what is your favorite meter

By waricks Latest Reply 2010-12-26 17:11:23 -0600
Started 2010-12-14 01:07:04 -0600

I have tried a bunch of meters. Seems like I get a free one in the mail almost every week. My First meter was a true2go from Walgreens. I liked it enough to get a TrueResult. Then I got the OneTouch ultra mini in the mail and I really liked it. The lancet device was really nice. Not long after that I got the FreeStyle Lite and I really like it also. It did not take a huge drop if blood and it had a nice light that shown onto the test strip so you could see where to put the test sample. Then just the other day I got a meter that I never heard of. It is called a Glucocard 01. It is a pretty nice meter but the best part is it hardly takes any blood at all and you get 30 seconds to add more if you need to. The test strips are not easy to find and it seems like mail order is a must for them the up side to them it that they are fairly cheap.

So out of all the ones I have tried so far I like the FreeStyle lite the best. However I have a bunch of truetest strips so I have to stay with my main meter being the TrueResult. I do want to try the Accu-Chek meter though. My problem is I have to go with the cheaper strips because I have no insurance. My sister-in-law works for a pharmacy so she gets them for me @ cost..

Anyway I would love to hear what your favorite meter is and why.

57 replies

Type1Lou 2010-12-24 10:38:27 -0600 Report

I LOVE my AccuChek Compact Plus meter. Even though it's a bit larger than many, I love the convenience of the 17 test strip cartridge…no need to load a strip every time you test! I test from 4 to 6 times daily and AccuChek has been really good about replacing my meters free of charge after I burn them out and they stop working properly. In the past 6 or 7 years, they've replaced my meter 3 or 4 times. I'm lucky enough to have some insurance coverage for the strips, although I pay about $75 per 90 day supply (actually less than 90 days because of insurance company interpretation - they will fill up to 90 days but not to exceed 90 days, but that's a whole other discussion!) …I still pay lots less than those without insurance. Darn, but the strips are expensive!…but I'd be truly lost without my meter. It's an essential part of gaining control over your Diabetes. Good luck!

melissa5786 2010-12-18 09:07:36 -0600 Report

I have three meters and I use the one that I got the day I got home from the hospital. It's a Rite-Aid brand TrueTest meter. The strips are the cheapest and the meter itself is simple to use and read.

I also have a NovaMax and Freestyle meter. I've never used the NovaMax, but I do not like the Freestyle meter. It just doesn't suit me. It's small and the test strips are tough to get a blood reading. For me anyway.

Anonymous 2010-12-17 15:18:05 -0600 Report

I like the true2go and use it at work because it fits in my purse, but I also have the One Touch Ultra Link that hooks to my pump and I like it alot but If it could be a little smaller it would be better for me to take to work That is why i like the true2go meter for work.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2010-12-17 12:16:46 -0600 Report

My current meter and favorite is the one touch utra link. I love it because it sinks up to my pump and will automatically register my blood sugar on my pump screen and then suggest a corrective bolus if need be.

Lady_Phoenix 2010-12-16 21:26:08 -0600 Report

I love the One Touch II Ultra smart meter. Unfortunately my medicare provider would only cover Bayer strips so I had to change to the Bayer Contour. Less than 3 months later it had to be replaced due to inaccuracy. The new Bayer is no better.

chopi 2010-12-16 17:06:12 -0600 Report

I like the Bayer USB meter the best but I use the Accu-Chek meter because I get free strips from my diabetic specialist every month. Just picked up another 50 strips today. And it is nice that there is no coding

Pam S
Pam S 2010-12-15 17:06:21 -0600 Report

I use the One Touch Ultra Smart…not only can I put my numbers in it but I can put in exercise and illnesses and all that…its great…Love it:)

waricks 2010-12-17 12:50:01 -0600 Report

I see that the Ultra Smart is on sale for half price at Wallgreens right now. Not a bad deal.

