With literally hundreds of kits on the market how will you know which mold test kit to trust? Here we have reviewed three of the top contenders – Iaq Pro, Pro-Lab and the Viable Mold Test Kit. Any of these kits can be purchased at your nearest Home Depot store or online at Amazon.com.
If time is of the essence then the IAQ Pro 5-minute home mold test kit is ideal. You will get accurate and precise results in under 10 minutes.
To start a mold test you simply take a sample from the infected area with the included swab. The mold sample is placed into one of the trays and you apply five drops of the specialized liquid onto the sample. Within 5 to 10 minutes of sealing the tray you will get a reading stating whether or not you have mold. The kit itself is very easy to use and provides near instant accurate results.
Pros: The IAQ Pro 5-Minute Home Mold Test specializes in detecting the dreaded toxic black mold known as Stachybotrys chartarum; plus results are accurate and instant.
Cons: The only real downside to this test kit is that it only allows you to do a swab test and testing for airborne mold spores is not an available option.
What is included? IAQ Pro comes with everything you will need to conducts your tests. In the kit you will find two trays, a swab and a liquid cap which you pour over your sample.
The Pro-Lab Mold Test Kit is by far one of the most thorough detection kits available on the market. The kit itself will allow you to perform 3 different types of tests.
There’s the HVAC test which tests indoor air for not only mold spores but also pollen and dust mites. The settling plate test is where you place a sample into a prepared petri dish and wait approximately 2 days for the incubation period to complete.
The third and final available test is the visual sampling method. It requires a sample to be taken with a sterilized swab which then gets placed into a petri dish. The dish containing the mold sample gets sent to a laboratory for professional and thorough analysis.
Pros: Not only is this probably the highest quality mold test kit on the market but the samples get sent to one of the best laboratories in the United States. The kit even comes with a return envelope to help simplify the posting process.
Cons: There are three downsides to this product. The first being that results are not instant and therefore all collected samples have to be sent to a lab for analysis. The second downside is that the cost of the analysis is not included in the price of the mold test kit; instead it will cost an additional $40. And lastly, the Pro-Lab Mold Test Kit, although providing 3 different testing options only allows you to do 1 test per kit. If you want to do a swab test and an air sample test then you will have to purchase 2 of these kits.
What is included? Pro-lab includes everything you will need to do the tests which includes a swab, a petri dish, clear step by step instructions, growth medium and a return envelope for your samples.
Home Mold Laboratory Viable Mold Test Kit doesn’t provide instant results and samples need to be sent to a lab. nevertheless, it’s a great quality product and comes highly recommended.
The kit allows you to perform 2 different types of mold tests. One of the tests is an HVAC test where you take the pre-prepared petri dish and tape it to an air vent for a short period while it collects samples. The other test is a regular swab test where you place the sample into the petri dish or simply let the petri dish stand in the room for an hour. Once you have the samples inside the petri dish you will have to wait 3 to 7 days for the incubation period to complete. As soon as you see mold growth within the petri dish then it has been confirmed that you have mold and the samples should then get sent to the laboratory for full analysis.
An additional bonus is that the test kit will also test for yeast.
Pros: The kit is very simple and straightforward to use. Everything contained within the package is good to go as everything has been pre-prepared. There are also multiple types of test options available.
Cons: Just like the Pro-lab kit, samples are to be sent to a laboratory for analysis so test results are not instant. Also, the lab turnaround time is approximately 3 days longer than Pro-Lab.
What is included? The Home Mold Laboratory Viable Mold Test Kit comes fully equipped with everything you will need. What makes this kit stand slightly above the rest is that its petri dish comes fully prepared as it already has a growth medium applied to it. In addition to that it has a swab for sample collection and multiple bags for sending the samples to the laboratory.
Here we review the various kits under instant or lab analysis results and lab turnaround time.
|Mold Test Kit||Instant Results||Send to Laboratory||Laboratory Turnaround time|
|Iaq Pro 5 Minute Home Mold Test Kit||Yes. Results can be obtained within 5 to 10 minutes.||No but samples can be sent for further analysis.||Approximately 5 days.|
|Pro-Lab Mold Test Kit||No||Yes||Approximately 5 days.|
|Home Mold Laboratory Viable Mold Test||No||Yes||Approximately 8 days.|
The Iaq Pro, Viable Mold Test and Pro-Lab kits are some of the best black mold test kits on the market. Apart from being extremely affordable the test results are also 100% accurate and reliable.