Choosing the right blood pressure monitor or blood pressure cuff is important to get the results you want. First we will list the best six blood pressure monitors for 2016. As new products come on the market we will be adding them to the list and reviewing them. For each of the products I have listed, I’ve gone into a more in depth review of it, plus some pros and cons to help you with your choice.
Best Blood Pressure Monitor 2016
I’m going to give summary of each of the chosen blood pressure cuffs on the list, you can click through to read the full review for any of the devices.
Omron 10 Series Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
The blood pressure monitors in the Omron 10 series are not only the most recommended but they are also one of the top selling home devices. The series has a number of top-notch products, one of which is BP786N. The general consensus is that this monitor is easy to use and is highly accurate thus, making an excellent purchase for patients suffering from blood pressure problems.
The BP786N is packed with features which makes it the ideal home blood pressure monitor and allows for an easier reading and recording of a person’s blood pressure levels. All of the features of this blood pressure monitor work together in order to give readings with the highest possible accuracy.
Features include the Tru reading feature which averages out 3 readings and the ComFit cuff which makes sure that the cuff is placed in the right manner thus enabling the measurement of the right blood pressure.
Other features include the multi-user option, a large memory, irregular heartbeat detector and the data transfer option. The price of the monitor may seem higher than what you would want to pay for a home based monitor for blood pressure. However, you should be assured that you are getting what you pay for; which is an excellent product. Read Full Review.
|Records heart rate as well||Data transfer can be buggy|
|Easy to use||Anyone see your readings|
|Optional 3-sample averaging||Bluetooth connectivity can be faulty|
1byone Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
The 1byone Upper Arm Blood Pressure comes in at number two for the great features it offers to the users that have been mentioned in the full review. The device is also very easy and convenient to be used by everyone as is has a large LCD display for clear display of all results.
Another good thing is that these results are instantly displayed. Being approved by the FDA, it also has a competitive advantage as well. The FDA ensures the customers that this product is of high quality, follows international standards and is also very reliable to use. This device can also be used by two people at once as it can store up to 60 separate recordings for each user along with date and time stamps. This device also comes with a storage case which makes it easy to carry around. It can be powered through batteries or an AC Adaptor. So, you can use the device in any way you like. Even if the batteries aren’t at full power you can simply use the adaptor in order to start the device and get blood pressure readings. Read Full Review.
|Compact size||Less reliable when compared to a manual device|
|Dual power source||Battery runs out quickly|
|Delivers quick results||Material of the monitor isn’t durable|
MeasuPro Easy Read Automatic Digital Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
This product by MeasuPro is reasonably good device. The reason it did not come higher is personal preference on design. The MeasuPro Digital Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor gives exact estimations of your BP level and your heartbeat rate. You’ll see that it is minimized, agreeable, and easy to utilize. Using this device is very easy. All you need to do is wear the wrist cuff, make sure that it isn’t too lose or tight, and simply push a button.
This MeasuPro Digital Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor features a splendid LCD screen. You don’t have to worry about straining your eyes and looking at the readings this device will give you. The storage capacity in this device is also able to save up to 120 readings. Two people can use this device and each individual can save up to 60 blood pressure readings for future use. All of the readings also have a date and time stamp for further convenience. The graphical readings are characterized in five unique levels as per the rules of the American Heart Association: Normal, Pre-hypertension, Hypertension Stage 1, Hypertension Stage 2, and Hypertensive emergency. It additionally computes and provides you with an average of your pulse by taking into regard the last 3 readings.
|Arm sleeve auto-swell||BP data can’t be set to private|
|Up to 60 recordings per user||Wrist cuff might exert too much pressure|
|Built-in heart rate screen||Device isn’t durable|
Balance Professional Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
Number four is the Balance professional Upper Arm Blood pressure monitor. It has been approved by the FDA which means that you are purchasing a product that you can trust. The large LCD screen makes it easier to read your blood pressure levels. It also doesn’t take long to give you a reading. As this product has been manufactured by Greater Goods this means that you’ll be paying a portion of the cash to charity. This monitor also has colored buttons which makes it easier to use and a bit different from other available blood pressure monitors.
