Everlywell review – At-home lab testing made simple?

Everlywell Review Summary

Everlywell offers at-home tests, including a popular at-home food sensitivity and a general wellness. Learn more in our Everlywell review!

Christina Marvin

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Summary

Everlywell is an at-home lab testing company that offers 30 lab test options. However, some of them are not recognized by healthcare professionals who have scrutinized Everlywell accuracy.

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7 Facts from our Everlywell Review

  1. Location: Austin, Texas
  2. Products: 30+ at-home testing kits for a variety of health conditions
  3. Ordering: You can order online at everlywell.com or amazon.com; also available at some retail stores like Target 
  4. How it works: You send a sample (blood, urine, saliva, or vaginal swab). Everlywell describes levels of specific biomarkers measured in the sample and their relation to various health characteristics
  5. Reports: Provide insights into biomarker levels associated with health conditions; may be used for health-related purposes in consultation with medical professionals
  6. Everlywell Cost: $49-$259
  7. Complementary products: Nebula Genomics Whole Genome Sequencing, Women’s Health, and Men’s Health

This review is written with the intent to be as unbiased as possible. However, it represents the opinion of an individual reviewer and is therefore subjective. Furthermore, at Nebula Genomics, we seek to educate the public about the benefits of Whole Genome Sequencing. Information about our Whole Genome Sequencing DNA test is therefore incorporated into the review.

September 26, 2022

Pros and Cons

Pros
30+ accurate home health test kits available without requiring a doctor’s visit
Quick return on results (3-5 business days)
Easy to access reports on all devices
Results that guide patients to seek professional medical advice
Cons
Everlywell tests are not available to residents in NY
Small drops of blood sample needed via finger prick for 24/30 tests
Some tests require fasting, including Cholesterol tests & the Lipids and Heart Health ones
Science to support the Food Sensitivities test is not recognized by many health professionals

Introduction

Everlywell (Everly Well) is a Texas-based at-home lab testing company founded in 2015 by CEO Julia Cheek. It gained popularity after it was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. The Shark Tank episode led to Lori Greiner investing in the company. Cheek says she was inspired to start Everlywell when she encountered high costs and long waiting times for routine lab tests. 

The company offers 30+ at-home comprehensive testing kits that use blood, saliva, urine, or vaginal fluids to test for certain health conditions. Some of its most popular products include thyroid function, metabolism factors, chronic inflammation, and vitamin D deficiency.

Cheek reports that the direct-to-consumer success of 23andMe has had a significant influence on her business. Like the DNA site, Cheek wants to expand her product to be widely available in retail stores. The company claims to serve hundreds of thousands of customers and to have delivered tens of millions in sales two years after launch.

Each test includes instructions and sample collection tools. The samples are processed in a CLIA-certified lab and reviewed by a board-certified physician. Everlywell states that results are typically available within five business days from the lab receiving the sample and can be accessed through a secure platform from any device. 

For regulatory reasons, these tests are not available in NY, except for COVID.

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Review of Everlywell’s Science

The company uses biomarkers to analyze health conditions. Biomarkers are organic substances, such as metabolites or hormones, that can inform a patient’s health.

While DNA can be classified as a biomarker, the company does not use genetic biomarkers. The 30+ testing kits analyze different biomarkers related to the tested health characteristics. 

Everlywell homepage
Everlywell homepage

However, in 2017, Everlywell did enter the genetic testing space by partnering with the personal genomics company Helix. Together with Helix, they offered three new products that analyze biomarkers and DNA:

  • Food Sensitivity+
  • Metabolism+
  • Breast Milk DHA+

The goal was to provide customers with a comprehensive view of their health. 

When a customer would purchase one of these products, they’d receive two kits. The first was a DNA testing kit from Helix, and the second was a small blood sample collecting kit from Everlywell. 

As of May 2020, the collaboration with Helix appears to have ended. This means that customers looking for personalized health information from Everlywell will have to rely on biomarker results only.

Taking an Everlywell Test

Before reviewing, let’s take a look at how to get started.

Customers can purchase an Everlywell testing kit online at everylywell.com. Before ordering, customers can educate themselves about symptoms associated with various conditions (e.g., bloating and joint pain) to choose the most appropriate test. Some also require the customer to take a medication history questionnaire. 

Customers go to the company’s website, register their kit using the provided barcode, and then collect the required sample following the instructions. Finally, the sample is returned to Everlywell using the prepaid shipping label. 

