Best Glucometer in India

If the most important factor is “ease of use”, then I recommend the Johnson and Johnson OneTouch SelectSimple Glucometer because it has No Coding, No Setup and has a lower price than others. Otherwise, go for Accu-Chek Active Glucometer because it is the most popular glucometer (#1 Best Seller) and also has some extra features such as a memory for 300 readings. In the long run, the cost difference is pretty low between these two. Look at the second table below.


Best Glucometers in India

Here’s a quick look at the best glucometers in India which is also known as the best sugar testing machine in India. The table shows the glucometers and also the blood glucose strips required for measuring blood glucose levels.

 Accu-Chek Active GlucometerOneTouch SelectSimple GlucometerDr. Morepen Gluco One BG03 Glucometer
PriceRs. 1350Rs. 700Rs. 700 - Rs. 1690
Strips (Free)101025
Lancelets for piercing (Free)101010
Memory3500300
Warranty(Main device only)LifetimeLifetimeLifetime
Amazon LinkAccu-Chek ActiveOneTouch SelectSimple Gluco One BG03
Flipkart LinkAccu-Chek Active GlucometerOneTouch SelectSimple GlucometerDr. Morepen Gluco One BG03 Glucometer
25 StripsRs. 711 (costs more than 50)Rs. 594Rs. 444
50 StripsRs. 700Rs. 865Rs. 600
100 stripsRs. 1230 -- Rs. 1040

Cost of 100 glucose measurements

The total cost of measuring blood glucose levels is :
Total cost = ( Cost of Device ) + (Cost of lancing device) + (Cost of blood glucose strips)

Hence, the cost of 100 measurements will be

 Accu-Chek Active GlucometerOneTouch SelectSimple GlucometerDr. Morepen Gluco One BG03 Glucometer
Device Cost1350700700
JSB Round Disposable Blood Lancet, 100 Pieces868686
100 strips123017001040
Total Cost for 100 tests266624861826

Features of a good glucometer

Here are some of the factors to consider while buying a glucometer. When health is involved, it is better to be aware of as many details as possible.

  • Is extremely accurate
  • The accuracy of a blood glucose measurement device is highly important as a person’s life may depend on it. As these devices are electrical devices, never use them without comparing with a pathological result. Always show it to a doctor and compare before food and after food measurements. This will make you confident about the accuracy of your device.

  • Is easy to use
  • I frankly don’t like devices that require you to enter a chip with code. This greatly helps the companies to obtain recurring revenue from sale of blood glucose strips. For an old/aged person, this might be a highly cumbersome process.

  • Takes very little blood
  • These days almost all devices take very little blood – a micro drop. Thats good news for people who have to check their glucose levels everyday.

  • Costs less/Is economical
  • Measuring glucose levels involves initial glucometer cost and recurring cost for the blood glucose strips. These strips are quite expensive and require good maintenance too. It is important to take into account the cost of the strips while buying a glucometer as the costs of strips quickly exceed the original device cost.

  • Has large memory
  • A good device should have a large memory for storing previous readings. This will allow us to take the glucometer to the doctor who can take a look at how the values have changed over the measurement period.

  • Allows you to mark pre/post food
  • Glucose levels fluctuate greatly pre/post food and hence a device that allows you to tag the measurement with food intake time will be very helpful during later analysis. This is ofcourse assuming that your device has memory for storing previous measurements.

  • Has large display
  • A large display on the blood glucometer enables you to quickly see the readings. For people with deteriorating eyesight, a big display is always welcome.

  • Allows data to be uploaded to Computer
  • A device that allows you to upload data to a computer through a USB cable will definitely be great. This data can be easily e-mailed to your doctor or it can be plotted on a chart for regular monitoring. Bluetooth capable glucometers are not available in India but with everybody using smartphones, they should come soon.

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