About Your Best Digs

We've bought over 800 products for our team to test

At Your Best Digs, our goal is to provide our audience with detailed information about home products, along with our recommendations for the products that stand out as the best of the best.

Who we want to help

Life can get busy and hectic, and most people don’t have the time to spend hours upon hours researching the best possible product. That means shoppers are left to a) rely on sponsored website reviews with skewed results, b) rely on word of mouth or c) choose based on a company’s advertising. These options make it difficult to choose the best product for your specific needs.

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Why you should trust us

Anybody can look up the features and specs on a particular product. You might even be able to determine the quality of a product, if you happen to know a thing or two about the features and metrics used to measure it. What is more challenging, and more time-consuming, is comparing dozens of different products to find the best one. More often than not, consumers decide to settle for a less-than-optimal but “good enough” choice.

We typically spend up to 40 hours—and in some cases significantly longer—researching and writing a single review article. We look at a product from top to bottom to find metrics, expert articles, consumer reviews and our own firsthand testing to determine which product or products are the absolute best choice for consumers.

We also speak to experts in the field, including everyone from PhDs to product developers, to determine exactly what we should be looking for in a product. We then go into detail about our research process and how we ultimately came to our conclusion on which product is best for the consumer.

By combining our own real-world experiences and expertise with extensive market research, we are able to combine both qualitative and quantitative factors that would be incredibly time-consuming for the typical consumer to do on their own.

Meet the team

Our team is made up of passionate individuals with distinct backgrounds and unique areas of expertise. One thing we all have in common is our passion for finding the best possible solutions, and the research experience to help you find the answer. Although many people assist in making Your Best Digs great, the team below will be the people you see featured most often on our site.

Nicole Ahlering, Editor

Nicole Ahlering

Editor

Nicole is a Senior Content Specialist whose writing passion ranges from national recycling initiatives to how to find the perfect Christmas tree. She loves her dog more than most people, and she subsists almost entirely on iced coffee. When she’s not copy editing and researching for Your Best Digs, she’s usually curled up in bed with a good book or outside exploring nature.

Sarah Archer, Content and PR Manager

Sarah Archer

Content and PR Manager

Sarah supports Your Best Digs with content development and PR efforts. She’s passionate about evaluating everyday home products to help consumers save time and money. When she’s not putting a product’s promise to the test, you’ll find her hiking a local trail or collecting new stamps in her passport.

Bryan Vu, Editor

Bryan Vu

Editor

Bryan is our food and cooking expert, with more than a decade’s worth of experience of cooking and with testing kitchen products which have helped him make and enjoy some delicious meals. He believes in only using the best ingredients and equipment, and has the experience to know which products are hype and which can actually stand the rigors kitchen use.

Cara Brown, Video Production Specialist

Cara Brown

Video Production Specialist

Cara supports the Your Best Digs team will all-things video, multimedia production and e-commerce video optimization. When she’s not getting up close and personal with deep fryers and tower fans for Your Best Digs, you can find her on the tennis court or waiting for her fellow co-workers to give her food.

Barbara Lewis, Senior Front-End Developer

Barbara Lewis

Senior Front-End Developer

Over the past 15 years, Barbara has analyzed and reviewed hundreds of products for a number of publications. In addition to managing the community news source EverythingLongBeach for several years, Barbara was the Editor at AppCraver one of the first sites dedicated to reviewing iPhone apps in 2008.

Xavier Masse, Senior Front-End Developer

Xavier Masse

Senior Front-End Developer

Xavier is Your Best Digs’ Senior Front-End developer. He was born a Parisian and made his big move to new digs in San Diego in 2012. He has a special place in his heart for CSS tricks, Responsive Design, and JavaScript frameworks.

When not hunting for the best croissants, he can be seen wandering Farmer’s Markets, brushing up photography skills, or playing guitar.

Daniel Jackson, Editor and Writer

Daniel Jackson

Editor and Writer

Daniel is a Canadian farm boy who grew up to be a nerd with a literature degree and too many hobbies to count.

He emigrated from Canada to California in 2013, and now writes for Your Best Digs full-time. Daniel remains unapologetic about Canadian spelling, serial commas, and the destruction of expensive travel mugs.

Ben Park, Video Production Specialist

Ben Park

Video Production Specialist

Ben supports Your Best Digs with experience as a video editor, camera operator, cinematographer, director and photographer. He specialized in music videos and marketing videos for a diverse range of clients.

When not creating videos, Ben is watching movies for inspiration, listening to a wide range of music and enjoying the outdoors.

Now hiring full-time writers!

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How we determine the best products

Determining the “best” product is not as straightforward as some might think. While some product categories have concrete metrics that can be compared against one another, other products aren’t so straightforward. In order to measure qualitative information, we draw on research and conversations with experts to narrow the field of products.

From there, we design a series of quantitative and qualitative tests designed to narrow those products to a “best” one or two. We are completely transparent in the process, and will always explain how and why we came to our conclusion. We’ll also explain why the other “finalists” didn’t ultimately make the cut.

We spent 10,000+ hours finding the best products to save you the trouble.

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How we make money

Your Best Digs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

The vast majority of products that we review can be found on Amazon. You’ll notice that we include Amazon links to many of the products we discuss in our articles. Anytime you click on one of those links and proceed to make a purchase, we receive a small percentage of the purchase price in the form of a commission directly from Amazon.

This means that while we would certainly like you to ultimately purchase something from Amazon, we have no bias towards which specific product you choose. We also work with other affiliates who have similar programs.

The importance of product recommendations

The reason we have no bias is that we are in this for the long term. Suggesting the wrong product today means you won’t come back to us tomorrow, and we’d much rather have long term fans than a short term transaction.

Not to mention the most important factor: we’re a team focused on adding real value to the world, not taking away from it. We don’t want to spend years of our lives pushing you towards something you won’t actually benefit from owning.

Have a product suggestion?

We typically spend at least 40 hours researching and writing a single article, and sometimes many more! As a result, there are hundreds of product categories we still want to review. Over time we plan on getting to many of them, but if there is a particular product you would like us to review, let us know in the contact form below and we will be sure to consider it.

624 Broadway, Suite 302 – San Diego, CA 92101

(858) 751-4439

info[at]yourbestdigs[dot]com

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