Contour XT

Bayer’s Contour XT is a versatile meter, offering next level accuracy, to help you to better manage your diabetes.

The Contour XT takes advantage of Bayer’s new Contour Next test strips and passes the 2013 ISO standards for glucose meter accuracy.

When blood is applied to the test strip, the Contour XT assesses the blood sample 7 times before producing the result, offering excellent accuracy within 5 seconds.

Contour Next test strips

The Bayer Contour XT uses Contour Next strips which require a very small sample of blood and offer next generation accuracy.

The Contour Next test strips were introduced in 2012 and are for exclusive use with the Bayer Contour XT meter.

Contour XT features

The Contour XT is an easy to use blood glucose monitor with a number of features to help with recording and reviewing your results:

  • High and low target ranges which can be personalised
  • Weekly summaries of high and low results
  • A range of averages – over 7, 14 and 30 days
  • Pre and post meal markers – to categorise your readings
  • Post meal testing reminders

The Bayer Contour XT involves no coding of the strips to the meter, eliminating the chance of coding errors.

The meter stores 480 results in its memory which can be uploaded to your computer or laptop.

Personalised results

You can set the meter for two levels of readings.

Level 1 can be set for basic readings.

Level 2 allows you to view the full range of averages and to set and view readings categorised by pre and post meal markers.

Diabetes management software for the Contour XT

The Contour XT uses Bayer’s Glucofacts Deluxe diabetes management software, enabling you to analyse your results in detail.


The Contour XT is the latest blood glucose meter from meter experts Bayer. It’s a meter that’s designed to cater for both beginners and experienced blood testers The Contour XT is a very accurate meter thanks to the way it analyses the blood, which I’ll describe as a test is done.

Before I do a test, let me tell you about the basic and advanced settings the meter has. You can choose whether you use basic or advanced. If you use it straight from the box, you’ll get the basic settings. The basic settings let you test your blood sugar and view your results and averages. This is great for people who are starting out with diabetes. If, however, you want to get more from your meter – switch on the advanced settings.

In the advanced settings, you have the chance to set pre and post meal markers and also view pre and post meal averages.

I said before that the meter is known for its accuracy. This is because when you apply blood to the test strip, the meter analyses the blood not just once but 7 times to get a result.

As a result – you get very accurate results. The test strips used by the Contour XT are Contour Next test strips – which are new and different from the test strips used for Bayer’s other meters:

  • Contour
  • Contour Link
  • Contour USB

It’s a meter that can be used straight out of the box by beginners – and presents extra features for more experienced testers. Furthermore, the Contour XT is a very accurate meter allowing you to be confident in your results.

Bayer compatability chart

As discussed above, the Contour XT takes Contour NEXT test strips.

Users of Bayer’s other blood glucose meters (Contour, Contour USB, Contour Link and Didget) should use Bayer Contour test strips.

Contour XT technical information

  • Test sample: capillary, venous and arterial whole blood
  • Blood calibration: Referenced to plasma/serum glucose
  • Blood sample: 0.6 microlitres
  • Test time: 5 seconds
  • Weight: 47.5 grams
  • Dimensions: 77mm x 57mm x 19mm
  • Battery: 2x 3 volt lithium batteries, 225 mAh capacity (DL2032 or CR2032)
  • Memory: 480 results
  • Averages: 7, 14, 30 days
  • Accuracy range: 0.6-33.3mmol/L
  • Temperature range: 5-45 °C
  • Humidity range: 10-93% RH
  • Altitude: up to 6301 m
  • Software: Bayer’s Glucofacts™ Deluxe diabetes management software

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