CHOICE - Reviews and Tests reviews and tests, providing comparisons and ratings for household products, technology, kids' products, baby products, food and health, and travel and transport products. Copyright 2015, 01 Mar 2015 06:20:23 GMTSunbeam Slice + Ice review

The Sunbeam Slice + Ice is a food slicer and dessert maker in one.

KitchenThu, 19 Feb 2015 15:11:00 GMT
Sportswear - why is it so expensive?

We put seven gym tights to the test to find out if you really need to pay top dollar for decent gym wear.

Beauty and personal careMon, 16 Feb 2015 10:25:00 GMT
Contraception options expert guide

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

General healthFri, 13 Feb 2015 12:49:00 GMT
Yaz and Yasmin contraceptive pills - what are the side effects?

Considering the class actions and studies linking contraceptive pills Yaz, Yasmin and their generics to health issues, should you be concerned about taking them?

General healthFri, 13 Feb 2015 12:47:00 GMT
BMW X3 xDrive28i review

CHOICE and voting members Nicole and Lynette and their son (Charlie, 6) and daughter (Ginger, 9) drove the BMW X3 around for a weekend of errands such as shopping and a Sunday family outing.

CarsThu, 12 Feb 2015 17:11:00 GMT
Foreign transaction fees when shopping online

Your bank may still hit you with a foreign transaction fee for purchases made on a website in Australian dollars.

Networking and internetWed, 11 Feb 2015 16:15:00 GMT
Why Aussie-owned beers aren't on tap

Local brewers are locked out of taps thanks to market heavyweights who offer incentives and free gifts to pubs.

Food and drinkWed, 11 Feb 2015 09:35:00 GMT
BitTorrent 101

BitTorrent is a file sharing system used to distribute files from person to person on the internet. It has a bad name because it's used to share pirated movies and TV shows, but there's plenty of legal content to find using BitTorrent.

Networking and internetWed, 11 Feb 2015 08:56:00 GMT
Tesla Model S P85+ review

With more charging stations planned for Australia, the innovative Tesla is making inroads into the local electric car market.

CarsTue, 10 Feb 2015 06:10:00 GMT
Gym contracts − what to look out for

Gym contracts are easy to sign, but can be difficult to cancel. We outline the tricky terms and conditions to watch out for.

Diet and exerciseMon, 09 Feb 2015 14:19:00 GMT
Top seven travel troubles and how to avoid them

Booking online, flights and transport top the list of issues Aussies have when travelling. Here's how to travel without the trouble.

General travelSun, 01 Feb 2015 12:26:00 GMT
Review websites

Consumers like to buy things that have been reviewed and recommended by others, but CHOICE finds you can't always trust the recommendations you find online.

Shopping and legalFri, 30 Jan 2015 11:57:00 GMT
VPNs to protect your privacy online

One of the best ways to protect your privacy online is to use a virtual private network (VPN). We tested 12 of the most popular VPN services to see how they compare for ease of use, performance and features.

Networking and internetThu, 29 Jan 2015 15:12:00 GMT
TV reviews

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

VisualThu, 29 Jan 2015 12:31:00 GMT
Isagenix under the microscope

It's the program that promises to help you lose weight and make money, but is Isagenix all it's cracked up to be?

Diet and exerciseThu, 29 Jan 2015 10:29:00 GMT
Networked wireless speaker reviews

We test 18 networked wireless speakers from Bose, Denon, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and more.

SoundWed, 28 Jan 2015 09:41:00 GMT
Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display

The new 14.7 million-pixel iMac packs four times as many pixels on its 27-inch screen as the standard iMac. You only have to look at the 5K iMac to want it. But the question must be asked: do you actually need it?

Home officeFri, 23 Jan 2015 10:05:00 GMT
All-in-one kitchen machine reviews

We compare the Thermomix TM5 to its predecessor and other rivals including the MyCook Premium, Hotmix Pro Gastro and the ThermoChef Natura.

KitchenWed, 21 Jan 2015 11:17:00 GMT
Dishwasher reviews

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

KitchenFri, 16 Jan 2015 15:11:00 GMT
Solar power survey results

Our solar panel survey polled CHOICE members about the reliability of their panels, inverters and installers.

Power and energyWed, 14 Jan 2015 10:56:00 GMT
Instant noodles

Instant noodles are often high in sodium and saturated fat. We look at the better brands and give tips on how to make them healthier.

Food and drinkFri, 09 Jan 2015 11:05:00 GMT
Standard printers review

Find out how printers from Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, HP and Samsung compare when it comes to print speed, quality and ease of installation.

Home officeThu, 08 Jan 2015 12:41:00 GMT
Hire car excess and hidden fees

We take a look at the top problems people experience when renting a car and warn you of the traps to watch out for.

CarsThu, 08 Jan 2015 06:30:00 GMT
Home insurance key fact sheets and easy bank account switching

Simple bank account switching and key fact sheets for home insurance have arrived - but you may not have noticed.

InsuranceWed, 07 Jan 2015 10:15:00 GMT
Travel money card comparisons

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

BankingMon, 05 Jan 2015 10:42:00 GMT
Budget buster tips for 2015

Christmas credit card bills and back-to-school costs are putting the squeeze on many household budgets.

BankingMon, 05 Jan 2015 10:18:00 GMT
Christmas sales shopping rights

Do you know your rights under Australian Consumer Law? Being aware of the rules of refunds, exchanges and discounts can save you time and money this festive season.

Shopping and legalFri, 26 Dec 2014 09:32:00 GMT
Cosmetic surgery tourism

Should you go offshore to save some bucks on your cosmetic procedure, or are there too many risks?

General healthTue, 23 Dec 2014 16:33:00 GMT
Home espresso coffee machine reviews

We test 35 coffee machines, a mix of semi-automatic, manual and capsule machines priced from $70 to $2499.

KitchenThu, 18 Dec 2014 12:03:00 GMT
Next G mobile phone reviews

CHOICE finds the best Next G phone for every user and budget.

Phones and mobile devicesWed, 17 Dec 2014 17:19:00 GMT
Multifunction printers review

We review 60 multifunction printers including inkjet, laser, colour and mono, priced from under $50 to over $800.

Home officeTue, 16 Dec 2014 11:19:00 GMT
HD action camera reviews

Action cameras are small, durable and deliver HD video in the toughest environments. We've tested models from GoPro, Panasonic and Sony.

Video camerasMon, 15 Dec 2014 10:29:00 GMT
Airline travel money cards vs the rest of the market

There is no single best travel money card out there, but some will suit your travel plans better than others.

General travelFri, 12 Dec 2014 11:08:00 GMT
Modern car keys

Ever had to replace an electronic car key? The cost of a new one can come as a shock.

CarsThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:59:00 GMT
The trouble with gift cards

We look at some of the problems with gifts cards, and CHOICE members share which gift cards they'd like Santa to bring for Christmas.

Shopping and legalTue, 09 Dec 2014 16:11:00 GMT
Travel insurance alcohol exclusions

We might enjoy relaxing with a drink on holidays but most travel insurance policies say they won't pay if you're under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Are there ever any exceptions?

InsuranceTue, 09 Dec 2014 11:43:00 GMT
Airline surcharging

CHOICE looks at the latest surcharging rip-offs by the big airlines including Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, and Tiger Airways.

General travelMon, 08 Dec 2014 13:00:00 GMT
Christmas tech gift guide

Make your Christmas gift a gadget with this selection of the latest top tech toys and tools.

Networking and internetMon, 08 Dec 2014 09:47:00 GMT
Eyelash extension safety

Eyelash extensions promise luscious lashes that last for up to six weeks, but are the health risks worth it?

Beauty and personal careThu, 04 Dec 2014 10:03:00 GMT
The Premium Wine Card

The Premium Wine Card claims to improve the taste of wine, softening tannins in red wine and acid in white. But does it live up to these claims? CHOICE investigates.

Food and drinkWed, 03 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT
Aeropress quick review

Many a coffee obsessive raves about this gadget - we find out if it's worth the hype.

KitchenMon, 01 Dec 2014 15:14:00 GMT
Your rights when shopping at Christmas

Want to know where you stand when it comes to a gift that doesn't do what it says on the box? Wondering if that too-good-to-be-true offer is a Christmas scam? These tips and tricks could help you shop smart during the silly season.

Shopping and legalFri, 28 Nov 2014 13:40:00 GMT
Smartphone reviews

We review the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as the latest models from Sony, Nokia and Motorola.

Phones and mobile devicesFri, 28 Nov 2014 11:52:00 GMT
BBQs review

CHOICE reviews portable, balcony-sized and large (4-6 burner) barbecues, including latest models from Beefeater, Weber, and Ziegler & Brown.

BackyardWed, 26 Nov 2014 15:31:00 GMT
Chargeback rights

Travel agent gone broke? How to reclaim a credit card payment before it's too late.

General travelWed, 26 Nov 2014 13:53:00 GMT
Natural and organic cosmetics

We show you how to pick the genuine products, highlight some tricks and traps, and consider whether "natural" or "organic" cosmetics are actually any better than their "chemical" counterparts.

Beauty and personal careTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:34:00 GMT
Holiday Horrors campaign

Send us your story and help us fight for a better travel industry.

General travelMon, 24 Nov 2014 16:34:00 GMT
ATAS-accredited travel agents

A new voluntary accreditation scheme is seeking to provide assurance for consumers after the abolition of the Travel Compensation Fund.

General travelMon, 24 Nov 2014 10:28:00 GMT
Embarrassing (but common) conditions

From jock itch to hemorrhoids, incontinence to bad breath, we all suffer from embarrassing bodies. CHOICE looks at the causes and treatments of embarrassing conditions.

General healthThu, 20 Nov 2014 16:14:00 GMT
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review

Read our quick review of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet, a larger and faster laptop alternative.

Mobile computersThu, 20 Nov 2014 13:00:00 GMT
Tech reliability survey 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.

Computers and accessoriesTue, 18 Nov 2014 13:35:00 GMT
Holiday accommodation and your rights

Had trouble with your holiday accommodation? Our troubleshooting guide can help.

General travelMon, 17 Nov 2014 15:59:00 GMT
Travelling with a disability

The how-to of accessible travel, from boarding flights and hiring cars to booking hotel rooms and dealing with discrimination.

General travelThu, 13 Nov 2014 16:18:00 GMT
Tablet computers review

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

Mobile computersThu, 13 Nov 2014 09:44:00 GMT
Car hire and your rights

What to do if your car rental turns bad - your rights under Australian Consumer Law.

CarsTue, 11 Nov 2014 16:37:00 GMT
Funeral insurance

Funeral insurance purchased too early can end up costing more than the costs of the funeral itself.

InsuranceMon, 10 Nov 2014 13:20:00 GMT
Best international postal service

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

Shopping and legalMon, 10 Nov 2014 12:55:00 GMT
11 scams and how to avoid them

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

Networking and internetMon, 10 Nov 2014 11:31:00 GMT
Cheap health cover - members only

Restricted health funds are open to former and current employees and their families working in many industries from defence, forestry, electricity, transport and steel workers to bank, health and education workers.

InsuranceFri, 07 Nov 2014 12:29:00 GMT
Portable air conditioner reviews

Our test covers models priced between $309 and $1299, from brands including DeLonghi, Dimplex, Convair and Omega Altise.

Heating and coolingFri, 07 Nov 2014 10:23:00 GMT
'Medically approved' products

What does it mean when cosmetics are "hypoallergenic" or "dermatologically tested", or they carry an endorsement by medical professionals – and can you trust it?

Beauty and personal careWed, 05 Nov 2014 09:53:00 GMT
Solar PV system leasing and PV power purchasing agreements (PPAs)

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.

Power and energyTue, 04 Nov 2014 19:34:00 GMT
Zoomies review

OK, so $30 may not seem like a lot of money, but there are plenty of better things to spend it on than Zoomies.

General healthTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:03:00 GMT
Renters' rights you didn't know you had

Another rent increase? Being evicted without grounds? Find out what your rights are.

Shopping and legalThu, 30 Oct 2014 16:36:00 GMT
Fridge reviews

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

KitchenThu, 30 Oct 2014 12:34:00 GMT
Fitness trackers review

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.

Diet and exerciseWed, 29 Oct 2014 18:05:00 GMT
Ceiling fan reviews

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.

Heating and coolingWed, 29 Oct 2014 15:09:00 GMT
Soundbar reviews

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.

SoundTue, 28 Oct 2014 03:30:00 GMT
First look: iPad Air 2

Read our quick review of the iPad Air 2, faster, thinner tablet with fingerprint recognition.

Mobile computersMon, 27 Oct 2014 09:47:00 GMT
Trans-Pacific Partnership secretly trading away rights

Leaked drafts of the secretive TPP agreement indicate that consumer rights and protections, food labelling and affordable medication are all up for grabs.

Shopping and legalFri, 24 Oct 2014 16:43:00 GMT
Stick vacuum cleaner reviews

These stick vacuums are handy around the home, and most separate into a handheld vac as well.

Laundry and cleaningTue, 21 Oct 2014 11:37:00 GMT
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus review

The latest Apple release is something the company declared they'd never make - a large screen iPhone. We have a look at the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to see if it was a good idea.

Phones and mobile devicesFri, 17 Oct 2014 15:18:00 GMT
Car security

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.

CarsThu, 16 Oct 2014 11:53:00 GMT
Microwave reviews

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.

KitchenFri, 03 Oct 2014 12:57:00 GMT
CHOICE Recommended

CHOICE's endorsement scheme allows eligible manufacturers to use the influential CHOICE Recommended logo.

CHOICE RecommendedWed, 01 Oct 2014 22:12:00 GMT
Top online savings accounts

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

BankingMon, 29 Sep 2014 10:44:00 GMT
Bissell Vac & Steam review

We put this combined vacuum and steam mop through its paces on a hard floor, to see if it will save you time and money.

Laundry and cleaningFri, 26 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Lowest price and price-match guarantees

In many cases, a lowest-price guarantee isn't actually guaranteeing the lowest price.

Shopping and legalWed, 24 Sep 2014 12:06:00 GMT
Top fee-free bank accounts

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

BankingTue, 23 Sep 2014 12:30:00 GMT
PC backup software review

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.

Home officeMon, 15 Sep 2014 17:56:00 GMT
Fritz!Box 7490 modem-router review

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

Networking and internetWed, 10 Sep 2014 15:55:00 GMT
Honda Odyssey VTi-L review

The Adkins family took the new Honda Odyssey VTi-L for a test drive. Was it an epic experience, or nothing out of the ordinary?

CarsTue, 09 Sep 2014 15:24:00 GMT
Dishwasher detergent

Tablets, powders and gels tested: which one comes out on top? CHOICE tests over 40 dishwasher detergents - from the market-leading Finish tablets to the lower-cost Home Brand - and shows which one removes the most stains.

KitchenMon, 08 Sep 2014 15:51:00 GMT
Freestanding oven reviews

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.

KitchenFri, 05 Sep 2014 10:04:00 GMT
ANCAP new car safety ratings

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

CarsThu, 04 Sep 2014 11:23:00 GMT
Thermomix review

This 10-function cooking appliance is much praised for its versatility in the kitchen.

KitchenMon, 01 Sep 2014 11:23:00 GMT
The cost of weddings

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

Shopping and legalThu, 28 Aug 2014 09:29:00 GMT
Kambrook Blitz2Go review

We review the Kambrook Blitz2Go blender, designed with smoothie enthusiasts in mind.

KitchenWed, 20 Aug 2014 11:31:00 GMT
Home exercise equipment review

CHOICE reviews exercise equipment advertised on TV, including Pilates Power Gym, Total Gym XLS, Ab Coaster and more. Experts rate how useful, safe and fun they are.

Diet and exerciseTue, 19 Aug 2014 13:02:00 GMT
Clothes dryer reviews

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

Laundry and cleaningThu, 14 Aug 2014 08:33:00 GMT
Cot reviews

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

FurnitureMon, 11 Aug 2014 12:14:00 GMT
Bluetooth wireless speakers reviews

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

SoundFri, 08 Aug 2014 12:03:00 GMT
Problems with payday loans

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

BorrowingWed, 06 Aug 2014 12:43:00 GMT
Gas heater buying guide

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

Heating and coolingTue, 05 Aug 2014 10:24:00 GMT
HD action cameras buying guide

A CHOICE buying guide that will help you get the best HD action camera for your needs.

Video camerasMon, 04 Aug 2014 13:06:00 GMT
Coles' partnership with GE Capital raises concerns

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

Shopping and legalThu, 31 Jul 2014 17:40:00 GMT
Electronic cigarettes

They’re marketed as a cleaner, greener, healthier and safer alternative to regular combustible cigarettes, but not everyone is convinced e-cigarettes are the answer.

General healthThu, 31 Jul 2014 09:45:00 GMT
Electric heater buying guide

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.

Heating and coolingTue, 29 Jul 2014 12:23:00 GMT
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Aspire family car review

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Aspire Electric SUV is the first plug-in hybrid introduced commercially in Australia. Find out whether it wowed our test drivers.

CarsMon, 21 Jul 2014 13:41:00 GMT
Cause-related marketing

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?

Labelling and advertisingFri, 18 Jul 2014 14:14:00 GMT
Foods and medications that don’t mix

Eating particular foods when you’re taking some medication can reduce the effectiveness of your drugs or even be bad for your health.

General healthWed, 16 Jul 2014 16:46:00 GMT
Flooded by home insurance premiums

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?

InsuranceWed, 16 Jul 2014 10:23:00 GMT
Know your consumer rights

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

Shopping and legalMon, 14 Jul 2014 14:58:00 GMT
Unit pricing rules not always followed

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.

Shopping and legalMon, 14 Jul 2014 10:11:00 GMT
Family sized tent reviews

A good tent can make or break a camping trip. We test 10 family-sized (four-person) tents.

OutdoorsFri, 11 Jul 2014 09:28:00 GMT
Safety gate and barrier reviews

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.

FurnitureThu, 10 Jul 2014 10:16:00 GMT
Vacuum cleaner reviews

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

Laundry and cleaningWed, 09 Jul 2014 16:20:00 GMT
Fermented foods

From yoghurt and sauerkraut to kefir and kombucha, CHOICE reviews different types of fermented foods to find whether they live up to claimed health benefits.

Food and drinkWed, 09 Jul 2014 14:29:00 GMT
Pram and stroller reviews

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.

TravelTue, 08 Jul 2014 16:33:00 GMT
Dehumidifier reviews

22 dehumidifiers reviewed, including models from DeLonghi, Dimplex, Omega Altise and Ionmax, rated from 10L to 30L per day and priced from $248 to $880.

Heating and coolingTue, 08 Jul 2014 15:34:00 GMT
Wine fridge reviews

We put wine fridges from DeLonghi, Haier, Liebherr and Vintec through a raft of tests to find out which ones will keep your precious drops safe.

KitchenTue, 08 Jul 2014 13:35:00 GMT
Are toddler milks just marketing spin?

