CR is good for your average person. Other than that it is useless imo. No one who knows electronics would ever use CR. No reason to.
CR has Insignas, Dynex and Vizio models rated way high. Ive seen those models, they dont look great to me. PQ should be one of the most if not the most important factor not whether it has alot of connections or not. Second should be the price which I think can play a big factor for most maganize companies. We all want to get a good tv for a good price but I dont think CR goes deep enough into the process. IMO they just look at size, price and do a lil testing but thats no where near enough.
People sometimes dont realize all things look good on paper but once you see it in the real world, might not be what you expected. My best advise is do a lil research on what size and price range you like. When you find a model you like, buy it. If for some reason you decide its not the one once you get it home, simply return it. Most stores have a 30-90 return policy. Restocking fees can apply if model is not defective so becareful with that.