Keyto Review – Does The Keyto Breath Meter Work?
Whether you started off checking in with the infamous keto strips or went for the more accurate ketone blood meters, it’s pretty common to want some confirmation that you’re actually in ketosis. Ketone tests can help you make sure you are staying within your carb limits and on track to reach your goals. They can also help to give you a heads up when it comes to hidden carbs or “low carb” ingredients that actually kick you out of ketosis.
Recently, the brand Keyto reached out to share their new device for testing ketosis. Rather than testing blood or urine, the Keyto meter tests your breath to determine whether or not you are in ketosis. This means that there is no need to prick your fingers, handle bodily fluids, or keep buying boxes of strips. It sounds like a pretty good option in theory, but does Keyto actually work? I’ll share some of my thoughts in this Keyto review!
What Does Keyto Test?
First up, I wanted to understand what Keyto actually tests for. Obviously, it’s not checking for ketones in your blood or urine. Instead, Keyto tests your breath for a chemical called acetone. Acetone is produced as your body burns ketones, and much of it is eliminated through your breath when you exhale.
Since breaking down more ketones leads to higher acetone levels, the amount of acetone in your breath should be related to your level of ketosis. The Keyto breath meter connects to an app that calculates your approximate level of ketosis based on that acetone reading.
How Accurate Is Keyto?
So just how accurate is Keyto for measuring ketosis? I used it for a few weeks and compared the results to what I got with my Keto-Mojo meter. Directly measuring BHB in the blood is obviously the most accurate method, but if the Keyto results are close then it could be a good alternative way to test for ketosis. Here’s what I found out during my Keyto review:
- The Keyto app calculates your “Keyto Level.” Rather than give you an actual measure of the amount of acetone in your breath, Keyto uses a scale of 1-8 to track your estimated level of ketosis. Scores below 3 are considered to be not in ketosis, 4 is light ketosis, 5-7 are full ketosis, and 8 is deep ketosis.
- Keyto scores were correlated with my blood readings. Generally, results were in the range of what I would expect. If my blood test gave a value between 0.6-1mmol/L, my Keyto level was usually a 4 or 5. Higher levels between 1 and 1.5mmol/L scored between 5 and 6. The highest Keyto reading I got during the testing was a 7, with ketone levels of 1.6-1.8mmol/L. I suspect blood readings of 2mmol/L and above would get that coveted 8 Keyto score.
- Fluke results can happen. If you breathe into the Keyto device before it is calibrated, don’t fully exhale, or have some other interference with the test, you can get artificially low Keyto scores. For example, when a stuffy nose made it hard for me to fully exhale, I got a Keyto Level of 3 despite a blood ketone level of 1.1mmol/L.
Is Keyto Easy To Use?
Yes! Once you install the app and pair the device via Bluetooth (an easy process), a Keyto test takes just a few minutes from start to finish. Here are the steps:
- Open the Keyto app on your phone. Tap to add a new reading.
- Press the power button on the Keyto device to turn it on and connect (<5 seconds).
- Wait for the Keyto meter to calibrate (~3 minutes).
- Exhale into the Keyto meter (10 seconds).
- Get your results! (5-10 seconds)
The most time consuming part is the wait for it to calibrate. I suspect it’s taking a reading of the surrounding air so that it has a baseline to compare your breath to; that’s why breathing into the device too early will lower your score. The only other tricky part is making sure to exhale fully.
Keyto vs. Other Tests
I haven’t used ketone urinalysis strips in a while due to their accuracy issues for keto-adapted people, but I’ve used them before and am familiar with how they work. My Keto-Mojo is how I usually test ketone levels, so of course I’m familiar with that testing method too. With that in mind, here are the major pros and cons of the Keyto breath meter vs. other ketone tests from my Keyto review:
- No ongoing costs. You won’t have to buy boxes of strips every month, or other consumable extras like lancets. The Keyto app has no ongoing costs (though you can upgrade it if desired). The only thing you’ll need to replace is the AAA battery.
- No bodily fluids. Obviously, testing your breath is a lot less icky than dealing with pee and less uncomfortable than lancing your fingers.
- Test on demand. You can test multiple times a day without waiting until you have to go or worrying about the cost of strips adding up.
- Takes a little more time. The calibration time means that this takes the longest out of the three main ways of testing ketones. Urinalysis strips usually only require a 30-60 second wait, and while doing the comparison tests for this Keyto review I was usually able to complete a full Keto-Mojo test (both ketones and glucose) during the Keyto warm up time.
- Higher upfront cost. The Keyto device costs $99, while you can usually find a box of keto urinalysis strips for $10 or under and a basic Keto-Mojo kit is $60.
- Less precise than blood testing. While the results were generally correlated, the breath test results aren’t as precise. The same blood ketone level might give a Keyto Level of 5 on one day and 6 on another. It’s still enough to follow trends though, especially if you’re testing regularly.
Is Keyto Worth the Price?
So how much does Keyto cost and what do you get? There are two options:
Device Only ($99):
- The Keyto Breath Meter and Accessories: The Keyto meter, 4 mouth pieces, a carrying case, and a AAA battery.
Keyto Premium ($195):
- Everything included above, plus:
- 1 year of Keyto Premium (recipes, meal plans, food guides, and groups in the Keyto app)
- A Keyto snack box of low carb foods ($80 value)
The premium Keyto app is $96 per year on its own, which works out to $8/month. Many other keto meal plan or food guide subscriptions cost more than that, so if the features are appealing to you it could be worth it.
Focusing on the device only kit, I think Keyto is an especially good value for people who want a balance between accuracy, frequency, and affordability. The higher upfront cost is balanced by the fact that you won’t need to keep buying strips. If you plan on testing your Keyto Level regularly, those savings will add up over time.
Overall Keyto Review
So what is my final Keyto review? After several weeks I am pretty impressed with my Keyto breath meter! It’s less precise than blood testing and takes a little longer, but I really like having it as an option. It’s perfect for those occasions when I don’t want to waste a blood testing strip or just need a quick confirmation rather than an exact ketone measurement.
Keyto is also helpful for tracking trends throughout the day to learn how different food, activities, and other factors impact my level of ketosis. Because ketone strips cost money, I usually don’t test with them multiple times per day unless I’m doing a specific experiment. With the Keyto, there’s no additional cost to testing before and after meals or exercise, every few hours, or basically whenever I’m curious. I think that has benefits for people like me who have been keto for a while. It’s also good for beginners who just want to make sure they are on the right track without getting too bogged down in the details.
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