KetoCoach is an FDA-approved blood ketone meter. A blood ketone meter analyzes a small amount of capillary blood looking for ketones.  What are ketones, you say? Ketones are produced when the body burns fat for energy or fuel. They are also produced when you lose weight or if there is not enough insulin to help your body use sugar for energy. Without enough insulin, glucose builds up in the blood. When this occurs, ketones form in the blood and spill into the urine.

Testing for ketones is a primary test for keto dieters and for folks with diabetes. This meter specifically measures beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), the most common ketone the body produces. Since the blood cannot get altered as much as urine can, blood is considered a more accurate, and more consistent measurement of ketosis.

What’s in the box?

  • KetoCoach unit
  • Carry case
  • User guide
  • Quick start guide
  • 10 lancets
  • Lancing device
  • Lancet instructions
  • 10 test strips
  • Test strip instructions
  • KetoCoach decal

Hardware specs

  • Test range: 0.1 – 8.0 mmol/L
  • Blood sample size: >= 0.8 microlitres
  • Hematocrit range: 20 – 60%
  • Display: Backlit LCD
  • Memory: 500 tests with date and time
  • Dimensions: 99L x 58w x 16H mm
  • Weight: 49g without batteries
  • Batteries: 2 x CR2032 3v lithium coin cell
  • Battery life: 1000 tests in continuous use or one year
  • Auto power-off: 1.5 minutes of inactivity

What I like

  • Easy to use (but not as easy as urine test strips)
  • Accurate
  • Nice carry kit allows you to easily take it with you
  • Low start-up cost

What needs to be improved

  • Cost of test strips is a bit high but is lower than competing brands

Final thoughts

I am pretty impressed with the KetoCoach.  As home-based medical devices go, it is easy to use, and the supplied lancing tool does a good job minimizing the pain usually associated with finger-prick testing. They kept the cost of the required supplies reasonable when compared to competing brands.  When compared to urine-based ketone testing, however, the cost is significantly higher.

So, is it worth it?  That’s up to you.  The initial cost at just under $50 is pretty reasonable.  If the ongoing costs work for you, then getting the accuracy of a blood ketone test at a relatively low cost is a pretty good deal.  Combine that with a good design and easy interface and KetoCoach may be for you.

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