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Consumer Reports Magazine

December 2012
December 2012

Cover Story

10 top electronics products
Standouts for performance and innovation
Best TV, printer, camera, and computer brands
Repair and performance histories can help you choose a winner


Get the best electronics deals
Where to buy and how to bargain for the lowest price

Lab Tests

Most and least reliable gas furnaces
Today’s higher-efficiency models are more reliable and can save you money


Audi Allroad vs. Subaru Outback review
All-wheel-drive wagons that think they’re SUVs
2013 Lexus GS 350 review
This redesigned luxury sedan is enhanced inside and out
2013 Nissan Altima review

Up Front

Best AA batteries
Find out which products can go the distance
Claim check: Campbell’s Slow Kettle Style soups
Will you 'want to slow down and savor' these fancy-sounding soups?
The buzz on energy-drink caffeine
Caffeine levels per serving for the 27 products we checked ranged from 6 milligrams to 242 milligrams per serving
Fruit fiction: Is it blueberry or blue dye?
Not all products that claim to contain this healthy fruit really do
Best Heat-And-Eat Appetizers
Taste tests of spinach pies, mozzarella sticks, and mini tacos
Packaging gotchas
Mad at hard-to-open, shrinking, undersized, or overwrapped products?

CR Money

Resist the extended-warranty pitch
You almost never need to buy this type of coverage
How much should you tip this holiday season?
Housecleaners are most likely to get a tip, trash collectors least likely


From our president: Cause and effect
This page highlights efforts of Consumers Union, the policy and action arm of Consumer Reports, to improve the marketplace

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

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