The Spruce Eats Product Review Editorial Guidelines & Mission

Our Team

We’re a team of experienced writers and editors who obsessively scour the retail landscape (both online and off) to find the best products for your life. Besides being experts in our fields, having worked for brands like Real Simple, Martha Stewart, Food & Wine, and Amazon, we’re consumers too—and we personally have a passion for products and services that make your life easier.

Our Mission

It is our mission to help you make the best purchase decisions—it’s that simple.

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What We Do

We exhaustively research and recommend a broad range of products and ultimately make a curated list of recommendations from writers with subject-matter expertise in every product category we cover. We do receive an affiliate commission on some, but not all, of the products that we recommend if you decide to click through to the retailer site and make a purchase.

After we publish an article, we don’t just forget about it. Our team is relentless when it comes to updating and keeping our existing recommendations fresh, accurate, and helpful. We have our fingers on the pulse when it comes to the latest household releases, from food processors to ice cream makers and more. Our recommended products run the gamut from budget to splurge-worthy, and we’re not loyal to any one specific retailer or brand. We make it a point to source recommendations from reliable companies who deliver exemplary customer service, so you can have a seamless shopping experience.

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Please note that all products, including those we review and recommend, may from time to time be subject to recalls or revised use recommendations. We, therefore, urge you to monitor any official announcements here that may be related to products you purchase.

We also know how frustrating it can be to do your research on a product only to add it to your cart and see that it’s out of stock, so we try to mitigate this by having dedicated editors check availability daily to provide you with the best user experience possible.

We are committed to making a lasting difference through the brands we feature and the people we work with. This means showcasing brands and services owned by people who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and other minority groups whenever possible. Click here to read our full commitment to anti-racism.

Why You Should Trust Us

The product recommendations from The Spruce Eats are purely editorial. Occasionally, brands and PR agencies will send us products for editorial consideration, but our thoughts and opinions are our own. Our team never promises coverage nor lets retailers, public relations firms, or salespeople dictate our content. Instead, we do the heavy lifting ourselves by tapping into our network of experts and testers to help you make smarter purchases—and to avoid that dreaded buyer’s remorse.

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How We Test Our Products

We believe in using these products just like you would—on the streets, at home, in the kitchen—in real-life settings that put them through their paces. We send the products straight to the homes of our thorough testers. We are transparent about any samples received.

We have over a hundred reviewers spending weeks and months evaluating everything from coffee makers to cookware sets to find out if these products are worth the spend. We typically send our testers three to five products in the same category, so that they can make comparisons, which gives you real insights into how different brands and models measure up against each other. Our testers also take dozens of photos to help you see what the product will actually look like in your home or in your hands. They make sure to capture all the important angles and details to give you the most information before you buy.

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In addition to writing about their personal experiences, each reviewer fills out a comprehensive questionnaire that collects over ten data points. The testers rate their products on a scale of 1 to 5 for each factor—like design or battery life—to come up with a rating that reflects their overall opinion. We tailor these ratings to each category and never use a one-size-fits-all method. For instance, we rate grills on their assembly process and heat control but evaluate French presses based on their capacity and the quality of coffee they produce, among other factors.

You can find our testers’ honest feedback—both positive and negative—under the “Tested by The Spruce” badge to help you make the most informed buying decision. We give you an overall star rating, pros and cons for each product, and experiences and opinions directly from our reviewers.

We want to make sure we’re providing you with the most unbiased feedback that we can.

Meet Us

Tory Brangham
Chief Commerce Officer
Tory Brangham

Tory Brangham is Chief Commerce Officer at Dotdash, having assumed the role in May 2017.

Tory initially joined Dotdash as General Manager of The Spruce, overseeing the development and launch of the site, now one of the largest home and food sites on the Internet.

She received her B.A. from Colgate University with a degree in International Relations.

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Julia Warren
VP of Commerce
Julia Warren

Julia joined Dotdash's commerce team in May 2018 and is now the VP of Commerce.

Julia received her BS in food science from Cornell University and graduated from the culinary arts program at the International Culinary Center. 

Her work has appeared online for What to Expect, Food & Wine, Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food, and This Old House.

