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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 21-Dec-12 13:07:06

The time has come for the insight team at MNHQ to do our annual round up of the year, to plead for those of you not yet on our panel to sign up and to thank you all for taking part in some amazing projects this year!

(In case you don't know insight covers surveys, product tests and sponsored threads on MN, as well as bloggers reviews, and reviewers recruitment)

Let us know what you think on this thread and you could win another prize!
We've got:

A Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 worth c£180 courtesy of the team at TalkTalk more details here

A whole years' supply of Aldi nappies from the folks at Aldi - worth c.£500

And thanks to the Royal Academy we have two x 4 adult tickets to their new exhibition showcasing Manet early next year. There are two prizes each of 4 tickets (if children under 12 they will go in free so the winner can invite another 2 adults) - worth £120. More info here

In 2012 we have given away over £25,000 worth of prizes in the form of vouchers, books, beauty products, hampers and technology.
You have tested nearly £70,000 worth of products - including having your DCs put My Little Pony, Chicco toys and Wonderbook Book of Spells to the test.

We've surely made (some of you) look younger or slimmer with product tests for Garnier UltraLift, Origins Plantscription and M&S shapewear. wink

We've helped feed the family by trying out the HomeCooker from Jamie and Philips, scoffing Kingsmill Fruit and Fibre bread and helped make dishes tasty by introducing Bisto Stock Melts.

We've got you talking about a range of topics - from baking for the Big Fair Bake, visiting National Trust properties with the family and cleaning with Ecover.

What have you enjoyed taking part in this year? Or appreciated reading about? What would you like us to product test next year?

Most of the product tests are on site but we also do a lot of projects with our lovely research panel. If you are not yet on our panel please see this link for more info or to sign up. You can select how often you get emailed and you can leave at any time if it?s not for you.

So to win one of the lovely prizes please do one of the following:
~ Post on this thread about what you've enjoyed doing insight-wise this year or what you've appreciated reading about
~ Post on the thread any suggestions for product tests etc you'd like to see next year (no promises but we can try!)
~ Post on the thread to say you have joined the panel

Thanks as ever for your time and feedback - all very much welcome grin
AnnMumsnet, TheOtherHelenMumsnet and KatieBMumsnet
x

FoofFighter Fri 21-Dec-12 13:17:47

I've just signed up smile

I would like to put myself forward for intensive product testing of Johnny Depp.

Well I've really enjoyed getting a Dyson this morning grin. Looking forward to testing it.

I'd like to see more car test drives and more technology/gadgets testing. Also kitchen gadgets - perhaps some stuff from Lakeland?

I really appreciated taking part in the m&s shapewear earlier this year. Was scathing in my review, but having since lost a bit of weight can now accept that they didn't scrimp on the sizing and I was, in actual fact a fat sod. smile I tried link lady apples as well and they were scummy, although we were a bit sick of the sight of them by the time they were finished.

Next year? Umm... Given my shape wear will be bursting at the seams again by January 1st, how about some 3 month (trial) memberships with virgin active or David Lloyd (or both!) smile

WowOoo Fri 21-Dec-12 13:32:08

I liked testing the Plantscription serum. I got it and thought it would be crap, but it was actually marvellous stuff.
I'd like to try any chocolate based new products or any new apps.

I love being on the MN panel, I've had loads of freebies lots of opportunities to give meaningful feedback to various companies.

My favourite part was definitely getting my Hoover grin I've loved all the product tests.

Next year I'd love some camping or gardening themed surveys or product tests.

Macdog Fri 21-Dec-12 14:31:20

I'd like to see tests for excema/psoriasis products.
I'm fed up spending ££££ for products that don't actually work sad

totallydot Fri 21-Dec-12 14:31:21

I only recently joined so have only tried the washing liquid so far, but it was a very mighty product and washed well.

Any product that my family can try would be great or eat (even better).

I joined so I could help the companies have meaningful feedback on their products.

Fillybuster Fri 21-Dec-12 14:46:14

I love being on the MN Insight Panel, and this year in particular there have been some fantastic trials...even when I haven't been selected (the amazing 'chop/cook/everything', iron, hoover and dyson trials spring to mind <sob>) I read all the feedback threads <saddo>

This past year has been amazing - there has been a really good range of companies interested in getting the MN Seal of Approval, and I was a jammy so and so lucky enough to get chosen for quite a few things.

Highlights....well, tea with Davina, of course grin and the lovely selection of Garnier facecreams we went home with (although tea with Davina was all I needed,really gringrin). In reality, the cream wasn't great, but that was ok, as I got to compare it with the Origins Plantscription serum a few months later, which was fantastic (sadly too expensive to buy on a regular basis). More of these trials would be good, as participating, or reading the feedback, is much more effective than advertising or a freebie sample size, especially with more expensive products.

The Fillyfamily take their testing responsibilities seriously, and we worked hard (hah!) to make sure our Xbox Kinnect feedback was as thorough as possible. Seriously, thank you again MN for that - we would never ever ever have bought a games console, but have been having a lot of fun with it this year smile thanks

Tesco eco-spray was good, despite the leaking bottle, and the recent Method detergent was fantastic; the chocolate porridge didn't really work for us, but the Kingsmill Fruit and Fibre was a hit!

I'd like to see more of the book review/trials for dcs of the type you ran with Pearson last year, more food trials (not just 'things aimed at children' please), more electronics (household and personal care, but maybe also e-book readers and handsets/tablets?) and more cosmetics. Although if you wanted anyone to trial a 2 week holiday in the Maldives (with or without dcs) I'd be happy to volunteer for that as well grin

cheekydino Fri 21-Dec-12 14:54:14

I joined this year, and got to test some shapewear, which was great! I've filled out a few surveys which was no bother, and I am hoping to get to test something fun soon...preferably a magic Christmas-tummy removing suit in January.

Indith Fri 21-Dec-12 15:05:59

This year I have had Aldi nappies, Origins serum and the recent Method one. It has been lovely to try these things out, in particular the Origins one as I would never spend that amount of money on something. I liked actually being able to see for myself how much better (or not) an expensive product can be. I think testing stuff can open your eyes to something new that you might not have considered, case in point being that I now have a cupboard full of refills for my Method bottle. I never seem to get pick for the big ticket items though sad wink.

I like reading about the every day tests mostly, the ones where I might actually change my shopping habits or try a new product off the back of the thread, stuff like the stock melts or something. I think we all like to try for the big ones like the current Dyson or the bugaboo one there was but I'm not sure how effective they are since most of us say things along the lines of "oh yes I'd love one because I could never actually afford to buy one".

I don't know what I'd like to see. I'd quite like to know how much they listen to feedback though, do they actually make changes based on what we say (is Method going to start having a clear bit in the bottle to see how much is left?) or is it really just a way to get more publicity by making us think they want our opinions?

All in all though I've enjoyed the bits I've done.

ln1981 Fri 21-Dec-12 15:06:31

I have e been lucky to test several things for the Insight panel this year- from the Aldi face serum (with lovely snake venomy stuff in it!), to my favourite, and my dcs, the xbox!! That was wonderful and their faces when it arrived were priceless! We had a great time playing it.
It would be great if you could do more product testing involving the children, whether its technology or toys or books as my dcs really enjoyed being let loose on the xbox.
Thank you for picking me and my family to try out the things we have been able to!

I recently signed up and was lucky to test a chicco toy and the method washing liquid. I hope i can test more things in the future. smile

gazzalw Fri 21-Dec-12 15:17:34

Hi, we've been incredibly lucky to test a variety of stuff although nothing over-domesticated which is a surprise because our home could do with a major overhaul grin. We particularly enjoyed the PS3/Wonderbook one so a big thank you! I also am now a convert to the Aveda Invati products!

We do actually read the feedback for most of the product testing threads which are relevant - it's insightful and useful particularly with foodie products! Do also find that testing products does open one up to buying different stuff sometimes.

Hmmm, for 2013 what about some school related stuff for older children. For example DS (in Year 7) has already ruined one reasonably good quality rucksack by over-filling. But it might be useful for product trials of school bags and related kit? Also maybe sewing machines? Possibly YHA stays or overnighters at Butlins/Centre-Parcs? Or even trips to museums/art galleries (as with the Royal Academy for families?

Mrsbirchall Fri 21-Dec-12 15:21:40

I just joined up smile

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Fri 21-Dec-12 15:27:35

I think I'm on the panel but I never seem to be contacted to take part. Well, I've done a few things via the regular boards but nothing else people are talking about sound familiar...

I would like to see the incentive prizes spread out a bit, personally. Rather than 1 person winning £150 voucher, maybe 3 could win £50? Just an idea.

LaVitaBellissima Fri 21-Dec-12 15:31:30

I have recently trialled the method laundry wash which is fab and seems to be lasting a really long time!
I currently am testing c section scar gel, which also seems to be working wonders on my daughter's forehead scar!

I also was hugely disappointed to not get the Jamie chop cook gadget but I actually got. Samsung fridge freezer last year.

I would love to do more food and cosmetics tests, gadgets, toys, books kitchen sinks and I would be a brilliant family holiday travel reviewer if you are interested wink

llynnnn Fri 21-Dec-12 15:36:51

I've enjoyed taking part in the many surveys this year. We've also enjoyed testing the fruit bread, method wash liquid and the antibacterial spray to name a few!

It would be very interesting to have a reply from the companies as to what (if anything!) has been helpful to them based on the feedback they've had.

I also took a part in the 'trying to love on ssp for a week' trial which was interesting for us and gave us a kick to sorting our finances out and planning more!

Thanks mumsnet! Look forward to taking part in more in the future smile

CMOTDibbler Fri 21-Dec-12 15:38:28

I've done a few panel things, and we really enjoy doing the testing - but dh says he'd like more bloke testing please.

I hope the companies that use MN for feedback really listen to it, and think about what these real women and families are saying.

Reading the feedback on things I haven't been involved with has been very interesting, and has certainly made me buy/not buy things.

WhatWouldGrandmaDo Fri 21-Dec-12 16:05:09

I've tested the method laundry liquid (loved it!) and the kingsmill bread (meh, not so much). in general the products do seem to be well-targeted (to me anyway) and it's good to have the opportunity to try something new, I know I get very stuck in my ways with using the same thing (or the thing that's on special offer).

BahSaidPaschaHumbug Fri 21-Dec-12 16:19:17

I would like to say I've enjoyed taking part in the panel of testers but I've only ever been selected once to try anything so I will hold off my "what I've enjoyed" til I get to enjoy something.

A steam mop would be nice to try.

JustFabulous Fri 21-Dec-12 16:48:31

I have been very lucky and was picked for the M&S Shapewear, the crisps, the wraps and the Method detergent. I haven't started using any of the items though woud have bought the wraps but can't find them in the shops.

I would like my DD to be picked to be a book tester. She read 21 books in 3 days and it is costing me a fortune in petrol to the library as well as buying books occasionally. She is getting quite a few books for Christmas and I just know they will all be read in about 2 days.

firawla Fri 21-Dec-12 16:55:48

I've loved being on the panel, my fave thing was testing netflix because I won the tv and console so that was definitely my best one! I enjoyed trying the netflix service too, watched quite a bit of stuff i wouldn't have otherwise got round to watching and enjoyed taking the time to do that.

I have tried quite a few things and enjoyed taking part in all of them that i've done, I also do all the surveys hoping for chance to win vouchers etc! What I like about the surveys is that you do keep them quite succinct so its not too much of a headache to fill them in. Other companies give ones pages and pages long and very reptitive, and sometimes you just can't be doing with it.

All I can suggest is keep it up for next year, there have been some great opertunities on here for testing, and been interesting to have a look at people's feedback on various products, so more of the same for next year sounds good to me, or if you expand it even more then even better!

Someone mentioned to me about expanding it into the local sections too, ie mumsnetters going to review or try out local days out, restaurant etc and give feedback - that could be interesting too

BeataNoxPotter Fri 21-Dec-12 16:56:35

I've tested Shapewear, PODS and Method laundry liquid and enjoyed them all, in their own way. I think the Shapewear was my favourite however - liked having the choice of what to buy from a range.

DS and I reviewed a children's book too, which was great fun and helped him with his literacy work.

snailsontour Fri 21-Dec-12 17:25:57

Why have I just found out about this lol? Signed up, and keeping fingers, but not legs, crossed I get picked!

I've just joined, so fingers cross things will be winging my way

YulePutTatOnMyChristmasTree Fri 21-Dec-12 17:43:49

I enjoyed testing the aldi face moisturiser I don't think I was selected for any others this year but would love to have done one of the car tests.
More tests involving slightly older children would be good and maybe pet products too. I like reading all the reviews and doing the surveys although I never can think of anything to say in the 'please explain why' boxes!

LittleLolly Fri 21-Dec-12 17:51:29

I joined the discussion about infant colic, which my DS is suffering with at the moment. I picked up a couple of tips to try and won a shopping voucher which was a lovely surprise!

I would like to try makeup/ toiletries, a shark steam cleaner, baby toys. To be honest, I will sign up to try anything!

FrillyMilly Fri 21-Dec-12 17:54:52

This year I've tested the metanium, aldi toiletries, kingsmill bread, method washing liquid and had a dyson arrive this morning!!it would be good to get feedback from the companies. For example I have not bought the Kingsmill bread since the test due to lack of fruit so may change my mind if they came back to say we listened to what you said and added more fruit.

