Best Pregnancy Test Kits in 2021
Updated 17-01-2021 – Lucy Walters
Have you been experiencing morning sickness, swollen tender breasts, inexplicable fatigue, feeling nauseous, or missed your period? Do you suspect you might be pregnant, but can’t say for sure?
The only real way to tell whether you’re expecting or not is through a pregnancy test. There are two ways of doing this. You can visit your doctor to have blood tests done, or you can do the testing discreetly and comfortably at home.
Most of the time, women tend to use the in-home tests first to confirm their pregnancy because this is the cheaper and readily accessible option.
How Are Home Pregnancy Test Kits Used?
Traditionally, pregnancy tests have been done from the first day of your missed period. However, the rise of more highly sensitive pregnancy tests has now made it possible to test whether you’ve conceived or not from as early as seven days before your missed period.
How Are Home Pregnancy Test Kits Used?
The main principle of home pregnancy tests is using a sample of your urine to determine if it contains HCG, or the hormone present in pregnancy. The two most common methods are in-stream and urine dip. In-stream is when you immerse the absorbent end of the pregnancy test unit directly into your urine stream as you pee. The urine dip method, on the hand, requires you to collect a sample of your urine in a cup, where you will then dip the absorbent end of your test kit.
If you feel like you might be pregnant but are not sure which pregnancy test kit you should be getting, here is our list of the 10 best pregnancy test kits in the UK to help guide your decision-making.
|First Response Early Results||Best Pick.||9.1|
|Clearblue Pregnancy Test with Weeks Indicator||Premium product.||9|
|One Step Pregnancy Test||Value Pick.||8.7|
|Femometer Pregnancy Test||Best overall app function.||8.5|
|[email protected] Pregnancy Test Strips||Best for ovulation tracking.||8.4|
|Cassanovum Pregnancy Test Kit||Best British brand.||8.4|
|Dragoskandia PT200 Rapid Detection Pregnancy Test Strips||Earliest test before period.||8.4|
|AFAC Pregnancy Test||Best result window design.||8.4|
|MomMed Pregnancy Test||Best compact in-stream test.||8.4|
|Wondfo Pregnancy Test Strips||Best combination kit.||8.2|
1 First Response Early Results
First Response prides itself in their First to Detect technology found in their early results test kits. This technology enables you to check if your pregnant as early as six days earlier than your missed period.
The test kit can be used in-stream, and you don’t need to go through the awkward process of collecting your urine like traditional home pregnancy test kits.
Results are quick and are available in just three minutes. This is displayed in a large window with pink lines to indicate a negative or positive result. A guide to what one- or two-lines mean is also printed adjacent to the results window, making results reading very straightforward for you.
The best part is, First Response pregnancy test kits are relatively affordable considering these features. They come in single packs or packs of two – for those moments when you want to be extra, extra sure. If you are having trouble getting pregnant, check out our guide on the best sex positions to get pregnant.
2 Clearblue Pregnancy Test with Weeks Indicator
The Clearblue pregnancy test kit may be more expensive compared to other kits. However, it has remarkable features making it worthy of earning the premium spot on our list.
Clearblue has long been producing a variety of pregnancy test kits, but this particular variant stands out. To date, this is the first and only home-pregnancy test kit that is as accurate as an ultrasound scan at indicating how far along you are.
These Clearblue kits are so sensitive, you can test up to five days earlier than your missed period. Can’t remember what one line or two lines mean? The guesswork is eliminated with the digital screen display of this test kit. In just three minutes, you get detailed results in words – pregnant or not pregnant. Additionally, the screen will also display either “1-2”, “2-3” or “3+”, indicating how many weeks it has been since you’ve conceived.
Clearblue products also come with customer support. Their confidential Clearblue Careline is available during business hours on weekdays, or you may contact them via email or live chat support available on their website.
3 One Step Pregnancy Test
The most affordable product on our list is the One Step Pregnancy Test strips. A single package of this kit includes 15 test strip units, individually stored in sterile containers. Although relatively cheaper than our best and premium picks, One Step also boasts of 99% accuracy and the ability to detect pregnancy from six days before your missed period.
What sets One Step apart from the other pregnancy test on the market is it’s simple, no-fuss test strip design. To use this, you simply pee into a cup, dip the strip into your collected urine sample for 15 seconds and wait for five minutes for your results to appear. Clear lines will appear on the top of the strip indicating a positive, negative, or invalid result. Perhaps the only downside of this test strip is that you have to remember what the line number and location mean. For more pregnancy guides, check out our guide on 2 months pregnant and if earlier 6 weeks pregnant to help you through the experience.
