The best paid online survey websites

We all have a bit of time to kill every now and then, particularly over holiday breaks and in the evenings. Make sure you’re turning it into cash!
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Close the YouTube cat videos down. Instead spend your spare time earning £100s a year filling out online surveys or testing products.

There are a growing number of research companies offering rewards for your opinions, however they’re not always as ‘legit’ as they make out.

With this in mind, we’ve created a run-down of the trusted survey sites, personally tested by us. We reveal how much you can realistically make from each site and share some helpful tips to maximise your profit.

Legit online survey websites

Each site has a limited number of surveys each month for each person. If you want to earn serious rewards it’s worth signing up to as many as possible.

  1. Pinecone research SurveysPinecone Research

    £3 per survey, invite only.

    Who are they? Pinecone are an exclusive survey and product testing company who are invite only.

    Rewards: £3 per completed survey, free products to test and keep.

    Amount per survey: £3.

    Min. reward threshold: £3.

    Our review:

    Pinecone is the Holy Grail of survey sites and invites are rare so it’s well worth signing up while we have some invites on offer. The payout is huge and surveys don’t take too long to complete. You sometimes get sent products to test and keep too!

    Note: There’s no guarantee that they will be open to new registrations at any one time, but we try to arrange a limited number for our readers each month. Check the link below. If we don’t, join our newsletter for updates.

    Sign up to Pinecone »

  2. Toluna Survey SiteToluna

    Test, keep products and earn vouchers.

    Who are they? A trusted opinion website working on behalf of leading companies. They want to know what you think about certain products, services and issues. In return, you get rewarded!

    Rewards: Free products, Amazon vouchers and prize draws.

    Amount per survey: 3,000 – 6,000 points (80,000 points gets you a £15 voucher).

    Min. reward threshold: 500 for prizes, 80,000 for vouchers.

    Our review:

    You won’t be sent products to test all the time, but we have received a couple over the space of a few months. So it’s worth signing up just to get freebies :)

    You can also answer surveys on the site to earn yourself points which equal vouchers. Each survey takes around 15 minutes to complete, so it’ll take around 4 hours overall to earn a voucher.

    Sign up to Toluna »

  3. Swagbucks SurveysSwagbucks

    Very popular with students, thanks to a wide variety of ways to earn rewards.

    Who are they? Swagbucks are a reliable survey site who also offer rewards for playing games and watching videos.

    Rewards: Cash, vouchers and prize draws.

    Amount per survey: 70 points (40p).

    Min. reward threshold: 1 point.

    Our review:

    We love Swagbucks, and we hear positive reviews from our followers about them too. We’ve found that completing surveys and polls every day provides the best return for your time, however you can also complete a much wider range of offers to bump up your earnings.

    Surveys take around 10 minutes to complete, meaning you can earn around £2.40 an hour. Swagbucks also offers users the ability to complete surveys from multiple providers and give consolation points when you don’t qualify for a survey.

    Sign up to Swagbucks »

  4. MySurvey survey siteMySurvey

    Make £3-5 per hour.

    Who are they? A popular consumer panel who are always looking for new members to participate in market research studies for rewards.

    Rewards: PayPal payments, Amazon and high-street vouchers.

    Amount per surveyAround 100 points.

    Min. reward threshold: 345 points (£3).

    Our review:

    Another one worth signing up for. We got lots of surveys sent from these guys, and they tend to match your profile and interests as a consumer.

    The average survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and gives you 100 points. So you could earn around £3-£5/hour.

    Register below and wait for them to send you some surveys!

    Sign up to MySurvey »

  5. NewVista Survey SiteNew Vista Live

    Earn £100 per year.

    Who are they? A leading marketing research company who have chosen to conduct surveys online rather than traditional cold-calling and so on.

    Rewards: Cash and prize draws.

    Amount per survey: Around £1 a survey.

    Min. reward threshold: £50.

    Our review:

    NewVista offers users cash for completing surveys where 1 point = £1. For some, it can take a while to reach the £50 threshold but the surveys usually take just 15 minutes (so ~£4/hour) and they pay well.

    Make sure you answer questions honestly as NewVista are known for chucking in a few red herrings to make sure you’re actually thinking rather than speeding through.

    Sign up to New Vista »

  6. ValuedOpinions Survey SiteValued Opinions

    £10 voucher per hour.

    Who are they? Valued Opinions are part of a larger market research group. They send out online surveys to members whose profiles match broad demographics and requirements.

    Rewards: Vouchers (inc. Amazon, M&S, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis).

    Amount per survey: £1 – £5.

    Min. reward threshold: £10.

    Our review:

    First off, signing up with Valued Opinions automatically enters you into a prize draw for an iPad. From there, they use your profile to send you relevant surveys to complete.

