How We Test Products

At Verywell Family, our mission is simple: to support you through every stage of pregnancy and parenthood. Nothing is as precious or important as your family, which is why we have created a rigorous and thorough process for vetting the products we recommend for you and your loved ones.

It all starts with market research and interviews with industry experts. From there we create comprehensive methodologies and test products in The Verywell Testing Lab, our testing facility, and in the comfort of testers' homes. 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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How We Test, Evaluate, and Rate Hundreds of Products Every Month

Our Testing Process

Before we begin to test any product, our team of seasoned writers and editors research the market and conduct interviews with leading industry experts—including pediatricians, OB-GYNs, lactation consultants, registered dietitians, and more—to understand exactly what you need to look for when buying particular products. Then we develop detailed testing methodologies with the help of certified health and wellness professionals. These methodologies allow us to rate each product for various important attributes, such as ease of use, accuracy, ergonomics, overall value, and more. We display the scores for each attribute on a scale of one to five next to each product. 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. While we may receive some products for free, we purchase the vast majority of the products that we test. 

We don't stop at objective testing results; we know qualitative insights are just as important. This is why we simultaneously ask our testers to note details such as: Was the stroller easy to open? Did the sound machine work as described by the manufacturer? Was it easy to use? We editorialize this performance data to provide the most easy-to-understand and trustworthy product recommendations. We also highlight pros and cons for each product we write about so you can weigh the most important details for your lifestyle and needs and make the most informed decision.

Verywell Family
 Verywell Family 

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

Our 7,000 square foot testing facility in Manhattan, NY is equipped with two test kitchens. The Verywell Testing Lab is where we are able to test everything from baby monitors to nursery gliders right next to each other in order to compare results of standardized tests. During each test, we capture the unboxing, setup, and comments of our testers through photos, videos, and written content. We bring you behind the scenes of our tests in order to give you a comprehensive and transparent account of how these products perform.

In The Verywell Testing Lab, our editors, writers, and producers are testing products alongside certified professionals and experts (who are parents or expectant parents themselves) using our carefully developed methodologies. And we get creative with tests, too. When testing baby monitors, we’ll take the parents’ side of the monitor into the streets of Brooklyn to gauge the range and sound quality.

mockingbird stroller

Verywell Family/Deanna McCormack

Testing At Home

Not every product will lend itself to testing in The Verywell Testing Lab; this is why we also place a priority on testing products at home. Some data can only be collected through real-life testing in a real-life situation. At-home testing allows us to vet things like delivery and setup, as well as monitor how the products hold up over time: How well does the crib age as your little one gets bigger (and more mobile)? Do dishwasher-safe bottles really stand up to dozens of wash cycles?

Just like in The Verywell Testing Lab, our at-home testing process involves editors, writers, and experts testing products with comprehensive methodologies. Our testers fill out surveys and rate each product for key attributes, as well as provide helpful and insightful notes and capture photos and videos of the products in real life. Whether you want to know how easy a changing pad is to wipe clean or need a nursing bra that is easy to clip and unclip with one hand, our home testers are focusing on the most important traits like durability, ease of use, and long-term value.  

Verywell Family
 Verywell Family 

Why Trust Verywell Family

The product recommendations from Verywell Family 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 thoroughly research the marketplace. This includes reading the latest studies on product safety and interviewing experts (including pediatricians, OB-GYNs, lactation consultants, registered dietitians, and more) for best practices, frequently asked questions, and the most important things to look for in a given product. 

hatch rest mini sound machine

Verywell Family/Cassie Shortsleeve

Once written, every one of our articles is fact checked for accuracy and is vetted by a member of the Verywell Family Review Board. However, you should consult your healthcare team to determine if a specific product—especially product, supplement, or medical device—is right for you and your family. Read more about our editorial process.

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.

Verywell Family
 Verywell Family

Meet Us

Ashleigh Morley
Editorial Director, Commerce
Ashleigh Morley
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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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Latifah Miles
Commerce Editor, Verywell Family
Latifah Miles
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Latifah Miles is the parenting commerce editor for Verywell Family. She has written for and been featured on Romper, Cosmopolitan, Elite Daily, Redbook Magazine, and Best Products.

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Sabrina Rojas Weiss
Parenting Editor
Sabrina Rojas Weiss Verywell Family
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Sabrina Rojas Weiss was previously the e-commerce parenting editor for Parents, People, and Parenting.

She was parenting editor and writer at SheKnows.

In her pre-mom life, she was an editor at MTV News, VH1, and TVGuide.com, where she interviewed celebrities, wrote about TV and movies and obsessed over young adult novels.

Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, Glamour.com, Motherly, Yahoo, Healthline, Greatist, and more.

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Autumn Rauchwerk, MS, RDN, RYT
Senior Commerce Editor, Nutrition
Autumn Rauchwerk
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Through her own nutrition and yoga business, Autumn has spent 5 years working with graduate students and professors, local businesses, yoga studios, public and private schools, and individuals to spread nutrition knowledge and yoga practice to New Yorkers ages 4 to 84. 

Autumn has published on the Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size approach to nutrition in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior as well as for a wide array of nutrition practices in the city. 

Autumn's first career was in food social justice and sustainability, where she spent much of her time helping college students start food recovery and donation programs and speaking at conferences, events, and in college classrooms throughout the country as well as creating and revamping employee trainings. 

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

Before joining Dotdash Meredith, 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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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