Wrist blood pressure cuffs usually aren't as accurate as upper-arm models, but the Omron BP652 wrist model still receives an Excellent accuracy rating from a leading consumer research group. That may be due to the buzzer and flashing lights that help you guide the monitor into proper position for each reading. Other noteworthy features include 200-reading memory, two user accounts, irregular heartbeat detection and advanced averaging.
It's as accurate as you are. The Omron 7 Series BP652 is the highest-ranked among the wrist blood pressure cuffs evaluated in a recent independent test. That said, its performance is completely dependent on getting it into the correct position, and it draws some sharply divided opinions from users. "Sometimes it would give readings that were off by 30 points within less than two minutes," warns one user, posting to a major consumer research website. Another, posting to Walmart.com, compared it to a physician's equipment and says, "The wrist unit is no more than 1 or 2 points different and is usually dead on accurate."
Requires some mastery. Most users praise the Omron BP652 for being quick, comfortable and easily portable. However, some struggle with the long learning curve. Small orange lights on the monitor turn blue when you have it in the proper position -- but having several indicator settings to choose from (including a buzzer) can be confusing. Make sure you take the time to read the manual, especially the part about the positioning indicator, before you start using this monitor.
The BP652 requires two AAA batteries (included). Owners say the customer service is so-so -- mostly responsive, but not always very helpful.
Mid-range features. The Omron 7 Series BP652 includes a healthy array of features: storage for 200 date- and time-stamped blood pressure readings (100 per each of two user accounts), irregular heartbeat detection and advanced averaging of recent readings. The wrist-size ComFit cuff accommodates wrists from 5.25 inches to 8.5 inches (13 cm to 21 cm) in circumference. The BP652 also comes with a storage case, and it's all backed by a five-year warranty -- although you'll have to pay shipping expenses for both directions. Both monitor and cuff are latex-free.
The editors of ConsumerReports.org tested 27 automatic blood pressure monitors, including a handful of wrist models, including the Omron 7 Series BP652. Each monitor was evaluated for a range of factors including accuracy, comfort and convenience; full details are available to subscribers.
Review: Blood-Pressure Monitor Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
The Omron BP652 receives more than 2,200 user reviews on Amazon.com, and a cumulative rating of 4.3 stars. The general consensus is that the BP652 is simple, fast and easy to use, and that it usually gives accurate readings -- although we found the usual smattering of complaints of inaccuracy (as for any wrist monitor).
Review: Omron 7 Series Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2014
The Omron BP652 is listed twice on Amazon.com; in this second listing, the wrist blood pressure cuff receives a 4.9-star average score from more than 20 users. They're full of praise for how easy this unit is to use and for how well the guiding lights help you get it properly positioned.
Review: Omron IntelliSense BP652 Blood Pressure Monitor - Automatic - 200 Reading(s), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2014
More than 150 Walmart.com users review the Omron Series 7 wrist blood pressure monitor, giving it an average score of 4.4 stars. They say it's much more comfortable than an upper-arm model, but that consistency isn't its strong suit (a common complaint about wrist monitors).
Review: Omron 7 Series Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of February 2014
Seventeen reviewers rank the BP652 through this online retailer, giving it an average rating of 3.5 stars. The biggest complaint is inaccurate readings.
Review: Omron 7 Series Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor, Model BP652, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of February 2014
The Omron 7 Series BP652 is one of the most popular blood pressure cuffs at Walgreens.com, receiving a 4.7-star average score from more than 70 user reviewers. Although a few complain about inaccurate readings, most say this unit is both accurate and easy to use.
Review: Omron 7 Series Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor, Contributors to Walgreens.com, As of February 2014