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Blood glucose monitors (BGM's) offer an easy way to test your blood sugar at home or on the go. Use this comparison tool as a guide to learn more about the features and benefits of your current monitor or to find a new one. To recommend a new monitor not featured here, or if you are a monitor company representative seeking to update product information, contact support@body1.com.
The monitor comparison guide allows you to research monitor features including:
  • Sample Size: Indicates the minimum amount of blood required to measure your blood sugar.
  • Test Sites: Describes the different sites that blood can be extracted from, besides fingertips.
  • Meter Size: Characterizes monitors by their dimensions.
  • Test Time: Indicates how long it takes for the monitor to measure your blood sugar.
  • Coding: Describes the process of calibrating the meter for the strips to get accurate results.
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Meter Sample Size (µL) Test Sites Meter Size (dimensions) Test Time (seconds) Coding Required? Rating (avg.)
Roche
Accu-Check® Compact Plus
Compact Plus
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no data Fingertip, palm, forearm, upper arm, thigh, calf 4.5 x 2.2 x 1.2 inches 5 No: no coding required
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Meter Sample Size (µL) Test Sites Meter Size (dimensions) Test Time (seconds) Coding Required? Rating (avg.)
Roche
Accu-Chek® Active
Active
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1 6 sites- fingertips, forearm, calf, palm, thigh or upper arm 4.5 x 6 x 0.9 inches 5 Yes: snap-in code key
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Jan 15 2009 by gkelly3134
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This is the machine I use every day now because it is the easiest I have come accross ina while. I work in a hospital so I am fortunate enough to get many offers to try different machines and I was glad I gave the Active a shot. I like the Active because it is small and I am able to download the results to my computer to see my week long averages. I am also very impressed with the Accu-Chek customer service as I had to call them the first time I wanted to transfer the data to my computer and was lost. The person I spoke with couldn't have been more helpful as she walked me through the steps. Overall I highly recommend this product.
 
Meter Sample Size (µL) Test Sites Meter Size (dimensions) Test Time (seconds) Coding Required? Rating (avg.)
Roche
Accu-Chek® Aviva
Aviva
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0.6 6 sites- calf, fingertips, forearm, palm, thigh, or upper arm 3.7 x 2.09 x 0.87 inches 5 Yes: snap-in code key
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Mar 14 2009 by jessbaby
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This meter, for your fashion-types of diabetics, has changeable skins, a la HP or Dell laptop computers. You can get a free pack by writing to the company and then they just stick on by static cling. These are cool for kids as well as older folks who want to jazz up their boring old meter. As far as function over form, this is a competent meter, without a lot of bells and whistles. It is also available free with purchase of test strips, or at least it was when I got it. I hear that this is the best brand to go with as far as getting test strips covered by insurance, but I have no personal experience with it. Overall it's pretty easy to use and simple to operate.
 
Meter Sample Size (µL) Test Sites Meter Size (dimensions) Test Time (seconds) Coding Required? Rating (avg.)
Roche
Accu-Chek® Aviva Nano
Aviva Nano
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1 6 sites- fingertips, forearm, calf, palm, thigh or upper arm 1.7 x 2.7 x 0.8 inches 5 Yes: snap-in code key
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Roche
Accu-Chek® Compact
Compact
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1.5 6 sites- fingertips, forearm, calf, palm, thigh or upperarm 4 x 2 x 1.2 inches 8 No: no coding required
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Jan 15 2009 by imfallens
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Although I already have a great blood glucose monitor at home (, I found that I would forget to put it in my purse or tote when going out. Having to test up to 6 times a day, it was important to always have a BGM on hand. My husband and I decided to go looking for a smaller version I could keep in my purse. We opted for the Roche Accu-Chek Compact. It fits easily in my purse without a lot of bulkiness, and the test time is quite acceptable. The 6 sites available for testing is also a definite plus for this small blood glucose monitor. I'm happy and feel safe having this accurate, easy to use little monitor with me for when we are away from home.
 
Meter Sample Size (µL) Test Sites Meter Size (dimensions) Test Time (seconds) Coding Required? Rating (avg.)
Roche
Accu-Chek® Complete
Complete
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3 1 site- fingertips 4.79 x 2.83 x 1.06 inches no data Yes: snap-in code key
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May 27 2009 by ibdanmac
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The Accu-Chek has a number of useful features. The ability to check averages for 2, 7, 14, and 30 days is especially helpful when looking for patterns in sugar level. Another plus is system operating conditions, which range up to 104 degrees. There are time when the meter must be left in the car, and it's good to know that a hot day won't affect the effectiveness of the instrument. Last, but not least, is the item's three year warrenty. The fact that Roche offers three years shows that they have confidence in their product.
 
