid $800 million in credit card surcharges.

18 Mar 2014 | It's a year since Reserve Bank reforms were introduced but Australians continue to be slugged with excessive credit card surcharges.

Excessive credit card surcharge update

CHOICE research reinforces the need for more to be done to lower excessive credit card surcharges.

31 Jan 2014 | The latest CHOICE research reveals that excessive credit card surcharging continues despite recent RBA changes designed to limit the practice.

Surgery

What doctors would not do

What doctors would not do

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

medical-procedures-under-the-knife

The safety, efficacy and cost of some common medical procedures has been called into question

20 Jun 2013 | As governments try to rein in health costs, identifying low-value medical procedures is a priority. We explain the issues for consumers, and tell you what you can do to ensure you get the best healthcare.

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.

Surgipack

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.

Surveys

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

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

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

Car reliability survey

Our latest car reliability member survey gives the low down on breakdowns.

12 May 2011 | Advanced technologies used by car manufacturers aim to make your ride as smooth and safe as possible, how do they fare for reliability?

CHOICE Computer Technology Reliability Survey 2010

How reliable is your computer equipment?

24 Nov 2010 | Desktop computers, laptops and printers, monitors and external hard-drives are part of our line-up this time.

Domestic airline satisfaction survey 2010

Before booking your next interstate trip, read how 11,000 CHOICE members rate domestic airlines for price and quality of service.

23 Apr 2010 | Once again, we found that members will sacrifice a lot for a bargain flight.

Consumer spending survey

How has the global financial crisis affected CHOICE members?

24 Jun 2009 | It’s been a traumatic time for financial markets and the wider economy, with the world experiencing its deepest and most synchronised recession in 70 years.

Airline satisfaction surveys

Results for our international and domestic airline satisfaction surveys.

22 Apr 2009 | CHOICE’s recent survey of nearly 3500 respondents indicates that convenient flight schedules, a good standard of service and value for money are the top reasons for selecting an airline.

Sustainability

Ethical fashion

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

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

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.

Consumer sharing

Swap, share and rent your way to a better future.

23 Apr 2013 | Consumer sharing is growing in popularity to meet today’s buyer demands. It’s energy efficient, environmentally friendly and cost effective, and it’s now easier than ever.

Paddock to plate

... and where did it come from? How much do you know about your steak's journey from paddock to plate?

7 Feb 2013 | From direct sales between farmer and butcher, to a complex chain of agents, finishers, processors and wholesales, the path from paddock to plate can vary widely.

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.

Frozen fish product reviews

We trawl the supermarket freezers to find your best frozen fish options.

21 Mar 2012 | We review over 100 frozen fish products, including uncoated, seasoned, battered and crumbed varieties to uncover your best options.

Sustainable seafood labelling

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

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

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.

Go-4-Green recalled

Go4Green reaches the next level of shonkiness.

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

freedom ecowood not eco or wood

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

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

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

Biofuels-and-E10

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

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

Planning a new kitchen

What to look for and how to stay on budget.

12 Aug 2010 | A kitchen is often the showcase in today’s open-plan living space, so designing and building one that suits your home and needs is essential.

Sustainable Flooring

From recycled timber to bamboo, we reveal the most and least planet-friendly floors.

24 Jun 2010 | The increasing popularity of timber floors poses concerns about exactly how that timber is harvested.

Food endorsement programs

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

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

Good wood guide released in Australia

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

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

CPRS legislation off target

Carbon pollution reduction scheme needs to ensure reduced emissions.

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

Climate change and consumers

The government needs to play a much greater role in helping households to improve energy and water efficiency.

6 Mar 2009 | Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing Australian society today and will be particularly harsh on low-income households.

Food miles

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

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

The facts on fish

CHOICE investigates the benefits and risks of eating fish.

19 Oct 2008 | Fish is good for us, but what about toxic chemicals and over-fishing? We guide you through the debates.

Toilet paper user trial

Finding a toilet paper that does its job is no simple matter.

4 Sep 2008 | It’s easy to get lost in a sea of emotive images and tissue jargon in the supermarket aisle. We ask our dedicated Home Testers to get to the bottom of it.

Green claims on supermarket labels  

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

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

Green home interactive

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

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

Free-range meat

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

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

Microfibre cleaning mitts

Is microfibre cleaning the way forward?

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

Sustainable investments

freedom ecowood not eco or wood

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

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

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Small vehicle repair costs

The results of this low-speed crash test show there are vast differences in repair costs across the range of top selling small vehicles.

28 Nov 2012 | NRMA Insurance put the spotlight on nine top selling small vehicles in Australia to see how their bumpers performed when involved in a collision.

Svan

High chair reviews  

We test more than 40 high chairs in the CHOICE labs, including models from Ikea, Stokke, Peg Perego and more.

11 Nov 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.

sweat

Fillers and Botox

The face of anti-wrinkle treatment is changing with injectables, Botox and fillers growing rapidly in popularity.

24 Mar 2014 | Thinking about anti-wrinkle treatments but lost in a sea of Botox, injectables, synthetic and fat fillers?

swimsuits

Fit for nothing

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

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

Symantec

Backup software reviews

We test and compare 10 popular PC backup programs.

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

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