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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. I am the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of I have been researching, testing, and reviewing great products for the home for over 3 years. When it comes to testing home products and creating reviews I am a passionate perfectionist.

The mission of Modern Castle is simple, it is our goal to publish the most useful, interesting, and beautiful reviews to help readers discover, research, and select the products that best help them create the home of their dreams.

Operating Modern Castle is not free. There are many expenses required to run this site, including purchasing products that we test and analyze, legal advice to protect ourselves from the enemies of free speech, photography and video equipment (lighting, microphones, cameras, etc.), cloud-based hosting (so pages load lightning fast), services designed to block hacking attempts, and software to edit and create beautiful visuals and videos, among others.

Modern Castle is my business. In order to pay for these expenses and allow me to earn a living Modern Castle uses referral links. When you use one of our links to purchase a product Modern Castle earns a referral commission. These referral links don’t cost you anything extra. They simply tell the respective company that you came from These referral links financially support Modern Castle and also allow us to avoid using intrusive and annoying advertisements.

We do our best to create reviews that are as objective and unbiased as possible. We purchase most products that we test, however, we do sometimes accept free products from manufacturers. You can see a list of our referral relationships below, as well as free products we’ve accepted.

There is no pay-to-play on Modern Castle. Companies don’t pay me to review their products and they don’t pay to rank or score them highly. I review the products that I think my readers want to see and rank them based on clearly defined scoring elements.

Our review philosophy is simple. We execute tests that showcase performance, and we create reviews based on clearly defined scoring attributes. If we provide more exposure or talk about a particular product more often it is because we genuinely like that product more.

At its core, Modern Castle is supported by readers. When you purchase products using our links, share on social media, or tell your friends and family about us, you’re helping to support the site.

I cannot thank you enough for your support and your trust. I do not take your trust or our role as testers and reviewers lightly. I and the Modern Castle team are all striving to create the absolute most helpful and informative resource for all things home reviews. And if we can in any way help you please do not hesitate to reach out via email.

How to Support Our Work

Use Our Links – Found a product that sounds perfect for you? If you make a purchase and use a referral link you can help support the site without costing you a cent! You’ll find these links in most reviews and content on Modern Castle.

Spread the Word – Were our reviews helpful? Tell your friends or give us a share on Facebook or Twitter.

Follow Us – Follow, subscribe, or give us a like. We could not make it without your support!

Link to Us – Do you have a blog or website? Giving us a link or shout out from your website is a tremendous help.

Referral Links

The following table has a complete list of all referral relationships has with the companies we review and write about.

CompanyReferral Links?Sent Us Free Products?
Black & DeckerYesNo
Campaign LivingYesNo
Dirt DevilYesNo
Gearbest.comYesYes (sent us Roidmi F8)
GeekBuying.omYesYes (sent us Xiaowa Lite)
HOBOTYesYes (sent us HOBOT 198 and Legee 668)
iRobotYesYes (sent us Roomba e5 x 2)
LIFXYesYes (sent us LIFX Beam Kit)
TenergyYesYes (sent us robot vacuum, heater, thermometer, ear buds, & kettle)
Wholesale MicrofiberYesNo Disclosure

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Derek Hales

Derek Hales


Derek Hales is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of He is a passionate perfectionist when it comes to testing and reviewing products for the home. When he is not testing new products, Derek enjoys golf, tennis, and PC gaming. Derek lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Samantha, son, and poodle, Tibbers.