About Us

Our Mission:

To eliminate the dreaded “buyer’s remorse” by recommending the right product for any lifestyle and budget. We do that by evaluating product reviews to be sure only those that are authentic and trustworthy are factored into our final recommendations.

Our History:

ConsumerSearch was founded in 1999 with the sole mission of cutting through much of the hype and hyperbole that surrounded the then-new world of internet retail sales. We found that by personally examining all available reviews, and winnowing out the information that was obviously biased or self-serving, we could find the products that truly do what they say they will do. This enables us to recommend the top products in a range of categories for a variety of budgets and lifestyles, thus saving time, money and disappointment for millions of consumers

Our Process:

The editors and writers at ConsumerSearch thoroughly research every single product category they are responsible for. Research includes online sources, searching journal and magazine databases, and personally examining thousands of owner reviews to include only the most relevant. We do not accept donations or free products from manufacturers, which makes us entirely impartial and unbiased.

All of our reports include a detailed analysis of each of our recommendations. The top products we dub the “Best Reviewed.” However, we understand that one product does not work for everyone, so we offer alternatives. These runners up may be less expensive, or an alternate size, or fit a different specific need, but we try to cover all the bases for any lifestyle.

The Team:

 
Damon McClure, General Manger

Damon has been with ConsumerSearch since the very beginning and has held almost every position in the company, including Editor in Chief. His current position of General Manager gives him the responsibility for publishing, revenue and development. He is also still ConsumerSearch’s biggest fan.

“I own at least 12 of our Best Reviewed products, including my luggage, heart rate monitor, cordless phone, toaster, multi-function printer, blender, mixer and shredder. Every one of them has lived up to my expectations. I truly believe in the service we provide to our users.”

 
Carl Laron, Senior Editor

Carl joined ConsumerSearch in 2006, bringing with him experience gained through more than 25 years in editing and writing for magazines (including a stint as the editor of Popular Electronics magazine), plus two books for pre-teens. His interests and expertise are broad and varied, but technology and pets are two of his passions.

"I first became aware of ConsumerSearch as a reader, researching a mattress purchase we were planning to make. I quickly became a fan, and jumped at the chance to join the site professionally when the opportunity arose. I love being able to share my knowledge with our readers, knowing that the work we do will save them time … and disappointment. And, yes, when it comes time to buy something for myself or my family, I always turn to ConsumerSearch first."

 
Kelly Burgess, Senior Editor

Kelly started writing for ConsumerSearch in 2010 and was promoted to editor in 2012. As an avid cook and fitness fanatic, Kelly’s specialties are in those areas, although she also loves working on any reports for the home -- especially vacuums and appliances. Her three children are all grown up, but she still takes an active interest in products for parents of young children, especially those that keep children safe or make parenting a bit easier.

“In addition to all of the above, I really enjoy digging into the science behind our health and beauty reports, like multivitamins, diets, diet supplements, and creams and lotions. Companies can make big claims -- and make big bucks off of those claims -- but the facts often beg to differ. I feel like a big part of my job is to reject the hype and present just the facts so consumers can make the most informed decision.”

 
Edward Lawrence, Lead Developer

Edward is the most recent addition to the ConsumerSearch team. With more than 10 years of technical experience, he is looking forward to helping to bring new and exciting editorial features to all of the site’s users.

"After spending many hours researching on my own for products, I also own several Best Reviewed products. This includes a multi-function printer, frying pans and an espresso maker. I believe in the quality of work the editors and writers put into every report and I know ConsumerSearch will continue to save me a lot of time in the future."

Contributing Editors:

 
Amy Livingston

Amy left a full-time publishing job in 2004 to become a freelance writer and has never looked back. She has been writing for ConsumerSearch since 2010, while also working on textbooks, financial websites, and a food blog. Her personal blog, Ecofrugal Living, focuses on ways to save money and live green at the same time.

 
Angela Stringfellow

Angela has been writing professionally since 2006 and first began writing for ConsumerSearch in 2009. She has a Master's degree in Education, which proves useful in disseminating complex information for the masses. When she's not analyzing reviews on consumer products, she's usually writing about big data, marketing, or digital media.

 
Lisa Maloney

Lisa Maloney is a freelance writer based in Anchorage, Alaska. She's the author of three outdoors and travel guidebooks and a regular contributor to the state's two largest newspapers. A meticulous researcher, Lisa has been contributing her keen eye for detail and veracity to ConsumerSearch reports since 2011. When she's not digging deep to find out which products really are the best, you'll find her Irish dancing or roaming the Alaskan wilderness.

 
Saundra Latham

Saundra Latham is a longtime ConsumerSearch contributor who has extensive experience in writing for product review and consumer advocacy websites. She has also worked as a news editor for The Columbus Dispatch, routinely named Ohio's best large newspaper by the Associated Press. Saundra holds a bachelor's in journalism from American University and a master's in communication from Ohio State University. Besides ferreting out fake reviews on retail websites, Saundra’s interests include traveling and running slowly, although not necessarily in that order. She's currently based in Knoxville, Tennessee.

 
Tara Tuckwiller

I hate shopping! I want to buy something once, and be done with it. In 2006, my husband (also a newspaper reporter) forwarded me a ConsumerSearch ad seeking "writers who obsessively research stuff before they buy" -- yep, that's me. I've been freelancing for ConsumerSearch ever since, obsessively researching everything from pickup trucks to toilet paper.