How to Get Paid To Test Products at Home for Free

by Mei Lynn last updated on July 22, 2014 29 comments

paid-product-testsFor 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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. Clear Voice Surveys
    I have been invited for quite many product testing surveys and so far qualified and complete one product test (food items).
  17. In-Home Product Testing – U.S.
    I have tested a couple of items for them and got paid target and/or amazon gift cards.
  18. 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!
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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.

  1. Betabound
    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.
  2. She Speaks
    I personally have tested a house cleaning product for them. They are great!
  3. 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!
  4. Smiley360
    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.
  5. 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)

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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.

Product-Test-Trix-cereal

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!

Laundry-Product-test

This is a laundry product test I did for one of the paid survey/product testing panels last year. Love the product!

printer-Product-test

This is a brand name all-in-one printer I tested a few years ago for one of the paid survey/product testing panels. I am still using it mainly for scanning documents and pictures.

coffee-maker-Product-Testing

This is a brand name coffee maker test I did last year for one of the paid survey/product testing panels.


Current Product Test Opportunities – (updated-July-20-2014)

Below I am listing current product testes companies are offering for members to do at home (newest at top). Please also check my comments below for some product test surveys alerts (which I can’t disclose the actual products if I know but I will give out survey numbers or email subject etc). Some of those product testings come from survey panel invites (so please make sure check your email boxes for those surveys), and some you can sign up yourself.  Good luck everyone!

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.

6-30-14: Toluna US  current product test  Spiderman toothbrush with Key chain!500 products available,  June 30th – July 7th. I signed up for this, hope to get picked, my kids will love this!

6-9-14: Toluna US  current product test  L’Oreal duo nail varnish500 products available,  June 9th – June 16th. I signed up for this.

6-2-14: Toluna US  current product test  Vlady’s Childrens Plasters 500 products available,  June 2nd – June 9th (one week).

 


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!

Have you ever tested products at home ? Please share your experience! And feel free to comment and ask questions!!!

29 Comments

  1. Mei Lynn says:

    OnlineBeta is now Betabound.

  2. Mei Lynn says:

    SurveySavvy currently has a high paying in-home product testing survey, unfortunately it was already close when I tried to take the survey. Here is the email I received:

    SurveySavvy invites you to share your opinions in an important new product placement in-home usage test (IHUT). This study requires you to use the specified product in your home for a duration of time.

    If you qualify and complete all phases of this study, your SurveySavvy account will be credited $21 within two to six weeks. As always, your responses will be kept confidential, and they will be used for research purposes only.

    Estimated length of survey: 10 minutes
    Incentive: $21

    Use the link below to get started:

  3. Mei Lynn says:

    Just qualified for a product tests for Ipsos i-Say!

  4. Mei Lynn says:

    Received an email from GlobalTestMarket, a very good product testing survey, unfortunately I didn’t qualify or maybe it’s too late!

    Survey Number: 290387

    And here is the email subject and detail:

    We are looking for candidates for a very special product use test project!

    Hi Mei,

    By taking this questionnaire you will be seeing if you qualify for this product use test. If you complete the questionnaire and then complete the product use test, you will receive an incentive of 1,200 MarketPoints as a token of our thanks! There will also be opportunities to earn even more MarketPoints on top of that!

    Please click the link below to begin the questionnaire and find out more.

  5. Alexandria Grant says:

    would like to become a tester at home.

    • Mei Lynn says:

      Hi Alexandria,

      To become a product tester at home, please sign up with those product testing panels I listed in this article. Once you joined those panels, they will email you the product testing and online survey invites.

      I am going to update this article adding some tips on how to qualify for product testings… I will also upload some pictures of the products I have tested before.

      So please make sure to check back this article later and at the mean time sign up with those market research product testing panels.

      Thanks for visiting and good luck!

  6. Mei Lynn says:

    Just scored a product test from Surveyspot, plus 75 points! Short survey (10 minutes) leads to a product testing!