Everlywell kit content
Everlywell kit content

Results are produced in a CLIA-certified lab (many Everlywell labs are also CAP-accredited) and reviewed by an independent physician within the customer’s state. 

The company provides a personalized report of each tested biomarker within days through its secure platform.

Overview of Tests from Everlywell and Cost

The company offers over 30 at-home tests to assess various health characteristics based on biomarkers.

General Wellness

TestMeasuresCollection MethodPrice
Food Sensitivity IgG response to 96 common foodsFinger prick blood$159
Food Sensitivity Comprehensive IgG reactivity to 203 foodsFinger prick blood$239
HbA1c Hemoglobin sugar levelsFinger prick blood$49
Heart HealthTotal cholesterol, HDL, Calculated LDL, Triglycerides, hs-CRP, and HbA1cFinger prick blood$99
Cholesterol and LipidsTotal cholesterol, HDL, Calculated LDL, and TriglyceridesFinger prick blood$49
Lyme DiseaseIgG and IgM reactivity to Borrelia garinii, Borrelia afzelii, and Borrelia burgdorferiFinger prick blood$109
Sleep and StressCritical sleep and stress hormonesUrine$199
Indoor & Outdoor Allergy14 trees, 9 weeds, 4 molds, 2 dust mites, 2 pet allergens, 2 pestsFinger prick blood$199
B VitaminsVitamin B6, B9, and B12 levelsFinger prick blood$89
Heavy MetalsLevels of several environmental heavy metals and mineralsUrine$199
General Wellness

Men’s Health

TestMeasuresCollection MethodPrice
Testosterone Levels of free testosterone Saliva sample$49
Men’s HealthLevels of key male hormonesFinger prick blood, saliva$249
Men’s Health

Women’s Health

TestMeasuresCollection MethodPrice
Women’s FertilityHormones regulating ovarian functionFinger prick blood, saliva$149
PostmenopauseEstradiol and progesteroneFinger prick blood$99
PerimenopauseHormones that change with perimenopauseFinger prick blood$99
Ovarian ReserveDay 3 FSH levelFinger prick blood$49
HPV – Female14 high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) genotypesVaginal swab$49
Women’s HealthLevels of key female hormonesFinger prick blood, saliva$249
Women’s Health Tests

Energy + Weight

TestMeasuresCollection MethodPrice
Vitamin D and Inflammation 25-OH D and hsCRPFinger prick blood$99
MetabolismHormones that can influence your metabolismFinger prick blood, saliva$99
Vitamin D25-OH DFinger prick blood$49
ThyroidThyroid levelsFinger prick blood$149
Energy and Weight

Sexual Health

TestMeasuresCollection MethodPrice
Chlamydia and gonorrhea Presence of chlamydia or gonorrhea infectionUrine$69
Hepatitis CExposure to hepatitis C virusFinger prick blood$69
HIVExposure to HIVFinger prick blood$69
SyphilisExposure to syphilis bacteriaFinger prick blood$69
TrichomoniasisPresence of trichomoniasisUrine$69
Everlywell STD test – femaleChlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis C, herpes type 2, HIV, syphilis & trichomoniasisFinger prick blood, vaginal swab$169
Everlywell STD test – maleChlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis C, herpes type 2, HIV, syphilis & trichomoniasisFinger prick blood, urine$169
Sexual Health

Payments and Insurance

Tests cost between $49 and $259. It’s important to note that they are usually not covered by insurance. The company claims that its at-home lab tests are comparable or lower in price than in-person lab tests.

However, due to the nature of some, there is a chance that some insurance policies may cover selected ones. The company recommends its customers to contact their insurance providers if they purchase one of these tests: 

  • Cholesterol & Lipids
  • Inflammation & Vitamin D
  • Comprehensive Thyroid

Since tests are authorized by physicians, customers can submit their purchase receipts for reimbursement through health savings account and flexible spending account (HSA/FSA) benefits. 

Customers paying out of pocket may be able to save money by using Everlywell coupons or Everlywell promo codes on popular discount sites like RetailMeKnot.

Review of Everlywell Tests

The Everlywell reports describe levels of specific biomarkers measured in the customer’s sample and related to the various health characteristics. The reports include information on how the results may affect the customer’s health. They also provide insights on improving or maintaining healthy biomarker levels and links to related medical research.

