Product Buying Guides

Tired of wasting money of products that don’t deliver? Wonder if the car you are thinking of purchasing is safe and reliable? Want to make a good investment when you select your next computer? Here are some places to read reliable ratings on products before you buy. You’re welcome.

Consumer Reports

This is a NON-PROFIT company dedicated to protecting consumers by extensively testing products for safety, ease of use, and reliability. I use this service a lot, and they have a huge research library (8,500+) of reviews covering all kinds of products. Read more about them here. Using Consumer Reports may require a Johnson County/Olathe Public Library card and PIN number. If you need a card you an get a electronic card here.


This is a site that reviews all kinds of gear– from kitchen knives to exercise equipment to luggage to electronics. Here’s their stated mission, “Wirecutter is a list of the best gear and gadgets for people who want to save the time and stress of figuring out what to buy. Whatever sort of thing you need—tableware or TV or air purifier—we make shopping for it easy by telling you the best one to get. The site was founded in September 2011 and was acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016.” For more details about their mission and testing process read this.