Posted: Marcus Varner | December 16, 2015

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21 Highest-Rated Companies of 2015

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2015 wasn't all good news for companies.

For all the company scandals we saw in 2015, however, there were just as many companies that stood out from the pack for their superior service and customer-pleasing products.

Every year, The Best Companys.com reviews companies and scores them according to our own research. We also invite customers to rate and leave their own reviews of the companies with which they've done business-all with the goal of giving customers a voice and informing other consumers. This year, customers awarded to companies the full range of ratings, from perfect tens to zeros, and left reviews that were at turns scathing, glowing, informative, and gut-busting.

We also noted some strong trends among of top-rated companies. In the top ten, for instance, seven companies were in the business debt relief or debt consolidation. The customer love for financial services companies continued with top scores for companies in tax relief and business loans.

Without further ado, here are the 21 top-rated companies of 2015, as rated by real customers here on The Best Companys.com, based on an average of the score we gave them and customer scores:

1. Superior Debt Relief

superior debt relief

Company Type: Debt Settlement
TBC Score: 9.2
Customer Score: 9.8
Average Score: 9.5
With over 17 years of reputation under its belt and pristine rating from the Better Business Bureau, this debt settlement company offers a five-step program designed to get clients out of debt within 12 to 36 months of enrollment. To get a customer score this high, your reviews from customers have to be nearly flawless. This review, posted by customer Pam on August 8, is just one example of this company's stunning reviews:
superior debt relief review

2. Pacific Debt Inc

pacific debt inc

Company Type: Debt Relief
TBC Score: 9.3
Customer Score: 9.6
Average Score: 9.5
It's easy to understand why so many debt relief companies are highly rated on our site. Few products or services can match the euphoria that customers feel when they have been mired in debt and finally pay it off. Without charging anything up front, Pacific Debt has been known to reduce its customers debt by an average of 17% to 20%, usually within two to four years of enrolling with them.

Yvonne Imlay's customer reviews, posted on November 9, was particularly memorable:
pacific debt inc review

3. Shopify

shopify

Company Type: Ecommerce
TBC Score: 8.8
Customer Score: 10.0
Average Score: 9.4
Our first non-debt relief company on our list provides e-commerce tools to websites, boasting over 160,000 online stores and $8 billion in products under its belt. It's praised especially for its large number of templates and easily customizable products and plans. Customers also went wild for Shopify's mobile compatibility and fraud protection tools.

4. Accredited Debt Relief

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Company Type: Debt Relief
TBC Score: 9.0
Customer Score: 9.8
Average Score: 9.4
This company assesses consumers' debt situations and then refers to the best debt settlement company for their needs. Customers don't have to pay a dime until negotiators have officially resolved their debt, which explains their stellar customer scores. Customers were especially pleased with the company's customer service, as seen in this review from Kelly Thomas:
accredited debt relief review

5. ClearOne Advantage

ClearOne Advantage

Company Type: Debt Settlement
TBC Score: 9.0
Customer Score: 9.8
Average Score: 9.4
Yet another highly rated debt settlement company. In addition to the typical debt settlement services, ClearOne makes the process easier by providing electronic reviews and consultants to guide customers through the often overwhelming debt settlement process. Said customer Suzanne in her February 18 review:
clearone advantage review

6. DebtWave Credit Counseling

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Company Type: Debt Consolidation
TBC Score: 8.8
Customer Score: 9.7
Average Score: 9.3
This San Diego-based debt consolidation company is designed to get customers credit card debt-free in three to five years, but they offer a unique approach to the process, focusing as much on credit and financial education as much as on advocacy. They even refer to their customers as "graduates" to emphasize this focus.

If you want to see how this works for actual customers, look no further than this review by Terry:
debtwave credit counseling review

7. Direct Relief

direct relief

Company Type: Charity
TBC Score: 8.4
Customer Score: 10.0
Average Score: 9.2
If there is a major disaster in the world, there is a good chance that Direct Relief is involved in providing relief to those affected by it. Not only is Direct Relief the highest rated charity by The Best Companys.com, it's effectiveness is also echoed by its patrons.
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8. The Credit People

the credit people

Company Type: Credit Repair
TBC Score: 8.9
Customer Score: 9.4
Average Score: 9.2
For those consumers whose credit has been damaged by no fault of their own, no company was more highly rated this year than The Credit People. They're noted for being both quick-they start on most customers' cases within 48 hours-and convenient-they provide an online account for you to follow their progress and reports from all three of the credit bureaus for free.

This review from customer Kim Hawk is a common refrain:
the credit people review

9. Groupon

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Company Type: Deal Site
TBC Score: 8.3
Customer Score: 10.0
Average Score: 9.2
This leading deal site continues to delight customers with impossible-to-pass-up bargains and "no hassle" problem resolution when purchases fall through. On July 2, Groupon customer Emily Simard logged this ecstatic review on our site:
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10. Consolidated Credit

consolidated credit review

Company Type: Debt Consolidation
TBC Score: 9.1
Customer Score: 9.2
Average Score: 9.2
This credit consolidation company earned top marks from customers for both their long-term dedication to their customers and their loyalty to their employees. Customer Charlean Mullikin had this to say:
consolidated credit review

11. myFICO

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Company Type: Credit Monitoring
TBC Score: 8.2
Customer Score: 10.0
Average Score: 9.1

12. StopIRSDebt.com

stopirsdebt.com

Company Type: Debt Tax Debt Relief
TBC Score: 8.7
Customer Score: 9.5
Average Score: 9.1

13. Tax Defense Network

tax defense network

Company Type: Tax Debt Relief
TBC Score: 9.2
Customer Score: 8.9
Average Score: 9.1

14. Protect America

protect america

Company Type: Home Security
TBC Score: 9.4
Customer Score: 8.7
Average Score: 9.1

15. Sky Blue Credit Repair

sky blue credit repair

Company Type: Credit Relief
TBC Score: 8.7
Customer Score: 9.3
Average Score: 9.0

16. Freedom Debt Relief

freedom debt relief

Company Type: Debt Relief
TBC Score: 9.5
Customer Score: 8.5
Average Score: 9.0

17. Bethany Christian Services

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Company Type: Adoption
TBC Score: 8.0
Customer Score: 10.0
Average Score: 9.0

18. Chewy

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Company Type: Pet Stores
TBC Score: 8.1
Customer Score: 9.8
Average Score: 9.0

19. Optima Tax Relief

optima tax relief

Company Type: Tax Debt Relief
TBC Score: 9.0
Customer Score: 8.8
Average Score: 8.9

20. CAN Capital

can capital

Company Type: Business Loans
TBC Score: 8.1
Customer Score: 9.7
Average Score: 8.9

21. LegalShield

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Company Type: Online Legal Services
TBC Score: 8.2
Customer Score: 9.5
Average Score: 8.9

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Written by Marcus Varner

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