By Ryan Latest Reply 2008-12-12 14:35:39 -0600
Started 2008-09-01 18:31:40 -0500

What is your favorite and least favorite meter and why?

I am currently testing three meters against each other. I bought 900 strips total. 300 of each meter at 10 tests per day. I do test that often. It's not just for the test.
I am going to pick that meter as my daily use meter. After that, I will test that meter against the arkray X-meter. did you know Arkray invented the first glucose testing meter? and all other meter companies copied the original design and made changes of their own? I found that interesting and am interested on how that meter will hold up against the other meter.
I am testing the Aviva from accu-chek, the Freestyle lite, and the Agamatrix Presto. All meter get tested on the same drop of blood within seconds of each other and if a meter gives an "off" reading, the test is repeated. I assume all meters are accurate because i did take the Aviva to my last lab test and it came out within a few numbers of the lab results. All the meters when tested, came within a couple of numbers of each other so I assume they are all capable of accuracy. This test is to measure consistency. In my experience, a few meters would here and there spit out a numbet totally off from what i was feeling and when i tested on my backup meter and again on the meter that gave the wrong reading, I got very close results. Lack of consistency if you ask me. Basically, which ever 2 meters give me the most inconsistent readings, they will be retired and the other will be my main meter. then I will do the same test with that meter vs the X-meter which is supposed to arrive soon and will do it the exact same way. this is very interesting and expensive but I love doing the test


43 replies

Jh862 2008-11-04 17:26:05 -0600 Report

Has anyone tried the Publix generic meter? My co-pay on those strips would be $12 and is $30 on others, so I'm thinking about changing. Just wondered if anyone had tried it and was happy. Also, if you have it, does it have a port to download to your pc? Thanks!

tmana 2008-10-13 12:52:31 -0500 Report

I've been running some tests between the following meters: Freestyle Flash (my current meter), Freestyle Lite; OneTouch Ultra2, UltraSmart, and UltraMini; Accu-Chek Aviva; Advocate Duo; Wavesense Keynote. Of these, the Freestyle Flash reads the lowest, the Keynote reads the highest. I like the logbook functions of the UltraSmart, but it's a bit tedious to enter the information from the meter's interface. The Co-Pilot software (for the Freestyle) is the most complete, but in some ways the most tedious to use. For many people, the reports from the Zero-Click software (for the Wavesense) will be easiest and sufficiently complete. The Advocate's pressure cuff is not at all accurate and the software leaves a lot to be desired (e.g., will not save or export readings).

My insurance fully covers whichever meter I wish to use, so I don't have any financial reason to prefer one over the other. For practicality, though, the Freestyle meters are the only ones that have *both* a backlight *and* a port light, so you can test in the dark.

Jh862 2008-10-13 11:56:57 -0500 Report

I use the One Touch Ultra 2 because I saw it had software to download to your PC. I now see many others have that feature too - wish I'd known that before. I used Freestyle in the past and loved that it used a much smaller blood sample - but my batteries kept dying. Not sure if it was just a bad machine or what. But I have at least a few times a month on the One Touch where my blood sample is just barely not large enough and would like to move back to a meter that requires a smaller sample. I'll be very interested in your test to see which meter you like…and would love to see more info on herbs.

Alene Weed
Alene Weed 2008-10-11 03:45:47 -0500 Report

Ryan - Good that you are doing this! Don't forget to evaluate the cost of testing strips, the size of same and ease of reading the results. Arthritis in hands and fingers will determine comfort and ease of use for testing strips as will vision limits. The One Touch fits my limits the best.

sexyswamprat 2008-09-27 07:51:17 -0500 Report

I just got my free freestyle lite meter on friday and I just love it. I especailly like the alarm that it has, cause I have to admitt that I am not the greatest at remmbering to take my bs 2 hours after I eat. And the light feature at the test stip is great. I often take my redings in the dark and I just love this feature. The sample size for this meter is about the size of a tip of a pin. Alot less pain involved when pricking your finger.

Kevin L
Kevin L 2008-12-12 14:35:39 -0600 Report

i use the freestyle freedom lite. it's the best one i've used. i tried the bayer(the one withe the disk) but, i found it to be not so accurate.

FiveKids 2008-09-27 05:52:18 -0500 Report

The September issue of Consumer Reports has done testing on the accuracy and consistency among self-monitoring kits for hypertension and diabetes. I also like to use reporting and tracking software, and I am pleased with the CoPilot Health Management System
Version: 3.1 software by Abbott Diabetes Care. I import the data from my FreeStyle Freedom Lite meter.

