Very poor battery life.
Frustrating to say least, chews up batteries something horrendous. Lucky to get 40 tests on new battery. No wonder it was free on promotion they can have it back. Not worth the hassle.
Purchased at Chemist Warehouse.
Same finger, different results each time
I had an inexplicably high reading one time and I thought it could be because I didn’t wash my hands properly, so I retested and my blood sugar level went to the normal ranges.
Today I decided to see if the problem could be the machine itself, so I did 3 readings in a row, all from the same pricked finger. I got 6.8, 7.2 & 8.1. I’m now stressing out because I have gestational diabetes and I’m not sure if all my readings throughout the past month have been inaccurate.
What a disgrace, hang your heads in shame. DON'T PURCHASE
Purchased to replace another, what a mistake, batteries flat first test, new batteries in at my expense, flat after 5 tests. Called help line, still waiting. Sent them an email, they sent me one back to call helpline, after I put down step by step what the problem was. Call help line still waiting. Load of garbage.
The machine was working fine at first than after a few weeks, my readings hit really high and I went into panic mode! Not to mention, I'm pregnant! So before I had to do a mandatory blood glucose test (2 point test) at my local hospital, I tested before each blood draw and the first which was the fasting result was 5.6mmol/l (at 7am) and the second which was after breakfast was 6.4mmol/l (at 10am) - these were my accu check performs results!!
To my surprise, when I went for clinic the next day both my readings from the lab test were actually 5.1 mmol/l (for the 7am and 10am blood draws)
I don't trust the results from the meter! They cause unnecessary pressure!!
I totally agree with the previous reviews. When I was getting results that varied a lot, I decided to contact them but was told the results varying by 10% is acceptable. No wonder you get a cash back on the product. Otherwise it would not sell.
I have gestational diabetes and for the first 3 weeks the device was perfect, now it gives so many different readings which are unrealistically high and inaccurate. Today I had to do the test four times to get a proper reading. It went from 12.8 to 5.8 in less than two minutes...total rubbish and battery goes flat very quickly.
As testified by others here, the readings are wildly variable, so you can't trust it's accuracy. 6 months later the unit just kept generating errors for about two days before finally dying completely. It's now an expensive paperweight! DO NOT BUY!!
Accu-check performa is so inaccurate that I do not use it anymore. I bought this product with 50 strips on a promo sales in July 2017.I was surprised with the low result of the 1st test. I tried 2 more tests to check the repeatability but there is none. The 1st result was 101 mg/dl followed by 130 and 125. Several succeeding days using 3 strips showed also highly dubious results.
Waste of money!!!
Inaccurate readings!!! Always had to test 3x with this machine to know apprx sugar level, thing is it shows 3 diff readings too!!! Not to mention their poor working strips that usually shows Error or "E-6". 7 out of 10 strips are not working, such a waste of money at $46 if you dont have NDSS card.
Easy to use and accurate
I have had no issues with reading accuracy. After reading some of the comments on this monitor I did 3 blood glucose on different fingers and each hand with a .5 discrepancy.
The only downfall would be that you cannot download details of your readings onto an app. that may be helpful to show BG trends over time.
Was good but in recent days been giving to many up and down readings
I am another that has seen the unit go from being ok then the sugar levels go from 4.0 to 8.5 in 4 mins. Tonight it went from 6.0 to 16.9 in 4 mins. Can't trust the unit now. They were never this bad,
Wish I had of read the reviews in here as I've just ordered another unit. Chemistwarehouse has a sale on them. Could be why they are clearing them.
I get low blood sugar so need a reliable device to tell me when I need to eat something to get my sugar levels up.
What other sugar testing devices are out there please ?
Waste of money
The unit is user unfriendly. The instructions are bewilderingly long. There should be a warning that the needle cassette is one use only even if it fails to draw blood. It seems to be designed to be wasteful.
Inaccurate batches as well.
I found that not only do you get different readings from different fingers but if you use a strip from a different batch, the variation can be ridiculous. i.e. 4.9 from one batch and 8.3 from another drawing blood from the same finger one after the other. I can pig out on sweet stuff and get a low reading and abstain from sugars for a week and have high readings. Go figure.