This device can record readings of up to two people. It has a storage capacity of 60 readings for each person as with the other devices above. You can easily access your previous readings and have a greater understanding of your health. The upper arm cuff is very versatile. This means that users with bigger or even slimmer arms can wear the cuff in order to get their BP read. This device is also battery operated so you won’t have to search for an electricity outlet in order to use it, but you will need batteries. It also comes with a pouch that makes carrying and storing this device a lot easier. Read Full Review.
|Easy-to-use illuminated screen||Isn’t very durable|
|Adjustable upper arm cuff||Wrist cuff might exert too much pressure|
|Battery operated||Stored readings can’t be hidden|
Blood Pressure Monitor by VIVE Precision
This blood pressure monitor by Vive is a high-quality portable blood pressure monitors which enable the user to accurately track their blood pressure while they are in the comfort of their own home, I’ve placed it at number 5. The device has been tested rigorously so that the users are provided with guaranteed accuracy. The device comes with a handful of features which makes the device a justified purchase.
What makes the device even better is the fact that it comes with a 2-year warrantee. So, in the case where you have any problems with the blood pressure monitor, you can always get it fixed for free. Other features which make this blood pressure monitor a must buy include a feature to monitor irregular heartbeat, a 500-combined measurement capacity, and a two user functionality.
The device only costs $29.75 and there is no doubt that it is as accurate as other professional equipment you may find. So, if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative the blood pressure monitor by Vive is a good choice. Read Full Review.
|Easy to use||Isn’t very durable|
|Easy to read manual||Error code can often occur|
|Clear viewing screen||Can sometimes heat up|
Care Touch Fully Automatic Wrist Blood Pressure Cuff Monitor
The Care Touch Fully Automatic Wrist Blood Pressure Cuff Monitor is a great device to measure the blood pressure automatically and from the comfort of your own home. It’s easy to use, but the reason I have placed it at number six is although the screen is easy to read – it does look a bit faded. There aren’t a lot of buttons that’ll make you feel confused. Everything can be done with a press of a single button and the manual is easy to read and understand. The wrist cuff size is adjustable. It can be used by people having wrist sizes from 5.5’’ to 8.5’’. The cuff is also comfortable to the touch as the material used in its manufacturing is allergy-free.
The results from this device have been proven to be clinically accurate. This monitor is also FDA approved so you have the confidence in your readings. The storage capacity of this product allows it to save up to 60 readings for an individual. All of the readings are time and date stamped for a more in-depth analysis. This monitor works on batteries. The compact size of this monitor and the light in weight construction makes it easier for you to wear on your wrist. Read Full Review.
|Easy to read screen||Only store readings for one person|
|Up to 60 readings stored||High Price|
|Response time < one minute||Device isn’t durable|
How to use a Blood Pressure Monitor
Your blood pressure is a sign of how actively your body is working to pump the blood which feeds your organs. Abnormal blood pressure is a medical condition which can range from low to normal called hypotension (Low blood pressure) and normal to high called hypertension (High blood pressure).
Uncontrolled blood pressure affects the body in many ways and makes a person weak from the inside out. It can lead to strokes and also damages or weakens the brain blood veins. It causes them to become narrow, rupture or even leak. If a person is suffering from high blood pressure, it can also cause blood clots in the arteries which can then lead to brain issues. It can also end up doing severe damage to the heart, kidneys and arteries.
On the other hand, the symptoms of low blood pressure are dizziness, nausea, and fainting. It tends to affect younger people. Heart problems, endocrine problems, dehydration, blood loss, pregnancy, severe infections, severe allergic reaction and lack of proper nutrients in the diet are some of the causes of low blood pressure.
You can simply keep your levels in check and prevent other conditions or even blood pressure related death if you keep monitoring your blood pressure on a regular basis and managing it properly.
These are the following things you need to keep in your mind while taking blood pressure reading. Always remember to wear loose-fitting outfits like a short sleeved shirt as it makes it easier to push your sleeve up comfortably.
