Nowadays, it is possible to experience either a local business or a travel experience without actually experiencing the same in person. This is due to the plethora of review sites in the world today. They provide first-hand experiences from the people who have actually experienced it in person.
Here are some of the top review sites sorted by its popularity.
1 Yelp 212
This is a popular review site that offers information about every aspect of a major city like restaurant, shopping, food, nightlife, bars, health and medical services, and automotive information. The site claims to receive more than 70 million visitors per month, while it was started in 2004. It also claims to have more than 30 million reviews. Yelp reviews are available for cities in all the major countries across the world.
Services: Restaurant reviews, beauty saloon Reviews, and Doctor Reviews
2 Trip Advisor 273
This primarily provides reviews about the travel experiences and other travel related content. It helps users plan trips by providing comprehensive information about hotels, flights, restaurants, and things to do. The site offers a special section that contains pictures of the travel destination taken by the users. There is also a discussion board for the registered users.
3 BBB.org 1877
This is the official site of the Better Business Bureau. This provides an intermediate service that helps consumers and businesses understand each other. The site has numerous reviews of businesses from across the United States, which can be found on the basis of name or location. The site also allows businesses to apply for a BBB accreditation directly from the site.
Services: Business reviews, business reports
4 Top Ten Reviews 1292
This is a site that provides reviews that are spread across various categories like software, hardware, mobiles, automotive technology, small businesses, and web services. It also contains numerous comparison charts and videos. The site has been online since 2003.
Services: Product reviews, web service reviews, digital product reviews
5 CNET Reviews 103
This is a division of the popular consumer electronics website that primarily provides reviews of the electronic items covered on the main site. The site also has a compilation that features the best products in each category.
Services: Consumer electronics reviews, Camera reviews, Cellphone Reviews
6 MyWOT 1993
Web of trust (WOT) offers reviews and rating on online businesses and services. It offers browser add-ons to show reputation of any website. Users can register and submit their rating by trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy and child Safety. The website scorecard page can show detailed statistics. Many comments submitted by users are short and less descriptive.
Services: website ratings, toolbar
7 Consumer Reports 2324
This is the official site of the American magazine, Consumer Reports. It provides ratings and reviews of products in the categories like cars, appliances, electronics, money, shopping, and health. It also provides information about the latest recalled products.
Services: Consumer reviews and ratings
8 Urban Spoon 2231
UrbanSpoon is a restaurant data and recommendation website. It offers reviews of various restaurants in UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Ireland. Users can view reviews on website as well through smart phone applications available for iOS and Android. It also offers reservation services.
Services: Restaurant reviews, dining reviews
9 Angie’s List 3017
Angie’s list offers local business rating and information. The site is paid and requires a fee to access information provided by them. They allow monthly or yearly plans. It offers exclusive discounts and coupons from selected stores. Major categories include plumbers, house cleaners, roofers, dentists and more.
Services: Local business ratings
10 Digital Trends 3305
This is primarily concerned with reviews of consumer electronics items and the latest technologies. It also provides opinions, and how-to articles along with videos and product reviews. This site has been providing reviews since 2001 and it claims to get more than 4 million visitors per month.
Services: Consumer electronics reviews, Camcorder reviews etc..
11 FindTheBest 3350
FindTheBest is a comparison site that was started in 2010. It features products across nine different categories, which are then subdivided into numerous smaller categories. The site also provides ratings for each product along with the reviews.
Services: Product comparison
12 MouthShut 3413
This is a social networking review site that contains reviews from the users. Aside from writing reviews, users can also share photos and experiences about the products or brands. This site has been online since 2000, and it claims to have millions of reviews across various categories.
Services: Consumer reviews
13 ePinions 4545
Epinions is the review site that has been providing reviews – about all the major products used in our daily life – since 1999. Epinions claims to offer reviews about products across 30 categories. The ability to compare products side-by-side.
Services: Product reviews, car reviews, computer reviews
14 Broadband Reports 4757
This site provides reviews about the internet services across the United States and regions like the United Kingdom and Australia. The site also features various tools designed to analyse the performance of an internet connection. It also has the latest ISP News and a discussion board.
Services: Broadband reviews
15 WeddingWire 5410
WeddingWire.com is considered as Yelp of Wedding. The site claims to have more than 200000 reviews on various wedding vendors such as wedding photographers, wedding venues, cakes, décor, registry and more. It is offered only in US and online since 2006.
Services: Wedding vendor’s reviews
16 Trusted Reviews 5426
Trusted Reviews primarily provides reviews of the consumer electronic items like television sets, cameras, laptops, mobile phones, and home electricals. Aside from written reviews, the site also features video reviews of the high-profile products in its respective category.
Services: Technology news, tech reviews
17 Trustpilot 6159
Trustpilot is a website that accumulates reviews of online shops across the European countries like United Kingdom and Denmark. The site provides worst and best rated lists across various categories like flights, music, gaming, travel, and holidays.
Services: eCommerce ratings and reviews
18 Which? 6518
This is the official site of the UK magazine, Which?. This site provides reviews of the products across categories like television sets, laptops, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, printers, and child car seats. It also provides information about the shopping rights. The site however don’t offer free service. It require £1 to access reviews.
