Since I started working from home, I have signed up to most of the product testing companies in the UK. It is always lovely to receive free products in the post and I have discovered some great brands too.
The amount of work that is required in return for the products varies enormously. Some companies request lengthy conversation reports or even ask you to send in videos of yourself using the product. Others simply require you to fill in a short questionnaire.
In no particular order, here is a list of the product testing companies that are worth signing up to.
Specialise in cosmetic items and their trials are frequent. Most of the products arrive in unbranded, plain packaging and are usually premium high street brands. When a product becomes available, they email panellists trial information and a short questionnaire to apply for the trial. After the product test, there is a follow-up questionnaire which usually takes about 3 minutes to complete. Join here.
Trials are mostly cosmetic and food orientated. Most of the products are unbranded or the labels have been defaced. There is a lengthy profile questionnaire on joining, but it is well worth your while completing it. They send out emails with links to join trials – but you need to act fast as they fill up very quickly. Join here.
Boots Review Panel:
If you are lucky enough to be chosen for this panel you are in for a treat! The trials consist of testing products that are sold in Boots, and can range from £7 lipsticks to £200 perfumes. In return, they ask you to leave a short review on their website. Boots send out emails before posting the products and you can decline them if you so wish. I have covered this in more detail here. Sign up here.
Boots Volunteer Panel:
A testing panel for Boots own brand products. When a new test is available, they send out a questionnaire which can sometimes be a bit lengthy and often screens you out before you can complete it. If you are lucky enough to make it to the end, they might choose you to join a trial. They also recruit people to partake in sessions at the Boots evaluation centre in Nottingham. Apply here.
Offer trials of Procter & Gamble products. I have found it is best to be selective with this company as there is quite a lot of work involved in the trials. Typically they require at least 3 written reports on conversations about the product; a starter, half-time and final survey. On top of this they also sometimes request panellists to post on their blog and upload photos to their website. Whilst this is fine for a high value product such as a hairdryer or epilator, I don’t feel it is worth it for, say, a cleaning spray and a few vouchers. Register here.
This company has some great products on offer which vary in value. They can be anything from chocolate to beauty products. However, in the same way as The Savvy Circle, it is also worth being a bit discerning with the trials. This is because in return for your freebie, they expect you to submit conversation reports, write a review and post about the product on social media,etc. Apply here.
Home Testing Club:
Focus on new product launches. Most of their trials are of items usually found in the supermarket. Questionnaires for product trials are posted on their website (although sometimes you will receive an email invite). If you are accepted they will post the products out and follow this up with a link to a very short questionnaire. Apply here.
Tesco Home Panels:
According to Tesco, this panel is based on your Clubcard data. They usually email panellists trial invitations and they fill up very quickly, particularly for clothing items. After the trial has finished it is followed up with a short questionnaire. Tesco also send out some very short surveys and reward you with Bonus Bond vouchers for completing them. See my write up here for more details. At the moment they are not looking for new panellists, but it is worth checking here periodically.
This is predominantly a survey company, albeit one of the highest paying ones. Sometimes they will send out a product to trial after you complete one of their surveys and reward you with another £3 for filling in the follow up survey. I have received a variety of products including crisps, fruit juice and floor wipes from them. Pinecone usually recruit through banner advertisements that appear sporadically on random websites. Presently, there are banners on the Pick my Postcode site.
A French company that focuses on fragrances and flavours. Similarly to Pinecone, they are primarily a survey company. However, quite often they send out products to trial after the survey. I have received a variety of products including fabric conditioner, floor cleaner and shampoos in the past. Currently, they are not looking for new panellists, but is worth keeping an eye on this page.
As you may have guessed by the name, this company specialises in beauty products. There is usually a waiting list to become a tester as these product trials are very popular. If you are fortunate enough to reach the top of the list, Beauty Bible will send you a questionnaire. This is so they can tailor your package according to your skin type, hair length etc. This company is quite unusual in asking for a £30 contribution. However, it is well worth it as the packages contain over £100 worth of goodies. Apply here to join the waiting list.
Last, but certainly not least comes the much coveted Amazon Vine programme. It is not possible to apply for this panel. The only way to join is to leave some well written reviews on the site and hope for an invite. If you do make it onto the programme, you will get to pick from a list of products that are sold on Amazon. I have covered this in more detail here.