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Check out all the available DNA test kits and find the best one for you
Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Family Tree
MyHeritageDNA
Our score
9.8
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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Family Tree

MyHeritage is one of the main contenders in the DNA testing space, especially when it comes to genealogy. Its key advantage is that you can use its huge database to build an extensive family tree, but is that advantage enough to beat out other DNA kits? I decided to explore a bit further.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
23andMe
Our score
9.6
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Ancestry
Health & Wellness

23andMe provides three paths (its three DNA tests) to one destination – you! When you take one of the combined tests for ancestry and health, you get 50+ ancestry reports, 10+ health predisposition reports, 5+ wellness reports, 40+ carrier status reports, and 30+ trait reports. Sounds good, but does it stack up against the increasing competition? I set out to test this DNA tester.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Family Tree
AncestryDNA
Our score
9.3
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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Family Tree

AncestryDNA is the DNA testing arm of the popular Ancestry genealogy service. Submitting a DNA sample allows you to add DNA-matched relatives to your family tree and can tell you about your predispositions to genetic diseases. Sign up now to discover your ethnic makeup and get actionable recommendations to improve your health, but beware the additional subscription fee to build your family tree.

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Ancestry
Diet & Nutrition
Living DNA
Our score
9.1
User score
Ancestry
Diet & Nutrition

I took a test to help you decide if this could be the right DNA testing company for you, and I can tell you that Living DNA lived up to my expectations with its wellness report. In terms of its ancestry estimates, I’m not so sure, because it didn’t seem to detect my Ashkenazi Jewish and Asian heritage that other DNA testing companies did detect.

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Diet & Nutrition
GenoPalate
Our score
9
User score
Diet & Nutrition

GenoPalate’s DNA-based nutrition recommendations are very nicely presented, but you’ll need to pay a high price plus extra if you want five personalized recipes. However, you may be able to get the same report at a lower cost if you upload raw DNA data you’ve already gotten from another at-home testing company.

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Ancestry
Diet & Nutrition
Vitagene
Our score
9.0
User score
Ancestry
Diet & Nutrition

A DNA test from Vitagene can give you tons of actionable information regarding your diet and fitness. You’ll discover things like what macronutrients you might be lacking, and how you can change your lifestyle to best meet your personal weight and wellness goals. Most packages also include an ancestry report, although this information is pretty basic compared to some other vendors on the market.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
EasyDNA
Our score
9
User score
Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

Despite being a less well-known DNA testing company, EasyDNA has been in business for more than ten years and has offices around the world. It offers a wide range of Ancestry, Health and Wellness, and Diet and Fitness at-home DNA tests – plus more niche tests like for pets, drug testing, or determining relationships. It also does a few things a bit differently, such as letting you create your own sample collection kit.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
HomeDNA
Our score
8.8
User score
Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

If you’re interested in taking a comprehensive DNA test to find out general information regarding your ancestry or genetic traits, HomeDNA probably isn’t the right choice for you. It can, however, offer in-depth insights for those with African or Asian heritage, letting you zoom into the individual towns and villages your ancestors are from.

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Ancestry
Findmypast
Our score
8.7
User score
Ancestry

If you want to explore your British/Irish ancestry, you should consider a DNA test with Findmypast. Not only does this vendor have the largest database of records available from these countries, but you can upgrade to test your Y-DNA and mtDNA to trace your paternal and maternal family lines. The price is pretty expensive for what you get, so you might want to consider uploading raw data that you get from another vendor to save some money.

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Diet & Nutrition
Vitl
Our score
8.6
User score
Diet & Nutrition

In addition to telling you your eye and hair color, a Vitl DNA Nutrition Test can tell you things that aren’t obvious for the outside, such as how your body will respond to certain diets and exercises. It also provides insights into how your body absorbs nutrients, so you can see if you will struggle to take in the vitamins and minerals you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Ancestry
Family Tree DNA
Our score
8.5
User score
Ancestry

FamilyTreeDNA was one of the first companies (if not the first) to offer direct-to-consumer DNA testing for ancestry. It’s been doing this for 20 years and claims to be the best in the industry. The main downsides are the slow turnaround and slow support. Oh, and it doesn’t do DNA testing for health insights.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
TeloYears
Our score
8
User score
Ancestry
Health & Wellness

A report from TeloYears can give you some interesting health information that few other DNA testing companies provide. You’ll learn how your current chronological age compares to your “biological age." - are you aging very quickly, or do you have the health of someone much younger than you? While the information is super interesting – lifesaving, even – be ready for an annoying push to sign up for a supplement subscription.

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Health & Wellness
Color
Our score
8
User score
Health & Wellness

Color’s US and international customers can learn about their genetic predispositions to cancer and heart disease, plus their likely responses to various medications. And – unlike many competitors – the test could be covered by your insurance. US customers (only) can also discover fun genetic insights about themselves.

