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Home Tester Club Review: Free Products?

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The Home Tester Club is home to thousands of product ratings and reviews, offering you the opportunity to join their club for exclusive product invites.  In exchange for the product, they simply ask that you leave an honest review.

It is said to be the world’s biggest e-community of shoppers where you can find out all you need to know to buy better.

As a member, they will deliver free products to your place, where you are then asked to jump online and share your experience.

While the premise sounds true, is it worth joining, even though it’s free?

Home Testers Club Review

Today, I signed up and tested it out for a while to see if it’s worth your time.

What kind of products can you get?  Is it worth your time?  How does it work?

As in all of my reviews, I’m always honest and would only recommend something I personally would use.  I don’t promote scams nor would I ever praise them because they paid me a commission.  This isn’t how this website works.

While you won’t make money joining, you could receive some cool products.  If this sounds like something you’re interested in, then you may want to stay tuned to see if it’s something suited for you.

What is the Home Testers Club?

The Home Testers Club is operated by the Buchanan Group, which is a company all about expert testimony and peer to peer endorsement, essentially helping brands learn more about their products.

The company has been around for more than 30 years and was created to become an online community to help shoppers leave reviews for fellow shoppers like yourself.  All reviews are 100% uncensored, and the feedback helps leading brands develop a better product for the future.

As I write this, the company has more than 2.4 million testers in its database with more than 2.6 million reviews and over 7,400 products tested in total.

There’s no doubt the company behind the scenes is legit, but just because they are, it doesn’t always mean it’s worth joining.  That’s why I’m here, after all.



Signing Up

To join, you can do so in one of two ways.  You can sign up by connecting your Facebook account or you can sign up via your email.

I chose to sign up with my email, and all they asked for a lot of basic information, from my street address to a “bit about me,” which was a short demographic survey to learn more about my household.  While it may be annoying to give out your street address, they will need this in case you do qualify for a product.

All in all, the entire sign-up process took about five minutes to complete and is mandatory to get started.

To qualify, you must reside in one of the following countries to qualify:  Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, USA and UK.

Joining is 100% free.

Your Dashboard

After you sign up, the website will ask you to leave a review, but this seems to be optional at the time, so don’t feel as you need to do it right away.

This review can be on anything you see in the database, from hair to pets.  You can see a variety of the categories available in the screenshot above.  Again, it’s not mandatory, so if you don’t want to leave one just yet, you don’t have to.

If you do decide to leave one, just find something that you have used and leave an honest review.  Remember, this is what they are all about.   It should only take a minute.

As for your dashboard, it’s simple and consists of a few menu options, from reviews to your testing platform.  You can also view your notifications to see what’s new, as seen here…

As you can see in the screenshot, there’s nothing much to your dashboard and is very easy to use.  I will talk about how each menu works in detail next.

Testing

To me, the only part you will want to pay attention to on the site is the testing section.  This is where you will get to see the many freebie opportunities.

In this section, you can find current tests that you can apply to as well as check out any product testings they had in the past.   Like PinchMe, a company similar to this one that I wrote about in the past, it works in the same way.

You will fill out a short questionnaire and apply.  If the brand likes your demographics and you are what they are looking for, then they will send you a product to test at home.  This can be a variety of things, from healthcare products to food.  Honestly, it can be anything that you see in that category graphic posted prior.

Then, once you receive your product and test it, you will be asked to log in and complete the test online.  The whole process can take up to six weeks to receive your freebie.

Registering for a Product Test

To register for a product test, just click through on the “test” link, which you can find in the top menu.

Then, look for the open tests.  It will look something like this…

For instance, while I was writing this, I could apply for a topical pain product.

And, in that questionnaire, I was asked a few questions in regard to my pain, such as how often I feel it, what kind of remedies I use and which brands I prefer.

At the end, it said if I were selected, I would have to follow the following rules:

These seem to be the standard rules, but other rules may apply, depending on the product you test.

Basically, as long as you test the product, complete a survey and leave a descriptive review, you should remain in good standing.

Receiving a Product

After you confirm your screener, the company will contact you in a few weeks if they feel you’re a good fit.  At that time, you will receive a confirmation email, letting you know what’s expected of you as well as that your product has been shipped.

According to the company, it can take anywhere from one to three weeks to receive your product.

In case you don’t receive your product after three weeks, the company does ask that you log into your account to confirm your address.  If it’s right, then there could be some postage delays.  If not, you will have to update your address to receive your products.

What Others Are Saying

In all of my reviews, I always love to check out the internet to see what other people are saying, listing both the pros and cons.

Below, you will find just about everything I could find online, most of which came from third-party review sites.

The Pros

  • free products
  • 100% free
  • easy to use
  • open to multiple countries


The Cons

  • you won’t always qualify
  • don’t get paid

Final Thoughts

You’re not going to make money with the Home Tester Club, but you could receive a product every few months.

If you love to test new products and don’t mind sharing your experience, then it may be one to consider.  It’s definitely a legitimate company, but you shouldn’t expect a ton of products showing up on your doorstep every month.  Honestly, you would be lucky enough to see one.  Even the products you do receive will be very small sample sizes.

Just like in my PinchMe review, I would only consider it if you like trying out new things.  It will only take a few minutes of your time to qualify, but who knows?  You may find something that you never knew existed.

If you do sign up, just make sure you log in daily and/or check your emails for notifications as good tests do tend to go quickly.

Now, I will leave it up to you.

Have you ever joined the Home Tester Club?

Are you thinking about joining?

Have you ever received anything?

As always, feel free to sound off in the comments below!

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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