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Consumer Reports Magazine

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


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

Lab Tests

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


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

Up Front

Who makes the best bagels?
Our trained tasters tried eight plain and four ‘everything’ bagels
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
Refunds for mobile apps
If you're unhappy with an app you've bought, how do you get your money back?
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
Do e-cigarettes help smokers quit?
These battery-powered electronic cigarettes deliver vaporized nicotine without tobacco, tar, or other chemicals
Bissell Stomp ’n Go review
We put this carpet-stain-removal pad through its paces
How to track a lost animal
We tested three GPS devices for pets
EZ Moves Furniture Moving System review
Our claim check tells you how well the lever and pads work

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


A monthly perspective on the latest challenges facing consumers
I need that why?
Ask our experts

Selling It
A monthly selection of goofs, glitches, and gotchas

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