Meters with cheap strips that download results easily

By SamuraiJack Latest Reply 2018-01-04 08:13:27 -0600
Started 2018-01-02 04:19:46 -0600

Hello all, my apologies if this posting/question is in the wrong place, I'm new to the site and still figuring out how discussions are organized.

Anyway, I'm in the market for a new blood test meter, ideally one with inexpensive test strips (hopefully that don't requite a prescription/you can get over the counter) that you/your doctor can easily download your readings from. I've been using the Relion Prime for the last year or so, and it has really affordable strips (like 100 for less than $20, no prescription required), however it's a real pain to download your overall results from, so your doctor can get an idea of what your blood sugars are throughout the day/week/month (and no, I'm probably not going to get a continuous glucose monitor anytime soon due to cost).

That said, anyone here have a meter they use that BOTH has affordable strips and lets you download your readings easily?? I've also used the OneTouch (expensive strips), Contour Next (seems a little cheaper), and the TRUEResult (before they discontinued it).

I'd be particularly curious to hear from anyone that uses the Freestyle, TRUETrack, or Prodigy glucose meters (the Accu-Chek has like 6 meters, and the strips don't seem that cheap).


3 replies

Luis65 2018-01-04 08:13:27 -0600 Report

You might try the True Metrix Air.
Features and Benefits

Bluetooth smart connectivity.
No coding.
As fast as 4 seconds.
Tiny 0.5uL sample size.
Alternate site testing.
Store 1000 results with time/date.
Event tagging.
For testing reminder alarms.
Audible fill detection.
Control detection.
Ketone test reminder.
Strip release button.
Download capabilities.
Very good for repeatability.
Meal markers.
Triple sense technology.
The test strips from Amazon run about $00.13 to $00.14 per strip in quantities of 100 (4 boxes).

suecsdy 2018-01-02 15:46:50 -0600 Report

I currently use a Freestyle Lite meter; it's the only one my ins considers to be "formulary". The strips cost me $20 for a 3 month supply through ins. I do need a scrip for them, but they can be purchased online though I don't know what you would consider affordable. The Accu Check has generic strips available that are very affordable, also a very good meter. My previous meter (before they made me switch) was a Bayer meter, another good one, but again, I wouldn't consider the strips affordable (for me anyway). Now for the other meters I've tried: a Prodigy, McKesson True Result, GE and Relion. All but the GE gave me readings that were 20-30 points off what my Freestyle does. If you check online, you will see that the Freestyle has a very good accuracy rating compared to other meters. I emailed 2 of the companies and actually called Relion and spoke with someone there. I got no answer from the emails. Relion suggested that perhaps my Freestyle was not calibrated correctly. Since I had 2 at the time and got comparable readings from both, I really doubt that to be the case. I think it's just me, as all of those meters had good customer reviews. The GE came the closest with only a 10-12 point difference and I will use it in a pinch. I finally gave up on my quest for an inexpensive meter that I could afford the strips out of pocket. I have also bookmarked the site for generic strips for the Accu-Check. It was the first meter they gave me and I liked it, but even with my ins, I couldn't afford the strips. Especially when I was supposed to test 4x a day. Good luck! I hpoe you find one that works for you. There are also places that you can make a standing order…you tell them how many strips you want per month and they automatically send them. The meter is their own brand and the start up charge is reasonable. the ones I looked at billed on a 3 month cycle.