As you may have ascertained from this blog, I am a bit of a research junkie. When it comes to making a major purchase (to me, major purchase = $50 or more), this propensity of mine goes into overdrive. One of my favorite resources when agonizing over a purchase is Consumer Search. According to their own description, they:
- Collect the best reviews (review sources include professional reviews such as Consumer Reports, Cooks Illustrated, and magazine articles, as well as consumer/user ratings from online stores such as Amazon)
- Analyze their picks (considering each source's relative credibility)
- Recommend what to buy
For really, really major purchases such as cars or washing machines, I still often purchase a one month membership for $5.95 to Consumer Reports, so I can read their very thorough analysis of the options. There really is no substitute for (ad-free, sponsor-free, totally reliable) Consumer Reports. But if I'm just purchasing an A/C unit, stroller or a toaster oven, I'm usually content just to consult Consumer Search.
Of course, this site is in no way focused on helping you make an eco-friendly, non-toxic purchase. The reviews do occasionally mention Energy Star ratings and other information that might show up in mainstream reviews. For help finding green products, I use these resources:
- The Green Guide's Buying Guides
- The Good Guide
- Greener Choices by Consumer Reports
- EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic Database (for all personal products)
What is your favorite source for reliable product reviews and information?
P.S. Last week to enter the handmade, vegan laundry soap giveaway from Nothing But Soap!