Meter accuracy - Consumer reports ratings

By PRP Latest Reply 2011-11-10 14:00:18 -0600
Started 2011-11-04 13:34:03 -0500

I had my USB contour for more than year and of late I am having trouble trusting the readings. I took 4 readings in a span of 30 seconds and the meter shows a wide range of results. the results were 141,129,146,118. I know that these are within the "normal" operating range of + or - 20%. But I have this uneasy feeling that there is something wrong with the meter. While I was researching the meter ratings I cam across the latest ratings done bu consumer reports

According to that article they don't even recommend my meter :-( How much trust the community has on consumer reports article.

8 replies

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-05 14:35:01 -0500 Report

If you are uneasy about your meter contact Bayer and tell them so. They will ask you about the results of meter checks done with control solution so perform a few tests with the solution. Tell them even with the control solutions results in acceptable ranges you are still wary of the results. They will most likely offer you a free USB meter in exchange for your present one.
I had a problem with my USB meter and contacted Bayer. Two days later Fedex was at my door with my new meter at no charge. Included was a post paid mailer to return the old meter.
You will find Bayer most accommodating.

PRP 2011-11-10 08:56:18 -0600 Report

I never had a problem with Bayer the company either. They always were very accommodating of my concerns. I was more worried that the USB Contour itself might have an issue. It bothers me that Consumer reports did not even see it fit enough to warrant a recommendation even if that was the last placed. If I recall from the article they said they do not recommend a device it it did not get a rating of "good" in the accuracy. That is the fact that bothers me. I am planning to get one of top rated one and compare it with my USB contour and see whether it pans out the way consumer reports says.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-10 14:00:18 -0600 Report

Good luck with your new meter. If finances permit compare the USB with your new meter.
I origanally had an Accu-Chek meter when first diagnosed 17 years ago. When it started to act up I switched to OneTouch and then a One-Touch Ultra Smart because my resuts could be down loaded to a MicroSoft Excel spread sheet. When I switched to a new computer the old softwear would not work. Rather than new software I opted for the USB with its Plug-n-Play capabilities. I also liked the Contour series because there is no coding required.
Again, good luck.

GabbyPA 2011-11-05 08:23:35 -0500 Report

Consumer reports are pretty good, usually fairly objective. However, here are some of our reviews from members here on the meters they have used.

I trust these reviews because they are from people who use them daily and have had options to use more than one.

PRP 2011-11-10 09:02:19 -0600 Report

Thanks. I had already browsed thru them. I looked for any comparative posts that involved USB contour too. But I guess because of it is relatively new I did not find much info. I am planning to get one of the top recommended ones and will try to to compare the results. I will try to update this thread after I have done that.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-04 17:47:16 -0500 Report

Thanks for posting this! I use the One Touch Ultra Mini, and the report said very good for accuracy, but if i would have seen this before hand, probably would have went with something else like pixsidusts', it had an excellent reading! Might still have to check this out! Thanks again!

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