What Makes Idaho’s Best the Best?

No other “best of” contest cares about getting it right as much as Idaho’s Best does, period. What sets Idaho’s Best apart is our relentless aim to find and recognize the very best companies and places that Idaho has to offer.
We’re able to find the best because we do it differently:
» No pay to play — participation is free.
» You choose the nominees; we don’t.
» Online reviews help determine the winners.

Gone are the days of the glorified popularity contest that allows companies to win with an endless supply of duplicate votes provided by employees. With Idaho’s Best, tricksters are unable to manipulate the results!


Did you know? To reduce errors, we have implemented the following:
#1: Text Message Registration
To reduce duplicates, our voting software utilizes text message verification. This security feature is a great boon to maintaining the integrity of your vote.
#2: BBB Partnership
Could a company truly be named the “best” if they’ve lost their accreditation with the Better Business Bureau? No, and neither should companies with negative BBB ratings.
Thanks to our local BBB office, which provided access to its expansive company data, we were able to filter out those that came up short.


There are three stages to Idaho’s Best, all of which may increase a contestant’s chances of winning:

January 2 – January 13, 2023 — We launched by opening up the nominations to anyone living in the Idaho. Word spread quickly and in just 11 days we saw many more nominations than last year pour in from all over Idaho.
February 20 – March 8, 2023 — After determining the top nominees in each category, we opened up the voting round with our software.
Nominees didn’t mess around either. Many got the word out to their customers on social media. Some hung banners and window clings to attract the vote. In the end, we came away with the top three finalists in each category.
March 9, 2022 to March 8, 2023 — In reality, the contest started before it even started! We counted the reviews and ratings for each finalist from the previous twelve calendar months.
Announcing the Winners
April 18 and 19, 2023 — Once all the data was in, we added the vote total to the review score for each finalist. This final score determined the winners.
Winners were announced at our awards ceremony in Boise. We had such a wonderful time, and really enjoyed getting the chance to meet so many of you. Thank you!