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26 best free trials for products and subscriptions

From films and TV, to classic novels and delicious snacks – free trials give you all of the perks with none of the cost, and we've listed all of the best offers for you.

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There are so many free trials nowadays, it's almost not worth paying for anything. After all, add up all the trial periods of movie streaming services and you could be watching films for months without so much as a penny leaving your bank account.

Of course, while they give so much, free trials also have a sting in the tail – forget to cancel and you could be charged full price for a membership.

So, with that in mind, we've listed all of the best free trials available to you right now, as well as how long they run for, how much the service usually costs and if you need to cancel to avoid paying.

Unless we explicitly say otherwise, the free trials in this list are for new customers only. But don't despair – loads of the stuff on this huge list of freebies can be redeemed again, and again, and again...

Best free subscription trials in the UK

Here's our pick of the best free trials: 

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  1. Amazon Prime Student

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    Trial length: Six months

    Normal cost: £3.99 per month or £39 per year

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    With a free trial of Amazon Prime Student, you'll get most of the same benefits as a fully-paid-up member of Amazon Prime, plus some exclusive student-only offers throughout the year.

    That means unlimited free next-day delivery, full access to the Prime Video selection of films and TV (including their Premier League games), Prime Music and more.

    Get your free trial »

  2. NOW TV

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    Trial length: Seven days

    Normal cost: £3.99 per month for hayu or Kids, £8.99 per month for Entertainment, £11.99 per month for Sky Cinema

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    NOW TV offers separate free trials for four of its services: hayu (reality TV), Kids, Entertainment (TV) and Sky Cinema. And, best of all, you're able to use all four free trials, regardless of whether or not you already have a NOW TV account.

    In fact, the only service NOW TV doesn't offer a free trial for is Sky Sports, but we've got tips on how to get that for less, plus how to save on NOW TV passes once your free trials are up (including cancelling your subscription and being offered a massive discount).

    Get your free trials »

  3. Disney Plus

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    Trial length: Seven days

    Normal cost: £5.99 per month or £59.99 per year

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    One of the newer players on the streaming scene, Disney Plus has all your Disney and Pixar favourites, plus The Simpsons, the Marvel back catalogue, Star Wars and National Geographic.

    Get your free trial »

  4. Apple TV+

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    Trial length: Seven days

    Normal cost: £4.99

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    There's a seven-day free trial of Apple TV+ available to all new customers, which will get you full, unlimited access to the streaming service.

    However, you can also get an entire year free when you buy a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod or Mac. You'll also get free access to Apple TV+ if you have an Apple Music Student plan.

    Get your free trial »

  5. YouTube Premium Student

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    Trial length: One month

    Normal cost: £6.99 per month

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    YouTube Premium has the feature we've all been begging for for years – the ability to listen to YouTube videos while the app is closed.

    What's more, there are no ads and you can also download videos (music or otherwise) to watch offline – but mostly we're excited about playing music in the background.

    Get your free trial »

  6. BritBox

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    Trial length: 30 days

    Normal cost: £5.99 per month

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    A BritBox free trial will get you full access to the platform's collection of British TV shows and films, including The InbetweenersDoctor Who and Love Island, plus a whole host of other content from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

    And, unlike live TV, you won't need a TV Licence to watch BritBox – although, as we always point out, students usually don't need one anyway.

    Get your free trial »

  7. NextUp

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    Trial length: Seven days

    Normal cost: £9.99 per month or £57.48 per year

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    Described as the "Netflix of UK standup", NextUp offers new customers a seven-day free trial to binge on full shows from all your favourite comedians, plus a few lesser-known comics you're bound to love.

    Get your free trial »

  8. BFI Player

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    Trial length: 14 days

    Normal cost: £4.99 per month

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    Sign up for a free trial of BFI Player and you'll find that it's packed with classic and cult films, some of which even have BFI-exclusive introductions from the nation's favourite film critic: Mark Kermode.

