For years I have been testing and reviewing new products at home for extra money. It is fun and rewarding to be able to get paid cash or other rewards for trying out new products and giving my opinion before they hit the market!
Like paid surveys, product testing is always free for consumers, and it’s a great way to make extra money!
How Does Paid Product Testing Work
Top name brand companies look for consumers like us to test their new products and give our opinions before they introduce the new products into the market. Since the consumer feedback is so important they’re willing to pay for our time and opinions. Usually they hire a market research company to help them perform for this task, therefore in order to get paid to test and review new products as a consumer, you need to get connected to the market research companies by signing up their product testing research survey panels.
How to Become a Paid Product Tester
Here is the detailed instructions on how you can become a paid product tester:
1. First you need to sign up with market research survey & product testing panels (“The Panels”) – see my lists below and this is where you will find most product testing opportunities or jobs.
You will need to provide your basic demographic information. I suggest you create a separate email address for this purpose. Also some panels require you have a physical address (not a PO box) so they will be able to mail/send the product to you to test.
Once you are a member of a survey/product testing panel, the panel will contact you by email about new product testing (and online surveys) opportunities. You will need to respond to the email by taking the qualifying survey/screener. If you qualify for the product test, they will send the product (usually full size products) to your home with instructions.
2. The Panels gives you a period of time (usually from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, sometimes longer) to test the products. After the testing period is over, they will send you an online survey/questionnaire that you need to answer about the product you tested. The survey is very important to the company/manufacture because they need consumer feedback on the new product to make marketing and other business decisions.
3. Once you complete the online survey questionnaire about the new product, the panel will record your participation and reward which you can get paid right away or you can cash out later. 99% of the time you also get to keep the product you tested.
List of Paid Product Testing Companies/Panels
Below is a list of the paid product testing/survey panels that have offered me (or my husband and my kids) opportunities to try out new products and give our reviews/opinions. Majority of them have paid us for our time, and ones haven’t are those have sent me invites but I haven’t yet qualify. Click the links to join the panels, fill out your profile and confirm your membership.
I have done many product tests for them and one was a very good name brand household appliance product test. They have numerous online surveys and is one of my favorite panels. Accept members worldwide, and 14 and older. They pay cash via check or paypal or online (such as amazon) or store gift cards.
- Pinecone Research – USA – Male Only
Pinecone Research – USA – 18 – 24 years old Only
Pinecone Research – UK
Pinecone Research – Canada
Pinecone Research is a great survey panel. They have lot of product testing opportunities. I have tested mainly food item products for them. They pay cash via check or Paypal or amazon/store gift cards and they pay really fast! You need to fill out the “profile survey” which will be sent to you shortly after you fill out the sign up form, otherwise you will not be accepted into the panel.
- iPoll (SurveyHead)
iPoll offers TONS of online surveys for their panel members, including many product testing opportunities. I have tested quite a few products for them such as beauty or personal care products and they pay very well! You get $5 just for signing up! Accept members worldwide, and 13 and older.
- Opinion Outpost – USA
Opinion Outpost – Canada Opinion Outpost – UK
I have tested many products for them over the years. They are a top rated and a very productive online survey panel and they pay cash (via Paypal) and amazon gift cards, and pay very fast! Accept 13 and older.
- Toluna – USA
Toluna – Canada Toluna – UK Toluna – Australia
Toluna offers the most product testing among all the survey companies I have joined. I have tested various items for them from food to clothing. They also pay really well! They also accept teens 13 and older. They pay cash via Paypal or tango cards.
- MySurvey – USA
MySurvey – Canada MySurvey – UK MySurvey – Australia
I have had many products to test with them and they pay quite well. I got baby items (baby diapers, powder, creams etc.), household items, beauty items and food items from them. MySurvey was bought by Lightspeed Research a couple of years ago and Lightspeed Research is one of my favorite survey panels which I have tested many products for and got paid very well. Pay cash (via cash or paypal), amazon, iTunes and other store gift cards.
- Surveyspot – USA
Surveyspot remains one of my favorites because they have many product testing opportunities. I have got many products to test for them and they pay really well. Many items I tested are food items. They only open to United States. They pay cash via Paypal.
- Ipsos – USA
Ipsos – Canada Ipsos – UK
Ipsos i-say is a great market research panel if you like to test products and get paid. I have test many products for them from beauty products to food items. They pay cash (via Paypal), amazon and other store gift cards.
