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The Best DNA and Ancestry Products Compared

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DNA Test Kits

Rating

Overall Score

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ancestrydna

Features

As one of the most affordable DNA kits, it offers solid results at a good price.

Rating

4.5 stars

Overall Score

95%

23andMe

Features

23andMe offers easy to read information that includes genetic markers and regions and will store those results online forever.

Rating

4 stars

Overall Score

92%

MyHeritage DNA

Features

Many users find that they can more easily take a cheek swab than provide a saliva sample such as other kits require.

Rating

4 stars

Overall Score

90%

familytree dna

Features

A simple format makes the site easy to use and ensures that new and existing customers can find all the data that they need.

Rating

3.5 stars

Overall Score

85%

LivingDNA

Features

The site allows users to compare their own results to a historical database to verify the information provided to them.

Rating

3.5 stars

Overall Score

80%

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Brand

Rating

Pros

Cons

Bottom Line

ancestrydna

95%

4.5 stars

As one of the most affordable DNA kits, it offers solid results at a good price.

The best DNA test kit for ancestry with millions of registered users and tons of information shared.

The best DNA test kit for ancestry with millions of registered users and tons of information shared.

23andMe

92%

4 stars

23andMe offers easy to read information that includes genetic markers and regions and will store those results online forever.

It can cost quite a bit to undergo complete testing of your sample, including health screenings and genetic marker testing.

This is one of the only home kits with health screening options that let you test for genetic markers and other data.

MyHeritage DNA

90%

4 stars

Many users find that they can more easily take a cheek swab than provide a saliva sample such as other kits require.

There are a number of different add-ons that increase the price of the kit, while the basic test provides limited info.

This test is a good alternative to other kits because it provides info on more than 40 regions and is easy to use.

familytree dna

85%

3.5 stars

A simple format makes the site easy to use and ensures that new and existing customers can find all the data that they need.

Users must back up their data because the site doesn't retain data as long as other sites do.

A really good choice for beginners and those who want to do genealogical research online when creating their family trees.

LivingDNA

80%

3.5 stars

The site allows users to compare their own results to a historical database to verify the information provided to them.

There are no options for finding family members or connecting with other users. Those who do not have British ancestry may not find the test useful.

This test looks closely for markers relating to locations in the United Kingdom and can deliver strong results.

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Comparison Checkpoints

ancestrydna
23andMe
MyHeritage DNA
familytree dna
LivingDNA

Standard
(Autosomal Test)

Y-DNA Test

mtDNA Test

Collection Method

Saliva Sample

Cheek Swab

Cheek Swab

Saliva Sample

Cheek Swab

Stores Results

Yes, Indefinitely

Yes, Indefinitely

Yes, for 25 Years

Yes, for 25 Years

Yes, Indefinitely

Chromosome Browser

Raw Data Upload

Not yet

Database Size

10 mil

1 mil

1.4 mil

850k

None

Health Info

For extra fee

Geographic Regions

350+ From Around the World

150, Includes All Major Regions

42, From All Around the World

24, Most Regions Represented

80, Focuses More on Regions in the United Kingdom

Genealogical Community

Limited

Contact Matches

Anonymous email/ forums

Limited

Email

Email

Result Time

6-8 Weeks

6-8 Weeks

3-4 Weeks

Depends on the Test, 6-8 Weeks is the Maximum

10-12 Weeks

Family Tree Software

Imports From Other Services

Export Results

Standard
(Autosomal Test)

Y-DNA Test

Included

Included

mtDNA Test

Included

Included

Collection Method

Saliva Sample

Cheek Swab

Cheek Swab

Saliva Sample

Cheek Swab

Stores Results

Yes, Indefinitely

Yes, for 25 Years

Yes, for 25 Years

Yes, Indefinitely

Yes, Indefinitely

Geographic Regions

350+ From Around the World

24, Most Regions Represented

42, From All Around the World

150, Includes All Major Regions

80, Focuses More on Regions in the United Kingdom

Result Time

6-8 Weeks

Depends on the Test, 6-8 Weeks is the Maximum

3-4 Weeks

6-8 Weeks

10-12 Weeks

Export Results

Standard (Autosomal Test)