About the GPR Seal of Approval
The GPR Seal of Approval recognizes products that meet the highest standards for quality, ease of use, functionality and reliability. Only products that earn our highest rating, a “5-shovel rating,” are eligible to use the Seal of Approval.
Each year, fewer than 30% of the products we review earn the Seal of Approval.
Is my product eligible for the Seal of Approval?
The GPR Seal of Approval is given to products that meet our criteria for product quality….
GPR only evaluates hard goods. We cannot review plants, seeds, chemicals, soils, amendments or any similar items. Please see our list of appropriate products to see if yours is eligible for testing and review.
To be eligible for the Seal of Approval, a product must have gone through rigorous, hands-on testing done by a qualified GPR reviewer. You must submit your product to GPR for testing before it can be eligible for an award.
How do I submit my product for testing and review?
Please complete this form to tell us about your product. If we think it’s a good fit for our audience, we’ll let you know where to send your product. Please do NOT send any products directly to GPR without talking with us first.
How much does it cost to submit my product?
There is no fee to submit your product for testing and review, although we ask that you pay to ship the product to the appropriate reviewer.
How many of my product do I need to submit?
In most cases, we only require 1 item. However, if it’s a product that can only be used once, we ask that you provide between 3 and 7 items (we’ll work with you to determine the right number).
What if my product is really expensive? Do I still have to send it to you? Will you return it to me?
We’ve reviewed several products in the $1,000+ range. In some cases, the company has allowed our reviewer to keep the product. In other cases, the company paid to have the item shipped back to them. We’re happy to work with you to arrange for return shipping if you’d prefer that option.
What happens after I submit my product?
Our reviewer will work with the product in a typical home gardening environment for at least a month. Each reviewer works from a detailed list of questions and criteria that must be addressed as part of the review. This ensures that all products are fairly, consistently and thoroughly evaluated.
The reviewer then writes a detailed review based on their experience with the product, and gives it a rating on a 5-point scale (with a 5-shovel rating being the highest possible rating). The review is then edited and published on the GPR website.
How long will it take until I hear the results of the testing process?
Each review typically takes between 2 to 3 months to complete, depending on the time of year, complexity of the product, availability of reviewers, etc. Most reviews are published within 3 to 4 months after receiving the product.
When the review of your product is published, we’ll contact you with the details. If the review will be negative, we’ll let you know and give you a chance to respond to the review before it’s published.
How are the testers selected to review my product?
Your product is assigned to a reviewer based on their location (for example, there’s no point sending a sprinkler to a reviewer in an area with watering restrictions), gardening situation (such as property size, types of plants, gardening style), experience with similar types of products, and interests.
If my product earns a Seal of Approval, how can I access the logo and other materials?
All of the materials you’ll need to publicize your Seal of Approval can be found in the Partner Center on the GPR website. You’ll get an account on the website and can then access everything you need.
How much does it cost to use the Seal of Approval?
There is no fee to submit your product for testing and review. However, for those products that achieve the level of quality required to earn a Seal of Approval, we charge a one-time $100 fee for use of the logo, press release, and listing on the GPR website “Best of…” page.
We do not charge an extra fee for companies with multiple products that earn the Seal of Approval – the $100 fee covers all products submitted by that company.
SUBMIT A PRODUCT FOR REVIEW
Before a product can be considered for a GPR Seal of Approval, it must have gone through our rigorous testing and review process. Please complete the Product Submission form below to tell us a little bit about your product. We'll let you know what to do from there.
CLAIM YOUR SEAL OF APPROVAL
If one of your products has earned a 5-shovel rating from GPR, you're eligible to use the Seal of Approval. Simply complete your company profile and submit payment. You'll then be directed to the Partner Center to download the logo, press release and other marketing materials.