- There are few small things that can increase your blood pressure for a while. Before you go for a reading test do not use the toilet and remember that you should not take a reading after having a big meal. Avoid measuring your blood pressure 30 minutes before drinking tea or coffee or even smoking.
- Take a small break or rest for five minutes before you begin with the readings. You should be resting down in a calm position, preferably at a desk or table, with your arm resting on a flat surface.
- Each time you take a blood pressure reading always uses the same arm because each arm has a slightly different reading. Use the arm which your doctor or nurse uses while recording your blood pressure readings.
- Do remember that your arm is supported above any flat surface and the cuff around your arm is at the same level as your heart. You may take a cushion to support your arm to be sure it is at the correct height. Your arm should be relaxed, not tensed.
These are some easy steps to check your blood pressure using blood pressure monitor. For this procedure you will need a stethoscope, a blood pressure cuff, and a blood pressure measurement instrument.
- Wrap the cuff around the arm and use the index line to conclude if the circumference of the arm falls within the range area. Else, choose the appropriate cuff.
- On the brachial artery, position the BP cuff to get the accurate readings. Wrap the BP cuff comfortably around the arm. It should not be too tight or too loose.
- On the same arm that you wrapped the BP cuff on, palpate the point at the crease of the arm to locate the strongest pulse sounds using a stethoscope.
- Begin with the pumping of cuff bulb and you will be able to listen to the pulse sounds. When the BP cuff was inflated enough to hold the flow of the blood you should hear no sounds through the stethoscope and you need to stop there.
- Start deflation.
- Systolic pressure is the first occurrence of rhythmic sounds you hear when the blood begins to flow through the artery which can resemble a faint tapping noise at first.
- When you continue to listen to the BP cuff pressure, it will eventually drop and the sound will fade. This will be the diastolic reading.
Always remember to read the manual that comes with your blood pressure monitoring device.
Here are the few tips to remember while taking the blood pressure readings.
- Do not round off your measurements either up or down – if you do that it may affect the treatment you receive.
- Do not panic if you get an unexpectedly high reading – Sometimes there are high readings due to some errors. Instead of panicking measure your blood pressure once again at another time. If you find that it continues to be high even after a period of time, consult your doctor or nurse as soon as possible. The Omron Monitor at the top of the list does this averaging for you.
- Do not check your blood pressure too often during the day as the changes in the readings might bother you, instead pick a consistent time every day.
How to choose a blood pressure monitor
Having abnormal blood pressure makes a person vulnerable to a lot of diseases. It doesn’t have any obvious symptoms until it is too late. According to statistics, one in three-person is suffering from abnormal blood pressure. It causes more heart attacks and strokes than any other conditions. Most people are dying worldwide because of it than through smoking, diabetes, and obesity.
Even, if you have been diagnosed with just borderline or high blood pressure, it is important to start the treatment as soon as possible. Taking a home test with a reliable blood pressure monitor is an essential and handy way to track your health. And keeping a check on the readings at home is much better than having to go to a clinic often. This is because a lot of people experience stress when visiting a clinic and that play a role in altering their blood pressure readings.
The best part about monitoring blood pressure at home is that you don’t need a prescription to buy a blood pressure monitor. However, before you spend the money, you should talk with your doctor whether you even need such a device or not.
The blood pressure of a normal person falls and rises with each heartbeat. The blood pressure of a person may vary due to changes in medications, emotions, sleep, exercise, diet, or posture. Due to the above-mentioned reasons, a single blood pressure reading taken at the doctor’s clinic is not always accurate. Multiple readings taken at a regular interval of time using blood pressure monitor at home can provide both you and your doctor a reliable and exact state of your heart and health.
A home monitor could be useful for:
- The people who are beginning their high blood pressure (HBP) treatment to determine its effectiveness.
- Patients who need regular monitoring at a regular interval of time and suffering from coronary heart disease, diabetes, and/or kidney disease.
- Pregnant women as they often complain about their high BP.