Pam S
Pam S 2010-12-24 06:48:46 -0600 Report

thats not bad…they can be expensive thats for sure…luckily I got mine from my doctor…

waricks 2010-12-24 11:08:06 -0600 Report

OK my question is can you print the graphs and logs from the UltraSmart? My Doc really likes my reports and wants them every time I go in. I just wonder if a meter like this is worth the cost if you can't print oout the reports.

Pam S
Pam S 2010-12-26 17:11:23 -0600 Report

i can…but not at home. my doc does it though at my apts. the pogams to do it…i just don't buy them. i keep the money in my pocket…:)

realsis77 2010-12-15 14:26:42 -0600 Report

In all honesty my favorite meter is the one that my insurance covers strips for! I'm on medicare so that happens to be the element. I also have received many fancy meters like the contour usb meter free in the mail. Problem is the strips for these nice "fancy" meters are so high priced and most are not covered by insurance! I test 4 times a day and that can get very expensive so I just stick with what's covered. Its a good meter and has before and after meal markers. If money wasn't an issue id love to use the contour usb. Its a real nice meter that hooks up to your computer with built in software. That's what id choose. But since money IS an issue I just stick with my old element. Too bad the strips are soooo expensive for the other meter! Also too bad insurance doesn't cover them.

Pam S
Pam S 2010-12-24 06:50:16 -0600 Report

i also agree with the test strip prices. when I run out of them before I can get to the pharmacyI ususally cringe when I walk in the store. They are very costly.

waricks 2010-12-15 16:40:08 -0600 Report

I know what you mean about the test strips for the nice meters cost more. Speaking of the Bayer Contour USB meter - i just picked one of them up at Walgreens today. I had to buy some more lancets and I noticed that the contour USB was on sale for $39. I picked on up and took a look at it and noticed that just below the sale sign there were manufacture coupons that actually made it FREE. Dang - I grabbed one. It was kinda strange because it rang up as being on Sale for $9.99 and then the coupon made it free. The really cool part about it is it came with 25 test strips. What a score!

Singinchick18 2010-12-14 16:32:47 -0600 Report

I have one touch meters accu-chek and 5 others. I like thee one Touch but they do suck up a lot of blood :// I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Accu-Chek lancet device! It's very painless and its a drum instead of a single lancet! If you can get one I HIGHLY recomend it! If not you can buy one for around $20. I'm talking about the Multi-clix lancet device

swanslake54 2010-12-14 16:05:46 -0600 Report

I have the Onetouch Ultra2 and i like it but I would be interested in trying some other kind. how do you get the offers for others, if they're not asking that you get your supplies from their company?

waricks 2010-12-14 16:44:56 -0600 Report

Both OneTouch and FreeStyle will send you one just by going to their website and clicking on the offer. They just hope that you will buy their strips after you run out of the ten that they give you with the meter. I also have gotten some from companies that sell diabetic supplies and they just hope that you will buy the strips and other supplies from them. There are other companies that wont give you anything unless you change over to them and buy all your stuff through them or let them bill your insurance company. Me I have no insurance so I have to scrounge for my stuff. Although I am lucky I do have a family member that works for a pharmacy and she is able to get my strips with her discount. But I am not sure how long that will last.

swanslake54 2010-12-14 16:52:06 -0600 Report

Thanks, I praise God that I am blessed to have insurance. My test strips for the One Touch are less expensive than the FreeStyle. So I'll stick with them.

Doc 720
Doc 720 2010-12-14 15:36:33 -0600 Report

I have the Precision Xtra. Unfortunately, the "Xtra" means $59+ per box of strips. I am lucky in that the VA pays for them, but their rules are strict and Jacked up. Unless you are on Insulin, they will give you only 50 strips a year.

Yes 50! Now I was told the following and about lost my mind! and I quote:

"Mr. Reed, we can only give you 50 strips per year because you do not take insulin and you are not over 70. Take your BG's once a week. Do not take your sugar during the week of Thanksgiving or Christmas. You know it will be high then. Remember, you only get 50 strips a year so be careful how you use them."

You give them your best years. You stay away from family literally 18 out of 22 years and they toss you because you are so physically broken. Then treat you like this. Sometimes you wonder why a veteran is disgruntled.

