How We Test and Recommend Products

How We Test and Recommend 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.

 Best Weekender Bags for Any Overnight Trip

TRAVEL AND LEISURE / CONOR RALPH

Why You Should Trust Us

Product recommendations from Travel + Leisure are purely editorial and independent.

Our editors 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. If we do receive a sample, we'll tell you — then treat it in exactly the same way as a product we've bought.

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, as well as finding diverse sources, contributors, and testers for our product roundups. Read more about T+L's diversity pledge.

We 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, and 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.

Roam The Check-In Luggage

Travel & Leisure / Vicky Wasik

Our Testing Process

All our recommendations are based on rigorous, hands-on evaluation conducted both in our product testing lab in New York and by editors when they're using products on trips. Our testing teams also collaborate with subject matter experts and other trusted sources to ensure that every product review is complete and unbiased.

When we test, we do the work for you. First, we scour the internet to find the best options available in every product category based on our expertise, customer reviews, and more. We also interview subject matter experts to find out the products they recommend and what consumers should consider when shopping for a particular item. Then, we purchase products to test in our lab or send out for real-world testing by T+L editors.

For each test, we develop a thorough methodology to make sure every product goes through the same test, allowing us to compare them effectively. 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 process and provide readers with unbiased, honest feedback about each item.

Only when we decide we really love a product (and that it offers value for money) do we recommend it to you.

How We Find Deals

Our news and deals team is constantly scouring the internet to stay up to date on the latest product launches, sales, and must have sell-outs. Our writers live and breathe products, working with our product testers and lab team to share why they love a particular product, and then help you find the best deal on it. When it comes to Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Prime Day, rest assured our team is working day and night to make sure you know what’s really a bargain buy.

Meet Our Team

Mark Prigg
Mark Prigg
VP, Commerce

Mark Prigg is a VP on the Commerce team overseeing the Food and Travel brands. He joined Dotdash Meredith in 2021. Previously, Mark spent 25 years as a science and technology reporter and editor, working on newspapers including The Sunday Times, London Evening Standard, and Daily Mail in London.

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Jamie Hergenrader
Commerce Director, Travel Group

Jamie Hergenrader is the Commerce Director of the Travel Group at Dotdash Meredith where she leads the content strategy of product reviews and recommendations for the company's travel brands. She joined the company in 2018 and has nearly a decade of experience writing and editing for travel and lifestyle publications.

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Chris Abell, Senior Commerce Editor
Chris Abell
Associate Editorial Director

Chris Abell is the associate editorial director of commerce at Travel + Leisure. He has been writing and editing for travel publications since 2014. In addition to T+L, Chris has also been published in TripSavvy, The Points Guy, Thrillist, Departures, and more.

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Susan Brickell
Associate Editorial Director, Travel Commerce

Susan Brickell is an Associate Editorial Director, leading news/deals commerce and strategy for Travel + Leisure. She has more than a decade of experience writing and editing fashion, beauty, lifestyle, health, travel, and home decor content for print and digital publications. 

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Lydia Price
Lydia Price
Commerce Editor

Lydia Price is the commerce editor at Travel + Leisure, where she writes and edits reviews about outdoor products. You can also read her articles on red carpet soirees, pop culture history, and health news in People magazine.

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Hillary Maglin, Associate Commerce Editor
Hillary Maglin
Associate Commerce Editor

Hillary Maglin is an associate commerce editor at Travel + Leisure who’s been covering travel products since 2018. Her work has also been featured in publications such as People, InStyle, and more.

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Taylor Fox, Commerce Updates Writer at Travel + Leisure
Taylor Fox
Commerce Updates Writer

Taylor Fox is a Commerce Updates Writer at Travel + Leisure where she tests, researches, and writes about travel products. Taylor holds a Master’s in Geography and has been a writer and editor for over seven years.

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Emily Belfiore
Emily Belfiore
Commerce Writer, News/Deals

Emily Belfiore is a commerce writer for Travel + Leisure, covering product news and deals. Her work has also appeared in Allure, Byrdie, InStyle, Real Simple, Shape, and more.

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Anna Popp
Anna Popp
Commerce Writer

Anna Popp is a Commerce Writer at Travel + Leisure where she tests, researches, and writes about travel products. Since living overseas in 2018, Anna has been a travel writer and began reviewing products in 2021.

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Safety

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 from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that may be related to products you purchase and it is always best to register your purchases with the manufacturer so you can get alerted if a recall is issued.

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.