Rachel Dunkel

Rachel Dunkel

The Spruce

Rachel Dunkel is a freelance writer and editor with four years of experience covering commerce and trends. She was previously the Lead Product Review Editor at BuzzFeed and is a still a regular contributor there, as well as at InStyle, Food52, Bustle, The Zoe Report, and Encyclopedia Britannica Reviews. She also blogs on her site Required Output.


  • Rachel has been a contributor to The Spruce since January 2023.
  • Her work has appeared on InStyle, BuzzFeed, Food 52, Encyclopedia Britannica Reviews, Mic, The Zoe Report, Inverse, The Quality Edit, Bustle, Elite Daily, and more.
  • Rachel holds a Bachelor's Degree in Literature from The University of North Carolina at Asheville.


A generalist, Rachel has experience in covering and reviewing a wide variety of products in all kinds of coverage areas from home decor and organization to fashion to the latest in outdoor gear. Her love of bold decor, handmade items, and a well-organized kitchen greatly influences her work in the home space at The Spruce and elsewhere. Conversely, she's constantly trying new outdoor gear, getting her backpacking setup to the lowest weight possible in preparation for her next long-distance trip and chronicling her setup at BuzzFeed and on her blog Required Output.

She also contributes entertainment content to BuzzFeed, recommends her favorite streaming movies and shows, and blogs at Encyclopedia Britannica Reviews about anything and everything — think how to get started rock climbing or how to make your own clothes.

Favorite Review:

— I love recommending items that make life feel a little simpler, and it's a lovely bonus when they're also cool. These shorts made putting together the perfect summer fit easy, fun, and comfortable for me, and I was happy to pass along the recommendation to readers.


Rachel holds Bachelor's Degree in Literature from The University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Education: The University of North Carolina at Asheville
Location: Detroit, MI
Title: Contributor

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