Best and worst products of the year

By Scott Nyerges on December 9, 2013 06:01:00 pm


From strawberry jam to smartphones, our experts tested and reviewed more than 3,300 products in 2013. That’s a lot of stuff! We’ve chosen our favorite products in six categories: cleaning and home improvement, food and wine, cooking and prep, electronics, everyday products and automotive. We also take a look at some of the biggest product disappointments of the year.

Some of our top products have hefty price tags, it’s true. For example, if you simply must have the best television money can buy, you’ll have to shell out $9,000 for Samsung’s KN55S9C OLED television. But our experts say no other model comes close in terms of picture quality, and the unique curved screen design gives the Samsung the feel of a mini movie screen.

Other top products are so cheap you could give them as stocking stuffers, like the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender 51101, which costs just $20. And if you spill your smoothie all over your shirt, you can be assured that our top-rated laundry detergent, Wisk Deep Clean, won’t break the bank at just $5.

Of course, some products are best left on store shelves. If you’re looking for a new pair of headphones, you’d do well to avoid EarHero’s earphones, our experts say. These earphones earned one of the lowest scores ever given for a product – just 6 out of 100 – and at $150, you can find far better headphones for far less money.

For more of the best (and worst) products of the year, pick up our January issue and read the cover story!

Subscribe to ShopSmart today!
Scott Nyerges

Scott Nyerges

Posted at 06:01:00 PM in
Appliances | Bargains | Cars | Cleaning | Computers | Electronics | Entertaining | Food | Kitchen | Smart phones

Print This Page

Capt R. O. Buttrick

02:46:39 PM on Tue Dec 10 2013

I am a current subscriber to Consumer Reports. Do I automatically receive all issues of Shop Smart Magazine? Please email me your answer.
Thank you

Richard Buttrick

Scott Nyerges, managing editor

09:48:33 AM on Wed Dec 11 2013

Thanks for writing, Richard. Although Consumer Reports is our sister publication, you must subscribe to each magazine separately. You'll find lots of unique content in each, and we hope you'll consider adding ShopSmart to your list of favorite subscriptions.

Pamela Bennett

11:22:51 AM on Wed Jan 22 2014

As a subscriber to the magazine am I allowed broader search functions on the web site? I am interested because I often times want to refer to past articles when shopping and this would be an accessible option.

Scott Nyerges, managing editor

11:31:26 AM on Wed Jan 22 2014

Hi Pamela:

Currently, we don't have ShopSmart's archives online. However, you can buy back issues of the magazine on Here's a link:

RC Kyle

03:48:48 PM on Wed Jan 29 2014

I don't understand why I can see ratings fro products on the online version like I do in the magazines! It's frustrating when you misplace one of the magazines and hope you can find the same info on line!

Scott Nyerges, managing editor

02:15:36 PM on Fri Jan 31 2014

Thanks for writing, RC... Consumer Reports and Consumer Reports Online each require a separate subscription. That's why, if you're a magazine subscriber, you can't access most reports online unless you also subscribe to the website.

Sharon Morningred

01:07:42 AM on Tue Mar 18 2014

Could you please evaluate Pressure Cookers, either in Consumer Reports or Shop Smart.

Thank you,

Sharon Morningred

Post a Comment

All comments are reviewed by our moderators, and will not appear on this blog unless they have been approved. Comments that do not relate directly to the blog entry's contents, are commercial in nature, contain objectionable or inappropriate material, or otherwise violate our User Agreement or Privacy Policy, will not be approved. Approved posts generally appear within 24 hours of receipt. For general inquiries not related to this blog, please contact Customer Service.

If you have a TypeKey or TypePad account, please Sign In