Home Pregnancy Tests
If youíre trying to get pregnant, or suspect that you might be, home pregnancy tests are a quick way to find out. We learn more about home pregnancy tests.
Home pregnancy tests look for the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone (also called the pregnancy hormone), which is detectable in the urine (and blood) during pregnancy.
There are two typical test models:
The stick model instructs you to hold the absorbent end in your urine stream. Catch the urine midstream for best results.
With the cup type, you pee into the cup and then use a dropper to place some urine on the test surface. It can be a little messy.
Most home pregnancy tests are very accurate; in fact most boast an accuracy rate of 97 – 99%.
We recruited some soon-to-be-mothers-to-be to test our test products for a few months.
The Clearblue and generic brand were the easiest to read. They had two windows: one result window and one neutral control window to verify the test was done properly.
The Accuclear was a bit more fuss, not to mention messy. Plus, the instructions are inside of the box, which means you can’t get a sneak preview of the process before you buy.
First Response claims earlier detection (four days before your period is due) but our testers said this wasn’t the case. Tests didn’t read positive even when there was a pregnancy.
OUR TOP PICK
Overall, Clearblue was the top choice: it was easy to use and the "+" or "-" indicators made it an easy read.