Verywell Mind Product Review Editorial Guidelines & Mission

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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 Health, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Everyday Health, and What to Expect—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.

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 products, from light therapy lamps to self-help books 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.

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.

All Verywell content that contains a statement of medical fact is also vetted for accuracy by our board-certified physicians. However, you should consult your healthcare team to determine if a specific product—especially a food, supplement, or medication—is right for you.

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.

Why You Should Trust Us

The product recommendations from Verywell Mind 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.

How We Test Our Products

We believe in using these products just like you would—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 light therapy lamps to self-help books 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.

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 effectiveness, 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.

But when it comes to bettering your life, not everything is a tangible product that you can use to help steer the way. There are many different services such as online therapy, support groups, and classes that are viable avenues to assist you in overcoming life's hurdles, expressing your thoughts and worries in a safe setting, and learning more about your mental health.

Our goal is to recommend the most effective services like online therapy — whether for kids or for adults or, specific services for depression, anxiety, grief, LGBTQ+, and more. We anonymously signed up for some of the biggest online therapy programs available to understand how effective and helpful they are. You can read more about our testing methodology to get a scope of our vetting process, but for starters, we evaluated the types of therapists available, their experience, how easy it was to communicate, the different modes available, cost, and more.

You can find our testers’ honest feedback—both positive and negative—under the “Tested by Verywell” 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

Tory Brangham
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Tory Brangham is Senior Vice President of Commerce at Dotdash, having assumed the role in 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.

Dwyer Frame
Senior Editorial Director
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Dwyer is the Senior Editorial Director of Commerce at Dotdash. She joined Dotdash in September 2017.

Before joining Dotdash, Dwyer worked as the senior editor at Health, where she covered the latest fitness and wellness trends and products.

Dwyer started her career at Instyle magazine, where she covered celebrity homes and later worked at All You magazine, where she edited cleaning and home decor content and gift guides. Her work has also been featured on Real Simple, People, Woman's Day, Brit + Co., and more. 

 

Isabella Broggini
Health Commerce Editor
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Isabella Broggini is a health writer and editor, NASM-certified personal trainer, and fitness nutrition specialist. She is a commerce editor at Verywell.

Mallory Leibowitz
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Mallory is the Senior Revenue Product Manager for the commerce team. She joined the company in 2016. 

Before joining Dotdash, she worked at The Atlantic magazine, where she created branded content digital experiences for brands such as Jaguar, H&M, TIAA, and National Geographic.

Mallory received her BS in Marketing and minor in Web Design from the University of Florida.

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