How to Get Paid To Test Products at Home for Free
For years I have been testing and reviewing new products at home for cash and other rewards. It is fun and rewarding to be able to test the new products before they hit the market, give my opinions, and get paid!
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 and How to Become a Product Tester?
Companies look for consumers like us to test their new products and give our opinions before they introduce the new product 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 for this task.
To become a paid product tester:
1. First you need to sign up with market research product testing panels. Once you are a member of a market research panel, the panel will contact you (usually by email) about new product testing opportunities. If you qualify for the product test, they will send the product to your home with instructions.
2. The market research panel 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 market research 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.
- Global Test Market
I had a few very good name brand product testing opportunities with them (such as very cool household appliance), they have numerous online surveys and is my favorite online survey panel. Accept members worldwide, and 14 and older. They pay cash via check or paypal or online (such as amazon) or store gift cards.
- 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! Accept members worldwide, and 18 and older.
- Pinecone Research – US
Pinecone Research – UK Pinecone Research – Canada
Pinecone Research is a great survey panel. They have lot of product testing opportunities. I have tested a few food item products for them. They pay cash via check or Paypal and they pay really fast!
- Toluna – U.S.
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 – U.S. Panel
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.
- Ipsos – U.S. Panel Ipsos – Canada Panel
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 reasonably well.
- Valued Opinions – U.S.
Valued Opinions – 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 quite well!
- SurveySavvy Panel
I have tested several 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.
- MyView – U.S. Panel
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.
- Zoom Panel – US Panel
I have tested many products for Zoom Panel, I remember even got paid to try a Starbucks drink! They accept 18 and older.
- 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.
- Opinion Outpost – U.S.
Opinion Outpost – Canada Opinion Outpost – UK
I tested a few products with them over the years, again hope to have more product testing opportunity from them, but they are a very productive online survey panels and they pay well!
- Surveyspot – U.S.
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.
- Mindfield Online – U.S.
Mindfield Online – Canada
Mindfield Online offers quite some product testing opportunities for their members. I get a few products to test and the they pay very well!
- 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.
- Clear Voice Surveys
I have been invited for quite many product testing surveys and so far qualified and complete one product test (food items).
- In-Home Product Testing – U.S.
I have tested a couple of items for them and got paid target and/or amazon gift cards.
- JRA Consumer Opinion Research – U.S.
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 – U.S.
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 - added 2/28/14
Esearch sent out a survey “$25 Product Testing Survey Opportunity” for parents who have children in diapers and use baby wipes.
- Inspired Opinion – U.S. Panel
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.
Betabound (formerly Centercode) has many great beta testing opportunities for electronic hardware products and softwares. I have been invited a few times. Most of the time you don’t get paid for testing, but you might be able to keep the products.
- She Speaks
I personally have tested a house cleaning product for them. They are great!
- BzzAgent Panel
I have heard lot of people get to try new products offered by BzzAgent. I just signed up with them. So far I have done two “campaigns” and so far it was a great experience. I will write a detailed review for BzzAgent later. So far love BzzAgent!
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.
- 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.
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!
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!
Current Product Test Opportunities – (updated-August-26-2014)
Below I am listing current product testes that market research survey companies are offering for their members to do at home (newest at top). Please know that for some product test surveys alerts I can’t disclose the actual products name or brand, but I will give out survey numbers or email subject etc. Most of those product testings come from survey panel invites (so please make sure check your email boxes for those surveys), and others you can sign up yourself. Good luck everyone!
8-26-14: Toluna US current product test Garnier Spot Solution Roll On – 300 products available, August 25th – September 1st. Not really sure what it is, lol, but here is what it looks like:
8-20-14: Toluna US current product test Miss Diva Glam makeup kit! – 100 products available, August 4th – August 25th.
8-4-14: SurveySavvy has a new In-home Usage Test survey worth $9 – #177091
8-4-14: Toluna US current product test Miss Nude Chic makeup kit! – only 100 products available, August 4th – August 25th.
7-20-14: SurveySavvy has a new In-home Usage Test survey worth $12 – #176511
7-14-14: Toluna US current product test Adidas fresh deodorant for men! –600 products available, July 14th – July 21th.
7-11-14: SurveySavvy has an in home product test survey, it pays $7. Survey #176511.
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!