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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-Dec-11 11:24:23

Have a read of our thank you thread and you could win a signed copy of Kitchen by Nigella Lawson or 5 Cadbury's Treasure Boxes worth £50 in total......

Did you know that in the last year the Insight Team (Ann, NewGirlHelen and Carrie) have given away prizes for taking part in surveys, product tests, events, threads, focus groups etc, worth a staggering £25K? Loads of you have taken part in product tests - from the 1800 Samsung American-style fridge freezer to Walkers Sunbites (and many many things in between - so many we couldn't even begin to calculate the value of goods tested smile). We are very grateful to everyone who applied to take part in a product test, took part and/or read the feedback. It's all about reviewing products on behalf of your community and sharing the love (hopefully!) with MN and with the company behind the product.

We've also asked you to complete a number of surveys - so thank you if you've taken the time to tell MNHQ or various clients what you think about a myriad of topics, from kids shoes to your experiences of miscarriage.

Many of these projects have been conducted on Mumsnet, but an increasing number of interesting market research projects are happening off site, via our research panel. If you are part of the panel, many thanks and if you need to change any details we have on the database please email

Now for the plea for help...we're always on the look out for new folks to join the panel - click here for more info or to sign up. Everyone who signs up using this link will be entered into a prize draw to win a signed copy of Kitchen by Nigella Lawson or five Cadbury's Treasure Boxes worth a total of £50 grin

You can also enter the prize draws by adding your thoughts to this thread regarding...

a) suggested companies or products you'd like to see put to the MN test next year (no promises mind)
b) what you have enjoyed reading about, taking part in on MN (relating to product tests, surveys, discussions etc)
c) any suggestions for NewGirlHelenMumsnet's new nickname...she has been here a year now and is no longer NewGirl, but there is already HelenMumsnet so we are stumped.....(her surname starts with an R)

We'll do the draw at the end of January so you have plenty of time to have a think!

Coming up in 2012 alongside lots of new projects we are having a new page all about the market research we do, so watch out for that.

Merry Christmas to you all and best wishes for a Happy (and prize winning) New Year

Ann, NewGirlHelen and Carrie at MNHQ smile

Here's the link to sign up for the panel again

ilovesprouts Wed 14-Dec-11 11:40:01

i think im on the panel not sure can anyone look for me thanks

Kveta Wed 14-Dec-11 11:49:32

c) could they be ClassicHelenMumsnet and LatestHelenMumsnet? grin

or get New Helen to change her name by deed poll to make your lives easier?! grin

gothicsanta Wed 14-Dec-11 11:53:27

A look at reviewing children's magazines or comics. How about helenrmumsnet or helen2mumsnet

bananamam Wed 14-Dec-11 11:59:47

Cameras!! I buy a lot of cameras it seems and can never ever seem to be happy with one....get a product test for those please!grin. Still and video.

As for enjoying of product tests, I am about to enjoy a ford for three weeks,does that count??

And new helen could be HelenRmumsnet or HRMumsnet....that's sounds like HerRoyalMumsnet though.....but it might be fittinggrin

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-Dec-11 12:01:40

'course you're on it ilovesprouts...thanks

Piffpaffpoff Wed 14-Dec-11 12:03:30

I would like to see camping equipment up for test, in particular the Vango inflatable tents look intereting! And obviously, I get to be a tester for suggesting it. wink

belledechocchipcookie Wed 14-Dec-11 12:08:54


I would like to test tea or chocolate, or maybe bubble bathgrin
I really enjoyed the Hasbro testing, the DCs still play with Optimus Prime!

Lastly, how about MumsnetHelen?

CMOTdibbler Wed 14-Dec-11 12:12:34

I've really enjoyed being part of the panel this year.

I think that some product feedback for clothes retailers would be fab - we know that retailers aren't producing what 40+ women especially want (and I had such high hopes for Mary Portas), and you only have to read the hundreds of posts on winter coats to see they are missing out on those. M+S need to pay particular attention !

Fillybuster Wed 14-Dec-11 12:15:29

I'd like to say a big thanks back to MN Towers, especially Ann and NewGirlHelen (sorry Carrie, but all my emails/threads have been from them!) for all the absolutely brilliant stuff the Fillyhousehold have had the chance to enjoy this's been totally amazing!

In fact, at the risk of never being selected for anything again, I'm going to admit publicly how much great stuff we've had from MN this year....

- Blobo (ok, it was a bit pants, but it kept the dcs occupied for a few days in the middle of the summer holidays, which is definitely A Good Thing)

- the Pearsons books aged 1-7 (brilliant, brilliant, brilliant - it gave DS' reading a boost at exactly the right time, and he has loved it)

- Aldi nappies (don't laugh - they were great and I'm kicking myself for spending £££££s all these years on Big Name Brands)

and last, but by no means least....

- Goats Cheese tasting and cooking session (the best afternoon out I've had in a very long time!)

In addition to all that fabulousness, we also won tickets for the Regents Park family festival thing - which was great fun despite the rain, and worth over £70!

Oh....and it was either this year or last that I won a half-box of delicious wine, too....

Now, in an attempt to actually answer the questions:

a) suggested companies or products you'd like to see put to the MN test next year (no promises mind)
Tricky, as some of the more successful ones have been quite left-field....but maybe
- Educational electronic games (such as Leappad)
- More mystery shopper activity
- Cosmetics/Face creams from No7, L'Oreal etc would be interesting

b) what you have enjoyed reading about, taking part in on MN (relating to product tests, surveys, discussions etc)

As above, I obviously enjoyed the actual testing we got to participate in, but actually it was very interesting to read wider feedback from other MNers, swap notes etc. I also find the feedback on other products tests (like the Spud one) interesting, even when I haven't participated.

c) any suggestions for NewGirlHelenMumsnet's new nickname...she has been here a year now and is no longer NewGirl, but there is already HelenMumsnet so we are stumped.....(her surname starts with an R)

Sorry sad but it was lovely to meet her in person at the Goats Cheese event!

So, to finish a stupidly long post...

thanksthanksthanks all round from the Filly-household...bring on Product Tests for 2012! grin

NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-Dec-11 12:23:41

I like the sound of HerRoyalHelenMumsnet, thanks bananamam. Am off to buy a tiara online now!

bananamam Wed 14-Dec-11 12:28:37

Ah your welcome HRH...grin now you need a tiara smiley!!!!

whenPaschagotstuckupthechimney Wed 14-Dec-11 12:29:12

a) I'd like to see more childrens clothing brands on test, especially shoes. Also small appliances - handheld vacuums, steam mops, another iron, coffee machines, etc - In fact could you link with QVC or other tat channel for a Mumsnet Recommends hour with us all testing the products on tv and taking it home ?

b) The appliances and cars always interest me, not so fussed about the food.

c) Has NewGirlHelen got a middle name? Or she could go all posh with Helena? or Helene? Or what about the name she always wanted her mother to call her? (I spent several weeks aged about 7 wishing I was called Rapunzel because of her lovely long hair)...

feedthegoatsletthemknowitsxmas Wed 14-Dec-11 12:33:10

I particularly enjoyed the Pearsons books testing. Ds has come on in leaps and bounds with his reading this year and he really enjoyed them. They also encouraged me to make the move from picture books to chapter books and bedtime which we are all enjoying.

llynnnn Wed 14-Dec-11 12:35:33

Thank you to all at mumsnet, we've really enjoyed testing the sunbites, tomato seeds, hasbro toy this year smile feel very lucky to have taken part.

