Matt Clear

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Matt joined Which? in 2008 and has worked on a wide range of topics, from investigating supermarket packaging to testing dishwasher tablets. Currently a Researcher in the Home team specialising in shopping and product testing, in his spare time Matt enjoys walking, basketball, and exploring new parts of London.

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Are your LED light bulbs burning out too soon?

by , Home Researcher Energy & Home 20 January 2014
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LED light bulb

LED light bulbs have a tendency to make grand claims about their lifespan – it’s common to see manufacturers promise bulbs will last 25,000 or even 50,000 hours. But we’ve found many failing well before this. (more about LED light bulbs...)

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Raw deal on holidays for Tesco Clubcard holders

by , Home Researcher Transport & Travel 18 December 2013
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Pig holiday

Putting Tesco Clubcard points towards money off a holiday sounds like a good deal in theory. But if you’ve done that with travel company Cosmos Holidays, we’ve found you might have been charged extra for your trip. (more about Tesco Clubcard points...)

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Why do you love your favourite shops?

by , Home Researcher Consumer Rights 4 November 2013
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Woman holding shopping bags

Every year, we spend more of our money shopping online and less on the high street. Yet many of us still have our favourite shops that we return to again and again. What makes the best shops worth visiting? (more about your favourite shops...)

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Do you pay attention to supermarket price matching schemes?

by , Home Researcher Consumer Rights 23 October 2013
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Shopping trolley whizzing through supermarket

Your supermarket shopping receipt says: ‘We’ve compared prices with our rivals, and you saved money by shopping here.’ But do supermarkets’ price-match schemes have any influence on where you shop? (more about supermarket price matching...)

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Are you boiled over by this smart kettle?

by , Home Researcher Energy & Home 20 October 2013
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ikettle

Will the wonders of modern technology never cease? A new kettle – called the iKettle - has been launched that can be turned on from your smartphone over wi-fi. Do you want to boil from distance? (more about clever kettles...)

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Sudafed capsules exactly the same as own-brand medicines

by , Home Researcher Consumer Rights 27 September 2013
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Tablets

Most of us probably know that big-brand medicines often contain the same active ingredients as cheaper brands. But what if big-brand medicines were completely identical to the supermarket versions? (more about Sudafed...)

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Surprise! You’ve just opened a Next credit account

by , Home Researcher Money 19 August 2013
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Next account card and directory

You go onto the Next website to buy a shirt or a dress, and before you know it, you end up with a high-interest credit account that you didn’t ask for. Have you been signed up for an unwanted Next credit account? (more about Next accounts...)

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Is your kettle as loud as a drill?

by , Home Researcher Energy & Home 1 August 2013
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Noisy kettle compared to drill

Unbelievably, our tests have found that some kettles are as loud as an electric drill. No wonder noisy boiling is one of your biggest kettle bugbears. Does your noisy kettle make you boil over with rage? (more about noisy kettles...)

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What’s the point of third-party train websites?

by , Home Researcher Transport & Travel 18 April 2013
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Kings Cross train station

Third-party train websites are a popular way of booking tickets. But some charge fees that you can avoid by booking directly with the train company. Is there any benefit to using these websites? (more about third-party train websites...)

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I bought a copycat product by mistake

by , Home Researcher Consumer Rights 12 April 2013
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Lookalike supermarket products

Have you ever got your shopping home, to find that a big-name branded product you thought you’d picked up was actually an own-label lookalike? It’s happened to me, and our new research shows I'm not alone. (more about lookalike products...)

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Rising prices – do supermarkets give value for money?

by , Home Researcher Consumer Rights 20 February 2013
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A shopping trolley in a supermarket aisle

The cost of your weekly food shop is going up, so now is a good time to find the best-value supermarket. Our survey results show that quality products and good customer service can be just as important as price. (more about our supermarket survey...)

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Asda shoppers still stuck with double-charging problem

by , Home Researcher Energy & Home 28 January 2013
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A keyboard with a 'trolley' key

Since June 2011, Asda has been in trouble for accidentally charging its online customers twice for their shopping. The issue continues to rumble on, although Asda says the end is in sight. Have you been caught out? (more about Asda's double-charging problem...)

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Have kettles gone off the boil?

by , Home Researcher Energy & Home 18 January 2013
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Kettle floating in space

New research this week revealed that kettle sales are in decline, while coffee machines are becoming ever more popular. Are you ready to call time on your kettle? (more about kettles...)

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