Mike

Mike is our head researcher and reviews tools, sporting equipment, and a variety of other products.

How to Spot Made in the USA

With so many different marketing materials and product packaging out there, it can be tough to tell which products are made in the USA. In this guide, we go over: FTC guidelines for brands who claim their products to be made in the USA, phrasing and imagery to look out for, other best practices for checking country of origin, and debunk some common myths. Summary of FTC Guidelines The Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, is …

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The Best Products Made in Ohio

Ohio has deep roots in American manufacturing, in particular in the automotive and aircraft industries. Beyond that though, metals and chemical production are huge for the local economy. Everything from tools, to hardware, soaps, paints, and several other product lines come out of Ohio. Since we began reviewing American made products, we’ve come across several great ones from the state of Ohio. Below are those products, organized by category, along with the town or city …

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The Best Products Made in Texas

Texas has a very diverse manufacturing economy. It’s obviously rich in the petroleum and chemical manufacturing industries, but also has tons of companies in other categories making their products in the state. In the last 20 years, automotive manufacturing has grown over 300% in Texas and it has also grown a ton (along with the broader economy) in computers and electronics, which is up over 500% in that time period in terms of real GDP, according …

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The Best Products Made in North Carolina

North Carolina has a rich history in American manufacturing, particularly in industries like furniture and clothing, where cities and towns like High Point, Greensboro, Burlington, Hickory, and others were built on the back of these factories. Below, we’ve taken ever single North Carolina made product that we’ve ever reviewed and categorized them, listed where each brand is from, and linked to our main guide for the category. We are updating this list regularly as we …

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The Best Products Made in New York

The state of New York is rich in its history of manufacturing American made goods, especially in the heart of NYC with famous areas like the Garment District. Below is a summary of all our favorite products that we’ve reviewed from the state of New York. We’ve broken everything out by category, listed the specific city where each brand is from, and also included further reading in case you want to check out our other top …

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The Best Products Made in California

California has a rich tradition of American manufacturing in several industries. Below is a catalog of all our favorite products we’ve reviewed that are produced in California. We organized everything by category (including a link to our full made in the USA guides for each one) and included the California city where each company does their manufacturing. Check it out and let us know if you have any questions or suggestions! Baby Clothes American Adorn …

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Best Patio Furniture

There are tons of great manufacturers in today’s American furniture industry. We already know about a bunch of great bed and sofa makers, but what about patio furniture specifically? We did the research to find out which manufacturers are standing above the rest. Below are our findings, along with tons of details about each of our recommendations, and the factors we considered in our research. Our Findings While we evaluated dozens of different domestic furniture …

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Best Ties

We did the research to find out who is still making the best ties right here in the USA. Check out all of our top picks below, along with tons of details about each one and the factors we considered in our research. Our Findings Through extensive research, we assembled a list of 10 American made ties and bowties that that we think outshine the rest. There are so many different types of ties to …

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Spotlight Series: Kámen Road

We came across Kámen Road for the first time when we were searching for the best handbags made in the USA and were super impressed by their American made Weekender Bag. Since then, we’ve had a chance to speak with Kathleen Murphy, their founder, on more than one occasion, who has been an absolute inspiration to talk to about her journey with Kámen Road. We talked with Kathleen about their history, production process, popular products, the future …

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Are Penn Reels Made in the USA?

Penn is a staple in the fishing tackle industry. They were founded in 1932 by Otto Henze in Philadelphia, where he made the first two reel designs (F and K) while working for a bigger fishing reel manufacturer at the time. 1936 was really when the company started to take off though – the year they introduced the iconic Senator reel, which is responsible for many historic records in landing challenging big game fish. They’ve …

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