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Consumer Reports Magazine

December 2013
December 2013

Special Section

10 top electronics products of 2013
Here's our short list of standouts for innovation and performance
15 best TVs for your holiday gift list
Our recommendations for sports fans, Internet addicts, and more
5 best smart phones for your holiday gift list
Our recommendations for adventurers, entertainment buffs, and more
7 tablets for your holiday gift list
Our recommendations for the workaholic, the beachgoer, and more
8 digital cameras for your holiday gift list
Our recommendations for the sports fanatic, the family historian, and more
9 computers for your holiday gift list
Our recommendations for the dorm dweller, the multitasker, and more
Best electronics brands
Repair and Ratings histories help you make your electronics buying decisions
Best printers to give as holiday gifts
Our recommendations for the shutterbug and the entrepreneur


How to Clean Up Common Holiday Messes
Expert tips for removing wax, wine, and other stains
What to look for in your next washing machine
Top models raise the bar for cleaning and efficiency

Lab Tests

4 Reasons You Might Still Need a Cordless Phone
Why you shouldn't abandon your landline just yet


Infiniti Q50 vs. Lexus IS 250: An upscale face-off
Redesigned for 2014, neither sedan hits the mark
Nissan Versa Note review
A fuel-efficient runabout that's hard to beat for the money
Reduce Your Chances of Becoming a Victim When Shopping
Parking lot safety tips to reduce your chances of becoming a victim
Review: 2014 Fiat 500L adds space to the formula
The cute 500 stretches out and becomes more practical

Up Front

Best hams for the holidays
Taste tests of 6 spiral-cut hams
Celebrate the season with the tastiest cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc wines
You can find very good wines for $15 and less
Claim check: Pauli Never Burn Stock Pot
Does this pot really eliminate the need for stirring?
Claim check: Stream Clean carpet cleaner
Is this spray really a no-scrub carpet cleaner?
Is No No a yes?
The hair-removal device left legs 'prickly' and 'hairy'
Smartest snacks to eat at the mall
What to nosh on when you're out shopping
Wine clubs prompt some whines
Some of the selections from popular clubs didn't taste fresh

CR Money

Avoid these pitfalls of online shopping
Watch out for rip-off retailers, faulty products, ID theft, and more


From our president: Speak. Listen. Change.
Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
This page highlights efforts of Consumers Union to improve the marketplace

The December 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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