I would like to try more cosmetic brands, creams, make up, shower products etc.

It would be good to get feedback from the retailers too once our panel feedback has been submitted. Would make an interesting read to hear how our comments would be used and if anything has surprised them.

missorinoco Wed 14-Dec-11 13:12:35

Thankyou MN. It is always a treat to find a "you have been selected" email.

We enjoyed sunbites, tomato seeds, bio oil. My favourite was the tomato seeds. We dug up a small area to plan seeds, and also grew some other vegetables. We made green tomato chutney following a suggestion on the thread and will now grow vegetables each year.

What do i think would be good?
Nappies (I know done) and wipes products testing. What about brands of various dull but functional products like tinned tomatoes? Mystery shopper for size comparisons in various shops.
Am happy to volunteer to personally taste all the various salted caramel brands and post my opinion. {grovel grovel}

The replacement that springs to mind for new girl is old git. (Waves bye to salted caramel). However as I can't bring myself to post the title I don't think that's much help. HelenthesecondMumsnet? Although that seems to imply HelenMumsnet has been disposed of.


bagelmonkey Wed 14-Dec-11 13:13:23

NewGirlHelenMumsnet could name change to TheMumsnetterFormerlyKnownAsNewGirlHelenMumsnet

Moodykat Wed 14-Dec-11 13:13:58

Yy to handheld vacs. I really need one but don't want to shell out until I can read real reviews by people I trust! (yes, MN, I trust you all!)

katz Wed 14-Dec-11 13:20:04

Carpet washers or those 3in 1 machines I want to know what mumsnetters really think!

More car test drives would be good

zipzap Wed 14-Dec-11 13:29:56

Another one here who has enjoyed being part of the panel this year. Can I assume that if I was on it this year, I'll continue to be on it next year or will I need to sign up again?

Also been lucky from Walkers Sunbites to Clinique cream to the Goats Cheese Tasting event and I'm sure more besides... Fingers crossed there'll be more next year to add to the list - as others have said, it is always exciting to find an email saying 'You've been chosen...' in your in box!

As to the questions:
a - suggested products etc
cameras, plus associated things like printing photos or making photo books and gifts. And a camera / photography workshop event would be really really good.

b - enjoyed reading about and doing
have loved testing everything that's been sent but highlights have to be the goats cheese tasting and also being a potato recipe tester. Was quite a disappointment not to have a recipe this month and it's been fun as all the family have been caught up in the fun of trying something new and giving feedback (always handy with a fussy 6 year old to try to get to try something new!)

c - only discovered newgirlhelen was at the goat's cheese tasting event as she was leaving, however how about InsightfulHelenMumsnet as a nickname? Bit longer than newgirlhelen but makes you sound clever and thoughful as well as it ties back to the Insight bit of MN...

TheProvincialLady Wed 14-Dec-11 13:49:23

How about NotThatHelenMumsnet?

I've really enhoyed it too, thanks very much. We've had smoothies, a wii and goodness knows what this year.

In answer to your questions:

a) nice, ie high end, makeup and skincare products; handheld vacuum cleaners; a decent washer dryer (is there such a thing? I would love to find out), clothes, gadgets and board games
b) I always find it fascinating to read what other people think about the products we are testing

GauchitaCascabel Wed 14-Dec-11 14:00:34

thanks MNHQ, we were chosen for the first time this year to test a product. We tried the Aldi nappies and they were fantastic, thanks again for choosing us <hopes she's chosen again and again wink>

a) It'd be great to test more
Food products
I second vacuum cleaners/handheld ones (I love love love my Dyson handheld).
Breast-pads maybe? I stuck to Lansinoh ones after trying one or two others and them being really bad.
Websites that offer services such as photo printing, or photo-book ordering? Slings/baby carriers (there's just SO much out there it's daunting).

b) I loved being able to test something and for our feedback to be useful. I find myself looking for pre-existing threads on here if I'm thinking of getting a product I haven't owned before, as there's nothing better than the experience of others to give you objectivity grin It'd be great, as Llynnnn mentioned, to hear back from the companies after the product tests.

c) Can't help there, I suck at nicknames blush I like HRHelenMumsnet, though wink I'd like to thank NGHelen for all her patience every time I email her telling her links don't work grin

thousandDenierStocking Wed 14-Dec-11 14:01:19

I have loved being part of the panel so far, it appeals to my critical and pernickety nature wink

I particularly enjoy getting stuck into trying to break beta versions of websites. More companies should try getting Actual Real Life People to test the effectiveness of their online presence.

I'd be happy to take on bigger projects and provide more detailed feedback if I knew there were a definite incentive to do so, even if it was just a token £10 Amazon voucher or similar.

buggyRunner Wed 14-Dec-11 14:21:33

Think we should test stain removers, washing detergant, carpet cleaners, moisturisers, hair products, home fitness equipment and kitchen equipment

Spirael Wed 14-Dec-11 15:07:37

I'm already part of the panel. smile For the most part it's been fun, though the main thing I was selected for (Achica) was very nearly more hassle than it was worth; despite all the trials and the back and forth emails, I never did get the full recompense promised for the feedback I provided for them!

Had a few problems with Pearson too, being sent the wrong age-range of books...then sent a duplicate copy of the wrong age-range books in the next round! To be fair they did then send out the right ones and I was allowed to keep/donate the wrong ones, so I have less problems there.

If I am (hopefully) chosen for any more product tests in the future, can I please have less stressful ones? wink

a) suggested companies or products you'd like to see put to the MN test next year (no promises mind)

I'd particularly like to test some kind of tablet or notebook, to see whether it can help a manic busy WOHM to try and keep life organised. It'd also be good to test how well it stands up to toddler attacks when it's 'discovered' in my bag!

b) what you have enjoyed reading about, taking part in on MN (relating to product tests, surveys, discussions etc)

It's interesting and informative to read honest and genuine reviews, rather than 'cherry picked' opinions that often appear on a company's website. After all, they're hardly likely to publish any less than glowing feedback themselves!

c) any suggestions for NewGirlHelenMumsnet's new nickname...she has been here a year now and is no longer NewGirl, but there is already HelenMumsnet so we are stumped.....(her surname starts with an R)


... Not that I'm implying Not-So-NewGirlHelenMumsnet is anything short of lovely! wink

ilovesprouts Wed 14-Dec-11 15:37:03

ive tested a few things looking forward to doing the same in 2012

WhoIsThatMaskedWoman Wed 14-Dec-11 15:42:50

Agree that poncy skincare and other beauty gimmicks would be a good test - though I'm not sure whether if I were a snake oil merchant beauty laboratory I'd let my overpriced gunk loose on the somewhat cynical MN demographic.

