If you’re a fan of review blogs, you’re probably amazed and a bit jealous of the sheer number of products these bloggers get to use, review, and even keep. While companies automatically send out new products to big-shot bloggers, here’s good news for non-bloggers out there: this isn’t the only way to get paid to test products.
Unboxing videos on YouTube, for example, are a hit because people are smart buyers now and want to check out if the item they want to buy is worth the money or not.
This is a legitimate gig called product testing, which earns the tester either cash, gift certificates, or the actual products to test.
Companies do this as part of their market research, often before launching a product completely into the market.
With paid product testing, companies receive much-needed feedback.
Depending on whether the feedback is mostly good or bad, this helps them make a decision: to go ahead and do a full launch of the product, scale back production, or improve the product first before launch.
I’ve broken down this list of product testing opportunities into two categories:
- 23 Market Research Firms: These are research companies that will pay you to work with a number of different brands to try new things
- 12 Companies Offering Free Products: These are big-name companies that give you their products in exchange for answering questions
If you want to maximize your earnings, sign up for as many of these companies as you can.
Join these 23 Product Testing Websites
Only a few companies advertise product testing opportunities. Instead, companies prefer to let market research firms handle the entire process (from finding testers to recording results) for them.
These 23 tried-and-tested product testing websites are the online counterpart to market research firms:
Daily Goodie Box is a relatively new site making big splashes in the scene.
They will send you giant boxes of free stuff and all you have to do is let them know what you think!
You will be working with big companies directly to help them improve their product offerings.
Just fill out their application here, answer a few questions, and start getting tons of free stuff in the mail.
This Paris-based company helps brands that require buzz for their products reach influencers across the world to test products.
Anyone can register a free Toluna account, but you have to apply to test products before you can actually participate.
If you are chosen to test the product, you’ll receive the item/s and complete the job by answering the survey included in the assignment.
Toluna regularly has cosmetics and bathroom products to test. What’s great is that every test assignment includes about 200 to 500 products, which means you have a good chance of participating with these gigs even if testers are chosen randomly.
Product Testing USA works a little differently than other testing sites.
They offer big-name and expensive products from different categories for free, but you enter your name into the pool to see if you will be randomly selected as a product tester.
Previous testers have been given Dyson Vacuums, Xbox Ones, and even iPad Pros.
You only need to enter your name and email address for a chance to be selected. Follow their Facebook page to see previous and upcoming product testing opportunities.
At Survey Junkie, you work with brands directly as an influencer to help them shape their products.
You can also get paid to give feedback on services.
Members earn points for every activity completed. They can then redeem these points for gift cards or straight cash via PayPal.
Survey Junkie is free to join and the points never expire, so it’s worth spending free time here.
This market research firm is well-trusted and is one of the oldest ones on this list.
Pinecone Research is known for having the best rates for product testing.
You can get paid to test products such as food, drinks, and beauty products, among others.
Pinecone pays in points, which you can redeem for cash via PayPal or cheque.
Opinion Outpost is another highly reputable market research group and they are looking for people to take short surveys on upcoming products.
Payments are made via PayPal (cash), Amazon gift cards, or iTunes gift cards.
Their goal is to keep their surveys as short as possible, maximizing the amount of money you can earn per hour.
Vindale will send you products AND pay you up to $50 per review.
Plus, with Vindale you have the option to KEEP what gets sent to you. Some companies require you to test the product and send it back, but Vindale gives you the option to keep.
You get paid and get free stuff? That’s a win-win. Create your free account now.
All you need to do is answer a series of questions about your household and shopping habits, PINCHme will offer samples that fit your lifestyle, and let you pick and choose the ones you want.
PINCHme will then send out a box of these free samples from tons of big-name companies and they will ship it directly to your door.
Review these products and get new offers the following month.
You don’t actually get paid for the surveys but then you get to keep the products.
This website doesn’t have traditional product testing.
Instead, UserTesting is focused on digital businesses, and its members get paid to test websites or apps for money.
There’s no specialization needed to become a tester here. However, you should be good at noticing small details that affect your visit on a particular website. For example, you should be able to take note if the search bar is hard to find, or the app crashes every time you save data.
Every test takes only 20 minutes with 99% accepted by UserTesting.
Tests pay $10 via PayPal, and payment comes in 7 days after you complete a website or app test.
Unfortunately, you can’t participate in all of them since your demo background should line up with specific test requirements.
Similar to UserTesting, BetaTesting is focused on testing apps, websites, and hardware.
It’s been around since 2012 and has over 130k users to date.
While this product testing opportunity may seem hard to regular folks, since some require checking for bugs on sites, these tests do not call for too many requirements.
BetaTesting, however, rewards comprehensive assessment with more work, so those who submit higher quality feedback receive more opportunities.
FYI, you can receive 0 to 5 product tests per month.
