If you’re even vaguely familiar with the product review space — CNet, The Verge, Gizmodo, etc. — then chances are, you’ve heard of Jamie Chan before. Jamie has written for several top-notch publications, reviewing everything from microwaves to kitchen knives to toaster ovens, and in between.
Last month, Jamie launched her own site — Top5Vacuums.com. Jamie is doing a bit of a reach out campaign to get the word spread, and we were happy to oblige to do our part — Jamie is a good friend of ours, after all. We sat down with Jamie for a quick Q&A for her new site.
Q: Tell us the idea behind the new site, and why you decided on vacuums?
A: Yea, so it’s funny. Pretty much EVERY person who lives in a house or apartment needs/owns a vacuum cleaner. Yet if you were to Google which were the best models for the best types of jobs, you’d pretty much come up empty. So I felt there was a gap in the market.
Q: Interesting. Tell us a little bit about your process, of how you find your products, how you test, and how you review them.
A: Sure. So there are dozens and dozens of different vacuums out there today. We have a screening process where we whittle it down to the best 10-12 or so. Then we reach out to the manufacturers and let them know we’ll be reviewing their product; would they be kind enough to send us a sample? And most do. Then we use the product for several days, in different situations. We keep notes as we test. And then we get down to writing.
It really is a terrific site, and a much needed one in this niche. Congrats to Jamie and best of luck to her.