- Valued Opinions – USA
Valued Opinions UK VO Canada (Web Perspective) Valued Opinions – Australia
Valued Opinions offers panel members wide variety of surveys, as well as products to test. I have tested quite some for them from food items to household items. They pay cash (via visa prepaid card), amazon and other store gift cards.
- SurveySavvy Panel
I have tested several great products for SurveySavvy over the years, not as many as I hoped for but they paid me very well. They accept members worldwide, and 13 and older. They pay cash via check.
- MyView – USA
I have tested a couple of products for them. One of them I was invited to a focus group for the follow up product evaluation! MyView has lot of online surveys and product testing surveys are usually high paying. They pay cash(via visa prepaid cards), amazon,itunes and stores gift cards. Open to 13+ years old.
- Focus Forward – US
I have received many product test invites from them, unfortunately hasn’t qualify yet. I love Focus Forward they have so many online and telephone focus groups! They pay cash by check, accept 18 years and older.
- Mindfield Online – USA
Mindfield Online – Canada
Mindfield Online offers many online surveys and product testing opportunities for their members. I have tested quite some new products for them and they pay cash (via Paypal) and amazon gift cards.
- American Consumer Opinion Panel
I have tested many products for them such as personal care products, children’s DVDs etc. They pay well and is a great company to work with. They accept members worldwide and minimum age to join is 13 years old.
- MySoapBox – USA
I have received great product testing surveys with great rewards. You earn points and cash points for amazon or store gift cards.They allow teens age 13 and up to join.
- Nielsen Homescan Consumer Panel
For this panel, members receive a free screener for scanning household purchases and you get rewarded for it with cool prizes you can choose from their reward catalog such as electronics.
- Product Report Card – USA
I have received several good product testing (such as baby products) surveys invites. New members get $5.00 sign up bonus. Must be at least 13 years old to join. They pay amazon and prepaid visa cash card.
- Zoom Panel – USA Panel
I have tested many products for Zoom Panel, I remember even got paid to try a Starbucks drink test! They accept 18 and older. They pay amazon gift cards.
- MyOpinionNow – USA
I have test quite many products for MyOpininNow, mainly household laundry products. They pay cash via check, accept 13 and older.
- Clear Voice Surveys
I have been invited for quite many product testing surveys and so far qualified and completed a few product tests such as food item and personal care product testings. They pay cash (via visa prepaid cards) and amazon gift cards. Open to 13+ years old.
- In-Home Product Testing – USA
They have a few product testing a year and so far I have tested a couple of items for them and got paid target and/or amazon gift cards.
- JRA Consumer Opinion Research – USA
I have tested only once for them I think. It was a food product and they paid me $50 for trying it out for two weeks. Hope to get more opportunity from them!
- Baker Solutions – USA
I have got a few products to test with them, mainly personal care products. I remember my husband even did once (shaving item) and got paid $40. He was delighted and surprised!
- ESearch – USA
Esearch has some very good/high paying product testing surveys. For examples they just sent out a survey “$25 Product Testing Survey Opportunity” for parents who have children in diapers and use baby wipes.
- J&J Friends & Neighbors – USA
Consumer Panel for Johnson & Johnson. Personally I have tested personal care products for them and got paid cash!
- Inspired Opinion – U.S. Panel
They have many focus groups and product testing surveys. I have received a few product testing invites but so far haven’t qualify yet.
List of “Product Reward Only” Product Testing Panels
There are some product testing opportunities where your don’t get paid cash or gift cards, but you do get to keep the products – this is what I call “Product Reward Only” product testing. For this kind of product testing, you are still getting paid/rewarded with the free products.
Below are those companies that send you different free items to try and you get to keep the products. I personally don’t have much experience with them, but I am going to start using them. I have heard lot of good feedback from other product testers and I think they do worth your effort.
Some of those companies/panels are directly from big name manufactures/brands, others are more like a special product testing community for the brands and advertisers, they allow or even encourage members to share those products on social media and blogs etc.
- She Speaks
I personally have tested a house cleaning product for them. They are great!
- BzzAgent Panel
BzzAgent is a panel where members can sign up various “campaigns” to test name brand product samples and give opinions and feedback. I have heard lot of people get to try new products offered by BzzAgent. I have done a few “campaigns” and it was a great experience. Make sure you sign up with MyPoints because every time you review product at the end of a campaign you will earn points that can be deposited into your MyPoints account (you need to connect your Mypoints account with your BzzAgent account) and points inMyPoints account can be redeemed for cash or gift cards. I will write a detailed review for BzzAgent later. So far love BzzAgent!
