Test Research is the commercial test arm of CHOICE. We provide a fast and cost-effective way of testing products for development and registration.
Our world-renowned test laboratories and technical specialists conduct quality product testing to many Australian and International standards. We have NATA accreditation in the areas of Performance and Approval Testing as well as Mechanical Testing, and operate to AS ISO/IEC 17025.
We also offer product development to your test programs, providing independent, consumer-oriented research, testing, guidance and information that can validate the performance and safety of your product.
Our staff participate in Standards Australia technical committees for the development of specialist AS/NZ standards, and we have hands-on experience and detailed knowledge of many related standards both local and international.
What we offer
Whether you need to register a washing machine under the energy labelling scheme, or are thinking about importing a toy for under three-year-olds, we can conduct NATA-endorsed testing in a range of areas under our accreditation fields Performance and Approval Testing 1702 and Mechanical Testing 3601.
Or, do you want to improve the products you offer to Australian consumers? Our state-of-the-art labs and expert test staff are available to conduct tests tailored to suit your requirements and needs. This service is available for a wide range of products we regularly test, from whitegoods and home entertainment equipment to cooking appliances and children's products. For this work we generally don't provide NATA-endorsed reports, and the results are confidential for your internal use only.
Refrigeration and thermal appliances
Our thermal lab is NATA-accredited to test the performance of household refrigeration appliances to AS/NZS 4474 part 1 and 2.
Our test rooms can provide strictly controlled ambient temperatures between 10 and 43°C. Precision equipment and data loggers record 40 temperature channels per room every minute, together with power and other important technical information.
Our laundry laboratory is NATA-accredited to test:
Our climate-controlled laboratory environment, calibrated standard appliances and test equipment ensure efficient and reliable appliance testing. A high-quality water system provides water temperature and hardness control. We are also able to test dishwashers and washing machines to AS/NZS 6400:2005, or water efficiency ratings and labelling.
TV and home entertainment
Our home digital laboratory is a NATA-accredited to test power consumption for televisions with digital receivers using AS/NZS 62087.1 (clause 11.6) and AS/NZS 62087.2.2 (sections 1 to 5). We also operate a sound room and computer laboratories and can assist with product development to your specific requirements.
Our controlled laboratory environment and calibrated test equipment ensure efficient and reliable appliance testing.
Nursery and children's products
Our children's products lab is NATA-accredited to test:
- Children's toys to AS/NZS ISO 8124 part 1;
- Prams and strollers to AS/NZS 2088;
- Household cots to AS/NZS 2172;
- Portable cots to AS/NZS 2195;
- Babies' dummies to AS 2432;
- High chairs to AS 4684-2009.
Our laboratory is climate-controlled and we have developed an extensive range of test equipment based on Australian and International Standards to ensure highest quality testing.
Other household products
We operate kitchen and small appliance laboratories. Our staff have over 40 years combined experience and can help you with product development for kitchen and household appliances such as ovens, vacuum cleaners and a range of other products.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail.
If one of your models is recommended in our What to Buy list, you're eligible to apply for a licence under the CHOICE Recommended scheme. This allows you to use the CHOICE Recommended logo for the marketing, promotion and point-of-sale of that model.
A question in our recent CHOICE brand tracking survey showed that 69% of Australian consumers would be 'likely' to consider a product that features the CHOICE Recommended logo.
[The question was: 'To what extent would seeing a product or advertisement featuring the logo [CHOICE Recommended] impact your purchase decision.' Sample size n=1500 Australian adults]
The logo is subject to a Deed of Licence and a licence fee which is re-invested in CHOICE product testing.
Check details and prices or contact Linda Magee.
Ever wondered why we test the way we test? CHOICE tests according to Standard methods if we think they are sufficiently rigorous and consumer- focused. In many cases however, we design our own methods to reflect as much as possible how consumers use products, so that our reports can answer the questions most relevant for them.
Our expert testers and content specialists regularly put together industry seminars that provide valuable insights into how we design and conduct our tests (including hands-on demonstrations of selected tests), and how we interpret the results.
The seminars share our consumer-focused thinking with manufacturers. This knowledge not only improves your understanding of how we operate, but can also be applied in future product design (leading to better products) and standard development (leading to better standards).
Seminars are usually limited to 10-12 participants, depending on the subject matter. We charge a fee for these seminars. Any surplus after covering costs flows into our consumer product testing program.
Seminar schedule for 2014 so far:
- Washing machines 2 April 2014
- Vacuum cleaners 30 April 2014
Contact us if you're interested in finding out more about a scheduled seminar, or want to discuss setting up a seminar for a product that's not listed.
Are you interested in the raw data that sits behind our published scores for your models? For relevant products and for scores that are based on measured results rather than comparative subjective assessments, you can purchase Raw Data Reports - contact us for details and prices.
To discuss your testing needs or to obtain a quote, please call or email us:
Phone: +61 (0)2 9577 3370
Test Research (part of the Australian Consumers' Association)
57 Carrington Road
Marrickville NSW 2204
ABN: 72 000 281 925
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