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Glucose Meter Comparison Chart


This glucose meter comparison chart will help you select the meter that's best for you.

You can compare the FreeStyle, Precision Xtra, Contour, TrueTrack, OneTouch and Accu-Chek line of meters. Click on links for individual meters to read my review and rating.

Manufacturer Abbott Diabetes
Care Inc.
Abbott Diabetes
Care Inc.
Abbott Diabetes
Care Inc.
Meter FreeStyle Freedom FreeStyle Flash Precision Xtra
Technology Coulometry Coulometry Electro
chemical
Battery 3-volt Li CR 2032 (1) 3-volt Li CR 2032 (1) AAA (2)
Strips Freestyle
50s & 100s
Freestyle
50s & 100s
Precision Xtra
50s & 100s
Testing Time/
Sample Size
5 sec/0.3 uL 7 sec/0.3 uL 5 sec/0.6 uL
Alternate Site Testing Yes Yes Yes
Cleaning Required No No No
Meter Calibration Manual Manual Automatic—Smart Chip
Download Capability/
Memory
Yes/250 Yes/250 Yes/450
Software Precision Link 2.6 Precision Link 2.6 Precision Link 2.6
Strip Shelf-Life
(after opening)
Date on vial Date on vial Date on foil packet
Features Virtually pain-free testing. Largest numeric display of any leading meter makes it easy to read. Ergonomic design makes it easy to hold. 4 programmable alarms. 14-day result average. 60-second sample reapplication time. Backlit display. 4 daily alarms. Free data cable via mail-in offer. Unaffected by differences in oxygen or high levels of interfering substances. Can fill strip from either side. Can reapply sample for up to 60 seconds. True Measure Technology. Blood glucose and blood ketone testing. Simple, easy-to-use, easy-to-read meter. New Smart Chip calibration, 5-second blood reapplication time. Strip technology designed to minimize effects on common interfering substances.
Contact Info/Support 1-888-522-5226 24h/7d/week
Spanish
1-888-522-5226 24h/7d/week
Spanish
1-800-527-3339
24h/7d/week
140-plus languages

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Manufacturer Bayer Bayer Home
Diagnostics
Meter Breeze 2 Contour TrueTrack Smart System
Technology Electro
chemical
Electro
chemical
Biosensor
Battery 3-volt Li (1) 3-volt Li (2) CR 2032 (1)
Strips Breeze 2 50s & 100s
(Ascensia Autodisc will work in Breeze 2 meter)
Contour 50s & 100s
(Ascensia MICROFILL will work in CONTOUR meter)
True Track
50s & 100s
Testing Time/
Sample Size
5 sec countdown/1 uL 5 sec/ 0.6 uL 10 sec/1 uL
Alternate Site Testing Yes Yes Yes
Cleaning Required No No No
Meter Calibration Automatic Automatic Check strip
Download Capability/
Memory
Yes/420 Yes/480 Yes/365
Software WinGLUCOFACTS WinGLUCOFACTS thesmartchoice.com
Strip Shelf-Life
(after opening)
Date on foil packet 6 months 3 months
Features No coding required. Automatically draws blood into strips. Automatic underfill detection. 10-test disc. No individual test strip holding. Received Ease-of-Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation. Breeze 2 test strips will only work with Breeze 2 meter. No coding required. Quick & easy pre/post meal test markings with post-meal test reminder alarm. Automatic hematocrit correction, underfill detection, control marking & temperature control ensure accuracy. 7-day Hi/Lo Test Result summary. Chip coding capillary action. Audible test strip fill detection.
Contact Info/Support 1-800-348-8100 24h/7d/week
Spanish
1-800-348-8100 24h/7d/week
Spanish
1-800-342-7226 24h/7d/week
Spanish

