How We Test Products

At Verywell Fit, our goal is to help you learn how to live a happier, healthier life. And when it comes to purchasing decisions, you deserve peace of mind. That’s why we take caution and care with every product we research, rigorously test, and ultimately recommend. 

We do market research, interview industry experts, and test products within a comprehensive methodology in The Lab and in the comfort of testers’ homes to give you product recommendations you can trust. 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.

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Our Testing Process

Prior to testing products, 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 on what to look for when buying particular products. From there, we develop detailed testing methodologies that help us rate products based on attributes like ease of set up, value, performance, and more. These attributes are displayed on a one to five scale next to each product. Next we come up with a selection of products to test that cover the gamut of retailers, prices, user reviews, brand authority and such. 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 actually adjust the adjustable dumbbells from one set to the next? Did the yoga mat maintain its grip under sweaty palms and feet? 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. We do this to help you make the most informed decision and select the product that will best suit your individual needs. 

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 Verywell Fit

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 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.

Testing in The Lab

The Lab—our testing facility in Industry City, Brooklyn, NY—has over 7,000 square feet and two test kitchens. In The Lab, we test everything from yoga mats to adjustable dumbbells side by side in order to see how they compare to one another. During each test, we are capturing the unboxing, setup, and comments of our testers in photos, videos, and written content to provide you with the most comprehensive and behind-the-scenes look at what our tests look like and how the products held up. 

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 Verywell Fit

Our editors, writers, and producers test products alongside trained professionals and experts (we have certified personal trainers scrutinizing every detail of adjustable dumbbells) using standardized methodologies. And we get creative with our tests, too. When testing adjustable dumbbells, we take them outside and drop them on the sidewalk so you know how well they hold up both indoors and out.

Testing At Home

We recognize that not every product lends itself to testing in The Lab; this is where at-home testing comes in. We know that products require real-life testing and some data can only be collected in a real-life situation. With at-home testing, we’re able to vet things like delivery and setup and monitor how things 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

Our at-home testing process consists of editors, writers, and experts following the same kind of detailed methodologies we use in The 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.

Why Trust Verywell Fit

The product recommendations from Verywell Fit 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 test products, we read 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 member of the Verywell Fit Review Board. 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 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 and has led the team since May 2017.

Tory initially joined Dotdash 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 Frame is the VP of Commerce at Dotdash and has worked in the publishing industry for over 18 years. She has written for Health, What to Expect, and more.

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

She received a B.A. in Journalism from Baylor University.

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

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Isabella Broggini
Health Commerce Editor
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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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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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Tori Zhou
Associate Commerce Editor
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Tori has been writing professionally for 5 years.

Before joining Dotdash, she wrote for Bustle and Nylon, covering lifestyle and entertainment topics and developing a passion for the Oxford comma.

She studied Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University.

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Sara Hines
Director of Product
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Sara joined Dotdash in 2020. Before joining Dotdash, 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 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. She joined the team in December 2020. Prior to joining Dotdash, 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 is the Senior Commerce Editor for news and deals and joined the team in November 2020.

Meg received her B.A. in Communications from Villanova University and began a career testing products at SELF Magazine. Finding the best new product has always been a passion of hers—whether identifying the best snacks to keep at your desk, or giving every meal kit a chance in the kitchen.

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 Kressel is an associate commerce editor and news and deals writer at Dotdash, and has written for Verywell Fit 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.

She 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 in 2020 as a production assistant. Prior to Dotdash 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