Diabetes is a serious and terrible disease that can lead to quite serious consequences, including even death, if the body is not supported with appropriate drugs. A similar situation can be avoided if the blood sugar level is maintained at the required level – no more than 7 mmol / l. Many people suffering from such a disease prefer to donate blood in the old fashioned way in district clinics in case of poor health, or they do it as prescribed by a doctor. However, progress does not stand still, and special devices – glucometers – have been on sale for a long time.
With their help, you can track the level of sugar literally several times a day, determine the body’s reaction to certain foods, physical activity, and so on. For people with diabetes, it will help to determine the cause of poor health in a timely manner and take the necessary measures to restore the state of the body. In pharmacies, you can find a wide range of glucometers, but not all of them will be suitable. Today we will try to help you understand this issue – we will tell you how to choose the best device, and also give a list of the most popular devices with a detailed indication of their performance characteristics.
How to choose the right glucometer?
There are three main types of such equipment on sale – photometric, electrochemical and non-invasive. The test strips of the first ones are processed with a special dye with the addition of the enzyme glucose oxidase during manufacture. The glucose contained in the blood comes into contact with the latter, as a result of which the color of the dye changes, the data is digitized and displayed on the glucometer display. The second type works on a similar principle, however, it is not the color of the strip that passes through the digitization procedure, but the current obtained as a result of the reaction of blood and the enzyme. Non-invasive devices do not require a puncture, as they function by measuring the length of an infrared beam as it passes through human tissue. In this case, it is desirable to apply it on the thinnest parts of the body – earlobes, fingers, and so on.
By itself, the principle of operation of this device is not too important – the main thing is that it shows the correct data. The most accurate concentration of sugar is determined if it is in the range from 4 to 10 mmol / l. If the parameter is lower, then the devices often underestimate the indicator, and if it is higher, then they overestimate it. It is worth noting that imported products are also on sale today, in which data are displayed in an unusual format – mg / dl. To translate into a more convenient measurement system, you need to divide the resulting number by 18.
When choosing a glucometer, you also need to look at whether test strips for it are available for sale. It is best to give preference to wide and hard stripes – these are more convenient to use. There are portable devices that run on batteries and are lightweight. They are convenient to carry with you all the time. They also pay attention to the speed of measurement – some devices provide information almost immediately, while others have to spend up to one minute processing them. The most modern devices can be synchronized with a tablet or smartphone, but they will be very expensive.
When we chose models for our ranking of the best glucometers of the year, we relied on the factors discussed above. However, some other points were also taken into account – the ratio of price and quality of products, as well as user reviews. We tried to include not the most expensive models in the review. Now is the time to move on to the analysis of their characteristics and functionality.
Top ten glucometer models
10. One Touch Select
LifeScan has been manufacturing such equipment for over 30 years – the first model of the glucometer was put into mass production back in 1987. Today’s products are distinguished by the use of high-tech operating principles that allow you to get the measurement result in the shortest possible time. The device itself is very light and compact, you can carry it with you. They are used both at home and in medical institutions. The glucometer gives accurate data that practically does not differ from laboratory ones. The device device is simple: it is equipped with a fairly large screen, there is a power button and two arrows so that you can select the most suitable option. Information is displayed in large font on the screen – even an elderly person with poor eyesight can easily see the measurement results. The menu has five positions – settings, output of results, the result of the last measurement, averages.
The keys are enough to control the device. Up to 350 results can be stored in the memory of the device, an original function is provided – fixing information before and after a meal. To select a balanced optimal diet, the glucometer calculates the average values for the required period of time – a month, a week. There is a connector for connecting the device to a computer, which allows you to make an extended clinical picture, but they use this opportunity, as a rule, in clinics or hospitals. The error of the glucometer does not exceed 3%. When using strips, you must enter the appropriate code, but do this only when you open a new package. There is also a built-in timer – the device turns itself off after two minutes of inactivity.
- Compact dimensions;
- Very convenient to use;
- Fully Russified menu;
- Measures quickly;
- Minor error.
- Test strips are quite expensive.
