7 Best Mold Detection Kit to Consider Today [Buyer’s Guide]

All kinds of spaces can have mold growing on them, especially dark, damp or humid areas. But it is not always possible to see mold.

That’s when a DIY mold detection kit comes in handy to detect mold in living spaces. Black molds are found throughout the year, and once they colonize, they may irreversibly damage your walls, furnishings, and floors if left unchecked.

This could result in a renovation and replacement cost of thousands of dollars. Not to mention the health risk of living and breathing in a space with mold.

But why use an at-home mold detection kit? These kits make it easier to identify mold spores by using samples that you can take yourself. Also, it’s a low-priced option as compared to professionals who come home to take samples.

Simply collecting a swab and sending it to the lab will get you an accurate picture of the mold and spores in your home, if any.

Top Mold Detection Kits

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Our Top PickOur Top PickArchilb-table__image Healthful Home HH2003
  • Most sensitive test available, 100 times more sensitive than others
  • Easy to use in three hassle-free steps
  • Patented technology from the U.S. PHS
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  • Three surface tests included
  • Lab fees and detailed report included in price
  • Expert consultation to discuss the results
Archilb-table__image First Alert MT1
  • Tests nine different locations
  • Mold analysis is conducted by NIOSH certified lab
  • The kit has a five-year warranty
Archilb-table__image ProLab MO109
  • Can detect air and surface mold
  • A dedicated app to register, track samples, and view reports
  • The testing lab is AIHA accredited
Archilb-table__image Seeml Labs DIY Mold 3 Test Kit
  • Results delivered on the same day as receiving
  • Detects all types of mold and spores
  • Free expert consultation
Archilb-table__image Tavool Store MT270
  • Large backlit LED display
  • Wide measuring range - wood and building materials
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
Archilb-table__image BALORP DIY Mold Test Kit
  • A prepaid return envelope is included in the cost
  • Free consultation with experts
  • Test results emailed within one week
  1. Healthful Home HH2003

Included in the top selections of this list is the Healthful Home HH2003 Mold test, which is a quick and accurate method of detecting mold. It is one of the fastest detection kits – getting results in as quickly as five minutes.

Healthful Home 5-Minute Mold Test
  • As Seen on the Today Show. Detect Mold Spores &...
  • Accurate and Safe! The only test that also detects...

Why Did We Like It?

There is no need to wait for days or weeks for a lab to respond with this mold detection kit. It is a time-saving, uncomplicated test that takes not more than 5 minutes to detect mold spores. Apart from saving so much time, you can do your test using the kit, which includes specific antibody-based tests against more than 32 different types of mold.

Moreover, the process is easy to follow -you need to swab a possible moldy surface, collect samples, and place them in two test dishes. Two red test lines indicate a positive mold test, and only one red line means the surface is mold-free – easy isn’t it!

After you have evaluated the results, there is a free expert consultation included in the price of the kit. Finally, this test has been verified by EPA licensed and AIHA-accredited labs to detect mold, so we can say it is pretty accurate!

What Could’ve Been Better?

A few reviewers online mentioned that the test kit did not detect the mold. In another case, the test result came up after an hour of testing instead of 5 to 15 minutes. Also, this kit is priced higher than the average ones on the market.

  • Detects most of the types of mold
  • Results appear in a mere 5 to 15 minutes
  • Free expert consultation
  • Most sensitive kit
  • Only one kind of test is available in the kit
  1. Mold Inspection Network m2015

Next on our list, we have the mold detection kit by Mold Inspection Network, a helpful test to detect allergy-causing mold spores and pollen. If you are looking for an at-home, accurate, and comprehensive mold test with detailed instructions, this might be the kit for you.

MIN Mold Test Kit, Mold Testing Kit (3 tests). Lab Analysis and Expert...
  • Easy, Safe and Simple to use (quick start guide...
  • Surface test only. Not for air testing.

Why Did We Like It?

Come to think of it, hiring a professional to inspect your home for possible mold and spores might cost up to 400 to 500 dollars. That’s pricey, not to mention the long and tedious process. Comparatively, this test saves up a lot of money and extra effort.

It’s a safe and easy method to detect possible mold growth and includes three surface tests. Easy tape lifts are provided to collect samples from suspect surfaces.

What’s more, the inspection guide gives details on where to look for molds and how to detect areas of possible mold growth and water damage. Once collected, they will send your mold samples to a professional lab, and results with an illustrated data report will be given through email.

Furthermore, expert consultation is available at all times to guide through the process and solve queries.

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What Could’ve Been Better?

This test might not be for you if you are looking for instant results. With this kit, it might take more than a week to get the test results. Also, it is not possible to detect any mold spores in the air.

  • Provides three different tests
  • Accurately detects most of the mold and pollen
  • Priority to customer service
  • Expert consultation available at your convenience
  • Works for surface test only doesn’t work for air testing
  1. First Alert MT1

Up next, we have the First Alert Mold detection test, which allows for testing nine different locations in one test kit. It is also one of the most reasonable options out there. Let us see a few features of this option.