Children's magazines would be good - they tend to be avaiable via expensive 6 month subscription, so a product test might be useful.

Could NewGirlHelen be HelenBackMumsnet?

ouryve Wed 14-Dec-11 16:14:17

I'm on the panel. Some of the surveys have been quite interesting.
specially chocolate. And if Lego ever want product testers, I have a very willing and rigorous tester in the house! smile

I suppose OldLagHelenMumsnet doesn't sound all that flattering, really. wink I don't exactly have the most imaginative username, myself!

StellaAndFries Wed 14-Dec-11 16:18:50

Things I'd like to see reviewed or to test:

Cloth nappies, I couldn't test these but as disposables have had a go perhaps it'd be nice for cloth to have a try, also it may convince dispo users to switch.

Nice beauty/personal care products,

Always love food blush

Some secret shopper style days out would be good, we could report back on our experiences.

Cleaning products, especially stain removers, carpet cleaners etc.

ouryve Wed 14-Dec-11 16:21:45

Forgot to say, I've really enjoyed the tests, too - this year it's been Tomato seeds, sunbites, blobo and bio oil, plus I won a load of JL vouchers for reporting on an event I'd probably have spotted as i did my weekly shop, anyhow! I'm also still wearing the Berghaus coat I tested late last year - it still looks good!

GrownUpBelievesInSanta Wed 14-Dec-11 17:05:42

I have really enjoyed taking part in the product testing this year, it's really put a smile on my face a few times helping with the Pearson's 1-7 group, especially since my DS gets to benefit from so many great books, and I get to spend the £50 vouchers on the Christmas presents.

The day I got the envelope in the post was a really bad one, had had just about enough with my step dad's brain haemorrhage and my best friend being hospitalised after I'd been nursing her at mine for a week. Was so worn out and fed up, and when I signed for the envelope I though it was going to be something bad. Instead it brightened up my whole day. Thank you so very much for that.

TheRealMBJ Wed 14-Dec-11 17:17:42

Thank you thanks all but especially to NewGirlHelen who was immensely helpful in sorting out the logistics surrounding the delivery and installation of my Glorious King of Fridges, the Samsung grin.

I would like to suggest the following :

A) cameras, pushchairs, and more foods. Perhaps some frozen food product as I think they are very recession friendly (although the logistics may be difficult)

C) HelpfulHelenMumsnet

(Please can I win the chocolate I need it because I'm breast feeding 2 children) grin

miSaltireandwine Wed 14-Dec-11 17:26:15

I too have enjoyed being on the panel.

I'd like tos ee clothes for 40+ women - I think someone else mentioned it up thread - and especially taller women (I'm 6ft tall).
Also skincare and beauty products <big hint, I love Soap and Glory>

As for NewGirlHelenmumsnets name, well I think I have sussed it

Nelliemumsnet - Nellie is a nickname for Helen is it not grin.

I await delivery of the chocolategrin

TheFestiveWife Wed 14-Dec-11 18:19:32

I think a test for a a fmily holiday in Disneyworld would be good. wink

TheFestiveWife Wed 14-Dec-11 18:19:45


HazeltheMcWitch Wed 14-Dec-11 18:36:16

Well, I think I've only been selected for the Sunbites trial, so that's easily the best one I've participated in...! I did enjoy reading all the excitement about the fridge trial however, once I had managed to quell my jealousy. Agree with those who have said it is fab, and rare, to read really honest unbiased feedback - where good is presented alongside bad, the good can be trusted more.

I think it'd be great to test: beauty products/fragrances (as in formulations in development), also bras - ones that are meant to be comfortable, to my mind never are.

BornToFolk Wed 14-Dec-11 19:02:26

thanks to Mumsnet for the Insight panel. I've really enjoyed testing things this year.
My favourite was the Warbutons bread products. It was really fun to try and create some new recipes...and eat them too grin

I do enjoy the food product tests.

champagnesupernova Wed 14-Dec-11 19:54:46

oh yes, borntofolk I forgot the Warburton's bread test. I really got into that one. Also very much enjoyed the sunbites almost ate them all in one go blush

I would love to test any beauty products (have heard great things about Babyliss Big Hair <eyes limp hair sadly>) though actually love receiving food in the post too [greedy]

Maybe NewGirl could be Helen L Mumsnet a bit like Samuel*L*Jackson??

Anyway, thanks to MNHQ for all the fab insight panel, am sure it's load of work to pull together.
I heart Nigella and chocolate so would be happy with either prize grin

PandaG Wed 14-Dec-11 20:07:16

I've enjoyed taking part in lots of surveys, and the product testing - Sunbites particularly come to mind as the whole family loved them.

I too would be very happy to do more mystery shopper type stuff - did Matalan earlier in the year - and the guaranteed Amazon voucher was an excellent incentive to give up my time.

would be happy to test more games, food, anything really. I like providing customer feedback.

CheeryCherry Wed 14-Dec-11 20:38:37

What about TheOtherHelenMumsnet? Or TheLatestHelenMumsnet? Or TheNewAndImprovedHelenMumsnet?
As a family we enjoyed the sunbites survey, and I enjoyed the facecreme one - it took me out of my comfort zone and knocked a few years off me lol!
So I enjoy the cosmetic/bathroom products, and the foodie ones of course, and would appreciate more of those. I love the fact that the surveys have that little incentive of a prize draw (easily pleased) though I like filling in surveys so don't mind anyway
Thanks for all the fun!

Collision Wed 14-Dec-11 20:39:58

TheOtherHelenAtMumsnet would be good!

I would like to say a huge thanks to everyone at Mumsnet for the great products we have had to test this year too.

We did Sunbites, Dolmio, tomato seeds, we won the Wii testing and all the games, we got to go to Hamleys for Skylanders and-product-test-the-Wii-game-at-home We won lunch at Jamies in Reading.

I would like to do wine tasting, skin care products for dodgy skin, childrens' clothes and shoes would be great too.

SanTEEClaus Wed 14-Dec-11 20:54:17

a) suggested companies or products you'd like to see put to the MN test next year (no promises mind)

Hmm...I am searching my head but I can't think of anything. Unless you want to do a special 'test out Spas in NI and ROI' campaign. I'd be willing to help with that. grin

b) what you have enjoyed reading about, taking part in on MN (relating to product tests, surveys, discussions etc)

Really enjoyed the Walkers Bites as did my husband and my son. Bio oil was also an interesting one.

c) any suggestions for NewGirlHelenMumsnet's new nickname...she has been here a year now and is no longer NewGirl, but there is already HelenMumsnet so we are stumped.....(her surname starts with an R)

First of all, you must make it an HR policy that you cannot hire anyone with the same name of anyone who already works there. Sorted for the future. wink

Now as to Helen....HelenTheGreatOfMumsnet works well, if a bit long....