I think I would like to see cosmetics products available to test other than anti wrinkle creams. I know most of us are mums but we still like to look/smell nice and are not just trying to reverse the clock.

MikeLitorisHasChristmasLights Fri 21-Dec-12 17:58:23

I'm already on the panel and have got to test some great stuff in the past.

I think more kitchen gadgets would be good and cars. Maybe an extended testdrive and get to keep the car at the end? grin

fallingandlaughing Fri 21-Dec-12 18:25:11

I love doing the panel. It is nice getting a wee parcel in the post with something new to try or even a prize! The surveys and the challenges can be fun too.

NowBringUsSomeFriggyPudding Fri 21-Dec-12 18:33:33

It's been great fun taking part in some if the priduct tests, especially when the family can get involved. We enjoyed the fruit bread taste test and the sunbites. I actually enjoyed the ecover wipes, which was a bonus as it made me clean the house all in aid of research. I've just tried the washing liquid too which was interesting.
I guess as a family we like the food tests! But I just enjoying receiving free products and giving my opinions! Also maybe new innovative products/concepts would be fun. I agree with one of the previous post regarding having more 'winners', ie splitting the prize a little. Just gives us a little more hope!

ISawSantaKissingThePortlyPinUp Fri 21-Dec-12 18:41:59

I loved the origins serum trial, the dc's really enjoyed the My little pony trial smile

aristocat Fri 21-Dec-12 18:48:29

I am already on the panel and love being a tester smile The highlight for this year was our National Trust video - it was sooooo much fun to do and my DCs had a brilliant time.

I enjoy reading all product tests and our views do definitely influence my purchasing decisions.

Thanks.

SweetMingePie Fri 21-Dec-12 19:01:12

This is my second (I think) year as a tester/panelist and I love being on it. I've tried products I wouldn't usually buy or didn't know exist, some I've gone on to using just from the tests.

The food tests are always good.

I would like to see more product sets taking part up north, they always seem to be London based and feel I miss out by not being able to take part.

SweetMingePie Fri 21-Dec-12 19:02:32

Oh, forgot to add, the excitement and anticipation when the deadline closes and waiting to see if my email box pings when the testers have been chosen is often the highlight of my day blush

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 21-Dec-12 19:06:17

Just to be clear folks - you don't have to be on the panel for product testing - most recruitment is on site here - though there are some product tests, events and surveys which are solely recruited via the panel

Thanks so much for all the kind words so far and feedback - really interesting!

SantasHugandRollintheSnow Fri 21-Dec-12 19:48:01

I've joined the panel. I think mumsnet reviews will always be the most honest out there wink

SantasHugandRollintheSnow Fri 21-Dec-12 19:48:51

Ps I was on the mama mio product test which was lovely, their products are so nice.

poachedeggs Fri 21-Dec-12 19:49:21

I've had three different toys of cleaning products to test and despite their brilliance my house is still a shit tip. So please can we test and review cleaners in 2013? grin

I've loved the reviews, especially lovely was the one where DS got to appraise some V-Tech adverts. They went down so well he asked Santa for one of the products. Fortunately I won an Amazon voucher in the prize draw! smile

I'm a member of a few panels and this is the best in terms of the products, the surveys (they make sense, aren't overlong or boring, and ask relevant questions) and the prizes!

smile

I've tested the kingsmill bread, the method laundry liquid and the stock melts. I love giving my opinion (so it's nice to actually be asked for it.) I find the product tests and reviews are great for discovering products I might otherwise have missed. I'm not sure if I would have noticed the stock melts, but they're now something I buy regularly and I've told loads of people how good I think they are.
I'm happy to test anything, but whiskey, wine or chocolate would be particularly well received in my house.

HilaryM Fri 21-Dec-12 20:17:28

I think I've only done the method laundry liquid this year*, but am happy pottering about filling in surveys and whatnot. I will try to sign up for more of the test-y threads next year I think.

*Method will be pleased, am now a convert!

missorinoco Fri 21-Dec-12 21:06:03

Another Method convert here, and I am quite a cynic. I tested the bread - uninspired, the Method and Ecover.

I like product tests, I get to try something new and see what i think. I bought the Orange hair and body wash for kids recently having tested it - mine loved it and it will entice them into the shower when needed.

What would I like to test? - a Jamie Homecooker [enticing grin]. More food products. I wasn't selected for the stock pots but that sort of thing would appeal to me.

Also, last year you did tomato seeds, we loved those and I attempted togrow some again this year less successfully. More seeds would be good.

But mainly, thanks MN, I appreciate the opportunity to try these things.
Happy Xmas!

maybeyoushouldrivesantassleigh Fri 21-Dec-12 21:36:06

I've tested M & S Shapewear - now a convert to thigh shaping shorts smile and Method washing liquid which was surprisingly good too.

I'd love to see kitchen gadgets tested (and be chosen to test them!) also maybe nut-free/allergen free foods if they exist hmm

I'm thoroughly enjoying the opportunities to test goods and give feedback.

kez1212 Fri 21-Dec-12 22:09:41

I have tried a few things this year, aldi nappies (am converted), and aldi baby toiletries, method washing liquid (Converted), ecover wipes, primula pods and metanium. I also appeared in a bio oil promo on facebook, although that wasnt as good as I thought it would be! I really like the chance to try and review new things especially as I tend to look at peoples reviews before I try/buy something new, especially bigger items. I was rather gutted not to be trying out the Dyson over Christmas though, but nevermind.
I like trying out all different things but think more style/beauty products would be good, hair dye, cosmetics, deodorants. Also more activities/holidays for families with young children, 0-3yrs.
Thanks for the products, Merry Christmas!

Elfontheshelfiswatchingyou Fri 21-Dec-12 22:47:57

I really enjoy the product testing and have been very lucky to have tested the Wonderbook, Book of Spells, Method, a2 milk and a My Little Pony Toy this year, as well as a few things last year.

I always try to give full, detailed feedback so the companies feel they are getting their money's worth and we get offered more stuff to test.
smile

Testing is enough but I would be chuffed to win one of the incentives, and the idea of splitting them is a very good one.

I'd love to test days out or weekends away with/without the kids.

AmandinePoulain Fri 21-Dec-12 22:58:15

I am enjoying testing my shiny new Avent breastpump. smile

I would like to see more 'mystery shopper' type of tests - there have been many a few threads complaining about Mothercare for example - a panel of mumsnetters could tell them exactly where they are going wrong - we'd get a better shop out of it and they could increase their profits - it's a win win. Also, maybe more in local - local cafes or attractions could invite local mumsnetters to try their business and this could be linked to the MN Local site for the area?

prettybird Fri 21-Dec-12 23:02:57

I thought I was on the panel but only seem to get emails re surveys rather than product testing.

Maybe I'm the wrong demographic (50+, one ds aged 12, living in Scotland) or do I just miss the requests for product testing? hmm

SuiGeneris Fri 21-Dec-12 23:08:55

I enjoyed testing the Chicco toys, especially because what we received is not something we would have bought for our DCs, but they loved it, at least in the beginning.
I also enjoyed the Method test and would like to see more tests of household items (e.g. kitchen stuff, cleaning stuff) and educational books/apps. More technology would also be very interesting...

BustyDeLaGhetto Fri 21-Dec-12 23:10:07

I've been signed up about a year but haven't been selected for much. How the arse did I miss a HOOVER GIVEAWAY?

I tested the L'oreal cream, Method liquid and Aldi nappies and wipes. The nappies are the only thing I would buy again, although I'm trying to use more Eco-friendly products now.

I'd like some more cosmetic testing please, chiefly skincare, haircare and make-up, because I am narcissistic and shallow smile

preety18 Fri 21-Dec-12 23:14:14

I've recently joined and had the opportunity to try the method washing liquid. I love reading the feedback of product testing and hope I might join in more the future. Would like to test anything really which the family can use :-)

Cubaba Fri 21-Dec-12 23:35:58

Just joined. Looking forward to being involved in giving feedback to others that will hopefully allow someone to make an informed decision.

ScienceRocks Sat 22-Dec-12 00:05:07

I love doing the product tests smile In the last year or so, I have had learn to read books, an interactive Winnie the Pooh toy, Method laundry detergent, Tesco cleaning spray, Marks and Spencer food, cheese and probably more that escape my memory at the moment. Thank you MNgrin

I think the range of products to test is good and varied, and it is usually pretty straightforward to leave feedback. The incentives to provide feedback are good too, though having free stuff is also nice grin

Keep up the good work, MNHQ winethankssmile

purplemonstermum Sat 22-Dec-12 01:25:11

I enjoyed the Shapewear - although I won the £50 voucher (supposedly) and despite chasing it twice it is STILL yet to arrive (and the trial I think was in June...)

I also liked the Method laundry.

Missed many of the other offers I think.

I love this whether it's cleaning products (who knew I was so interested in cleaning) or rice pudding the family and I have loved all of them (except the choc porridge)

What to try next year? I think a shoe trial would be good oh and defo a wine trial grin

StNiChaolas Sat 22-Dec-12 07:19:38

I think it's rediculous and discusting that you are still recruiting for this panel.

The chances of me being picked for anything more tahn a toothpick trial are severely diminishing.

<<humphy>>

[grr]

EwanHoHoHozami Sat 22-Dec-12 07:51:36

I get unreasonably excited about doing the analytical stuff. I think it's a good opportunity to apply my nappy-addled brain to spend some time being erudite again. For this reason, I particularly appreciate the longer and more in-depth surveys. I put a lot of time and thought into the Parentport beta testing for example and got a lot of satisfaction for doing so.

The physical product trials (I've done Walkers crisps and Method laundry) are always appreciated in this household. I'd like to get involved with testing schemes or products that help stay-at-home parents get back to work (courses, books, websites or other resources) or anything based around adult education, really.

I like the idea of local involvement; I've seen the emails asking for panel members to attend a specific shop or restaurant and I've not been close enough to participate yet I'd definitely be interested in the future.

Thanks for letting me join in!

I love the product tests, the method laundry liquid is still doing a great job on DSs ex-white rugby shorts, they are approaching actually white for the first time since they were new!
The DCs still play with the Optimus Prime we got a couple of years back (I was more enamoured of the video camera that came with itgrin)
I would love to product test some family Wii games, or dairy free treats for DS. I'd like a washing machine or tumble dryer product test (gutted I wasn't picked for the Dyson testsad).
The primula pods went down well with DH and DD, but DS is a bit put out that we got cheese twice and not the chocolate porridge that was dairy free.
I love getting parcels with stuff for me, even if it is "housey stuff"

orangepudding Sat 22-Dec-12 08:53:20

I'm happy to take part in any product test. I also gave tips for Moo cheese, that kind of thing is fun too.

I would most like to test technology and gadgets but food is always good too!

CouthyMowEatingBraiiiiinz Sat 22-Dec-12 08:57:43

I liked testing the Bisto stock melts - and I always keep them in my cupboards now.

ouryve Sat 22-Dec-12 10:14:38

While everyone clamours for the high value product tests (I'm still wearing my lovely Berghaus jacket from 2 years ago grin) I think all the little tests have been great because they've given a lot of people a chance to have a go and to try something new, even if it's something as unglamorous as a kitchen spray or bottle of milk! I still like the opportunity to try something big, though and do think it's useful to see people's experiences of those things.

I've been less enthusiastic about some of the sponsored discussions c/o various financial institutions, specially the recent Barclays ones where the questions weren't even relevant to the way that most people live.

QODRestYeMerryGentlemen Sat 22-Dec-12 10:18:58

I've tested the Eco tesco cleaner (still under sink as it leaked every time I tilted it) and last year, the air purifier

Next year I'd like to test any alcohol wink

Onetwothreeoops Sat 22-Dec-12 10:56:53

I've joined now. I was one of the group to test the Method laundry liquid, I enjoyed the experience and discovered a great product.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 22-Dec-12 11:59:46

prettybird - most product testing recruitment is done on the site via a stickied thread - some is done via the panel but I think only nappies recently.

trikken Sat 22-Dec-12 12:53:29

I really like being on the panel too. This year I have enjoyed product testing the Tesco naturally powered cleaning spray and the method washing liquid. Plus I like doing the surveys.I get disproportionately excited when I see one in my inbox. (I obviously dont lead a very exciting life)

Any chance of a dishwasher product test next year? I know not likely, but if you dont ask you dont get. grin

Thanks for letting me take part in the panel MN.

bearcub1 Sat 22-Dec-12 13:54:50

I have tested a few things this year through mn and enjoyed doing them all. From washing detergent, baby toiletries to bread. I enjoy testing the products and writing the feedback. I am currently on mat leave, so by doing this makes me feel useful (in a commercial sense) and gives me little projects to do.
I really like the range of products and would defiantly like to see a range of products continue.
I have just signed up to be on the panel too.

Roseformeplease Sat 22-Dec-12 15:10:28

I really enjoyed the M&S shape wear testing and feeling rather clandestine, going in under cover in the shop. I actually fell in love with shape wear, however, and got a bit chubby as I knew the knickers and tights would do the work of my willpower. I also really enjoyed, with the children, testing out one or two food products we have done. We loved Netflix, as well and still pay for it. I second the idea of feedback from companies about our insights. Some things, which were fairly unfavourably reviewed on here (eg the chocolate porridge) ended up on the shelves without alteration and it would be interesting to know why.

