FreeStyle glucose meters are available at Walmart stores, Walmart.com and through Amazon.com. Both companies also sell FreeStyle test strips and monitoring kits, which include a meter, lancet and carrying case, according to the company websites.
LifeScan OneTouch, Roche Accu-Chek and Abbot FreeStyle are three examples of glucose meters that companies offer for free. Manufacturers give away free testing meters in the hope that customers continue buying their testing strips. However, many also offer discounts and payment programs for their te
The FreeStyle glucose meter manual available for downloading from FreeStyle.com includes instructions for setting up the meter for the first time, using the meter, testing the blood and reviewing old readings. It also gives information about setting up reminders and taking care of the meter.
The best glucose meters for accuracy include Accu-Chek Aviva, TRUEresult and Accu-Chek Compact Plus, according to About.com. The key to finding the right glucose test meter is for individuals to consider cost, ease of use and accuracy.
Some diabetic testing strip manufacturers provide a limited supply of strips to low-cost and community clinics for distribution to uninsured and low-income patients, according to the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. A patients should inquire whether his physician participates in this program
The FreeStyle Lite and FreeStyle Freedom Lite diabetes meters performed very well in a 2012 study published in Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics. Those meters also had some of the highest accuracy ratings in a 2012 study by the Diabetes Technology Society.
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.
Choose a good glucose meter by selecting a model in your price range that is easy to use and maintain and that has the specific features you want and your physician recommends, advises Mayo Clinic. Be sure to assess the total cost of using the meter, including test strips, after factoring in any ins
The best way for an individual to obtain free supplies such as glucose test strips is to check with his insurance company or with Medicare, suggests Mayo Clinic. Strips are sometimes covered if they are prescribed by a physician. Some nonprofit organizations provide free nonprescription test supplie
Tests of specific blood glucose meters that Consumer Reports and Men's Health conducted in 2012 rate the OneTouch UltraMini highest for consistency, explains Health Central. The meters that were rated highest for accuracy in both tests include the FreeStyle Lite and the OneTouch Ultra2. Diabetics sh