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Taysha Murtaugh
Editorial Director, Commerce
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Taysha Murtaugh is Editorial Director for the Food Group on the commerce team.

She has nearly a decade of experience and has penned profile pieces, trend roundups, and gift guides, and is committed to informing and inspiring readers.

Taysha received her BS in Journalism at Iowa State University.

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Mary Kate Hoban
Senior Commerce Editor
Mary Kate Hoban

Mary Kate is a Senior Commerce Editor for The Spruce Eats. She joined the company in December 2018.

She has contributed to a variety of publications including Life & Style, In Touch Weekly, Closer, First for Women, Atlanta Parent, and Elite Daily.

She received her B.A. in Journalism from The University of Georgia.

 

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Taylor Rock
Associate Commerce Editor
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Taylor joined Dotdash in November 2020 and is an associate editor on the commerce team

Taylor gravitated toward food writing during her time on staff at her university's in-flight travel magazine, and has continued to grow in the space throughout the span of her professional career. 

Taylor received a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism at SUNY Plattsburgh.

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Erika Reals
Editorial Commerce Producer
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Erika joined Dotdash in November 2020. Prior to Dotdash, Erika wrote about celebrity style at the Daily Mail. She also has experience in creating social media content for brands in the beauty, lifestyle, and travel spaces.

She earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas.

Her work has been featured on Daily Mail, The Whisp, and more. She's on a mission to try every restaurant on the Upper West Side; so far, she hasn't found a place she doesn't like.

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Sara Hines
Director of Product
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Sara joined Dotdash in 2020. Before joining Dotdash, she was Director of Product for New York Times Parenting.

She holds an M.B.A., M.S., and a B.F.A.

She currently works as the Director of Product for the Commerce team at Dotdash and holds over a decade of experience in digital product development and marketing, with a focus on user-growth and engagement.

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Carrie Gavit
Editorial Project Manager
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Carrie is an editorial project manager at Dotdash. She joined the team in December 2020. Prior to joining Dotdash, she was a digital editor at Haymarket Media. In previous positions, she covered topics ranging from healthcare to home decor.

Carrie received her B.A. in English from Hanover College and her M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.

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David Kukin
Photo Editor
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David started at Dotdash in 2019. Prior to working at Dotdash, David was a digital photo editor at Departures (American Express) and Travel + Leisure. He also held positions at Architectural Digest, Niche Media, and Thrillist.

He attended New York University.

David has more than a decade of experience working in the photo, design, and digital media industries.

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Meg Lappe
Senior Commerce Editor, News and Deals
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Meg joined Dotdash's commerce team in November 2020 and is the Senior Commerce Editor for news and deals.

Meg received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Villanova University and began her career working with products at SELF Magazine. Testing products has always been a passion of hers whether identifying the best paleo snacks to keep at your desk, or giving every meal kit a chance in the kitchen.

Her work has appeared in Gear Patrol, SELF, Glamour, Women’s Running, and The Field Mag.

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Perri Kressel
Associate Commerce Editor, Trending, News/Deals
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Perri Kressel is an associate commerce editor and news and deals writer at Dotdash, and has written for Spruce Eats since March 2019.

Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Refinery29, Swirled, Buzzfeed, Guest of a Guest, The Tab, and The Westside Rag.

She received a B.A. in Journalism and Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University.

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Andrea Navarro
Associate Editor, RSS
Andrea Navarro

Andrea has worked for Dotdash since 2018. Prior to joining Dotdash, Andrea worked as a beauty editor at Teen Vogue, The Zoe Report, and Rose Inc.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Penn State University. Andrea currently resides in Los Angeles.

Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Pop Sugar, The Zoe Report, Women’s Wear Daily, LOCALE, HelloGiggles, Mane Addicts, and more.

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Samantha Aronson
Commerce Production Assistant
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Samantha joined the Commerce team at Dotdash in 2020 as a production assistant. Prior to Dotdash she was part of the editorial team at City Guide NY.

She has written for both digital and print publications, including J14 Magazine and Mommybites.com.

She has published work in fields ranging from fashion to food and drink and more.

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Contact Us

If you have questions, comments, or opinions you’d like to share with our team of editors, please feel free to email us at commercefeedback@dotdash.com