How We Test Products

Besides being expert travelers, at Travel + Leisure we diligently research, test and curate our lists of recommendations. We are constantly scouring the landscape for the latest product releases, from luggage to noise cancelling headphones and tents. Once we've identified the best products, we'll test them, both in our labs and at home and in the real world, allowing us to give you the unbiased advice you need to decide what to buy.

How Do We Test?

All our recommendations are based on rigorous, hands-on testing conducted in The Lab, our full-service testing facility in New York, and long-term testing in our editors' own homes, offices (and plane seats). Our testing teams also collaborate with subject matter experts and other trusted sources to ensure that every product review is complete and unbiased.

As we test, we capture photos, videos, and personal insights from our editors and testers to provide our readers with a behind-the-scenes look at our tests and how the products perform.

Why Trust Us?

We do receive an affiliate commission on some (but not all) of the products if you choose to click through to the retailer site and make a purchase. That said, we are not loyal to any one specific retailer or brand.

We only recommend what our experts, writers, and test results show are really worth your money. We will always tell you what we like, and also what we don't like about the products we recommend. We want our tests to provide an unbiased layer of information you can trust so that you can shop with confidence.

We occasionally receive press samples for review, but we purchase most of the products we test—and we never agree to positively review something, even if we receive a sample.

We are also 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.