5 of the Best Blood Pressure Monitors Roundup Review

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.

Omron 7 Series Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor

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​

The Good Stuff:

  • The Omron 7 Series Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor (BPM) is the blood pressure monitor recommended most often by doctors and pharmacists. More than 9,000 previous purchasers on Amazon have awarded this value priced and accurate wrist-style BPM an excellent 4.3/5.0 star rating.
  • Since your blood pressure will naturally rise and fall, the device's Advanced Averaging feature automatically displays the average of your last 3 readings. A special 2 user mode allows you and someone else to use the device.
  • It automatically inflates when your wrist is at the proper level.
  • 2 AAA batteries are included.
  • 5 year warranty

The Bad Stuff:

  • You must follow the instructions to get accurate blood pressure readings. Really not that big a deal, but don't just slap it on your wrist the first time.
  • There is some noise caused by the cuff inflating. There are also some beeps to warn you if the cuff is incorrectly positioned, etc. but those can be disabled. This information might be important to you if you plan to check your blood pressure at work, and want to do it unobtrusively.
  • The irregular heartbeat detector can be good thing or a bad thing. It may freak some people out if they suddenly receive an alert that their heartbeat is abnormal.
  • One of the more expensive, (but worth the price in my opinion).

 4.3/5 Stars

Balance Professional Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Easy-to-Read Backlit LCD, One-Size-Fits-All Cuff and Nylon Storage Case by Greater Goods

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​

The Good Stuff:

  • The Balance Professional Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor has a close to perfect customer satisfaction score on Amazon of 4.6 / 5.0. 
  • The monitor straps onto your upper arm. It has a large easy to read display. You can operate it with the touch of a single button. 
  • It stores 120 readings
  • This BPM is backed by a 2 year warranty, includes the required 4 AAA batteries, and has a price tag about half the cost of similar models.

The Bad Stuff:

  • A few have complained of the cuff being difficult to align due to excessive velcro.
  • There are some complaints of inaccuracy, (as with all BPMs). This may be related to cuff size. Although the cuff fits the vast majority of people, the "one size fits all" cuff doesn't actually fit all.

 4.6/5 Stars

Lotfancy® (FDA CE Approved) Fully Automatic Digital Upper arm blood pressure / Heart Beat Meter monitor Large LCD (Display) features + (120 Memories, WHO indicator)

Automatic inflation

FDA approved

Easy to read LCD display

The Good Stuff:

  •  The Lotfancy Fully Automatic Digital Upper Arm Blood Pressure / Heart Beat Monitor delivers one of the best values in blood pressure monitors, and is a consistent Amazon bestseller. This BPM stores information for up to 4 users. Can be ordered with a medium or large cuff. With the medium cuff you can order it with or without an AC adapter.
  • 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

The Bad Stuff:

  • You will have to supply your own 4 AAA alkaline batteries which are not included.
  • Again, read the instructions.To get an accurate blood pressure, you must place the cuff properly.

 4.2/5 Stars

Ozeri BP2M CardioTech Premium Series Digital Blood Pressure Monitor with Hypertension Color Alert Technology

Automatic inflation

Can be used by 3 separate users

Uses an accurate hypertension indicator

Unique color alert technology

The Good Stuff:

  • It detects irregular heart rhythms. This can be good or bad.
  • This BPM ships with 2 AAA batteries.
  • 5 year warranty

The Bad Stuff:

  • You must delete an entry immediately or it will be stored in memory. Once stored, it cannot be deleted without erasing all stored measurements.
  • Detects abnormal heart rhythms. You'll notice that I also mention this among the good stuff. Do you already know that you have an occasional abnormal rhythm? Or maybe yo have constant atrial fibrillation? Will getting an alert from your BPM that your heart rhythm is irregular flip you out? What will you do with the information? 
  • A few comments were made that you have to be quick to select the 2nd user before it defaults back to user 1.

 4.1/5 Stars

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

The Good Stuff:

  • The MeasuPro BPM-20A has earned a 4.3 /5.0 star customer satisfaction rating.
  • It employs an easy to understand hypertension color alert mode. It automatically and accurately reads your blood pressure and pulse.
  • It can be used by 2 people.
  • 2 year warranty

The Bad Stuff:

  • Some complain that the cuff does not fit well. Obviously this can contribute to inaccurate readings.
  • Another cuff problem is that it may be difficult to position properly by yourself.

 4.3/5 Stars

And The Winner Is..?

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.

These are all highly rated devices. The important thing is to pick one and start using it to manage your health now!