Best Blood Pressure Monitors For 2019 [Our Reviews and Comparisons]

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Those who suffer from abnormal blood pressure require accurate blood pressure readings. In fact, inaccurate and infrequent readings might even prove fatal.

On the bright side, there are a lot of blood pressure monitors that can measure accurate blood pressure levels for early warnings. But choosing one might not be as easy as it seems.

The models listed below are some of the best blood pressure monitorson the market, so feel free to check them out.

Our Blood Pressure Monitor Reviews

1. Omron M10-IT BP

There is no need to worry about the reliability of the Omron M10-IT BP as it has been clinically certified for accurate blood pressure readings.

The M10-IT BP also comes with dual cuff size for arm circumferences between 8.6 and 16.5 inches. And this blood pressure monitor also sports a large easy-to-read LCD screen.

It displays thesystolic BP on top, diastolic BP in the middle, and pulse rate on the bottom. Since the device is designed for two users, it also indicates which user is taking the measurement (A or B).

This BP monitor sports the SUN and MOON buttons to let you specify when you’re measuring your BP. This information is also displayed on the screen for easy BP trend monitoring.

The Omron M10-IT BP has an automatic mode that takes 3 measurements and displays the average. It can also store 84 measurements in the internal memory.

It is worth noting that this unit comes with a 3-year warranty.

  • FDA approved: N/A
  • Cuff size: 8.6 to 16.5 inches
  • Time it takes: N/A
  • Screen: Yes
  • Ease of use: Yes
  • Accuracy: Yes
  • Battery life: N/A
  • Warranty: N/A
  • Connectivity: No
  • SPECS
  • WHAT I LIKE
  • WHAT I DON'T LIKE
  • Pros/cons overview
  • VIDEO

2. TempIR BP Monitor

Courtesy of www.tempir.com

If you are looking for a budget-friendly FDA-certified blood pressure monitor that’s loaded with great features, you should check out the TempIR BP. In addition, it’s designed for quick and easy BP readings.

The TempIR BP features an adjustable cuff that goes around your wrist. It sports a rather large LCD display with all the standard readings.

Besides the systolic and diastolic BP, the display also indicates the pulse rate, time, and memory recording number. In addition, a color-coded bar on the left indicates the level of your blood pressure.

Said bar uses the World Health Organization’s standards to inform you how dangerous, or benign, your BP levels are.

Using this BP monitor is as easy as it gets.Just wrap the cuff on your wrist, make sure the monitor is at the height of your heart, and press ON. You can use the 3 readings option to weed out potential outliers.

  • FDA approved: Yes
  • Cuff size: N/A (wrist cuff)
  • Time it takes: N/A
  • Screen: Yes
  • Ease of use: Yes
  • Accuracy: Yes
  • Battery life: N/A
  • Warranty: N/A
  • Connectivity: No
  • SPECS
  • WHAT I LIKE
  • WHAT I DON'T LIKE
  • Pros/cons overview
  • VIDEO

3. Duronic BPM150

Courtesy of wwwduronic.com

The Duronic BPM150 is another popular budget option. In addition to its accuracy, this device has a good number of features for an affordable unit.

It comes with a cuff that adjusts to between 8.6 and 16.5-inch arm circumference and the internal memory can store up to 60 BP readings. It’s a digital BP monitor with a large LCD screen which displays the systolic and diastolic BP, pulse rate, time, and memory recording number.

Even when compared to pricier models, the BPM150 is accurate and easy to use. It’s automatic with a single-button activation.

It requires 4 AAA batteries and comes with a 2-year warranty.

  • FDA approved: N/A
  • Cuff size: 8.6 to 16.5 inches
  • Time it takes: N/A
  • Screen: Yes
  • Ease of use: Yes
  • Accuracy: Yes
  • Battery life: N/A
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Connectivity: No
  • SPECS
  • WHAT I LIKE
  • WHAT I DON'T LIKE
  • Pros/cons overview
  • VIDEO

4. Omron M7 Intelli IT

This Omron BP monitor is designed for tech-savvy users, though anybody can use it.

