We like the simplicity of the ImmunoLytics testing kit. For a flat price of $69.99 you get one of the best mold test kits (opens in new tab) available, two sampling dishes, and the cost of the lab test included. It's easy to use and the multiple sample containers allow you to assess different parts of your home. While it isn't as flexible as some other products, like the Pro-Lab Mold Test Kit (opens in new tab), in terms of sample gathering it's a good option if you're certain you have mold in your home.
The ImmunoLytics testing kit is designed to test your home's air for mold by placing a petri dish on a surface and allowing particulates to settle onto the included petri dish for an hour. The mold test comes assembled, so you can begin testing as soon as you get it, and the instructions are easy to follow. ImmunoLytics recommends that you don't turn on your heating, ventilation or air conditioning (HVAC) system while testing. We are disappointed that ImmunoLytics instructs against HVAC sampling, as these systems are usually the source and carrier of mold spores, and other kits actually have the option to sample from air con units.
This test kit comes with a free lab analysis, meaning you can send a sample to the ImmunoLytics laboratory for detailed analysis. The lab sends a report within a week of it receiving the sample, and will do so via email. You are also given a free follow-up phone call, if you have more questions about your results and how to deal with mold in the home.
Unfortunately, ImmunoLytics is not certified by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). AIHA accreditation is the highest level of certification because it requires monthly renewal. Also keep in mind that if you want to send a bulk sample, you'll have to pay an extra fee.
The kit comes with a ready-to-use petri dish. You do not have to add the growth medium, so once you're ready to start testing for mold, you only have to remove the lid. The mold detector does not include a cotton swab, bulk-sample bags, or lift tape. Also, we could not find an expiration date listed on the kit.
ImmunoLytics provides customer support by email and telephone, but while we were researching the lab, we had some trouble reaching anyone there. Also, we could not find a FAQs section or video tutorials on the company website. Fortunately, you can download the kit's instructions as a printable PDF file.
Should you buy the ImmunoLytics testing kit?
The ImmunoLytics Mold Test Kit is a basic mold testing package that uses just one testing method, but includes a free lab analysis with every kit. If you suspect you have a mold problem, you could save money by getting your full mycology report through ImmunoLytics instead of paying a mold-removal specialist. If you are less certain that mold is in your home, and want to save money, we recommend a testing kit that requires you to pay an additional fee for lab analysis, as they are significantly cheaper.