Do you want to help shape the future by testing new products? Or do you just fancy getting your hands on some freebies? Take a look at how to become a product tester in the UK and some sites you can join to get started.
Product testing sites discussed below:
- Tesco Homepanels
- Ipsos iSay
- Pinecone Research
- Valued Opinions
- Click Research
- Boots Volunteer Panel
- Alba Science
How to become a product tester
Some of you may remember that I posted about becoming an Amazon product tester not too long ago. It’s one of the first product testing sites that people search for, but the fact is, there are far more options available.
But there’s more to product testing than just joining the right sites. If you provide good reviews and are honest with your answers, you’ll increase your chances of being invited to more.
How much can you earn as a product tester?
Product testing isn’t going to make you a fortune, with the main benefit being that you end up with free items. However, some sites will give you money or vouchers for your time.
The items you test are usually worth between £3 and £20, although occasionally, they can be worth £200+. If that’s the case, you normally won’t get to keep the item, but you should be paid quite substantially. I earned £100 for testing a £250 vacuum cleaner.
If you’re asked to try out software, such as a finance app, this will also be paid. How much you earn depends on how long you are required to test. Usually, it will be anything between £10 and £50.
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How to be a good product tester
There are several ways to be considered a good tester, which will help you find more product testing work in the future.
✅ Keep your profile up-to-date. Most product testing sites have a profile page that is important to keep updated to ensure that you receive relevant surveys and products. If you have a new baby, pet, car etc, then make sure you edit your profile, as it could increase your chances of receiving more products.
Plus, you won’t be sent baby food to give to your 14-year-old.
✅ Complete tasks on time. Researchers are usually pushed for time, so the quicker they can get results, the better. Try to complete the test as soon as you can.
✅ Be comprehensive. There are usually some open-ended questions for you to answer. Write as much as you can – without waffling. The more insights you can provide, the better.
✅ Be honest. The whole idea of testing is to find the bad points as well as the good. If you don’t like something, then say. Researchers are desperate for honest feedback as it helps them to develop better products.
Make sure you join legitimate product testing sites
As I said above, product testing won’t make you huge sums, so don’t expect to be asked to try out the latest iPhone or LED TV. Companies like Apple and Samsung will have their own testing processes and won’t ask a random tester to try their latest £1,000 phone.
In fact, if a site promises you the chance to test high-end items, I would be very cautious indeed. In my experience, these sites are just looking for your data to sell on to others. You’ll pass on your details and the next thing you’ll hear is from a company trying to sell you insurance.
Companies looking for product testers
So, you know you have to be careful about scam testing sites, but here are some of the best options for you to consider.
This is a site open to Tesco Clubcard holders and you need to apply through the Homepanels website. You’ll be sent surveys, which will reward you with points, and once you reach 50, you’ll be sent a £10 e-voucher.
But more importantly, you’ll be sent products to test. This can be anything that Tesco stocks, from clothes to kitchen rolls, shaving foam to cat litter; it depends on your profile. Our family tends to get the chance to try a lot of clothes.
Once you receive your product, you’ll usually have a couple of weeks to try it out and complete an online survey.
Homepanels also runs focus groups. This is where several people sit together and discuss certain products. They usually pay around £30 for 1 hour.
Unfortunately, space is limited for Homepanels, so you must visit at the right time.
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iSay is primarily a survey site that rewards you with points for completing surveys, which can be exchanged for gift cards or cash through PayPal. Not only that but you’ll be sent the odd product testing opportunity.
iSay will send you an email when a product test is available. You will then need to complete a survey to see if you’re a suitable fit, which can take anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes. But don’t worry, you will be given points for your time. If you qualify, you should receive your product within a week.
A few days later, you will receive a second email with a link to complete your product review. These are often much quicker than the first survey. Once done, iSay will credit you with extra points.
Some of the products I have been able to try include:
- ✅ Kitchen roll
- ✅ Alcohol
- ✅ Fabric conditioner
- ✅ Chocolate bars
- ✅ An app from a major bank
And yet another survey site! Like i-Say, Valued Opinions will give you points for completing surveys, which can be swapped for vouchers.
In all honesty, I have had very few product tests through this site. But I’m recommending it because I have had my best job through it. This was for a Shark vacuum cleaner worth over £250. I tested it for over two months and had to complete a short survey every couple of weeks. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to keep the vacuum, but I did get paid £100 worth of Amazon vouchers for my time.
The final survey site to make the list. Pinecone Research is a generous paying site and often pays as much as £3 per each 10-minute survey.
And, of course, they also offer product testing opportunities. The only downside to this site is the fact that they can be quite choosy about which customers they take on. Plus, you need to be invited.
Click on the button below to check if they’re recruiting new members.