Would love to have more gadget type tests as I haven't been lucky enough to get one of these yet. Also, ones that could involve older children (High School age) more - perhaps where they could do their own feedback and feel involved. It is a good way of teaching children to be discerning consumers and they would really enjoy feeling in control of feedback rather than doing it through me. Obviously, I would personally love to test fast cars and luxury holidays. Would be happy to test things like the holiday booking process or something, even just for a discount. Also, some more regionalised testing (Scotland?) so that things in person do not always involve travelling to London. Happy to test out restaurants and cafes as well - we love eating out!

I think I am on the panel, but I will sign up again (or do you sign me up) just to be sure.

Thanks - I only found the site this year and am now well and truly hooked!

whattodoo Sat 22-Dec-12 19:07:14

Enjoyed the M&S shapewear and the Method product tests.
I'd like more 'event' or activities to try eg films, cinema, day trips etc.
Also, more gadget tests to make life easier around the home or planning/organisation apps/resources - its a common thread on here Jan for calendar recommendations or organisational items such as filofaxes or similar.
I've really enjoyed being part of the project, the application processes are always straightforward and quick and the feedback threads are more relevant to me than adverts or promos that the manufacturer/retailer has put together.

JollyOldChristmas Sat 22-Dec-12 20:20:47

I enjoy doing surveys. I'm not that into product testing mainly because I do as little housework as possible and I don't really want to do anything that involves videoing or taking pics of our family.

But I'll fill in as many surveys as you send me smile

mrscrimbobash Sat 22-Dec-12 20:33:22

I joined the panel because the majority of things that were surveyed on MN I had an interest in anyway.

The majority of the surveys have been interesting, testing products- the Method one was GREAT and has changed my laundry shopping forever.
The online -but not actually banking-bank test was interesting but not of any use to me.
I've had yummy fruity bread from Kingsmill, found a milk replacement for DD with A2 milk and tasted Primula cheese.

It's been quite good fun getting things in the post that aren't the everyday bills etc!

The sponsored discussions have been a good read, with some interesting points to take away.

Product tests that I'd like to do would be technology like innotabs, vtechs, whatever the names of them are. We need a definitive thread for which one is the best!
I'd like to test hair products because my hair has been so unruly since DD was born that I haven't a clue what do with it!
I'd like to test some sort of weightloss thing. Whether it be W/W,S/W or another- just to see if it's for me before having to sign up proper.

Hello.

I tested some pants. I quite like them despite the shocking wind they give me.

Here's to 2013 and some cheese testing. And also I'd like to test the knights of the round table. In particular Percival. And Arthur.

thanks

GetKnitted Sat 22-Dec-12 21:17:07

To be honest, I could give an opinion about anything for a reasonable chance of winning a one or two hundred pound voucher of some sort!

I have enjoyed the conversational barclays chat threads (more the style there, rather than the sponsor particularly) and, of course, enjoyed being lucky enough to test out a free chicco toy with my two ds.

See, I've proved my point!

MegBusset Sat 22-Dec-12 21:30:44

I've done product tests for chocolate porridge, fruit bread and cheese pods, with varying results but enjoyed them all. I am a cheapskate who likes getting free stuff grin

Actually the fruit bread, which we'd never bought before, is now a fixture in our shopping basket as DS2 loves it, we don't get Kingsmill though as Warburtons is much nicer!

I would love to test cameras, iPads, anything technological, or nice wine or chocolates smile

Please can we do a trial of the be good to yourself or similar supermarket ready meals range. I've dropped two stone and have a couple a week and there is SUCH A VARIANCE in quality between them and I'd love to be able to feed that back. NB yes you did the M&S one but I wasn't part of that.

I'd also like to see MN become a repository for thank yous - so for your partners mumsnetters could note really good service instead of the usual bitching and whining. For example recently someone in M&S was incredibly good with me, and it'd be nice to say 'hey well done' here. (and they might even like it too!) Dunno how it'd work though.

Mandz07 Sat 22-Dec-12 22:23:05

I only joined mn this year after stumbling across it while online. I wish I had found it long ago. I decided to join the insight panel and have benn chosen a number of times now to test product it's great. Have since recommended mn to loads if friends and family xx

Teladi Sat 22-Dec-12 22:25:09

I think I must have messed up somehow as while I am on the panel I hardly ever get emails and don't think I have tested anything this year despite filling in the survey for quite a few things! I tested the Naturally Powered spray, which I liked, it lasted for ages! I don't shop in Tesco though so haven't had it again. I'm not sure what I'd like to test but will keep trying to sign up for the different tests. smile

Belmo Sat 22-Dec-12 22:41:49

I love testing things, it's so exciting getting things in the post! I've just done the ecover and method tests so far - liked them both - and I like to have a read of the review threads. Would love to test some make up/beauty stuff, and I'd really like to win a prize please?!

I loved doing the Aveda hair thickening test. I like doing the surveys too.

I'd love to have the chance to test things like:

a mobile phone (I don't have one and am not convinced I want one, so it would be probably a waste of money to buy one)

anti ageing type things - especially handcream

local cafes etc: not sure if this is workable but it would be a brilliant way to expand the MN Local pages.

LiveItUp Sat 22-Dec-12 23:14:54

I joined recently and have already done the Method detergent test which I really enjoyed - now trying to find it in the shops. Also really like doing the surveys and giving thoughtful and honest feedback.

More of the same next year please ....

telsa Sat 22-Dec-12 23:22:22

Ok, have taken the plunge. Keen to get reviewing now!

poncyettia Sun 23-Dec-12 00:14:15

Hi I joined earlier this year and have had a great time - Tesco washing powder (ok), Kingsmill Fruit and Fibre (did not go down well in this house)and Method washing liquid (bloody fantastic!)

Enjoyed doing the relevant surveys as well and was really chuffed to get a £20 Amazon voucher too.

Would love to see some more outdoorsy type product tests - maybe camping or gardening or veg growing type things - anything to get the dc out of the house grin

LiveItUp try here

SunshinePanda Sun 23-Dec-12 06:52:58

Just signed up. Have only tried washing liquid so far from MN and found that exciting! Can't wait to try more stuff.

JustCallMeBaldrick Sun 23-Dec-12 07:22:22

I've enjoyed the things I've tested (another Method convert here!), and really hope the companies involved take our feedback on-board.

PeppermintonCandyCane Sun 23-Dec-12 08:20:07

Merry Christmas to the lovely AnnMumsnet, TheOtherHelenMumsnet and KatieBMumsnet smile.

The Mini-Mintons and I have had the best year, in the name of product testing.

We shot video for XBox of us leaping about the living room playing Kinect. And have been totally converted to XBox - guess what's on everyone's Christmas list? So a big thanks for that one.

We scoffed a delicious country pub lunch as secret shoppers for the Family Friendly Awards, in Abinger.

I love filling in surveys [easily pleased] so take a few minutes to do the ones that come my way. Especially as there's always a decent carrot prize up for grabs. And I do read and use the feedback threads if I need to buy something.

For next year, more food tests, gadgets, household stuff, wine...please

MariahScarey Sun 23-Dec-12 08:22:13

I won the hair stuff. And some moisturizer. I'd like more beauty definitely.

tealady Sun 23-Dec-12 08:44:52

I have enjoyed product testing an iron this year - and found it useful to test a product that I would otherwise have been nervous of buying because of the high cost.
For most things I buy, I like to see what reviewers have said eg on amazon or other on line retailers as I think you get a much more realistic picture than by reading the advertsiing blurb

Doobydoo Sun 23-Dec-12 10:00:24

Love the products we can all try.The boys take it quite seriously.Find reviews of products I haven't tested very useful.I trust Mumsnetters!

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Sun 23-Dec-12 12:13:24

I rather liked trying the kingsmill fruit bread smile

threepiecesuite Sun 23-Dec-12 12:17:34

I tested M&S Shapewear which was brilliant, because I'd never have been able to afford such an extravagance myself.
We also tested lots of food items and through the panel, I gave my views on BT for abrilliantly timed Amazon voucher just before Christmas.

I'd like to test some products with my nearly 3yo DD so we can talk about the product and give her views, maybe story books or small toys?

I'd also like the chance to visit and test something from a shop I've never been in before, eg. Waitrose.

Thanks Mumsnet for all the things you let me be involved in this year.

Agree re 'I trust MNers.' I think this is the absolute best way to find out about products and whether they are likely to be any good for me, or for my family. Don't trust adverts and most magazine articles about beauty or foodstuffs are actually adverts anyway, so it's great to find out what REAL people think.

helcrai Sun 23-Dec-12 13:04:26

I've joined the panel quite recently and can honestly say I find it quite exciting when I get an e-mail from Mumsnet! (Sad I know but hey the highlight of my day is chatting to the postman usually now that I'm a stay-at-home Mum!)

I've enjoyed trying out the Method laundry liquid as its been useful considering 90% of my time seems to be doing laundry nowadays. Nice not to have to shell out for washing detergent for once too. The surveys are good too- great incentives for very little effort & I'm a comper too which means I'll give anything a go for a prize. Overall, nice to know we Mums are making a difference in influencing the companies whose products we buy and use often.
I've enjoyed looking at the feedback for wonderbook- eldest daughter had been going on about this for ages and we hadn't a clue whether it was worth buying but it looks excellent so that was her

Would like to see more household products tested- washing detergents, cleaning products, etc. All stuff that is essential in a busy household. With the finances being pinched at the moment it certainly helps not having to buy these even for a couple of weeks. I agree with some of the other suggestions above about being able to test days out locally- would be fun for all the family and cheap too!

Piggychunk Sun 23-Dec-12 13:13:10

Having taken part last year and completed all the surveys asked of me. I really enjoyed being part of the team. Haven't won anything so need to try again this year!

Piggychunk Sun 23-Dec-12 13:14:27

Oh and I would to see more product testing aimed at teenagers my daughter would be very keen and it would a good way for her to learn to write reports.

Yes to the suggestion for trials of stuff for teenagers. My dds would love that!

fuzzpig Sun 23-Dec-12 15:52:07

I joined the panel ages ago <polishes halo> but I would really like to see some product testing for anything gluten free. My DH and my 14yo DSD are both coeliac and a lot of food is very expensive - which makes it difficult to try new products regularly.

We've done the Kingsmill bread this year - still can't find it on Tesco site though. Unfortunately the product was delivered very late so we only got to try it once before it went off sad but it was lovely. We have also done the a2 milk thing.

I like taking part in things like this, and I usually take a look at all new product threads before deciding whether to sign up or not.

It would be great to have more local things - especially things we could get the DCs involved in. Due to illness/money etc our lives are very 'small' IYSWIM, and any exposure to something different makes a nice change!

turkeyboots Sun 23-Dec-12 16:58:26

I have done the chocolate porridge (uck) Netflicks and method (brilliant stuff). I've really enjoyed them as prompted me to do something new.

I read all the feedback threads, even the ones I don't get to try out, as value the honest viewpoints of other MN'ers.

For 2013, maybe more car reviews? Laptops/electonics? And pet stuff? I really liked the Netflicks trial (although not so keen on Netflicks itself) so maybe more service type trials?

starfishmummy Sun 23-Dec-12 17:09:07

It was my first year on the panel so i was delighted to win the draw for testing dettol products!!
Ive done a load of surveys and failed to get picked for the Jamie cooker thingy but given my minuscule kitchen it was probably just as well!

baahhumbug Sun 23-Dec-12 19:43:20

I have been a member for a while and had the chance to try a few things. Thank you so much. Obviously I am delighted to be currently testing the Dyson DC44, I have also tested Method laundry liquid, Tesco laundry wash, M&S shapewear and cheese. However, so far the Dyson is my favourite grin

I would love the chance to try shopping in other stores and also try other natural or organic items, cleaning or otherwise. I am often reluctant to buy them as never sure they will do as good a job as non organic items. Most of all I would love the chance to test a carpet cleaner.

Great work, I thoroughly enjoy reading the reviews on here.

Lomaamina Sun 23-Dec-12 20:04:30

I took part in the ecover wipes test, (was rather chuffed as it was the first time I'd tried for something) although I'm not on the panel. I'd sign up, but I'm worried it'll be too time consuming (I stopped doing surveys for boots as they were ridiculously long and repetitive).

I too would like to see teenage products (magazines, museum, gadgets all spring to mind). A lot of the products seem to assume your demographic is house obsessed. What about stuff for commuters, working parents?

I love being on the panel. This year I've tested Aldi nappies and wipes, the bread and some cheese. My DD thinks it's brilliant that clever Mummy gets food sent for her grin

Next year I would love to review books and agree with expanding the local section with a mystery shopper review bit on local services.

Jamdoughnutfiend Sun 23-Dec-12 21:47:57

I like being on the panel - also tested the M&s shape wear this year. Would like to test more cooking related stuff (slow cooker, baking stuff) I hate the video blogs, could never do one of those but other than that am happy to fill out surveys and get involved. I enjoy reading the feedback threads and have bought a couple of things on the back of reading threads

polly164 Sun 23-Dec-12 22:57:33

I love being part of the mumsnet community!

I was lucky enough to try the Origins Plantscription serum and certainly feel that it helped my skin, I just hope Santa will bring some more!

Really loved the Method laundry liquid also, I have been and re purchased that already.

Reading the feedback for the other tests is also interesting.

I hope that you do more tests for health and beauty products, and also household products.

