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 Real Simple, This Old House, Food & Wine, and Amazon—we’re consumers too—and we personally have a passion for products and services that make your life easier.
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 household releases, from cat trees to pet cameras 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.
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.
We are committed to ensuring that our content reflects our audience. This means showcasing brands and services owned by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) and other minority groups whenever possible and hiring more diverse writers, staff members, and experts. You can read more about our pledge to make our site more diverse and inclusive here.
Why You Should Trust Us
The product recommendations from The Spruce Pets are purely editorial. Occasionally, brands and PR agencies will send us products for editorial consideration, but our thoughts and opinions are our own. 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—on the streets and at home—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 have over a hundred reviewers spending weeks and months evaluating everything from dog beds to litter boxes 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 value or ease of setup—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 cat trees on their design and stability but evaluate dog beds based on their comfort and durability, among other factors.
You can find our testers’ honest feedback—both positive and negative—under the “Tested by The Spruce” 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 Our Team
Tory Brangham is Chief Commerce Officer 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 is the VP 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.
Kate is an Editorial Director for The Spruce, MyDomaine, and Treehugger. She joined the company in August 2019.
Before joining Dotdash, she worked at What to Expect where she covered pregnancy products, baby gear, and toddler gear. Kate has also worked at lifestyle brands All You and Girls' Life.
She received her B.A. in English literature from Northwestern University.
Katherine is a Senior Commerce Editor for The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, The Spruce Crafts, and MyDomaine. She joined the company in August 2018.
Before joining Dotdash, she worked at Men’s Health where she covered liquor, style, and gear. Katherine has also contributed to a variety of online publications including NBC Today, Reader’s Digest, Everyday Health, What to Expect, Brit + Co, and Women’s Health.
She received her B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Marist College.
Maggie Badore is an environmental reporter based in New York City. She started at Treehugger in 2013 and is now the Senior Commerce Editor of Treehugger, The Spruce, The Spruce Crafts, and The Spruce Pets. She previously served as the Web Director for National Geographic’s climate change documentary series Years of Living Dangerously. She’s obsessed with composting and solutions to climate change.
Badore's writing has appeared on Civil Eats, the New Jersey Spotlight, Mother Nature Network, and more.
She has a masters' degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
Nicole Lund is the commerce editor for The Spruce, which means she’s your expert on navigating online shopping.
She is committed to helping readers find the best products for their needs, whether that’s a back pain-solving seat cushion or a pet-friendly robot vacuum, and is always looking for new brands.
She enjoys organized spreadsheets, period dramas, and exploring New York City’s many bookshops.
Lily is an Associate Commerce Editor for The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts. She joined the company in November 2019.
Before joining Dotdash, she worked at Modern Luxury where she pitched and wrote stories for their different lifestyle titles. Lily has also contributed to a variety of print and digital publications including BOMB Magazine, INDIE Magazine, Huffington Post, and more.
Lily received a B.A. in English Literature and American Studies from Wesleyan University.
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.
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.
Meg joined Dotdash’s commerce team in November 2020 and is the Senior Commerce Editor for news and deals.
Meg received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Villanova University and began her career working with products at SELF Magazine. Testing products has always been a passion of hers whether identifying the best storage options for her desk and bathroom, or trying out new sheets and pillows.
Her work has appeared in Gear Patrol, SELF, Glamour, Women’s Running, and The Field Mag.
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.
If you have questions, comments, or opinions you’d like to share with our team of editors, please feel free to email us at email@example.com