Meter Sample Size (µL) Test Sites Meter Size (dimensions) Test Time (seconds) Coding Required? Rating (avg.)
Arkray
Advance Intuition®
Advance Intuition®
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3 1 site- fingertips 3.9 x 2.3 x 0.8 inches 10 Yes: code chip
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Feb 26 2009 by gkelly3134
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This is a great machine for older users. Since I started needing reading glasses I am much more likely to want a machine with a large display. The Advance Intuition has a display screen that is among the easiest to read that I have tried. The other thing I enjoyed about this machine is that the strips are shaped in a way that makes collecting the blood simple very easy and intuitive. I would recommend this machine to anyone who is looking for a basic glucometer that is easy to use.There is also a customer support line that is staffed twenty-four hours a day if you have a problem which is nice.
 
Meter Sample Size (µL) Test Sites Meter Size (dimensions) Test Time (seconds) Coding Required? Rating (avg.)
Diabetic Supply of Suncoast
Advocate™
Advocate™
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0.7 4 sites- arms, fingertips, palm or thighs 3.5 x 1.75 x 0.7 inches 7 No: no coding required
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Sep 22 2009 by cathyharrisrn
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Meter is SUPER! Can't say enough good. Working with many diabetics, I have never had any complaints about this meter. THey love it. Easy to use, great sound. Patients trust this meter..!!!! Patients are even testing more frequently since it is easy to use and hear. They can't wait to show family and friends how cool it is. TRY IT... you will NOT be disappointed...
 
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Diabetic Supply of Suncoast
Advocate™ Duo
Duo
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0.7 6 sites- Fingertips, palm, forearm, upper arm, calf, the thigh 2.5 x 3 x 1.6 inches 7 Yes: coding required
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Diabetic Supply of Suncoast
Advocate™ Redi-Code
Redi-Code
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0.7 6 sites- fingertips, palm, forearm, upper arm, calf, or thigh 3.78 x 0.78 x 1.77 inches 7 No: no coding required
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Oct 27 2009 by jazzsushi
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I have tried a lot of glucometers yet this one is the first that can speak your results aloud. When you turn the meter on, it says "Thank you for using Advocate products"....."The room temperature is ...." (Not sure why this is particularly relevant to testing blood glucose for that matter). Then it tells the user, "please apply blood to the strip." After applying only a small amt. of blood (very tiny speck) the meter counts down then gives you a digital read-out and also speaks (e.g. "Your blood glucose is One hundred and five"). It stores up to 450 results and with USB cable will download them to desktop software which you can download off the company's website. The meter can be programed to speak results in English or Spanish.
 
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Bayer
Ascencia® Breeze® 2
Breeze®  2
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1 7 sites- abdomen, calf, fingertips, forearm, palm, thigh or upper arm 2.5 x 4.1 x 1 inches 30 No: no coding required
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Mar 04 2009 by jenn088
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This is another great meter that I have tried. First of all, it is very easy to load the disc. Second, you get 10 test strips, instead of having to handle or reload little teeny strips. My other family members have also tried this, and they love it. Plus no coding is required, which is awesome. I find it best to buy the discs online, though, since I usually find it cheaper to purchase them over the internet than in a store. All in all, this is definitely one of the better meters out there. Great buy- you get what you pay for!
 
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Bayer
Ascensia® Contour® TS
Contour® TS
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0.6 3 sites- fingertip, palm, or forearm 2.8 x 2.35 x 0.77 inches 8 No: no coding required
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Bayer
Ascensia® Contour®
Contour®
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0.3 5 sites- abdomen, fingertips, forearm, thigh or palm 2.91 x 2.09 x 0.68 inches 15 No: no coding required
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Mar 03 2009 by kenandbarbie1018
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I really like this one - I haven't been testing myself as regularly as I used to, which I intend to start back up again today. But this one was defiitely quick and fast, although it was too bulky - the freestyle was more lightweight, but this one was more bulky, but definitely more efficient! I love it - but if they can make it more lightweight and give us a nice carrying case like the freestyle has. Thanks
 
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Arkray
Assure® 3
Assure® 3
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3 1 site- fingertips 3.9 x 2.3 x 0.8 inches 10 Yes: code chip
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May 27 2009 by anubhakr
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I have been using Assure™ 3 for almost a year now and I am very much impressed with its results and functioning. Its user-friendly design not only ensures easy handling, but also allows me to test even in the palm of my hand. Another good thing about this monitor is that it uses only 3 µL of blood and gives accurate results in 10 seconds. Furthermore, it doesn’t require any kind of care and cleaning. The moment I insert the test strip, the system starts functioning, and when I pull the strip out, the monitor turns off automatically. I believe that Assure™ 3 is the best available blood glucose monitoring system and I highly recommend this great product.
 
