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BestReviews is the site to turn to when you’re about to buy something. From blankets to cordless drills, we compare the top products in hundreds of categories to give you the most reliable purchasing advice.

Our goal is to make it easy for you to pick the best product and to be confident in your decision.

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Our Mission

To arm consumers with the confidence to simplify their purchasing decisions.

What We Do
BestReviews is committed to providing comprehensive and trusted reviews for products that matter to consumers. We do the research to help you save time and money.
We Buy
We buy products from the retailer just like you do
We Test
We test everything in our own lab

We’ve helped

consumers make their

purchasing decisions.

How We Do It

When you're getting ready to buy a product, you have a lot of options. There may be hundreds of products to choose from, dozens of them with user reviews that make them sound equally great. It can be confusing and time-consuming to cut through the data to find the best product for you.

That's where we come in.

We evaluate the dozens (or hundreds) of available products in each category, and select from them the shortlist of the most promising and best-selling products — the products in each category that really matter.

Then we buy these products, just like you would, and subject them to independent evaluation and tests.

Independent Testing

We build our own test equipment for evaluating products like cordless drills and hair dryers. Why? Because reliable testing requires repeatable tests, and just handing products to people to try out isn't enough.

We gather insights from those who use the products day in and day out to help us build review methodologies and design new ways to research and test products.

Expert Advice

How do we know what look for in a product? We interview industry experts, contractors, and other super-users before our review process begins.

Our expert advisors include physicians, who provide guidance on testing health-related products, building contractors who use power tools every day of their work lives, and professional chefs who know what works and what doesn't in kitchen appliances.

Steve
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Currently Executive Chef at Bon Appétit Management Company, Steve began his tenure with Bon Apetit as Chef de Partie. He has over ten years of experience, including tenures at two- and three-Michelin star restaurants. Steve is passionate about all things cooking – products, supply chain, management, menu design, and budgeting.


Steve  |  Resident Expert
Dr. Tamer
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Dr. Tamer emphasizes prevention as the most effective way to minimize health issues (cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, etc.) and maximize long-term health. Warm and knowledgeable, he is committed to forming comfortable bonds with his patients by which they can work together to set priorities and manage ongoing health concerns. Tamer earned his MD from the University of Connecticut and completed his internal medicine residency at Yale University.


Dr. Tamer  |  Medical Doctor
Sarah
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Sarah O’Kelley has spent 15 years immersed in the food and beverage field. From working in Emeril’s culinary department to founding her own restaurant, she has explored many a culinary path, and more recently she has fully dedicated herself to wine studies. She has her Certified Sommelier certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and she is currently studying for the advanced level. She will be opening a wine and beer shop in Charleston, SC, in the spring of 2017, Edmund’s Oast Exchange.


Sarah  |  Food & Wine Expert
Luke
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Luke owned and operated his own lawn and landscaping business for over a decade. Founding the business and growing it prior to an acquisition, Luke led all procurement decisions, from the purchase of blowers and lawn mowers to weed whackers and tillers. Luke uses all of these machines regularly.


Luke  |  Landscaping Professional
Francois
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Born and raised in Paris, the land of unapologetic butter, Francois has spent the last 20 years shaping the American culinary world behind the scenes. He was a buyer at Williams-Sonoma, built the Food Network online store, managed product assortments for Rachael Ray's site, started two meal delivery businesses and runs a successful baking blog. When he's not baking a cake or eating his way through Europe, Francois enjoys sharing cooking skills with cooks of all levels. Rules he lives by: "Use real butter" and "Nothing beats a sharp knife."


Francois  |  Kitchen Expert
Joy
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Joy fell in love with hiking and climbing about six years ago. Her favorite mountain of all time is Mt. Kilimanjaro, which she summited after a 10-day trek. Summit day itself was a 10-hour slog, but the satisfaction of reaching the crater and then the summit was unparalleled. The most important lesson Joy has learned is to listen to the experts, be prepared, and have the right gear.


