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Choosing a Blood Glucose Meter

Blood Glucose Meters

If you scroll down this page, you will find illustrations of some typical blood glucose meters.

More detailed nformation about using specific meters is available as follows:

Ascensia Breeze

GlucoMen Visio

OneTouch Ultra Easy

Accu-Chek Active

Accu-Chek Advantage

Accu-Chek Compact

FreeStyle Mini (TheraSense)

Therasense Freestyle


Medisense Optium Xceed

Microlet Lancing Device

One Touch Ultra

Medisense Optium

Lifescan OneTouch Ultrasmart

Glucomen Glyco

See also: Prices for Reagent Test Strip

Choosing a meter can be difficult, especially with the wide range on offer today. This page is intended to help you browse through a selection of meters so that you may make a more informed decision.

What are the likely differences between the various meters?

Meters vary considerably depending on the manufacturer.

  • size of meter
  • method of calibration
  • size of display
  • time taken to deliver reading
  • number of test readings available in memory
  • ability to provide averages over a week, fortnight etc
  • ability to download data to computer
  • ability to replace batteries when exhausted

Where can I get a meter from?

Meters are available at most Chemists. Ask your diabetes nurse whether they can supply you with one on loan.

Some of the meters currently available

Illustrated below are a range of meters that are currently available. You can also view a Table of Glucose Meters which will allow you to compare some of their features.

Please note: The images and information  presented here are intended to serve as a guide. More detailed information on how to use these devices will be available through your Diabetes Nurse and product leaflet which accompanies your meter of choice.


Meter (and manufacturer)

Ascensia Espirit 2
(Bayer Diagnostics)
Contact tel: 01635 566 281
Bayer Diagnostics

Supreme plus
Contact tel: 01394 387333
website: Hypoguard


Supreme Extra


Contact tel: 0800 121200

OneTouch Ultra

Precision QED
Contact tel: 0500 467 466


Medisense Optium


GlucoMen Glyco
(A Menarini Diagnostics)

Accu-Chek Compact
(Roche Diagnostics)
Contact tel:
0800 701000

Accu-Chek Active
(Roche Diagnostics)

Accu-Chek Advantage
(Roche Diagnostics)

FreeStyle (TheraSense)
Contact tel: 0800-138-5467 (in the UK)
Website: (USA site)

Prestige smart system
(DiagnoSys Medical)
Contact tel: 0800 08 58808



West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 2QZ, tel:01284 713000