The Omron 10 Series BP785 automatic upper-arm blood pressure monitor may be too new to appear in the dabl Educational Trust or British Hypertension Society (BHS) databases of blood pressure monitors, but it receives a top ranking from a prominent consumer research organization. In addition, the majority of owners rate it very highly for its ease of use, easy-to-read display and quick readings. The ComFit cuff fits arms ranging from 9 inches to 17 inches (23 cm to 43 cm) in circumference and has a semi-rigid portion that makes it easy to put the cuff on yourself. An automatic memory function stores up to 100 readings for each of two users, plus an eight-week history of morning and evening blood pressure averages.
The BP785 offers a wide range of other features, including a TruRead mode that averages three consecutive readings, a pulse readout, an automatic calibration feature that doublechecks readings and an irregular heartbeat detector. However, a few owners say it goes through batteries very quickly (it requires four AA), and one wishes it had a USB port for downloading stored data to a computer. Other users report that although they like the monitor itself, the manual is a difficult read, and with so many features to choose from, you need to spend some time with the manual before use. Some note that the monitor will still provide a reading even if the cuff isn't properly positioned, introducing the potential for confusion; a handful of users also report frequent error messages that can take a few minutes to clear.
ConsumerReports.org furnishes the best expert review of the Omron BP785. We found hundreds of user reviews on Amazon.com, and fewer -- but still significant -- numbers on Walmart.com, Drugstore.com and HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com.
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The editors of ConsumerReports.org test 21 automatic blood pressure monitors, including the Omron 10 Series BP785. Models are rated on several factors, including accuracy and comfort; full details are available to subscribers.
Review: Blood-Pressure Monitor Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Jan. 2012
More than 220 users give the Omron BP785 a 4-star average rating. Although most users say they like the monitor itself, some complain that the manual is difficult to understand, which in turn makes it hard to get full use out of all the features. Others complain about too-frequent error messages.
Review: Omron BP785 10 Series Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor, Black.white, Contributors to Amazon.com
More than 40 reviewers give the Omron 10 Series a near-perfect rating, and 95 percent of them say they would recommend it to a friend. Reviewers like that the cuff is easy to apply, easy to use and offers consistent readings; however, one wishes it came with a USB cable for downloading information to a PC.
Review: Omron 10 Series Blood Pressure Monitor, Contributors to Walmart.com
An even dozen users give the Omron BP785 a 4.5-star average rating. Although one complains that it goes through batteries too quickly, others call it "incredibly easy to use."
Review: Omron 10 Series Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor, Model BP785, Contributors to Drugstore.com
More than 10 owners review this blood pressure cuff, giving it a perfect 5-star rating. They praise its low price given the features, self-calibration and ease of use.
Review: Omron BP785 - Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor (10 Series), Contributors to HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com