Part of what I do at Weed Eater Guides is review products that I use to tame my home’s yard. I do this to help other homeowners make good buying decisions, because I have used and abused a lot of products and have a good idea of what can work for a situation.
Here are the types of reviews you’ll see on Weed Eater Guides:
Product Category Reviews
These are the most common reviews you’ll see. It’s hard to know which products are the best in a category. For example, if you’re looking for a hedge trimmer, how do you know which one is the best for you?
It’s hard to answer this question by reading manufacturer websites, because they all have an incentive to promote their product as the best. It’s also hard to cobble together information from Amazon reviews or forums, because they’re all over the place and you don’t know how reliable they are.
I try to provide comprehensive information about two things:
- What you need to know about the product category in general to make an informed decision, and
- The absolute best products you can buy in that category in my opinion.
Single Product Reviews
Every now and then, I write reviews on single products. A good example is my review of the SnowJoe 13″ snow shovel. Rarely, I am given products by a company.
If this is the case, you will always see me mention it in my post so you understand that I was gifted the product. I do not promise companies a good review. I promise to review their product fairly, which sometimes means I don’t recommend it to my readers. Companies that do donate their products are made aware of this before agreeing to the terms.
The last type of review you’ll see on Epic Gardening is a profile of a brand. A good example is my review Snow Joe Brand Blowers, a brand dedicated to electric snowblowers.
In these reviews I am to give you some background on a company, the products they produce, and what (if anything) separates them from the other competitors in their industry.
If I have received an item for free from a manufacturer, you will see this line at the bottom of the review (usually boxed):
Full Disclosure: [Company] provided this product to Weed Eater Guides to use and evaluate for review purposes. See the review process here.
Of course, it is possible that receiving outdoor tools for free has the potential to unconsciously influence the way that I review products. I try to combat this in a few ways:
- If I don’t feel like a product is even worth reviewing, I will often refuse a manufacturer’s request to send me their product.
- I never accept money in exchange for a positive review.
- I try my best to be impartial and review the product an as unbiased a way as possible. My goal is to serve the reader – it doesn’t do anyone any good if customers are matched with poor products.
However, if you personally believe that receiving free gear will bias my reviews no matter what…I respect your opinion.
As Weed Eater Guides grows, it is my goal to eventually be able to purchase, use, and review all of the gear that I use. But right now, it’s simply too expensive to do this, so from time to time I do accept offers of free gear.
If it bothers you that I get gear for free, then please feel free to Google around for other reviews and opinions. It may take some searching (which is part of the reason I began reviewing gardening products in the first place), but I’m sure you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for.
In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions by contacting me at bryan [at] weedeaterguides [dot] com.