    Get your free trial »

  9. MUBI

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    Trial length: Seven days

    Normal cost: £9.99 per month or £95.88 per year

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    Another one for fans of cult and indy cinema, MUBI adds a new film to stream every single day, including past classics and modern masterpieces – all of which you'll have access to with your trial membership.

    Get your free trial »

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  10. Spotify Premium Student

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    Trial length: One month

    Normal cost: £4.99

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    Sign up to Spotify Premium and you'll get ad-free streaming, as well as the ability to download songs and podcasts to your phone and listen to them offline.

    And if you're happy to keep paying for a membership, just make sure you specifically sign up for a free trial of Spotify Premium Student – that way you'll get 50% off the usual subscription fee plus a free Headspace membership, too.

    Get your free trial »

  11. Apple Music Student

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    Trial length: Three months

    Normal cost: £4.99 per month

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    You'll need to verify your student status with Apple in order to get a trial of Apple Music Student, but it's definitely worth signing up for that rather than the basic plan (£9.99 per month).

    As we touched on earlier, in addition to all the music you'll be able to stream, a Student account will also get free access to Apple TV+.

    What's more, if you decide not to cancel your trial, you'll get all of this for £4.99 per month – that's half the cost of a normal plan, which doesn't even come with Apple TV+. No-brainer.

    Get your free trial* »

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  12. Audible

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    Trial length: 30 days

    Normal cost: £7.99 per month

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    Audible members get one credit per month to buy any audiobook, regardless of price. This title is yours to keep, even if you cancel your Audible membership or free trial – and if you're not happy with the audiobook, you can return it for another credit.

    You'll also get unlimited access to Audible Original Podcasts, plus the option of listening to your audiobooks offline.

    Get your free trial »

  13. Google Play Music

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    Trial length: 30 days

    Normal cost: £9.99 per month

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    While all users can upload up to 50,000 songs from their own libraries to Google Play Music, you'll need to sign up for a subscription in order to stream the millions of tracks in the Google Play catalogue.

    As well as this, your free trial will let you download music for offline listening and, when available, watch music videos too.

    Get your free trial »

  14. SoundCloud Go and Go+

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    Trial length: Seven days for Go, 30 days for Go+

    Normal cost: £5.99 per month for Go, £4.99 per month for Go+ for students

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    SoundCloud Go lets you save an unlimited number of tracks for offline listening, as well as taking away the ads you'll hear between every few tracks.

    SoundCloud Go+ does both of these as well as giving you high-quality audio and unlocking access to the full catalogue of tracks on the platform.

    Given the choice, we'd definitely recommend signing up for a SoundCloud Go+ trial – it's longer, offers more and, if you're a student, is cheaper than the standard Go membership once your free trial ends.

    Get your free trial »

  15. Luminary

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    Trial length: Seven days

    Normal cost: £3.99 per month or £28.99 per year

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    While it does have a free membership option, you'll want to sign up for a free trial of Luminary to get your hands on its extensive collection of podcasts exclusive to the platform, including those from Lena Denham, Russell Brand and Trevor Noah – all ad-free, of course.

    Get your free trial »

  16. TIDAL

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    Trial length: 30 days

    Normal cost: £9.99 for Premium, £19.99 for HiFi

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    As this list of free trials shows, there are a fair few music streaming services out there. But, what sets Jay-Z's pet project, TIDAL, out from most others is that its HiFi subscription gives you "lossless audio" – in other words, incredible sound quality.

    This 30-day free trial is just for Premium, but if you're a serious audiophile and like what you find once you've signed up, it may be worth paying full whack for HiFi.

    Get your free trial »

  17. Headspace Plus

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    Trial length: Two weeks if you sign up for an annual plan, one week if you sign up for monthly

    Normal cost: £9.99 per month or £49.99 per year

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    The basic version of Headspace is free, but a paid-for subscription unlocks the full library of meditations and courses, including sleep sounds and bedtime exercises.

    That said, as we explained earlier, if you already have Spotify Premium Student, you can get Headspace Plus for free as part of your subscription – and that's fully free, not just a trial!