  7. AL Frainey says:

    I don’t know you very well as a person or anything, lol! I’m so sorry to bother you and I am extremely grateful for to actually reading this— Honest to GOD my mother lost her job about 3 1/2 months ago and I absolutely need to man up for her. I don’t want to see her worry our cry! I best mine as wee get to the point lol- instead bugging you!
    I was really just wondering if you can send me in the right way—- I really wanted to do the product testing-
    I’m amazing with my hands n I put a few years in community coll.
    Yet I can’t be gone all day! Thank you so much for you time and if u could poss
    Think of anything best I could do! I’m kinda looking up to u for advice “like a mentor”! U know ?! Please get back to me n God bless u
    Thanks again my name is AL email-hargrave.Stacey@yahoo.com

    • mlynn says:

      Hi AL,

      Thanks for visiting my blog.

      To get started with paid product tests, just sign up the market research panels I listed in this article. You will start receiving survey and product test invitations.

      Hope it help and let me know if you have more questions.

  8. mlynn says:

    Just qualified a food product testing from Toluna! :)

  9. JD says:

    Surprised you do not have PineCone Research on this list. One of the highest rated survey companies on many sites. From time to time you do get products to test. Their membership opens for new members every so often.

    • mlynn says:

      Thanks for your comment JD. You are right Pinecone is one of good ones but since they don’t accept new members all the time so I have to remove them from the list from time to time and sometimes I do forget to put them back. :) I do 2-3 surveys a month for them and as best I can remember I only have done 2-3 product testings for them over the 8-9 years with them.

    • JD says:

      I guess how many you do depends on your demographics. I have been with them for only 2 years I think and have done 4 product tests in that time that I remember.

    • mlynn says:

      Speaking of Pinecone I just got a product to test! It’s been a while!

    • mlynn says:

      Added Pinecone to the list. Thanks JD!

  10. mlynn says:

    Check out my new post for SELF beauty tester opp:
    http://mysurvey123.com/self-beauty-tester/

  11. mlynn says:

    I finally qualified for an in-home product testing for Clear Voice Survey! Earned $.5 for the screener, plus will get paid $2 for trying the food item!

  12. mlynn says:

    Do you have a 0-2 years old? If yes, Toluna currently has a product testing opportunity: Colgate Smiles Toothbrush for 0-2 years.

    If you are chosen, the product to test will be sent to the address given in your personal area. We therefore kindly ask you to check (and update if necessary) your address in your Personal Area.

    Please note that there are a limited number of products available.

  13. mlynn says:

    Also, got into bzzAgent’s first campaign – Kroger Home Sense campaign, I am excited! Can’t wait.

    • mlynn says:

      Got the kit last Friday! Will shop soon using the coupons get free products to use/test!

    • mlynn says:

      Got two FREE items using two coupons in the kit (total value around $7). Will do more shopping in a couple of days to get the other three. Will review later once use them.

  14. mlynn says:

    Also received a survey invite from JRA Consumer Opinion, thought it was a product test, turns out not – finished the survey , didn’t earn anything but a sweepstakes entry. Survey was short and interesting though.

  15. mlynn says:

    I received a paid product test invite from data intelligence today.

    “We are looking for females to voice their opinion in this home use test study for personal products.

    If fully completed, respondents will be eligible to receive a $5.00 online gift card.”

    Unfortunate didn’t qualify, got very close!

  16. mlynn says:

    I am testing three items at home right now! I might have a little problem since I don’t know who I am testing for one of the products! Lol.

  17. edel says:

    Realmente he realizado cientos de encuestas en linea, Ejemplos . eque no pagan son: Pandaresearsh. vindaleresearsh y otras muchas, ahora tengo una cuenta de mas de 500.00 dolares con shoppingjob, he enviado correo electronico y cartas y no responden nada solo les pido que me paguen las encuestas del 2011 y 2012, y todo es un silencio sepulcral.

    • mlynn says:

      Hi, Panda Research and Vindale Research are not legit market research companies. They make you pay to try and test products, stay away from them.

  18. mlynn says:

    I have removed the garbonline.com from the list – one of my email subscribers contacted me regarding the problem signing up, also the panel manger’s email isn’t working either. Last time I heard from them was a few months ago, it is possible that they are inactive currently… I will add it back once I hear from them again

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