4 Femometer Pregnancy Test
Best overall app function
The Femometer pregnancy test kit contains multiple individually wrapped test strips with accompanying hard plastic recyclable urine cup. The strips are designed to detect and monitor your pregnancy hormone levels. Femometer boasts of their strips as more sensitive and precise than most similar products.
The outstanding feature of these test strips is the downloadable Smart Femometer App available for iOS and Android. The app is designed to use the strip recordings to track, monitor, and analyse your cycle. More importantly, the app features personalised ovulation and fertility insights – this means you don’t just get results plotted onto charts. Instead, you also receive interpretation and tips around these results.
5 [email protected] Pregnancy Test Strips
Best for ovulation tracking
The [email protected] pregnancy test kits come in individually packaged small test strips designed to be dipped into urine for 5-10 seconds. Results are obtained in about five minutes and are indicated on the strips as line(s).
The [email protected] pregnancy test strips also come with a downloadable Premom app, compatible with Android and iOS systems. But unlike the femometer app, this app does not give you personalised insights. It does, however, allow you to take photos of your strip results and upload them into the app, which the app records to track your ovulation. The app also boasts of accurate ovulation calculation, predicting your ovulation five days earlier than it happens. The app also has a period tracker and a chart to log your basal body temperature – both factors affecting your conception.
6 Cassanovum Pregnancy Test Kit
Best British brand
The Cassanovum early detection pregnancy test kits are manufactured in Britain from high-quality materials, making them reliable and incredibly easy to use. They are designed for pregnancy testing on the day of your missed period, but because of their extreme sensitivity, they can be used for up to six days earlier than your expected monthly period.
The test can be used at any time of the day, but the manufacturer recommends testing your first urine in the morning for more accurate results. The kits are designed for dipping into collected urine for 10 seconds with the results ready in just five minutes.
The kits come in packs of five, with a beautiful colour leaflet attached to guide you through instructions of use and interpretation of results.
7 Dragoskandia PT200 Rapid Detection Pregnancy Test Strips
Earliest test before period
The Dragoskandia pregnancy test kits come in packs of two test strips that you can either use in-stream or dip into collected urine. Like all the other test kits on our list, the Dragoskandia claims 99% technology. They also boast an ultra-sensitive technology that can detect the smallest amounts of your pregnancy hormone, with a significantly earlier testing phase from as early as seven days before your missed period.
This test kit is best for when you urgently want to know whether you’re pregnant or not and are unable to wait for the five to six days before a missed period, which is the standard for most home pregnancy test kits.
8 AFAC Pregnancy Test
Best result window design
The AFAC pregnancy test kit is designed to soak 10 seconds in-stream with the results ready in three minutes. Results appear as lines in the large result windows – which is what separates this pregnancy test from others in the same category.
They have two separate and relatively big splash-proof result windows which make reading and interpreting easier. The two-window design is excellent for delineating between the test and control zones, so the linear results are more detailed and easier to read.
The standard pack comes in a set of three, individually wrapped test units, for those times when you want to more than double-check your results.
9 MomMed Pregnancy Test
Best compact in-stream test
The MomMed Pregnancy test kit is a midstream test that can be done either in-stream or via the urine dip method. Simply immerse the absorbent tip into your midstream urine for about 10 seconds for in-stream and just 5 seconds if you’re dipping it into collected urine. It takes five minutes for results to be ready, and these are displayed in a wide 6 mm indicator window.
Because the kit comes in a standard pack of six, this is the perfect choice for couples who are trying to conceive or also for those that want to go more than double-checking.
10 Wondfo Pregnancy Test Strips
Best combination kit
The Wondfo Pregnancy Test strips 3.5 mm wide design makes it wider than most traditional urine dip strips, making it easier for you to read the results. Simply dip the strip in urine for 3 to 10 seconds and wait three to five minutes for the results to be ready.
The Wondfo Pregnancy Test kit comes in multipacks of purely pregnancy strips but can also come in a combination pack of pregnancy and ovulation test strips, which makes it the practical choice for couples who are conceiving and need to monitor the ovulation cycles.
That wraps up our 10 picks for pregnancy test kits – all great products, each with its own distinct feature. Ultimately, the product choice boils down to you and your preferences. That said, all the best in your testing and hopefully you get the results you are after!
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