Sometimes it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff when searching for local online reviews. There are a lot of services that you can use. In our experience it’s wise to check a few sources before making a decision.
Services like Yelp and search engines you’re probably familiar with can help you. Sites like Urban Spoon are helpful, too. Cross-referencing them is a good idea, to compare notes. People have different tastes and experiences.
Sites like Amazon have built in rating systems and people often leave very detailed reviews of their experience with various products. This can be really useful for getting in person appraisals of things like clothing sizes (does the product tend towards larger or smaller than normal?) and color (is the picture of the item true to its real hue?). It can also be informative in terms of how it functions and whether it performs as promised.
Another place to check for reviews of products is YouTube. People often post videos that evaluate a product out of the box. These “unboxings” can be quite informative. You can also find product comparisons. For instance, in our review of the SJCAM you can see an example of a side by side comparison. Our post about the Nikon D5300 is another example of this.
All in all, it’s best to choose several sources and compare to get the best sense of a product or service. Keep in mind the purpose of the review and the level of expertise of the reviewer. For some products this may be more important than with others. Happy shopping!