Betabound (formerly Centercode) has many great beta testing opportunities for electronic and computer products, softwares, apps, games and websites. I have been invited a few times to test wireless mouse, keyboard, smart phones (android phones), apps and websites.
Similey360 is another online community where members get to test name brand new products and receive to try product samples. I just signed up with them after hearing positive experience from the members of Smiley360. I have not qualified to test anything yet, but I am hopeful I will soon.
You sign up with Swaggable and tell them which products and categories you are interested in. and they will find and send you free samples to try based on your preference. Once you try and products you are required to write a review. This sounds a fun site and I am going to try it out myself and review it later.
PinchMe is also a community/panel for members to try and evaluate various name brand product samples. I just signed up with them and have not get to test anything, yet, but I do many good feedback about PinchMe.
- L’Oreal Product Testing
Participate in product tests for L’Oreal. I haven’t signed up with them, because I don’t use their products and don’t plan to use. But I have heard many other happy testers for L’Oreal!
- New Balance Weartest
If you are then selected as a Wear Test candidate, all you have to do is to wear prototype products, test these products based on comfort, durability, and performance and provide your feedback about the new products. To apply to be a tester, click the link at the top “Become a Tester”. They accept both Adult applications and Kids application.
- NIKE Testing
This is the program for consumers to test NIKE products and provide feedback. You can apply to test Footwear (as adult or kids 13 years old and under) or Apparel.
- Nintendo Game Tester
This is a video game tester job testing Nintendo Video games. All positions are located in Redmond, Washington.
- Microsoft Playtest
Sign up to test Microsoft new games, give you opinion and get a free Microsoft software as reward!
I will continue to work on these two lists by adding new product testing companies whenever I find one, so please bookmark this page and check back often!
Paid Clinical Research Trials
Do you know you can get paid to participate in clinical research studies and get compensation up to $1000 for sharing your thoughts and opinions? Yes it’s true and there is absolutely no cost to you. You will get paid for your time and in some cases travels to the research facility.
Following are the current clinical trials openings (you must have one of the conditions to sign up, live in US and at least 18 years old):
Clinical Trial: Back Pain
About 31M people in the U.S. have chronic back pain, Back Pain accounts for 27% of all chronic pain. Low back pain is the most common cause of missed work and job-related disability.
Clinical Trial: Arthritis
One in five US adults have been diagnosed with a form of arthritis (self-reported), OA is the most common form of arthritis, OA is a progressive disease, no cure exists.
Clinical Trial: Migraine
Unknown but recently reported that about 27.9 million patients in the US have Migraine with a female to male ratio of 3 to 1. Migraine is a headache disorder, characterized by severe, throbbing, often one-sided pain.
Clinical Trial: Psoriasis
Unknown but recently reported that about 6 million patients in the US have Psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic relapsing, inflammatory skin disorder.
Clinical Trial: Rheumatoid Arthritis
RA is an autoimmune disease that attacks the lining of the joints, causes intense pain, swelling, redness, and stiffness in joints. About 1.3 million people in the U.S. have RA. Women are up to 3x more likely to have RA than men.
Some products I have tested before (pictures)
Those are the free products I bought (with coupons) to test at home for Bzzagent Kroger Home Sense campaign. I got all these stuff for free plus coupons for the same products. I think these products total worth about $20.
This is a recent product test for a survey panel (one of the paid survey/product testing panels, sorry can’t disclose which panel). Trix cereal. My kids love those!
This is a laundry product test I did for one of the paid survey/product testing panels last year. Love the product!
Some Notes and Tips
1. Response to product testing surveys screeners as quickly as possible. This is because product testing opportunities usually come with good/high paying incentive, therefore these opportunities are very popular and quota fills quickly.
2. If you are selected for a product testing, make sure to read and follow direction very carefully. Generally the instruction comes with the product sent to you (although sometime it was sent via email as well), and you can find detailed information about the product test including panel project manager’s name and contact information in case you have any questions.
3. You will notice that you will receive many survey invitation emails from the market research panels, some emails clearly indicate that the surveys/projects involve testing products – of course you want to response to those obvious ones first. For others surveys invites that don’t mention survey topics, based on my experience, sometimes those very short surveys could lead to product tests, and many times those product test screeners only offer sweepstakes as reward.
I really enjoy testing products for various companies and getting paid for it! I have to say, the product testing experience really makes me continue to be interested and engaged in the market research online survey opportunities, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!