Very concerned about accuracy
Until this morning I had no reason to doubt my Accuchek Performa (new late 2014). All the following readings are fasting levels. I was expecting a reading in the range 6 to 7 when I got up this morning, but it was 9.1. So I performed the check again. Second time it was 8.5. Then I did another check and it was 7.5. Then I went for a walk and it was 8.5 when I got back. This is not good enough. I have not been diagnosed diabetic and so I have adopted a vegan diet to try and control my blood sugar levels. I need accurate results. Having read other comments and watched a youtube clip of somebody having the identical experience to me. I would say this machine is not fit for purpose.
Accu check performa - terrible performance - avoid
I have bought 2 performa's and have received ongoing criticism from my Doctor for not getting my sugar levels down below 7.0 I was getting fluctuating readings as high as 12 to as low as 9. Finally I did three checks in a row on the same day from the same finger and got a 19.0 7.5 and 12.6. no wonder I cant get them down the machine was crook. I bought another because it easier to do that than argue with the supplier. Guess what - same result - wildly fluctuating results - today it was 7.4, 9.8 and 8.6 from the same finger at same time of day. Avoid this product its a waste of time and money.
Terribble customer service
We bought an Accu-check performa only to find out the CHIP in the performa was not COMBATIBLE with the strips (to test blood).
Rang 1800 on Thursday 16 October. They said they would send a UNIVERSAL chip as well as a new battery. The new battery arrived on Tuesday 21st but the packet did NOT contain chip. I rang and they said the chip was sent separately - it would come.
Thursday 23 October I rang to say CHIP had not arrived. They said I had missed the mail and it would be sent on Friday and would arrive Tuesday.
Tuesday 28. IT DID NOT.
Rang Tuesday 28 and said chip had been sent and I should AGAIN WAIT.
I said I want to speak to manager - was told she/he would ring back.
I said I would prefer to wait. After a while was told she was not available and would ring back. I am still waiting for phone call.
In short I don't trust a word they say!!!!!!
Easy to use and accurate
I have had no issues with this meter. It is quick, accurate and good value for money. Also very easy to use. I did not have the issues of getting differet readings from different fingers. Small compact case and esy to tansport around. Tip, buy from a chemist not a diabetees educator, I paid $80 for mine when they are only $40 at the chemist
So easy to use and reliable.
The only issue was the battery it came with went flat within the first week. Possibly it had just been sitting around for a while before it was sold.
I have the Accucheck Go and just bought the performa; the performa has results that are greatly inflated if I get an 8.0 on the Go I get up to a 12.0 on the performa I even get widely different results from differenet fingers. On 2 adjacent fingers I just had 11.8 and 10.4 whereas I got an 8.6 on my Go. I love the meter but had the differences. I contacted Roche who then went on to re-define what accuracy meant. I can get a vast difference between Performa meters, I should not compare Performa to Go, I can get vast differences between fingers and hands. SO MUCH FOR ACCURACY!!!
My treatment regimes are also so different for an 8.0 reading and a 12.0 reading.
Inshort I hate it, waste of money
I just can't get how the revolver lancing device work. Why should I stick to that device when the pen-like lancing device - where you replace the needle after every use - is much easier? Finally, I bought the pen-like lancing device which they sell separately or with the other Accu-Check glucometer models. That made my life easier.
But with the Accu-Chek Performa the reading is much faster and easier. I can tell because I have experience with the other models as well.
The reading comes in just five seconds. The machine itself (not the lancing device) is very easy to use. It also records previous readings so you can track the changes in your sugar level for several days.
It comes with the lancing device - where you put the needle. The thing is The needle comes in a revolver-like drum. The lancing device, which is like a pen, needs to be turned counter-clockwise to change the needle in the drum-like container. The problem is, I found it so difficult to tell if I had already altered the needle or not. The revolving motion is hard and the click-sound can't really tell whether the needle is altered since it oftentimes make several clicking sound.