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Consumer Reports reveals best, worst buys of holiday season

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You may be one of the great planners out there who has all of their holiday buying wrapped up already.

But if you're not and are still looking for some great gadgets, Consumer Reports published its best and worst buys this holiday season.

Cleaning & Home Improvement: The iRobot Roomba 760, $450, was the first robotic vacuum tested and is actually worth buying.

Food & Wine: The Woodhouse chocolate assortment, $90 plus shipping, topped tests this year because of its amazing collection of flavors.

Cooking & Food Prep: The KitchenAid Architect Series hand mixer, $80, makes it easy to get any job done.

Electronics: The FitBit One, $100, can help users stick to their New Year's resolutions by tracking steps and counting calories consumed and burned throughout the day.

Everyday Products: Nothing beat Bounty Duratowel, $5, for sheer pickup power, especially for big cleanups.

Cars: The Tesla Model S, starting price $69,900, was the number one car of the year. This electric vehicle isn't just great on fuel, it's luxurious and fun to drive. The Model S is a smart splurge for those who can afford it.

And here are some of the products that earned a spot on ShopSmart's loser list:

  • Sandra by Sandra Lee 53156, $47. This queen of semi-homemade cooking set a new low in blender tests. The gadget itself could barely crush ice.
  • Grout Bully, $10 with shipping & handling. It's basically White-Out for gross grout, but the shower slime will eventually come back.
  • Mitsubishi Mirage, starting price $12,995. This car is a real mess. The econobox is sluggish, shaky and noisy. And the loose steering makes it a real pain to drive.
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