This article outlines how to become a product test, which companies you can choose from, expected payouts, whether or not you can keep the products, if you can do the work from home, types of products, Better Business Bureau ratings and more.

Product testers get to try out the latest products, sometimes even before they hit the market, and sometimes even get paid for their efforts. There are a variety of consumer product testing companies looking for people with a little extra time who can share their opinions and who are somewhat active on social media. These companies want honest answers from consumers about their products and services. While some companies expect testers to return products after testing, most allow consumers to keep the products. Since product testing companies operate differently, joining multiple testing companies can help increase your odds of getting chosen to test new products and maybe even get paid.

It’s difficult to pinpoint the average weekly earnings for a product tester or even an average range of weekly earnings because the payment methods and amounts can vary so much among different companies. For example, American Consumer Panels pays between $25 and $45 per hour to members who are chosen to test products, while the company BzzAgent doesn’t pay participants in cash, but lets them keep the product being tested. In short, product testing isn’t likely to make you rich, but you can expect to make $900 per week if you’re chosen for one of the most lucrative testing opportunities by American Consumer Panels. At the very least, you’ll get some free stuff out of the deal.

The list below features companies that will mail products to their members for testing in the comfort of their own home. See each company listed below for specific details.

The Highest Paying Product Testing Companies

1. American Consumer Panels

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Payment method(s): Mailed check
  • Payment amount: Testers can earn $25-$45 per hour, depending on the project, with a 15-20 hour per week commitment.
  • Why this company is unique: Testers are required to join Harris Poll Consumer Panel and VIP Voice U.S. Consumer Panel. After the preliminary stage of establishing members’ consumer profiles, American Consumer Panels contacts qualified candidates when an in-home usage test matches client needs.They are then considered to be part-time employees once chosen.
  • Types of products: Various
  • Likelihood of receiving a product to test: According to reviews from Glassdoor.com, the chances of being chosen as a panelist are slim, as the company searches for specific demographics for the products it tests. Still, for people that don’t mind completing the surveys from both Harris Poll Consumer Panel and VIP Voice U.S. Consumer Panel, it could still be worth a shot, as this is the highest paying testing site we found.
  • BBB rating: Not rated
  • Link to sign up: Complete an American Consumer Panels application

2. BzzAgent

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Payment method(s): Not applicable
  • Payment amount: BzzAgent does not offer a cash payment, but testers get to keep the products they are testing. 
  • Why this company is unique: BzzAgent expects members to complete surveys so they can be accurately matched with products to test. BzzAgent sends members higher quality products for actively participating by sharing opinions on products via word-of-mouth.
  • Types of products: Food and beauty products
  • Likelihood of receiving a product to test: If members keep their BzzScore high (by being active and influential on social media), they’ll have a higher chance of receiving products to test, providing they qualify. Members are asked to check in weekly and stay up-to-date on surveys so BzzAgent can match them with product testing opportunities.
  • BBB rating: A+. See details about BzzAgent’s BBB rating
  • Link to sign up:  Complete a BzzAgent application.

3. Chatterbox (by House Party)

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Payment method(s): Not applicable
  • Payment amount: Chatterbox does not offer a cash payment, but testers get to keep the products they are testing. 
  • Why this company is unique: Chatterbox lets members try out products for free as long as they remember to chat about them with the online chatterbox community. Once someone has signed up with Chatterbox, they can apply for a “chat box.” The chat box is full of products to try and is sent to the member to try. Members are encouraged to either host Chatterbox parties during which they try the products or simply pass them out to friends to try without throwing a party.
  • Types of products: 
    • pharmaceutical (over the counter)
    • pet supplies
    • food and beverage
    • magazine and books
    • toys and games
    • movies and music
    • shopping online
    • health and wellness
    • household products
    • apparel and accessories
  • Likelihood of receiving a product to test: We checked the Chatterbox website several times over the course of two weeks in search of current testing programs. Under the “Apply to Be a Chatterbox” heading, was “There are no upcoming Chatterbox programs. Check back another time!” Nonetheless, if members stay active in their search, they could find that more opportunities become available over the course of time.
  • BBB rating: Not rated
  • Link to sign up:  Check Chatterbox’s website to see if there are any programs open for applications.

4. Crowdtap

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Payment method(s): Not applicable
  • Payment amount: Crowdtap does not offer a cash payment, but testers get to keep the products they are testing. Members are also entered into monthly drawings for gift cards in amounts of between $5 and $100.
  • Why this company is unique: Members are asked to answer as many missions as they can share on social media. If friends comment and like a post, members get points for their social media influence.
  • Types of products: Various
  • Likelihood of receiving a product to test: Chances of being chosen to test a product depend on how many missions members can complete. For those who don’t mind answering short surveys and sharing on social media, there is a good chance of being chosen to test a product.
  • BBB rating: Not rated
  • Link to sign up: Visit the Crowdtap website to register.

5. Friends & Neighbors (by Johnson & Johnson)

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Payment method(s): A variety of incentives that include prepaid Visa cards
  • Payment amount: Between $5 and $250, depending on the product tested
  • Why this company is unique: Members receive invitations to participate in product tests, focus groups, discussion forums, and online surveys.
  • Types of products: Various health care products
  • Likelihood of receiving a product to test: Chances of being chosen to test a product depend upon whether members qualify, so it is difficult to gauge the likelihood of receiving a product to test. Still, Johnson & Johnson is a reputable organization, and there doesn’t seem to be any drawbacks of least registering, completing the survey, and waiting for an invitation via email.
  • BBB rating: Not rated
  • Link to sign up: Visit the Friends & Neighbors website to register.

