Visual guide to diabetes devices: Blood glucose meters

Images and key features of blood glucose monitoring systems.

Last updated 15th January 2021: removed Aviva Nano and Betachek G5



ACCUTREND PLUS Roche Diagnostics
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features
: 100-test memory. Four parameters: cholesterol, lactate, triglycerides and glucose.
Retail price: £199.00
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: Accutrend Glucose, Accutrend Lactate, Accutrend Total Cholesterol, Accutrend Triglyceride


AUTOSENSE ADP
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: No coding required. Results in 5 seconds. 0.5 microlitre blood sample. 500-result memory with 7-, 14-, 30-, 60- and 90-day averages. Strip ejection. Meal markers. Three alarms. Data download facility. Multiple test sites.
Retail price: £20.00
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: Autosense


AUTOSENSE VOICE ADP
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: Talking function. No coding required. Results in 5 seconds. 0.5 microlitre blood sample. 500-result memory with 7-, 14-, 30-, 60- and 90-day averages. Strip ejection. Meal markers. Three alarms. Data download facility. Multiple test sites.
Retail price: £45.00
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: Autosense


AVIVA Roche Diabetes Care
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 0.6–33.3 mmol/l
Features: 500-test memory. Comes with Multiclix finger pricker.
Retail price: £12.99
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: Aviva


AVIVA EXPERT Roche Diabetes Care
Type: Blood glucose meter and bolus advisor system
Range: 0.6–33.3 mmol/l
Features
: No coding required. Bolus advisor system for patients using MDI. Results in 5 seconds. Comes with detachable Multiclix finger pricker.
Retail price: Available through healthcare professionals
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: Aviva


CARESENS DUAL Spirit Healthcare
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features
: No coding required. 0.4 microlitre blood sample. Results in 5 seconds. 1000-result memory with 7-, 14-, 30- and 90-day averages. Four alarms. Meal markers. Strip ejection. Data transfer via USB and Bluetooth.
Retail price: Meter available free of charge from manufacturer
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: CareSens Pro


CARESENS N Spirit Healthcare
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features
: No coding required. Results in 5 seconds. Alarm. Easy-grip design. Provides 14-day average results. Data transfer via USB.
Retail price: £28.99
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: CareSens N


CARESENS N POP Spirit Healthcare
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: Auto coding. 0.5 microlitre blood sample. Results in 5 seconds. Backlit screen. Hypo indicator. 500-test memory. Data transfer via USB.
Retail price: £38.99
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: CareSens N


CARESENS N VOICE Spirit Healthcare
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: Suitable for sight-impaired patients; talks through all the steps. Strip ejector button. Hypo indicator. 0.5 microlitre blood sample. Results in 5 seconds. Backlit screen. 500-test memory.
Retail price: £48.99
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: CareSens N


CONTOUR Ascensia Diabetes Care
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 0.6–33.3 mmol/l
Features: 480-result memory with date and time. Results in 5 seconds. Uses 2 x CR2032 Li batteries. No coding required.
Retail price: £11.35
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: Contour


CONTOUR XT Ascensia Diabetes Care
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 0.6–33.3 mmol/l
Features: 480-result memory with date and time. Results in 5 seconds. No coding required.
Retail Price: Available free of charge from diabetes nurse specialists
Compatible test strips: Contour Next


FINETEST LITE Neon Diagnostics
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 0.6–33.3 mmol/l
Features: No coding required. Results in 5 seconds. Large display. 500-test memory. 7-, 14- and 21-day averages. Data transfer via USB.
Retail price: £11.87
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: Finetest Lite


FREESTYLE FREEDOM LITE Abbott Diabetes Care
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: 5 second average test time. No coding required. Provides results in 14-day averages. Stores the last 250 results with date and time. 4 reminder alarms. Multiple test sites.
Retail price: £9.99 (excl VAT)
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: FreeStyle Lite


FREESTYLE INSULINX Abbott Diabetes Care
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–27.8 mmol/l
Features: Rapid acting insulin dose calculator. Touch screen technology. Automated logbook. Multiple reminder alarms. Strip port light. Results in =4 seconds. No coding required.
Retail price: Meter available from diabetes nurse specialists
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: FreeStyle Lite


FREESTYLE LITE Abbott Diabetes Care
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–27.8 mmol/l
Features: 5 second average test time. No coding required. Provides results in 7-, 14- and 30-day averages. Stores up to 400 results with date and time. 4 reminder alarms. Multiple test sites. Backlit display and test light.
Retail price: £12.99 (excl VAT)
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: FreeStyle Lite


FREESTYLE OPTIUM Abbott Diabetes Care
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–27.8 mmol/l
Features: Large, easy to read display. Results in 5 seconds. 0.6 microlitre blood sample. No coding required. 450-result memory. Download facility. Can test for ketones.
Retail price: £12.99 (excl VAT)
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: Optium Plus, Optium ß-ketone


