July 28, 2014
The DogWatch Hidden Fence Earns a Consumers Digest ‘Best Buy’
We are pleased to announce that in the current Consumers Digest’s review of Pet-Containment products, the DogWatch Hidden Fence earned a prestigious Best Buy designation. Consumers Digest conducts product reviews in the Pet-Containment category every 2 to 3 years, and the DogWatch Hidden Fence has received a ‘Best Buy’ designation in each review since 1998. In the most recent review, the DogWatch Hidden Fence is the only Pet-Containment brand recognized in the Premium category!
‘Best Buys’ in underground Pet-Containment systems are selected based on features, warranty, and the company’s reputation for quality. The Premium Selection designation denotes the DogWatch Hidden Fence is a full-featured product that delivers excellent performance.
The DogWatch Hidden Fence system includes a combination of unique features not found in other containment systems. Some of the features noted in the review include a heavier wire gauge (which provides a more secure boundary), the ability to fine tune correction levels, the AutoMemory® feature, which automatically adjusts correction levels and the TattleTale® feature which lets you know if your pet challenged the boundary. It is also noted that the DogWatch system is suitable for dogs of all sizes, even as small as 3 pounds! Read the full review at: 2014 DogWatch Hidden Fence Review
What is a ‘Best Buy’ and Why Does It Matter?
“A Consumers Digest Best Buy is a product that delivers exceptional value for a given amount of money. That doesn’t mean that it’s simply the least expensive product in its category. In general, a Consumers Digest Best Buy is one that merits special attention from consumers based on its combination of eight criteria: performance, ease of use, features, quality of construction, warranty, efficiency, styling, and maintenance and service requirements.” (Source: www.consumersdigest.com/best-buy-process)
The Consumers Digest Best Buy Designation is the result of a rigorous process. The process of determining the Consumers Digest Best Buy follows these steps.
Basic Criteria: Ensure that the product meets four basic criteria: national availability in retail stores or via an established online retailer; a national dealer network/service organization to support repairs/service; a manufacturer of established reputation (unless it’s part of a genuinely new technology); availability for at least 6 months after the publication date of Consumers Digest’s Best Buy recommendation.
Independent Evaluation: Assessment can include: hands-on evaluation; a review of independent evaluation and testing; reports from government agencies and others; interviews of retailers and service technicians; a review of consumer surveys; and evaluations from other entities. Consumers Digest staff samples numerous models to include first-hand experience in the overall evaluation of various models in a category.
Grouping into Categories: The select few products that make it through the process are grouped by price range and are typically classified into three categories: [P] Premium selection, which denotes that a product is full-featured and delivers excellent performance and is priced accordingly; [M] Midrange selection, which indicates that a product has many popular features and good performance at a price below the top of the line for the category; and [E] Economy selection, which means that a product delivers satisfactory performance via basic features at an advantageous price for cost-conscious consumers.
Adhering to a Standardized Process: Every product-category evaluation is spearheaded by Consumers Digest senior editors. On each product evaluation, at least one expert evaluator/writer is hired to collaborate.
Congratulations DogWatch Hidden Fence for being designated a Consumers Digest Best Buy!