There are some factors to consider while buying a blood pressure monitor. Keep these points in mind when you’re in the market to make a purchase.
- Check the Fit: Everybody has a different size of their upper arm. While picking the right blood pressure monitor for you make sure the cuff fits the circumference of your upper arm. Using a wrong sized cuff can result in incorrect readings. The cuffs which are adjustable or the models that come with two different cuff size are recommended. Wrist models usually fit most people.
- Consider Cost: Another important factor which is to be considered while purchasing a right product is the cost factor. Some people consider that the product with the hefty price tag is best but it is not true in all cases.
- Easy to go: Always choose the product that is easy to use. The monitor that displays the readings should be easy to read. The keys should be large and intuitive. The directions for using the cuff and operating the monitor should be clear and easy to understand. There’s no need for you to waste money on a monitor you won’t be able to use correctly.
- Some other factors: There are many other factors should be taken into consideration while purchasing the right blood pressure monitor. These factors are the risk category indicator, irregular heartbeat detector, multiple user memories, large digit display, the data averaging function, multiple cuffs, and a memory download capability. You should buy a device that’ll give you your money’s worth.
Accuracy of blood pressure monitors
In this modern era of unbeatable technologies, one in three people is suffering from blood pressure problems. The people who use home blood pressure monitors to keep an eye on their rising and falling blood pressure may be getting inaccurate readings from their devices. A new study reveals that up to 35% of blood pressure monitors used at home provided interpretations that were considered as invalid.
However, some patients feel uncomfortable at the doctor’s clinic and as a result they face a temporary rise in their blood pressure. That is why it is considered as better to take the blood pressure measurements at home. It provides more accurate results than the doctor’s desk. But a person needs to know how accurate blood pressure monitors actually are.
An automatically inflating arm cuff with a large digital readout is the best device for most people because it offers an easy reading. For most accurate blood pressure readings at home, you need to follow some steps:
- It is better to avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages, and don’t smoke, 30 minutes before the test.
- Sit calmly for some time having a comfortable back support and feet on the floor.
- Before you start with the procedure, support your elbow as to keep it at the level of your heart.
- Push your sleeves up or go for short sleeves t-shirt and wrap the cuff over bare skin.
- Don’t panic instantly if a reading is too high or low. Relax for a few minutes and go for it again.
- Track a record of your blood pressure readings and the time of day you take them. Try to take it at the same time every day.
Manual blood pressure monitors:
The manual blood pressure monitor includes a cuff (wraps around your arm), a gauge to measure the blood pressure, and a rubber squeeze bulb. A stethoscope is required in the procedure to listen to the blood pulsing rushing through the artery.
You can note down your blood pressure from the circular dial of the gauge, the pressure in the cuff falls or rises as the needle moves.
When instructions are followed precisely, manual devices are pretty accurate. However, they are not the suggested type of blood pressure monitor to use at home.
Digital blood pressure monitors:
A digital blood pressure monitor also has a cuff to wrap around the arm. For some devices, you may need to use a rubber squeeze ball to inflate the cuff. Some kinds inflate automatically when you press the button.
After the cuff is inflated, the pressure will slowly drop on its own as in the manual one. The screen will show digital readings of the systolic and diastolic readings.
After showing the blood pressure readings, the cuff will deflate. Some of the machines require you to wait for 2 to 3 minutes before you use it again.
A digital blood pressure monitor will not be as accurate it should be if you will not sit stable when you use it. These types of monitors are recommended for most people.
So, if you’re someone who wants to monitor their blood pressure by themselves then it is recommended that you use a digital blood pressure monitor in order to receive more precise readings.
Looking after your blood pressure monitor
Today’s strenuous routine has increased the risks of problems like blood pressure. It is roughly calculated that every 1 in 3 adults has blood pressure issue, for this reason, it is necessary to monitor blood pressure.
Blood pressure is usually measured with an instrument named a “Sphygmomanometer” but this is a traditional way of measuring blood pressure. In this digital era, something quicker and automatic can also be used.