GLUCOFIX TECH Menarini Diagnostics
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: Large glow in the dark display. Large easy to handle strips. No coding required. 740-result memory with 1-, 7-, 14-, 30-, 60- and 90-day averages. Results in 5 seconds. 0.5 microlitre blood sample. 3 alarms.
Retail price: £44.70 (excl VAT)
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: Glucofix Tech Sensors


GLUCOMEN AREO Menarini Diagnostics
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: Large, glow in the dark display. No coding required. Results in 5 seconds. 0.5 microlitre blood sample. 730-result memory with 1-, 7-, 14-, 30-, 60- and 90-day averages. Meal markers. Download facilty.
Retail price: £29.99 (excl VAT)
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: GlucoMen Areo Sensor


GLUCOMEN LX PLUS Menarini Diagnostics
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: No coding required. Results in 4 seconds (glucose), 10 seconds (ketones). Meal markers. Download facility.
Retail price: £47.79 (excl VAT)
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: GlucoMen LX Sensor and GlucoMen LX Ketone Sensor


GLUCORX GO GlucoRx
Type: Integrated blood glucose meter
Range: 1.133.3 mmol/l
Features: No coding required. Results in 5 seconds. 999 result memory. Multiple test sites.
Retail price: £12.95
NHS: £9.95
Compatible test strips: GlucoRx Nexus


GLUCORX HCT GlucoRx

Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 0.5-35 mmol/l
Features: No coding required. Results in 5 seconds (glucose), 10 seconds (ketones). Haematocrit correction. 1000-result memory with 7-, 14-, 21-, 28-, 60- and 90-day averages. Ketone warning. Meal markers. Strip ejection. 4 alarms. Download facility.
Retail price: £11.95
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: GlucoRx HCT Glucose


GLUCORX HCT CONNECT GlucoRx
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 0.5-38.9 mmol/l
Features: Results in 5 seconds (glucose), 10 seconds (ketones). Haematocrit correction. Unlimited memory with 7-, 14- and 30-day averages. Ketone warning. 4 measuring modes (before-meal, after-meal, night, sleep). Requires plug in to smartphone with free GlucoRx HCT app installed.
Retail price: £11.95
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: GlucoRx HCT Glucose, GlucoRx HCT Ketone


GLUCORX NEXUS GlucoRx
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: No coding required. Results in 5 seconds. 0.5 microlitre blood sample. 1000- result memory with daily averages. Ketone warning. Meal markers. Strip ejection. Multiple test sites. 4 alarms. Backlit display. Download facility.
Retail price: £10.95
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: GlucoRx Nexus


GLUCORX NEXUS MINI ULTRA GlucoRx
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: Compact design. No coding required. Results in 5 seconds. 0.5 microlitre blood sample. 1000-result memory with daily averages. Meal markers. 4 alarms. Multiple test sites. Strip ejection. Download facility.
Retail price: £10.95
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: GlucoRx Nexus


GLUCORX NEXUS VOICE GlucoRx
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: Voice guidance for the visually impaired. No coding required. Results in 5 seconds. 0.5 microlitre blood sample. Strip ejection. 450-result memory with daily averages. Ketone warning. 4 alarms. Meal markers. PC download facility.
Retail price: £10.95
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: GlucoRx Nexus


GLUCORX Q GlucoRx
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: No coding required. Results in 7 seconds. 450-result memory with daily averages. PC download facility. Backlit screen. Alternative site testing. Meal markers. 4 alarms.
Retail price: £5.95
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: GlucoRx Q


GLUCOZEN.AUTO Glucozen
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 0.6–50 mmol/l
Features: No coding required. Results in 5 seconds. 0.5 microlitre blood sample. 500-result memory. Strip ejection.
Retail price: £12.99
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: GlucoZen.auto


GLUNEO Neon Diagnostics
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 0.6–33.3 mmol/l
Features: No coding required. Results in 5 seconds. 0.5 microlitre blood sample. 500 result memory. Strip ejection.
Retail price: £15.00
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: GluNeo


IME-DC Arctic Medical
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: Results in 10 seconds. 2 microlitre blood sample. 100-result memory. Single-button operation for ease of use.
Trade price: £11.60 (excl VAT)
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: IME-DC


KEYA SMART Inside Biometrics
Type: Blood glucose and ketone meter
Range: 1.1-33.3 mmol/l
Features: No coding required. 2 in 1 test strips. Results in 5 seconds for glucose and ketones. 0.5 microlitre blood sample. 1200 result memory. Colour-coded ketone level alerts. Provides 7-, 14-, 30- and 90-day analyses. Data transfer via Bluetooth and USB.
Retail price: Available through healthcare professionals
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: KEYA Smart


