Which? reveals the best guidebooks for 2014 DK Eyewitness, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and more rated

03 January 2014

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DK Eyewitness and Time Out have come out on top in a Which? survey to find the best and worst guidebook brands for your next holiday or city break.

As many of us start thinking about our holidays for the year ahead, a Which? guidebook survey reveals the best brands to accompany travellers on their next trip.

Guidebooks for 2014 holidays

DK Eyewitness and Time Out guides head the list for the best overall guidebooks with a customer score of 77%.

City guide specialists Time Out have around 40 city guides for destinations across the world and scored well for the level of detail the guides provided, as well as its layout and ease of navigation.

DK Eyewitness scores the maximum five stars for their pictures, layout and ease of navigation - the only guidebook brand to achieve five stars in these categories. DK guides are the most used by survey members and include country, region and city guides. Their guides are in the process of being re-launched, with over 60 appearing in the new format by the end of 2014.

Despite being among the most used guidebook brands in the survey, those published by well-known brands Lonely Planet and Rough Guides don’t fare quite as well.

You can see how each of the 13 guidebook brands performed in the full table of survey results – these include ratings for providing practical help, ease of navigation, level of detail, layout, maps, pictures and value for money, and feature guidebook brands Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Insight Guides, Michelin Guides, Berlitz guides and more.

Print guidebooks still number one

The new research also shows that despite the growing trend in digital books, printed guidebooks remain the number one choice when it comes to travel.  

Nine in 10 of those guidebooks bought and used in the last two years were print titles, compared to one in 10 for electronic travel books.

Ratings for guidebook brands

To produce customer scores for each guidebook brand, we asked Which? members how satisfied they were with the overall guidebook and how likely they were to recommend it to a friend.

Each guidebook was rated on ease of finding information, providing practical help for the holiday, layout of information, pictures, quality of maps and value for money.

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