Articles • Updated on Dec. 11, 2023
At TheSweetBits, our mission is to guide you to the best software, apps, and digital tools to sweeten your productive life or work. Ever wondered how we pick the products featured in our “sweetness” articles? Here’s an insider look at our selection process.
How we select and test tools
Before featuring any tool, we meticulously define the category and research the must-have features most users seek in that category. For instance, when evaluating calendar apps, our focus could be on interface, event scheduling, and cross-device availability. We compile a feature list, providing transparency about our criteria in the final article.
Our research doesn’t stop there. We scour popular tools, consult respected sources like Macworld and Product Hunt, and tap into community discussions on platforms like Reddit.
Once armed with a comprehensive list, we subject each tool to in-depth testing based on our predetermined criteria. For example, when testing PDF editing tools, we use each tool as a regular user would, we evaluate their performance, user interface, and key features, documenting our findings for thorough comparison.
In case of any issues, we reach out to the tool’s support resources. Only after this rigorous testing phase do we select the best tools to showcase in our articles, highlighting their unique features and providing insights on the user experience.
Our goal is to give you a genuine sense of what it’s like to use each tool and help you identify which one suits your unique needs.
Are you biased?
Our editorial team operates independently to ensure unbiased selections. Whether a tool is a TheSweetBits affiliate partner or not, our focus is on featuring the best in each category.
Why isn’t X app included here?
Tools may not make the cut due to failing to meet our criteria or delivering a subpar user experience during testing. Sometimes, a competing tool simply outshines it in embodying the “best for” label. However, if you believe a tool deserves inclusion, let us know. We value your input.
How do I get my app included?
Contact us and we’ll consider your app tool. While we aim to update our articles regularly, inclusion isn’t guaranteed. Your understanding is appreciated.
Feel free to reach out if you have further questions or suggestions. We’re here to sweeten your digital experience!