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 Senior Researcher in the Home team specialising in shopping and product testing, in his spare time Matt enjoys walking, basketball, and exploring London.

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Have you had a problem with smelly kettle water?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 3 May 2015
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A cup of tea with some biscuits

Can you help solve a mystery that's threatening to ruin the breakfast time cuppa of tea drinkers up and down the country? Smelly kettle water. It's a problem many of you seem to suffer, judging by comments we've had. (more about kettle mystery ...)

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Shops are spying on you – but does it bother you?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 19 March 2015
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Eye spying on you

Threatened by competition from online retailers, shops are introducing new technologies to find out more about you, the customer. Do you find shops analysing your behaviour creepy, or are you happy to accept it? (more about spying shops...)

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Supermarket shopping: what gets on your nerves?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 19 February 2015
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supermarket trolley

Long queues, confusing store layouts, ‘unexpected item in the bagging area’… shopping for groceries can really be a chore at times. What irritates you the most about supermarket shopping? (more about supermarket bugbears...)

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Can you top these online grocery substitutions?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 20 January 2015
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Shopping trolley whizzing through supermarket

Online supermarket shopping is the most convenient thing since sliced bread. But that's until your sliced bread is replaced with a doughnut. Our recent survey highlights some of the strangest substitutions... (more about online grocery substitutions...)

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Are your LED light bulbs failing too soon?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 21 November 2014
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LED light bulb

We’ve previously reported that LED light bulbs are falling well short of their bold lifespan claims. Our latest tests suggest they’re getting better, but can you really expect them to last 25,000 or even 50,000 hours? (more about LED bulbs...)

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What bugs you about supermarket packaging?

by , Senior Home Researcher Consumer Rights 14 November 2014
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supermarket

Sneaky packaging can tempt you into buying products you wouldn't have otherwise picked up, while masking information that may make you think twice. Which packaging tactics leave you ticked off? (more about supermarket packaging...)

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Misleading unit prices on Tesco’s website

by , Senior Home Researcher Consumer Rights 23 June 2014
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Woman using calculator in supermarket

Looking at the unit price of two different-sized items is helpful to work out which is cheapest, but it’s not so useful if those prices are wrong. That’s what has happened for a number of products on Tesco’s website. (more about Tesco unit prices...)

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What pushes you to boiling point with your kettle?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 26 April 2014
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Electric kettle and a mug

Kettles can really get the steam and conversation going. We've popped the kettle on to work out, well, what makes a good one. Our latest results have found one of the top performers of the last few years. (more about kettles...)

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Are your LED light bulbs burning out too soon?

by , Senior 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 , Senior 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 , Senior 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 , Senior 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 , Senior 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 , Senior 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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