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The Best Pregnancy Test

Our pick

First Response Early Result

First Response Early Result

Most sensitive, easy to read

The First Response Early Result manual test is the most sensitive over-the-counter pregnancy test you can buy. It gives accurate results as or more quickly than most of the tests we considered and is just as easy to read as a digital test.

Buying Options

$13 from Amazon
(pack of three)

The First Response Early Result manual test—the most sensitive over-the-counter pregnancy test, according to USA hCG Reference Service—emerged as the clear winner in our research and testing. We found that it gives a clear result quickly, and its ergonomic design makes the handle easier to hold onto compared with the wands on comparable tests.

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Runner-up

Clearblue Rapid Detection

Clearblue Rapid Detection

Nice design, less sensitive

This test has a nice, usable design, with a big sponge tip, but it’s harder to hold and less sensitive than the First Response manual test.

Buying Options

$11* from Amazon
(pack of three)
$10 from Target

*At the time of publishing, the price was $10.

In the incredibly unlikely event that you can’t find a First Response manual test, our runner-up choice is another manual test, the Clearblue Rapid Detection. It’s well designed, with a big absorbent pad and thin gripping end, but it’s not as easy to grip as the First Response. It’s also not as sensitive and can’t pick up on very early pregnancies as well as the First Response manual test.

Also great

ClinicalGuard HCG Pregnancy Test Strips

ClinicalGuard HCG Pregnancy Test Strips

A cheap supplemental test

Cheap and simple, you can blow through a ton of these strip tests without spending much. But they don’t have the lab-verified accuracy of more expensive tests.

Buying Options

$12* from Amazon
(pack of 50)
$7 from Walmart
(pack of 20)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $7.

If you anticipate frequent testing and want a cheap, pared-down test you can buy in bulk, we suggest the ClinicalGuard HCG Pregnancy Test Strips. These are thin strips that you dip in a cup of pee. We don’t have independent accuracy information on these, but they fared well in our own (limited) testing, and out of the strip-type tests we tried, ClinicalGuard was by far the cheapest. These strips cost about half as much as comparable tests and less than a tenth of the cost of a single manual test.

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Our pick

First Response Early Result

First Response Early Result

Most sensitive, easy to read

The First Response Early Result manual test is the most sensitive over-the-counter pregnancy test you can buy. It gives accurate results as or more quickly than most of the tests we considered and is just as easy to read as a digital test.

Buying Options

$13 from Amazon
(pack of three)

Runner-up

Clearblue Rapid Detection

Clearblue Rapid Detection

Nice design, less sensitive

This test has a nice, usable design, with a big sponge tip, but it’s harder to hold and less sensitive than the First Response manual test.

Buying Options

$11* from Amazon
(pack of three)
$10 from Target

*At the time of publishing, the price was $10.

Also great

ClinicalGuard HCG Pregnancy Test Strips

ClinicalGuard HCG Pregnancy Test Strips

A cheap supplemental test

Cheap and simple, you can blow through a ton of these strip tests without spending much. But they don’t have the lab-verified accuracy of more expensive tests.

Buying Options

$12* from Amazon
(pack of 50)
$7 from Walmart
(pack of 20)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $7.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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