Joy  |  Hiking Expert
Laurel
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Laurel works for a large company that is dedicated to pets and pet care. She's worked hands-on with animals for the past seven years, including volunteer work with rescue shelters and working with veterinarians. Laurel grew up around animals as her mother was a naturalist and ran an animal rescue organization. For the last two years, Laurel has worked full time with both domestic and exotic animals, as well as focused on dog grooming and training.


Laurel  |  Pet Expert
Dr. Sun
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Dr. Sun is an MIT graduate who also holds a master's degree from Harvard in public health and an MD from Harvard Medical School. She completed her internship and residency at UCLA. Her area of focus is internal medicine.


Dr. Sun  |  Medical Doctor
Tristan
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Tristan is a lifelong photographer, photoshop expert, and passionate producer of incredible artwork with cameras and photography gear. When not taking amazing photos, you might find Tristan tinkering with an automobile.


Tristan  |  Photography Professional
Master Barber Susan
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Master Barber Susan D’Arcangelo has over 20 years of experience in both cosmetology, barbering and creative haircutting. Susan blends state of art production techniques with an ever-expanding repertoire of precision cuts and styles. Susan is passionate about making you feel and look your best


Master Barber Susan  |  Men's Hair & Beauty Expert
Dr. Tiffany
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Tiffany is a practicing OB/GYN. She’s extremely well-versed in the diagnosis and treatment of developmental and medical issues concerning infants and babies. In her spare time, you might find Tiffany kayaking or rock climbing.


Dr. Tiffany  |  Medical Doctor
Locke
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Locke has worked in the construction industry for over 15 years. He began as a foreman, but he rose through the ranks and now runs one of the largest bridge builders in the region. His current responsibilities include procurement and operations for all construction projects. In his spare time, you may find Locke reading about construction trends or researching equity investments.


Locke  |  Construction Company Executive
Alissa
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Alissa has been deeply involved with childcare for the past decade. During this time, she has cared for 10+ children at a variety of ages and developmental stages. In her spare time, you might find her singing or playing the piano.


Alissa  |  Child Care Professional
Matthew
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Matthew has led IT departments and tech teams in a variety of industries. Currently, he works in the sports gaming industry. He has written reviews and been involved with electronics procurement decisions for a number of players at the business and individual level for over a decade. In his spare time, you may find Matthew playing frisbee, golf, or reading a good novel.


Matthew  |  IT Professional, Product Manager
Kelle
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Kelle is a certified teacher, a leader of multiple children’s organizations, and a mother of two small children. Her professional network of colleagues and extensive knowledge of baby/child-related products makes her a valuable resource here at BestReviews. When she’s not caring for children or studying products, you may find Kelle engaging in watersports and other exercise.


Kelle  |  Teacher and Child Care Professional
Scott
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Scott completed his first woodworking project in the 5th grade, and he’s been an avid woodworker ever since. For the past 46 years, Scott has enjoyed remodeling homes, building custom cabinets and mantels, installing hardwood floors/trim work, and many other unique projects.


Scott  |  Do-It-Yourself Guru And Carpenter
Denise
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Denise has a background in healthcare and physical therapy. She also has the unique experience of raising three boys. Through the years, she has coached her sons and many of their friends through their share of childhood health problems and accidents. When not helping others recover from their injuries, you may find Denise working in her garden or reading.


Denise  |  Health Care Professional
Mark
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Mark has been working in boots since high school, but became a true expert when he wore them every day as a dock worker for a freight company. Working in both extreme heat and cold, Mark had the opportunity to see which boots could hold their own and which boot features are the most important. He's proudly worn the same pair of steel-toed work boots for the past six years, and they're still going strong.


Mark  |  Work Boot Expert
Kelsi
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Kelsi is a professional women’s rugby player and currently trains full time with the USA 7s team at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Before making the national team, she played for the Seattle Saracens and helped win two National Championships. A true fitness enthusiast, Kelsi has also participated in cheerleading, basketball, volleyball, soccer, track, gymnastics, and wrestling.


