If you're like me, you love getting free products to test out and keep. I generally don't even care if I do not receive payment for product testing, and this is a good thing because most of these panels don't pay you for the things you test and keep. You are supposed to just consider the fact you get a free product to keep your reward. But, that's fine with me!
There are a ton of product testing panels out there and actually many of the popular survey panels occasionally send products out that you can test and keep in addition to sending out surveys. But over the last year there have been about eight panels that really seem to stand out from the rest.
If you want to start regularly testing out products, you should sign up with the following companies:
Deal Go! Go! Go!
Deal Go! Go! Go! Is a great product testing opportunity for those of you who enjoy shopping at Amazon.com. Through this site, you can claim coupon codes for a wide variety of products, and the discounts are extreme. Often you're paying 70-95% less than the original price and a lot of the items are Prime eligible so, if you're an Amazon Prime member, you don't even have to pay shipping. You are only expected to leave an honest product review of the item on Amazon in return. There have been a few sites like this one, but it seemed to me like they were usually covered up in phone cases and nutritional supplements. While there are a few of those on Deal Go! Go! Go!, you can also find tons of other products such as clothing, jewelry, kitchen gadgets, home decor, and so on. It's definitely worth checking into if you enjoy saving money and testing products.
Toluna is one of the best market research companies to test products for. They have several opportunities listed at any given time. All you have to do is select and register for the products you want to test, then sit back and wait to see if you're selected. It goes without saying, but you won't get in on everything. Still, it's worth a try!
Smiley 360 is an amazing panel that almost always has some new campaign you can participate in. I've gotten in on several campaigns in the past and have received multiple products to test in my mailbox along with valuable coupons that I can pass out to my friends and family in addition to testing the product. After you test the product, you are asked to share your experience in as many ways as you can — across social media, word of mouth, etc.
Influenster is another excellent panel that seems to have something new for me to participate in at least once a month. I have received one of their popular “Vox Boxes” that contains a variety of full-sized samples as well as two big bottles of Palmolive dish soap to test just last month. Just like most panels, you need to spread the word about whatever you are given to test. You can do this via social media, word of mouth, video, etc. And you need to let Influenster know that you did it so you can continue to get asked to participate in future campaigns. Read my full review of Influenster here.
The Expo panel is a little different from the two listed above because they do require video reviews. So if you're not comfortable filming yourself doing a review of whatever they send you test, this one might not be for you. But in addition to getting to test and keep the products you're sent, you also get points that you can redeem for gift cards. So that's a nice extra bonus. Overall, Expo is very respected and most people really enjoy being members. Read my full review of Expo here.
I've done a couple of product tests through Swaggable, which is a slightly newer site. You basically just create an account and then look through their products and click “Want” for the stuff you'd want to test. After you receive the item, you have to write a little review of it on the Swaggable site and they also strongly encourage you to share your review across your social media networks. So far the things I have received have only been sample-sized, not full-sized. But still, I am happy to get whatever so this is a panel I would recommend. Read my full review of Swaggable here.
House Party is another fun panel you should definitely join. It's a little more exclusive because you aren't guaranteed to get in on the various parties they are accepting hosts for. Spots are always limited. But if you are lucky enough to get in on a House Party campaign, this means you'll get a ton of free samples from a specific brand or promotion that you can use to throw a party and pass out the fun stuff to your guests. You'll have to take pics, video, etc. to prove that you did in fact throw a party. Go here to read my full House Party review.
That's pretty much it. What product testing panels do you use?