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What We Do

Our mission remains the same as it was in 1974...

Provide consumers with detailed quality and price ratings on local service providers and healthcare professionals, and remain independent from the businesses we report on.

Through Consumers’ Checkbook magazine and Checkbook.org, you can count on us to help you find the best service—and avoid the worst.

Our community is comprised of thousands of loyal members who regularly contribute personal reviews of local businesses. These reliable, first-hand accounts help consumers avoid the frustration of dealing with shoddy service.

32,504

businesses rated in the Washington DC area

386,502

total ratings in the Washington DC area

Not only that, our dedicated staff publish unbiased consumer advice and thousands of hours of undercover price shopping. These apples-to-apples comparisons on everything from roofing and plumbing jobs to dental crowns to grocery store prices are designed to arm consumers with the knowledge they need to get the most for their hard-earned dollars.

2,204

undercover calls each year in the Washington DC area

14,925

prices collected each year in the Washington DC area

Together, our staff and our community create a unique, nonprofit organization that empowers consumers to save money and make smarter choices.

Areas we serve

Checkbook staff and members evaluate the quality and prices of local services, from auto repair shops to doctors to plumbers to vets to window installers, and everything in between. Findings are reported online and in regional magazines in the Washington D.C. Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis – St. Paul, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle metro areas.

Map of Checkbook Markets

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Top Doctors

Our database on physician quality provides the names of physicians who were most often recommended by their peers and patient ratings of primary care physicians.

Top Hospitals

A stay at even the best hospitals poses significant risks of death, infections, and other mishaps. Our ratings of more than 4,800 U.S. acute-care hospitals, and our advice on how to get the best possible care, will help you decide where to go.

Health Plan Comparison Tools

We create tools that compare cost, provider participation, and quality of health care plans. This includes analysis of actuarial cost comparisons that show the user what their likely out-of-pocket medical expenses will be in available plans to aid consumers in choosing a plan that best fits their needs. Our tools are available to federal employees and several state marketplaces.

Who we are.

About Us

From auto repair shops to doctors to plumbers to vets, you can count on us to help you find the best service—and avoid the worst.

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Who we are.

Our History

For more than 40 years, Checkbook has been an innovator in providing quality and price information to help consumers make smarter choices.

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Wy we're unique

Why We're Unique

Checkbook was created by consumers, for consumers. We are nonprofit and accept no advertising - unlike many other ratings websites.

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We aren't loyal to businesses, we're loyal to you.

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Easily find ratings, reviews, and advice on local service providers.

nonprofit

Checkbook is nonprofit, independent, and provides unbiased information.

no ads

We don't run ads or take referral fees from businesses that we rate.