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 Industry City 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 Review 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

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Testing in The Lab

Our Verywell Testing Lab—located in Industry City, Brooklyn, 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 Review 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 Review 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

Tory Brangham
Chief Commerce Officer
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Tory Brangham is Chief Commerce Officer at Dotdash Meredith and has led the team since May 2017.

Tory initially joined Dotdash Meredith 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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Dwyer Frame
VP of Commerce
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Dwyer is the VP of commerce for Verywell Health, Fit, Family, and Mind. She joined the company in September 2017.

Before joining Dotdash Meredith, Dwyer worked as a senior editor at Health, where she covered the latest fitness and wellness trends and products.

Dwyer started her career at Instyle magazine and later worked at All You magazine. Her work has also been featured on What to Expect, Cafe Mom, Real Simple, People, Woman's Day, and more. 

She earned her B.A. in journalism at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. 

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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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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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Sara Hines
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Sara joined Dotdash Meredith in 2020. Before joining Dotdash Meredith, 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 Meredith 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 Meredith. She joined the team in December 2020. Prior to joining Dotdash Meredith, 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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Meg Lappe
Senior Commerce Editor, News and Deals
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Meg started at Dotdash Meredith in November 2020 and is the Senior Commerce Editor for news and deals. Meg received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Villanova University.

She began her career working with products at SELF Magazine. Testing products has always been a passion of hers whether identifying the best snacks to keep at your desk or sweat-testing SPF.

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
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Perri has written for Verywell Health since March 2021. 

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

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

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Samantha Aronson
Commerce Production Assistant
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Samantha joined the Commerce team at Dotdash Meredith in 2020 as a production assistant. Prior to Dotdash Meredith 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