Uric Acid Test Kit Reviews

Lab Testing


Testing uric acid levels at home is the first step towards getting control over gout. For this comparison, we tested the leading uric acid monitoring systems on the market. To achieve the most accurate results, we did five back-to-back tests for each monitor using the same control solution, under sterile laboratory conditions.

It is important to keep in mind that these testers are designed for home testing, in the sub-$200 range, so some variance between tests is to be expected. Laboratory testing machines that perform medical blood work cost more than $100,000, so the same level of accuracy cannot be expected from personal handheld testers. We consider a range of 0.5-1.0 mg/dL to be acceptable for this device class.

In this comparison, we tested the EasyTouch Uric Acid Monitoring System, the EasyLife Test Kit, the UASure Uric Acid Meter, and the CareTouch Uric Acid Monitoring System. Below, we discuss the accuracy of each meter, as well as the potential advantages and disadvantages of each.

 

UASureFirst Place: Our favorite testing system is the UASure Uric Acid Meter (retail price: $59.99). During testing, this monitor gave us the most accurate and most repeatable results. We did 5 back-to-back tests using this tester, and received the following results:

UASure Results
Test 1
5.3
Test 2
5.3
Test 3
5.5
Test 4
5.6
Test 5
5.3

Variance
(Lower is Better)

0.3

This meter was the first portable uric acid meter on the market, and this manufacturer has had a good reputation for almost 20 years. A variance of 0.3 is very good, so we have no trouble recommending this monitoring system.

 

EasyTouchSecond Place: The EasyTouch Uric Acid Monitoring System (retail price: $149.00) is an acceptable meter, but it comes at a price. This kit is by far the most expensive kit that we tested, and this added cost did not seem to provide a higher level of accuracy or repeatability during our testing:

EasyTouch Results
Test 1
4.9
Test 2
5.8
Test 3
5.2
Test 4
6.1
Test 5
5.2
Variance
(Lower is Better)
1.2

The advantage of this system is that it can test for cholesterol or glucose as well. Unfortunately, in our testing it has not been as accurate as the first-place UASure meter. This makes sense, as many all-in-one testers tend to compromise accuracy for the ability to perform different kinds of tests. If you have a need to test cholesterol or glucose, we would recommend dedicated meters to perform each type of test. Doing so would probably cost about the same as this all-in-one (each separate tester costs between $50-$60), but separate testers would be more accurate. While the EasyTouch is an acceptable option, there are better alternatives available.

 

EasyLifeThird Place: In third place, we have the EasyLife Test Kit (retail price: $49.99).

This system was the cheapest, but did not provide adequate results. For our five tests, we received the following test values:

EasyLife Results
Test 1
5.1
Test 2
6.3
Test 3
7.2
Test 4
5.2
Test 5
7.0
Variance
(Lower is Better)
2.1

These tests have a variance of 2.1 mg/dL, which we believe is too much fluctuation. If you are on a tight budget, then this meter certainly is the cheapest meter for measuring uric acid that we have seen. However, since this meter gives results of 5.1 - 7.0 for the same control sample, it is impossible to know if you are in the "safe" uric acid range if you receive similar results. Based on its low accuracy, we simply cannot recommend this meter.

 

CareTouchLast Place: Finally, we have the CareTouch Uric Acid Monitoring System (retail price: $69.99).

Of all the devices we tested, this one provided the least accurate results. Our tests yielded the following values:

CareTouch Results
Test 1
4.2
Test 2
5.9
Test 3
10.6
Test 4
4.8
Test 5
8.7
Variance
(Lower is Better)
6.4

Prior to conducting any testing, we had high hopes for this meter. The outer packaging looks contemporary and inviting. It is also the newest meter on the market (introduced in 2018), so we were hoping for some technological innovation as well. The results, however, were disappointing. With a variance of 6.4 mg/dL, it is impossible to get even a general idea of uric acid levels using this device. With much better options on the market, we recommend steering clear of the CareTouch monitoring system at this time.

 

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