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

Food for kidsMon, 07 Jul 2014 16:02:00 GMT
Mobile phone rights for consumers

Fighting with your telco? Find out what your rights are in relation to your mobile phone and contract.

Phones and mobile devicesMon, 07 Jul 2014 11:04:00 GMT
Managing osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a major cause of pain and disability affecting more than one in three people over 60. There is no cure, apart from joint replacement surgery, but it can be managed.

General healthFri, 04 Jul 2014 10:05:00 GMT
Washer dryer reviews

A washer and dryer machine is the ultimate laundry convenience — we've put some to the test.

Laundry and cleaningThu, 03 Jul 2014 17:20:00 GMT
Discount diva: how to live it up for less

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

Shopping and legalWed, 02 Jul 2014 17:10:00 GMT
Changes to the travel industry - FAQs

Major changes have come to the travel industry - but what do they mean for consumers?

General travelTue, 01 Jul 2014 11:18:00 GMT
Travel insurance tips

Save money on travel insurance and avoid the pitfalls with our general travel tips and travel insurance advice.

General travelTue, 01 Jul 2014 11:07:00 GMT
Health insurance comparisons

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

InsuranceMon, 30 Jun 2014 15:48:00 GMT
Dark patterns: website tricks and scams

The user interfaces on some websites are deliberately designed to mislead consumers. CHOICE exposes some of the tricks.

Networking and internetThu, 26 Jun 2014 11:56:00 GMT
Battle of the consoles: Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U

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.

VisualWed, 25 Jun 2014 18:02:00 GMT
Crowdfunding risks and rewards

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

InvestingWed, 25 Jun 2014 11:34:00 GMT
Breakfast on-the-go products

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.

Food and drinkTue, 24 Jun 2014 10:59:00 GMT
Taxi alternatives & booking apps

CHOICE gives you the lowdown on the fastest-growing taxi apps before you tap the 'book' button.

CarsFri, 20 Jun 2014 12:07:00 GMT
Smartphone car GPS app reviews

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

CarsThu, 19 Jun 2014 17:32:00 GMT
Cloud backup services review

We test and compare 11 cloud-based backup services.

Networking and internetThu, 19 Jun 2014 16:08:00 GMT
Hair straightener reviews

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

Beauty and personal careThu, 19 Jun 2014 13:48:00 GMT
Dual SIM mobile phone review

Dual SIM mobiles let you choose multiple carriers based on the best value. We tested 21, including LG, Nokia, Sony and Samsung handsets.

Phones and mobile devicesThu, 19 Jun 2014 09:34:00 GMT
Multi-cooker reviews

We test four multi-cookers in the CHOICE test kitchen that can sear, steam, slow cook and pressure cook.

KitchenWed, 18 Jun 2014 10:19:00 GMT
Unfair contracts

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

Shopping and legalTue, 17 Jun 2014 17:16:00 GMT
Electric blanket reviews

When the temperature drops, an electric blanket to keep warm during those cold winter nights is very appealing.

Living and bedroomMon, 16 Jun 2014 11:35:00 GMT
Rental rights

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

Shopping and legalThu, 12 Jun 2014 16:48:00 GMT
Lifting the lid on corporate sponsorship

Corporate sponsorship is an increasingly common source of revenue for health-related organisations. We look at how corporate sponsors can exert their influence.

Labelling and advertisingThu, 12 Jun 2014 10:57:00 GMT
Pain relief drugs: Panadol and Nurofen

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.

General healthThu, 12 Jun 2014 09:30:00 GMT
Consumer harassment and coercion

Businesses can't force you into buying goods or services that you don't want.

Shopping and legalTue, 10 Jun 2014 16:13:00 GMT
Emergency radio reviews

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.

SoundTue, 10 Jun 2014 11:28:00 GMT
Unsolicited supplies

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

Shopping and legalTue, 10 Jun 2014 09:05:00 GMT
Selling and trading your things online

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?

Shopping and legalWed, 04 Jun 2014 10:24:00 GMT
Board games in the modern age

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

VisualTue, 03 Jun 2014 14:55:00 GMT
Cheap flights and variable pricing

CHOICE investigates variable pricing and cheap flights on Qantas, Virgin and other airline and booking agent websites.

General travelMon, 02 Jun 2014 15:18:00 GMT
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A new gadget hits the market that allows you to turn your overripe fruit into a delicious dessert.

KitchenMon, 02 Jun 2014 13:02:00 GMT
Nutribullet review

This pricey little juicer retains the pulp and blends it with the rest of the fruit. We put it through its paces in the CHOICE test kitchen.

KitchenMon, 02 Jun 2014 12:24:00 GMT
Chromecast review

Looking for a simply effective way to watch all the stuff that's on your phone or tablet on your TV ? This handy plug and play device could be the answer.

Phones and mobile devicesWed, 28 May 2014 15:46:00 GMT
Know your body numbers

Prevention is the best medicine, and that includes keeping an eye on key indicators of your health like weight, blood pressure and cholesterol.

General healthThu, 22 May 2014 16:40:00 GMT
Cyber criminals attack top companies every day: security expert

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

Networking and internetThu, 22 May 2014 11:07:00 GMT
Pyramid schemes

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.

Shopping and legalWed, 21 May 2014 17:27:00 GMT
Budget cuts to health spending explained

The new Budget is set to change the face of healthcare in Australia. CHOICE analyses what it will mean for Australians.

InvestingWed, 21 May 2014 14:40:00 GMT
CHOICE guide to heating your home

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

Heating and coolingTue, 20 May 2014 10:59:00 GMT
Laundry detergent reviews

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

Laundry and cleaningMon, 19 May 2014 17:08:00 GMT
First home saver accounts abolished

First home buyers have it harder than ever before. Now the first home saver account has been cut.

BorrowingThu, 15 May 2014 11:58:00 GMT
Bitcoin and virtual currency

The Bitcoin cyber payment system sends digital payments from person-to-person without a central bank overseeing it. Can an unregulated, computer currency really play it safe?

Networking and internetWed, 14 May 2014 17:26:00 GMT
2014 Budget winners and losers

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

InvestingTue, 13 May 2014 18:52:00 GMT
2014 Federal Budget wrap-up

We analyse the impact of this year's Federal Budget on the hip pockets of families, students, higher income earners and older Australians.

InvestingTue, 13 May 2014 18:52:00 GMT
Carbon-free investing

A new Australia Institute report warns your investment portfolio could be in peril.

InvestingTue, 13 May 2014 16:19:00 GMT
Pricing problems

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

Shopping and legalTue, 13 May 2014 16:05:00 GMT
Lavazza Minu and Espressotoria Adesso side-by-side review

How do the Lavazza Minu and Espressotoria Adesso capsule machines compare?

KitchenTue, 13 May 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Nintendo Wii U review

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.

VisualMon, 12 May 2014 18:26:00 GMT
Telemarketers and door-to-door sales

What rights do you have when a telemarketer calls you and tries to sell you something you don't want, or a salesperson knocks on your door and tries the hard sell?

Shopping and legalFri, 09 May 2014 16:20:00 GMT
Mother's Day tech guide

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

Computers and accessoriesMon, 05 May 2014 10:37:00 GMT
Shonky Awards 2014 2014.aspx

Do you know of a product that is misleading or makes false promises? Then EXPOSE the offender and you could win a brand new iPad Air!

Shonky AwardsThu, 01 May 2014 14:47:00 GMT
Cordless phone reviews

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

Phones and mobile devicesMon, 28 Apr 2014 15:19:00 GMT
Vitamix and Optimum side-by-side review

Both the Vitamix and Optimum can juice, blend, grind and heat. But how do they compare?

KitchenMon, 28 Apr 2014 12:43:00 GMT
Protein supplements

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.

Food and drinkMon, 28 Apr 2014 11:48:00 GMT
ANZAC biscuits review

Choice tests five brands of ANZAC biscuits, including Unibic, Coles and Woolworths, with an expert review and a lay panel taste test.

Food and drinkThu, 24 Apr 2014 10:50:00 GMT
Buying cheaper clothing online

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

Shopping and legalTue, 22 Apr 2014 08:55:00 GMT
Software Easter eggs

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.

Networking and internetThu, 17 Apr 2014 17:10:00 GMT
Hand mixer reviews

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

KitchenThu, 17 Apr 2014 14:14:00 GMT
Blender reviews

Our home economist has tested 27 blenders priced from $20 to $379.

KitchenTue, 15 Apr 2014 13:10:00 GMT
One cent and penny auction investigation

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.

Shopping and legalTue, 15 Apr 2014 09:41:00 GMT
Best chocolate brands

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.

Food and drinkMon, 14 Apr 2014 10:44:00 GMT
Hot cross buns on test

Using an expert judge and some enthusiastic taste testers, CHOICE put nine varieties of traditional fruit hot cross buns to the test.

Food and drinkMon, 14 Apr 2014 10:06:00 GMT
Pure Audio review look.aspx

Pure Audio is a an uncompressed music format delivered via Blu-ray disc that can be played on any Blu-ray player as well as the Sony PS3 or PS4.

SoundFri, 11 Apr 2014 16:12:00 GMT
Do diet detox products work?

We ask the experts just how well diet detox products work when it comes to removing toxins and getting healthy.

Diet and exerciseWed, 09 Apr 2014 17:25:00 GMT
LG G Flex review G Flex first look.aspx

LG’s latest effort to make the large screen smartphone more human friendly is to curve the screen to the shape of the face.

Phones and mobile devicesTue, 08 Apr 2014 16:01:00 GMT
Pet insurance reviews

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

InsuranceFri, 04 Apr 2014 16:54:00 GMT
Alternative medicines

If you're getting over flu season, supplements can seem like a quick way to better health. Are they, though?

General healthThu, 03 Apr 2014 16:58:00 GMT
Serving up inconsistency

Unrealistic and inconsistent serving sizes in food and drinks create confusion for consumers and are a source of frustration for those watching their waistlines.

Labelling and advertisingThu, 03 Apr 2014 09:19:00 GMT
TrackR first look

The TrackR device is designed to help you find your lost stuff. Use an app to make the TrackR beep and let you know it's close by.

Phones and mobile devicesWed, 02 Apr 2014 17:27:00 GMT
Password managers review

Password managers tested and compared on both desktop and mobile computers.

Computers and accessoriesMon, 31 Mar 2014 10:58:00 GMT
The problems with ticketing

We investigate the problems associated with buying tickets through agents, cinemas, and from scalpers.

Shopping and legalFri, 28 Mar 2014 09:46:00 GMT
Panasonic KX-PRX150 review

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

Phones and mobile devicesThu, 27 Mar 2014 14:03:00 GMT
Antivirus software review

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

Networking and internetThu, 27 Mar 2014 12:46:00 GMT
Free range eggs

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

Food and drinkWed, 26 Mar 2014 17:58:00 GMT
Wine and coffee mark-ups

When you choose a bottle of wine in a restaurant you could be paying up to 250% more than if you BYO. How do restaurants justify this price hike?

Shopping and legalWed, 26 Mar 2014 14:48:00 GMT
Facebook buys into virtual reality for $2bn

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

Computers and accessoriesWed, 26 Mar 2014 12:19:00 GMT
Media hubs and streamers

With the ability to play music, videos and pictures on your TV and stream directly from the internet, media hubs can be great tools for today's digital age.

Networking and internetWed, 26 Mar 2014 09:33:00 GMT
Ebook reader reviews

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

Phones and mobile devicesTue, 25 Mar 2014 10:21:00 GMT
Chemicals in clothing

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

General healthMon, 24 Mar 2014 16:19:00 GMT
Anti-wrinkle injections, Botox and fillers

Thinking about anti-wrinkle treatments but lost in a sea of Botox, injectables, synthetic and fat fillers?

Beauty and personal careMon, 24 Mar 2014 13:20:00 GMT
Toaster reviews

We look past the smart styles and retro designs to reveal which toasters are best at actually making toast.

KitchenFri, 21 Mar 2014 15:36:00 GMT
Frequent Flyer failure

Scoring an airline ticket or an upgrade can be a tall order if you’re relying on Frequent Flyer rewards.

General travelThu, 20 Mar 2014 16:48:00 GMT
App roundup: free productivity programs

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

Mobile computersThu, 20 Mar 2014 16:13:00 GMT
Kettle reviews

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.

KitchenWed, 19 Mar 2014 10:39:00 GMT
Direct-to-consumer health screening

Some health-screening services promise early detection of serious disease, but may instead result in unnecessary worry or false reassurance.

General healthTue, 18 Mar 2014 18:25:00 GMT
Robot vacuum cleaner reviews

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

Laundry and cleaningMon, 17 Mar 2014 17:37:00 GMT
Volunteering abroad

Who really profits when you volunteer overseas?

General travelFri, 14 Mar 2014 18:34:00 GMT
The Body Shop sells out on animal testing

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

Beauty and personal careTue, 11 Mar 2014 12:29:00 GMT
Home warranty insurance

Home warranty insurance is supposed to protect homeowners from incompetent builders, but it doesn’t do much to protect against unscrupulous ones.

InsuranceThu, 06 Mar 2014 16:24:00 GMT
Your guide to buying a slow cooker

Much simpler and more reliable than their human counterparts, slow cookers require very little attention and give great foot massa… wait, too far!

KitchenWed, 05 Mar 2014 13:21:00 GMT
How to get fit and lose weight with apps and gadgets

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

Diet and exerciseWed, 05 Mar 2014 10:43:00 GMT
Navigating online geo-blocking

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

Networking and internetWed, 05 Mar 2014 09:49:00 GMT
Should you drop extras health insurance?

Extras health insurance is meant to help with smaller ongoing costs, such as a dental check-up or new glasses or contact lenses. But how much does it really help?

InsuranceFri, 28 Feb 2014 13:47:00 GMT
Extended warranties

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

Shopping and legalThu, 27 Feb 2014 09:42:00 GMT
Is coconut oil healthy?

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.

Food and drinkSun, 23 Feb 2014 21:18:00 GMT
Taking care of your feet

How to choose footcare products that work and shoes that are best for your feet.

Beauty and personal careFri, 21 Feb 2014 09:54:00 GMT
Fitness watches home test

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

Diet and exerciseWed, 19 Feb 2014 14:48:00 GMT
Pressure cleaner reviews

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

BackyardWed, 19 Feb 2014 10:03:00 GMT
Hyundai ix35 family car review

CHOICE members Johanne Rossi and Tobias Dunn and their family took the Hyundai ix35 Highlander AWD 2.0L Diesel for a drive.

CarsTue, 18 Feb 2014 12:10:00 GMT
Ethical clothing

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

Beauty and personal careMon, 17 Feb 2014 09:14:00 GMT
Induction cooktop reviews

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.

KitchenFri, 14 Feb 2014 12:15:00 GMT
Sabco RoboSweep first look

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.

Laundry and cleaningWed, 12 Feb 2014 09:50:00 GMT
Your utility rights

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

Power and energyFri, 07 Feb 2014 10:33:00 GMT
Mental health and insurance

The insurance industry’s indiscriminate approach to risk assessment around mental health can mean the denial of cover, higher premiums or rejected claims, even if the illness is under control.

InsuranceThu, 06 Feb 2014 16:21:00 GMT
Free image editors review

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

Digital camerasWed, 05 Feb 2014 14:25:00 GMT
Delete your digital footprint

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.

Networking and internetWed, 05 Feb 2014 12:23:00 GMT
Garment steamer reviews

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

Laundry and cleaningWed, 05 Feb 2014 10:23:00 GMT
Steam station reviews

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

Laundry and cleaningWed, 05 Feb 2014 09:30:00 GMT
Healthier takeaway food

Australia's love affair with takeaway is adding more salt, sugar and saturated fat to our diet. CHOICE looks at how you can keep trim without sacrificing the convenience of a Chinese, Thai or Indian takeaway.

Food and drinkTue, 04 Feb 2014 09:37:00 GMT
PlayStation 4 review

The PlayStation 4 is the last of the eighth-generation consoles to hit the shelves. How does it stack up against the competition?

VisualThu, 30 Jan 2014 13:38:00 GMT
First look: Asus Transformer Book T100

The T100 cuts out the bells and whistles to deliver an affordable Windows 8 hybrid device.

Mobile computersWed, 29 Jan 2014 13:35:00 GMT
Who owns your beer?

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

Food and drinkSun, 26 Jan 2014 15:29:00 GMT
External 3TB and 4TB desktop hard drives review

We test eight drives from Buffalo, La Cie, Seagate, and others for performance, capacity, features and ease of use.

Storage devicesFri, 24 Jan 2014 09:19:00 GMT
Mobile money managers

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

BankingWed, 22 Jan 2014 12:40:00 GMT
Best and worst frozen pizzas

CHOICE reviews 50 frozen pizzas and finds that an enticing gourmet image is no guarantee of superior taste or a healthier meal.

Food and drinkTue, 21 Jan 2014 12:04:00 GMT
Steam mop reviews

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

Laundry and cleaningThu, 16 Jan 2014 16:52:00 GMT
Multi-function tools home test

We recruited a serious DIY renovator, CHOICE member Sean Wain, to test four popular multi-function power tools for us.

BackyardWed, 15 Jan 2014 15:17:00 GMT
Electric bike reviews

Electric bikes are gaining traction in the bike market and there are many reasons why you may prefer some assistance with your pedal power.

BikesTue, 14 Jan 2014 12:09:00 GMT
PVR reviews

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

VisualFri, 10 Jan 2014 16:21:00 GMT
Your rights on overseas sites

The giants of Australian retail have been slow to respond to online competition. Meanwhile, shoppers are looking for value on overseas websites.

Networking and internetMon, 30 Dec 2013 15:56:00 GMT
Organ donation

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

General healthMon, 30 Dec 2013 12:56:00 GMT
Health facts and fiction

Read these widely held notions about everything from diet and exercise, to air travel and antioxidants.

General healthSat, 28 Dec 2013 12:10:00 GMT
Healthy ageing

The key to independent living and quality of life is good health, and it’s never too soon to start thinking about it.

General healthFri, 27 Dec 2013 12:09:00 GMT
LG OLED TV first look

OLED is the latest technology in televisions. CHOICE checks out the new-release OLED TV from LG.

VisualFri, 20 Dec 2013 14:59:00 GMT
Travel health guide

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.

General healthWed, 18 Dec 2013 14:58:00 GMT
Dog car harness test

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

CarsWed, 18 Dec 2013 13:31:00 GMT
Kingston MobileLite Wireless first look

Enjoy your movies, music, photos and other documents wirelessly on your iPad, iPhone or Android device.

Storage devicesTue, 17 Dec 2013 13:19:00 GMT
Kia Rondo first look

A CHOICE member family takes the Kia Rondo Platinum GDI 2.0L for a spin. Find out how they rate its features.

CarsTue, 17 Dec 2013 11:58:00 GMT
Fit for purpose?

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?

