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Last updated: 12 November 2018

This small device that quickly measures and displays your blood glucose level plays a big role in diabetes treatment and management, so it's important you have one that's reliable and a breeze to use.

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This is the first time we've reviewed blood glucose meters. Our tester checks each meter to find out which brands and models:

  • give an accurate reading based on the range specified on the manufacturer's control solution
  • are the easiest to take a reading
  • are the easiest to view your history of readings
  • are the easiest to flag results.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out the various features of each product.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    This is the price we paid. The Contour Next was free of charge from the distributor who told us people can order this way or through their health care professional. The OneTouch VarioFlex was also free of charge by filling out a form on their website.

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    Ease of taking a reading

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    We look at how many steps are involved to take a reading as well as how many steps are required to take blood.

    enter value/s in increments of i between 75 and 90

    Ease of viewing history

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    We look at the steps required to view your history of previous blood readings.

    enter value/s in increments of i between 75 and 80

    Ease of flagging results

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    We look at how many steps are required to flag results (you can flag results based on when you've taken them, eg: pre-meal, post-meal, etc).

    enter value/s in increments of i between 65 and 80

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    • Passed control solution reading
    • Ease of taking a reading
    • Ease of viewing history
    • Ease of flagging results
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    • Availability
    • Price
    • Strip cost per pack
    • Number of strips per pack
    • Light at strip port
    • Ejector for strip
    • Dimensions (txwxl, mm)
    • Weight (g)
    • Battery type required
    • Compatible test strips
    • Blood sample volume required
    • Measuring range (mmol/L)
    • Test strip storage conditions
    • Can the meter connect to a compatible smartphone or pc
    • Backlight
    • Memory capacity
    • Auto power off
    • Talking function
    • Can a note or flag be added to test results
    • Reminder alerts
    • Hypoglycemia indicator
    • Warranty
    • Contact
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