Here is How Alphachooser Ranks The Items

Wonder how we rank the best items? Why are some items with a higher review score ranked lower than models with less stars? How do we determine exactly which are the best items?

Here is how our special best-of ranking system works:

1. What is the Arank?

Arank is our own consumer product scoring system that looks at a variety of factors, not just the review score of an item. It is used solely as a means of determining where an item will stand in a given list.

2. How can a tablet or cordless drill score an Arank of 82 in one list and 84 in another list?

The Arank also takes into account the relevance of each item towards a specific list. So, let's say Tablet A scored an average rating of 4.9 stars while Tablet B scored 4.7 stars. If both items are part of a Best Camera Tablets list, Tablet B may end up above Tablet A despite its slightly lower rating if it sports a 8-megapixel main camera, while Tablet B only features 5 megapixels. On some pages, the Arank is just a number from 1 to 5 or 1 to 10 depicting the place items take on a list.

3. Why do items with a higher review score rank lower than items with less stars?

We also use age as a criteria. We do so because, of course, a smartwatch launched three years ago may have attracted rave reviews of 4.7 stars in average back then, but how relevant are these reviews today? Technology has evolved and what made users enthusiastic back then may now keep them a tad colder. Consequently, we adjust our own ranking metric (the Arank) according to the age of the item, and the influence it has varies by category. Why? Because snow blowers do not evolve at the same crazy pace as tablet computers or smart watches, right? That approach explains why items with more stars may sometimes end up under lower-star, but younger items.

4. What other criteria does AlphaChooser rely on?

Our ranking formula also uses some of the following criteria:
1. The number of reviews we found.
2. The actual number of different sources where we found those reviews.
3. In some cases, our profilers/writers' appreciation of each item.
4. The actual specs of the product being included in the list. A good example is our popular Best fast toaster list, which includes a metric we call watts per slice to rank the (potentially) fastest toasters. But it also relies on review scores to spot the best items within the category.

5. Do you look at reviews on manufacturers' sites?

Short answer... no we don't. Though we are confident that most manufacturers are fair and balanced and do not filtrate the reviews they like from the reviews they don't, we are simply not willing to run the risk. We prefer to look at rankings provided by independent, third-party review websites and stores.

6. Alphachooser includes affiliate links to online stores. Does it influence your rankings?

No, we still show the best items first even if they are not available in stores affiliated with us, and we do list plenty of items that are good, yet not offered in stores with which we have an affiliate agreement. AlphaChooser is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com, .ca, .co.uk, etc. Since Amazon carries a wide range of products, and in many cases, most of the most-prevalent products in a given category, there would be no point for us in boosting products which do not get a high score.

The decision to include product prices on AlphaChooser happened after various users complained that, though we guided them into choosing the best items, we kind of left them to themselves when came the time to decide and make a purchase. Together with display advertising, affiliates fees we collect when you visit a merchant site and make a purchase contribute to our mission.


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