TripSavvy Product Review Editorial Guidelines & Mission

Our Team

We’re a team of experienced writers and editors who obsessively scour the retail landscape (both online and off) to find the best products for your life. Besides being experts in our fields, having worked for brands like TripAdvisor, Travel & Leisure, and Amazon—we’re consumers too—and we personally have a passion for products and services that make your life easier.

Our Mission

It is our mission to help our users make the best purchase decisions—it’s that simple.

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What We Do

We exhaustively research and recommend a broad range of products and ultimately make a curated list of recommendations from writers with subject-matter expertise in every product category we cover. We do receive an affiliate commission on some, but not all, of the products that we recommend if you decide to click through to the retailer site and make a purchase.

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 have our fingers on the pulse when it comes to the latest product releases, from camping equipment to luggage and more. Our recommended products run the gamut from budget to splurge-worthy, and we’re not loyal to any one specific retailer or brand. We make it a point to source recommendations from reliable companies who deliver exemplary customer service, so you can have a seamless shopping experience.

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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 here https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/ that may be related to products you purchase.

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.

As a travel site that is trusted by people around the world, we are committed to ensuring that our content reflects the diversity of our audience. This means showcasing brands owned by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and other minority groups whenever possible, using more images of mixed races, and hiring more diverse writers and staff members to cover topics important to our audience. Read through our full diversity pledge here.

Why You Should Trust Us

The product recommendations from TripSavvy are purely editorial. Our team never takes free samples for reviews nor lets retailers, public relations firms, or salespeople dictate our content and product coverage. Instead, we do the heavy lifting ourselves by tapping into our network of experts and testers to help you make smarter purchases—and to avoid that dreaded buyer’s remorse.

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How We Test Our Products

We believe in using these products just like you would—on the streets, at home, at the gym—in real-life settings that put them through their paces. We buy all of the products that we test and send them straight to the homes of our thorough testers. We never accept anything for free from manufacturers.

We have over a hundred reviewers spending weeks and months evaluating everything from airplane pillows to luggage to find out if these products are worth the spend. We typically send our testers three to five products in the same category, so that they can make comparisons, which gives you real insights into how different brands and models measure up against each other. Our testers also take dozens of photos to help you see what the product will actually look like in your home or in your hands. They make sure to capture all the important angles and details to give you the most information before you buy.

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In addition to writing about their personal experiences, each reviewer fills out a comprehensive questionnaire that collects over ten data points. The testers rate their products on a scale of 1 to 5 for each factor—like comfort, design, or battery life—to come up with a rating that reflects their overall opinion. We tailor these ratings to each category and never use a one-size-fits-all method. For instance, we rate umbrellas on their size and level of sun protection but evaluate luggage sets based on their design and capacity, among other factors.

You can find our testers’ honest feedback—both positive and negative—under the “Tested by TripSavvy” badge to help you make the most informed buying decision. We give you an overall star rating, pros and cons for each product, and experiences and opinions directly from our reviewers.

We want to make sure we’re providing you with the most unbiased feedback that we can.

Meet Us

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Tory Brangham
Chief Commerce Officer

Tory Brangham is Chief Commerce Officer at Dotdash and has led the team since May 2017.

Tory initially joined Dotdash as General Manager of The Spruce, overseeing the development and launch of the site, now one of the largest home and food sites on the Internet.

She received her B.A. from Colgate University with a degree in International Relations.

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Jamie Hergenrader
Editorial Director, Travel and Finance

Jamie Hergenrader is the Editorial Director of Travel and Finance for the commerce team at Dotdash. She joined the company in 2018 as an editor for TripSavvy and has nearly a decade of experience writing and editing for print and digital publications.

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Chris Abell
Chris Abell
Senior Commerce Editor

Chris joined TripSavvy in 2021 after working at Travel + Leisure and co-founding travel startup walkli. His writing has appeared in publications including Travel + Leisure, The Points Guy, Thrillist, and more.

He received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in history and his M.A.L.S. from Dartmouth College with a focus on writing.

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Nathan Allen
Outdoor Gear Editor

Nathan has been the Outdoor Gear Editor at TripSavvy since 2021. He has nearly a decade of editorial experience and his writing has appeared in publications including Outside, Mountain, Fortune, Quartz, and more.

Nathan holds an M.A. from the Missouri School of Journalism and spent two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer in rural northwest Colorado. He enjoys testing gear of all sorts and being outside as much as possible.

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Danielle Ransom
Editorial Commerce Producer

Danielle joined Dotdash in November 2019.

Prior to joining Dotdash, she wrote for BET, covering music, film, television, and entertainment topics.

She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Sara Hines
Director of Product

Sara joined Dotdash in 2020. Before joining Dotdash, she was Director of Product for New York Times Parenting.

She holds an M.B.A., M.S., and a B.F.A.

She currently works as the Director of Product for the Commerce team at Dotdash and holds over a decade of experience in digital product development and marketing, with a focus on user-growth and engagement.

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Carrie Gavit
Editorial Project Manager

Carrie is an editorial project manager at Dotdash. She joined the team in December 2020. Prior to joining Dotdash, she was a digital editor at Haymarket Media. In previous positions, she covered topics ranging from healthcare to home decor.

Carrie received her B.A. in English from Hanover College and her M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Meg Lappe
Senior Commerce Editor, News and Deals

Meg joined Dotdash’s commerce team in November 2020 and is the Senior Commerce Editor for news and deals.

Meg began her career working with products at SELF Magazine. Testing products has always been a passion of hers whether identifying the best weekend carry backpacks or giving inflatable SUP boards a try in both the ocean and the lake.

Her work has appeared in Gear Patrol, SELF, Glamour, Women’s Running, and The Field Mag.

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Perri Kressel
Associate Commerce Editor, Trending

Perri Kressel is an Associate Commerce Editor and writes about the latest news and deals for Dotdash. She is passionate about all things travel, food, and cozy apparel.

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Samantha Aronson
Commerce Production Assistant

Samantha joined the Commerce team at Dotdash in 2020 as a production assistant. Prior to Dotdash she was part of the editorial team at City Guide NY.

She has written for both digital and print publications, including J14 Magazine and Mommybites.com.

She has published work in fields ranging from fashion to food and drink and more.

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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