Everlywell Food Sensitivity Test Reviews

The Everlywell home test for food sensitivity test measures the body’s Immunoglobulin G (called immunoglobulins – IgG) immune response. The 96 foods tested for are common in western diets. Foods include 5 dairy products, 2 egg products, 16 fruits, 10 grains, 5 legumes, 5 meats, 11 seafoods, 7 seeds and nuts, 20 vegetables, and 15 spices. Sensitivity to each food (food intolerance) is categorized as follows: 

  • High Reactivity level (Class 3)
  • Moderate Reactivity level (Class 2)
  • Mild Reactivity level (Class 1)
  • Low Reactivity level (Class 0; normal)
Food sensitivity kit
Food sensitivity kit

The higher the reactivity, the more sensitive the company claims the body is to that food. It recommends customers eliminate high-sensitivity foods from their diet to help maximize health and minimize weight gain. Breath tests can also be useful for detecting some forms of food intolerance.

It should be noted that the Everlywell food sensitivity test cannot detect lactose intolerance. However, this can be determined with a DNA test, such as the Whole Genome Sequencing we offer at Nebula Genomics.

Customers should also know the differences between food allergies and food sensitivities. Everlywell tests for sensitivity to a particular food; they do not detect food allergies. Food sensitivities are usually characterized by a slow onset of symptoms that are generally mild, like stomach pain and low energy levels.

In contrast, symptoms of allergic reactions typically occur immediately after exposure and can be very severe and sometimes even life-threatening. The responses are also mediated by different antibodies: IgG for food sensitivities and IgE for food allergies.

Almond reactivity in the results of the Food Sensitivity test
Normal almond reactivity in the results of the Food Sensitivity test

Everlywell Heart Health Test Reviews

The Heart Health test is another popular one. It analyzes blood biomarkers for total cholesterol, HDL, calculated LDL, triglycerides, hs-CRP, and HbA1c. Customers interested in heart health and preventing heart disease are the target population for this product. This includes individuals who take cholesterol medication, have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease, or have a personal or family history of type 2 diabetes

Heart health kit
Heart health kit

Results include the numerical result for each biomarker measured and rates each on various risk scales.

  • Total Cholesterol (lipids associated with heart health): Normal or elevated
  • Calculated LDL (lipids associated with heart health): Normal or elevated
  • HDL (lipids associated with heart health): Low, normal, or elevated
  • Triglycerides (lipids associated with heart health): Normal or elevated
  • hs-CRP (a marker that may indicate chronic low-grade inflammatory response): Normal or elevated
  • HbA1c (a measure of glucose levels): Optimal, acceptable, or elevated
Normal HDL levels in the heart health test
Normal HDL levels in the heart health test

Everlywell STD Test Review

The company sells two STD tests, one for males and one for females. It is recommended that all sexually active adults get tested for sexually transmitted diseases and sexually transmitted infections annually.

STD Test - Female kit
STD Test – Female kit

What is the STD testing process like? Females require a finger prick sample and a vaginal swab sample. At the same time, the male version is through a finger prick and a urine sample.

Both the female and male tests check for six sexually transmitted infections (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis C, HIV, Syphilis, and Trichomoniasis). For women, early testing for these conditions helps detect problems before causing significant health issues like infertility and cervical cancer.

All STD kits are shipped in discreet packaging, and results are ready within a few days of the lab receiving the samples.

Everlywell COVID-19 Test Review

In May 2020, the company announced it had received an Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This authorization was for an Everlywell COVID test kit for collecting samples at home, currently available for $109 (August 2022). This price covers products and services such as overnight shipping, lab processing fees, physician review and diagnosis, and kit components. Everlywell claims it makes no profits from selling COVID-19 tests. 

To take the test, a customer completes an online screening, collects their sample via a nasal swab, and receives a digital health report within 24-48 hours. A telehealth consultation is available free of charge once the results arrive. The test analyzes the presence or absence of RNA from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

COVID-19 test results
COVID-19 test results

Note the Everlywell tests are not a substitute for professional medical advice. Except for certain diagnostic test panels, Everlywell products are not intended to diagnose or treat disease but only to provide guidance when you speak with your physician. Once the report is produced, the company recommends that customers consult their physician for diagnosis or treatment concerning personal health care. 

You can learn more about at-home coronavirus tests in our review!