Shopping and legalMon, 16 Dec 2013 12:03:00 GMT
Rollie vertical grill first look

The Rollie claims to be "the fast, easy, pan-free way to make perfect eggs every time". Could this be the next must-have kitchen appliance?

KitchenFri, 13 Dec 2013 16:28:00 GMT
Review: UP!Mini 3D Printer

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

Home officeWed, 11 Dec 2013 11:06:00 GMT
Induction cookware buying guide

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

KitchenFri, 06 Dec 2013 14:18:00 GMT
Ebook pricing

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

Networking and internetFri, 06 Dec 2013 11:44:00 GMT
Free range pork and turkey

Producers and retailers are free to make their own decisions about free-range labelling, making it hard for consumers to know just how "free range" their ham, pork, bacon and turkey really is.

Food and drinkFri, 06 Dec 2013 11:12:00 GMT
ISP satisfaction survey 2013

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

Networking and internetFri, 06 Dec 2013 10:28:00 GMT
Dubious pharmacy products

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

General healthFri, 06 Dec 2013 10:09:00 GMT
The five scams of Christmas

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.

Shopping and legalWed, 04 Dec 2013 14:34:00 GMT
Internet smartcams review

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

Networking and internetWed, 04 Dec 2013 14:07:00 GMT
LG Smart TVs

After reports that LG Smart TVs are sending information on users’ files and watching habits to an LG website, CHOICE decided to see if it was happening in Australia.

VisualTue, 03 Dec 2013 17:20:00 GMT
Shopping centre design

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

Shopping and legalTue, 03 Dec 2013 12:45:00 GMT
Cost of cosmetics

When it comes to cosmetic prices, why do Australians pay up to 200% more?

Beauty and personal careTue, 03 Dec 2013 12:20:00 GMT
CFL and LED lamps review

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

Power and energyThu, 28 Nov 2013 14:45:00 GMT
Consumer law and extended warranties

A CHOICE shadow shop reveals that sales staff at Australia’s biggest electronics retailers have a limited or no understanding of their obligations under the Australian Consumer Law.

Shopping and legalWed, 27 Nov 2013 12:08:00 GMT
Surround sound AV receiver reviews

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

SoundWed, 27 Nov 2013 11:58:00 GMT
Review: Xbox One

We lined up at midnight on launch day to get our hands on the Xbox One, the first major overhaul of the Xbox in eight years. Here's what we found.

VisualWed, 27 Nov 2013 10:53:00 GMT
First look: Tech21 Impactology

This case and screen film combination claims to use "bulletproof" technology to protect your smartphone or tablet. We put it to the test.

Mobile computersTue, 26 Nov 2013 16:36:00 GMT
First look: Parallels for Mac and iPad

Find out how you can run Office and any other Windows program on your iPad almost anywhere you go.

Home officeTue, 26 Nov 2013 10:01:00 GMT
Junk food advertising to kids

Around the globe, governments and communities are grappling with the social, financial and health costs of overweight and obese populations. Is restricting junk food advertising to kids part of the solution?

Food and drinkMon, 25 Nov 2013 10:22:00 GMT
Blood pressure monitor reviews

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

General healthSun, 24 Nov 2013 10:50:00 GMT
Ford Kuga first look

A CHOICE member family takes the Ford Kuga Titanium TDCi AWD for a spin. How do they rate its features and space?

CarsThu, 21 Nov 2013 14:33:00 GMT
Car GPS review

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

CarsThu, 21 Nov 2013 11:32:00 GMT
Consoles: good for more than video games

The next generation of consoles could replace your DVD, Blu-ray player or media hub.

VisualWed, 20 Nov 2013 16:59:00 GMT
Secret ingredient: chemicals in cleaners

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.

General healthWed, 20 Nov 2013 16:39:00 GMT
Amaysim first look

This SIM only player helps simplify the pricing structure for phone calls, text and internet data access.

Phones and mobile devicesTue, 19 Nov 2013 13:35:00 GMT
Copyright law reform

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.

Networking and internetTue, 19 Nov 2013 12:46:00 GMT
First look: Ouya

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

VisualTue, 19 Nov 2013 09:42:00 GMT
Interest-free shopping offers

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

Shopping and legalMon, 18 Nov 2013 17:08:00 GMT
Ride-on mowers review

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

BackyardMon, 18 Nov 2013 15:42:00 GMT
Home test: Christmas lights

CHOICE voting members Roland Feillafe and Michelle Tangey and their families try out four LED Christmas light sets for ease of set-up and value for money.

BackyardThu, 14 Nov 2013 11:06:00 GMT
First look: Seagate Central

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?

Networking and internetWed, 13 Nov 2013 17:00:00 GMT
First look: DermaWand

Our two triallists each used the DermaWand for six weeks. Find out if it lived up to its promise to deliver younger-looking skin.

Beauty and personal careWed, 13 Nov 2013 09:30:00 GMT
Hybrid laptops review

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

Mobile computersMon, 11 Nov 2013 09:43:00 GMT
How to buy a bike

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.

BikesFri, 08 Nov 2013 14:59:00 GMT
Food allergen warnings

Precautionary warnings on packaged foods are confusing consumers. How real is the risk of accidental cross-contamination of potentially dangerous allergens? CHOICE investigates.

Labelling and advertisingWed, 06 Nov 2013 16:20:00 GMT
Sustainable shopping bags

The latest in the war on plastic.

Shopping and legalWed, 06 Nov 2013 11:49:00 GMT
Mosquito repellents review

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

Laundry and cleaningWed, 06 Nov 2013 11:30:00 GMT
Thin and light laptops review

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

Mobile computersWed, 06 Nov 2013 11:01:00 GMT
Companies that are difficult to contact

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

Shopping and legalMon, 04 Nov 2013 13:38:00 GMT
Online optical stores

Our shadow shop found you can end up with the wrong prescription from an online store, or frames and lenses that don’t fit.

General healthMon, 04 Nov 2013 11:11:00 GMT
Hotel review sites

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

General travelMon, 04 Nov 2013 09:09:00 GMT
First look: iPad Air

Read our quick review of the iPad Air, Apple's faster, thinner and more compact tablet.

Mobile computersFri, 01 Nov 2013 15:12:00 GMT
First look: LotusGrill

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

BackyardFri, 01 Nov 2013 09:22:00 GMT
Breadmaker reviews

We test nine breadmakers priced from $100-$350.

KitchenWed, 30 Oct 2013 13:02:00 GMT
Quick look: smartphones

The latest smartphones go way beyond simply browsing the web and taking the occasional photo.

Phones and mobile devicesMon, 28 Oct 2013 11:15:00 GMT
Life insurance

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

InsuranceFri, 25 Oct 2013 10:24:00 GMT
Mazda CX5 first look

A CHOICE member family took the five-seater Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2.2L Diesel AWD for a spin. What did they think of its performance and space?

CarsThu, 24 Oct 2013 14:55:00 GMT
Surviving hospital: infections

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

General healthWed, 23 Oct 2013 18:50:00 GMT
Dummies review

Dummies are used to comfort and settle your child - but hazards do exist, so care needs to be taken.

Fact sheetsWed, 23 Oct 2013 16:47:00 GMT
Seagate Slim First Look

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

Storage devicesWed, 23 Oct 2013 12:24:00 GMT
First look: MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer

The MakerBot Replicator 2 printer is an example of the latest “affordable” 3D printers - see it in action!

Home officeMon, 21 Oct 2013 11:59:00 GMT
Apps for new parents

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

HealthWed, 16 Oct 2013 16:49:00 GMT
Mothers' groups

Why I reluctantly joined one, and how it could be just what you don't know you need.

HealthWed, 16 Oct 2013 11:20:00 GMT
Eureka and brainstorming.aspx

Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

Networking and internetWed, 16 Oct 2013 06:30:00 GMT
How to save on international phone calls

Keeping up with friends and family overseas can be expensive, so we show you how to cut your phone bill.

Shopping and legalTue, 15 Oct 2013 16:42:00 GMT
Setting up your nursery

How much do you need to spend to guarantee your baby's comfort and your own peace of mind? We put nursery products to the test for safety, durability and performance.

FurnitureTue, 15 Oct 2013 13:53:00 GMT
Sleeping and settling services

We outline the resources available for parents with a baby who won't sleep, including residential services like Tresillian, family care centres and so-called baby whisperers.

HealthMon, 14 Oct 2013 18:38:00 GMT
Rugged cameras

Choice tests manufacturers' claims for rugged cameras. Some survive, some don't.

Digital camerasMon, 14 Oct 2013 14:26:00 GMT
Doctor No

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.

General healthThu, 10 Oct 2013 17:24:00 GMT
Pool cleaners home test

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

BackyardThu, 10 Oct 2013 16:55:00 GMT
Direct debit versus BPAY View

With BPAY and direct debit, there are now more convenient options than ever for paying your bills - but which one's the best for your wallet?

BankingTue, 08 Oct 2013 16:04:00 GMT
What to take to hospital to take to hospital.aspx

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

HealthTue, 08 Oct 2013 13:23:00 GMT
Tattoo removal

The tool of choice for tattoo removal these days is a laser - a technology which can and has caused burns and permanent scars on tattoo removal patients. But that doesn't mean you're required to have any medical training to use one.

General healthTue, 08 Oct 2013 00:30:00 GMT
Online diet programs

CHOICE compares five popular online weight loss programs: the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation, the Biggest Loser Club, SureSlim, Weight Watchers, and the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge.

Diet and exerciseWed, 02 Oct 2013 16:40:00 GMT
Hayfever treatment

There are several types of medication available over-the-counter or by prescription for the treatment of symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, congestion, itchy throat and burning eyes. Which work best?

General healthTue, 01 Oct 2013 16:30:00 GMT
Food processor reviews

While all these things can be done with a chopping board and knife or a grater, hand whisk and so on, food processors are much quicker.

KitchenTue, 01 Oct 2013 15:16:00 GMT
Camcorder reviews

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

Video camerasFri, 27 Sep 2013 11:54:00 GMT
Sewing machines review

CHOICE selected one model costing around $500 from each major brand; an expert and a regular sewer to put them through their paces.

Living and bedroomTue, 24 Sep 2013 14:35:00 GMT
Chest and upright freezer reviews

Upright or chest? When it comes to freezers, both have their pros and cons.

KitchenTue, 24 Sep 2013 13:02:00 GMT
Switching to Linux

Everything you need to know about getting started with Linux, picking a distributer and installing it on your computer.

Computers and accessoriesWed, 18 Sep 2013 16:48:00 GMT
Booking a bed: from sites to swaps

Get the most bang from your buck by checking out CHOICE's comparison of hotel booking sites, couch surfing, home rental and more.

General travelTue, 17 Sep 2013 14:12:00 GMT
Dental costs: is the price right?

Prices for dental work can vary dramatically from practice to practice. We find out why.

Beauty and personal careMon, 16 Sep 2013 10:51:00 GMT
Counterfeit goods

Knock-off products are no longer easily identified by misspelled logos and shoddy craftsmanship. While the quality of counterfeit products appears to be improving, the counterfeiters are also getting smarter at marketing their products.

Shopping and legalThu, 12 Sep 2013 00:01:00 GMT
Duty-free shopping

Deals in airport duty-free shops may not be the best offer in town.

Shopping and legalWed, 11 Sep 2013 12:34:00 GMT
Quick look: home theatre

CHOICE provides a realistic look at home theatre in a box.

SoundTue, 10 Sep 2013 10:17:00 GMT
MySuper rollout

MySuper is here to make superannuation less confusing and more transparent for average Australians

InvestingMon, 09 Sep 2013 10:03:00 GMT
Hire car excess

Hire car companies can take you for a ride with rental car insurance, so CHOICE checks out some alternatives.

CarsFri, 06 Sep 2013 10:22:00 GMT
First look: Golfsense 3D golf sensor

See your golf swing on your smart device as well as speed, tempo and angle information to help find out what to fix and what to keep for a more repeatable swing.

Diet and exerciseWed, 04 Sep 2013 16:54:00 GMT
Small tents review

A light tent is essential camping gear if you're planning on hiking to a campsite. We test a range of lighter tents, including OzTrail, Macpac, Mountain Design and more.

OutdoorsTue, 03 Sep 2013 15:14:00 GMT
Culture clash: frozen yoghurt

Choice reviewed frozen yoghurt - or froyo - shops, and found they can be just as dangerous to your hip pocket as your waistline.

Food and drinkMon, 02 Sep 2013 17:00:00 GMT
First look: Sony 4K TV

CHOICE has a first look at the Sony 4K TV.

VisualMon, 02 Sep 2013 13:59:00 GMT
Web TV series

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

Networking and internetFri, 30 Aug 2013 16:06:00 GMT
Used car safety ratings

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.

CarsFri, 30 Aug 2013 13:57:00 GMT
Review: we slice into the Raspberry Pi

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

Computers and accessoriesWed, 28 Aug 2013 15:06:00 GMT
Quick look: tablet computers

A quick introduction to tablet computers and their wide-reaching impact, from young to old.

Mobile computersWed, 28 Aug 2013 10:51:00 GMT
Car insurance reviews and comparisons

We review 44 car insurance policies for each state and territory.

InsuranceWed, 28 Aug 2013 10:16:00 GMT
Music streaming services

CHOICE road tests some online music streaming apps, sites and services.

Networking and internetTue, 27 Aug 2013 16:44:00 GMT
First look: Tefal Cook4Me

Are you under pressure to cook a hearty meal in no time? Then perhaps the Tefal Cook4Me is just what you need.

KitchenFri, 23 Aug 2013 14:46:00 GMT
Insurance comparison sites

Looking for a new health, car, or home insurance policy? CHOICE's review of comparison websites reveals some hidden catches.

InsuranceThu, 22 Aug 2013 12:13:00 GMT
Franchisee rights

For consumers, franchises can be a dependable port of call in a crowded marketplace. But many Australians have paid dearly for signing on the dotted line to run their own franchise outlet, generally because they were led to believe one thing but working for a franchisor turned out to be another.

Shopping and legalThu, 22 Aug 2013 09:41:00 GMT
Beard trimmers

Two CHOICE staffers check out some facial hair trimmers.

Beauty and personal careWed, 21 Aug 2013 11:05:00 GMT
Bed rails: review and compare

Our expert tester assesses 12 bed rails priced from $39 to $100

FurnitureTue, 20 Aug 2013 11:53:00 GMT
Google Glass

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

Phones and mobile devicesFri, 16 Aug 2013 16:56:00 GMT
Bathroom cleaners

We test more than 20 bathroom cleaners that claim to remove soap scum, and compare them to four popular bleach-based cleaners and two green options, as well as the alternative bicarb and vinegar method.

Laundry and cleaningFri, 16 Aug 2013 14:32:00 GMT
Fitness à la carte

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

Diet and exerciseWed, 14 Aug 2013 12:39:00 GMT
Make the most of your representatives

It can be easy to forget that politicians' purpose is to represent their constituents - you. So what is it exactly that politicians do, and how can you get them to represent you?

Shopping and legalTue, 13 Aug 2013 17:28:00 GMT
Customer service online online.aspx

Which of these online stores has the best customer service and returns policy?

Shopping and legalTue, 13 Aug 2013 10:56:00 GMT
Espresso machines: let's take a quick look.

Automatic, semi-automatic, manual, capsule - which one's for you?

KitchenMon, 12 Aug 2013 07:34:00 GMT
Telco shared data plans

We look at how shared data plans for mobile devices could save you money - and why Australian telcos aren't offering them.

Phones and mobile devicesThu, 08 Aug 2013 11:30:00 GMT
First Look: Sunbeam Duos Sous Vide and Slow Cooker Duos Sous Vide and Slow Cooker First Look.aspx

Traditionally for commercial use, sous vide is making its way into households, allowing you to create tender, succulent meals at home.

KitchenFri, 02 Aug 2013 12:41:00 GMT
Pregnancy supplements

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

General healthTue, 23 Jul 2013 10:53:00 GMT
Pet premiums costs.aspx

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

Shopping and legalMon, 22 Jul 2013 12:20:00 GMT
What's in a sausage?

It's hard to tell exactly what's in a sausage, and sometimes you'll get more - or less - than you bargained for.

Food and drinkFri, 19 Jul 2013 17:24:00 GMT
Kids' sports fees

A healthy cut of junior soccer fees gets siphoned off to pay for elite regional teams. It's all about growing the game - but there's little or no support going back to the juniors.

Shopping and legalWed, 17 Jul 2013 15:56:00 GMT
Term Deposit Rolling

Over the past few years, bonus rates on online savings accounts have been as good or better than the highest rates on term deposit accounts. New regulations will see the pendulum swing back towards term deposits.

BankingMon, 15 Jul 2013 09:29:00 GMT
Broadband battle

The national broadband network is underway, but with an election looming and two competing plans, will consumers get the best network?

Networking and internetFri, 12 Jul 2013 10:35:00 GMT
TV streaming

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.

Networking and internetTue, 09 Jul 2013 15:52:00 GMT
Sticky lint rollers Lint Rollers.aspx

Two CHOICE staffers and pet owners test the Schticky, Sticky Buddy and other silicone rollers.

Laundry and cleaningTue, 02 Jul 2013 15:33:00 GMT
Breville the All in One first look

CHOICE's home economist tested the multi-function Breville All in One appliance for performance and ease of use.

KitchenTue, 02 Jul 2013 13:03:00 GMT
Aldi Lumina microwave first look

We tell you if Aldi's latest low-price microwave performs.

KitchenFri, 28 Jun 2013 16:23:00 GMT
Cough, cold and flu treatments

Learn how to prevent and effectively treat your common cold and flu symptoms.

General healthFri, 28 Jun 2013 11:49:00 GMT
Competition tricks and traps

You may find yourself getting more than you bargained for when you enter a competition

Shopping and legalThu, 27 Jun 2013 08:11:00 GMT
Blu-ray player reviews

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

VisualWed, 26 Jun 2013 10:42:00 GMT
Mortgage tips

We give you tips and advice for what you need to know before taking out a new mortgage or switching mortgages, and explain how your mortgage is funded.

BorrowingTue, 25 Jun 2013 17:00:00 GMT
Liquid breakfasts

Tapping into consumers’ increasing demand for meals on the go, liquid breakfasts are a growing category in the shopping aisles. These drinks quick and convenient, but we look at whether their health claims stack up.

Food and drinkMon, 24 Jun 2013 17:12:00 GMT
Solar panel payback times

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

Power and energyTue, 18 Jun 2013 10:20:00 GMT
Shonkys Hall of Shame of Shame 2014.aspx

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

Shonky AwardsMon, 17 Jun 2013 14:25:00 GMT
Isofix style baby seats can now be sold in Australia

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

TravelMon, 17 Jun 2013 09:41:00 GMT
Vileda Virobi Robot Mop first look

A robot sweeper for $50 that keeps your floor clean while you sit back and relax - sound too good to be true?

