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Last Update: Tuesday February 14, 2023

Help Us Create the World's Best Product Reviews

We are committed to a bold mission: creating the world's best gear reviews. To get a sense of the kind of reviews we create and publish, please look at our website. Our recent reviews show the level of detail and depth we strive for. You can also read about our company philosophy on our About GearLab page.

Freelance Reviewers

GearLab seeks Freelance Reviewers for projects spanning a wide range of product categories, from everyday items to kitchen gadgets to electronics, and much more. We seek talented writers whose gear expertise spans beyond outdoor products and into the home, the office, and the gym. We hire discerning consumers who like to sweat the details and pore over product specs to put their skills to work. Whether you're an experienced cook, photographer, fitness enthusiast, or a parent running a busy household, we need your critical thinking abilities and knowledge to help us create the world's best reviews. Due to the costs and logistics of shipping gear, reviewers must live in the United States.

Current openings in the following areas of expertise:

  • General Freelance Reviewers in Tech and Home Categories

You are an ideal freelance reviewer candidate for GearLab if you have deep experience in your areas of expertise, are a critical judge of products, and have strong writing skills. Qualities we seek: your expertise provides you with the domain knowledge you bring to bear in the categories you cover. You are quite critical about choosing your own gear, and your friends value your advice on what gear they use. You firmly believe it is better to buy a product of quality, one that will deliver lasting value, than a product that happens to be on clearance sale. You have strong analytical skills and may have experience doing writing of a more technical nature. If you have an educational or work background that is strong in science, academic, or technical areas, we consider that a major plus.

Additional Qualities of Successful Applicants: You are self-motivated, college-educated, and can write in clear, simple language. You extensively research online reviews to assure you buy just the right product for your own needs and budget. You have an intuitive appreciation of what separates a great review from a good one. You value most the reviews that helped you to make fully informed purchase decisions that, to this day, you still feel confident about and do not regret.

We seek to write the best reviews in the world for the purpose of guiding our readers to purchase just the right product to suit their individual needs and budget. We base our work on extensive testing, and we are looking for people with the skills and mindset to help make that kind of side-by-side comparison testing and analysis happen. Does your background provide you with the expertise to come up with a great way to test a whole product category side-by-side? Do you have the analytical skills to gather the data to rate and rank the products you test? And, do you have the writing skills to break it down for our readers in clear, friendly language to help guide them to the right purchase for their needs and budget. If so, please send us an application, and tell us about yourself and your areas of expertise.

Our freelance reviewers work remotely as independent contractors on a part-time basis.

The general scope of work involves working testing all the products we select for a category (like air fryers or WiFi extenders), rating each, capturing a library of engaging images of the products in use, then creating a detailed written and visual (via photos) review of each product.

Note that unlike a lot of other websites, we don't review just one product. Instead, our reviewers take on an entire gear category and test products side-by-side. You will use and test each product with a critical eye toward scoring it against four to six rating criteria. Our reviews are detailed and extensive. We will provide you with the products to test.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Your job as a GearLab reviewer is to familiarize yourself with the category and each product, research existing user-reviews, create and execute a thorough test plan, rate each product, take photos of the products in use, help select the award winners, write up the review for each product, write the best-in-class award overview review, write the buying advice article, and write a description of how we test.

Compensation is competitive, with potential bonuses awarded based on timeliness and quality.

The Incendo wins our top award with its lightweight weather...
The Incendo wins our top award with its lightweight weather protection and excellent breathability.
Setting up the ultra-stable Zpacks Duplex Flex Upgrade on rockier...
Setting up the ultra-stable Zpacks Duplex Flex Upgrade on rockier terrain.

Conflict of Interest Notice

Our gear review ethics are crucial to us. We cannot hire anyone who has a conflict with the interests of our readers who expect objective and unbiased reviews. If you receive any form of compensation or sponsorship from gear manufacturers, their agencies, or their representatives or intend to do so in the future, please understand that will disqualify you from working on reviews in related categories.

Credit: Jessica Haist

How to Apply For Freelance Reviewer Position

If you are interested in applying to become a reviewer for GearLab, please send to
  • Your resume.
  • A list of activities and gear categories you are an expert in, the more specific, the better.
  • 2-3 extensive examples of your writing. Longer writing samples are preferred.
  • 2-3 sample photographs. If you have photos that show gear in use, whether a consumer product or outdoor gear, please direct our attention to those since that's our wheelhouse.
  • Please submit all documents in PDF format.

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