PROS / The Aclare Mold Test Kit is simple to use, and customer service representatives are very helpful.
CONS / This kit does not offer a lab analysis of mold samples.
VERDICT / The Aclare Mold Test Kit will show you if mold is still growing in your home after a specialist has treated it.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 Mold Test Kits here.
The Aclare Mold Test Kit allows you test whether mold is present in your home. This basic mold test kit is a settle test, which means you place a petri dish on a flat surface and allow mold spores in the air to fall onto the dish. Each kit comes with a petri dish and a mold hormone that encourages growth. Unfortunately, this mold test kit does not have an option to send a sample to a lab for analysis, meaning you will only be able tell if mold is present in your home, but not what kind of mold.
To begin testing for mold, you must prepare the petri dish by pouring the growth hormone inside. Be careful not to touch the inside of the dish as this may contaminate the plate and skew the results. After the growth hormone has hardened, you open the dish and set it on a flat surface for one hour. After this period, you seal the dish and set it in a place out of direct sunlight for the incubation period.
Throughout the incubation period, you can check the dish to see if mold is growing. The company states that some mold growth is to be expected on the dish as mold is present nearly everywhere, but excessive growth may require further action. Unfortunately, this test kit does not offer a lab analysis after you run the test, meaning you won't be able to single out dangerous mold colonies, such as black mold. Therefore, this kit is best used to determine if mold is still present in your home after you have had it removed by a specialist.
The company's website doesn't offer much information, but customer support is available over the phone or through email. The customer representative we spoke to was helpful and answered all the questions we had concerning the mold test kit. Unfortunately, the site lacks video tutorials or a FAQS section.
The Aclare Mold Test Kit is a basic mold detector that allows you to determine if mold is present in your house after it has been treated by a mold-removal specialist. Unfortunately, a lab analysis is not offered with this kit so you won’t be able to determine what kind of mold is in your house. The website doesn't offer much information, but customer service is available over the phone or through email.