Highest Rated Blood Glucose Meter.

Blood glucose meters also known as glucometers or blood sugar machines are simple devices designed to enable rapid access of blood glucose results anytime in a variety of settings. We’ll use glucometers to mean blood glucose meters most of the time due to it’s ‘friendliness’. Glucometers are of several types and capabilities, and as is usual to the present day, there are lots of brands to choose from. This has created a new problem, of making a good choice. Here, we’ve collected and evaluated for you some Highest rated blood Glucose meters (in the most popular online sale platforms) to give you a realistic insight of what these devices truly are.

Blood Glucose meters in a snapshot…

Glucometers have been evolving with technology and as of today there are three major types:

  • The invasive; this involve drawing a tiny blood sample from a finger prick, they have been around longer than the others, the most recent types have improved properties and additional capabilities like connecting to blue tooth devices, alarms and audio result delivery! These deliver results in a few seconds. These type of glucometers come in kits including; the glucometer itself, a lancing device, and lancets.
  • The non-invasive (minimally invasive); are able to give blood sugar readings without having to obtain a blood sample (with Physico-chemical sensors). The user simply holds the device in a specific manner and location (usually at the arm) and the result is displayed almost instantly.
  • Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices; which employ the same principle as the non-invasive only that they are capable of tracking blood glucose levels in real time (continuously) and can track variations over specific periods of time. A sensor is worn in a specific location (usually the arm ), for the desired duration and continuously transmits signals remotely to the display device as the user goes about their business.

The new advances in blood glucose diagnostics are exhilarating, however there are genuine concerns about accuracy and reliability with the non-invasive types. The invasive ones, so far, are known to be more accurate. So you are better off sticking to “jab” for now. More so, your doctor is unlikely to take you serious if you reported a disturbing result from a non-invasive device. Basing on the above reasons and the reality of scarcity with guarded use of the non-invasive types, we’ll focus our attention on the invasive type in the reviews below.

Who needs a glucometer?

Glucometers are good to have devices for individuals who require frequent blood glucose monitoring like in diabetes. it’s also an essential component of a first aid kit.

What to consider when acquiring a glucometer…

The most important factors to cross-examine are:

  • Accuracy; medical device review boards including FDA consider accuracy of up to 20% deviation from lab values to good enough. There are devices with accuracy of 15% or less and that’s better!
  • The units; blood glucose is measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl), millimoles per liter (mmol/l) or grams per liter (g/l). The user should preferably choose a device with a measurement unit familiar to them. Some devices have a unit change function but this may be confusing. For those who are flexible and comfortable with occasional arithmetic disturbances, the conversions are; mg/dl to g/l is obtained by dividing the figure by 100, mmol/l to g/l is obtained by multiplying the mmol/l by 0.18, and mmol/l to mg/dl obtained by multiplying by 18.
  • The chip ( code); some devices use test strips which only work with a specific chip which is verified if the machine displays a code similar to the one on the container housing the strips. Use of incompatible strips will result into wrong or no readings. So when replacing the strips, there coding should always match that of the chip. This can cause kaos especially in cases of emergency. This type of devices are thus better avoided.
  • Ease of use; some glucometers require extensive settings. This can be a daunting process since it’s not uncommon to press the wrong button or the wrong number of times. Occasionally, you’ll get one of those glucometers without a lancing device (also called sampling pen) thus creating difficulties with obtaining samples. The device should have an easy to read display and should be easy to hold.
  • Reading range/connectivity; glucometers giving readings over wider ranges are better. Glucometers with connectivity capabilities are better for information management which is essential in the case of diabetes.
  • Versatility; these days, devices with multiple capacities are available, for instance blood glucose and ketones, or blood glucose and cholesterol, or blood glucose with HBA1C or all of them combined. People with diabetes will always need those tests and having a device with multiple capabilities is useful.
  • The cost; it’s less of the purchasing cost of the machines and more of the cost for lancets and test strips since these will have to be replaced time and again. The average cost of per test strip strips ranges roughly from USD 0.2-1.2, the cheaper the better.

Highly Rated Blood Glucose Meters.

Device Name (Country of Origin)AccuracyEase of UseVersatilityConnectivityChip (code)Cost in USD ($)Rating (out of 10)View
Sinocare Accu
(china)
Goodrequires multiple settingssingle function
(only Blood Glucose)
None; readings stored within memory (200 readings)NoneGood:
device; 19
Strips & lancets; 25-54
7.5
Care Touch Glucose Monitoring sytemGoodGoodsingle function
(only Blood Glucose)
None; readings stored within memory (300 readings)NoneFair:
device; 42-49
Strips; largely variable, Strips bought separately from Lancets
8.0
True MetrixGoodGoodsingle function
(only Blood Glucose)
Yes; with USB
Readings stored(500)
NoneGood:
device; 30
Strips; largely variable, Strips bought separately from Lancets
8.5
Prodigy Voice
(USA)
GoodGood; has audio supportsingle function
(only Blood Glucose)
None; readings stored within memory (300 readings)Nonedevice; 30-80
Strips; largely variable, Strips but separately from Lancets
7.5
One Touch Verioflex
(Italy)
GoodGoodsingle function
(only Blood Glucose)
Yes; Blue toothNoneood:
device; ~15
Strips; ~25, but Strips bought separately from Lancets
8.0
Contour Next OneGoodQuite small, not easy to work with if one has tremorssingle function
(only Blood Glucose)
Yes; Blue tooth, with phone app (memory; 800).NoneGood;
device; 29
Strips & lancets; variable
7.5
Fora 6 ConnectGoodGood; Though user has to be conversant with swapping modesDual function; Blood glucose & ketonesYes; Blue tooth, with phone app (memory; 1000).NoneFair:
device; 70
Strips & lancets; largely variable and bought separately, including ketone strips
8.5
Dario LC blood glucose managementGoodMultiple functions to handle, quite small, shape not suitable for easy holding.single function
(only Blood Glucose)
Yes; Blue tooth, with phone app, and GPS (memory; unlimited).NoneGood;
device; 70
Strips & lancets; variable
8.0
Accu-Chek ActiveGoodRequires some settingssingle functionNone; readings stored within memory ( readings)NoneGood:
device; ~30
Strips & lancets; ~22.5
7.5
AgaMatrix PrestoGoodgoodsingle functionNone; readings stored within memory ( 300 readings)NoneGood:
device; ~ 41
Strips & lancets; ~ variable
7.5
Note; The ratings are out of ten and is mostly based on the factors discussed above.

 

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