Rate it! is a new website for disabled and older people to share their reviews and opinions of products, including mobility products and mainstream items.
The website features reviews written by real people who form a community of reviewers rating everything from mobility scooters to lawnmowers.
Rate it! is a pilot scheme and so is still working to build up a sizable community to ensure the reviews are an accurate reflections of the target demographic.
It is asking end-users to share product reviews, read other people’s reviews and tell others about it.
Rate it!, which is funded by Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL), said it wants to build a “a thriving community of product reviewers who can help each other to research, choose and buy the products that will work best for them”.
The site is inviting both manufacturers and retailers to submit their products to be reviewed.
Other similar and specialist websites have popped up in recent years as more and more end-users in the mobility sector and their relatives head online to research products before deciding on a purchase.
The trend means that customers are far more armed with information when they arrive at a dealer and retailers have to be prepared to offer answers.
Rate it! has been developed in partnership by the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC), Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living (LCiL) and Enabled by Design with support from the DRILL research programme funded by The Big Lottery Fund.