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With nearly 30 at-home tests for vitamin levels and food allergies to metabolism and Lyme disease, Everlywell aims to keep your health in check.

Whether you’re dealing with chronic allergies or just curious about your body’s inner workings, it’s common to want to know everything you can about your health.

In-home health testing kits offer a convenient alternative to in-person tests for people who want easy to access, detailed health information.

But how accurate are these types of kits, and is the information provided useful?

Below, we dig into Everlywell home health testing kits. We’ll take a look at how they work, which tests are offered, and whether these tests can take the place of regular doctor visits.

Pros

  • Super convenient: There’s no need to leave your home, except to mail your kit back for testing.
  • Information at your fingertips: The brand offers a wide array of tests to check for different health issues, including allergies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Cons

  • Expensive: It turns out there’s a premium associated with convenience. A test from Everlywell won’t necessarily cost less than a regular doctor’s visit and lab tests paid through insurance. However, they may be comparable to labs done through your regular doctor without insurance.
  • Not for the faint of heart: Everlywell doesn’t send a nurse along to take samples for their tests. You’ll need to do the work yourself, so this isn’t a good choice if you don’t like needles.
  • Limited evidence for certain tests: Some of the testing that Everlywell offers is controversial. For example, there’s a lack of evidence to support the method used for testing food sensitivities.
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Everlywell is a health-testing company based in Austin, Texas, that was started in 2015. The company ships in-home testing kits directly to customers.

Customers take samples themselves using the provided materials and drop them in the mail using included prepaid expedited packaging. The company delivers results quickly using a secure platform.

You can purchase Everlywell testing kits online or in-store at select retailers, including CVS, Walmart, Target, Kroger, or Walgreens.

Everlywell currently offers 29 different tests, including those for:

  • general wellness
  • men’s health
  • women’s health
  • nutritional health
  • sexual health

The company has many positive reviews from customers. In fact, many say the at-home testing experience is easy and getting results back is quick and efficient.

On the other hand, some reviewers note they had trouble drawing enough blood for the tests or report delays in processing, lost packages, problems reaching customer support, sample size issues, and concerns about the accuracy of tests.

Pricing guide

At-home health tests can range in price from under $50 to a few hundred dollars. For this article, price ranges are indicated as follows:

  • $ = under $100
  • $$ = $100–$150
  • $$$ = over $150
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Everlywell offers several tests geared toward the general public. These tests can be taken by anyone over age 18.

These Everlywell tests check for the presence of STIs. Read our in-depth review of Everlywell STI tests.

Interested in other options for at-home testing?

Our reviews and brand comparisons cover top at-home testing kits, so you can feel confident in your decision to manage your health from home.

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1. Order your kit

First, you’ll choose a test. After you request your kit, your order will be reviewed and approved by a board certified doctor in your state. You should receive it in the mail within 5–10 business days.

You’ll have 5 months to use the kit before the doctor approval expires.

2. Take your samples

The kit will come with detailed directions and all the equipment you need to take samples at home. Depending on the test, you may need to take a blood, stool, saliva, or urine sample.

Everlywell has several online videos to show you how to take samples correctly at home. They also provide support if you have any questions or concerns after you receive your kit.

3. Send your samples to the lab

Each testing kit comes with a plastic biohazard bag and a prepaid shipping label so you can easily send your samples in for testing. You’ll write your name, collection time, and collection date on the bag.

If you’re taking samples for several tests, you may need to use separate bags. Check that the correct shipping labels are on each package, as not all samples go to the same lab for testing.

Put the package(s) in a USPS drop box to send the samples off for testing. Everlywell says the samples usually take about 2–3 days to arrive at labs.

4. Get your results online

It takes about 5 business days to receive your results, but processing times may vary, and some tests may take longer. You’ll get an email when the results are ready, and you can access the information via your Everlywell account.

Some tests come with telehealth consultations with a doctor. You can also share results with your doctor.

Everlywell states that they are Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) compliant and takes privacy very seriously. They don’t share your results with anyone unless you provide authorization.

Tests are only for adults. Everlywell is not able to provide testing to anyone under the age of 18.

Everlywell is a good option for people who want personal health information at their fingertips. It’s a convenient way for busy people to receive discreet test results.

While it’s not a substitute for talking with a doctor, it can be a good starting point for discussing your overall health with one.

Keep in mind that Everlywell’s testing kits are only available for adults age 18 and older. Additionally, Everlywell test kits are not available to ship to New York state because of state regulations around testing.

Currently, Everlywell only ships to 49 U.S. states. Test kits aren’t available to ship to New York.

The cost of Everlywell tests varies considerably. Here’s a quick rundown of the cost range for each category:

  • General wellness: $49–$199
  • Men’s health: $69–$249
  • Women’s health: $99–$249
  • Nutritional health: $49–$99
  • Sexual health: $69–$169

Everlywell sometimes offers discounts on their testing kits. They also have a membership program where you pay $39 a month to get credits each month, which can be redeemed for various testing kits.

You can also use a health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for at-home health tests from Everlywell. Some plans may be stricter than others about what they allow, though.

Many health insurance companies won’t cover this type of in-home testing, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Some insurance companies may only cover certain types of testing offered by Everlywell.

You can buy testing kits directly from Everlywell on the company’s website.

You can also buy some kits from Amazon or select retailers like Walmart, Walgreens, Kroger, Target, and CVS. However, not all kits are available from these retailers. Prices may vary from what you see on Everlywell’s site.

Tests Ratings* PrivacyInsurance
Everlywell• general health and wellness
• men’s health
• women’s health
• nutritional health
• sexual health
1.7/5 starsResults are shared with
state health authorities
only.
Coverage varies depending on your insurance company
and plan.
LetsGetChecked• sexual health
• women’s health
• men’s health
• general wellness
• COVID-19
4.6/5 starsYour information might be shared with third parties,
such as labs, pharmacies, or service providers.
Insurance is
not accepted.
FoodMarble• food intolerance4.5/5 starsPersonal data
is not shared with third parties unless you have
given consent or the third party is required to fulfill
your data.
Coverage may depend on your insurance.
myLAB Box• COVID-19 and flu
• STI panels
• wellness and nutrition
• fertility and family planning
• drug and toxicology
4.1/5 starsTest results
are not shared with
third parties unless
legally required.
MyLAB Box does not
accept payment from health insurance companies.

*All customer reviews are taken from Trustpilot at time of publication

Everlywell is a reputable company that has been around since 2015.

The company uses Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified labs, which is a regulatory body that ensures labs conduct quality testing, regular inspections, lab quality improvement studies, and more.

There’s limited evidence to support the use of at-home food sensitivity tests.

Additionally, organizations like the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) currently recommend not using these tests to diagnose food sensitivities.

Yes, Everlywell founder Julia Cheek appeared on “Shark Tank” in 2017. She reached a deal with entrepreneur Lori Greiner for $1 million of funding at 8% interest in exchange for 5% equity in the company.

Having your health information at your fingertips can be empowering and exciting, but it’s still important to be cautious. If you use a home test kit, be sure to talk with a doctor about your results. Don’t assume you can interpret the results on your own.