Which Pregnancy Tests Are Best?

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Home pregnancy tests all strive to do the same thing: use monoclonal antibodies to detect the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in urine. What makes a test better or worse is its sensitivity and ease of use.

What makes a test better or worse is its sensitivity and ease of use.

The more sensitive a test, the more it will be able to detect early pregnancies, where there may be a lower amount of hCG present in the urine. Home pregnancy tests don’t usually result in a false-positive. Nearly every time there is an inaccurate reading is due to the sensitivity of the test.

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The easier the test is to use and read makes for less human error, and also makes testing less irritating for women. One of the most common complaints, for example, is that the person testing can’t tell if the line appeared or didn’t appear. How frustrating—and what a waste of time!

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So, out of the million tests on the market, which one do you buy?

Consumer Reports concluded after testing 18 different brands that First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test is the best. It received an “excellent” score in sensitivity, meaning it can detect an early pregnancy when there is a small amount of hCG, and “good” in ease of use, which includes how easy it is to read the results. First Response is around $18.00 for a 2-test pack.

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If you want to eliminate the stress of debating the appearance of a line, you can also use a digital home pregnancy test, which clearly states “pregnant” or “not pregnant.” Consumer Search compiled customer reviews of numerous home pregnancy tests and determined the highest rated digital pregnancy test was Clearblue Easy Digital Pregnancy Test. This test is not as sensitive as First Response, but it will take the guesswork out of reading the test. You just need to wait a few more days after your missed period to receive an accurate result. This brand costs around $16.00 for two, and you can occasionally find a pack with a bonus test promotion.

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Which Pregnancy Tests Are Best?

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36 comments

  1. Profile photo of Kathy Kathy says:

    I got the First Response Early detection. I was about a week and half late. The first one came right out with in seconds of peeing on it, although I have been spotting since the test took the second one and it was defected didn’t show up at all.

  2. Profile photo of Tiffany Tiffany says:

    I got a bunch of strips from Amazon, cheaper and easier to do IMHO. I’ve been testing for a year and they’ve each cost me less than $1 each… I’ve got about 30 left, but got my first + this past week 🙂

  3. Profile photo of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    Id rather buy a bunch of tests for a dollar then one expensive one.

  4. I bought dollar store ones. They work just as well. I have friends that are nurses and they say that when they run out of some they go buy some at the dollar store because they are just as good.

  5. E.P.T. user everytime here, Though I could tell I was pregnant before the test showed it.

  6. Profile photo of Phammom Phammom says:

    We did clear blue and then 2 from the dollar store. I waited a day after when I thought I would start but I was irregular.

  7. Profile photo of jami jami says:

    Just FYI. If you go to an OB GYN they buy cheap ones in bulk, very similar to the ones at dollar tree, VERY similar. So spend as much as you want but 2 or more days after you missed your period you can start checking. Remember test in the morning!

  8. Profile photo of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    Sometimes expensive ones aren’t the best. Cheap ones have worked for me.

  9. Profile photo of KEIYONDA KEIYONDA says:

    I USE CHEAP ONES FIRST

  10. Profile photo of Elfie Elfie says:

    With my son, I used a First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test the day before my period was expected and got an absolute negative. 5 days later I tested with a dollar store test because my period still hadn’t come. It was positive as soon as the pee touched it!

  11. Profile photo of Aimee Aimee says:

    I have three now that I got at CVS for $10 off because of coupons and they were on sale. I’ll just use store generics in the future.

  12. Profile photo of Lulu Lulu says:

    I used a cheap test. Cheapos work just as well as expensive ones.

  13. Profile photo of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    Eight dollars per test is expensive! You can get a test for a dollar but just have to wait a little longer.

  14. Profile photo of evangeline evangeline says:

    i think the cheap pregnancy test work just as well as the expensive ones.why waste more money for the same results

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  16. Profile photo of Hope Hope says:

    I bought dollar store brand. I couldn’t afford anything else really and I wanted to get more than one test to make sure. They all came up positive right away.

  17. Profile photo of ErinF ErinF says:

    I just bought whichever was the best deal. I tested first with an Answer the day of my expected period, and re-tested with an EPT the next morning to confirm. I think they all use the same technology; the presentation is just different.

  18. Profile photo of Julie Julie says:

    Here’s what happened to me: I got sick one morning then realized my period was a week late.. I called in sick at work and went straight to the local dollar store and got a pregnancy test. Positive. I called my husband (who was getting ready to get off work) and told him to stop and pick up another one just to be sure. Again, it was just a cheapo from the dollar store and they both told me I was pregnant. Now I am one month away from my due date.

  19. I used first response for my first test and got a positive result then used clear blue for my second test and got another positive so I knew It was real 🙂

  20. I never took a pregnancy test..well home test that is

  21. Profile photo of Seity Seity says:

    I buy the cheap ones in bulk on the internet and they work just as well. At 20 cents a test, who cares if you test every day up until your period is due.

  22. Profile photo of Sharee Sharee says:

    I’ve been using First response for a year now and it has been great i was a lil upset that i used it 2 days before my missed period it came back negative but the i never got it so 2 days later i took the test again and it was positive. if you purchase it now it actually has a 3rd test in there. i just let a friend have one so we can see if we goin thru this pregnancy together

  23. first reasponse worked for me a week before missed period

  24. Profile photo of brandy brandy says:

    i just bough the dollar store ones and they are just as good

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