An Independent Guide to the "Bestest" Kid-Tested Toys


It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it!

Our testing families play with each year's crop of new toys in their own homes for a couple of months and pass on their comments about the toys to us. That feedback is the basis for our reviews on The Noise on Toys.

We test about 500 different new toys each year. That's over 2,500 samples sent home with our testing families. So we need LOTS of testers!

We begin sending out invitations to register soon, so it's best to apply right away, especially if your child is toddler or preschool age, as we get the most applications for children in these age groups. There are lots of spots for other ages however. We need a whole new batch of infant testers every year (especially those two to nine months old as of May 1). And, since there are typically fewer applications from families with older children (five years of age and up), we encourage families with children in this age group to apply.

Check out the Toy Testing Guide, if you think you'd like to test toys for us.


The Noise on Toys play testing program is unique, both in giving voice to the kids' perspective on the toys as well as offering readers easy access to the original feedback posted by each family - parent and child comments. TNOT is privately funded to ensure complete editorial independence: manufacturers pay neither an administration fee to participate, nor licensing fees to use earned award logos.


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