Abbott Glucose Meters: Reviews and Ratings

Abbott glucose meters are some of the most popular on the market. The company has a knack for developing products that people want. Like other companies producing blood glucose meters, Abbott Laboratories is a large conglomerate of medical and health related companies. Abbott Diabetes Care is the subsidiary that markets the glucose meters.

Over the years, Abbott has developed its glucose meter product line primarily through acquisitions of other glucose meter manufacturers. In 1996, Abbott purchased MediSense and followed up this acquisition in 2004 with the purchase of TheraSense.

TheraSense was widely considered an industry leader in self monitoring glucose meters. The Freestyle series was originally developed by TheraSense.

ABBOTT GLUCOSE METERS

Abbott has five different glucose meters. Each has slight differences.

FreeStyle Lite. The “Lite” version of the original Fresstyle meter was just introduced in 2007. The meter offers extremely small sample size, automatic calibration, alternative site testing and fast test results.

Freestyle Freedom Lite. Introduced in 2008, the “Freedom Lite” is another fast, accurate and automatically calibrating glucose meter.

Freestyle InsuLinx.The Insulinx has been recalled in 2013. Please check back for updates on this model. This model was introduced to the U.S. market in 2012. It has a touch screen and allows users to record insulin dosages. Unfortunately, it leaves out several key features from the European and Canadian versions.

Precision Xtra. The Precision Xtra is a two-in-one testing meter that checks your glucose levels and Ketones.

Freestyle Navigator. The Navigator is Abbott’s latest monitor and is actually a continuous glucose monitoring system. This system revolutionizes they way diabetics can monitor and control their diabetes.

ABBOT COMPARISON CHARTS

The following charts offer a snap shot of each current Abbott Glucose model in relation to another. Incredibly, this information is not assembled anywhere that we could find, all in one place.

In fact, no company we have surveyed collects comprehensive comparison information for the consumer.

We have assembled all of this data from an exhaustive review of the owners manuals, company website and through calls to the Abbott customer service center.

 FreeStyle LitePrecision XtraFreeStyle Freedom Lite
Auto. Shut Off2 minutes1 minutes2 minutes
Battery TypeOne CR2032One CR2032One CR2032
Battery Life500 Tests1,000 Tests1,000 Tests
Alt. Site TestingYesYesYes
Memory Capacity400 Tests450 Tests400 Tests
Storage Temp.-4 to 140 F-13 to 131 F-4 to 140 F
Operating Temp.40 to 104 F50 to 122 F40 to 104 F
Result Range20 to 500 mg/dL20 to 500 mg/dL20 to 500 mg/dL
Sample Size0.3 microliter0.6 microliter0.3 microliter
Test Time5 seconds5 seconds5 seconds
Weight (battery)1.1 oz. (yes)1.48 oz. (yes)1.5 oz (yes)
Size (Inches)1.57 x 2.9 x 0.652.94 x .64 x 2.12 x 3.3 x 0.63
Backlit DisplayYesYesNo
Coding Req.NoYesNo
Software Avail.YesYesYes
Warranty4 Years4 Years4 Years

 

ModelFreeStyle InsuLinx
Auto. Shut Off2 minutes
Battery TypeThree CR2032
Battery Life3,000 Tests
Alternative Site TestingNo
Memory Capacity495 Tests
Storage Temp.-4 to 140 F
Operating Temp.40 to 104 F
Result Range20 to 500 mg/dL
Sample Size0.3 microliter
Test TimeVaries
Weight (battery)3.3 oz. (yes)
Size (Inches)2.4 x 3.8 x 0.6
Backlit DisplayYes - Touch Screen
WarrantyLifetime
Coding RequiredNo
Software AvailableYes

 

DISCONTINUED ABBOTT GLUCOSE METERS

FreeStyle. One of the original TheraSense glucose meters, the Freestyle meter is still used by many people today to monitor their glucose levels. Abbott still provides support, including test strips for this model.

Freestyle Freedom. Another original devise, the Freedom has been a steady performer for many years, but has since been discontinued.

FreeStyle Flash. (old review) The Flash was fast, hence the name, generating test results in approximately 7 seconds. At the time the meter was introduced, 2003, this was the smallest and fastest glucose meter on the market. Today, it is discontinued.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – ABBOTT LABORATORIES

Abbott offers its own proprietary monitoring software for use with its glucose meters. They call the program Co-pilot Health Management System and it is free for anyone using their meters. Co-Pilot is windows based and offers significant graphical tools to help learn how well you are controlling your diabetes.

Most user feedback has been positive for the software. While the software is free, don’t forget that you do need to buy a data cable to download your test results from your meter to the computer.

Abbott Laboratories is located in Almeda, California and employs over 65,000 people and distributes its products to over 130 countries. The diabetes care division website can be Found Here.