It isn’t always convenient for us to go to the doctors, every time we need an accurate blood pressure reading. Since the start of the pandemic, many of us have become more health conscious and are keen to keep in the know with all of our vital conveniently.
With a range of different equipment available now, it’s now easier than ever for us to get this information from the comfort of our own homes (especially good for those still shielding).
According to information provided by the British Heart Foundation, the most accurate readings are found in upper arm monitors and not wrist or finger devices.
OMRON is one of the top brands out there worth investing in for full health data and smart analytics. There are also plenty of cheaper alternatives out there including models from Buerer. If you’re looking for a no nonsense monitor to keep knowledgeable about your health at home – keep reading below.
We’ve compiled a list of the best upper arm blood pressure monitors that are both affordable and simple to use.
Best blood pressure monitors to buy:
This blood pressure monitor from Duronic will give you an accurate reading of you your systolic and diastolic pressure, along with the pulse per minute.
The large LCD makes for easy viewing and is perfect if you want to keep a little reminder of your readings, as it will hold up to 60 records for you.
The only downside to this machine is it only comes with a medium to large sized cuff, if you’re smaller you will need to buy separate cuffs to get the most accurate and comfortable reading.
If you’re just in need of an inexpensive, portable device that can give you readings less often, this monitor is a great option.
The Beurer blood pressure monitor has a large, LCD screen to display results,as well as an easy touch-screen operation.
The screen will tell you if you are using the device incorrectly, so you never have to worry about an inaccurate reading again. You’ll also be alerted if anything irregular or out of the ordinary is detected.
Two users can use the machine at once and the monitor will record 60 readings for each person.
An interesting feature about this machine is it will automatically calculate an average for morning and evening readings over a seven day period for you, perfect for monitoring your progress.
Slightly on the pricey side, but if you’re looking for a super accurate monitor that will update and store all of your health information for you, this is the one.
Made by health care provider OMRON, this stylish design virtually does everything for you in a way that other models simply will not.
The EVOLV can be used over a sleeve and it doesn’t require you to position yourself in a certain way – the device will even inflate according to each use with Intellisense technology, whilst letting you know if your cuff is too loose or tight.
Track your progress with the app on your smart phone, which automatically syncs readings.
The QardioArm is very similar to the OMROM EVOLV, although slightly cheaper and a little bit more compact, it doesn’t compromise on amazing features.
A unique feature is the photo slide show (either your own gallery or a pre-loaded one) to help calm users for the best reading.
The portable and discreet device makes it easy to get an accurate reading on the go and is compatible with many smart devices, as well as up to eight at a time.
Geo-tracking technology allows you to keep an eye on your readings via time or location. Technology that detects irregular heartbeats in this monitor is something you won’t find in less advanced devices.
The Braun ExactFit uses colour-coded guides to easily interpret your readings and track progress over time. You can also access and share information conveniently through the app.
Included in the kit are two different sized cuffs for comfort and accuracy, the device will also give you the option to check the last three readings, so you’re fully in the know and in control of your health.
The blood pressure monitor also has intelligent irregular heartbeat detection, and for a fraction of the price of some of the other large brands.
Withings have a wide range of products available to help you improve, track and become knowledgeable about your health.
The medically accurate device will give you immediate results regarding your systolic and diastolic pressure reading, plus an indication of heart rate.
The results come in an easy to read colour-coded language, the data will also automatically sync to your app with WiFi – which allows you to store unlimited recordings and health data.
The device is compact and small enough to keep on your person when you’re on the go and the rechargeable battery will give you up to six months worth of usage.
Another blood pressure monitor by the OMRON group, although significantly cheaper and with less futuristic digital features.
One touch operation allows you to start the small device, while Intellisense technology works to inflate the cuff to a comfortable size.
The device doesn’t record long histories and only has a ‘last reading’ memory capacity, but is ideal for quick, easy and inexpensive readings.
Braun ActivScan uses a simple to follow colour-coded chart, for you to easily interpret what your reading means.
Integrated WiFi allows for seamless syncing to your app, which will enable you to views trends over time with the help of graphs for the day, week or month.
The device has a ‘pinch to open’ cuff, made from kind to the skin materials and a soft inflation technique for a comfortable reading.
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A simple to use device that has some great features to easily keep track of your cardiovascular health.
It’s able to record up to 30 measurements, which is fairly low in comparison to some of the other models, so not ideal if you’d like to keep a long history stored.
However, the device is equipped to inform users of any irregular patterns in the heartbeat by clearly displaying a PAD sign (Pulse Arrhythmia Detection).
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The Withings Core blood pressure monitor is noticeably more expensive than the Blood Pressure Monitor at position 6, it obviously isn’t your average device.
If you’d like an accurate but immensely broad monitor for at home use and if you don’t minding forking out the extra pennies, this is a strong contender to consider.
The Core will take immediate and medically accurate blood pressure and heart rate readings. It’s also fully equipped with an Electrocardiogram (ECG) to record atrial fibrillation detection and a digital stethoscope to detect valvular heart diseases.
Keep a close eye on your readings with immediate results on the device and in your app, without having to lift a finger with automatic WiFi syncing.
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