For this purpose, Digital Blood pressure cuffs are available in the market that can be little expensive but they are the easiest to use. You can even carry such a device with you anywhere you want. But this sensitive device is needs to be handled with extra care.
Looking After Your Blood Pressure Monitor
- Pack it well: It is normal that when you first get something new, you want to use it all the time. So is the case with your blood pressure monitor. You are likely to test yourself every morning and evening. Keep it in mind that it is a sensitive and delicate device that needs extra care. Do not forget to pack it well or put it somewhere safe when it isn’t in use. If you want to carry it with you to your working place or somewhere else, make sure that you pack it properly in order to prevent damaging it due to accidental bumps.
- Do not use it on moving vehicles and in airplanes: People do carry small portable battery operated blood pressure monitors with them on flights or during traveling but make sure that you do not operate them in moving cars or planes because jerks and vibrations can cause a reading defect in the monitor.
- Keep electronic devices away from your blood pressure monitor: Keeping mobile phones or other electronic devices near a monitor can give faulty readings while measuring blood pressure. The use of electronic equipment jolts the sensors in BP monitors that cause a temporary but significant spike and misleading results.
- Battery strength: It is very necessary to check the strength of batteries in BP monitors. Low battery strength can make your device inaccurate and likely to give fluctuating results. Batteries have a particular span of life so they need to be replaced on time and avoid not being able to measure your blood pressure when needed.
- Handle the parts with extra care: BP monitor has some parts like a rubber tube, gauge, arm cuffs and digital measuring bulb. All parts are needed to be handled with care. Neither fold them nor keep them in the open. While using and measuring BP monitor, use all parts properly and carefully.
- Do not fold Arm cuff: Arm cuff is the major part of BP apparatus that needs special care and handling. You must not fold the arm cuff forcefully while packing it in a bag. Folding improperly can cause damage to arm cuff and without an arm cuff, your device is of no use.
- Do not overuse it: You can monitor your BP every day but set a time and use it according to a set plan. Do not overuse your device.
- Take it to a lab technician for checking accuracy: Before using the monitor at home, you can take the apparatus to doctor or lab technician for knowing about the right method to use it or to check the accuracy of the device.
What do your blood pressure readings mean
Blood pressure is the exerting force or pressure of blood in the circulatory system. It is the measurement of pressure on the walls of blood vessels. Blood pressure is particularly measured for arteries and because of that it is sometimes also known as “Arterial Pressure”.
It closely examines the diameter and elasticity of arterial walls. Arteries are responsible for taking carrying the blood from the heart and circulating it all around the body.
Blood pressure is reported in two types with the help of numbers that are called readings.
- Systolic Blood Pressure: It measures the highest level of pressure in the arteries. The pressure of blood is at its highest level in the body when the heart contract or beats and pumps blood in the body. More simply it happens at the beginning of the cardiac cycles.
- Diastolic Blood Pressure: It refers to the lowest level of pressure in the arteries. Pressure of blood is at its lowest level when the heart is in resting state or between the heart beats and refilling the blood the inside of it. It can be checked between the cardiac cycles.
BP is usually measured with the help of a medical instrument that is called a “Sphygmomanometer”. A person’s blood pressure is reported in two numbers, expressed as a ratio. It is very necessary to understand the readings of blood pressure that your doctor may tell you.
- 120/80 (Normal): A 120/80 mmHg reading is called to be normal blood pressure. The top number is referring to the systolic blood pressure when your heart is beating and the lower ratio is diastolic blood pressure when the heart is between heartbeats.
- 90/60 or less (Hypotension): If you find your blood pressure reading to be 90/60 or less than it, this means that your blood pressure is low and this condition is called hypotension. A person having low blood pressure may feel giddiness, nausea, pale color, cold, fatigue and shallow breathing, etc. Low blood pressure can be treated by eating salty foods and fresh juices.
- 120/80-140/90 (Prehypertension): If your reading is more than 120 over 80 and less than 140 over 90, it means your blood pressure is a little high. This state is called Prehypertension. You must regularly monitor your blood pressure and if this state remains the same for a week, you may need to consult a doctor. Prehypertension state increases the risks of cardiovascular diseases.
