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Glucometers Comparison Table
We've created an easy to use glucometer comparison table for our main glucose meters. Use this table to help you choose the right glucometer for you.
Excellent score   Excellent
Very good score   VeryGood
Good score   Good
Fair score   Fair
Poor score   Poor

One Touch Ultra Mini

Accu-chek Aviva One Touch Ultra 2Accu-chek CompactOptium XceedTrue 2
Bayer ContourFreestyle Lite Accu-chek NanoAccu-chek Mobile

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Overall RatingExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentVery GoodExcellentVery GoodVery GoodVery GoodVery Good
Ease of UseExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentVery GoodExcellentExcellentExcellentVery GoodVery Good
SafetyExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentVery GoodExcellentVery GoodVery GoodVery GoodVery Good
SupportExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentVery GoodVery GoodExcellentVery Good
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Sample Size (In microlitres)10.611.
Test Time (In seconds)5555545455




Viewing Display SizeLargelargelargelargemediumsmallsmallsmallsmallmedium
Glucometer SizeSmalllargemediumlargeSmallSmallmediumSmallmediumlarge

Test Strips


One Touch Ultra Test StripsAccu-chek Aviva StripsOne Touch Ultra Test Strips Accu-chek Compact Drum Medisense Optium Plus Strips True Track Test Strips Contour Strips Freestyle Lite Test Strips Accu-chek Aviva Strips Accu-chek Mobile Cassettes



One Touch Ultra LancetsAccu-chek Multiclix LancetsOne Touch Ultra Lancets Softclix Thin Lancets Unistik 3 Comfort Ascensia Microlet Freestyle Lancets Accu-chek Multiclix Lancets Fastclix Lancets

Controls Solution


One Touch Ultra Control SolutionAccu-chek Aviva Control SolutionOne Touch Ultra Control Solution Accu-chek Compact Control Solution Medisense Control Solutionn/a Ascensia Contour Control Solution Freestyle Control Solution Accu-chek Aviva Control Solution Accu-chek Mobile Control Solution

Cable to Connect
to PC


One Touch Ultra CableAccu-chek Smart Pix CableOne Touch Ultra CableAccu-chek Smart Pix CableMedisense Cable n/an/a Freestyle Cable Accu-chek Smart Pix Cable Accu-chek Smart Pix Cable

Special Features



No cleaning necessary. Date and time recorded for each test.Rubber grips to make the meter easier to hold. Test Reminders. Back up battery.Add comments to results. Back light. 7,14,30 day averages. Bright display allows reading in dark. All in one testing system. Back light. Blood ketone testing option. 7,14,30 day averages. 7,14,30 day averages. Very small meter. 7,14,30 day averages. Reminders to test. 4 reminder alarms. Back light. 7,14,30 day averages. Glow in the dark display. 7,14,30, 90 day averages. Test reminder alarms. 50 tests on a continous tape. 7,14,30 day averages. Test reminders.
Our VerdictGreat all round glucose meter and as a result our favourite meter.Great lancing system. One of the safest. Very strong brand and support Very similar to the one touch ultra mini in terms of specs but a little bigger. First all in one testing system. Great Support and easy to hold. Measures both blood ketone and blood glucose. Measures in mmol/l.The smallest glucometer on the market and needs a very small amount of blood. Small blood sample means testing should not be painful. No coding & small blood sample makes this a very good meter. Measures only in mmol/l.Similar to the Accu-chek Aviva with a glow in the dark display. Measures only in mmol/l .First glucometer without strips but uses cassetttes instead. Good specs but expensive. Measures in mmol/l.

Explanation of Glucometers Comparison Table

We've compared some of the main features in each glucose meter in this table. See why each feature is important below.

Arm testing option (AST) - with some glucometers you can test on other sites from the finger tips. This can be useful especially if your finger tips are becoming sore from testing. Note: Arm testing is not suitable if your blood glucose levels are changing rapidly.

Automatic coding - many meters require you to type in the code which appears on the test strips each time you use the test strips. Automatic coding usually consists of adding a chip each time you use a new box of strips and saves you from manually having to code the meter. Makes the testing process easier

Connect to PC Port/IR - most meters will allow you to download your blood glucose results to your computer. To do this you need a port on the meter or IR access. Usually the cable needed is sold separately.

Sample size - The smaller the sample size needed, the less painful testing should be. Hence, small is good.

Test Time - This is the time taken from when you add blood to the test strips to when the meter produces a result.

Memory - The more memory a meter has the more blood glucose results the meter can store.

Units - Meters can measure in 2 units either mg/dl (the standard units in the United States) or mmol/l (the standard units in the UK and Canada). It is important to know which meter your units measure in but it can be easier to convert between the two units if you need to. Just multiply the mmol/l reading by 18 to convert to mg/dl or divide the mg/dl reading by 18 to convert to mmol/l. It doesn't really matter too much what units you use to measure blood glucose as long as you know what units you are using.

Viewing screen size - a large screen size is useful if you find it difficult to see the readings.

Meter size - small is better if you want a portable meter but large is good if you to handle the meter.

Still not sure which meter is right for you or the person you are buying for? Read our guide to glucose meters which will explain which meter is best for different people and why.