Consumer Reports is a magazine we think highly of, but really only turn to when there's a major new electronic purchase to be made.
It's useful when you need an unbiased opinion on the best DVD player, but since ours works just fine right now, we'd rather not slog through a whole article about them.
So truthfully we didn't even know the mag had a sister publication, aimed at women, until we spotted its kitchen-themed issue on the stands this month. ShopSmart's May 2008 issue is full of practical advice on the best new kitchen gadgets, tips on deciphering food labels, and when it's worth spending more on food.
The May 2008 issue of ShopSmart will be on stands for just a little while longer, but you can read some of the stories on their website:
• When It's Really Worth Spending Extra on Food. What does "Fair Trade Certified" mean? Who decides if something is "Cruelty Free" and when does it really pay to shop at farmers markets?
• The Hottest, Newest, Trendiest Kitchen Stuff Love the look of sleek built-in cooktops and vanishing vent hoods, but not sure you can afford it? This article shows you what's hot right now in kitchen design, warns you of some of the drawbacks, then suggests some more affordable alternatives. The accompanying box on cool new countertop appliances does leave something to be desired - we've had our artisan series KitchenAid stand mixer for years now, and already knew about the other products they recommend.
The other kitchen stories from the April/May issue are not online, but we also appreciated this archived story:
• Hidden Savings at the Supermarket
NoteAll are pdf format. You'll need Adobe Acrobat reader in order to view them
Do you read ShopSmart magazine? Or subscribe to Consumer Reports on-line?