Payment for each assessment ranges from $10 to $20 and sent via PayPal seven days after project completion.
BzzAgent is a younger company, but it’s one of the few that focuses exclusively on product testing. Most of the tasks here include surveys, focus groups, and so on.
Anyone from the USA, Canada, or the UK can join BzzAgent by simply completing a profile and answering a questionnaire with a few surveys to determine your demo, interests, and areas of expertise.
If you are sent a paid product trial gig via e-mail, you are given 8 weeks to test the product, share your results on social media, and submit feedback to BzzAgent.
BzzAgent sends out a wide range of products, including gadgets, toiletries, cosmetics, home equipment, and more.
The company used to pay cash, but now just gives the products that members test out. Those who promote the products on Instagram, Facebook, or other online platforms tend to receive more testing invitations in the future.
Simply download the Influenster app and complete your profile.
Occasionally, you’ll receive Snaps as notifications on your phone. These are very short questions that you can quickly answer to help Influenster know you better and increase your chances of getting sent monthly VoxBoxes.
Like many of the newer websites, you won’t get paid to test products with cash, but you get to keep all the products that Influenster sends you. And these aren’t your ordinary products, either; the products come from some of the biggest brands in the beauty and food industries.
This UK-based company focuses exclusively on apps instead of products.
So anyone who loves checking out new apps should join, review them, and actually get paid to test digital products.
Unlike other product-testing sites that match your demo with the brand’s requirements, Crowdville members have to apply for a “mission” (or the test) to participate.
14-23. Other similar sites worth noting include:
- PrizeRebel (surveys for new products or products you already have; pays through PayPal, Amazon gift card, iTunes gift card)
- CrowdTap (tasks include surveys, online discussions, polls, sample product testing; 1,000 points = $5 gift card)
- The Pink Panel (women aged 18-99+; beauty products and tools, plus gift certificates from $25-$100 at the end of the testing)
- Vogue Insiders (from Vogue magazine, receive full-sized beauty products. No need to review after)
- InStyle Trendsetters (similar to Glamour Glam Spotters and Vogue Insiders, but you earn an entry to a quarterly sweepstakes with a chance to win $25k worth of prizes)
- SheSpeaks (for women only; products range from kitchen items to skincare products and cosmetics)
- HomeSchool (apply to join the testing program and receive school supplies if accepted)
- Smiley360 (get full-sized toiletries and beauty products)
- Sephora (no need to buy anything, but choose 3 beauty products per department)
- Survey Club (available for US, Canada, UK, and Australia; pays cash or Amazon gift cards)
14 Specific Companies that Offer Free Product Testing
Compared to the websites above that make testers review different brands, the following companies have their our product-testing programs:
24. Brooks Running
“Wear testers” are given a chance to test running gear, including running shoes and apparel, from Brooks. These “runner insights” are combined with Brooks’ biomechanics studies or “science insights” to create incredible running gear.
Testers must be 18+ years old and live in the US.
Nike regularly mails out new products, like shoes and apparel, to their product testers.
All you need to do is apply to become a tester, and when you’re selected, you’ll start receiving free stuff in the mail. You’ll be tasked to answer a few questions regarding the products you receive after a few days of testing.
Nike requires you to return the products after you’ve finished testing so that Nike engineers can study these products for wear and tear.
Keep in mind that Nike has a strict confidentiality policy. They can remove you as a product tester if they catch you wearing the products in public events or posting photos of products online without their permission.
If you’re 18 and from the US, physically active, and is more than OK with the sport/activity you volunteer in, then you can apply to try on new Reebok gear.
When you get accepted to the testing program, Reebok will send you test products along with instructions. Test the products for a certain time, submit your feedback via an online questionnaire, and then mail back the products.
Continuing with our athletic gear theme, up next we have adidas.
Similar to Nike and Reebok, you’ll be testing products over the course of a few weeks and then submit your answers to a survey.
After testing has ended, you’ll be required to send the products back to adidas.
Friends & Neighbors is Johnson & Johnson’s consumer perception program that gathers opinions and ideas from real people to create new products and improve existing products.
Just to show you how big J&J is, here’s a list of brands under Johnsons & Johnsons: Neutrogena, Aveeno, BeBe, Clean & Clear, and a whole lot more.
Imagine how many J&J products you can get if you become a part of its JJ Friends & Neighbors program.
Register on their website and wait for emailed invitations to participate in one of their studies. These studies can be product testing, surveys, discussion groups, and focus groups.
You may even get to test J&J products before launch. Plus, you are paid with Prepaid Visa Gift Cards after finishing the review.
Apply to become a McCormick panelist and get a chance to receive emails about various product testing opportunities.
Get paid to test food products such as seasonings, spices, and other McCormick products.
Most of the home-based testing can take you around an hour to complete and pay $10 to $15 worth of Amazon gift cards. In some studies, you may even get paid up to $30 per hour.