Services: UK consumer reviews
19 Retrevo 7985
Retrevo provides an online shopping experience for gadget lovers, while also offering reviews and manual downloads as well. The site claims to receive more than 6 million visitors per month and a catalogue of more than 100,000 products spread across various categories.
Services: Gadget reviews
20 Review Centre 8341
Review Centre provides a community for real people to share their experiences with a product or brand. It is possible to search for reviews across the categories or also write a review yourself. The site covers all the major categories like electronics, home appliances, money, sport, and travel.
Services: Consumer products ratings
21 Qype.co.uk 8531
This is the UK version of the popular social networking and review site. It allows users to discuss aspects of the United Kingdom like restaurant, landmarks, hotels, pubs, sport, food, and drink. It is possible to get reviews based on the different regions across the UK.
Services: UK restaurant reviews, UK entertainment reviews, UK doctor’s reviews
22 Insider Pages 9281
The site offers ratings and recommendations on various local business categories such as health, home, beauty, pets and more. The site was launched in 2004.
23 Argos Reviews 1043
UK based Online catalogue shopping website Argos.co.uk offer a review section on its website. They cover variety of products such as home improvement, personal care, furniture, kitchen, jewelry, pet, sports and more. They only review products listed on their website.
Services: product rating, service rating, customer reviews
24 Consumer Search 9293
This site mainly provides a collection of reviews from the major review sites across the Internet. Based on the information, it also compiles lists across various categories like electronics and home appliances. This site is run by about.com.
Services: Product ratings, product reports
25 Vitals 9709
This site is primarily concerned with finding the right doctor based on the reviews received from patients. The recommendations are provided on the basis of consumer reviews, peer reviews, office information, and information. The profile of a physician is available to users for free.
Services: Doctor ratings, doctor reviews
26 Product Review 10244
This site covers products from Australia across various categories like appliances, cars, kitchenware, shops, health and beauty products, and electronics. It claims to have more than 100,000 visitors per day, while it has been online since 2003.
Services: Australian consumer reviews
27 Reseller Ratings 10837
This site provides ratings of online retailers provided by the users. It claims to have almost 40,000 online stores under its belt, which have been reviewed by close to 1.5 million times by its users. Some of the merchants on Reseller Ratings include high-profile stores like Barnes & Noble.
Services: eCommerce ratings
28 Knoji 11751
This site offers reviews of products spread across various categories like electronics and fashion. It also provides the users with a directory, a discussion board, and numerous articles. Knoji also provides coupons for getting discounts on online stores.
Services: eCommerce reviews
29 IM Report Card 12649
IM Report Card primarily focuses on the Internet marketing related categories for offering reviews. The site claims to have more than 4000 reviews up until now. Some of the categories on this site include Internet marketing, traffic generation, website hosting, and monitoring tools.
Services: Internet marketing reviews and ratings
30 Pissed Consumer 12848
Pissed Consumer is a review site that is used to accept the complaints from the consumers regarding various products and brands. Users can also submit pictures and videos on this site. It also has solutions both for the customer and for the businesses.
Services: Consumer ratings and reviews, consumer complaints
31 Zagat.com 14636
Zagat is a restaurant rating website, which acquired by Google in September 2011. It offers restaurant ratings for US and 100+ other countries. The ratings are offered based on survey of food quality, decoration, services and costs.
Services: Restaurant ratings
32 Buzzillions 25592
Buzzillions provides information about products, across various categories, in the form of reviews written by real people. The site claims to have more than 17 million reviews up until now. It also provides prices of each product along with the reviews.
Services: eCommerce ratings
33 SiteJabber 27912
SiteJabber offers review and ratings for other website (somewhat similar to Mywot.com) and help consumers to avoid fraudulent websites. Their aim is to make Internet a safe place by rating other websites and online businesses. Users can rate other website and read others evaluations and experiences.
Services: Website ratings
34 Rate It All 29900
This site offers a comprehensive product category that can be reviewed and rated by the viewers. The site also has numerous compatibility quizzes along with the ability to add products to your own network. Movies, celebrities, games, electronics, travel are some of the categories covered.
Services: Social consumer ratings
35 ViewPoints 34431
ViewPoints offers a customer review and product rating hub that covers various categories like computers, electronics, money, home appliances, laundry, kids, and beauty. The site also has a tool that allows products to be added to a list and compared against each other.
Services: Product rankings, product ratings
36 Test Freaks 36687
This is a review site that is primarily concerned with offering price and feature comparison of products in the electronic niche. Hi-Fi speakers, digital cameras, headphones, television sets, and monitors are some of the products regularly featured on Test Freaks.
Services: Gadget reviews, consumer reviews
There are many online shopping websites, which offer reviews for products they sell on their website. The reviews and ratings are submitted by their customers who purchase products from their website. We have not included them in above list except Argos.co.uk which offer independent review website.
Word of caution: Many websites (especially small websites) review products for money. They rate and rank products based on affiliate commissions or other benefits they receive. So before you trust any review website, make sure it is an unbiased review website.