The best meter out there is the one that will work best for YOU, and will give you results closest and most reliably to your true numbers. This is not something that is particular to one brand, but it is something that seems to vary depending on the person. For you to find the meter that best suits you, you should take your meters with you when you go get your blood tested at the lab, and at the same time they are drawing your blood, or just before you go in, get your blood sugar measured by these meters. The meter that most accurately and consistently gets closest to your lab result is going to be the best meter for you. It’s best to try a lot of different meters, preferably for free:
- You can visit manufacturer websites such as Bayer, FreeStyle, and One Touch
- You can actually CALL a company, and request that they send you a free trial meter since you are relatively newly diagnosed. Arkray and Accu-Check are good for this.
- I would contact my doctor or endocrinologist and ask him if he has free meters to give out to patients. Many times they have some around for people to use.
- I would search around in the free section of this forum, because many people are often giving away meters they don't want, or lancets.
Keep in mind that other things can also make meters be unreliable: If you expose them to extreme temperature shifts, like too hot or too cold, if you need to change the battery or clean the meter, if you have expired strips or strips that were exposed to heat or cold... or if you have not washed your hands and dried them properly before testing. Make sure to always use control solution as well, when you suspect your meter is radically off.
Every meter is going to be DIFFERENT depending on the person who uses it. Aviva does not work for me, and neither does One Touch. Contour is always 15-20 pts off, consistently, so I can use it if I need to... but for me, Bayer Breeze2, and FreeStyle Meters (of any models) work the best. What works for me, may not work for you... So you need to find what works for you. Good luck to ya, finding a good meter that works consistently and accurately for YOU. :)