We’ve all been where you are, grappling around in the dark in search of a tool that won’t cost you an arm and leg nor let you down when you need it most.
With so many tools to choose from, we wanted to help guide our readers by offering you the highest quality reviews on the web, empowering you to take your decision with confidence.
So how do we guarantee not only the highest quality, but also a totally unbiased review?
Well, all of our reviewers follow a clear, step-by-step process:
Tooltester’s Review Process
- Test the tool: We have defined over 20 testing points for each type of tool
- Create a demo project: This way, we can test the real-world scenarios you’re likely to face
- Check the pricing and small print: So that you won’t get any surprises
- Peer review / internal presentation: New tools are presented to the team and undergo further testing
- Compare it to competing products: What’s missing? What niche features does it offer?
- Write the review / create a video: All the info is collated and structured in a user-friendly format
- Internal feedback given: Revisions made to the content
- Give the tool a rating and a ranking position: Once we have decided on this, it’s time to publish!
- Adapt content with user feedback: Our reviews reflect your experiences too
- Regular updates: We update our reviews as the tools are updated
We remain true to our core values, and at Tooltester.com we don’t sell our rankings to the highest bidder. Our reviews and rankings are an honest representation of our tests and experience with each tool. We don’t show ads to our readers to ensure a better user experience.
Tooltester is exclusively supported through referral commissions that we may receive if readers open an account using one of our links. The good thing is that opening an account using our links won’t cost you extra, in fact, at times you may even get a better deal through us.
What Features Do We Test?
Though the features we test depend on the type of tool we’re looking at (website builder, live chat tool, CRM, etc.), and these amount to roughly 20 testing points, there are some features that are universal.
Ease of Use
In order to test how easy a given tool is to use, we create a demo project, which allows us to test out all the features under real-world conditions. Further user experience testing is carried out by other team members with varying degrees of experience during the peer review.
We look at the level of customer care offered, and via what channels, for example, live chat, email support, its knowledge base, etc. We always contact support ourselves to test the response time, quality of the answer and whether support in other languages is offered by fluent speakers or they’re simply using an online translator.
Some tools look very good on paper, but lack the functionality to perform as well as they promise. We periodically run a number of in-depth tests to monitor the performance of the tools we review. Our most comprehensive tests include testing the email deliverability rates of email marketing tools and testing the speed and uptime of the top hosting providers.
Templates can save you tons of time, but they need to be good. These include email newsletter templates, website and landing page templates, form templates, etc.
We assess the variety of templates offered, how modern the designs look, if they’re suitable for a range of industries and how easy it is to edit them in order to achieve the desired result.
As we are an international company, we understand how important it can be to find digital tools that support a number of languages. Our reviewers cover the languages they’re fluent in, paying particular attention to the support offered and the quality of translated materials.
Value for Money
Though the price advertised may sound good, it might not be when compared to other tools offering the same services. We use our price calculators to assess a tool’s value for money against the competition. We also analyze the small print and note the renewal prices rather than the yearly ones. We report prices in local currencies when available.
Code of Conduct
- Feedback is always welcome! We invite our readers and the software manufacturers to (respectfully) share any feedback they have about our reviews
- Our opinion can’t be bought; we will refuse any payment from providers that intends to influence our reviews
- We won’t purchase company shares or targeted investments of products we review
- To avoid any undesirable external influence on our content, we have never taken outside investment and are not planning to
- We always convey both the positive and negative aspects of any tool
- When translating reviews in another language, we always do a full localization rather than just translating the content word for word. Our team consists of many nationalities, which is why we are able to understand the cultural nuances
Meet the Team Behind Tooltester’s Research
The Tooltester Team: Roberta, Lucas, Inka, Robert, Cai, Asiea and Annika
Robert: Founder and chief editor across categories
Hi, I’m Robert Brandl, the founder of Tooltester. After many years of working in a digital marketing agency, managing website and email marketing projects, I realized I had a breadth of knowledge that needed to be shared. During that time, I researched and tested tons of marketing tools, many of which I still use today.
Tooltester was born out of a desire to help you save endless hours of research and empower you to take your decision with confidence, so I hope you find our reviews helpful. You can also find me on LinkedIn.
Roberta: Email marketing and CRM expert for the English market
Hi, I’m Roberta! Having worked as a digital marketer for a host of online businesses, I’ve tried, tested, fallen in love with and despaired with so many marketing tools. I am excited to help you find the best email marketing and CRM tools you need for your business to thrive.
Inka: Web design and live chat expert for the English market
Hello! My name is Inka. I started using website builders and content management systems over 10 years ago, when I managed websites for clients in my first marketing role. Since then, I’ve worked on hundreds of web and digital projects. Now, at Tooltester, I’m excited to be able to use my experience to help users like you find the right website builder and chat tools for your needs.
Annika: Web design expert for the German and Dutch market
Hey, I’m Annika! I have been part of the Tooltester family since 2020 and, apart from my passion for unusual t-shirt prints, I also have a love for web design. Nowadays, there are a number of tools that anyone can use to create their own website. However, finding the right provider for your needs can sometimes be quite a challenge. No need to worry though – this is where we come into play!
Raphael: Web design and email marketing expert for the French market
Hi! I’m Raphael. After working in a French marketing agency for several years, I now help small-to-medium-sized businesses find the best web tools to develop their website and set up their email marketing. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions!
Josep: Web design and hosting expert for the Spanish, Italian and Portuguese market
Hey, I am Josep! I started working for Tooltester in 2014; a wild ride that’s taught me all about website creation, email marketing and many other digital marketing topics. But what’s the best part so far? The satisfaction I get from helping users like you start their online projects.
Lucas: Video Editor and Motion Graphic Guru
Hey there! I’m Lucas, I started working at Tooltester in 2018. I’ve curated a process to translate Tooltesters’ written reviews into animations, so we can take a deeper look at the tool from within. My favorite editing tool is Adobe After Effects, which I tend to use sipping away at my cappuccino.
Please find below the comparisons of the tools we test and review. If you have experience using any of the tools listed, we encourage you to share your feedback with us, so we can continue to improve our reviews.