There’s so many things we need to buy but have no idea how to judge. It doesn’t make sense to try a product out and proceed by hit and trial, especially if it is a big investment. Trying to find a good product seems hard, but thank god for the internet, and the greatest buyer’s guides and review sites that help us find expert opinions on things we don’t want to go wrong with.
What makes a good Buyer’s Guide great???
You can be sure there are a lot of people writing expansive guides about everyday things like soap and shaving kits as well as rarer, more complicated machines like CT scanners or crossbows. How does one choose which site and review to trust? What makes a 4000 word review worthy of your 10 minutes of time?
Ultimately, it is a question of quality. You can ordinarily instinctively tell who’s put in actual effort to research, test and compile the results, and who’s just writing to keep the routine going. But how do you know what is good quality of writing and what is poor trite?
There’s a few criteria you can use. Let’s quickly go over them.
How detailed an assessment you find online is directly in proportion to how much you can trust it. Someone who hasn’t really tried out the product they are talking about will have little to say about it. To cover their lack of information, people tend to throw jargon at the reader, using stats and features one can easily find on e-retail stores. If you think that’s what’s up, flat out move to the next review; you aren’t going to find anything worthwhile on the site you’re on.
Most proper reviewers test anywhere between 5 to 25 items before compiling their results. If someone says they’ve tried out any more, they’re probably fibbing. Unless something is really easy to review and cheap to procure, testing one single product can take an entire day. Some reviewers can even prefer to have a second go at the product as a tie breaker of sorts. It becomes almost impossible to test more than 25 pieces a month, unless the tester worked at a crazy pace and didn’t sleep or use the loo for even a single moment.
If your reviewer seems like they’re heaping praise on an object, they’ve either stumbled upon a dragon’s treasure or they’re trying to score one by selling it to you. A proper review is honest, and honesty entails not being afraid to be critical of what you’re talking about.
In addition to these, there are other details you can get an idea about the site from. For example, how does the reviewer procure the products they review? How are they disposed of?
Are there pictures of the testing, or of the results maybe? Little details can corroborate the sincerity of the reviews you are reading.
Fantastic online Buyer’s Guides and where to find them
The Sweet Home
Paired with The Wirecutter, The Sweet Home is a website that gets a lot of recommendations by word of mouth. That’s because it posts reviews that are detailed, honest and uncompromised in their position. They were taken over by The New York Times Company in October 2016, and their popularity has only gone higher. The Sweet Home focuses of everyday stuff you use at home, from cooking pans to screwdrivers and the like. They really deserve being visited because they’re really thorough in their research and variety.
2K Reviews is a relatively recent entry in the review scene, but it is in no way inferior to its competitors. The site is focussed primarily on household appliances and implements as well. They have a thorough testing procedure they detail on their website. They are brutal with the products they test, but still manage to talk in layman’s terms when actually writing the review.
I like Ask Men because they are terribly focussed in their approach. They aim to be help their readers better themselves. Whether that be through product reviews, blog sections filled with advice or through step-by-step guides to things people shy away from talking about, Ask Men is really an older brother that many did not get. This one is especially recommended.
For someone who has been frequenting Reviews.com at an almost vulgar rate, I sure love how driven and focussed their articles are, and how user friendly they can be. The reviews on the website are really utility focussed, without any needless fluff that makes users cringe anyway. They do earn via the affiliate route, much like most other review and buyer guide sites, but it is not hard to see that they derive pleasure from helping users and not from the money.
Buyer Guide supplementing and why you need it desperately
However amazing sites you may know of, one thing we must all face is that not everyone sits around checking URLs of the sites they open before they begin reading the content. And that can really impact the way you think about a product and whether or not you buy it. Is there a way you can cross check the claims a website makes? If affiliate articles are a thing (and from what I hear, they are common), how are you supposed to make sure someone isn’t selling you grease by calling it jelly?
There are other sites that are not really Buyer’s Guides or Review sites, but the culture they have can come in handy in corroborating the claims you hear about products. Let me list a few for you and how they can help you.
Reddit is something of a cross between social media and a gamer’s forum. It has an active community which is only too eager to help in most cases (all for the sweet sweet karma). Simply look up the product you’re trying to learn more about on it, and you should find threads about it. If not, you can always go to a relevant subreddit and ask about it yourself.
Even though Amazon is an e-commerce website, the reviews there are often genuine. A helpful little trick is to go to the reviews with three stars. They are more likely to be honest and unbiased evaluations of the product. If you like the product, you can simply scroll up and buy it!
- Stack Exchange
You might not find your products reviewed on Stack Exchange, but it can be a good place to learn more about the technology being discussed about. It can be especially helpful to learn the jargon associated with the class of products you are trying to buy.
There are quite a few Buyer’s Guides that you can refer to. The best, however, are ones that click with you and explain things the easiest to you. 2kreviews has a lot nice buying guides on home appliances, tech gadgets and lot more, which definitely explain the things to you in the easiest way possible to get to the right product for youself.