Doogle2 Mon 24-Dec-12 08:56:56

I love being on the panel and was very lucky to be picked to try the wonder book of spells. I have bought a couple more games for Christmas presents grin
I love the concept of product testing and fingers crossed for what the New Year holds. Thank you Mumsnet.

Willemdefoeismine Mon 24-Dec-12 12:17:44

I've tested a few things including the shapewear and currently the Method washing liquid (to which I'm now a convert) so thank you.

I enjoy filling in surveys and giving my opinion but then I'm quite opinionated so those type of activities are naturally up my street grin.

Diligently filling in all threads/surveys etc...in the hope that I might win a generous voucher prize but helas not yet....I guess you probably need to fill in hundreds if not thousands.

More household gadgets would be good and yes more stuff aimed at tweens/teens - and whoever suggested that it would be good to get them reviewing products is right!

Also find that as a parent of school age children, new foodie products aimed at lunch-boxes don't come onto the market often enough. So always happy to see product reviews for new ones and very happy when they prove a success with the family!

I liked trying out the garnier ultralift - and it worked!! I also was picked for eco wipes and a couple of others which escape me (still ill and a bit head fuzzy) It's always really good being picked for testing as on the whole you are being amongst the first ever to try the things out and that makes me feel special <don't get out a lot>

TrillsCarolsOutOfTune Mon 24-Dec-12 13:50:08

Suggestions:

Make it very clear who is eligible for which surveys so I don't click and then find out that I can't do it.

Make sure that the dependencies in the survey make sense - e.g. if you ask how many children I have and I click "none", don't then tell me off for not clicking any age ranges in the next question of "how old are your children".

Encourage survey-creators to have more "none of the above" or "all of the above" options.

LaTrucha Mon 24-Dec-12 13:50:14

I would like to know why I was chosen for things last year but have not been chosen for anything this year.

I LOVE product tests!

TrillsCarolsOutOfTune Mon 24-Dec-12 13:50:30

Was that the wrong kind of suggestion? Sorry.

TrillsCarolsOutOfTune Mon 24-Dec-12 13:51:38

Oooh - here's a suggestion - not sure many companies would go for it - a head to head product comparison.

Two identically packaged thingys (washing powder, moisturiser, chocolate buttons, whatever) - we vote on which we like best before we find out which is which.

priscilla101 Mon 24-Dec-12 13:52:01

Signed up! Whoop whoop!

Tyranasaurus Mon 24-Dec-12 14:33:06

Just joined the panel. I always like reading the candid reviews.

Katz Mon 24-Dec-12 15:21:00

I've loved it, tried things I wouldn't have ordinarily bought. Fav test would be the shape wear very handy and still going strong, even went back and bought more.

I'd love to test more gadgets, I'm a gadgetaholic

WholeLottaRosie Mon 24-Dec-12 16:06:45

I've just joined. I've always liked giving feedback on online shopping sites and really appreciate other's honest opinions on products.

lisad123 Mon 24-Dec-12 19:04:45

I really enjoyed the m&s meals (didn't get shapewear), they were very nice and certainly a step up from my normal micro meals.

I loved reading the feedback on recipes, and use them often.

I would love to review clothes more, especially kids clothes, and feedback on good children's apps.

Rootle Mon 24-Dec-12 19:13:58

Ooh! Just discovered this & signed up! Looking forward to getting involved.

Lomaamina Mon 24-Dec-12 20:02:43

I've signed up. If there is food to test, it would be great to see some vegetarian things to try out.

androbbob Mon 24-Dec-12 20:09:29

Tried the fruit bread, washing up liquid and the sun bites, Method laundry liquid. Its great to get something in the post. I love foing the surveys as well!!

Would be good to hear the company`s views of the MN testers views.

Wolfcub Mon 24-Dec-12 20:59:47

I really enjoyed the Method test, weirdly I made a real effort to read everyone's feedback before I went to work each morning. The ecover test was good to be part of but I think the number of questions on the feedback were a bit excessive. I really really wanted to test the phillips home cooker but having read some of the feedback I'm quite glad the thing isn't cluttering up my kitchen.l

smokinaces Mon 24-Dec-12 23:09:54

Am I on the panel? Think I signed up last year?

The thing I like is the voice it gives us. The Chance to tell big companies what we think. Oh and the free stuff.

I wouldn't mind roadtesting a new tv. Or tablet. Or kindle. Or laptop. Or red wine.....

VirtuallyHere Tue 25-Dec-12 00:27:24

I'm still hoping to test one of the 'biggies' but I have really enjoyed doing the product tests I have been selected for. Not only is it fun trying a new product and giving feedback but it also saves me money as I use the trial product for a few uses (eg currently I am using the Method laundry powder).

gazzalw Tue 25-Dec-12 10:58:08

Right I've had a Damascene Revelation on Christmas morning as we sit surrounded by lots of new pressies. I think all the product trials are truly fab but in addition could we perhaps do one where the giving is the other way round - like working with a refuge, homelessness charity, the Salvation Army etc...and encourage us to give (whether it's money, unused pressies, goods for reselling in charity shops etc..) our excess and to actually consider the implications of doing this rather than just chucking stuff in the bin or selling on E-Bay?

Hopezibah Wed 26-Dec-12 23:20:38

I joined the panel early on in the year as I was due my new baby I thought it would be a good time to get back into doing more on mumsnet... I have LOVED joining in with various insight / products tests we have been involved in.

I was extremely lucky to have tested a pushchair (although I made the mistake of passing on my previous pushchair to make space for the new one and then regretted it), and we have tested cleaning products like the ecover wipes which were fab and the method detergent which opened my eyes to how compact the packaging could be. The kids love giving their feedback too like with the primula pods.

I enjoy leaving feedback on other threads about my thoughts as it is great to know there are organisations out there wanting real input from real mums (and dads - as I know there are a fair number of dads on mumsnet too now).

In terms of future ones, I think more of the same mainly as it covers a good range of products that we all use. I especially love baby / child related ones as it is great to get the kids involved rather than companies just guessing the opinions of kids.

That playstation one was an amazing opportunity even though we didn't get picked - it must've been a really great experience for those lucky few that did get involved.

I would love to try another buggy too (fingers crossed I might be picked in future) - that way hopefully I can find my perfect buggy!

I also love the book club stuff - I love reading all the authors answers to questions that mumsnetters have asked them.

A big thank you for all you do mumsnet - you are all amazing at mumsnet HQ and we really do appreciate all you do! xxx

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 27-Dec-12 10:07:35

smokinaces - yep you're on - we have emailed you a few times - maybe we're going to junk? There are 3 of us who could email you - maybe pm me and I will email you the addresses and you could add them to safe senders lists?

TrillsCarolsOutOfTune - re head to head testers someone suggested that before and we have asked companies but no takers yet! We'd love to do it too. And re surveys: we do really try to do this - it's always in the heading of the email or in the thread title as much as possible (I know some panels don't do this so understand your frustration, but we do deffo as much as we can). And we rarely use any sophisticated checking during surveys. Maybe you're mixing us up with another site?! wink

LaTrucha - no idea - keep applying though!

thanks for all the feedback - all will be duly noted - keep it coming! Do look out in 2013 for loads more projects - including for men smile hopefully teens and loads more!

StNiChaolas Thu 27-Dec-12 14:53:29

Ann.

A small suggestion...

Give yourself Boxing Day orf next year, meduck.

smile

JS06 Thu 27-Dec-12 14:59:43

I've enjoyed all of the trials/surveys I've taken part in this year - Aldi face cream, Heathrow Airport, On Trees trial, Method laundry detergent, Flamingo notes and would very much like to applaud Ann McIntyre and Helen Rowley for their seamless co-ordination, joined up thinking and all round excellence at work. The success of any of the trials comes from their determination to follow through and chase us all up if necessary.

I'd welcome some surveys which demonstrate how different levels of service are offered around the country within the same organisations - ie chain stores, restaurant branches. I'd also like to see some more trials which are male-based - other halves, teenage sons, toddler boys. I know I'd be more conscientious about feeding back any comments than the male members of my family.

Wishing Ann, Helen and all Mumsnet panel members a very healthy and happy new year.

gilliancd Thu 27-Dec-12 16:15:29

I really enjoyed the m and s healthy meal trial ( I can't remember the name which perhaps an indication of the fact I enjoyed spending the change on Percy pigs best). The method washing liquid was also a suprise, a few weeks on and the bottle is still going!
Next year I would be more than happy to test the entire range from hotel chocolate, or I'm sure my kids would be happy to give peppa pig world s go!

smokinaces Thu 27-Dec-12 16:38:56

Ann I get loads of emails from you guys with surveys and stuff which I nearly always do, just wasn't sure if those were panel things if that makes sense?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 27-Dec-12 17:22:29

smokin' - yep that's it! as I've said most product testing is via the site rather than the panel but the panel does often have exclusive surveys etc with prize draws.

JS06 - cheers - that means a lot! thanks

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 27-Dec-12 17:23:06

StNiChaolas wink tis busy for a quiet time of year!

BlatherskitedaboutChristmas Thu 27-Dec-12 17:59:46

I enjoyed testing the M&S shapewear. I wasn't (and still aren't) sure how flattering the "flatter me" underwear is but I was wearing my pair yesterday and DH was very impressed blush I've been told to buy more!

I really wish we'd got the Xbox or the Dyson but you can't win 'em all I guess. Looking forward to some more exciting ones in the new year.

RissaC2011 Thu 27-Dec-12 18:01:58

I'd signed up and would love to be involved!

RissaC2011 Thu 27-Dec-12 18:02:53

I've signed up and would love to be involved!

lucjam Thu 27-Dec-12 18:58:28

I love doing the product tests, probably the method and tesco eco washing poweders/liquids were my fave. didn't like the choc porridge one though! Like doing the surveys and love your gentle reminders when I forget...

Would love to do an equipment test like a hoover or gadget even if I had to send it back after.

As for the future, i think more of the same really, i like the things we are asked to test and the surveys on the whole are interesting. Might be nice to have more of a chance of winning something when doing a survery so instead of a £100 voucher what about 4 x £25 or 10 x £10. Would be v happy to get a £10 amazon voucher, could buy all sorts like lipsticks, nail varnish, couple of kindle books etc.

RachelHRD Thu 27-Dec-12 19:34:36

I joined this year and have been very fortunate and thoroughly enjoyed testing several products which made me feel less SAHM and more executive product tester ;)

My highlight was definitely getting to meet and have afternoon tea with Davina - what a lovely lady - and the added bonus of lots of lovely L'Oreal products to try at home.

I also tried the Shapewear which helped smooth out those lumps and bumps and the Origins Plantscriptions which was fab but sadly out of my budget range to continue using.

As a family we loved doing a secret review of the Abinger Hatch pub in Dorking and my two little terrors fully tested out the pubs family friendly facilities,

We also loved the Ambrosia rice testing and personally I enjoyed trialling the Method washing detergent as I'm very pro eco products.

So thank you Mumsnet for letting me try out all of these things and I hope to be able to do many more in 2013 - it really has helped me regain my sense of me as not just a Mum of two but someone with a valid opinion!!!

Would love to trial some more household products in 2013, or a nice new car ;) - anything really - just happy to keep the grey matter ticking over!!

Puppypoppet Thu 27-Dec-12 19:35:22

Really enjoyed being on the panel. Loved the Marks and Spencer shapewear trial - didn't realise they stocked so many different types. I have also tested Method Laundry liquid and the Ecover floor wipes.
Product tests I would like to see include cosmetics, toiletries, perfume, clothing, food and for DD toys and books.

RachelHRD Thu 27-Dec-12 19:38:58

PS I also recommend the panel to friends and several have joined in the last year and are happily testing products too smile

I have also joined a local book group formed by members of Mumsnet which has been great for meeting other M'Netters!!

Thanks again Mumsnet and Happy New Year to you all - keep up the great work!! xx

vincenta Thu 27-Dec-12 22:20:59

HI!
I just want to say Thank you Mumsnet! I love to be part of Mumsnet panel! It is so exciting! This year I was lucky to test Method laundry detergent,Mu cheddar sticks, Ecover Multi-Action wipes, Quaker Oat so simple chocolate porridge,TEsco Naturally Powered laundry detergent and my Little Pony.
My son didn't liked mu cheese, it was too strong for him, chocolate porrdige wasn;t his cup of tea either, he wasn't bothered what laundry detergent I used to wash our clothes but he loved His Little Pony.He plays with it, no matter that this train set is pink.He loves his pony and now in nursery have opportunity to play with other little ponies too.Thank you! This was awesome product test!
Of course I would love test Dyson, Jamies home cooking miracle gadget but there is no luck for something which would be so interesting to test and so helpful in everyday life. WEll done those who tested all those lovely things, which I wanted!smile)(oh.yeeeh,this is some sort of envy)
I believe that if I didn't get something I didn't need it and anyway it is great that I can express my opinion and try new products.
About new year product test...Hmm...my iron is nearly dead.Thats why more iron testing would be so useful!!!
Toys,my son loves to test toys( now his daddy teach him how to play ps3 micky game)

nextphase Fri 28-Dec-12 07:58:30

Hi,

We've been lucky enough to test bread, cheese, washing powder, nappies, kitchen cleaner, and filled in lots of surveys. I'm sure there are things I've forgotten. Sorry. We've also contributed to some secret projects!