Tryit is fairly new to the product testing market. When you join, you will need to fill out quite a few details about yourself and your preferences. Then, you play the waiting game. Tryit runs campaigns and selects people they think are a good fit.
If chosen, you’ll be sent the product and given a couple of weeks to test it out. You’ll then be asked about your thoughts on it. However, if you want to receive more products to test, Tryit encourages you to share your photos on social media. If that’s not something you want to do, then Tryit may not be for you.
Rather worryingly, even my mum has got involved. I never thought I would see my mum putting hashtags on her Facebook stream.
If food and drink are your things, you might want to try out FlavorWiki. Once you’re a member, all you have to do is complete the short studies listed on your account. These are often for lower-value items, such as drinks and snacks.
Once done, FlavorWiki will let you know if you qualify to test the product. If you do, it’s off to the shops to buy the item. Then, it’s a case of filling out a short survey about what you liked and disliked about the product. You may also need to upload a picture of the item and a copy of the receipt.
Once FlavorWiki validates your review, you should receive payment via PayPal within 5 business days. You can also refer others to a study to earn extra.
Clicks Research works with some of the biggest brands, such as Marks & Spencer, The Body Shop, Boots and Tesco. You can be asked to review a whole range of products, which are sent directly to your home.
You’ll then be asked to complete a survey once the test is complete. But not only do you get to keep the product, but you’ll also be rewarded with Click Points. Once you reach 2,500 points, you’ll be sent £25.
The more trials and surveys you complete, the higher your rating and the more tests you’ll be invited to.
Boots Volunteer Panel
Through this panel, you will get to try out some of Boots’ range, including skincare, cosmetics, sun care and toiletries. There are no points on offer, but you do get to keep the products.
Like Tesco Homepanels, Boots also has limited space for testers. And even if they are taking on new recruits, you may not be accepted as they may already have enough people with your demographics.
Like Boots, Alba Science will mainly send you cosmetics to test. However, these products tend to come from the higher end of the market.
But not only do you get to test products, but you may also have the opportunity to attend clinical trials at their Edinburgh office.
If you’re a bit of a whizz around the kitchen, then I’m sure you’ve heard of the Ninja range before. And if you’re a fan, why not try out their latest range of kitchen appliances? All you need to do is fill out a simple form and pass over a few details about you, your home and your cleaning habits.
When Ninja launches a new product, they’ll review all the applications and if you’re a good fit, you could be in with a chance of testing the product.
Moving away from physical products, why not look at testing websites? You don’t actually get to keep anything, but you do get paid.
My favourite site at the moment is IntelliZoom. There are three types of tests you can complete.
- Simple website tests $2 – just follow some instructions whilst using a website. You’ll be required to click or select the right buttons or menus.
- Card sorting $5 – arrange certain topics into headings that you think suit
- Website testing (speak out loud) $8 – similar to the simple website test, you will need to speak about your experience as you do it.
Although you are paid in US dollars, the money you earn will be paid into your PayPal account, which can then be converted into GB pounds.
Adidas is keen to ensure its products are up to scratch and operates a fairly active testing scheme. Be warned though, this is aimed more towards people who do a lot of sport or are active – it’s not for those who wear Adidas purely as fashion.
When you join the Adidas testing programme, you’ll need to share your measurements, the kinds of sports you do, how often and to what level.
If you’re the right fit (so to speak), Adidas will send you gear to try out. But… you don’t always get to keep what you try. And because Adidas doesn’t pay you for your effort, you have to weigh up whether you want to take part.
Like Adidas, Philips also runs quite an active product testing site. It’s pretty simple to use – once you have an account, scroll through the products available. Each product will have an explanation about the kind of tester they’re looking for. If you think you’re a good fit, apply and wait to hear if you’ve been selected.
In some cases, you may get to keep the product afterwards, but not always.
Products I have seen available to test include steamers, shavers, coffee machines and toothbrushes. They come and go, so you need to revisit the site regularly.
Samsung product tester
I have actually put this in as a warning. I have noticed quite a few sites offering the chance to test products with Samsung. The fact is, these companies are not affiliated with Samsung. The only thing you are likely to receive is lots of spam emails.
From my research, Samsung does not run a scheme that allows members of the public to become product testers.
John Lewis product tester
I am often asked if John Lewis currently has a product testing scheme. Currently, there isn’t one available to the public, but I will update this post if I hear more.
Which is the best product testing site?
The site I have had the most success from for free products is i-Say, but some months can be far better than others.
But what you’re sent does depend on your age, sex and family status. Of course, I don’t get sent much in the way of cosmetics or beauty products as I’m pretty sure I’m not the target market. But I do get sent a decent amount of alcohol and chocolate.
But as always, the more sites you join, the more chances you have of earning. Remember, testing products will never be a way to make a full-time income, but it’s a fun way to get your hands on some new items and earn a little extra.