Perhaps a medical professional has suggested you monitor your blood pressure, maybe you have high/low blood pressure and are trying to make lifestyle changes to improve it, or perhaps you just want to keep track as part of an overall health routine. Blood pressure is vitally important, and both high & low BP can cause symptoms and lead to health problems over time.
Testing your blood pressure at home as become far easier now that there are accurate, quality monitors available for every budget, and even gadgets for those wanting to up the ante and download their readings to their laptops and smartphones. Here are 5 of the best to choose from.
1. Omron M2 Basic Upper Arm Monitor
Best For : Straightforward use, accuracy & reliability, clear readings, lower budget.
This is the one we have in our household. It gives clear readings on the display, and it’s easy to use because it doesn’t have confusing or time-consuming bells and whistles. It’s literally a case of putting the cuff on and pressing one button to inflate it, then waiting for your reading. IntelliSense technology means that the cuff automatically inflates to the optimal pressure and there’s a memory bank for the last reading too, so you can see what your BP was the time before. It takes 4xAA batteries, which we’ve found to last a very good length of time before they need replacing.
It is clinically validated and has a 3 year warranty for peace of mind.
2. Vangold Wrist BP Monitor
Best For : Users who want a wrist monitor, digital record of readings, portability.
The Vangold wrist monitor comes with a storage box and it’s more portable for those wanting to use this on the move. It’s easy to use, with just one button for quiet, quick automatic inflation to take your reading. It also has a detection function for irregular beats.
This has a memory bank to store the last 90 readings, which is perfect for those who perhaps don’t want to keep a written record but who still want to look back over previous results. It takes 2 AAA batteries and has a low battery indicator.
Comes with a 2 year warranty for peace of mind.
3. Omron MIT Elite Plus
Best For : PC Connectivity for tracking & one-touch operation.
This is a far fancier piece of tech, and a move away from basic home blood pressure monitors.
As standard, it uses Omron’s IntelliSense technology for automatic cuff inflation. The one-button operation means it’s a case of simply pressing start and having your reading appear on the digital display. There’s a memory stage for 90 readings, including the date and time of each. The device is clinically validated and also includes irregular heartbeat and hypertension detection indicators.
The other perk to this one is its PC connectivity. It comes with OMRON Health Management Software so you can save all of your data to your computer and track your health, which could come in really handy if you need to be sharing your results with your doctor, too.
4. Omron MIT3
Best For : Clear digital display, mid-range budget.
The MIT3 has a hypertension and irregular heartbeat indictor, in addition to the standard blood pressure monitoring. This has a memory bank for 60 readings.
Intellisense technology will auto-inflate the cuff for a comfy, quick and easy reading, which shows up clearly on the digital display. It’s clinically validated and looks pretty swish for a mid-range device.
5. Omron Evolv All-In-One Wireless Upper Arm BP Monitor
Best For : Portability, app tracking, sleek design, higher range budget, reliable results.
This is designed to be incredibly quick and easy to use, simply putting the cuff on and pressing start for it to measure your BP. Results can be viewed on the built-in HD OLED display and there’s space on the device to store 100 readings. It also makes use of the “OMRON connect” App (or the Apple Health app), so you can keep a track of your results and even share them should you wish.
The sleek design and lack of any wires makes it compact and easy to take on the move or to store at home. What I think is also reassuring about this one is its accuracy and how it provides reliable results whatever angle you put this at on your upper arm.