The Bayer Contour surpasses other blood glucose meters in just about every way, reviews say. Testers find it among the most accurate and consistent glucose monitors on the market, as well as one of the easiest to use -- in fact, an organization dedicated to children with diabetes recommends it as one of the simplest meters for kids. At about 2 inches by 3 inches and less than an inch thick, the Bayer blood glucose monitor is compact enough to slip easily into a pocket. It automatically reads the codes on your test strips, so you won't have to enter them by hand. The Bayer Contour boasts plenty of memory (480 tests), and Bayer offers computer software that lets you track your blood sugar trends over time. The Bayer Contour glucose meter allows alternate-site testing (palm, forearm, thigh or abdomen) as well as fingertip testing.
The Bayer Contour is moderately priced, with test strips costing about $25 for a box of 50. If you're looking for a cheaper blood glucose meter, reviews recommend the ReliOn Micro (Est. $9), sold at Walmart. Test strips are also a bit less expensive for the ReliOn meter (about $20 for 50 strips) compared to the Bayer glucose meter. If you're sight-impaired and need a talking glucose monitor, experts prefer the Prodigy Voice (Est. $50).
ConsumerReports.org has volunteers test several blood glucose meters (including the Bayer Contour) for ease of use. A Men's Health article refers to another Consumer Reports test that also judged consistency and accuracy. ChildrenWithDiabetes.com picks the easiest glucose monitors for kids to use. Users report their experiences with the Bayer Contour at Amazon.com, Walmart.com and Buzzillions.com.
Diabetic volunteers test 15 blood glucose meters -- including the Ascensia Contour (now Bayer Contour) -- at ConsumerReports.org. Editors rank the meters from best to worst based on ease of use. Ratings are available only to subscribers, but Consumer Reports also provides some free general content here.
Review: Blood-Glucose Meters, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Dec. 2009
2. Men's Health
This article refers to a Consumer Reports test of blood glucose meters that includes ratings for accuracy and consistency, as well as ease of use. The advantage is that this article is free to read online, while only subscribers can view the report at ConsumerReports.org.
Review: The 10 Best Blood-Glucose Meters, Editors of Men's Health
This educational organization occasionally tests blood glucose monitors. Editors recommend the Ascensia Contour (now Bayer Contour) as one of the easiest blood glucose meters for children to use.
Review: Ascensia Contour, Editors of ChildrenWithDiabetes.com, Sept. 22, 2007
The Bayer Contour blood glucose meter has accumulated only nine user reviews here so far, but eight of the nine users would recommend it to a friend. Written reviews here are brief, but each includes star ratings for value, features, durability, design and whether the product meets expectations.
Review: Bayer Contour Blood Glucose Meter, Blue, Contributors to Walmart.com
This glucose monitor enjoyed nearly perfect scores at Buzzillions.com when we checked, with nine user reviews posted (six here, and three for the purple version). Users say it's easy to use, compact, reliable and accurate.
Review: Bayer Contour Blood Glucose Monitoring System Pacific Blue, Contributors to Buzzillions.com