How do you rate your glucose meters out of 5 stars?

Luis65
By Luis65 Latest Reply 2017-02-27 13:31:10 -0600
Started 2017-01-15 12:09:20 -0600

I have been using True2GO for over a year. I really like it and found it fairly accurate. I had bought my test strips from Amazon and several times got emails warning about problems with the vial being open in the sealed box. This would make them inaccurate as moisture compromises the strips. I never had any come like that.

Fast forward to this week. I got an email from Amazon about a recall. I clicked on the link to Trividia which has taking over from Nipro. Not only are the strips recalled but the meters as well. I called, was on hold for nearly an hour. They are sending replacement strips for the 100 I have but not a new meter.

I found the True Matrix Go at Walgrens and bought it along with 25 strips. This meter is testing very high. This morning fBG at 155. I retested with a TrueTrack (not recalled) and was 101.

So back to my original question what meter do you use and how do you rate it? I may be contacting my PCP office about prescribing a meter and strips.


21 replies

codered51
codered51 2017-02-27 13:31:10 -0600 Report

I recently bought a Bayer Contour Next meter. My doctor wanted to check it against theirs. Mine was faster getting to the number and also about 8 numbers higher than theirs. Doc said that was fine. Anyway it works well for me.

WASHED OUT
WASHED OUT 2017-02-12 20:44:35 -0600 Report

I have 2 that I really like both are OneTouch one is the Ultra2 and the other the Ultra mini. The name brand strips are very expensive $58.99 for 50 count but there are generic strips available for them much much cheaper work great, score 5. Equate makes strips for them 50-$19:95 ,Genultimate 150-$26.75 , Unistrip generic 50-$8.75. Work as well as the originals, did a check for difference and it was 1-2 points. I can live with that @ 17.5 cents per strip.
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suecsdy
suecsdy 2017-02-13 07:24:30 -0600 Report

Wish I'd known about that before…I have a accu check ultra mini. I've tried a number of alternate meters looking for an accurate backup. If I'd known I could get generic strips, I would have saved some bucks.

WASHED OUT
WASHED OUT 2017-02-13 13:02:48 -0600 Report

They make generic strips for some brand meters but not all of them. I think it is ridiculous at the amount of markup they have on those name brand as compared to the generic. You know the generic is also making money off those products or they wouldn't be on the market. But wow the difference in the prices, we have been getting ripped off big time by the pharmaceuticals. It is in the news that they are going to drastically mark up the price for the drugs used for treating muscular dystrophy. That stuff angers me they pick on the people who need help the most, it is like feeding off other people's suffering and they know you have to have it to live. If you still have your meter do a search or look on the sites I provided above and below, it is always good to have a back up.

Chopstix
Chopstix 2017-02-12 19:51:48 -0600 Report

I'd say I have to give my ReliOn Prime 5 stars. It reads about the same as my Freedom but cost less to buy and a lot less to use.

AL-Fla
AL-Fla 2017-01-22 20:17:48 -0600 Report

I rate my Verio One Touch BG Meter as Excellent. I have never had a problem with it. It uses two AAA batteries which can last for three to four months. I buy my strips through Amazon in the $50.00 range for two 50 vials. Never had a problem with the strips being sent or inaccuracy. I can get cheaper test strips (50 vial) but I really like the Verio One Touch strips much better that I'm willing to pay more. With the Verio One Touch strips you can apply the blood to the strip from the sides (either side) and not just the top as with most other strips. It makes it easier especially if you prefer testing from one hand all the time.

Consueloj
Consueloj 2017-01-16 14:16:15 -0600 Report

I've only used the One Touch Ultra Mini from day one of my dx. Doc gave it to ke and has given me a couple more since. I guess its accurate enough given my daily readings and quarterly A1C tests.
In later November I was at 5.0. Still pushing myself to see if it can get below that.
Test strips with my insurance coverage, PPO, still cost me $70 for a 2 .month supply,. Prescription is for 3x daily testing but I mostly only do 2x, so I cam drag it out a bit longer.

