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How Modern Castle Works

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 since 2014. When it comes to testing home products and creating reviews I am a passionate perfectionist.

Derek Hales - Founder and Editor-in-Chief of

Our Mission

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

How We Do It

We research and test products (see how here). Then we publish our findings in reviews, comparisons, best of guides, videos, and more.

Modern Castle is my business. In order to pay for our operational expenses and allow myself and the Modern Castle team to earn a living Modern Castle uses referral links.

How We Make Money

When you use our links to purchase a product or service Modern Castle may earn 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.

Our referral links may influence the products we review and write about (in addition to where those products appear on Modern Castle). However, our referral links do not affect our scores or recommendations, which are based on our research, tests, and analysis.

You can see our review process and defined scoring elements here.

Companies don’t pay me to review their products and they cannot pay us to rank or score them highly.

Our Review Philosophy

  1. We execute tests that showcase performance
  2. We create reviews based on clearly defined scoring attributes

You can see more on how we test and review here.

We purchase many products that we test, however, we do also accept free products from manufacturers. You can see a list of our referral relationships below, as well as free products we’ve received.

How We’re Supported

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 You Can Help

  • 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 & Relationships

The following table has a complete list of all referral relationships has with the companies we review and write about. In addition, we’ve listed products we received for free.

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)
JoybirdNoYes (sent us a sofa)
LIFXYesYes (sent us LIFX Beam Kit)
TenergyYesYes (sent us robot vacuum, heater, thermometer, ear buds, & kettle)
Wholesale MicrofiberYesNo Disclosure

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