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Health & Wellness
Futura Genetics
Our score
8
User score
Health & Wellness

The Future Genetics DNA test tests for your genetic predispositions to 28 common conditions. For each condition, your risk score is compared with the average population, and you get actionable insights to reduce your risk. It all sounds good until you see the price tag.

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Ancestry
iGENEA
Our score
8
User score
Ancestry

iGenea is closely affiliated with FamilyTreeDNA, which is one of the oldest and best at-home DNA testing companies for genealogy. This association affords iGenea access to extremely high-tech labs and a massive DNA reference database containing more than two million DNA profiles. Although iGenea can give its better-known competitors a run for their money in the ancestry space, it’s a pity it doesn’t also do DNA testing for diet, fitness, and health.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
24Genetics
Our score
8
User score
Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

It makes sense that, the more genetic markers a DNA testing company looks at, the more information you’ll get about things like your heritage breakdown and health predispositions. 24Genetics sequences your entire genome, which is more than most competitors can say. You’ll get a huge report filled with tons of insightful information – but there’s a high price tag to match. And, if you want to explore your ancient ancestry and maternal/paternal lines, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Helix
Our score
8
User score
Ancestry
Health & Wellness

Helix does things a bit differently from most DNA testing companies by performing exome sequencing rather than the more usual genotyping, which could provide more nuanced interpretations of your genes. However, at twice the price of many competitors, I’m not convinced you get twice the value.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
Dynamic DNA Labs
Our score
8
User score
Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

Besides its general ancestry DNA test that tells you where your maternal and paternal ancestors originated, Dynamic DNA Labs also offers two tests that tell you specifically if you are biologically related to your father, brother, or sister. However, this tester's main focus is on its health tests for your likely responses to pharmaceuticals (which could be covered by your insurance) and its diet and fitness DNA tests.

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Ancestry
Diet & Nutrition
CRI Genetics
Our score
7
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Ancestry
Diet & Nutrition

CRI Genetics’ DNA testing services are very similar to those offered by some of the industry’s “big name” providers in the areas of ancestry and health. This company makes a big point about testing nearly 650,000 markers across your genome, which arguably provides greater accuracy, but is this enough to justify its prices?

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Health & Wellness
STD
LetsGetChecked
Our score
7
User score
Health & Wellness
STD

LetsGetChecked doesn't do DNA tests for genetic predispositions to diseases. It does do-it-yourself blood tests that tell you if you actually have a disease (including a sensitive sexually transmitted one), a deficiency (e.g., for a vitamin), or a hormonal imbalance (such as low testosterone). One of the best bits is that the confidential results come quickly, so you can take immediate action.

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Health & Wellness
GREENWAY DNA
Our score
7
User score
Health & Wellness

The GreenWay DNA Test serves only one purpose: to inform you of the ideal dosages and ratio of cannabis constituents THC (psychoactive) and CBD (non-psychoactive) to treat conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, and pain. This is done by analyzing 20 genes and 40 genetic variants associated with cannabinoid and THC responses.

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Ancestry
Nebula Genomics
Our score
7
User score
Ancestry

Nebula genomics makes big claims about safeguarding your data, but I think we'd all agree that every DNA testing company should do that. It uniquely analyses the bacteria in your oral microbiome, and you can get additional insights for free by uploading raw DNA data from previous tests you’ve taken with other providers.

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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
STD
Everlywell
Our score
7
User score
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
STD

Everlywell doesn’t simply test your DNA to see if you’re predisposed to genetic diseases. However, if you already know that you could be at-risk for something, taking one of Everlywell’s at-home tests can help you find out for sure.

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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
HealthCodes DNA
Our score
7
User score
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

HealthCodes DNA doesn’t simply sell a DNA test kit and a set of results. It offers DNA-driven training programs with “unlimited health consultations and lifetime access to diet and exercise planning technology.” Coupled with the fact that you can contact the company’s CEO, it all sounds a bit too good to be true, so I set out to investigate.

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Diet & Nutrition
DNAfit
Our score
7
User score
Diet & Nutrition

DNAfit doesn't do ancestry, but as its name suggests, it does use your DNA to provide actionable insights into how you can stay fit and healthy. The prices look high, but you get good value for your money, and you can be assured of superior support.

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Diet & Nutrition
CrossDNA
Our score
6
User score
Diet & Nutrition

CrossDNA targets athletes and other people hoping to achieve their fitness goals. You’ll receive results on more than 90 variables that affect your athletic performance. Beware, though, that this company lacks many features offered by its competitors, and seems to be most suitable for Spanish speakers.

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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
Pets
MightyDNA
Our score
5
User score
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
Pets

MightyDNA focuses on diet, fitness, skincare, and other wellness DNA tests. You can learn which nutrients your body needs most, which exercises will suit your muscle type, and whether your genes predispose your skin to show signs of age. Although the tests provide good coverage, the results are very scientific and less actionable than some other companies’ tests.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
tellmeGen
Our score
4.5
User score
Ancestry
Health & Wellness