House Method Ratings: Editorial Integrity

The House Method editorial team provides objective ratings on the products and services our readers care about.

Because House Method receives payment from some of the companies featured on this site, we preserve integrity and prevent bias by disclosing neither the terms of the affiliate relationships nor the financial nature of those relationships—including cost-per-click, affiliate fee, and/or revenue share arrangements—to the editorial team. Having an affiliate relationship does not guarantee that House Method will review a company, product, or service favorably. Please visit our affiliate disclosure for additional information.

Any affiliate relationships do not and will not influence House Method content, ratings, or reviews. The editorial team does not set out to favor one company over another. Our ratings are based on information found through our independent research, including information found on the website of the company being reviewed as of the date of most recent review or through contacting the subject company as an anonymous prospective customer. We aim to update our ratings on a systematic and periodic basis and to disclose the date of most recent review on pages where the rating appears.

We take reasonable steps to make our ratings objective. House Method’s business management team may provide advice to the editorial team on the structure and methodology of the scoring system, but structure and final scores are ultimately designed and calculated by the editorial team alone. House Method considers our weighted scale to be proprietary, but in our endeavor to maintain high editorial integrity, we use only objective and/or quantifiable information and have provided the criteria used in scoring each company, organized by industry below.

Price Ratings

A company’s price rating is a relative score that compares the price of its products or services to its peers that we’ve reviewed. The prices of products and services are based on our independent research. Each dollar sign represents an objective tiered amount of money, depending on the category of the product or service being reviewed. The average price range for a product or service in the industry is designated by three dollar signs. One and two dollar signs indicate that the company’s prices fall into a range below the average by a certain tier, and four and five dollar signs indicate that the company’s prices fall into a range above the industry average by a certain tier.

House Method mattress ratings

House Method mattresses ratings are awarded based on a weighted 10-point scale that scores mattress manufacturers on shipping cost, return cost, length of trial period, length of warranty, use of environmentally responsible materials, customization availability, and number of choices available.

House Method home warranty ratings

House Method home warranty ratings are awarded based on a weighted 10-point scale that scores home warranty providers on BBB rating, length of coverage, service fees, national availability, workmanship guarantee, coverage exclusions, and whether warranty holders can choose their own repair technicians.

Price ratings for home warranties are calculated using prices published by the warranty providers as well as those published by objective third-party reviewers when a primary source is not available.

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