Customer reviews & ratings
Easy to Use
The ReliOn Glucose Monitor is easy to use. My grandmother's vision is not the best, but she found this monitor to be very easy to understand and very easy to read the results. She was very impressed with the ability to go back and see the read previous readings which will make it much easier to make sure she has written down her 4 blood sugar measures she must take throughout the day. The little pouch holds all of the strips and accessories. Great value product!
Great meter - strips are VERY inexpensive and work
Forget about paying $1+ for strips - the ones this meter uses are accurate and work just fine. The blood drop needed is probably a BIT larger than the Accu-strips I used in the past, but a 2mm droplet works well, the strip sucks the droplet up and the meter gives an accurate reading in seconds. I compared this with my AccuCheck for 6 different readings over a couple of days and it was within 5% on all readings!
Great Value and reliability
I did a lot of research on meters and strips as far as price, reliability and accuracy. ReliOn brand was the best overall. The meter is not fancy but it rates well for accuracy, no coding for strips, small blood sample size. I also was concerned about strip costs. I did use another meter and strips prior to this but the cost of strips was too much. 50 ct of ReliOn Prime test strips only cost me $9 unlike other brands that cost around $50 for 50 strips. I have recommended this meter to both my daughters and anyone else that I know who is in need of a Blood Glucose meter.
Good Glucose tester
I've been using this tester for a couple weeks now and it does a good job for me. This does everything I need in a nice compact unit. I like the fact that it came with a case that can hold your test strips, lancets, etc. It also has a memory, so if you forget to write your readings down, you can scroll back through the previous tests. All in all, I'm satisfied with this system.
This is the best overall meter on the market today
The only two negatives are that this meter does not beep and that the test strips need to be inserted at an upward angle. This does not affect the accuracy of the meter. The test strips are also the best value in quality test strips on the market today.
Very basic and no lancet - but it's the real-deal
Finally a glucose monitor where you are not getting a low-cost meter by paying a premium for the test strips. The strips are very, very affordable and the meter is just the basics. No backlight, no beep, just the basics (including 14 and 30 day average)... and I am sure we can all get along with that just fine given the cost savings. However I was surprised that for the purchase price, all you get is the meter and case - no lancet device. This is the first meter I've ever purchased that did not come with one, so I assumed it did without reading the box. I was also a bit surprised that the meter just falls out of the case as the clear plastic holder is too large for it. Another compromise for the price I guess. As for results, I have received consistent test results with this meter system. Blood sample requirement is very small. This is by far the most important aspect of this system. Overall I would recommend this to a friend. It falls short in a couple of aspects, but it is accurate and affordable to operate. Personally I would be willing to spend a little more for a meter with a backlight and lancet that would accept the low cost strips.
Test strips are cheaper but not accurate
I had a few Relion Micro test strips left when i bought this Prime meter so i tested the same drop of blood and the Prime meter was always alot higher.As high as 75 points.I bought it because the test strips were the lowest cost of all other walmart brands.Another problem that happens alot is when you slide the test strip in, it sometimes doesn't turn on the meter and if you don't notice it and add blood,you wasted a strip.There is no beep when it turns on or gives results and i didn't see in the manual how to turn the sound on.Maybe i bought a bad meter? It is also difficult to insert the strip in the narrow slot.I'll be going back to my old meter as soon as i use up the strips.I buy Relion swabs and syringes and they're the best buy for someone like me with no insurance but i'm disapointed in this meter.
Cheap Glucose machine
I am using this machine and it gives me good readings on my sugar but this morning I decided to have my hospital checked my sugar and the reading was totally off the machine read 97 this morning and the hospital reading was 174 I am totally confused. Will return this machine and try another then I will give another review
not a good product
VERY HARD TO INSERT THE TEST STRIP AND ALL MOST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET THE BLOOD INTO THE TEST STRIP. I USED 12 STRIPS TO GET 1 READING. SAVE YOURSELF THE PROBLEMS AND BUY A QUALITY PRODUCT. YOU WILL SPEND MORE ON TEST STRIPS WITH ALL THE ONES THAT DON'T WORK
Relion Prime BG System
Maybe I got a bad one, but I will be returning this to Wal Mart. Have been unable to calibrate it using the control solution, (per manual) the readings between this, and the other BG system that my husband has, (requiring much more expensive test strips) , vary as much as 50 points or greater. You don't want your loved one using unnecessary insulin, but when the Relion says your blood sugar is over 200, and your other meter says you're within normal limits, there's something wrong. The meter is extremely easy to use, it came out of the box with all the pertinent time/date info already set and correct. It has a big easy to see display, and tests quickly.
