I’ve seen so many ads pop up lately offering the chance to test things at home like Dyson Vacuums and Apple products if you just send them a fee, these are obvious scams after your details and hard earned cash, while there are lots of rouge offers there are also many legitimate ways for you test products for free and I thought I would tell you about the ones I have personally used.
Companies need real people to test out their new and sometimes existing products at home so they can get a first impression customer review, this enables them to make changes to the product before it’s released for sale.
Here are some of my favourite sites.
i-Say is mainly a paid survey site but a lot of the surveys end by asking you to test a product for them, I’ve tested a lot of things for them over the years from confectionery to toiletries, you also get points for completing the surveys which you can redeem for high street vouchers.
Come Round is one of the most generous product testing sites I’ve ever come across, you apply to host one of their party’s in exchange for fantastic products, party games and the chance to win prizes.
I took part in the Phillips Iron campaign and I got to keep the Iron and a top of the range ironing board I also got to have fun with some friends and family that I invited and gave them some free goodies like nail polish and manicure sets that came as part of the party package, I’ve also hosted a wine party where I received 6 bottles to share.
Mumsnet Insight is fantastic if you have children, there are lots of great opportunities to apply for family products to test, in the last few months we have tested Pampers training pants and Bassetts Chewy Vitamins.
BzzAgent is a brilliant product testing site with a difference, they want you to share your views with your family and friends and even supply sample and coupons for you to pass along as well as a full size product to test for yourself.
As well as food and toiletries I’ve tested an Oral B Electric toothbrush and a Veet hair removal system which were both high value items.
The Orchard by Tesco is a good scheme if you are a regular Tesco customer, they send you a high value coupon to cover the cost of the product they want you to test in exchange for sharing your views with your friends and family.
I’ve had a £10 meat coupon, £5 for fruit and veg and £4 for fresh fish and lots more over the years.
Senses Club is a fairly new site to me but I am currently testing some products for them, they give you Amazon vouchers in exchange for your time, the emails do require some translation as they are based in Germany and registration is open to ladies only.
I hope you find some of those links useful, let me know in the comments below if you know of any other good product testing opportunities.