One Touch Select
9. iCheck iCheck blood glucose meter
Another very compact model that will be convenient for older people to use. The principle of operation is based on the use of biosensor technology – the oxidation of sugar contained in the blood is carried out under the influence of an enzyme, resulting in a current of a certain strength. Based on this indicator, the blood glucose content is calculated. Each package of test strips has a special chip that transfers data from the strip itself to the tester, and this is done in the form of a special code. Also on the strips there are original contacts that will not allow the device to turn on if the indicators are not inserted correctly. They also have a special protective layer, so you can not be afraid to damage the strip and get the wrong result.
The analysis does not require a large amount of blood – the device takes only 1.3 µl. The weight of the device is only 50 grams, so you can carry it with you all the time. The product is capable of storing up to 180 measurement results in memory, and the time and date of their performance is saved. A function is provided for calculating average values over a certain period of time. According to experts, the device is quite accurate – the results of the analyzes almost completely coincide with the laboratory ones. It is possible to connect the glucometer to a computer and transfer the data there as the memory fills up.
- Acceptable cost;
- Convenient to use;
- Compact dimensions – you can take it with you all the time;
- There is a state support program – test strips for patients with diabetes are issued free of charge in district clinics.
- Finding test strips in the free market is not so easy.
iCheck iCheck blood glucose meter
8. Satellite ELTA (PKG-02)
The first model of domestic production, which in terms of quality and functionality is practically not inferior to foreign analogues. Testing is carried out with high accuracy, and the measurement range is very wide – from 0.6 to 35 mmol / l. The built-in memory is enough to store data on the last 60 measurements. Included with the device is everything you need to conduct the first 25 tests, there is also a test strip that allows you to determine how good this device is. The device is used both at home and in clinical settings, often it is used even during screening studies. Consumables are inexpensive, the analysis technique is based on the electrochemical method. Only 4-5 µl of blood is taken, the result is given in about 20-30 seconds.
The device runs on a CR2032 battery. You can store the glucometer itself and consumables for it at a temperature of -20 to +30 degrees, however, measurements are taken at a range of +18 to +30 degrees. The kit also comes with a plastic storage case, which allows you to take the device with you even on a long trip without fear of damaging it.
- Sufficiently wide equipment of the device – for a long time you will not have to buy consumables;
- Relatively inexpensive;
- Convenient to store and use;
- High build quality and manufacturing.
- The result is not issued very quickly.
Satellite ELTA (PKG-02)
7. One Touch Verio
Another development of a well-known company, which will be the best choice for those who purchase this device for themselves for the first time. In use, the glucometer is quite convenient, it has a compact size and stylish appearance, the readings are accurate. With this analyzer, blood sugar levels can be kept under control at all times, which will allow even a person with a severe stage of the disease to lead an active and eventful life. The device determines the percentage of glucose to the volume of blood taken. To carry out the analysis, you will need to purchase special test strips. The screen here is quite large, liquid crystal, color. All characters are clear and bright, the controls are intuitive. The analysis can be carried out without the use of buttons at all. The device is characterized by a minimum error – within 0.3–0.5%.
The measurement technique here is electrochemical, however, an original enzyme was selected that does not interact with maltose, oxygen, vitamin C. This contributes to an additional increase in the accuracy of the result. Data processing is carried out in a short time – within five seconds, the analyzer performs about 1000 measurements, displaying the average value on the display. Due to this technology, the risk of obtaining incorrect information is completely eliminated. The meter has a built-in memory where up to 750 measurements are stored. One of the main features is the ability to predict glycemia based on trends. The device independently monitors the results of daily analyzes and determines deviations of any kind, making a forecast for the user of hyper- or hypoglycemia. Powered by a battery – the charge will last about two to three weeks, depending on the intensity of use, after which it will need to be charged.
- Excellent measurement quality;
- There is a tight cover that can withstand any load and exclude damage to the device;
- Runs on a rechargeable battery;
- Full color LCD display with a large diagonal;
- Flashlight provided.
- Very expensive consumables.
