Top 3 Best Microbiome Tests for Solving Your Gut Issues – (2019 Updated Report)

Meet Your Inner You

Not that many things in life are as important as meeting your true self. Until that moment, you are lost in the traffic of life, not knowing what your real purpose or goals are. But as soon as you start to get in touch with the real you, little miracles begin to happen. Your flaws suddenly become your advantages and you finally get the opportunity to flourish. With the moment of your true understanding of yourself, every part of the puzzle will come to its place and the Renaissance of your life will begin.

In the case of microbiome testing, the situation is similar, although on a smaller scale. Testing your gut will help you realize the diversity of bacteria in your body. And as a result, suggest certain changes in your nutrition that can bring serious benefits to your weight or mental health. Also, it can indicate symptoms of some serious diseases, such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or even cardiovascular problems.

Unfortunately, although these tests can be useful, the fact is that there are many scams in these waters. And many of these products are made with the intention to grab money from the insurance companies or the customers themselves, without a true desire to help. Luckily, there are a few exceptions here and there that deliver scientifically based data and not just fairy tales. But finding them demands serious research, which you’ll find in this guide.

How to Buy the Best Microbiome Test Kit

In order to make the whole buying process a bit easier, we looked for the kits that are 1) legit and 2) affordable, before anything else. We tried not to fall under the influence of the marketing and pre-ordered reviews and give you as realistic as possible insight into the best microbiome testing sets.  

To streamline the process, the following characteristics were under close observation:

Value – No one wants to spend their hard-earned money on rubbish. If something is expensive, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will change your life. Usually, it just means that it will take a lot of cash out of your pocket and do similar work as the other, much cheaper competitors. Therefore, before you make the actual purchase, be sure that what you are buying is really worth the green bills you’re spending on it, and it’s not just a scam in a pretty package.

Easy-to-understand results – Hieroglyphs are for the historians and Latin words are for the doctors. In other words, there is no point in detailed data if you have no clue what it means. If the testing results can be understood by a 12-year old kid, you are good to go.

Fast delivery – What is the point of the service if it doesn’t happen quickly? It is not like you are asking for the plans for a nuclear reactor or something similar. If you ask for something, that usually means you need it now, or in the nearest possible moment and certainly not in half a year – by that time, you are going to forget that you have ordered the test in the first place.

Customer service – If you have ever been minutes away from a deadline and stuck with a newly installed app you don’t know how to use, you’ve realized the importance of fast and efficient customer service. Of course, microbiome testing usually isn’t a matter of life and death. But if you can’t get the proper information in a reasonable time, there is a question how everything’s going to function if/when things become tricky.

Here are the best 3 Microbiome test kits we found


DayTwo – Trust Your Gut

An Easy-to-Use Microbiome Test Based On a Five-Year Study

The number one spot on our list goes to the DayTwo – Trust Your Gut sampling kit that combines a user-friendly approach with modern trends and scientifically based facts. It is affordable, it provides highly useful nutritive advice through the regularly updated app, and offers very detailed information about your microbiome. More importantly, the testing process is based on a five-year study. And although its customer service isn’t at its best and is primarily made for diabetes-prone customers, it still offers a great overall package for the improvement of your entire health situation.

Pros:

  • Simple to use
  • Detailed app
  • Continuous updates of the app’s information
  • Good nutrition advice
  • The process is based on the five-year study
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Not that great customer service
  • Icky sampling process

Thryve – Inside Gut Health Test

A Straightforward, Easy-to-Use Microbiome Test

It is affordable and simple to use. Also, it provides highly understandable and very detailed testing results and allows you to use personalized probiotics. These can bring serious benefits to your weight and mental state, but also help with your digestive problems. The shipping is free and discrete and the whole product provides a quality service that is worthy of your time and money.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Postage included
  • Simple instructions
  • Quick results turnaround
  • Easy to understand and very detailed results
  • Possibility for the use of personalized probiotics
  • Discrete shipping
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • The sampling process is a bit weird
  • Inconsistent shipping
  • Not that great customer service

Atlas Biomed – Listen to Your Gut

A Microbiome Test that is Both Fun and Useful

A mixture of fun facts, affordability and usability is always a winning combination. If you also add the simplicity of use, detailed, easy to understand results and quality nutrition advice, you get a great little microbiome test that won’t leave you disappointed.

Pros:

  • Easy to understand results
  • Detailed data
  • Simple to use
  • Useful personal food recommendations
  • Affordable
  • Result also comes with fun facts about your nutrition
  • Good prevention

Cons:

  • Long time wait to get the results (two months)
  • Customer service could be more prompt

Erica Mesirov, Editor, Nutritionist/Dietician, MSHN

Erica Mesirov has a Master's degree in holistic nutrition and writes the award winning blog Eat, Lose, Gain. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, her dog and her two kittens. When she isn't helping people live vibrantly, Erica spends her time watching girl movies, reading books her mom would say don't challenge her, and making lopsided pottery creations.

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