Laundry and cleaningFri, 14 Jun 2013 12:22:00 GMT
Bottled water

In some places tap water may not taste as good as bottled water, but it's still safe to drink. We find a little filtering is a lot cheaper than buying by the bottle.

Food and drinkFri, 07 Jun 2013 09:28:00 GMT
Baby monitors review

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

FurnitureThu, 06 Jun 2013 16:14:00 GMT
Toyota RAV4 test drive

How did the Patersons find the handling of the mid-level Toyota SUV, the RAV4 GX AWD?

CarsThu, 06 Jun 2013 10:19:00 GMT
Top tips for feeding toddlers

It can be difficult to coax a toddler into eating something they don’t want to, but there may be ways to encourage them to try to enjoy a wider range of foods.

Food for kidsTue, 04 Jun 2013 10:55:00 GMT
Aldi Lumina Signature DV6288 vacuum cleaner - first look

We take an early look at Aldi's latest barrel vacuum cleaner.

Laundry and cleaningMon, 03 Jun 2013 14:25:00 GMT
Banking code exposed

A revised banking code is one thing. Compliance is another.

BankingFri, 31 May 2013 11:20:00 GMT
Cheap vs expensive cameras in low light

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

Digital camerasWed, 29 May 2013 14:00:00 GMT
Endocrine disrupting chemicals

Learn how to identify and avoid common chemicals in everyday products that could be doing you harm.

General healthThu, 23 May 2013 15:19:00 GMT
Online tracking

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

Networking and internetWed, 22 May 2013 16:29:00 GMT
Laser and IPL hair removal: are they safe?

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

Beauty and personal careMon, 20 May 2013 17:03:00 GMT
Shopping around for a new energy deal

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

Power and energyMon, 20 May 2013 14:35:00 GMT
Google Chromebooks first look

We take a hands-on look at the first two Chromebooks available in Australia. How do they stack up compared with a regular laptop?

Mobile computersFri, 17 May 2013 19:44:00 GMT
Aldi Stirling dishwasher first look

The Stirling dishwasher is economical in every sense, but we reveal whether it also has sterling performance.

KitchenWed, 15 May 2013 16:02:00 GMT
Faded receipts receipts.aspx

We look at your rights when it comes to receipts that have faded and what you can do to prevent them from fading.

Shopping and legalMon, 13 May 2013 16:17:00 GMT
Updating to Windows 8

Find out what options are available to you if you're thinking about upgrading to Windows 8.

Computers and accessoriesFri, 10 May 2013 10:05:00 GMT
Non-stick frypans review

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

KitchenThu, 09 May 2013 17:52:00 GMT
Photo book services

We reveal which services are fast, affordable and will deliver a professional-looking photo book.

Networking and internetThu, 09 May 2013 17:43:00 GMT
Prescription medicine

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

General healthWed, 08 May 2013 11:21:00 GMT
Desktop computer buying guide

Find the right desktop computer within your budget with our comprehensive guide.

Computers and accessoriesTue, 07 May 2013 12:49:00 GMT
Honda CR-V first look

Did the Webster family think the five-seater Honda CR-V 4WD VTi, a luxury variant of the Honda CR-V, was a hit or miss after test driving it?

CarsMon, 06 May 2013 10:46:00 GMT
Animal testing labelling

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

Beauty and personal careMon, 06 May 2013 09:45:00 GMT
Fitbit One first look

Find out which additional features set the Fitbit One apart from its predecessor and whether it's a must-have gadget.

Diet and exerciseFri, 03 May 2013 16:04:00 GMT
Everyday 'superfoods'

Filling up your trolley with everyday grocery items such as olive oil, wholegrains and yoghurt could help you reduce your risk of certain diseases.

Food and drinkTue, 30 Apr 2013 12:33:00 GMT
Pebble watch first look

It promises to receive emails and SMSs via Bluetooth, but we reveal whether the Pebble watch is worth buying.

Phones and mobile devicesMon, 29 Apr 2013 15:39:00 GMT
ASIC's new rules

The government regulator has been making moves that could not only straighten out the finance sector but also make life easier for consumers.

InvestingMon, 29 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT
Maginon Portable Document Scanner HS120 first look

Find out how the inexpensive Maginon HS120 from Aldi measures up to more expensive models.

Home officeFri, 26 Apr 2013 13:11:00 GMT
Pizza makers home test

Our home tester and his family trialled four pizza makers - find out which one they preferred.

KitchenWed, 24 Apr 2013 15:35:00 GMT
Commission rebate schemes

Rebate services return a portion of the commission made on the purchase of insurance policies that would have otherwise gone to a broker to you.

InsuranceWed, 24 Apr 2013 15:34:00 GMT
Raw 'superfoods'

Some foods claim to do everything from prevent cancer to help you lose weight, but do they deserve to be touted as super?

Food and drinkTue, 23 Apr 2013 20:00:00 GMT
Energy retailers' marketing tactics

Energy retailers are trotting out special deals to try to lock in your business.

Power and energyTue, 23 Apr 2013 18:06:00 GMT
Consumer sharing

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.

Shopping and legalTue, 23 Apr 2013 09:07:00 GMT
Desktop search tools

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

Computers and accessoriesMon, 22 Apr 2013 15:55:00 GMT
Non-surgical anti-ageing treatments treatments.aspx

There are many non-surgical options offered to people who would like to look younger, promising the benefits of surgery but without the pain, cost and down time. But do they live up to their claims?

Beauty and personal careFri, 19 Apr 2013 12:38:00 GMT
Migraine and headache pain relief

If you’re concerned about overusing painkillers, there are some effective alternatives.

General healthThu, 18 Apr 2013 10:46:00 GMT
Coffee capsules

If instant coffee isn't quite to your taste, capsules or pods may be an attractive middle ground. We sample what's on the market.

Food and drinkThu, 18 Apr 2013 09:47:00 GMT
Fretting about mortgage debt?

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?

BorrowingFri, 12 Apr 2013 10:00:00 GMT
Shopping loyalty cards

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

Shopping and legalThu, 11 Apr 2013 09:49:00 GMT
Who owns my brands?

Find out which multinationals own the brands sitting on the shelves of your local supermarket.

Shopping and legalTue, 09 Apr 2013 15:22:00 GMT
What's in your milk?

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

Food and drinkMon, 08 Apr 2013 11:59:00 GMT
Nissan X-Trail first look

The five-seater X-Trail TL dCi 4WD packs in the features, but does it also pack in the passengers a little too tightly for comfort?

CarsThu, 04 Apr 2013 17:41:00 GMT
Overseas money transfers

Unexpected fees and a poor exchange rate could cost you hundreds of dollars in the course of an international money transfer.

BankingWed, 03 Apr 2013 14:40:00 GMT
Salt in kids' food

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

Food for kidsThu, 28 Mar 2013 12:29:00 GMT
Guide to switching health insurers

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

InsuranceWed, 27 Mar 2013 11:48:00 GMT
Seagate Wireless Plus first look

The Seagate Wireless Plus lets you stream multimedia to your smartphone or tablet on the go. So what's our verdict?

Storage devicesTue, 26 Mar 2013 16:16:00 GMT
Basic cameras test

In 2012 CHOICE tested 157 compact digital cameras, priced from $89 to $1099.

Digital camerasTue, 26 Mar 2013 10:37:00 GMT
Digital cameras 2012 test

Find out which high-end digital SLRs we recommend when assessed for image quality, ease of use and movie quality.

Digital camerasTue, 26 Mar 2013 09:34:00 GMT
Airline website booking traps

Don't get stung with unexpected fees and charges when booking your next domestic flight.

General travelMon, 25 Mar 2013 18:00:00 GMT
Portable document scanners review

Portable models are smaller and more affordable than desktop ones, making them ideal for home users. We test models from Canon, Fujitsu and others.

Home officeMon, 25 Mar 2013 16:08:00 GMT
New telco consumer code

New telco consumer code has better consumer protection to target bill shock, 'confusopoly' of plans, and excessive roaming charges.

Phones and mobile devicesMon, 25 Mar 2013 10:19:00 GMT
Home theatre projectors

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.

VisualTue, 19 Mar 2013 16:06:00 GMT
Celebrity endorsements

Celebrities have been spruiking products for years. We look at the persuasive power of these endorsements, and whether they're all just hot air.

Shopping and legalWed, 13 Mar 2013 17:12:00 GMT
Subaru Forester First Look

CHOICE members the Eleftheriou family took the five-seater Subaru Forester 2.5i-S for a spin. What did they think of its fancy features - and high price tag?

CarsMon, 11 Mar 2013 13:46:00 GMT
Cause for concern?

The fundraising industry says personalised pens, pad, and address labels are an effective marketing ploy for inspiring generosity, but potential donors tell a different story.

Shopping and legalFri, 08 Mar 2013 09:40:00 GMT
Crackdown on credit card surcharges

As of 18 March, surcharges applied to credit cards will be capped at a reasonable cost for the retailer.

BorrowingThu, 07 Mar 2013 09:28:00 GMT
BB cream user trial

BB creams are a hot new beauty product, billed as a one-stop-shop for skin care. But are they all they're cracked up to be?

Beauty and personal careWed, 06 Mar 2013 17:28:00 GMT
Novelty phone handsets

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

Phones and mobile devicesMon, 04 Mar 2013 16:56:00 GMT
Outsourcing household chores

We check out how you can outsource various household chores, such as cleaning, dogwalking and general home maintenance, to ease the squeeze on your work-life balance.

Shopping and legalMon, 04 Mar 2013 15:54:00 GMT
Omega-3 supplements

From seafood sources to fish and krill oil supplements, we investigate your options for including this nutrient in your diet.

Food and drinkFri, 01 Mar 2013 15:41:00 GMT
Your guide to self-storage

With a trend towards high-density living, more Australians are turning to self-storage as a short- or long-term solution for lack of space.

Shopping and legalTue, 26 Feb 2013 11:56:00 GMT
Google Nexus 4 first look Nexus 4-first-look.aspx

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

Phones and mobile devicesThu, 21 Feb 2013 16:40:00 GMT
Saving on hearing aids

One in six Australians suffers hearing loss, but top-end aids can cost a small fortune. We've surveyed the market to find out how and where you can save.

General healthWed, 20 Feb 2013 15:07:00 GMT
Wrap rage

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

Shopping and legalMon, 18 Feb 2013 14:25:00 GMT
Mitsubishi ASX first look

This small SUV packs in the features, but could it also do with a little more grunt? CHOICE members the Shepherdsons take a test drive.

CarsTue, 12 Feb 2013 15:49:00 GMT
Mobile phone payments

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.

Networking and internetTue, 12 Feb 2013 13:59:00 GMT
Everdure eChurrasco first look

The Everdure eChurrasco's manufacturers claim its gas ignition system will have you chargrilling like a pro in less than 15 minutes.

BackyardTue, 12 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Holden Captiva 5 first look

The Holden Captiva 5 may have plenty of room for luggage, but what else did our home testers have to say about it?

CarsMon, 11 Feb 2013 16:46:00 GMT
IVF costs

With 15% of Australian couples facing a fertility problem, overcoming infertility has become big business.

Fact sheetsFri, 08 Feb 2013 15:10:00 GMT
What's your beef

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.

Food and drinkThu, 07 Feb 2013 09:28:00 GMT
Pricing tricks

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.

Shopping and legalFri, 01 Feb 2013 14:57:00 GMT

Treatments for anxiety may include psychological therapies, medication and self-help.

General healthFri, 01 Feb 2013 14:40:00 GMT
Babies and kids marketing

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

HealthThu, 31 Jan 2013 12:20:00 GMT
Home and contents premium hikes

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

InsuranceThu, 31 Jan 2013 09:23:00 GMT
Blogging with WordPress with WordPress.aspx

It only takes a few hours to create your blog, then you're well on your way to word domination.

Networking and internetFri, 25 Jan 2013 15:13:00 GMT
Living wills

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

Shopping and legalTue, 22 Jan 2013 16:21:00 GMT
Sunbeam VersaCook first look VersaCook First Look.aspx

We give this all-in-one appliance, which functions as a deep fryer, frypan, slow cooker, saucepan and steamer the once-over.

KitchenFri, 18 Jan 2013 15:15:00 GMT
Digital home networking

The latest networked and wireless technologies will make the task of connecting all your home entertainment gear easier.

VisualTue, 15 Jan 2013 11:53:00 GMT
Are smoothies and frappés healthy?

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.

Food and drinkMon, 14 Jan 2013 09:18:00 GMT
Online activism

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.

Networking and internetSun, 13 Jan 2013 05:00:00 GMT
Telstra EasyTouch 4G first look look.aspx

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

Phones and mobile devicesFri, 11 Jan 2013 12:11:00 GMT
Jamie Oliver HomeCooker first look Oliver Homecooker First Look.aspx

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

KitchenThu, 10 Jan 2013 10:37:00 GMT
Exercise hydration

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

Food and drinkMon, 07 Jan 2013 16:41:00 GMT
Wacky water

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

Food and drinkMon, 07 Jan 2013 10:28:00 GMT
Sparkling wine and champagne reviews

CHOICE's wine experts tested 60 of the best-selling sparkling wines, including champagne. Some of the best buys cost under $10.

Food and drinkWed, 19 Dec 2012 10:35:00 GMT
Global roaming costs

Curb bill shock with a pre-paid roaming SIM and our useful tips for limiting phone calls and data usage while overseas.

Phones and mobile devicesTue, 18 Dec 2012 15:28:00 GMT
Kingston Wi-Drive first look

Enjoy your movies, music, photos and other documents wirelessly on your iPad, iPhone or Android device.

Storage devicesFri, 14 Dec 2012 10:11:00 GMT
Trampoline reviews

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

Fact sheetsWed, 12 Dec 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Group buying sites

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

Networking and internetTue, 11 Dec 2012 16:04:00 GMT
Online family history services

It's easier than you think to find your family tree online, as more records are digitised and made available on free government websites.

Networking and internetThu, 06 Dec 2012 09:31:00 GMT
Christmas pudding reviews

We've blind taste tested 14 Christmas puddings to find out which ones are worthy of being the grand finale to your celebratory feast.

Food and drinkMon, 03 Dec 2012 16:00:00 GMT
Modern cloth nappies

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

HealthSat, 01 Dec 2012 17:10:00 GMT
Small vehicle repair costs

NRMA Insurance put the spotlight on nine top selling small vehicles in Australia to see how their bumpers performed when involved in a collision.

CarsWed, 28 Nov 2012 15:44:00 GMT
How can ombudsman services help you?

Consumers have a lot to gain from understanding how ombudsman services operate and how the complaint process works.

Shopping and legalWed, 28 Nov 2012 14:09:00 GMT
Quality vs price

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

Shopping and legalTue, 27 Nov 2012 15:53:00 GMT
Women's razor reviews

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

Beauty and personal careFri, 23 Nov 2012 15:52:00 GMT
The rise of nutritional branding

We look at 200 products with implied health or quality claims and discover there is a fine line between healthy and hoodwinked.

Labelling and advertisingTue, 20 Nov 2012 15:44:00 GMT
MP3 and MP4 player reviews

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

Phones and mobile devicesThu, 15 Nov 2012 16:02:00 GMT
Small SUV tyre reviews

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

CarsThu, 15 Nov 2012 11:59:00 GMT
Credit card ageism

In what appears to be a widespread pattern, self-funded retirees are having their credit card applications knocked back.

BorrowingThu, 15 Nov 2012 11:23:00 GMT
Facebook: protecting your privacy

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

Networking and internetWed, 14 Nov 2012 15:00:00 GMT
Men's razor reviews

The results for this test are shared among several consumer organisations.

Beauty and personal careWed, 14 Nov 2012 11:42:00 GMT
Technology reliability survey

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

Computers and accessoriesTue, 13 Nov 2012 06:30:00 GMT
Hyundai iMax first look

The Hyundai iMax is an eight-person carrier and one of the larger people-movers on the Australian market that we’ve looked at.

CarsMon, 12 Nov 2012 11:55:00 GMT
Honda Odyssey first look

The Webster family took the Honda Odyssey over a weekend for the morning sports run, domestic duties and a picnic.

CarsWed, 07 Nov 2012 11:58:00 GMT
Shonkiest Shonky 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.

Shonky AwardsTue, 06 Nov 2012 14:11:00 GMT
Caring for clothes, shoes and accessories

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

Laundry and cleaningTue, 06 Nov 2012 12:12:00 GMT
iPad mini first look

Apple's iPad mini throws down the guantlet to 7-inch tablet rivals from Google, Samsung and Amazon.

Mobile computersFri, 02 Nov 2012 16:21:00 GMT
The 2012 Shonky Awards

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'.

Shonky AwardsTue, 30 Oct 2012 23:59:00 GMT
Windows 8 preview

This is the biggest change to the operating system in a very long time, and it’s certainly not going to be to everyone’s liking.

Home officeFri, 26 Oct 2012 17:33:00 GMT
Sunglasses buying guide

How important are sunglasses to your health and what do you need to look for?

General healthSun, 21 Oct 2012 15:11:00 GMT
LG 84 inch TV first look

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

VisualFri, 19 Oct 2012 15:46:00 GMT
Pet food reviews

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

BackyardTue, 16 Oct 2012 15:57:00 GMT
Do you need a wrap fund?

Choose a wrap fund that will comply with FoFA requirements, or charges fees for specific services that are clearly outlined in the agreement between you and your adviser.

InvestingFri, 12 Oct 2012 10:17:00 GMT
Breville Sous Vide first look

Sous Vide is a cooking technique that requires foods to be vacuum packed and heated at controlled temperatures over a period of time.

KitchenMon, 08 Oct 2012 13:49:00 GMT
Toyota Prius V first look

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

CarsSun, 07 Oct 2012 08:24:00 GMT
Private car park fines

Some private car park operators have been slapping motorists with bogus “fines” and threatening legal action if they don’t pay up.

Shopping and legalTue, 02 Oct 2012 14:31:00 GMT
What makes you fat?

The latest science suggests there's more to the recent obesity epidemic than too much food and too little exercise.

Diet and exerciseFri, 28 Sep 2012 14:46:00 GMT
Superannuation for women

Despite the advances in equitable pay, women face a number of hurdles if they want to grow their superannuation independently.

InvestingWed, 26 Sep 2012 10:17:00 GMT
Customer service shadow shop

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.

Shopping and legalWed, 26 Sep 2012 06:00:00 GMT
Breville Fresh Keeper first look

Breville now has a food sealing device in their range, to complement its Sous Vide appliance.

KitchenMon, 24 Sep 2012 15:22:00 GMT
Apple iOS 6 first look

We take a hands-on look at Apple's updated iOS 6 mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Phones and mobile devicesMon, 24 Sep 2012 09:25:00 GMT
Photokina 2012

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

Digital camerasWed, 19 Sep 2012 09:57:00 GMT
Apple iPhone 5 release update

The iPhone 5 due is due for release next week, and we check out some of its new features.

