How to Test Products for the Good Housekeeping Institute

Allie Early
·4 min read
Photo credit: Mike Garten
Photo credit: Mike Garten

Here at the Good Housekeeping Institute, we put thousands of products to the test every year in our state-of-the-art labs. During our evaluations, we assess a wide range of criteria, covering safety, performance, durability, ease of use and price point for our content. We bake cookies in ovens, scramble eggs in pans, accelerate wear and tear on bedding, put vacuums to work on all kinds of flooring — the list goes on. Depending on the product, we'll even stretch it, drop it or heat it up to make sure it stands up to real life. Then (and here's where you come in): We invite a select group of lucky GH+ members to use the product at home, and report back on how the item actually worked. Only after all that do we make our final selection on the best products to recommend to our readers and users.

Curious about how to become a GH+ member and product tester yourself? Here's everything you need to know about signing up.

How to Become a Product Tester

First, Join Our Membership Club, GH+

Only GH+ members are eligible to become GH product testers. To access this exclusive member benefit, the first step is joining our GH+ Membership Club. Once you sign up for GH+ (it costs as little as 40¢ per week), you have the chance to be selected to receive free products and share your experience and opinions! Recently, more than 100 GH+ testers helped us decide the winners of our 2021 Best Bedding Awards. Some even received mattresses valued at $1,000. Other members have tested sunscreen, lipstick, towels and cookware.

Then, Activate Your Product Testing Profile

Once you've signed up for GH+ and are a verified member, you'll need to activate your product testing profile to unlock front-of-the-line access to testing opportunities. To take advantage of this amazing benefit, log into the GH+ tester portal and complete your profile and consent form. Your username is your email. Once you verify your email, please click “forgot password” to reset. You’ll find your profile under account settings. (And don't worry about remembering this now. All this information is emailed to you by our team when you sign up for GH+!). You cannot be selected for product testing until your testing profile is activated and all preference fields are completed.

Other GH+ Member Benefits

GH+ is about much more than testing. It’s also about getting unlimited access to GH anywhere you want, including exclusive online stories, all our delicious recipes, how-to videos, every product review, our members-only newsletters, virtual VIP events and a full-year subscription to the print magazine, delivered right to your door.

FAQs

I'm a GH+ Member and I've Activated my Product Tester Profile. How Do I Know If I've Been Selected to Test a Product?

When you are selected for a study you will receive an email confirming your participation and providing information about when you should expect your product to arrive in the mail. You can always log into your tester account here to see your active surveys. Please note that this testing portal is separate from your MYLO account, which is the first login you created for your GH+ membership. Be sure to save both sets of credentials in a safe place!

Have more questions? Learn more about the Good Housekeeping Institute here.

Why am I Receiving Surveys from the Good Housekeeping Institute?

At the Good Housekeeping Institute, we regularly conduct surveys to find out your opinions on a wide variety of topics. Based upon the responses you give in your profile as well as pre-questionnaires that are emailed to you, the Good Housekeeping Institute team will determine which surveys are best suited for you. The more detail you include in your tester profile, the better.

Share Your Experience

GH’s at-home testers are often the first people to try new products — think home appliances, electronics, bedding, beauty potions and more — and your anonymous feedback might even show up in our trusted product reviews or in our magazine, along with the Lab evaluations from the GH Institute scientists and product analysts.

Don’t miss out on these upcoming testing opportunities!

• Large appliances (dishwashers, ovens)
• Small appliances (humidifiers, blenders)
• Food products (snacks, children’s food)

We can’t wait to hear what you think of the products we send you. But first, you must activate your profile — after getting on our product-tester list, you'll be eligible for selection and participation.

For any technical issues, email the Chief Technologist at the Good Housekeeping Institute, Rachel Rothman, at RRothman@hearst.com.

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