The Right Choice With This Purchase!
I bought this because of the pricing! All the other meters are sooo expensive that I wasn't able to afford the test strips that go to them. I had nothing to lose so gave this one a try. I love it! It works just as well as the pricey brand named meters. My one and ONLY complaint is that it's not backlit. It's got no light in it but still easily readable with the lights on. The strips that go with this brand are wayyy more than reasonable in pricing. Same with the lancets. I made the right choice with buying this glucose meter and recommend to friends.
You get what you pay for.
This machine is really cheaply made but I didn't want to spend a lot so I took a chance. I actually don't know how accurate it is as I have nothing to compare it to but the numbers seem reasonable. I have had a couple of weird numbers that when I rechecked came up normal. I think that can happen with any machine. I am "pre-diabetic" so wanted a cheap machine and that's what I got. If my condition doesn't turn around with weight loss and diet change I'll get a better machine, but for now, this one is acceptable. It's true you get what you pay for.
Great Backup Device .
Needed another blood tester to better monitor my blood readings at a lower cost per test. Each test with this device saves me $ 1.00 . Now able to make many extra tests to see just what my blood is doing after certain meals or when I feel a certain way such as confused or my vision is sharp or not so sharp . It is a great learning tool for me !
Best value, accurate, some initial frustration
Purchased this to monitor my glucose levels, and couldn't have made a better purchase for my health! It was initially very frustrating to use the system because timing is critical with this system: if you take too long to absorb your blood into test strip, the system appears to time out and you have to insert another test strip. I had also insufficiently inserted the test strip the first time, resulting in a total waste of both lancet and test strip. Or I couldn't extract enough blood. I threw away a number of lancets and test strips before I figured out how to succeed on every test: - insert lancet into lancet device - wash hands (in case items touched are dirty, no point washing hands prior) - retrieve test strip but do not insert into system yet - stick finger (or part of hand) with lancet. If blood does not flow rapidly (as is in my case) rub nearby area so blood flows out into a small blob. (Instructions to rub hand before use of lancet didn't help much). - *now* insert test strip, make sure blood drop symbol appears on screen - immediately apply strip to blood blob I was extremely pleased to see that the numbers read by the system were extremely close to that of a lab result during the same time period - by about 3 % at most (knowing that my actual glucose levels may have varied as much anyway). As a result I can determine whether I have successfully lowered the levels (I did!) with changes in diet, without having to wait months for another lab test
cheaper is not always better . I go back to my Bayer contour next ez the relion prime my reading are not accuray. they never read the same if i check it back to back. I have check with my bayer then i check with ReliOn always get a higher reading. So no i would not recommend this to a friend I"m sorry i spent my money on it.
This meter does not work properly.It is very inconsistent.It seemed to be reading very high.So I took 3 reading in 1 minute.One was 149 a few seconds later it read 177 and the 3rd time it read 136.When I did my contour meter it read 118 twice in a roll in a minute.I am very disappointed in this meter.I was really looking forward to paying less but this ReliOn meter is terrible!!
Do not waste your money
I usually use a OneTouch Ultra Mini and Sidekick and the readings are within 5 points of each other. I wanted another meter because of cost. Big mistake. Every single reading was at least 20 points higher than my other two meters and sometimes even as much as 35 points. My fasting blood sugars are usually in the 80's and 90's and the first time I used this meter, my fasting was 134. I'm new at this so I was almost in a panic until I ran out and bought a Sidekick and compared them throughout the day. I hate wasting money and this was a complete waste of $25.
Great Glucose Monitor
Very compact,easy to use and stores your results. It works really well and I bought it because of the low price and the test strips for it are so much cheaper than the other brands. I definitely recommend this
Very good monitoring system. I received a free one at the doctor, but when I went to buy the test strips, they were too expensive. This one is very affordable & accurate.
5 points higher that my other meter, disappointed
before I bought this meter i had relion ultima and i was quite satisfied,I got this over the weekend and when i took my blood test i did another test with my ultima and the ultima was 5 points lower then this morning i did the same and the results was the same ultima was lower by 5 points. i am very disappointed to say the least