    The surveys are usually quite interesting, and can take anything from 10-30 minutes each, so within just one hour you could bag yourself a £10 voucher.

    Sign up to Valued Opinions »

  7. Springboard Survey SiteSpringboard

    Quick, easy surveys with cash rewards.

    Who are they? Springboard are a very simple survey site and their research covers all sorts of areas.

    Rewards: Cash and prize draws.

    Amount per survey: 25p – 75p.

    Min. reward threshold: £25.

    Our review:

    Springboard isn’t one of the best sites if you are looking for money quickly. You get around 25p-75p per survey and we receive around 4 surveys a month, at most.

    When you consider that the payment threshold is £25 it could take you while to reach your first payout. However, for the minimal amount of effort it’s worth giving them a go.

    Sign up to SpringBoard »

  8. Global Test Market Survey SiteGlobal Test Market

    Earn £100 per year.

    Who are they? This is a well know US survey site but they pay out cheques in £s.

    Rewards: Cash, vouchers and prize draws.

    Amount per survey: ~£1.20.

    Min. reward threshold: 1000 points ($50/£32).

    Our review:

    Surveys take around 15 minutes each so you could be earning £4.80 an hour. Be aware that cheques do take a while to arrive in the post, and we’d recommend not wasting your time with the ‘prize draw’ surveys (unless you’re feeling very lucky).

    Sign up to Global Test Market »

  9. PanelbasePanelBase

    Earn £3 just for signing up!

    Who are they? PanelBase aren’t your average survey site. They don’t inundate you with surveys, but the ones they do send are very well paid and relevant to you!

    Rewards: Cash, vouchers and prize draws.

    Amount per survey: 50p – £10 (avg. ~£1.50).

    Min. reward threshold: £10.

    Our review:

    £3 just for signing up to a site is a bit of a no-brainer… The surveys pay out higher than the industry average too which gives you the opportunity to earn some good dough!

    However they do select their survey respondents very carefully so you may be sent slightly less opportunities than other sites. Just make sure you fully complete your profile to give yourself the best chance.

    Sign up to PanelBase »

  10. Yougov SurveysYouGov

    Earn 50p per survey.

    Who are they? This is a little different to others, focusing more on social issues and general interest topics. YouGov polls include topics such as politics, public affairs and commercial products. Great if you have big opinions!

    Rewards: Cash and prize draws.

    Amount per survey: 50p – £3.00.

    Min. reward threshold: £50.

    Our review:

    YouGov is one of the more interesting sites to sign up to because of the kinds of surveys they conduct. Most are on current issues that are in the news and they encourage you to express your views.

    Surveys can take up to 30 minutes but are not always that frequent. We received one or two a fortnight, so it can take a few months to hit the threshold. However, you get £1 just for joining and if you get your friends to sign up too you can quickly get lots more points and cash!

    Sign up to YouGov »

  11. Survey BodsSurvey Bods

    Modern site with tablet and mobile compatibility.

    Who are they? SurveyBods work with top companies that want your opinion.

    Rewards: Cash and vouchers.

    Amount per survey: 50p – £3.00

    Min. reward threshold: £25

    Our review:

    The surveys usually take around 10 minutes and are pretty easy to complete. You have to be as honest as possible as they have a “strike system”. 3 bad surveys and you’re out (we like to see it as a challenge).

    They’re a trusted site and well worth joining. Plus their site is a lot more snazzy than a lot of the others…

    Sign up to Survey Bods »

  12. IPSOS Survey SitesIpsos

    Make £10+ a month.

    Who are they? One of the largest (and best paying) survey-based market research companies around, working with trusted brands and research companies worldwide.

    Rewards: High-street and Amazon Vouchers, plus prize draws for all members.

    Amount per survey: ~£1.

    Min. reward threshold: £10.

    Our review:

    A well-trusted panel. They send you surveys every week to answer by email. The reward threshold is relatively low, and most people will be able to cash out in under 10 surveys.

    Sign up to Ipsos »

Remember that we’re on your side, we do not promote scam/spam sites. If you have any problems with any of these survey site then make sure you let us know.

Tips for maximising your online survey profit

Rather than just leaving you with a list of online survey sites we wanted to make sure that you get the most out of all of them.

Here’s a few ways to make sure you get the maximum rewards or profit from each site.

Sign up to them all

It’s a good idea to sign up to as many as possible. This means that you will always have surveys to answer instead of waiting for one or two to come along every month.

There is no harm in signing up to loads and you can always unsubscribe if you don’t like the service that one of them are providing.

Set up an alias email

email-at-signYou don’t have to do this but we would recommend setting up a separate email for all of your survey site accounts. That way you can log in each day and easily see the surveys on offer (without it clogging up your personal inbox).

