Lifewire 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 Amazon, Ebay, and PCMag, we’re consumers too, and we have a passion for products and services that make your life easier.

Our Mission

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

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How We Test Hundreds of Products Every Single Month

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 new tech releases, from laptops, to smartphones, to drones. 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 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.

As a real-world technology site trusted by millions, we are committed to ensuring that our content reflects the diversity of our audience. This means showcasing brands owned by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and other minority groups whenever possible, using more images of mixed races, and hiring more diverse writers and staff members to cover topics important to our audience. Read our full commitment to Diversity & Inclusion here.

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Why You Should Trust Us

The product recommendations from Lifewire are purely editorial. Our team never 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, at the gym—in real-life settings that put them through their paces. We buy almost all of the products that we test, then send them straight to the homes of our thorough reviewers. We will occasionally accept review models of products that are not available for purchase yet (like a just-announced Apple flagship device, for example). We use these products for a few weeks before we send them back to the company.

We have over a hundred reviewers spending weeks and months evaluating everything from photo printers to wireless headphones 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 comfort, 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 smartphones on their display quality and performance but evaluate headphones based on their comfort and range, among other factors.

You can find our testers’ honest feedback—both positive and negative—under the “Tested by Lifewire” 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.

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Meet Us

Chris Abell
Chris Abell
Senior Commerce Editor

Chris joined TripSavvy in 2021 after working at Travel + Leisure and co-founding travel startup walkli. His writing has appeared in publications including Travel + Leisure, The Points Guy, Thrillist, and more.

He received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in history and his M.A.L.S. from Dartmouth College with a focus on writing.

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Yoona Wagener
Yoona Wagener
Commerce Editor

Yoona has written for Lifewire since April 2019

She has a background in content and technical writing

She has also been published on Idealist Careers and as an in-house blogger for nonprofits and small tech companies

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Stefanie Fogel
Stefanie Fogel
Writer, Editor, Commerce Producer

A lifelong geek, Stefanie Fogel has spent nearly a decade writing about the video game industry for websites like Variety, Rolling Stone, Polygon, PC Gamer, GamesBeat, and more. She's also contributed to the technology site Engadget.

Before transitioning into tech writing full-time, she had a long career in television news as a studio technician and web producer, where she operated technical equipment during live broadcasts and wrote/edited content for the station's website.

She joined Lifewire as a Commerce Producer in 2022.

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Jocelyn Grzeszczak
Jocelyn Grzeszczak
Editorial Commerce Producer

She joined Lifewire in 2021.

Jocelyn was editor-in-chief of her university’s publication, The Collegian.

She has worked for Associated Press, Henrico Citizen, 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