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There are so many paid survey websites available today that in one sense the consumer has never had it so good, but in another way finding the best sites has become a tough hunt. What could be better than sitting at home or in the garden and being paid to answer questions about products? Don’t worry, Survey Cool have made things easy for you with this list of the top 20 best survey sites in 2016. It’s time to reveal our table topping survey and rewards website.

The Top 20 Paid Survey Sites for 2016


1. MySurvey – No.1 Best Survey Site 2016

The number one reason why I liked MySurvey the best out of the 30-something site I had the privilege or misfortune to try, was best-survey-sitesno doubt its versatility. This versatility is present not only in the reward system and the referral program – which are important aspects on their own – but clearly shows in their surveys too. Filling out boring surveys always feels like hard work, even though it’s really not if you think about it. With MySurvey, you will see a huge variety of different topics.

Depending on the length of these surveys, you will be able to earn anything from 10 to 500 points per, provided if you have managed to qualify of course. For more information, check out our MySurvey Review.

While I was timed out a couple of times, I have managed to successfully complete the vast majority of my surveys, and for more points (and equivalently, money) than at any other sites that I have tried. 1200 points equals to about $10 and you can get as much as 500 points for a single survey. That’s pretty good.

The other thing is the reward system. There could be a service that offers even more options than MySurvey, but the sheer amount of possibilities that I’ve ran into here was simply astounding.

Amazon gift cards and PayPal are obviously popular choices, so naturally like most sites MySurvey had those. These guys did not stop there though. At the moment (I double checked) they also offer various sweepstakes, gift cards to restaurants, you can donate to charities through them, they have iTune gift cards, their very own merchandising products and also Starbucks, Walmart and Tango gift cards among many more options!

To top it off, their minimum required balance for withdrawals currently stands at a measly $10 limit, which is once again something that is very good for us survey enthusiasts. We don’t like when we are limited regarding our withdrawal options. At Mysurvey, there are no such limits.


2. Panel Place

Congratulations go to Panel Place, which gets 2nd place on the Survey Cool list of the best paying survey websites for 2016, but just what makes it so good? Above all else is the fact that it has a very large number of surveys to choose from, so there really is something for everyone. It does this because it includes surveys available from a variety of other top survey providers, including Toluna and Valued Opinions. It’s available to users across the world as well, and payment can be made by way of a gift card or sent securely to a PayPal account. It’s a deserving number one.

3. Toluna


Toluna is a big name in the world of paid survey sites, and once you’ve tried it you’ll soon see why. It has unique features that elevate it above nearly all its competitors, such as ‘gifties’ which allow you to pass on rewards earned to friends – even if they don’t use Toluna themselves. It also has a battles section, where users can seek opinion on which of two particular products is best. It’s fun all the way, and yet it also does the serious bit of earning money really well. Over nine million users can’t be wrong, so you know that Toluna is legit and a simple way to earn a little bit more cash in your spare time. Check out Toluna review.

4. Opinion Plus

Everyone has an opinion, well now Opinion Plus will convert your opinion into cash in your pocket thanks to its intuitive and easy to use paying survey site. It scores highly because the surveys are tailored to each individual user, and yet they still send regular invites so you won’t be waiting around for something to do or, even worse, filling in surveys that you aren’t eligible for and won’t get paid for. They send payments via PayPal only, but their payout rate is among the best that we’ve seen.


5. Prize Rebel

Prize Rebel has been operating for nine years, and has paid out more than nine million dollars in its time. On its home screen it also tells you exactly how much it has paid to its users in the last 24 hours. That’s really reassuring, particularly to those people new to paid survey panels and who worry that they might be a scam. This is certainly no scam, and by offering daily challenges, with extra points as rewards, they really encourage you to clock up your points. A hundred points is the equivalent of one dollar, and they can pay out in gift cards, via Paypal, and even in Bitcoins. For more information, check out Prize Rebel review.

6. Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research has a great reputation among the best survey sites, and we’re pleased to report that it lived up to that reputation as we discuss this in detail in Pinecone Research review. This has a very large and varied amount of surveys on offer, tailored to you and your location. They are typically short and easy to fill in, and that of course means you can get more completed and therefore earn more money. With three dollars paid per survey, typically, and the opportunity to take part in advanced product testing as well, which brings with it more paid survey opportunities, Pinecone has a lot to recommend it.


7. Cash Crate

Cash Crate looks good from the moment you look on it with its cool graphics and green and white color scheme. That’s always a positive sign, because it shows that money has been spent on the site which means that there’s money to be paid to consumers like us. I’ve heard tales of people making regular daily incomes with Cash Crate, although as with all our top twenty sites it can take time whether you’re filling in surveys or making money through their social interaction section. What I particularly liked about it is that you can download it directly onto an Android phone, and earn money on the move. Read more about this site in our Cash Crate review.

8. Survey Savy

One of the great things about Survey Savvy is that they really do offer a great variety of surveys to choose from, so you won’t simply be talking about the consumer goods that you buy on a day to day basis. They have surveys on topical issues and about politics in general, but don’t worry you don’t have to be a political animal to be able to complete the survey – you just need to have an opinion. Another thing I really appreciated about survey savvy is that their surveys are short and snappy, and you can complete them within ten minutes or even less. That means you can quickly earn the points that can then be exchanged into folding cash.

9. Zoombucks

If longevity is a sign of quality, and let’s face it in the world of business it usually is, then there’s no doubt about Zoombucks deserving to be inside our 2016 survey panels top 20. This company has been carrying out paying survey panels since 1946, so just think how many consumers they’ve helped since then. Things have changed since the forties, so you won’t have to sit in a draughty hall, you can answer all the surveys over the internet. There’s lots of surveys to choose from as well, and they promise quick pay outs.