Love the idea of a head to head, but understand why companies are reluctant.

Changes for next year - me to win a prize grin err, the only thing I'd say is when you ask for us to be around certain dates for receiving and feed back, please get the items sent promptly. I've not participated in some tests as I won't be around, and then discovered they have been delayed, and I'd have been around. Equally, some things have had to be dealt with by DH while I've been away - he gets left a list of parcels I'm expecting, and instructions re which need dealing with!

Oh, and the parcels (and obviously not all will ever fit in a letterbox) that are packaged so they go through the letterbox rather than to the sorting office are great.

BadMissM Fri 28-Dec-12 14:19:04

I've just joined up, but would love to try anything out! Finances have been a little tight chez nous since I lost my job last year, and as I have just found out am pregnant (at 45!) anything would be a nice surprise.

I find it interesting to read peoples' opinions on products, and how they road test.

I think it would be a good idea for Mums on Mumsnet (maybe local, maybe national) to test out local products, restaurants, services, maybe even schools and nurseries, and post their opinions. Would be great for other local Mums or Mumsnetters who move into the area to get an insight into what they can expect...

I'd like a chance to try something and would do my best to give an honest review of it!

HazeltheMcWitch Fri 28-Dec-12 14:26:53

I have LOVED being part of this panel, and I echo the thanks to MN, especially AnnMumsnet and Helen Rowley, for their efforts - every query has been sorted out quick-smart!

This year I have trialled: Mu Cheese sticks (have they been discontinued already?), Tesco Naturally Active cleaner and Ecover - which were ok, but I've not remained loyal to them. The chocolate porridge, where the idea was definitely more appealing than the reality.

I trialled the Method laundry liquid, which I love love love love love. And have converted. I've also evangelised about it, as I am that riveting^. So it was lovely to receive a £1 voucher for it in the post today. I've also just finished the A2 milk trial, and I have to say, it def seems to have helped my DS's skin and tummy problems, so assuming I can find it, I'll buy it in future.

My favourite trial has been 'Jamie' - the JO Home Cooker, which I do use a lot, and has genuinely given me back more time in my day.

I have also loved reading about trials that I did not get to participate in; for example I've avoided the fruit bread as I like my fruit bread fruity. I;m very interested to see how this Dyson trial goes, as a handheld could really suit me.

My suggestions are:
- Could we revisit some of the bigger-ticket items some months on, to see how it's going? For example, I need to buy a new fridge freezer... And I remember that there was a Samsung FF trial last year. I'd love to know what the longer term feedback for the FFs was. Similarly, I'd be very willing to revisit Jamie feedback in X months time.
- The surveys could EASILY be longer. Or have an 'any other feedback' box. Sometimes I have mroe that I want to say, but it doesn't fit anywhere.
- Er, that's it really! More of the same, please!

Thanks again.

SandWitch Fri 28-Dec-12 19:04:50

I've enjoyed being part of the panel, and try to do all of the surveys that I am emailed about if they are relevent.

But - I have a request please....
Is it possible that we could be emailed about upcoming product tests? I have missed loads of product tests as they are sometimes only open for entry for a short time. and I pretend to have a life so am not on MN every day
I was particularly envy to have missed out on the recent Dyson one envy

It would be a nice reward for doing all these surveys - not asking for any preferential treatment when it comes to being selected for product tests, just a heads up about them.

fryingpanalley Sat 29-Dec-12 00:18:43

I tested the method laundry liquid, tesco spray and walkers sunbites. Really enjoy it and love getting exciting parcels! <is that a bit sad?> wondered if it would be good to email us a few weeks/ three months later to find out if we have bought the product again. Asking people about intentions isn't so accurate, and I'd be happy to be contacted again. Also it would be great to always include an "any other comments" question.
It would be interesting to know what companies do with our feedback. Mary Portas, I'm thinking of you!
I'm interested in testing days out, especially around London, and would love to do mystery shopping.

Ive joined too! I love the Mumsnet reviews - been so helpful in buying buggies, highchair, car seat etc.

Also think local mystery shopping would be great

Mindingalongtime Sat 29-Dec-12 14:19:41

I love testing new products and have been lucky enough to do washing liquid, 2 cheeses, and wrinkle cream! Thank you [ smile]

I have now today joined the panel but via the sticky treads this year I have tested the chocolate porridge, Kingsmill bread the Method Laundry liquid and I got a super duper iron!

There may be others but those are the ones I remember just now. It's interesting to try them and see if they match your initial thoughts and what others think

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Sun 30-Dec-12 12:56:35

I have loved it.

We have tested the Chicco ride on, Ecover wipes and Metanium. I love reading the feedback threads and finding out true opinions on everything.

I do lots of the surveys but haven't won anything yet. sad

There is a product test that has been mentioned by email that I am very interested in, I really hope it goes ahead, it has got my hopes up that the product is actually real!

Everyone should sign up for the panel, it has been fun joining and taking part this year.

Kveta Sun 30-Dec-12 14:35:18

I've LOVED being on the panel this year. I have somehow managed to try laundry products, cleaning products, baby products, and best of all, a whole new pushchair! I think I have won something from a sponsored discussion thread too (Garnier products?), but that happened when I was in hospital giving birth to DD, so it's all a bit hazy how I came to receive them confused

I've been on the panel for 3 years now, and really enjoy giving feedback on new/updated products, especially when I don't like said product, as it feels like a more valuable opinion to give critical feedback rather than gushing praise! DH loves me being on the panel now too, although he does roll his eyes a bit when I ask for his opinion on things - he loves the 'freebies' though.

all in all, it's been well worth signing up for smile

costumequeen Sun 30-Dec-12 15:50:56

proud panel member here! Liked all the freebies testing I've done this year, loved winning one of the feedback comps, and would really appreciate testing a K Mix (in red to match the kitchen) and some new double glazing. Promise to complete the feedback if you can sort them out for me wink Thank you muchly...

april29 Sun 30-Dec-12 16:12:00

Ooh how do I join

FarelyKnuts Sun 30-Dec-12 16:35:48

Just joined

GlaikitFizzHogmany Sun 30-Dec-12 20:42:40

I am a member of the panel already and do all the surveys that apply to me, which is most of them I think!

I was chosen to do the tesco epower test (along with half of mumsnet I think!) and the control underwear for M&S. and I've recently received the kelo cote product to test. I have recommended M&S to a friend for control wear because of the test. More of those please!

I would like to see a product test for a kitchen aid wink failing that maybe some arts and crafts things. I'm a knitter so I'm thinking wool and needles, but I'm sure the crocheters would test hooks. And foody things, recipes, specific products etc!

BlueyDragon Sun 30-Dec-12 20:53:58

Did the Tesco Eco spray test earlier this year. I'll offer my opinion on anything so I've joined the panel properly now.

Can I test some motorbikes please? grin

SamsGoldilocks Sun 30-Dec-12 21:26:25

I've been a tester for a couple of years. I've been involved with a lot of laundry testing this year, so now I'm nice and clean can I go and test a family friendly hotel or a featherdown farm camping weekend, or even a ski trip, a gym membership, holiday in the Caribbean.

Happy to test camping equipment eg. tents, sleeping bags or things to get my family on the move like scooters, bikes, rollerskates, skateboards and safety equipment to go with. Or even some grown up ones.

Like the food testing - we got the rice pots this year but really am happy to try anything.

My children and I Like doing craft activities so maybe some testing of sewing machines, craft kits that kind of thing.
Like doing the surveys, and your competitions and have managed to get a few freebie books too, which has been brilliant as my book budget is virtually nonexistent until I get a job (if you can get me a test of one of those... smile All in all its a win-win situation for me.

Thank you for sending me lots this year and hope to help next year too.

DearOldWrinklyMum Sun 30-Dec-12 21:42:25

I enjoy being on the panel. I like throwing my hat in the ring for the product tests and although I don't think 2012 was a great year for me MN-Insight-Panel-Product-Testing-Wise ( I think one pack of Ecover antibac wipes may have been it this year) I have been luckier in the past.

I also enjoy giving my opinion on the feedback threads even when I haven't been selected as a tester, and all with the outside chance of a prize thrown in too (haven't won one though (yet)).

I do search MN when considering a purchase so to me it can be very useful to have feedback available from people I trust.

formerpank Sun 30-Dec-12 22:22:30

I did the Method washing liquid test and am definitely hoping to do some more in 2013. Didn't realise there was a research panel but I've signed up now. Agree with lucjam about multiple smaller prizes being attractive but would be grateful for pretty much anything, particularly as about to head over my own personal fiscal cliff!

Dysgu Sun 30-Dec-12 22:43:29

I have just signed up to join the panel.

MildlyMiserable Sun 30-Dec-12 23:59:49

Would like to join please.

I do all the relevant surveys, never won a thing. Please send me the Galaxy Tab! Ta! grin

cherryjellow Mon 31-Dec-12 10:38:34

Ive really enjoyed doing the product tests, i loved getting my method through the post and doing an online trial, also found the surveys well layed out and easy, and i love being involved as it gave me insight into new products/ ideas that were coming about. Its good to keep up!
For new ideas on product tests, what your doing is really good, but a few more days out/ experience tests would be great. For instance resturaunts, camp sites, etc. Splitting the big prizes would be great... More winners, more happy people smile i need to think of better reasons of why i want to try things so you pick me to test everything!!!
I am on the pannel

Mindingalongtime Mon 31-Dec-12 11:17:32

Hey mumsnet I've just looked at the details for signing up to the panel and they don't look very familiar, so am I a panel member?
I know that I have been asked to fill I'm surveys, and I have filled in details to apply to test, so can you please confirm for me? Thank you

TheMysteryCat Mon 31-Dec-12 12:08:47

I tested the evo and shape wear. Really well organised. I like the surveys and find them interesting. I would like to more about what the survey outcomes are.

I have been lucky enough to participate in several tests, and to respond to quite a few surveys. I like the feeling that my viewpoints are now being discussed in serious board meetings and influencing the next generation of products!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 31-Dec-12 12:34:51

Mindingalongtime - yep you're already on the list! thanks

A few of you have mentioned about local listings - tis a good idea and I will pass it on to the local team - in the meantime do keep adding your feedback on things in your local area site. link here

GrrrArghZzzzYaayforall8nights Mon 31-Dec-12 12:56:19

I'm already on the panel, and this year I enjoyed the Aldi nappies, M&S ready meals, not so much the HotWheels track which was a plastic pile of frustration but it was good to give it a go. I enjoyed reading the Dyson tester's feedback.

Trying to think of what I would enjoy, maybe testing customer services asa lot of those could use improvement, or train travel experiences, or just more Dysons as those seemed to be very popular grin

I was lucky to get to test the Shape wear which was great especially as I was looking for something similar at the time for a special event. I also tested an anti ageing cream as well. I would love to test more beauty products as I absolutely love them. I am also keen to test any gadgets as this is another great love of mine.

I also fill in most surveys but are yet to win a prize.sad

majjsu Mon 31-Dec-12 20:37:17

Ooh am quite excited as have just signed up for the panel.

With regards to product tests, I would be very interested in any multi tasking or time saving product eg bread maker, food processor, dust buster....

majjsu Mon 31-Dec-12 20:39:21

Ooh am quite excited as have just signed up for the panel.

With regards to product tests, I would be very interested in any multi tasking or time saving product eg bread maker, food processor, dust buster....

lia66 Mon 31-Dec-12 21:32:37

I'm on the panel but not sure you have my correct email as I don't think I've had anything through insight this year, I have tested pods, method which was fab and we've had other stuff. My kids love it when we have to test things.
Things I would like to see would be food for adults, treats that I wouldn't normally buy myself, anything at all for children ranging from 1 to 18!!

Happy new year

NaturalBaby Mon 31-Dec-12 22:46:51

I had no idea the panel existed and will sign up.

I love doing product tests and have signed up to a few other sites to test a range of stuff.

The problem I've had is that none of the MN tests I've taken part in have really felt like actual product tests. They just feel like a marketing trick by big companies - give us freebies and gain our loyalty.
It's worked for most (Sunbites and Method) but I've been left furious with Sky t.v who have plagued me with phone calls, emails and post. The phone calls were so bad I had to hang up several times. I was thrilled and very grateful to get sky free for a year but I know a few testers were stung by a £60 bill at the end of the year.

ohforfoxsake Tue 01-Jan-13 09:12:31

This year we had a lovely day at a NT property we would not have normally visited and made a video for the NT.

We've also tested school uniform website, Bonds 11+ papers and Aldi face cream.

Although my favourite product to test on MN was a couple of years ago and was a Philips rechargeable vibrator. blush Well, someone's got to do it.

TrampyPants Tue 01-Jan-13 10:41:31

Ive loved being on the panel, the NT visit was lovely, and Ive done other, more practical things.

well worth signing up for.

PullyWoolOver Tue 01-Jan-13 12:42:19

It sounds vair interesting - I have joined grin

partystress Tue 01-Jan-13 13:40:37

Have just signed up smile

BodyOfEeyore Tue 01-Jan-13 15:40:29

I've enjoyed being part of the panel and putting forward my opinions.

Tortington Tue 01-Jan-13 15:49:27

i like being part of the panel becuase it's like getting a lovely present when testing things

i tested some healthy crisps and got a box of them to test - how fab is that!

also a few years ago now, i tested some shower gel which was awesome.

