At Home Rapid Covid-19 Antigen Tests We Love

Haven Testing: At Home Rapid Covid-19 Antigen Tests We Love

This post is in partnership with Haven Testing. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

It almost feels like things are getting back to normal right? We are cautiously optimistic over here and so ready to get back to living life. Full disclosure I have calmed down a lot now that I have the at-home Covid-19 antigen tests from Haven Testing sitting in my medicine cabinet.


If you have been following along with us you know we pulled our kids out of school back in March of 2020. Although a lot of factors attributed to us hunkering down I am glad about our decision looking back. We had no exposures, didn’t get sick, and managed to have a great time connecting as a family.

That being said we’ve had half our household vaccinated now and with stores, sports, and schools opening up it’s starting to feel a lot like the pre-covid days and we are excited about the transition.


Haven Testing: At Home Rapid Covid-19 Antigen Tests We Love

At-home antigen tests work by testing for contagiousness because they detect the presence of an active COVID-19 infection, whether you have symptoms or not. This kit is so simple to use I feel confident that my preteens could do it even if I am not at home.

To begin you would take the swabs and insert them into your nose just half an inch and move it around to get a good specimen of the gunk in your nose. This is nowhere near how far you get the swab put in when you get tested at a government testing facility and since it’s done by a parent or loved one that kids trust it will be a lot less invasive.

You have to then set up the extraction tube and fill it with buffer solution. You will insert the swab and swirl it around to mix well. After letting it sit for 2 minutes you then add the nozzle and add 3 drops into the sample well of the test cassette. Results are ready in 15 minutes and you will know whether you are positive on the spot. You can then choose to get tested by a local health system to confirm results.

Haven Testing: At Home Rapid Covid-19 Antigen Tests We Love


When you order from Haven Testing you get your kit delivered right to your door.  They give you the option of fast shipping so you can get it quickly too. Included in your kit are 5 individual packed tests so you can use each one on a different person if you need to. 


The Haven Testing kit can be used by anyone over 2 years of age. Obviously, you need to do the test for your little ones, but as I said, I think my older kids could easily do it themselves.  I think it is a must-have for households with children and people who are at risk whether it is due to health reasons or a job that puts you around a lot of people.


Here is the thing. My kids are going back to school in September. They are playing on their rep sports teams and taking swimming lessons. There will be visits with family and friends. As long as we follow public health guidelines my kids will be doing all of these things but let’s be honest here, I need some peace of mind.

Haven Testing: At Home Rapid Covid-19 Antigen Tests We Love

I now know that I can quickly test my kids if they wake up and are exhibiting symptoms from the privacy of home. I know I can offer guests or friends a test before we engage in a visit where social distancing is not an option. I can check our family before we visit someone who is a high risk to protect them in case we are positive and not showing symptoms. I have peace of mind now.


Currently, the cost for one kit which includes 5 tests is $99 CAD dollars. It works out to be less than $20 per test.

If you compare that to the cost of possibly missing work because you have come into contact with someone who is Covid-19 positive or wake up with symptoms that you are unsure of, I would much rather test to know whether I am contagious than miss out on a day of work.

Haven Testing: At Home Rapid Covid-19 Antigen Tests We Love

Think about when September rolls around and the kids are back to school and wake up with a runny nose or sore throat. You can now quickly test to see if they are contagious and whether they need to stay home and you need to call work.


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Head on over to our friend’s Haven Testing site here and get your kit. The kits are Health Canada authorized and approved for self-administration by Ontario’s Ministry of Health. They also ship from Ontario. What are you waiting for?

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This post is in partnership with Haven Testing. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. Sandra Dufoe
    August 19, 2021 / 9:26 am

    Thank you for the information.

  2. Debbie Beattie
    August 21, 2021 / 12:36 am

    Having these tests would make getting tested much easier

  3. Sandra McG
    August 26, 2021 / 8:21 am

    might be a good thing to keep on hand

  4. Debbie Beattie
    August 30, 2021 / 12:27 am

    Although I think these kits and great I’m really hoping we won’t need them for long

  5. Heather Swanson
    August 31, 2021 / 7:32 am

    great information to have

  6. Sandi
    September 1, 2021 / 11:21 am

    great info, something to think about for sure

  7. Heather Swanson
    September 12, 2021 / 6:55 am

    very informative story

  8. Louanne Baelde
    September 12, 2021 / 1:14 pm

    So good to know because they are needed so frequently.

  9. Heather Swanson
    September 13, 2021 / 7:59 am

    great to pass along

  10. Julie F
    October 16, 2021 / 6:36 am

    These are such a good idea to have on hand at home!

  11. Heather Swanson
    October 17, 2021 / 7:41 am

    helpful for everyone

  12. Janet Lance
    October 17, 2021 / 6:40 pm

    I’m a little concerned about these at home vaccine kits. But then, I got both of my vaccines earlier this summer, so I am good for now but would consider the booster if given the chance as I got underlying health conditions.

  13. Victoria Ess
    October 18, 2021 / 7:41 pm

    Thanks for letting us know about this option for rapid tests!

  14. Heather Swanson
    October 25, 2021 / 7:21 am

    happy to share

  15. November 8, 2021 / 5:43 pm

    I think it’s a great idea to be tested to see if you are contagious too. I would rather know than to spread it to innocent people and make them sick.

  16. Melinda
    November 8, 2021 / 9:07 pm

    Good to have at home.

  17. Linda H
    November 9, 2021 / 9:02 am

    I have these at home but haven’t felt the need to use any yet.

  18. November 9, 2021 / 9:29 am

    We’ve only had to use one test when our oldest came home from camp with a cold. I wouldn’t allow him in the house until we saw he was negative

  19. jan
    November 16, 2021 / 6:48 pm

    fortunate that so far we haven’t needed any of these, but always good to know as … things change!

  20. Jennifer P.
    November 21, 2021 / 6:02 pm

    I didn’t even know these were available – love the idea of being to quickly test at home if needed, especially now that our kids are back to school and sports full time! Having these on hand would give good peace of mind when in doubt.

  21. Kristin Ashe
    November 22, 2021 / 8:29 am

    This test would definitely calm my anxiety when kids have a runny nose!

  22. Kristen Visser
    November 22, 2021 / 9:58 am

    This is definitely key especially having kids in school . Ive already had to get my one daughter tested once and my other daughter twice

  23. Lisa
    November 24, 2021 / 8:56 am

    looks easy to use

  24. Rita Copat
    November 26, 2021 / 10:12 am

    Good to know!

  25. Ed
    February 17, 2022 / 3:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

  26. AD
    February 21, 2022 / 1:28 pm

    These are a good stop-gap if you are about to visit someone or participate in an event/activity; you can test yourself to make sure you are not positive. But they do have a high false-negative rate.

  27. Kathy downey
    December 14, 2022 / 7:25 am

    Great information for sure. I actually like this kit!