Editor’s note: Jamie Chan, owner and writer of Top5Vacuums.com, was kind enough to sit down with us and chat about her website, how she writes her reviews, and what inspired her to start her site.
Q: Jamie, why don’t you start off by telling us a little bit about why — and how — you decided to launch your site?
A: Yeah, so I’ve been a home appliance junkie for several years now. And it’s not just vacuums. All kinds of stuff — toaster ovens, wine openers, kitchen knife sets, leaf blowers. You name it, I’ve probably mentally reviewed it. It’s funny, when you think about all the stuff you own in your home — all the things that you need to take care of your home — you become very familiar with them. And as the homemaker for our family, for better or worse, I have become intimately familiar with vacuum cleaners, lol So I figured, why don’t I just start a site about all these products that I’m using? And that’s how Top5Vacuums.com got started.
Q: That’s awesome. So you landed on vacuum cleaners. How do you go about reviewing the products?
A: Well, I own several vacuums that I purchased myself, just over the course of every day life. Then, I reached out to several manufacturers, asking them to send me review units. And many companies had no problem doing that, once I showed them my site. So that’s how I get all of my units. Then, I simply go about using each vacuum over the period of 7-10 days or so, sometimes longer. I use them as I typically would use any vacuum, doing all the types of jobs that you’d expect. I keep notes as I’m using each machine, performing each task.
Q: The reviews are very in-depth. How long do they take to write?
A: Yeah, I’m a big believer and getting down to work and really writing the heck out of each review. I want to relay to my readers exactly what it’s like using each vacuum. I research every vacuum before I buy it. I like to know what others are saying about it. Then, as I said, I use it for about a week or so, taking notes the whole time. When I finally sit down to write the reviews, they can take several hours, at least.