10. Survey Club

Survey Club has been offering online paid surveys since 2005, and in the fast paced every changing world of the web that’s a reassuringly long amount of time. They are a bit of an acquired taste, in that they specialise in long, detailed surveys for high end clients rather than the quick and cheerful consumer surveys that you may be more familiar with. Whilst this does mean that you may have to commit a bit more time, it does mean that if you have the patience to persevere with them they pay more money than most survey and reward sites. They also offer local taste tests (see what I said about ‘an acquired taste’?), and secret shopper opportunities.

11. Ipsos

Ipsos are a globally respected name when it comes to opinion polls and market research, and by taking part in their survey sites you can help them gain the vital information that helps them make business, consumer and political predictions. Unlike many of the other sites to feature in our Survey Cool 2016 top twenty it focuses solely and purely on offering surveys. By concentrating on just one thing they’ve become very good at it, with a lot of surveys on offer. It also means you won’t be distracted by video watching and game playing that typically pays a lot less. Here is a detailed review of Ipsos I-Say.

12. Swagbucks

The first thing that hits you between the eyes when you enter the Swagbucks surveys site is a number. A big number. Their total pay out to date is well over one hundred million dollars, and its going up by the day as people earn rewards completing surveys, watching videos or even by doing their shopping online. That’s one of the things I liked most about Swagbucks, besides their catchy and amusing name, you can earn rewards simply by doing the things you were going to be doing anyway. If you need more information about this company, you can check out Swagbucks review.


13. Global Test Market

Global Test Market’s tagline is that they are ‘a rewarding experience’, and their position inside our paid survey panels top 20 shows that’s pretty much the truth. From the moment you click on the site you’re greeted by a video showing you how it works, and how you can earn. It’s a nice, reassuring touch, so you won’t have to worry whether this is a legit site or not. Surveys available cover a broad spectrum, from household shopping, to restaurants and motor cars, so you’ll be able to find something you want to fill in, and something you’re eligible for. In 2014 they paid out around thirty million dollars, and it’s easy to gain a share of that money. Check out Global Test Market review.

14. iPoll

Hop onto the iPoll survey site, and you’ll see a cheerful cartoon of a man walking his dog while thinking about products. Their boast is that thanks to its web, iPhone and Android platforms, you can complete surveys at home, in the office, at the beach, or on a walk. I put that to the test. This is one of the easiest to use survey websites on a mobile phone, and that’s because the surveys offered are sharp and quick, and the site itself is easy to navigate and use, whatever platform you’re using it on. This is a good choice for people whose online time is mainly spent on their cell phone.

15. Opinion Outpost

If you want to get your cash quick, or don’t like the thought of your earnings piling up before you reach a threshold that seems a long way off, then Opinion Outpost could be the ideal survey site for you. They won’t make you work too hard for your money, as you can claim it after doing as few as five surveys. That compares very favorably with most paid panels that we see, and means that you can literally be asking for a cash pay out within a couple of hours of having signed up.

16. One Poll

One Poll is a company that was founded in the United Kingdom, but it’s also open to consumers in the United States and beyond. It claims to be recognized by Money Saving Expert, one of the largest consumer websites in that country, which is a reassuring recommendation. What I recognized about it is that the surveys are short and easy to complete, so ideal if you’ve had a hard day and don’t want to do anything too taxing. New surveys are added on a daily basis, and some are amusingly quirky.


17. Valued Opinions

One of the greatest things about paid surveys is that they value your opinion in the best way of all: by paying you for it. Valued Opinions pays particularly well compared to many similar sites, and it typically pays between two and five dollars for each survey. As you might expect, however, that means the surveys are longer and eligibility is a bit tougher. That’s the reason it hasn’t gained an even higher position in our league table. They even have specialist surveys paying $50, but please note they pay in gift certificates, not cash.

18. MintVine

MintVine is a cool looking paid opinion site that makes it easy to complete a survey, without having to spend too long learning how to do it. One of the things I liked most about MintVine is that they offer a huge amount of ways to get paid: there’s the old favorite PayPal of course, but you can also choose Starbucks cards, Amazon and other gift cards, and even restaurant cards. Your surveys can pay for your next meal, and it’s easy to rack up points here. Some users have reported delays in receiving payments however, but this isn’t a scam and MintVine are working hard to speed up their process and iron our any glitches. If they do, they could be heading into the Survey Cool top ten in 2017.

19. Vindale Research

Vindale Research has a clinical name, and they’re not the most exciting paid opinion site to participate in, but they are well established and so if you’re looking to complete surveys for money you’re sure to come across them eventually. One of the things I liked most about them is that they show your earnings in terms of cents and dollars, rather than points that you then have to mentally convert like so many others do. They’re heavily survey focused, but some people think that it takes too long to get their hands on the money. Nevertheless they have paid out cash adding up to more than five million dollars, so they are a legit company. If you want to know more about this company, here is Vindale Research review.


20. Send Earnings

Send Earnings may have to be satisfied with the twentieth and final spot in our table, but that’s still an achievement to be proud of in such a competitive market. There’s a good selection of surveys to choose from, which I always welcome, and you can grab your money and run once you hit the thirty dollar threshold. There are lots of other money earning options as well, but watch out for the ‘play games’ pitfall as it could end up costing you more than you actually earn.

So there we have it: twenty paid survey websites, each with a unique proposition, and each with something special to offer the consumer. Making money by completing surveys has never been easier, and by concentrating on our top twenty paying survey winners you can be sure that the site is legit and reliable. Happy surveying!

Here is our in-depth guide for 2016 to getting paid for surveys.