It can be fun to get snail mail…especially when it includes free products that you can test out. There are lots of companies out there that send you products to try out and review.
Companies take the time to send out free products in exchange for your opinion for several reasons. One is that they want to be sure that what they’re making is something that people want to buy.
Another reason is that they want consumers to spread the word about these fun new products they’re getting. After all, word-of-mouth is a very effective form of advertising!
I personally just think it’s fun to try new products, so I’m signed up to receive freebies – yes, full-size products – from many of these brands.
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Companies That Send Free Products
Here are the top companies that send you products to test for free. In this post, we’ve outlined how to get started and what you can expect to receive.
McCormick is a retailer of spices, seasonings, extracts, and other products that give food extra flavor.
There are several name brands under the McCormick umbrella including Cholula Hot Sauce, Frank’s RedHot, French’s, Lawry’s, Old Bay, Stubb’s, Zatarain’s, and more.
Sign up for McCormick Consumer Testing to help guide their food development process. They use their database of registered consumers to try different products.
If you’re local to the Baltimore, Maryland area, you can test in person at their facility. Otherwise, they occasionally send products to your home for you to prepare, test, and evaluate.
You’ll receive the products for free along with monetary compensation for your time. In-home tests typically pay $10 – $15. They also periodically give away Amazon gift cards to those who fill out their internet surveys.
PINCHme sends free sample boxes to consumers. They partner with well-known companies like Kellogg’s, Kraft, L’Oréal, P&G, Unilever, and more.
You’ll need to sign up for PINCHme and complete your profile, then claim your samples each month. You’ll choose which samples you want from a list they give you.
Note that these samples go quickly, so you’ll want to respond ASAP once you get the email that monthly samples are available.
After you receive the samples and try them out, PINCHme asks you to complete a follow-up survey to let them and the companies know what you thought of the products.
It’s not 100% necessary to fill out the surveys, but you will need to complete them in a timely manner if you want to continue to receive free samples. Otherwise, PINCHme may limit the number of samples you’re eligible for in the future.
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3. Daily Goodie Box
Daily Goodie Box sends out boxes of free samples and full-size products monthly in exchange for your opinion.
To get started, you’ll need to create an account and confirm your email address.
Note that they typically reward those who are active members of the community that comment on their Facebook page. Each day they give away 10 – 500 Goodie Boxes to commenters on the daily post.
These Goodie Boxes will contain products from a variety of brands. They partner with over 300 brands to supply over 400 products for their members to try!
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4. The Pink Panel
The Pink Panel is for women of all ages, skin types, and skin tones who love beauty and personal care products.
When you sign up for this consumer testing panel, you’ll have the opportunity to try out cosmetics, hair care, personal care, and skincare items at no cost to you.
And they’ll compensate you ($$$) for your participation if you diligently participate in the product testing opportunities. Most of the time, you won’t know the brand name of the product you’re testing.
Once you sign up, you’ll receive emails and Facebook posts alerting you to opportunities to test new products for anywhere from one day to eight weeks.
After you test, you’ll usually get to keep the product and receive a $25 – $100 incentive in gift cards or beauty products.
They also have in-person and online focus groups that pay $100 for your time as well as surveys you can complete for a chance to win gift cards, prizes, and products.
You are asked to limit your participation to one beauty product test every six months, but you can participate in as many online beauty and personal care surveys as you like.
Join the Smiley360 community for the opportunity to try products for free in exchange for your honest feedback.
After you sign up and complete your profile, you’ll be eligible to apply for Missions. If you qualify for a Mission and are accepted, you’ll receive a free product that matches your interests and lifestyle.
This product comes in a Smiley Kit that contains your free product (sample size or full size) along with instructions for what you need to do to try it out and let them know what you think.
You’ll also earn points and badges for completing the Mission that makes you more likely to be picked for future Smiley Kits. And these kits sometimes include extra coupons and samples you can keep or share with family and friends.
6. Johnson & Johnson
Friends & Neighbors is Johnson & Johnson’s product testing panel. When you sign up, you’ll receive invitations to participate in product tests, focus groups, discussion forums, and online surveys.
You must be 18 years or older to join, but if you have children, they can participate in product testing opportunities with your consent.
If you’re selected for a product testing opportunity, you’ll be trying out products before anyone else, whether it’s a body wash, dental floss, mascara, or other product.
These may be home-use studies, but they also conduct studies at their local facilities in Skillman, New Jersey. Focus groups last around 90 minutes to 2 hours, and consumer panels meet on a regular basis.
After you test a product, you’ll receive compensation in the form of a Visa gift card for your participation.
MomSelect has a mission to connect mom influencers and brands. They’re looking for moms who have a website and/or an active social media presence. If that’s you, this opportunity is worth a look!
You’ll need to register with MomSelect and fill out your profile so they can offer programs that are a good fit for you. Once you do, you’ll start receiving information about programs with MomSelect partners.
