BBC Good Food product reviews and taste tests - how they work

Find out about the process behind our BBC Good Food product reviews and taste tests and how we choose the products we feature.

BBC Good Food taste test panel Christmas 2016


BBC Good Food product reviews and taste tests 

Every review found on bbcgoodfood.com follows a strict editorial ethics policy, adhering to the BBC Worldwide editorial code of conduct. BBC Good Food will never promote a product within a review in order to obtain benefit of a financial or promotional nature. Products are promoted within reviews in order to offer bbcgoodfood.com users unbiased, tried and tested advice on the best products currently available on the market.  


Pre-testing process

Before we begin each review, our editorial coordinator and food editor-at-large set a range of testing criteria. The list of criteria is then laid out on a grid that we refer to as the testing matrix. Each review will have a different testing matrix depending on the nature of the review and the products being tested. Examples of testing criteria that you might see being used in a BBC Good Food product review are: ease of product use, value for money or beneficial product features. 


How many products are tested?

A shortlist of products is drawn up by our editorial coordinator and overseen by our food editor-at-large. The shortlist is compiled via various research methods (editorial industry insight, press materials and extensive research) in order to obtain the broadest range of retailers. In order to be shortlisted, a product must be available nationwide through an online retailing platform. In order to fairly test a wide enough range of products, we ensure that a shortlist of no less than 10 products are called in. 
 

What's involved in the testing process?

Once the testing matrix has been set, samples of the shortlisted products are requested and sent to the editorial team for testing. All products are tested under the same conditions and at the same time within our BBC Good Food test kitchen. For products that require the production of food, a qualified home economist performs the review in order to test during cooking conditions. Each product is tested in the same way against the testing criteria and comments are written under each. At the end of the review, our editorial coordinator selects a shortlist of no less than three products that performed the best throughout testing. If less than three products make the winning shortlist, the review is rescheduled for the future and a new set of shortlisted products called in for testing.
 

Refreshing reviews 

Product reviews are checked every six months in order to ensure product availability and accurate pricing. Taste tests are checked every 12 months. We also encourgae and rely on our loyal users to reach out and let us know if they spot a change to any of the information provided on the reviewed products. 

Why not take a look around our reviews section and see what we've been putting to the test recently? 

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If you have a comment or suggestion about the BBC Good Food product reviews or taste tests, or a query that isn't covered in the frequently asked questions above, please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@bbc.com. 
 

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