30. Marie Claire
Love cosmetics? Join the Marie Claire Velvet Rope Club and be first to try free makeup like mascara and lipstick, as well as other products like handbags.
Velvet Rope Club members are also given exclusive access to special offers, insider events, sweepstakes, and more.
Here’s another chance to receive and test cosmetics, skincare, haircare, and hair color products.
Get paid to test L’Oreal products as well as products from their other brands like Maybelline, Lancôme, IT Cosmetics, Kiehl’s, Cerave, Urban Decay, Garnier, Essie, Biolage, Kerastase, and many more.
32. Summer Infant
Summer Infant produces a wide range of products for moms-to-be and families with children aged 0-3.
You can sign up to become a product tester, participate in focus groups, take surveys, or baby photoshoots. You get to pick and choose what you want to do.
Philips makes products for every room in your house. You no doubt have a few Philips products at home already.
Sign up to be notified of new tests. If selected, you’ll test out new and upcoming products.
When the test is done, you get to keep whatever Philips sent.
34. Red Robin
Red Robin has a specific panel for taste testers and focus groups. You’ll get to try new menu items before they hit the stores.
You are basically getting paid to eat burgers. Tests run for approximately one hour.
Snuggles features their Bear Den Community which grants you full access to their upcoming line of products.
Sign up to receive free Snuggle products like fabric softener and air fresheners.
If you’re in the Redmond Washington area, Nintendo regularly invites people to come on campus to try out new games and systems.
Cosmetic giant Allure is welcoming all beauty enthusiasts to join their testing program.
Their only requirements are that you’re based in the US. If you meet that, you can get new products and samples sent right to you.
How to Become a Paid Product Tester
In the real world, you’d have to be connected to a marketing firm, so you’d be notified when paid product testing gigs become available.
Online, it’s a totally different ballgame.
Join Product Testing Sites
The first thing you have to do is register with product testing websites.
If you join two or more, it’s better to create a new e-mail address for this purpose since updates and gig emails will quickly fill up your personal e-mail inbox.
Like everything in the make-money-online world, there are scam and legitimate product testing sites in the world. (Read on for the ones I recommend.)
Note that joining these sites does not automatically mean you’ll receive products for every testing posted. Imagine being one tester among thousands of users and only a dozen dermarolling kits available to test.
Since you provide basic demographic information when signing up, these market research firms group you based on all these personal data.
They Choose You. You Choose the Project.
You’ll receive an e-mail notifying you about any product testing opportunity that fits your demographic (age, gender, product preferences, and so on).
In most cases, you’ll need to answer a qualifying survey when accepting the gig.
If you qualify, you’ll get paid to test products that are sent to your home with instructions.
Use it. Review It.
When you receive the product, make sure you use it within the time period given. You usually have a couple of days to several weeks for testing products.
Check your e-mail for another survey or questionnaire, which you should fill out before the testing period ends.
This is the feedback companies pay you for, so make it count.
You’ll be paid with either cash or rewards, but expect to be able to keep the products you’ve tested (well, at least around 90% of the time).
Get Paid to Test Products: Cash vs. Product-Only
Companies do pay people cash for their opinions about old or new products. I bet you’re interested how much, though.
The thing is, as you read above, companies pay differently.
Some in cash, others only with the products you’re going to test, and some pay in both cash and kind.
Once the product is sent and tested, it’s yours to give away or sell online.
If it’s something you like, then lucky you! You get to keep the product and use it to your heart’s content.
The products you get to test depend largely on which site you joined, but it can be anything under the sun, including:
- Clothes and shoes
- Food and drinks
- Makeup and other skin, hair and beauty items
- Gadgets and other tech products (powerbanks, phones, and so on)
Comparing the pros and cons between hard cash and products isn’t really practical since what’s beneficial to you might not be something another tester would want.
And if the product is more expensive than cash rewards, wouldn’t you want the product instead?
In some cases, companies exchange your opinion for vouchers to online stores like Amazon.
Can You Work as a Product Tester Full-Time?
It’s cool that you get paid to test products as a side gig, or whenever you find something you’d like to dip your fingers into.
Even receiving not-yet-launched products can be exciting.
However, joining product testing panels does not guarantee that you’ll be chosen every time.
You also don’t know when new opportunities will come.
As such, make sure you don’t turn this into a full-time job because you’d surely be disappointed, not to mention broke.
The best thing to do about product-testing income is to consider it as extra cash for gifts during Christmas, birthday and other holidays (those Amazon gift cards can add up if you do this on the side for several months).
Other Testing Jobs
We’ve written other articles featuring testing gigs that you might also be interested in. Check them out below:
- Beta Tester Jobs
- Video Game Tester Jobs
- How to Make Money as a Food Tester
- Become an Amazon Product Tester
Have you gotten paid to test products? Have you applied to any of the market research firms and companies above? Share your experiences and tips with us!