These programs can include product testing and reviews, blog and social media tours, social spotters campaigns, mom mixers, and more! And yes, they’ll usually compensate you for your time. (You’ll know all that info in advance.)
Besides receiving free products, you may also get the gift of an experience and/or become a brand ambassador!
Brands that have worked with MomSelect in the past include Beech-Nut, Chick-fil-A, Dawn, Fisher-Price, Logitech, Walt Disney World Resort, and more.
Join InStyle Trendsetters if you love all things style and InStyle magazine.
When you sign up, you’ll be able to share your thoughts and opinions on a variety of style topics like beauty, fashion, and home décor. You can also evaluate brand-new products and give feedback to InStyle itself.
Each time you complete a product review, research study, or review, you’ll be entered into their quarterly sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes including $100 and $20 gift cards.
Vocalpoint is a great fit for you if you love sharing your honest opinion and trying out new products. When you join Vocalpoint, your voice has the power to impact brands and influence others.
Vocalpoint asks you to complete surveys so they can bring you the most relevant product experiences. You can also check out new products that are still in the concept phase to help brands gauge your interest in their new ideas.
And, of course, you can opt-in to be an early product tester for new prototypes. You’ll receive pre-market products and try them out before they hit the shelves. Products may include new skincare products, chocolatey treats, and more.
They do ask for your honest feedback, of course, as their goal is to fine-tune their product before it’s sold to the public.
Sometimes these product testing opportunities will give you a monetary incentive as well as free products. This will come in the form of a gift card which you’ll typically receive two to four weeks after the program is closed.
Those who homeschool may be interested in joining the Homeschool.com Product Tester community.
It’s easy to get started – just sign up for their email list. All opportunities are communicated directly via email; there’s no online portal to look browse.
This community is an important part of Homeschool.com. Homeschool.com doesn’t create anything – books, products, or even sections on their site – without running it by their Product Tester group first.
You’ll receive free books, free kits, and free Special Reports by being part of this community.
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Influenster isn’t just for influencers…it’s for anyone that has a social media account. Their community is made up of over 6.5 million members that review full-size products for various companies.
Some companies they’ve partnered with in the past include Hellman’s, Hershey’s, L’Oréal, Maybelline, Pure Leaf, and more.
To get started, you’ll create an account and download their app. Be sure to fill out your profile accurately and completely, and don’t forget to include a profile picture.
Once your account is ready to go, you’ll start to receive alerts letting you know of their new VoxBox opportunities. These VoxBoxes include free full-size products that you can use, review, and share your opinions about.
Vogue Insiders is a product testing opportunity like InStyle Trendsetters mentioned above. This is an exclusive beauty membership for the Vogue readership.
To join, you’ll need to create your personalized beauty panel and be accepted. You’ll try out beauty products and let them know what you think. It’s that simple!
SheSpeaks is a community of women who sign up for a chance to try products, share opinions, and partner with brands that market specifically to women.
Once you sign up, you’ll need to fill out your profile completely so that they can offer you relevant experiences and programs to join.
Members can share their opinions on how they live their lives, what products they choose, and why. They also test and review products, fill out surveys, and participate in discussion forums and polls.
L’Oréal USA has a consumer testing program for men and women ages 18 and older to help them evaluate their products. These include not just the L’Oréal brand, but also CeraVe, Garnier, Maybelline, NYX, Redken, and more.
Sign up for an account and once you’re approved, you’ll be eligible to test products like cosmetics, haircare, skincare, and sun care.
BzzAgent partners with well-known brands to send you free products to try. After you try them out, you share a review on social media or your own website. They’ve partnered with Gillette, Hershey’s, L’Oréal, Rimmel London, and more.
You’ll need to sign up for an account and fill out your profile to let BzzAgent know what interests you.
When they have a campaign that they think is a good fit for you, they’ll send you an email invite so you can apply for the campaign. Note that the turnaround time on these applications is super quick, so don’t hesitate!
If you apply and are accepted, you’ll try out the product and share your experience across social media. Of course, this means that you’ll need to connect your social media accounts to your BzzAgent profile.
Become a Reebok Product Tester to get a sneak peek at the products of the future! Those who have a passion for sports, fashion, and the Reebok brand are encouraged to apply.
You’ll need to provide your body measurements and not test any competitor products. You also cannot share any information related to the product you are testing.
To qualify, you’ll need to fit one of their product sizes and meet minimum weekly activity requirements for your sports.
The Product Testing Team selects you based on apparel/shoe size, athletic profile, demographic profile, geographic location, and sport.
You’ll test the product for two to four weeks and keep detailed logs of your daily activities. Once you’re finished with the testing period, you’ll send it back to Reebok (so no keeping these – bummer!).
You can see that there are lots of companies that send out free products. Some have their own panel their customers can join, while other brands partner with market research groups to send products to a panel.
Hopefully, you found a few or more options on this list that appeal to you. Have fun getting your freebies!