Product Testing Companies

Product development’s big business. By checking items work and verifying marketing claims, companies boost sales. Add the power of word-of-mouth recommendations, and it’s clear why they’re happy for you to test goodies for nowt.

From perfume to electric shavers, coats to chocolate, We have grabbed hundreds of brand-new freebies. This guide has a rundown of the top product testing freebie sites and how to bag the best stuff.

How product testing works

The idea’s simple: you test goodies for free in return for your views on whether they work, or sometimes sharing what you think with your mates. Some firms even give you cash on top.

How to take part

The big thing to understand is tests are aimed at certain groups (eg, dads aged 35-40), and you answer a few questions to check if you qualify. It’s unlikely you’ll qualify for every test and there’s a limit on how many people can test each product. So respond at speed, as the best freebies go fast.

There are a few ways to take part:

  • Traditional product testing. They send you a product, you feed back on if it works. we have blagged everything from perfume to school uniforms. See Traditional Product Testing.
  • ‘Review and share’ sites. As well as asking for feedback, these sites ask you to post honest opinions of freebies on Facebook and Twitter, or discuss them with mates. See ‘Review and share’ sites.
  • Company websites. Rather than use traditional product testing sites, some companies advertise for product testers on their own websites. Right now Philips, Elemis and Vileda are all looking for product testers.

Some inspiration…

While you may not be selected straightaway, some consumers report huge success by keeping at it. Please add your successes to the Product Testing forum discussion.

I’ve had loads of stuff to test, including shampoo, face wash, kitchen rolls, tissues, cling film, kitchen wet wipes, body butter, hairspray, men’s jumpers, PJ bottoms, a £40 winter coat and a lovely £22 dress.– somehorizon

For me, the best freebies come via product testing sites. If I add up the value of everything I’ve tested this year, it’s probably not far off £100. – flubberyzing

Top traditional product testing sites

We’ve worked our way through hundreds of consumer reviews to find the top seven traditional product testing sites, where all you need to do is feed back on freebies. Huge thanks to all the consumers whose feedback went into the guide. If you’ve found a top product testing site we’re missing, let us know in the Product Testing discussion.

Once you’ve tested the product, answer questions properly and on time to boost your chances of getting more trials.

Don’t just google ‘product testing’ to find this kind of site though. You may get a shyster site promising, say, free iPhones, when it’s actually a ploy to get your data or bank details.


Tesco Home PanelsFree Tesco products, from loo roll to winter coats

With a cult following on the MSE Forum, Tesco Home Panels sends users trial products from – you’ve guessed it – Tesco. Forumites have amassed £100s of goodies, including jumpers, shaving foam, cat litter, a dishwasher, loo roll and school polo shirts, to name a few.

You need a free Tesco Clubcard to apply. Not everyone is selected though, as it often looks for people from certain groups (but won’t say which ones). Some people in the forum suggest you may get more freebies if you shop there.

They won’t always select you, but even if they don’t, you get one point for doing the survey to apply to test a product. Once you rack up 50, you’re automatically sent a £10 Bonusbond voucher, valid at multiple retailers, including Argos, Boots and Debenhams.

Some consumers have also been paid £35 to take part in focus groups on products in person.

Forumite lbw22 says:

I’ve been a member for two years and have tested about 12 products from sanitary towels to a coat. My husband tested a shirt too.

Quick stats
  • Who can join? Over-18s with a Clubcard (selection’s not guaranteed)
  • Extra payment on top? Yes, Bonusbonds (see above)
  • Feed back: Tesco Home Panels

Clicks Research

Clicks ResearchEstablished site with decent freebies

We have blagged everything from anti-ageing creams to chocolate bars via Clicks Research. The firm does testing for big name brands such as Boots, Marks and Spencer, The Body Shop and Tesco.

Even if not selected, each time you take part in a survey it pays Clicks points (usually between 25-200 per survey). Once you’ve earned 2,500, you can exchange them for £25.

On the downside, some  say the website is glitchy. But if you stick with it, you could get some decent goodies. The more often you update your profile, the more trials you get.

Quick stats
  • Who can join? Over-18s
  • Extra payment on top? £25 cash when you rack up enough points
  • Feed back: Clicks Research


Alba Science Posh make-up and toiletry freebies

With a focus on cosmetics, Alba Science gives away goodies such as shampoos, conditioners, facemasks and fake tan.

Most products arrive in anonymous packaging, so forumites have fun trying to work out which brand they’ve blagged – often posh ones.

Trials are posted on Alba’s site, so check it regularly – you can sign up here. It’s worth liking Alba on Facebook, and following it on Twitter, for tip-offs on new trials.

Alba says ‘home trial’ freebie products have been safety-tested and many are already on the market – it’s just trying to substantiate marketing claims and get consumer opinion. The company also offers paid research studies separately, and makes it clear when products are at the earlier stages of testing.

Quick stats
  • Who can join? Over-18s
  • Extra payment on top? No
  • Feed back: Alba


Toluna Big brand freebies from L’Oreal, Huggies and more

Another site worth a shot is Toluna. The site’s popular for its paid online surveys (see our Online Surveys guide for more). But it also gives away free products to test, such as L’Oreal make-up, Bic razors and Spontex cloths.

Members report getting invited to trial products after filling in surveys. There’s also a product testing page, where you can apply for trials directly.

