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. We aren’t necessarily looking for the most expensive or feature-packed products. Rather, we take into account the types of features that are likely to matter in real-world situations.
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.
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.
That’s where we come in.
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.
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.
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 via our contact form and we will be sure to consider it.
Who we are
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.
Barbara Lewis • 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.
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 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.
Nicole Ahlering • Editor
Nicole is a content specialist whose writing passion ranges from national recycling initiatives to how to make deviled eggs. She’s an avid cook who loves trying new recipes, though 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.
Ross Hudgens • Editor
Ross has a passion for creating the absolute best possible product and experience. For the past 7 years, he has focused primarily on creating great web experiences for his clients. Ross is also an avid fan of artisan coffees and craft beers—which probably explains why he has chosen to live in the craft beer capital, San Diego.