For the many people who rely on the readings of a self-test device to monitor their blood pressure or blood sugar, accuracy, consistency, and ease of use are very important.
But a great number of these products are available on the market, at different prices, and as Consumer Reports has explained after extensive patient and expert laboratory testing, there are big differences among them in terms of accuracy and consistency. Differences that do not always correspond with relative price.
As detailed in the September Issue of Consumer Reports magazine and summarized briefly for nonsubscribers at
ConsumerReports.org, their testing of 13 blood glucose meters turned up three “good choices”; and testing of 16 home blood pressure monitors turned up four.
For more details and comments on the products/prices listed in the report, see the WebMD article "Home Blood Pressure Kits: Quality Varies."
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