::Tee hopes chaos noticed all those proper caps:::

asuwere Wed 14-Dec-11 21:11:29

I've enjoyed being on the panel - each time I've been chosen to test something, I've got a little too excited and DH has enjoyed making fun of me!

Good things to test would be cleaners/vacuums, kids clothes, slimming undies smile

As for Helen - I like Inmysparetime's suggestion of HelenMumsnet and MumsnetHelen smile

I'd like to see delivery companies being put to the MN test.

I use the MN reviews section quite a lot - most recently to find out about slow cookers.

I'd go with HelenTheMelonMumsnet (sorry, and not for any particular reason).

ChippyMinton Wed 14-Dec-11 22:48:10

NoNotThatHelenTheOtherHelenMumsnet who is absolutely lovely of course (it was you at the suncream event, was it not?)

Best things this year:
Sunbites, Innocent, Garnier suncream (how's that going btw?) and the Amazon voucher I won smile

Thank you Mumsnet Team for selecting me to take part in some of the trials. I'm like a big kid at Christmas whenever I get a MN package in the post! I still haven't got over not being chosen to test the Samsung Fridge though..

I personally would love to see some coffee or cheese product testing.
Or maybe some arts/crafts stuff.

As for a new name for Helen, I quite like TheProvincialLady's suggestion of NotThatHelenMumsnet

Do you have to re-register for the Insight Panel for next year?
I wasn't sure so did it again anyway.

moonbells Wed 14-Dec-11 23:02:01

I've had fun testing things, though I can't say I did very well with the tomatoes! I still have lonely green ones in the shed...

The Chedds tests were definitely the star here. I spend a fortune on the blasted cheese toasties... DS really does adore them! I like the sunbites and can cheerfully eat a packet or two...

I really like being part of this (not so little) community. I've admittedly got a lot out of it this year (both help and cheese) and hope that I can carry on dishing out my not-so-pearly bits of wisdom next year grin

Tests - er - can anyone supply a test cleaner or two for a week? Oh, it was in the Plum competition? <sigh>
Foodie things, though it would be nice if they did the testing before finalising the products, as the Chedds haven't changed despite us all moaning about the impossible packaging!

Helen - I couldn't possibly top some of the suggestions above!
Happy Christmas

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-Dec-11 23:21:08

No need to complete the panel form again...once you're in; you're in! (unless you opt out of course!).

Thanks for all the lovely's all great feedback and is being shared with all the teams at MNHQ

PigeonStreet Thu 15-Dec-11 09:09:48

I second the suggestion of testing new family tents or camping equipment as we always hang our noses over new bits of kit but hardly ever purchase them in case they are a waste of space and money.
I would love to test beauty products, kitchen equipment, kids outdoor toys and other quite expensive toys which we would only buy if we knew they were worth it.
Oh also I would like a masterclass in how to fill in the application to be a tester as I never get chosen hmm and I bet there must be a particular way of filling the form in [wonders if there is a secret mumsnet handshake I didn't know about...]

PigeonStreet Thu 15-Dec-11 09:13:36

Ooh I meant to ask if I am on the panel, I am pretty sure I am as I keep getting emails...

goingtoofast Thu 15-Dec-11 10:08:04

I've had great fun this year being on the panel. Loved the Allplay tennis product test!

Would also love to test out camping gear and kitchen gadgets.

norriscoleforpm Thu 15-Dec-11 10:37:58

a) suggested companies or products you'd like to see put to the MN test next year childrens mags, yes, also new womens' mags? coffee machines another fab suggestion, holidays wink ? b) what you have enjoyed reading about, taking part in on MN (relating to product tests, surveys, discussions etc) love entering the competitions!
c) any suggestions for NewGirlHelenMumsnet's new nickname...she has been here a year now and is no longer NewGirl, but there is already HelenMumsnet so we are stumped.....(her surname starts with an R) nearlynewHelen

PosiesofPoinsettia Thu 15-Dec-11 11:30:25

a) suggested companies or products you'd like to see put to the MN test next year (no promises mind)
LG products....they're quite new and could use the marketing!!
Roll Royce, I would like to do the school run in stylegrin
Comparison of cleaning products
Vacuums please!!

b) what you have enjoyed reading about, taking part in on MN (relating to product tests, surveys, discussions etc)
Tennis has been my highlight....although plagued with illness and injury.
And I've enjoyed the car tests.

c) any suggestions for NewGirlHelenMumsnet's new nickname...she has been here a year now and is no longer NewGirl, but there is already HelenMumsnet so we are stumped.....(her surname starts with an R)

SantaffetaClaus Thu 15-Dec-11 13:26:22

I enjoyed testing the Pearson books and the Dettol handwash. I also got some books and joined in the webchats about them as a result. I posted a fair bit about miscarriage and helped a little with the campaign, and would be happy to do more of this.

Moving forward, I'd be pleased to test children's sports equipment, more books, unusual or new food/drink products, kitchen gadgets, gardening equipment or online services.

Helen - PartoftheFurnitureHelenMumsnet


WannabeMegMarch Thu 15-Dec-11 13:39:38

I would love to see a section reviewing apps for children? Especially ones that have an educational/therapeutic value? I am happy to be the guinea pig wink to try them out and feedback.....
On that note, reviews of new portable technology e.g. i-pads, i-phones, android enabled phones etc.
Like others here, would love to see more reviews of cosmetics for (cough) maturing ladies e.g face wash, night moisturiser, sensitive skin stuff.

And like many others, I find myself dithering when purchasing and wondering WWMND (what would mumsnet do?) smile

jimswifein1964 Thu 15-Dec-11 14:02:17

Loved the Pearson books (and was the Disney clubhouse website this yr or last?!).

Ideas for the future: kids clothing (we rarely fluctuate form our usual haunts), mystery shops to test family friendliness in shops/cafes etc, food!!


Liska Thu 15-Dec-11 14:21:37

Couldn't she just change her name, round a mouthful of Christmas pud, to Heren Mumsnet?

Seconding Stocking's comment about websites - it feels so good to actually let them know what makes a site good to use.

And for other testing - kids' clothes. I am so sick of buying things (not cheap things) that just fall apart. Especially tights - how can it be that some manufacturers' tights just come apart at the crotch with a couple of wears, whereas cheaper versions last months? And don't get me started on vests, or t shirts, or jeans with silly skinny legs, or horrid scratchy labels.

I'd love to be able to test some, or just to access some feedback.

