By chamby89 Latest Reply 2013-02-10 16:54:35 -0600
Started 2013-02-08 05:33:22 -0600

Does anyone know which of the meters are the most reliable as far as readings but is not too expensive? Those test strips can become quite insanely high.

18 replies

tabby9146 2013-02-10 15:31:31 -0600 Report

I used to pay only $30 for a 90 day supply of strips, it was that way for years, but now our insurance company has changed, at my hubby's work ,and it isn't as good, I now pay about $30 per month!! i am not happy, because I am on Nexium too, and that has gone up as well. I plan to stop the nexium in a few months, I have only been on it a few months , when they want to switch me to something else, they say insurance doesn't want people on it too long, because of side effects, but I will be looking for 'natural' ways to try to get rid of acid reflux in the future. I just hate having this increasing monthly "bill" now

tabby9146 2013-02-10 15:32:19 -0600 Report

I use One Touch Ultra mini. I still use the same meter I got at the doc's office 4 yrs ago, plus the one I bought a year after that so I have two. I sure hope they are still pretty accurate. I have never have to replace the batteries.

pixsidust 2013-02-09 18:21:07 -0600 Report

The real question which one has test strips that are not too high because there in lies our cost. You just need to let your fingers do the walking and call around for prices. Read online reviews if there are any

JSJB 2013-02-09 15:03:48 -0600 Report

I've been using the Bayer Contour since being pre-diagnosed over a year ago. With my insurance I pay 35.00 for the test strips. I just retired and my new Insurance BRAVO pays for diebetic suppllies. Never used it yet but if they do not cover the Bayer test strips, I am thinking on going to ReliOn at WaalMart because the test strips are a little cheaper. I think all meters are ok it just depends on the person using them.

locarb 2013-02-09 01:02:03 -0600 Report

I didn't really think about it until your post. I was at a large retail store this evening and looked at the difference in meters. I wasn't aware how much they varied in price. I'm very fortunate. I use a One Touch and I get strips without cost (from my insurance company…no co-pay). I ended up using the One Touch Ultra Mini because it is very convenient and I don't use all the features that other One Touch meters provide.

I do test frequently but I have "non-diabetic" BG by watching my diet (more than I care to) and exercising (much more than I care to). I realize this may not always be the case, but it's lasted for about 2 1/2 years now.

I think you've received good advice. Based on your post, and what I saw this evening, test strip costs are astronomical. Make sure that you select something that allows you to test yourself several times a day.

tabby9146 2013-02-10 15:29:03 -0600 Report

you can probably go many more yrs like that. I too am controlling by diet and exercise, I was put on just 1 metformin a day, and after about 3 months losing most all the weight, I was able to get off. So far I have been successful this way since spring 2009. coming up on 4 yrs.

Gwen214 2013-02-09 05:20:12 -0600 Report

I agree with Mirena. I've been using the one touch brand for years. I don't know the original cost for the strips, because insurance pays for most of it. I'm not disappointed at all.

gwinivere 2013-02-08 14:51:14 -0600 Report

Walmart has a ReliOn Prime meter for a little over 10 bucks and 50 strips r like 9 bucks. I don't have insurance so I like the price.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-08 19:38:07 -0600 Report

I loved my ReliOn until it totally fell apart. I had it for about a year before that happened. It was given to me when I was diagnose. My coworker did health fairs and the company sent her a box of the meters as give away's. The price was good for the strips.

byrun 2013-02-08 16:56:39 -0600 Report

Me too. The difference in price of the first 100 test strips does pay for the meter.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-08 13:29:46 -0600 Report

I have several meters and I like all of them. They can be a tad bit off. There is no Best meter and many people will say the one they use is reliable. Meter range in prices from about $9.00 to about $70.00. I just got the Bayer USB one for free. The companies make money off the test strips which is why the meters are not so expensive. Try buying the test strips at WalMart.

azdragonlady 2013-02-08 18:49:39 -0600 Report

prescription needed for the test strips?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-08 19:35:55 -0600 Report

When I got the bayer meter I got a card that gives me up to $35.00 off test strips with a prescription. Wal-Mart has 50 strips for about $50.00 which works fine with me. Not all of them require prescriptions.

Mirena 2013-02-08 08:13:28 -0600 Report

I have three accu check, bauer contour and the one touch ultra mini. I like the One Touch ultra Mini the best and that's the one I use for all my testing.