Consumer Reports magazine | May

Published: May 2012
May 2012

Cover story

Best & worst supermarkets More than 24,000 shoppers rate 52 chains and share their top gripes

Special Section

Best mowers and tractors Find out which models made the cut this year
The slacker’s guide to a great lawn Get a lush lawn in less time with our expert tips


CR Investigates: Dangerous medical devices Most medical implants have never been tested for safety
Student debt grows to alarming levels The hundreds of billions owed have potentially crippling ramifications for the U.S. economy

Lab Tests

Best toilet paper A big-store brand cleans up in our latest tests
Central air conditioning reliability Our latest survey found three brands that you should think twice about


Review of the Subaru Impreza and Mazda3 Two new fuel-efficient cars race to the top of the small-sedan pack
Road tests of the Chevrolet Sonic, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Yaris These subcompacts and hatchbacks are growing in sophistication

Up Front

Bissell Stomp ’n Go review We put this carpet-stain-removal pad through its paces
Do e-cigarettes help smokers quit? These battery-powered electronic cigarettes deliver vaporized nicotine without tobacco, tar, or other chemicals
EZ Moves Furniture Moving System review Our claim check tells you how well the lever and pads work
How to track a lost animal We tested three GPS devices for pets
Independents are all-stars among sporting-goods stores Chain stores such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Modell’s, and The Sports Authority don't make shoppers as happy
Refunds for mobile apps If you're unhappy with an app you've bought, how do you get your money back?
Think twice before buying a repair plan from companies such as HomeServe, Nicor Services, and others Putting money in a fund for a rainy day is smarter than paying for a service-line repair plan
Who makes the best bagels? Our trained tasters tried eight plain and four ‘everything’ bagels

CR Health

New generic drugs can save you money But it can take more than a year to see substantial savings when you switch to a generic

CR Money

Insurance policies you don’t need Some coverage just isn't worth the cost


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