It’s been clinically validated so there is no need to worry about its accuracy. Like all quality BP monitors, it comes with an adjustable cuff – this one fits 8.6 to 16.5-inch arms.

In addition, it also has a cuff wrap guide that informs you if the cuff is not placed correctly. The LCD screen that is somewhat smaller when compared the competition.

The device has an easy-to-use single button start/stop operation, but that’s not all.

There are also buttons to switch users, select the time of the day, and preview history. At the end of the day, the Omron Connect app makes this device a step above the competition.

Therefore, you can connect the M7 to your smartphone via Bluetooth for shareable BP data, graphs, and health stats.

  • FDA approved: N/A
  • Cuff size: 8.6 to 16.5 inches
  • Time it takes: N/A
  • Screen: Yes
  • Ease of use: Yes
  • Accuracy: Yes
  • Battery life: N/A
  • Warranty: N/A
  • Connectivity: Yes
  • SPECS
  • WHAT I LIKE
  • WHAT I DON'T LIKE
  • Pros/cons overview
  • VIDEO

5. Santamedical Deluxe

If you are looking for a non-digital traditional blood pressure monitor, you can’t go wrong with the Santamedical Deluxe.

It comes with a chemical, moisture, and abrasion-resistant cuff and inflation bag. The cuff is sized according to the American Heart Association’s standards with labels to ensure optimal placement.

To ensure proper deflation, the valve is chrome-plated, and the inflation bulb is crack-resistant. The BP gauge is a 300mmHg certified manometer with a high contrast dial.

The manometer’s die-cast housing and durable clip ensure straightforward attachment to the cuff gauge holder.

  • FDA approved: Yes
  • Cuff size: 8.6 to 16.5 inches
  • Time it takes: N/A
  • Screen: No
  • Ease of use: Yes
  • Accuracy: Yes
  • Battery life: Manual
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Connectivity: No
  • SPECS
  • WHAT I LIKE
  • WHAT I DON'T LIKE
  • Pros/cons overview
  • VIDEO
  • Pressure-operated BP monitor
  • FDA-cleared
  • +/- 3 mmHg accuracy
  • Stress-tested
  • 1-year warranty
  • High-quality materials

FINAL VERDICT

Types of Blood Pressure Monitors

Aneroid and digital are the two basic types of blood pressure monitors. There are also finger and wrist BP monitors, but these models might not be as accurate.

Aneroid BP Monitors

This type of blood pressure monitors features a rubber bulb to inflate the cuff. There is also a stethoscope and a gauge required for blood pressure readings.

Aneroid monitors are preferred by doctors, but those with arthritis and hearing impairment are not going to be able to use one on their own.

You need sufficient manual dexterity to pump the bulb and carefully listen to your heartbeat via the stethoscope.

Digital BP Monitors

Digital BP monitors can be divided into two subcategories: automatic and semi-automatic. If you go for the fully automatic model, the BP monitor cuff inflates at the press of a button.

The semi-automatic models utilize a rubber bulb for cuff inflation. With their electronic circuits, digital BP monitors can record BP values and bring attention to heartbeat irregularities.

Regardless of the BP monitor, you’ll need the cuff to fit your arm. A cuff that’s too big results in overly low BP and one that’s too small exerts undue pressure on your arm which would result in overly high BP.

How Do Blood Pressure Monitors Work?

Oscillatory BP monitors detect vibrations in the arterial wall which are caused by the difference in systolic and diastolic pressure.

The device detects the pressure difference and translates it to an electrical signal. When you secure the cuff over your arm, the BP monitor inflates the cuff to about 20mmHg above the systolic pressure.

These monitors use fuzzy logic to determine how much inflation is needed for each person. As the pressure on the cuff decreases, more blood can flow through the artery to produce detectable vibrations.

