Consumer Reports' Favorite Products of the Year


The Kodak Play Sport Zx3 appears to be built with, well, a little play in mind. It's waterproof to 10 feet, has an image stabilizer and has a "very good display and takes very good video in normal light and good video in low light," Consumer Reports said.

Dishwashers: Bosch SHE55M1[2]UC ($850)

Consumer Reports said that all the dishwashers on its list "use much less water than washing dishes by hand and they're much quieter now." The Bosch, which lands in the middle-ground as far as price, tops the Consumer Reports list.

Strollers: Graco Vie4 ($115)

Consumer Reports calls the Graco Vie4 a "Best Buy" and gives it high marks for ease of use, maneuverability and safety.

Full-Sized Desktop Computers: Dell Studio XPS SX8100-1408NBC ($950)

If you're looking to upgrade your desktop, Consumer Reports said Dell's Studio XPS is the best way to go and is cheaper than its closest competitor on the list, the HP Pavilion Elite HPE-240f.

Washers: Kenmore 4027[2] ($800)

For front-loading washers, Consumer Reports said you can't beat the Kenmore 4027[2]. With an overall score of 85, the Kenmore beats out both cheaper and pricier competitors.

Lawn Mowers: Toro Super Bagger 20194 ($690)

In the self-powered, self-propelled category, the Toro Super Bagger 20194 takes the first prize. Indeed, the first three spots on the Consumer Reports list are Toro products. At $690, the Super Bagger is significantly more expensive than its second and third place brethren, but scored 2 and 5 points higher, respectively.

GPS Navigators: Garmin Nuvi 1350 ($170)

While the Garmin Nuvi 3760T took Consumer Reports' top spot in the Best Overall category, it was the Nuvi 1350 model that took first prize in the Best on a Budget category. As Consumer Reports put it, "The trend toward lower-priced models with more capabilities continues, with free traffic information becoming common even on a budget-priced units."

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