2008-09-27 01:19:44 -0500 Report

Is any one meter better than the other as far as accuracy, or are they all about the same. We are currently using the Breeze 2,,by Ascensia

Edie 2008-09-27 05:26:53 -0500 Report

I've used atotal of 5 meters and they all worked the same for me till this last one. I feel it works better. Less blood and quicker results for me. Thankyou for asking, I feel you have to check out the different meters and then use the one that works best for you. OK

GabbyPA 2008-09-24 04:34:28 -0500 Report

Hey Ryan,
I have been researching a meter by Freestyle called the Precision Xtra. I have gotten some good advice so far, but I was wondering if you have used it or have any thoughts on it.

sexyswamprat 2008-09-23 09:35:06 -0500 Report

I use the Onetouch Ultra. I like it cause you can add comments as to my your blood sugar was too high to too low. That works well for me. I do have 2 free meters on the way that I can't wait to try. One is a accucheck and the other is a freestyle. Since the onetouch is all I have ever used I'm excited to see how these work out.

Edie 2008-09-23 13:35:10 -0500 Report

I used the freestyle for alot of years and now use the Accu-chek compact plus and would not go back if they paid me too. I love the quick results and less blood used. They gave me free software when my BG bottomed out and I was blacking out. I downloaded the meter and copied the info off of the computer and sent into the Drs. office with my husband on his way home one nite. The Dr. Used it to change my insulins again. said that helps alot if I can do that when ever I am worried about something in my BG levels. Iam also taking a monthly copy off of the computer so that when I go in to the Drs. Appointments I have them with me and keephim up todate on what is going on with me.

Rita 2008-09-17 07:19:40 -0500 Report

My favorite meter is One Touch Ultra Smart. I have different meters i use. This meter have many different features, easy to use and so far i think is reliable. Of course the strips one of the expensive ones, but i love this meter.

Edie 2008-09-17 11:17:03 -0500 Report

My favorite is the Compact Plus from Accu-chek I like the results and my Insurance pays most of it for me. Thanks everyone.

msann 2008-09-16 14:50:54 -0500 Report

hey , ryan i use one touch ultra, my diabetic educatot says it is closes to lab results, i pay 12 with my insurancehave great day

Ryan 2008-09-16 19:50:17 -0500 Report

i have that one and most of the one touch meters. I decided first on the aviva since i brought it to my lab test and it was basically right on the money. but, I need to change because at least 1 or 2x a day it gives me a reading that is way off from what I am feeling so I retest and get a "reasonable" number and i confirm that with my backup meter of which I have several and I rotate them depending on when I opened the vial of strips.

I have anotheR experiment going on between the X-meter from ARKRAY and the AGAMATRIX PRESTO. So far from what I have seen separately, they are both very good meters. I just have to test them side by side and take them both to my next labs in a month or so to see which ine makes the cut and which is 2nd string.


ssmile 2008-09-16 10:12:34 -0500 Report

Well you've definetly done your homework i'm glad there are people that have the funds to experiment and educate the lower class such as myself that are barely scraping by. I have used multiple meters and you can find problems with each if you look hard enough. you just have to find one right for you:
-freestyle lite: don't like strip application
-reli on walmart brand
very CHEAP works good enough for me
-ultra mini
I liked it but strips too high
-Accu check aviva
ok strips big no trouble seeing them
- Accu check Ultra2
ok strips high
-Accu check advantage
- Ascencia Contour
I really liked this meter but strips are high also
I've been diabetic since 15 yrs old and that has always been my issue cheapest meter and strips. Also I test now 4-6 times a day. used to be more, you must enjoy pain. I played the flute all trough middle, high school and college my fingers got so sore i used to take it out of my toes. Any ways keep up the research and keep everyone informed.
I am interested in the herbs could you give specifics and doses?


caspersmama 2008-09-16 11:29:02 -0500 Report

I quess it is just what meter works for you. I would prefer the least amount of blood it takes. Does anyone use alternate stick sites such as your arms. Do you have to have a special meter for that.
Also about the meds and herbs. I was wondering about that special pack they have for diabetics, it looks like about 6 pills in it, has anyone tried it. I too take alot of pills plus insulin so I do not know if I want to take anymore of them. Some diabetics swear by cinnamon and then this new berry acai I think.

