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Consumer buying guide.
1999 edition.
Publication Information:
Lincolnwood, Ill. : Publications International, [1999]

Physical Description:
448 pages ; 18 cm
General Note:
At head of title: Consumer Guide.
Format :


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TX335 .C649 1999 Adult Mass Market Paperback Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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What's a fair price for an air conditioner, baby stroller, or electric drill? Which TVs and VCRs are high-quality? With all the products flooding the marketplace, how can you tell a good value from a rip-off? We've made shopping easy with the 1999 Consumer Buying Guide. Our expert reviewers have done the research and provided all the facts, features, and prices for the best products on the market today. We've also included Best Buy, Recommended, and Budget Buy ratings to help you make an educated choice. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Consumer Guide The Consumer Guide is a resource that helps consumers make informed buying decisions. A team of editors review thousands of products and every new car each year. They provide information that includes pricing, features and specifications and provide feature-by-feature comparisons to make the choices easier. Once the consumer has chosen a specific product, Consumer Guide provides nationwide price comparisons and retailer listings to find the best place to purchase the item. They also provide, for after the purchase, updated information on product recalls.

In evaluating vehicles, Consumer Guide drives them each as the typical owner would for use in shopping, commuting, long trips and stop and go traffic. They avoid using racetrack performance to evaluate vehicles in meeting everyday needs. They also keep detailed records of the real world fuel economy and test each vehicle with at least four drivers. Each driver fills out an evaluation form, commenting on specific areas of performance or comfort, and note the type of driving they did and the fuel mileage they got. Their used car reports are drawn from their first-hand experience with the vehicles through the years and from federal safety recall records. The editor then writes the final report using the evaluations, as well as his own experience, to prepare the final evaluation.

In evaluating consumer products, Consumer Guide places them in three major groups: Home & Family, Electronics and Home Office. The products are rated by criteria that includes effectiveness, reliability, durability, ease of use and value. The products are then assigned one of three ratings: Best Buy, Recommended or Budget Buy. Best Buy is considered by their experts to be the highest quality product available at a reasonable price. Recommended is given to products that are good but have not measured up to the Best Buy standard. They may have a high price tag, limited appeal or new on the market, so they could not test their performance or durability. Finally, Budget Buy is considered well constructed with good performance but may have fewer standard features than other models, and they are available at a lower price.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Televisions and TV/VCR Combinationsp. 8
35-to 41-Inch TV Sets
32-Inch TV Sets
27-Inch TV Sets
20-Inch TV Sets
Front-Projection TVs
Rear-Projection TVs
TV/VCR Combinations
Digital Satellite Systems (DSS)
Universal Remote Controls
Vcrs, DVD, and Laser Disc Playersp. 45
Digital Video Disc (DVD) Players
Laser Disc Players
Camcordersp. 63
8mm Camcorders
Full-Size VHS Camcorders
Compact VHS (VHS-C) Camcorders
Digital Video (DV) Camcorders
Stereo Componentsp. 78
Stereo Receivers
Compact Disc Players
Cassette Decks
Minidisc Decks
Stereo Systemsp. 124
Home Theater Systems
Personal Stereosp. 135
Portable CD Players
Personal Radio-Cassette Players
Personal Radio-Cassette Player/Recorders
Personal Cassette Players
Personal Headset Radios
Personal Radios
Personal Minidisc Players
Boom Boxes
Clock Radios
Camerasp. 157
35mm Manual-Focus SLR Cameras
35mm Autofocus SLR Cameras
35mm Autofocus Cameras
35mm Compact Cameras
24mm Advanced Photo System (APS) Cameras
Instant-Print Cameras
Digital-Still Cameras
Telephones and Answering Machinesp. 182
Feature Telephones
Cordless Phones
Cellular Phones
Answering Machines
Computersp. 194
Home and Small Office Computers
Business/Hi-Powered Computers
Portable Computer
Data Storage Devices
Home Office Productsp. 221
Desktop Copiers
Desktop Fax Machines
Handheld Personal Computers (HPCs)
Electronic Organizers
Home Fitnessp. 234
Exercise Cycles
Rowing Machines
Home Gyms
Stair Climbers
Ski Machines
Total Body Machines
Elliptical Machines
Home Improvementp. 251
Safety Equipment
Garage Door Openers
Power Hand Tools
Snow Removalp. 271
Lawn Carep. 276
Lawn Mowers
Lawn Tractors
String Trimmers
Food Preparationp. 291
Food Processors
Electric Mixers
Toasters and Toaster Ovens
Juicers/Juice Extractors
Ice-Cream Makers
Bread Makers
Coffee Makers and Tea Makers
Microwave Ovensp. 329
Full-Size Microwave Ovens
Family-Size Microwave Ovens
Medium-Size Microwave Ovens
Compact Microwave Overs
Microwave/Convection Ovens
Over-the-Range Microwave Ovens
Over-the-Range Microwave/Convection Ovens
Rangesp. 343
Gas Ranges
Electric Ranges
Refrigerators and Freezersp. 360
Dishwashersp. 377
Built-In Dishwashers
Portable Dishwashers
Floor Carep. 385
Upright Vacuum Cleaners
Powerhead Canister Vacuums
Compact Canister Vacuums
Mini Vacuum Cleaners and Brooms
All-Purpose Cleaning Machines
Laundry Carep. 399
Compact Washer
Combination Washer/Dryer
Sewing Machinesp. 412
Computerized Machines
Noncomputerized Machines
Environmental Appliancesp. 417
Ceiling Fans
Air Conditioners
Air Care Appliances
Portable Heaters
Baby Equipmentp. 430
Portable Cribs and Play Yards
Nursery Monitors
Car Seats
High Chairs