|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.
|Accu-chek Aviva||One Touch Ultra 2||Accu-chek Compact||Optium Xceed||True
|Bayer Contour||Freestyle Lite||Accu-chek Nano||Accu-chek Mobile|
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|Ease of Use|
|Arm Testing Option (AST)|
|Connect to PC Port|
|Sample Size (In microlitres)||1||0.6||1||1.5||0.6||0.5||0.6||0.3||0.6||0.3|
|Test Time (In seconds)||5||5||5||5||5||4||5||4||5||5|
|Viewing Display Size||Large||large||large||large||medium||small||small||small||small||medium|
|One Touch Ultra Test Strips||Accu-chek Aviva Strips||One 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 Lancets||Accu-chek Multiclix Lancets||One Touch Ultra Lancets||Softclix||Thin Lancets||Unistik 3 Comfort||Ascensia Microlet||Freestyle Lancets||Accu-chek Multiclix Lancets||Fastclix Lancets|
|One Touch Ultra Control Solution||Accu-chek Aviva Control Solution||One Touch Ultra Control Solution||Accu-chek Compact Control Solution||Medisense Control Solution||n/a||Ascensia Contour Control Solution||Freestyle Control Solution||Accu-chek Aviva Control Solution||Accu-chek Mobile Control Solution|
|One Touch Ultra Cable||Accu-chek Smart Pix Cable||One Touch Ultra Cable||Accu-chek Smart Pix Cable||Medisense Cable||n/a||n/a||Freestyle Cable||Accu-chek Smart Pix Cable||Accu-chek Smart Pix Cable|
|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 Verdict||Great 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.|
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.