AB Fraser MD, July 5, 2016 10:30 AM
Welcome to my blood pressure monitor review page. Blood pressure monitors are not just for people with heart disease. You can use them as part of a smart physical fitness program to ensure that you never experience the fear and pain of a serious heart problem. Purchasing a blood pressure monitor, and checking your blood pressure periodically, is just one more step in your taking control of your body, your brain. But there are so many out there in the health and fitness marketplace. How do you know which one is best for your situation?
Since you'll be using these monitors to check your own blood pressure at home you want ease and convenience. I get that. But remember that your primary concern with these devices has to be accuracy. After all, what good is the monitor if it doesn't give you the correct blood pressure readings? With that in mind, arm blood pressure monitors are in general the most reliable, and finger devices the least reliable.
Another thing to keep in mind. Most of us have had our blood pressure taken by a doctor, nurse, medical assistant, etc. How is it done? You're sitting. Your arm is placed in a relaxed position. They place the cuff in a particular way. They tell you to relax. You haven't just eaten. So don't think you're going to be standing, having just finished a meal, about to run off to do some task and expect to get an accurate blood pressure!
And don't expect your blood pressure to be the same every time you check it. Your blood pressure does naturally vary during the day. To really check accuracy, take your BPM with you the next time you go to the doctor or pharmacy. Have them check your blood pressure with your equipment and with their own.
You could spend several hours scouring the web, checking out customer reviews, features and benefits, and then make a decision for yourself. Or you could take advantage of my medical knowledge, my hours spent scouring the web checking out customer reviews, and then testing out these devices myself. I have reviewed dozens of blood pressure monitors so that you don't have to. The 5 products you see listed here frequently provide the best value, receive the highest customer satisfaction ratings, and are the most accurate. Choose any one of the Top 5 Blood Pressure Monitors listed below and you'll be guaranteed good value and accurate performance.
Instantly compares your reading with global blood pressure averages
Includes an irregular heart beat detector and alert
Slim and portable design
Conveniently worn on your wrist
Device is registered with the FDA
Delivers both Systolic and Diastolic readings
Includes convenient storage and carrying case
Adjustable upper arm cuff fits all sizes
Lotfancy® (FDA CE Approved) Fully Automatic Digital Upper arm blood pressure / Heart Beat Meter monitor Large LCD (Display) features + (120 Memories, WHO indicator)
Easy to read LCD display
This is an FDA approved cuff style monitor. It has automatic inflation and shut off.
It has a countertop base with a low battery indicator.
1 year warranty
Can be used by 3 separate users
Uses an accurate hypertension indicator
Unique color alert technology
MeasuPro BPM-20A Digital Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor and Heart Rate Monitor, Two User Modes, IHB Indicator, Hypertension Color Alert Display, Desktop Design and Memory Recall
Sturdy, durable desktop design
Backlit LCD screen
Simple, fast accurate readings
Large buttons and display
That depends. There's a reason why Omron is the #1 brand recommended most often by doctors and pharmacists. And why there are so many more reviews when you check Amazon. People buy Omron devices and they work! Before I started using a Fitbit, I used a pedometer. Despite trying many different pedometers, I kept returning to Omron.
The Omron 7 Series Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor is a great device. It's popular and has many 5 star reviews. It's ease of use is a huge plus. If that's going to make you use it, get it! It's my #2 choice.
As I stated at the beginning of this comparison review, the single most important factor is accuracy. A good arm BPM should be expected to be more accurate than the same quality wrist BPM. (You will notice that I am not recommending any finger BPMs. They're just not reliable enough.) So my #1 choice ... drumroll, please ... is the Balance Professional Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor.
Keep in mind, especially if you read the reviews on the web, there are comments among Amazon reviewers that they missed the 30 day return deadline. That means they couldn't easily return their BPM to Amazon. If you decide that one of these devices is not for you after that 30 day period, contact the manufacturer. Their warranty periods are all longer than 30 days.
Did this review help you? Do you use a different blood pressure monitor that you'd like to recommend? Let me know.