Blood Pressure Monitors: Ratings of Sources
Researchers in the Consumer Reports laboratory test two dozen home blood pressure monitors, including both arm and wrist models. Each model receives ratings for convenience and comfort along with a few very brief comments on its performance, plus an overall comparative rating out of 100.
The dabl Educational Trust compiles a lengthy list of blood pressure monitors, assigning each a Recommended, Not Recommended or Questionable status. The table also lists whether each device is certified by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the British Hypertension Society and the European Society of Hypertension, and briefly notes the circumstances under which the devices may or may not be used.
The author subjects four blood pressure monitors to hands-on testing. Although he doesn't assign comparative scores, he does discuss the relative merits and quirks of each monitor, discusses how easy (or difficult) it was to use them for the first time, and occasionally quotes company stands on specific features.
Amazon.com offers hundreds of listings for home blood pressure monitors and a plethora of user reviews, some of which can be quite detailed. Some users even return to update their reviews over time, giving a good picture of the product's long-term durability. Standout models receive an average user rating of 4.3 stars or better.
Walmart.com lists a wide variety of blood pressure monitors for sale. Many models have received hundreds, if not thousands, of user reviews, although these sometimes include user reviews reposted from the manufacturer's website. (Reposted reviews are clearly marked as such.) Standout models receive an average score of at least 4 stars after 50 user reviews.
User reviews at Walgreens.com tend to be brief and to the point, which makes them useful for gauging overall customer reaction to any given product. Most blood pressure monitors for sale here get at least a few user reviews; we chose standout models that receive an average score of 4 stars or better after at least half a dozen user comments.