Shopping for Diabetes Test Strips
Shop for blood glucose test strips to find the right brand for you. Diabetes test strips are normally available in boxes of 25 test strips, 50 test strips or 100 test strips. If you're looking for a specific brand or product feature, don't forget to use our filters. These filters will help you find the test strips that work with your specific blood glucose monitor system (glucose meter) and narrow down the results to find the glucose monitor that takes the smallest blood sample size or that has the quickest test results time.
How to use glucose test strips.
The process to use a glucose test strip and get a blood sugar level reading depends based on the brand of glucose meter you are using. In some cases, you insert the test strip into the meter to turn the meter on. Once the meter is on, you use a lancet and lancing device to prick your finger tip. (Pro Tip: Using the side of your fingertip normally causes less pain as there are not as many nerve endings on the side of your fingertip.)
One you have a drop of blood about the size of the head of a pin, apply it to the very tip of the test strip. (This can vary based on the brand as some test strips recommend applying the blood drop to the side or front of the test strip.) Check the instructions included with your test strips and glucose monitor.
Depending on the glucose meter brand you use, this can be as quick as a few seconds up to 5 or 10 seconds. Use the filters on this page to find a brand that provides faster test results.
Don't forget to record your blood sugar levels so that you can monitor your trends. Most modern glucose meters have electronic records to give you blood sugar trends over a period of time. Normally the averaging is available for 7, 14, 30 and sometime 90 days.
What glucose meter brand is right for me?
When testing your blood glucose levels, one of the important things to remember is that you should not compare glucose readings between two different brands as you will almost always get different readings. Stick with the same meter brand while monitoring your blood sugar levels over a period of time. This will help provide a better overall picture of your glucose level trends. When it comes to brands, the easiest way to choose a glucose monitor is to look at it's features and choose one that fits your lifestyle and needs. If you're visually impaired, then it would make sense to choose a talking blood glucose meter. If you find it hard to get a decent blood drop out of your fingertip, then you should choose a monitor that requires a smaller blood sample size. We carry the major brands including LifeScan/OneTouch, Ascensia Diabetes Care, Prodigy Diabetes Care, Roche Diabetes Care, Nipro Diagnostics and more.