Worst products of the year
Products from 2012 that must have sounded like a good idea -- but weren't.
It's actually somewhat difficult to track down CNET's lowest-rated reviews of 2012. Our whole site is designed to surface the best, most-worthy products to the top and help you make a smart shopping decision. The losers all tend to sink into obscurity. But with some careful sorting I was able to cobble together all of the reviews of the past year rated under three stars.
But we're a pretty ruthless bunch here at CNET, so narrowing the list down to just five selections wasn't easy. For this list, I went with my personal picks. That meant leaving out the abysmal, since I already roasted that thing in my I also left out products like the and , because they were more chronically disappointing than truly awful.
In general, I picked the products that were laughably bad. Each of these products deserves a Ken Burns-style documentary that starts with an optimistic inventor's well-intentioned idea, and ends with a truck unloading the unsold product into a landfill.
Sofor the worst products rated here at CNET. If I missed something worthy of this list, feel free to nominate your own worst products in the comments section.