TRUE Read Glucose Meter Review

The TRUE Read Glucose Meter is another “ham and egger” monitor by Home Diagnostics. The meter is nothing fancy, but gets the job done. Not surprisingly, the TRUEread is covered by multiple Medicare and Medicaid insurance programs.

Key Advantages


  • Economical. If you can’t get it for free, the meter sells for less than $20 dollars. Fifty (50) test strips are typically less than $24 dollars.
  • Small Sample Size. The meter requires only 1.0 microliter of blood. Testing results takes approximately 10 seconds.
  • Alternative Site Testing. You can test your finger and forearm with this meter.


The meter is not small nor does it have many advanced features or an ergonomic design. Let’s be honest. The meter is a bit boring. Although, who says testing your blood is supposed to be exciting?

Test Strips

The meter uses TRUEread Blood Glucose Test Strips. To Compare the BEST prices on strips, check out our Test Strip Price Comparison page.

Bottom Line

If you want a good accurate meter and don’t need lots of advanced features, the True Read is a good choice. It is even better if you have Medicare or Medicaid, as there are numerous price concessions. The meter is reasonably priced, as are the test strips.

Other Considerations

Nipro Diagnostics provides basic support. You get 24/7 technical service and a limited customer care program called True Care. Nothing fancy, compared with other companies, but the service is probably still more than most people will ever use.

The meter can download results to management software called TRACK Record. The date transfer cable is an additional fee.

ModelTRUE Read
Auto Shut Off2 Minutes
Battery Type1 CR2032
Battery Life1,100 Tests approx.
Alternative Site TestingYes
Memory Capacity200 Tests
Storage Temp.NA
Operating Temp.50 to 104 F
Result Range20 to 600 mg/dL
Sample Size1.0 microliter
Test Time10 Seconds
Weight (battery)1.66 oz.
Size (inches)3.52 x 2.15 x 0.67
Backlit DisplayNo
Coding RequirementYes
Software AvailableYes