First Alert MT1 Mold Detection Kit
  • Mold detection kit
  • Tests for and identifies various types of molds...

Why Did We Like It?

Straight off the bat, we found this test to be an effortless and uncomplicated method of detecting mold in the home.

We know that mold can thrive anywhere they can get substance and moisture. This kit can detect various mold spores that may colonize damp spaces, humid rooms, bathrooms, basements, or offices. Another thing we liked is that the test materials and the instruction manuals are easy to understand and use. 

Along with health risks like sinus congestion, breathing issues, nose and throat irritation, and skin rashes, mold can also damage home furnishing. To prevent this, a test in time can help you take action against mold growth.

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What Could’ve Been Better?

The testing kit comes at a reasonable price. However, an additional 15 dollars are required to specify which type of mold growth is present. Since the results can take up to a week to come, this might not be an ideal choice if you want quick results.

  • Relatively lower in price
  • Instructions easy to understand
  • It can be tested on multiple locations and surfaces indoors
  • Detailed results from the test
  • Additional cost for specifying mold type
  1. ProLab MO109

Halfway through the list, we have the ProLab mold detection kit. According to reviewers, it is a safe and easy-to-use kit to check for mold growth or suspicious-looking discoloration. It was also rated highly for accuracy and timely response to queries.

ProLab Mold Test Kit For Home For Air And Surface Testing - Mold Test...
  • Safe and Easy to Use. Simple instructions inside.
  • The mold test kit allows you to collect Air,...

Why Did We Like It?

The issue with mold is that it cannot always be seen. So it is difficult to know if mold or pollen is colonizing the damp surfaces or floating in the air. This kit by ProLab solves the problem by testing for samples on the surface and in the air.

We liked the painless and easy steps the kit offers. It has a total of three sampling methods. For air sampling, the presence of mold can be detected in less than 48 hours using two methods. The last method tests home or office surfaces and allows you to send a sample to the lab for analysis.

This option is a reliable, tried, and tested kit, consistently testing accurate results for the past 20 years. Moreover, detailed test reports are available within seven days of sample collection. They even offer an express service wherein the test results are sent within three business days.

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What Could’ve Been Better?

As a Do-it-yourself mold detection kit, the testing swabs, collecting trays, and manuals are included in the cost of the kit. However, keep in mind that lab results cost an extra 40 dollars, which is an additional cost over the price of the kit.

  • Free expert consultation to discuss results
  • Easy to use ProLab app
  • Accurate and detailed results report
  • Air, surface, and bulk samples can be tested
  • Extra cost for shipping and lab testing
  1. Seeml Labs DIY Mold 3 Test Kit

Another mold detection kit on our list is Seeml Labs DIY Mold 3 Test Kit. As the name suggests, you can do it yourself, and there are three different types of tests included in this kit. Read further to know more about this option.

DIY Mold 3 Test Kit (Same Day Results) Expert Consultation and...
  • Easy DIY Mold Home/Office Surface Test Kit
  • Free Consultation and Lab Fees Included. No...

Why Did We Like It?

Let’s start with the clear and detailed instructions in the booklet that comes with this kit. You can easily take three different samples from different surfaces of your house. Since they are an AIHA-LAP, LLC accredited lab specializing in mold analysis, you can rest assured that it will provide the most accurate results from your swabs.

We liked that there was no additional fee to pay for the lab testing and report. Also, the reports are completely confidential and will be emailed the same day they received your samples.

Once you receive an email with the results, there is a free consultation with an expert who can seamlessly guide the next steps necessary to deal with mold (if any).

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What Could’ve Been Better?

Unlike other kits, which contain a prepaid envelope for mailing, this one requires extra payment for shipping the results. So although the lab report is free, Do bear in mind that you need to pay a separate fee for shipping.

  • Lab and report fees are included in the cost of the kit
  • All types of mold testing in one kit
  • Same day report (day sample is received)
  • Expert consultation with professionals
  • Extra cost for shipping
  1. Tavool Store MT270

If you find mold detection kits a hassle to work with, here is another option to check for mold and water damage. This wood moisture meter from Tavool Store contains two pins to detect moisture levels in walls and surfaces, allowing the prevention of molds before they take hold!

Wood Moisture Meter - Digital Moisture Detector Moisture Tester,...

Why Did We Like It?

We know that mold colonies and spores in the air can be a health hazard. People often get respiratory illnesses, sinusitis, nausea, and headache from mold exposure. This product is a great way to detect and prevent mold by measuring the moisture level of the surface.

Unlike the previous kits we saw in this list, this is a handheld device that can quickly pinpoint the exact moisture location and reading. It has two pins that detect the percent of moisture. For example, 5 – 12 % is low moisture, 12 – 17% is medium, and 17 – 60% means a high level of water on the surface.

Moreover, you can also find hidden leaks in walls and surfaces which the eye cannot detect. The LED display flashes and runs on triple-A batteries.

