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.

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!

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.

What do you think? Which Pregnancy Tests Are Best?

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  1. Avatar of Sierra Sierra says:

    My bestfriend, & i both used first response, they instantly turned positive. & proven correct by a doctor (:

  2. Avatar of Eva Eva says:

    I got first response and it was very simple and honestly I love taking pregnancy tests. Yeah that’s probably weird. But even after I knew I was pregnant I still took them because I just loved it. haha

  3. Avatar of Melissa Melissa says:

    I used one from the dollar tree and got my positive 6 days before my missed period. They work better than most of the names brands and I’m glad I didn’t waste money on them!

  4. Avatar of Heather Heather says:

    I believe in cheaper is better ll the time… cousin of mine is currently trying to get pregnant too and was wondering about ovulation tests. Have any of you used them? I tried Answer ovulation tracker (it had 20 test strips) but it was always so hard to tell if both lines were the same darkness.. Any suggestions?

  5. Avatar of TaKeisha TaKeisha says:

    I took a First Response Early Result test and it came back negative, I took another one and it came out positive, and then I took a 3rd test which also came out negative. Well, after some research I found out that the positive test was picking up on a chemical pregnancy…..a pregnancy that is not developed.

  6. Avatar 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.

  7. Avatar 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 :-)

  8. Avatar of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. Avatar 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.

  12. Avatar 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!

  13. Avatar of Marilyn Marilyn says:

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

  14. Avatar of KEIYONDA KEIYONDA says:

    I USE CHEAP ONES FIRST

  15. Avatar 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!

  16. Avatar 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.

  17. Avatar of Lulu Lulu says:

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

  18. Avatar 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.

  19. Avatar 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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  21. Avatar 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.

  22. Avatar 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.

  23. Avatar 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.

  24. 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 :)

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

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