Blood Glucose Meters

The following table shows a range of available blood glucose meters and allows you to compare their features.

Manufacturer

Meter

Strip required

Blood sample

Time taken (seconds)

Visual reading

Range  measured (mmol/l)

Measures ketones

Alternative        site testing

Other comments

Calibration

Battery

Memory

Warranty period

Download to Computer

Bayer Diagnostics

Ascensia Espirit 2

Ascensia Glucodisc

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hypoguard

Supreme plus

Hypoguard Supreme

Non-wipe

30-60

Yes

2.0 – 25.0

No

No

 

Each pot has a code number

6 months @ 4 tests/day
batteries replaceable

70

life

No

 Hypoguard

Supreme Extra

Hypoguard Supreme

Non-wipe

30-60

Yes

2.0 - 22.2

No

No

 

Each pot has a code number

6 months @ 4 tests/day
batteries replaceable

70

life

No

Lifescan

Pocketscan

Pocketscan

Non-wipe

15

No

1.1 – 33.3

No

No

 

Each pack of strips has a calibrator

12 months @ 3 tests/day
batteries replaceable

150 with time/date & 14 day average

life

Yes

Lifescan

OneTouch Ultra

 

Non-wipe

5

No

1.1 – 33.3

No

No

 

Each pack of strips has a calibrator

12 months @ 3 tests/day
batteries replaceable

 

life

Yes

 Medisense

Precision QED

Medisense G2

Non-wipe

20

No

1.1 – 33.3

No

No

 

Each pack of strips has a calibrator

4,000 tests
Meter replaced when battery expires

10 (125 to computer link)

life

Yes

 Medisense

Medisense Optium

Medisense Optium

Non-wipe

20

No

1.1 – 33.3

yes - requires β-ketone electrodes

No

 

Each pack of strips has a calibrator

1,000 tests

450 & 7, 14, 21 day averages

life

Yes

Medisense

Soft-Sense

Soft-sense

Non-wipe

 

 

 

No

yes - forearm

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Menarini Diagnostics

GlucoMen Glyco

 

Non-wipe

30

No

1.1 – 33.3

No

No

 

Each pack of strips has a calibration code

1,000 tests

10 & average

5 years

No

Roche Diagnostics

Accu-Chek Compact

 

Non-wipe

15

Yes

0.6 – 33.3

No

No

 

Flip-up screen guard

Built-in 17 strip drum helps avoid carrying strips around

Automatic coding - no need for calibration chip

2,000 tests

battery replaceable

125

 

life

No

Roche Diagnostics

 

Accu-Chek Active

Accu-Chek Active

Non-wipe

5

Yes

0.6 - 33.3

No

No

 

 

 

 

200 with date and time

life

Yes - infra-red download to PC

Roche Diagnostics

Accu-Chek Advantage

Accu-Chek Advantage II

Non-wipe

40

No

0.6 – 33.3

No

No

Test strip draws in blood sample                  

Pot has a coding chip

1,000 tests

battery replaceable

100 with time/date

life

Yes

TheraSense

 

FreeStyle

 

non-wipe

15

 

1.1 - 27.8 mmol/l

 

Yes - forearm, upper arm, hand, thigh, calf or fingers
If testing for low blood sugar, use fingers

Test strip draws blood into the strip 
Very small sample size required - about the size of a pinhead       

 

1,000 tests
2AAA batteries, replaceable

250 results

 

yes - requires freestyle software

DiagnoSys Medical

 

Prestige smart system

 

non-wipe

10 - 50

 

1.4 - 33.3

 

 

 

 

replaceable 6V J-cell battery

365 results /14 day average

5 years