Which DNA test kit should you get?

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Which DNA test kit should you get?

BEST DEALS ON DNA TEST KITS:


DNA test kits like AncestryDNA and 23andMe have become increasingly popular over the past few years — some 26 million people have taken them — and were a big gift item during the holiday season. The possibilities are quite literally endless — from finding your birth mother after 47 years to discovering that you’re related to a president.

Though DNA tests are being added to more and more people’s bucket lists, the sheer number of kits you can choose from is overwhelming. The result? A lot of interested folks opt out simply because they’re not sure which kit to buy. (Even DNA tests for your dog exist. Yeah.) Read more…

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BEST FOR LITERALLY EVERYONE

23andMe

Health screenings plus a recent addition of over 1,000 regions makes it the most all-encompassing test out there.

  • Price: $99-$199
  • Tests: Autosomal, mtDNA, Y-DNA, health, traits
  • Wait time: 2-4 weeks


$99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR CONNECTING WITH RELATIVES

AncestryDNA

Get a seamless process from start to finish with a massive genealogical pool and the ability to connect with found relatives.

  • Price: $99-$119
  • Tests: Autosomal, traits
  • Wait time: 6-8 weeks


$99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR HEALTH

tellmeGen

Take charge of your health with this detailed test that analyzes medical predispositions and inherited risks. (But don’t stop going to the doctor.)

  • Price: $199
  • Tests: Autosomal, health, traits
  • Wait time: 4-6 weeks


$119 from Amazon

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BUDGET PICK

MyHeritage

If you don’t care about contacting relatives or maternal/paternal tracing, MyHeritage offers the coveted pie chart and quick results for cheap.

  • Price: $75
  • Tests: Autosomal
  • Wait time: 3-4 weeks


$79 from Amazon

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BEST FOR UNIQUE GENEALOGY FINDINGS

National Geographic Geno 2.0

Instead of the traditional family tree, Nat Geo’s whole exome sequencing will tell you how much you have in common with a Neanderthal.

  • Price: $99.99
  • Tests: Homonin ancestry, mtDNA, Y-DNA
  • Wait time: 6-12 weeks


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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Living DNA

Coining itself as a 3-in-1 DNA test, this is easily your cheapest option to trace both parents’ lines as well as the family finder.

  • Price: $79
  • Tests: Autosomal, mtDNA, Y-DNA
  • Wait time: 8-10 weeks


$49 from LivingDNA

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BEST FOR SERIOUS GENEALOGY

FamilyTreeDNA

Prices are weirdly steep, but FamilyTreeDNA offers detailed maternal and paternal line tracing you can’t find anywhere else.

  • Price: $79.99-$199.99
  • Tests: Autosomal, mtDNA, Y-DNA
  • Wait time: 6-8 weeks


$79 from Amazon

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BEST FOCUS ON AFRICAN HERITAGE

AfricanAncestry

While not as advanced as other kits, AfricanAncestry is the extensive reporting on African tribes that we’ve been waiting for.

  • Tests: Autosomal, mtDNA, Y-DNA
  • Price: $299
  • Wait time: 6-8 weeks


$299 from AfricanAncestry

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OUR TOP PICK FOR DOGS

Embark

Spending as much as 23andMe’s test costs gets you a full look at your dog’s familial and medical history.

  • Breed tests: 200+
  • Wait time: 3-7 weeks
  • Health screening: Yes
  • Wolf and coyote test: Yes


$189 from Amazon

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BEST FOR SUPER MIXED MUTTS

Wisdom Panel 3.0

A massive pool of breeds to test for makes it possible to discover the makeup of even the most confusingly mixed mutts.

  • Breed tests: 350
  • Wait time: 2-3 weeks
  • Health screening: Optional
  • Wolf and coyote test: Yes


$79.97 from Amazon

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BEST FOR NEW DOG PARENTS

HomeDNA Orivet Dog DNA Test and Life Plan

The life plan gives your dog a customized diet, exercise, and play routine to maximize lifespan and happiness.

  • Breed tests: 220
  • Wait time: 3 weeks
  • Health screening: Yes
  • Wolf and coyote test: No


$89 from HomeDNA

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BUDGET PICK

Find My Pet

This budget-friendly test does a breed breakdown and health screening for less than a bag of fancy dog food.

  • Breed tests: 200
  • Wait time: 3-4 weeks
  • Health screening: Yes
  • Wolf and coyote test: No


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