MENDOR DISCREET SpringMed Solutions
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: Integrated test strip cassette and lancing device. Automatic coding. Results in 5 seconds. 250-test memory with date and time automatically recorded. 14-day average. Data downloadable via cable provided. Mendor Balance software.
Retail price: £35.00
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: Mendor Discreet


MICRODOT+ Cambridge Sensors
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–29.2 mmol/l
Features: No coding, insulin data entry, telemedicine.
Retail price: £19.99
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: Microdot+


MOBILE Roche Diabetes Care
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 0.6–33.3 mmol/l
Features: 50 tests on one tape cassette. 500-test memory. No individual lancet or test strip handling. Automatic coding. No clinical waste. Comes with detachable Fastclix finger pricking device.
Retail price: £37.66
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: Mobile test cassette


MODZ Modz
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3mmol/l
Features: Results in 5 seconds, 0.5 microlitre blood sample. GSM wireless data transfer with SIM card, mobile application with diabetes diary. 3000 test memory. Rechargeable.
Retail price: £250.00
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: MODZ


MYGLUCOHEALTH Entra Health Systems
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 0.6–33.3 mmol/l
Features: No coding required. Results in 3 seconds. Large display and buttons, free online support. Data transfer via USB and Bluetooth.
Retail price: £59.95
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: MyGlucoHealth


MYLIFE UNIO Ypsomed
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 0.6–33.3 mmol/l
Features: Compact design. Results in 5 seconds. Four event markers. Data transfer via USB.
Retail price: Available from manufacturer or diabetes nurse specialists
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: Mylife Unio


MYSTAR EXTRA Sanofi
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: No coding required. Results in 5 seconds. 0.5 microlitre blood sample. 1865 result memory with 3-, 7-, and 30-day averages. Meal markers. Fasting trend arrows. Backlit display. HbA1c estimation.
Retail price: Meter available free of charge from manufacturer
Compatible test strips: BGStar


OMNITEST 3 Bbraun
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 0.6–33.3 mmol/l
Features: No coding required. Results in 3 seconds. 0.3 microlitre blood sample. 360-result memory with calculation of 3 averages from 1 to 99 days. Five alarms. Meal markers. Strip ejection.
Retail price: £30.00
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: Omnitest 3


OMNITEST 5 Bbraun
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 0.6-33.3 mmol/l
Features: No coding required. Results in 5 seconds. 0.5 microlitre blood sample. 500-result memory with 7-, 30- and 90-day averages. Five alarms. Meal markers. Strip ejection.
Retail price: Meter available free of charge from manufacturer
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: Omnitest 5


ONETOUCH VERIO LifeScan
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: Results in 5 seconds. Customisable colour-coded range indicator. ‘Treat low result’ prompt and progress notes. 500-test memory with date and time, 7-, 14-, 30- and 90-day averages. Data transfer via USB.
Retail price: Meter available from manufacturer
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: OneTouch Verio


ONETOUCH VERIO IQ LifeScan
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: Results in 5 seconds. No coding. Colour-coded high/low pattern alerts. Before or after meal tags. 750-test memory with date and time, 7-, 14-, 30- and 90-day averages. Data transfer via USB.
Retail price: Meter available from manufacturer
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: OneTouch Verio


SD CODEFREE SD Biosensor
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 0.6–33.3 mmol/l
Features: No coding required. Results in 5 seconds. 0.9 microlitre blood sample. 500 result memory with 7-, 14- and 30-day averages. 4 alarms. Meal markers. PC download facility.
Retail price: £11.60
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: SD Codefree


TRUEYOU MINI Nipro Diagnostics
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: No coding. 0.5 microlitre blood sample. Minimum 4 second test time. 500 result memory with date and time. Provides 7-, 14- and 30-day average results.
Retail price: £14.99 (excl VAT)
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: TRUEyou


VIVACHEK INO JRBiomedical
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 0.6-33.3 mmol/l
Features: No coding required. Results in 5 seconds. 900 test memory. Haematocrit correction. 0.5 microlitre blood sample. Strip ejection. Meal markers. Five alarms. Hypo and ketone warnings. Data transfer via mini USB.
Retail price: £24.95
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: VivaChek Ino


WAVESENSE JAZZ AgaMatrix
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: Results in 5 seconds, 0.5 microlitre blood sample, 1865-test memory, meal tagging, glycaemic variability tracking, 14-, 30- and 90-day averages, control solution auto-detection.
Retail price: Meter available free of charge from manufacturer and healthcare professionals
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: WaveSense Jazz


WAVESENSE JAZZ WIRELESS AgaMatrix
Type: Blood glucose meter
Range: 1.1–33.3 mmol/l
Features: Compact and discreet, LED display, 0.5 microlitre blood sample, results automatically sync from meter to app using Bluetooth. Track and share glucose, carbohydrate, insulin and weight.
Retail price: Meter available free of charge from manufacturer and healthcare professionals
NHS: Meter not available at NHS expense
Compatible test strips: WaveSense Jazz

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