Claim this Profile

BestCompany.com is trying to work directly with this company to verify the accuracy of the information on this page. Thank you for your patience as we make sure we’re getting it right.

Are you a representative

of this company?

Claim this Profile

CHOW was launched in 2006 and originally began as a discussion place for those looking to find great restaurant venues. The site now features an abundance of videos, original stories, and tested recipes, as well as in-depth discussions about restaurants, cooking, and more on its Chowhound boards.

Top Ranked Companies

company logo
Allrecipes.com chevron_right
3.7
starstarstarstar_halfstar_border
(42)
company logo
Pinterest chevron_right
4.6
starstarstarstarstar_half
(14)
company logo
Food Network chevron_right
4.4
starstarstarstarstar_half
(11)

The Good

  • Recipe categories
  • Search options
  • Navigation
  • FAQ page
  • Online community

CHOW has several recipe categories to help users find exactly what they're looking for. These include Main, Dessert, Quick & Easy, DIY Projects, Soup/Salad/Sandwich, Drink, Bread, Pasta/Noodles, Breakfast/Brunch, Condiment/Sauce, Appetizer, Snack, Side Dish, and Holidays.

Users have the option of searching for recipes based on difficulty level. By using the search function in the header, users can narrow down their search results by multiple specifications, including easy, medium, and difficult recipes. Users can also enter keywords or phrases to find recipes, or click on Recipes in the top navigation to browse through all available recipes.

On CHOW's internal pages, there is a search function that allows users to find recipes by ingredient. Each of the recipes has a difficulty level. Users can click on the difficulty level on a recipe to see other recipes at the same level. Users can specify restrictions based on the following diets: vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.

CHOW is easy to navigate. The top navigation is very simple with only three options: articles, recipes, and community. Once a user selects a recipe category, they are sent to a page with multiple recipes to choose from. All of the recipe listings have images with their accompanying name that users can click on to view the recipe. Browsing recipe listings is quick and simple due to the clean layout and photos.

CHOW has an FAQ page that answers questions about the following topics: Basics, General Etiquette, Specific Posting Guidelines, For Business Owners and Insiders, For Bloggers and Journalists, Sign Up and Account Settings, and Technical Problems. Users can also visit the Contact Us page for additional company information.

The Chowhound community is a platform to meet other food enthusiasts and find answers to cooking and food questions. CHOW also offers location-specific communities, so members can connect with other members in their nearby area.

The Bad

  • Special diets
  • Website ads
  • Menu features

CHOW does not feature a main category for special diets. The only way users can find recipes based on diet is through the search function in the header of the site. Once they enter a keyword, users can specifically ask for recipes that are vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free. This may create some confusion, as many other recipe sites feature special diet recipes in the main menu or filter options.

There are ads in CHOW's sidebar, some of which are not relevant to the content on the site. Other ads on the site may be misleading because they are designed to resemble recipe listings. This may create hassle for users that click on the ads and are taken away from the site when they instead intended to select a recipe. CHOW could improve its browsing experience by more clearly separating the ads from the main content.

While CHOW's members are able to save recipes to their profile, there aren't any additional features for shopping lists or menus that sites like EatingWell offer.

The Bottom Line

CHOW is a great resource for finding new recipes or restaurants to try and connecting with other food enthusiasts. However, CHOW may not be useful for users that are seeking a site that will house and organize their recipe collections with ease. The site offers only a basic saving mechanism; users won't be able to add or organize recipes, or create menus and shopping lists.

Disclaimer

As part of our service, we attempt to partner with all the companies that we review, and may get compensated when you click or call them from our site; however, regardless of any current, past, or future financial arrangements, companies listed on Best Company cannot buy their position, nor do we manipulate or inflate a company's ranking for financial gain. A company’s ranking is based on and calculated by an objective set of ranking criteria, as well as user reviews. See our How We Rank page for more information regarding our ranking algorithm.

All user reviews posted on Best Company are subject to screening and approval. We reserve the right to approve or deny any review posted to this site in accordance with our Review Guidelines. Best Company never suppresses user reviews—unless they are being investigated for authenticity, or if they violate our review guidelines. We encourage anyone who suspects a user review to be fraudulent or intentionally inaccurate to please notify our review moderation team.


User Reviews

Star Rating

0.0
starstarstarstarstar

0 Reviews

Review Breakdown

5 star
0%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%

Sentiment Criteria

Value for your money
Quality of product or service
Customer service
Company trustworthiness
search cancel
Be the first to leave a review.