How to test products for free (and keep them)

Free product testing

Product testing is one of those things that seems too good to be true, you get an item that you’d usually pay for sent to you in the post, and all you have to do is give your honest opinion about it.

But it really is that easy, for between 10 and 45 minutes work per item you can receive 100% free products every month. Some testers take more work than others but if you’ve got a bit of spare time, this can be a rewarding hobby. We’ve been doing it for years and received everything from hair dye to Christmas puddings, and all of the product pictures in this article are things the SMS team have got for free through product testing websites.

To make sure you’re selected for as many product trials as possible there are a few general tips that apply across the board on most testing sites.

1. Fill out surveys as though you want to test a product.

For example if the survey says ‘Do you shave your legs?’ it’s probably looking for someone to answer yes, so they can test a razor. Of course if you have absolutely no interest in shaving your legs then be honest, but don’t give them a reason to screen you out of the campaign if you want to be involved.

2. Do as many tasks as you can.

If you dedicate a bit of time to writing reviews and taking pictures of your freebies then you’re much more likely to be selected to do another product testing campaigns.

3. Go into detail.

A lot of product testing sites will score you on the quality of your completed tasks, so saying “It was okay” really isn’t going to cut it. If you’re stuck for things to say talk about the packaging, what your family and friends thought about it or if you think the RRP is fair for what you get.

4. Keep an eye on your inbox.

Most sites will let you know there’s a new product to test over email, and you need to be quick! Some companies will send you a LOAD of messages, so if you’re really dedicated it might be worth setting up a new email address.

One final thing: you might have recently seen bloggers and celebrities on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #spon or #sp when they’ve been compensated for posting about a product, and the same rules apply to us normal people too unfortunately. That means when you’re sharing a post on social media or reviewing something you got for free you should make it clear that you didn’t pay for it; you can either use a hashtag like BzzAgent’s #GotItFree or Tesco’s #TriedForLess or just write that you’re a product tester. The key is to be as clear as possible, and hopefully you won’t get yourself or the product testing company in trouble.

Here are some of the best product testing sites in the UK that we trust, and really do send things out. If any other site asks for your card details or has an outdated dodgy looking website we recommend you steer clear. Good luck!


be a product tester uk


BzzAgent is one of the UK’s biggest product testing sites, with items sent out from companies as diverse as L’Oreal Paris and PG Tips. In return for the free products you’re expected to share photos on social media and leave reviews on the BzzAgent site. Products are sent directly to you for testing or sometimes sent as vouchers to pick it up for free in store.

How many products will I get?

This has changed over time for us, when we first signed up there were products arriving once a week, but now we get something different every few months.

Is it easy?

It’s very simple to sign up, we filled out as many surveys as possible and had our first product within a couple of weeks. After you’ve tried the product out you’re encouraged to post about it on social media (there’s no need to have hundreds of friends) and review it on the site.

Tesco Orchard

tesco product testing


Tesco runs its own reviewing site for own brand products called Tesco Orchard. It operates by sending members vouchers for specific products or lines to be redeemed in store, then it wants you to give a review on Tesco Orchard, post about the product on social media, take pictures and submit conversation reports.

How many products will I get?

We’ve been signed up about six months and have taken part in four campaigns, one for gluten free food, one for fish, one for fruit and veg and one for luxury Christmas food, BUT there have been campaigns we were invited to that we were too slow to get into.

Is it easy?

After you sign up, fill out every survey available to you (they’re all quite short) and you’ll be invited to take part in no time. After you’ve tested the product you need to complete tasks, they’re quick and these will not only increase your Tesco Orchard score, but they’ll also earn you Clubcard points.

Super Savvy Me

super savvy me product testing


Super Savvy Me is a site for coupons and advice about Procter and Gamble brands, and it runs the Savvy Circle where it sends out products for people to test at home. Most of the campaigns are beauty or cleaning products from P&G’s brands.

How many products will I get?

This is one of the less frequent programmes, but you do get A LOT of stuff when you’re accepted for a trial - for example, we got FOUR different colours of hair dye when we did a trial for Vidal Sassoon, plus a branded towel. We’ve been signed up for close to three years and have taken part in two trials, but there have been others available that didn’t suit us.

Is it easy?

Maybe because the trials are a bit more infrequent, the Savvy Circle want you to go a bit more in depth with the tasks you complete after testing. We were asked to leave reviews on sites like and Amazon as well as posting on social media and completing conversation reports.


amazon product tests


One of the best things about Amazon is the huge number of reviews on the site, and Amazon runs it own free product testing scheme called Amazon Vine. A massive downside is that Amazon has to invite you to join over email, and you’re only likely to get invited after you’ve left a number of reviews that people have voted ‘helpful’.

How many products will I get?

Amazon Vine works by reviewers ‘bidding’ on items on the programme that you’re then either accepted or rejected to review. Experienced Vine-rs have said that it’s easy to get accepted to review books but more expensive electrical items are rarer. You can be accepted to five items at a time that you MUST review before you bid on another item.

Is it easy?

You might have seen Amazon Vine marked reviews on the site before, and you’ll notice that they’re typically much longer and in depth than the average Amazon review. Some even include videos of people using the product! They don’t ask you to share on social media, but the type of reviews required make this one of the more time consuming programmes.


boots product testing


Boots run two product testing programmes Boots Review Panel (not taking applications at time of writing) that is quite similar to the other ones we’ve explained here, and Boots Volunteers that tests products before they go to market. With Boots Volunteers all you know about the product you receive is what is vaguely is (i.e a plum lipstick) and a serial number. You won’t know what brand it’s from or what its selling points might be.

How many products will I get?

It totally depends on who Boots are looking for at the time - you might find when you’re filling out the application that you’re screened out for being male, or having oily skin, they’re looking for a certain type of person to test each product, and if you’re not suitable then you won’t get anything.

Is it easy?

Boots Review Panel only want you to review each item on the Boots site, which isn’t so strenuous, but Boots Volunteers want you to really test it out and let them know whether you have any skin reactions or thoughts, as these products are totally new.


toluna free products


Toluna is a survey and product testing site where you can get free items from brands like Nivea and Maybelline.

How many products will I get?

It’s a matter of luck, you have to individually apply for different items on the product testing page, and there are only a few hundred of each to send out. So fingers crossed!

Is it easy?

It’s easy to sign up and get started applying to testing programmes, there aren’t loads of surveys you need to do before you can apply, either. We’ve heard it’s quite hard to get onto a programme as Toluna has a huge member base.

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