I trust Consumer Reports because the DON’T rely on any user advertisments and such. For instance, when they test washing machines they actually go out and buy them just like any other consumer would. Other test sites get washing machines supplied free of cost from the companies they review.
Perhaps it makes no difference, but in my mind it does. I found after one year of subscribing to the magazine, when I chose not to renew they were begging me to and giving me very cheap rates to do so
As for consumer electronics, I think CR does a good job, but a lot of those reviews are very subjective. One poster mentioned AVS Forums which is good and I use it but it can be intimidating as it’s so cluttered an the threads go on for ages. I don’t need to read a 300 page thread started seven years ago to find out most of the thread is outdated and worthless anyway.
But if you have the time AVS forums can help.
Consumer Reports does cost, again, because they don’t rely on the the products they test to be given to them nor do they accept the ads from the products. This keeps them neutral.