My 14-year-old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on March 24th, 2012, and the Contour glucose meter was the first meter given to him while he was in the hospital. He has used it every day since then and we have yet to go through a battery change. He takes it with him everywhere he goes and it's very durable (having survived many accidental drops). We also have an extra Contour meter that we use for testing our other son once a month. The testing process is very simple. Both meters work great and we would recommend Contour to everyone. BONUS: In our Contour box, we received a coupon for a free meter from the Bayer corporation. I don't know if it's included in every box, but that was an added plus.