I am in the throws of deciding on our first pump. My son is 8 years old and has been doing shot therapy for almost three years now. I have narrowed it down to the Animas Ping or the Cozmore. These pumps appear to have a good history and share many of the features that I want. I could go on and on about these two pumps, but I think that it comes down to:
1) Remote control: do we want the remote meter with full function or do we want the meter attached. If the meter is attached then we can’t loose it (Cozmore). If we get the remote we can deliver insulin (bolus) without having be right next to our son or take the pump off his belt (Ping).
2) Size: everyone complains about the bulky size of the Cozmore. If you look at the dimensions listed online it does not look that much bigger than the Ping but then maybe the dimensions listed does not include the attached meter. Anyone have experience with the Cozmore and its big size?
3) Time on the market; the Cozmore 1800 has been out long enough to have the kinks worked out. The Ping started shipping this week. Being new is not all bad it means that the Ping has the newest features for a little while.
4) Screen: the Ping has a bigger and easier to read screen but the remote, which would be used most, has the same contrast screen as the Cozmore.
5) Child Friendly: every post I have read calls the Cozmore child friendly (except for its size which is always in the way). With the Cozmore’s 25 preset meals we can put in school lunches and a teacher or my son could delver the insulin himself. This could lessen how many trips we have to go to school to give shots. Right now it is everyday. I do not think that the Ping does this. Anyone know?
6) Misc: everyone a year ago felt like the Cozmore fixed many of the problems the MM was having. I am not sure how the Animas compared but from reading post I hear more about how quiet and reliable the Cozmore is. I hear similar things about the Animas 2020 but not as much. Does anyone have input?
7) Contentious Glucose Monitor (CGM): I, with the rest of you, am waiting for a CGM that will actually decrease finger sticks (and insurance to pay for it). It is just not ready. Anyone have ideas which company is going to be closest?
8) Infusion sets: both use the sure lock. This makes these two pumps easier to use with insurance companies who only pay for a specific brand of infusion set. Anyone have experience with insurance caps with infusion sets, insulin reservoirs, or the pump?
9) Insulin reservoir: the Cozmore holds 300 units and the Ping only 200 units. Does this end up costing more or less? Or does it end up being a pain having to change or refill it more often? Do you refill or change the reservoir?
10) Upgrade feature: although MM appears to be leading the charge in this (a recent development), Animas is trying to offer a similar deal. Cozmore has no upgrade feature. Does this really matter? In four years everyone upgrades to something new anyways. Do we just end up paying the 80/20 most insurances cover at the end of four years, or does having the upgrade feature save us money? I think that Animas will upgrade no matter which brand of pump you own. Any one have experience with this?
Thank you all in advance to those parents who are a few steps ahead of us and have experience with these two pumps.