The vibrations transfer to the monitor’s transducer that translates them to electrical signals. Digital blood pressure monitors usually deflate at a rate of 4mmHg per second.

This deflation rate might seem slower when compared to aneroid models. However, oscillatory BP monitors are generally considered more accurate.

Oscillatory BP monitors can even detect the arterial vibrations in elderly people who have weaker arterial walls. But again, it’s crucial to have the correct cuff size.

The cuff bladder needs to cover about 80% of the patient’s arm circumference.

Typical Blood Pressure Values

Blood pressure values are generally categorized as such:

Normal

BP readings of less than 120/80mmHg fall within the normal range.

Elevated

If your systolic BP is consistently between 120-129 and the diastolic BP is less than 80mmHg, your BP is elevated.

Stage 1 Hypertension

Those with constant levels of systolic BP between 130-139mmHg and diastolic BP between 80-89mmHg are considered stage 1 hypertensive.

Stage 2 Hypertension

If the blood pressure is constantly above 140/90mmHg range, one is considered stage 2 hypertensive.

Wrist or Upper Arm Cuff?

Upper arm cuff BP monitors are generally more accurate. The reason for this is twofold. 1) The cuff is level with the heart (the optimal position) and 2) The arteries in the upper arm are harder to restrict being thicker and deeper under the skin. This makes the measurement of force required to restrict blood flow easier. Wrist cuff BP monitors can also be accurate, but it is essential the wrist is held at the same level as the heart. Wrist cuff style BP monitors are also more convenient and less evasive as no removal of clothing is necessary.

Monitoring health through your BP

Everyone an interest in their health and wellness should know what their Blood Pressure is. It is also important that you have an understanding of what the numbers mean. Having a BP that is either too HIGH (hypertension) or too LOW (hypotension) is not something you can really feel or notice yourself. However, the long term affects of a high blood pressure can lead to life threatening issues like heart attack and stroke (ext ref¹). Low blood pressure, although not as serious, can lead to episodes of dizziness or even fainting.

Understanding Blood Pressure readings

All the blood pressure monitors reviewed by CardioCritic provide medically certified blood pressure readings with accurate diastolic and systolic readings.

Optimal BP

The Ideal blood pressure is below 120 over 80 (120/80mmHg). People with a BP below 120/80 have a much lower risk of heart disease or stroke.

Normal – High BP

Unfortunately, most adults have a blood pressure above the OPTIMAL level. A majority of adults have a blood pressure in between NORMAL and HIGH-NORMAL e.g. those with a BP from 120/80 to 140/90. If your blood pressure is within this range you should look at ways of reducing it. These changes can relate to general lifestyle eg. taking more exercise, reducing alcohol consumption and eating more fruit and vegetables.

Hypertension – Grade 1 to 3

A blood pressure reading with a systolic reading over 140 and a diastolic reading over 90 can be considered to be High Blood Pressure.  If you have successive readings which consistently read in this HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE zone you should make an appointment to see your GP or nurse.

Summary of Blood Pressure ranges

The figures below indicate the most widely used 6 levels of blood pressure (in mmHg)

  • Optimal > BP = under 120/80
  • Normal > BP = 120+/80+
  • High – normal > BP = 130+/85+
  • Grade 1 – Severe Hypertension > BP = 140+/90+
  • Grade 2 – Severe Hypertension > BP = 160+/100+
  • Grade 3 – Severe Hypertension > BP = 180+/110+

Conclusion

Blood pressure monitors are anessential heart attack and stroke prevention tool, and if you want the best, look no further than the Omron M10-IT BP.

This digital BP monitor takes accurate BP measurements for two users. However, if you’d rather not have a digital BP monitor (or if you’re looking for a non-digital backup), the Santamedical Deluxe would be a great option.

Best Blood Pressure Monitors For 2019 [Our Reviews and Comparisons]
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