The 5 Best Cholesterol Test Kits of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: CardioChek Home Basic Analyzer at Amazon

"Measures total HDL and LDL cholesterol, and more."

Best Budget: First Check Cholesterol Home Test 3 in 1 Kit at Target

"Fasting isn’t required before use."

Best Online Integration: At Home Cholesterol & Lipids Test at Amazon

"Receive a secure online report with lab-verified information."

Best Starter Kit: Health Inc. Home Cholesterol Combination Kit at Amazon

"Helps walk you through what your readings mean."

Best Genetic Test: Color Hereditary High Cholesterol Test at Color

"Uses a saliva sample to test for Familial Hypercholesterolemia."

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: CardioChek Home Basic Analyzer

Home cholesterol testing approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should be as accurate as a laboratory test, but not all kits you can buy meet this standard.

The accuracy of the results will also depend on how well you are able to follow the directions for performing the test at home.

Even a kit that provides an accurate cholesterol reading won't provide you with information on other levels that influence health, such as cardiovascular disease risk.

You should always discuss the results of an at-home test with your doctor before making any health-related decisions.

With those thoughts in mind, if you want to try an at-home test, CardioChek's Home Basic Analyzer is a great choice.

This test measures total cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol, along with triglycerides and glucose.

CardioChek Home Basic Analyzer is reasonably priced and cheaper than many other options. Just bear in mind that, like many test kits, the required lancets and test strips are sold separately.

Consumer reviews indicate that overall, the kit works well, has a high degree of accuracy, and a surprising level of flexibility. While some users note that skin creams or lotions can throw off the readings, that's not an unusual occurrence with products that rely on finger pricks to perform a blood test.

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Best Budget: First Check Cholesterol Home Test 3 in 1 Kit

FirstCheck

Courtesy of Target

This test kit from First Check is both wallet-friendly and highly functional. In a single package, it provides tests for both HDL and total cholesterol.

For approximate LDL, simply subtract the HDL reading from the total cholesterol reading. Results take about five minutes, and fasting isn’t required before use.

Adding to its overall value, each set includes two lancets and two droppers for blood collection, along with supplies like gauze and bandages.

Since it only includes two tests per kit (one HDL and one total), it’s not ideal for repeat use. That said, it can serve as an affordable alternative if you’d like to check your readings between doctor visits.

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Best Online Integration: EverlyWell At Home Cholesterol & Lipids Test

Everlywell's kit works a little bit differently than most. Rather than getting your results immediately, your sample goes back to Everywell. Then, you'll receive a secure online report with lab-verified information about your cholesterol and lipid levels.

To perform the test, you collect a blood sample at home using the materials supplied in the kit, then send it back in the included mailer. Your sample will be sent to a CLIA-certified lab for analysis.

The results are reviewed by a physician, and your results report appears online in around a week.

Eveywell's test covers LDL, HDL, total cholesterol, and triglycerides. The kit includes everything you’ll need, like lancets and a blood collection card. The lab processing fees are included in the cost of the kit.

The results are easy to understand, highly visual, and simple to share with family or your doctor. Reviewers say the process is simple and the results are on par with tests they’ve had done at a doctor's office.

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Best Starter Kit: Solana Health Inc. Home Cholesterol Combination Kit

Solana Health's kit tests for total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides, but the company also offers another product as an add-on to the kit that cholesterol-curious consumers might be interested in.

A supplement called Cardiol Plus consists of vitamins that the company claims have been clinically shown to help manage LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

The test itself must be mailed in rather than performed at home. Simply put your blood sample in the supplied envelope (postage is also included) and expect lab results to arrive in seven business days.

Customers say that the results are highly detailed and do an effective job of walking you through what your readings mean. If you want to get a baseline look at your cholesterol levels before you plan a potentially expensive doctor’s visit, Solana Health's kit is a good first step.

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Best Genetic Test: Color Hereditary High Cholesterol Test

Color

Courtesy of Color 

Color's kit is more like 23andMe than a regular cholesterol test. While you won't get your cholesterol or triglyceride levels in the results, Color's test can provide you with some useful insights about how your genes might be affecting your levels.

Instead of testing a blood sample to check cholesterol levels, Color's test uses a saliva sample to assess your risk for specific genetic conditions.

One condition included in Color's testing is Familial Hypercholesterolemia, a hereditary disorder that causes high cholesterol (often starting at a young age)

Color cites research that showed having Familial Hypercholesterolemia makes you 22 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease. However, most people—even those with high cholesterol—don’t know if they have the disorder.

The test process is secure and physician-reviewed. The company also offers customers access to genetic counselors to help answer questions about results.

You can also discuss your test with your primary care provider who can help you develop a cholesterol-management plan that suits your needs.

If you're looking for more options, read our roundup of the best DNA testing kits.

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