    Get your free trial »

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  18. Readly

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    Trial length: One month

    Normal cost: £7.99 per month 

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    Readly is host to almost 5,000 magazine titles, and with your free trial you'll have access to digital issues of them all (online and downloadable for offline reading), with the option of having up to five profiles on your account.

    Get your free trial »

  19. Kindle Unlimited

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    Trial length: 30 days

    Normal cost: £7.99 per month

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    You'll need to sign in to your Amazon account to view your specific offer for a free trial of Kindle Unlimited, as some users are offered 60 days or more.

    That said, as far as we know, all new Kindle Unlimited users are entitled to a 30-day free trial, during which you get unlimited access to over one million titles, plus thousands of audiobooks and even some magazine subscriptions too.

    Get your free trial »

  20. The Economist

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    Trial length: One week (one issue)

    Normal cost: £5.99 per copy

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? No.

    The Economist is published every week, and you can get your first copy sent to your door absolutely free of charge with no financial commitment whatsoever – not even delivery!

    And, should you like what you read, you can also get your next 12 issues for just £12, with a notebook thrown in too.

    Get your free trial »

  21. The Week

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    Trial length: Six weeks (six issues)

    Normal cost: £32.99 every 13 issues (digital only), £35.99 every 13 issues (print only), £40.49 every 13 issues (digital and print)

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    As the name suggests, The Week is a weekly publication covering the news from the last seven days.

    You can get free trials of the publication in print or digital form, or both together – but whichever one you go for, the first six issues are completely free and The Week promise to refund you for any unmailed issues should you decide to cancel.

    Get your free trial »

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  22. Graze

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    Trial length: One box (plus free fourth box if you continue)

    Normal cost: £4.49 per box

    Hidden costs: You must pay for the second and third boxes if you want the fourth free

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    Each Graze box contains four snacks, all of which you'll get to choose. They're typically pretty healthy, but there are some chocolatey delights thrown in too.

    There's no extra charge for delivery, and you can cancel your subscription after receiving your first box – there's no commitment to wait for the fourth (which will also be free).

    Get your free trial »

  23. PlayStation Plus (PS4)

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    Trial length: 14 days

    Normal cost: £6.99 per month

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    While the main benefit of a PlayStation Plus membership is the ability to play games online, the cherry on top is that each month, subscribers also get given two full games completely free.

    Previous free titles include stone-cold classics like Uncharted 4, BioShock: The Collection and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, although it's worth noting that you can only play your free games while you still have an active PlayStation Plus membership.

    Get your free trial »

  24. Nintendo Switch Online

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    Trial length: Seven days

    Normal cost: £3.49 per month, £6.99 per three months or £17.99 per year

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    As well as unlocking online gaming, your seven-day trial of Nintendo Switch Online will also get you free access to the service's growing library of NES and SNES titles – many of which can be played online, too.

    Get your free trial »

  25. LinkedIn Premium

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    Trial length: One month

    Normal cost: £24.98 per month or £179.88 per year

    Hidden costs: None

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    LinkedIn is great for finding a job, and it's even more effective when you have a Premium subscription. With this, you'll get insights into how your CV stacks up against those who have already applied, plus the ability to message people you're not connected with (including recruiters).

    What's more, unlike most other companies, LinkedIn regularly offers more than one free trial per customer. So, if you already used a trial of LinkedIn Premium a while ago but want to move jobs again, check if there's another month of free service waiting for you!

    Get your free trial »

  26. Smol

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    Trial length: One box of nine capsules

    Normal cost: £4.50 for 24 washing capsules, £4.60 for 30 dishwasher capsules

    Hidden costs: £1 for postage of each capsule type

    Cancellation required? Yes.

    Smol produces eco-friendly, cruelty-free washing machine and dishwasher capsules, both of which are available in free trial boxes to try for yourself.

    And here's a little tip: if you're not fussed about using bio or non-bio washing capsules, you can get a free trial of both – just remember that you'll have to pay £1 postage for each separate set, even if you order them at the same time.

    Get your free trials »

The free stuff doesn't end there – we've also got a whole host of ways to get free money too.

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