One Touch Verio
6. Diacont Voice
Equipped with the original AST system, with which the analysis can be taken not only from the fingers, but also from other parts of the body – palms, forearms, shoulders, shins, thighs. The uniqueness of the device lies in the presence of voice alerts, which allows even people with low vision to use it, since they are in Russian. Only 0.7 µl of blood is needed for the study. No coding systems and test strips will have to be used here – a person can save a lot on consumables. The built-in memory is designed for 450 results, and you can display average values for a different period of time – 7, 14, 21 or 28 days. The glucometer itself monitors the ambient temperature, which also has a positive effect on the final accuracy of the results.
The display has a battery indicator – you can not be afraid that the device will turn off at the most inopportune moment. Through the cable included in the kit, you can connect the device to a personal computer, thanks to which an in-depth monitoring of a person’s condition is carried out. Ergonomic design – the product looks quite stylish, it has small overall dimensions, so you can carry it with you all the time.
- Inexpensive, but very effective products;
- Availability of a system of Russified voice notification;
- No need to purchase consumables;
- The analysis takes into account the ambient temperature;
- Good ergonomics.
- The error is higher compared to other devices – it can reach 3-4%.
5. Gluconometer Contour Plus
Innovative equipment that provides the highest measurement accuracy. The test result is ready in just 5 seconds – this is very important in the process of diagnosing hypoklemia, since a timely detected drop in blood glucose levels can lead to very serious consequences, for example, to hypoklemic coma. The controls are simple and the screen is large and clear. Often this device is used in hospitals and clinics not only to monitor a person’s condition, but also for express assessment of blood sugar levels. This device is not suitable for screening. It works on the basis of a multi-pulse method: a blood sample taken from a person is repeatedly scanned, as a result of which a signal coming from glucose is released. The enzyme used here is FAD-GDH, which only reacts with glucose.
If there is not enough blood taken, the device emits an appropriate sound signal, give the user about 30 more seconds so that he can add the required amount of blood to the same strip. No codes or chip settings are required when working with a glucometer – the product itself is calibrated to fit the strip. You can measure in the temperature range from 5 to 45 degrees. The device operates on two lithium-ion batteries. The device itself does not weigh too much – less than 50 g. The range of sensitivity to glucose content is from 0.6 to 33.3 mmol / l.
- Very high accuracy of readings;
- There is a blood donation function;
- Display illumination is provided;
- The original enzyme is used;
- There is even a mobile app.
- Test strips are expensive, but in some clinics they are given to diabetics for free;
- Not everyone uses the app.
Gluconometer Contour Plus
4. Accu-Chek Mobile
The data received from this device completely coincide with the laboratory data in 99.4% of cases. The error is so small that it is often simply neglected – it does not even reach 0.1%. The device is produced by Roche Diagnostics, which since its inception has specialized in the manufacture of medical equipment and special reagents. In terms of quality, the glucometer fully complies with Russian and international standards. The device is relatively large in comparison with the previously considered analogues. It comes with a special Fastclix piercing handle that can be detached if necessary. There is also a cassette with a test tape, a drum with lancets is provided at the handle. With overall dimensions of 12.1×6.3×2 cm, the weight of the device is about 130 grams.
The operation of the device is based on the principle of photometry – the analysis is performed on capillary blood with further conversion to plasma. The optical elements are automatically cleaned before the next use. The device supports the Russian language, is equipped with a liquid crystal display with automatic backlight, the brightness of which can be adjusted. Up to 5,000 measurement results can be stored in memory. There is a built-in alarm clock that reminds the user of the need to take a measurement, turns off automatically, if desired, can be connected to a computer, and you do not have to install special software.
- Compact overall dimensions;
- In terms of measurement accuracy, it is not inferior to laboratory analyzes;
- Allows you to instantly get the result;
- You can connect to a computer and print all the data;
- original working method.
- It doesn’t come with a case, so it’s not very convenient to carry around.
3. Satellite Express (PCG-03)
In third place in the ranking of the best glucometers is another product of a domestic manufacturer, which is optimally suited for home use. Some clinics have also adopted it and use it in cases where it is not possible to conduct a laboratory study of the patient’s blood. Due to the simplicity of the device and operation, the device will be comfortable for older people to use. Measurements here are made by the electrochemical method. In order to get the most accurate results, you only need 1 drop of blood, the volume of which should be at least 1 µl. The measurement range is in the range from 0.6 to 35 mmol / l, which allows you to timely and accurately establish both underestimated and overestimated indicators.
