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Blood Glucose Meter Buying Guide

Check out the newest blood glucose meters available at retail stores and compare some of their important features, including speed, memory, and size. Prices of meters and strips vary depending on retailer and health insurance plan.

Please note that product information and availability may have changed since our story first appeared. 

  • Blood Glucose Meter Terms to Know

    -- Memory: The number of results the meter holds.

    -- Test time: The time it takes to see the blood glucose level result after you apply the blood drop.

    -- Microliter: Volume measurement for blood drop. Today's meters require very small sample sizes.

    -- Averages: The average on your meter may look very different from the estimated average blood glucose number you receive with your A1C lab result. That's because the A1C looks at all of your highs and lows over two to three months. The meter average is likely to differ, depending on how frequently you test.

    Note: Meter manufacturers typically provide customer support and test strips for older meters. The nationally distributed models featured in this slideshow are the newest on store shelves. Check with your health insurance plan to see what meters and strips are covered and how much you would pay. Not all manufacturers provided suggested retail prices for meters and strips.

  • Accu-Chek Aviva

    -- Size: 2.1 x 3.7 inches

    -- Test time: 5 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.6 microliter; can reapply within 5 seconds

    -- Memory (No. of results): 500

    -- Averages: 7, 14, and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2030

    -- Test strips: Accu-Chek Aviva 

    -- Customer service : Roche; 800/858-8072; accu-chek.com

  • Accu-Chek Compact Plus

    -- Size: 2.5 x 4.9 inches

    -- Test time: 5 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 1.5 microliters; can reapply within 25 seconds

    -- Memory (No. of results): 500

    -- Averages: 7, 14, and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Alkaline AAA (2)

    -- Test strips: Accu-Chek Compact drum

    -- Customer service: Roche; 800/858-8072; accu-chek.com

  • Breeze 2

    -- Size: 2.62 x 4.12 inches

    -- Test time: 5 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 1 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 420

    -- Averages: 24 hours and 7, 14, and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032

    -- Test strips: Breeze 2 10-test disc 

    -- Customer service: Bayer Diabetes Care; (800) 348-8100; www.bayerdiabetes.com/us

  • Contour

    -- Size: 2.24 x 3.03 inches

    -- Test time: 5 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.6 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 480

    -- Averages: 7, 14, and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032 or DL2032 (2)

    -- Test strips: Contour 

    -- Customer service: Bayer Diabetes Care; (800) 348-8100; www.bayerdiabetes.com/us

  • Contour USB Meter

    -- Size: 1.18 x 3.82 inches

    -- Test time: 5 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.6 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 2,000

    -- Averages: 7, 14, and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Rechargeable lithium (included)

    -- Test strips: Contour 

    -- Customer service: Bayer Diabetes Care; (800) 348-8100; www.bayerdiabetes.com/us

  • FreeStyle Freedom Lite

    -- Size: 2 x 3.3 inches

    -- Test time: 5 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.3 microliter; can reapply within 60 seconds

    -- Memory (No. of results): 400

    -- Averages: 7, 14, and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032

    -- Test strips: FreeStyle Lite

    -- Customer service: Abbott Diabetes Care; (888) 522-5226; www.myfreestyle.com

  • FreeStyle Lite

    -- Size: 1.57 x 2.9 inches

    -- Test time: 5 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.3 microliter; can reapply within 60 seconds

    -- Memory (No. of results): 400

    -- Averages: 14 and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032

    -- Test strips: FreeStyle Lite

    -- Customer service: Abbott Diabetes Care; (888) 522-5226; www.myfreestyle.com

  • GLUCOCARD 01

    -- Size: 2 x 3.9 inches

    -- Test time: 7 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.3 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 360

    -- Averages: 14 and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032 or DL2032

    -- Test strips: GLUCOCARD 01 Sensor 

    -- Customer service: Arkray; (800) 566-8558; www.glucocardusa.com

  • GLUCOCARD 01-mini

    -- Size: 1.2 x 3.6 inches

    -- Test time: 7 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.3 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 50

    -- Averages: 7, 14, and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032 or DL2032

    -- Test strips: GLUCOCARD 01 Sensor

    -- Customer service: Arkray; (800) 566-8558; www.glucocardusa.com

  • GLUCOCARD Vital

    -- Size: 1.2 x 3.6 inches

    -- Test time: 7 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.5 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 250

    -- Averages: 14 and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032 or DL2032

    -- Test strips: GLUCOCARD 01 Sensor

    -- Customer service: Arkray; (800) 566-8558; www.glucocardusa.com

  • GlucoCom CodeFree

    -- Size: 2.36 x 3.14 inches

    -- Test time: 7 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.7 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 450

    -- Averages: 7, 14, 21, 28, 60, and 90 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032

    -- Test strips: GlucoCom 

    -- Customer service: GlucoCom; (800) 678-1446; www.glucocom.com

  • OneTouch Ultra2

    -- Size: 2.25 x 3.12 inches

    -- Test time: 5 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 1 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 500

    -- Averages: 7, 14, and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032 (2)

    -- Test strips: OneTouch Ultra

    -- Customer service: LifeScan; (800) 227-8862; www.onetouchdiabetes.com

  • OneTouch UltraMini

    -- Size: 1.26 X 4.25 inches

    -- Test time: 5 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 1 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 500

