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Our goal is to make it easy for you to pick the best product and to be confident in your decision.
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.
Our reviewers and subject matter experts evaluate the dozens (or hundreds) of available products in each category, and from them, select the shortlist of the most promising and best-selling products — the products in each category that really matter.
When we decide you, the consumer, would benefit from additional product insight, we buy these products, just like you would, and subject them to independent evaluation and tests.
In many cases, we build our own test equipment to evaluate products and test them against each other. Why? Because reliable testing requires repeatable tests, and just handing products to people to try out isn't enough. While we test many of the products we review, for some product categories we solely use research and consumer feedback to create the information in our review.
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.
How do we know what to look for in a product? We interview industry experts, contractors, and other super-users before our review process begins.
Our expert advisors and experts in residence include physicians, who provide guidance on testing health-related products, PhDs with backgrounds in nutrition and other speciality areas, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A few weeks after we're done testing and reviewing a product, we donate it to a nonprofit
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