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 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!
- 1 How Does Paid Product Testing Work and How to Become a Product Tester
- 2 List of Paid Product Testing Companies/Panels
- 3 List of “Product Reward Only” Product Testing Panels
- 4 Some products I have tested before (pictures)
- 5 Current Product Test Opportunities – (Updated: November, 23th 2015)
- 6 Some Notes and Tips
- 7 Final Thoughts
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 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 for this task.
Here is how you can become a 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 and product testing panel, the panel will contact you by email about new product testing (and online survey) 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 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.
- Global Test Market
I have done many product tests for them such as food items and a very good name brand product testing opportunities with them (a very cool household appliance), 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.
- 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.
- Pinecone Research – USA (Male Only, Female registration will reopen on 1st October)
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! 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ipsos – USA 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 cash (via Paypal), amazon and other store gift cards.
- Valued Opinions – USA
Valued Opinions UK 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 cash (via visa prepaid card), amazon and other store gift cards.
- 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.
- Opinion Outpost – US
Opinion Outpost – Canada Opinion Outpost – UK
I have tested many products for them over the years. They are a very productive online survey panels and they pay cash (via Paypal) and amazon 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 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!
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 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.
- 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. 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!
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: November, 23th 2015)
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!
11-23-2015: Toluna US current weekly product testing items: Palmolive Soap Bar, 500 products available, 11/23/2015 -11/30/2015.
11-18-2015: Mindfield Online New In Home Product Test Opportunity – Study #201574709 Expected Length: 8 – 10 minutes Should you qualify for and complete all study requirements your account will be credited $2.00 within 10-14 days once the total quota has been met for this study.
11-16-2015: BetaBound: Music Sharing App Beta Opportunity
We’re looking for iOS users who listen to music via Spotify to join us for a new beta opportunity. The product we’re testing is an app designed to make it easier to share music with your friends. As such, ideal candidates for this test are Spotify music listeners who have an interest in sharing the music they hear. To learn more and apply, click the link below.
11-12-2015: BetaBound: Wireless Headset Beta Opportunity
We’re running a beta for an advanced wireless Bluetooth headset, and we’d love to have you apply. Ideal candidates for this test are professionals who frequently make mobile calls using a Bluetooth headset.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, click the link below.
11-9-2015: BetaBound: Fantasy Football Beta Opportunity
We’d like to invite you to join a beta for an online fantasy football platform. Ideal candidates for this test are football fans who live in the United States. To learn more and apply, click the link below.
11-5-2015: Mindfield Online New In Home Product Test Opportunity – Study # #201570771: Food item product test.
11-3-2015: Esearch: $25/35 Product Test Opportunity for MEN.
We have a fun product testing opportunity for 18 to 35 year olds and hope you are willing to participate.
In order to see if you qualify you will need to click the link AT THE VERY BOTTOM OF THE EMAIL and answer a short questionnaire. We will analyze all of the results and if you qualify, we will notify you in the next week, via email. NOTE we are screening for two different tests here… one is a one-week test that pays $25.00 and the other a two-week test that pays $35.00. If you qualify, you will be told which test you are participating in and what incentive is being offered.
All who qualify and complete the entire survey, will receive either $25.00 or $35.00 (paid to this email address via Paypal.com by January 20, reference DR102815-MBW).
11-2-2015: Toluna US current weekly product testing items: Small Powder Puff Créateurs de Beauté, 400 products available, 11/2/2015 -11/9/2015.
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!