One feature that is particularly important to many people is the size of the blood sample. Blood samples range from a sizeable 3.0 microliters down to a very small 0.3 of a microliter. A smaller sample is particularly important for parents of children with diabetes.
When choosing a blood sugar meter it is also important to first determine which features are most important for your needs. Not all blood sugar meters are the same. For example, while the majority of meters have the ability to download your test results to a computer, only a few have a backlight display. A backlight can be important if you often test your blood at night.
There are also meters that will check your blood sugar and your blood ketones. Other meters will check your blood pressure in addition to your blood sugar. Some meters have substantial storage of previous test results while others do not. So, finding the “right” blood sugar meter may start with determining your needs.
The chart below lists all of the meters that require only a 0.3 microliter blood sample, which is currently the smallest amount any blood sugar monitor can measure. Only a handful of meters have this technology. If blood sample size is important, check out these meters.
The chart below also lists other important features that may be of interest to you.
Also check out glucose meters that:
- Audibly “speak” your results
- Measure blood pressure
- Communicate with an insulin pump
- Have the greatest storage capacity
- Measure blood ketones
These are some of the meters mentioned in the table below:
Blood sugar meters with the smallest blood sample (0.3 microliters)
|Meter||Results stored||Blood sample||Computer download||Backlit display||Coding needed||Company||Special features|
|FreeStyle Freedom Lite||400||0.3 microliter||Yes||No||No||Abbott Diabetes Care|
|FreeStyle Light||400||0.3 microliter||Yes||Yes||No||Abbott Diabetes Care|
|Glucocard 01||360||0.3 microliter||Yes||No||No||Arkray|
|Glucocard 01-mini||50||0.3 microliter||No||No||No||Arkray|
|Glucocard X-meter||360||0.3 microliter||Yes||No||No||Arkray|
|MyGlucoHealth Wireless||Not available||0.3 microliter||Yes||No||No||Entra Health Systems||Audible test results, integrated Blue-tooth communication|
|Nova Max Link||400||0.3 microliter||Yes||No||No||Nova Biomedical||Communicates with insulin pump|
|ReliOn Confirm||360||0.3 microliter||Yes||No||No||Walmart|
|ReliOn Micro||50||0.3 microliter||No||No||No||Walmart|