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
Can air purifiers make your life easier during allergy season?
June 20, 2019 – Using personal and whole-room air purifiers can help cut down on the number of airborne allergens you encounter with every breath.
The Best Air Purifiers of 2019
June 20, 2019 – We tried out twelve whole-room air purifiers, from brands like Dyson, Honeywell, Blueair, and more to determine which air purifier is the best.
I tried out five different baking soda hacks—which ones worked?
June 04, 2019 – Baking soda hacks—fact or myth? We tried out five hacks to separate fact from fiction.
Brita vs. Pur—which water filter pitcher is better?
May 24, 2019 – We put the Brita and Pur water filter pitchers head-to-head.
The Best Water Filter Pitchers of 2019
April 29, 2019 – We tested popular water filter pitchers to see which one was the best.
The Best Washer and Dryer Sets of 2019
April 18, 2019 – Make laundry day a breeze with our list of the best washer and dryer sets.
Thermador SGSX365TS Gas Cooktop Review
April 16, 2019 – The Thermador SGSX365TS gas cooktop's high-powered burners can really bring the heat.
The Best Dishwashers That Dry Your Dishes of 2019
April 09, 2019 – These dishwashers make sure your dishes come out completely dry.
Which shampoo is best for dyed hair?
March 29, 2019 – We put four color-safe shampoos to the test: Olaplex, Nexxus, Dove, and Pantene. Which one is the best for your dye job?
Do these products really work to disinfect your phone?
March 29, 2019 – You've heard that your phone is covered in bacteria, but is a phone cleaner the best way to disinfect it?
This is the biggest fire risk in your home—here's how to prevent it
March 08, 2019 – Cleaning your dryer vent isn't fun, but it's relatively easy.
The Best Affordable Dishwashers of 2019
March 06, 2019 – Our picks for the best affordable dishwashers on the market today.
Water-resistant vs. waterproof headphones: what's the difference?
February 19, 2019 – Can your headphones survive a workout, get splashed, or take a dunk in the pool?
Best Counter-Depth Fridges of 2019
February 04, 2019 – Our picks for the best counter-depth refrigerators available today.
The Best Third Rack Dishwashers of 2019
January 25, 2019 – We love a good third rack; who doesn't need more room in their dishwasher?
Best Gas & Electric Ranges Under $800 of 2019
January 24, 2019 – Our picks for the best affordable gas and electric ranges available today.
Best Side-by-Side Fridges of 2019
January 16, 2019 – Our picks for the best side-by-side fridges money can buy.
The Best Fridges Under $1,000 of 2019
January 15, 2019 – Our picks for the best sub-$1,000 refrigerators available today.
The Best Refrigerators of 2019
January 11, 2019 – Want the best of the best in your kitchen? We've got you covered.
The Best Portable Dishwashers of 2019
January 02, 2019 – Our picks for the best portable dishwashers on the market.