Consumer Reports Magazine | January

Published: January 2013
January 2013

Cover story

Smart ways to save on smart phones
Which phone and plan are right for you? Whether you're buying for a family or shopping for yourself, we can guide you to the right ones


25 great holiday gifts
Do you need an accident-protection plan for your tablet? Eighteen percent of tablet owners we surveyed bought a service contract or extended warranty
Protecting Mom & Dad's money What to do when you suspect financial abuse
What’s in that pork? We found antibiotic-resistant bacteria and traces of a veterinary drug


2013 Chevrolet Spark review
2013 Dodge Dart review
2013 Lexus ES 350 & ES 300h review
Cadillac XTS and Lincoln MKS reviews Two big, opulent American sedans fall short of expectations
Halogen headlight bulbs Higher-priced lights shine more brightly but not farther

Up Front

Claim Check: Lint Lizard Can a $10 "magic wand" make clothes dryer lint disappear?
Gotcha! Beware of ‘fast cash’ Payday loans can be pricey and unforgiving
Lost in translation: Many labels no sense make There’s no law against confusing—or amusing—wording on many goods
Sparkling wines that shine don't have to cost a lot Celebrate the holidays with one of our recommended sparklers
Spread it on: Best jellies and jams Some inexpensive brands tasted better than pricier ones
The cold facts about colds and flu Many products sold on drug store shelves don't help. But some simple steps can.
Three cleaners remove haze from dishware These film stars eliminate hard-water buildup
Yogurt taste tests show Greek is good

CR Health

5 things I learned from my patients Listening to their stories has sometimes improved my health

CR Money

Don’t get taken guarding your ID Do-it-yourself safeguards are just as effective as paid services


Biggest consumer complaints to the CPSC Appliances accounted for 2,029 complaints in the SaferProducts.gov database
From our president: Naughty and nice
Viewpoint This page highlights efforts of Consumers Union to improve the marketplace
Selling It A monthly selection of goofs, glitches, and gotchas

The January 2013 issue of Consumer Reports provides recommendations, expert buying advice, and Ratings on hundreds of consumer products. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, with more than 7 million print and online subscribers. It conducts the most comprehensive testing programs of any U.S. publication or website, and the company's experts have decades of experience in testing and reporting.

Subscribe here or call 800-234-1645. Access updated information and reports at www.ConsumerReports.org.

Consumer Reports magazine archive

Looking for a special report, investigative feature, or product review from a past issue of Consumer Reports? You can access that information and much more going back to January 2009 in our archive.


E-mail Newsletters

FREE e-mail Newsletters!
Choose from cars, safety, health, and more!
Already signed-up?
Manage your newsletters here too.

Latest From Consumer Reports

7 mattresses that will make for happier couplesVideo Some beds are better at muting vibrations from one side to the other.
Streaming media players & services Telecom services
Is now a good time to get HBO on cable or satellite? Cable, satellite, and other are discounting the premium service.
Food safety
Special report: Pesticides in your produceVideo Learn how to make smart choices for your health—and the environment.
Best washing machines for $800 or lessVideo These reasonably priced workhorses of the laundry room get the job done.
Long-distance runner: Tesla aims to end range anxiety New software improves navigation and turns on safety features.
Inexpensive vacuums that won't let you downVideo Check out these low-cost picks in bagged and bagless uprights.


and safety with
subscribers and fans

Follow us on:


Cars New Car Price Report
Find out what the dealers don't want you to know! Get dealer pricing information on a new car with the New Car Price Report.

Order Your Report


Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
while you shop

Learn more