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 Dehumidifiers of 2018
May 18, 2018 – In the race to get rid of hot, damp air, which dehumidifier comes out on top?
The Best Wireless Headphones of 2018
April 30, 2018 – These are the best wireless headphones and earbuds you can buy.
Best Wireless Earbuds of 2018
April 02, 2018 – After hours spent listening, we've found the best wireless earbuds.
The Best Wireless Earbuds for Running of 2018
April 02, 2018 – Here are the best wireless headphones for running or hitting the gym.
The Best Paper Shredders of 2018
February 27, 2018 – Take your identity security into your own hands with our top-rated shredders
5 things you'll need to save money on heat this winter
December 20, 2017 – From window film to spray foam, here's how to save money on heat.
Want a quiet dishwasher? Some clean better than others
August 14, 2017 – Is a dishwasher's low sound rating indicative of its cleaning performance?
The Best School Backpacks of 2018
August 04, 2017 – Eleven backpacks go head-to-head. Which one comes out on top?
10 guilty pleasure books you need to put on your summer reading list
July 27, 2017 – Leave the real world behind with book about unicorns, Sith Lords, and everything in between.
Testing baby bottle warmers: not for the faint of hea(r)t
July 21, 2017 – Babies and parents alike want warm milk!
Does a vacuum cleaner have to be loud and heavy to clean well?
July 17, 2017 – Weight is not really an indicator of vacuum cleaner performance.
10 pet toys our editors’ cats and dogs love most
July 14, 2017 – Tried and true recommendations for the most fun and engaging pet toys.
Why you can't see your phone when you're at the beach
July 06, 2017 – Cutting edge technology is still, occasionally, defeated by the sun.
Here’s what all those cycles on your dryer actually do
June 06, 2017 – Every wonder what's going on inside your dryer? No? Doesn't matter! Read on anyway.
Scoring the Unscoreable
May 23, 2017 – When reviewing products, how do you put a number on the human factor?
10 things you can buy that will make you less stressed
May 01, 2017 – Bring some zen to your every-day trials and tribulations
10 things you should never go on vacation without
April 17, 2017 – These products will help make your vacation a breeze.
14 incredibly fun and useful things we keep on our desks at work
April 04, 2017 – Silly Putty, coffee mugs, and USB ports, oh my!
13 products you can buy on Amazon to make adulting easier
February 14, 2017 – Because you definitely don't want to clean your toilet bowl with your bare hands
The Best Headphones for the Gym of 2018
January 31, 2017 – These headphones will help you meet your goals at the gym.