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Last updated: 11 August 2017

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.

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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.

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Ease of viewing history

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

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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).

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Can the meter connect to a compatible smartphone or PC?

Hypoglycemia indicator

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Talking function

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This is useful for people with vision impairment.

Auto power off

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The meter will automatically turn off after a certain amount of time. The iHealth Align BG1 is app-based while the iHealth BG5 can be used with the meter and is also app-based if you'd like to use it in this way.

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This can help to brighten the screen, improving visibility if you're using the meter in low-light conditions. The iHealth Align BG1 is app-based while the iHealth BG5 can be used with the meter and is also app-based if you'd like to use it in this way.

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  • Ease of viewing history
  • Ease of flagging results
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  • Battery type required
  • Compatible test strips
  • Blood sample volume required (microlitres)
  • Measuring range (mmol/L)
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  • Memory capacity
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