Kelsi  |  National Champion Rugby Player
Ben
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Ben is an MBA admissions consultant with one of the country’s premium MBA admissions companies. His writing and advice on MBA admissions, test taking, and the overall graduate school perspective has appeared on CNN, Business Insider, GMAC.com, MBA.com, TopMBA.com, and many other publications.


Ben  |  MBA admissions consultant
Esther
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Longtime writer Esther Schindler has translated geek-talk into English since 1992. She loves to explain how technology can, indeed, improve the quality of life. Find her on Twitter at @estherschindler. Bring chocolate.


Esther  |  Technology, Product Review Researcher
Rafe
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Rafe Needleman has been testing and writing about technology products for over 20 years. He has evaluated hundreds of products as editor of CNET and reviews/editorial director of Yahoo Tech.


Rafe  |  Technologist, Product Review Professional
Nina
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Nina is a longtime gourmet chef, interior designer/decorator, and events planner. She has accomplished all of this in addition to maintaining a stellar career as a healthcare executive, where she helps alter the course of people’s lives via preventive care and healthy living. Nina’s hobbies include learning new recipes, planning and executing amazing dinners to impress local chefs, and hiking around the world.


Nina  |  Gourmet Chef, Health Care Executive
Seth
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Seth is editor of The Parallax, a cybersecurity and privacy news site for consumers. He has worked in online journalism since 1999, including an eight-year stint at CNET where he covered security, privacy, and Google. Based in San Francisco, he also writes about connected technology and pop culture.


Seth  |  Information Security Professional
Dale
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Dale brings over 40 years of automotive industry experience to the BestReviews table. An avid DIY guy, he has worked with, rebuilt, and led maintenance on a variety of vehicles. He’s also well-versed in fleet management and vehicle operations. Dale’s past experiences include distinguished service as an officer in the US Army.


Dale  |  Automotive Super-User
Ron
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Ron is a lifelong musician of incredible talent and skill. He plays piano, drums, harmonica, and guitar (electric, acoustic, and bass), as well as an array of other instruments. Ron has performed in a number of bands over the past three decades. In his spare time, you might find him researching equity investments.


Ron  |  Musician, concert performer
Susan T.
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Susan Sano Tuveson has been cooking for people for five decades. Educated in music, law, and languages, she left her legal practice to establish Cacao Chocolates in Kittery, Maine. A three-time Best of Seacoast New England winner, the shop was popular for its high-quality artisanal truffles flavored with unusual local ingredients.


Susan T.  |  Chef, Food Entrepeneur
Rick
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Rick is a loving husband and the proud father of six children. He has been creating music and using audio technology non-stop for the past 20 years in a variety of studio and live event settings. For Rick, finding the perfect products and equipment to enhance his clients’ creative process is extremely important.


Rick  |  Recording Studio Professional
Missy
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Missy holds degrees in music education and psychology. She is a certified K-12 music teacher with 18 years of experience in Michigan public schools. In her spare time, Missy performs with an eclectic mid-Michigan band called The Honeybadgers.


Missy  |  Music Teacher, Musician
Andrew
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Andrew is a lifelong athlete who routinely pushes himself to the limit in training and sports, with a focus on elite rowing. He was a national champion and four-year member of the Harvard crew team, and he represented the US at World Championships. He has trained alongside some of the world’s top Olympiads, and his love for rowing has sent him to the most elite racing events around the world. Through his experience and network of colleagues, he has gained great insight into the best rowing equipment.


Andrew  |  National Champion Rower
Richard
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Richard is a seasoned small business owner in the hardware industry. He also owns a pool maintenance business and serves as an advisor on groundskeeping committees for a number of prominent organizations. He’s a regionally renowned safe cracker/locksmith expert, and in his spare time, he renovates and repairs vaults, safes, appliances, and a number of other products.


Richard  |  Hardware Store Owner, Do-It-Yourself Guru
Bill
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Bill has been a hardware store owner, locksmith, and general home repair guru for over 40 years. His ability to solve problems and repair every item in every situation is a true gift. In his spare time, you may find Bill working in his garden, tending to his perfectly manicured lawn, or riding his bike.