Oh, sorry, I liked my Accu-Check Aviva!

Pam S
Pam S 2010-12-24 06:53:52 -0600 Report

ouch $59 per box…thats very unfortunate the VA won't cover more…thats very sad..

bigmelfrmely 2010-12-16 19:57:46 -0600 Report

a friend of mine is a vet and she was able to get them to approve more cuz her doc wrote a scrip for them she said that only way around it heck it worth a try … And they may throw you on your bum but i respect everything you do for me and my country

Doc 720
Doc 720 2010-12-16 23:27:05 -0600 Report

I appreciate it, but now that I hit the needle 5 times a day, I get all the strips I want and som that even you don't want!! :)

realsis77 2010-12-15 14:30:39 -0600 Report

That's the most ridiculas thing I've ever heard! Shame shame on them! Omg! I can't believe they told you that! Sigh utterly ridiculas! Shame again on the va!

waricks 2010-12-14 16:46:04 -0600 Report

WOW - I am sorry to hear that is how they work. I thank you for the service you gave to our country!

CaliKo 2010-12-14 15:48:08 -0600 Report

Oh my, I'm sorry that's their policy. Personally I never mind tax money that is spent on veterans or education. My doctor actually told me the same thing about testing once a week right now with my numbers real good, but I'm just too compulsive about it to follow those instructions. Fortunately he keeps approving the prescription every time the pharmacy calls it in.

Pynetree 2010-12-14 10:26:51 -0600 Report

Wow…I never get free meters in the mail! Why? Do others get them? Paid $ for 1st one over 20 yrs ago. Have had it replaced few times. And lucky break having a relative work in a pharmacy!

CaliKo 2010-12-14 10:13:04 -0600 Report

Nice to have a relative working at a pharmacy! My CDE gave me a Bayer Contour because my insurance would cover it, and I just asked my doctor to write a prescription for the strips that go with it. I've liked it just fine, but haven't tried any others. Just two years into this. Good question!

kdroberts 2010-12-14 10:06:15 -0600 Report

Just based on how I like the meter, cost no object.

1. Tied between OneTouch UltraSmart and Bayer Contour USB.
2. OneTouch Ultra2
3. Bayer Contour
4. Accu-Chek Aviva
5. Up&Up/EasyPro meter
6. OneTouch UltraMini
7. Wavesense Presto
8. Freestyle Lite (by a long way)

waricks 2010-12-14 16:48:12 -0600 Report

confused about your list - does that mean you like # 1 the most or # 8? Only asking because I have the freestyle lite I love it but the strips are twice as much as the TrueTest strips.

kdroberts 2010-12-14 16:55:02 -0600 Report

It goes best to worst. I hate almost everything about the freestyle meter, I doubt I would use it if the strips were free.

fagancat 2010-12-14 17:04:14 -0600 Report

Can I ask why you dislike the Freestyle Lite? Is it the accuracy of the meter? (To me the most important.) I do have issues with the tests not taking, etc. I am still rather new to this crap (forgive my language), and have never tried anyo f the other meters listed.

waricks 2010-12-14 17:46:57 -0600 Report

OK - thanks for the explanation. I thought it would go from best to worst but I was not sure. I think it might be best to say that "your milage may vary" when it comes to what you like or dislike about meters. I do really like the OneTouch that I have as well. Thanks again.

Melissa DeArment
Melissa DeArment 2010-12-17 15:23:59 -0600 Report

I love my one touch the best I used to have a one touch ultra mini but then went to the one touch ultra link to hook to my Insulin Pump

Eversinging1 2010-12-14 08:06:30 -0600 Report

I have a One Touch Ultra 2 and an Ultra mini. I REALLY like these meters and I have purchased a software program from LifeScan for use with the One Touch system that tracks all my tests and I can update with food, or exercise, and enter info from my doc appts and lab results and A1c. I like having the capability to upload all my readings into the computer and come up with different types of graphs. Easy to see at a glance how I'm doing. I've tried a couple of other meters (Bayer, ReliOn, and Accucheck) and just prefer the One Touch system. Plus they have the best carrying kit around!

