How BHG Editors Help You Pick the Best Products

How BHG Editors Help You Pick the Best Products

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Better Homes & Gardens / Russell Kilgore

Our team at Better Homes & Gardens is always on the lookout for the latest and greatest products to improve the look and function of your home and garden. To find the best picks, our editors spend hours each day testing and researching products, as well as consulting with experts in the industry to help the more than 6 million visitors who turn to BHG each month get trusted insights and advice on shopping for their home. 

Why You Should Trust Us

BHG only features products that our editorial team has independently researched to be high quality and worth the investment. Our content is never swayed by advertising, and we purchase most of the products we test ourselves. Brands will occasionally send us products to sample; however, we never promise to positively review those products in exchange for free items. If we do end up loving a sample and write about the product, we always disclose how we acquired the item.

We also regularly refresh our articles to make sure they are still factually accurate, current, and meet the needs of our readers.

testing best sheets

Better Homes & Gardens / Rachel Marek

What We Do

Whether you’re shopping for a new humidifier or the best robotic cleaner, our team of experienced editors and writers have combed through thousands of products to bring you the best items for your specific needs and budget. We also consult with industry experts to answer your shopping questions and get the low-down on what really matters when you’re shopping for a particular item.

We know that the best product for one person isn’t necessarily the best fit for another, so we always provide multiple options to suit a variety of home styles, geographic locations, household sizes, budgets, and lifestyles. We also strive to hire and feature a diverse group of editors, writers, and experts so that our content includes perspectives from a variety of viewpoints and experiences. You can read more about our commitment to elevating diverse voices in our Diversity and Inclusion Pledge.

In addition to providing an inside look at our favorite products, we also regularly write about new product launches and updates as well as the best sales to shop to snag a great deal.

How We Test Our Products

Ever wish you could test the top 30 vacuums to find the best one for pet hair? That’s a time consuming—and expensive—prospect for most shoppers, so we’ve set up three labs around the country to test a variety of home, garden, and kitchen products for you.

We have labs in Des Moines, Iowa; New York City; and Birmingham, Alabama, where we put hundreds of products through a variety of qualitative and quantitative testing each week to make sure that they perform up to our rigorous standards and have a design that will last for years to come. We then send many of our top lab-tested products home with testers so that they can use the products long-term to provide further insights on their performance and durability over time. 

Every product with our BHG Recommends badge has undergone a series of hands-on tests to earn a feature in our articles.

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Better Homes & Gardens / Dena Burreson

How We Find Deals

Brands often claim to be running their “biggest sale of the year,” but is that claim true? Our editorial team analyzes years’ worth of sales and pricing fluctuations so that you can cash in on the best deals and times to buy. We filter through thousands of deals during top shopping events like Prime Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday to help you fill your cart with the day’s top buys. We also keep an eye out for great sales on popular items year round. 

In addition to finding great deals, we share whenever we find a product we think you’ll love, from gardening tools and patio furniture to pillows and holiday decor. We also monitor seasonal styles and trends to help you channel the latest looks into your space without breaking the bank.

Fact Checking

Our team of experienced editors regularly reviews our articles to make sure that the information they contain is accurate and up to date. We also frequently update our product lists to include newly released models and insights so that you have the latest information at your fingertips.

We regularly consult with industry experts, such as professional organizers, doctors, interior designers, and Master Gardeners, to make sure our articles are factually accurate, thorough, and safe.

How We Make Money

If you decide to click to a retailer’s site from one of our articles, we may earn a commission if you make a purchase. Commission does not influence which products we write about, and we only recommend items that we have thoroughly researched and stand behind.

best air purifier testing

Better Homes & Gardens / Dena Burreson

Safety

Although we always do our best to only feature and recommend products with a superior safety rating, an item may occasionally be recalled. To make sure your possessions meet the latest safety standards, we suggest following the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as well as registering your products with the manufacturer, which will notify you if the item is subject to a recall.

Contact Us

If you’d like to get in touch with our commerce editors to share feedback or questions, please email us at bhgrecommends@bhg.com.