I tested some oil of olay moisturiser - which was a super dooper treat as i would never buy expensive moisturiser - i let the shit stuff i get for xmas last me all year!

not sure if ive tested anything in the past year, but i have certainly filled in lots of surveys.

i would love to test some low carb stuff wink

i would be open to testing anything from bodyshop - everytime i walk past i'm like a child being dragged away fro the front of a toy store - as DH mutters " bloody expensive in there, you can get it from supersavers for a quid"

He is entirely missing the point.

I could do with testing a holiday - anywhere will do except butlins. i have a working car now so i can get there smile

wonderstuff Tue 01-Jan-13 17:43:49

I'm on the panel - have filled in a few surveys - haven't won anything yet hopeful for 2013 smile
Seem to have missed product tests - need to check MN more often - if you could time them round the school holidays - get more time then!
[goes off to look up method laundry thread]

ProphetOfDoom Tue 01-Jan-13 17:56:20

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

bluebump Tue 01-Jan-13 18:57:55

I'm on the panel, I have been lucky enough to take part in the M&S Shapewear trial and the method one.

I love surveys, products and giving my opinion!

BuiltForComfort Tue 01-Jan-13 19:28:23

I've signed up! I love surveys!

JulesJules Tue 01-Jan-13 21:40:15

I've signed up too, although I think I've already done so... but I haven't been contacted directly, the testing I've done has been as a result of posting on the relevant threads.

I love trying new stuff and giving my opinion <bossy>

Loved trying the method laundry washing liquid.

I'd like testing crafty/activity things with my dds, also food/cleaning/beauty products.

Or a Miele Cat and Dog grin

slambang Tue 01-Jan-13 23:39:38

Oooh I want to join.

I'd like stuff for teenagers - especially things that families can do together with teens, dogs etc (events, outings, camping stuff, travel).

And a bit of householdy cleaning stuff (might inspire dh / dcs) and food is good!

I'm quite sad and do enjoy filling in the surveys grin

Product wise, anything house-y / food-y is good with me (yup I'm dead specific me!).

Thank you for all the opportunities this year, we've really enjoed the product tests and I hope we've been of some help in some small way.

starlingsintheslipstream Wed 02-Jan-13 00:38:50

I've done quite a few random product tests - Olay, Method, Oat-so -simple spring to mind. May have been others but I go on some survey sites so it all blurs into one a bit. It's been fun testing them and your chances of being selected when there are a few hundred products to go out seem pretty good in comparison to other sites. Of course, I luffs Mumsnet much more than the others anyway wink! I like the format of Survey Monkey, tis easy to complete.

Would like to see more beauty stuff testing. Not so keen on anything that requires videos/photos as I like some anonymity.

Thanks for the opportunity to test!

MrsShrek3 Wed 02-Jan-13 02:53:06

surveys were fun even the strangely worded ones and the results make interesting reading for a geek We tested cheese hmm, pearson books from last year are still going strong, and filled in many more surveys. think that covers it...
Would love to see some more kitchen equipment tests, perhaps not as high-end as some of the ones we've seen recently. I do check out the reviews before buying a major piece of new kit, because there's one thing you can guarantee from mners - blunt honesty! grin

sickofsocalledexperts Wed 02-Jan-13 10:38:24

I do many of the surveys and was a proud tester of Cheds!

I have been searching for years for an eye cream that actually works and think I may have found it in Eyesilix from Boots. Could you test it to see if I am just kidding myself it works? Also nanoblur in same range: claims to take 10 years off in 40 seconds, by evening out complexion.

pennylovesleonard Wed 02-Jan-13 15:21:21

I love filling out the surveys and have tested quite a few products this year -
Garnier, nappies, fruity bread, method laundry liquid...

I would like to trial days out - peppa pig world would be ace!

Anything housey or foody is always very exciting!

HannahLI Wed 02-Jan-13 15:43:55

I have enjoyed lots of different things with Mumsnet this year, I very much enjoyed testing a pushchair for you. I'm looking forward to reading the Dyson reviews, and I have used yu countless times this year when looking for good reviews on baby items to buy for honest opinions.
Plus one of my ideas was put in the MU cheese booklet and we scoffed a months worth of cheese really quickly!

charlieandlola Wed 02-Jan-13 23:58:44

I have enjoyed being on the panel this year - I find the SurveyMonkey format really user friendly, plus you can use it on Apple products, as no Flash involved.
heartily recommend not really as it reduces my chances of getting picked for things

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 03-Jan-13 11:08:36

Thanks for all your enthusiasm about reviewing Local days out/services/cafés/shops etc. As Ann said upthread, anyone can add a review of things they happen to be going to. If you go to review something and there's no listing on the site yet, it's easy to create one by clicking on the pink Add a Listing button. Your description will automatically appear as a review if you click the 'I want to share this with Mumsnetters' button on the form.

We do get offered free entry into theatre shows/attractions etc so that someone can post a review, and this will only increase as Local grows. At the moment the only way we can co-ordinate reviewers is by Mumsnetters becoming Local Ambassadors (we need a record of which Local site they're on). Being a Local Ambassador is a volunteer role that involves organising a regular-ish meet-up for local mums and also posting reviews and listings when they have the time and inclination. Areas with Local Editors already in place will offer more perks, but Local is growing fast. Here's an example of a meet-ups page:
local.mumsnet.com/norwich/group-meet-ups/norwich-centre

If you're interested, do email local@mumsnet.com

rlvickers Thu 03-Jan-13 11:48:40

I've never tested products here before, I would love to - I think it's absolutely fantastic to be able to read real peoples' opinions on things. In this day and age where we all turn to the internet for information, this method of sharing ideas is invaluable and I'd love to be a part of it.

billybear Thu 03-Jan-13 18:45:54

love testing new products thought it was really funny when liquid wash came in french instructions,great product though.would love to test any thing, goods food any thing love getting post

Willing to test most things if you like to get a male perspective on things!! Done a few surveys and managed to win one set of vouchers and had a few books over the years. Did get to test out a <ahem> personal massager thingy wink

SuiGeneris Thu 03-Jan-13 21:12:03

I am on the panel and was rather pleased to be picked to try the mamamio creams, method liquid and the Chicco toys. It is really interesting to be trying stuff at the same time as other people and to read what they think.
I agree with what has been said above re getting feedback from the companies involved, though perhaps it would not make commercial sense for them to say very much.
What would I like to try next year? Children's books (preschool), tablets, children's clothes and maybe household gadgets (I am rather intrigued by the floor-cleaning robot)...

I've signed up...

BonzoDooDah Fri 04-Jan-13 00:02:48

I tested cheese this year - it was a bit of a pain as the shop I should have found it in had sold out. When I finally did find some the survey had closed - still added my comments thoughas thought was only fair.

I'd love to test any tablets or PCs laptops new phones or gadgets <<wishfull>
But really anything fun.

BonzoDooDah Fri 04-Jan-13 00:03:19

Moo-sticks - that's what they were called - great name!

bustybetty Fri 04-Jan-13 08:33:48

just signed up, happy to road test anything including Daniel Craig!

MTBMummy Fri 04-Jan-13 08:53:40

I've been on the panel for the last year and loved it - we've had a great day out at a National Trust property, tried some M&S Shapewear (still using it and love it :-) ) and even received Amazon vouchers for doing a survey.

I'd definitely recommend it, not only for the nice prizes, but you also get to do, test and fill in surveys about things you might not necessarily think about.

Even when I haven't been selected, I've found reading the reviews extremely helpful and have even made me change my mind about purchase decisions.

It only takes a few minutes to sign up and you don't have to do every survey or test, and those that you do get selected for don't take a massive amount of effort to complete.

Looking forward to more this year

I think testing some of the wine clubs may be a good idea for this year? [innocent yet hopeful smiley] :-)

Lent1l Fri 04-Jan-13 10:04:57

I have not been on the panel for long and so far have tried the Aldi baby products and also some laundry detergent, sounds like there are many other things to try and hopefully this year I will be lucky enough to try a few more.

It's nice being given the opportunity to try things you might not otherwise and mumsnet has been one of the places I trust for reviews on items so good to help contribute to that - it was actually the reviews from one of your trials that helped me pick my buggy!

I like firawla's suggestion about trying things that are local - it might also help me to meet other mums who are local to me.

unquietmind Fri 04-Jan-13 10:13:24

Hello,

I have joined the panel and been on the panel for around a year, and I really enjoy doing the product testing - I am often standing in the supermarket/looking at products online and wondering whether its worth the money and fulfills my needs. Getting to try a few bits out helps with costs too, as we have a big family. That method detergent was excellent and I couldnt fault it, for quality or how long it lasted. I like seeing if people think similarly to me, or if they have thought of something I havent thought of in their reviews.

Im big on eco friendly products, so Im all for testing those. It would be nice to try something applicable for my teenage lads too, but Im not sure what. I am open to trying anything, I suppose I would just like more opportunities to try things. How about holidays? wink. Another suggestion could be products aimed at disabled and learning disabled children, as many products cost a lot and families with not so high incomes cannot always buy safe items for their kids, and may not be successful with their local social services and grants etc. I would try those, in relation to my daughter who has MLD.

busymummy3 Fri 04-Jan-13 16:41:32

Just signed up but think I may already be signed up ? Hve never bee asked to do anything so have decided to sign up again just in case.
The two trials I have done have been the M&S shapewear still perfect ! and the recent Primula POD , I saw these trials on Mumsnet myself I wasnt approached by MUMSNET Panel to do them IFUSWIM

busymummy3 Fri 04-Jan-13 16:50:21

Oh and can I just add that I love to read the surveys/tests results and reviews too .I think Mumsnet is brilliant as you get honest opinions which are all published good or not so good reviews so you get a true rating of the product not just the one that a company may want you to read- eg at present I am thinking of upgrading my Dyson so I am reading with interest the Dyson Trial going on at present.
I think it is brilliant that Mumsnet can offer the opportunity to test products to us - xxx

I've signed up. I read reviews before making big purchases, really like seeing what people say about things, it definatly affects what i spend my money on. The idea of testing something really appeals to me.

fallingandlaughing Fri 04-Jan-13 20:11:50

Could we have some reviews of foods for people with allergies (I am thinking dairy free chocolate..).

DD has food allergies and it is annoying shelling out for eexpensive foods not knowing if they are any good.

I signed up about a year ago and it is really fab. So far I have tested Aveda hair products and also the Method washing liquid. I think its a great way of testing things out before you buy them. I am now a convert to the Method washing liquid I loved it that much.

I love testing and giving my feedback...it makes me feel like a grown up I am helping in some way.

Silverlace Sun 06-Jan-13 20:13:35

I have really enjoyed testing products and so have my family. There is great excitement when something arrives to try out (especially food!) We really enjoyed the Ambrosia custard but the chocolate porridge sadly wasn't a success. The DC sit round the table very seriously and try out the food and even make notes!

I think it is great that companies use Mumsnet to get the opinion of a wide range of families, I notice that the feedback can be very varied.

I would like to see more food and maybe days out would be a good area to cover. I often think that venues could be better if they had more feedback from families who visit them.

It is great that companies realise how powerful Mumsnet is when all our opinions are gathered together.

lorka Sun 06-Jan-13 21:58:03

I have joined and have enjoyed doing the surveys and have tested the Method Laundry Liquid.
I would be happy to test anything but would love to try out a steam mop!!
Reading through the messages firawla mentioned trying out places locally - I think this sounds like a great idea and one which I would be happy to do!!
Something for the children to review like books, pencils, rucksacks etc would be great too.
Keep up the good work - looking forward to some exciting projects in 2013! smile

lagoonhaze Sun 06-Jan-13 22:34:29

Woudl love to test bigger baby products like highchair and ERF car seats

Have re joined!

skullcandy Sun 06-Jan-13 23:09:54

I've really enjoyed it, love doing the surveys and putting name down for product testing.

I think i'd like to see more aimed at the 4-8yrs range, lots of things on babies and nappies, but mine are growing out of that now, so could do with some interest towards the older children.

tanyatanya Sun 06-Jan-13 23:30:08

Just joined the panel. Looking forward to trying some new stuff whilst on maternity leave and proving to myself that I can still string a sentence together... Just about...

I've tested a few things this year but my favourite was the method laundry liquid. It is great! Suggestions for future tests- well I would be happy to test anything really but moisturiser would be good- am struggling to find a decent facial one for less than a tenner, and a lipstick that doesn't dry your lips out if there is such a thing. And chocolate. Lots of chocolate grin

danmoore00 Mon 07-Jan-13 20:33:35

Loved being on panel have been on maternity leave second half of last years have had more time on my hands to dedicate - have tested Aldi baby products - pleasantly surprised, stockpot melts - with some bonus freebies & methodliquid(love method products). Really enjoyed the opportunities. Would like chance to test more technology products - camera would be lovely. Also something aimed at teenagers or early primary children maybe education focused. Look forward to new products to test in 2013

Gracelo Tue 08-Jan-13 09:22:06

Just joined.
I would be particularly exited about trying new food products but my house would benefit more from participating in cleaning surveys blush

kelandab Tue 08-Jan-13 19:04:14

I've enjoyed taking part in the hundreds ;) of surveys sent through each week... Ok not quite that many but there's been a lot & I love the prize incentives!... Haven't been picked to test anything though... I don't think?

