Our Final Score is a much more accurate score given to each product ranging from 1-100 based on the rating it has (i.e. 4.5/5 stars), the number of reviews (i.e. 358 reviewers), and our expert teams’ input.
The problem with most product-focused websites is that you usually can only sort by “Most Reviews” OR “Highest Reviews”, which isn’t ideal when you’re trying to compare products.
This usually leaves you with a bunch of 5-star products with only a couple reviews or a 3.5-star product with many reviewers. Neither is what you as a consumer are looking for — instead, you probably want the “highest review that has a reasonable number of past reviewers”.
Tools Official’s Final Score is our solution to this.
We use an in-house algorithm to calculate our Final Score based on three factors:
For example, when a review has high ratings (such as 5/5 stars) but low # of reviewers (i.e. 2 reviews), we weigh our final score lower since there aren’t enough reviewers to trust the rating yet.
Conversely, when a review has a high # of reviewers, our algorithm makes fewer adjustments to the Final Score accordingly.
The way the Final Score is curved is not equal for both negative and positive reviews — 1 person leaving a negative review is a lot more telling than 1 person leaving a positive review. Lastly, the Final Score is affected by our personal team of experts’ opinions on the matter, adding a human touch to the algorithm.
Below is a pie chart showing the estimated distribution of scores amongst all products on Tools Official. 34.8% of products get a Final Score of 81-90, about 28.4% get 91-100, 24.5% get 71-80, and 12.3% receive under a score of 71.
The Final Score is not perfect although we strive for it to be as accurate as possible. Here are some possible issues with the algorithm:
Please keep in mind that home tools are highly personal and what is perfect for one person may not be ideal for you. A product with a low Final Score can still be a good fit for you even though it is not for some others. Although the Final Score is a significant improvement to current rating systems out there today, we suggest taking it with a grain of salt.