Product Reviews

Welcome to Consumer Reports.

We’re so glad to have you as a member. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and stay informed.

Consumer Reports Magazine | October

Published: October 2013
October 2013

Cover story

Bright ideas that save energy and money Slice your utility bills without sacrificing comfort
Choosing the Best Energy-Saving Lightbulbs A room-by-room guide to choosing CFLs and LEDs

Special Section

Disaster preparedness: How to be ready for the next big storm What you can do to safeguard your home and family
Generators you can depend on in a storm Our top-rated generators will make blackouts more bearable
The best chain saws can make storm cleanup easier In our tests, some models cleared faster than others


Store brand foods review Private-label foods often meet or beat the big brands


Crash course on car safety Highway deaths are up. Here’s how you can help bring them down.
Kia Cadenza review This modern, large sedan jumps to the top of its segment
SUV's with third row seating review Redesigned models show the long and short of third-row seats

Up Front

4 ways to avoid supplement dangers Vitamins and minerals can pose risks
Are popped snacks healthier? We took a look at calories, fat, and sodium
Beware of Fake Computer-Virus Warnings Scammers are charging victims to remove viruses that don't exist
Chinet bakeware review Can you bake in disposable paper pans?
Packages that need a makeover A quick look at four products
What's in a (car) name? Choosing a moniker is equal parts art and science

CR Health

The facts about joint supplements Of the 16 products we tested, seven didn't contain all that they claimed

CR Money

Truths financial pros won’t tell you What you don't know could cost you


From our president: Safe travels
Selling It Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
Viewpoint This page highlights efforts of Consumers Union to improve the marketplace

The October 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 1-800-333-0663. Access updated information and reports at

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 2012 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.

More From Consumer Reports

The Best Matching Washers and Dryers These washer-dryer pairs cleaned up in Consumer Reports' tests.
Best 4K TVs to Buy Right Now The top picks from the hundreds of 4K TVs we've tested.
Best New Car Deals Save money on the cars that Consumer Reports recommends.
How to Pick the Right Size Generator for Your House Add up the items you need to power before making your choice.


Cars Build & Buy Car Buying Service
Save thousands off MSRP with upfront dealer pricing information and a transparent car buying experience.

See your savings


Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
while you shop

Learn more