Product Reviews and Recommendations

At Verywell Fit, we aim to help you live a happier, healthier, more balanced life. So when it comes to purchasing decisions, we take caution and care with every product we research, test, and recommend. 

We do market research, interview industry experts, and test products within a comprehensive methodology in The Verywell Testing Lab and in our testers' own homes to give you trustworthy product recommendations and share reviews you can trust. While we receive an affiliate commission on some of the products purchased through our content, our recommendations are based solely on performance, test results, and hands-on experience.

How We Make Money

We receive an affiliate commission on some, but not all, of the products we recommend—but only if you decide to click through to the retailer's site and make a purchase. We only recommend trusted retailers with a proven track record for service and dependability. 

How We Find Deals

In today's world, it's hard to know what a real deal is. That's why we scour the internet to provide you with the biggest discounts we see in our research and alert you when some of your favorite brands are having their yearly sales. We work around the clock on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Prime Day to ensure you know what to buy on the big sale days. 

We monitor shopping trends to bring you the best, most up-to-date offerings, from punching bags and weight benches to running shoes, yoga pants, and more. We are your go-to source for the latest and greatest products to keep you healthy, active, and entertained.

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How We Test, Evaluate, and Rate Hundreds of Products Every Month

Our Testing Process

Before we test any product, our team of writers and editors exhaustively researches the marketplace and interviews industry experts—including certified trainers, physical therapists, board-certified physicians, and registered dietitians—to get guidance on what to look for and how to evaluate it. Then, we develop a detailed testing methodology to help us rate products based on attributes like ease of setup, value, performance, and more. 

Next, we come up with a selection of products for each test. These products cover a range of retailers, prices, user reviews, brand authority, and more. Our jobs require us to spend a lot of time online shopping, and we want to pass along some expert knowledge to you. We also know that everyone has their own unique preferences and tastes, so we like to offer a few vetted options and always consider value when making recommendations. While we may receive some products for free, we purchase the vast majority of the products that we test. 

In addition to the objective testing results, we also weigh qualitative insights: How easy is it to adjust a set of adjustable dumbbells? Does a non-slip yoga mat stay grippy under sweaty palms and feet? We take it upon ourselves to editorialize the performance data 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 essential details against your lifestyle, needs, and budget to make the most informed decision.

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Testing in The Lab

The Verywell Testing Lab—located in New York City—has over 7,000 square feet of testing space and two test kitchens. In The Verywell Testing Lab, we test everything from yoga mats to adjustable dumbbells side by side to see how they compare. During each test, we capture the unboxing, setup, and tester experience through photos, videos, and words to provide you with the most comprehensive and behind-the-scenes look at how the products performed during our tests. 

liforme original yoga mat

Verywell Mind / Nick Kova

Our editors, writers, and producers test products under the guidance of trained professionals and experts using standardized methodologies. And we get creative with our tests, too. When testing adjustable dumbbells, we perform drop tests on exercise mats, hardwood floors, and cement slabs so you know how well they hold up indoors and out.

Testing At Home

We recognize that not every product lends itself to testing in The Verywell Testing Lab; this is where real-world testing comes in. In their own homes, our testers vet things like delivery and setup and monitor how different products hold up over time. How well does the cushioning on running shoes hold up after five miles versus 50 miles? Do the belts on a treadmill maintain their traction? Will leggings lose their compression, elasticity, or opacity with repeated washing? 

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Verywell Fit / Nick Kova

Our at-home testing process consists of editors, writers, and experts following the same detailed methodologies we use in The Verywell Testing Lab. They fill out surveys rating each product for key attributes, provide helpful insights on each product, and capture photos and videos of how the products perform in real-life.

How We Evaluate Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements may, in certain circumstances:

  • Improve overall health by preventing nutrition gaps.
  • Replete levels of a diagnosed deficiency.
  • Help manage specific symptoms or health conditions.

But while supplements can help do these things, they pose potential risks due to lack of regulation and improper usage. It is possible to take too much, to create a nutrient imbalance from improper use, and for supplements to interact with other supplements or prescribed medications.

It is best to get our nutrients from the foods we eat, and supplementation is only beneficial when they provide nutritional needs that are not being met through a balanced diet. Even if the manufacturer's website makes big promises, this does not mean their claims are supported by objective research. Supplements are not intended to treat, prevent, or cure conditions or diseases—they will not solve any physical or mental health conditions aside from those caused by deficiencies. There are no recommendations for the general population regarding supplements because each person's needs and risk of deficiency is different—there are no supplements that are beneficial for everyone.

In the United States, the FDA does not regulate or approve supplements for safety and efficacy before they are introduced to the public.

