For 2014, Consumer Reports' least favorite products included the RCA LED65G55R120Q TV, liquid nicotine packets, PureWash detergent-free washing systems, and weight loss pills featuring the garcinia cambogia herb. In financial products, Consumer Reports lambasted deferred-interest credit cards as overly costly.
At $950, RCA's 65-inch LED65G55R120Q is affordable. However, Consumer Reports despised this TV's picture and sound quality, calling it one of the worst TVs the organization tested in 2014. The organization noted that liquid nicotine is responsible for a rising number of child poisoning cases. Used in electronic cigarettes, concentrated liquid nicotine is sold in fruit and candy flavors, which makes the product attractive to children. According to Consumer Reports, manufacturers should do more to make nicotine packaging tamper-resistant.
PureWash is one of two detergent-free laundry cleaners tested by Consumer Reports in 2014. Test results were not promising. For cleaning laundry, using PureWash is only marginally more effective than using water alone.
Also known as tamarind, garcinia cambogia is an increasingly popular ingredient in weight loss supplements. This fruit contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA), a chemical that was shown to interfere with fatty acid metabolism in a laboratory setting. However, Consumer Reports reiterated that a dozen studies have proven garcinia cambogia's ineffectiveness as a weight loss aid.