See All Blood Glucose Meters

ReliOn Micro

Est. $9
Reviewed
March 2011
by ConsumerSearch
ReliOn Micro

Pros
  • Inexpensive meter and test strips
  • Requires less blood than others
  • Easy to use
  • No coding required
  • Accurate and consistent
  • Compact
Cons
  • Smaller memory than others; no software
  • Slightly slower than most other meters
  • No talking feature for the sight-impaired
Where to Buy
 

If you need a good, cheap blood glucose meter -- for example, if your insurance doesn't pay for your diabetes supplies -- reviews recommend the ReliOn Micro. This glucose meter sells exclusively at Walmart and Sam's Club for half the price of the top-rated Bayer Contour (*Est. $20), and its matching test strips (usually the real cost demon) cost $20 for a box of 50. That's a $5 savings over a box of Bayer Contour test strips, which can add up when you're using an average of four strips a day.

The ReliOn Micro blood glucose meter is more basic than the Bayer Contour and other midpriced meters. Its smaller memory stores fewer test results (50 versus 480 for the Bayer meter), and it doesn't offer computer software to help you track your blood sugar over time. It allows only fingertip or palm testing. It can't broadcast test results aloud like the Prodigy Voice (Est. $50). The ReliOn Micro also works a bit slower than most blood glucose meters on the market (seven seconds per test versus the usual five seconds). Still, it's compact -- the size of a pack of gum -- and testers judge it extremely easy to use, with no test-strip coding required. We didn't find any expert tests of this meter's accuracy, but individual users report that the ReliOn Micro matches their actual lab-test results or pricier meters' readings fairly closely. Users also appreciate that the ReliOn Micro works with only 0.3 microliters of blood -- a tiny droplet that would get them an error message on just about any other glucose meter.

ConsumerReports.org conducts comprehensive tests, ranking several glucose meters (including the ReliOn Micro) for ease of use. Individual users at Walmart.com -- and one very thorough user review at DiabetesDaily.com -- report on the ReliOn Micro's accuracy. DiabetesWellBeing.com posts a handy chart showing the differences between the ReliOn Micro and ReliOn Ultima glucose monitors.

image
Bayer's Contour Blood Glucose Monitoring System
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $80.00 $0.25   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
image
Prodigy Voice Totally Audible Meter for the Blind and Low Vision
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $34.99
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
Where To Buy
Reli On Ultima Blood Glucose Test Strips 100 Test Strips

 (6 reviews)
3 New from $25.00

In Stock.

 

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

ConsumerReports.org rates 15 blood glucose meters from best to worst based on their ease of use. Volunteers with diabetes test the meters, including the ReliOn Micro, and editors also note the price of the meter, annual test-strip cost and whether the meter returns results in five seconds or less. Ratings are only available to subscribers, but the site has some general information here for nonsubscribers as well.

Review: Blood-Glucose Meters, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Dec. 2009

2. DiabetesDaily.com

This forum poster's personal review of the ReliOn Micro is thorough and well illustrated with photos. Drew Golden lists the unit's features and price (including the price for test strips compared with other brands) and compares its accuracy to his OneTouch UltraMini, Accu-Chek Aviva and FreeStyle Flash glucose meters. Even though the zipper on the ReliOn glucose meter's case breaks within a few days, overall Golden likes the meter.

Review: ReliOn Micro Tested, Drew Golden, March 19, 2009

3. DiabetesWellBeing.com

This informative diabetes website posts reviews of several popular blood glucose monitors. It compares the ReliOn Micro with the ReliOn Ultima. A handy chart shows how the two blood glucose meters' specs stack up, but editor Erich Schultz doesn't pick a favorite.

Review: ReliOn Glucose Meter, Erich Schultz

4. Walmart.com

The ReliOn Micro blood glucose meter is sold only at Walmart and Sam's Club. No user reviews are listed for the meter itself, but nearly 20 reviews have been posted for the matching test strips. Most users give the ReliOn Micro strips a perfect 5 stars, saying they're accurate, easy to use, inexpensive and require a tinier drop of blood than other brands.

Review: ReliOn Confirm Micro Blood Glucose Test Strips, 50ct, Contributors to Walmart.com

Blood Glucose Meters Runners Up:

FreeStyle Lite Est. $25

5 picks including: Amazon.com, The Wall Street Journal…

OneTouch Ultra 2 Est. $60

3 picks including: Amazon.com, Drugstore.com…

True2Go Est. $10

3 picks including: Amazon.com, ConsumerReports.org…

iBGStar Est. $75

1 pick including: Amazon.com, ConsumerReports.org…

Solus V2 Est. $45

1 pick including: Amazon.com, DiabetesWellBeing.com…

image
FreeStyle Lite Blood Glucose Monitoring System
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $99.99 $6.48   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
image
One Touch Ultra 2 Blood Glucose Monitoring System
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $65.48 $17.99   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
image
TRUE2go Blood Glucose Starter Kit
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $9.99 $4.97   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
image
iBG Star Blood Glucose Monitoring System
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $45.99
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
image
Solus V2® Audible Blood Glucose Management System
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $68.65
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  

Back to top