DingDongFruitShootsMakeYouHigh Thu 15-Dec-11 14:22:29

a) suggested companies or products you'd like to see put to the MN test next year (no promises mind)

Household appliance tests are always good. I'm always interested to read 'real' peoples recommendations and experiences rather than relying on all the glowing reports on the company / product websites.
Products for older children or games reviews etc. The Wii give aways /games etc are a good idea but a product tests for older children's games to discuss the ratings, suitability etc would be great. esp if i got one

b) what you have enjoyed reading about, taking part in on MN (relating to product tests, surveys, discussions etc)

I like the surveys, but my children are all older (youngest is 10) so sometimes i feel it is not as relevant to us.
DS has really loved the Pearson books. Thank you so much for those. Have never known him so enthusiastic about reading!
I enjoyed looking at some of the car reviews but I was too jealous to read the fridge freezer ones sorry!

c) any suggestions for NewGirlHelenMumsnet's new nickname...she has been here a year now and is no longer NewGirl, but there is already HelenMumsnet so we are stumped.....(her surname starts with an R)





aristocat Thu 15-Dec-11 14:51:18

gotta dash to school, will return later smile

munstersmum Thu 15-Dec-11 15:03:22

a) Products. Its Olympics year so more sports especially in light of b) below? Something like family orienteering/ that fast frisbee.
Food is always good.
Have you done lipsticks? I still haven't found one out there that lasts more than a couple of hours.

b) The best test for us was the Allplay Tennis. This was brilliant for the whole family & we're still involved. The tomato seeds revealed a sad lack of green fingers.

c) Helen obviously needs to become T'OtherHelen to ensure MN does not only communicate in RP.

aristocat Thu 15-Dec-11 16:33:40

a) suggested companies or products you'd like to see put to the MN test next year (no promises mind)

well food items are always good, cosmetics, toiletries and houshold equipment. i would love to be a secret shopper and report back on service/ standards if that is ever needed grin

b) what you have enjoyed reading about, taking part in on MN (relating to product tests, surveys, discussions etc)

i was fortunate enough to be chosen for the CMax test and we had the best 3 weeks with the car.

c) any suggestions for NewGirlHelenMumsnet's new nickname...she has been here a year now and is no longer NewGirl, but there is already HelenMumsnet so we are stumped.....(her surname starts with an R)

there have been lots of good suggestions already. how about ....

gazzalw Thu 15-Dec-11 17:10:50

Thank you - have very much enjoyed joining Mumsnet this year (can't think what stopped me before!) and meeting fellow Mumsnetters at that lovely goats cheese and wine tasting event last month! We have enjoyed doing the Pearson's Book Review as a family and munching our way through Cheds and Sunbites! DS, his friend and I also very much enjoyed our chill time at the Spyro Skylander Event! They were envied by all their classmates

As for review items/subjects for 2012, possibly:
a) some sort of family holiday type of experience - YHA/Butlins (don't snigger!) or something similar
b) other family oriented sports classes (similar to the tennis one) - maybe swimming?
c) Possibly some of the up-to-date or soon to be released state of the art Tablet type devices (some of us are curious and don't necessarily have these gizmos) - would be good to see if indeed they are life-revolutionising!
d) More wholesome children's foodstuffs
e) something similar to the potato recipes challenge - very envious that we weren't chosen - an apple one maybe????
f) A day/week/month National Trust membership type collaboration to fully demonstrate

As for a new nickname for NewGirlHelenMumsnet what about ReliableHelenMumsnet or HelenReliableMumsnet?

ChippyMinton Thu 15-Dec-11 17:37:42

HelenaMumsnet as in Helen R.Mumsnet?

Asnowflakeisforlife Thu 15-Dec-11 18:16:28

Just a note to say thanks or all the lovely products I have tried and tested this year. It is great to get a confirmation email. smile

I would love to test gardening, cooking or reading things in the future.

PrettyCandlesAndTinselToo Thu 15-Dec-11 19:06:15

There was a survey recently about patenting courses. I would love to test a selection of courses and course styles. Such a varied and opinionated group as MNers would probably provide a stringent test for a patenting course!

HelenRaiserMumsnet? Though for all I know Helen might be a very naice, demure, young lady wink

Lilyloo Thu 15-Dec-11 19:28:27

I have really enjoyed being part of the panel this year.
I liked the sunbites test as the whole family could be involved , also the innocent one. More food testing would be good.
Would love to get some camping things to test out ( or another fab fridge test after kissing out on the last one ) Also would like to test school shoes or restaraunt chains would be good.

Lilyloo Thu 15-Dec-11 19:32:14

How about 'RotherHelen' as in 'r other Helen'

Hulababy Thu 15-Dec-11 19:51:49

Like the idea of the camera testing whoever mentoned it.

Nipple Thu 15-Dec-11 20:43:32

I can't believe I missed the cheese one.

Things I'd like to test:

A landrover
A camera

And a name for NewGirlHelen?

Cna't she ust call herself Edna or something?

Cankulzof Thu 15-Dec-11 20:49:39

Have just twigged that the Nige book on offer is autographed and not in fact lightly burned blush

And for Helen?

HelenPart2TheRevengeOfMumsnet has a ring, right?

snice Thu 15-Dec-11 21:21:18

My children say thank you for the sunbites testthey couldn't get over free crisps beng delivered!

How about ReviewHelenMumsnet

vincenta Thu 15-Dec-11 21:29:25

I would love to test tablets, phones, make up, books, magazines, family friendly days out, breadmakers, baking tools, stain removals, laundry detergents,tv, ebook reader, toys, fitness dvds, zumba, home gym equipment.
I tested sunbites and I really liked them, so tasty.
I read with envie about fridge test and man iron and thought that it would be so greta if my husband do all ironing, yeh, he told me that it's my duty and it doens't mater what kind of iron he will have:
Anyway I do it better, yeh by the way I need new iron, maybe we can test some "woman" irons?
"Helen is a feminine given name derived from the Greek &#7961;&#955;&#941;&#957;&#951; Helene, meaning "torch" or "corposant."[1] Another possible derivation is the Greek &#963;&#949;&#955;&#942;&#957;&#951; or Selene, meaning "moon."[2] Helen of Troy is a character in Greek mythology"
HelenOf Troy Mumsnet

Takora Thu 15-Dec-11 23:30:33

Well, I think I'm on the panel as I did test the Aldi nappies, but signed up (possibly again) just in case - probably with more up to date information!

a) suggested companies or products you'd like to see put to the MN test next year

You might well have done some of these already, but here goes:

- as already suggested, definitely educational electronic games, e.g. leappad.
- educational software / DVDs / music for toddlers/children. "Your baby can read" would be interesting.
- apps for iphone etc aimed at toddlers / children / parents, etc
- mystery shopping
- make-up
- educational / musical toys
- cleaning products
- training pants (such a poor variety for younger toddlers)
- baby / toddler / children's clothes - especially socks! i've been through some horrendous ones!
- booster seats
- trikes/scooters
- sunglasses for toddlers
- sandals / shoes
- bedding including waterproof sheets
- photobook and other photo design products
- websites
- cameras
- maternity wear (especially for washability / durability - have also had some disasters here)
- hotels - if this is ever a possibility!
- buggies and accessories
- travel accessories
- potty training products, toilet seats, travel potties, etc.

b) what you have enjoyed reading about, taking part in on MN (relating to product tests, surveys, discussions etc)

I always enjoy reading the feedback and discussions. I love testing products and giving my feedback though and the Aldi nappies and wipes trial was definitely interesting.

c) any suggestions for NewGirlHelenMumsnet's new nickname...she has been here a year now and is no longer NewGirl, but there is already HelenMumsnet so we are stumped.....(her surname starts with an R)

I am awful with things like that and hard to do without knowing her, but my somewhat boring two pence worth:

OldGirlHelenMumsnet!!! (I know!)
MumsnetRHelen (as in Mumsnetter Helen)

That's it!

