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 ZTE Score M , since I already roasted that thing in my "Top 5 phones to avoid." I also left out products like the HP Pavilion HPE Phoenix h9z and Kodak ESP 3.2 All-in-One Printer , 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.

So here are my picks for 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.


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Worst products of 2012

The lowest-rated CNET reviews of the year are products that probably sounded good idea on paper.

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.


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