How We Test Products

At Verywell Health, we know you need to feel confident in the choices you make about your health and the information that helps you make them. When it comes to the products you use day in and day out—especially where your health is concerned—you deserve recommendations you can trust. We take caution and care with every single product we research, rigorously test, and ultimately recommend.

Our product recommendation process starts with market research and interviews with medical professionals and industry experts. We then test products—in both our Manhattan Verywell Testing Lab and at home. Once we've vetted and thoroughly tested the products, each piece of content receives rounds of fact checking and review by medical, nutrition, and certified health professionals on the Verywell Health Medical Expert Board. While we do receive affiliate commission on some of the products purchased through our content, our recommendations are curated based on performance, test results, and hands-on experience. 

Our Testing Process

Before we even begin testing products, our team of writers and editors carefully and exhaustively research the marketplace and speak with the industry experts—including medical professionals, therapists, and registered dietitians on what to look for and how to evaluate each product. From there, we work with experts to create detailed testing methodologies that help us rate products for different attributes like ease of use, accuracy, overall value, and more. These attributes are scored on a scale of one to five next to each product and averaged together to calculate the star rating that is displayed next to the product name. Then we come up with a selection of products to test, factoring retailers, prices, user reviews, and brand authority into the process. When selecting blood pressure monitors to test in our Verywell Testing Lab, we decided to only test devices that were vetted and approved by the US Blood Pressure Validated Device Listing. While we may receive some products for free, we purchase the vast majority of the products that we test. 

blood pressure monitor test

Verywell Health / Nick Kova

Beyond the objective testing results, we're also noting qualitative insights: How did the blood pressure monitor cuff feel around your arm? How easy is it to see previous readings? Was it easy to use? We take it upon ourselves to editorialize the performance data in order to provide easy-to-understand reasons you can trust our recommendations. We highlight the pros and cons of a product so you can weigh the most important details for your lifestyle and needs and make the most informed decision.

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 from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that may be related to products you purchase.

We are dedicated to ensuring that our content reflects the diversity of our audience. To do this, we make a point to research brands and products founded 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.

Innova ITX9600 Inversion Table

Verywell Health / Simone Scully

Testing in The Lab

Our Verywell Testing Lab—located in Manhattan, NY—has over 7,000 square feet and two test kitchens. We test everything from blood pressure monitors to bathroom scales to thermometers side by side in The Verywell Testing Lab to see how they directly compare to one another. With each test we capture unboxing, ease of use, and comments from our testers through photos, videos, and written content in order to create the most comprehensive and transparent testing process so you know exactly how the products held up.

In The Verywell Testing Lab, our editors, writers, staff, and other testers evaluate products alongside and under the guidance of certified medical professionals and experts (we have a physician from the Verywell Health Medical Expert Board on-site to test the accuracy of blood pressure monitors compared to those used in medical settings) using the detailed and medically reviewed methodologies. And we get creative with our tests, too. When testing bathroom scales, we're not simply stepping on and off scales—we're adding dumbbells and stepping on them with slippery feet to test for things like accuracy and safety.

blood pressure monitor test

Verywell Health / Nick Kova

Testing At Home

We know that all of the products we recommend have real-world applications, which is why it's so important to test products at home, too. And at the end of the day, some data can only be collected in a real-life situation. Out at-home testing process allows us to vet things like delivery and setup, as well as monitor how well things hold up over time: Do the best mattresses for back pain maintain their firmness? How do our weighted blanket picks fair after repeated washing and drying?

Just like in The Verywell Testing Lab, our at-home testing process involves editors, writers, and experts following our detailed and medically approved methodologies. Each tester fills out surveys, rates each product for key attributes, and captures photos and videos of how the products work and perform on a daily basis.

Discount Glasses Blue Light Blocking Glasses: Lunettos Skyler in Gray

Verywell Health / Sarah Bradley

Why Trust Verywell Health

The product recommendations from Verywell Health are purely editorial. We will occasionally receive products to test and review for free, but we purchase the overwhelming majority of the products we test. And while we do receive affiliate commission on some of the products we recommend, we never let retailers, public relations firms, or salespeople dictate our content and product coverage.

Before we begin a test, we conduct thorough and extensive market research—from reading the latest studies on product safety and interviewing experts (including doctors, licensed therapists, registered dietitians, and more) for best practices, frequently asked questions, and the most important things to look for in a given product. 

Once written, every one of our articles is fact checked for accuracy and is vetted by a medical professional on the Verywell Health Medical Expert Board. However, you should consult your healthcare team to determine if a specific product—especially a product, supplement, or medical device—is right for you. Read more about our editorial process.

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 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.

Meet Us

Ashleigh Morley
Editorial Director, Health Commerce
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Ashleigh is the editorial director for commerce at Verywell where she oversees health, fitness, family, and mind content.

Her work has appeared in Men's Health, Women's Health, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, and more.

Ashleigh received her B.A. in Journalism from Baylor University.

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Christina Oehler, RYT-200
Commerce Editor
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Christina Oehler has been the commerce editor for Verywell Health since July 2020.

She has a degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She has work published on sites like Health, Shape, and Brides.

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Autumn Rauchwerk, MS, RDN, RYT
Senior Commerce Editor, Nutrition
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Through her own nutrition and yoga business, Autumn has spent 5 years working with graduate students and professors, local businesses, yoga studios, public and private schools, and individuals to spread nutrition knowledge and yoga practice to New Yorkers ages 4 to 84. 

Autumn has published on the Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size approach to nutrition in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior as well as for a wide array of nutrition practices in the city. 

Autumn's first career was in food social justice and sustainability, where she spent much of her time helping college students start food recovery and donation programs and speaking at conferences, events, and in college classrooms throughout the country as well as creating and revamping employee trainings. 

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Kayla Hui, MPH
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Kayla Hui, MPH is the health and wellness ecommerce writer at Verywell Health.

She earned her master's degree in public health from the Boston University School of Public Health and BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Jaylyn Pruitt
Commerce Producer
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She studied anthropology and linguistics at the University of Florida and has a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.

She has a background in information access research.

She started working with Dotdash Meredith in May 2019.

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Israel Fontoura
Editorial Commerce Producer
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Israel received a Master’s of Science degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

He has been the Editorial Commerce Producer for Verywell Health since June 2021.

Throughout his career, he has written about social media trends, entertainment, healthcare, and more.

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

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@dotdashmdp.com