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, my husband or my kids opportunities to try out new products and give our reviews and 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, make sure 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.
- 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.
- Pinecone Research – USA
Pinecone Research – UK Pinecone Research – Canada Pinecone Research – Germany
Pinecone Research is the top product testing survey panel. Almost every survey is about a new product! I have tested mainly food item products for them. You must be at least 18 to join and they only allow one member per household. 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. Read my detailed Pinecone Research review here.
- 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.
- Springboard America – USA
Springboard America is great survey panel. Members have opportunists for product tests, online surveys and focus groups. I have tested household items for them a couple of time. They pay cash through Paypal. 14+.
- 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.
- Clear Voice Surveys
I have been invited for quite many product testing surveys and so far qualified and completed a few product tests (food item and personal care products) that pay really well! They pay cash (via visa prepaid cards) and amazon gift cards. Open to 13+ years old.
- Mindfield Online – USA
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.
- Opinion Plus
Opinion Plus reward members points (points can be redeemed for cash) for completing online surveys and testing new products at home. Payment are paid through Paypal. Open 13+ years and older and United States residents only.
- 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.
- OneOpinion- US
Members earn points for completing surveys and testing products and can trade in points for Amazon and other gift cards, as well as Visa Prepaid debt cash cards. Minimum age 13 years old 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.
Online survey panel powered GFK, a leading market research company in North America. Members earn points for completing online surveys and testing new products, and points can be redeemed for various prizes and gifts. Must be 18 years to join.
- Product Report Card – USA
They offer online surveys, product testing and focus groups for members. New members get $5.00 sign up bonus. I have received several good product testing (such as baby products) surveys invites. Must be at least 13 years old to join. They pay amazon and prepaid visa cash card.
- Valued Opinions – USA
Valued Opinions – Canada Valued Opinions – UK
Owned by Research Now Ltd, Valued Opinions rewards members cash and amazon gift cards for online surveys and product testings. I have one a few product tests for them mainly household and personal care items.
- E-Poll – USA
They mainly have surveys on the entertainment industry and as a result I have “tested” (previewed) TV programs/shows on DVDs they sent me. You earn points redeemable for Cash paid via Paypal. Paypal minimum cash out is $5. U. S. Only , 13+
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.
- American Consumer Opinion Panel
I have tested products for them such as personal care products, children’s DVDs etc. Minimum age to join is 13 years old and accept members in US, Canada, UK and Germany.
- MyOpinionNow – USA
Members earn points for taking surveys and testing products. I have test quite many products for MyOpininNow, mainly household laundry products. They pay cash via check, accept 13 and older.
Members get paid cash (via check) or amazon gift cards for completing online surveys and testing new products. Get 50 points even if you disqualify for a survey. Minimum cash out thread $10. Open to 13+.
You earn points for surveys and product tests, points convert to cash (paid via cash prepaid card), amazon and popular store gift cards or prize. Minimum age requirement 14 years old.
- MySoapBox – USA
Members make money by taking part in online surveys, product testing and focus groups. You earn points and cash out points for amazon or store gift cards. I have received great product testing surveys with great rewards. They allow teens age 13 and up to join.
- Survey Downline
Online survey panel by Precision Sample, LLC. Members get paid cash (via Paypal) for taking surveys and testing products. Minimum cash out $20. Must be 13 or older to join. Survey Downline has many surveys and pay in a very timely manner.
Members earn points for taking online surveys and testing products. (You get 5 points if don’t qualify). Points can redeemed for cash via Paypal, amazon and other popular store gift cards such as Walmart, Target, Macys etc. They also have paid emails. Very reliable site.18+
- 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
They don’t send surveys often but 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!