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Consumer Reports Magazine | May

Published: May 2013
May 2013


101 secrets from our experts The insider’s guide to practically everything
Innerspring and memory foam mattress reviews Our performance tests cover innerspring and memory-foam models
Save a bundle on telecom services 84,000 readers help you choose and save on TV, Internet, home phone, and now cell phone, too
What you need to know about warranty laws You have more rights than you might think

Lab Tests

Most Vitamin D Supplements Measure Up, Our Tests Find But prices can vary a lot, so choose by cost and pill type


Affordable hands-free calling We check out the pros and cons of add-on Bluetooth kits
BMW X1 review This SUV is focused on fun instead of practicality
Cadillac ATS review A joy to drive, this compact sports sedan can be hard to live with
Honda Civic vs. Nissan Sentra With a quick update, the Civic wins back its recommendation
How to avoid motorcycle problems Japanese bikes have fewer problems than BMW and Harley models
Nissan Pathfinder review This new model is competent but uninspiring

Up Front

Can these quirky cleaners mop up the competition? Plus, reviews of Groutinator and The Grout Bully
Claim check: Edge of Glory knife sharpener How sharp is this device?
Cracker taste-off: We compared 30 kinds of crackers Some crackers we tested are healthy—and taste good, too
Hospitals and teaching hospitals safety ratings Our updated Ratings show most hospitals need to improve
How accurate are chain restaurant calorie counts? Some of the dishes we tested didn't tell the truth
Relaxation drinks review Our tests of iChill, Relax Drank, Dream Water, and other products suggest that many don't contain all that they claim

CR Health

Same generic drug, many prices We found big price differences at drug stores on the generic versions of Lipitor, Plavix, and other common drugs


From our president: Dead first
How to beat travel fees big and small Major U.S. airlines made $2.6 billion in baggage fees in the first three quarters of 2012
Polymer balls raise alarm These superabsorbent materials are increasingly prevalent in toys and household products
Viewpoint Consumers Union's efforts to improve the marketplace
Selling It A monthly selection of goofs, glitches, and gotchas

The May 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.

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