- 160/100 (Hypertension): If you find your reading to be higher than 160 over 100, it means you are suffering from high blood pressure. High blood pressure causes blood vessels to become hard and stiff. The vessels cannot expand enough during systolic phase. HBP also reduces the diameter of blood vessels that can become the reason of heart stroke and other major issues. A person having HBP should bear in mind that it cannot be treated with medicines alone, rather you need to change your diet habits and certain life styles to bring it back to normal level.
- Above 180/110 (Hypertensive Urgency): This reading means you are in critical condition and you need proper evaluation and care. A person suffering from hypertensive emergency may feel a severe headache, nose bleeding and severe anxiety etc. This persistent condition of a patient can lead towards heart attack, stroke, memory loss, aortic dissection, kidney’s damage and much more serious problems.
Blood pressure is a sign of life so everyone should have an idea about what their blood pressure readings mean. Take an active part in improving your health and having an understanding of your blood pressure reading is one way to accomplish this.
What is a healthy blood pressure
Healthy blood pressure can be defined as the normal flow of blood inside your body. Blood pressure refers to the calculation of the pressure of blood on the wall of arteries. Pressure is crucial for the blood to flow throughout the body. A 120/80 reading is to be considered as a normal and healthy blood pressure.
Hypotension: If your blood pressure reading is less than 120 over 80, it means you are suffering from low blood pressure or hypotension.
Hypertension: If your blood pressure reading is above 120 over 80, it means your blood pressure is high that is needed to lower down.
How to maintain healthy and normal blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the matter of life and death so it needs to be kept at a normal level. Hypertension is known as a silent killer and it is the root cause of cardiovascular diseases so it must be treated with extra care. There are some ways to fix your blood pressure and bring it back to a normal state.
Here are some tips that will contribute to maintaining a healthy blood pressure.
- Dietary Habits: Keep this thing in your mind that BP is something that can be handled only with a healthy diet and some precautions, regardless of you taking medications. We all love fast foods and ready-to-eat processed meals but these are culprits of HBP because they are saturated with salts and spices. Go for something healthy and balanced diet containing antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids.
- Make exercise your best friend: Physical activity is very helpful in maintaining a normal blood pressure. Do exercise daily for about 20-30 minutes in order to keep yourself fit and healthy. The best types of exercise for maintaining normal blood pressure are walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, stretching, and dancing.
- Quit smoking or alcohol: Smoking and alcohol are also major culprits of hypertension. Try to minimize these habits because smoking deteriorates the health in a very serious manner and it is one of the major reasons of heart-related issues. If you want to maintain healthy blood pressure, try to give up smoking or alcohol as soon as possible.
- Natural medication is the best idea: We admit that bringing about any change in your lifestyle is difficult to adopt but your life is precious. Change your eating habits. Nature has offered us the treatment of many problems like blood pressure so make sure you utilize these resources. Onions are helpful in cleaning blood vessels, ginger boosts up the blood circulation, capsicum peppers make arterial walls strong and let oxygen and nutrients to enter inside the body, and garlic is the best thing to eat because it lowers the cholesterol level and bucks up the circulation of blood in a body.
- Be Positive and handle the stress: Behavior has a close relation with health. A good and positive behavior keeps you healthy and wholesome. Negative attitude or stress can contribute to high blood pressure. Handle the stress you feel with a positive behavior. Take some time to think and find a solution for your problems.
A healthy life is very much dependent upon a healthy blood pressure so take care of it and continue to live a healthy life.
I would definitely recommend everyone to have a blood pressure monitor/blood pressure cuff at home to take their readings. I hope this guide has been helpful to you, as I mentioned above as we come across new blood pressure cuffs, we will be definitely reviewing them and including them in the list if they match up. If you have a product that you think we’ve missed, please contact us to let us know. Also do let me know in the comments below if you have one at home and what you think of it.