Bill  |  Engineer, Do-It-Yourself Guru
Wilbert
EXPERT CONSULTANT

Wilbert is an award-winning composer for the video game and film industries. He has worked as an in-house musician at LucasArts, scoring several games in the Star Wars universe, as well as working independently composing the scores to Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Dead Island 2, and other indie and AAA titles. He also is the co-founder of Impact Soundworks, a highly successful sample development and music software company, and an accomplished lecturer on video game music, having given talks at the Game Developers Conference as well as Yale University and several other institutions.


Wilbert  |  Freelance Composer

Consumer Feedback

Finally, we consider the opinions of buyers like you, who have already invested their money and time in using the products. We survey readers regularly to seek their opinions on products, and we also pore over the product evaluations left online, to develop a clear picture of the strengths and weakness that a product may exhibit over time. That's because our lab testing can evaluate the performance of a product, but only long-term real-world use will turn up durability and other design flaws.

Our independent product testing happens in our labs, where we use the products like you would at home.

Where We Test

Field Testing
We send products into the field — to our testers’ homes, kitchens, and yards — to evaluate many products in real-world settings. Our field testers are equipped with portable evaluation equipment as required for each comparison.
Reno
Nevada
BestReviews has a network of independent lab and real-world test facilities. Our large lab in Reno, Nevada is outfitted with all of the equipment to complete both standard as well as proprietary testing. We design and build our own test rigs as needed to perform unique and unbiased tests.
San Francisco
California
We also have a lab in San Francisco, California, where we run tests on smaller, hand-held appliances and goods.

Product Acquisition

We purchase every product we review with our own funds. We never accept anything from product manufacturers. Our goal is to be 100% objective in our analysis, and we do not want to run the risk of being swayed by products provided at no cost.

By purchasing products through normal retail channels, we also avoid the risk of a manufacturer sending us 'juiced up' models. We review exactly what consumers buy off the shelf.

If, during testing, we find a product that performs much worse than expected we will buy an additional unit and re-run our testing, to make sure we did not receive a bad copy of it.

Testing Products

Where Reviewed Products Go

A few weeks after we're done testing and reviewing a product, we donate it to a charitable organization. We hope people in need are able to benefit from the suitcases, tools, and appliances that we purchase for evaluation.

Our Team

BestReviews was started by a group of entrepreneurs with three decades of business experience. The company was incubated out of the Harvard Innovation Lab, and our founding team has educational backgrounds from Harvard Business School, Stanford, Berkeley, West Point, and the US Army's Airborne and Ranger Schools, in addition to corporate experience at Google, Tesla, LinkedIn, and the US Army.

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    Adrian
    Senior Engineer
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    Allen
    Writer
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    Writer
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    Ann
    Operations
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    Anton
    Director of Engineering
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    Ben
    Operations
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    Bob
    Writer
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    Dan
    Strategy
  • Denis
    Denis
    Chairman
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    Devangana
    Web Producer
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    Gavin
    Writer
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    Georgi
    Senior Engineer
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    Heather
    Content
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    Jan
    Senior Engineer
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    Jasmin
    Operations
  • Jess
    Jess
    Researcher
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    Jennifer
    Writer
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    Jimi
    Product Analyst
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    Kristin
    Design
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    Kriti
    Data Scientist
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    Kyle
    Writer
  • Lauren
    Lauren
    Writer
  • Melissa
    Melissa
    Editor
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    Michael
    Writer
  • Momchil
    Momchil
    CEO
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    Rick
    Growth
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    William
    Product

Our Promise

We strive to provide value to readers by making solid and reliable buying recommendations. We make money when a reader clicks through to a product buying page and purchases a product. It doesn't matter which one, though - we earn the referral fee on any item you buy. We are not biased to pick one item over another. Our sole focus is delivering the best review possible.

If we fail to win your trust and guide you to a purchasing decision, we do not make anything.

We are in this for the long haul, and we succeed only by running trustworthy and accurate product reviews. If we fail at recommending the best product, our readers won't come back.

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