3 Things We Learned About the Consumer Reports Test Lab

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When shopping for anything new, we always consult Consumer Reports as part of the process.

That’s why we found this look inside their testing process on Vox especially interesting. Here are a few things we learned.

  • To test pots and pans, they have a machine that scrubs them for hours on end until their nonstick coating wears off.
  • To test packaged foods, they employ “sensory panelists” and then have them sit in rooms with special ventilation systems to prevent outside smells from impacting their reviews.
  • They use secret shoppers all over the country to anonymously buy items and test things that are available only in specific markets.

Check out the rest of the article as part of your weekend reading to see their full process.

Read more: Inside Consumer Reports from Vox.com