    -- Averages: No average

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032

    -- Test strips: OneTouch Ultra

    -- Customer Service: 1-800-227-8862

  • Precision Xtra

    -- Size: 2.1 x 2.94 inches

    -- Test time: 5 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.6 microliter; can reapply within 5 seconds

    -- Memory (No. of results): 450

    -- Averages: 7, 14, and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032

    -- Test strips: Precision Xtra blood glucose and ketone

    -- Customer service: Abbott Diabetes Care; (888) 522-5226; www.abbottdiabetescare.com

  • Prodigy AutoCode

    -- Size: 2.11 x 3.77 inches

    -- Test time: 6 seconds; audio instructions and results

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.7 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 450

    -- Averages: 7, 14, and 28 days

    -- Type of battery: Alkaline AAA (2)

    -- Test strips: Prodigy AutoCode

    -- Customer service: Customer Care Center (800) 243-2636; www.prodigymeter.com

  • Prodigy Pocket

    -- Size: 2.1 x 2.94 inches

    -- Test time: 7 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.3 microliter; can reapply within 5 seconds

    -- Memory (No. of results): 120

    -- Averages: 7, 14, and 28 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032

    -- Test strips: Prodigy AutoCode

    -- Customer service: Customer Care Center; (800) 243-2636; www.prodigymeter.com

  • Prodigy Voice

    -- Size: 2.31 x 4.08 inches

    -- Test time: 6 seconds; audio instructions and results

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.7 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 450

    -- Averages: 7, 14, 21, 30, 60, and 90 days

    -- Type of battery: Alkaline AAA (2)

    -- Test strips: Prodigy AutoCode

    -- Customer service: Customer Care Center; (800) 243-2636; www.prodigymeter.com

  • ReliOn Confirm

    -- Size: 2 x 3.9 inches

    -- Test time: 7 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.3 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 360

    -- Averages: 14 and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032 or DL2032

    -- Test strips: ReliOn Confirm

    -- Customer service: ReliOn; (800) 631-0076; www.relion.com

  • ReliOn Micro

    -- Size: 1.2 x 3.6 inches

    -- Test time: 7 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.3 microliters

    -- Memory (No. of results): 50

    -- Averages: 7, 14, and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032 or DL2032

    -- Test strips: ReliOn Micro

    -- Customer service: ReliOn; (800) 631-0076; www.relion.com

  • ReliOn Ultima

    -- Size: 2.10 x 2.94 inches

    -- Test time: 5 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.6 microliter; can reapply within 5 seconds

    -- Memory (No. of results): 450

    -- Averages: 7, 14, and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032

    -- Test strips: ReliOn Ultima

    -- Customer service: reliOn; (800) 631-0076; www.relion.com

  • Rightest GM100

    -- Size: 1.7 x 3.7 inches

    -- Test time: 8 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 1.4 microliters

    -- Memory (No. of results): 150

    -- Averages: 7, 14, 30, and 90 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032

    -- Test strips: Rightest GM100

    -- Customer service: Bionime USA; (888) 481-8485; www.bionimeusa.com/

  • Rightest GM550

    -- Size: 1.81 x 3.56 inches

    -- Test time: 5 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 1 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 500

    -- Averages: 7, 14, 30, and 90 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032 (2)

    -- Test strips: Rightest GM550

    -- Customer service: Bionime USA; (888) 481-8485; www.bionimeusa.com/

  • TRUE2go

    -- Size: 1.46 x 1.7 inches

    -- Test time: 4 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.5 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 99

    -- Averages: No averages

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032

    -- Test strips: TRUEtest 

    -- Customer service: Nipro Diagnostics; (800) 803-6025; www.niprodiagnostics.com

  • TRUEresult

    -- Size: 2.16 x 3.44 inches

    -- Test time: 4 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.5 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 500

    -- Averages: 7, 14, and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032

    -- Test strips: TRUEtest 

    -- Customer service: Nipro Diagnostics; (800) 803-6025; www.niprodiagnostics.com

  • TRUEtrack

    -- Size: 2.16 x 3.44 inches

    -- Test time: 10 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 1 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 365

    -- Averages: 14 and 30 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032

    -- Test strips: TRUEtest 

    -- Customer service: Nipro Diagnostics; (800) 803-6025; www.niprodiagnostics.com

  • WaveSense Jazz

    -- Size: 1.81 x 3.27 inches

    -- Test time: 6 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.5 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 1,865

    -- Averages: 14, 30, and 90 days and mealtime

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032 (2)

    -- Test strips: WaveSense Jazz 

    -- Customer service: AgaMatrix; (866) 906-4197; www.wavesense.info

  • WaveSense Presto

    -- Size: 1.7 x 3 inches

    -- Test time: 6 seconds

    -- Blood-drop size: 0.5 microliter

    -- Memory (No. of results): 300

    -- Averages: 14, 30, and 90 days

    -- Type of battery: Lithium CR2032 (2)

    -- Test strips: WaveSense Presto

    -- Customer service: AgaMatrix; (866) 906-4197; www.wavesense.info

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