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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
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
We look at the steps required to view your history of previous blood readings.
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Ease of flagging results
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
Can the meter connect to a compatible smartphone or PC?
Auto power off
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.
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.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- Passed control solution reading
- Ease of taking a reading
- Ease of viewing history
- Ease of flagging results
- Good points
- Bad points
- 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
- Memory capacity
- Auto power off
- Talking function
- Can a note or flag be added to test results
- Reminder alerts
- Hypoglycemia indicator