LaVitaBellsAreRinging Fri 16-Dec-11 07:22:46

Yes another big thank you here for the product testing. I was lucky enough to get one of the Samsung beasts, and I'm so excited about filling it up for Christmas!

I would love to test expensive jewellry wink, children's toys, clothes, shoes, winter boots/coats, coffee machines, a kitchen aid, morrocccon oil, downtown abbey on DVD. This is actually my xmas list!

I'll test anything really, and food always is good smile

HellsBellsMumsnet ?

AlmaWalkingInAWinterWonderland Fri 16-Dec-11 07:55:16

Hmm, MN test - mooncups? Fruit shoots? Actually, toys would be good, winter clothes, kitchen equipment.

I enjoyed the MN census, really liked the Bio Oil testing, and the testing of the Dettol No-Touch things. I was a bit disbelieving about both prior to testing and a convert afterwards.

Seaholly Mon 19-Dec-11 12:40:42

Always happy to take part especially when the survey is relevent and generally the surveys aren't too long winded which helps, even though I have to be prompted with a reminder most times!

My dc's also loved the sunbites test, so more family food ones would be great grin
I would alos like to see more kitchen appliances like the fridge test again (and please pretty please be selected this time) grin
Hows about a child friendly sofa wink
Oh and if you need someone to try out Johnny Depp for any reason, I would gladly product test him anyday wink

doughnutty Wed 28-Dec-11 17:39:36

Food tests popular chez doughnutty!

Would love a changing bag/handbag test. Also, think my washing machine and dryer might be on their last legs, so anything like that would be useful.

Could Helen do a mash up name a la SuBo, SiCo??


I have enjoyed doing the surveys, most were the right lenght and thus managable (and not coma inducing...)

Dh the children and I loved doing the Walkers Sunbites product test, and I particularly enjoyed the fact that they could be involved...
We also enjoyed the Dolmio tomato growing challenge, although mine did not grow too well....

I would be more than happy to take part in future product tests, cleaning products and beauty products would be good ones (as you can invite lots of people to take part as opposed to say white goods where the company would only send out say 5 products for 5 families to sample...

I shy away from any product tests whereby you have to video yourself or your family, we are not that sort of family...

A mobile phone / tablet style gadget test would be very much appreciated, as would bags - I am a woman of 40 years old and have still not found that holy grail that is 'the perfect bag'. They are either too big, too small, handles to short, across-the-body-strap too short etc.
Ditto purses.

MarTURKEYSTEWart Wed 28-Dec-11 18:54:45

I would like to test beauty products, cleaning products and toys.

We loved being part of the panel, the surveys are never too long and we got to test some fantastic products - thank you smile

Nevergarglebrandybutter Wed 28-Dec-11 18:59:09

I want more video diary reviews.
Especially if they are by me!
I had such a laugh making my ford video I'd be happy to do more video reviews. I think it might encourage more mnetters to hear the reviews too as we all know we're too nosey to ignore a video review to see what we all look like.

More hand dancing in the car I say.

molepomandmistletoe Wed 28-Dec-11 20:02:26

YY to carpet cleaners and carpet stain removers, especially with adhd DS.

It's these things I go through the most because of DS alone and if anyone want me to try out a toy that they claim is tough or unbreakable then send it this way and I'll let you know how long it actually lasts during a meltdown!

SantasSnowilocks Wed 28-Dec-11 20:48:46

i am more than happy to roadtest toys and see if they can be broken ds1 sees it as his personal challenge

suggestions would include: sofas, paint, drain unblockers, snack food, perfume, make up, beauty products, shopping bags, biscuits, white goods, nespresso type coffee machines, childrens and adults bikes.

My family had a great time being a Wii winner - we're on the video, which i love...

It's been really easy and fun being part of the Insight product testers.

My fave Helen Suggestions are HellsBells, HRHMumsnet, and HelensAGiver

Helenahandcart would be my suggestion grin

Dishwasher tablet/capsules. Painkillers (know that's tricky though). Also could we do service reviews rather than products? Much happier to go see whether Pizza Hut is really a lot worse than Pizza Express than heat up a frozen pizza.

Oh and I wuv you all wink and enjoyed all of it frankly. Even the bits I didn't (feeling benevolent).

YY to service reviews, definately!! Customer service beyond crap in some places...
And yes too to dishwasher tabs, laundry detergent tabs etc.

I too have enjoyed it - bring it on for 2012 grin

<would like to be chosen for more product tests though...>

ScorpionQueen Thu 29-Dec-11 01:59:19

I have been lucky enough to test a few things for MN, and always do the surveys. I also get a few free books but now I am a Kindle owner would love some kindle copies.

I would love to be a mystery customer for Mumsnet, testing customer service, family friendliness, food, drink etc.


a) suggested companies or products you'd like to see put to the MN test next year (no promises mind)
anything whatsoever household and preferably edible . Children's clothing? Outdoor clothing, waterproofs, splash suits and the like? Dairy free / free from products? (that's only because I've got df kids and imho 'free from' must need better testers, most of it tastes cr@p!)

b) what you have enjoyed reading about, taking part in on MN (relating to product tests, surveys, discussions etc)
innocent was the most awesome. You only need to look at our fridge door to see just how awesome. Those magnets.... Did the first Pearson and enjoyed that too, plus a few surveys cos I'm opinionated Have found all the review results I've read to be useful, tbh.

c) any suggestions for NewGirlHelenMumsnet's new nickname...

why not just cut out the mums bit - so last year....Helensnet would be so much more, er, you wink grin

Do I have to re-register as a panel member or have you thrown away the key for those already in, no escape?

StuckUpTheFarawayTree Thu 29-Dec-11 08:27:01

I'm not sure if my survey went or not. I completed it on my iPhone and got to the last question where my cursor jumped and the page changed. Is there any way to find out? Or should I try again?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 29-Dec-11 08:27:11

MrsShrek...a bit like Fiona you are forever trapped on the panel database - no need to rejoin - grin (though naturally should you want to leave please do let us know..!)

LovesBloominChristmas Thu 29-Dec-11 10:35:21

I'd like you to put Clarks to the test, I know I'm not the only one who has has issues with their fitting.

