The four types of blood pressure monitors are upper arm style, wrist style, manual and digital.
Nevertheless here are the top 5 blood pressure monitors, according to My Access Health, that are making their appearances in the market:
- Omron BP742N 5
This monitor comes from a top brand, and makes it fast and easy to obtain accurate measurements. Considering its moderate price bracket, it is surprisingly feature-rich and includes:
- Control type: electronic
- 2 user memory, 50 results memory
- Normal level comparisons
- Irregular heartbeat detection
- Compliant standards: IP20
- Upper arm, cuff size 22-42cm
- LCD Display
However, it’s worth mentioning there appears to be some quality control issues with accuracy, where some units have been sold that appear to produce inaccurate readings. This seems to be a common issue with blood pressure monitors for home use (regardless of brand or model), so to calibrate yours before use. Thankfully most BP742N 5 monitors do not suffer from this defect.
- Omron BP785N 10
The BP785N is designed to fit on the upper arm, offering simple, one-touch operation for accurate readings time and again. Advantages are:
- Accurate readings with TruRead™
- ComFit ensuring correct positioning
- Large display for easy read
- Stores 200 readings in device or 100 each for 2 users
- Multiple power options
- Great value
On the down side, the device’s lifetime may not be that long. Some blood pressure monitors in this series have been known to quit working within a year. Sadly this is a common issue with blood pressure monitors in general.
- EW3109W by Panasonic
Panasonic’s EW3109W is the most user friendly blood pressure monitor on the list. It’s the perfect choice for anyone looking for a hassle-free way to check their blood pressure, advantages include:
- One touch operation
- Built-in memory saving the last 90 readings
- Carrying pouch
- Large display for easy read
However the monitor doesn’t come with an A/C adaptor, it features an A/C adapter plug, so consumers have to buy their own A/C adaptor to plug it into an outlet.
- Adult Deluxe Aneroid Sphygmomanometer by Santamedical
As long as you keep it calibrated, this aneroid sphygmomanometer will provide you with highly accurate blood pressure readings. Note:
- The scale ranges from 20 to 300 mmHg at intervals of 20 digits increments
- No batteries are required
- It comes with a discreet carrying case
- It’s an affordable price
Unfortunately, this manual blood pressure monitor lacks the features found on most modern digital blood pressure monitors. Also, you have to manually calibrate this device yourself if you want accurate readings.
- Generation Guard
If you prefer a blood pressure monitor that on the wrist instead of your upper arm, Generation Guard is a great choice:
- Power saving 30-second auto shut-off
- Fits a variety of wrist sizes
- Alerts irregular heart beats
- Stores up to 90 readings
- Fast and easy to use
However it’s worth noting, a few units may produce readings which are not accurate. This is almost a universal flaw with home blood pressure monitors, so calibrate yours, read the directions of the letter carefully and position correctly to ensure proper use.