Buying bigger products in Canada- who tests and evaluates?
Their thorough testing and evaluation regimens allow me to select products with confidence- catagories like- Predicted Reliability, energy efficiency, etc.- things I need to know to inform my decision, along with price.
But for many products, especially appliances, such as for window air-conditioners which I'm currently looking at, the models listed on Consumer Reports are rarely available in Canada. There are a few "slightly different" models available in our stores- but they may be relative garbage models, who knows? Unless you are an electrical engineer and can look at both you compare, You lug it home, plug it in and pray? And those online consumer reviews are woefully inadequate, generally amateur impressions, with rare follow-up for reliability etc, compared to the methodical scientific comparisons CR does.
Does anyone know how to find independant, accurate ratings for products in Canada? Consumer Reports used to have a "Canada Extra" section to address this, but it seems they have mostly stopped.