How We Shop For You
Our goal at Apartment Therapy Media (Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, Cubby, and Dorm Therapy) is to help you create a home that’s happy, healthy, and uniquely your own. A big part of how we do this is by introducing you to the best products and services out there. Our writers and editors put hundreds of them to the test every year to determine which ones get our stamp of approval and are really worth your time and money. If we love it, you’re going to hear about it.
Why You Should Trust Us
The Commerce Team at Apartment Therapy Media has one mission: to help you make smart and informed purchases. We know how hard online shopping can be — it’s literally our job! From trying to decipher confusing marketing lingo to sorting through scores of fake paid reviews in search of some truth, online shopping can be overwhelming. We’re dedicated to doing the hard work for you by reviewing these products firsthand and delivering all the information you need, both good and bad.
Our team is made up of a group of writers and editors who have years of experience in the home, kitchen, and parenting consumer product space, and who are always testing for new tried-and-true staples. Consider us your trusted source on everything kitchen, whether it’s what to consider before buying a cast iron pan, where to find the best kitchen organizers, or which groceries you should be stocking up on.
How We Test Products for The Kitchen
As experts in the home and kitchen space, we put products to the test right where they matter: at home. Whether it’s the kitchen appliance on everyone’s wish list or smart organizing finds, we bring these products into our personal spaces and test them for weeks and even months at a time to see how well they live up to their claims. Will that little gadget really make meal prep easier? Does that buzzy bottle of olive oil deserve a spot in your pantry? Can that new cleaning spray wipe out spills and stains like it claims? We’ll let you know.
Within each of our reviews, we also break down the different ways that we critique products. In some cases, we’re testing products head-to-head on things like price, ease of use, and durability. In others, we’re comparing new products to personal favorites or ones we’ve tested in the past. No matter what, we’ll always break down the ins and outs of a product. At the end of the day, we’re consumers too, so we’ll provide you with all the information we’d want — and then some.
How We Make Money
When you shop our articles, we may receive an affiliate commission on some — but not all — of the products we recommend. This, however, does not influence which products our writers and editors choose to feature in stories. We only ever recommend products that we have thoroughly and carefully researched to ensure we provide you with the best of the best. Occasionally, brands and PR agencies will send us products for consideration, but as with any product we put to the test, our reviews of these products remain thorough and unbiased. We never accept a product in exchange for coverage or a positive review. If we’re unhappy with a product and don’t stand by it, we will not recommend it.
Our Shopping Series
In this series, you’ll find a comprehensive list of our tested, tried, and true favorite products. Whether it’s the tools you should be using in the kitchen or the grocery items you’re going to want to stock up on, here you’ll discover everything we deem essential to a happy kitchen setup.
The (TEST) Kitchn
There’s a lot of delicious food out there and we’re on a mission to try it all. In The Test Kitchen, our team tests the newest groceries, snack, and drinks and share our honest opinons.
Weird or Worth It?
Have you ever scrolled through social media, seen a product, and thought, “Who would buy that?” In Weird or Worth It?, we test these unique gadgets and answer the question as towhether it’s just weird or worth buying.
What’s Your Problem?
In What’s Your Problem?, we’ll help solve your biggest kitchen conundrums. Whether you need the best solution for cleaning cast iron or can’t get rid of that odor in your drain, tell us what your problem is and our experts will recommend just the right product to sort it out.
Splurge vs. Save
There’s a wide range of kitchen products out there in an even wider range of price points. But should you spend top dollar in your quest for the best? We’ve tested items for just about every budget, and in this series we compare one pricey pick against a more wallet-friendly version to help you decide which one best suits your lifestyle.
The Best Places to Buy. . .
Shopping is one thing, but knowing where to shop? That’s where the real power lies. Whether you’re searching for your next great spice source or the best places to buy affordable cast iron cookware, this series will provide you with all of our favorite retailers — both budget and luxury.
Meet the Team
Mark Marino – Commerce Executive Director
Yasmin Lashley General Manager, Partnerships & Strategy
Tamara Kraus – Managing Editor
Alicia Kort – Apartment Therapy Senior Commerce Editor
Ian Burke – The Kitchn Senior Commerce Editor
Sarah Vazquez – SEO Commerce Editor
Britt Franklin – AT Best List Editor
Jacqueline Kenny – Brand Partnerships Manager
Nikol Slatinska – Shopping Writer
Mila Hoang – Commerce Coordinator
Morgan Pryor – Commerce Editorial Assistant
Jada Wong – Shopping Director
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