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, This Old House, Food & Wine, and Amazon—we’re consumers too—and we personally have a passion for products and services that make your life easier.
It is our mission to help our users make the best purchase decisions—it’s that simple.
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.
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 https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/ 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. Our team never takes free samples for reviews nor lets retailers, public relations firms, or salespeople dictate our content and product coverage. 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.
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 buy all of the products that we test and send them straight to the homes of our thorough testers. We never accept anything for free from manufacturers.
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.
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.
Tory Brangham is Senior Vice President of Commerce 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.
Julia joined Dotdash's commerce team in May 2018 and is now the Senior Director of Commerce. She brings with her more than a decade of experience working in the digital publishing industry. Prior to working at Dotdash, Julia was a freelance commerce writer and the editorial producer at TravelandLeisure.com, where she managed the site’s sponsorship initiatives.
Julia's work has appeared online for What to Expect, Food & Wine, Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food, and This Old House.
Julia received her BS in food science from Cornell University and graduated from the culinary arts program at the International Culinary Center.
Taysha Murtaugh is an Associate Editorial Director on the commerce team, where she specializes in product testing. From her first gig at Meredith to her time at Hearst, Taysha has spent her career creating and editing content across a range of lifestyle topics.
She has nearly a decade of experience in lifestyle content, whether it's food and wellness or family and travel. She's 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.
Mary Kate is a Commerce Editor for The Spruce, TripSavvy, and Verywell. She joined the company in December 2018.
Before joining Dotdash, she worked at American Media Inc. where she covered fashion and beauty. 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.
Mallory is the Senior Revenue Product Manager for the commerce team. She joined the company in 2016.
Before joining Dotdash, she worked at The Atlantic magazine, where she created branded content digital experiences for brands such as Jaguar, H&M, TIAA, and National Geographic.
Mallory received her BS in Marketing and minor in Web Design from the University of Florida.
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