Narrow Down the Options Our Mission : Our Method The Deck Critic’s Ethics
In many categories of products there can be hundreds of options to choose from. We look at every one we can find, so you don’t have to. We feel that overloading you with all of these options won’t help you achieve your end goal very quickly, so we collect a full list of products within a category, then we look at very specific data points to measure quality. Then we cut out the products that under-achieve to narrow down the list to review the most relevant.
5-star products are the highest quality level. Any product that is rated at a 5-star level offers most of the highly important features that consumers look for and has been approved by industry-leading experts in the field.
4-star products have a high quality level but may lack certain features or fall short in terms of usability. 4-star products are likely the best choice for many people, especially if price is an important factor. Similar to booking a hotel, the best value is often found at the 4-star level.
3-star products are lower-level options but could still be a solid choice for some people. 3-star products tend to excel in specific areas, but don’t measure up to the competition as a whole. 3-star options can be a good choice if the product or service offers exactly what you want.
1 or 2 -star products aren't included on our site.
Choosing the best products for your deck or backyard can be difficult and time consuming. Decking and railing choices are often endless and it can be hard to even know where to start. To help bring clarity to you, my team and I review the options to provide you with inside information to assist you in making your buying decisions. The foundation of using DeckCritic.com to help you choose the best products lies within our ratings. The final ratings for each product or service are provided by our research team here at DeckCritic.com who are independent industry experts with years of in-the-field experience. This is why you can trust the unbiased accuracy of our information and the validity of our reviews.
For each category of products that we choose to review, our research team of experts dig into the features that should be considered for evaluation and comparison across all products in a category. After identifying the features, we apply importance ratings to every single one, which helps generate an unbiased feature score that is driven purely by data. From there, the quality level of these features are measured, normally by using the product. This process allows us to write about our experiences with the products, and then rate each one.
All thoughts and opinions on this site now and in the future are my own and will never be influenced by any monetary or contractual arrangement. My ethics are incredibly important to me! …my whole site is based upon them. I may change my opinion of things over time, but that is my prerogative.
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