How We Review, Score, and Rank Products
Having high-quality equipment is critical and we believe many other darts players share the same thoughts. No one wants to replace their dartboards, darts, and accessories just after several games. Quality products not only bring the best value for money (as they are much more long-lasting) but also enhance your playing experience.
That said, due to the popularity of darts, there are so many products on the market with different brand names that it becomes difficult for users, especially beginners, to choose from. Many of us in the team were in the same situation.
That’s why we want to offer our support and help out. We want to help other players find the most valuable products that fit their purposes, needs, and skills. To do so, we have developed a guideline, a process, and methods to review and rank products.
Our Product Review Process and Methodology
First and foremost, for each product within a category, we do our research to get the list of potential high-quality items. This is done by many methods. We utilize both online and offline resources. We search online, join forums, and receive advice/recommendations from our internal experts and local darts communities.
A list of criteria is put in place for product selection within a particular category. Some criteria are listed below:
- Structure and components
- Target customers/users/groups
- Real user reviews and ratings
- First-hand experience
- Brand reputation
For example, for bristle dartboards, we look into critical aspects like sizes, look, wiring, fiber quality, self-healing ability, mounting, accessories coming with the purchase, and user pool.
Unbiased reviews are our philosophy. We set a budget to purchase the selected products for first-hand experience. Games are organized within our groups to test out the items according to the criteria defined for product selection. We also invite guests and experienced players for diverse feedback. To make the results more reliable, we try to use the products regularly to make the results more reliable.
Sometimes, we seek help from our local communities. We ask to try out the products that have been purchased by others (only if they’re relatively new).
Then, for each product, we gather and consolidate the feedback from various sources (both internally and externally), compare the tested options, and put out a final list.
Our Team’s Experts
Our reviews are written by the content team, who have done sufficient research and experienced first-hand the reviewed products. By researching and writing all other types of blogs, guides, how-tos, and best practices, our editors build up expertise in this niche. Some of them are even playing darts for years.
We also recruit and involve experts in reviewing products and helping our team members to improve our game techniques and skill levels through games and competitions. By getting real playing experiences, our creators have more confidence in reviewing the products and offering more reliable reviews.
Please note that we work independently. Our reviews and feedback are solely based on our own research, opinions, and experience, not on sponsorship or the vendors of the reviewed products.
User Ratings and Consultants
User ratings and feedback on the selected products cannot be overlooked in our reviewing process. Most of them are genuine and come from their real experience. These are helpful insights that help us set our expectations and criteria to test the products.
We also ask and consult experienced players that are within our network for opinions and buying advice. Social media and web presence coverage of the products are also taken into consideration.
How We Rank the Reviewed Products
We test the selected products according to a pre-defined list of criteria and put them on a 0-10 scale. We then compare all the selected options, finalize the score, and make the final list.
Please note that our list and scoring are not fixed. We might update and change the information in certain reasonable cases. For example, a new product or model is released to the market with more advanced features and technology.
In each review article, we’ll explain the criteria that we base on to review the selected products so that users will get more insights and understand how we create the list.