Phones and mobile devicesTue, 18 Sep 2012 15:17:00 GMT
Liquipel treatment first look

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

Phones and mobile devicesFri, 14 Sep 2012 14:26:00 GMT
Philips QuickClean Juicer first look

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

KitchenFri, 14 Sep 2012 09:20:00 GMT
Booster seat reviews

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.

TravelWed, 12 Sep 2012 09:44:00 GMT
Parrot AR.Drone first look

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

Computers and accessoriesTue, 11 Sep 2012 09:22:00 GMT
Where are supermarket products sourced?

Coles and Woolworths say they're committed to sourcing their private label products from Australia, but this isn't necessarily the whole story.

Food and drinkThu, 06 Sep 2012 06:22:00 GMT
Hotel clubs and reward programs

We've looked into hotel club memberships, comparing the loyalty programs of a few major players, to see how much bang for your buck you really get.

General travelTue, 04 Sep 2012 15:46:00 GMT
Updated Google Nexus 7 first look

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

Mobile computersTue, 04 Sep 2012 14:04:00 GMT
Online education courses

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

Networking and internetThu, 30 Aug 2012 16:15:00 GMT
Parallel import beer taste test

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

Food and drinkTue, 28 Aug 2012 16:03:00 GMT
Hedge trimmer reviews

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

BackyardMon, 27 Aug 2012 14:18:00 GMT
Can a chiropractor replace your GP?

As with all medical practices, there are risks involved with chiropractic. So do the benefits for children outweigh the risks?

General healthThu, 23 Aug 2012 15:46:00 GMT
Is coconut water healthy?

It's been hailed as 'nature's sports drink', but does coconut water live up to its health claims?

Food and drinkTue, 21 Aug 2012 15:54:00 GMT
Lawn edger reviews

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

BackyardWed, 15 Aug 2012 14:13:00 GMT
The rise of aroma marketing

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

Shopping and legalWed, 15 Aug 2012 10:15:00 GMT
Steering clear of car repair scams

Car repair shops are coming under greater scrutiny in NSW and WA, but consumer awareness is still the first line of defence.

CarsTue, 14 Aug 2012 10:43:00 GMT
Fitbit first look

We take a look at the Fitbit Ultra, which helps you track your walks and runs, as well as calories burned.

Diet and exerciseMon, 13 Aug 2012 17:47:00 GMT
Getting rid of mould

Reducing moisture, not expensive mould removal products, is the key to preventing household mould.

Laundry and cleaningMon, 06 Aug 2012 10:05:00 GMT
ALDI steam iron first look

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

Laundry and cleaningWed, 25 Jul 2012 13:56:00 GMT
Carbon offsets

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

Power and energyWed, 25 Jul 2012 09:07:00 GMT
Exercise experts

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

Diet and exerciseMon, 23 Jul 2012 09:34:00 GMT
Foreign transaction fees

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

BankingTue, 10 Jul 2012 11:07:00 GMT
Shonkys exposed competition

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

Shonky AwardsMon, 09 Jul 2012 14:58:00 GMT
CHOICE supermarket special

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

Food and drinkFri, 06 Jul 2012 10:29:00 GMT
Telstra Elite first look Elite modem-first-look.aspx

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

Phones and mobile devicesThu, 05 Jul 2012 16:17:00 GMT
Toyota Prius C first look

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

CarsThu, 05 Jul 2012 09:30:00 GMT
Thumbs up or down?

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

CHOICE AwardsWed, 04 Jul 2012 16:59:00 GMT
Toothpaste marketing

We've looked at 17 toothpastes, and spoken to dental experts to find out if there's any truth to the marketing claims.

Beauty and personal careTue, 03 Jul 2012 17:07:00 GMT
Philips AirFloss first look

Philips have introduced the Sonicare AirFloss, designed to make flossing easier.

Beauty and personal careMon, 02 Jul 2012 10:34:00 GMT
Honda CR-Z Sport first look

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

CarsFri, 29 Jun 2012 11:28:00 GMT
Consolidating your debt

By using a debt consolidation business you could end up paying more in the long run than you would dealing directly with the creditors.

BorrowingFri, 22 Jun 2012 09:57:00 GMT
Online health tests

We've selected online health tests from reputable sources to help determine your current health status and future health risks.

General healthFri, 22 Jun 2012 09:41:00 GMT
Soup makers home test

Homemade soups are a winter favourite, and having a warm, quick and healthy meal on the table is always welcome.

KitchenThu, 21 Jun 2012 09:01:00 GMT
Parallel imports

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

Shopping and legalTue, 19 Jun 2012 08:52:00 GMT
Vegetarian fast food

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

Food and drinkThu, 14 Jun 2012 16:49:00 GMT
Doro 615 mobile first look

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

Phones and mobile devicesThu, 14 Jun 2012 11:36:00 GMT
Absurd whitegoods features

Often the special functions on your washing machine and dryer are just marketing hype.

Laundry and cleaningWed, 13 Jun 2012 15:16:00 GMT
Car reversing camera kit reviews

A car reversing camera kit supplies you with a camera that you attach to the rear of the car, along with a monitor for viewing.

CarsTue, 12 Jun 2012 09:46:00 GMT
Lytro camera first look

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

Digital camerasTue, 12 Jun 2012 09:45:00 GMT
Rent payment schemes

Third-party rent payment schemes force tenants to pay for rent collection, and the fees can really add up.

Shopping and legalThu, 07 Jun 2012 15:39:00 GMT
Free range egg petition

We'd like to thank the 3101 people who signed on to ask the ACCC to reject the Australian Egg Corporation's certification trade mark that would allow a 13-fold increase on the current free-range outdoor stocking density maximum.

Food and drinkWed, 30 May 2012 16:02:00 GMT
Tackling call centres

If you have a speech impediment, disability or an aversion to technology, call centres can cause you a lot of grief.

Shopping and legalWed, 30 May 2012 13:24:00 GMT
Finding a removalist

In 2011, Fair Trading NSW received 300 complaints about removalists – more than one every working day on average.

Shopping and legalFri, 25 May 2012 11:35:00 GMT
Asus Eee Pad Slider first look

If you’re keen on an Android tablet but can’t do without a physical keyboard all the time, the Asus Eee Pad Slider is for you.

Mobile computersWed, 23 May 2012 12:25:00 GMT
What's not recommended?

These strollers, cots, bassinets, and change tables failed some of our safety tests, after being tested in the CHOICE labs.

Fact sheetsMon, 21 May 2012 10:14:00 GMT
CHOICE Baby safety week

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.

Fact sheetsMon, 21 May 2012 08:16:00 GMT
Teeth whitening treatment

With the boom in shopping centre kiosks and beauty salons offering teeth whitening services, we examine the potential risks and benefits.

Beauty and personal careSun, 20 May 2012 15:41:00 GMT
Supermarket wines

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

Food and drinkThu, 17 May 2012 09:42:00 GMT
Eee Pad Transformer Prime first look

The Prime follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Transformer 101, with some impressive results.

Mobile computersWed, 16 May 2012 16:04:00 GMT
Mother's Day home test

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

Shopping and legalFri, 11 May 2012 10:42:00 GMT
The cut flower industry

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

Shopping and legalWed, 09 May 2012 16:10:00 GMT
Cake mix reviews

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

Food and drinkWed, 09 May 2012 16:09:00 GMT

We look at the different types of diabetes, as well as pre-diabetes, and the latest research into causes and prevention.

General healthTue, 08 May 2012 14:31:00 GMT
Beaba Babycook first look

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

Food for kidsTue, 01 May 2012 14:13:00 GMT
Sony 3D viewer first look

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

VisualTue, 01 May 2012 13:14:00 GMT

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

Food and drinkTue, 01 May 2012 08:40:00 GMT
Toyota Camry Hybrid first look Camry Hybrid First Look.aspx

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

CarsFri, 27 Apr 2012 14:44:00 GMT
Dishing up on cancer

Information about foods and drinks that could cause cancer is continually updated. We bring you the latest.

General healthThu, 26 Apr 2012 11:15:00 GMT
Health insurance satisfaction survey

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

InsuranceSun, 22 Apr 2012 07:24:00 GMT
Nominate a consumer champion

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

CHOICE AwardsFri, 20 Apr 2012 17:42:00 GMT
Toyota Prius i-Tech first look

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

CarsWed, 18 Apr 2012 12:45:00 GMT
Mazda 3 SKYACTIV first look

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

CarsWed, 04 Apr 2012 10:53:00 GMT
Sunbeam FoodSaver first look

Sunbeam has a range of food-sealing devices. We tested their cheapest to see if it lives up to its claims.

KitchenWed, 28 Mar 2012 17:30:00 GMT
CHOICE Awards 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.

CHOICE AwardsWed, 28 Mar 2012 06:00:00 GMT
Shopping for plus-size clothes

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

Shopping and legalMon, 26 Mar 2012 09:55:00 GMT
Frozen fish product reviews

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

Food and drinkWed, 21 Mar 2012 16:28:00 GMT
2012 Apple TV first look

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

VisualTue, 20 Mar 2012 10:31:00 GMT
Monitoring mobile phone usage

Mobile service providers are supposed to be making bill shock a thing of the past, but weak regulatory intervention has allowed plenty of lingering aftershocks.

Phones and mobile devicesFri, 16 Mar 2012 16:33:00 GMT
New iPad for 2012 first look

We take a hands-on look at Apple's latest iPad and find out how it compares to its predecessors.

Mobile computersFri, 16 Mar 2012 16:20:00 GMT
Guide to online health advice

With colds and flus upon us, who can you trust to give you reliable information online? We give you the low-down.

General healthWed, 14 Mar 2012 13:48:00 GMT
Coffee roaster reviews

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

KitchenTue, 13 Mar 2012 09:16:00 GMT
VW BlueMotion first look

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

CarsMon, 12 Mar 2012 16:29:00 GMT
CeBIT 2012

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

Digital camerasMon, 12 Mar 2012 15:49:00 GMT
Hip replacement surgery

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

General healthFri, 09 Mar 2012 16:46:00 GMT
Diet clinic shadow shop

We put diet programs from Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Cohen's Lifestyle Clinic, and Weight Control Doctor under the microscope.

Diet and exerciseTue, 06 Mar 2012 17:21:00 GMT
Mobile World Congress 2012

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

Phones and mobile devicesFri, 02 Mar 2012 11:04:00 GMT
Future-proof your super

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.

InvestingTue, 21 Feb 2012 16:06:00 GMT
Home loan fact sheet shadow shop

While most of the institutions we visited do provide key fact sheets on their websites, overall it seems that bank staff have little or no idea the fact sheets even exist.

BorrowingSun, 19 Feb 2012 07:42:00 GMT
GoPro HD Hero2 first look

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

Video camerasFri, 17 Feb 2012 10:46:00 GMT
Digital radio hi-fi tuner reviews

Digital radio tuners allow you to enjoy digital radio as it was meant to be enjoyed - through a good pair of speakers.

SoundFri, 17 Feb 2012 09:49:00 GMT
JVC GC-PX10 camcorder first look

The JVC GC PX-10 looks like a still camera on steroids but performs well as a video camcorder.

Video camerasWed, 15 Feb 2012 13:36:00 GMT
Dyson Pedestal Fan first look

Does this sleek pedestal fan outperform traditional models, or is its bladeless technology a lot of spin?

Heating and coolingTue, 14 Feb 2012 15:14:00 GMT
Mental health professionals

Mental health therapists can help people with problems ranging from depression, anxiety or grief to schizophrenia and other psychoses.

General healthMon, 13 Feb 2012 11:29:00 GMT
Samsung Galaxy Nexus first look

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.

Phones and mobile devicesFri, 03 Feb 2012 15:25:00 GMT
The business of search engines

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

Networking and internetFri, 03 Feb 2012 12:03:00 GMT
102-107cm TV reviews

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

VisualThu, 02 Feb 2012 14:53:00 GMT
Children's convertible car seat reviews

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

TravelThu, 02 Feb 2012 14:47:00 GMT
Finding quality childcare

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

Fact sheetsThu, 02 Feb 2012 14:41:00 GMT
Salad dressing reviews

CHOICE reviews prepared French, Italian and Caesar salad dressings for nutrition and taste.

Food and drinkWed, 01 Feb 2012 15:33:00 GMT
Sony vs Lenovo first look

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

Mobile computersWed, 01 Feb 2012 12:38:00 GMT
Cider taste test

Whether you’re after sweet, sparkling, English-style or other, there’s a cider out there for everyone, as results of our blind taste test show.

Food and drinkTue, 31 Jan 2012 16:30:00 GMT
81cm LCD TV reviews

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

VisualTue, 31 Jan 2012 11:12:00 GMT
Thermochef first look

The Thermochef performed well, but how does it stack up against its rival, the Thermomix?

KitchenWed, 25 Jan 2012 17:49:00 GMT
Mitsubishi i-MiEV first look

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

CarsFri, 20 Jan 2012 14:01:00 GMT
Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency has been described as a pandemic. We explain if you're at risk, and what you can do to get enough.

General healthWed, 18 Jan 2012 13:50:00 GMT
Asko Drying Cabinet first look

Many items in today’s wash are not suitable for tumble dryers. This is where the Asko Drying Cabinet DC7573 comes in.

Laundry and cleaningTue, 17 Jan 2012 10:09:00 GMT
Country of origin

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

Laundry and cleaningWed, 11 Jan 2012 14:46:00 GMT
Consumer Electronics Show

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

Mobile computersWed, 11 Jan 2012 10:49:00 GMT
New Year resolution traps

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

General healthWed, 04 Jan 2012 10:56:00 GMT
Australian Consumer Law

The newly introduced Australian Consumer Law gives consumers better protection when purchasing than ever before.

Shopping and legalFri, 23 Dec 2011 12:09:00 GMT
Unwanted Christmas gifts

Our survey finds, a whopping 21% of items purchased as Christmas presents fall short on performance.

Shopping and legalWed, 21 Dec 2011 13:15:00 GMT
Black and Stone multi-purpose cooker first look

This eight-function cooker has settings for steaming, baking, and slow cooking.

KitchenWed, 21 Dec 2011 13:05:00 GMT
In the dark on interest-free deals

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

Shopping and legalTue, 20 Dec 2011 17:06:00 GMT
Sustainable seafood labelling

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

Labelling and advertisingTue, 20 Dec 2011 10:46:00 GMT
Christmas gifts for the traveller

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

Shopping and legalFri, 16 Dec 2011 09:03:00 GMT
Credit card travel insurance reviews

Many gold and platinum credit cards offer travel insurance, but the cover can vary.

InsuranceTue, 13 Dec 2011 16:55:00 GMT
HTC Sensation XL first look

Would you like a larger screen and headphones with your mobile phone?

Phones and mobile devicesTue, 06 Dec 2011 14:00:00 GMT
Aldi Go Cruise 1602 first look

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

CarsMon, 05 Dec 2011 15:47:00 GMT
Bank Satisfaction Survey 2011

Most participants in our survey have long-term relationships with one of the big four banks, but the loyalty has yielded very little satisfaction.

BankingFri, 02 Dec 2011 14:03:00 GMT
Work-from-home scams

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.

Shopping and legalTue, 29 Nov 2011 16:25:00 GMT
Christmas gifts for the keen cook

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

Shopping and legalTue, 29 Nov 2011 10:21:00 GMT
Expensive vacuum cleaner reviews

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

Laundry and cleaningThu, 24 Nov 2011 16:48:00 GMT
Excess package

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

Shopping and legalThu, 24 Nov 2011 16:01:00 GMT
Christmas gifts for the gadget fan

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

Shopping and legalWed, 23 Nov 2011 10:53:00 GMT
Medion Akoya laptop from Aldi

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

Mobile computersMon, 21 Nov 2011 18:46:00 GMT
The rise of dental tourism

Australian consumers are increasingly looking to overseas dental treatment in order to save money on their dental bills.

General healthMon, 21 Nov 2011 09:10:00 GMT
Christmas gift guide 2011

From digital cameras to kitchen gadgets, our gift ideas cater to all budgets.

Shopping and legalWed, 16 Nov 2011 11:04:00 GMT
How to avoid unsafe toys

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

HealthTue, 15 Nov 2011 17:26:00 GMT
All-rounder laptop reviews

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

Mobile computersFri, 11 Nov 2011 10:48:00 GMT
Freestanding electric cooker reviews

These all-electric cookers look sleek, with controls at the front so your splashback can run across the whole wall.

KitchenThu, 10 Nov 2011 11:43:00 GMT
The dirt on antibacterials

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

HealthThu, 10 Nov 2011 10:46:00 GMT
Does compression sportswear work?

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

Diet and exerciseWed, 09 Nov 2011 14:35:00 GMT
HD webcam reviews

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

Home officeWed, 09 Nov 2011 10:56:00 GMT
Bicycle GPS first look

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

BikesTue, 01 Nov 2011 13:35:00 GMT
Treating hair loss

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

Beauty and personal careTue, 01 Nov 2011 11:48:00 GMT
Retractable hose reel reviews

CHOICE tests nine retractable hose reels for their ease of use and features.

BackyardFri, 28 Oct 2011 15:28:00 GMT
Valco Stroller Roller first look

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

TravelWed, 26 Oct 2011 16:47:00 GMT
FetchTV first look

FetchTV provides another alternative to cable, with your Internet provider delivering a host of channels and rental movies to your television.

VisualWed, 26 Oct 2011 10:08:00 GMT
National Kidsafe Day targets road safety

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

TravelTue, 25 Oct 2011 16:30:00 GMT
The 2011 Shonky Awards

CHOICE's annual showcase of the worst of the worst consumer products and services.

Shonky AwardsMon, 24 Oct 2011 11:48:00 GMT
Netgear Push2TV first look

Streaming high definition video from your laptop to your TV has never been this easy.

VisualThu, 20 Oct 2011 15:36:00 GMT
Real estate's influence on newspapers

Where does advertising end and editorial begin in the murky grey area between the glossy snapshots and auction listings?

InvestingWed, 19 Oct 2011 16:48:00 GMT
Apple iPhone 4S first look

We take a hands-on look at the iPhone 4S and find out how it compares to its predecessors.

Phones and mobile devicesMon, 17 Oct 2011 17:35:00 GMT
Dell XPS15z first look

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

Mobile computersMon, 17 Oct 2011 15:01:00 GMT
Telstra USB 4G modem first look

Telstra claims its new USB 4G modem is up to 10 times faster than other 3G wireless internet options.

Networking and internetThu, 13 Oct 2011 14:59:00 GMT
Philips PerfectCare Iron first look

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

Laundry and cleaningMon, 10 Oct 2011 14:56:00 GMT
OMO Pods first look

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

Laundry and cleaningThu, 06 Oct 2011 16:19:00 GMT
Low-fat dessert reviews

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

Food and drinkThu, 06 Oct 2011 08:30:00 GMT
Demystifying financial advice

CHOICE has been calling for an overhaul of the financial services industry for more than 20 years. The federal government's Future of Financial Advice(FOFA) reforms will hopefully resolve some of the issues.

