The OneTouch UltraMini wins one major test -- it's the only blood glucose meter judged excellent for both accuracy and consistency -- and experts and users alike judge it easy to use. In fact, ChildrenWithDiabetes.com picks this slim meter as one of its top choices for children, who will appreciate that it comes in lime, pink, blue or purple as well as silver or black.
However, the OneTouch UltraMini has three main drawbacks. First, although many new meters read the codes on test strips automatically, the UltraMini requires users to enter the codes by hand. Second, the UltraMini requires a bigger blood drop than other meters -- 1 microliter, rather than the more common 0.6 or 0.3 microliters. Third, its test strips (*Est. $65 for 50) cost more than twice as much as other brands' in retail drugstores (although we did see them for cheaper at medical supply outlets). Overall, reviews prefer the Bayer Contour (*Est. $20), a lower-priced meter that is still compact, easy to use and full-featured, with excellent accuracy and very good consistency in tests.
ConsumerReports.org tests the OneTouch UltraMini and other glucose meters for ease of use, and a Men's Health article refers to another Consumer Reports review that also judges consistency and accuracy. ChildrenWithDiabetes.com evaluates the OneTouch UltraMini to see whether it is suitable for children to use. DiabetesWellBeing.com evaluates all major aspects of the OneTouch UltraMini, and Viewpoints.com posts user reviews.
Volunteers at ConsumerReports.org test 15 blood glucose monitors, including the OneTouch UltraMini, for ease of use. The review also notes the meters' testing speed and annual test-strip cost, and the meters are rated from best to worst. Ratings are only available to subscribers.
Review: Blood-Glucose Meters, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Dec. 2009
2. Men's Health
With excellent accuracy and consistency and very good ease of use, the OneTouch UltraMini is the top-scoring glucose meter here. This article refers to a Consumer Reports test that judged all of these attributes.
Review: The 10 Best Blood-Glucose Meters, Editors of Men's Health
The OneTouch UltraMini is one of this educational organization's top-rated blood glucose meters for children. This full review evaluates all key features, with ratings for ease of use, speed and more.
Review: OneTouch UltraMini, Editors of ChildrenWithDiabetes.com, Sept. 20, 2008
When it comes to ease of use, the OneTouch UltraMini is unsurpassed, reviewer Erich Schultz says. The website reviews about 20 glucose meters in all, comparing features and citing pros and cons for each.
Review: OneTouch Glucose Meter, Erich Schultz
Averaging 4.68 out of 5 stars with two dozen user reviews posted, the OneTouch UltraMini is the highest-rated glucose meter at Viewpoints.com. Users like that it's small and easy to use, but about one in three reviewers notes that the UltraMini's test strips are expensive.
Review: One Touch Ultra Mini Blood Glucose Monitor Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com