WASHED OUT
WASHED OUT 2017-02-12 20:49:13 -0600 Report

See my post above, I use One Touch as well. You can get cheaper strips for those that are generic still work fine. Save some money my friend, they will rip you buying those expensive name brand, but the meter is great. Check Walmart online to order from Diabetes Health Supplies shipped free Unistrip generic for One Touch 2 and mini 50-$8.75. Walmart also carries the Equate Blood Glucose Strips for the One Touch as well. $19.95 in the store. The other site you can buy bulk at 60-70% off.
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Gabby
GabbyPA 2017-01-16 06:21:24 -0600 Report

I used to use the True Track meters and I would give them 4.5 stars on accuracy and affordability. I don't use bells and whistle meters, so it is fine for me.
Currently I use Reli-On meter and strips and will give that a 5 star based on how I use it. I have calibrated it with the doctor's office and it's very close, so I am confident when I test and the price is the best I have found. Again, because I don't personally connect it to anything It works for me.

suecsdy
suecsdy 2017-01-15 20:07:13 -0600 Report

First meter was an Accu-check Mini. Very accurate, but even with ins, strips were unaffordable. Second meter was a Bayer Contour. Also very accurate. Ins decided to change everyone to Abbot's Freestyle meter. Again, very accurate and the one I am currently using. Along the way, I've tried a few other brands, looking for a backup meter in case I need to start buying strips out of pocket (Medicare). So far 3 strikes out of three. Prodigy, TrueResults…One 20-30- pts too high, the other 20-30 pts too low, Don't remember which was which. Last one was a GE meter (trusted brand, right?)…so far that has been the closest to the Freestyle at only 10 pts variance, usually on the high side, though it can be higher.

cmr55
cmr55 2017-01-15 19:11:41 -0600 Report

I use the freestyle lite for the last year because that is what my insurance changed too. But I supplement with the Relion prime I only see a ten percent difference. Both my Endo and my primary Care Doctor want me to use the Freestyle lite. I like the relion Prime the best because the strips are individual wrap. Do not like them in the round container.

WASHED OUT
WASHED OUT 2017-02-12 23:02:25 -0600 Report

Freestyle is very expensive, insurance companies are maximizing their profit, with no generic strips available. Good meter though, they did that with me to then changed it to another meter again. Now I am on to their profit game, and sticking to One Touch with generic strips, cheap on online orders through Walmart. If you have Government Insurance it is subbed out to other companies who bleed everything out of it that they can.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2017-01-15 17:15:46 -0600 Report

I have been using the Bayer Contour Next meter that syncs with my pump and have found it to be very accurate. Prior to that, I used the One Touch Ultra and also had good results. I'm still fighting with Medicare to get them to pay for my strips and spent today writing a 2nd appeal of a denial for August strips and a first appeal for strips that were filled in October and denied in December. A large part of the problem appears to lie with my doctor's records. When you test over the alloted Medicare limit like I do, the doctor's case notes must be very specific about the number of times you test and state the medical need for such frequency. I think I've finally gotten my doctor on board…I'll see when I get responses to these latest appeals.

WASHED OUT
WASHED OUT 2017-02-12 23:09:27 -0600 Report

Lou these work with your Onetouch meter. Walmart online order free shipping.
Generic Blood Glucose Test Strips 50 Count Box 1 $8.75 17 1/2 cents a piece. Customer reviews 4.5 out of 5 stars Diabetes Health Supplies. Just made a new order that was the cost. I have 2 One Touch the Ultra2 and the mini works with both. My Insurance company has just requested another meter again I guess to maximize their profit again, waiting on approval from my doctor at this time. But not holding me back purchased my own strips, and if they shoot for the expensive meter and strips again I may tell them to take a hike on that idea. They have changed my meter and strips 5 times, I have 5 meters and don't think I need another one. If they tell me which one, then I probably have one already. Check these out.
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Here is another a little higher but on Walmart shelves as well.
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haoleboy
haoleboy 2017-01-15 13:15:30 -0600 Report

ReliOn Prime ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
great price, always found it accurate. pretty much all I look for in a meter

Luis65
Luis65 2017-01-15 14:12:36 -0600 Report

Thanks, steve. I don't want frills. I really like the True2Go meter because of its small size. It attaches to the top of a strip vial and the whole assembly fits in my to go kit that I carry everywhere including (re. expecially) on the bicycle.

The True Metrix GO is actually a bit smaller but I am concerned about the accuracy. I need to get some test solutions.

suecsdy
suecsdy 2017-01-15 20:10:12 -0600 Report

I like that little one too, but when I asked about refills for it, O was told you just buy a whole new thingy.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2017-01-15 15:17:39 -0600 Report

small does not work for me. with my vision and coordination problems the bigger the better.
fortunately, I only test at home, so …
back when I was … uh … normal I had a freestyle light that was small. really liked that one.

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