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:
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.
The Bzz Agent site has been around for a long time, and I’ve participated here on a number of occasions. It works in a similar manner to the sites above — get something for free, try it, and then spread the word about it. This panel usually has a lot of different things going on all the time. Read my full review of Bzz Agent 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.
Mom’s Meet is a panel for moms (or dads) who are very interested in testing out natural, organic, healthy samples. If you sign up as an ambassador, you will occasionally receive invitations to test out those kinds of products. I have participated a couple of times here and I’ve been very impressed with the large number of samples they send out as well as the brands. They always send a large number of samples because they want you to pass them out to other moms you know and get their feedback, too. Read my full review of Mom’s Meet 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?