Consumer Reports, which is published by Consumers Union, has booklets such as the 2006 Buying Guide. There is a monthly magazine,Consumer Reports Magazine, with articles on new products in the market. And they can be checked out on a website, www.ConsumrReports.org for the latest rating of autos, appliances, electronic gear, yard equipment and more. Consumers Union is an independent, non-profit testing and information organization Founded in 1936. Their mission is to test products, inform the public, and protect consumers. Whenever you are going to purchase an item, you may go to the Consumer Reports' publications or website to see how they are rated. What is the best gas grill to buy? What bread makers have good bread quality, are convenient, and versatile? What ceiling fans make a room feel seven degrees cooler, and give you comfort on a moderately hot day? These are the kinds of questions that get answered for you by Consumer Reports. I have known people that will not purchase a product without checking with Consumer Reports first. Who in the world wants to get an item that doesn't perform correctly or has had to be back at the shop for repairs too many times? I've been known to check with Consumer Reports "after" making a purchase and finding out that they did not recommend that particular brand. It is much better to check first! They are especially known for their reviews on the reliability of cars. Consumer Reports will tell you if what you are paying for that car, washing machine, or food processor is worth the price they are asking for it at the stores. They will even tell you such things as when to buy. For example, May, June, and July is when you'll find the best selection in ceiling fans, but the best selection in prices will be in the off-season. These publication also tell you what is available out there in the market. This is a good way to go and not be an impulsive buyer!