You get paid for its normal surveys, but not product testing. (Once you reach 60,000 points, you can cash them in via PayPal or get a £10 retail voucher, including Marks and Spencer, Mothercare and Argos.)

On the downside, some consumers say freebies can be sporadic. Forumite Girl Overboard says:

I was sent three products in consecutive weeks soon after joining Toluna. Then nothing for over a year (despite applying every week). Then I got two in consecutive weeks. So it’s pretty random.

Quick stats
  • Who can join? Over-16s
  • Extra payment on top? Only for surveys (see above)
  • Feed back: Toluna

I Say

i-Say Top-paying survey site that also dishes out freebies

The top-paying site in our Online Survey Sites page, i-Say also lets members test products for free. Just register to take part in surveys and you’ll occasionally get invited to take part in trials.

It’s well worth signing up for i-Say’s paid surveys anyway, as many forumites rack up £10 or more of Amazon vouchers every month.

Even better, you earn points for taking surveys on the free products you receive – between 5 and 250 points for each – which can then be redeemed for vouchers. For example, you need 1,380 points to get a £10 Amazon voucher.

Forumite SparklesJD says:

i-Say have sent me products to test: a pack of nappies, box of sanitary towels and some crisps. You get paid for doing the initial survey, then again for the follow-up.

Quick stats
  • Who can join? Over-16s
  • Extra payment on top? Yes, high street vouchers
  • Feed back: i-Say (formerly known as Ipsos)


PineconeSuper-secretive invite-only freebies

Mega-popular online survey site Pinecone (see our Survey Sites page for more on this side of things) also sends out free products to test.

The catch is it’s invitation-only, and the recruitment process seems like it’s more secretive than the Freemasons’. You have to wait until you’re invited or spot a web banner advert on another site to sign up.

Several consumers have bagged free items via Pinecone. But they are not allowed to reveal which ones – the first rule of Pinecone is “you do not talk about Pinecone”. We’ve included this here so you’ll know to jump if an invite appears.

Quick stats
  • Who can join? Over-18s. You must be invited/spot a banner
  • Extra payment on top? No, but you get £3 for completing separate surveys

Top ‘review and share’ sites

‘Review and share’ sites are where companies send freebies, but instead of just asking for feedback, they also ask you to discuss products with pals and on social media. This could mean handing out money-off coupons to mates or posting on Facebook or Twitter.

Once a task is completed, you send the company a link to a blog comment/Twitter post or submit a ‘report’ of a conversation with a friend. You’ll be ranked based on how often and how well you share.

The sites say you should never spam about the products, and you can share both positive and negative experiences – what you say is up to you.

Always let people know you got the product for free. Of course, there’s an ethical consideration to this. Ensure those you talk to understand you’re a member of a scheme and are trialling the product for nothing. Plus remember, posting reviews about products on this site’s forum just to blag freebies breaks our rules.

Do this with integrity – be truthful, as others may rely on your views when choosing how to spend their money.

Savvy Circle

Savvy CircleFree Braun, Olay, Fairy, Pampers, Daz and more

Covering Procter & Gamble products, Savvy Circle doles out goodies from brands including Olay, Fairy, Pampers, Max Factor and Braun. As well as feeding back on products, you’re expected to mention them in everyday conversation and online.

It encourages you to share the freebies with friends and family, then feed back their opinions. As always, explain to pals why you have the freebie and how it works.

The site awards stars each time you add to a ‘campaign’, for example by submitting a report on a chat you had with a friend or commenting on a blog. The more stars, the more freebies.

This is no small beer – forumite tracy6697 got £200ish of electric shavers:

Received my Braun shavers from Savvy Circle today. A Series 9 razor for my husband – he’s going to be really pleased when he gets back from work! I got the face epilator and can’t wait to try it out.

Quick stats
  • Who can join? Over-18s
  • Extra payment on top? No
  • Feed back: Savvy Circle


BzzAgentGrab free products for telling friends about them

You can earn loads of free products through marketing company BzzAgent. we have bagged Vanish stain remover, E45 lotion and even electric toothbrushes.

The catch? As an ‘agent’, once you receive products, you must start “meaningful and authentic conversations” about them with online buddies and real life friends.

The more “active and influential” you are, the more Bzz campaigns you’ll get. See how it measures this.

Many members are fans. Forumite Mummybaker says:

I have had steam generator irons, wet Ladyshaves, free cookies and all sorts. It’s worth it – not much effort involved and they like you to be genuine about your thoughts.

Quick stats
  • Who can join? Over-18s
  • Extra payment on top? No
  • Feed back: BzzAgent


TrndShare opinions with friends to bag freebies

Similar to the review and share sites above, Trnd sends you a product to test, as well as samples to hand out to friends, as part of what it calls a ‘project’. You then post reports on conversations you’ve had and give your own honest feedback on the product.

You’ll earn bonus points (called ‘Wombats’) for taking part in surveys and submitting reports about projects. They have no cash value but show Trnd how active you are as a member – this is one of the ways it chooses who should take part in new projects. Previous projects have included Iams, Vidal Sassoon and Brut products.

There isn’t much feedback on this site yet – if you’ve used it, please let us know in the forum.

Quick stats
  • Who can join? Over-18s
  • Extra payment on top? No
  • Feed back: Trnd

Spotted a site we’ve missed? Let us know in the Product Testing forum thread.

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