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Arkray
Assure® 4
Assure®  4
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1.5 1 site- fingertips 3.9 x 2.3 x 1 inches 10 Yes: code chip
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May 28 2009 by ibdanmac
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This meter comes with a a five year warrenty, which is quite long. I don't like the fact that it does not do averaging because looking for trends in testing sugar levels is the whole point of testing blood. Also, I don't like that the memory cannot be cleared. This may be a good introductory product, for someone newly diagnosed with diabetes, but it's not -- in my opinion -- designed for the long term.
 
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Arkray
Assure® Pro
Assure®  Pro
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1.5 1 site- fingertips 4.1 x 2.4 x 1 inches 10 Yes: code chip
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May 28 2009 by ibdanmac
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While light, at only 2.5 ounces, this meter includes many worthy features. For instance, 5000 tests per battery is a long life cycle, and the 250 memory of tests is also a beefy feature. I like its relatively big screen, as well. It's easy to hold and use, and while there are meters that have more testing options, 7, 14, and 30 days is sufficient.
 
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Fifty50 Medical
Fifty50 Control™
Fifty50 Control™
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1 1 site- fingertips, alternate upon approval 3.6 x 2.1 x 0.9 inches 8 No: no coding required
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Abbott
FreeStyle Flash®
Flash®
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0.3 8 sites- base of thumb, calf, fingertips, forearm, hand, palm, thigh or upper arm 1.6 x 3 x 0.8 inches 7 Yes: manually via monitor buttons
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Mar 23 2009 by thernrdad
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Since BB King first came on television to endorse the original Freestyle product I was hooked. As a professional guitarist I was always avoiding testing because of my reluctance to prick my finger tips, I was literally wearing out the three fingers on my right hand that were not involved in my guitar playing. All of the Freestyle products have liberated me to test, and test accurately, using the area just above my knee. The flash is quick and very compact and I highly recommend it to any one that requires their finger tips for other pursuits - a great product!
 
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Abbott
FreeStyle Freedom®
Freedom®
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0.3 7 sites- base of thumb, calf, fingertips, forearm, hand, thigh or upper arm 2 x 3.3 x 0.63 inches 5 Yes: manually via monitor buttons
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Mar 07 2009 by 2review
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I used this meter before I moved to the FreeStyle Flash. The advantage of the Flash is that it's more compact, which is a plus, but otherwise, they're equally accurate, which is the most important thing to me. I've tried many meters, and the FreeStyles are the most accurate. When I do mutliple tests on the same sample, or tests one right after the other, the FreeStyle gives nearly identical readings. I have not found that to be true for any other meter, at least not nearly as consistently as with the FS. Also, FS meters are quick, easy, and use very little blood. While I'd prefer to use a meter that's compatible with my insulin pump, I won't give up the accuracy of the FreeStyle.
 
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Abbott
FreeStyle Freedom® Lite
Freedom®  Lite
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0.3 6 sites- calf, fingertips, forearm, hand, thigh or upper arm 2 x 3.3 x 0.63 inches 5 No: no coding required
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Mar 04 2009 by jenn088
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This was yet another good meter that I have tried. It only requires a very small blood sample, and you can also test in alternate sites. Plus, you get instant results, about five seconds or so, and no coding is necessary. The setup is also very simple, the numbers are easy to read, and you feel no pain from the lancing device. The only small con is that the meter is so smooth that it can feel like it is going to fall out of your hand, but that was the only issue I had with it. Overall, it is a good buy.
 
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Abbott
FreeStyle Lite™
Lite™
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0.3 6 sites- calf, fingertips, forearm, hand, thigh or upper arm 1.57 x 2.9 x 0.65 inches 5 No: no coding required
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Mar 06 2009 by Aimeylux
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Another GREAT testing meter by FreeStyle! The FreeStyle Lite has all the features of the FreeStyle Flash, PLUS you no longer have to enter the code number for your strips! Which makes testing your blood sugar even faster and more convenient. It's wonderfully compact and fits easily in handbags, pockets, or even a small clutch! And the light up screen and test strip port light allow you to test anywhere, anytime! I've been using this machine as an upgrade from the Flash for the past few months now, and have yet to experience ANY test strip or meter errors. The Freestyle test strips are by far the best requiring the least amount of blood, and providing super-fast accurate results. I highly recommend the FreeStyle Lite.
 
