The FORA Test N'Go is one of the few glucometers on the market to use Bluetooth to sync your readings with a smartphone app. The app provides a quick and easy way to manage your diabetes by allowing you to spot trends in your glucose levels in real time. Although the test strips are only available at a few online stores, they are reasonably priced.
Test-Strip Costs & Availability
We visited local pharmacies and online stores to evaluate both the availability and price of test strips because they represent the biggest long-term cost. The biggest downside of the FORA Test N'Go is that its test strips aren't widely available. We couldn't find the strips in any of the brick-and-mortar pharmacies we visited, and only a few of the online stores, including the FORA website, carried them. Because FORA is a relatively new brand and much smaller than most glucometer manufacturers, the lack of distribution isn't surprising. As the brand grows, you can expect the test strips to become more readily available.
On the plus side, the test strips aren't expensive. On average, they cost about 59 cents per strip. While some glucometers have cheaper test strips, FORA's are much more affordable than those used by most devices, especially popular brands like AccuChek. For comparison, the most expensive test strips we reviewed cost about $1.39 per strip, and some cost more than $2 per strip.
Design & Features
The FORA Test N'Go is a Bluetooth-compatible blood glucose meter. Few glucometers are currently taking advantage of this wireless technology. It integrates with an app on your smartphone, and your readings automatically transfer. The app helps you recognize trends in your glucose levels, track your meals and calculate your insulin needs. It's very easy to use and helps you manage your diabetes in the moment because you can immediately see important information. In contrast, with many other glucometers, you have to transfer your data to a computer via a USB connection to see the big picture of your data, and some glucometers don't come with data-management software.
The FORA Test N'Go is well-made. It's small and slender — not much bigger than a thumb drive. It can store up to 450 readings, which is fewer than most blood glucose meters allow. But when you consider that the data transfers to your phone, it's not a big deal. The display is high-contrast and easy to read, which is good for people who have vision impairments.
Ease of Use
The test strips for the FORA Test N'Go require 0.5 microliters of blood, which is average. Some glucometers need as little as 0.3 microliters. However, the difference between 0.5 and 0.3 microliters isn't much, and it doesn't make drawing blood any more or less painful. FORA sells 30-gauge (1.8 millimeters) lancets to ensure you can obtain the proper sample size.
The Final Verdict
If you want a glucometer that can help you track your glucose in real time so you can better manage your diabetes, then the FORA Test N'Go is one of the best options. The well-designed app and Bluetooth connectivity make it easy to manage your data.