InvestingMon, 26 Sep 2011 14:35:00 GMT
Optus Home Zone first look

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

Phones and mobile devicesMon, 26 Sep 2011 09:49:00 GMT
Pocket camcorder reviews

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

Video camerasFri, 23 Sep 2011 11:34:00 GMT
Go4Green EnergySmart first look

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

Power and energyThu, 22 Sep 2011 16:15:00 GMT
Refinancing your home loan

Switch and save and take a fresh look at the interest rates on your home loan. We take you through the basics and present some easy options to put you on the fast track to a better deal.

BorrowingFri, 16 Sep 2011 11:53:00 GMT
Truth in food labelling

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

Labelling and advertisingThu, 15 Sep 2011 11:07:00 GMT
Bose Videowave first look

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.

VisualThu, 08 Sep 2011 15:28:00 GMT
Home theatre speakers reviews

CHOICE reviews home theatre speakers valued from $2000 to $3000.

SoundWed, 07 Sep 2011 17:18:00 GMT
Fighting dementia

Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in Australians aged 65 years or older. It's predicted that by 2050 it will affect one million Australians.

General healthThu, 01 Sep 2011 14:19:00 GMT
Standby energy

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

Power and energyThu, 01 Sep 2011 13:34:00 GMT
Pregnancy multivitamins

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

General healthThu, 01 Sep 2011 09:30:00 GMT
Smartphone operating systems review

The mobile phone OS has transformed the phone into to a web-surfing, social networking tool however while Apple's iOS and Google's Android dominate the landscape, there are other options emerging.

Phones and mobile devicesTue, 30 Aug 2011 10:46:00 GMT
Colour laser multifunction printers

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

Home officeWed, 24 Aug 2011 15:25:00 GMT
High postage paid

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

Shopping and legalMon, 22 Aug 2011 15:24:00 GMT
Personal financial software

Everyone has money concerns, but can personal financial packages help track expenses and manage your budget? We look at some of the online alternatives.

Networking and internetFri, 19 Aug 2011 09:29:00 GMT
Mini stereo system reviews

CHOICE put a range of CD, DVD and Blu-ray stereo systems through their paces, ranging from $849 to $1900.

SoundWed, 17 Aug 2011 15:35:00 GMT
Unnecessary insurance policies

We expose the top five types of junk insurance and suggest some smarter alternatives.

InsuranceSat, 13 Aug 2011 09:41:00 GMT
Sleep deprivation

As Australians adopt busier lifestyles, we’re also becoming more sleep deprived. CHOICE outlines why you may need more zzzzs.

General healthThu, 11 Aug 2011 09:30:00 GMT
Flight comparison websites

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.

General travelTue, 09 Aug 2011 17:10:00 GMT
Breville fast slow cooker first look

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

KitchenFri, 05 Aug 2011 15:55:00 GMT
Web TV grows up

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

VisualTue, 02 Aug 2011 11:46:00 GMT
Retailer tricks of the trade

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

Shopping and legalTue, 02 Aug 2011 10:23:00 GMT
Natural hair dye

They have a higher price tag, but is there any benefit to buying “natural” or “organic” hair dyes? CHOICE investigates the ingredients.

Beauty and personal careFri, 29 Jul 2011 11:02:00 GMT
Building energy ratings

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

Power and energyWed, 27 Jul 2011 17:27:00 GMT
Cordless phones without answering machines review

We look at models that work with an extra handset, providing added versatility.

Phones and mobile devicesThu, 21 Jul 2011 17:29:00 GMT
Bosch Ciso cordless secateurs first look

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

BackyardWed, 20 Jul 2011 16:54:00 GMT
Laundry powders vs liquids review

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

Laundry and cleaningFri, 15 Jul 2011 10:54:00 GMT
Low-cost vacuum cleaner reviews

Our test reveals some good, affordable choices and one model in particular that would hold its own against vacuums costing twice as much.

Laundry and cleaningThu, 14 Jul 2011 10:11:00 GMT
Philips Viva Collection Airfryer first look

The Philips Airfryer promotes itself as a healthy alternative to traditional deep frying.

KitchenWed, 13 Jul 2011 14:46:00 GMT
Medical imaging

From radiation risks to gap payments, CHOICE explores answers the questions about imaging technologies, including x-rays and CTs.

General healthThu, 07 Jul 2011 11:14:00 GMT
Shopping online for overseas goods

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

Shopping and legalWed, 06 Jul 2011 17:50:00 GMT

"Good" bacteria, long used as starter cultures for yoghurts and fermented dairy drinks, are now in high consumer demand, particularly probiotics.

Food and drinkWed, 06 Jul 2011 10:08:00 GMT
Alternative diagnostics

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

General healthWed, 29 Jun 2011 12:16:00 GMT
Food waste

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

Power and energyTue, 28 Jun 2011 16:11:00 GMT
Pitfalls for tall consumers

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

Shopping and legalThu, 23 Jun 2011 17:32:00 GMT
Food for kids

CHOICE compares the nutritional panels of various products to help consumers make more informed choices about foods for their children.

Food for kidsWed, 22 Jun 2011 14:29:00 GMT
Your rights in flight

Most airlines do everything they can to limit their liability for any losses you encounter as a result of delays or cancellations. In some cases we think their terms and conditions wouldn’t hold up if challenged.

General travelTue, 21 Jun 2011 13:18:00 GMT
SensaSlim puts TGA on hold

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.

Diet and exerciseTue, 21 Jun 2011 12:15:00 GMT
Better chemical regulation

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

General healthFri, 17 Jun 2011 16:03:00 GMT
Philips LEDbulb first look

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

Power and energyFri, 17 Jun 2011 12:07:00 GMT
Garmin Approach S1 GPS Golf watch

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

Diet and exerciseWed, 15 Jun 2011 15:28:00 GMT
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer First Look

A dedicated add-on keyboard makes the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer tablet more versatile than the average tablet.

Mobile computersMon, 13 Jun 2011 10:44:00 GMT
Inflated surcharges

Retailers are increasingly imposing surcharges on credit card transactions – but the RBA may finally be taking action.

BorrowingThu, 09 Jun 2011 15:11:00 GMT
Power meter reviews

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

Power and energyWed, 08 Jun 2011 15:25:00 GMT
Surviving fast food

Despite many fast food outlets offering healthy options, the nutritional labelling and serving sizes of not-so-healthy choices are still not up to scratch.

Food and drinkTue, 07 Jun 2011 15:13:00 GMT
How to toilet train your toddler

Toilet training your toddler can be a test for any parent's patience but staying calm will make the process easier for everyone.

HealthTue, 07 Jun 2011 15:10:00 GMT
Coping with toddlers who are fussy eaters

There are some strategies for the many parents who worry about their toddler's eating habits.

Food for kidsSat, 04 Jun 2011 10:46:00 GMT
Electricity prices

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

Power and energyFri, 03 Jun 2011 17:34:00 GMT
Managing pain safely while pregnant or breastfeeding

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

Fact sheetsTue, 31 May 2011 20:32:00 GMT
Photo management software

Photo management software can bring order to digital-picture chaos.

Digital camerasMon, 30 May 2011 15:21:00 GMT
How to teach your kids about money

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

Fact sheetsMon, 30 May 2011 10:29:00 GMT
Acer Iconia A500 First Look

Read our quick review of Acer's 10 inch Android Honeycomb tablet. Competitor to the Apple iPad 2.

Mobile computersMon, 23 May 2011 11:05:00 GMT
Unsafe solar installation

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

Power and energyMon, 23 May 2011 08:40:00 GMT
Nutrition guide for breastfeeding mothers

How much more do breastfeeding mothers need to eat and which foods they should focus on to stay as healthy as possible?

Food for kidsFri, 20 May 2011 07:30:00 GMT
Tyre pressure gauge reviews

Gauges at petrol stations are not always well maintained which may affect accuracy. You may want to think about getting your own. We tested 18 models, from $5 to $80.

CarsThu, 19 May 2011 13:53:00 GMT
Savoury snacks

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

Food and drinkFri, 13 May 2011 12:57:00 GMT
Car reliability survey

Advanced technologies used by car manufacturers aim to make your ride as smooth and safe as possible, how do they fare for reliability?

CarsThu, 12 May 2011 15:45:00 GMT
Country of origin labelling

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

Labelling and advertisingTue, 10 May 2011 15:53:00 GMT
MyCook Domestic first look

With a similar price tag and functions to the famous Thermomix, the MyCook has a way to go before it's in the same class.

KitchenFri, 06 May 2011 15:25:00 GMT
Protect your privacy online

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

Networking and internetMon, 02 May 2011 15:53:00 GMT
Weight loss pills

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

Diet and exerciseMon, 02 May 2011 11:04:00 GMT
Assisted conception guide

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

Fact sheetsSat, 30 Apr 2011 12:00:00 GMT
CHOICE applauds new financial planning rules

The government says the changes will require financial planners to prioritise the interests of their clients.

InvestingThu, 28 Apr 2011 16:40:00 GMT
Suitcase safety

Locks, straps, cable ties or shrink wrap? CHOICE runs through the options.

General travelThu, 28 Apr 2011 15:36:00 GMT
Appliances that last

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

KitchenThu, 28 Apr 2011 13:41:00 GMT
Panasonic HDC-SDT750 3D camcorder

The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 is one of the first consumer 3D camcorders to be released.

Video camerasThu, 28 Apr 2011 13:01:00 GMT
Finance comparison sites

These websites can be used to explore many products, from bank accounts to home loans, but CHOICE recommends you approach sites with care.

BankingWed, 27 Apr 2011 16:55:00 GMT
CHOICE Computer wins top honours again

Computers and accessoriesThu, 21 Apr 2011 14:50:00 GMT
Rental car companies

CHOICE scrutinised the contracts of some of Australia's largest car rental companies - and found plenty to be concerned about.

CarsMon, 18 Apr 2011 17:35:00 GMT
Wireless headphones reviews

Wireless headphones mean any household members can listen to TV or music at the best possible sound level.

SoundFri, 15 Apr 2011 16:29:00 GMT
Keeping fit with consoles

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

VisualThu, 14 Apr 2011 16:05:00 GMT
Managing your household waste

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

Power and energyThu, 14 Apr 2011 11:40:00 GMT
Travel vaccinations

If you're travelling off the beaten track, you need the right advice on travel vaccinations.

General healthWed, 13 Apr 2011 14:28:00 GMT
Build a better browser

All major internet browsers - Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome - come with a host of add-ons to supercharge your browsing.

Networking and internetWed, 13 Apr 2011 14:06:00 GMT
Meat substitutes

CHOICE put a handful of vegetarian meat substitutes to the test, rating both nutritional value and taste.

Food and drinkMon, 11 Apr 2011 13:31:00 GMT
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play First Look

This touchscreen phone comes into its own as a device for games.

Phones and mobile devicesMon, 11 Apr 2011 10:20:00 GMT
TV redemption promotions

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

VisualThu, 07 Apr 2011 16:32:00 GMT
Hot cross buns

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

Food and drinkWed, 06 Apr 2011 17:23:00 GMT
Motorola Defy First Look

The Motorola Defy is a good entry-level phone for Andriod users.

Phones and mobile devicesTue, 05 Apr 2011 16:32:00 GMT
Bargain book buys

Chain, independent or online book retailers – we size up the options.

Shopping and legalTue, 05 Apr 2011 10:32:00 GMT
CHOICE Awards 2011: Best Restaurant Hygiene Rating Scheme

Food safety is vital for consumers and some organisations are making sure people know which businesses are safest for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Food and drinkThu, 31 Mar 2011 16:49:00 GMT
CHOICE Awards 2011: winners announced

The CHOICE Awards recognise companies developing innovative, quality products and services.

CHOICE AwardsThu, 31 Mar 2011 13:55:00 GMT
Energy efficient home guide

We've used our CHOICE testing to bring you a comprehensive list of energy-efficient products for your home.

Power and energyWed, 30 Mar 2011 12:18:00 GMT
People's CHOICE Award 2011: Best Retailers

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

CHOICE AwardsWed, 30 Mar 2011 09:54:00 GMT
Apple iPad 2 First Look

Read our quick review of the Apple iPad 2, a slimmer, faster and cheaper follow-up to the original.

Mobile computersMon, 28 Mar 2011 12:43:00 GMT
CHOICE Awards 2011: Best Television Brand

CHOICE has tested over 70 TVs over the last 12 months. The results and CHOICE member feedback have determined the best performing TV brand.

VisualMon, 28 Mar 2011 10:54:00 GMT
Print from mobile with Dropbox

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.

Phones and mobile devicesFri, 25 Mar 2011 14:59:00 GMT
People's CHOICE Award: Best Value Mobile Phone Service

If you’re not happy with your current mobile plan, perhaps it’s time to look past the big players for a fresh alternative.

Phones and mobile devicesTue, 22 Mar 2011 11:28:00 GMT
Mini hifi with iPod dock reviews

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

SoundThu, 17 Mar 2011 14:00:00 GMT
Resolving a financial complaint

Dealing directly with banks and other financial services providers to resolve disputes is usually more effective than taking the matter to court.

Shopping and legalThu, 17 Mar 2011 10:44:00 GMT
94cm LCD TVs review

The top peformers in this test deliver a quality picture - and prove that performance needn't come at a cost.

VisualTue, 15 Mar 2011 11:07:00 GMT
Move your money

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

BankingMon, 14 Mar 2011 15:11:00 GMT
Savings at the cinema

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

Shopping and legalThu, 10 Mar 2011 15:44:00 GMT
Cyberclean first look

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

Computers and accessoriesMon, 07 Mar 2011 15:32:00 GMT
Used car buying guide

"Buyer beware" never applies more than when shopping for a used car.

CarsThu, 03 Mar 2011 16:58:00 GMT
Fennel salad

A delicious salad that quick and easy to make.

Cook's CHOICEWed, 02 Mar 2011 15:57:00 GMT
Vegetarian bean dip

A tasty dish that's great for everyone.

Cook's CHOICEWed, 02 Mar 2011 15:43:00 GMT
BBQ mushrooms

A tasty recipe for BBQ mushrooms with herbs.

Cook's CHOICEWed, 02 Mar 2011 14:38:00 GMT
CHOICE releases Better Banking report

The report marks a major milestone in our campaign for fairer banking.

BankingWed, 02 Mar 2011 14:34:00 GMT
Broad bean and haloumi salad

Try this delicious salad that combines broad beans, haloumi and red capsicum.

Cook's CHOICEWed, 02 Mar 2011 14:24:00 GMT
Watercress salad

An accompaniment to any meal.

Cook's CHOICEWed, 02 Mar 2011 14:13:00 GMT
Dyson DC35 MultiFloor Stick Vac First Look

Dyson's latest stick vac is a top performer, but it has a price tag to match.

Laundry and cleaningTue, 01 Mar 2011 14:36:00 GMT
Samsung Galaxy Tab First Look

The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab is the thin end of the wedge in a fast-growing all-out assault on the Apple iPad.

Mobile computersTue, 01 Mar 2011 13:10:00 GMT
ViewSonic ViewPad 7 First Look

The tablet war hots up, as the ViewPad 7 joins the Samsung Galaxy Tab as rivals to the iPad.

Mobile computersTue, 01 Mar 2011 12:50:00 GMT
Netbooks and small laptop reviews

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.

Mobile computersMon, 28 Feb 2011 16:16:00 GMT
Sweet snacks

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

Food and drinkFri, 25 Feb 2011 15:01:00 GMT
Touchscreen mobile phone reviews

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

Phones and mobile devicesThu, 24 Feb 2011 16:24:00 GMT
MyPressi Twist quick review

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

KitchenWed, 23 Feb 2011 12:34:00 GMT
Deodorants vs antiperspirants

We address some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding deodorants and antiperspirants.

Beauty and personal careTue, 22 Feb 2011 16:39:00 GMT
CHOICE slams foreign ATM fees

Consumers continue to pay up to $4 when they visit “foreign” ATMs.

BankingWed, 16 Feb 2011 17:16:00 GMT
Windows shortcut keys

This is the quick reference guide to Windows shortcut keys from CC Jan/Feb 2011.

Networking and internetFri, 11 Feb 2011 11:50:00 GMT
Valentine's gift guide

CHOICE gives you the lowdown on two Valentine's classics: chocolates and flowers.

Food and drinkFri, 11 Feb 2011 10:08:00 GMT
Funeral costs

CHOICE found that funeral costs fluctuate wildly. We highlight ways to get a fair deal.

Shopping and legalWed, 09 Feb 2011 16:08:00 GMT
Do I need a landline?

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

Phones and mobile devicesWed, 09 Feb 2011 15:49:00 GMT
Pillow satisfaction survey

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

Living and bedroomWed, 02 Feb 2011 10:33:00 GMT
Ecoswitch quick review

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

Power and energyMon, 31 Jan 2011 13:20:00 GMT
Ice-cream reviews

CHOICE puts our members and staff to the test to find out which vanilla ice-creams taste the best.

Food and drinkMon, 31 Jan 2011 09:00:00 GMT
Taga convertible bike/stroller

CHOICE puts the eye-catching Taga bike/stroller to the test.

TravelFri, 21 Jan 2011 15:45:00 GMT
How to cook soft bacon to/how-to-cook-soft-bacon.aspx

Cook's CHOICE reveals how easy it is to prepare soft bacon every time.

Cook's CHOICEFri, 21 Jan 2011 10:26:00 GMT
High tech shopping

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

Shopping and legalThu, 20 Jan 2011 15:23:00 GMT
Weight loss myths

CHOICE looks at problematic myths and misconceptions, as identified by our in-house experts and a survey of professionals.

Diet and exerciseThu, 20 Jan 2011 14:49:00 GMT
CHOICE summer guide

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

Diet and exerciseThu, 20 Jan 2011 13:22:00 GMT
Eggplant and mushroom pasta and rice/eggplant-and-mushroom-pasta.aspx

Eggplant and mushroom pasta with a touch of cinnamon, topped with parmasan cheese.

Cook's CHOICEFri, 14 Jan 2011 10:34:00 GMT
Vitamin enhanced water

For drinks that are essentially cordials with added vitamins, “nutrient-enhanced waters” are making a splash.

Food and drinkFri, 07 Jan 2011 09:47:00 GMT
Digital utensils quick review

How much value does digital technology bring to conventional cooking utensils?

KitchenThu, 30 Dec 2010 12:56:00 GMT
Mother's Day guide

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

Shopping and legalFri, 24 Dec 2010 15:34:00 GMT
Simplifying the smartphone

CHOICE takes some of the confusion out of smartphone technology.

Phones and mobile devicesTue, 21 Dec 2010 15:23:00 GMT
Sunbeam milk frother quick review

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

KitchenTue, 21 Dec 2010 11:17:00 GMT
TiVo vs T-Box

See our video of these two popular contenders.