6. Influenster

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Payment method(s): Not applicable
  • Payment amount: Influenster does not offer a cash payment, but testers get to keep the products they are testing. 
  • Why this company is unique: Influenster is a program that sends out thousands of boxes a month full of free stuff in hopes that members will use their social media influence to give opinions on their products. An Influenster VoxBox is a box full of full-sized free products members get to keep.
  • Types of products: Various
  • Likelihood of receiving a product to test: It takes a bit of effort to keep an influence score high enough to receive a VoxBox, but the website is user-friendly and it can be fun to complete the surveys. Chances depend on the influence score, so if users are actively participating on the website, they have a good chance of receiving products.
  • BBB rating: Not rated
  • Link to sign up: Visit Influenster’s website to register.

7. PINCHme

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Payment method(s): Not applicable
  • Payment amount: PINCHme does not offer a cash payment, but testers get to keep the products they are testing. 
  • Why this company is unique: Members answer a series of questions about your household and shopping habits in the Member Profile. PINCHme learns what members like and offers samples picked based on their preferences. After trying the samples, members are asked to complete a short feedback survey to give their opinions on the samples.
  • Types of products: Various
  • Likelihood of receiving a product to test: When we applied, we received this message: “No samples are available for you today as your Member Profile does not match our Brand Partners’ needs.” Therefore, it is difficult to say whether or not the average member is likely to receive a product.
  • BBB rating: Not rated
  • Link to sign up: Visit PINCHme’s website to register.

8. Smiley360

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Payment method(s): Not applicable
  • Payment amount: Smiley360 does not offer a cash payment, but testers get to keep the products they are testing. 
  • Why this company is unique: Members are sent Smiley kits in exchange for their opinions of those products on Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes Smiley360 sends coupons for free products instead of actual samples. Each Smiley kit contains a sample or full-size product, a Smiley360 Sharing Guide and mission rules. The mission rules provide instructions as to what members are to do with the product once they receive it.
  • Types of products: Various
  • Likelihood of receiving a product to test: As with other product-testing sites, Smiley360 relies on members who share frequently on social media. Therefore, if members are able to stay active and participate in missions, they have a decent chance of receiving products to test.
  • BBB rating: Not rated
  • Link to sign up: VisitSmiley360’s website to register.

9. Swaggable

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Payment method(s): Not applicable
  • Payment amount: Swaggable does not offer a cash payment, but testers get to keep the products they are testing. 
  • Why this company is unique: Swaggable connects connect members with free samples of new products that they’re interested in trying and gives them an easy way to share these new experiences through reviews and coupons.
  • Types of products: Various
  • Likelihood of receiving a product to test: Swaggable garners interest from members to see if they are interested in testing certain samples. Therefore, members need to log in occasionally to express their interest in products, and then wait until there is a large enough sample size for a product before they receive it. Still, as long as members express interest, they have a good chance of receiving a product once every few months or so. Invitations are first-come, first-serve, so members need to act quickly if they are interested in an invitation to test a product.
  • BBB rating: Not rated
  • Link to sign up: Visit Swaggable’s website to register.

10. ThePinkPanel

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Payment method(s): PayPal
  • Payment amount: Payment amounts from ThePinkPanel vary. Sometimes they offer nothing, and sometimes they offer up to $200, depending on the product a member is asked to test.
  • Why this company is unique: Once selected, members receive free samples of skincare or makeup products. PinkPanel will then ask those members to complete a few simple online surveys about the products. ThePinkPanel sometimes sends stipends ranging from $50 to $200.
  • Types of products: Skincare and Makeup products
  • Likelihood of receiving a product to test: Members will be selected to ThePinkPanel after filling out a survey, providing they have an interest in beauty and makeup. After that, members are encouraged to check Facebook or their emails for invitations to apply to various beauty product testing opportunities. We received an invitation for one already and are waiting to hear if we’ll be selected. From our research, it seems as if members are generally pleased with ThePinkPanel, as they offer a variety of testing opportunities.
  • BBB rating: Not rated
  • Link to sign up: Visit ThePinkPanel’s website to apply.

11. Toluna

  • Minimum age: 16
  • Payment method(s): Toluna offers rewards for time members spend giving opinions. Rewards are offered in the form of points which can be redeemed for a variety of things, including gift cards and even cash. When members receive a full-sized product sample to test, they can earn up to 10,000 points per short follow-up survey. When members accrue 15,000 points, they qualify for a $5 gift card cash-out. E-gift cards arrive within hours, and physical gift cards and checks arrive within six weeks.
  • Payment amount: Varies
  • Why this company is unique: Members get to select and register for the products they want to test. Toluna randomly selects testers and sends them products to try. Testers get to keep the products in exchange for feedback.
  • Types of products: Various
  • Likelihood of receiving a product to test: Toluna only has 1-3 products to test at a given time, so it may be rare that a member is actually interested in a given product. Still, after expressing interest in the product, there is a good chance that members will be chosen for a testing opportunity.
  • BBB rating:  A+. See details about Toluna’s BBB rating.
  • Link to sign up: Visit Toluna’s website to register.

In Summary

Now you know how to get paid to test products. Although receiving money is a great incentive for testing products, many people claim that the best part about testing products is the chance to shape consumerism by giving their honest opinion about the products. An added bonus is the money saved by getting a free product for testing since members most likely use such types of products anyway. For those who have the time to complete surveys and tell any of the aforementioned companies about themselves, consumer product testing can be a fun and easy way to make a few (or up to $900 per week!) extra dollars.