LovesBloominChristmas Thu 29-Dec-11 10:37:45

NewGirlHelen should become HelenMumsnet, and HelenMumsnet should become OldHelenMumsnet grin

LovesBloominChristmas Thu 29-Dec-11 10:38:39

Or HelenMumsnetJunior and HelenMumsnetSenior?

SantaIsAnAnagramOfSatan Thu 29-Dec-11 13:48:13

maybe supermarkets? i'm rather annoyed with my one doing some very dodgy scamming with pricing and so called 'offers'. re: something being clearly nearly twice the price it was a couple of months ago but now apparently being on special offer or at a new low price etc.

not sure how you'd compare them but it would be nice to have them garner our opinions on how they should label promotions - what we feel about messing about with prices and thinking we're idiots

no clue on the helen x 2 business. can't helen 2 just use her middle name or something? or maybe notsonewgirlhelen@mn

sleepevader Thu 29-Dec-11 20:45:51

I love mystery shopping.

I think Asda should try and redeem their bad reputation by changing their accounting procedures and do some online grocery shopping mystery threads using mumsnetters from acrooss the country

hi, I have loved being on the panel - love giving my opinion! I would like longer for product tests - eg was very disappointed at not being able to do the Metro Bank testing. It was right up my street but the time was only a couple of days. As mentioned by pps would like to see feedback from companies.

Like the idea of more childrens products.

Sorry totally useless at funny nicknames!

daisychicken Thu 29-Dec-11 21:08:41

I think I am still on the panel? I have enjoyed doing surveys and the matalan test. I think all sorts of things should be tested - a bit like the Which? tests - who better to trust but "ordinary" people?!

I think your new name should be LadyHelenMumsnet grin

Suggested products - I think we need to test and review far more chocolate. It would be hell, but we would do it for the greater good. Likewise puddings and cakes. Cameras is a good serious suggestion.

HelenTheSecondofMumsnet - for NewGirlHelen's nickname.

HugosGoatee Fri 30-Dec-11 12:06:59

thanks Thank you MN for making 2011, the year of my first pregnancy with horrible hyperemesis and complications and a difficult birth incalculably easier with the best support network I could wish for. Not massively relevant to thread but thought I'd share the love. More relevantly thank you for the amazeballs Samsung fridge which everyone has been gushing over since it made its appearance!

I'd like to sign up for the panel, will click on linky shortly. I'd second testing winter coats and services as well as products, also clothing ranges for little boys as I am already fed up with 'little terror' type stuff and the fact that everything has to be bloody blue because my baby happens to have a penis.

HugosGoatee Fri 30-Dec-11 12:14:28

Ooh I thought of a good one - NCT and any other support groups for mothers. I enjoyed my NCT classes mostly because I met some lovely people through it - I thought the delivery of the sessions was incredibly old-fashioned, although most of the info was good (although biased against interventions / ff) the was it was delivered was straight out of the 1600s ime. It could definitely do with an injection of MN modernity and oomph. I thought it would be great if MN had ante-natal classes - I'd sign up! I know NCT are a charity but they should still make the effort to make their expensive classes a good user experience. Less laminated photos of nursing mothers from the 1970s and one single video shown on a tiny portable DVD player to 16 people in a freezing church hall and more interactive discussion and use of technology.

Testing cameras is a good idea. I quite fancy playing with a Nikon DSLR.

School shoes would be good too!

FourThousandHoles Fri 30-Dec-11 15:27:41

I got Sky TV free for a year, the whole HD shebang, and it couldn't have come at a better time as DH has been ill and was housebound for a while and became addicted to IPL cricket

We now have the dilemma of what to keep and what to ditch come April as we can't afford the £70+/month it would cost to keep it as it is.

I have a feeling I joined the panel but I I've changed my email address. Will email and check.

Things to test:
Carpet shampooers
Educational websites

FourThousandHoles Fri 30-Dec-11 15:31:22

Oooops forgot to say thanks for choosing me for the sky tellybox.

Thanks thanks

hippoCritt Sat 31-Dec-11 18:03:55

Could M road test sofas? I'd like to know about one which stands the test of families and time, also to be delivered in large boxes to entertain the DCs for hours

SantaIsAnAnagramOfSatan Sun 01-Jan-12 06:07:16

i have a Q - if you are lucky enough to win something do you have a guarantee/take it back rights?

i won a load of kenwood vouchers last year (thank you very much). one thing i used them for was a kettle that should have been about £70 and has blown the whole of downstairs electricity. it started leaking a little and now has totally gone.

i was a bit shock as i've existed on tesco's £5 kettles much of my life and never had a problem with them.

do i call kenwood direct or go back to the pr company who arranged the thing - i have no proof of purchase. or do i just put it down to a learning curve and feel smug in the knowledge that yes i was right all along in buying cheap appliances?

the rice cooker sticks and overcooks bottom of rice without fail but i'm very glad to have it, the breadmaker is wonderful would recommend to all and the coffee maker is lovely. (just to share the positives smile )

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 01-Jan-12 12:29:40

SantaIsAnAnagramOfSatan sorry to hear that - I think you should try with the pr company (do you still have her details?) Let me know via PM if you don't get a response and I will see what I can do.

SantaIsAnAnagramOfSatan Sun 01-Jan-12 12:41:27

i feel a bit embarrassed fussing about it seeing as it was free ann. not sure i have her details anymore will check but feel bad about annoying her with it. it was hard enough work for her spending weeks working out what i was allowed to choose to spend my vouchers on and i'm sure she was glad to see the back of the whole promotion! thanks for response.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 01-Jan-12 15:02:48

I know what you mean but at the same time I am sure they want folks to be happy with the product! I still have her name etc so let me know if you need a hand.

lisad123 Mon 02-Jan-12 09:50:26

i think QueenofbiscuitsHelen

SantaIsAnAnagramOfSatan Mon 02-Jan-12 10:14:57

thanks ann - if you could pm me her email address that would be great smile

I've really enjoyed testing the Aldi nappies, as sad as it sounds! They are great and have opened my eyes to a world beyond Pampers!

Things to test: second cameras, toys, beauty products.

Thanks for having me on the panel! thanks

I haven't got any imaginative nicknames to suggest I'm afraid...

LoonyRationalist Mon 02-Jan-12 17:13:40

a) Items to test: Camping equipment and/or sites. Kids shoes. More cheese I hated reading about others trying the goats cheese..

b) I've enjoyed, sunbites, innocent - I killed my tomato plants though sad

c) No ideas here although HRMumsnet looks good smile

SantaIsAnAnagramOfSatan Mon 02-Jan-12 20:24:41

i think more head to heads would be good - so same product/appliance with a number of mn'ers selected to test each and then feeding back. would be good to compare if they're confident enough to go up against each other.

RainQueen Mon 02-Jan-12 20:41:07

I have enjoyed the testing this year.

