I just received it in the mail from Medtronic. I just started using and like some features better than the One Touch Ultra Link. Any insight?
I love the Bayer Contour Next. It's so small, it tells you if you dont have enough blood and lets you add more onto the same strip so you dont waste it. Also it sends the number directly to your pump. That's so amazing to me!
the meter is nice and small and so is the clicker but.. WTH? could the test strip canister BE ANY bigger? I mean really isn't there a way to make that smaller? Don't we have a landfill problem??
I actually love the larger container. I have large fingers and found getting strips out of a full one touch canister to be a pain
It is supposed to be more accurate than the one touch. I like it better because it allows you to enter meter readings into the carelink log so that you have a record of all your tests, whether you have sent them to the pump or not. It is also a lot smaller and is easily carried in your pocket.
I agaree with SugarFreeOreo's comments. I like the meter so much, I ordered another one as a backup even though I expect to have to pay for it out of pocket. The only problem with the Bayer meter is that it does not warn you when testing if the battery charge is running low. You have to make a point of checking it. However, the charge lasts a long time and it is a lot cheaper and better than replacing batteries from time to time.
Just got my daughter's...haven't used it yet but hope the Contour Next strips are like the old Contour strips....took less blood than OneTouch. And will be happy to have a lit screen
dunno, I'm on the list to receive a Contour meter soon,as Blue Cross is now denying coverage for One touch strips.
Heard it thru the grapevine that some folks prefer the Bayer.
Does the Contour have a back light screen for nighttime testing ?
Out of curiosity, what features do you like better ?
Not really a fan. Had it since I got my CGM about two months ago. The Nextlink oval meter that automatically communicates with the pump is OK, but fallible It doesn't always calibrate, so you have to go in and do it manually anyway. The cheaper meters (I got two for $7.99 each from amazon) are OK, but pretty big.
I think the strips require more blood than my Freestyle Flash did. I'll be going back to those when I run out of Contour strips.
My endo says that all meters are inaccurate to a certain degree.
I switched to the Bayer from the One Touch. I do like that it has a light that you can turn on at the test strip port.Makes for easier night testing. Not sure how I feel about the USB charging yet. The consumer in me wants to just put in a new battery (not an option) because it does have to be recharged, a little longer than once a month. I didn't have to worry about batteries with the one touch but maybe 1-2 times a year. Also, big warning check with your insurance to see if the strips are contracted/covered!! I had to get special approval with Kaiser.
I have Kaiser also Amber. The approval process took forever, but finally I was approved for 8-10 strips a day.
it didn't take to long for me, my endo knew how to submit it... within a week. as far as quantity she just took how many (average) I was using and filled the prescription for it. I think I get like 12 a day, I don't test that often, but the option is there and with my CGM I don't need to test that much
That's another issue for me-getting a CGM from Kaiser. My endo basically said I'll never get approved through their process and to just pay cash for the sensors.