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
- Valued Opinions
- Click Research
- Boots Volunteer Panel
- Alba Science
How to become a product tester
Some of you may remember that I wrote a post 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 some money or vouchers for your time too.
The items that you test are usually worth between £3 and £20, although occasionally, they can be worth £200+. If that’s the case, it’s likely that you won’t get to keep the item, but you should be paid quite substantially.
If you’re asked to try out software, such as a finance app, this will also be paid. How much you earn does depend on how long you are required to test for. Usually, it will be anything between £10 and £50.
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 which are important to keep updated to make sure 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 to receive more products.
Plus, it means 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 opinions 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.
What are the best product testing sites?
So, you know you have to be careful with regards to dodgy testing sites, but which are the sites you should join?
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 roll, shaving foam to cat litter, it really depends on your profile.
Once you receive your product, you’ll usually have a couple of weeks to try it out and then 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 need to visit at the right time.
Panelbase is mainly a survey site, but I’ve found plenty of opportunities to test products.
You’ll usually receive a short survey, taking 10 minutes or so, to see if you’re a suitable candidate. This will pay around £1, and if selected, you’ll receive your product in the next 2 weeks.
You will then receive a follow-up survey asking for your thoughts once you’ve completed your test. These surveys generally pay between £3 and £10.
Products I have tested include:
- Dog chews (for my dog, not me)
- Cereal bars
- Carbonated drinks
Another survey site and this one has a similar pay rate as Panelbase. iSay will reward you with points for completing a survey, which can then be exchanged for gift cards for places like Amazon and Tesco.
You’ll usually be sent an email if there’s a product test 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 be sent a second email with a link to complete your 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
- Fabric conditioner
- Chocolate bars
And yet another survey site! Like i-Say, Valued Opinions will give you points for completing surveys, which can then 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 £200. I tested it for just over 2 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.
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 you’re 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 the chance 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. Never did I think I would see my mum putting hashtags on her Facebook stream.
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 will be and the more tests you’ll be invited to.
Boots Volunteer Panel
Through this panel, you will get the chance to try out some of Boots’ own range including skin care, 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 wizz 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, pass over a few details on 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 3 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.
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 actually 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. At the moment, there isn’t one available to the public but will update this post if I hear more.
Which is the best product testing site?
This really does depend on your age, sex and family status. Of course, I don’t get sent much in the ways of cosmetics as I don’t think I’m really the target market. But, I do get sent a decent amount of alcohol and chocolate.
The site that I have had the most success from for free products is i-Say, but I do find that some months can be far better than others.
But as always, the more sites you join, the more chances you have of earning.