GabbyPA 2008-09-16 12:25:11 -0500 Report

I take the diabetic pack, but I am not on meds, so I don't know how they would interact with them. It is a mild pack, and I have to take more of most of what is in it, but the multi in there is good.

Edie 2008-09-17 02:50:10 -0500 Report

My meter has a clear cap for alt. sites to test. Check your owners manual if you can't test other sites call your Dr. and see if they don't have one that does or get a perscription for a new one. Call your insurance co. and see what they will cover.

Edie 2008-09-15 12:56:14 -0500 Report

I have had 7 meters over the years and now use the Accu-check compact plus it comes with 17 test strips in a canister, takes a small amount of blood results quickly and the insurance sent me this one when they refused to pay for the test strips of my last meter. Accu-chek sent me a backup meter at no cost to me and the software to download it to the computer because of the way my numbers were bouncing all over the board. Went to Michigan last week for a family wedding. It was beautiful and the bride and groom showed up at reception wearing T-shirts with a Ball and Chain on them with a heart in the center of the Ball and above that it says Sorry I'm Taken. LOL Trina and Charles got married on Uncle Howard's Birthday he is now gone, but a nice way to remember a much loved Uncle. Numbers are bouncing all over the place again. Must have been the food and company I was keeping all week too much stress in step sisters home.

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-09-16 02:54:43 -0500 Report

I use THE OPTIUM Meter, They send me a three month supply,A new lancing device evry 6 months and a new meter yearly It works for me, Ryan, you are quite the character, collecting meters, experimenting, etcBut if your results are what you say they are that is amazing, It just shows me that You have to take your health into your own Hands. I only test 6 times a day ant that is enough for me, Sound like you would like body Piercing too, But You go guy. I don't know a thing about Herbs,and being on so many Meds I'm afraid to take them because I've read that so many counteract the Meds, Do you have research on that too?

Edie 2008-09-16 06:15:30 -0500 Report

I've gone onto Web MD and put in my Meds and check the Herbs I want to try and see what they say. I've also gone in Alt. Medicine and check that out too. It is good to check out things for yourself most of the time. I find MDs don't like you to try new things.

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-09-16 09:12:31 -0500 Report

I know, my Doctor say's half his patients make themselves sick by self medicating, that is why I have stayed away, I take 13 differn't meds and I'm sick enough.

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-09-16 09:12:58 -0500 Report

I know, my Doctor say's half his patients make themselves sick by self medicating, that is why I have stayed away, I take 13 differn't meds and I'm sick enough.

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-09-16 09:13:54 -0500 Report

I know, my Doctor say's half his patients make themselves sick by self medicating, that is why I have stayed away, I take 13 differn't meds and I'm sick enough.

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-09-16 09:14:26 -0500 Report

I know, my Doctor say's half his patients make themselves sick by self medicating, that is why I have stayed away, I take 13 differn't meds and I'm sick enough.

Ryan 2008-09-16 19:44:01 -0500 Report

I do research that too which is why i am off of most of my conventional meds. For me I had to do a total 180. I as a junk food addict, ate whatever and whenever, so while my results may seem unbelieveable, a lot of it is due to the fact that I was living a 100% unhealthy lifestyle and anything I did that was better, would lower my blood sugars, simple things like at first stopping regular soda and going diet, and then other little things like I won't eat anything "white"…baby steps. And 1 year later, if I am out or go to a party and eat some of the food i used to love before, even a little will make me sick to my stomach and I'll have to go home. Now its to the point that unhealthy foods and I don't mix, and If I get some in my body, it wants it out. Puke. I still am on some meds, I have a pain pump in my abdomen, so I can't stop that and if i did, I;d be lite one of the heroin addicts you see on tv going through withdwawals, I got some pretty darn potent stuff in there, some painkillers 300x stronger than morphine, muscle relaxants and another one to increase the effect of the narcotics action so I can get the effect of a larger dose on a smaller one so I can refill my pump less often. At $250 or so per refill, the least I have to refill it the better, usually around every 3-4 mos. But maybe since i have medicare now, they may even pay for it. We'll see. Only thing though is I have to keep increasing the dosage between refills like every 2 months of it will feel like it's not working. Building tolerance, but I need it or I go nuts. I also take something for panic attacks and migraines. I stopped my blood pressure and cholesterol meds cause m Dr said that since i;ve been eating and going things better, I don't need them anymore. He officially got me of last week. he was tapering me off for the last month just in case of rebound hypertension or some other kind of withdrawal from either of the meds.


caspersmama 2008-09-14 06:09:13 -0500 Report

I recently got the Aviva meter and it came with some test strips. I really liked it alot but my insurance will not pay for strips and I cannot afford them outright. So I will stick with my Ultra Mini. It is small and easy to use and insurance will pay for strips.

midget 2008-09-14 04:04:47 -0500 Report

hello there
i use the One touch and i like that one.
used to use the auc-chek active till have it but i like the other one.