I think it would be useful to blind test cleaning products and washing powder (and I wouldn't find testing chocolate products too much of a hardship- no New Year's diets here grin

ShatnersBassoon Tue 03-Jan-12 13:29:38

I'd like to see toasters tested. I'd love to find out if there's a toaster that can toast bread at the same rate on both sides.

Silverlace Tue 03-Jan-12 18:30:05

I agree with the previous comments regarding carpet cleaners. I have a pale carpet and have tried several types with no luck. I would really appreciate knowing if one really worked before buying it.

I think the car tests are brilliant (sadly haven't been picked for one!). It is great that manufacturers use real families to try their products and that they use Mumsnet as we are after all a bunch of real people with hugely differing lifestyles but all wanting to do the best we can for our families.

I also think that food tests are good (I got the Sunbites). It would be great to be involved in the development of a product before it came to market. I often moan that things can't have been used in real life before being launched on the unsuspecting public.

JulesJules Tue 03-Jan-12 20:48:53

How about OtherHelen or Helen2 or HelenMiddlename ?

I loved doing the innocent stuff - although I didn't get asked to do much, and my daughter pinched the bag and notebook!

Best thing was testing the wii and the wii games and the dds were so excited about it, thank you so much for that!

I would like to test carpet cleaners [tragic] or food blush

ScaryFairy28 Tue 03-Jan-12 22:51:28

You should test Neilson holidays or I'd happily speak about the ones Ive done already.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 04-Jan-12 13:06:30

You lot have spoken - thanks for all your ideas about my name. While my fave was definitely the regal HerRoyalHelenMumsnet, we're a democracy here and I shall be known as TheOtherHelenMumsnet from now on!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 04-Jan-12 14:00:12

Ohh get TheOtherHelen with her new nick name!!

ScaryFairy28 - do add a review here for any hols you've been on....

rumpleteaser Wed 04-Jan-12 21:13:55

I would like to see more test products available to MNers outside of the UK.

I was too late with my suggestion for helens new name but I will add that I was gonna suggest WonderfulCleverBeautifulHelen please send me the chocolate as we can't get cadburys here!

Lucewheel Wed 04-Jan-12 22:03:23

I enjoyed doing the product tests and the school uniform tests. It is the everyday items that I like to read about such as cleaning products, books, food, toys and children's clothing.
As far as changing my shopping habits it has been the school uniform tests that have changed my approach. I now spend more per item on less items due to the quality differences and overall cost over time, thank you MN.
Companies that I would like MN to put to the test would be ones with more small kitchen appliances, anything to help us be more efficient ( home organisers etc) and some organic food and cleaning companies.

ProfessorSunny Thu 05-Jan-12 11:36:21

Am I on the panel please?

I'm on the panel but have never been asked to review anything - how do you receive the invites?

I'd love to see slow cookers reviewed - it seems a popular gadget to have and I need to upgrade mine soon and would like to know which one is recommended.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 05-Jan-12 13:41:32

Professorsunny - yes, you're on the panel and we've sent you a few invitations to take part in surveys in the last month or so - have you received any emails from us? If not, we may have the wrong email address for you - please PM me if that's the case!

RichTea - we send invites as and when they come up but also keep your eye on the site because we do lots of product testing here as well as via the panel!

BumptiousandBustly Thu 05-Jan-12 14:40:12

I would love more tests/reviews of kids books - and IT stuff for kids.

JulesJules Thu 05-Jan-12 17:42:52

Oh I did the tomatoes one - we got 6 (SIX) tomatoes! The last remaining plant still has two weeny green tomatoes on it...

ProfessorSunny Thu 05-Jan-12 19:12:18

Thanks Helen, I was confused! lol, yes I did do the surveys.

orangina Thu 05-Jan-12 22:53:14

Hi there.... sorry, am feeling a bit slow this evening... do I have to sign up if I want to REMAIN on the panel? Thanks!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 06-Jan-12 11:04:42 need to re sign up - you're still on it - thanks

orangina Fri 06-Jan-12 11:13:39

Many thanks Ann!

GladbagsAndYourHandrags Fri 06-Jan-12 14:13:48

Just about to sign up for the panel as I enjoyed doing the Matalan school uniform test (and DS trousers are still looking great). Bit late with my name for Helen but surely you should be OurHelenMumsnet?

Tobermory Sat 07-Jan-12 21:49:47

a) future Mumsnet tests - seconding earlier suggestions, food, educational apps, crafty activties.
b) I am also very excited when i get something to test - this year tried nappies, sunbites, moisturiser, appletize amongst other things.
c) I would like to be able to suggest an exciting and creative name for NewGirl Helen, sadly completely out of inspiration.

TheAvocadoOfWisdom Sat 07-Jan-12 23:01:29

It would be good to test toys and baby equipment. There's so much stuff marketed at you when you're pregnant it's hard to see the wood for the trees.

Also I'd like to review stuff which isn't for the kids: holidays on tropical islands, champagne and high-end fashion grin

rushofbloodtothefeet Sun 08-Jan-12 22:46:25

AnnMN I have a question. I am on the panel, but (fairly) recently updated my email - I changed it on my MN account, but I still receive Panel emails on my old account - how do I get them changed?

BigBlueBear Mon 09-Jan-12 12:38:24

Can we test cookbooks please? Do the claims of speed, ease and taste really live up the hype, for example?!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 09-Jan-12 13:50:12

ruishogblood...please can you pm me with your new email address and I will update our spreadsheet. We are on a separate database to the main MN one, thanks

rushofbloodtothefeet Mon 09-Jan-12 14:09:09

Done smile

Blatherskite Mon 09-Jan-12 15:58:34

At the risk of looking like I'm sucking up a bit - I am absolutely loving being on the insight panel. DH was rather underwhelmed until we got a chance to do the Sky+ test which is proving a huge hit with the whole family.

Just wanted to check though - I expected there to be a little more involved than just watching loads of TV - in the name of research obviously wink, I've not missed a load of review threads have I Ann?

We also tested Warburtons wrap things which were lovely and Bio Oil which has made me all nice and soft. Really looking forward to be involved in some new tests in the new year.

If you need anyone to test a holiday somewhere nice and hot MNHQ, I'm your girl grin although if you could fit in a free diet guru package somewhere first, that would be for the best if you want photos!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 10-Jan-12 12:17:55

Blatherskite - will PM you.

Thanks for the feedback on all this guys...very useful for showing commissioning clients!!

I signed up but don't think I've received any confirmation - should I have?

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 26-Jan-12 16:23:06

ObviouslyOblivious we don't send confirmations, but you are on our database and we will start sending out opportunities for you to take part in panel research soon.

Thanks Katie

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 31-Jan-12 17:33:28

Thank you for all your comments, they have been extremely useful.
We hope you will be trying even more products and taking part in even more surveys with us again this year!

Now for the prize draw, congratulations to:

PigeonStreet you have won the signed copy of Kitchen by Nigella Lawson

and the five winners of the Cadbury's Treasure Box are:


I will PM you all to get your details

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