Review: Contour Next One

I’ve been using Contour blood glucose meter’s pretty much consistently for the entire 5 years I’ve been a Type 1 Diabetic. It was the first meter I ever received from my specialist having been newly diagnosed and I’ve continued to use them almost every day up until now.

It is completely fair to say that the previous models of Contour meter’s have never let me down despite them not being the most advanced but they have given me the information I have needed there and then whilst allowing me to have a rough idea of an average glucose over a given time.

Ascensia kindly sent me over their latest product to trial and take a look at ahead of it’s official release – the Contour Next One.

I’m not going to beat around the bush here. The new Contour Next One glucose meter is fantastic.

There are two parts to this new system. The meter itself and the smartphone app, which can be downloaded for free from the App Store. The app and the meter sync wirelessly via bluetooth which is incredibly simple to set up. I’m currently using the iPhone 7 Plus and from out the box, to setting up, to downloading the app and registering, to syncing between the meter and the phone didn’t take any more than 5 minutes initially.

The meter itself is sleek and simple and instantly familiar with most glucose meter’s out there in the market. The display is crisp and easy to navigate and the minimalist, modern design puts it a step ahead of the previous generations of meters I have used.

Once tested one end of the meter lights up green for sugars in range, amber/ yellow for high blood sugars and red for low blood sugar. In my opinion I think this is a perfect colour choice allowing easily recognisable warning signs for hyper’s and hypo’s. The user ranges of low, in range and high can be adjusted within the app’s settings if you so wish to change them.

I tested the new meter alongside my previous two Contour blood glucose meter’s I have used as well as the Dario Smart meter I have with all four being within 0.6mmol/l of each other so consistently accurate.

The meter reading syncs immediately with the app on your phone giving notifications of new readings on your home screen (which can be disabled if desired). The app itself allows easy access to the last 90 days’ worth of data, showing trends and averages and can be split into hourly periods to gather information and see where patterns emerge.

For example I could quickly tell that my sugars were at their highest in the morning and gradually reduced over the day. From here I was able to adjust my night-time insulin accordingly. Ranges can be adjusted to suit user preference and the interface is clear and appealing and easily navigate.

One slight problem I had is that if I turned the Bluetooth off on my phone to conserve battery life, sometimes the app and the meter wouldn’t immediately recognise each other once Bluetooth was switched back on and I’d have to go into the Bluetooth settings in my phone to re-connect. Not a deal breaker by any means but a tiny inconvenience.

Overall, I am very impressed by the new Contour Next One meter. To be able to pair it wirelessly or without the need for an adaptor to use with my phone is extremely encouraging and a feature I’m very impressed with as it makes everything so much simpler. Having a huge amount of data on my phone to analyse in order to manage my diabetes better has been fantastic. The colour system has only made me want to be in the ‘green’ as often as possible (competitive side coming out) and as a result of this I don’t think I’ve had better blood glucose levels since I’ve received the meter. I would like at some point to see a predicted HbA1c option added to the app if this can be possible although the averages over the last 90 days do give a fairly decent indicator of overall control.

This is a product I would definitely recommend to any diabetic and thank you to Ascensia Diabetes Care for sending one over.

More information on the Contour Next One meter can be found be clicking the link below and you can apply for one FOR FREE:
https://www.contournextone.co.uk/

Disclaimer: Both Ascensia Diabetes Care and myself want complete transparency with this review. I received the new Contour Next One meter completely free of charge having been asked by Ascensia to give an impartial review of their latest product. I am not employed by and have not received any financial gains from Ascensia for this review of the Contour Next One. As noted in my own disclaimers I would not recommend a product I would not use myself or did not think would bring benefit to you, the reader. Also this review uses the Apple iOS version of the app so I am unaware of any differences experienced on Android devices.

 

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Dan has been a Type 1 Diabetic for over 5 years and writes about his experiences with Type 1, nutrition, exercise and living an overall healthier life with diabetes on his blog and via his social media platforms.

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