Ginger is Dietary Supplement Used for Arthritis

 Anastassia Tretiak

We only recommend evidence-based dietary supplements, meaning a substantial number of good-quality studies support a recommendation. If there is research that makes us skeptical about safety, we will not recommend that product. We are cautious about our recommendations and examine these products at the individual ingredient level. Our recommendations do not include claims that are unsupported by clinical research. We never recommend potentially dangerous supplements (beyond the typical risks associated with nutritional supplements) or those claiming to aid in weight loss, sexual enhancement, or exercise performance.

We prioritize products that have been third-party tested and certified by one of three reliable organizations—NSF, USP, or ConsumerLab—and we will always highlight whether or not each product is third-party tested and certified. Since the FDA does not regulate the supplement industry, third-party testing helps ensure that a product contains what it says it does and is not contaminated with other ingredients—though it says nothing about efficacy. These certifications can be expensive, so if a supplement is not third-party tested or certified, it doesn't automatically mean it is not a good product. 

In addition to these strict standards, we closely examine the supplement facts label for attributes we value. These include products that are non-GMO, organic, minimally sweetened, or free of unnecessary additives. Our methodology and recommendations for dietary supplements are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding dietary supplements. Read more about our methodology for evaluating and recommending dietary supplements.

Why Trust Verywell Fit

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

Before we test products, we read the latest studies on product safety and interview experts (including doctors, certified trainers, licensed therapists, registered dietitians, and more) for best practices, frequently asked questions, and the most important things to look for in a given product. Our writers and editors are also experts in their own right. Our senior editor is a certified personal trainer, we have a certified running coach who writes running content and designs our testing methodologies for running shoes, and a stable of registered dietitians who write our nutrition and supplement content, all of which is overseen and published by a registered dietitian.

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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. For more information, read our full commitment to anti-racism.

Every article is fact-checked for accuracy and vetted by a member of the Verywell Fit Review Board before it is published. However, you should consult your healthcare team to determine if a specific product—especially a food, supplement, or medical device—is right for you. Read more about our editorial process and our core values.

After we publish an article, we don't just forget about it. Our team is relentlessly updating and keeping our 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. We try to mitigate this by having dedicated editors check availability daily to provide you with the best user experience possible.

Safety and Recalls

As the parenting and family space is ever-changing, all products, including those we review and recommend, may be subject to recalls or revised use recommendations. We urge you to monitor announcements from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) related to any products you purchase. We also suggest you register your purchases with the manufacturer to get alerted if a recall is issued.

Meet Us

Ashleigh Morley
Director of Commerce
Ashleigh Morley
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Ashleigh is the director of commerce for the Health Group at Dotdash Meredith where she oversees health, fitness, family, and mind content. She has covered the health and wellness space through a variety of lifestyle lenses for more than 10 years. She is also a certified barre instructor teaching at a boutique studio.

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Isabella Broggini, NASM-CPT
Senior Commerce Editor, Fitness
Isabella Broggini
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Isabella Broggini is a health writer and editor, NASM-certified personal trainer, and fitness nutrition specialist. She is a commerce editor at Verywell. As a former Equinox personal trainer and longtime fitness writer, she considers it her mission to break through the noise and find quality wellness products that actually work.

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Autumn Rauchwerk, MS, RDN, E-RYT
Senior Commerce Editor, Nutrition
Autumn Rauchwerk
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Autumn has a diverse array of experiences in the food and wellness world. She has worked in food justice and sustainability in the non-profit and for-profit world and has worked with groups and individuals on nutrition behavior change and incorporating yoga into their lives.

Over the past few years, she's honed in on writing, dipping her toes in academic writing and editing, creating original content and editing for newsletters, blog posts, and websites, and authoring her own wellness and self-love-focused newsletter throughout the pandemic. She is the co-founder of mendinground nutrition and yoga, a private practice focused on helping people reconnect with their internal cues and heal their relationships with food and their bodies.

She currently serves as the senior commerce editor for nutrition and supplement content for Dotdash Meredith's health group, managing a team of editors and freelance writers to provide readers with up-to-date, research-backed, wellbeing-focused guidance on nutrition and supplements.

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Sarah Felbin
Associate Commerce Editor
Sarah Felbin
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Sarah Felbin is the associate commerce editor at Verywell Fit. A writer and editor with over 20 years of dance experience, her work has also appeared in Popsugar and Women’s Health.


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Michelle Parente
Commerce Writer
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Michelle understands how a quality product can truly elevate your everyday life. She's dedicated to providing honest and reliable product recommendations to her readers.

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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