VisualTue, 07 Dec 2010 11:32:00 GMT
Telstra T-Box first look

The Telstra T-Box is a DVR that integrates with Telstra's internet TV channels. You can also rent, download and watch box office movies.

VisualMon, 06 Dec 2010 17:05:00 GMT
Nokia N8 first look n8-first-look.aspx

We take a first look at the Nokia N8.

Phones and mobile devicesFri, 03 Dec 2010 15:55:00 GMT
Fresh food tricks

Can you call apples that are nine months old truly fresh?

Food and drinkTue, 30 Nov 2010 09:32:00 GMT
Group buying websites

Some of the best consumer bargains can be found online through coupon websites.

Shopping and legalThu, 25 Nov 2010 09:00:00 GMT
CHOICE Computer technology reliability survey 2010

Desktop computers, laptops and printers, monitors and external hard-drives are part of our line-up this time.

Computers and accessoriesWed, 24 Nov 2010 14:01:00 GMT
Organic and fairtrade chocolate

We put 11 brands to the taste test.

Food and drinkFri, 19 Nov 2010 10:11:00 GMT
Mixed nuts

Not all nuts are equal when it comes to nutrition. CHOICE explains what makes them good for us.

Food and drinkThu, 18 Nov 2010 16:12:00 GMT
Black & Decker Dustbuster Flexi first look

The Dustbuster Flexi easily and effectively tackles spot vacuuming tasks.

Laundry and cleaningTue, 16 Nov 2010 16:11:00 GMT
Game console reviews

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

VisualMon, 15 Nov 2010 09:35:00 GMT
Polaroid TWO and PoGo printer quick review

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

Digital camerasWed, 10 Nov 2010 14:38:00 GMT
Cheese reviews

CHOICE compares and reviews a range of bries, blues, camemberts and cheddars to find out which brands impress.

Food and drinkFri, 05 Nov 2010 13:44:00 GMT
Charity Christmas cards

Buying direct from the charity is often a better way to get your money direct to the good cause.

Shopping and legalThu, 04 Nov 2010 16:01:00 GMT
Oven roasted chicken

Herbs add the final touch to your oven roasted chicken

Cook's CHOICEThu, 04 Nov 2010 14:38:00 GMT
Blood orange pistachio cake

Bake up a treat using blood oranges and pistachios

Cook's CHOICEThu, 04 Nov 2010 13:41:00 GMT
Barbecue chicken

Use your barbecue this summer to cook a whole chicken

Food for kidsThu, 04 Nov 2010 13:23:00 GMT
Barbecue chicken

Use your barbecue this summer to cook a whole chicken

Cook's CHOICEThu, 04 Nov 2010 13:23:00 GMT
Samsung Navibot robot first look

Easy to use and clever at navigating around rooms, the NaviBot is still no replacement for a traditional vacuum cleaner.

Laundry and cleaningFri, 29 Oct 2010 17:33:00 GMT
Tyrecheckers LED Alert caps review

These LED Alert caps for car tyres are a step towards safer and more economical motoring.

CarsFri, 29 Oct 2010 16:51:00 GMT
Cash for gold

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

Shopping and legalWed, 20 Oct 2010 14:53:00 GMT
Social networking and the media

Forget hanging on the end of a customer service line if you have a gripe. Switch on your computer, log onto the internet and tell the world.

Networking and internetWed, 20 Oct 2010 11:06:00 GMT
E10 state of play

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

CarsMon, 18 Oct 2010 16:57:00 GMT

Fortunately, a range of effective and affordable treatments is available, ranging from talking therapies to certain drugs, and may be more affordable than you imagine.

General healthFri, 15 Oct 2010 10:15:00 GMT
CHOICE wine picks

CHOICE's wine experts rated popular red and white wines and tell you their favourites.

Food and drinkWed, 13 Oct 2010 14:10:00 GMT
Hidden salt

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?

Food and drinkMon, 11 Oct 2010 15:02:00 GMT
What you need to know about washing machines

Martha Psiroukis reveals the surprising truth about efficiency ratings, temperature, detergent amounts and fabric softener.

Laundry and cleaningFri, 08 Oct 2010 15:40:00 GMT
Drycleaning dramas

Inaccurate care labels could be at the heart of many drycleaning mishaps.

Shopping and legalFri, 08 Oct 2010 12:10:00 GMT
Omega 3

Omega-3s in our diet can prevent cardiovascular disease and may even protect against arthritis, mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

Food and drinkWed, 06 Oct 2010 11:23:00 GMT
What annoys Australians?

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

Shopping and legalFri, 01 Oct 2010 12:34:00 GMT
Turkey Schnitzel

Delicious turkey schnitzel but the process can be used for chicken or pork.

Food for kidsFri, 17 Sep 2010 14:09:00 GMT
Turkey Schnitzel

Delicious turkey schnitzel but the process can be used for chicken or pork.

Cook's CHOICEFri, 17 Sep 2010 14:09:00 GMT
Points of view: iPhone 4 vs HTC Desire

We take you through the key advantages of two of the hottest smartphones currently available in Australia.

Phones and mobile devicesTue, 14 Sep 2010 11:17:00 GMT
Pizza ovens quick review

We review 3 pizza ovens priced from $130 to $159.

KitchenFri, 03 Sep 2010 09:55:00 GMT
BPA in canned foods

CHOICE believes our national food regulator could be more proactive in protecting the health of Australian consumers.

Food and drinkWed, 01 Sep 2010 15:17:00 GMT
Bank satisfaction survey 2010

If you're not getting an interest rate saving of at least 0.7% then you're probably paying too much.

BankingWed, 01 Sep 2010 15:12:00 GMT
Made in Australia? in australia.aspx

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.

Shopping and legalMon, 30 Aug 2010 19:57:00 GMT
Set up your home theatre

Our expert reveals more of the mistakes that are made setting up home theatre systems.

SoundWed, 25 Aug 2010 16:11:00 GMT
Networking 101

Share data and internet access between all your computers and devices, whether by cable or wireless. These basic principles will help you set up your own.

Networking and internetFri, 20 Aug 2010 16:36:00 GMT
RSS news feeds

Read our guide to RSS news feeds.

Networking and internetThu, 19 Aug 2010 15:54:00 GMT
Pet vaccination

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

BackyardTue, 17 Aug 2010 16:55:00 GMT
External 2TB hard drives review

We review 9 of the latest drives with a variety of connections.

Storage devicesTue, 17 Aug 2010 10:57:00 GMT
DVD and Blu-ray recorder reviews

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

VisualMon, 16 Aug 2010 11:33:00 GMT
Lentil and Bacon Soup

A hearty winter soup for those cold evenings, this lentil soup goes down a treat.

Cook's CHOICEFri, 13 Aug 2010 09:14:00 GMT
Passionfruit sponge

A sweet cake made with sponge, passionfruit and icing sugar. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEFri, 13 Aug 2010 09:05:00 GMT
Salmon patties

Using our celeriac or parsnip mash, these winter goodies are a perfect main or side.

Cook's CHOICEFri, 13 Aug 2010 08:58:00 GMT
Tuna Mush

A delicious side dish incorporating tuna, egg and mayonnaise.

Cook's CHOICEFri, 13 Aug 2010 08:42:00 GMT
Movies on the cheap

We outline the benefits and pitfalls so you can find which way saves you money.

Shopping and legalTue, 10 Aug 2010 09:46:00 GMT
Choosing the right cooking oil

Not all oils are equal. We tell you the right ones to use for the cooking purpose in mind.

Food and drinkMon, 09 Aug 2010 12:12:00 GMT
Bike accessory reviews

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

BikesSat, 07 Aug 2010 11:32:00 GMT
Setting up a home theatre

Our expert talks you through some of the more common mistakes you could make when setting up your home theatre.

SoundFri, 06 Aug 2010 11:56:00 GMT
Apple iPhone 4 First Look

Reviews of the iPhone 4 have been mostly favourable, but is it worth upgrading?

Phones and mobile devicesWed, 04 Aug 2010 15:55:00 GMT
Lattemento quick review

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

KitchenWed, 04 Aug 2010 14:55:00 GMT
Micro hi-fi with digital radio player First Look

This system from Sony offers digital radio at an affordable price – finally.

SoundTue, 03 Aug 2010 15:44:00 GMT
ioSafe Solo First Look

It's shock-resistant and designed to withstand real world disasters.

Storage devicesFri, 30 Jul 2010 14:03:00 GMT
The Hard Word July 2010

Puzzle over a massive jigsaw, contemplate giant baby faces and home cooking with a chemistry set.

Labelling and advertisingWed, 28 Jul 2010 16:23:00 GMT
LCD vs plasma TV buying guide

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

VisualTue, 27 Jul 2010 16:46:00 GMT
Super satisfaction survey

See which funds have the most satisfied members for fees and performance and read our tips for switching.

InvestingFri, 23 Jul 2010 17:04:00 GMT
Capped mobile phone plans

Be wary of the 'soft cap' ruse and use our tips to help you find the right mobile phone plan.

Phones and mobile devicesFri, 23 Jul 2010 15:19:00 GMT
Digital rights - who owns your download?

Copyright owners are using Digital Rights Management (DRM) to prevent copying and other uses of digital media they don't like. It's bad news for consumers, even honest ones.

SoundThu, 22 Jul 2010 14:49:00 GMT
Base turntable First Look

This system can convert your old vinyl records to MP3 files. <br /> <br /> <br />

SoundMon, 19 Jul 2010 14:41:00 GMT
Shampoo user trial

Our 41 volunteer testers tried 11 supermarket brands, costing between $5 and $16 per bottle.

Beauty and personal careWed, 14 Jul 2010 15:37:00 GMT
Basic mobile phone reviews

CHOICE reviews 16 basic phones priced from $69 to $319.

Phones and mobile devicesFri, 09 Jul 2010 17:34:00 GMT
Mobile phone music players review

CHOICE tests 16 models, including battery performance, to find the best music phone.

Phones and mobile devicesThu, 08 Jul 2010 18:08:00 GMT
Spaghetti vongole and rice/spaghetti-vongole-with-clams.aspx

Savoury clam and pancetta pasta dish which can be made with linguini or spaghetti.

Cook's CHOICEWed, 07 Jul 2010 16:25:00 GMT
Kids' bike reviews

Spending big on a bike for your child doesn't necessarily guarantee you're getting the safest bike.

BikesTue, 06 Jul 2010 13:44:00 GMT
Bechamel Sauce

A tasty and handy sauce to go with different dishes like lasagna and au gratin <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 06 Jul 2010 10:13:00 GMT
Asian-style chicken noodle soup

A tangy and slightly hot chicken noodle soup. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEMon, 05 Jul 2010 15:24:00 GMT
Pineapple and passion fruit cheesecake

A tasty cheesecake using pineapple and passionfruit - this recipe is enough for two, so you can pop one in the freezer for later.

Cook's CHOICEMon, 05 Jul 2010 13:49:00 GMT
Scrambled eggs

A delicious traditional or creamy scrambled eggs.

Food for kidsMon, 05 Jul 2010 13:38:00 GMT
Scrambled eggs

A delicious traditional or creamy scrambled eggs.

Cook's CHOICEMon, 05 Jul 2010 13:38:00 GMT
Mushy peas

Mushy peas can accentuate an already savoury dish with more flavour <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEMon, 05 Jul 2010 13:10:00 GMT
Spectacles buying guide

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.

Shopping and legalFri, 02 Jul 2010 14:17:00 GMT
How to make an Omelette to/how-to-make-an-omelette.aspx

A simple and easy way to make an omlette <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 01 Jul 2010 10:40:00 GMT
Carrots in Red Wine

A CHOICE recipe for tangy balsamic and red wine carrots <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 01 Jul 2010 09:32:00 GMT
Pan Fried Whiting with Lemon Butter

A herbed butter akes this fish recipe delicious with tangy lemon <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEWed, 30 Jun 2010 15:10:00 GMT
How to Cook Leather Jacket to/how-to-cook-leather-jacket.aspx

A simple and delicious way to cook Leather Jacket fish <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEWed, 30 Jun 2010 14:34:00 GMT
How to Cook Flathead Fillet to/how-to-cook-flathead-fillet.aspx

CHOICE shows you how to cook flathead fillets <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEWed, 30 Jun 2010 14:25:00 GMT
How to cook pasta to/how-to-cook-pasta.aspx

CHOICE teaches you the basic steps to cooking pasta

Cook's CHOICEWed, 30 Jun 2010 13:03:00 GMT
Breville slow cooker review

If you're pressed for time when it comes to making dinner, a slow cooker could be the answer to your problems.

KitchenWed, 30 Jun 2010 12:12:00 GMT

A classic recipe, reloaded with fantastic flavour, try it out. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEFri, 25 Jun 2010 16:02:00 GMT
Broad bean pasta and rice/broad-bean-pasta.aspx

Using broad beans to make a great pasta dish.

Cook's CHOICEFri, 25 Jun 2010 15:47:00 GMT
Roasted beetroot spinach and mint salad

Ingredients that may not often go together makes a great salad <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEFri, 25 Jun 2010 15:37:00 GMT
How to roast beetroot to/how-to-roast-beetroot.aspx

A complex root vegetable is simplified via this recipe <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEFri, 25 Jun 2010 15:27:00 GMT
Potato bake recipe

Six ingredients - definitely simple and very tasty - creamy potato bake. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 16:20:00 GMT

Our national dessert, with coming back for more results . <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 16:09:00 GMT

A tasty fresh side for guacamole and other dishes <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 16:00:00 GMT
How to slow cook pan fried Duck to/how-to-slow-cook-pan-fried-duck-breast.aspx

This simple recipe shows how to cook duck breast in a pan with a minimum of fuss. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 15:55:00 GMT
Cauliflower au gratin

Quick and easy way to make cauliflower very tasty. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 15:20:00 GMT
Curry vegetable and chicken soup

A delightful combination of chicken and spices create a hearty soup <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 15:10:00 GMT
Mushroom pasta with sage and rice/mushroom-pasta-with-sage.aspx

A tasty mushroom pasta with a hint of sage. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 14:59:00 GMT
Prawns in champagne

This unusual and rather hedonistic combination works with a great result <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 14:49:00 GMT
Radish and feta dip

Sliced radish used to eat this feta dip adds a fresh taste. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 14:40:00 GMT
How to Cook oven Baked Duck Breast to/how-to-cook-oven-baked-duck-breast.aspx

A delicious recipe on how to oven cook duck breast. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 14:15:00 GMT
How to Cook a Tuna Steak to/how-to-cook-a-tuna-steak.aspx

A delicious resulting tuna steak using a simple recipe. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 14:07:00 GMT
Chicken corn and brussel sprout soup

An oft-maligned vegetable makes the core of this delicious soup <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 13:31:00 GMT
Parsnip mash

Instead of potato, why not parsnip? Just as tasty with a hint of sage.<br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 13:23:00 GMT
How to Cook a Soft Boiled Egg to/how-to-cook-a-soft-boiled-egg.aspx

Breakfast never loooked so good. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 13:18:00 GMT
Mushroom risotto and rice/mushroom-risotto.aspx

Delicious recipe for pine mushroom risotto and white wine. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 13:13:00 GMT
How to Cook a Partially Poached Egg to/how-to-cook-a-partially-poached-egg.aspx

Perfect for soaking up the yolk with your toast. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 13:10:00 GMT
How to Cook a Hard Boiled Egg to/how-to-cook-a-hard-boiled-egg.aspx

The perfect way to cook a hard boiled egg. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 13:02:00 GMT
Passionfruit butter

A great accompaniment to scones, sponge cake or as a spread on toast. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 13:01:00 GMT
How to Cook a Salmon Fillet to/how-to-cook-a-salmon-fillet.aspx

A CHOICE Recipe to cook the perfect salmon fillet. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 12:38:00 GMT
Vanilla honey cream

Simple to make, this can make a perfect dessert even better <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 12:34:00 GMT
Potato and leek soup

An easy to make, thick and tasty, potato and leek soup <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 12:24:00 GMT
How to cook lamb fillet to/how-to-cook-lamb-fillet.aspx

How to cook a delicious lamb fillet. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 12:05:00 GMT
French onion soup

A hearty version of the classic french onion soup, incorporating all the goodness you know and love <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 11:57:00 GMT
Pea and ham soup

A thick and tasty pea and ham soup <br /> <br /> <br />

Food for kidsThu, 24 Jun 2010 11:43:00 GMT
Pea and ham soup

A thick and tasty pea and ham soup <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 11:43:00 GMT
HD set top boxes with USB connection

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

VisualTue, 22 Jun 2010 11:11:00 GMT
Stay slim strategies

Are there key eating and exercise strategies that are trademarks of the slim? Learn the secrets of those who never get fat.

Diet and exerciseTue, 22 Jun 2010 10:40:00 GMT
Dental decay

CHOICE tested 85 foods and drinks readily available in supermarkets and found that many promoted as healthy snacks are some of the worst offenders.

Beauty and personal careMon, 21 Jun 2010 10:51:00 GMT
Kitchen gadgets review and compare

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

KitchenMon, 21 Jun 2010 09:50:00 GMT
Bank fee bonanza

The Reserve Bank of Australia's annual bank fees report reveals there has been a shift in banks' household penalty fee income from deposit accounts towards loans.