BartletForTeamGB Tue 08-Jan-13 19:04:52

I can't remember when I joined the panel, but the surveys are interesting. I am particularly proud of winning £100 for answering a survey about ironing when I'd answered that I didn't do any!

It is a while since I have been chosen for any product tests for ages but it is always a nice surprise when I am.

kelandab Tue 08-Jan-13 19:06:07

...oh and I'd like to see some product tests for older kids, I have an 11 year old girl as well as an 8 year old year girl, I'm sure they could give an opinion on most things.... They certainly like to give me an opinion on what I've served for lunch/dinner!

Sugarkane Tue 08-Jan-13 19:07:39

Love the panel, I feel the balance of surveys is great, not too many that you get sick of seeing them, but just enough that you think oh I have time to do that wont take me too long.

Would love more product placements but if we are honest who wouldn't? Maybe it would be a good idea to have more runners up prizes on the general survey.

vic1981 Tue 08-Jan-13 19:10:30

Would like to test out some new tech- Apple vs Micosoft, phones/ tablets etc (hopeful!)

rathlin Tue 08-Jan-13 19:12:51

I'm a member of the panel and have been involved in a couple of product tests. Really enjoyed them. Would like to be involved in some chocolate product tests.

I would love to test anything that would help me get more organised. Also any non leaking water bottles as am fed up of dragging my soaked self into work after a bottle has leaked...grr

On the Kelo Cote trial - never heard of it but it's fan, so thanks! smile

MrsWeasley Tue 08-Jan-13 19:19:38

I've enjoyed all the surveys, some of them have really made me think about some issues I take for granted.

Next year, I'd like you to surprise me! ;-)

kayleigh39 Tue 08-Jan-13 19:23:45

I have enjoyed taking part in the Ecover wipes trial - I have since been buying them.
I have also enjoyed the surveys as It gets me involved and thinking about brands/products.

laughalot Tue 08-Jan-13 19:24:10

Iv enjoyed most of the surveys would like to see some more tech ones that involve gadgets smile

Elkieb Tue 08-Jan-13 19:25:41

This is my first year on mumsnet- so firstly thank you for making me feel normal and helping me survive the first year of parenthood. ❤

I have tested Tesco naturally powered non-bio powder, method washing liquid, ecover wipes and fruit and fibre bread. My house should be shining!

I have particularly enjoyed testing the tesco powder and the fruit and fibre bread and will buy these products again.

I would like to test household products in the future, especially cleaning products. I would also be interested in testing new technology and toys.

Happy New Year!

laughalot Tue 08-Jan-13 19:26:15

Oh and the funniest one was the method liquid as all the instructions where in french I got a apology letter hee hee.

MsGee Tue 08-Jan-13 19:30:35

I have just done the M&S fuller longer testing and I did really enjoy it. It made me realise that healthy ready meals can be nice and I have bought them since.

I think a good thing to test (personally) would be brands that I wouldn't otherwise switch from - laundry detergent, washing up liquid etc. where I am fairly fixed in my ways grin

I'm also keen to test anything that would mean that my DD (aged 4) improves her range of foods. At the moment she eats no fruit or veg and little dairy and it is very difficult.

Bosgrove Tue 08-Jan-13 19:35:06

We had a childrens book (which they all love) and cheese to review. I don't know what it is about the Bosgrove Family and cheese as we were sent a different brand to review the previous year.

hanbee Tue 08-Jan-13 19:36:53

I have really enjoyed my year of product testing. I tried two different types of cleaner and the Bisto stock melts. The leaky Tesco spray bottles were a low point, but I didn't learn and bought one anyway. You guess it - it had leaked over my shopping by the time I'd got home. Sigh.

Next year I'd like to test some non-domestic things. Something fun perhaps!

Birnamwood Tue 08-Jan-13 19:38:07

I think I'm on the panel and entered for the product tests etc but I've had nothing this year sad I did get to test the dettol no touch hand wash thingies about 18 mths ago but since then nada.

What I would like to see this year is me doing more product tests wink.

I was going to suggest a mama mio product test but I see I've missed that boat too. Maybe I should stray from Aibu/chat occasionally...

MinnieBar Tue 08-Jan-13 19:43:25

Liked: Trialling the Innocent recipes, plus getting the book.
Feeling like my opinion matters!
Disliked: questionnaires with too many 'on a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is not at all and 5 is always…' type of questions. Needlessly complicated and tedious.
Also not winning anything grin

Would it be possible to email to tell us that we haven't been picked for stuff? Otherwise you sign up to maybe try something and then just never hear.

Babycarmen Tue 08-Jan-13 19:45:45

I have loved testing the method laundry liquid, aldi baby products and pods spring to mind, really looking forward to hopefully testing more things in the future, I love to be able to have my say on products!

YorkshireMumof2 Tue 08-Jan-13 19:47:07

I've signed up just now smile

Would look forward to reviews and product tests about ride-ons and the best outdoor toys for little ones.

Thank you blush

My family and I tested some lovely fruity bread and we also won £250.00 to spend on a family day out - Thank you!

Also, a friend was lucky enough to be chosen to go along to the Waitrose Cookery School to learn how to make a Michelin starred three course meal and she invited me along as her plus-one. We had a great time. Learnt some new cookery skills, met some lovely MNs and ate some gorgeous food.

Since then I've booked two Waitrose cookery courses for DP and another cookery class through the Mumsnet Academy for DP and DS3. These are things I wouldn't have thought of booking had I not throughly enjoyed the initial day my friend and I went along to. So, another big thanks for that! grin

This year could you please product test high capacity washing machines and tumble dryers - ideally ones that you can fit double/king size duvets in? And, if you could find a carpet cleaner that left your carpets very nearly dry I'd be very grateful.

Emmysmum2010 Tue 08-Jan-13 19:51:48

I signed up late on in the year, I like how opportunities are emailed as well as posted so no-one misses out.
I love the varied mix I'd opportunities and having such a wide community means a good mix of opinions too.

gloriafloria Tue 08-Jan-13 19:53:51

So far I've only been selected for the tesco eco cleaning product. I enjoyed as I would probably not have bought it but now I've tried it I think I would particularly if it is on offer.

I would love to product test the customer service of BA, Virgin or any other airline that will whisk us away to an exotic location that I could also product test the customer service of a 5* all inclusive resort.

Thanks in anticipation.

Thank

farmerswifey Tue 08-Jan-13 20:02:12

I have only recently signed up to join the panel so haven't yet had any products to test. I do enjoy reading the product reviews though and have found them most useful and informative.

In the year ahead I would like to be much more involved - especially if that could involve testing chocolates.

youmaycallmeSSP Tue 08-Jan-13 20:03:15

I'm not supposed to be here grin but...

I tested the Tesco eco spray, the Asda Facebook group and kelo cote in 2012. The spray was my first product test so I took it very seriously! Palm oil in an 'environmentally friendly' product? hmm It's quite fun to actually consider a product rather than just use it without thinking too much about it. I'd love to know what the sponsors make of the feedback!

I was a bit disappointed as the note at the top of the Pregnancy discussion board says that there's lots for pregnant women and new mums to do but I haven't found that to be the case. Maybe I missed those ones! I really wanted to test the Avent pump.

I do wonder how important the 'why I want to test xyz' bit is. I'm usually here on my phone so typing is quite arduous and if most of us were honest the answer most of the time would be 'because I want to try freebies!' wink I shall put more effort into my 'pick Meeee!' blurbs this year...

I'd like to see more home gadgets put to the test, baby carriers, car seat protectors and child safety products. It's sometimes difficult to know what's a good product and what is a waste of money when there are so many variations of the same thing.

Off to post about kelo cote...

Thanks for some fun things in 2012, roll on 2013!

mynameis Tue 08-Jan-13 20:04:34

Been lucky enough to take part in a selection of product tests this year. Metanium cream, Barclays Pingit app, mu cheese, Primula Pods, Hoover Globe and a few I've probably forgotten

Our family always enjoy discussing the products pros & cons and my feedback is the families view not just my own

Asking the dc what they would like to test in 2013 answers range from tissues(?) more cleaning products, scooters and garden products

I am happy to test everything but please put cleaning products my way if the dc want to try them grin

Like the suggestion from a previous poster suggesting splitting the voucher prizes to more testers

ILoveAFullFridge Tue 08-Jan-13 20:12:24

I filled out lots of surveys this last year, but not tested anything. Should like to have the opportunity to do so.

Sounds really boring, but I'd quite like to test-drive household gadgety stuff - steamers, fridges, pans, nutcrackers, vacuums, ice-cream makers, that sort of thing.

I'd also like to test (or see tested) fragrance-free products.

ILoveAFullFridge Tue 08-Jan-13 20:18:09

And another thing, most of those surveys are really difficult to read on a mobile. If, for questions wuth a table of options to select, the header fields stayed still and the table scrolled, that would make it easier to select the correct option.

newfashionedmum Tue 08-Jan-13 20:22:04

my first year on the panel, really nice to be able to contribute to them. I have been lucky and won a pizza express voucher, which would be great only I'm gluten intolerant - but was able to very generously take my family out for a lovely meal on me, to celebrate my brother's engagement! Also about to test my first product, very exciting! Would like to test more chemical (paraben/SLES) free products, especially shampoos as other makes make me itch, but chemical free are such a gamble and expensive.

vincenta Tue 08-Jan-13 20:25:27

HI. I write about lovely things I tested before and now just wanted add more things which would be lovely to test this year.
I love kitchen gadgets, they are life and time saver.
I bought myself(oh more for my son to enjoy) cake pop maker and today we made our first cake pops, my son was so excited,to decorate and eating those lovely cake pops afterwards, it was so easy and quick. Also I have waffle maker which makes so delicious waffles without nasty ingredients.
that's why we would love to test different makers brownie, cake, cupcake,yogurt maker.To know which are worth to buy and which will end in back of cupboard.
some home fitness equipment or DVD's for mums who are busy , tired but want to look great, with minimum effort and maximum effectiveness.
It would be great that there would be organic fruit, or veg boxes to test, organic veg and fruit boxes are becoming more popular but which to choose.which one will worth money and have enough fruits to last family for week. it is nice to have 4 or 5 small side potatoes for a week for family of 3 smile))Isn't it???

webwoman05 Tue 08-Jan-13 20:25:52

I too have filled out quite a lot of surveys but haven't been chosen as yet to test anything. sad I did however win a £20 amazon voucher ages ago! smile

Still happy to fill in surveys though as it is nice to feel that my opinion matters!

webwoman05 Tue 08-Jan-13 20:31:52

Meant to add that I really wish we had been chosen to test out the apples as my ds2 is such a fruit bat! Would welcome the chance to test/sample any other fruit/veg boxes.

StainlessSteelCat Tue 08-Jan-13 20:59:38

Loved doing product tests - I now buy Aldi nappies, and the box the rice pudding came in is still being fought over!

More food tests - my kids will try most things, I like getting freebies to feed them ;)
More household stuff - cleaning products, gadgets, white goods we get to keep (I need a new freezer grin)

turnipvontrapp Tue 08-Jan-13 21:02:50

From memory, I've tested Walkers crisps (or was that the year before?), Method laundry liquid, soap dispenser.

Would love to test more new food products, holidays grin, kitchen gadgets and household items.

Am on the panel and have loved winning amazon vouchers this year for my thoughts!

asuwere Tue 08-Jan-13 21:06:12

I really enjoy being on the panel. I always quite like seeing an email arrive and seeing what is on offer or what you'd like my opinion on - makes me feel quite important sometimes in an otherwise unexciting day!
I've tested a few things and it's lovely to get the parcels. I've also done several surveys and like being able to contribute.
I have to say the emails are always well worded and always have a 'thank you' which is nice and not always the case with other places!

BettyStogs Tue 08-Jan-13 21:08:09

I've not been signed up for long and haven't been selected to test anything yet, maybe this year? Would like to test anything kitchen gadgety, or that makes the minimal amount of cleaning I do even easier.

PigeonStreet Tue 08-Jan-13 21:10:08

i will be honest and say that short of the odd questionnaire i have had very little from the insight panel. Ive not been selected to test anything sad. [thinks of moving to another part of the country or suddenly acquiring three more kids]

MadameBoolala Tue 08-Jan-13 21:12:52

Last year I tested an amazing fridge freezer, this year it was merely washing powder :D

I'm always interested in trying out food - and clothes - and technology for children.

LittleChiefRunnyCustard Tue 08-Jan-13 21:32:17

Amazon vouchers always well received! Never been selected for cleaning/laundry stuff - can you tell how crap I am at housekeeping?

I joined the panel this year and I bloody love it - completing surveys, applying for product tests, and generally feeling "part" of something.

I've been lucky with product tests, including a breastpump, various foodstuffs and the M&S shape wear. It's broadened my knowledge of what's out there to buy, and I like writing, so it's a perfect combination for me. I've not actually won any of the prize draws from taking part, but it feels like it because of the products I have in the house (though I wouldn't say no to a prize...)

I'd like to see more book-related things. I love reading and would really like to try reading ebooks on an iPad, hint hint

ibbydibby Tue 08-Jan-13 22:14:48

Think there is a huge range of reviews, and you mumsnet peeps do a brilliant job of sorting it all out. I don't think I was chosen for anything last year but did get selected for electronic game testing the previous year so was pleased about that and DCs were very excited. Think someone has beaten me to it but would like to see more things relevant to older children/teens, if possible. And of course woud like to be chosen for something!

noseynoonoo Tue 08-Jan-13 22:15:31

I love being part of insight - I do love a survey.

