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Consumer Reports Magazine

November 2013
November 2013

Special Section

Find a ‘Best Value’ health plan
New rankings of 987 health insurance plans nationwide can help you choose the best one for you and your family
It’s showtime for health care reform
What the Affordable Care Act means for you and your family

Lab Tests

Glucose meter reviews
We found several models that are ideal for monitoring at home
Treadmill desks let you walk while you work
They keep you moving during the day


Best car batteries
Big brands don’t always mean big performance
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. Ram 1500
Chevy’s on top, but second place looks better to some
Ford Focus ST review
An affordable, sporty, fun-to-drive hatchback
Honda Crosstour review
A blend of sedan and SUV that doesn't succeed as either
Honda Odyssey review
Freshened minivan gets even better
Safety upgrades for your car
These aftermarket aids can help you avoid an accident
Top high-performance tires
Michelin is among the best for all-season, summer, and winter tires

Up Front

Activity monitors cover more than just footsteps
These devices monitor your daily health
Best restaurant brands sold in supermarkets
Do the foods sold in stores resemble their restaurant counterparts?
GustBuster windproof umbrella review
How sturdy is the windproof umbrella?
Snake oil for the 21st century
Health claims that are too good to be true
Top choices in chicken broths
Poultry flavor is key, but beware sodium levels
Which brand is making the best bacon?
Tests of regular and thick-sliced uncooked, precooked, and turkey bacons

CR Health

Don’t wait to plan long-term care
Most of us will need help as we age. Here's what to do—and how to pay for it

CR Money

Dump your big bank and save
Tired of your megabank’s fees, tactics, and practices?


From our president: What’s a body to do?
Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
This page highlights efforts of Consumers Union to improve the marketplace

Cover story

Top products and great buys for every budget
Our roundup of more than 550 items from a year's worth of testing

The November 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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