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Arkray
Glucocard 01-Mini
01 Mini
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0.3 Fingertip, palm 3.6 x 1.2 x 0.5 in 7 No, autocoding
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CardioCom
GlucoCom® GC-200
GlucoCom®
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0.7 6 sites- calf, fingertips, forearm, palm, thigh, or upper arm 3.15 x 2.36 x 0.79 inches 7 No: no coding required
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Bionime
GM300
GM300
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1.4 3 sites- fingertips, forearm or palm 3.3 x 2.3 x 0.86 inches 8 Yes: snap-in smart code key
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Home Diagnostics
Home Diagnostics Sidekick®
Sidekick®
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1 2 sites- fingertips or forearm 1.7 x 1.5 x 2.5 inches 5 No: no coding required
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Dec 08 2009 by Diabetic_Iz_Me
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The sidekick is great for traveling, a backup meter or if you do not want to carry the traditional meter with you while you enjoy an evening out. The issues I have with the Sidekick is most insurance companies do not cover it, the cap can be a little hard to take off and the screen is a little hard to read. I love the concept of it all but I am not completely sold on the Sidekick yet.
 
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Medline
MediSense® Optium™
MediSense® Optium™
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0.6 4 sites- base of the thumb, fingertips, forearm or upper arm 2.1 x 1.7 x 2.94 inches 5 Yes: calibrator in each box of test strips
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Links Medical
Microdot®
Microdot®
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0.6 1 site- fingertips 3 x 2.37 x 0.5 inches 10 Yes: strip batch code
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LifeScan
OneTouch® Basic®
Basic®
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1 1 site- fingertips 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.2 inches 45 No: no coding required
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Mar 03 2009 by melissata
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I can't imagine why they even continue to make this meter. It is huge, and requires a hanging drop of blood. This is the meter my son used for the first few years and it is part of the reason that I was beside myself with worry about how my daughter would ever manage to test her own blood. Luckily there was a newer model available which she was able to manage even with her disability. It is beyond me why anyone would want to wait for 45 seconds for a blood sugar test result, but I suppose that there may be some people that don't want to change the way they do things. At least it looks like you no longer have to code it.
 
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LifeScan
OneTouch® FastTake®
FastTake®
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1.5 2 sites- fingertips or forearm 3.12 x 2.25 x 0.75 inches 15 Yes: manually via monitor buttons
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LifeScan
OneTouch® InDuo®
InDuo®
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1 2 sites- arm or fingertips 4.84 x 2.13 x 1.38 inches 5 Yes: manually via monitor buttons
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May 28 2009 by anubhakr
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LifeScan OneTouch® InDuo®is a unique device that combines blood glucose monitoring system with the insulin delivery system. In simple words, this two-in-one device allows diabetics to manage their condition in a more accurate manner. You can test your blood glucose level and thereafter decide how much insulin you require to keep your diabetes level under control. In addition to helping you take an informed decision, InDuo® also remembers the amount the insulin taken at the last dosing and the time elapsed since that dosing. Thus, the system takes off the burden of counting and remembering the insulin doses. Furthermore, the blood glucose testing system of the device is less painful; it allows you to test on the forearm where less nerve endings are present as compared to the fingertips. Only 1 µL of blood is required and device generates the result in 5 seconds. Unfortunately, LifeScan OneTouch® InDuo® is no longer sold, but it is definitely a compact and discreet system.
 
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LifeScan
OneTouch® Profile®
Profile®
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1 2 sites- arm or fingertips 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.2 inches 45 Yes: manually via monitor buttons
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LifeScan
OneTouch® Select™
Select™
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0.6 3 sites- fingertips, forearm or palm 3.54 x 2.19 x 0.85 inches 5 Yes: manually via monitor buttons
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Feb 26 2009 by gkelly3134
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Another solid product from LifeScan. This isn't the model with the most bells and whistles, but it does what is supposed to do and is not difficult to use. This machine allows testing from a couple of different sites so you can give the fingertips time to heal once in a while. There is also a feature that allows you to track your blood sugars. The screen is large and easy to read which is nice for those of us that have gotten a little bit older. The test strips do need to be coded. This is not a big deal though and most of us are very used to doing this already.
 
