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Derek Hales

Derek HalesBy Derek Hales
Updated October 10, 2017

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Derek Hales - Founder and Editor-in-Chief of

Derek Hales – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of

My name is Derek Hales, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of I live in Phoenix, Arizona with my wife, Samantha, and Poodle, Tibbers.

What do I do?

Over the last 3 years I have been methodically testing products for the home, compiling information, creating reviews, and doing my best to help create exceptionally helpful resources for my readers.

Since I was old enough to start buying my own stuff I have relied on serious and in-depth research to help make informed decisions. I’ve never been one to make an impulse purchase. When I was 12 I built my first computer. Research at the time was reading through PC magazines, asking employees at the local Micro Center, and discussing with my dad.

As I grew up, so did reviews on the internet. In the last several years seeking out high quality reviews online has been essential to my research for virtually everything I buy. While there are no shortage of reviews online, so many reviews leave me disappointed or questioning the rationale for a particular review rating.

I created Modern Castle to help change that.

Derek Hales and Samantha Hales

My wife, Samantha, and myself (Derek Hales)

Great reviews start with great testing. I take great pride with designing and executing the tests and experiments for every product I test. Completing specially designed tests provide a level of objective data that helps replace mere subjective opinion with more objectivity and hard facts. Opinions are wonderful, and you’ll find plenty of those here, but I believe reviews can be better when a combination of compiled specifications, objective data, and subjective analysis are married together.

The mission:

Ultimately, the mission of Modern Castle is simple, we want to create exceptional reviews, videos, and guides to help you discover, research, and select the products that are best for your home. 

My wife, Samantha, and Poodle, Tibbers

My wife, Samantha, and Poodle, Tibbers

During our first year, we have focused on vacuums, mops, smart home, and furniture. If there’s a product in one of those categories that you’d like to see, or a different category all together you think we should take a look at, please let me know here.

Thanks so much for trusting! We hope we can help you today 🙂