Interested in COVID-19 travel tests? In 2021, we saw Kurix Health and Project Screen offer special testing meeting requirements for departing and arriving in the UK.

Review of Everlywell Privacy Policy

The company does not typically share or sell customer data or results. Its privacy policy does indicate that it may share personal information with third parties in certain circumstances. The company also allows service providers to access personal data to provide the service requested by the customer.

For instance, an independent network of physicians will access customer results to review them. Data is collected and shared only on HIPAA-compliant servers. Records are stored permanently unless the customer requests to delete them.

Some states legally require companies to report certain diagnoses to state health departments. These mandatory reporting guidelines apply to positive results from HIV and other sexually transmitted tests. The data is collected for public health purposes, such as tracking new infections, but generally remains private. That is, family members and employers do not have access to it.  

Review of Everlywell in the News

Founder Julia Cheek pitched Everlywell to ABC’s Shark Tank in 2017. Lori Greiner provided $1 million as a line of credit. 

Multiple outlets such as Us Weekly and Forbes praise the company for making consumer lab testing simple and accessible. However, other Everlywell reviews are mixed. Some Everlywell reviews for vitamin and heart health rank highly. Others, especially the very popular food sensitivity test, are ranked poorly. 

Is Everlywell legit? In 2018, STAT reported that experts had called the Everlywell food sensitivity test “medically dubious.” The company measures blood IgG antibody levels to determine whether a person’s immune system reacts to specific foods. Often, it recommends that the customer remove that food from their diet if it reacts highly. 

However, the allergy expert interviewed by STAT claims that the results only indicate which foods have been consumed recently rather than real sensitivities. The article claims that people may actually bring harm to themselves by removing healthy foods from their diet, believing they have a false sensitivity. Physicians typically recommend elimination diets to determine food sensitivities.

The article also reports that health professionals do not recognize the validity of IgG tests for diagnosing food sensitivity. Many believe the IgG presence is the body’s normal reaction to food intake.

In 2022, the company has been expanding its offers with food allergy tests and celiac disease kits, released in June, and a sexual health report launched in August detailing how navigating through a pandemic has changed our sex lives. Earlier in 2022, the company also launched a series of what it called high-quality vitamins and supplements.

Other Everlywell Reviews

Does Everlywell work? Most reviews of Everlywell products from online retailers like Amazon are mixed, especially for the food sensitivity test. Some users who purchased the products from pharmacies tended to have more positive reviews.

Everlywell tests are generally as accurate as those you would take at your local laboratory. The company has a good rating at BBB, and its labs are CLIA-certified.

Everlywell Food Sensitivity reviews

Everlywell reviews for food sensitivity are available on:

There are also other testimonials on Reddit.

Everlywell STD

Everlywell reviews for STD tests are available on:

  • Amazon: 4.2/5 stars – Female; 4.1/5 stars – Male

Everlywell Metabolism

Everlywell metabolism test reviews are available on:

Everlywell Thyroid

Everlywell thyroid test reviews are available on:

Everlywell Women’s Health

Everlywell Allergy

Everlywell Vitamin D

Everlywell Chlamydia

Nebula Genomics

We conclude our Everlywell review with a comparison to Nebula Genomics.

Nebula Genomics offers the most affordable 30x Whole Genome Sequencing service that sequences 100% of your DNA. In contrast, Everlywell analyzes biomarkers, not DNA. Biomarker and DNA tests should be seen as complementary to each other rather than alternatives. 

Similar to Everlywell, Nebula Genomics does not provide diagnostic tests. Our Whole Genome Sequencing data is of the highest quality and can be used by physicians and genetic counselors. Individuals who believe they are at risk for a genetic disorder should consult a healthcare provider before taking DNA sequencing tests.   

EverlywellNebula Genomics
Testing methodBiomarkersDNA; Whole Genome Sequencing (all 20,000 genes and regulatory regions)
ReportingSymptomatic conditionsGenetic predispositions
Ancestry reportingNoYes
Data accessNo data that can be accessedYes (FASTQ, BAM, and VCF files)
Cost$49-$259$0, $99, $299
Aid for making medical decisionsNo, but CLIA-certified lab data can be used in consultation with physicians.No, but data is of the highest quality and can be used by physicians and genetic counselors.

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Did you find our Everlywell review useful? You can read more reviews on our blog and check out our complete guide to the best DNA test kit and other home tests.