Calibration of the device is carried out in the factory on the basis of whole blood. Up to 60 recent results can be stored in memory. The analysis process does not take much time – about 7 s. The glucometer functions normally at temperatures from +10 to +35 degrees, and it is stored at -10 – + 40 degrees. If the storage mode in terms of maintaining the temperature has been violated, then before direct use, it is necessary to let the device lie down in an environment with the required temperature.
- For a domestic device, it works quite quickly;
- Inexpensive consumables;
- Shows accurate data;
- Wide operating range.
- There is no voice notification that would be useful for people with low vision;
- Strips fall out of the pocket of the cover;
- The display size is too small.
Satellite Express (PCG-03)
2. OneTouch Select Plus Glucometer
A fairly modern and compact model based on the One Touch Ultra platform. The meter is equipped with an intuitive interface and interacts with improved test strips with increased accuracy. With dimensions of 43x101x15.6 mm, the device has a mass of 200 g. For analysis, it will be necessary to take about 1 μl of whole capillary blood from the patient. The calculation speed of all parameters does not exceed 5 seconds, the device is capable of operating in the range of 1.1-33.3 mmol/l. The error of indications is about 2-3%. The glucometer is powered by two CR2032 lithium batteries. Up to 500 measurement results can be loaded into the internal memory, and the date and time of the analysis will be indicated. The operating temperature range is extended – from +7 to +40 degrees. Included with the device is everything you need to get the most accurate result.
The principle of operation is standard – based on enzymes and electric current, the strength of which varies proportionally depending on the amount of glucose contained in the blood. The device is placed in a streamlined case made of high-quality plastic, which will not slip out of your hands. At the top is a port where a test strip is inserted. The glucometer has a rather large monochrome liquid crystal display, a color scale is glued on the bottom. After the analysis, the device itself will show at what level the glucose is – normal, low or high. The product also displays average values for up to one and a half months. The device is completely Russified, but there is support for other languages. There are three buttons on the case that are responsible for managing and navigating through the menu.
- The diameter of the needles for piercing is small, so the patient experiences practically no discomfort;
- Comfortable shape and well thought out ergonomics;
- Intuitive device interface;
- Acceptable cost;
- The meter comes with 60 test strips, and they are easy to find on the market.
- One of the heaviest models in our entire review.
Glucometer OneTouch Select Plus
1. Accu-Chek Performa
Provides the minimum error when carrying out analyses. When developing this device, many wishes and comments of consumers were taken into account, so the device turned out to be very easy to use, but it has quite a wide range of capabilities. The cost is acceptable, so the glucometer will be available to almost everyone. As a result, the owner will have a compact and very light device with a large display, and only two keys can be found on its body. The kit also comes with a scarifier pen with replaceable needles, and replacing them will not be the slightest difficulty. The case is also very practical – it has a place not only for the product itself, but also for all auxiliary devices. The measurements are very accurate, the error compared to laboratory results is about 1-2%. The overall dimensions of the glucometer are 94x52x21 mm and weigh 59 g.
The display here is liquid crystal, monochrome, has a high contrast, so the data on it will be clearly visible even under direct sunlight. The numbers are large, LED backlighting is provided, which helps to work with the device even in complete darkness. The depth of the puncture is adjustable. Up to 500 indicators are stored in memory with mandatory date and time marking, if necessary, they can be transferred to a home computer. The battery is long-lasting – it lasts for about 2000 measurements, and its charge is saved due to the automatic shutdown function.
- Compact, lightweight and very reliable;
- Decent amount of memory;
- Large display – all data is very clearly visible;
- The measurement results are accurate, almost identical to the laboratory ones;
- There are several additional functions – notification of the need to undergo a procedure, synchronization with a computer;
- Widespread use of consumables.
- Buttons must be used carefully – they tend to sink.
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Well, our rating of the best glucometers has ended, we hope that you were able to decide which model suits you best. If you take care of your health, then even with such a serious illness as diabetes, you can lead a full life without infringing on yourself in anything. In the comments to the article, you can ask us questions or express wishes.