Manufacturer Home
Diagnostics
Home
Diagnostics
LifeScan,
Inc.
Meter Sidekick Prestige OneTouch® Ultra®2
Technology Electro
chemical
Reflectance Biosensor
Battery Built into meter and never needs to be changed AAA 3-volt Li CR2032 (2)
Strips Comes with 50 TrueTrack test strips Prestige
50s & 100s
OneTouch® Ultra® 25s, 50s & 100s
Testing Time/
Sample Size
5 sec/1 uL 10-50 sec/4 uL 5 sec/1 uL
Alternate Site Testing Yes No Yes
Cleaning Required No Yes No
Meter Calibration Automatic Check strip Check strip
Download Capability/
Memory
No Yes/365 Yes/500
Software No www.thesmartchoice.com OneTouch® Diabetes Management Software (DMS)
Strip Shelf-Life
(after opening)
120 days 3 months 3 months
Features Disposable after 50 tests. Vial of 50 test strips with built-in meter. Great second meter for the gym, work, school, babysitters, etc. Easy-to-read screen. Large easy-to-handle test strips. Meter can flag results as before or after meal. Flagged results are automatically stored as before- or after-meal averages. Includes Simple Start™ Diabetes + Food 20-minute DVD and booklet.
Contact Info/Support 1-800-342-7226 24h/7d/week
Spanish
1-866-IQ METER or
1-800-342-7226 24h/7d/week
Spanish
1-800-227-8862 24h/7d/week
Spanish
1-800-381-7226

Manufacturer Lifescan,
Inc.
Lifescan,
Inc.
Lifescan,
Inc.
Meter OneTouch® Ultra® OneTouch® UltraSmart® OneTouch®
UltraMini®
Technology Electro
chemical
Electro
chemical
Electro
chemical
Battery 3-volt Li AAA (2) 3-volt Li CR 2032 (1)
Strips OneTouch® Ultra® 25s, 50s & 100s OneTouch® Ultra® 25s, 50s & 100s OneTouch® Ultra® 25s, 50s & 100s
Testing Time/
Sample Size
5 sec/1 uL 5 sec/1 uL 5 sec/1 uL
Alternate Site Testing Yes Yes Yes
Cleaning Required No No No
Meter Calibration Check strip Check strip Check strip
Download Capability/
Memory
Yes/150 Yes/>3000 No/50
Software OneTouch® Diabetes Management Software (DMS) OneTouch® Diabetes Management Software (DMS) N/A
Strip Shelf-Life
(after opening)
3 months 3 months 3 months
Features Easy-to-read screen. Small meter size. Fast test time. Includes Simple Start™ educational booklet. Input daily activities. Chart, graph and track trends. Meter size is small. Automatically organizes before- and after-meal results. Backlight. Fast test time. Includes Simple Start™ Diabetes + Insulin educational booklet. Small, lightweight, and easy to handle. Large, easy-to-read display and fast test time. Simple three-step testing. Includes Simple Start™ educational booklet.
Contact Info/Support 1-800-227-8862 24h/7d/week
Spanish:
1-800-381-7226
1-800-227-8862 24h/7d/week
Spanish:
1-800-381-7226
1-800-227-8862 24h/7d/week
Spanish:
1-800-381-7226

Manufacturer Roche Roche Roche
Meter Accu-Chek Aviva Accu-Chek Advantage Accu-Chek Compact Plus
Technology Electro
chemical
Electro
chemical
Reflectance
Battery 3-volt Li (1) CR2032 3-volt Li (3) CR2032 AAA (2)
Strips Accu-Chek Aviva 50s & 100s Accu-Chek Comfort Curve 50s & 100s Accu-Chek Compact Drums 51s & 102s
Testing Time/
Sample Size
5 sec/0.6 uL 25 sec/4-10 uL 5 sec/1.5 uL
Alternate Site Testing Yes No Yes
Cleaning Required No No Yes
Meter Calibration Code Key Code Key Automatic
Download Capability/
Memory
Yes/500 Yes/480 Yes/300
Software Compass/
Camit Pro
Compass/
Camit Pro
Compass/
Camit Pro
Strip Shelf-Life
(after opening)
Date on vial Date on vial Date on vial
Features Wide-mouth test strips for easier blood application. Touchable test strip. Preset time and date with battery back-up. Comes with Accu-Chek Multiclix Lancing Device. Curved strip guides finger to target area for easier blood application. Bold, easy-to-read display. Easily used by the patient with visual or dexterity issues. All-in-one convenience with no strip handling. The one with the drum. Simple to use for the patient with physical or dexterity issues. No coding. Lancet device can be attached or detached from meter.
Contact Info/Support 1-800-858-8072
24h/7d/week
Many languages
1-800-858-8072 24h/7d/week
Many languages
1-800-858-8072 24h/7d/ week
Many languages

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