Cooking at home is a lot faster and more efficient when you have the right equipment. Healthy Kitchen 101 features unbiased buying guides and reviews to help you select the best tools and appliances for your home kitchen.
The goal of our Review articles is to give our readers better insights into the kitchen products: who they are geared towards and what can realistically be expected from them. Ultimately, we want the readers to be able to choose the best product for their needs and budget.
Here are the steps involved as we try to achieve that goal.
Our product reviews always include a buying guide as a basis for making an informed decision.
The first step is to identify and outline the basic design, functions and features of a product. Then, we try to identify the make-or-break point to each product and what issues users may encounter. We also research other products to see whether or not they may offer the same or better solutions.
If a product could have potential impacts, we check for necessary health and safety regulations and certifications. For example, we will confirm whether a water filter requires or has NSF, UL or any other third-party certifications.
Price is also an important factor. Part of our research identifies the price ranges of a product: what each price range includes, and the best possible time to purchase the product.
Setting the Criteria
Once our research is completed, we use the information gathered to establish a set of basic criteria for our selected products. Such criteria would include: specs, certifications, easy of use and installation, and price, just to name a few. These tend to differ within the same type of product because each is specifically designed for slightly different needs.
While additional product features are not always the key focus, they are helpful to users and are duly noted. These may include extra attachments or accessories, dishwasher friendliness, and color designs, among others.
All of these criteria and any useful additions are included in our buying guides to give you the confidence to make the right purchase decision, no matter where or when it’s made.
The Product Selection Process
Once our review team has agreed on a set of criteria for any product, we search through major commercial websites and make a shortlist of the best selling products on the market.
From there, we refine the list to about three products per category. Those making the semi-final list are not always the ones with the latest technology, fanciest extras, or the highest prices. However, they have to meet the following requirements:
- Product Experience
The product must have been on the market for at least 6 months, and have received positive customer reviews regarding quality and performance. At least two-thirds of all the verified users should have an overall positive experience with the product. If there are any customer issues related to accidents, injury or health and safety concerns, the product is removed from the shortlist.
The products should meet the predetermined criteria for specifications. To make sure our information is accurate, we compare and cross-reference the product specifications from different sources, including the user manuals or guides, manufacturer’s and retailer’s websites, and other trusted sources such as Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping. We also contact the manufacturers directly for additional information on the products when necessary.
- Customer Service
The company must back up their products with a good warranty plan. We add bonus points to products from companies with a good reputation for customer service: companies known for their prompt response and attention to customers’ inquiries, certified technical support staff, and timely offer of support/replacements at reasonable rates when necessary.
We then compare the products on the semi-final list and select the most well-rounded ones in terms of functionality, price, and user experience.
A review featured on Healthy Kitchen 101 comes from the writers’ personal experience and/or research, hundreds of verified customers reviews, and information withdrawn from the Review Team as a whole. It has to be three things: accurate, unbiased, and helpful.
Per our guidelines, a product review has to answer the following questions:
- What makes the product a good choice in terms of the issues it resolves?
- What are its strengths and unique features?
- How do most users rate it?
- Are common complaints minor issues or major deal breakers?
- Is the product easy to use, install, assemble, disassemble, clean, and maintain?
- Is the product pleasing and what decor can it match?
After a review article is written, it is reviewed by our senior in-house editor before being sent to an independant editor with experience in home and kitchen improvement for further examination. Each of the articles goes through at least three rounds of fact-checking and editing before being published.
Please note that our reviews and buying guides are for informational purposes only, and do not constitute professional advice. Please read our Disclaimers for further information.