Ryan 2008-09-03 18:21:17 -0500 Report

I hear you all on the one touch and freestyle. I test so much because I told my Dr. "I'm going off my meds and doing it naturally" I read several books about those those sulfo something drugs can do damage t your pancreas so I wanted off. Anyway, he said to test a minimum of 8X a day minimum if i was going to do that. Upon waking, before/after every meal and before bedtime is 8, but there are times the meters results dont add up to how i feel and i always test more than the 8 times since I am trying to find out which herbs work for me and which don't so far I got it down pretty good. My BG levels went from 650 something to 400 something, to200 something to 180 to now 95-105 or so fasting and 110-125 or 130 after eating. That's w/o exercising and this change in BS took less than a year on only herbal medicine from research and buying my own personal library on natural and herbal medicine. Got more books than a real N.D. Herbs do work, I can personally vouch for them and my mom and bro had great results on them too. Plus, I like lancing my fingers. It feels good.

well, if you have and ?'s on herbs, I'll be happy to help.
I normally do not buy pre-made herbs in caps. I buy bulk and cap my own. Eventually, I'd like to create my own diabetic control herbal concoction. I did make some pills on and it worked, but it was $$$


Lanore 2008-09-04 02:05:59 -0500 Report

Wow Ryan…You go. Great job. Thanks for the info too.
But I can't stand pricking my finger three times a days let alone ten. Lanore :-)

kdroberts 2008-09-04 04:04:09 -0500 Report

Be thankful you're not type 1! They can test, test, test all day, every day. I've heard from people how they are prescribed 25+ strips per day.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-09-04 05:46:49 -0500 Report

Lanore, When I was going through renal failure and my transplant I could of bought stock in test strips.(LOL) Now i just test 4-6 times a day for my on interest.

GabbyPA 2008-09-04 14:06:40 -0500 Report

Hey Ryan,
I knew you had dropped, but I didn't realize how much you had dropped. That is my goal, I am glad to have you in my corner. You did that in a year?? I am amazed. I am right there with you on the herbal band wagon.

Bob in Stephens City
Bob in Stephens City 2008-09-13 06:06:19 -0500 Report

I have tested a lot of meters on the market now and I continue to stay with the ACCU-CHEK COMPACT PLUS for one reason. The strips come in a container and automatically fed into the device. I
do not touch the strips. I just tested the new ACCU-CHEK AVIVA meter but you have to insert strip from a container. There is a new self contained needle device that is SUPER and best I have seen. The handling of the strips is my major turn off.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-09-03 09:27:20 -0500 Report

I use ONE TOUCH Ultra. This is my favorite. I'v tried many others and come back to this. Sometimes i test 4-6 times aday. I have blood work monthly and it may only be off by 10. Until I find something better I'm sticking to this.

Lanore 2008-09-03 09:11:53 -0500 Report

I use the one touch basic and have for years,just have never had the need to change. I test only three times a day. Why do you test so many times? Just curious? Thanks. Lanore

kdroberts 2008-09-03 08:34:53 -0500 Report

I like the Aviva. Nice strips and small sample. Meter doesn't offer much though.

I like the Ultra2. Nice meter but strips are annoying and need a larger sample.

I like the UltraSmart. Fantastic meter but same issue with the strips and sample size.

I like the UltraMini when used as a small supplement with the UltraSmart or Ultra2. Same issues though.

I kind of like the Target EasyPro. Very cheap but large sample and basic meter.

I don't like the Freestyle Lite. The strips are annoying. I like the tiny sample but not how you apply it. The meter is not nice in my opinion either.

Whatever meter you get, use the Muticlix lancing device. It's the best out of the many I've tried.

GabbyPA 2008-09-03 08:26:53 -0500 Report

I use the TRACKease meter and have not tried another one. I am curious about the out come of your testing. (You know I love a good experiment)
My concern is cost of strips. I may like a new meter, but if I can't afford the stips, it is just a decoration on my shelf. When you post your results, would you include the costs of strips/meters...I am due for a new one.