You should also check your emails regularly as some surveys are only open for a day (sometimes less).

Be honest

Try and be honest when filling in these online paid surveys as sometimes you can be penalised for contradicting yourself or giving inadequate responses. Also, don’t try to second guess the system by saying that you are a wealthy businessman or woman to get more surveys. It won’t work!

Watch out for scams and fake sites

A number of sites (we won’t call anyone out) advertise dodgy survey sites to students so make sure you avoid them. The ones to watch out for are generally the ones that sound too good to be true!

It’s also worth noting that you aren’t guaranteed to receive products from the product testing site as users are chosen at random so if anyone promises this you should be very wary.

Put it this way, there are 1000s of users on each survey site, do you really think that they can afford to send out 1000s of free Playstations for people to test?

Cash in when you reach the limit

Go for a large overdraftUnless you are looking to build up a big amount and aiming for one of the top rewards for which you have time for, then it’s best to cash in early with these paid survey sites.

Also be aware that some sites will have restrictions on when you can spend the points and how long they are valid for.

Don’t ever pay to join

All of the paid survey sites listed above are free to apply for. You shouldn’t get sucked into paying for a subscription to any online survey websites, whatever they promise you.

The sites listed on this page have been tried and tested and are genuine. If you are already a member of any of these survey sites or any that aren’t listed then please do let us know what you think of them!

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13 Responses to “The best paid online survey websites”

  1. Kama

    03. Nov, 2012

    Please, could you update this Guide?

    Toluna has minumum of 60,000 for vouchers and I did not see any cashing opportunity.

    It awards the points after 6 weeks from filling the survey, I have never seen a survey worth more than 6,000 points.

    It also has testing products and gifties.


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    • Jake Butler

      05. Nov, 2012

      Hi Kama,

      I have updated it in accordance to your report and further research ourselves.

      It’s a shame that they no longer offer cash but it’s still a great service.

      Many thanks.

      Reply to this comment
  2. Kama

    07. Nov, 2012

    Hi Jake,

    Any chance that you provide more information on how to use New Vista? I can not sign up for a profile there. Any time I try it, I can only do a survey, but it never succeds and there is no option to create aprofile.

    It only says that by filling surveys I can win money?

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    • Jake Butler

      07. Nov, 2012

      Hi Kama,

      That is odd. When signing up myself to test the site I was able to set up a profile and complete surveys to earn money.

      It may be a technical issue or they may have changed their terms.

      I would suggest contacting NewVista themselves in order to resolve the problem.

      If you need, you can also try this link

      I hope that helps.

      Reply to this comment
  3. Martina

    12. Nov, 2012

    Great list, I use almost all of these, however there are several really good ones that have been missed off. I personally like Panel Opinion, Global Test Market, Pinecone and Survey Friends. Why not have a look at a few others.

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  4. Chewy

    15. Nov, 2012

    I find that YouGov isn’t very good. I’ve filled in my “opigram” as much as they’ve allowed me to, and in about 2 or 3 months and I haven’t had a single survey thrown my way :(

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    • Jake Butler

      15. Nov, 2012

      That’s unfortunate Chewy.

      I signed up to test it for the site and have nearly reached the 5000 point threshold for £50 in about a year.

      Maybe try contacting YouGov to see what the issue may be.

      Reply to this comment
  5. Ian

    08. Aug, 2013

    Swagbucks is an amazing one. I signed up the end of May, and have already collected £95 in Amazon vouchers.

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  6. Adele

    15. Sep, 2013

    I use Toluna and it takes forever to accumulate points, as they are only credited once the survey is closed. However, they give you lots of chances to do surveys so if you are screened out of one, you can try your luck at another 2 or 3. Good for those who believe ‘patience is a virtue’.

    I agree with Martina; The Opinion Panel is great, especially for students applying to/styding at University. They give you a £1 Bonusbond voucher for every survey completed, which can be used in loads of high street shops and online.

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    • Jake Butler

      16. Sep, 2013

      Hi Adele,

      Great advice!

      I agree that you definitely need to sign up to a few to really start earning some good money.

      When I was at uni I made about £500 a year from surveys which was a great help when it came to Christmas…

      Reply to this comment
  7. Paz

    27. Sep, 2013

    Do you have any recommendations for students outside UK and US?

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    • Jake Butler

      27. Sep, 2013

      Hi Paz,

      Unfortunately these survey sites were researched for the UK.

      We may look into international survey sites as a future post though.

      Alternatively, have you looked into “overplay VPN”? You can redirect your IP to a UK one and then fill out the surveys.

      Hope this helps.


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      • Paz

        27. Sep, 2013

        Yeah. I think that would be helpful if you research websites for global acquisition too.

        That is a pretty good idea. I will definitely try that out. Thanks. :D

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