For people with diabetes, it's essential to get accurate and efficient readings of blood glucose levels. Glucometers allow people to do just that: quickly and easily measure their glucose levels themselves. We spent over 80 hours researching the 30 best glucometers on the market, considering specifications, features, user reviews, medical studies, availability and cost. After eliminating models that used old technology or were too difficult to find in stores, we purchased the 10 best blood glucose meters so that we could perform hands-on evaluations of each device.
Before we dive into our recommendations for the best glucometers, it's important to note that Dignifyed is not a substitute for your primary care physician. We make our recommendations based on common scenarios, hands-on experience, market cost evaluations and a comparison of important features, but they do not replace advice from your doctor. We are not medical experts.
The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect gets its name from its main feature: Bluetooth that connects it to a mobile app on your smartphone. This provides excellent data management of your readings so you can spot patterns and better treat your diabetes. In addition, the device's interface is one of the easiest to navigate. It has multiple buttons, so you can get to the features you need quickly, and the display is high-contrast with big numbers.
Another reason the Aviva Connect is the best glucometer is the wide availability of its test strips. We couldn't find a pharmacy or online store that didn't stock them. Of course, the one significant downside of the test strips is their cost. At $1.39 per strip in a pack of 100 and $1.52 per strip in a pack of 50, they're more expensive than most test strips on the market.
The Contour Next is our pick for the best glucometer if your primary concerns are overall value and the availability of the test strips. We visited local pharmacies and collated data from 15 online stores that sell supplies for people with diabetes. Based on this data, we found that the Contour Next was one of the few glucometers with test strips available in every location. Considering the average $0.55-per-strip cost, it's clearly the choice for value and availability. A few glucometers have test strips that cost less, but the strips are typically available only at a few online stores.
The Second-Chance feature is another reason Contour Next provides the best value. This feature ensures you don't waste test strips. If you don't get enough blood on the first reading, you can add blood to the strip to get an accurate reading. With most other glucometers, the test strip is wasted if you don't get enough blood on the first try.
The FORA TN'G Voice is our pick for people with poor eyesight because it has a loud voice feature that makes it easy for people with poor eyesight to get their blood glucose readings. The voice guidance also walks you through the features, allowing you to use every one without having to consult the display. Very few glucometers have voice features, which is surprising considering that vision impairments are very common in people with diabetes. In addition, the glucometer features Bluetooth and the best data-management app available.
The voice guidance is loud and easy to understand. However, the voice system does have some faults. For example, we struggled to turn it off and adjust the volume, and these shortcomings can be annoying in a public space.
Another great aspect of FORA TN'G Voice is the cost of the test strips. Although they're not available in most pharmacies and you can get them only in a few online stores, the average cost per strip was just 39 cents in a 50 pack. This makes them some of the most affordable test strips on the market.
It's important to note that the FORA Test N'Go is not very different from the FORA TN'G Voice. Both come with Bluetooth technology and a management app to track your health. The main differences are that the Test N'Go has a slimmer design and doesn't have voice guidance.
The FORA health-tracking app is well designed and easy to navigate. While some glucometers come with data-management software, very few integrate such detailed data into your smartphone. Only a few glucometers feature Bluetooth connectivity to manage your readings, but the FORA app provides the best tools for managing your health. The app helps you recognize trends in your glucose levels, track your meals and calculate your insulin needs.
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About This Reviewer
I’ve been reviewing senior care technology since 2014, and started covering glucometers in 2016. While I'm not diabetic, my grandfather and mother were diagnosed with Type II diabetes. I also have had several close friends throughout my life living with varying stages of diabetes. So while I don’t use glucometers, I know many people who rely on them daily to help them manage their diabetes. This makes these reviews personal.
Throughout the review process, I consulted with diabetics to better understand the preferences and frustrations that they had with their current glucometers. It was their feedback that drove my research and evaluations of these products. That said, I am not a medical expert and shouldn’t be a replacement for your physician’s recommendations. Every diabetic’s diagnosis and plan for health management is unique and should be taken into consideration when purchasing a glucometer.
Our Testing Story: How We Chose Our Picks
In the United States, glucometers are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and must meet certain requirements and regulations for accuracy. Therefore, we did not perform blood-sample tests to evaluate the accuracy of these meters. Rather, we researched and performed hands-on evaluations of all of the glucometers in our reviews. Read more about our research metrics and evaluation process.
The Checklist: What to Ask Before You Buy
Before you decide on a glucometer, you should consider several factors, including the costs and availability of the test strips, advanced features and meter design.
To start narrowing down your options, read through our Dignifyed Checklist: What to Ask Before You Buy.
What Type of Meter Should You Buy? Pros and Cons
There are many glucometers on the market, and the most popular and readily available models are self-monitoring meters, including all 10 of the glucometers in our reviews. However, you may have heard about other designs and styles of meters, which we discuss as well.
FAQs About Glucometers
Whether you were diagnosed with diabetes recently and you're purchasing your first glucometer or you've been monitoring your glucose levels for years, you may have a lot of questions. We answer some of the most common questions about the meters, test strips, features and more.
Full List of Glucometer Reviews
We tested 10 meters from 8 brands. Read how each fared in our tests:
Our Best Picks:
- Accu-Chek Aviva Connect: Overall Best Pick
- Contour Next: Best Value & Availability
- FORA TN'G Voice: Best for People with Poor Eyesight
- FORA Test N'Go: Best for Data Management