Pam S
Pam S 2010-12-24 06:56:30 -0600 Report

i have not bought any software…i just enter it in the meter..when I remember..lol..otherwise I just keep a note book…its cheaper:)

Pynetree 2010-12-14 10:19:10 -0600 Report

I too have been using the One Touch Ultra Smart…but, have toyed with the idea of buying the software from LifeScan. I journal now in a notebook, but think I'd like to use the computer. Although I am fairly new to the computer, and not very adept yet. Might have to buy myself a B'day present softwear program!

kdroberts 2010-12-14 10:24:12 -0600 Report

Before you buy the software, ask yourself what you want to gain from it. With the UltraSmart I can't find a single reason to buy the software since the meter itself can give you so much data.

kdroberts 2010-12-14 11:34:57 -0600 Report

You can plug it into the computer if you buy the cable and download the software but the meter will show you all sorts of graphs, averages by time of day and in/out of range by time of day. It's bigger than most meters since the screen needs to be big enough to use like a PDA but if you like data it will track everything you need.


You can have a virtual go with the meter here


bobec4 2010-12-14 06:17:16 -0600 Report

I personally like the ReliOn meters from walmart. To me they are accurate and very inexpensive. Cost is a major factor in my testing and where I live these are the most cost effective I have found.

OMG-T2 2010-12-17 17:15:04 -0600 Report

I would have said that I liked the ReliOn meters/strips as well, had my experience with them not been negative. The cost of the strips, at around $40.00 for 100 is nice, but when I have tested myself and a friend over the course of two hours, I found that the difference in readings for both of us - me being diabetic and my friend of normal blood glucose levels - was averaging around 25 - 30 points between the ReliOn meter and my Accu-chek Aviva. A variable like that is too much for me, so, I will stick with what I am familiar with and comfortable with: the Accu-chek Aviva. And I too really like the Multi-clix lancets!

jeffrey9127 2010-12-14 05:56:03 -0600 Report

I use the One touch Ultra Mini. I like the way the meter records the tests in the meter and my insurance covers the test strips without charging a co-pay.

Pynetree 2010-12-14 10:20:54 -0600 Report

Wish my insurance didn't have a co-pay on test strips…and it seems to rise twice a year!

jeffrey9127 2010-12-14 13:05:39 -0600 Report

The insurance company that I currently have will not be my insurance company after December 31. I hope the new company I have will be as good as this one and cover the entire cost of Diabetes supplies.

RAYT721 2010-12-14 05:14:54 -0600 Report

I have a Walgreens meter and a CVS meter and I switch off between the two depending on which have the test strips on sale because of the price of them. I have insurance but I don't use it because I don't want the insurance company telling me how often to test. I have not gotten a prescription because my insurance company will only pay for certain products and I don't want to be limited. I just got a free Freestyle Freedom Lite in the mail from an offer that I signed up for but have not opened the box yet. I saw there is some kind of special deal on the test strips which I haven't looked at yet. The cost of supplies is definitely the most important factor for me.

CaliKo 2010-12-14 11:55:23 -0600 Report

Have you found the test results to be consistent switching between two kinds of meters? I guess that might depend on which two meters. Do you test on both at the same time to see how similar they are?

RAYT721 2010-12-14 18:21:25 -0600 Report

I have tested with both meters and they are similar, maybe off by a few points. I used to test fanatically when I was first diagnosed but now it's only occasionally when I am not feeling well. I have never been over 150 and never had a low per se. I am not on medication or insulin and my progress (6.4 a1c) is due to diet and exercise only. That may change. For now I use my readings to determine what foods agree or disagree with me. I am without question a unique person. :)

CaliKo 2010-12-15 09:03:43 -0600 Report

Thanks, Ray. I agree, you are most definately unique, and we're lucky to have you on this site. I've taken advantage of a couple of free offers to get two more of the same kind of meter I already have, just to have one at work and I'm taking a new one to my in-laws. They live at a much higher altitude, and I'm wondering if that will change my readings. It's just three or four days, but sure to be a challenge to eat right.