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LifeScan
OneTouch® SureStep®
SureStep®
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1 1 site- fingertips 4.7 x 1.2 x 0.67 inches 30 Yes: manually via monitor buttons
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Jan 15 2009 by gkelly3134
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I actually bought this machine for my mother who was having trouble reading hte display on her old one and she loves it. The display is big enough to read for people whose eyes aren't quite what they used to be and it couldn't be easier to use. There is only one button on the SureStep so it is nearly impossible to get confused as to how to use it. It does take a few seconds longer than some machines but not enough to makea huge difference. The machine also allows the blood to be smeared onto the test strips which is also helpful to people getting a bit older. Overall my mother and I couldn't be happier with this machine.
 
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LifeScan
OneTouch® Ultra®
Ultra®
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1 3 sites- fingertips, forearm or upper arm 3.1 x 2.25 x 0.85 inches 5 No: no coding required
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Jan 15 2009 by gkelly3134
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The OneTouch is a nice easy machine to use. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is sometimes the test seems to take a little longer than it should, but even at its slowest it still only takes about ten-twelve seconds to get a reading. This is another machine that will let you get a blood sample from the forearm which is nice if you need to give your fingertips a break every so often. The OneTouch doesn't need a lot of blood to get a reading and adding the sample to the strip is as easy as can be. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles like some other models I've used, but it is a nice, inexpensive, dependable machine.
 
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LifeScan
OneTouch® Ultra®2
Ultra®2
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1 3 sites- fingertips, forearm or palm 3.12 x 2.25 x 0.9 5 No: no coding required
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Jan 15 2009 by imfallens
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When I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 5 years ago, I was handed a pile of information from my doctor. Included was a coupon for a free blood glucose monitor, and needless to say at the time I didn't know left from right about monitors. Plus, free is good, isn't it? I discovered that free isn't always the greatest option. After fighting around with coding, lancets and testing strips for years, I found the One Touch Ultra 2. Boy has it been easier for me to test since then. Being a needlework fanatic, I found that only having my fingertips as an option for testing was becoming a hassle. Now with my One Touch Ultra 2, not only do I have the choice of multiple testing sites, but the wait time for results and sample sizes are making the world of difference in my testing schedule.
 
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LifeScan
OneTouch® UltraLink™
UltraLink™
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1 3 sites- fingertips, forearm or palm 3.5 x 2.4 x 1 inches 5 Yes: manually via monitor buttons
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Mar 07 2009 by 2review
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I tried this meter because it communicated with my insulin pump, which is a very convenient thing. However, whenever I try a new meter, I always do more than one test at the same time to see how reliable the readings are. I found that the OneTouch was not at all reliable; e.g., I once got readings of 275 and 237 at the same time -- well beyond a reasonable margin of error. In addition, when I did concurrent tests with the FreeStyle meter, which I know to be reliable, the OneTouch readings were as much as 20% off. I would have liked to have used the OneTouch for convenience, but not at the expense of accuracy.
 
Meter Sample Size (µL) Test Sites Meter Size (dimensions) Test Time (seconds) Coding Required? Rating (avg.)
LifeScan
OneTouch® UltraMini™
UltraMini™
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1 3 sites- fingertips, forearm or palm 4.25 x 1.26 x 0.67 inches 5 No: no coding required
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Mar 04 2009 by mollys
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Probably the best aspect of this meter is the great, fun color choices! So far, they have pink, green, purple, blue, black and silver. The second best part is the small size. Its slim and easy to use. There are only two buttons, and its pretty easy to figure out. The biggest downfall to this meter, though, are the strips. Although it requires only a little blood, if you don't put enough on right away, you get an error message. But other than that, I would recommend this meter, especially if you would like a little color to your diabetes.
 
Meter Sample Size (µL) Test Sites Meter Size (dimensions) Test Time (seconds) Coding Required? Rating (avg.)
LifeScan
OneTouch® UltraSmart®
UltraSmart®
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1 2 sites- fingertips or forearm 3.8 x 2.3 x 0.9 inches 5 No: no coding required
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Mar 16 2009 by cynthiad
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I have an important tool for life,The one touch ultra smart meter.I'm a diabetic most of us love easy use meters,monitors to understand results.I use it to measure my blood glucose levels daily.Two features I like 1.Comfort I sterilize the area in my hand with an alcohol wipe where I'll make the small prick.I put the sample of blood unto strip of the probe for reading.2. You get the results quick in 5 seconds.To me this is less painful than the old method using sharp pins.They caused sharp pain and many diabetics complained.I monitor levels at lunch,dinner and bedtime.I try eating healthy foods in portions.By measuring my carbohydrates.Drinking one cup of milk for protein.Having a palm serving of vegetables.This is what works for me and for easy use I'd refer others to use the one touch ultra smart meter.
 
