Julia is the Senior Scientist at Reviewed, which means that she oversees (and continually updates) the testing of products in Reviewed's core categories such as televisions, washing machines, refrigerators, etc. She also determines the testing methods and standards for Reviewed's "The Best Right Now" articles.
When she's not outlining testing procedures, chances are that Julia is doing some of the testing herself. Some of her recent articles include "The Best Right Now" articles specific to fire extinguishers, lunch coolers, smart thermostats, and wireless headphones. The article she is most proud of is the aforementioned smart thermostat article, since she managed to test smart thermostats without breaking Reviewed's extensive (and expensive) air conditioning/heating system.
Julia received her PhD in Geological Sciences from Brown University in 2014, and is currently working on her MBA.
Articles and Reviews by Julia MacDougall
The Best Dryers of 2018
November 16, 2018 – Looking to get your clothes dry in the shortest amount of time?
Best Dryers for Large Families of 2018
November 14, 2018 – Our picks for the best high-capacity dryers available today.
The Best Washers for Large Families of 2018
November 12, 2018 – Our picks for the best washing machines for large families.
Best Dryers With Steam of 2018
November 09, 2018 – Our picks for the best dryers with steam available today.
The Best Maytag Washing Machines of 2018
November 08, 2018 – Our picks for the best Maytag washing machines available today.
Best LG Front-Load Washers of 2018
November 07, 2018 – Our picks for the five best LG front-load washing machines.
20 incredible STEM coding toys that every child will want
November 07, 2018 – Theses fun games and robots are teaching kids the basics of computer programming.
The Best Rakes of 2018
October 23, 2018 – Not all rakes are created equal.
Best Traditional Top-Load Agitator Washers of 2018
October 12, 2018 – Our picks for the best top-load agitator washers on the market today
The simple tricks every renter needs to know to get their security deposit back
October 08, 2018 – Spend a little time and money to clean your old apartment before you leave.
The Best Lunch Coolers of 2018
September 21, 2018 – Which lunch cooler will help your food stay cold throughout the (long, long) hours until lunch time?
Your water bottle is gross—here's how to clean it
September 10, 2018 – With some scrub brushes, liquid detergent, and some determination, you can clean your reusable water bottle.
The Best Smart Thermostats of 2018
August 17, 2018 – Want to cool down in the summer and warm up in the winter without raising a finger? Check out our best smart thermostat rankings.
The Best On-Ear and Over-Ear Wireless Headphones of 2018
August 13, 2018 – From old favorites like Bose and Beats, to new players like Master & Dynamic and JLab Audio, we've tested a bunch of wireless on- and over-ear headphones.
The secret to making batteries last longer could be in your fridge
August 01, 2018 – Want to extend the lifetime of your batteries? Consider putting them in the fridge.
The Best Fire Extinguishers for Homeowners of 2018
July 16, 2018 – Any fire extinguisher can save your home or your life, but which one is best for you?
How to make slime quickly and easily—without glue or borax
June 14, 2018 – With three common household ingredients, you can be on your way to slime!
How does an Instant Pot work? Everything you wanted to know
June 14, 2018 – No, it's not magic, it's science!
Your dish towels are full of bacteria—here's what you need to do
June 12, 2018 – Just say "No" to bacteria growth on your dish towels
This gadget can "see" if your food is spoiled—but does it actually work?
June 11, 2018 – We put Statio's Linksquare, a "smart handheld spectrometer", to the test