How we Review our Wallets
[Our Rating System]
Since the very beginning, we’ve been transparent with our viewers with the way we review our wallets. This article is going to go into a bit more detail into this reviewing process and look at the way we come to our final verdict with any given wallet.
When we receive or purchase a new wallet to review we put each one through a rigorous testing process. We try to use each and every wallet as our daily driver for at least 1 month. This provides us enough time to compile our data regarding how the wallet works on a daily basis and give ourselves time to see if we come across any negative attributes of the wallet that aren’t necessarily obvious on first inspection. If we feel inclined, this time frame can be increased if we feel we haven’t come to a firm conclusion about the wallet yet.
Our Review process…
We review each and every one of our wallets based on 4 distinctive dimensions. These include the wallet’s brand, look & design, functionality, and price tag. In each review, we go into more detail regarding each of these explaining our thought process as we use the wallet. Below is a more detailed look at each of the 4 categories.
We do thorough research into the brand of each and every wallet we review. Many times in the past, especially when it comes to wallets funded through Kickstarter, many can be outed as scams or less than authentic. We also like to look at real reviews from other purchasers to see if there’s anything we’ve missed and sometimes like to include reviews from others in our articles.
Finally, we like to see if any brands go above and beyond to provide a better service. For example, many brands take a sustainable approach to their products specifying they use only ethically sourced materials or give back to local communities through charities. The brand’s refund or warranty is also mentioned to make sure everything is as it should be.
Functionality & Utility
The functionality and usability of a wallet are some of the most important aspects of a wallet. After all, we purchase a wallet to serve a specific purpose whether it’s to store cash, cards, coins, or any number of other more niche items. When we review a wallet we look at all this including the wallets and style as wallets can come in many different styles including minimalist, bi-fold, or tri-fold.
Look & Design
While some people look for pure functionality in a wallet others look for the design of the wallet when deciding. This could include anything from the material the wallet is made from (metal or wood) or through to the distinct design of the wallet (its shape or color). Design is important for some people but less so for others. Make sure to really consider what you want in your wallet before purchasing one. For more information on this check out our article on ‘choosing the right wallet’.
The price of the wallet is somewhat the most important aspect for people when deciding which one to buy. After all, if a wallet is outside of your budget then you can’t even consider it in the first place regardless of whether it’s the perfect one for you. In the same vein, we use price as an indicator of whether or not we feel it’s worth the price in regards to other wallets in the market. Some wallet brands like to price their wallets based on their perceived brand and can be considered overpriced in our eyes. We also tag all of our articles based on whether the wallets are cheap (between $1 – $30), affordable (between $31 – $60), or expensive ($61+).