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Arkray
PocketChem™ EZ
PocketChem™ EZ
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1 2 sites- fingertips or palm 3.15 x 2.56 x 0.63 inches 10 Yes: code chip
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Abbott
Precision Xtra®
Xtra®
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0.6 4 sites- base of the thumb, fingertips, forearm or upper arm 2.1 x 1.7 x 2.94 inches 5 Yes: calibrator in each box of test strips
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Jan 15 2009 by gkelly3134
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I like the Precision Xtra mostly because of the intuitive layout of the buttons. It was easy to use right out of the box. It also allows you to take blood from multiple sites which lessens the fingertip pain. Also, it is very easy to get the blood on the test strip. In some other machines i've owned the drop had to be exactly centered or the test was invalid. Lastly, the machiine can detect ketones using the same strips that are used for monitoring your sugar. I've never had a problem with ketones, but if you do this is a great feature.
 
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DDI
Prodigy Autocode®
Autocode®
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0.7 5 sites- Palms, forearms, upper-arms, thighs, calves 3.78 x 2.05 x.91 inches 7 Auto Coding, No coding required
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DDI
Prodigy Pocket™
Pocket™
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0.7 5 sites- Palms, forearms, upper-arms, thighs, calves 3.54 x 1.38 x .83 inches 7 Auto Coding, no coding required
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Aug 17 2009 by jazzsushi
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Haven't tried it but I like the size factor and the colors as well. Having to test glucose day after day is "dreary" enough. Why not make the meter cool and colorful to make testing that much more fun? Hats off to you guys....It looks nice and small. The large digital readout looks nice too.
 
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DDI
Prodigy Voice®
Prodigy®
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0.7 4 sites- arms, fingertips, hands pending approval or thighs 4.0 x 2.3 x 0.71 inches 7 Auto Coding, no coding required
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ReliOn
ReliOn® Micro
Micro
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0.3 Fingertips, palm 3.6 x 1.2 .5 inches 7 No: no coding required
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ReliOn
ReliOn® Ultima
Ultima
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0.6 4 sites- base of the thumb, fingertips, forearm or upper arm 2.1 x 1.7 x 2.94 inches 5 Yes: calibrator in each box of test strips
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Home Diagnostics
TRUE2go™
TRUE2go™
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0.5 2 sites- fingertips or forearm 1.70 4 No: no coding required
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Home Diagnostics
TRUEresult®
TRUEresult®
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0.5 2 sites- fingertips or forearm 3.44 4 No: no coding required
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Home Diagnostics
TRUETrack®
TRUETrack®
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1 2 sites- fingertips or forearm 3.52 x 2.15 x 0.67 inches 10 Yes: coding is required
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AgaMatrix
WaveSense Jazz™
Jazz™
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0.5 3 sites- fingertips, palm, or forearm 1.81 x 3.27 x 0.79 (4.6cm x 8.3 cm x 2 cm) 6 No: no coding required
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May 28 2009 by anubhakr
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Approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration, WaveSense Jazz™ is one of its kind blood glucose monitoring system. In addition to amazing user-friendly features like unit safety locks, 7-user settable alarms and a large, backlit screen, WaveSense Jazz™ requires no coding and can even measure our glycemic variability. Another superlative feature of this handheld monitor is that it requires only 0.5 µL of blood and generates the result in 4 seconds. With a capacity to store 1,865 tests, WaveSense Jazz™ is indeed the best blood glucose meter.
 
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AgaMatrix
WaveSense KeyNote™
KeyNote™
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0.5 3 sites- fingertips, forearm or palm 2.8 x 1.6 x 0.6 inches 4 No: no coding required
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AgaMatrix
WaveSense Keynote™ Pro
Keynote™ Pro
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0.5 3 sites- fingertips, palm (at the base of the thumb), or forearm 3.4 x 1.75 x 0.6 inches 4 Yes: code number
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AgaMatrix
WaveSense Presto™
Presto™
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0.5 3 sites- fingertips, palm, or forearm 3.0 x 1.7 x 0.6 inches 4 No: no coding required
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