There are two modes of measurement- one specifically for wooden objects/furniture and the other mode for building materials so that you can select the suitable option for accurate detection.

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What Could’ve Been Better?

This option isn’t a kit dedicated to mold detection. Instead, it accurately measures moisture and temperature in wood and other building objects. It can find out if a surface is damp but cannot tell if mold is present or not.

  • Reveals hidden water damage in floors and walls
  • Tests surface moisture percent and temperature
  • Easy to hold and use
  • Useful for testing quality of wood
  • Doesn’t detect specific mold or spores
  1. BALORP DIY Mold Test Kit

The final testing kit on our list is a modestly priced Do – It – Yourself Mold test kit. It is an accredited test and analyzes samples quickly and sends the results within a week. Read on ahead to find out if this option is suitable for you.

DIY Mold Test Kit for Home (3 Surface Mold Tests). Mold Test Kit...
  • The Do It Yourself Mold Test Kit For Home is Safe...
  • Pre-Paid First Class Return envelope included to...

Why Did We Like It?

The booklet in the kit gives a detailed guide on how to inspect the home from mold and water damage. We liked the simplicity of the instructions to conduct the test. Instead of worrying about calling over a professional at home, you can collect samples independently with guidance from the manual.

All you have to do is collect the sample with the swabs provided (three mold surface tests provided in the kit) and put them in the envelope to mail to them. Also, the envelope in the kit is prepaid and ready to ship.

Once you mailed the samples from your end, an AIHA accredited mold testing lab analyses the sample and will inform you of the results within a week; it’s as effortless as that. Lastly, you will receive a free consultation to understand the implications of your results, if required.

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What Could’ve Been Better?

Although we liked many features, there were a few things missing. This kit is a suitable option if you are concerned about the surfaces of your home, but it doesn’t test for air quality. Also, it takes a week to obtain the test results. 

  • Email/Text notification to track the submission of sample
  • Results mailed in less than a week
  • Three surface tests available in one kit
  • Customer queries resolved on call
  • Does not test air contamination

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Mold Detection Kit Buyer’s Guide

After going through these options, you may have a better idea about which type of mold detection kit or device is for you. If you have a few options in mind but not sure which one to narrow down to, here are a few tips for you.

  1. Complete kit

A basic kit should include swabs, sample trays, and all equipment required for surface sample testing or adhesive strips for air testing. For a hassle-free experience, read the description to see if the items needed for the test are in the kit itself. Otherwise, your work will be doubled, trying to find the remaining items.

  1. Certification

Make sure you check if the product you are purchasing has relevant certification and accreditation. Most mold detection tests are certified and verified by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and they are tested by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-certified labs. This is extremely important to ensure safe and accurate results from your test. To prevent inaccuracy, it is always recommended to go for accredited testing kits.

  1. Customer Support

Any respected brand values customer feedback and queries. Before making a selection, check if the company has strong customer support in place in case of any issues after the purchase. The basics are FAQs, telephone numbers, and responsive email ids. An added bonus is easy-to-follow video tutorials.

For example – Healthful Home provides an adequate response to customer queries. ProLab mold testing kit even uses an app for customer support and grievances.


Now that you are armed with all aspects of mold detection kits, it is up to you to decide the ideal one for your home. But here’s what we felt.

Some of these tests are tried and tested over years and have built the reputation and confidence of their customers – ProLab is one such brand.

If you don’t have time to fuss over kits and wait for days on end for results, this option by Helpful Home might be the one for you. This 5 minute kit is a quick and easy option that saves your time.

And in case the kit and tests are too much to handle, you can always go for the wood moisture meter from the Tavool store. It is also the only non-kit to appear on our list.

We hope this list and guide allows you to make an informed decision and have a mold-free home. So, which kit do you plan to purchase? Comment and let us know!

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Aida Vasquez
Aida has been part of Architecture Lab ever since 2011 when she started ghost writing for the website on art and design topics, today she is our veteran design contributor, covering a wide array of topics that fuel her creativity.
Aida Vasquez
Aida Vasquez
Aida has been part of Architecture Lab ever since 2011 when she started ghost writing for the website on art and design topics, today she is our veteran design contributor, covering a wide array of topics that fuel her creativity. Highlights Aida is the first design contributor of Architecture Lab since 2011 She surges writing inspiration from real life as an avid architecture-art seeker always on the move She reviews and writes about products that she deems "cool enough" Experience Aida has been writing for Architecture Lab for almost 12 years now, writing about anything and everything in the art and design niche, every piece she writes she aces with extraordinary attention to detail and a mountain of research to back it up. When asked what drives her curiosity in realm of design Aida replied that: " Every object is the thought process of its creator at a given point in time, often the result of a years struggle that we get to enjoy so casually, we should never overlook the effort our fellow peers, even if it comes in absolutely stupidly mediocre design." Education Aida is a graduate of ESAD – Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Porto
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