A friend and I got to go to the Waitrose Cooking School which was a fab day out. We were the worst cooks but we may have had the most fun and we both cook a bit differently.

I also got a £20 Amazon voucher which was gratefully received.

I would have like to test-drive the Dyson recently because I was thinking of buying one...

tootssweet Tue 08-Jan-13 22:41:40

I've enjoyed filling out surveys & we have tested rice puddings & anti-bacterial spray. I think we (like sooo many others) would be happy to have more products to test. My dd really enjoys it too as we both enjoy feeling that we are having an influence on something or that people are interested in our opinions.
For future surveys or testing - things you can try out as a family would be good; more toddler products as lots for babies or older dc's but not so many for under 5's; also agree with poster waaaay back to trial products for those with sensitive skin or skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema (adults & dc's) would be helpful.
Thank you.

bosch Tue 08-Jan-13 22:51:17

Hmmm, not tested anything in 2012 I think? But agree with suggestions for testing local services/products and testing customer service levels generally.

Devora Tue 08-Jan-13 22:54:39

I really enjoy taking part in the surveys and product tests. I particularly liked the Method washing liquid, the anti-bac spray, the M&S shapewear, and the Cheddar nibbles. (Ok, it was my dc who particularly liked the Cheddar nibbles.)

I'd love to test some skincare or make-up...

Jux Tue 08-Jan-13 22:54:41

I have really enjoyed doing the surveys. They often give me information which I would not have come across otherwise (who is Kate Thornton????!). My health has interfered with my reliability, and I've missed a lot of them, but am determined to do better this year.

i'd like to test products which I could never afford in a month of Sundays grin

shezzle Tue 08-Jan-13 22:58:18

Loving the kelo-cote test, my favourite so far this year. I never would have thought to buy something to treat my scar and am so happy with the results. I also love being on the panel grin

I walk everywhere and am forever buying new walking shoes, outdoor clothes and weather gear for me and dc's not to mention wearing out buggies left right and centre. It would be great to test things like this as not all are that great nor genuinely waterproof or durable, it is good to try new things on the market.

Looking forward to what 2013 has to offer in the way of surveys and stuff to try out!

shezzle Tue 08-Jan-13 22:59:24

Ooh yes the method washing liquid was really nice too!

NiniLegsInTheAir Tue 08-Jan-13 23:10:52

I really enjoyed the Method cleaning liquid, and the Fruit and Fibre bread. Hoping to get something a bit bigger in 2013, was gutted to miss out on the Dyson test over xmas. smile

I like the way the surveys are done as they're quite quick and doesn't mean I have to trawl through loads of pages.

Solo Tue 08-Jan-13 23:31:35

I have tried M&S Shapewear and Method laundry liquid. Loved the Shapewear smile Thank you very much for letting me try these. I could possibly have tried other things too, but the years have all rolled into a big blob and I don't know what was when! blush but thank you anyway! grin

mummyofcutetwo Tue 08-Jan-13 23:44:41

I have really enjoyed being on the panel and have recommended joining to several friends and members of my family. I'm happy to test just about anything really but would particularly like to test some educational aids/games with my children in future, outdoor toys such as scooters (we had a few before finding a decent one!), pushchairs, household gadgets, "green" products, clothes (adults' or children's)... Basically I just love trying new (or old) things and giving feedback to help improve the product/service/experience.

In 2012 we loved trying the method liquid, fruit and fibre loaf, M&S fuller for longer etc. I was gutted to miss out on the pushchair as ours had just developed a fatal flaw - and the Hoover (likewise!).

Tobermory Wed 09-Jan-13 08:26:52

I too have enjoyed being on the panel, getting things in the post is quite exciting! Its interesting to read the feedback from others, I wonder how much the companies focus on these threads and what, if any, action is taken.

What we tested - Crisps, M&S shapewear, Method, rice pudding, nappies...can't think what else though there may well have been.
I think the one i enjoyed most was the Shapewear one, being able to choose the item that I wanted to test was great.

Ideas for the new year - camping, days out/restaurants, handbags grin.

I've tested Ecover, Fruit and Fibre bread, and the Aveda Haircare.

My favourite one was the Ecover, because I'm very sad and love washing blush.

I love being a product tester, and would like to see more things for older kids (teens), and of course for mums. More style and beauty products to test please!

JenniferHelen Wed 09-Jan-13 10:13:07

I've just signed up to the panel and I'm looking forward to hopefully getting involved. I tested Method for Mumsnet, really enjoyed it, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can do more via the panel. Thanks for the opportunity!

MrsKwazii Wed 09-Jan-13 11:23:26

I've enjoyed the method laundry liquid test as I love getting little parcels in the post. I am also overly fond of giving my opinion so love surveys grin it would be nice to know what outcomes and general feedback was on some of them though.

I would be very happy to test anything from Lakeland. It would also be good to have some fitness and activity type tests as well as products.

dotcomlovenest Wed 09-Jan-13 11:32:52

I haven't actually been picked to try anything yet. Was very excitef about the posdiblity of trying the playstation 3. Alas it was not meant to be. I think I dont write good enough reasons why they should choose me. Any tips. I quite enjoy doing the surveys ( sicko). I dony feel I am wasting my time as they dont ususlly take to long. Keep it and fingers crossed for getting to try somethings this year.

butterflymum Wed 09-Jan-13 12:22:55

One big plus about the panel that I like, is that folks in Northern Ireland are considered to actually exist and can be worthy of taking part in trials etc.......too often survey company's rule us out based on location in UK. Even sending things to us to test is not as expensive as some companies seem to think.

smile

axlbaby Wed 09-Jan-13 14:01:21

I signed up this year and have tested the Aldi toiletries and the Method detergent - both of which really liked and will be using in the future.

Its a great way to try new products and like to think that our opinion might be useful!

Hope to get to try more things in 2013!

I've really enjoyed being part of the panel and will continue to take part in 2013 smile

Snog Wed 09-Jan-13 19:21:10

I have joined the panel - I thought I was already a member but I haven't tested anything since Dettol - ages ago - so maybe not?!

prakattack Thu 10-Jan-13 10:34:13

I joined the panel a couple of months ago and have really enjoyed it so far! Have done plenty of surveys and have really enjoyed testing the Method laundry liquid.
This year, hmmm, food products are always gratefully received in this house - our food budget is TIGHT and toddlers eat a lot!
Looking forward to being part of the panel in 2013...

melodyangel Thu 10-Jan-13 17:09:17

Another one that only signed up recently but so far so good. Dotty parcels with French laundry liquid are always welcome.

Always happy to fill out a quick survey although I pity the poor soul that has to decipher my ramblings.

Stuff I would love to see offered next year... family days out would be good and
maybe cookery courses offered to learn how to use a product rather than just the product. Game testing/ reviewing would be good especially as the market for gaming is spreading to more women. Oh and books, love books!

Thank you mumsnet I have thoroughly enjoyed doing your surveys and product tests. I've been lucky enough to have tested lots of things this year from cereals, washing powders and crisps to a Hoover and the wonderbook of spells.
We as a family do enjoy testing all these things and my dcs quite often ask what's next!!
I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store for 2013 smile

OrangePetals Thu 10-Jan-13 20:45:20

I wasn't part of any tests last year but hope be this year.

I don't know how practicle it would be but would love some holiday trials.

callmeovercautious Thu 10-Jan-13 21:25:34

I have been on the panel since day one smile I think I won the "join our panel" 1st Prize. Since then I have won 2 items worth £370. Before that I entered the comps and won £300 of prizes grin.
Just a shame I seem a bit boring so don't get selected much! I would love to see more secret shopper challenges, working mum shortcuts and possibly a family holiday review? You could cover a selection of Budgets and ask people their opinion with the chance to win £ off the next year?

Salmon8 Thu 10-Jan-13 23:22:04

I have only recently joined but I was chosen to test the method wash liquid which was great. I enjoy filling out the surveys and find reading the threads on products very interesting. Also reading the discussions has been very useful in terms of getting opinions and general information on lots of topics.

I think it would be great to see more products to test that were children orientated as they absolutely love getting involved with things.

Thank you for choosing me for the method product and I look forward to hopefully getting chosen to test more products. smile

IveNoIntentionOfMakingCupcakes Thu 10-Jan-13 23:37:23

I'm fairly new to Mumsnet and to the panel but I have been lucky enough to test the Ecover wipes, which I really liked and the Philips AVENT comfort breastpump, which I also thought was great.

Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to test them and provide feedback (I rely so much on mumsnet reviews when I buy things so I like to feel like I can contribute). The nicest thing about being selected is it makes me feel lucky, which is an uplifting way to feel.

I really like doing the surveys too. I am always imagining the powerpoint slides at the other end that summarise the findings and I would love to see how the companies use the information they get. I'd love to be involved with giving feedback about branding and creative execution too.

As for future reviews, I would find the following useful; campsites and British holiday resorts, family board games, matresses, buggy boards, e-readers (kindle and the like) and eco house paints.

BoerWarKids Fri 11-Jan-13 05:15:14

I'm on the panel but have never won or tested anything. Fingers crossed for 2013! grin

mrsskefton Fri 11-Jan-13 14:25:04

I tried a few products in 2012- shape wear, cleaning products and a couple of others. I liked my shape wear but having now lost weight I am in need again to hold in what diet and exercise can't help - so more of the same! Happy to test out most things but would like to get better notification too - missed out on numerous as the emails were sporadic:-(. Would've happily tested the dyson as my current one is quite cumbersome on stairs so would be good to have seen what new ones like. I cook a lot so anything to do with that would be fab. I also have two energetic daughters who need a lot of entertaining so anything to ease the pain would be fab. Equally good would be something aimed at getting is parents to have some precious down time, me time!

Grey24 Fri 11-Jan-13 20:38:44

I've really enjoyed being on the Mumsnet panel - I have a really boring 'don't get out much' life and it's genuinely lovely to receive friendly emails asking me to do surveys! It makes me feel part of something and whilst I don't have much time to do many things, I try to make a few minutes to answer the surveys, which I enjoy. I've been lucky enough to try out the Method eco washing liquid, too. It was great to get something nice, free and new in the post - and interesting to try out a product which looked and smelled different to anything I normally use in the washing machine. I have enjoyed Method products in the past, but didn't think the washing liquid was quite as good as I'd expected - but felt privileged to have the chance to try it out. I'm looking forward to doing more surveys in 2013 - I'd love to test new books! But that's just my unrealistic fantasty!

avelte Sat 12-Jan-13 14:22:53

i have been lucky to test couple of products ,was enjoyable experience,hoping this year to be more active and apply more,
Happy New Year to all

zipzap Sat 12-Jan-13 22:43:16

I've really enjoyed being on the MN panel and have been lucky enough to test a variety of things (although maybe my luck is running out or maybe there are more and more people on it as I don't seem to get as much now as I did last year!). In fact I think I just mostly did surveys last year, I don't think anything particularly arrived through the post to try out in the same way that happened the year before!

Favourite thing to do was being a potato councillor - the whole household looked forward to and enjoyed seeing what recipe was being sent for the month, and trying it out. And actually only the end of that was in this year, most of it was in the year before.

So this year I'm hoping that I manage to figure out how to fill in the forms better because I love trying new things out so it would be great to get to try some again. In particular, I'd be interested in anything to do with cameras, technology and gadgets but also food and household stuff too. And days out also sound good... Anything really - not fussy here!

I'm also going to investigate the MN Blogging side of things as they seem to have access to some interesting stuff to test or do.

Having said that, the fact that I have taken part in tests myself, it does mean that I do tend to often read reviews others write when they have taken part in one of the tests I didn't get picked for to see what they have to say. Likewise when I'm looking for something to buy I'll see what the reviews on MN have to say about it. Much more likely to believe a review on here than just a string of stars on Amazon or Argos or wherever, not least because people can put the pros and cons, and put helpful comments in too.

DaisyFay Sun 13-Jan-13 04:34:06

Only done one test - the Method one (loved it, even bought some, although it was on special offer!). Have signed up for the wholegrain one. Would love to do more!
I think household products are good to try as they might actually change what you buy, but I too would be a great holiday tester.:-)

StellaMarie Sun 13-Jan-13 12:42:23

I joined the panel this year and have been lucky enough to test a variety of products (chocolate porridge, garnier cream, cheese, apples and milk). It's great fun and very interesting to see what other people think of the same products that I've tried.

Thanks for the opportunity! Interested to see what I (hopefully) get selected for this year!!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 14-Jan-13 16:44:45

Thanks for all your comments and suggestions....certainly food for thought.

Am pleased to say the winners are as per below:

Elkieb wins a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 worth c£180 courtesy of the team at TalkTalk

AmandinePoulain wins a whole years' supply of Aldi nappies from the folks at Aldi - worth c.£500

And GetKnitted and Doogle2 win 4 adult tickets to the new RA exhibition showcasing Manet early next year - worth £120.

We'll be PMing you all soonest

Thanks again. MNHQ

Elkieb Mon 14-Jan-13 19:06:37

Thank you!!! This is the first thing I have ever won gringringrin

AmandinePoulain Tue 15-Jan-13 16:45:15

Thank you grin

Cheap round for them though, I use reusables except when we're away or when dd2 starts nursery wink grin

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