BankingThu, 10 Jun 2010 01:00:00 GMT
Moroccan Pumpkin

A hearty dish, using coriander to complement the taste of pumpkin <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEWed, 09 Jun 2010 09:17:00 GMT
Moroccan Cauliflower and Potatoes

Your house will smell great with this combination spices <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEWed, 09 Jun 2010 09:13:00 GMT
Mexican Beans and Rice and rice/mexican-beans-and-rice.aspx

A rich and spicy vegetarian meal of Mexican Beans and Rice. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICEWed, 09 Jun 2010 09:07:00 GMT
Meringue Recipe

The base for pavlova and many other recipes <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 15:56:00 GMT
Potato and tomato salad

The classic potato salad with a different companion. <br /> <br /> <br />

Food for kidsTue, 08 Jun 2010 15:50:00 GMT
Potato and tomato salad

The classic potato salad with a different companion. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 15:50:00 GMT
Roasted carrots with thyme

Simple and naturally sweet, this recipe is a great partner. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 15:35:00 GMT
Lemongrass Lemonade

Refreshingly summer, try it out and have more ready <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 15:06:00 GMT
Irish Mashed Potato

With a little spring onion, this recipe adds a slant on traditional mash <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 15:01:00 GMT
Rocky road recipe

Treat your sweet tooth with our tasty rocky road. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 14:57:00 GMT
Potato Mash

CHOICE recipe for an alternative to your standard mash potato. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 14:53:00 GMT

Puns aside, these are simple and delicious. <br /> <br /> <br />

Food for kidsTue, 08 Jun 2010 14:38:00 GMT

Puns aside, these are simple and delicious. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 14:38:00 GMT
Egg and Dill Salad

A savoury salad or dip, either way it tastes great <br /> <br /> <br />

Food for kidsTue, 08 Jun 2010 14:28:00 GMT
Egg and Dill Salad

A savoury salad or dip, either way it tastes great <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 14:28:00 GMT
Chicken Stock

The simple base ingredient for thousands of meals <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 14:02:00 GMT
Asian scrambled eggs

An alternative to authentic scrambled eggs that can be served with dinner. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 13:57:00 GMT
Chicken Vegetable and Pasta Soup

The pasta in this chicken and vegetable soup adds just that little bit of texture that makes it great. <br /> <br /> <br />

Food for kidsTue, 08 Jun 2010 13:55:00 GMT
Chicken Vegetable and Pasta Soup

The pasta in this chicken and vegetable soup adds just that little bit of texture that makes it great. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 13:55:00 GMT
Cauliflower soup

The blending of cauliflower and spices creates a great dish. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 12:46:00 GMT
Cabbage Salad with Red onion and Capsicum

Lemon zest adds zing to these common ingredients, making a great salad <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 12:31:00 GMT
Turkey meat balls

Turkey meat makes the core of this tasty recipe, with spices creating the delicious flavour <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 12:11:00 GMT
Spaghetti bolognese

Use the CHOICE recipe for bolognese sauce to serve with your choice of pasta. <br /> <br /> <br />

Food for kidsTue, 08 Jun 2010 12:05:00 GMT
Spaghetti bolognese and rice/spaghetti-bolognese.aspx

Use the CHOICE recipe for bolognese sauce to serve with your choice of pasta. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 12:05:00 GMT
Watermelon with kaffir lime syrup

Refreshing kaffir lime syrup to drizzle on your watermelon on a hot summers day. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 11:50:00 GMT
Baked Potato

A CHOICE recipe for delicious potatoes, ready for your topping of CHOICE. <br /> <br /> <br />

Food for kidsTue, 08 Jun 2010 11:30:00 GMT
Baked Potato

A CHOICE recipe for delicious potatoes, ready for your topping of CHOICE. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 11:30:00 GMT
Zucchini mint and feta salad

Using zuchini in a salad, adding feta and mint for that special flavour <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 11:21:00 GMT
Avocado Salad

Avocado lovers rejoice, a salad that's creamy and tangy. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 10:45:00 GMT
Egg and bacon pasta and rice/egg-and-bacon-pasta.aspx

CHOICE recipe egg and bacon pasta that's quick and easy. <br /> <br /> <br />

Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 10:40:00 GMT
Mattress survey

Our online mattress survey gives you tips and advice of 3500 members, and highlights the best brand and retailers.

Living and bedroomSun, 06 Jun 2010 13:47:00 GMT
Breville tea maker and kettle review

If you enjoy a good cup of tea, you're sure to find your perfect brew with this tea maker and kettle.

KitchenFri, 04 Jun 2010 11:46:00 GMT
Discount medicines

Our CHOICE price comparison shows dramatic savings on both prescription and non-prescription medicines, depending on which pharmacy you shop at.

General healthThu, 03 Jun 2010 15:46:00 GMT
How to buy a new car

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

CarsMon, 31 May 2010 15:48:00 GMT
Bottleshop prices

See our CHOICE price comparison of wine, beer and spirit prices at a number of different outlets.

Shopping and legalMon, 31 May 2010 14:00:00 GMT
Apple iPad First Look

How good is the Apple iPad? Our video tells you what everyday users think of it.

Mobile computersMon, 31 May 2010 11:46:00 GMT
Homemade meat pies

The beauty of making your own meat pie is that you have control over what's going in.

Food for kidsMon, 31 May 2010 09:21:00 GMT
Homemade meat pies

The beauty of making your own meat pie is that you have control over what's going in.

Cook's CHOICEMon, 31 May 2010 09:21:00 GMT
New report exposes bias

If you get financial advice from any of largest six financial planning groups, there’s a good chance you'll end up with investment products offered by the adviser’s parent company.

InvestingWed, 26 May 2010 10:01:00 GMT
Income for life?

With the average life expectancy increasing, the risk of running out of your savings during retirement is very real.

InvestingTue, 25 May 2010 12:17:00 GMT
Net tops and mini PCs review

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

Mobile computersMon, 24 May 2010 15:25:00 GMT
The truth about meat pies

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

Food and drinkTue, 18 May 2010 10:55:00 GMT
Salamander quick review quick review.aspx

This appliance does the job, but is it worth the hefty price tag?

KitchenMon, 17 May 2010 10:51:00 GMT
Multigrain bread reviews

We size up the main varieties you'll find at your supermarket.

Food and drinkThu, 06 May 2010 14:52:00 GMT
EPG review

CHOICE explains why electronic program guides fall short of the mark.

VisualSun, 02 May 2010 12:10:00 GMT
Family tree software reviews

We review nine programs to help you trace and catalogue your family history.

Networking and internetFri, 30 Apr 2010 11:35:00 GMT
Mobile banking takes off

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

Phones and mobile devicesFri, 30 Apr 2010 10:49:00 GMT
Domestic airlines satisfaction survey 2010

Once again, we found that members will sacrifice a lot for a bargain flight.

General travelFri, 23 Apr 2010 12:31:00 GMT

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?

Food and drinkThu, 22 Apr 2010 15:03:00 GMT
Flued-gas log fires

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

Heating and coolingWed, 21 Apr 2010 17:14:00 GMT
Woolworths and debit cards

You can no longer press “CR” after swiping your debit card at Woolies. We look at the reason for this change, and its potential impacts.

BankingTue, 20 Apr 2010 15:50:00 GMT
Mobiles for seniors & kids

CHOICE responds to our member requests and looks at mobile phones without the features that could complicate the process of making and taking phone calls.

Phones and mobile devicesTue, 20 Apr 2010 11:11:00 GMT
Sudio Solar speakerphone first look

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

Phones and mobile devicesWed, 14 Apr 2010 14:27:00 GMT
How to cope with interest rate increases

The RBA increased interest rates by 0.25% in April 2010.

BorrowingTue, 06 Apr 2010 15:00:00 GMT
Screening tests tests.aspx

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

General healthWed, 31 Mar 2010 11:15:00 GMT
The Hard Word - March 2010

Unit pricing gone mad, bottom humour and tasty pizza packaging.

Labelling and advertisingWed, 24 Mar 2010 17:27:00 GMT
Will kits

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

Shopping and legalWed, 24 Mar 2010 12:30:00 GMT
CHOICE 50th anniversary

From the sixties through to the noughties, CHOICE TV captures all the highlights.

Shopping and legalTue, 23 Mar 2010 16:40:00 GMT
Balance transfer credit cards

It may give you a breather, but it could also lead you to one of the worst traps set by card companies.

BorrowingMon, 22 Mar 2010 14:49:00 GMT
Australian credit cards fail UK standards uk-standards.aspx

We compared our banks' standard practices with consumer protection for UK credit card customers, and found Australian consumers are treated far less fairly.

BorrowingMon, 22 Mar 2010 13:44:00 GMT
Digital/internet radio reviews

We test 10 digital radios, priced from $170 to $1000.

SoundWed, 17 Mar 2010 10:09:00 GMT
CHOICE Awards 2010

Read which companies have been crowned best of the best. The award shortlists were drawn from hundreds of product tests and research projects conducted by CHOICE during 2009.

CHOICE AwardsTue, 16 Mar 2010 16:15:00 GMT
Kogan set top box first look

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

VisualTue, 16 Mar 2010 13:43:00 GMT
Pizza reviews

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.

Food and drinkMon, 15 Mar 2010 14:20:00 GMT
Low-fee transaction account reviews transaction accounts.aspx

Switching to a new transaction account with no monthly fees and low transaction costs may save you more than $200 per year. CHOICE selects the picks of the crop.

BankingFri, 12 Mar 2010 16:14:00 GMT
ING Direct Orange Everyday review direct orange review.aspx

The account isn't completely fee-free and it doesn't pay interest, but most everyday transactions are free and there are incentives that will be attractive to many customers.

BankingWed, 10 Mar 2010 13:39:00 GMT
Doctor/patient relationships

Had a lousy experience with a doctor? We look at some of the main bugbears and doctors' patient-from-hell stories.

General healthWed, 10 Mar 2010 09:30:00 GMT
Budget computer monitor reviews

We tested 16 widescreen displays for performance and ease of use - eight models in the 22-inch class and eight in the 24-inch class.

Computers and accessoriesMon, 08 Mar 2010 12:30:00 GMT
Sunbeam Glass Kettle review

Is it worth sacrificing ease of use for style when buying your next kettle?

KitchenSun, 07 Mar 2010 09:08:00 GMT
Pesticides in imported vegetables

Our random test of common canned and frozen vegetables showed little cause for concern.

Food and drinkFri, 05 Mar 2010 15:04:00 GMT
Grocery shopping online

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

Food and drinkThu, 04 Mar 2010 09:37:00 GMT
Computer user groups

We might be in the age of the internet, but computer user groups bring people together to learn more about computing and meet new friends.

Computers and accessoriesWed, 03 Mar 2010 14:00:00 GMT
Smoke alarm reviews

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

Living and bedroomTue, 02 Mar 2010 16:05:00 GMT
Food endorsement programs

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

Labelling and advertisingTue, 02 Mar 2010 10:25:00 GMT
Samsung 3D TV quick review

CHOICE gives its preliminary verdict on the new Samsung 3D TV, ahead of our full test of 3D models.

VisualWed, 24 Feb 2010 01:00:00 GMT
Colour laser printer reviews

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

Home officeTue, 23 Feb 2010 11:17:00 GMT
The Hard Word February 2010

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

Labelling and advertisingFri, 19 Feb 2010 12:15:00 GMT
Internet filter to go ahead filter.aspx

A mandatory internet filter is to be introduced, the federal government announced late last year.

Networking and internetThu, 18 Feb 2010 15:42:00 GMT
Genetically modified food risks

Are GM crops jeopardising the safety and security of our food supply?

Food and drinkWed, 17 Feb 2010 13:17:00 GMT
Jetstar MasterCard review

Following in the footsteps of major retailers Myer, Woolworths and David Jones, Jetstar has launched its own branded MasterCard and Platinum MasterCard.

BorrowingTue, 09 Feb 2010 15:00:00 GMT
Supermarket ready meals

Supermarket shelves are crammed with shelf-stable meals, costing between $3 and $5. We sort the best from the rest.

Food and drinkWed, 03 Feb 2010 15:29:00 GMT
Q Acoustics Q-TV2 first look

This audio device attaches to the back of your TV and can fit 81cm-106cm screen sizes.

SoundMon, 01 Feb 2010 15:02:00 GMT
Smartphone data usage

Smartphone mobile internet plans have come under fire lately because of exorbitant excess data usage charges.

Phones and mobile devicesWed, 27 Jan 2010 16:31:00 GMT
Proposal to ban plastic with DEHP

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

Fact sheetsWed, 27 Jan 2010 12:20:00 GMT
Which credit card for you?

CHOICE reveals which providers are bucking this trend to treat their customers fairly.

BorrowingMon, 25 Jan 2010 00:30:00 GMT
BPA alert

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

Fact sheetsFri, 22 Jan 2010 11:51:00 GMT
The Hard Word - January 2010

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

Labelling and advertisingThu, 21 Jan 2010 09:22:00 GMT
Gastric banding

Gastric banding is promoted as a safe, easy and effective way for obese people to lose weight. CHOICE investigates the claims.

Diet and exerciseTue, 19 Jan 2010 17:06:00 GMT
Supersteam oven quick review

The Sharp Supersteam combines healthy multi-function cooking with a space-saving design.

KitchenMon, 18 Jan 2010 09:17:00 GMT
Bankwest Zero quick review

The new Bankwest Zero account refunds its customers the fees that the big four banks charge when you use their ATM machines.

BankingMon, 18 Jan 2010 00:30:00 GMT
Know your rights

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

Shopping and legalTue, 12 Jan 2010 13:22:00 GMT
Jackgreen unplugged

Renewable energy provider Jackgreen has gone into voluntary receivership and is suspended from trading on the National Electricity Market.

Power and energyMon, 11 Jan 2010 15:19:00 GMT
Not so smart meters so smart meters.aspx

Power and energyThu, 07 Jan 2010 17:08:00 GMT
Handpresso quick review quick review.aspx

A promising concept fails in practice.

KitchenWed, 30 Dec 2009 15:47:00 GMT
Travel money cards quick review

We expose the hidden costs.

BankingMon, 21 Dec 2009 16:51:00 GMT
The Hard Word - Dec 2009

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

Labelling and advertisingMon, 21 Dec 2009 12:35:00 GMT
Westpac's unsolicited debit card churn

The regulator claimed that Westpac breached the The Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 by sending unsolicited debit cards to consumers, but the Federal Court has taken a different view.

BorrowingFri, 18 Dec 2009 11:25:00 GMT
Shrink watch

Let us know your additions to the list so we can investigate further.

Labelling and advertisingWed, 16 Dec 2009 12:14:00 GMT
Health Reader reader.aspx

Food and drinkTue, 15 Dec 2009 14:32:00 GMT
Commission refunds

You can choose who receives the sales and advice kickbacks from your investments. But weigh up the pros and cons before making any changes.

InvestingTue, 15 Dec 2009 10:35:00 GMT
Microfibre cloth reviews

Microfibre cloths minimise the need for chemical cleaners, so they're good for the environment and the hip pocket.

Laundry and cleaningFri, 11 Dec 2009 14:04:00 GMT
Body fat scales reviews

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?

Diet and exerciseThu, 10 Dec 2009 11:36:00 GMT
Weddings - at what price?

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?

Shopping and legalThu, 10 Dec 2009 11:12:00 GMT
Dyson Air Multiplier review

This bladeless fan, which looks more like a portal to another dimension, attracts attention and works well, but at what price?

Heating and coolingTue, 08 Dec 2009 16:14:00 GMT
Sony PlayTV First Look

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

VisualThu, 03 Dec 2009 12:24:00 GMT
Child car restraints guide

A nationally agreed reform on child car restraints is to be rolled out across Australia in 2010, with new laws designed to provide greater protection for children when travelling.

TravelWed, 02 Dec 2009 09:36:00 GMT
Eskies review and compare

If you’re out and about and need a place to store cold food and drinks, an esky is essential. Our results showed dramatic differences in the nine models tested.

OutdoorsTue, 01 Dec 2009 13:30:00 GMT
Supermarket price survey 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 and drinkThu, 26 Nov 2009 13:12:00 GMT
Coffee roasters quick review

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

KitchenWed, 25 Nov 2009 11:31:00 GMT
Home gym on a shoestring

Think you need lots of space and money to set up an effective home gym? CHOICE's shopping list of equipment comes in at about $100.

Diet and exerciseWed, 25 Nov 2009 09:37:00 GMT
HD and SD camcorders 2009

CHOICE reviewed 11 of the latest high definition (HD) and seven standard definition (SD) camcorders and our testers scrutinised every function and feature.

Video camerasFri, 20 Nov 2009 15:30:00 GMT
Chocolate fountains quick review

Given the mess it creates, a chocolate fountain isn't something you'll be bringing out for every occasion.

KitchenWed, 18 Nov 2009 09:31:00 GMT
Video review - Amazon Kindle

Steve Duncombe reviews this latest ebook reader from online giant,

Phones and mobile devicesWed, 18 Nov 2009 09:30:00 GMT
Heart rate monitor reviews review and compare.aspx

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

Diet and exerciseThu, 12 Nov 2009 09:48:00 GMT
Best online shopping sites

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.

Shopping and legalTue, 10 Nov 2009 15:29:00 GMT
Children's appliances review

These gadgets can be a good way to get children into the kitchen, but be prepared to compromise on taste.

KitchenWed, 04 Nov 2009 10:57:00 GMT
The 2009 CHOICE Shonky Awards

It’s time once again for the annual CHOICE Shonky Awards, where we reward manufacturers, service providers, government officials and marketers for their usual treasure trove of consumer-related Shonkyness.

Shonky AwardsWed, 28 Oct 2009 13:00:00 GMT
Grey water for the garden

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

Power and energyWed, 21 Oct 2009 14:33:00 GMT
DVD recorders with DVR review

CHOICE looked at the latest selection of digital solutions that not only record TV programs to an internal hard drive, but also play DVDs and record to a DVD.

VisualMon, 12 Oct 2009 14:50:00 GMT
Picking the right tomato

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

Food and drinkWed, 07 Oct 2009 16:12:00 GMT
Bank satisfaction survey 2009

Over the past year, ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB and Westpac have increased market share but our survey reveals they haven't increased in popularity.

BankingWed, 30 Sep 2009 15:40:00 GMT
Hidden fees in phone cards

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

Shopping and legalFri, 25 Sep 2009 11:17:00 GMT
Milk products review

CHOICE has skimmed off the marketing hype and found that generic brands of milk are much the same as the equivalent big national brands.

Food and drinkThu, 10 Sep 2009 10:35:00 GMT
Reward cards review 2009

We analysed 63 reward credit and charge cards, looking at frequent flyer points, shopping vouchers and cash rewards.

BorrowingThu, 19 Mar 2009 10:49:00 GMT
Cashbacks not always a good deal

Retail and manufacturing marketing execs are certainly onto a winner with cashback schemes, but consumer benefit is not as guaranteed.

Shopping and legalSat, 13 Dec 2008 10:36:00 GMT
Antiperspirant and deodorant user trial

For thousands of years humans have tried to disguise, cover or eliminate personal smells through the use of perfumes, scented oils and crystals.

Beauty and personal careMon, 23 Jun 2008 15:34:00 GMT
Electric flame effect heaters review and compare

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

Heating and coolingMon, 05 May 2008 10:04:00 GMT
Food to lower your cholesterol

Eating 2–3g per day of plant sterols in the form of enriched spread, yoghurt, milk or a combination of these products can help lower your cholesterol.

Food and drinkFri, 14 Mar 2008 14:24:00 GMT
Switch financial providers and save

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

BankingFri, 15 Feb 2008 13:04:00 GMT
Carpet spot cleaner reviews

We put the carpet spot cleaners to the test on two different types of cream-coloured carpet: nylon cut pile and wool sisal.

Laundry and cleaningTue, 25 Sep 2007 10:18:00 GMT
Low-fat yoghurt

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

Food and drinkTue, 15 May 2007 14:15:00 GMT
Carpet cleaning options guide

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.

Laundry and cleaningTue, 10 Apr 2007 10:24:00 GMT
Choosing a nursing home guide

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

General healthTue, 22 Aug 2006 16:10:00 GMT
Financial planning step-by-step guide

Follow this six-step guide to improve your chances of getting a high standard of service and advice from a financial planner.

InvestingSat, 10 Sep 2005 09:59:00 GMT
Duty-free is it worth it?

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 and legalTue, 23 Aug 2005 11:42:00 GMT