Product testing is for real. Today, I'm explaining exactly how to begin getting boxes of free products to try and keep every month.
Below, I have a list of 14 companies that are almost always looking for new people to sign up and test out products. These are all legitimate, and I've joined many of them myself.
And yes — these panels have sent me things to test! I've tested all kinds of things — shaving cream, K-cups, food products, shampoo, and more.
If you want to maximize product testing opportunities, be sure to join more than one panel.
Note that this is all free product testing. None of the sites below cost anything to join. And if any company ever tries to make you pay to be a product tester, beware. They are trying to scam you.
Product Testing Panels To Join
1. Pinch Me
It's easy to sign to up to receive free samples to try from Pinch Me. What they have changes frequently and samples have been going fast, so you'll need to be quick.
It's necessary to keep tabs on the site so you know when boxes of samples are up for grabs.
2. Daily Goodie Box
Daily Goodie Box is like Pinch Me (above) because they send out boxes of samples also. But boxes are sporadic, not monthly.
You could get as many as ten samples in a box, and some of your samples come in full sizes. You are expected to provide feedback on the samples you try.
Some say you're more likely to get selected for boxes if you're active in their Facebook community.
3. Pinecone Research
Pinecone is actually best known as a paid survey panel, but they do product testing also. And, as I briefly mentioned above, they usually pay cash for the product tests.
Once you receive the product to test, you'll be given a set period of time to try it out. Then, they will send you a survey to complete about your experiences. Payment is typically received within a few days after you've completed the survey.
One bad thing about Pinecone is that it is tricky to get accepted. They are only looking for certain demographics of people at various times.
I have some experience with BzzAgent. I've tested Teddy Grahams and Ziploc microwave bags among other things. It was a lot of fun to get this stuff in the mail for free!
Like most other product testing sites, BzzAgent asks you to share your experiences. You won't get selected for future samples if they can't see that you've done this.
Testers are selected randomly for Homeschool.com. Selections are based on geography, age of children, etc.
Not every family gets selected for product testing.
According to Homeschool.com, they send you free books, free kits, and special reports as thanks. So this is probably ideal for you if you're a homeschooling parent.
To sign up, you have to fill out the form on their website here. They will contact you via email if they have something for you to test.
6. Ripple Street
You may be familiar with Ripple Street under a different name — House Party. They changed their name, but it works the same.
With Ripple Street, you sign up to do house parties with friends/family. Then, brands send you products for your entire group to try.
Ripple Street is great if you're selected because they send you LOTS of free samples. They make sure you have enough for your entire group.
Every few months, Influenster releases something called a “Vox Box” of full-sized products. In exchange for receiving it, you must review and share the products across social media.
I have been selected for Vox Boxes a few times. Each time, I was very pleased with the size and quantity of the samples in my box.
8. InStyle Trendsetters
Per the website, “As an InStyle Trendsetter, you'll have regular opportunities to share your thoughts, opinions and preferences on a variety of style topics from fashion to beauty to home décor. You'll also have insider opportunities to evaluate brand-new products, and even give us feedback about InStyle itself!”
I have no experience with this one, but InStyle is a known, quality brand. I do know their Trendsetters panel has been around for quite a while.
9. Mom's Meet
If you're a mom who really enjoys trying out new “green” products, Mom's Meet would be ideal for you. Note you must a be a Mom Ambassador or a blogger to take part in their product testing opportunities. You can join as a Mom Ambassador for free.
You are free to choose the products you'd like to sample. If you're a Mom Ambassador, you'll have to complete surveys about the products you tried. And if you're a blogger, you'll be expected to write about the products on your blog.
BetaBound is a free service provided by Centercode that offers you a chance to take part in beta tests. These are typically for software and tech products.
Members have tested products from Logitech, Dell, Apple, and many other great companies.
SheSpeaks is a product testing/influencer program geared toward women.
Per the website, “Members test and review products, weigh-in on topics via surveys, discussion forums & polls, attend VIP events & even get to star in the SheSpeaksTV videos!”
I have tested a Sonicare electric toothbrush and an Oreida potato masher for She Speaks. My experience was really good.
12. Smiley 360
Smiley 360 is another great product testing panel that I have experience with. I remember they sent me a giant box of Green Mountain Coffee K-cups to test several years ago. It was awesome! If you're a coffee lover like me, happiness equals getting a big box of free coffee on your doorstep.
If you sign up, the products you'll be invited to test will vary. And like most panels, you must provide honest feedback on what you get in exchange for the product they sent you.
13. The Pink Panel
If you're a beauty and skincare lover, you'll want to be part of The Pink Panel. That's what they specialize in!
This one has a sign-up that works a little differently. You have to visit their Facebook page and get signed up, filling out a form they have embedded on their page.
If you don't use Facebook but want to test beauty products, it may be worth creating an account so you can take part.
14. US Robotics
This is a company that specializes in computer, gaming, internet, and telephone accessories. They accept registrations for beta testers on a seemingly ongoing basis.
If those sorts of products appeal to you, you can go here to sign up as a beta tester. They will contact you if they have tests for you to take part in.
Do Product Tester Jobs Exist?
Not that I'm aware of. Most of the companies listed above don't pay you. The free products are considered compensation for you testing and sharing your experiences.
And that wraps up our list of product testing opportunities! If you know of other companies that offer products to test for free, please comment below to let us know about them.