Compare glucose meters on insurance coverage; size and access to readings; unique features, such as audio read-out and back-lit screens; storage capacity; and customer service, advises Mayo Clinic. The cost of the meter after insurance and the cost of test strips are also key factors to consider.
When comparing access to blood sugar readings, Mayo Clinic recommends considering the ease with which the blood is placed on the test strips, and how long it takes for the reading to appear. The capacity of meters to track the date and time of testing, daily results and trends also vary. Some meters make it possible to download results, which can then be emailed to the physician for review.
New devices enter the market frequently, according to Mayo Clinic, including monitors that allow blood samples from different areas of the body (most monitors require blood samples from the fingertips). Another 2015 advance in glucose monitoring devices is the continuous glucose monitor placed under the skin. Readings go from the monitor to a device the person wears. The continuous monitoring sensors also sound an alarm should a blood sugar reading reach a dangerous level. Regardless of the monitor selected, with proper care, accuracy is fairly consistent across the various makes and models available in 2015.